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LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP

7.31.2007



OHIO
Cleveland's politicians like hookers. What city's politicians don't like hookers? I don't know how much of this story is true, but the DC Madame's phone list includes a call from Cleveland connected to the Department of Veteran Affairs. Also the head of the DVA resigned recently. Hmmmm. Cleveland VA's Controversial New Treatment. Vets Walk Again With BJ's From DC Hookers! Buckeye State Blog
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CALIFORNIA
The mayor there is a total ho and his extramarital affair with the newswoman who broke the story when he and his wife separated (can you believe her?) has created a furor in the affair. And since all involved are Hispanic, Gregory Rodriguez takes issues with the "ethnic innuendos" journalists used when reporting on the story. Where's the rose between his teeth? - Los Angeles Times
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MISSISSIPPI
Voting issues bring up racial problems in Mississippi, my favorite God-forsaken state. What a surprise. In Mississippi, a Judge's Ruling on Crossover Voting Raises Older Issues - New York Times. And yes it is a Times Select Article. "A federal court ruling in June that forces voters to register by party could return Mississippi to the days of racially polarized politics, as many white Democrats warn that thousands of white voters will now opt definitively for the Republican Party."
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NEW MEXICO

Sounds like a fun project. "School leaders in a southern New Mexico district will not face federal sanctions for allowing a high school project on racism in which students posted signs reading "Whites Only" and "People of Color" above water faucets, officials said." Are there black people in New Mexico? No Sanctions in N.M. School Race Project - washingtonpost.com

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Chicago Cops. Where do I begin? Chicago Revamps Investigation of Police Abuse, but Privacy Fight Continues - New York Times. "It has been a tough year for the department and its 13,600 officers. An off-duty officer was caught on videotape beating a female bartender. In another incident, also captured on videotape, a group of off-duty officers was seen beating four businessmen at a downtown bar. In addition, several officers in an elite unit are awaiting trial on charges that include home invasion, theft and armed violence, as county prosecutors continue to investigate the unit."
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FLORIDA
The "good" kind of black people are leaving Miami. Okay, that was wrong, I'm sorry. I haven't slept much. Here's the story. Extra Miami-Dade experiencing an exodus of middle-class blacks - 07/28/2007 - MiamiHerald.com
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WORTH EVERY PENNY


When I found out that Viacom was going to release a "Best of " DVD of The Colbert Report, I was elated. CANOE -- JAM! Television: 'Colbert Report' coming to DVD. I absolutely love the show. Colbert is a complete fool and somehow makes me laugh even when he screws up or trips over his own words. You can really tell this guy is just having a ball. "The Word" is great, but nothing is funnier than the "Better Know A District" series. It'll be great.
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IRAQ


This idea is only second in genuis to our previous idea to give insurgents weapons on the condition they promise only to use them against al queada. U.S. Set to Offer Huge Arms Deal to Saudi Arabia - New York Times
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As U.S. Rebuilds, Iraq Won’t Act on Finished Work - New York Times. Fine, just leave them then. No point in wasting American labor & money that will only go to more Iraqi inaction.
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Were we not expecting some kind of change in the British presene in Iraq with a new PM? British Pullback in Iraq Presages Hurdles for U.S. - New York Times
Maybe that's what Bush is talking to him about now. Please, don't go! British Prime Minister Holds Talks With Bush - New York Times
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Finding pleasure in small things. With Eyes Fixed on a Distant Soccer Field, Iraqis Leap at a Reason to Celebrate - New York Times. I bet the civil claimed at least 25% less lives in the hours following this win. Sports is really the great uniter.
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THE DAUGHTER CARD


You may not like Hillary Clinton (I don't), but you can't say she doesn't know this game. She's playing it well, despite Obama coming in and messing things up for her. She brought her husband in to earn his money and she'll bring Chelsea in when the time is right too. A Second Stint as First Daughter? - New York Times
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ARE THERE PRISONS IN HAWAII?


Did you know that some states actually want to build a prison and get inmates from other states because there aren't enough criminals in their own community and they need the prison to improve their economy? My Cost Benefit Analysis says its not worth it unless its some minimum security women's prison or something. The issue of states exporting inmates due to overcrowding is a problem on many levels, but the one thing I think of is how much harder this might make it for their family members to visit them. States Export Their Inmates as Prisons Fill - New York Times. If I was in prison, I would volunteer for any prison on any island in Hawaii.
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IT'S TUESDAY


It's Tuesday, so that means either someone is quitting the John McCain campaign or another Republican scandal is being exposed. Today is the latter.

Alaska's Republican Senator Ted Stevens is one of my favorite people in the whole world because he is completely insane. You know how I love the crazy in Congress and this guy has more crazy in his thumb than most Senators have period. Remember when you used to yell and talk to loud and your mother would say, "Inside voice please?" Stevens mom never told him that. He just goes off.

Well Stevens who wanted like $70million bucks to build a bridge in a small town in his state is now under investigation for his relationship with an admitted oil company briber(is briber a word?). Please don't make him resign. I love this man. My Way News - U.S. Sen. Stevens' Home Searched by FBI
FBI searches home of Alaska Sen. Stevens - Yahoo! News
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AND YOU THOUGHT YOUR BOSS WAS A JERK


The next time you want to ask your boss for a raise, be sure to pat him/her down first. Police: Workers asked for pay bump, got bumped off - CNN.com
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION - WHO IS TO BLAME


First let me say that no one is to blame for a person committing a crime than the person who does it. Illegals know they are breaking the law coming into this country. They know they are breaking the law when they purchase false documents or steal social security numbers. However, I do have to agree with of what Navarette says in that this country is dealing with consequences of our own choices when it comes to the illegal immigration problem. We continued to allow this to happen because it was at our convenience. Someone took the dirty jobs and the cheap labor. We acted as if there would never be a consequence. Now that there is, many want to just blame the illegals. We created a system that would support their crime and that is our fault. That does not mean that we don't have a right to fix it. We have a right and an obligation because of that reason. Commentary: Illegal immigration is a self-inflicted wound - CNN.com
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OBAMA POST

