Monday, January 26, 2015

B-More What Up?: Feds Bust $15 Million Cocaine Ring Funneling Profits Through Rita’s Italian Ice?

B-More What Up?: Feds Bust Up $15M Cocaine Ring Funneling Profits Through Rita's Italian Ice



"An alleged cocaine ring used a Rita’s Italian Ice store in Fells Point, rental properties and other businesses to launder money in a drug-trafficking operation that stretched from Baltimore to Houston, federal investigators said Wednesday."

Reports Baltimore Sun:
Authorities said they also believe the drug operation is connected to a 2012 Baltimore homicide.
A federal grand jury indicted seven men and two women on drug-conspiracy charges. Federal officials said they are seeking forfeiture of $15 million in cash as part of the case.
The drug organization was a major supplier of cocaine in the Baltimore region, said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. In addition to the Baltimore-to-Houston connection, the operation had ties to Northern Virginia and Staten Island, N.Y.
“This case illustrates for us the connections among drug organizations,” Rosenstein said.
Last week, more than 200 law enforcement officers in four states executed search warrants in connection with the case and seized 27 kilograms of cocaine valued at $3 million, jewelry valued at $2 million — including a 16-karat diamond ring — luxury vehicles and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash.
An affidavit filed in federal court describes how officials believe members of the alleged ring used aliases, front businesses and vehicles with hidden compartments to move cash and drugs and evade law enforcement. Court documents also detail how investigators used surveillance and cellphone data to build their case.
Prosecutors allege Kedrick Arnold Jenifer, 43, of Bowie, was leader of the ring. Jenifer is co-owner of Flavor Factory LLC, a company that investigators said owns the Rita’s on Eastern Avenue in Fells Point. The shop was allegedly used to launder money from drug trafficking, according to the affidavit.
An attorney for Jenifer could not be reached Wednesday. Officials of Rita’s Franchise Co. issued a statement saying they were aware of the case but “cannot comment during this federal investigation.”
Members of the drug organization allegedly hid money and cocaine in secret compartments in vehicles traveling between Maryland and Texas, sometimes transported on car carriers. The affidavit alleged that money and cocaine were also stashed at the RCH Plaza, a brick warehouse on West Franklin Street, as well as in the homes of the defendants.
The affidavit also alleges that members of the ring used real estate transactions in the Baltimore area as part of its money-laundering operation.
Rosenstein said investigators believe the 2012 killing of John Moore, 60, who was shot in the head in Baltimore, is connected to the operation.
In September 2012, Moore and Brooke Lunn, a co-defendant in the case, were arrested near Houston with 30 kilograms of cocaine in a vehicle. The two returned to Baltimore after another person, Tracy Muse, posted bond for their release. Investigators say Muse was a girlfriend of Jenifer’s, and she is named among co-defendants in the drug case.
Moore was shot that October in the city, and the affidavit alleges the killing is related to the seizure of cocaine in Houston.
Eight of the defendants were arrested Oct. 9; another turned himself in the following day, according to prosecutors.
Other defendants are: Tyrone Allen, 42, of Bel Air; Thomas Simmons, 37, of Hampton, Va.; Andre Brewer, 35, of Elkridge; Michael Williams, 40, of Baltimore; Kermit Clark, 44, of Baltimore; and William Hegie, 54, of Baltimore.
Many of the defendants do not yet have attorneys listed in court records. They all are in custody.
Baltimore attorney William R. Buie III, who represents Brewer, said it was too early to comment on specifics of the allegations, but added that the case was notable for the surveillance technology the government used in its investigation.
In a biography posted on the company’s website, Jenifer says he created the company to raise awareness about troubled youths who end up in prison. The site quotes him saying: “The reason why many of us enter street life again is because they exit prison without a plan.”

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Guess What Baltimore! Mondawmin Mall Is Getting A TGI Fridays!


Aren't You Guys Excited ?! ( -_-)

We're sure this will be thee most ratchet TGI Fridays in the state of Maryland...

Leave a comment with your thoughts...

Monday, January 19, 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Apple now selling unlocked iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models without SIM cards?

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Apple has begun selling iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models in the U.S. without a contract or SIM card from a wireless carrier.
This makes it possible to buy an iPhone without going through any sort of middleman, and without any long-term obligation to a carrier. The phones are "unlocked," which means they can be activated for use with any carrier's SIM card: AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, etc. Of course, they're a lot more expensive than buying a phone with a contract — an iPhone 6 with a two-year contract starts at $199.

