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    PLAINVILLE — A King Philip Regional High School senior has been indicted for involuntary manslaughter, allegedly for urging a friend to commit suicide. She then raised money for mental illness in the name of her friend.
    Michelle Carter, 18, of Plainville was indicted as a “youthful offender” by a Bristol County grand jury, and was arraigned in New Bedford Juvenile Court.
    She is accused of urging Conrad Roy III, 18, of Fairhaven and Mattapoisett to kill himself, which he did while idling a truck last July in the parking lot of a Fairhaven Kmart. Authorities said he died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
    Police found Roy after his family reported him missing.
    Police went through Roy’s cellphone and allegedly found a number of text messages from Carter, right up until the time he died, when she allegedly urged Roy to go through with the suicide, according to court documents.
    Fairhaven police Detective Scott Gordon said in a police report: “Not only did Conrad tell Carter in several of his texts prior to his death that he was scared and didn’t want to leave his family, she continued to encourage him to take his own life, and when he actually started to carry out the act, he got scared again and exited his truck, but instead of telling him to stay out of the truck ... Carter told him to ‘get back in.’”
    The apparent suicide happened last July, but Carter was just indicted Feb. 5 and arraigned the following day.
    The case had not been previously publicized, and most news organizations don’t regularly cover juvenile court.
    Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for Bristol County District Attorney Quinn, issued a written statement Thursday outlining the basics of the case.
    “Based on the totality of the investigation, it is alleged that Ms. Carter had first-hand knowledge of Roy’s suicidal thoughts,” he said.
    “Instead of attempting to assist him or notify his family or school officials, Ms. Carter is alleged to have strongly influenced his decision to take his own life, encouraged him to commit suicide and guided him in his engagement of activities which led to his death.”


    Bitch really wanted to get some sympathy,

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    MAPLEWOOD — Township officials have suspended the police chief and requested that he immediately resign after recordings were released showing police being ordered to push black township youth into a neighboring city.

    The Township Committee took the action Tuesday night more than a year after four teens were arrested following a Fourth of July celebration. Officers were accused of using excessive force and teens complained that cops had forced them to march out of town — complaints that were in part borne out last week after the township finally released video from police dashcams and recordings of police radio transmissions.

    Before Tuesday’s meeting, an officer involved in the incident had already been suspended for 17 days after the department found that he violated rules on the use of force. Five other officers are facing “formal discipline for violating department rules and regulations.”

    In a rebuke of their department’s leadership, the township mayor and committee members on Tuesday suspended Chief Robert Cimino with pay for 60 days and suspended Capt. Joshua Cummis with pay for 30 days.

    The committee also unanimously passed a motion of no confidence in the chief and requested that he resign immediately.

    Additionally, the township hired Chicago-based law enforcement consultant Hillard Heintze to review the department’s policies and training and gather input from the community.

    Neither Cimino nor Cummis could be reached for comment late Tuesday night. Cimino earns a base salary of $175,520 and Cummis earns a base salary of $161,386.

    Maplewood is one of the most diverse communities in the state. But Committeeman Frank McGehee on Tuesday said the township’s diversity belies the lack of trust residents have with local institutions like the police department.

    “Black children … were herded like cattle out of Maplewood, a town that many of these children call home,” he said. “There is no greater message that you are not welcome than being driven out of your hometown simply because of the color of your skin. When did being black become a qualifying factor regarding residency in Maplewood?”

    Mayor Victor DeLuca said officials were “appalled” by the use of force used against the teens. In video of the confrontation, groups of police officers are seen taking two young men to the ground and punching them.

    “We want to set the record straight that this type of behavior is not going to be accepted in Maplewood and this police department is going to right themselves,” DeLuca said.

    Committeewoman Nancy Adams slammed the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the police department’s internal affairs unit for taking an “inordinately long and, as far as I could tell, unnecessarily so” amount of time to investigate last year’s incident and release the tapes to township officials last month.

    “We were appalled and disgusted by what we saw,” she said. “This is not the town I live in, this is not the town I believe in.”

    Prosecutors in April declined to press criminal charges against any officers, including bringing bias charges against Cimino and Cummis.

    This is the second time in as many years that a police chief in the state has come under fire over policing tactics that have been criticized as discriminatory.

