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Progressive blog for the Central Savannah River Area.

Month: January, 2016

Camping World and xfinity Series to have Chase formats

DAYTONA BEACH — It’s official: all of NASCAR’s top touring divisions are going Chasing, starting this year.

NASCAR announced its rule changes on January 19, and the list of exhaustive rule changes took effect officially today.

Among the rule changes:

  1. All three major touring divisions now have a Chase format. Until now, neither the Camping World Truck nor xfinity Series had such a format.

    “The idea is pretty simple,” said Chairman Brian France. “When we looked at how successful the format is with the Sprint Cup Series, and the fact that drivers trying to win a championship in those lower divisions are trying to come up to the Sprint Cup, we know the way to win in the future … you’ve got to beat people, you’ve got to be winning, you’ve got to be in the crosshairs of elimination at any given moment.”

    And that’s how we want our young drivers, at a very early stage, to understand the latest in the competitive style of NASCAR. So no better way to do that than to have our championship formats consistent, and that’s one of the main reasons we did that.”

    Unlike the four-round elimination format in the Sprint Cup, the Chase for the CWTS and xfinity Series will have one fewer round. Twelve drivers will race for the title starting in Sparta, Kentucky for the xfinity title, while eight drivers will run for the CWTS crown starting at Loudon, N.H., the site of the very first Chase race for the then-Nextel Cup Series back on September 19, 2004.

  2. The 2015 NSCS champion Kyle Busch will no longer run in six lower-tier Series races. When the rule changes were announced, Mr. Ky. Busch knew he would no longer be racing in the CWTS and xfinity Series races at Homestead, Fla. as he is one of the fifteen Chasers (not including the retired Jeff Gordon) from 2015.

    Now, he has announced that Daytona Beach and Talladega, Ala. are also off his schedule for lower-tier events.

    “No restrictor-plate races, I’m out of that stuff,” he said. “No more plate races because my wife (Samantha) won’t let me. And (team owner) Joe (Gibbs).”

    Joe and Samantha have made that decision. I was thinking about it but they were like ‘no.'”

    It was as if Mrs. Busch and ex-NFL Coach Gibbs read his mind.

    The decision was made “when I hit the wall at 90 g’s,” he said.

    “That was sort of an (indication) that ‘all right, we don’t need to be doing this anymore,'” Busch said. “That was more of a Joe and Samantha request rather than something for me. I’ll race anything; I don’t care. But we’re not … invincible of course, things do happen. That was just a part of the plan.”

    They are probably the scariest, most dangerous races that we have on the calendar. There still could be some crazy things that happen at other race tracks but it’s more in the drivers’ hands. …”

    We were in the hospital and Samantha was like ‘you’re not doing these restrictor plate races anymore.’ Then she had a conversation with Joe.”

TV schedule announced

USA Network will pick up at least one Sprint Cup race this season due to NBC’s long-standing commitment to the Summer Games.

USA was announced as the TV broadcaster for the NSCS at Watkins GLen, N.Y. That race moves up to August 7 this year.

The other races remained unchanged from their Fox/FS1, NBC/NBCSN TV schedules.

What does change is that although Richmond International Raceway will remain in the spring, it will be on a Sunday for the first time since 1997, taking a church day away from dedicated fans.

Erica Kinsman gets $950,000.00 in damages after being raped by Jameis Winston

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TALLAHASSEE — A Zephyrhills, Fla. woman who was raped by Jameis Winston 37 months ago has settled one of three lawsuits she’s involved in.

Erica Kinsman, of Zephyrhills, has settled her lawsuit against Florida State. As a result, the university will pay her $950,000.00 in damages and her Title IX lawsuit will be dropped. It’s important to note that she is free to file another Title IX lawsuit against FS in the future should she get raped again and the university turns a blind eye to it.

Ms. Kinsman is currently at another college. It is unlikely she will return to Florida State.

The lawsuit spawned as a result of the lack of charges by the State Attorney’s Office, Attorney General Pam Bondi and/or the university’s disciplinary hearing that Ms. Kinsman sought.

