Someone YOU Should Know: Artist Stephen Wiltshire….The Human Camera.


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Stephen Wiltshire MBE – Biography

 

Stephen Wiltshire is an artist who draws and paints detailed cityscapes. He has a particular talent for drawing lifelike, accurate representations of cities, sometimes after having only observed them briefly. He was awarded an MBE for services to the art world in 2006. He studied Fine Art at City & Guilds Art College. His work is popular all over the world, and is held in a number of important collections.

 

Stephen was born in London, United Kingdom to West Indian parents on 24th April, 1974. As a child he was mute, and did not relate to other people. Aged three, he was diagnosed as autistic. He had no language and lived entirely in his own world.

 

At the age of five, Stephen was sent to Queensmill School in London, where it was noticed that the only pastime he enjoyed was drawing. It soon became apparent he communicated with the world through the language of drawing; first animals, then London buses, and finally buildings. These drawings show a masterful perspective, a whimsical line, and reveal a natural innate artistry.

 

 

Early Years

Stephen Wiltshire was born on April 24, 1974 in London, England to parents of West Indian heritage. His father, Colvin was a native of Barbados, and his mother, Geneva, is a native of St. Lucia. As a child Stephen experienced delays in his development. When Stephen was about three years old, he was diagnosed as autistic. When Stephen was about five, he was enrolled at Queensmill School in West London where the teaching staff first noticed his interest in drawing.

 

First Words

The instructors at Queensmill School encouraged him to speak by temporarily taking away his art supplies so that he would be forced to ask for them. Stephen responded by making sounds and eventually uttered his first word – “paper.” He learned to speak fully at the age of nine. His early illustrations depicted animals and cars; he is still extremely interested in american cars and is said to have an encyclopedic knowledge of them. When he was about seven, Stephen became fascinated with sketching landmark London buildings. After being shown a book of photos depicting the devastation wrought by earthquakes, he began to create detailed architectural drawings of imaginary

 

 

Career Start

One of Stephen’s teachers took a particular interest in him, who later accompanied his young student on drawing excursions and entered his work in children’s art competitions, many of which garnered Stephen awards. The local press became increasingly suspicious as to how a young child could produce such masterful drawings. The media interest soon turned nationwide and the 7 year old Stephen Wiltshire made his first steps to launch his lifelong career. The same year he sold his first work and by the time he turned 8, he received his first commission from late Prime Minister Edward Heath to create a drawing of Salisbury Cathedral.
At about age 10 Stephen embarked on an ambitious project called “London Alphabet,” a group of pictures depicting landmark structures in London, listed in alphabetical sequence – from Albert Hall, a famed performance venue, to the London Zoo.

 

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In February 1987 Stephen appeared in The Foolish Wise Ones. (The show also featured savants with musical and mathematical talents.) During his segment Hugh Casson, a former president of London’s Royal Academy of Arts, referred to him as “possibly the best child artist in Britain.”
Casson introduced Stephen to Margaret Hewson, a literary agent who helped Stephen field incoming book deals and soon became a trusted mentor. She helped Stephen publish his first book, Drawings (1987), a volume of his early sketches that featured a preface by Casson. Hewson, known for her careful stewardship of her clients’ financial interests, made sure a trust was established in Stephen’s name so that his fees and royalties were used wisely. (Hewson’s obituary, published in the London Daily Telegraph [February 9, 2002], lauded her “tireless promotion of his interests” and stated that despite having several other high-profile clients, she “was perhaps best known for championing… Stephen Wiltshire.”)

 

 

Cities

Hewson arranged Stephen’s first trip abroad, to New York City, where he sketched such legendary skyscrapers as the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, as part of a feature being prepared by the London-based International Television News. (He is quoted in the London Times article as saying, “I’m going to live in New York [some day]. I’ve designed my penthouse on Park Avenue.”) While in New York Stephen met Oliver Sacks.
Sacks was fascinated by the young artist, and the two struck up a long friendship; Sacks would ultimately write extensively about Stephen. The resulting illustrations from his visit – along with sketches of sites in the London Docklands, Paris, and Edinburgh – formed the basis for his second book, Cities (1989), which also included some drawings of purely imaginary metropolises.