    Last year, Wyckoff’s police chief was demoted and forced to retire after the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office found that he had “explicitly” violated a state directive prohibiting racial profiling by instructing officers to profile black people in the Bergen County community.

    Maplewood police officers last year said they had trouble disbursing large crowds of unruly teens and had to arrest four of them, including one they said spit on an officer.

    But teens said police instigated confrontation and then sprayed the crowd when the teens tried to avoid walking into Irvington, which is predominantly black.

    On the audio recordings released by the township, a voice identified by local news site The Village Green as Chief Cimmino, orders officers: “We’re going to send them east.”

    A voice identified by the news site as Capt. Cummis says: “Notify Irvington they are going down Elmwood toward their town.”

    Cummis then says: “Once they reach the Irvington border and they’re in Irvington, I want you to maintain our border…”

    “Maplewood units, I want them to maintain, once they leave our town, maintain our border.”

    Residents have pointed out that Irvington has a curfew for teenagers.

    “All of those children who were being forced in that direction, if they crossed that border they were subject to being detained by the Irvington police,” Walter Fields, president of the South Orange/Maplewood Black Parents Workshop, told New Jersey 101.5 on Tuesday.

    “Why weren’t white children and youth from Maplewood marched into neighboring Millburn after the fireworks? That’s why we believe this was clearly a case of racial profiling and we believe the department has to be held accountable.”

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    This Black Lives Matter chapter just clapped back at the NRA with a biting ad of its own

    The National Rifle Association of America must stop airing its controversial ads that blast the Black Lives Matter movement and call for violence in response to their resistance, activists from a BLM chapter in Los Angeles said on Friday.

    In a video response first shared with Mic, activists labeled the NRA’s ad as “dangerous propaganda” meant to incite “gun-toting racists.” Surrogates for the gun rights lobbying group have previously lashed out at activists and politicians who criticized its ad.

    “When the NRA issues a public call to their constituents, inciting violence against people who are constitutionally fighting for their lives, we don’t take that lightly,” Funmilola Fagbamila, a member of BLM LA, says in the response video.

    The widely criticized NRA recruitment ad features images of protesters in Baltimore amid unrest over the in-custody death of Freddie Gray and airports in the wake of President Donald Trump’s first attempt at barring travel from several Muslim-majority nations. The video’s narrator unambiguously blames the activists for the current climate of division and political discord.


    “They use their ex-president [Barack Obama] to endorse the resistance,” NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch says in an ad first published to the NRA’s YouTube page on April 7 and reposted on June 30. “All to make them march, make them protest, make them scream racism, and sexism, and xenophobia, and homophobia; to smash windows, burn cars, shut down interstates and airports; bully and terrorize the law abiding — until the only option left is for the police to do their jobs and stop the madness.”

    Loesch concludes by saying, “The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom is to right this violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth.”

    In its video, BLM LA modeled their response after the NRA clip, set to an ominous soundtrack and dramatic lighting.

    “They use their new president to enact a ‘law-and-order administration,’” Fagbamila says in the response video. “All to make them shoot first, to make them ask questions later, make them scream, ‘I thought he had a gun in his hand’ and ‘I feared for my life’ and ‘he matched the description of a suspect’ and ‘she was threatening us’ ... until the only option left is for black people to disrupt the systems that keep us oppressed and build the kinds of communities in which we want to live.”

    Fagbamila then concludes the parody by saying, “The only way we stop this, the only way we save our communities and our struggle for freedom is to fight this violence with the raised clenched black fist of resistance.”

    At that point in BLM LA’s video, they cut the dramatic music and gloomy lighting to elevate the families of victims of police violence. They feature a relative of Charleena Lyles, the black mother of four killed by police in Seattle on June 18. The group’s video also mention the case of Philando Castile, who was shot and killed by a Minnesota police officer one year ago.

    On July 8, 2016, two days after St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez killed Castile, the NRA called reports of the incident “troubling” but deferred commenting on Castile’s case while it was under investigation. Castile, a legal gun owner who was licensed to carry in his state, told Yanez that he was armed during a traffic stop. Yanez opened fire on the 32-year-old public school worker anyway.