She alleged that FS deliberately hid sexual assault claims against current Tampa Buccaneer Mr. Winston “to protect the football program” and Mr. Winston, who later won the Heisman Trophy and led the Seminoles to the 2013 national championship. Ms. Kinsman accused FS of violating the federal gender-equity law Title IX with a “clearly unreasonable response” that forced her to leave FS as the case became public 26 months ago.

There are two other lawsuits, each involving Mr. Winston and Ms. Kinsman indiviually.

Ms. Kinsman has filed a separate lawsuit against Mr. Winston, who just finished his rookie season as quarterback of the Buccaneers. Mr. Winston has countersued Ms. Kinsman for defamation. A mediation session is scheduled for this summer with a US District Court trial set for the week of March 18, 2017 in Orlando.

Monday’s settlement requires FS to commit toward rape prevention and awareness of sexual assault.

FS has revamped some of its policies, including hiring a full-time Title IX coordinator, forming a rape prevention task force and website, adding six positions related to on-campus safety and (like all other colleges nationwide) requiring all incoming freshmen to take an online course about sex and relationships.

As part of the settlement, FS will maintain those commitments for at least the remainder of the decade while publishing annual reports detailing its steps to stop and address on-campus sexual violence.

“I am happy that FSU has committed to continue making changes in order to ensure a safer environment for all students,” said Ms. Kinsman in a statement released by her attorneys. “My hope is that the federal investigation of my complaint by the Office of Civil Rights will produce even more positive change, not just at FSU, but across the country.”

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Planned Parenthood preps class-action lawsuit against Arkansas

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — When arguments begin over an unconstitutional ban on Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood, residents of Arkansas will see their money wasted by the defendants.

That’s because the state decided to defend the illegal defunding of Planned Parenthood instead of doing right and restoring the funding with minimal loss of tax dollars.

US District Judge Kristine Baker granted Planned Parenthood class action status on Monday for its challenge to Arkansas’ ban on Medicaid funding to the health care provider over videos secretly recorded by the Center for Medical Progress, whose chairman is among two people indicted for criminal acts in their failed attempt to get rid of the premier women’s health organization. That move strengthens Planned Parenthood’s bid to reverse the state’s decision in August to halt funding after the videos surfaced in July 2015, claiming to show the nonprofit group’s officials negotiating the sale of fetal body parts for profit.

Planned Parenthood has denied the accusation.

Suzanna de Baca, president of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, said the group’s attorneys would proceed with the paperwork to formalize the class action in an expeditious manner.

In a decision last year, Judge Baker ruled that Arkansas violated federal law by banning Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid funds. She ordered the state to restore the funds as a result of a lawsuit by three women, all whom the judge ruled would face irreparable harm if Planned Parenthood is disqualified from the Medicaid program. As of this post, Arkansas has failed to do so.

“Plaintiffs and other class members will rely on the exact same legal theory in challenging (the state’s) actions,” Baker wrote.

The state attorney general’s office had asked Baker to deny class-action certification or, in the alternative, narrow the scope of the class to include only current patients of Planned Parenthood, arguing that the class should not include “people who have never set foot in a PPH facility” because including them would make it impossible to ascertain who the members of the class are. Baker disagreed.

“The Court finds that the class definition is drafted in a way such that class members are ascertainable by objective criteria and declines to narrow the scope of the class,” she said in the order.

Suzanna de Baca, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, said in a statement Monday, “We’re pleased that in granting the request for class certification today, the court has brought plaintiffs one step closer to being able to protect the rights of the thousands of Arkansans who are still affected by Governor Hutchinson’s illegal efforts to block Medicaid patients from accessing health care at Planned Parenthood.”

Planned Parenthood now will ask Baker to extend the preliminary injunction to include “all of the women and men who depend on Planned Parenthood for care,” de Baca said.

Here’s hoping that Planned Parenthood not only wins this case, but is also given the authority to seize all of Arkansas’s Medicaid funding in the process.

