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Second Orient Road Jail Video Deflates the “Disabled Rodney King” Argument

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by Treadmarkz

A new video has surfaced in the past day showing that rough treatment is not so rare at Orient Road Jail, the same jail where quadriplegic Brian Sterner was caught on camera being dumped out of his chair by officers. Not only does it show that its not a rare occurance, but it shows that it knows no boundaries of race or ability. The video shows Marcella Pourmoghani, who is in no way disabled, being grabbed by the hair and tossed to the ground, and being beaten by a black officer while held down by three white officers. This video is no less deplorable than the Sterner video, in fact it may be more so. Pourmoghani said she spoke up about it after hearing what happened to Brian Sterner. This video tells the rest of the story. Please excuse the ad before the video, but you must see this to know what is really going on! Police are given the right to use force when necessary. But does it look necessary from what we see here? Granted we don’t have the whole story.

It is easy to imagine that a person is being victimized because he or she is in a wheelchair, and it is easy to imagine that one person hates and victimizes another because of their race, but that is not always the case.

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February 19, 2008 at 3:01 PM

John Lennon vs. the Handicapped

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by Treadmarkz

Anyone who has read as much about the Beatles as I have probably knows that John Lennon, as a young adult, was not an outwardly sensitive creature. He maintained a gruff and tough exterior, and was known for adding just a pinch of cynicism to some of Paul’s more happy-go-lucky tunes.

Before being politically-correct was even thought of, Lennon had a ghoulish sense of humor, and was fond of drawing crude sketches of, and doing exaggerated impressions of the physically and mentally handicapped. He once insisted on shaking the hand of a veteran who had lost both arms in WWII. You may not find anything funny about this, and I certainly don’t either. Ironic maybe, but not funny.

However, I take it for what it was: a defense mechanism. I make no excuses for my musical hero. That’s just what it was. Lennon once said that the Beatles became so famous that mothers of disabled children were coming up to them and asking them to just touch their child’s hand in the hopes that it would cure the child’s ailment. The front row at their concerts was always full of kids in wheelchairs almost as though they were waiting to be annointed by the Beatles sweat. Soon this became a horrifying experience for Lennon.

There is a reason that I feel that it was not in John Lennon’s true nature, nor was it his true intention to be cruel toward people less physically or mentally “fortunate” than him. In 1972, Lennon put on a concert to benefit mentally disabled children. It was his way of making right on his past immaturity. And not only did he put on the show, he wanted to release an album of the show for charity as well, but that didn’t happen until 1986. This was 1972, remember, when a charity concert was not a popular thing to do, and if it was done, it was like the Monterrey Pop Festival with a dozen bands on the bill. The 1972 Lennon show was just Lennon and his band.
I have a tattoo which reads “Imagine” because I know that mocking the mentally disabled may have been one of Lennon’s quirks, but open-mindedness and imagination were his message.