Mississippi – A 76-year-old woman has created controversy yesterday, by breastfeeding her 42-year-old son in the middle of a KFC restaurant. Many customers of the fast food joint would of complained about the incident and prompted Linda Berrety and her son, Michael, to leave the establishment. Both finally got expelled. This unusual episode has sparked strong reactions on social medias and provoked a huge debate on the limits of breastfeeding in public places, while many customers present at the time of the event seem to have seen a gesture of sexual nature and incest, rather than a gesture of maternal concern. –
“What in God’s name was that?” claims Ali Belfouz, a customer who witnessed the whole scene. “I have nothing against breastfeeding, but that was pure nonsense. I felt like if I was watching some fetish type of porno. You have to be insane to breastfeed your child at that age. They should of got arrested for gross indecency rather then getting expelled.” “It’s my right as a mother to breastfeed my child,” says Mrs. Berrety. “If people don’t agree with the way I raise my son, that’s their problem. I have raised a great man, beautiful, tall, who still lives and stays with me. I think I’ve done a great job as a mother and don’t appreciate getting insulted and expelled just because I decided to breastfeed my child a little longer than other mothers.”
In front of the controversy sparked by the incident, KFC spokesperson Jocelyn Binoy quickly reacted and apologized to Mrs. Berrety and her son, and promises to condemn the decision of the manager to expel them. The chances of winning of the 76-year-old woman would be pretty excellent, according to many legal experts. Since 1976, the United States Bill of Rights prevents all discrimination against women breastfeeding in public, that at many occasions, merchants were condemned to pay important fines to women who were asked to stop breastfeeding or expelled for doing so.
Would you complain? I personally think this is a little too weird
One suspect in Bunny Friend Park mass shooting ID’d, to be booked on 17 counts of attempted murder
Joseph “Moe” Allen, the man New Orleans police named Friday as the first confirmed suspect in Sunday’s mass shooting at Bunny Friend Park, has ties to “more than one organization,” NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said, hinting at a possible gang motive for the shooting spree that left 17 people wounded as bullets sprayed through a frantic block party crowd.
Court records show that Allen, 32, once had criminal ties to Travis “Trap” Scott, the leader of the 7th Ward “Frenchmen and Derbigny” gang. Scott’s younger brothers opened fire on a Mother’s Day second-line parade in 2013, injuring 20 — but, just as in this week’s melee, killing no one.
Allen and Travis Scott were co-defendants in a 2002 cocaine and heroin possession case in which both men pleaded guilty, records show.
At a news conference Friday afternoon with Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Harrison declined to spell out a motive or say how many shooters police believe opened fire about 6:15 p.m. Sunday at the Upper 9th Ward playground.
He and Landrieu pleaded for witnesses to come forward with video or other evidence, while warning of criminal consequences for anyone hiding the shooters.
“This is not a game and we are absolutely not playing with you,” Harrison said. “We need video. We need photos. We need people to come forward and tell us what happened.”
In the meantime, police continued to search for Allen, whom Harrison described as armed and dangerous.
Police said he faces 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder, one for each of the four minors and 13 adults who suffered bullet wounds in the attack at the park in the 1900 block of Gallier Street.
Police officers were just heading there to break up a crowd that numbered in the hundreds when the gunfire erupted.
The youngest victim, a 10-year-old boy, was shot in the thigh, police said. Ten of the 17 victims were female.
Harrison said most of the victims were in good to fair condition Friday, with one or two still dealing with “pretty critical” but not life-threatening injuries.
Landrieu, who has described the shootout as “domestic terrorism,” called the naming of Allen as a suspect “just the first shoe that dropped.”
“We are going to do everything we can to make sure the other shoes drop as well,” the mayor said. “This is a great first step. We need the people who were in that park to get information to us. We have not yet received videos, and everybody knows there were lots of them out there.”
Police are asking the public to call Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111. A $5,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest.
As the shooters began firing, witnesses said, hundreds of people broke into a stampede, many of them scrambling over each other and a chain link fence to safety.
Harrison said police suspect there were several shooters and “probably multiple targets.”