 

 

College Years

With Hewson’s help, Stephen enrolled in a three-year degree program (followed by a one-year postgraduate course) at the prestigious City and Guilds of London Art School, where he studied drawing and painting. He often commuted by himself on the London underground system. Stephen Wiltshire later successfully postgraduated in Painting and Drawing as well as Printmaking at his degree show in 1998.

 

 

Floating Cities

At about this time Stephen embarked on a drawing tour of Venice, Amsterdam, Leningrad, and Moscow, attracting crowds wherever he stopped to draw. He was accompanied part of the time by Sacks, who was conducting research for a new book of case histories. (The resulting volume, An Anthropologist on Mars, published in 1995, brought Stephen Wiltshire to the attention of an even wider audience.) His third book, Floating Cities (1991), contains the elaborate drawings he made on the tour, along with a foreword by Sacks, who wrote, “Floating Cities represents sixteen-year-old Stephen’s artistic response to a ‘Grand Tour’ of Europe. The architectural refinement of a bygone Venetian Republic is juxtaposed to the solid merchant spirit of the Northern Renaissance as seen in Amsterdam. The barbaric vitality and energy of Moscow is set against that epitome of elegance, Leningrad – so often called ‘the Venice of the North.’ These drawings testify to an assured draughtsmanship and an ability to convey complex perspective with consummate ease. But more importantly, they reveal his mysterious creative ability to capture the sensibility of a building and that which determines its character and its voice. It is this genius which sets him apart and confers upon him the status of artist. For a child who was once locked within the prison house of his own private world, unable to speak, incapable of responding to others, this thrilling development of language, laughter and art is a miracle.”

 

 

Bestseller

In a review of Floating Cities for the San Francisco Chronicle (February 16, 1992), Kenneth Baker observed: “The accuracy of proportion and perspective in Stephen Wiltshire’s ink drawings – not to mention their detail – is amazing. For all their busyness, Stephen Wiltshire’s drawings are not snarled with obsessive rhythms. He obviously takes pleasure in what he can see and record, and his technique, though consistent, is admirably adapted to specific subjects… Whatever barriers to conventional life Wiltshire’s condition [has] put in his path, his eye and hand are enviably open channels.” David Gritten wrote for the Los Angeles Times (February 5, 1992), “[The book] illustrates Stephen Wiltshire’s ability to capture not only a building’s detail; he has an innate sense of perspective and also can convey the mood a building evokes. Thus his Kremlin Palace in Moscow looks forbidding and imposing; his St. Basil’s Cathedral in Red Square with its multicolored cluster of onion domes, seems to spring from a fantasy.” Floating Cities reached the top spot on the (London) Sunday Times nonfiction bestseller list.

 

 

American Dream

In 1992 Stephen accepted the invitation of a Tokyo-based television company to tour Japan and make drawings of various landmark structures, including the Tokyo metropolitan government building, in Shinjuku, and the Ginza shopping district. He then traveled to America once again, a trip that resulted in the book American Dream (1993), which featured cityscapes of Chicago, San Francisco, and New York, as well as the desert landscape of Arizona. Mary Ambrose wrote for the Montreal Gazette (July 31, 1993), “His paintings of the Arizona desert [establish] him as more than a one-trick pony, and although the coloring is a bit rough, his strong natural sense of composition keeps it together.” Stephen also included depictions of friends and acquaintances, and some observers took the presence of human figures in his work as a sign that he was developing socially.

Musical Talent

While his teachers had long known that Stephen Wiltshire liked to sing, the extent of his musical talent was not immediately apparent. Hewson told Anne Barrowclough for the London Daily Mail (September 14, 1993) that she discovered the artist’s additional skill while on the trip to Russia: “When we were in Moscow we would throw our own private concerts, usually opera, in our hotel room. One evening Stephen stood on a chair and sang Carmen from memory. He had picked it up from the television and remembered it almost perfectly.” He soon began studying with the music teacher Evelyn Preston, who identified Stephen as having perfect pitch – the rare ability to identify the pitch of an isolated musical note.
Additionally, while people with autism often do not understand or recognize human emotions, Stephen seemed able to convey the story of the music he was hearing and interpret its sentiments – an ability that fascinated psychologists. The medical community also found Stephen’s case interesting because savants rarely exhibit simultaneous skills in more than one field of learning. Linda Pring, a cognitive neuropsychologist at Goldsmith’s College, in London, spent a summer evaluating Stephen in an effort to discover a relationship between his dual talents. Pring told Nigel Hawkes for the London Times (September 13, 1993), “None of our other savants has more than one talent. In the whole of the scientific literature I have found only one previous example.”

