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Why is Jordyan Carroll in Jail?

by TBird

She’s the California surf at sunset, by way of an Alabama moon.  American as Apple Pie.  The girl who helps others and rallies to free those in need.  Only 19 years old, fighting for justice the way only the young and idealistic can.

And she is currently serving more time in jail for protesting the murder of Kelly Thomas – than those who killed him.

Jordyann Carroll flashes a peace sign at her high school graduation.

Jordyan Carroll flashes a peace sign at high school graduation.

Kelly Thomas’ murder has rocked the sleepy suburban town of Fullerton.  Thomas, a mentally challenged, unarmed homeless man pled for his life as police officers beat him – to death.  He can be seen on video calling out for his father, begging them to stop, to no avail.

Beaten to Death by the Fullerton Police Dept.

Beaten to Death by the Fullerton Police Dept.

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Shocked by this tragedy, Jordyan Carroll, like many others, took to the streets in protest.  According to Ms. Carroll, it was during one of these protests, that a News Reporter shoved Ms. Carroll.  Carroll shoved back. A scuffle ensued.  No one was seriously injured.  Somehow however, the City of Fullerton pressed charges against Ms. Carroll and sentenced her to jail.

 

Being handcuffed and taken to jail, last week.
Being handcuffed and taken to jail, last week.

A college student and skydiving enthusiast, Ms. Carroll had no prior record.  She came to California two years ago, from Alabama.  Plunked down in the middle of a thriving protest movement in Orange County, she learned the hard way about corruption and city politics.  She was not a danger to society, nor did she pose any threat to anyone.  The reporter who picked a fight with her was not injured and there were no crimes committed.  Yet they locked up this teenager, while their own killer cops walk free?

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What is wrong with the City of Fullerton that they would allow this?  First the murder of Kelly Thomas.  Then the whitewash of the murder and those who did it, go free.  Now those who stand up against this injustice – intimidated and manipulated by trumped up charges, pressed into plea bargains and serving time – for…what exactly?  To be made into an example? To be used for political purpose? To send a message to other protesters?

Allowing your out of control cops to beat and kill the helpless is a dereliction of your duty.  Sending this girl to a dangerous place like jail for a frivolous charge just so you can make a political statement is also a dereliction of your duty.  We are watching you, City of Fullerton.

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Jordyan Carroll in California.

Beautiful Jordyan.  Photo by Igmar Rodas

 

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Graduation Day.

 

 

 

Tuesday
20
May 2014

America’s Police Brutality Blotter: How Your Disney Dream Vacation Could Become A Nightmare.

by BombshellBetty

Anaheim Police Take Aim at Unarmed Civilians.

The Mayor of Anaheim has a problem.  First a police attack dog unleashed on women and children, then like a dog
with a taste for blood, Anaheim police have killed an unarmed civilian - again. This time, just miles from
Disneyland. Eight killings just this year.  The first victim this last weekend, twenty-something Manuel Diaz,
reportedly shot in the back of the head and left to gasp for breath on the ground.  Pronounced
dead on arrival at the hospital.  24 hours later, on Sunday, a second man, reportedly shot - "execution style"
in the back, according to new reports that the family has filed a lawsuit. Continue Reading...
Tuesday
24
July 2012

Boycott Power

by BombshellBetty

Photo: Pinups For Justice

 

As Rush Limbaugh’s sweaty, red faced corporate sponsors found out in a hurry, don’t piss off the sluts.  Dropped like a hot potato, Rush is left to scramble around back peddling and mincing his way through the misogynistic hellhole he’s dug for himself.  The Emperor, it seems, has no clothes.  As dittoheads try to wrap their brains around how to justify his behavior, like any abuser, they out themselves.  All we sluts have to do, is sit back and watch the show.  And pass the popcorn.

So now, we have a triangulation of scandal, sex, and boycott – just enough – for We, The People to maybe get it?  There is power in the boycott.  There is history, in the boycott.  We vote with our wallets.  It’s really the only language those who value money over people understand.

Montgomery Bus Boycott, blackpast.org

So let’s fight fire, with fire.