    The NRA has yet to release further statement, even in the wake of Yanez’s June 16 acquittal on manslaughter and weapons charges. Their silence has drawn criticism from other corners of the movement, and those comments have only intensified as the NRA’s ad went viral in late June.

    Prominent BLM activist Deray Mckesson slammed the gun lobbying group over the rhetoric in its ad, calling it ”an open call to violence to protect white supremacy.” Loesch, the NRA spokeswoman, responded to Mckesson via Twitter.

    Women’s March on Washington organizer Tamika Mallory has called on the NRA to get serious about advocating Second Amendment rights of black and brown gun owners. Mallory’s open letter to the NRA, sent in late June, prompted a July 1 video response from conservative talk show host Grant Stinchfield.

    “In the NRA’s mission statement on their website, they say that they are one of the oldest civil rights organizations,” Mallory said in a HuffPost interview published Thursday. “If you’re following in the tradition of the civil rights movement, Philando Castile is an example of exactly what it means to defend the civil rights of a person who has been violated by this country.”

    On Friday, the Women’s March organizers announced plans to stage a July 14 mass demonstration at the NRA headquarters in Virginia, to protest “incendiary and racist actions.”

    The NRA did not immediately respond to Mic’s request for comment on Friday.

    “Many of our folks continue to be harassed, threatened and killed,” Patrisse Cullors, founder of the LA collective Dignity and Power Now, said in a statement to Mic. “We are tired of white supremacists calling for our death and we want the NRA to know we won’t accept their bullying.”

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    Reports: Mueller Impanels Grand Jury In Federal Russia Probe

    Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, recently impaneled a grand jury as part of the probe, several news outlets reported on Thursday.

    The Wall Street Journal reported, citing two unnamed sources familiar with the matter, that the Washington, D.C. grand jury “began its work in recent weeks” and is separate from the one assisting with the probe into President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The impanelment of that jury predated Mueller’s appointment as special counsel.

    Reuters confirmed, citing two unnamed sources familiar with the matter, that Mueller convened a grand jury.

    The empanelment of a new, separate grand jury reflects the scope of Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the election and whether any members of Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia.

    Reuters also reported that grand jury subpoenas were issued in connection with a meeting between Donald Trump Jr., the President’s eldest son, and a Russian lawyer.

    Trump Jr. attended the meeting after he was promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton as part of a Russian government effort to aid his father’s campaign. It was not clear whether those subpoenas were issued by the grand jury Mueller impaneled.

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  • 08/03/17--18:01: Scrambled Porn
  • Calling all late 90s many of y'all jerked your shit to scrambled porn? Remember that shit?





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    Last one was a classic. We need a new one. What y'all got?

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    A new lawsuit alleges Fox News and a wealthy Trump supporter — under the supervision of the White House — worked to fabricate the debunked conspiracy theory that Seth Rich was murdered because of his connections to Wikileaks.

    NPR’s David Folkenflik is reporting that those explosive allegations are being made by Rod Wheeler, a Fox News contributor and private investigator who was the source of the false information that formed the initial Fox News report that brought the theory to national prominence.

    The conspiracy theory follows that Rich, a DNC staffer who was slain in July 2016 in what police believe was a botched robbery, was actually murdered after he passed on documents from the DNC to Wikileaks.

    Wheeler, a Fox News commentator and private investigator hired by wealthy right-wing investor Ed Butowsky to investigate the murder, in May claimed to have evidence of contact between Rich and Wikileaks, and alleged that police were covering it up.

    Despite being widely discredited, the story was picked up by conservative news outlets, and promoted extensively on Fox News shows like Sean Hannity’s — who continued to cover the story, even after Fox News was forced to retract their original report.

    Doug Wigdoor, Wheeler’s lawyer is now claiming that his client “unfortunately was used as a pawn by Ed Butowsky, Fox News and the Trump administration to try and steer away the attention that was being given about the Russian hacking of the DNC e-mails.”

    The lawsuit further alleges that Butowsky partnered with Fox News reporter Malia Zimmerman to create the unfounded story.

    What’s more, “Wheeler alleges he was told the Trump administration was monitoring their progress,” Folkenflik reports.

    Butowsky even arranged a meeting with Sean Spicer in April, in which he and Wheeler presented their findings to the then-White House press secretary.