Exhibition Record

Meanwhile, Stephen’s artwork was being exhibited frequently in venues all over the world.
In 2001 he appeared in another BBC documentary, Fragments of Genius, for which he was filmed flying over London aboard a helicopter and subsequently completing a detailed and perfectly scaled aerial illustration of a four-square-mile area within three hours; his drawing included 12 historic landmarks and 200 other structures.
In late 2003 the Orleans House Gallery in Twickenham, England, held the first major retrospective of Wiltshire’s works, spanning a period of 20 years; more than 40,000 visitors attended the exhibit, shattering the gallery’s attendance records. view current exhibitions

Panoramas

Stephen took on his largest project to date in May 2005, when he returned to Tokyo to make a panoramic drawing – the largest of his career – of the city. Two months later he drew a similarly detailed picture of Rome, including the Vatican and St. Peter’s Cathedral, entirely from memory.
In December, after a 20-minute helicopter ride, Stephen spent a week creating a 10-meter-long drawing of Hong Kong‘s Victoria Harbour and the surrounding urban scene. (He dedicated the work as a Christmas present to the city’s residents.) Since then he added Frankfurt, Madrid, Dubai, Jerusalem and London to his collection. The last drawing in the series was of his spiritual home, New York. Further trips followed to Syndey and Shanghai in 2010.

Cityscapes & People

Contrary to the popular misconception that Stephen is only interested in capturing architecture and classic american cars, he often draws portraits of celebrities and close friends in his private sketchbook. Stephen started creating caricatures of his teachers at primary school, and has since then produced many caricature ‘snap shots’ documenting amusing incidents encountered on his trips abroad as well.
Stephen Wiltshire’s passion for buildings, citiscapes and skylines continuously inspires him to revisit his favourite cities as well as discover new destinations while travelling the world. In a recent interview in New York he revealed that the most intriguing qualities of an exciting city must have ‘chaos and order at the same time, the avenues and squares, skyscrapers as well as traffic jams, the chaotic rush hour and people’.

 

 

MBE & London Gallery

In January 2006 it was announced that Stephen was being named by Queen Elizabeth II as a Member of the Order of the British Empire, in recognition of his services to the art world. “It’s an absolute honour,” his sister, Annette, told Geoffrey Wansell for the London Daily Mail (January 3, 2006). “It brought tears to my mum’s eyes and to mine, because we’ve all worked so hard for Stephen.”
Later that year, with the encouragement of Annette and her husband, Zoltan, Stephen Wiltshire founded his own permanent art gallery in London’s Royal Opera Arcade, London’s oldest shopping arcade.
In 2011, Stephen received an Honorary Life Fellowship from the Society of Architectural Illustrators, presented by artist Ben Johnson.
The gallery recently celebrated its 5th year of opening and the search for Stephen’s second premises in New York continues today.

 

Many observers have noted that Stephen has an engaging personality and a strong sense of humor. He sometimes performs impromptu, but wickedly accurate imitations of such singers as Robbie Williams. He currently resides in Maida Vale, West London with his mother. He reportedly admits to a preference for blondes, most notably the actress Jennie Garth from the television series Beverly Hills 90210.

 

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Stephen Wiltshire: The Human Camera

 

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Stephen Wiltshire has been called the “Human Camera.” In this short excerpt from the film Beautiful Minds: A Voyage into the Brain, Wiltshire takes a helicopter journey over Rome and then draws a panoramic view of what he saw, entirely from memory.

 

 

 

The Human Camera – Documentary

 

Published on Dec 20, 2013

Stephen Wiltshire is a 33-year-old autistic man with an extraordinary talent. He is one of less than 100 people in the world who is recognised as an autistic savant. Whereas some savants excel in mathematics or music, Stephen is an accomplished artist, and is capable of producing highly accurate drawings of buildings and cities after seeing them just once.

 

Although Stephen is today a quiet and confident young man, he endured a difficult childhood as family and teachers struggled to cope with his autism – a condition that was, at the time, very poorly understood and rarely diagnosed.