Apple's next MacBook Air could be thinner, lighter and have just one plug?

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Apple is reportedly working on a major redesign of the MacBook Air.
The unconfirmed report states that Apple plans to redesign the MacBook Air into a 12-inch device that will be narrower than the current 11-inch MacBook Air but taller to accommodate a larger screen.
It adds that the new MacBook Air would have a slimmer bezel surrounding the screen and keyboard, and would also be thinner and lighter. The report, from 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, a journalist with a healthy track record in Apple-related leaks and scoops, cites "sources within Apple" who have used internal prototypes of the computer.
The report continues that to achieve a smaller size, Apple might be jettisoning the MagSafe connector, removing the SD card slot and getting rid of full-size USB ports. The screen would be higher resolution, which is a feature Mac owners have wanted from the MacBook Air for quite some time.
9to5Mac commissioned some mock-ups of the purported device (remember, these are just mock-ups, not leaked images or actual product renders.)

Coachella 2015 lineup unveiled? AC/DC, Drake, Jack White will headline?

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AC/DC is on a highway to ... Coachella.
After shaking off retirement rumors last year, the veteran rock band will headline the California music festival in April — sans guitarist Malcolm Young who left the group in 2014 due to adebilitating illness. Joining AC/DC as headliners are Drake and Jack White.
Organizers debuted the two-weekend lineup on Twitter on Tuesday. Tickets for the April 10-12 performances as well as the April 17-19 shows go on sale Jan. 7 at 12 p.m. PT.
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Sunday, January 4, 2015

A Petition For Assata Shakur?


In 1973, Shakur was arrested during a traffic stop on the New Jersey Turnpike.  A shootout left Assata injured with multiple wounds, the driver, Zayd Shakur, dead, and a state trooper dead.  In 1977, after numerous trials, she was convicted of first degree murder of the officer.  And in 1979, Shakur escaped and fled to Cuba, where Fidel Castro granted her asylum.
Assata was falsely charged on numerous occasions in the United States during the early 1970s and vilified by the media,” said scholar and activist Angela Davis in a recent commentary in The Guardian.  Davis added Shakur “was charged with armed robbery, bank robbery, kidnap, murder, and attempted murder of a policeman. Although she faced 10 separate legal proceedings, and had already been pronounced guilty by the media, all except one of these trials – the case resulting from her capture – concluded in acquittal, hung jury, or dismissal.”
“Under highly questionable circumstances, she was finally convicted of being an accomplice to the murder of a New Jersey state trooper,” she added.
According to the National Lawyers Guild, who represented Shakur in her final trial, the proceedings were plagued with constitutional violations, including an all-white jury of 15 people, including five jurors who had personal connections to state troopers.  A state Assemblyman spoke to jurors while they were sequestered, urging them to convict.
“The judge cut funding for additional expert defense testimony after medical testimony demonstrated that Ms. Shakur—who had no gunpowder residues on her fingers, and whose fingerprints were not found on any weapon at the crime scene—was shot with her hands up and suffered injury to a critical nerve in her right arm, making it anatomically impossible for her to fire a weapon,” the Guild said in a statement.
Moreover, evidence proved Shakur was targeted and framed by the covert and illegal FBI COINTELPRO program.  The baby of J. Edgar Hoover, COINTELPRO was designed to monitor, infiltrate and destroy social justice movements seen as a threat to national security, including civil rights and antiwar groups, the Black Power movement and the Young Lords.  Some of the stated goals of the program in an FBI memo were to “prevent the coalition of militant black nationalist groups,” to “Prevent the RISE OF A ‘MESSIAH’ who could unify…the militant black nationalist movement,” to “Prevent militant black nationalist groups and leaders from gaining RESPECTABILITY, by discrediting them to…both the responsible community and to liberals who have vestiges of sympathy…,” and to “prevent the long-range GROWTH of militant black organizations, especially among youth.”
As a result, black leadership was decimated, either assassinated—as in the case of Dr. King, Malcolm X and Fred Hampton—or thrown in prison with the key thrown away.  Assata Shakur, who fled to Cuba, was the last woman standing, so to speak.  And apparently that is embarrassing to someone in the FBI, so they want to make an example of her as a so-called “domestic terrorist.”  That is why last year, 40 years after the shooting, the FBI made the politically-motivated move of placing Shakur on their Ten Most Wanted Terrorists list, making her the first woman and second U.S. citizen on that list.  If you listen to the FBI, you’d think the ten most dangerous people on Earth are essentially nine Al Qaeda operatives and—Assata Shakur.
...as the U.S. removes Cuba from the terrorist list, it needs to remove Shakur from the list as well.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

THE EDUCATION OF ELLIS (a short film)

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Monday, December 29, 2014

(Video) Suge Knight Picks Sides In Lil Wayne/Baby Beef, Sends Warning Shot To Drake ?