7.30.2007


In support of their candidate (because you know he is), the NYTimes wants us to remember that Barry was involved in politics before he became the Savior Senator from Illinois. In Illinois, Obama Proved Pragmatic and Shrewd - New York Times
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Charles Krauthammer isn't a fan of Senator Obama. Well, get my smelling salts. Who would have predicted that. I say that Krauthammer gets the "Prince of Darkness" mantle once Bob Novak does us all a favor and disappears into obscurity. Opinion Obama's rookie mistakes Seattle Times Newspaper
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The press is making big hay out of his beef with Hillary over how the next President should handle the psycho leaders of foreign countries. I'm tired of it. Back at Hillary: Obama calls his judgment best :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Lynn Sweet
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I don't know what "bundlers" are, but they exist and ABC's Political Radar says Obama isn't doing them/it right. Political Radar: Obama Exaggerates Progress on Bundlers
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The Trib does a background on one of Barry's biggest donors. Big fish shadow Obama's small fry -- chicagotribune.com
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The Times already did a small piece on that, but no one reads that paper, so....Obama's early near-miss - Nation/Politics - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper
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Good, good choice. Obama models campaign on Reagan revolt - David Paul Kuhn - Politico.com. Although I'm sure Fred Thompson will say he's biting since he's been trying to play the Reagan card since before he even officially unofficially became a candidate.
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Remember in 2000 when Bush said he was "Uniter" not a "Divider?" Yeah, me too. Obama calls for uniter in White House - Boston.com
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION UPDATE


Hazleton is taking it from both ends on its efforts to enforce its immigration laws and some of it might be deserved. But generally, I support cities and states standing up and taking care of their own instead of waiting for a do-nothing Congress and White House to take 100 million voter polls before deciding what to do promise to do. In the end, when we look back on immigration reform decades from now, Hazelton will be a part of that history. Humanity v. Hazleton - New York Times
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Why even bother with the empty promises. You're all just hoping somehow this will go away so you don't have to try and fail at solving it again. But it won't go away because it's only going to get worse. Border reform not a priority for Democrats - The Washington Times,
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Instead of 6,000 guards at the Arizona border, we'll have 3,000. That makes a lot of since because even with 6,000 thousands of illegals (and God knows who else) have been able to get across. So logic only tells us we should cut the guard number down. Right? Guard numbers on border to be halved www.azstarnet.com ®
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Democrats want current illegals working in the agricultural industry to get citizenship. They think this will prevent a disastrous disruption in the food economy if actual immigration form is enacted. Democrats pitch citizenship for some illegals - The Washington Times
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USAToday has a good story on Mexicans who are in the U.S. illegally to make enough money so they can go back and contribute to the Mexican economy by building their own businesses. This is something they don't believe they could ever have a chance of accomplishing if they stayed in Mexico. Migration is a two-way street for many Mexicans - USATODAY.com
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Work on Texas border wall to begin soon: Chertoff Reuters. So you say. I'll believe it when I see it. Have we decided we like this wall anyway? I do in theory, but what happens when it is built? It will have a psychological effect on us that I don't know we have all anticipated. Why am I wasting my time. You know this wall is never going to happen.
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BEWARE OF THE POKE


Has anything become more dangerous/harmless/confusing/exciting/stupid than the poke and all that it has morphed into? Well, for pervs, it still has great power. Beware of the Poke! If you know Facebook, you'll get the warning. New Scrutiny for Facebook Over Predators - New York Times.
My favorite group on Facebook so far? Amendment I: The Freedom To Drop It Like Its Hot
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THE DLC IS SLACKING


Harold Ford are you listening? Noam Scheiber of the NYTimes says that your DLC is fading fast and he actually thinks that is a good idea. The Centrists Didn’t Hold - New York Times. I agree that it is fading, but I think its a bad thing. I agree with Scheiber; the DLC used to the Democratic President-Making Machine. It gave the party its savior, Bill Clinton. Now, when do you hear about it? Not never. Harold, I know you have like 10 other jobs, but you are slacking here.
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CONSEQUENCES ARE A B*#%^


Michael Vick is losing money. Without Contact, Vick Takes Hit in the Pocket - New York Times. Personally I would have dropped him after that whole Ron Mexico - Herpes thing, but they didn't hire him to sell to me.

Honestly, I feel no pity for Vick. First, dog fighting is horrible. I Googled "dog fighting" to try and get an image for this post and what I saw was so sick, I couldn't bring myself to do it. Pictures of dogs literally ripping parts of the other dogs face off. It's just insane. Second, the way they "allegedly" killed those dogs is sick and criminal. Third, instead of accepting the responsibility of his "star" position that would have urged a real man to lift his friends with him, Vick choose to stay down with him. Allegedly.

This pic is the worst I could stomach. Seriously though, those pics were gross.
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RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU'RE SURPRISED

7.27.2007


I don't think you can ignore the fact that the more blacks that move from the working class to the middle class, the less likely they are to choose the army as their only avenue to college or a career.


"The number of blacks joining the military has plunged by more than one-third since the Afghanistan and Iraq wars began. Other job prospects are soaring and relatives of potential recruits increasingly are discouraging them from joining the armed services.
According to data obtained by The Associated Press, the decline covers all four military services for active duty recruits. The drop is even more dramatic when National Guard and Reserve recruiting is included."


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MYSPACE BOOTS THE PERVS


It's great that MySpace got rid of these pervs, but its very unnerving that they were on there in the first place. The number was more than 4 times what they originally said were on there. So what about the wanna-be sex offenders or those that just haven't been caught that are still on? MySpace deletes 29,000 sex offenders U.S. Reuters

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WALL STREET'S PAYBACK?