 

Cityscapes and buildings quickly became Stephen’s artistic focus, possibly because they represent the kind of stability, solidity and repetition that autistic people often crave. In a short space of time, Stephen became internationally renowned for his strikingly detailed and technically accurate drawings, and since his teenage years he has travelled the world sketching famous buildings and cities.

 

Now Stephen is about to face one of his greatest challenges yet. He has five days to draw a four-metre-long panorama of London based on a 15-minute helicopter ride above the capital. Can he accurately reproduce the skyline of his home city solely from memory?

 

 

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NOT All Domestic Violence Is Created Equal: From Ray Rice To Federal Judge Mark Fuller.


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The Race Card: One’s caucasian and one’s Black. Care to guess which one lost his job, and what Federal Judge is still on the bench? The footballer has no direct effect on the next man, but the federal judge……

 

From Brads Blog, check him out, he’s magnificent:

 

NFL’s Ray Rice Loses Job for Knocking Out Wife, Federal Judge Mark Fuller Keeps Lifetime Appointment After Beating Wife Bloody

 

By BRAD FRIEDMAN on 9/10/2014

 

The NFL has been appropriately shamed this week for not taking substantive action immediately in the case of Baltimore Ravens‘ superstar Ray Rice after he knocked his wife out cold in an Atlantic City hotel elevator earlier this year.

 

But what about the failure of the Judicial and Congressional branches, so far, to take any action at all in the case of federal U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller after he beat his wife bloody in an Atlanta hotel room last month?

 

Both Rice and Fuller, as supposedly first-time offenders, were allowed to participate in pre-trial diversion programs to avoid prosecution entirely. Rice agreed to attend domestic abuse counseling for a year. Fuller will have his arrest record expunged after completion of once-weekly domestic abuse counseling for just 24 weeks.

 

Rice was eventually suspended indefinitely by the NFL.

 

Fuller enjoys a lifetime appointment as a federal judge — and can only be removed from his $200,000/year job-for-life if he is impeached and found guilty by Congress.

 

Fuller, a Republican George W. Bush appointee to the federal bench, sits in judgment of others. For example, rather than recuse himself for blatant conflicts of interest, he sent former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman to federal prison for 6.5 years for something that 113 bipartisan former state Attorneys General argue was never a crime before the popular Democratic Governor was charged with it.

 

America was outraged by the video tape showing Rice knocking out his then-fiancée (now wife) in mid-February.

 

America hardly even knows about Judge Fuller dragging his wife around the hotel room by her hair and striking her repeatedly in the mouth, leaving blood behind on the bathroom tub in early August, despite a police report and a 911 call during which his wife begs for police and an ambulance and repeatedly says “Help me, please. Please help me. He’s beating on me.” The 911 dispatcher reportedly says during the call that she can hear the Judge hitting the woman.

 

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Thank you Brads Blog & BRAD FRIEDMAN.

 

 

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From The Washington Post:

 

From Ray Rice to a federal judge, is the system too lenient in domestic violence cases?

 

By Diana Reese

 

U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller, left, waits with attorney Jeff Brickman for his case to be called in Fulton County Court on  Sept. 5 to face charges of misdemeanor battery. (Brant Sanderlin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

U.S. District Court Judge Mark Fuller, left, waits with attorney Jeff Brickman for his case to be called in Fulton County Court on Sept. 5 to face charges of misdemeanor battery. (Brant Sanderlin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

 

U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller, who presides in the Middle District of Alabama, has walked away from a domestic violence case with a plea deal that avoids jail time and could expunge the case from his record. He might even be able to return to the bench. For life.

 

“It’s a slap in the face to victims and survivors of domestic violence,” said Ruth Glenn, interim director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and herself a survivor of domestic violence. “It’s sending a horrible message.”

 

And it’s a lot like another domestic violence case in the news this week: that of Ray Rice. Several journalists at Southern newspapers have pointed out the similarities — and they’re calling for the removal of Fuller from the bench. Birmingham, Ala., news columnist John Archibald calls Fuller “a 56-year-old punk kid” who should be impeached. CNN’s senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin also chimed in, explaining that domestic abuse “is a crime to be resolved by the legal system.”

 

Fuller was arrested Aug. 9 after his wife, Kelli, called 911, telling the dispatcher: “He’s beating on me. Please help me.” She was treated by paramedics for cuts to her face.

