Photography Reunion Part Deux

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They look as if they don’t believe me!!!

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Margaret brought her own wine glass.

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_MG_0216I was really pleased with this picture of me! :)

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_MG_0218_MG_0243_MG_0226_MG_0238_MG_0274Waving to Jamie, Garvan, Paddy, Ed, Padraic, Thomas, Eoin and Shane who couldn’t make it. You missed a great night. ;)

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Barking Mad

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No Excessive Force By The Baltimore Police???

Another video of the arrest of Freddie Gray has surfaced.

Courtesy of The Baltimore Sun:

Kevin Moore was asleep in his home the morning of April 12, when his uncle yelled to him: “The police are tazing Freddie.”

Moore, 28, ran out of his home in the same Gilmor Homes complex where Freddie Gray was arrested and sprinted across the street to get a view of what was happening…

Moore said he found his friend handcuffed, “screaming for his life,” and planted face down on the ground with one Baltimore bicycle police officer’s knee on his neck and the other bicycle officer bending his legs backward so that Gray’s heels were in his back .

“They had him folded up like he was a crab or a piece of origami. He was all bent up,” Moore said.

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Freddie’s legs are nowhere to be seen and he is screaming in agony.

no legs2Another officer arrives and the two bike officers can be seen getting up off Freddie.

no legs3For the first time we see Freddie’s legs.

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When police went to pick Gray off the ground, Moore said his friend had limp legs. His cell phone videoshows police carrying Gray to the van, his legs dragging behind him. Gray appears to briefly stand on one leg just before entering the van.

After police loaded him into the van on Presbury Street and drove off, they stopped one block away at Mount and Baker streets to re-restrain Gray with leg irons. Moore said he heard Gray screaming again at that time and raced down the block to get more footage, but by that time, a crowd of police had surrounded the van.

“I didn’t see any movement,” Moore said. “I saw his body but he wasn’t moving.”

“He didn’t put himself in a coma. He didn’t fracture or crack three of his own vertebrae,” Moore said. “He didn’t sever his own spine.”

I think this new video shows ample evidence of excessive force. Freddie was handcuffed. He didn’t need a police officer to force his legs halfway up his back.  He wasn’t resisting and was in extreme pain. I hope the video goes viral and these *policemen* get what they deserve.

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Justice For Freddie

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I realise that these videos are distressing, but I think the witness statements and the recent new video prove that Freddie Gray was in severe pain and his legs were inoperable before he was bundled into the van. He most certainly was not able-bodied.

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F3The Washington Post reports:

Freddie Gray died Sunday, a week after Baltimore city police arrested him. A charging document obtained Monday by the Baltimore Sun said Gray “fled unprovoked upon noticing police presence.”

Video of the arrest played by police at a news conference Monday did not show how Gray suffered his injury, which Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez described as “a very tragic injury to his spinal cord, which resulted in his death,” citing the preliminary results of an autopsy.

“What we don’t know, and what we need to get to, is how that injury occurred,” Rodriguez said. He noted that “when Mr. Gray was put in that van, he could talk, he was upset, and when he was taken out of that van, he could not talk and he could not breathe.”

Rodriguez added that police had “no evidence” of any use of excessive force at this point, including from the preliminary results of the autopsy.

Well, I would think it is obvious that twisting someone into a pretzel while putting your knee into their back and on their neck amounts to excessive force. But that’s just me.

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Sarah Palin Doesn’t Do Compromise, Except When She Has To!

2000 (1)Courtesy of nj.com:

Sarah Palin agreed in December to pay a New Jersey newspaper $15,000 to settle a lawsuit over her campaign’s unauthorized use of an iconic photograph of firefighters hoisting the American flag on 9/11 — but the deal remains stalled over the former GOP vice presidential candidate’s insistence on confidentiality, according to court papers filed Monday in U.S. District Court.

According to the documents, William Dunnegan, the attorney for North Jersey Media Group, which publishes The Record of Bergen County, says that on Dec. 22, 2014 — four days after the two sides agreed in principle to settle the case — lawyers for SarahPac, Palin’s campaign organization, “asserted that there must be a broad confidentiality clause.”

“Shortly thereafter, Palin’s counsel, Ronald Coleman, Esq., told me that Palin required a confidentiality clause because her political action committee did not want any hint of a compromise associated with her name,” Dunnegan writes.

So it appears that she lost, and she had to compromise, and now we all know it! :)

In other Palin news, check out how she celebrates her “boys'” birthdays.

BirthdaysWhat a birthday greeting!! And don’t they look thrilled. She just couldn’t wish them well and leave it at that. She had to attack the libs. Also, I was under the impression that Trig couldn’t eat solid food. Didn’t Sarah tell us that?

Well, the liar also told us that Trig couldn’t talk, but scroll down and check out Willow’s Websta account. It appears that Trig is counting to one hundred. Good for him.

Trig countingAnd yes, that is Todd’s socked feet on top of the counter…

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#Black Lives Matter

Courtesy of Daily Kos:

On April 12, Freddie Gray, healthy and whole, was arrested by the Baltimore Police.

According to his family and attorney Billy Murphy, when Freddie arrived at the hospital he had three broken vertebrae, his spinal cord was severed 80 percent, his voice box damaged, and his brain was swollen.

He died a week later.

The police thus far have refused to give any reasonable explanation of how Gray went from healthy to dead in their custody.

A bystander took this video as the police bundled Freddie Gray into the van.

I’m not a doctor (well I am actually – just not the medical sort), but I would hazard a guess that Freddie’s spine was already severed at that stage.

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freddie2freddie3freddie4And by the way, he had his spine broken because he ran. Well, if you were a black male in America, you probably wouldn’t hang around either. He hadn’t committed any offence.

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The Photography Reunion

Well, I told you I was going to have a party. And I did.

_MG_0158Claire and Anto having a puff – this was later on in the night. I don’t know WTF  are the white dots on the leather couch.

_MG_0161Diarmait, Margaret, moi and  Ciaran.  You can see we are very sad.

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Anto

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Frank, Claire and Will

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Gerry

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That must be Diarmo…

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_MG_0275What remains of the photography class of 2008.

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