Boycott Power.  Boycott Greed.  Especially dirty power.  Boycott those who think they are above others, who think it’s okay to abuse others.   To pollute our water, our air, and think nothing of crashing our economy overnight.   Just ask Greece or Ireland. Continue Reading…

Thursday
26
April 2012

The Long Shadow of Johnny Cash

by TBird

photo: neonamerican.com

We all stand in it, whether we know it or not.  His fierce independence, fiery will and strong voice stood strong for every man, and no one.  Never pretended to be any different, than who he was, yet it was his sameness that stood for us all.  Wild, rebellious and free, he spoke his mind and stood his ground.  He’d been an outlaw and bad boy, yet loved deeper than most have ever known, and had seen pain far beyond most of our comprehension. Continue Reading…

Wednesday
08
February 2012

Greedy Crybabies, Take Two.

by Rabble Rouser

It seems the entertainment industry is “uncomfortable with the internet.”  They don’t like people freely sharing entertainment?  They sound like a bunch of crybabies, just like the Wall Street dudes in diapers we highlighted earlier.  I find it hard to have sympathy for their whining, when the people they want to penalize are the end user, the people who enjoy and buy their products, rather than those who are making a buck off those same users, who are sharing those products.

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Saturday
28
January 2012

SOPA Internet Blackout

by TBird

Palomino Road is observing the Internet Blackout today, in protest of SOPA and PIPA.

Tuesday
17
January 2012

War on Mom n’ Pop?

by TBird

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“The President signed this assault on our Bill of Rights on New Year’s Eve, 2011. Those who still believe in him think he’s being blackmailed by world financiers, skeptics think he’s sold out. Whatever you think, it reeks with the odor of lobby. It really is a shame that for all his smarts, he’s letting his advisors lead him around by the nose. Tsk, Tsk, Mr. President. I really did think more of you. Sad to see you basically just declare war upon the American Citizenry and declare America a “battleground” where mom and pop will now have to endure jacked up military dudes showing up in riot gear to check out granny’s save the whale posts. Yeah? Greenpeace is now a terrorist group? Who knew? Granny, there’s some dudes here to see you.

Granny takes one long look at them and says ‘how much is that gear costing me, dudes?’  ”  – Rabble Rouser 

photo: ramblings-fran.blogspot.com

Monday
02
January 2012

Defense Industry Bringing The War Home?

by Rabble Rouser

How Long Will The American People Let Corporate Tyrants Own Their Government? photo: ipsnews.net

Tick tock people – time to wake up.  There are chilling things that could be happening this very minute.  Our president is poised to sign a document that shreds our Bill of Rights.  Here I thought I voted for a Constitutional Scholar.  I thought he’d protect our rights, not sign them away.  He will be losing the coveted Independent Vote with a stupid move like this.  He will lose the votes of all those starry eyed liberals who voted for him thinking he could perform miracles.  He will only be licking the boot heels of the Republicans, who wrote this assault upon the American Citizen, and who have declared war against him anyway.   What a stupid move, Mr. President.  Your “note” attached will not save you.

What is happening to America, folks?

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Friday
30
December 2011

Time Will Tell

by TBird

The Persistence of Time by Dali. photo: ideachampions.com

Whose ideas will prevail?

Will the 1%, who control the world’s resources, continue to fool the people into thinking they’re on their side?

Or, will history repeat itself, and people wake up, when the suffering has become enough?

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Wednesday
28
December 2011

Girl Groups

by TBird

Blondie, 1980s. Photo: salman-khan.net

I know Blondie’s not an actual Girl Group, but in this missive on Girl Groups, Debbie and the guys get a special spot in Girl Group lore.  For their sheer groovy girl group sounds to rip and radiate the spirit of the Girl Group across the sexes.  From somber to the sullen.  In wilderness raging or, as Aretha shows being a Girl Group unto herself, reigning.   There are the classics, the schmaltzy, and the sublime.  She of the Girl Group must rock, one way or another.  To appreciate a rockin’ female, is to behold spirit in motion, as music fills the bones, saturates the heart and legs give way to shaking and trembling.

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Monday
14
November 2011