    Spicer told NPR that he merely took the meeting as a courtesy to Butowsky, “a reliable Republican surrogate,” as Folkenflik notes.

    In his report, Folkenflik provides a stunning timeline of how the report came to be, according to the lawsuit:

    May 9: Trump fires FBI director James Comey, who was overseeing an investigation into Russian election meddling.

    May 10: Zimmerman and Butowsky “call Wheeler to say they have an FBI source confirming emails were sent from Seth Rich to WikiLeaks.”

    May 11: “Zimmerman sends Wheeler a draft of her story, which is to run initially on the network’s website. It includes no quotes from Wheeler.”

    May 14: Butowsky sends an email to Fox & Friends hosts Ainsley Earhardt, Steve Doocey and Brian Kilmeade “coaching them on how to frame the Rich story.” In the email, Butowsky claimed the story would refute the notion of coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.

    May 15: Fox & Friends covers the story in the morning, after it was published on and on affiliate Fox 5 DC. It goes national, before unravelling completely. Wheeler would later claim that the quotations in Zimmerman’s report were “were fabricated and untrue.”
    5 Most Shocking Revelations from Lawsuit Accusing Fox News of Conspiring with White House

    #1 Trump wanted the Seth Rich story out there because he thought it would deflect from Russia. Trump thought it would help put to bed the “speculation that President Trump colluded with Russia in an attempt to influence the outcome of the Presidential election.” Ed Butowsky, a Trump supporter and a named defendant, sent Rod Wheeler this text message:


    Wheeler contends less than 36 hours after this message was sent, Fox News published a story (which was later retracted) claiming that murdered Democratic National Committee staffer, Seth Rich, was the source of the now infamous DNC emails leaked by WikiLeaks during the 2016 Presidential primaries.

    #2 President Trump reviewed the Fox News story on Seth Rich before it was published.

    “Incredibly, according to Butowsky, the President reviewed an article written by a Fox News journalist prior to its publication and sought to get the article published ‘immediately,'” the lawsuit reads.

    # 3 The Fox News reporter, Malia Zimmerman, fabricated two quotes in the article, and attributed them to Wheeler. Here are the quotes:

    “‘My investigation up to this point shows there was some degree of email exchange between Seth Rich and Wikileaks,’ said Wheeler.”

    “‘My investigation shows someone within the DC government, Democratic National Committee or Clinton team is blocking the murder investigation from going forward,’ Wheeler said. ‘That is unfortunate. Seth Rich’s murder is unsolved as a result of that.’”

    #4 Wheeler presented his concerns to Fox News. Even after Wheeler presented his concerns regarding the fabricated quotes to Fox News, he was told to think of the story as an important political “narrative” that would replace the Russian story and that he needed to “stick to the script.” Fox News executives (per the suit: “Dianne Brandi, Fox News’s Executive Vice President, Legal and Business Affairs, and Jay Wallace, Fox News’s Executive Vice President of News and Editorial”) were made aware of Wheeler’s concerns almost immediately, but never addressed them directly.

    #5 Completely unrelated to the Seth Rich-Russia narrative/agenda outlined in the lawsuit are allegations that Wheeler has been discriminated against by Fox News on the basis of his race. Wheeler has worked for the conservative cable news channel as a part-time contributor since 2005, repeatedly seeking full-time employment, which he has been denied. This, he claims, is due to a “systemic pattern and practice of discriminating against people of color.”

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    This Shocking Video Appears To Show Baltimore Police Planting Drugs At A Crime Scene

    The defendant charged in the case involving the drugs shown in the video was scheduled to go to trial this week. The case has been dropped.

    Shocking footage from a Baltimore police officer’s body-worn camera appears to show the cop planting drugs at the scene of a crime that officials have confirmed was used to implicate a defendant scheduled to face trial on the charges this week.

    In the video, the police officer appears to place a bag of pills under some garbage in an alley. He then walks back out to the street, at which point he activates the body camera. But because the cameras are programmed to capture the 30 seconds prior to activation, the officer’s actions before returning from the alley were recorded.

    “I’m going to check here,” he can be heard saying, before he walks back down the alley. After furrowing around in the trash for a couple seconds, the officer locates the bag inside a soup can and exclaims “yo!” as he holds it up to his two fellow officers.