“With the number of shooters, they weren’t just shooting at one person. There were people shooting at each other, and a lot of people got hurt,” he said. “We’re so glad that it wasn’t worse than what it was.”
Most of the gunshot wounds were to the victims’ lower bodies or extremities, although one 37-year-old man suffered a graze wound to the back of his head, according to police.
Two of the victims, a 20-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman, took more than one bullet, police said.
Allen’s criminal history includes a no contest plea to a 2010 carjacking, for which he received a five-year prison sentence; a home invasion charge from that same year on which a judge found him not guilty; a heroin possession charge in 2009, to which he pleaded guilty and received an eight-year sentence in 2012; a weapons possession count from 2008 that was dismissed; and various earlier drug charges.
Just how much of the eight-year sentence Allen served, and his release date, was unclear late Friday. Court records show that a judge two years ago amended his sentence to make him eligible for work release and other programs through the state corrections department.
Among them was the 2002 cocaine charge for which his co-defendant was Travis Scott, the older brother of Akein “Keemy” Scott and Shawn “Shizzle” Scott, who together pleaded guilty in September to racketeering charges and other counts from a federal indictment centered on the Mother’s Day 2013 mass shooting.
Akein and Shawn Scott were accused of firing into a parade while targeting an associate of the rival Prieur and Columbus Boys gang. Travis Scott pleaded guilty last month to the racketeering charge, a drug conspiracy count and firearms charges. All three Scotts, along with another brother, Stanley Scott, await sentences of 20 years to life.
Travis Scott was accused of leading a cocaine and heroin ring — supported by gun violence that included numerous attempted murders — out of the Frenchmen Meat Market. He also admitted that, after the Mother’s Day shooting, he “sought to intimidate witnesses who he thought were cooperating with police.”
Fifth District Cmdr. Chris Goodly declined to say Friday whether Allen is related to a Central City family of the same surname, several members of which were recently convicted in federal court in a major drug-dealing conspiracy prosecution.
“Any ties to the Allen family as regards Mr. Joseph ‘Moe’ Allen, we won’t release that at this point,” Goodly said.
Interesting that the mainstream media did not report on this one….. Or is it?
The officiating this season has been bad, and the NFL knows it.
It’s cost teams games, it’s frustrated coaches and fans, and it’s tarnishing the shiny product the NFL likes to put out.
Let’s recap just a few of the lowlights from this season:
■ Referee’s missed a false start that would have negated the Jaguars’ final play in a 22-20 last-second win over the Ravens.
■ The Seahawks blatantly “illegally batted” the ball out of the endzone in the final two minutes that would have given the Lions the ball inside the 1-yard line and a chance to win. No call or penalty was given.
■ There were multiple officiating flubs in Monday’s Patriots-Bills game, including an inadvertent whistle that ended a potentially big play for the Patriots. Referees also mistakenly used the college football rule to run the final two seconds off the clock even though Sammy Watkins had gotten out of bounds.
■ 18 seconds were allowed to run off the clock in the final minutes of the Steelers-Chargers game.
■ Officials gaffed when calling the Ravens for an ineligible receiver, even though Ravens lineman John Urschel checked in with referee Ronald Torbert and identified himself as eligible.
So what gives with the officiating this year? Thats not a straighfoward answer but lets start with a few things that could be leading to the inconsistent and below average performance of the NFL’s referees.
1. There has been a huge turnover in referees in the last two years.
The NFL hired 23 new officials and swapped out 20 over the past two years, which am officiating source called “an unusually high number” when speaking to the Boston Globe. There is no substitution for experience. We have new, green, and inexperienced referees calling crucial NFL games.
2.The current evaluation system isn’t working.
The NFL grades its officials on every call made every week, rewarding the highest-graded officials with postseason games. But the grading system perhaps isn’t as transparent or communicated to the officials as well as it should be. Officials are graded and ranked into three tiers, with the third tier being the worst performers. The worst referees are then given enhanced training and focus, and if no improvement is seen the NFL considers moving on from these officials.
