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Inside the mind of a raging liberal
Posted by RagingInMiami in General Discussion
Mon Sep 26th 2011, 09:58 PM
It's pretty evident from the videos, but I did several interviews today with people who confirmed this. That's pretty rare. Usually it is the rank and file cops getting all aggressive while the commanders try to keep the peace. There has also been unconfirmed rumors that more than 100 rank and file cops refused to come to work today in solidarity with the protesters. That would be big if it turns out true. Either way, it seems as if the rank and file cops are a little sympathetic or in agreem...
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Posted by RagingInMiami in General Discussion
Tue Apr 05th 2011, 06:29 PM
Many of you old-timers might remember me from back in the day where I would post regularly during those dark years known as the Bush Era. You might also remember that for taking pictures of cops, then started a blog called Photography is Not a Crime where I have been documenting First Amendment abuses against photographers for the past four years. Since my first arrest, I was arrested a second time for photographing cops. I beat both cases in court. Last year, I was on the Miami Metrorail ...
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Posted by RagingInMiami in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Feb 25th 2010, 11:23 AM
The first time was back in 2007 in an incident that was on DU. That compelled me to start a blog on photographers' rights because photographers getting harassed and arrested for doing something that is protected by the First Amendment is an ongoing issue. The was last year on Miami Beach in a incident I just started publicly talking about because I did not want it to interfere with the probation conviction from the first arrest. I had been placed on a one-year probation after my first arrest...
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Posted by RagingInMiami in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Nov 10th 2008, 07:15 PM
I just wanted to share a photo essay I compiled of protest photographs I took during the last four years of Bush's administration. (Image) See the rest of the photos here along with my commentary. (Link)
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Posted by RagingInMiami in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat May 05th 2007, 06:54 PM
Why not send them all to Iraq? If they want to bash the legs of brown children with their clubs for the crime of not walking fast enough, then they should be the ones partaking in our country’s occupation of the Iraqi people. If they want to disguise themselves in riot gear and unanimously beat, kick and shoot Mexican children, pregnant women and unarmed men - as well as the journalists documenting the abuses - then those criminals need to be stripped of their badges, guns and indistinguishabl...
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Posted by RagingInMiami in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed May 02nd 2007, 01:19 PM
As many of you know, I was arrested in February after photographing Miami police against their wishes. My trial begins May 7th, so I decided to start a blog to document developments in the case as well as to maintain a central location for all information regarding the case. But I also want to document any other instances of photographers' rights getting abused in this country, which we all know happens way too frequently. I would like this blog to become a central resource for photographers' r...
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Posted by RagingInMiami in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Mar 24th 2007, 12:00 PM
Many of you are familiar with last month, so maybe you can help increase exposure by clicking on "Digg it" at the top right hand corner of the story. The it gets, the better it is for my court case. My arraignment is on April 4th and that is going to be the beginning of a very long legal procedure. Here is the Raw Story update, which was posted this morning: (Link)
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Posted by RagingInMiami in Photography Group
Sat Mar 17th 2007, 05:55 PM
Update on my arrest for photographing Miami Police against their wishes
Thanks for asking. There's no inappropriateness about your question. This is probably the best place to find me on DU. I've been really busy lately dealing with this legal situation. My initial arraignment got postponed to an unspecified date. I wish I could tell you everything that is going on because there is a lot working in my favor but this a pending legal case and I have no doubt that investigators from the police department and state attorney's are lurking on DU, waiting for me to post ...
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Posted by RagingInMiami in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Tue Feb 27th 2007, 11:02 AM
(Link) EDIT: Here is my initial post on the incident. (Link)
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Posted by RagingInMiami in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Fri Feb 23rd 2007, 10:11 AM
The cops slammed me to the pavement even though I offered no resistance, causing a deep abrasion on my right knee. One cop grabbed me by the back of the head and repeatedly bashed my forehead against the sidewalk, causing abrasions and swelling to the right side of my forehead. Another cop grabbed my right hand and bent it backwards in a 90 degree angle, causing me to scream out in pain and continued to do so even after the handcuffs were placed on me. As I verbally protested, one cop thre...
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Posted by RagingInMiami in Photography Group
Thu Feb 22nd 2007, 10:28 PM
But my heart was not into it. However, I was on assignment for People Magazine as a reporter and they pay well, so I am not complaining. But as I always do when I am on a non-photography journalism assignment, I had my camera with me. After all, there are not enough words in the English language to describe the media frenzy that took place that day. (Image) Here we have Larry Birkhead, one of three (or is it four?) men claiming to be the father of ANS' daughter. Birkhead is a photographer s...