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Robert Olsen, Dekalb County Police deputy, indicted for killing naked Air Force vet, resigns

DECATUR, Ga. — A DeKalb County Police Department deputy was indicted on Thursday, January 21, for killing a naked Air Force veteran.

Robert Olsen is charged with two counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated assault, one count of making a false statement, and two counts of violation of oath by a public officer.

“All six counts” chants swelled near the DeKalb courtroom on the night after the announcement. Carolyn Giummo, 27-year-old Anthony Hill’s mother, said she was thankful for the grand jury’s decision.

Deputy Olsen turned himself in to custody at his place of employment in the wee hours of Friday.

Deputy Olsen, who is white, shot Airman Hill, who is black, in broad daylight on March 9, 2015, after reports of a man allegedly behaving erratically outside an apartment building. Airman Hill’s family has said he suffered from mental health problems diagnosed while in the service.

The shooting prompted protests for ten-plus months. Rise Up Georgia led a campout at the DeKalb courthouse starting on MLK night.

The DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office released this statement after the indictment:

“The felony murder charges stem from two separate felonies committed by Olsen – aggravated assault and violating his oath as a certified Georgia peace officer. Specifically, Olsen is charged with violating his oath to ‘observe all the rules, orders and regulations’ of the police department, including the agency’s Use of Force policy. The indictment charges Olsen with falsely telling a fellow officer that the victim physically assaulted him prior to the shooting.”

Deputy Olsen turned in his gun and badge on Monday after he was released from jail and resigned from the department.

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Center for Medical Progress founder indicted for slanderous scheme against Planned Parenthood…in Texas!

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HOUSTON — Looks like the scheme to permanently harm women and their health care nationwide backfired big time.

David Daleiden, 26, was one of two people indicted for their slanderous near-decade long attempt to harm low-income women by destroying Planned Parenthood. He was indicted on a misdemeanor charge of purchase or sale of human organs.

Sandra Merritt, of San Jose, Calif., a long-time anti-choice extremist, was also indicted.

She and Mr. Daleiden were both then dinged with felonies: tampering with a governmental record, one count.

The charge was related to the fake identifications they presented to Planned Parenthood workers in videos the Harris County grand jury and state officials in Austin each received in July 2015.

“We were called upon to investigate allegations of criminal conduct by Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast,” said Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson in a statement after Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick and Ken Paxton all called for a criminal investigation of the primary women’s health care provider after CMP released its fifth deceptively edited video in August 2015 aimed at stopping life-saving fetal tissue research for cures to deadly diseases like polio and HPV. “As I stated at the outset of this investigation, we must go where the evidence leads us. All the evidence uncovered in the course of this investigation was presented to the grand jury. I respect their decision on this difficult case.”

Thirteen days earlier, Planned Parenthood filed a federal racketeering lawsuit against the Center for Medical Progress. The lawsuit charges the CMP used aliases, obtained fake government IDs, illicitly recorded conversations without consent, and formed a bogus tissue procurement company called BioMax, in an effort to infiltrate private medical conferences and health-care centers. If found guilty, the CMP would have their assets seized, and Mrs. Merritt and Mr. Daleiden will have their assets seized immediately as well.

The lawsuit calls CMP “a complex criminal enterprise conceived and executed by anti-abortion extremists.”

And then there’s this: the CMP is also embroiled in a lawsuit filed by the National Abortion Federation (NAF) last summer. It was the first legal action of any kind taken against the CMP.

The indictment of Mr. Daleiden and his associate Monday marks the first time anyone involved with the attack videos has been criminally charged. Sadly, this comes two months too late as four people were killed as a result of two separate terrorist attacks at two Planned Parenthood affiliates in the wake of the videos.

A fresh warrant has been cut for Mr. Daleiden’s arrest.

