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Reality Winner has been in jail for a year. Her persecution is unfair and unprecedented


THIS IS A tale of two defendants and two systems of justice.

Christmas was coming, and Paul Manafort wanted to spend the holiday with his extended family in the Hamptons, where he owns a four-acre estate that has 10 bedrooms, a pool, a tennis court, a basketball court, a putting green, and a guest cottage. But Manafort was under house arrest in northern Virginia. Suspected of colluding with the Russian government, the former campaign manager for Donald Trump had been indicted on a dozen charges involving conspiracy, money laundering, bank fraud, and lying to federal investigators.

A lobbyist who became mysteriously wealthy over the years, Manafort avoided jail by posting $10 million in bond, though he was confined to his luxury condo in Alexandria, Virginia. That’s why, in mid-December, his lawyers asked the judge to make an exception. Manafort’s $2.7 million Virginia home could not provide “adequate accommodations” for his holiday guests, some of whom would have difficulty traveling because of health problems, the lawyers stated. A day later, the judge agreed to the request. Manafort could have his Christmas getaway in the Hamptons.

Hundreds of miles away, another defendant in an eerily related case was not so blessed. Reality Winner, an Air Force veteran and former contractor for the National Security Agency, was sitting in a small-town jail in Lincolnton, Georgia. Arrested a year ago today, on June 3, 2017, Winner was accused of leaking an NSA document that showed how Russians tried to hack American voting systems in 2016. The alleged leak – Winner has pleaded not guilty – came at a time when there was far greater doubt than now about Russian attempts to tip the presidential election. Her case is related to Manafort’s in this sense: While Manafort is suspected of aiding the Russian effort, Winner is accused of warning Americans about it.

As Christmas approached, Winner was going nowhere. Even though she has been indicted on just one count of leaking classified information and faces far less prison time than Manafort, the judge in her case decided she was a flight risk and denied her bail. Winner spent the holidays at the Lincolnton jail, which is smaller in its entirety than Manafort’s Hampton’s estate; its exercise yard, hemmed in by razor wire, is shorter than Manafort’s pool. While Manafort was joined by his family, Winner was marooned with a few other inmates. The only cheery news for her was that for the first time since her arrest the previous June, she was able to eat fresh fruit, thanks to a holiday donation from a local church.
Posted by tulipsandroses | Mon Jun 4, 2018, 07:26 PM (2 replies)

Jail and failing mental illness

The way we treat people afflicted with mental health issues is just unbelievable. As a psych nurse I work long hours - can be anywhere from 12 to 16 or sometimes even 18 hrs when I'm on shift. Many of my patients have been to jail or prison, have addiction issues. Its such a frustrating thing for me that I almost never hear the powers that be talk about mental health until there's a tragedy such as a school shooting. Outside of that crickets. I don't hear anything about funding for mental health.

Most of my peers are leaving the industry. Myself included. Not totally. I won't leave mental health totally. I just cannot work in a hospital setting. I have a few months left to complete my masters program to become a nurse practitioner and I will continue to work in mental health in private practice settings. The hospital settings have become far too dangerous to practice due to lack of funding. I hate it. I truly hate it for the patients. This article is about what is going on in the jails. It is not as bad in the hospitals, but trust me, my peers working in hospitals are frustrated with lack of funding in our hospitals, underfunding, overworked nurses, techs due to not having enough staff. My co-workers and I are saying its time for us to rise up and do the same as the teachers - but its not that simple - who will take care of the patients. We can't just walk out on our patients.


East Baton Rouge Parish Prison is where Louis Jonathan Fano, afflicted with bipolar disorder and haunted by demons, found himself on Halloween Eve 2016 after fleeing a Greyhound Bus and wandering city streets naked and crazed.

Booked into the jail on six misdemeanor charges, Fano, 27, slit his wrists hours later. Then he was sent to solitary confinement, where he spent 92 of his 94 days imprisoned with his thoughts.

Midway through his jail ordeal, the parish handed responsibility for inmate medical care to a for-profit firm that decided Fano was “exaggerating his condition.” On January 18, 2017, it ordered him taken off his antipsychotic medication.

Two weeks later, the onetime veterinary student, who crafted letters to his mother in longhand, hanged himself
Posted by tulipsandroses | Mon Jun 4, 2018, 04:41 PM (2 replies)

Question for New Yorkers

I am New Yorker residing in the South now for last 11 years. Something I've been curious about. I know Drump is a narcissist. We don't know if Cohen is going to rat him out, or what is going to be exposed in the documents found in the Cohen raids. But to my point, when I lived in NY, there were always rumors of Drump's misdeeds. I've often wondered why he's had the audacity to run for president, not thinking people would scrutinize his shady past.