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Posted by RagingInMiami in Photography Group
Tue Nov 21st 2006, 12:52 AM
In almost exactly like what happened (where does the time go?), I was sitting at my computer when I see a car come speeding by with a cop car hot on his tail. A few seconds later I hear a loud crash. A few seconds after that, I was out the door with my camera. (Image) The kid on the ground was a passenger in the car behind him, which was stolen. The driver of the car took off running and was arrested 30 minutes later down the street. (Image) (Image) Calling for back-up (Image) (Image) The...
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Posted by RagingInMiami in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Sat Nov 11th 2006, 06:36 AM
Not Luis Garcia, a newly elected state representative who was running against a right-wing Cuban in a district that is 72 percent republicans or independents and includes Little Havana. At 60 years old, Garcia is a lifelong democrat. After all, he says, it was Lyndon B. Johnson who first helped the Cubans arrive in this country with the Freedom Flights of the 1960s. The former Miami Beach fire chief says Democrats are "responsible for most of the civil rights legislation and Democrats have pr...
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Posted by RagingInMiami in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Thu Nov 09th 2006, 10:46 PM
After all, not only did Hispanics make up eight percent of the total vote on Tuesday, but 73 percent of Hispanics voted democrat while 26 percent voted republican, according to CNN exit polls. In 2004, Hispanics still made up about eight percent of the total vote, but only 55 percent voted democrat while 42 percent voted republican. This is an 18 percent increase in democrat votes in two years, most likely fueled by the anti-illegal immigrant hysteria that swept across the country as well as D...
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Posted by RagingInMiami in The DU Lounge
Sat Aug 19th 2006, 09:54 AM
Not that I ever voted for Bush. Not I ever voted for a republican. Not that I am anything close to a conservative. No, that was my dad, and ever since I was a kid, we would get into serious political debates. I was the bleeding heart liberal, he was the Goldwater conservative. Before he died in Jan. 2002, he was disgusted with Bush, the war and acknowledged that Bush stole the 2000 election with the help of his brother. My dad lived in Miami, just two counties south of Palm Beach, the epicen...
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Posted by RagingInMiami in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Mon Aug 14th 2006, 10:01 PM
As some of you know, I traveled to Cuba last May in an act of civil disobedience along with two other Americans. On our return through the Bahamas, we admitted we had traveled to Cuba rather than lie to a federal officer. Homeland Security then detained us, searched our bags, lectured us on the illegalities of traveling to Cuba without a special license and forced us to fill out a form before allowing us to board our plane back to Miami. They said they were going to fine us, but our group had...
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Posted by RagingInMiami in Latino/Hispanic Group
Thu Aug 10th 2006, 07:47 PM
On the Mariel Boatlift
out of Cuba to the U.S. seeking asylum. It escalated when a group of Cubans stormed the Peruvian embassy in Havana, seeking asylum from Castro's communist regime. When Peru granted asylum to the Cubans and any other Cuban who sought the same thing, more than 10,000 Cubans poured in through the downed gates of the embassy seeking asylum. Realizing that a significant portion of the Cuban population was getting restless, Castro announced that he would open the port of Mariel for anybody wishing...
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Posted by RagingInMiami in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Thu Aug 10th 2006, 06:19 PM
Yes, the ones that are so fondly referred to on DU as “Batistas” and “fascistas” and “racistas”. The ones that many of you say deserve everything they got because they were fortunate not to have been living in poverty during the 1950s. The ones that are referred to as ”Gusanos” because they chose to leave Cuba as soon as Contrary to what is constantly being spewed on DU, most of the Cuban exiles that live in Miami were not avid Batista supporters. Many, in fact, supported Castro in toppling...
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Posted by RagingInMiami in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Sun Jul 30th 2006, 09:02 PM
That Lebanon had the "right to defend" itself against Israel. It was 1982 and Israel had invaded Lebanon in an attempt to quash the Palestine Liberation Organization, which was formed in 1964 with the goal to destroy Israel and replace it with a Palestinian state. After all, not only were 711,000 Palestinians forced to flee Israel after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Palestine was denied the right to become an independent state after the fall of the Turkish Ottoman Empire during World War I. The ...
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Posted by RagingInMiami in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Mon Jul 17th 2006, 09:39 AM
On some DUers quest to form a group for "Former Gifted Children"
As a kid, I was your typical ADHD, flying-off-the-wall student. I was labeled all kinds of negative things that I won't even mention here because I have since pushed them out of my mind. What these educators did not realize was that I was an avid reader who would spend hours in the library reading about anything that piqued my interest. They had no clue that I would play chess with the old Cuban men in my neighborhood, developing into a very strong player with a thorough understanding of the g...