Wall Street doesn't like Spitzer because he would make them answer for breaking the law and stuff. So now that he's having problems as Governor, they are very happy. Although with the way Wall Street is tanking today and yesterday, they need to focus their energy on other things. Spitzer’s Woes Are Enjoyed on Wall Street - New York Times
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STORYTELLING PAYS OFF


For kids that don't do well on SATs, many colleges are focusing more on the essay in terms of qualifications for getting in. Many of these kids have a very interesting story to tell, so this might be a good thing. Making a Hard-Life Story Open a Door to College - New York Times
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION UPDATE


I am a supporter of the fight against illegal immigration, but is this really what any city or county should be spending time and resources on? Sheriff to Bar Illegals from Visiting County Jail Inmates. Since 2004, more than 1600 people have been turned away from visiting criminals because they have no legal documentation. Wow, I'm sure that will really discourage illegal immigration. This same Sheriff will not bow to demands that he get rid of the illegal reporting hotline. This is a huge disaster waiting to happen. The average person CANNOT tell who is legal or illegal. Sheriff won't end hot line on migrants - Yahoo! News

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Hazleton, PA is not going to quit. The Judge's ruling, though disappointing is not innacurate. A local government can't overstep the federal government. But if the federal government only says its has "plans" to handle the problem of people hiring and renting to illegals, but doesn't do anything, how can you justify local governments from not doing it? The mayor will appeal. Judge Voids Ordinance on Illegal Immigrants - New York Times
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DRINKING & DRIVING


Maybe I'm wrong, but unless they are trying some emergency landing or something, is this is a real problem. It's not like another shuttle is going to come from out of nowhere. Don't these things pretty much take off and land by pilot? Astronauts surprised by reports of pre-flight drinking - CNN.com
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MMMMM...TAP WATER


Ha! Ha! Aquafina labels to spell out source - tap water - CNN.com. And you probably thought it was from the French Alps or somewhere in Montana, right? I like Dafina better anyway. Bottled water is wasteful, but you can recycle that plastic can't you?
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PRAY FOR ME


While all of you have spent your summer vacationing, hanging out at the beach with your friends and family, I have been stuck in a law school where the average room temperature was 40 degrees BELOW zero. And those of you who have been sending me pictures of your fabulous summer should know that when I become a lawyer, my first order of business will be to sue you for Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress.

Summer Finals have come and that means I will be treating Politopics like a red-headed stepchild. I'll probably drop in every now and then, but not very much. I should be back at full steam on August 3....if I'm not dead.

See ya!
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FOREIGN POST


AFRICA
Africans in coffee shops using the Internet to sell stuff on eBay and fill out their 500 page survey on e-harmony. Africa, Offline: Waiting for the Web - New York Times


An African government is blocking international aid so it won't go to the people who oppose the government? That seems so unfair. I hope this is not a regular practice. Yes, I can win any sarcasm contest, just try me. Ethiopia Is Said to Block Food to Rebel Region - New York Times

Keep Hope Alive! Despite HIV/AIDS, Malaria, corrupt governments, poverty and heat to rival the depths of hell, Africans still believe tomorrow is another day. Africans Are Wary but Hopeful, Poll Shows - New York Times

A recall of bad AIDS drugs giving out to Africans? Good luck with that. Low-Key Recall of AIDS Drug Hits World’s Poor - New York Times

CHINA
China is warning us to stop saying their imports suck even though they kind of do. What is the warning? "Appealing for strengthened cooperation between Chinese and U.S. food inspection authorities, the statement urged Americans to "respect science and treat China's food and drug exports fairly." China warns U.S. against smear attacks on imports Politics Reuters

They are also spying on us, so double dare. Law enforcement struggles to combat Chinese spying - USATODAY.com

SWEDEN
The self-proclaimed "Open City" is thinking maybe they don't want to be so open anymore. Breitbart.com: Sweden struggles to integrate Muslim immigrants
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NON POLITICS ROUNDUP


The biggest surprised of 2007! Ford Posts $750M 2Q Profit: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

Funny story that you probably shouldn't laugh at. Woman Banned For Life From Wal-Mart - WKMG Orlando

Freakin' adorable pictures of a male Lion and one of his little cubs. I'm such a sucker for this crap. Extraordinary pictures that show the Pride and joy of a Lion King the Daily Mail

Okay, so now I'm going to lose all my friends because they're afraid I'll make them fat. My Way News - Study: Obesity Is 'Socially Contagious'

If people (and I'm talking about me) are willing to pay $435.00 for a cup of coffee, then they'll pay $435.09 for a cup of coffee. Starbucks Increasing Beverage Prices 9 Cents In Most U.S. Stores - KIRO Seattle. I'm just so excited I have a reason to bring back my pic of the Starbucks taken from the Starbucks across the street.

Okay, this is like the guy that must pay child support for a kid that isn't his. What do you do about women who won't get remarried so they can continue to collect alimony, but will live married with another man. Shouldn't there be an "if she gets married and/or..." in that stipulation? Man must pay alimony to wife despite her domestic partnership - CNN.com
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OKAY, I'M PAYING ATTENTION NOW


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HE'S NOT EVEN A GOOD LIAR


Either he's a liar or he's completely incompetent. I would prefer to believe he's lying, but he's not even good at it. If you're going to lie in front of the nation, at least do it well. Ask President Clinton. Even President Nixon would be ashamed of this guy. At this point are we not just wishing that this dude would quit? He's almost as stubborn as the President. You would think he'd had enough pride not to put himself through another one of those completely humiliating hearings. He's horrible. How did this guy get that job anyway?
NPR : Documents Contradict Gonzales Senate Testimony

Hats off to WSJ for taking the racial angle. Brave move money guys! Piñata Gonzales - WSJ.com
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LORD HELP US ALL


What is wrong with our society? Anyone stupid enough to spend a second thinking about that stupid Geico Caveman comedy coming this fall, is smart compared to the idiots who want to make a fuss about it and say its racist. Why do I get the idea that these people are the same people who think there is a racial conspiracy in the fact that black olives are in a can instead of a glass jar like green olives because The White Man doesn't want the world to see the true beauty of the black olive. iWon News - Producers: `Cavemen' Not Racial Metaphor
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BEING HOT IN AN UGLY WORLD

7.25.2007


They say that D.C. is Hollywood for ugly people. I'm constantly amazed at how friends I have that work on the Hill can spot lobbyists in the bars like they were...somebody. The thing about Capitol Hill is that the hottest people are the ones you never see on the news or C-span. They're the young staffers. Otherwise...slim pickins folks.

