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Justice, Illinois – Body camera footage has been posted online from a disturbing incident in which a police officer grabbed a woman’s cell phone out of her hand and threw it on the ground and then proceeded to arrest her for the crime of filming police for accountability and transparency.
The video footage was published on YouTube by the activist “ChiTown Sue,” who routinely posts videos of First Amendment audits and police confrontations. The video from her point of view began as she approached Officer T. Demella, who was walking through her neighborhood, and asked him if he needed help.
Sue followed the officer as he fast-walked down the street in the trailer park and commented, “I sure hope you’re not checking people for drugs,” and then told two teenagers who were also following the officer, “You guys should always record the police, by the way.”
“Why are you recording me?” the officer asked when he turned around and passed Sue.
“Why not? You’re in my park with no jurisdiction,” she replied. “So I’m just curious to know—you don’t have any jurisdiction here—what’s going on? Where’s the lights and sirens?”
Sue continued to follow the officer as he walked through the neighborhood, commenting, “Where’s the state police? Where’s Cook County? They actually have some jurisdiction here.”
Sue was then confronted by a second officer, J. Bonkowski, who was standing about 40 feet away and yelled, “Yo, go in your house!”
“Hell no, I live around here,” Sue replied. “Can I help you? You guys looking for somebody? Maybe I saw somebody.”
“Get the fuck out of here, you could get arrested!” Bonkowski yelled back.
“Fuck you! What would I even get arrested for?” Sue fired back, as she turned and started walking towards the officer. “Being held accountable for you, bro. I dare you!”
The officers claimed they were pursuing reports of three men with a gun, but when Sue continued to follow and record them from several feet away, Bonkowski, suddenly turned around and started marching toward her, as if a woman with a phone was a more important pursuit than a dangerous man with a gun.
“You’re gonna back up, do you understand?” Bonkowski yelled as he walked aggressively towards Sue. “Or you’re going to get arrested, do you understand? Get going! Get going now!”
“Why are you going to arrest me,” Sue asked as the officer leaned in uncomfortably close to her to assert his dominance.
“You’re going to get arrested! I’m giving you fair warning. You keep following us, and you’re going to get arrested,” Bonkowski screamed in the innocent woman’s face. He then grabbed her phone and threw it on the ground.
Sue walked over and picked up her phone, and as Officer Bonkowski continued to scream that she was going to get arrested, she replied, “For what? Walking around my neighborhood?”
Bonkowski started to walk away and then changed his mind, turned around, and yelled “I’m not gonna fucking deal with—I’m going to fucking handcuff you. Put your hands behind your back.“ As he was arresting the innocent woman for filming, Sue says the officer was inadvertently spitting on her as he yelled into her face. Although the spitting was not intentional, this is clearly unacceptable behavior by police.
After she was in handcuffs, Sue brought up the 2012 case of ACLU vs Alvarez, in which it was determined that a strict eavesdropping law in Illinois was unconstitutional, and citizens have the right to record police in public.
“I don’t give a fuck what fucking cases you fucking know,” Bonkowski replied.
As Sue continued to calmly ask what she had done that was illegal and warranted an arrest, the officer continued to scream at her.
“When we’re fucking dealing with something serious, you’re not going to fucking follow us. Do you understand that?” Bonkowski yelled. “You’re not going to fucking film us and follow us. I’m not gonna deal with somebody with a possible gun.”
The body camera worn by Bonkowski shows the account of a clearly aggressive, foul-mouthed and unstable officer who continued to attempt to justify the arrest of an innocent woman just because she was “following” the officers—from several feet away—and recording them.
When another officer arrived, he seemed confused as to why Sue was arrested when the officers on the scene were supposed to be searching for three male suspects with a gun. In the description of the video, Sue said that while she was in custody, officers from the Justice Police Department attempted to cover for Bonkowski, and told her that maybe he was acting the way he was because he has “just had a gun pulled on him and he could have been scared himself.”
While it is not clear whether Sue faced any charges as a result of the incident, the Justice Police Department released a statement on Facebook confirming that it “has been made aware of the incident involving an officer which was posted to social media. The incident and the actions of the officer are currently under review.”
Officer Bonkowski is still patrolling the streets. If you would like to share your opinion of his actions and the department’s response, call 708-458-2191 or visit their Facebook page.
Watch the incident from Sue’s point of view:
Watch the footage recorded by Bonkowski’s body camera:
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Michael Snyder–Will Joe Biden make a run for the White House in 2020?
