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When Roger West first launched the progressive political blog "News From The Other Side" in May 2010, he could hardly have predicted the impact that his venture would have on the media and political debate. As the New Media emerged as a counterbalance to established media sources, Roger wrote his copious blogs about national politics, the tea party movement, mid-term elections, and the failings of the radical right to the vanguard of the New Media movement. Roger West's efforts as a leading blogger have tremendous reach. NFTOS has led the effort to bring accountability to mainstream media sources such as FOX NEWS,CNN and Andy Breitbart's "Big Journalism. Roger's breadth of experience, engaging style, and cultivation of loyal readership - over 45.7 million visitors - give him unique insight into the past, present, and future of the New Media and political rhetoric that exists in our society today. What we are against: Radical Right Wing Agendas Incompetent Establishment Public Coruption Corporate Malfeasence We are for: Global and Econmoic Security Social and Economic Justice Media Accountability Healthy Communities

Thursday, September 18, 2014

BUMPER BRAINS

JON STEWART OBLITERATING THE NFL, ANHEUSER BUSCH, SEAN HANNITY

They ‘don’t know what the fuck they’re doing’ say Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart takes to task - the NFL's inept business practices on how to deal with abusive employees.

Stewart argued that the NFL’s muddled handling thus far of the cases involving Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy, former Baltimore running back Ray Rice and Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson represented “the kind of firm decision making we've come to expect from people who don’t know what the f*ck they’re doing.”

He also mocked the Vikings for reversing course twice over on Peterson following his second suspension in connection to allegations of child abuse. The team said in a statement that the latest suspension was an effort to “get this right.”
“You need time to make sure you get this right?” Stewart scoffed. “A 220-pound running back left railroad tracks on a 4-year-old’s leg. This ain't Fermat’s last theorem.”
Not only had the league been forced to develop its own “special victims unit,” Stewart said, but Anheuser Busch — a key sponsor — had admonished the league for its response to criticism from the public.
“How crazy is this?” Stewart asked the audience. “A company that sells alcohol is the moral touchstone of the NFL. Maybe one of the only substances that is proven scientifically to increase the likelihood of domestic abuse — that company is saying to the NFL, ‘You guys got a real problem here.’”
Stewart pointed out that it wasn't that long ago when people around the league fretted that drafting Missouri defensive end Michael Sam would lead to distractions because he is gay.

BUMPER BRAINS




If spanking works so well, then why do we only use it on the smallest, most vulnerable members of our society?





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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

YES SHE WENT THERE





Fox and Friend mouth piece Elizabeth Hasselbeck did what little with an IQ above negative one hundred would do.

A Tweet by Fox & Friends host Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Tuesday attempted to tie the ongoing investigations into domestic abuse by a growing number of National Football League players to the 2012 attacks on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi. The move came a day before House Republicans begin their eighth investigation into the two-year-old tragedy.






After criticism for her initial tweet, Hasselbeck explained that since she had spoken with the mother of one of the people killed in the Benghazi attacks, she believed that “Inserting #Benghazi” into the NFL discussions “is NOT ridiculous-IT IS AN #HONOR.”

On Wednesday, a House Select Committee will hold its first hearing on the Benghazi attacks, attempting to find evidence about the 2012 attacks not discovered by any of the seven previous investigations. Indeed, a declassified version of the House Intelligence Committee’s analysis in July said that panel found “no deliberate wrongdoing by the Obama administration.”


LEARN TO SPEAK BENGHAZI




A spokesman for the Benghazi committee said Tuesday that it “will consider all evidence, across all jurisdictions, and produce the final, definitive accounting on behalf of Congress of what happened before, during and after the terrorist attacks on our facilities in Benghazi.” The committee was created by the House Republican majority in May, almost entirely along party lines, despite Democratic objections that it was a waste of money and that that time could better be spent focusing on matters like income inequality. Despite vows not to fund raise off of the tragedy, it has become self evident to this blogger that this this is a popular fundraising tool for conservatives.

Teabaggers, Republicans, Tin Foil Hat Society Members and Bullshit Mountain [Fox News] alike - over the past two years have often attempted to link the Benghazi attacks to an plethora of seemingly unconnected issues, including crisis's like Ukraine, Gov. Chris Christie’s bridge scandal, the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, immigration reform, deaths in Syria, and the resignation of former CIA Director David Petraeus. Hasselbeck, not wanting to be left out of the "connect an unrelated story to Benghazi" - Hasselbeck appears to be the first dipshit to connect the deaths in Libya to football.

God bless her, her ignorance is matched by none. Congratulations Elizabeth, you are today's asshat of the day!