Every year The Hill comes out with its 50 hottest on The Hill. As Wonkette.com points out, it's odd that there is so much diversity represented on the list when Capitol Hill is like a sea of white in real life. Maybe its a reflection of a different party in power? I don't know.


TheHill.com - 50 Most Beautiful People on Capitol Hill

The black folks representing are:
Republican legislative aide Crystal Hayslett
Democrat legislative aide Mustafa Ali
Democrat House Committee Staff Assistant Bonnie Allen
Democrat Non-Profit Exec Adria Crutchfield
Democrat Policy Adviser Angeline Muckle-Jabbar
Democrat COS Bandele McQueen
Democrat Always On The Hill Jaci Reid
Democrat Congresswoman Yvette Clark
Democrat Capitol Hill Office Orlander Harrison
Democrat legislative assistant Phynaus Wilson
Democrat Special Assistant Todd Valentine
Ashley Futrell no party or occupation given

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I'M A RADIO STAR


Below is the link to my stint on NRP's Blogger's Roundtable. We discussed the YouTube Debate on Monday, BET changing the name of Hot Ghetto Mess and Congressman Keith Ellison's Hitler/Bush reference. I was on with Avery Tooley at Stereo Describes My Scenario and Christopher Rabb of Afro-Netizen.

My nephew said I sound like the teenaged white girls in his high school. Thanks a lot, jerk.
NPR : Bloggers' Roundtable: YouTube Debate, 'Hot Ghetto Mess'
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MUSLIMS, CONGRESS & HITLER


The latest on MN Congressman Keith Ellison's comparison of Bush to Hitler. Again, not the smartest move for anyone, but especially not the first and only Muslim in Congress. His cohorts are already forming splinter groups to deport him. Dept. Of Godwin's Law: Thomas Jefferson's Muslim Congressman Calls Bush Hitler - Wonkette


And he seems kind of mad that the ADL was upset over the fact that he casually made comparisons to a person that killed millions of people. What's their problem? It's racism! Jewish Review: Muslim lawmaker cries foul after ADL's condemnation

This will be one of four topics I'll be discussing today on NPR's News & Views segment hosted by Farai Chideya. They found me via my guest posting at The Moderate Voice. Check your local NPR listings for when it runs in your area. Every week News & Views calls together black bloggers to talk about the topics of the day. They try to get a liberal, conservative and independent for every show. So tune in!
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WHATS HAPPENING IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD


If you don't live in Virginia then you don't know that the average speeding ticket is $7,542.64. In addition to paying taxes on the car that you already paid taxes on when you bought it, VA residents are heavily penalized for traffic violations. People are complaining about it and studies say it's not too preventative and it really hurts the poor. It doesn't hurt anyone who isn't speeding. The more you're over the limit, the higher the fine is. And just because you're poor doesn't mean you should pay less for driving dangerously. If you don't like the fines, quit driving like a bat out of hell. High Fines for Speeding Anger Virginians - New York Times
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WAPO covers the changes on the Deathly Death Trap of Death. Celebrating Mixing Bowl's Big Makeover - washingtonpost.com
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Maryland is experiencing a budget shortfall next year and the state is run by Democrats, so guess what the solution will be? Yes, taxes will be raised. Md. Officials Weigh Overhaul Of Income Tax Rates, Brackets - washingtonpost.com

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What is the ROI on your area's school district? In the DC/MD/VA area, MD seems to be doing best. DC...not so much. Montgomery Ranks 5th in U.S.; D.C., Alexandria Lag - washingtonpost.com
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This is such a serious problem getting very little play. More and more of our kids are turning to crime and they are being kept in jails while awaiting trial. Because the numbers have tripled, they are forced to wait longer and longer. What is going on in those jails during that time? What do you think? Number of Youths Awaiting Trial in D.C. Jail Triples - washingtonpost.com
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THOMPSON POST


Drama even before anything officially starts. Fred Thompson shakes up staff - USATODAY.com. Wasn't he supposed to declare in July? I guess its to his benefit to stay out as long as possible before the primaries. The more people are forced to watch this weak slate of candidates the better he'll look when he shows up. F. Thompson shakes up pre-launch campaign - Politico.com

Why enter when you can move up to the top without spending a penny? Thompson gains among social conservatives - The Boston Globe

The New Republic goes a little deeper. I wonder if they explain why he's famous for getting the ladies? The masculine mystique of Fred Thompson
Despite the benefits of holding out, people are desperate for him to jump in so they can begin to care. TheHill.com - Please jump in, say Fredheads in frustration

Who would think the popular TV star Tennessean with a southern drawl would do better in the South than a rich Mormon from Boston? Go figure. TheHill.com - Thompson invading Romney’s backyard

He's not going to be able to run from this, but lawyers are like lobbyist; they work for their client period. They don't pick and choose who to represent or defend based on their own personal beliefs. That's just part of the job. What's new: Records confirm Fred Thompson did legal work for pro-choice group - USATODAY.com

More about the time when he was a bit of a ho before his second marriage. A Country Singer Croons Over Fred Thompson - New York Times Blog

New York Magazine questions the authenticity of his good ole boy persona. After all, he's been in Hollyweird with the Sodomites for so long. right? Encounters With 'Regular Guy' Fred Thompson -- New York Magazine
NBC will cut Fred out of the L&O reruns and he's not in the new season. However, the other 10 channels that show at least 7 episodes of L&O every day, have not said what they will do. If Fred runs, he'll be out of 'L&O' reruns
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HE IS STILL THERE PART IV


I wish Dick Cheney would give Bush the order to fire this man so we don't have to keep going on like this. Because you and I both know that Cheney couldn't stand Gonzales even before he screwed up. The AG's performance again yesterday was a disgrace. It resembled something you would see on SNL. I kind of hope he's lying because if he's not then how incompetent is this guy? Seriously, someone put an end to this.
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SEE WHAT WE CAN DO?