“It’s great news because it demonstrates what we have said from the very beginning, which is that Planned Parenthood is following every rule and regulation, and that these people came into our buildings under the guise of health when their true intentions were to spread lies,” Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast spokeswoman Rochelle Tafolla told the Houston Chronicle.

Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, said, “The grand jury today arrived at a conclusion we’ve understood for months: the heavily edited videos were illegally created by anti-choice extremists to discredit Planned Parenthood and spread wild misconceptions about abortion providers, jeopardizing the health care of millions of low-income Americans.”

We’re glad the grand jury reached its decision today but it will not [undo] the tremendous damage David Daleiden and his allies have done. It will not bring back the innocent lives lost in Colorado and it will not bring back the millions of dollars in taxpayer money that anti-choice Republicans in Congress have wasted on investigations of Planned Parenthood.”

To no one’s surprise, the butthurt far right started whining about a person who wasn’t even allowed to participate in the investigation.

The Federalist, one of the stinky bowels of the Internet, falsely claimed that Lauren Reeder oversaw the investigation. The truth is this: Ms. Reeder was actually forbidden from taking part in this investigation when the Blaze, Glenn Beck’s web page, reported on her Planned Parenthood connections.

However, misogynists hellbent on destroying Planned Parenthood never yield to facts when they get in the way of faux outrage.

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Bottom Line: Kentucky is maliciously violating the federal Constitution and laws by refusing to issue licenses for nudist societies

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GREENVILLE, Ky. — If you honestly thought the issue of illegally denying licenses in the State of Kentucky were limited only to Kim Davis and same-sex marriage licenses, you’re in for another rude awakening.

On June 17, 1978, Kentucky allowed for nudist societies to exist for religious purposes. However, much like the same-sex marriage license issue last summer, all 120 crooked county clerks and corrupt judges in all 120 counties have been, for the past nearly 38 years, intentionally robbing hard-earned cash from law-abiding nudists with no intentions of issuing licenses.

Here’s what the Naturist Action Committee (NAC) found during an investigation:

The state of Kentucky has allowed “nudist societies” to exist in the state – but only with the consent of a local judge or executive. As a practical matter, that consent is nearly impossible to obtain from locally elected officials who fear voter disapproval. However, officials typically retain the required application fee while they “consider” an application that will never be acted upon. There have been no reports that the fee has ever been refunded.

Imagine if Christian churches were subject to these same shenanigans (in bold) while applying for a license to build a church for fear of disapproval by atheist voters in Lexington. Or, if gun shops in Louisville were subject to the above and were denied their applications for fear of voter disapproval in the Jefferson County seat. Or, if these same shenanigans were pulled on a black family building a school for economically disadvantaged black people for fear of disapproval by conservative voters in Drakesboro.

You’d never hear the end of it (if any of these three scenarios happen) from national media.

So, why the silence on this issue, where people’s religious freedom (mines included, in the interest of full disclosure) are being violated at a whim by law-breaking judges in each of the state’s 120 counties from Paducah to Ashland?

For all the talk around religious freedom that happened in Morehead before and during the time Kim Davis was hauled off to the clink in Ashland, none of the 120 county governments in the state has an ounce of respect for Nudists’ religious freedoms or the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.

The First Amendment expressly prohibits the kinds of actions these 120+ judges have been doing since the 1978 law requiring consent via license applications under the freedom of religion clause. Since May 20, 1940 (via Cantwell vs. Connecticut), the text below has also applied to the states, so Kentucky judges can’t say that the First Amendment doesn’t apply when it comes to approving applications for nudist societies.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

What that means is that the state is blatantly and maliciously violating federal laws and amendments by refusing to approve nudist society applications that were paid for in full.

Religious freedom means freedom for all religions, including Nudism. It never meant freedom for your religion and not for others.

The Nudists in Kentucky should wise up and challenge the judges refusals to issue nudist society licenses in federal court based on the First and Fourteenth Amendment grounds. This should be an easy win against crooked judges and a crooked Kentucky licensing system.

Coship Moly X arrives in the States for $299.99

REDMOND, Wash. — Just when you thought Microsoft was finished in mobile, another ODM sets out to prove you wrong.