    Fox Baltimore reports that the defendant who was arrested in connection with the false drug bust was scheduled to face trial this week, but the charges were dropped after the man’s public defender reviewed the video and alerted the prosecutor.

    According to Fox Baltimore, the prosecutor told the defendant’s lawyer that they were “appalled” by the footage and dropped the case the next day.

    But the Baltimore Sun is also reporting that the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office that was prosecuting the case offered the defendant a plea deal after reviewing the footage.

    “We take allegations like this very seriously and that’s why we launched an internal investigation into the accusations," a spokesperson for the Baltimore Police said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. "We are fortunate to have body-worn cameras which provide a perspective of the events as reported.”

    BuzzFeed News has also reached out to the Baltimore State’s Attorney’s office and the Baltimore public defender.
    Baltimore police also issued a statement:

    “We take allegations like this very seriously and that’s why we launched an internal investigation into the accusations. We are fortunate to have Body Worn Cameras which provide a perspective of the events as reported.”

    Police would not say if the officer in question is on active duty while the internal investigation is underway.

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    said stripper leaves you, you get custody of the child, and she makes more money thus resulting in her having to pay child support

    Like in Rob and Chyna's situation, she makes more money so if Rob gets full custody of their child, she has to pay him child support

    Interested to everyone take on this now that a new dynamic has come into play

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    A husband has been jailed after his horrified wife discovered he had been repeatedly raping her in her sleep and filming the attacks on his mobile phone.

    The victim only realised what had been happening when she grew suspicious of an app on her husband’s phone called ‘Video Locker’ and she opened it up to take a look.

    She was disgusted to find footage of her husband carrying out sickening sex acts on her while she was asleep, including close-ups of him raping her.

    The woman contacted her husband after discovering the clips, which ranged from 30 seconds to two minutes, telling him: “I’ve just watched videos of you raping me on your phone.”

    The husband, who is in his 30s, did not return home but handed himself into place when he realised he had been caught out.

    He later pleaded guilty to three counts of rape, one of assault by penetration, one of attempted rape and one of sexual assault.

    In a statement, the traumatised victim said she struggled to come to terms with her husband’s actions.

    She said: “In March 2017, I discovered my husband had been sexually abusing me.

    “Since that day, my life and that of our children has been completely turned upside down in ways I still cannot come to terms with.”

    The victim, who is now on medication, added: “I never thought he would be capable of doing what he did.

    “He has completely fooled me. I never want to see him again.”

    Newcastle Crown Court heard how the couple had been together for more than 10 years when the man started the abuse in September last year.

    Mark Giuliani, prosecuting, said: “On March 14 this year, the defendant left for work. As he forgot to take his mobile phone with him, the complainant took the opportunity to look at the phone and noticed something called Video Locker.

    “Initially, she couldn’t get access to it, which caused her to become suspicious.”

    After finally managing to get in, the woman was horrified at what she saw.

    Mr Giuliani added: “It showed video recordings of the defendant participating in sexual activity with his wife while she was asleep.

    “The recordings have subsequently been destroyed.”

    Richard Herrmann, defending, said: “There’s genuine remorse and awareness of the harm he’s caused and a willingness to make changes that this man has to make so he can live a normal life after the inevitable lengthy custodial sentence he will receive today.”

    Sentencing the man, Mr Recorder Baird said: “You did so for your own sexual gratification and treated her as an object for your fantasies, disregarding her wishes or needs.”

    The man has been jailed for nine years and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

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    South Carolina governor candidate Catherine Templeton's 'proud of the Confederacy' remarks stir controversy

    COLUMBIA — Catherine Templeton made waves in her first public forum as gubernatorial candidate by saying she is “proud of the Confederacy" and pledged “we’re not going to rewrite history” by removing Confederate monuments.

    Templeton's comments late Tuesday upset black leaders in the state, who are still stung by the racially charged mass shooting at a Charleston church two years ago and the vicious fight to remove the Confederate battle flag from the S.C. Statehouse grounds.

    “I don’t think she understands the diversity we have in South Carolina and that we’re not all a bunch of flag-waving yahoos,” said Joe Darby, the AME Church's presiding elder over the Beaufort District. “When you elevate the Confederacy, you stomp on the memories of those who were subjugated, the slaves. She’s stomping on my ancestors."