7.24.2007

So everyone railed on the new BET Series, Hot Ghetto Mess for its negative images of blacks. Again, my complaint was not just that the show was so low, but that we don't have shows that show the opposite to match or outnumber it. A bunch of big advertisers pulled out which is a good thing. The criticism has also forced BET to change the name of the show to "We Got To Do Better." Okay, I should be at least happy they are changing the name, but I'm still waiting for the missing 've added to the We. The Feed tampabay.com: Hot Ghetto Mess Finds a New Name: Austin Blogger Forces BET to Blink in War of Images

We’ve decided to change the name because we want to highlight the show’s real intent, which is to offer social commentary in a context that sparks dialogue, debate, and most importantly, change.
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BECKS, VICK, BONDS & THE NBA


When it comes to sports, I believe in supporting only for loyal girlfriend reasons, but unless its about the Cubs or Bears, I'm not genuinely interested. But this time I have to say something because I can't remember the last time so many mainstream hot issues were coming from sports.

My other supposed-to-be baby's daddy has left London for L.A. to play for the Galaxy and party like a rock star. The media has been all over him since he set foot here because of his celebrity, not his athletic skills. As I told you, he has come to the states so we can be together. His pig-nosed plastic/silicone wife is an afterthought. She can just back up off my man any time now. Seriously, he's ridiculously hot, but I'm still not going to pay to see a soccer game. E! News - Beckham Plays with Galaxy, Parties with Stars

Herpes Simplex 10 aside, the Michael Vick dog-fighting madness is getting worse. The NFL didn't punt him, but told him to stay away from training camp. He's not going to play football this year, I don't think. And don't give me any BS about innocent until proven guilty. The NFL is a private business, not the government. Only the government owes you due process. Oh yeah, in addition to the beating into the ground, electrocution and hanging, there was drowning. Just sick. Ventre: NFL's actions against Vick not enough - MSNBC.com

The Barry Bonds story doesn't really interest me at all because the fact that he totally roided up has been obvious for years. No proof? Look at the head, idiots. And again with the innocent until proven guilty, I'm not the government so I'll believe whatever I want.

At this point, the only thing that bothers me is that the MLB Commissioner says he might not show up when Bonds breaks Aaron's HR record. I think that's wrong. This is baseball history. Yes, with an asterisk, but still history. If he refuses to show up, this becomes all about Bonds and that's not right. Yeah, if Ken Griffey Jr didn't have brittle bone disease it could have been, but it's not. Selig should show up for baseball, not for Bonds. As for Hank Aaron, he can do what he wants and he wants to stay out of it. SI.com - No Selig as Bonds returns home to chase Aaron

The NBA can't get a break, but maybe it doesn't deserve one. I abandoned the NBA more than five years ago. That entire league makes me think of men with arrest records and illegitimate babies spread across the country planet. That league, more than any other, has adopted the hip hop image and that was an invitation for me to let it go. Stern has been trying to clean it up and bring less thugs and baby daddies into it, but this referee problem is just the nail in the coffin. Players rushing into stands to beat up paying customers is one thing, but refs fixing the game for the mob brings everything into question. So we hear now that the NBA had been investigating this ref a year ago. They're not supposed to be gambling period, so that would have been enough to fire him then. What took you so long and why can't you get a hold of your business, Stern? What NBA Knew Is an Issue - washingtonpost.com
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A FOREGONE CONCLUSION?

Okay, so yesterday I said it wasn't a foregone conclusion that Hillary is the Democratic candidate for POTUS. In my weak attempt at being objective, I take it back today. After last night, I think I have to be honest and say she just might be. It was up to Barry and John Edwards to change that, but they didn't.

Joe Scarborough said while Obama & Edwards were running for the Democratic nomination, Hills was running for POTUS last night. I'm not too happy about it, because I don't care for her, but she was the most "presidential" last night. Yeah, I know...I know...whatever that means, but you saw the difference between someone you'd want to do the job "Obama," someone you'd like to do the job "Edwards" and someone you know can do the job "Clinton." All three top candidates seemed prepared and Edwards wasn't invisible this time around which is good for him. But Hills held her head high and told both of them to "say her name" figuratively speaking. She gave a lot of good answers, but I'm piggybacking off of MSNBC's Morning Joe where she made both men look kind of bad when answering the question on meeting with Foreign Leaders. The clip is below
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HE IS STILL THERE


So they never got AG Gonzales to quit? Too bad. Even though we all forgot about him, he reminds us by reminding Congress he isn't going anywhere. He promises to fix the problems that have given his office a bad reputation. So, I'm assuming that means he will fire himself. We'll see. House Panel Nears A Legal Clash With Bush Over Firings - washingtonpost.com


I'm actually glad he did this because it only made him look more annoying. TheHill.com - Gonzales: 'I’m not a quitter'
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MAKING THAT PAPER...I MEAN COIN


So today marks the first of three minimum wage increases to get to $7.25 from $5.15. So go ahead, splurge on that BMW X5 non Ramen-based food. CNN.com: 1st increase to minimum wage in 10 years. Today is probably the day that a bunch of minimum wage workers will also be fired, but there is no progress without pain, right? Right?