 

According to various media reports, the couple, from Montgomery, Ala., started arguing during their stay at the downtown Atlanta Ritz-Carlton about his alleged affair with a law clerk, and  it escalated into physical violence. Fuller claimed that his wife threw a glass at him and he was defending himself. Mrs. Fuller said her husband was drunk and that he pulled her hair, hit and kicked her and threw her down.

 

He was charged with misdemeanor battery, which can carry a sentence of up to 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

 

He appeared in Atlanta Magistrate Court  on Friday, accepting a plea deal that requires him to undergo weekly counseling through a domestic violence program for 24 weeks as well as have an alcohol and drug evaluation; if he’s successful, the charge will be removed from his record.

 

It feels like Fuller has failed to accept any responsibility for what happened in that Atlanta hotel room. Nor has he apologized publicly. Although his statement, released through his

attorneys, does express regret, he regrets that his decision to take the plea deal “means that the full and complete facts regarding this incident will likely not come out.”

 

But he’s accepting the deal for “the best interests” of his family, and he goes on to say how “very embarrassing” the incident has been.

 

Fuller’s divorce records from 2012 included accusations of abuse, infidelity and drug use.

 

Fuller is receiving his annual salary of of $199,100 while he undergoes treatment, and he’s been removed from hearing cases. Meanwhile, the chief judge of the 11th Circuit has sent Fuller a complaint as part of the judicial discipline process under federal law. While impeachment is the only way to remove federal judges, who are appointed to life  terms, they can be censured, reprimanded or requested to resign.

 

Fuller was appointed to the bench in 2002 by then-President George W. Bush. He presided over the bribery trial of former Alabama governor Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy in 2006.

 

There are no statistics on arrest and conviction rates for those who perpetuate domestic violence, said Glenn, but “the consequences, in general, are not enough.”

 

It’s critical, she said, to hold abusers accountable.

 

She was among those attending the ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act on Tuesday (ironic timing considering the events in the news), during which Vice President  Biden called violence against women “the ugliest form” of violence and said victims need a conviction to recover.

 

Diana Reese is a journalist in Overland Park, Kan. Follow her on Twitter at @dianareese.

 

Thank you The Washington Post & Diana Reese

 

Vice-President Joe Biden said that the NFL “did the right thing,” finally, in response to the “brutal” attack by Rice. The White House issued a statement declaring Rice’s actions “contemptible and unacceptable in a civilized society.” The statement by WH Press Secretary Josh Earnest, after speaking to the President, went on to say: “Hitting a woman is not something a real man does, and that’s true whether or not an act of violence happens in the public eye, or, far too often, behind closed doors. Stopping domestic violence is something that’s bigger than football — and all of us have a responsibility to put a stop to it.”

 

All of that is true. But where is the outrage over Fuller beating his wife bloody just weeks ago and receiving no actual punishment at all? Where are the outraged desk-thumping talking heads? Where are the Senators and Presidential statements decrying the domestic abuse by a sitting federal judge currently enjoying a lifetime appointment, who can only be “fired” by a dysfunctional U.S. Congress? Where are the calls from anyone in that branch of Government to impeach Judge Mark Fuller?

 

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Can you say double standard? Can you say one is more horrific based on the video? Can you say race card played in reverse? One thing about domestic violence, you don’t get to pick which is worse, all domestic violence is unacceptable, no matter the gender or the skin color. Hey N.O.W., why no banners flying over Judge Fuller’s house on Sundays, calling for HIM to resign?

 

Vikings ban Adrian Peterson

 

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Running back Adrian Peterson will not play for the Minnesota Vikings until his legal issues are resolved, the team said.

 

 

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Charles Barkley on Peterson: ‘We all spanked our kids’…BUT we didn’t ALL break the skin Charles, or leave bruises. Remember your ad that you’re no role model? You are right, so shut the hell up.

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Charles Barkley defended Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and shared sentiments on former Ravens running back Ray Rice’s case during an interview with Jim Rome onThe NFL Today Show Sunday.

Barkley expressed optimism on Rice’s case, hoping that his mistake would help raise awareness on domestic violence. Rome then asked the former NBA player for his thoughts on Peterson’s indictment for child abuse.

Barkley said that he understands the outrage towards the football player but added that if child abuse charges were formalized against Peterson, “every black parent in the South is going to be in jail.”