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Sunday, December 28, 2014

10 Toxic People You Shouldn’t Bring With You Into The New Year?


Can you believe that it’s already December? This year has flown by in the blink of an eye and we’re on the verge of yet another year — a year full of possibility.
What you will accomplish next year greatly depends on the people you surround yourself with. Or, in other words, it greatly depends on which people you decide not to surround yourself with.
When bringing in the new year, be sure not to bring all your garbage with you. Leave these toxic individuals in 2014; you’ll feel much lighter, allowing you to get a great running start on the year to come.

1. The people who make your life more stressful.

Stress isn’t necessarily a bad thing — in fact, it’s what you make it out to be. If you believe stress is bad for you, then it will be bad for you. If you use stress as the motivator it is, to motivate you to act, then stress can actually be rather healthy.
However, you should aim to only be stressed by situations and not by people. If you have people in your life who are constantly managing to stress you out, that’s your mind telling you — and trying to motivate you — to remove them from your life.
Life is stressful as it is. You don’t need someone making it more so.

2. The people who use you.

To be fair, everyone uses everyone — and usually it’s OK. We interact with others because we find that it will benefit us in some way. If we didn’t believe it would, then we wouldn’t find sufficient reason to interact with them.
Sometimes we find people in our lives who use us in ways that end up hurting us. Most people will use us and by doing so, either maintain or improve our wellbeing.
Then you have those toxic individuals who use you and leave you worse off, sucking you dry and feeding off you like a parasite.
These sorts of people have no place in your life; don’t bring them into 2015.

3. The people who don’t respect you.

Every respectful person deserves to be respected in return; that’s how respect works. If you find that you have a person or people in your life who have difficulty giving you the respect you give them, tell them to buzz off.
Have enough respect for yourself to never allow others to disrespect you and remain a part of your life.

4. The people who always manage to hurt you.

People can be silly sometimes. The people we keep a part of our lives are the people we care about — or at least, that ought to be the case. Some of these individuals, sadly, end up hurting us and causing us pain.
The problem is that when others cause us pain, we’re reminded of how much those people mean to us. If they could hurt us emotionally, we must care for them and what they think of us a great deal — so we allow them to remain a part of our lives.
Often, we’ll even allow these individuals to take up more room. People hurt other people — it’s just the way the world works. But if you have someone in your life who can’t manage to stop hurting you, do yourself a favor and cut that person off.
Pain is only good if it teaches you a lesson. In this case, the lesson is to stop allowing others to use you as a punching bag.

5. The people who can’t seem to stop lying to you.

Everyone lies. In fact, within the first few minutes of meeting a new person, that person is likely to lie to you a handful of times. Most lies are harmless, but that all changes when the people who are lying to you are the people you trust.
Fill your life with trustworthy people and you’ll be far better off. You can find lies just about anywhere. Finding the truth, on the other hand, is much more rare.

6. The people who smile to your face and then insult you behind your back.

These are the scum of the scum, cowards that don’t have the guts to speak their minds. These individuals enjoy pretending to be your friend while telling the rest of the world that you’re a piece of sh*t.
These people will ruin your reputation and, as most of us now know, reputation matters a whole lot in the world we live in. Only idiots would start a new year with these sorts of individuals in their life.

7. The people who don’t care about you, but love to pretend they do.

We’ve all had people in our lives who act like our friends only when it’s convenient for them.
These toxic individuals are “pseudo friends” — a lot of fun to hang out with, and more than willing to accept help, but when you need their help they’re miraculously nowhere to be found.
These individuals are especially toxic because they give you the illusion of a safety net. You think you can lean on them for support, but when you reach for their shoulder, you fall over and hit the ground.