I always heard rumors of him having mob ties and doing illegal things when I lived in NY, back in the day when mob figures were a thing in NY. So aside from him being a racist imbecile, it was known that he was a shady character. It boggled my mind that he was allowed to ascend to the top of the republican ticket knowing that.

I know the national media was not focusing on his shady past, just wondering if the local media in NY did. Did the NY media bring up any of his connections to the mob when he was campaigning?
I kept saying to myself, how is it that we have a presidential nominee that has connections to the mob. Unreal.

Posted by tulipsandroses | Wed May 30, 2018, 04:40 PM (10 replies)

Man filed police report on 911 dispatcher who questioned his racist call


Take a minute to think before calling 911
In every city in America, 911 rings around the clock. Dispatchers are usually too short-staffed to take real breaks, and they can’t shut the center for weekends and holidays. They are the ones who suck it up and keep hitting the answer button, no matter what.

My co-worker once got a call from a man who said, “My neighbors keep parking in front of my house. And they’re black.”

Dispatchers all have moments when they reach the end of their patience, and that was Bonnie’s moment.

She said, “It’s a city street. Unfortunately, anyone can legally park wherever they like. I’m sure it’s very frustrating for you. Why would you bring race into this?”

“Are you black?”

“I am,” she said.

“Put your supervisor on the phone.”

He filed a police report against her instead of his neighbors.

She went through an internal affairs investigation because, of course, any report against a member of the police department has to be investigated. She was cleared of breaking any technical rules — she had stated clearly that no laws were being broken; she hadn’t had an attitude in her voice.

But she was sternly advised to be more circumspect in the future or her job would be at stake. She told me later, “That was the moment I decided to leave the industry. Every time I answered the phone, I felt like I got punched in the face. And I had to shut up and take it.” A few years later, she became a therapist on San Quentin’s death row. She said her new job was easier than dispatching.

Posted by tulipsandroses | Wed May 30, 2018, 04:04 PM (12 replies)

Since we are talking about Joy- She is featured in Elle Magazine's May's Issue


Joy Reid Is Quietly, Steadily, Stealthily Changing the Game for Women on TV

A weekend-morning MSNBC show, lodged firmly in the posthangover, prebrunch hours, wouldn’t ordinarily be the stuff of trending topics. But the rules have changed since November 8, 2016. Now Reid’s show, AM Joy, regularly pulls in viewers, and 2017 marks the first time in 16 years that MSNBC beat out CNN in the Saturday-morning time slot. Twitter swells with real-time reactions from #Reiders, especially when Reid schools a guest in her trademark patient, no-nonsense fashion. (After Shonda Rhimes retweeted a clip of Reid calmly demolishing a guest who was spouting Clinton Foundation conspiracy theories—appending the comment “Just in case you’re wondering how to dismiss foolishness”—Reid confesses, “I died. Oh, I died!”) Given the cacophony of cable news, where the loudest panelist often wins, Reid’s approach has few antecedents on the right or the left, but perhaps that’s why she has so many newly minted fans: In a sensationalist climate, she refuses to let facts wriggle out of her grasp

“Joy’s fearless authenticity is perfect for this moment, when people feel like, ‘Am I crazy? Are things absolutely bonkers right now, or am I losing my mind?’’’ says her fellow MSNBC host Chris Hayes. “To find someone who is as commanding as Joy is, who’s like, ‘No, things are pretty nuts, and here’s why,’ that really resonates.”


Reid never thought she’d be the one in the host’s chair, but her childhood couldn’t have scripted that path more clearly. Growing up in Montbello, Colorado, she was a word vulture, calling dibs on the crossword and front page of the newspaper and plowing her way through a set of bound classic books her mother had bought from a door-to-door salesman. As a latchkey kid with a single mom, she says, “TV was, in some sense, my babysitter.” One night, she begged her mother to allow her to stay up late for a news program. “It was a countdown to the [1979 Iran] hostage crisis and would eventually be renamed Nightline,” Reid recalls. She watched it nightly until she graduated from high school, along with a steady diet of TV news shows. “My goal was to be a guest. I just wanted to be a guest on Chris Matthews’s show, on Meet the Press, and on The McLaughlin Group. I was like, Those will be my three shows. I’ll be sitting there with Freddy ‘the Beadle’ Barnes.”