As completely absurd as that sounds, Politico is reporting that Biden is one of the potential Democratic contenders that Barack Obama has met with. According to the article, no final decision has been made yet, but Biden appears to be “leaning” toward running…
Obama and Biden remain personally close and speak by phone, and the former vice president also came by for an in-person meeting in January. He’s waiting until after the midterms to make a decision on 2020, though many people see him as leaning toward it.
The thought of Joe Biden becoming our next president is absolutely chilling, because on the “creepiness scale” he is definitely a 10 out of 10.
For those that have forgotten, the following video from Paul Joseph Watson contains some of “Creepy Uncle Joe’s greatest hits”…
This year, leaders of the eight-member Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) convened in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao. Here are the most important takeaways from the summit that took place as the tight-lipped Group of Seven (G7) meeting in Quebec ended with a remarkable feud between US President Donald Trump and his six counterparts.
Big, bigger, biggest? SCO now largest regional body after India & Pakistan joined in
Qingdao summit was the first meeting in which regional rivals India and Pakistan were in attendance as full SCO members. Their official accession to the alliance was approved at the 2017 SCO meeting in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana.
Chinese President Xi Jinping gave the leaders of Pakistan and India a “special welcome” to their first SCO summit, while Russian leader Vladimir Putin said the new members made the alliance look as it should be. “Regarding the enlargement [of the body], we agreed that the current structure is optimal,” Putin said, as cited by TASS, adding, “we must see how the organization will work in an enlarged mode.”
“If we calculate… per capita, the seven countries are wealthier, but the size of the SCO economies [combined] is larger. And the population is of course much bigger – half of the planet,” Putin stated.
The SCO initially included China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan when in was formed in 2001. After India and Pakistan joined the SCO, it has become the largest regional body in the world in terms of geographical coverage and population, spanning across Eurasian continent and embracing over 3 billion people. “Thanks to joint effort by leaders of the member states, the biggest regional organization bearing global responsibility has appeared on the map,” said Rashid Alimov, the sitting SCO Secretary General, according to RIA Novosti.
Tough on terror: SCO tackles regional & global threats
Regional security issues popped up in the summit’s agenda as terrorism – sometimes fueled by Islamist ideology – is the most severe challenge facing the SCO. In Qingdao, SCO leaders said they were concerned about chemical and biological weapons being obtained or used by terrorists, promising to support every international effort to tackle the issue.
Islamist fighters returning to their home countries is another threat facing the member states, the Qingdao summit’s declaration said, as cited by Interfax. Returnees “are finding shelter in third countries to carry on [acts of terror] in SCO area,” it stated, calling for better intelligence sharing and easier extradition procedures for terrorist suspects among the organization’s members.
Bringing peace to Syria & Afghanistan
Syria and Afghanistan are the hotspots burning in the immediate vicinity to SCO borders and the leaders’ talks were also focused on bringing lasting peace to the war-ravaged countries.
Political solution and national dialogue are key to put an end to war in Syria, the declaration said, noting the peace process must respect Damascus’ sovereignty and territorial integrity. SCO members have praised efforts by Russia, Turkey and Iran who brokered the so-called de-escalation zones where hostilities between government forces and rebels have been ceased.
In Afghanistan, peace should be ensured by the locals themselves and for the locals, SCO members said.
Trade & investment aren’t going anywhere
The Qingdao summit wasn’t limited, of course, to terrorism and security challenges. SCO was founded to help its members improve trade ties and make way for mutual investments. Some SCO countries are feeling the impact of Trump’s protectionist ‘America First’ policy, accompanied by curbs on exports and imports. China, one of the leading SCO members, is locked in a standoff with the US over tariffs on goods, whereas Russia has been slapped with discriminatory sanctions imposed by Washington and its allies.
“We should reject selfish, short-sighted, narrow and closed-off policies. We must maintain the rules of the World Trade Organization, support the multilateral trade system and build an open global economy,” Chinese President Xi Jinping said.
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What comes to mind when you recall classic comedies like Animal House, Caddyshack and Vacation?
Bawdy? Outrageous? Subversive? Certainly hilarious.
Those films, either created by or delivered with the National Lampoon imprimatur, changed the face of comedy. And they did so without bowing to any special interest demands.
If you were offended by any gags … tough.
If the new National Lampoon overlords have their way, the comedy brand will put that approach in its rear view mirror.
“Inclusive” is now the prime directive, according to a press release from the brand’s new owners. Somewhere John Belushi is shaking his head ruefully.
PalmStar Media acquired the dormant comedy brand last year, planning a multimedia resurgence building on its iconic past.
The reboot won’t be easy.
It’s been a long time since we saw any great National Lampoon product. For too long the name helped promote direct-to-video dreck like National Lampoon Presents Dorm Daze, a far cry from Belushi and co. at their best.