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Editor-In-Chief
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

LINDSEY GRAHAM'S "BLAIR WITCH PROJECT"

WAR-HAWKS: LINDSEY "LU LU" GRAHAM AND  JOHN "I VETTED ISIS" JOHN MCCAIN



The Daily Show's Jon Stewart went to taking Lindsey "Lu Lu" Graham for his unhinged bedwetting rant over the weekend, where he warned that the "gates of hell" would "spill out onto the world" if President Obama didn't get some boots on the ground to confront ISIS right away.

And as Stewart rightfully noted, it's not just this recent nonsense from Graham that he takes to task - Graham's been doing this sort of thing for at least the last thirteen years, which is why Murica reacts they way they do when "Lu Lu" speaks






The funny part of all this is, is that Lu Lu Graham will gleefully filibuster any bill seeking funds to fight ISIS while simultaneously whining that President Obama isn't doing anything.

Lindesy "Lu Lu" Graham for fear mongering the country, you are today's worst person in the world!  






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Editor-In-Chief
Roger West

Monday, September 15, 2014

IOWA'S STEVE KING, AS ONLY HE CAN

STEVE KING. IOWA'S POSTER BOY FOR IGNORANCE


Muslim Americans are fighting back against Rep. Steve King’s suggestion on Thursday that the U.S. government should spy on mosques to stop the recruitment of fighters into the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
“The radical Islamists have 1.3 or more billion Muslims to work with,” the Iowa congressman said on The Steve Deace Show. “Now they aren’t all supporters… but that is a huge population to draw from,” he continued, suggesting that recruiters are “certainly in the United States,” particularly in mosques in Virginia and Minneapolis. “So they have a network that they flow in. And it isn’t that all Muslims are a supporter of ISIS but the network that flows through the mosques is certainly the communications centers. We ought to be looking at this dot to dot. And we ought to have people sitting in those mosques watching to see what’s going on,” he explained.

The United States government estimates that more than 100 Americans are already fighting in Syria’s civil war and dozen of whom are part of ISIS.

But American Muslims view ISIS as an abomination to Islam and the group itself has little regard for the fundamental tenets of Islam, blowing up copies of the Qur’an, killing fellow Muslims, and slaughtering innocent youth and using rape and sexual slavery as a weapon.

Virtually every single American Muslim organization has publicly disavowed both the ideology and the practices of ISIS and just a day before King’s remarks dozens of Muslim American clerics and community leaders distanced their religion from the beliefs of the terrorist extremists. “ISIS and al Qaeda represent a warped religious ideology,” Faizal Khan, imam of the Islamic Society of America mosque in Silver Spring, said during a press conference with Muslim-American leaders from Indonesia, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Sudan and Trinidad. “Either we reject this violence in the clearest possible terms, or we allow them to become the face of Islam and the world’s perception of us for years to come.”

On Thursday, Muslims in Virginia responded directly to King’s comments. “It’s really reprehensible, red meat rhetoric being thrown out there,” Mahdi Bray of the American Muslim Alliance told the local NBC affiliate in Washington D.C. “No. we don’t need spies in mosques. I think we went through that with Hoover, with Dr. Martin Luther King and that didn’t work either, he saw a communist behind every sheet. So I don’t think there’s a need for that and actually — and, again, this goes back to my original characterization of this being un-American.”

Following the terrorist attacks of Sep. 11, 2001, the FBI routinely spied on Muslims in mosques. The New York Police Department recently disbanded a unit responsible for infiltrating and eavesdropping on New York’s Muslim communities and in San Francisco, the the FBI in San Francisco used a public relations program “to collect information on the religious views and practices of Muslims in Northern California and then shared the intelligence with other government agencies.”





NFTOS
STAFF WRITER

Sunday, September 14, 2014

JOHN MCCAIN KNOWS SYRIAN REBELS. WHY, BECAUSE HE "VETTED THEM"

JOHN MCCAIN "VETTING" ISIS AND SYRIAN REBELS
Yes the above photo is a real photo of McCain coddling both ISIS members and General Salim Idris of the Syrian Free Army.





 This from the guy who vetted Sarah Palin. 






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Editor-In-Chief
Roger West

Saturday, September 13, 2014

THEY'RE YOUR REPRESENTATIVES, NOT YOUR RELATIVES

THE VOTES ARE IN FLIP JOHN KLINE

And the flip a district winner is - Rep. John Kline of Minnesota.

Bill Maher closed his season premiere on Friday with a scathing takedown of incumbent Rep. John Kline (Tin Foil Hat Society Member from MN), calling on his viewers to help vote him out of office in November.
“More than anyone else we could find, he embodies the easily-swayed whores and sellouts who keep this town running,”
Maher said that unlike someone like Rep. Louie Gohmert (Tin Foil Hat Society Member from TX) — who Maher predicted would one day be “arrested naked masturbating in the street” — Kline is a “silent threat” voters do not see coming. He also predicted that Kline would dismiss his remarks since he’s part of the “Hollywood elite,” but that voters should realize the issue is not about him. “It’s about how Americans have had crummy, corrupt representation for so long they’ve just accepted these people hanging around,” he argued. “Except they don’t have to. They’re your representatives, not your relatives.”