Sources that spoke to the Boston Globe on this about the system, “Ask some officials and they’d say, ‘What grading system?’ ” one of the officiating sources said. “Sometimes it causes more confusion than answers questions.”
3. Instant replay booth review is making referees worse.
The most significant change this season is with the instant replay system. Officials and VP of officiating Dean Blandino watch every game from league headquarters and communicate with referees during replay situations. Multiple officiating sources within the league told the Boston Globe that this implementation “has mostly caused the officials to question their calls on the field and rely on Blandino and the league office for guidance.” Many officials also question the choice of Blandino in guiding replay calls as he has never been an on-field official in the NFL.
4. NFL officials aren’t full-time employees.
This is a compelling argument for a change in policy. Simply put, refereeing isn’t the full-time occupation of the men and women that wear the stripes. It’s not their day job. Roger Goodell recently spoke on this saying that the league would be open to the idea of full-time officiating.
“We believe that at least on a limited basis it could be very much a positive for officials, for our clubs, obviously our fans to bring that consistency level up,” he said.
The idea of full-time officials would be to increase training and focus of these employees. They are currently highly paid part-time professionals making, on average, more than $173,000 per year (plus a 401k plan) working 14 or 15 games per season (plus playoffs), so expectations should be high. It’s not a matter of pay, but of commitment to the craft and hours put in to be an expert.
5. The development and scouting of referees isn’t working.
The league has a regional network of 92 officiating scouts looking for potential candidates from the high school and college levels, which has led to a pool of about 2,000 officials that were invited to apply to the league’s Officiating Development Program. The NFL then tracks their performance and chooses about 20 officials to be in the Advanced Developmental Program, where they are groomed to be NFL officials and are the first people called when there are vacancies.
But the officials aren’t getting enough in-game, live training of NFL rules, which leads to situations like the official in the Patriots-Bills game calling a college rule instead of an NFL rule. There has been a lot of talk about the NFL needing a developmental league to help the players, but the league could also use one to help its officials.
Tempe police are investigating and making great memes after they say a man drove to pick up his girlfriend from jail in a stolen truck Monday.
According to police, an officer was driving to Tempe Police Headquarters when a license plate reader on his vehicle alerted him that he had just passed a stolen vehicle. Another officer stopped the truck and took the driver into custody, Tempe Police Lieutenant Michael Pooley told 12 News in an email.
The driver told police he was going to pick up his girlfriend from jail. The driver said he was borrowing the truck from someone else, police said.
Tempe Police’s tweet about the incident was retweeted over 150 times.
The California “Motor Voter” Law Will Allow Illegal Aliens To Vote
A California state bill was just signed in to law by Gov. Jerry Brown, that will register and allow illegal aliens to vote in US Elections. The New Motor Voter Act (A.B.1461) that is now law in California, automatically registers residents of California to vote at the DMV. According to the law and a report by the Washington Times, “The New Motor Voter Act automatically registers to vote all eligible voters when they obtain or renew their drivers licenses at the Department of MotorVehicles instead of requiring them to fill out a form.”
“The goal is to ease barriers to voting, but election-integrity advocates warn that the measure could inadvertently add millions of illegal voters to the rolls given that California allows undocumented aliens to obtain drivers licenses.” California state officials are praising the law and Alex Padilla, California’s Secretary of State says, “Citizens should not be required to opt in to their fundamental right to vote. We do not have to opt in to other rights, such as free speech or due process. The right to vote should be no different.” State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez from San Diego said, “This bill will lead to millions more registered California voters, which means more people we can talk to.”
The RAW Scoop is this. Critics of the law have called it for what it really is. Absolute and complete voter fraud and corruption on a grand scale. Stephen Frank from California Political Review issued a statement saying, “A.B. 1461 assures corruption of our elections. Our elections will look like those of Mexico and other corrupt nations and honest people will stop voting, since illegals will out vote them.” Linda Paine of the Elections Integrity Project says, “Citizens must oppose this treasonous attempt to turn California into a form of government that gives.
Snitch ruins grannies’ mahjong games but gives them moment of fame as ‘international gamblers’
Someone was suspicious of Zelda King and her gang of gambling grandmas.