"About 13 million workers, or 10 percent of the nation's work force, will benefit from an increase in the minimum wage, the labor-backed Economic Policy Institute said. Of those 13 million, 5.6 million would be directly affected, while 7.4 million low-wage workers will see the spillover effect on their wages."


So what happens if you work in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington and you already make more than $7.25? Washington is already at $7.93? They deserve a raise too. Minimum wage hike kicks in today - USATODAY.com
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WE'LL TAKE WHATEVER WE CAN GET

Accidents are a part of war, but they are also a part of bad organization, so its good this is changing. Non-combat deaths in Iraq drop - USATODAY.com

"USA TODAY analysis of Pentagon data shows 105 U.S. troops died in non-combat incidents, including suicide and illness, in the year ending June 30 — 11% of U.S. troop deaths in Iraq for that period. During the first year of the war, there were 193 non-combat deaths, about half of U.S. casualties in Iraq."
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PRINCESS Z IS BACK


Didn't you miss little miss thing? They are temporarily living in a castle in Marthon, so I'll call it correct. Princess Z Jolie-Pitt is back on the scene and feeding her big brother something hand to mouth which is odd, but whatever. She's soooo big it's like she' isn't even a baby anymore. What's up with the hair? Brad said they use Carol's Daughter, but I guess you can't get that in in France. Zahara Feeds Pax Kernels of Corn Celebrity Babies, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Zahara Jolie Pitt, Pax Jolie Pitt : Just Jared



And speaking of adopted-by-celebrity kids from Africa, because you know there are so many, David Richie is getting really big. Here he is with his father in London a week ago. Cute little big headed-boy.
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OBAMA POST

7.23.2007


The latest blah, blah, blah on your Messiah.

Barry put forth his poverty platform. John Edwards wants to know why he is biting off his thing and conservatives said it was a spend & spend policy. Obama's $6 billion poverty platform - Nation/Politics - The Washington Times

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So when Michelle says her husband is like the "Harry Potter Parent," I'm thinking his parenting style resembles that of a slightly feminine teenaged boy with glasses and a soft English accent. Or maybe she's talking about the red-headed boy. I don't know anything about this Harry Potter stuff so translation please. Michelle Obama: Husband is the 'Harry Potter parent' :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Elections

More on Michelle. PalmBeachPost.com: Obama's wife sets tone for husband
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Why would you taint Barry with the Howard Dean taint? No comparison here. Barry is a little to the left of reason, but he's no nut. Besides, its all relative. If he screamed at the end of a rally, it would probably be sexy. It's only disturbing and weird if you're ugly. Obama Faces the Test Dean Failed: Broadening Support - washingtonpost.com
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Yeah, uhm...we've shown that we don't really have a problem turning our back on genocide so I doubt this is why we're still there. Obama says don't stay in Iraq over genocide - USATODAY.com
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He's telling La Raza that he's the only candidate, out of the 3500 currently in the race, that has their back. Bill Richardson takes issue since he is Hispanic(ish). Obama solicits La Raza backing - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper

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AMERICA, THIS IS YOUR DESTINY


A new study says 75 percent of Americans will be overweight and 41 percent will be obese by 2015. I welcome you all into my world.

Seriously, I'm going to start a diet tomorrow (maybe next Monday) so by the time 2015 comes around and you're all fat, I'll be thin. And even though I will understand your pain, I'll probably still call you fat because I feel like I've earned it.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION UPDATE


What do you think of an Arizona sheriff created a hotline for reporting illegals? AZCentral: Sheriff unveils migrant hotline. People making anonymous calls about who they think is or isn't illegal? How would people know? Just from looking at someone? What does a person without documentation look like? Yes, I think it will lead to racial profiling and just rubs me the wrong way. I am fine with landlords and employers helping ICE out, but average citizens don't know what they're talking about.
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The Hispanic Group, NCLR, has had it with the government trying to enforce its immigration laws and they aren't going to take it anymore. Hispanic group aims to stop 'wave of hate' - Nation/Politics - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper
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This is why we are all saying CONTROL THE BORDER FIRST! The Blotter: FBI: Iraqis Being Smuggled Across the Rio Grande
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Dobbs wants to remind us that Bush has pardoned Libby, but not the two border cops given 11 and 12 years for shooting an illegal immigrant drug smuggler. He says. Dobbs: Time to free Ramos and Compean - CNN.com

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That wall is coming up real soon, right? Work on Texas border wall to begin soon: Chertoff U.S. Reuters. I wouldn't hold my breath on that.
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While Prince William County is laying down some of the toughest laws against illegal immigrants because of county resources and services being unable to keep up with the growth, they are also considering barring them from public schools because the schools are already overcrowding. Immigrants' Access to Schools Is Discussed - washingtonpost.com. Since 1982, children have a right to the public school system regardless of their legal status. But if you have thousands of children being added to the schools but not thousands of new parents contributing to the taxes, who ends up paying for it?


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The city of New Haven in CT wants to help its illegal immigrants get things like bank loans and other services by giving them ID Cards in an attempt to "integrate illegals into the community." Nice looking out New Haven. New Haven opts to validate its illegal residents - Yahoo! News
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These groups, the ones that want to limit illegal and legal immigration, have SUSPECT written all over them. Judge for yourself. Personally, anyone who is against immigration is against what this country stands for. Obey the law, but this is still America. Little-Known Group Claims a Win on Immigration - New York Times
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ROMNEY POST


Romney is really doing his best to stay in there as the only "real" conservative choice. He's left McCain alone because...well, what would be the point? He's back on Hillary, comparing her economic plan to Marxism. My Way News - Romney Continues Assault on Democrats
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HACKERS MESS WITH THE JESUS PHONE


This Jesus Phone appears to be more trouble than its worth and I only say that because I can't afford to buy one. If I could, it would be the s&#t.