Rome vehemently disagreed with Barkley’s thoughts, saying, “It doesn’t matter where you’re from: Right is right and wrong is wrong.”

“I don’t believe that because, listen, we spank kids in the South,” Barkley replied. “I think the question about did Adrian Peterson go overboard…. Every black parent in my neighborhood in the South would be in trouble or in jail under those circumstances.”

Rome maintained that there is a big difference between child discipline and child abuse, to which Barkley said this was acceptable, saying that he went through pretty much the same thing when he was a child.

“I’ve had many welts on my legs. I’ve gotten beat with switches,” Barkley said. “But as far as being from the South, we all spanked our kids.”

He also added that he and his brothers were constantly spanked growing up.

He then ended the conversation by saying that people need to really be careful in teaching other parents how to discipline their children.

Peterson is alleged to have beat his son with a tree branch last May in Texas, after the boy pushed one of his children. He was recently indicted by a grand jury for reckless or negligent injury to a child, concluding that the use of a switch to repeatedly hit his son was a form of unreasonable discipline.

The incident left his four-year-old son with several bruises and open wounds, which were documented in photographs.

If found guilty, Peterson could face $10,000 in fines and two years in prison.

Asking this dumbass his opinion of most anything not related to eating or saying stupid shit, is like asking Ike Turner his thoughts on domestic abuse. EPIC Failure Jim Rome.

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Posted By: Everytown for Gun Safety (campaign leader)

Friends –

Volunteers from Everytown and Moms Demand Action are getting ready to deliver petition signatures to Kroger-owned stores across the country.

The company’s execs hope we’ll just go away, but you and I know better. 

Together we’re going to raise the volume on this campaign and demand that Kroger change its dangerous policy that lets customers openly carry loaded guns in its stores. We’ve almost reached our first round goal of 250,000 signatures — and once we do, we’ll deliver the petitions to Kroger.

Can you help us reach our goal by adding your name to the Groceries, Not Guns petition today?

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More than 150,000 people have already signed the petition asking Kroger to stop allowing the open carry of guns in their stores. The message is simple: We deserve to feel safe where we shop and dine.

Sign the petition for safer stores — and we’ll deliver it once we reach our goal of 250,000 signatures.

We’re going to keep the pressure on Kroger until they join the list of major companies with Gun Sense, like Starbucks, Panera, Chipotle, Target and more who’ve stopped letting people openly carry guns in stores.

Thanks for adding your name,

Shannon Watts
Founder
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

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Today’s White House Schedule

All times are Eastern Time (ET)

9:15 AM: The President meets with Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL General John Allen and Deputy Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk; The Vice President also attends.

12:20 PM: The President arrives Joint Base Andrews.

12:25 AM: The President departs Joint Base Andrews.

1:30 PM: The Vice President delivers remarks at a conference marking the 40th Anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation WATCH LIVE.

1:55 PM: The President arrives Atlanta, Georgia.

2:35 PM: The President participates in a briefing at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

3:25 PM: The President meets with Emory University doctors and healthcare professionals.

4:05 PM: The President delivers remarks WATCH LIVE.

5:35 PM: The President departs Atlanta, Georgia.

6:50 PM: The President arrives Tampa, Florida.

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The White House Week Ahead

On Tuesday, the President will travel to Atlanta, GA to visit the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he will receive a briefing on the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, discuss the U.S. response and thank the scientists, doctors and health care workers helping those affected by disease at home and around the world. The President will also receive an updated on the respiratory illness reported in several states in the Midwest.

In the evening, the President will travel to Tampa, FL, where he will remain overnight.

On Wednesday, the President will visit U.S. Central Command at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL.  CENTCOM’s area of responsibility includes 20 countries in the Middle East and Central and South Asia, including Iraq and Syria. The President will receive a briefing from his top commanders at CENTCOM, and thank the men and women who will partner with others in the region to carry out the President’s strategy to degrade and defeat ISIL.

In the afternoon, he will return to Washington, DC.

In the evening, the President will host a picnic for Members of Congress at the White House.

On Thursday morning the President will participate in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in the Oval Office. At this event, the President will receive the credentials from foreign Ambassadors recently posted in Washington. The presentation of credentials is a traditional ceremony that marks the formal beginning of an Ambassador’s service in Washington.