Coship, a Beijing ODM, released its Moly X mobile phone on Martin Luther King Day in the States.

The Moly X has a five and a half inch Full HD screen, a thirteen megapixel rear camera with a red-green dual LED flash, a five megapixel front facing camera, and a somewhat dated Snapdragon 410 mid range processor.

If you are on AT&T’s GoPhone plan, this phone plays nice on your network.

If you are on T-Mobile, however, there’s some bad news.

First, the phone doesn’t have Wi-Fi Calling. Second, it doesn’t have Voice on LTE (VoLTE). Finally, it probably doesn’t have Band 12 (the US radio specs are unknown).

Either way, this phone can be yours for $299.99 in the US, $320.99 in S.C., or $323.99 in Ky., Va. and N.Y.

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Dekalb DA vows to pursue charges against cop who killed naked Air Force veteran

DECATUR, Ga. — The DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office has said they will seek an indictment against a DeKalb County Police Department deputy who gunned down a naked Air Force veteran.

DA Robert James said that he will present the case to a grand jury on Thursday.

“The consensus in our office was the most appropriate charge to seek was felony murder,” said Mr. James.

Air Force veteran Anthony Hill, 27, was naked when he was shot down in cold blood by Deputy Robert Olsen ten months ago.

Mr. Hill, who also had issues with mental illness, was unarmed and the DA said he ultimately decided the deputy’s use of deadly force was not only unnecessary but criminal.

In addition to murder charges, Mr. James will also ask a grand jury to indict Deputy Olsen for aggravated assault, violating his oath of office and making a false statement.

Meanwhile, Rise UP Georgia and Black Lives Matter activists braved temperatures hovering in the lower 40s during the day and upper 20s during the evening to camp out at the county courthouse and send two simple messages: Public nudity is not a crime, and mental illness is not a crime.

Members say this latest demonstration is the latest push for justice in honor of Mr. Hill.

“It’s been six years, since 2010, that a Georgia officer was indicted of a murder,” said Nelini Stamp, an activist with Rise Up Georgia. “It’s been six years since any officer has been held accountable for their actions.”

The activists vow to remain camped out at the courthouse until Thursday, when former Deputy Olsen will testify before the Grand Jury and the DA.

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Planned Parenthood finally sues criminal enterprise CMP

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NEW YORK CITY — Planned Parenthood, like every other patriotic American, has had more than enough of the professional liars in the violent anti-choice movement.

On Thursday afternoon, January 14, Planned Parenthood fought back, filing a lawsuit more than a decade in the making, charging the Center for Medical Progress for racketeering, and many, many other state and federal crimes – many of which are listed above in the infographic.

The lawsuit was filed on the six-month anniversary of the release of the first of the slanderous videos, which combined had 4,022 deceptive edits. Those edits propelled the terrorist attack against the Colorado Springs, Colo. Planned Parenthood affiliate on November 27, 2015, which killed two patients and a Colorado Springs Police Office deputy.

The RICO filing is especially important, as the CMP has already unsuccessfully challenged the National Abortion Federation in a lawsuit that’s not nearly as far-reaching as Planned Parenthood’s.

Under RICO, if defendants are found guilty, the winners – in this case, Planned Parenthood – can legally seize all of the CMP’s assets and that’s in addition to the monetary damages.

The CMP aren’t the only defendants here: BioMax, David Daleiden, Troy Newman and Sandra Merritt are also co-defendants. Their assets can also be seized if they lose.

The lawsuit is against known anti-abortion extremists, including Daleiden, Troy Newman, Albin Rhomberg, and Sandra Merritt, as well as the front organizations they created to commit their crimes: CMP and BioMax.