Minnesotan's, wake the hell up and vote this numbmutz out. 






NFTOS
Editor-In-Chief
Roger West

Friday, September 12, 2014

FINALLY SOMEONE WITH THE TESTICAL FORTITUDE TO TELL IT LIKE IT IS

CBS sportscaster James Brown used his time on air during the pregame for the Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers game last night to broadcast a serious message about domestic violence, as outrage over newly-released video depicting former Ravens running back Ray Rice beating his now-wife unconscious continues to ripple through the NFL.





James Brown, doing what little men will do, and that's address the issue head on. Since the Ray Rice incident came to the forefront several months ago, Mr. Brown in less than two minutes, did more than all reporting agencies combined.






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Editor-In-Chief
Roger West


Thursday, September 11, 2014

IN REMEMBERANCE - 13 YEARS LATER

May we never forget. 




The only easy day was yesterday.






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Editor-In-Chief
Roger West

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

GOP-ER DESTROYS BULLSHIT MOUNTAINS WITCH-HUNT ON BENGHAZI

MIKE ROGERS SCHOOLS THE "BENGHAZI CHANNEL" [BULLSHIT MOUNTAIN]


Republican Rep. Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, dismissed a conspiracy about the attacks on U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya during an appearance on Fox News on Tuesday, undermining a storyline actively promoted by the conservative news network.

On Friday, Fox aired a special about a new book from five commandos who were guarding the CIA annex in Benghazi on the night of Sep. 11, 2012. They claim that the chief of the CIA annex in Benghazi gave a stand down order that prevented forces from rescuing U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and other Americans. The charges echoed long-standing theories, perpetuated by Republican lawmakers and conservative commentators, claiming that the Obama administration botched the rescue mission and later sought to cover it up.

But Rogers, whose committee found that no such “stand down” order was given, defended the station chief’s momentary hesitation and accused lawyers connected with the men and their book of lodging sensationalistic claims in order to sell more books.
“The problem is what happened was the commander on the ground, this guy they’re calling Bob, when these folks came up, they got in the vehicle and said, ‘we made a promise, we’re going,’ he said, ‘wait a minute. I need to figure out a, what’s going on and b, if I can get you any better weapons and maybe even some help to go,” Rogers explained, adding, “it was the commander on the ground making the decision. I think it took 23 minutes before they all, including that commander, by the way, got in a car and went over and rescued those individuals.”





Asked about accusations made by the commandos’ lawyer that intelligence committee sought to intimidate and dismiss the men in order to protect former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rogers bristled.
“The lawyers asked that none of their testimony be released until after their book was out and being sold,” he said. “I think you have lawyers who have a financial interest in this certainly making allegations that are far from true.”

Obama administration and Defense Department officials have repeatedly debunked claims of a “stand down” order. In February of 2013, Joint Chiefs chairman, Gen. Martin Dempsey explained to the Senate “these are not aircraft on strip alert” and then-secretary of Defense Leon Panetta testified that “without an adequate warning, there was not enough time given the speed of the attack for armed military assets to respond.” The Republican-led House Armed Services Committee similarly concluded that U.S. military would have been unable to respond in time to the attacks.

This "all telling" book title is, 13 Hours In Benghazi. There is no doubt that Bullshit Mountain [Fox News] has spent thousands of hours trying to convince Murica that there's a reason to keep believing this was anything other than what it is, which is a tragedy that sometimes happens when diplomatic personnel are in countries that are radical in nature and are no friend to Americans.





NFTOS
Editor-In-Chief
Roger West

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

BULLSHIT MOUNTAINS LATEST BENGHAZI THEORY IS - WHITE HOUSE ASKED THEM TO STOP LYING ABOUT BENGHAZI

FOX NEWS AKA BULLSHIT MOUNTAIN IS AT IT AGAIN



Fox's Greta Van Susteren spoke with Sean 'Waterboarding is not torture" Hannity last night on what would appear to be a new page in the "Benghazi Scandal that wasn't" - Faux News' newest outrage - yet more bullshit from the lairs club - That the White House asked her [Van Susteren] to try to get her coworkers to quit lying about Benghazi.


GRETA AND HANNITY




If indeed this story was true, why wouldn't Van Susteren break this news during her own hour show [due to piss poor ratings] rather than bust it out Hannity? Why two years later, is Van Susteren now bitching about being bullied by the Obama Administration? Why didn't she complain to viewers when it originally happened?