In the afternoon, the President will host President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine at the White House. The visit will highlight the United States’ firm commitment to stand with Ukraine as it pursues liberal democracy, stability, and prosperity. President Obama looks forward to discussing with President Poroshenko efforts to pursue a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine as well as our continued support for Ukraine’s struggle to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

In the evening, the President will attend a DNC event in Washington, DC.

On Friday, the President will participate in an event with the DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington, DC.

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Racism Does NOT Exist In A Post Racial AmeriKKKa….

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1. Was Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson justified in shooting Michael Brown?
Whites: Yes (62%)
Blacks: No (65%)

2. Who is most responsible for the violence in Ferguson after Michael Brown’s death?
46 percent of whites blame organized street gangs for the looting and chaos that gripped Ferguson for days after the shooting. Blacks blame law enforcement and community activists, both with 27 percent. Only 7 percent of whites said law enforcement was to blame.

3. Was Michael Brown targeted by Officer Darren Wilson because of his race?
Whites: No (77 %)
Blacks: Yes (64%)

4. Should Officer Darren Wilson be arrested and charged with a crime?
Whites: No (72%)
Blacks: Yes (71%)

5. Can Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch fairly prosecute the criminal case against Officer Darren Wilson?
Whites: Yes (71%)
Blacks: No (60%)

Is any one surprised that the county prosecutor, Attorney McCulloch, has been reelected to his post for decades by the county’s majority-white voting base, while black community leaders have organized protests, boycotts and a highway shutdown to get him thrown off the case? What #Ferguson residents need to do is get off their lazy asses AND VOTE ON “NO”vember 4th, Beat ‘Em With The Ballot Box.

6. Do police target black people because of their race?
White: No (61%)
Black: Yes (70%)

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Read this entire study at Ferguson Public Opinion

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Shannon Watts, Everytown For Gun Safety: Bring The Fight To Kroger’s Door.


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Shannon Watts, Everytown for Gun Safety: Bring The Fight To Kroger’s Door.

Kroger’s executives probably don’t love the massive ad campaign that Moms Demand Action just launched online and in newspapers around the country. But we have ZERO intention of backing down until Kroger finally stops letting customers openly carry loaded guns in their stores.

Our next move is to take over a giant billboard right outside of Kroger headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. The billboard sits right above highway I-71, where Kroger’s senior executives will see it on their way to work — every single day.

They won’t be able to ignore our message, but we need your help to make this happen.

Pick the billboard you think we should run by clicking one of the ads below….

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Even after 125,000 messages and thousands of phone calls, Kroger still hasn’t budged on their dangerous gun policy. But if we get these billboards right in front of the grocery chain’s executives, we’ll send a clear message they can’t ignore.

With your help, Moms Demand Action can keep the pressure on Kroger leadership until they do the right thing to keep their customers and employees safe by prohibiting the open carry of guns in their stores.

Thank you for taking this fight to Kroger’s front door!

Shannon Watts
Founder
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

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I have been quiet during this entire immigration issue in The United States Of AmeriKKKa, basically because it’s an embarrassment to watch fellow Americans act so dumbass about a land their forefathers murdered to steal, then claim as their own.

 

Jon Stewart Rips Republican Paranoia Over Refugee Children

 

 

 

I listened to a news report this morning that told me the Governor of the state I vote in, Iowa, has made a public statement that immigrant children are NOT welcome in “His” state of Iowa.

 

Just sit back and read along……

 

Terry Edward Branstad (born November 17, 1946) is an American politician who is the 42nd Governor of Iowa, in office since January 2011. Branstad was also the 39th Governor of Iowa from 1983 to 1999, and he was President of Des Moines University from 2003 to 2009. He is a member of the Republican Party. Branstad is the longest-serving governor in Iowa history, and the second-longest serving governor in U.S. history.

 

In his 2010 political comeback, Branstad won a three-way primary election for the Republican nomination to run for governor in the general election. He faced incumbent Governor Chet Culver, a Democrat, and four third party candidates on November 2, 2010. He won the general election in November, defeating Culver by 52.9% to 43.1%.

 

Branstad entered the 2010 race as the front runner for both the primary and general elections. Independent polling in 2009 indicated that his approval ratings hovered in the 70% range. He was widely seen as the front runner for the Republican nomination, and had wide leads in aggregate polling against the scandal-ravaged Governor Culver. He won the Republican primary with 50.4% of the popular vote, 9.5 percentage points ahead of his nearest competitor.