  • The lawsuit charges that CMP, its leaders, and other co-conspirators:
    • Violated the Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act;
    • Violated the federal eavesdropping statute;
    • Engaged in wire fraud, mail fraud, invasion of privacy, illegal secret recording, and trespassing; and
    • Used a complex criminal enterprise to defraud Planned Parenthood and prevent it from providing health care.
  • The lawsuit asks for restitution of compensatory and punitive damages and triple damages for violation of the RICO Act, as well as attorney’s fees.

 

Over the course of nearly three years, CMP operatives including Daleiden and Newman:

  • Created fake identities (and fake government IDs);
  • Obtained a credit card using a fake name;
  • Used their aliases to form another front organization: a fake tissue procurement company called BioMax;
  • Wormed their way into private medical conferences and trespassed onto private property (like health care centers); and
  • Illegally recorded private professional conversations of doctors and other medical providers without consent.

When CMP’s illegally recorded videos, trespassing, and other efforts didn’t turn up anything bad, they spliced together shards of lengthy conversations to create short, deceptive, and distorted videos. In the summer of 2015, CMP started releasing these videos, which claimed that Planned Parenthood health centers profited from fetal tissue donation. Since then, CMP’s smear campaign has continued to push more lies and outrageous accusations.

And with most of the footage coming from California, the violations of Statute 632 comes into play here and Kamala Harris, the Attorney General of the CMP’s home state, is still mulling over whether criminal charges can be filed.  The Golden State is also thinking about filing a lawsuit of their own against the CMP.

There is a very high likelihood – greater than a 95% chance – that Planned Parenthood will win this lawsuit.

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Dis-Kynect-ed: Bevin unilaterally ends health care for 420,000 Kentuckians while saving absolutely nothing

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DRAKESBORO, Ky. — It’s the day low-income Kentuckians feared the most.

Matt Bevin, who took over as governor of the State of Kentucky after Steve Beshear was term-limited on December 8, 2015, has notified President Obama and the US Health and Human Services department in a nine-minute video that he’s ending Kynect sometime between January 27 and 31.

The latter date is the deadline for people to sign up for health insurance without facing penalties.  That means 420,000 residents of the state must now scramble and beat the deadline, which is in eighteen days.

In a Dec. 30 letter to Sylvia Burwell, secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bevin said he plans to wind down the state health exchange and transition Kentuckians to the federal site, healthcare.gov, to shop for insurance under the law also known as Obamacare.

…But the move is sure to disappoint some health consumer advocates who had urged Bevin to keep the site, praised for its accessibility and ease of use. The advocates have said it helped hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians sign up for health coverage.

Bevin, a Republican, had pledged to dismantle the health exchange authorized by executive order of his predecessor, Steve Beshear, a Democrat. Bevin’s letter said he wants the transition to the federal site to occur “as soon as is practicable.”

And for those who think this will save money: it won’t. In fact, taxpayers in Kentucky will not only pay a steep price tag for ending Kynect, they’re also likely to pay for the uninsured – including those who will lose their current health care due to Bevin’s unilateral action – to get health care, something that the federal Obamacare law sought to end after 24 years back in 2010.

Can’t say we didn’t warn you in November 2015.

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SLED investigating Horry County Police Department

CONWAY — At long last, the gymnophobic Horry County Police Department is under the microscope.

However, they’re being investigated for sexual assault.

Hours before the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division announced the investigation of the department, a Georgetown woman filed a lawsuit against a deputy who is at the center of the crime.

According to the lawsuit, the victim claims a detective, who is not identified, raped her between 21 and 24 months ago. At least one of the rapes happened in a patrol car.

These “unwanted sexual advances” came after the HCPD deputy was assigned to the victim to investigate a civilian rape she reported to the department 25 months ago.

Some of the rapes were as frequent as bidaily.

A whistleblower told the victim that the deputy had done this to other women he was supposed to help in other cases.

The victim further claims the HCPD knew or at least should have known its deputy engaged in sexual assaults and rapes and claims they failed to take any action whatsoever.

Hope she gets this lawsuit to become class action status. This is revolting.

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This photo perfectly illustrates the double standard with nudity in public (and film)

Nothing more needs to be said.

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