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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2005 8:16 pm    Post subject: How bad is it in America? Reply with quote

I am glad I don't live there no more...


Over a period of months, a Texas House committee has heard sworn testimony that Dallas City Hall is impotent in the face of one of the worst urban crime rates in America and wants to blame private business.

Business people from Dallas painted an ugly picture in which the city sues businesses for reporting crime in their areas; the Dallas City Council is flat-out corrupt and engages in extortion and kickbacks; cops are goons who do the dirty work of connected politicians; and when you cross the cops you get a bullet through your house.

Some of the most shocking testimony before the Texas House Civil Practices Committee was confirmed by top Dallas elected officials testifying under oath.

To the extent it was reported at all in the Dallas press, the testimony was portrayed as an obscure partisan squabble over a nuisance statute. But it was way worse than that. This was a window on civic madness.

This week the Senate is expected to take up a measure already passed nearly unanimously in the House, based on the hearings and aimed specifically at Dallas. The Legislature wants to stop Dallas from misusing an urban nuisance law originally designed to help cities shut down crackhouses, hot-sheet motels and places where landlords rake in profits from crime.

Incensed legislators, who threatened at one point to send the Texas Rangers to get Dallas City Hall under control, decided Dallas had twisted the nuisance law inside out after hearing several businesses and officials testify. But no case angered them more than the story of Dale Davenport, who owns a car wash with his dad in South Dallas.

It's such a hair-raising tale, it would be impossible to believe if the worst had not been confirmed by top Dallas officials.

For reasons that remain mysterious, the city of Dallas chose Davenport and his 70-year-old father to blame for rampant drug trouble that has raged for decades around their car wash on Martin Luther King Boulevard. These two gentlemen from East Texas, who have not so much as a speeding ticket between them, took the elder Davenport's retirement money from Lone Star Steel and dared to open up a business on MLK in South Dallas, where they have never received a single code violation or citation.

City officials told legislators they went after the Davenports because people in the vicinity of the car wash were found in possession of drugs. But then they had to admit they never went after the crackhouse that operates openly like a Narco 7-Eleven right across the street from them. Instead of helping protect the Davenports' honest business, Dallas police came around to beat up their employees and block customers from entering the property.

Dale Davenport testified about one occasion when he and seven other witnesses watched a Dallas police officer Mace a man on the car wash parking lot and then falsely accuse the man of resisting arrest. When that man's trial for resisting came up, Davenport testified on his behalf.

"The next day after I testified, a bullet went through my house," he told the committee.

The man accused of resisting arrest was acquitted. Davenport told the committee that in early April 2002, on the day of the acquittal, "I had 17 police cars and 26 officers on my lot, and they had the driveway blocked to where my customers couldn't get in."

Davenport said he attempted to complain about the incident to the Dallas Police Department's Internal Affairs Department but that IAD refused to take his report.

Dallas police Chief David Kunkle, also testifying under oath, confirmed Davenport's testimony. Kunkle was not chief of police when these events took place. But he told the committee in Austin last month that the FBI had informed him they had investigated the case and had found that someone had fired a shot through Davenport's house on the night in question.

Kunkle went on: "And it is true, and it makes me angry, and it was very unprofessional that we had 11 patrol cars that next day after the verdict that showed up at the car wash. The officers parked their cars, and it was clearly in my opinion designed to intimidate and coerce, and it was unprofessional behavior that should never have occurred."
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PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2005 1:52 pm    Post subject: People who voted for Bush.... Reply with quote

know a lot about what's going on around the world.


May 24, 2005 2:02 am US/Eastern
FOREMAN, Ark. (AP) A man was injured when he jumped from a car traveling 55-60 mph in an effort to retrieve a cigarette blown out of a passenger-side window.

Jeff Foran, 38, suffered trauma to his nose, eyes and chin after leaping from the car Saturday night and landing on the eastbound lane Arkanas 234 near the Oklahoma border, state police Trooper Jamie Gravier said.

The driver of the car, Jerry Glenn Nelson, 44, of Haworth, Okla., said Foran had asked him earlier in the evening to be a designated driver after a night of drinking.

"Foran did the right thing and asked his buddy to drive him home. Foran showed up at Nelson's home about 45 minutes earlier saying he (Foran) was too intoxicated to drive home, Gravier said.

"Nelson said Foran was smoking a cigarette when it blew out the window and Foran jumped out the window to retrieve the cigarette. Nelson said he was driving between 55 and 60 mph when Foran jumped out," the trooper said.