Like most liars, Bullshit mountain can't remember the lies they tell. At first this was about Hillary Clinton ordering a stand down order which delayed any rescue attempts at Benghazi, now they have vectored to the white house bullying bullshit mountain about their reporting.


BAIER CONSPIRACY THEORY




With regards to the Brett Baier Conspiracy - any attempt to interject help into the fracas at Benghazi - The typical combat radius of a military aircraft, its around 500 miles. Break out a map and draw a 500 miles circle around Benghazi. Count the number of coalition forces and or bases in said circle - now multiply this by the number of bases that house a ready response force capable of an operation in Benghazi. The resulting number should be enough to satisfy even stupid people but...


LEARN HOW TO SPEAK BENGHAZI




Even though the House Intelligence Committee has found no wrongdoing on the part of the administration, bullshit mountain continues to beat the drum of a story that never was.

When it comes to bullshit mountain, It is a conspiracy about the conspiracy that it is a conspiracy.





NFTOS
Editor-In-Chief
Roger West

Monday, September 8, 2014

NEW VIDEO SHOWS RAY RICE BEATING WIFE



UPDATE: 9/8/14 15:00 RAY RICE HAS BEEN SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY

(ESPN) TMZ Sports has posted a video that it says shows Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee in the face in the elevator of an Atlantic City hotel in February. The punch drew a two-game suspension from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, a penalty that was so severely criticized as too lenient that Goodell revamped the league's policies against domestic violence.

Just disgusting! Roger Goodell needs to punish Ray Rice more severely, change his minimal 2 game suspension and let Mr. Rice be held accountable for knocking his then fiancée out, dragger her, and then dropping her on her face on the hard floor.

Ray Rice you are today's douche bag of the day!






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Editor-In-Chief
Roger West

Sunday, September 7, 2014

COP SEXUALLY ASSUALTS 7 WOMEN AND GETS RELEASED FROM JAIL

OFFICER DANIEL KEN HOLTZCLAW SEXUALLY ASSAULTS 7 WOMEN AND WALKS ON BAIL


Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Ken Holtzclaw was released from jail Friday as he faces charges for allegedly sexually assaulting 7 different African American women while he was on duty. Among the claims against him are forcible rape, burglary, and felonious stalking.

The judge who initially set his bond at $5 million said he researched his target victims and tracked them down before assaulting them, according to Michigan Live. The 27-year-old former college football player’s bond was later reduced and he paid $500,000 to be released from jail and placed on home arrest. Holtzclaw was removed from duty in June after a women reported a sexual assault during a traffic stop. Many other women subsequently came forward.

Holtzclaw’s sister had initiated a campaign on GoFundMe To raise money for his legal defense. The site removed the campaign citing complaints, even though it would not heed calls to take down the lucrative fundraising campaign for Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Michael Brown. But in the first 72 hours, the campaign had raised nearly $7,000. And the campaign continued to solicit donations to fund Holtzclaw’s bail through its Facebook page. They are also selling t-shirts through that page with the messages “FREE THE CLAW” and “JUSTICE4DANIELHOLTZCLAW.”

In any given month, there are multiple reports of on-duty cops raping women. And while the details of the allegations against Holtzclaw have not yet been made public, other instances of assault often involve police abusing their position of power against women who called the cops seeking help. In Milwaukee, a teen mom who called 911 because someone threw a brick through her window was raped by one of the officers and then held in jail for four days on charges of assaulting the officer. That officer had been previously accused of assaulting several other women — two of them prisoners — but hadn’t been charged in those incidents. In Baltimore, a woman reported she was raped by a cop who reported to the scene of her car accident. And in Georgia, a woman was assaulted by a cop after she called 911 to report domestic violence. Rather than arrest the husband accused of assault, the officer took the victim in his car and gave her the choice between going to jail or having sex with him, then used his gun during the rape.

Unlike police shootings, these instances are most likely to become public only when criminal charges follow. Those incidents that have come to the fore illustrate the ways in which women are victims of police violence, too.

"White privilege" you say? Rogue cops you say? Absolutely and unequivocally yes!

When does society and our justice system hold Barney Fife's to a higher standard? What kind of people are we when we support brutal corrupt cops through our wallets?

Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, poster boy for the code of blue......"who me"!





NFTOS
Editor-In-Chief
Roger West





Saturday, September 6, 2014

"CHRIST DIDN'T DO ANYTHING, AND THEY WENT AFTER HIM"

TRANSVAGINAL BOB PROMOTING JOHNNY WILLIAMS 


These words spoken [See first video below] from a neighbor who is helping the McDonnell's through the guilty verdict. Bob and Maureen did do something wrong, they are criminals and they are nothing like Christ!