 

On January 15, 2014, Branstad officially launched his re-election campaign for what would be an unprecedented sixth four-year term as Iowa governor, which would also make him the longest-serving governor in U.S. history (breaking the record held by George Clinton of New York, who served 21 years from 1777 to 1795, and from 1801 to 1804).

 

Now I know the above stuff is boring, but here is where it gets interesting………

 

Early life

Born to a Norwegian-American Lutheran farming family in Leland, Iowa, Branstad received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and his law degree from Drake University Law School.  After getting his undergraduate degree, he was drafted and served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971, serving as an MP (Military Police), and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service; he once recalled that he arrested actress Jane Fonda for coming onto post at Arlington National Cemetery, where she was planning to attend an anti-war protest. In 1989, he was named an honorary member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity at Iowa State University.

 

Allow me to repeat that, in case you missed the facts…..Born to a Norwegian-American Lutheran farming family in Leland, Iowa. Mr. Branstad is himself an immigrant based on the fact that his parents were/are Norwegian, as were his grandparents. The name Branstad is NOT Native Americans, so Mr. Branstad himself is an immigrant.

 

As the opening graphic states, unless your heritage, culture or lineage is Native American, YOU ARE AN IMMIGRANT.

 

One doesn’t even have to learn the history of America during the systematic slaughter and incarceration of the Native American people to know America is NOT the home of the brave or the land of the free…..unless you happen to be wealthy, caucasian and male. America and Americans raped, killed, slaughtered, murdered and enslaved an entire culture to acquire this land that current day protesters claim as “their land.”

 

These disgusting asshats who wrap themselves in the American flag, are themselves immigrants.

 

Protesters Block Buses Carrying Illegal Immigrants Into California

 

Published on Jul 2, 2014

California Protesters Surround Border Patrol Station Over Over Surge Of Illegal Immigrants

 

 

 

BREAKING NEWS UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS ARRIVE IN MURRIETA CALIFORNIA PROTESTERS 7/1/2014 HD

 

 

 

Native American Shuts Down Immigration Protest

 

Published on Feb 10, 2013

“A Native American man criticized protesters at an Arizona rally against illegal immigration, calling them the real “illegals” for invading his country and killing Native Americans when Europeans first settled on US soil.

 

“You’re all f*cking illegal. You’re all illegal,” the Native American man yelled at the protesters, who had gathered in Tucson, Arizona to demonstrate their opposition to illegal immigration by Central and South Americans. “We didn’t invite none of you here. We’re the only native Americans here.”*

 

A Native American man protested an anti illegal immigrant protest in Arizona by pointing out the protestors hypocrisy. “Get on with your bogus arguments. We’re the only legal ones here.”

 

 

 

‘You’re all illegal!’ Native American confronts ‘anti-illegal immigration’ protesters

 

Published on Feb 7, 2013

Native American confronts ‘anti-illegal immigration .

 

 

 

Murrieta Immigration Rally black americans debating July 4th

 

Published on Jul 7, 2014

A group of black Americans speak out in Support of protecting our women and children in America before worrying about the rest of the world (Raw News Video Unedited). This occurred at the Murrieta California Border Patrol Station July 4th, 2014. Debate starts around the 1:40 mark in the video. Language not approvable for younger children. Their are people chanting trying to drown out all debate and discussion. Reporter Ernie White.

 

 

 

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Have AmeriKKKans lost their minds? Have Black Americans become the new “House Negros” Malcolm X warned us about, beggin for table scraps from massa’s table for recognition & acceptance? Black Americans should be the very last race of humans agreeing with dumbass caucasians on immigration issues. Have you new-age Negroes forgotten from whence YOUR ancestors came?

 

This scenario is a made for TV movie straight from the land of irony…..

Screaming, frothing at the mouth, flag waving AmeriKKKan immigration protesters standing in front of buses that contain groups of undocumented “CHILDREN” as the buses attempt to deliver these “CHILDREN” to immigration reception centers. The signs saying , “go home”, “we don’t want you here”, “this is OUR land.” Do you see the irony? Do you see the dumbfuckery?

 

Just to be clear, so there is no misunderstanding……

 

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