Posted by tulipsandroses | Thu Apr 26, 2018, 02:48 AM (0 replies)

How I Almost Became Tomi Lahren

The post about the Conservative woman Kanye likes reminded me about this.

Makes me wonder how many of these conservative pundits actually believe the crap that comes out of their mouths

How I Almost Became Tomi Lahren
If my conscience hadn’t stopped me, I could’ve become another bitchy blonde right-wing pundit.

The first time I realized I was a brand was in 1998. It was after I filmed the MTV reality show, Road Rules (or as I like to call it, The Wheel World). MTV had partnered with a company and they wanted to use me as the voice of the product. I was asked to read a first person script that said I was from a “small town in Pennsylvania.” Problem was, I’m not from a small town in Pennsylvania. I’m from Pittsburgh, and while it sometimes feels like a small town, it certainly doesn’t match the image they were trying to convey. When I mentioned the inaccuracy, they said, “It doesn’t matter as long as people think you’re from a small town. It makes you more relatable. We just need you to say the line.” So I did

Because I was on a reality show before the genre’s boom, I bought into the notion that the shows were about real, if highly edited, people. They aren’t. They’re about brands. People are complicated, but brands are simple. Follow the proverbial script, and you can make money. And I did for a while as I continued to appear on the shows as a means of bankrolling my education.

After I finished my doctorate, I wanted to combine my love of television with my academic experience, and met with several agents who were willing to take me on as a client. There was only one catch: I needed to be politically conservative. We hear a lot of rhetoric about how the mainstream media is liberal, but when it comes to blonde, reality stars (with or without PhDs in religion), well, the demand falls among the conservative outlets.

I was told it would be easy for me to get work as a talking head, reporter, or host as long as I was willing to promote the conservative agenda. I didn’t have to believe it. I just had to say I believed it. Could I proclaim a supposed “war on Christmas” or conduct sympathetic interviews with bakers refusing to make cakes for gay couples? If so, there could potentially be a huge payday.

Posted by tulipsandroses | Wed Apr 25, 2018, 06:35 PM (0 replies)

Anyone listening to Macron?

Why is it the president from another nation has given the most inspiring speech I have heard since
President Obama?
Posted by tulipsandroses | Wed Apr 25, 2018, 11:18 AM (24 replies)


This is from over a year ago - but the more things change, the more they stay the same


We know the way that Blackness is inherently seen as a threat makes even living while Black a dangerous activity, but what does the irrational and deadly fear of Black people actually sound like when communicated in words? On a Reddit law enforcement forum called “ProtectAndServe“, a verified police officer going by the name sf7was started an insightful thread called “People, please stop making my job so difficult” highlighting just that. Officers flocked to the thread to vent about white people panicking at the mere sight of people of color and calling the police.

Sf7was gave this example: “So I’m working last week and get dispatched to a call of ‘Suspicious Activity.’ Ya’ll wanna know what the suspicious activity was? Someone walking around in the dark with a flashlight and crow bar? Nope. Someone walking into a bank with a full face mask on? Nope. It was two black males who were jump starting a car at 930 in the morning. That was it. Nothing else. Someone called it in. People. People. People. If you’re going to be a racist, stereotypical jerk… keep it to yourself.”

Other examples given by former and currently serving officers included a Black person fishing in a community pond and “someone from the Middle East looking mean.”

Tellingly, the thread was centered around the problem of “making [police officers’] jobs so difficult,” not the problem of how white fear is often a death sentence for Black people. Even when self-aware of its own irrationality, whiteness still finds a way to center itself at the expense of Black life.
Posted by tulipsandroses | Tue Apr 24, 2018, 03:42 PM (31 replies)

Disturbing! Police lost Waffle House Killer after he stole a car and they chased him last Tues!

This was just revealed in the police news conference! He stole a car from a dealership last Tues- police gave chase- they abandoned the chase due to safety issues supposedly - The car had GPS and was later located at his apartment complex. So WTF happened from Tues to Sun?

Posted by tulipsandroses | Mon Apr 23, 2018, 01:00 PM (14 replies)

Starbucks arrests: Who gets to decide whether youre a patron or a trespasser?

Posted by tulipsandroses | Wed Apr 18, 2018, 02:50 AM (81 replies)
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