This neighbors comments are mind numbing, and it would appear that "Terry" [Neighbor] suffers from the same Hubris that the transvaginal governor does.

What world do these people live in?


GUIDELINES SAY ABOUT 9 YEARS FOR TRANSVAGINAL BOB Video Courtesy of MSNBC




A JUROR SPEAKS Video Courtesy of MSNBC




McDonnell's gift list, click the link to see the gift matrix.

In the end -- and this is the end for Transvaginal Bob, although he is yet to be sentenced -- We are eft with a feeling of amazement at the vast gap between how McDonnell was regarded and who he turned out to be. His judgment, which was heralded as one of his best attributes, wound up being by far one of his worst.

McDonnell's political career has long been over; the jury's decision simply put the nail in the coffin. His professional and personal decline, sealed his fate - by a jury of his peers last Thursday - remains stunning in its depth, and points to how truly oblivious to reality this pinhead is.

Bob and Maureen McDonnell, neighbor "Terry" - if indeed they are "Christians" - they are what's wrong with Christianity! Christianity does not mean free reign to; abuse power, be corrupt, and lie. "Conservative Christian Values", don't you want some?





NFTOS
Editor-In-Chief
Roger West

Friday, September 5, 2014

THE HUBRIS OF BOB MCDONNELL

MCDONNELL'S - CROOKS AND LIARS


What's dumber than a guy who risks 30 yrs in prison for $165k? A guy who turns down a plea deal excusing 13 out of 14 charges, and alleviates his wife of any charges? Your answer, there is nothing dumber!

Not too long ago, former Virginia Gov. (Transvaginal) Bob McDonnell was a rising star, labeled a likely candidate for national office.

As of yesterday afternoon, this conservative (tea bagger) "Family Valued" Christian Republican has a different label: convicted felon.

The Hubris of this [numbnutz] "Family Valued Christian Conservative" is overwhelming.

The governor prior to today, was better known for forcing women to undergo unwarranted vaginal probes - but due to his sever case of hubris, Transvaginal Bob will now go down in infamy as the sleazy lying corrupt GOP Govna of Virginia who not only tossed his wife Maureen under the bus, but he backed over her several times for good measure.

Not in modern time, not since Mary Todd Lincoln was betrayed by her eldest son, has this country seen a court trial, betrayal, like Bob McDonnell's - with his treatment of his wife - with such disgust and unfettered distaste - playing out for the world to see, as if it was a reality show gone horribly wrong.

Wife-Dumping Defense Fails ‘Family Man’ McDonnell Video Courtesy of MSNBC




Bob has the potential to spend many years of his life in federal prison [30 years], and rightly so. Bob and Maureen are what's wrong with politics today - and more specifically, what's wrong with "Republican Christian Family/Political Values".

Speaking of karma, now that Transvaginal Bob is a convicted felon, he should lose hundreds of thousands of dollars [unless successful under a court appeal] due to a bill that he signed back in 2011, which in essence denies retirement benefits to public employees convicted of on-the-job felonies.


McDonnell Trial A Spectacle To The End Video Courtesy of MSNBC




Republicans, often of late, seem to suffer from a myriad of diseases, "Bushnesia", "Romnesia", foot-in-mouth disease and hubris. In the end it was the Hubris and stupidity that sunk the vagina probers life.

It's really hard to celebrate Bob McDonnell's going to jail when so many other crooks and liars [aka republican politicians] are running free.The next query for conservatives is, "is orange the new black" for them?









NFTOS
Editor-In-Chief
Roger West

Thursday, September 4, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: TRANSVAGINAL BOB MCDONNELL AND WIFE MAUREEN FOUND GUILTY ON A MYRIAD OF COUNTS




FORMER GOVERNOR BOB MCDONNELL FOUND GUILTY ON ELEVEN COUNTS OF CORRUPTION AND WIFE MAUREEN GUILTY ON NINE COUNTS.


Stay tuned to NFTOS as well shall have an in-depth look into Transvaginal Bob's woes now the he  is guilty on the majority of charges against him. 





NFTOS
Editor-In-Chief
Roger West

Ex-Navy SEAL Charged For Lying About Being Shot By Three Racist Black Men


From The RAW STORY

Police in Ohio have charged a former Navy SEAL after discovering “overwhelming evidence” that he lied when he said three black men shouted obscenities at him, and then shot him in the stomach.

Chris Heben, a 44-year-old former Navy SEAL who served from 1996 through 2006, told police in Bath Township that he was almost hit by a low-profile sports car in a grocery store parking lot in Akron on March 28. He said that there were three black men in the car, and that they shouted obscenities at him.

Heben claimed that he went into the Mustard Seed grocery store, but returned to his car because he forgot his wallet.