"It was obvious he was extremely intoxicated and this man was hurt," Gravier said. "If anything could make him stop smoking, this should be it. The man is lucky to be alive."
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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2005 10:34 am    Post subject: What is so unbelievable about that? Reply with quote

DURHAM, North Carolina (AP) -- Three large crosses were burned in separate spots around the city during a span of just over an hour, and yellow fliers with Ku Klux Klan sayings were found at one location, police said.

The cross burnings Wednesday night marked the first time in recent memory that one of the South's most notorious symbols of racial hatred has been seen in the city.

"At this day and time, I thought we'd be beyond that," said Mayor Bill Bell. "People do things for different reasons, and I don't have the slightest idea why anyone would do this."


www.cnn.com/2005/US/05/26/crosses.burned.ap/index.html
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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2005 11:32 am    Post subject: Shut up, America ...Anakin is speaking.... Reply with quote

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050526/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/rumsfeld_media_5
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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2005 2:59 pm    Post subject: America is leading the world Reply with quote

in mental illness.

www.mydd.com/story/2005/3/14/15253/7082
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PostPosted: Tue May 31, 2005 4:15 pm    Post subject: Be a good American... Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2005 1:30 pm    Post subject: The lies from RW America are endless... Reply with quote

Labor productivity per hour higher in France than in the US. Americans are more productive in dollar terms, and work about 500 hours a year longer than the French, but the French (and Belgians) are more productive when at work than we are. The French are also way more productive than the Brits, who have to work 20% more to achieve the same overall level of productivity.

In France and Belgium, worker productivity measured as value added per hour worked outpaced U.S. worker productivity. According to the report, French and Belgium workers produced $33.71 and $32.98 of value added per hour worked compared to $32.84 of value added per hour worked in the United States.

www.us.ilo.org/archive/ilofocus/2001/fall/0110focus_6.cfm

This is proof that the French "socialists" are ssoooo lazy and dumb...and the Labour Party in Britain made so many "social reforms" to transform a socialist Britain into a vibrant economic powerhouse.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2005 2:19 pm    Post subject: Kansas has some of the shittiest people in the US... Reply with quote

California has its shares of kooks, but for today, Kansas takes the trophy.

news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050601/ap_on_el_gu/women_voting_candidacy;_ylt=AokPLGJwrF2B57sM0h7_YDiyFz4D;_ylu=X3oDMTBiMW04NW9mBHNlYwMlJVRPUCUl


Women's Suffrage Opponent Seeks Office
AP - 28 minutes ago

TOPEKA, Kan. - A state senator who once said that giving women the vote was a symptom of weakness in the American family now wants to be Kansas' top elections official.

It's kind of ironic then that she'd run for office since she seems to think women have no business participating in politics. I say that view should definitely be applied in her case.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2005 4:18 pm    Post subject: Another loony sob on a rampage... Reply with quote

Some kinda of society...

http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/06/01/simivalley.shooting.ap/index.html

SIMI VALLEY, California (CNN) -- An Indiana man with a troubled past went on a two-day crime spree that left three people dead and five hospitalized before he killed himself inside a Wal-Mart, police said.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department identified the gunman as Toby Welchel, 38, whose last known address was in Indiana.

The violence began Monday when three people were shot in the front yard of a home in Thousand Oaks.

A woman identified as Jan Heyne, 51, was pronounced dead at the scene, and Steve Mazin, a 52-year-old attorney, died at a hospital. Timothy Heyne, 51, a manager for rock bands such as Nickleback and Cinderella, was hospitalized Wednesday in serious but stable condition.

Mazin was granted a restraining order against Welchel three years ago after saying the former Air Force captain was dating his estranged wife and was "dangerous and violent," the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

The third fatality, a 48-year-old woman, was killed Tuesday at her home in a separate incident, according to police. Two of her children were among the injured.

After fleeing the first house Monday, Welchel abandoned his truck and seized another at gunpoint, police said. That truck was found Tuesday morning, shortly before police received a disturbance call from the woman at a nearby home where Welchel had apparently tried to steal another vehicle.

Sheriff's Deputy Scott Ramirez arrived to find Welchel firing at the woman's husband. The deputy was struck once or twice in the left shoulder area, Sheriff Bob Brooks said.

Ramirez, 30, was hospitalized but was expected to recover. The woman, possibly shot, and two of her children were pistol-whipped, Brooks said.

The woman, identified as Carole Nordella, died from her injuries at a hospital, sheriff's officials said. The children, a 10-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl, were treated for head wounds.

A pool maintenance man, who was beaten for his car, also received hospital treatment.
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