Now, we’re starting to see some action from PalmStar Media.
National Lampoon 2.0, now dubbed NL, kicked off a Comedy Screening Competition this week:
The winning feature-length script will receive a paid option of 18 months by National Lampoon, with the winning writer or team of writers put directly into their mentoring program….
With an eye for highlighting traditionally underrepresented voices, the National Lampoon & Stage 32 Comedy Screenwriting Competition is looking to identify and champion a screenwriter and their comedy feature script. Some of the best comedy finds its success in providing unique insight on something familiar; the humor, irony, or absurdity in an everyday experience is illuminated by some alternate perspective. Accordingly, the comedy landscape—across every medium—is its most rich, thought-provoking, and entertaining when it is inclusive (emphasis added).
Aligned with its hallowed tradition of fearless social commentary, the new National Lampoon places a strong emphasis on championing the ideas and work of historically underrepresented creatives.
What about the funny?
Better yet, does anyone in charge of the brand remember what the brand did best? National Lampoon took no prisoners.
The recent Netflix original film A Futile and Stupid Gesture captures a fraction of the brand’s irreverent spirit. It’s that same spirit that appears to embarrass the brand’s new keepers.
Now, this is all a reaction to a single press release. The message suggests a depressing NL reboot all the same.
Comedy is a wonderful venue for alternate voices. It also speaks to universal truths. Animal House pitted the “snobs” vs. the “slobs” in epic fashion. Guess which ones ended up the heroes, massive warts and all? You didn’t have to belong to any specific group to get those jokes.
And what about those “historically underrepresented creatives?” Does NL plan on tapping some conservative talent for a change? That perspective is M.I.A. on the comedy scene today. Doesn’t half the country deserve some representation?
Better yet, why not put special interests aside entirely and just be funny?
The sad reality is that we need National Lampoon now more than ever. The comedy landscape is an artistic crime scene at the moment.
Samantha Bee and her humor-free attacks on her “foes”
Stephen Colbert telling a sitting president to resign while his audience howls in approval.
Jimmy Kimmel using his nightly monologue as an in-kind contribution to “The Resistance”
The jokes, if you can call them that, all flow from the same, repetitive direction.
National Lampoon never fell into such a predictable pattern. The brand got under our skin in any way possible. It longed to poke, prod and provoke with its gags. One joke might make us howl.. The next? We’d demand an apology.
Good luck with that.
That’s subversive comedy, the very opposite of “inclusive” yuks the rebooted brand is seeking today.
[Cross-posted from Hollywood in Toto.]
Indie electronic pop band HiRSH are gearing up for the June 29 release of their new EP Going, which features current single “Beating Heart.” The band will be playing a EP release show in their hometown of Los Angeles at the Peppermint Club on the night of the release.
Frontman Beau Hirshfield began the project in 2016 after his previous band disbanded. Then he met Moses Truzman and they clicked during a few writing sessions together. They later met jack of all trades Chris Caden and the band was born.
With lyrics from Hirshfield, guitar riffs from Caden and producing and drumming from Truzman, HiRSH are determined to make their mark moving forward and Going is just the first step in doing that.
Last week, AXS got a chance to chat with Hirshfield who was at home in LA at the time continuing to work on new music.
AXS: How does it feel to be able to get this EP out there?
Beau Hirshfield: You know, it feels really good to finally have a EP coming out. I’ve been writing and working on this HiRSH project for a couple of years now and I’ve just been working to find the right pieces to come together to create a body of work and it took some time. I mean sometimes it does; it’s a process to find what works. I’m a singer/songwriter and I’m more of a top line guy and I perform, but I always work with different producers and different collaborators to try to put things together and it wasn’t until the end of last year that I met my current drummer and keyboard player and we all got together and realized that we loved making music together. That was when I was like, okay, let’s put some songs together and make a record and start getting this project closer to fruition. So this is definitely an exciting time for me to finally be releasing some music.
AXS: Now this started as a solo project, what made you decide to begin working with others and turn it into a full-fledged group?
BH: Well, it wasn’t necessarily that I wanted a solo project, but rather that I just didn’t have a band at that time. I just hadn’t met the right people. I had been playing in another band that had broken up and I had some session guys that I was playing with =, but none of them were interested in being in a band. So I just started working on some music with the idea that maybe down the line it would turn into something else and maybe I’d meet people that would make sense to come together with. So I was always open to the opportunity, but it just hadn’t happened yet.
Then when I met Moses, my drummer/writing partner/producer and then we met Chris and it just sort of happened organically. So it was pretty great how smoothly we seemed to mesh.