    Templeton, a former two-time state agency head running in her first campaign, spoke Tuesday at a Republican town hall meeting in Pickens County, a conservative area bordering North Carolina and Georgia with the state's smallest percentage of black residents.

    A man who identified himself as a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans asked Templeton about her views on “Southern heritage and Southern defense” after other states have removed monuments and memorials. The issue remains sensitive in South Carolina since lawmakers voted in 2015 to remove the battle flag from the Statehouse grounds after Dylann Roof, a self-avowed white supremacist, killed nine black worshippers at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

    Templeton’s answer was blunt.

    “Not on my watch. I don’t think there’s anything else to say about it,” Templeton said. “You cannot rewrite history. I don’t care whose feelings it hurts. You cannot rewrite history.

    “We’re standing on the shoulders of giants in South Carolina,” she added. “And it’s why we are who we are, where we are. And I very much respect the men who gave their homes, their fortunes and their lives to put us in this position. Fortunately, we have a law, too, that protects us, and I’m sure it will be enforced.”

    State law requires two-thirds approval in the Legislature to remove historical monuments. Templeton was asked later if she would have voted to taken down the flag if she were a member of the General Assembly at the time.

    “I think what we did was we reacted,” Templeton said. “I think that’s what happens in government a lot. We have an emergency, and we create a response because it’s the only thing we have control over.

    “I’ve already said and mean it from the bottom of my heart that I’m proud to be from South Carolina, I’m proud of the Confederacy.
    But I’m not going to second guess what the people in the Statehouse did when I wasn’t there," she continued. "I live in Charleston, and I drive by Mother Emanuel on a daily basis. And a bad person took something that’s dear to us, took our heritage and turned it into hate. And I think we acted as a result.”

    Templeton’s consulting firm, Brawley Templeton, was among dozens of businesses to praise then-Gov. Nikki Haley and the Legislature in 2015 for removing the flag from the Statehouse grounds.

    “Thank you to the Palmetto State leadership for respectively placing our history where it belongs, the moral courage to truly respect the differences of one another and the ability to come together to achieve greatness as a community, rather than as individuals,” read a statement sent the day the flag was removed.

    Templeton also said during the town hall she would back a bill to ban removing any historical monuments. Several monuments on the Statehouse grounds honor leaders who worked to prevent equal rights for black South Carolinians, including former governor and U.S. Sen. Ben Tillman.

    “I would not allow monuments to be taken down,” she said. “We’re not going to rewrite history.”

    Reached Wednesday, Templeton, whose father was named after a relative wounded for the Confederacy in the Civil War, did not back away from her comments at the town hall.

    “I am who I am because of my ancestors,” Templeton told The Post and Courier. “I’m proud of my family, and that doesn’t make me a racist. History may make us uncomfortable, but it made us who we are.”

    Dot Scott, president of the Charleston chapter of the NAACP, said Templeton is not alone among politicians in her showing support for the Confederacy 152 years after the Civil War ended. She said she believes Templeton’s main foe for the 2018 Republican nomination, Gov. Henry McMaster, shares her views.

    "We have two candidates that give NAACP heartburn,” Scott said. “We’re continuing the same mindset that brought us Dylann Roof. Dylann Roof did not rewrite history. He was reflecting history the way it is.”

    S.C. Democratic Party Chairman Trav Robertson said the leading Republicans for governor now have issues involving race: McMaster is a member of a country club with no black members and now Templeton is trying to appeal to racist tendencies of voters. No Democrats have announced bids for governor next year.

    "It's extremely sad. It's evident that neither lives in the 21st century," Robertson said. "The governor of South Carolina is the governor for all people. At the end of the day, I can't fix dumb-ass."

    Asked Wednesday about Templeton’s remarks, McMaster, a former lieutenant governor and state attorney general, said, "I am very happy to be a South Carolinian, and I think that particular issue has been discussed and resolved, and I think everybody I know who lives in South Carolina is very happy to be a South Carolinian. We're very proud of ourselves."