That’s when one of the men in the same car yelled, “You got a big mouth white boy. You need to learn some f*cking respect,” and then shot him in the abdomen.

According to Heben’s story, he plugged the bullet hole, and tried to chase the men down in his car until he began to lose consciousness. So, he stopped at a fire station for help.

Heben’s incredible story scored him interviews with national media outlets like CNN and Fox News, and turned him into a local hero, boosting his profile as a spokesperson for the Montrose Auto Group.
But on Wednesday, Bath Township police said that most of Heben’s story was a lie, WEWS reported.
“We have overwhelming evidence based upon video, cell phone records and interviews that the shooting did not occur in the West Market Plaza and that Mr. Heben made false allegations to us,” Bath Township Police Chief Mike McNeely explained.
McNeely said that only Heben could answer when and how he was shot.

Heben could spend up to 180 days in jail for communicating false information to police, a first-degree misdemeanor. He was also charged with a second-degree misdemeanor for obstructing official police business.

WKYC reported that Heben has a previous conviction for “three counts of forgery related to prescriptions of controlled substances.” Watch video below.







NFTOS 
STAFF WRITER

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

THE EMMA SULKOWICZ STORY

EMMA SULKOWICZ, ONE BRAVE WOMAN


For her senior thesis in visual arts at Columbia University, senior Emma Sulkowicz will carry around a mattress everywhere she goes as long as her rapist is enrolled at the same Ivy League school as she is. The public project reflects the fact that Sulkowicz was raped in her dorm bed at the beginning of her junior year.
“The piece could potentially take a day, or it could go on until I graduate,” she explains in a video about her project published on the Columbia Spectator. “For me, it’s an endurance performance arts piece.”
The student who assaulted Sulkowicz currently remains on campus — even though two other women who attend Columbia University have also brought sexual assault complaints against him. Last spring, Sulkowicz joined a group of students to file a federal Title IX complaint accusing Columbia of mishandling rape cases. And since then, she’s spoken to multiple news outlets about her disappointment in the administration officials and police officers who failed to deliver her justice.

Now, as Sulkowicz embarks on her senior thesis — entitled Carry That Weight or Mattress Performance — her mattress has been transformed into a powerful symbol of her sexual assault. Under the terms of her performance art project, she’s not allowed to ask for help carrying the bulky object, but she is allowed to accept help from others if they take the initiative to offer.
“A mattress is the perfect size for me to just be able to carry it enough that I can continue with my day, but also heavy enough that I have to continually struggle with it,” the senior explains in her video. “I think the other thing about beds is that we keep them in our bedroom, which is our intimate and private space… The past year or so of my life has been really marked by telling people what happened in that most intimate, private space and bringing it out into the light.”
Although the art project just launched on Tuesday, it’s already received significant coverage in the national media and won the praise of sexual assault activists. The visual arts professor who worked with Sulkowicz to develop the concept, Jon Kessler, told the Columbia Spectator that her piece could ultimately impact campus culture. “As a physical metaphor, the piece has tremendous power,” he noted.

Columbia University is no stranger to bold acts of protest against sexual assault. Back in 1999, students there started using red tape to symbolize their administration’s inaction on issues related to rape and violence, proclaiming that “red tape won’t cover up rape.” This past school year, current students resurrected the so-called “red tape protests” again, which quickly spread to other college campuses. And last spring, fed up with the lack of progress on the school’s sexual assault policy, Columbia students made national headlines by scrawling the names of accused rapists on bathroom walls all over campus.

Administrators have attempted to placate protesters by making some updates to the campus sexual assault policy. Nonetheless, the controversy swirling around the school hasn’t abated. Just a few days ago, the Nation obtained and published an email exchange between school administrators that students say exhibits a disdain for the anti-rape movement on campus.





NFTOS
STAFF WRITER

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

NYDIA TISDALE'S STORY

The saga of Nydia Tisdale keeps reverberating in Georgia, as she posted her entire video(nearly 20 min long) this weekend from the Aug 23 event, of what seemed to be a regular Republican event of speeches by U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue, Governor Nathan Deal, and others. But things got ugly when one local politician made a nasty joke at Michelle Nunn's expense, and noticed Tisdale recording. After being forcibly removed, Tisdale was later arrested for obstruction of an officer and trespassing.





WXIA video.Full video by Tisdale below.




Where are all those First Amendment champions now? Have you forgotten readers? Their Constitution starts with the Second Amendment.






NFTOS
Editor-In-Chief
Roger West 

Monday, September 1, 2014

WHEN YOU FIT THE DESCRIPTION





On his way to put money in his parking meter he was arrested by several police officers. He was handcuffed tightly. He spent north of 6 hours in the Beverly Hills jail. Why? Because he fit the description of a tall, bald black male who was possibly involved in a bank robbery.