AXS: So what do you want people to know about your music and this EP release?
BH: You know, this is just the beginning for us. We’re all such passionate musicians and artists and we have so much that we want to do and say. So often you can overthink everything when it comes to your art and you want things to be perfect or wants things to be a certain way. What we all decided was that that was not really reality and you can of just have to pick a spot and jump in and then go from there so we decided to take some of the stuff we were working on and finish it and release it and just keep moving. We have so much in the works and we’re so excited to consistently release music that we love so this is really just the very beginning for us as a team and as a band.
AXS: There is a wide range of influences flowing through your music and one thing that stands out so far is how layered it is, was that something important for you guys to accomplish or was it something that just happened as you were writing and recording?
BH: Absolutely, I think that we all come from pretty different backgrounds and the state of the music industry right now is kind of cool in that everything is a fusion. Most styles of music are kind of relevant right now if you kind of put your own stamp on it and mix things correctly. My drummer comes from a more electronic background and my keyboard player is more of a straight instrumentalist, he writes from a very instrument first place, and then I come from just a lyric/melody spot. We’re not trying to make a specific kind of music, we’re just trying to make songs that we like and that’s kind of a fun, free way to approach music making to kind of let things fall where they will and try to make music that we all collectively like and then just let it fly.
AXS: Can you talk about how your new single “Beating Heart” came together?
BH: Yeah, that was kind of a funny, interesting experience. I wrote the lyrics to that song in a kind of a spoken word poetry piece; just like an acapella thing that I wrote about a year ago. I was having a moment and I just scribbled down some lyrics and I sat with them and I recorded like an audio note on my phone and it just kind of disappear into the ether like so many things do. As a songwriter, for every one thing you release, you have a hundred other things that have just sat somewhere. So Chris and I were going back and forth trying to start some new things and he sent me over that acoustic guitar riff for “Beating Heart” and I was scrolling through some stuff and I found that lyric and it just worked so well. It was so seamless with that acoustic riff and I sent it right back to him and he was like yep, this works! We met up the next day and the song was pretty much done within two hours.
AXS: Have you been happy with the feedback so far?
BH: Yeah, you know I’m always hypersensitive to wanting things to go a certain way. I’m my harshest critic so I’m always kind of hoping things will take off more than they have thus far, but I hedge my bets. I know it’s a journey and for the most part, we’ve been getting some really nice responses.
AXS: What’s the plan for the rest of the year?
BH: So we’re going to finish this EP and release it at the end of June. We have a release party at the prominent venue here in Los Angeles called the Peppermint Club. We already have so much in the works so we’ll probably take a month or two and play some shows and then jump right back into releasing either a few singles or maybe even another EP because we have tons of content. So our main goal right now is just to stay incredibly busy. We want to constantly release things and constantly do short videos, long videos, full songs and working towards, by the end of the year, to having a full record.
AXS: What’s the most important thing about your live shows for you?
BH: We’re all about the energy when it comes to playing live. All of us are very much stage performance type people so we get pretty hype out there. We just rehearse, rehearse, rehearse and then we let it rip. The live show is probably our favorite part about this project and something that we’re very proud of. It’s consistently a party for us and we just love being able to do it so much.
“Beating Heart” can be heard here.
Are you depending on Social Security and Medicare for your retirement?
You might want to rethink that plan. These government retirement programs are going broke even faster than expected.
For the first time since 1982, Social Security will have to dip into its $3 trillion trust fund in order to cover benefits this year.
In other words, the program’s expenses will exceed its revenue. Analysts knew this was going to happen, but it happened three years earlier than they projected just last year.
Social Security has dipped into the trust fund before, but analysts project this is the beginning of a long-term trend with no sign of reversal.
According to the annual report recently released by Social Security and Medicare trustees, the trust fund will completely run out of money in 2034. According to the Wall Street Journal, “Social Security will no longer be able to pay its full scheduled benefits unless Congress takes action to shore up the program’s finances. Without any changes, recipients then would receive only about three-quarters of their scheduled benefits from incoming tax revenues.”
And if you’re counting on Medicare to take care of your healthcare needs, that doesn’t look like a very good plan either. The trustees project its hospital insurance fund will run out of money in 2026 – three years earlier than last year’s report.
Both Medicare and Social Security suffer from the same fundamental economic problem. As the WSJ put it, “The nation’s aging population is boosting the costs of Social Security and Medicare, while revenue gains lag due to slower growth in the economy and the labor force.”
In other words, the program spends more money than it takes in.