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ALLS FAIR IN FRIENDSHIP & POLITICS


Are Oprah and her girl Maya going to have to throw down over Presidential candidates? When It Comes to Politics, Friendship Has Its Limits - New York Times. Maya needs to tread lightly. After all, her show on "Oprah & Friends" is courtesy of...you know who.
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SUPPORTING GIs ACCUSED OF WAR CRIMES


In the last year, we've been hearing a lot about GIs committing war crimes while in Iraq or Afghanistan, which many psychs attribute to stress, extended duties, etc. Some of the things I've heard are absolutely awful and I would prefer to believe they weren't true, but they just might be. For a few people, it's military or jail and just because they join the military doesn't make them a hero or even a good person.

Personally, I think we should be harder on these guys, if they are found guilty, because they sully the names of the real heroes that are losing life & limb over there. The group covered in this NYTimes story, Web Sites Rally Support for G.I.’s in Legal Trouble, works to raise funds to defend GIs accused of crimes based on the principle that they are just upset that American soldiers would be charged. That really isn't enough for me, but I don't have a problem with the fund. It will at least give them the chance to have adequate representation.
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BEATING UP ON HILLARY


For many, Clinton's position as The Candidate is a foregone conclusion. I don't, but what do I know? So, as in Survivor, the losers will all band together to get rid of the person they know would beat the pants off all of them if they stayed on the island. So tonight's debate in the SC should be interesting. For Clinton, debate could turn into 7 against 1 - CNN.com

Is this another avenue of attack against Hills? Everyone knows that the Showrunner of 24 is a loyal Republican and that life stops at the White House on Mondays at 9 when crazy Jack gets his torturing on. Although the Democratic president (David Palmer) was the good guy and the Republican president (the guy that looked like Nixon) was the bad guy, the show is accused of supporting Republican ideas. So now that we know the president on Day 7 will be a woman, will this be a good opportunity for someone who wants to hurt Hillary's chances by making the character incompetent or too "girly?" Breitbart.com: Female President Next for Fox's '24'. Will she start crying as soon as a bomb goes off? Will she demand that someone open the window because she's burning up even though it's like 40 degrees in the Oval Office? We shall see.

Maureen Dowd touches on the "she's acting like a man" accusation. A Woman Who’s Man Enough - New York Times
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DICK CHENEY BECOMES PRESIDENT

7.20.2007


Just in case you were planning on having a nice weekend, allow me to screw that up for you. This off the AFP Wire:

US President George W. Bush will undergo a "routine colonoscopy" at the Camp David retreat on Saturday, temporarily ceding his powers to Vice President Dick Cheney, the White House said Friday.
Cheney will serve as acting president until such time as Bush, who will be under anesthesia, says he is ready to resume his duties, presidential spokesman Tony Snow told reporters.


"The president has had no symptoms" of cancer, said Snow, who noted that Bush had been scheduled for such.

My prediction? Cheney will not give over the office when Bush comes to and the Great Tribulation will begin.
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COMING BACK TO LIFE ISN'T JUST FOR JESUS ANYMORE


Now, cardiac arrest, which had a 95% death rate will still kill you, but doctors say they can bring you back. Back to Life: The Science of Reviving the Dead - Newsweek Technology - MSNBC.com. Wouldn't you love to just sort of die, so you can see if all this stuff about the white light is real, and get brought back to life like the people in this Newsweek special? Okay, maybe it's just me but seriously is it heaven or is it just your synapse freaking out?
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THE EMMYS

The Emmys came out yesterday and my 2 favorite shows, LOST & 24 didn't get Drama nods. 24 Won best drama last year and LOST the year before. It's okay. 24 didn't have a good year and LOST didn't get good until the last 10 episodes. These are 2 of the very few shows with a very diverse cast, so I'd like to see them do better. Betty Ugly has quickly become a favorite of mine, so I was happy to see it get some recognition.

Here are my choices. I don't watch any of the shows in some of these categories, so I can only judge what I know.


Best Drama
Boston Legal

Actor - Drama
James Spader, Boston Legal


Best Comedy (a tie for me)
The Office
Ugly Betty

Actress - Drama
Edie Falco, The Sopranos

Actor - Comedy
Steve Carell, The Office

Actress - Comedy
America Ferrera, Ugly Betty

Supporting Actor - Drama
Terry O'Quinn, Lost







Supporting actor - Comedy (tie for me)
Jeremy Piven, Entourage
Rainn Wilson, The Office


Supporting actress - Comedy
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty

The full list is here: Emmy nominees - USATODAY.com
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CLINTON POST


You know how most women say they aren't a feminist, but when you ask them about individual issues, their answers resemble that of most feminists? I think most women would love to see a woman president, but we feel like we have to be skeptical of any woman because no matter how much we deny it, we have also bought into the stupid idea that ultimate leadership is a male thing.Women Supportive but Skeptical of Clinton, Poll Says - New York Times. Men have been running things since the beginning of time and...well, read your newspaper. It's time to give women a try, but Hillary the one? Honestly, she doesn't move me at all. I think she's unquestionably qualified for the job; she's spent more than 30 years of her life in influential political roles. And like I've said before, she has weathered storms that would have defeated even the best of men, and she's still in the game, so she's strong. For that, she deserves our ear and an equal standing. But that doesn't necessarily mean she deserves our vote.
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She didn't take too well to accusations that her Iraq withdrawal plan has helped the enemy.
This is turning into a full-blown battle, and right now it can only help Clinton because no one is in love with the Pentagon right now. ABC News: Clinton vs. Pentagon on Iraq Plan
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Ever since it came out that Barry was taking in more $$ than her, her fundraising has actually gone up. Clinton taps supporters from entertainment world - Newsday.com
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To promote her husband as a better choice for women, Elizabeth Edwards said that Hillary is kind of acting like a man in order to get elected. President Clinton takes issue with that. NYDailyNews.com: My wife doesn't have to be a man to lead, sez Bill