He was not told why he was arrested. He was treated with disrespect as his pleas went ignored and unanswered. You see, to the cops, he was not a person. He was a black man.

Think about it. Would cops arrest the first blue-eyed blond white man that fit a description and was not acting suspiciously? Even if they did, would they be more careful and listen to his pleas to be sure they had the right person? How many stories have been heard of white criminals released just because the cops were not sure? The Beverly Hills cops did not even have the decency to validate his picture with available videos in the six hours he was held.

Here is Charles Belk’s story:


WHEN YOU "FIT THE DESCRIPTION"! 
It’s one of those things that you hear about, but never think it would happen to you.
On Friday afternoon, August 22nd around 5:20pm, while innocently walking by myself from a restaurant on Wilshire Blvd, to my car up LaCienega Blvd my freedom was taken from me by the Beverly Hills Police Department. 
Within seconds, I was detained and told to sit on the curb of the very busy street, during rush hour traffic. 
Within minutes, I was surrounded by 6 police cars, handcuffed very tightly, fully searched for weapons, and placed back on the curb. 
Within an hour, I was transported to the Beverly Hills Police Headquarters, photographed, finger printed and put under a $100,000 bail and accused of armed bank robbery and accessory to robbery of a Citibank. 
Within an evening, I was wrongly arrested, locked up, denied a phone call, denied explanation of charges against me, denied ever being read my rights, denied being able to speak to my lawyer for a lengthy time, and denied being told that my car had been impounded…..All because I was mis-indentified as the wrong “tall, bald head, black male,” ... "fitting the description." 
I get that the Beverly Hills Police Department didn’t know at the time that I was a law abiding citizen of the community and that in my 51 years of existence, had never been handcuffed or arrested for any reason. All they saw, was someone fitting the description. Doesn't matter if he's a "Taye Diggs BLACK", a "LL Cool J BLACK", or "a Drake BLACK" 
I get that the Beverly Hills Police Department didn’t know that I was an award nominated and awarding winning business professional, most recently being recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal at their Nonprofit & Corporate Citizenship Awards. They didn't need to because, they saw someone fitting the description. 
I get that the Beverly Hills Police Department didn’t know that I was a well educated American citizen that had received a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California, an MBA from Indiana University (including a full Consortium Fellowship to business school) and an Executive Leadership Certificate from Harvard Business School. Hey, I was "tall", "bald", a "male" and "black", so I fit the description.
I get that the Beverly Hills Police Department didn’t know that I was a Consultant for the NAACP, a film and tv producer, a previous VP of Marketing for a wireless application company, VP of Integrated Promotions for a marketing agency, ran Community Affairs for the Atlanta Hawks, was the Deputy Director of Olympic Village Operations for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, was a Test/Quality/Mfg Engineering Manager for IBM and was a Bond Trader on Wall street. Surely, folks that fit the description wouldn't qualify as any of those. 
I get that the Beverly Hills Police Department didn’t know that throughout my entire life I have been very active in serving the communities that I have lived in, including Chapter President and National PR Chair for NSBE, a USC Student Senator, a USC Trojan Knight, a USC Engineering Student Council Member, a USC Black Students Council Member, and a Resident Assistant; as well as a founding board member of the RTP NBMBAA, a member of Durham County Transportation Advisory Board, Durham City / County Planning Commission, Atlanta House of Love for the Homeless Board, Cobb County Transportation Advisory Board, Georgia CASA Board, United Way of Greater Atlanta VIP Selection Committee, Jomandi Theater Board, Silver Lake Film Festival Board, Downtown LA Film Festival Board, Chaka Khan Foundation Fundraising Dinner Committee, and the USC Black Alumni Association Board. Nawl, not a "black male", especially a "tall, bald" one. 
I get that the Beverly Hills Police Department didn’t know that just hours earlier, I was at one of the finest hotels in their city, handling celebrity talent at a Emmy Awards Gifting Suite, as part of business as usual, and, invited to attend a VIP Emmy pre-party that very night in their city. The guy doing that, just DON"T fit the description. 
What I don’t get………WHAT I DON”T GET, is, why, during the 45 minutes that they had me on the curb, handcuffed in the sun, before they locked me up and took away my civil rights, that they could not simply review the ATM and bank’s HD video footage to clearly see that the “tall, bald headed, black male”… did not fit MY description. 
Why, at 11:59pm (approximately 6 hours later), was the video footage reviewed only after my request to the Lead Detective for the Beverly Hills Police Department and an FBI Agent to do so, and, after being directly accused by another FBI Special Agent of “…going in and out of the bank several times complaining about the ATM Machine to cause a distraction…” thereby aiding in the armed robbery attempt of a bank that I never heard of, or ever been to; and within 10 minutes……10 MINUTES, my lawyer was told that I was being release because it was clear that it was not me. 
The sad thing is, prior to my freedom being taken from me for an easily proven crime I did not commit, I was walking back to my car, by myself, because I needed to check my parking meter, so that I wouldn’t get a ticket and break the law. In fact, if it wasn’t for a text message that I was responding to, I would have actually been running up LaCienega Blvd when the first Beverly Hills Police Officer approached me. Running! 
I want to thank GOD, Robin Lola Harrison of the NAACP Hollywood Bureau, Robert Dowdy and Attorney Jaaye Person-Lynn , without whom, I am certain that I would still be locked up in the custody of the Beverly Hills Police Department. Based on comments made by a Beverly Hills Police Officer during my booking, and an FBI Special Agent, it appeared that they had tried and convicted me. 
To everyone, especial black males (regardless of height, hair style or particular shade of "black") - Hari Williams, Michael Marcel, Reginald L Shaw, Shawn Carter Peterson, Devon Libran, Aaron D Spears, Cedric Sanders, Cornelius Smith Jr, Catfish Jean, Ashford Thomas, Drew McCaskill, Carlton Jordan, Jawn Murray, AS Lee, Bertrand L Roberson Sr, Deron Benjamin, Hawk Oau, James Alan Belk, Juhahn Jones, Darryl Dunning II, Darrin Dewitt Henson, Stephen Bishop, Logan Alexander, Brandon Dmico Anderson, Jon Covington, Lamar Stewart, David Mitchell, Gerald Andre Radford, Gerald Edwin Rush II, Gerald Yates, etal, - I have always stayed as far away from being on the wrong side of the law as much as possible; so please, be careful. If something like this can happen to ME, it can certainly happen to ANYONE! 
Time has come for a change in the way OUR law enforcement officers "serve and protect" us. 
We all do not, FIT THE DESCRIPTION. 
Peace and Blessings..