Of course, this is what eventually happens with every Ponzi scheme. And make no mistake, both of these programs are quintessential Ponzi schemes. They depend on current contributors to pay the obligations to those who got into the scheme earlier. This works fine until the number of new people coming into the scheme starts to taper off. If you read between the lines of the WSJ description of Social Security, it’s obvious that it’s a failing Ponzi scheme.
The Social Security program works by using payroll taxes paid by workers and employers to pay for retirees’ benefits. What is left over is invested in the trust fund. Interest earned is reinvested in the fund. Over time, the trust fund has grown to nearly $3 trillion. But long-running demographic trends threaten its finances. Last year, there were 2.8 workers for every Social Security recipient, down from 3.3 in 2007.”
If you go back to 1995, there were 4.9 workers for every retiree.
The mainstream will tell you not to worry. The government will fix everything. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the Trump administration’s tax cuts and reductions in regulation will boost economic growth and generate new income for these programs.
That’s great – if you really believe the government that created this mess will actually fix it. We’ve already explained why the tax cuts won’t generate the promised economic growth.
And yet, millions of Americans are depending on Social Security to fund their retirement. According to data recently released by Northwestern Mutual, one-third of Americans have less than $5,000 in retirement savings.
A former U.S. Navy seaman who spent a year in federal prison for photographing a classified area of a nuclear submarine plans to sue former President Barack Obama and fired FBI director James Comey for selectively prosecuting him.
Donald Trump issued a presidential pardon this year to Kristian Saucier, whose lawyer Ronald Daigle told Fox News on Monday that the pending lawsuit will also name the Justice Department as a defendant.
Daigle says former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was given a free pass by avoiding prosecution for mishandling classified information on her infamous private email server.
Saucier, 31, believes Comey and Obama should be held responsible for treating him unequally.
‘They interpreted the law in my case to say it was criminal,’ he told Fox, ‘but they didn’t prosecute Hillary Clinton. Hillary is still walking free.’
‘Two guys on my ship did the same thing and weren’t treated as criminals. We want them to correct the wrong.’
Daigle told Fox News that his legal strategy includes drawing attention to ‘the differences in the way Hillary Clinton was prosecuted and how my client was prosecuted.’
‘There’s a two-tier justice system and we want it to be corrected,’ he said.
Saucier admitted in 2016 that he had taken photos inside the USS Alexandria while it was docked in Connecticut seven years earlier.
He said he wanted to show his family where he worked, but now acknowledges he was wrong to take the pictures.
Federal prosecutors persuaded him to plead guilty by threatening to paint him as a resentful serviceman who risked the security of the United States and then destroyed a camera and a computer to hide the evidence.
But Saucier believes prosecuting him was a politically motivated decision driven by the Obama Justice Department’s desire to appear tough on the kinds of crime it was sweeping under the rug when Clinton was their investigative target.
‘They used me as an example because of Hillary Clinton,’ he said Monday.
Saucier’s pardon drew eyeballs to his post-incarceration plight: He said the only job he could get after his release from prison was as a garbage man.
Trump often mentioned Saucier’s case during the presidential campaign as he clobbered his rival Clinton for using an unsecured home-brew email server to handle sensitive information while she was America’s top diplomat.
‘They took the kid who wanted some pictures of the submarine,’ he told a crowd just days before his November 2016 election. ‘That’s an old submarine! They’ve got plenty of pictures, if the enemy wants them, they’ve got plenty of them.’
‘He wanted to take a couple of pictures. They put him in jail for a year.’
‘We’ve never been in a situation like this,’ Trump added, before pivoting to bash his Democratic opponent: ‘And then she’s allowed to run for president!’
Saucier, of Arlington, Vermont, was a 22-year-old machinist’s mate on the nuclear-powered attack submarine when he took the photos.
His lawyers said he knew the photos would be classified but he wanted to show his family what he did in the Navy. He denied sharing the photos with any unauthorized recipient.
Clinton’s case was the subject of bipartisan acrimony. Comey, then the nation’s top cop, announced in July 2016 that his agency had wrapped up its probe of the classified material on her private server and determined that it would be improper to prosecute her.
Republicans cried foul, but later cheered Comey when he told Congress just days before the election that a new cache of emails had been located – necessitating a reboot of the investigation.
That step came after DailyMail.com reported on the existence of a laptop that had belonged to the disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, whose wife Huma Abedin had been Clinton’s deputy campaign chairwoman.
Clinton and her attorneys deleted more than 33,000 emails from her server before handing it over to law enforcement agents. Those messages were never recovered.
But some of the material that was forwarded to Weiner was also classified.
‘Somehow,’ Comey testified last year in a Senate hearing, ‘her emails were being forwarded to Anthony Weiner, including classified information, by her assistant Huma Abedin.’