She and her octogenarian gal-pals gathered every Thursday at the clubhouse of the Escondido Condominium retirement community in Altamonte Springs, where they spent hours around a table overlooking the pool, wagering on mahjong.
Then the cops came.
A snitch had ratted them out, authorities said.
“It’s ridiculous,” she said of the police inquiry into money games at the Escondido Condominiums clubhouse.
The probe was prompted by a complaint to state authorities about gambling at the condo complex, including penny-ante poker, $5 bingo nights and mahjong games with King and her friends, Bernice Diamond, Lee Delnick and Helen Greenspan, a Holocaust survivor.
Mahjong, a game of Chinese origin, is played with a set of 144 tiles featuring Chinese characters and symbols.
“My neurologist, Dr. Oppenheim, said it’s very good for the brain,” said King, who’s been playing for 70 years.
The gambling gripe was forwarded to Altamonte Springs police, who dispatched a detective to nose around the clubhouse where a leaflet, taped to the door, announced Friday night “horse racing” – a game in which a dice roll decides how fast your pony runs.
The note advised players to bring small bills.
Police provided the condo board with a copy of Florida’s gaming statute, which allows mahjong as well as pinochle, bridge, rummy, canasta, hearts and dominoes – but forbids soliciting participants “by advertising in any form… .” That apparently includes leaflets taped to clubhouse doors.
But police ultimately decided the small-stake games were harmless. They apologized, said Bob Burnett, president of the condominium association’s governing board.
“A complaint was made and they had to check it out,” he said.
But the condo board, unnerved by the police visit, immediately closed the clubhouse to all games where money might change hands, including Frank Muscarella’s poker games – “We play for pennies,” he said – and the grandmas’ mahjong.
“It was just until we were sure we were doing everything right,” Burnett said.
The state law says penny-ante games are legal as long as the winning pot doesn’t exceed $10.
King said neither she nor any of her friends have ever been arrested for anything, but they suddenly felt like outlaws.
They tried to take their game underground, away from prying eyes.
King said they held one game at Diamond’s house in Longwood, but she got lost on the drive back home.
She fretted the condo board’s ban would not only interrupt the weekly games but break up her gang.
“It’s hard to keep a group like this together. Someone’s always got to go to the doctor, someone’s always sick. We’re all old. We’re all on the brink,” she said, laughing.
Her daughter, Joanne Kane of Longwood, was upset her mom couldn’t play her favorite game in the community where she has lived for 13 years.
“I want my mom every day to have a good day,” she said. “The money isn’t the point of the game for them. The most they can lose even on their worst day is $4. It’s more of a social thing, a reason to get out of the house. They have a ball together.”
News of the gambling crackdown appeared on “Heritage,” a Florida-based Jewish news site. The story has since been picked up by the web-based Huffington Post and The Times of Israel, an international news site for Jews.
The women suddenly were famous international gamblers.
King said a friend kiddingly told her, “My daughter says I can’t play with you anymore.”
As it turns out, the grandmothers’ game was legal and the controversy made them feel young again.
“If nothing else, we’ve gotten a big laugh out of it,” King said.
Some people ae nothing but petty little bitches…….
Jay Darshane told the Chicago Tribune that the FBI also took the video recorder containing all of the restaurant’s surveillance images.
It’s not clear what that video might have shown, but the accusation of tampering has fueledthe anger of protesters who say the city, the police and local prosecutors have mishandled the case. After months of refusals, the city released police squad car video of the shooting on Tuesday in response to a judge’s order. But both the police chief and the Cook County state’s attorney deny the Burger King video was altered.
The Burger King is just yards from where 17-year-old Laquan McDonald fell when the first few rounds struck him. It took just minutes for police to demand to see the restaurant’s password-protected video, Darshane said.
“I was just trying to help the police with their investigation,” Darshane said. “I didn’t know they were going to delete it.”
He said that when the officers left, almost two hours later, there was an 86-minute gap in the recording, including the time surrounding the shooting.
Darshane told the Tribune he testified about the missing video before a grand jury earlier this year. The Associated Press could not reach Darshane for comment on Saturday.
