” The story of how Corey McDonah ended up in the Hayward Hall of Justice is a high-tech tale that is equal parts dumb luck, bad choices, and good police work.
With sweaty palms, and a bewildered look, he pleaded no contest to reckless driving and received a lecture from the judge.
“ As bad as all this seems right now, this might be one of those things that might save your life,” the judge said.
On April 2nd, Air-37 was on routine patrol over the East Bay. It flies at any time of day, with a gyro-stabilized thermal camera, and lens capable of zooming in from several miles away.
Something caught California Highway Patrol Officer Tony Jackson’s eye: a tiny speck blowing past traffic.
It was McDonah on a motorcycle, weaving in and out of the cars, at nearly double the speed limit.
“ The bike is stupid fast,” McDonah said. “I’m not saying I couldn’t help myself but, you know, you buy a bike for a certain reason. Sometimes it gets you in trouble.”
Jackson shot the video from more than a mile away.”
Category: Wisdom of Youth
” In most places, the parking enforcement officer reflects the municipal compact. Armed only with a gadget that can spit out a ticket at the forgotten drop of a dime, the officer quietly serves civic and commercial life by ensuring that meters are fed.
In most places, yes. But not here in charming Keene, where parking officers figure in a philosophical tug of war between a small band of activists who live by the motto “Free Keene,” and the great majority of residents who were unaware that their city was in bondage.”
Keene’s two parking officers, both women, are often videotaped by young adults known as “Robin Hooders.” They track the whereabouts of the officers by two-way radio, feed expired meters before $5 tickets can be written, and leave a business card saying that “we saved you from the king’s tariff.”
Welcome to Sherwood Forest, N.H., where these acts of charity have led to some donations and gratitude, but also to sidewalk tensions, harassment allegations and litigation. They are part of a broader effort by about two-dozen activists, most of them from someplace else, to unshackle Keene from the “violent monopoly” of government and its enforcers, including these parking officers who work in weather fair and foul.”
When this senior girl hit the first home run of her career in what was likely the last game of her career but rounded first and torn her ACL it looked like she would fail to claim her achievement … Until … get out your hanky for this amazing story of good sportsmanship .
Published on Apr 1, 2014
” Nico Calabria, born with one leg, has defied expectations on the pitch and exemplifies what it means to #powerthrough”
” He’s 20, he’s white, and he’s a freshman at Princeton University.
According to the ethnic and feminist studies college students and professors who frequently and vehemently complain that this country is steeped in racism and sexism and is only fair and just and equal for white, heterosexual males – he is the poster child for so-called “White Privilege.”
His name is Tal Fortgang, and just eight months into his Ivy League experience, he’s been told on numerous occasions to “check his privilege” – a phrase that has taken social media social justice campaigning by storm.
It is meant to remind white, heterosexual males that they have it so good because they’re white, heterosexual males. They haven’t faced tough times, they don’t know what it’s like to be judged by the color of their skin.
Oh, but they do.
Those sick of being labeled are the very same ones doing it to others, and Tal Fortgang has a powerful message for them:
There is a phrase that floats around college campuses, Princeton being no exception, that threatens to strike down opinions without regard for their merits, but rather solely on the basis of the person that voiced them. “Check your privilege,” the saying goes, and I have been reprimanded by it several times this year. The phrase, handed down by my moral superiors, descends recklessly, like an Obama-sanctioned drone, and aims laser-like at my pinkish-peach complexion, my maleness, and the nerve I displayed in offering an opinion rooted in a personal Weltanschauung. “Check your privilege,” they tell me in a command that teeters between an imposition to actually explore how I got where I am, and a reminder that I ought to feel personally apologetic because white males seem to pull most of the strings in the world.
I do not accuse those who “check” me and my perspective of overt racism, although the phrase, which assumes that simply because I belong to a certain ethnic group I should be judged collectively with it, toes that line. But I do condemn them for diminishing everything I have personally accomplished, all the hard work I have done in my life, and for ascribing all the fruit I reap not to the seeds I sow but to some invisible patron saint of white maleness who places it out for me before I even arrive. Furthermore, I condemn them for casting the equal protection clause, indeed the very idea of a meritocracy, as a myth, and for declaring that we are all governed by invisible forces (some would call them “stigmas” or “societal norms”), that our nation runs on racist and sexist conspiracies. Forget “you didn’t build that;” check your privilege and realize that nothing you have accomplished is real.”
