New Low: Sheriff’s Office Claims Infant at Fault for SWAT Team Blowing His Face Apart with Grenade

“Merely by being in that room, Bou-Bou had assumed the risk of coming under attack by a SWAT team. By impeding the trajectory of that grenade, rather than fleeing from his crib, Bou-Bou failed to “avoid the consequences” of that attack.” Habersham County Sheriff, Joey Terrell, has allegedly given the most asinine defense about why a SWAT team blew a babies face off. The defense was allegedly used in a federal lawsuit on behalf of an infant hit with a grenade by SWAT during a botched raid in May of last year. As previously covered, Bounkham “Baby Bou Bou” Phonesavanh, 19-months-old, was asleep in his crib. At 3:00 am militarized police barged into his family’s home because an informant had purchased $50 worth of meth from someone who once lived there. During the raid, a flash-bang grenade was thrown into the sleeping baby’s crib, exploding in his face. Beyond […] Read More

Woman Shot Six Times After Reporting She Was Having Sex With Police Official

“They Didn’t Have To Shoot Me Six Times,” Amy Bramuchi said about Alpharetta police officers who broke into her home while she was sleeping. She’s talking about an incident on September 25th when Alpharetta police officers shot her, in what she claims was an act of “retaliation.” The nationally certified Massage Therapist and Yoga Instructor recalled, “I was asleep and the next thing I know I hear my door being broken down. I was scared, and I didn’t know what was going on.” Bramuchi explained to local CBS Atlanta News that she was on medication and sleeping pills. A friend of her’s was worried that she was suicidal, which she claims was incorrect. But because of the medication, she did not hear police at the door. A police report in fact confirmed that officers did not make contact with he, so they violently forced their way in. Bramuchi was […] Read More

How a SWAT Team Upended My Baby’s Life — and Got Away with It

A SWAT team blew a hole in my 2-year-old’s chest — and just got off scot-free. But here’s why it gets even worse. My son will be 2 years old next week. He’s recovering from a total of eight surgeries, one of which was to reattach his nose to his face. For those who don’t know, it’s been over five months since the night a SWAT team broke into the house in which we were staying. It was the middle of the night, and even though our minivan with car seats inside was parked in the driveway and our children’s toys were in the yard, the SWAT officers claimed they had no way of knowing there were kids inside. We were staying with relatives and my whole family was sleeping in one room. My husband and I, our three daughters and our baby (nicknamed “Baby Bou Bou”) in his crib. Dressed […] Read More

The Companies Making a Profit by Abusing the Poor

We’re increasingly shifting costs to those least able to afford to pay. In Orange County, Calif., the probation department’s “supervised electronic confinement program,” which monitors the movements of low-risk offenders, has been outsourced to a private company, Sentinel Offender Services. The company, by its own account, oversees case management, including breath alcohol and drug-testing services, “all at no cost to county taxpayers.” Sentinel makes its money by getting the offenders on probation to pay for the company’s services. Charges can range from $35 to $100 a month. The company boasts of having contracts with more than 200 government agencies, and it takes pride in the “development of offender funded programs where any of our services can be provided at no cost to the agency.” Sentinel is a part of the expanding universe of poverty capitalism. In this unique sector of the economy, costs of essential government services are shifted […] Read More

2014: Cruel Politics: How Republicans Are Literally Shutting Down Hospitals

The Republican refusal to expand Medicaid is a disaster. Republicans are literally forcing hospitals to close down. Last week, the Lower Oconee Community Hospital in Glenwood, Georgia announced that it would shut its doors for good. The facility has been struggling with its finances for years, but things got really bad over the past few months and the hospital had to lay off almost 100 of its employees. According to Lower Oconee CEO Karen O’Neal, the hospital’s problems were the result of strained resources. And the reason why, of course, is that Republicans have refused to take Medicaid money that goes to hospitals to pay for uninsured people. Wheeler County, Georgia, where Lower Oconee is located, is the type of place the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – was supposed to help. Back during the Reagan administration a law was passed that said that hospitals had to accept patients […] Read More

2013: Kids to Skip Meals After Food Stamp Cuts

A map published by Stateline highlights the impact of $5 billion in food stamp cuts across the country. On November 1, the U.S. fell off the “food stamp cliff.” Food stamp benefits were cut by $5 billion on that day, which marked the end of a funding increase that was part of the 2009 stimulus package. A new interactive food stamp map published by Stateline and featured on NPR highlights this problem starkly by looking at how each state will be hit by the cuts. Oregon is one state that will be hit hard.  One out of every five Oregon residents relies on food stamps, and now that large population has to cope with food stamp cuts.  That could mean, in practical terms, buying less milk or having one less meal during the day. In total, 304,000 children and 159,000 senior citizens will see their benefits cut. Other states will […] Read More

Cherokee Spirit People

     There was a race of spirit people named the Nunne hi, or immortals, whose home in the old Cherokee country was in the highlands.  They had many town houses, or communal-type dwellings, especially in the bald mountains, the highest peaks of which no timber ever grew on.  There were large town houses in Pilot Knob and under the old Nilwasi mound in North Carolina, and there was another one under Blood Mountain, at the head of the Nottely River in Georgia.      The immortals were invisible except when they wanted to be seen, and then they looked and spoke just like the Cherokees.  They were very fond of music and dancing, and hunters in the mountains would often hear their dance songs and drums beating in some distant town house.  But when the hunters searched for the source, the sound would shift and they would hear it behind […] Read More

2000: Ghost Light Directory

THE LIST 1) The Marfa Lights – Chianti Mountains in Southwest Texas between the towns of Alpine and Marfa.  Seen along a 35 mile stretch of US Hwy 90.  Multiple lights.   2) Brown Mountain Lights (I)- 8 miles Northwest of Morgantown, Nc.  Best views- Wiseman’s View, Linville, Grandfather Mountain, Table Rock or Rt. 181 Overlook.  Pink-orange or reddish in color.  Hovers from 1 to 15 minutes.  So bright that they can be seen from Blowing Rock, 20 miles to the Northeast.  John Harden, chronicler of Tar Heelia enigmas first saw them in 1850.   3) Maco Light (I) (D) – Near Wilmington, NC.  First appeared in 1867 near Hood’s Creek along Atlantic Coast Line Tracks.  One white, one green and weaves 3 feet above tracks.  Surname Joe Baldwin’s Light.   4) Summerville, SC – was Sheep Island Road.  Light discovered in December 1961.  Reported in mid-March 1962 by […] Read More