Federal prosecutors said this week that their investigation is continuing, but would not comment further.
The Cook County state’s attorney this past week announced a state-level charge of first-degree murder against the officer.
McDonald was shot 16 times after being pursued by police responding to a complaint about car break-ins. He was carrying a knife. The officer’s attorney says his client fired because he feared for his life, and that he acted lawfully and within police department guidelines.
At a news conference announcing the charge, State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said forensic testing found no evidence that anyone intentionally erased the Burger King video. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy called the allegation “absolutely untrue.”
Many activists have called what happened to McDonald a “modern-day lynching.”
Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke has been charged with first-degree murderin McDonald’s death on Oct. 20, 2014. Hours after Van Dyke was charged, city officials released dashboard camera video of Van Dyke shooting McDonald 16 times in the span of about 15 seconds on the Southwest Side.
Activists have said more than 20 misconduct complaints were filed against Van Dyke during his career without him facing any disciplinary action.
“The superintendent needs to be fired too,” Trotter said.
Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said he has no plans to resign, and the mayor has given him his full support.
“I’ve never quit on anything in my life. I’m 56 years old. Don’t expect that to change,” McCarthy said. “The mayor has made it very clear that he has my back, and if people peel away the onion on what’s happening right now in the policing world, you’re going to find a police department that’s doing an exceptional job, and quite frankly I’m not going to quit on the people of Chicago, and I’ll never quit on these men and women.”
Major new restrictions on the National Security Agency will go into effect on Sunday, amid a rekindled debate about the spy agency’s powers.
When the clock strikes 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, the NSA will halt its sweeping collection of Americans’ phone records, in a major victory for civil libertarians who have pushed for the reforms since the program was first revealed by Edward Snowden more than two years ago.
The reform has new meaning now, in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead.
National security hawks insist that ending the program will make America less safe by depriving intelligence agents of the ability of connect the dots between suspected terrorists precisely when fears about the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are peaking.
The divide is coming into clear focus on the campaign trail, and promises to be a point of contention so long as public fears about terrorism remain high.
“I believe in the Constitution. I’ve spent my whole life fighting to defend the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, and the federal government has no right to be seizing, collecting and holding the phone metadata of hundreds of millions of law-abiding citizens,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said at a tele-forum hosted by the Washington Examiner this month.
Cruz, whose presidential campaign has risen to the upper ranks in the all-important first caucus state of Iowa, was an early supporter of the bill to end the NSA’s phone records program, called the USA Freedom Act, which passed in June.
The program has collected metadata about people’s phone calls, including the numbers involved in the call, when it took place and how long it lasted — but not the content of their conversations. Privacy advocates have said that that information alone can nonetheless be revealing, noting that a call to an abortion provider, a bankruptcy lawyer or a therapy group can be nearly as telling as the details of what was discussed.
Under the new system, the NSA will have to get a narrow set of records from private phone companies after getting court approval that it has a reasonable suspicion the target is connected to terrorism.
“I am very proud of that legislation,” Cruz said. “It gives us the tools to stop bad guys while protecting our civil liberties at the same tine.”
Yet the stance is proving to be a vulnerability amid rising concerns about terrorism following the Paris attacks, which are believed to have been coordinated by ISIS. Critics say the extra steps required will be too cumbersome for the NSA during a moment of crisis.
This week, a conservative group with ties to the billionaire Koch brothers unveiled a 30-second TV ad that will run in Iowa claiming Cruz “voted to weaken national security” and “joined Obama” by supporting the reform bill.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who is seen as Cruz’s main competition aside from the “outsider” candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson, has been especially critical of Cruz’s vote.
“There are members of the Republican Party — that includes Sen. Cruz and Sen. Paul, who have argued that somehow the government is out there spying on everybody, so we need to gut these programs,” Rubio said in an interview with Fox News this week.
“That isn’t true. … If you have voted to harm those programs and undermine those programs then we need to have a debate about that, because it is a very different view of what the government’s role should be in our national security.”