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  • 08/04/17--09:05: Rep your phone home screen
  • The essentials


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    Martin Shkreli, the eccentric former pharmaceutical CEO notorious for a price-gouging scandal and for his snide "Pharma Bro" persona on social media, was convicted Friday on federal charges he deceived investors in a pair of failed hedge funds.

    A Brooklyn jury deliberated five days before finding Shkreli guilty on three of eight counts. He had been charged with securities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

    Prosecutors had accused Shkreli of repeatedly misleading investors about what he was doing with their money. Mostly, he was blowing it with horrible stock picks, forcing him to cook up a scheme to recover millions in losses, they said.

    Shkreli, 34, told "lies upon lies," including claiming he had $40 million in one of his funds at a time when it only had about $300 in the bank, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alixandra Smith said in closing arguments. The trial "has exposed Martin Shkreli for who he really is — a con man who stole millions," added another prosecutor, Jacquelyn Kasulis.

    But the case was tricky for the government because investors, some wealthy financiers from Texas, testified at the trial conceded that Shkreli's scheme actually succeeded in making them richer, in some cases doubling or even tripling their money on his company's stock when it went public. The defense portrayed them as spoiled "rich people" who were the ones doing the manipulating.

    "Who lost anything? Nobody," defense attorney Ben Brafman said in his closing argument. Some investors had to admit on the witness stand that partnering with Shkreli was "the greatest investment I've ever made," he added.

    For the boyish-looking Shkreli, one of the biggest problems was not part of the case - his purchase in 2014 of rights to a life-saving drug that he promptly raised the price from $13.50 to $750 per pill. Several potential jurors were kept off the panel after expressing distain for the defendant, with one calling him a "snake" and another "the face of corporate greed."

    The defendant also came into the trial with a reputation for trolling his critics on social media to a degree that got him kicked off Twitter and for live-streaming himself giving math lessons or doing nothing more than petting his cat, named Trashy. Among his other antics: boasting about buying a one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album for $2 million.

    During about a month of testimony, Shkreli appeared engaged at times, grinning when his lawyer described him as a misunderstood misfit. Other times he looked bored, staring into space and playing with his hair.

    Shkreli, who comes from an Albanian family in Brooklyn, was arrested in 2015 on charges he looted another drug company he founded, Retrophin, of $11 million in stock and cash to pay back the hedge fund investors. Investors took the witness stand to accuse Shkreli of keeping them in the dark as his scheme unfolded.

    "I don't think it mattered to him — it was just what he thought he could get away with," said Richard Kocher, a New Jersey construction company owner who invested $200,000 with Shkreli in 2012. "It was insulting."

    Shkreli's lawyer agreed his client could be annoying, saying, "In terms of people skills, he's impossible," and referring to him as a "nerd" and a "mad scientist." But he said his hedge fund investors knew what they were getting.

    "They found him strange. They found him weird. And they gave him money. Why? Because they recognized genius," Brafman said, adding that they had signed agreements that his client wasn't liable if they lost their money.

    Jurors also heard odd vignettes befitting the quirky defendant: how Shkreli slept on the floor of his office in a sleeping bag for two years; how a drug company board member and former American Express executive wrote an email saying he'd meet with Shkreli "only if I can touch your soft skin"; how Shkreli wrote a letter to the wife of an employee threatening to make the family homeless if the man didn't settle a debt.

    Shkreli didn't testify. But rather than lay low like his lawyers wanted, he got into the act by using Facebook to bash prosecutors and news organizations covering his case. In one recent post, he wrote, "My case is a silly witch hunt perpetrated by self-serving prosecutors. ... Drain the swamp. Drain the sewer that is the (Department of Justice.)"

    The judge ordered Shkreli to keep his mouth shut in and around the courtroom after another rant to new reporters covering the trial.

    Prosecutors "blame me for everything," he said. "They blame me for capitalism."

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    self made spreadsheet?

    how yall niggas keep track of ya finances?

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  • 08/04/17--12:20: Can Black People Be Racist?
  • Simple question for the IC. Is there a simple answer, and if so, is it yes?

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    Martin Shkreli convicted of securities fraud, conspiracy

    By Aaron Smith and Julia Horowitz August 4, 2017: 4:12 PM ET

    Martin Shkreli, who gained national notoriety two years ago for jacking up the price of an AIDS drug, was convicted of securities fraud Friday for mismanaging two investment funds.

