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Alt-Right Mob Involved in Brutal Beating Outside of Event at New York's Metropolitan Republican Club

October 13, 2018 in Blogs

By Tom Boggioni, Raw Story

The attack began after “a protester tried to take their MAGA hat they wear brutally kicked and punched.”

Late Friday night, following an event at the Metropolitan Republican Club of New York, a mob of approximately 30 members of the white nationalist Proud Boys was filmed attacking and beating several men in the street, reports Heavy.

The attacks followed a speech by one of the founders of the group, Gavin McInnes.

In multiple videos posted to Twitter and YouTube, a group of men can be seen suddenly running down the street and then gathering as two or three men are pummeled and then kicked while on the ground.

According to filmmaker Sandi Bachom, the attack began after “a protester tried to take their MAGA hat they wear brutally kicked and punched.”

Filmmaker Andrew Kimmel, formerly of Buzzfeed, provided more context and supplied additional photos of the fights, which can be seen below.

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New Footage Disproves White Woman's Claim That a Black 9-Year-Old 'Sexually Assaulted' Her

October 13, 2018 in Blogs

By Noor Al-Sibai, Raw Story

The video 'completely vindicates the child.'

Security camera footage has disproven the claims of a white woman nicknamed “Cornerstore Caroline” who called the police on a 9-year-old black boy for “sexual assault.”

Andrew Ramos, a reporter with New York's Pix11 news station, tweeted the surveillance video clip that shows the woman leaning over a store counter as the boy, identifiable by his bright green school uniform shirt, walks behind her.

The woman identified as Theresa claimed the 9-year-old boy “grabbed my ass,” but the footage shows him merely brushing against her — corroborating the claims of eyewitnesses inside the store who said the boy did not “assault” the woman.

“Video completely vindicates the child,” Ramos noted. “Deli owner told me the woman has a history of being 'unwell.'

He also added that although some people believed Theresa was bluffing, “she actually did call 911″ and that police responded 17 minutes later. A report “was never filed,” Ramos wrote.

The reporter also included video of him and another journalist standing outside the woman's apartment door asking her questions. She can be heard through the door saying she'd called the police on them.

In a subsequent tweet, Ramos wrote that the police arrived following the woman's call. She reportedly claimed the journalists “were harassing her and threatening her with violence.”


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How This Red State's Cruel Meth Laws Are Putting Women Behind Bars in Record Numbers

October 13, 2018 in Blogs

By Phillip Smith, Independent Media Institute

In South Dakota, testing positive for drugs is a felony.

Like other Great Plains states, South Dakota has a methamphetamine problem. But it's becoming increasingly evident that South Dakota also has a problem with the way it deals with meth.

Because of its strict drug laws, the state is seeing a dramatic spike in women being sent to prison for meth. According to a new report from the non-profit news organization South Dakota News Watch, the number of women in prison in the state has jumped 35 percent since 2013, while the male prison population has increased at only one-quarter of that rate. Nearly two-thirds of all women prisoners in the state are there for non-violent drug offenses. The state now has the fourth-highest incarceration rate for women in the country, trailing only Oklahoma, Wyoming, and Kentucky.

Overall, about one-third of all inmates in the state are doing time for drug-related offenses, the majority of them for simple drug possession. That's a higher percentage than most other states, where drug offenders tend to make up somewhere around 20 to 25 percent of the inmate population.

The high drug-related incarceration overall and for women in particular stems less from the prevalence of drug use than from the conservative, largely rural state's reaction to it. South Dakota has not responded to decades of failed war on drug policies by reforming them, but by doubling down on them.

The state has not moved toward the defelonization of drug possession, as at least 16 other states have. Instead, it has moved in the opposite direction. South Dakota has mandatory sentencing laws that include prison not only for the manufacture and distribution of meth but also for simple possession.

State lawmakers and cops have long favored tough drug laws, and they are still at it. This year, state Attorney General Marty Jackley (R) guided bills through the legislature that heighten penalties for meth dealing and increase sentences for dealers whose clients overdose and die.

But the state's most notorious and contentious drug law—one that is sending hundreds of people to prison—is …read more


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Watch Trump's Deranged Praise of Robert E. Lee As 'A Great General'

October 13, 2018 in Blogs

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

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Trump proclaimed a traitor who fought the U.S. over slavery “great”.

On Friday, President Donald Trump held a rally in Lebanon, Ohio, where he urged his supporters to vote for Rep. Steve Chabot's re-election.

Having said his piece on that, however, he took a turn into very strange territory, and ended up ranting about the greatness of both Union general Ulysses S. Grant and Confederate general Robert E. Lee.

“[Ohio] also gave you a general who was incredible,” Trump said. “He drank a little bit too much. You know who I'm talking about, right? So Robert E. Lee was a great general. And Abraham Lincoln developed a phobia. He couldn't beat Robert E. Lee. He was going crazy, I don't know if you know this story. But Robert E. Lee was winning battle after battle after battle, and Abraham Lincoln came home and said, 'I can't beat Robert E. Lee.' And he had all of these generals. They looked great, they were the top of their class at West Point, they were the greatest people. There was only one problem. They didn't know how the hell to win. They didn't know how to fight. They didn't know how.”

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It seems as if Trump does not really know anything about the Civil War, as there was no substance in anything that he said in that speech. Regardless, it is not inappropriate to proclaim the “greatness” of a man who betrayed his country and went to war against his fellow U.S. troops to preserve the institution of slavery.

Trump has repeatedly suggested a reverence for Lee and his fellow Confederate officers, …read more