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Posted by RagingInMiami in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Tue Jul 11th 2006, 08:12 PM
Rape was the motive for the murder. Or more precisely, the motive was to cover up the rape. And the murder of her family was to eliminate every witness to the rape. From what I've read, the rape was premediated for days, if not weeks. It went from basic lust to basic barbarism. And once they crossed that line, there was nothing they were unable to do, including murder.
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Posted by RagingInMiami in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Tue Jul 04th 2006, 03:47 AM
Because the flag is a material item and we are a material society. Almost anyone can buy a flag. And if you have more money than your neighbor, you can buy an even bigger flag. Then you can bow down in front of the flag and sacrifice your first-born. But the Constitution? That is an abstract document that most people are not familiar with and are too embarrassed to admit it. To them, it's just another random piece of document from a period in history where the men wore wigs and stockings. M...
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Posted by RagingInMiami in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Tue Jul 04th 2006, 01:30 AM
I headed out to under the McCarthur Causeway, the bridge that leads from the City of Miami to Miami Beach, where every year, hundreds of people go to watch the fireworks over the Miami skyline. It is also where numerous homeless people live. They sleep on the rock cliff under the bridge. Every night. At least 20. Usually many more. I go out there a lot to take photos so I always seem them. Sometimes I talk to them. They mostly keep to themselves. It's a very peaceful area admidst the insanit...
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Posted by RagingInMiami in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Sun Jul 02nd 2006, 11:29 PM
at Fallujah. After the atrocities we committed at Abu Ghraib. After the atrocities we committed at Haditha. After the countless atrocities that we've committed that have not yet been reported as well as the atrocities that were reported that were quickly dropped from the radar. Then we sure as hell lost it over this atrocity. When you have criminals at the top, criminals who steal elections and invade countries and most likely are responsible for 9/11, it shouldn't be surprising that we ha...
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Posted by RagingInMiami in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Sun Jul 02nd 2006, 04:30 AM
A 9-year-old girl was shot to death by a stray bullet meant for someone else. She was a gifted student who won 14 awards for good grades in Spanish, math and music. She is the 18th person under the age of 18 to have been killed by gunfire in Miami during the last 12 months. But you don't see Alberto Gonzalez forming a task force to address that issue. (Link)
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Posted by RagingInMiami in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Thu Jun 08th 2006, 12:23 AM
Click here to view the Or read my commentary about Havana and view the slideshow later, which is also linked at the bottom of the (yes, I know), very long post. They throw the word “libre” around like we throw the word “freedom.” There is the Habana Libre Hotel (called the Havana Hilton during the 1950s), the Cuba Libre cocktail (which the locals will quickly tell you es una mentira) and signs displaying the words “Viva Cuba Libre” next to the Cuban flag are plastered throughout the city. ...
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Posted by RagingInMiami in Latest Breaking News
Thu May 11th 2006, 12:16 AM
Proving once again that only the good die young, Soraya was a beautiful woman, inside and out. As a fellow Colombian-American, I just wish she was able to spread her message to the American masses before she died. Here's hoping her music will live on. May you rest in peace, Soraya. (and forgive me for illegally downloading your music as I mourn.) RIM MIAMI - Colombian-American singer Soraya, who won a Latin Grammy for best female album in 2004 and worked to educate Hispanic women about breas...
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Posted by RagingInMiami in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Tue May 09th 2006, 03:48 PM
I was the kid who always in trouble, the class clown, the one who had trouble controlling his impulses. If a teacher asked the class a question, I would blurt out the answer without raising my hand. Sometimes, I would just blurt out my thoughts regardless if she was asking a question or not. This was during the 1970s. I was considered hyperactive. The doctors wanted to medicate me, but my mother refused. So I continued cutting up in class, making wisecracks and "disrupting the learning environm...
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Posted by RagingInMiami in General Discussion (01/01/06 through 01/22/2007)
Sun May 07th 2006, 01:52 AM
Young people. Thousands of young people. Most of them Latino. Most of them speaking perfect English. Most of them of voting age or very close to it. And music. Continuous music, rhythmic chants and a steady beat that kept your hips moving. And the flags. Yes, the foreign flags. And the American flags. The colors of all those flags waving in the air and filling the Manhattan sky. The pride. The passion. The power of the people. The immigration rally had soul while the antiwar protest, fo...
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The rally was sponsored by SEIU (Services Employee International Union) in support of the janitors who have been on strike for almost two months. John Edwards, James P. Hoffa of Teamsters International and Charles Steele of Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Alabama group that MLK Jr. founded also gave speeches. (Image) (Image) (Image) (Image) (Image) (Image) It was a scorcher yesterday, as you can tell by John Edwards' shirt. (Image) (Image) This is James P. Hoffa, ...
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Antiwar protest in NYC on April 29, 2006

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