    A jury in Brooklyn deliberated almost five days before returning guilty verdicts against Shkreli, 34, on two counts of securities fraud and a single count of conspiracy. He was acquitted on five other counts of conspiracy.

    The most serious count, securities fraud, carries a maximum prison term of 20 years.

    When the first guilty verdict was delivered, Shkreli looked to his right with a surprised smirk. Outside, he called his prosecution "a witch hunt of epic proportions," and he focused on the acquittals. "Maybe they found one or two broomsticks," he said.

    Barely an hour after the verdict, he was livestreaming on YouTube from his apartment, holding a beer and predicting that the sentence would be "close to nil." He said that if he does go to prison, it will probably be a "Club Fed" where he will "play basketball and tennis and Xbox" for a couple of months.

    Shkreli's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, raised the prospect of an appeal and said the verdict would give the court "enormous discretion" on sentencing. No sentencing date was set.

    Federal prosecutors accused Shkreli of cheating investors out of more than $11 million between 2009 and 2014 in what amounted to a Ponzi scheme.

    They said he mismanaged money at the investment funds Elea Capital, MSMB Capital and MSMB Healthcare, as well as while he was CEO of Retrophin (RTRX), a pharmaceutical company he founded in 2011.

    Prosecutors argued that he lied to investors at MSMB Capital and MSMB Healthcare about how well the funds were doing, and that he used money from Retrophin as a piggy bank to pay off MSMB investors, and to cover personal loans and other debts.

    Brafman framed his client as an oddball genius who ultimately made his investors richer. He said that Shkreli never intended to defraud anyone, and called him an "honest kid."

    Shkreli drew national scorn two years ago when, as the CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, he unapologetically raised the price of an AIDS drug from $13.50 per pill to $750. That episode is unrelated to the fraud case.

    The Daily Beast named him the "most hated man in America." He defended the price hike, claiming that his company needed to profit from the drug. He also said that everyone who needs it would be able to afford the drug, Daraprim.

    After his indictment, Shkreli used Twitter and Periscope to livestream himself playing video games in his pajamas and chronicle trips around New York to about 200,000 followers.

    In January of this year, he was kicked off Twitter and Periscope after making unwanted advances toward a magazine editor. He kept up his use of social media throughout the trial, posting videos on Facebook despite efforts by prosecutors and his own lawyer to keep him quiet.

    "My case is a silly witch hunt perpetrated by self-serving prosecutors," he said on Facebook at one point. "Thankfully my amazing attorney sent them back to junior varsity where they belong. Drain the swamp. Drain the sewer that is the DOJ. MAGA."

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    "Women never lie of rape..." except when they do.

    Nightclub and dorm footage clears USC student, 20, of rape after it showed girl, 19, who claimed she was too drunk to consent being the aggressor, kissing him, and leading him to her room

    Security footage from a local nightclub and a college dormitory has cleared a University of California student of rape.

    Arman Premjee, 20, was accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old fellow student in her dorm room after meeting at Banditos Taco & Tequila in Los Angeles on April 1.

    However, the security footage showed her kissing Premjee, leading him out of the nightclub and making obscene sexual gestures.

    The woman told detectives when questioned that she didn't remember anything from that night.

    'She knew what she was doing. She was able to stand on her own two feet. She led the way,' Premjee said.

    After seeing the video, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge dismissed the case on Tuesday saying: 'I believe there was consent. There is a very strong indication that the alleged victim in this case was the initiator.'

    USC is reportedly conducting its own investigation and Premjee could still be expelled.



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    Do you think some of these institutions need to end or they dont matter? especially based on where we are in human history socially and economically also the fact that they are Legacies of terrible histories really Colonialism, Slavery Genocide , Elitism etc

    countris like the UK and some European countries that already have full democracies dont really need these institutions so why do they exist even if its ceremonial...

    What are your opinions of people like Queen Elizabeth still having Dominion and titles in full independent countries ?




    Saudi Arabia






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    When the ladies have finished being raw dogged by Usher:


    Damn Kevin Hart got caught cheating, R. Kelly has a sex cult, and Usher is giving women that napalm cooch. Only person that won this week is O.J.

    Drop your jokes.

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