Republican presidential candidate and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is the Senate’s most vocal libertarian and staged a 10-hour filibuster over the NSA program in May. He also forced the brief expiration of the portion of the Patriot Act used to justify the NSA’s phone records program — a move that critics derided as grandstanding.
Yet he voted against the USA Freedom Act this summer, claiming it did not go far enough.
Ahead of Sunday, top Senate Republicans, including Rubio, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), have signed on to legislation from Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) to delay the NSA changes for more than a year.
Sunday’s reforms were aided by a May ruling by a federal appeals court that declared the program illegal just days before a key legal deadline. In its ruling, a three-judge panel on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals said the NSA program “exceeds the scope of what Congress has authorized” in the Patriot Act.
That ruling was more restrained than one from a lower court judge, who called the program “almost Orwellian” in 2013 and said in November that it “likely violates the Constitution.”
Other judges, however, have declined to similarly condemn the program.
Before the NSA reform bill was passed in June, both Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and then-Attorney General Eric Holder called it a “reasonable compromise” that “preserves essential intelligence community capabilities.”
“It’s an important improvement in the law and it will make it more likely that the NSA will collect records of communications of suspicious people, instead of records of communications of everyone else,” said Greg Nojeim, the director of the freedom, security and technology project at the Center for Democracy and Technology, which supported the bill.
Indeed, the old program has only been conclusively responsible for one arrest and conviction in its 14 years of existence: a San Diego cab driver who was convicted in 2013 of sending $8,500 back home to Somalia to help the terror group al-Shabaab — not an active terrorist plot. Critics say that should be proof of the program’s ineffectiveness.
Yet defenders insist that the program contributes to a broader “mosaic” of understanding that can help contribute to intelligence about a terror network.
“It’s clear that the metadata program, while it didn’t lead to the stopping of a particular operation, it’s just one among many tools that you need to have a whole picture put together,” said Gary Schmitt, a former Senate Intelligence Committee staffer who is now the co-director of the conservative American Enterprise Institute’s center for security studies.
“Is it absolutely critical? Probably not. But is it important? Probably yes.”
Cancel your dinner plans at that new Mexican restaurant down the street for Friday’s date night; since according feminists: eating “authentic” “ethnic” food is “culturally appropriative” and exploitative.
If you’re not fluent in the leftist-language these days, Everyday Feminists has thankfully defined “cultural appropriation” for you: “Cultural appropriation is when members of a dominant culture adopt parts of another culture from people that they’ve also systematically oppressed. The dominant culture can try the food and love the food without ever having to experience oppression because of their consumption.”
“Food is appropriated when people from the dominant culture – in the case of the US, white folks – start to fetishize or commercialize it, and when they hoard access to that particular food,” continued the insane author.
Basically, by eating “ethnic” food (note: the author excluded German, French and Italian as ethnic because it’s “still connected to ethnic roots,” or something?) without experiencing every other part of that culture, including the “oppression” you have seemingly caused to said culture, then you are guilty of “appropriating” and freezing “a culture in a particular place in time.”
Additionally, the author charged Westerners with “profiting from oppression,” “loving the food, and not the people” and solely looking to score “adventure points” from eating ethnic foods.
So, if you wish to broaden your horizons and become open to other ethnicities through their unique food in the form of appreciation or celebration, you will be condemned as exploitative (if you’re part of that “white folk” group anyway). Presumably, the left would like “white folk” to eat only “white folk” food.
No one was hurt. No weapons were brandished, and no threats were made, police said.
“The FBI has taken the lead on the investigation because it seems to be of a suspicious nature,” Assistant Police Chief Steve Dolunt said without elaborating. “Detroit police are working with the FBI on this heist. We’re still looking at video to see how this person escaped.”
The FBI, through spokeswoman Jill Washburn, confirmed it is investigating the case, but Washburn declined further comment.
The heist happened at around 8 a.m. ET at the intersection of Beaubien Street and Monroe Avenue downtown, police said. A black male wearing a Loomis Armored security guard shirt approached the armored vehicle, took the bags of money out of the back and took off.
The driver of the armored vehicle thought that the thief was a co-worker because he was wearing a uniform shirt, said a source familiar with the case.