8. The people who drag you back into your old lifestyle.

Life is only interesting and exciting if it’s constantly progressing. Only when we’re constantly moving forward, constantly improving ourselves and our surroundings, are we able to find contentment and happiness.
Most people always manage to keep people in their lives who are holding on to the life you once had.
You have worked hard to progress and make changes, but these individuals prefer life the way it used to be, and do their best to bring you back to the cave you just crawled out of.
Be wary of these folks, they’re often difficult to pinpoint and always manage to revert the progress you worked so hard to make.

9. The people who hold you back.

There’s a fact to life that I’ve grown to accept over the past few years — a fact that isn’t especially pleasant, but nonetheless necessary to accept as truth: Many people in your life, the people you call friends, shouldn’t be a part of your life.
As time passes, we change as individuals. Our hopes and goals change, often leaving the relationships we have in place outdated.
Many of the people in your life likely don’t want to live the life you’re building for yourself. Because they’re egocentric, they’ll do their best to create their version of their ideal life and drag you into it.
Most times, people fail to create the life of their dreams because they surround themselves with people aiming for something entirely different.
If your goals aren’t aligned, your lives aren’t either.

10. The people just taking up space.

Everything in life is limited. Resources are limited. Time is limited. Space is limited. What you can accomplish within a lifetime is limited. We can’t, and never will be able to, have it all.
This is why you have to be very careful with not only what you choose to do, but with whom you choose to do it with.
You can only maintain a handful of strong relationships at any given time — you just don’t have the time, energy or mental focus to handle more.
If you’re filling your life with half-assed individuals, you’re bound to create a half-assed life. If someone isn’t adding to your life, then, by default, they’re taking away from it.
Leave them in 2014 and build a better inner circle.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

A Petition Because Of Police Brutality..


Obey the law and collect then publish data on police use of excessive force on civilians

As a research assistant at Emory University's Department of History, I was shocked and saddened when I unintentionally discovered, while attempting to gather data for a short essay on police brutality and its effects on minority communities, that the US Justice Department has chosen to continue to IGNORE a 20 year old law that requires it to collect data on police use of excessive force and release their findings in a summary every year. I said to myself, "Wait, we don't have any reliable data on police use of excessive force? And there is already a law that says that we are supposed to have this data?" 
In the wake of many high-profile police brutality cases like Eric Garner, Michael Brown and John Crawford, this total BREAKDOWN of the democratic process must be recognized and addressed. This is a fundamental problem that has not received much attention by the media, politicians, or the general public. In order to construct effective policies that address this issue, we must have national statistics that can be studied in a scholarly, evidence-based manner.
I'm demanding that the Department of Justice immediately begin to collect this critical data and publish it to the public. 
In the Violent Crime and Law Enforcement Control Act of 1994, Congress mandated the US Attorney General to begin collecting data from law enforcement agencies across the United States pertaining to the use of excessive force by police officers. Congress allocated over $1 billion in funds and even mandated that a summary of the collected data be released each year. 
The DOJ's Bureau of Justice Statistics began collecting data on people killed by police officers in 2001. Though these numbers provide the most comprehensive data ever collected by the government regarding this issue, current reports only included stats from 2003 to 2009. According to Andrea Burch, a statistician for the Bureau of Justice statistics, all publications have been suspended after questions about the validity of the data emerged. 
The U.S. Department of Justice claims that it will try to help alleviate instances where excessive force is used by law enforcement officials. However, experts assert that this simply cannot be done without consistent and comprehensive national statistics on the use of excessive force by police officers. For instance, without comprehensive national statistics on the use of excessive force by officers, there is no way, for example, to empirically state, “After the implementation of (X) excessive force reduction policy, instances where police used excessive force decreased by (X) percent from 2014 to 2018.” 
As citizens, we have elected our leaders in Washington D.C., to represent our interests. When a democratically elected Congress crafts a law and that law is blatantly disregarded by the US Justice Department, we (by definition) cannot call this country a democratic republic. The negative effects of this government negligence are manifesting themselves in various ways around the entire country, but it is most evident in communities composed of poor minorities. 
We need this change right now. Please sign this petition to urge the DOJ to move quickly to collect and publish this important information that will help us better understand how we can put an end to police brutality. 

(Video) Fabolous - "I Don't F*ck With Christmas"


Japan is Obsessed with Kentucky Fried Chicken on Christmas, But Why?!