Read the whole scathing letter
A sampling of American’s knowledge of their own system of government from the test that legal immigrants are required to take to earn their citizenship papers . From the Immigrant Archive Project
” Watching this will bring Rush Limbaugh’s term “Low Information Voters” to mind. If these folks are at all representative of the country at large, we are in serious trouble.”
” Earlier this month, police say a man kidnapped then nine-year-old Willie Myrick from his southwest Atlanta driveway. He allegedly drove the boy around for some time before dropping him off unharmed in East Point.
But Willie’s actions during those terrifying three hours are inspiring people around the country. Willie says he sang the gospel song “Every Praise” until the man let him go.
Thursday evening, community leaders held a meeting in Willie’s honor, celebrating his happy ending, but also telling other parents and children what to do if this happens to them.”
Last week it was a pair of twins defeating a carjacker with a rubber snake and now we have this …
” The action became very real for a 17-year-old Long Beach resident who was playing the video game Call of Duty on Tuesday, after a bitter online opponent called police and falsely claimed that the teen had fatally shot his mother and brother in his Laurelton Boulevard home.
Long Beach Police Commissioner Michael Tangney said that the teenager had just won a round of the popular online multi-player shooter game. But when a losing rival claiming to be the teen called police to report the bogus incident, it prompted a massive response — including a fully armed Nassau County SWAT team with an armored vehicle and a helicopter unit — to what was initially believed to be a multiple shooting and hostage situation.
Tangney said that when police arrived at the house at around 3 p.m., 17-year-old Long Beach High School student Rafael Castillo was still playing the game on Xbox while wearing a headset and had no idea what was happening outside.”
It was one mighty expensive hoax phone call …
” “He was quite stunned — he was very shaken up by it,” Tangney said, adding that the police response could cost roughly $100,000.
More than 50 county, Long Beach and MTA police officers, and firefighters responded to the home. Nearby streets were blocked off as numerous police vehicles rushed to scene. The standoff lasted more than an hour and attracted crowds of onlookers who milled about, saying that they learned about the incident on social media.”
Continue reading at LI Herald
” A 16-year-old boy from California hopped a fence at the San Jose, Calif., Airport and sneaked into the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines jetliner, stowing away for a five-hour flight, FBI spokesman Tom Simon told ABC News.
Simon said the boy, who had run away from home, passed out inside the unprotected, unpressurized wheel well after the flight was airborne. When the plane landed at Maui Airport at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, the boy was still passed out, Simon said. He did not come to for about an hour.
Ground crews later saw the boy walking around the tarmac, Simon said. He was taken into custody and checked by a doctor and found to have no injuries.
News of the incident was met with suspicion and scrutiny. Most wheel-well stowaways don’t survive, falling victim to frigid temperatures and lack of oxygen. The chances of survival of a wheel-well stowaway on a commercial aircraft are about 24 percent, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Civil Aerospace Medical Institute.”
” According to DailyMail, “Taylor Gifford, 18, started an online petition on Thursday with over 1,200 signatures asking that Michelle Obama not speak at Topeka High School graduation… Some students feel that the speech would overshadow student accomplishments and others feel limited seating will be a problem.”
The students are worried Michelle’s speech would overshadow their accomplishments and also limit the seating for their friends and family. But see, what these high schoolers fail to realize is that EVERYTHING is about the Obamas. That’s why the President tweeted a picture of himself to celebrate the anniversary of Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on the bus. That’s why the President’s gift to Queen Elizabeth was an ipod pre-loaded with his speeches and photos of his inauguration. That’s why the President spent a three-day government shutdown posing for a portrait. That’s why Michelle goes on her constant vacations and hosts extravagant dinners on the taxpayer’s dime. That’s why the President showed up 30 minutes late and alone to dinner with Putin and other world leaders to discuss Syria. That’s why the President took a “selfie” at Nelson Mandela’s funeral. That’s why the President went to Vegas on the day when news broke about the attack in Benghazi. The list is unending. They aren’t leaders. They’re narcissists.”
Read more at Young Conservatives
According to The Blaze the number of signatories have climbed to 1750
” This is from the Reddit user Saabn. If his teacher is anything like the 98% of liberal teachers out there, I bet they were none to happy with this project. I would give him an A+! “
See the rest at The Minority Report
” A car thief was forced to pull over after a couple miles in the stolen vehicle because twin boys, age 7, who were in the car attacked him, police said.