Can you still doubt the plight of black men with police irrespective of socio-economic circumstances?






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Roger West

Sunday, August 31, 2014

FEDERAL INDICTED NUMBNUTZ RICK PERRY SUGGESTS ISIS IS CROSSING BORDER INTO TEXAS

TEXAS TIN FOIL HAT SOCIETY MEMBER RICK PERRY


Texas Governor Rick Perry warned a packed DC audience at DC’s Heritage Foundation headquarters Thursday that without swift action, terrorists from groups like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) will “slip across our un-secure border.” In a speech linking the immigration reform debate to the current crisis in Iraq, Perry claimed there is “a very real possibility” that terrorists have already entered the country by crossing the desert from Mexico.

Perry cited only one anecdote to back up this claim: the recent detention at the border of a Ukrainian national. But she wasn’t a terrorist. She was the wife of a US marine.

Still, he maintained, the possibility is there. “I think there’s obvious, great concern about the border not being secure and us not knowing who is penetrating across,” he said. “The cartels, as vicious and brutal as they are, might be the least of our worries. What other bad actors are coming here, or for that matter, have arrived already? Where did they come from? What did they bring with them?”

Yet, as Perry himself admitted, there is “no clear evidence” of anyone affiliated with terrorism ever crossing the US/Mexico border. Nearly every attack or failed plot over the past decade has been carried out by a US citizen—like accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev—or those who came on legal visas, like the Al Qaeda operatives on 9/11. And the cross-border terrorist plans that have been discovered have come from our northern border.

The US State Department’s own terrorism assessment last year noted that “there were no known operational cells of either al-Qa’ida or Hizballah in the hemisphere.” They added:
“There are no known international terrorist organizations operating in Mexico, and there is no evidence that any terrorist group has targeted U.S. citizens in Mexican territory.”
But Perry continues to cite this fear as the basis for his belief that neither Congress or the President should pursue any type of immigration reform until the US Mexico border is “secured” using the Border Patrol, the National Guard, and 24-hour surveillance drones.
“Until the federal government meets that duty and secures that border, all talk of immigration reform is pointless,” he said.
Perry’s DC remarks—which swung from immigration to the degenerating conflict in Iraq and his predictions for November’s midterm elections—comes just before a trip to the early primary state of New Hampshire—another in a series of moves that hint at another run for the White House in 2016.

It should be noted that Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby told CNN Friday that he’s seen nothing to back up Perry’s claim. “I’ve seen no indication that they are coming across the border with Mexico,” Kirby said on New Day. “We have no information that leads us to believe that.”

This just in: Rick Perry says he thinks Obama is secretly Voldemort and would have gotten away with it if not for those meddling kids. Zoinks!






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