Little boys and girls pull on their coats, the twinkle of anticipation in their eyes. Keeping the tradition alive, they will trek with their families to feast at … the popular American fast food chain KFC.
Christmas isn’t a national holiday in Japan—only one percent of the Japanese population is estimated to be Christian—yet a bucket of “Christmas Chicken” (the next best thing to turkey—a meat you can’t find anywhere in Japan) is the go-to meal on the big day. And it’s all thanks to the insanely successful “Kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii!” (Kentucky for Christmas!) marketing campaign in 1974.
When a group of foreigners couldn’t find turkey on Christmas day and opted for fried chicken instead, the company saw this as a prime commercial opportunity and launched its first Christmas meal that year: Chicken and wine for 834 2,920 yen($10)—pretty pricey for the mid-seventies. Today the christmas chicken dinner (which now boasts cake and champagne) goes for about 3,336 yen ($40).
And the people come in droves. Many order their boxes of  ”finger lickin’” holiday cheer months in advance to avoid the lines—some as long as two hours.
The first KFC Japan opened in Nagoya in 1970 and quickly gained popularity. (There are now over 15,000 KFC outlets in 105 countries and territories around the world.) That same year, at the World Exposition in Osaka, KFC and other American fast food chains like McDonald’s were met with great market testing results and helped jump start the westernized “fast food” movement in Japan. After the big commercial push in ’74, the catchphrase “Christmas=Kentucky” paired with plenty of commercials on TV caught on.
The “Americaness” and simplicity of the message rather than any religious associations with the holiday is what makes it appealing. The Financial Times reports:
“Japan is well known for taking foreign products and ideas and adapting them to suit domestic taste, and Christmas is no exception. A highly commercialised and non-religious affair, lots of money is spent annually on decorations, dinners and gifts. KFC is arguably the biggest contributor, thanks in part to its advertising campaign.
‘One of the reasons the campaign lasted so long is that the message is always the same: at Christmas you eat chicken,’ said Yasuyuki Katagi, executive director at Ogilvy and Mather Japan, the advertising agency.”

Friday, December 12, 2014

[Short Film] Beyoncé "Yours & Mine"

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

(Video) Diddy Called Out Drake Months Ago Over "0-100" ?

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Petition: Body cameras for Baltimore police?


Recent events in Ferguson, MO have highlighted the lack of transparency in law enforcement when community residents question the actions of local police officers. These questionable offenses by law enforcement led many to cry for help and rally for justice. Over 800 miles separate Baltimore, MD from Ferguson, MO, but our stories of pain and unanswered questions eerily mirror each other in the area of police brutality.
This petition will seek to require all law enforcement officials to wear a body camera to record interactions with the community. Numerous studies and research reveal that individuals change or alter their behavior when aware that an outside body is watching or monitoring their actions. Body cameras will undoubtedly and quickly bring answers to questions pertaining to police brutality.
In addition, this petition will require law enforcement to live in the jurisdictions they serve. Similar to the requirement of public servants and politicians to live in the jurisdictions they serve, law enforcement will be required to be familiar with the areas they serve and protect prior to policing the jurisdiction.
For generations, communities have been plagued by stories of police brutality and questionable actions by law enforcement officials. The time is now for transparency and justice for everyone. “It Stops Today” because our “Hands are Up”!
Thank you for taking the time to sign the petition. Every signature counts!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Comments from people all over the web about Darren Wilson vs. Mike Brown...















"Any child regardless of race should be taught not to steal, not to attack others, to respect themselves, to respect others, work hard, not do drugs, and to know that choices good or bad have consequences. Sadly that young man made multiple bad choices that night that lead to his death. HE made those choices." - el jim chapo guzman

"And Darren wilson made the most important ONE...The final decision. Regardless of any of our stance on the matter. Also...you either most likely don't have kids or have very very young kids...If you find a teen that follows the rules to t he T and doesn't push the limits in life...give me a call." - Kingly_Caracter

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Nathan Cowen - On the day they named Wilson as the shooter the chief of police, in a news conference, said he'd spoken to Wilson and that at the time of the shooting he knew nothing about the incident at the store. This week that all changed? We saw it with Trayvon. Total character assassination to distract from the travesty of the events that truly matter

Jeannaandjosh Poe Ridiculous people are still even ranting about this!! It was a sad and messed up situation but it wouldn't have mattered if he was white black Mexican green or pink he did what he thought he had to do to protect his life. I bet noone would be acting like this if the child wasn't black. It needs to be let go all this riot is terrible we have enough enemies trying to hurt the us