“ One of the boys was punching the man in the face; the other was hitting him with a rubber snake,” Sgt. Javier Salazar of the San Antonio Police Department told ABC News.
The car was swiped from in front of the home of Lucia Lozada Thursday as the mother was standing just feet from the vehicle. Her twin sons and a 1-year-old were buckled into the car as the family readied to go to church. The father had gone back into the house to get the baby a bottle.
“ Lucia saw the man before he took the car,” said Herminia Segovia, the children’s grandmother. “She recognized him from around the neighborhood and even waved to him. Before she could do anything he jumped into the car and drove away.” “
ABC News has more
” Relatives of a nine-month old baby charged with attempted murder in Pakistan have taken him into hiding, one said on Tuesday, in a case that has thrown a spotlight on Pakistan’s dysfunctional criminal justice system.
Baby Musa Khan appeared in court in the city of Lahore last week, charged with attempted murder along with his father and grandfather after a mob protesting against gas cuts and price increases stoned police and gas company workers trying to collect overdue bills.
” Police are vindictive. Now they are trying to settle the issue on personal grounds, that’s why I sent my grandson to Faisalabad for protection,” the baby’s grandfather, Muhammad Yasin, told Reuters, referring to a central Pakistani city.
The baby is on bail and due to appear at the next hearing on April 12 but Yasin said he was not sure if he would take him to court for the case.”
Reuters has more on Musa’s flight and here is our original post on the arrest of the young “hoodlum” .
The scale runs from green(happiest) to red(least happy)
” Policies aimed at improving public health and well-being around the world often focus on infants and adults. But what about the people in the middle?
For the first time, The Youth Well-Being Index (PDF) — a joint effort by the International Youth Foundation, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Hilton Worldwide — tries to assess how teens are doing in 30 countries.”
” Note that these are not the top 30 countries in the world; these are just the countries that the researchers looked at. They include 7o% of the world’s youth. Nigeria, for example, came in last, not 30th in the world.”
” At first Lia’s pro-choice teacher told her that she was disqualified from the school’s speech competition because her topic was too controversial. But then she HEARD the speech and was so blown away she changed her mind. Lia went on to WIN the competition! And no wonder. Lia is more articulate than 98% of the people I know.”
” A fifth-grader says he was terrified when a police officer pointed a gun at him and his friends while they built a tree fort.
Omari Grant, 11, said he and his friends often play in a wooded area behind his home and were building a fort when a neighbor in the next subdivision called police to complain about what the boys were doing.
But no one anticipated what Omari and his mother say happened next.
” I guess the release of tension was like, ‘Mom, he had a gun in my face, Mommy. Mommy, he had a gun in my face,’” said Janice Baptiste, Omari’s mother.
Omari told Diamant that two officers, one with his gun drawn, rolled up on him and a few of his friends as they built a fort in the trees behind his home.
” I was thinking that I don’t want to be shot today, so I just listened to what they said,” Omari said.
Omari said the officer holding his gun also used foul language and made him and his friends lay down on the ground.
” I learned that they’re supposed to help you not make you feel scared to even come outside,” Omari said. “
” Greg Vied is a 17 year-old Puerto Rican high school student on a quest for his first amendment rights, but he’s doing it by strapping a big red and blue Confederate Battle Flag that says “redneck” to his blue pickup truck.
Vied also has the words “redneck Cadillac” written on the back of the truck, and on the front side of the truck it says “hate me yet?”
Vied said he’s had the flag up on his truck since he got it back in January, but it’s only caused a problem for him at school over the past week.
You see, Vied originally got suspended, but then the school got a letter from the ACLU advocating that they should uphold Vied’s first amendments rights, and so the suspension ended.
“ They said that it was offending some people, but they didn’t tell me who it was offending or how many people were offended and I told them that I still wasn’t gonna take it down. It was my first amendment right to have the flag up and I was gonna keep it up until I graduate,” Vied explained.
Greg’s mom, Lisa Martinez, confirms that this is not a case of bigotry.
“ We’re not bigoted at all in this house. I’m gay. His sister’s gay. I’m Puerto Rican,” she said.”
If the First Amendment doesn’t protect “offensive” speech then it protects nothing . Bravo to this young man who , as a child of Puerto Rican descent , makes a much tougher target to demonize by the forces of the PC thought police . Good luck to him .