Wonkette's funny take on the Edwards - Clinton feud fueled at Planned Parenthood. And this just after it seemed they were scheming together at NAACP. Hillary Campaign Insists They'd Rather Kill Edwards Than Help Him - Wonkette

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Regardless of how I feel about her, it's so unfair that she has all of this added pressure on her because she's a woman that the male candidates don't have. For Clinton, Wooing Women Requires a Careful Balance - New York Times
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In terms of politics, this chick is a banger. Seriously, she is smart as heck and just waiting in the wake to blow Barry and John out of the water. Politics: How to Beat Hillary at the Polls - Newsweek Politics - MSNBC.com
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Anna Quindlen has already given her the job and is advising her on taking Barry as her running mate. Quindlen: Hillary Should Make Barack Her Running Mate - Newsweek Anna Quindlen - MSNBC.com

John Feehery seconds Anna's assumption. The Hill’s Pundit Blog » Hillary as President
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CONGRESSIONAL HEAT, PART 7,321


I don't remember how many posts I've made of this story, so I'm just throwing out 7,321 and we'll go from there.

While everyone chases these numbers down, I bet the server at "REVERSE SEARCH" is about to crash. In 'D.C. Madam's' phone records, a slice of Washington - CNN.com. Out of approximately 10,000 clients, here's what they're coming up with so far.

Quite a lot of doctors, actually, and people in the tech industry.
Others run the gamut from the sports world to college professors.
Records indicate a handful of numbers have belonged to people working in federal government; a couple in local politics, and a couple more at government contractors.
So, this basically tells us that men who had jobs were her customers. Wow, how exciting. I can barely contain myself from the drama.
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CHENEY & AHMADINEJAD -- I KNEW IT

7.19.2007


When I saw this teaser, "Could Dick Cheney and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Pres of Iran) be twins separated at birth?" I had to read it. Cheney’s Long-Lost Twin - New York Times. If it wasn't for the fact that I think Cheney was created in a test tube of ice water and mixed with ox blood, I could buy them being related.
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CUBS ON FIRE

Besides the fact that this picture, taken by Jonathan Daniel, is competely awesome, check out this story on how well my Cubs are doing. After Losing Their Tempers, Cubs Put Up a Fight - New York Times. Ever since Lou lost it and acted the fool on the field, the Cubs have been sick. 17 out of the last 22. Now if we can just get those Brewers to lose a few more, we'll be on our way. Who said we couldn't win with Kerry Wood?
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HEALTH POST


Health centers for the poor are bursting at the seams despite opening more facilities and increased funding. Health centers offer safety net, but rising demand a strain - USATODAY.com. Since 2000, annual spending on community health centers has doubled to almost $2 billion. Over the same period, the number of centers has increased by more than 200. However, as the number of uninsured gets higher and higher, they can't keep up. During this same time the number of patients who use health centers rose by 4.5 million, or 53%. The number of Hispanic patients alone increased by 53%. Hispanics, uninsured drive growth at health centers - USATODAY.com
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Fighting the battle against HIV/AIDS is hard everywhere. Even with all we know and have access to today in America, new cases pop up everyday. Certain communities are responding better than others. One advantage you have is, if you're free, you might want to live and enjoy life. But what if you're behind bars and hope is fading? Prisoner's aren't allowed to have sex, so they aren't given condoms, but we all know what happens, right? Unprotected sex and rape pile on a sense of hopelessness to create a recipe for disaster. Fighting AIDS Behind Bars - New York Times
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More on how some people are able to live long, healthy lives despite being HIV positive. HIV patients build normal immune strength in study Health Reuters. Each person's DNA is different, but some people can live with HIV at a level that makes it appear as if it has even disappeared. I've mentioned a friend I know who has had HIV since the late 80s and continues to be one of the fittest, healthiest people I've ever met. We need to bottle whatever this mix is to keep people alive until we find the cure.
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When have we had it with HIV & AIDS as black women? Bob Herbert gives his take in, When Is Enough Enough? - New York Times, spurred on by Senator Clinton's recent statement, "If HIV/AIDS were the leading cause of death of white women between ages of 25 and 34, there would be an outraged outcry in this country."
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On his trip through Africa, Nicholas Kristof tells the horrible stories of worms and what they do to the people, especially little kids. This is an easily preventable and relatively inexpensive thing to erase. The picture on this story is very graphic, so you've been warned. Attack of the Worms - New York Times
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Paul Krugman on all those Americans waiting for someone to give them or help them get health insurance. The Waiting Game - New York Times. If we have a private, market driven system, health insurance would be less expensive and more people could afford it.
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More minorities choose to die in their home than in a Hospice. Have you ever been in a Hospice? It's the place where people go to die. You can feel and smell the death the second you walk in. I wouldn't want to spend my last few months there either. Few Minorities Use Hospice Care Services - washingtonpost.com

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With HIV rates for teens doubling since 2000, this isn't just a good idea; it's a must do. D.C. Aims to Increase HIV Testing of Youths - washingtonpost.com. They plan to use things like video and other cyber savvy tools to reach their audience, but need to remember that some of the most at-risk kids don't have a lot of technology access.
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QUARTERBACKS, DOGS & RACISM


The Michael Vick story isn't a political one, but it relates to racial politics in that a tactic used by those who want to defend him is often used when discussing political and social issues within the black community and it is a tactic that prevents our community from being honest with each other and finding solutions to our problems; especially those problems most affecting black males.

I was reluctant to blog about the whole affair because its just sick. Dog fighting is a felony and is deserving of a fine and restriction from owning any animal, mammal or fish. I wouldn't even give that person a plant. I realize these are dogs and not humans, so I wouldn't put that person in prison. But if you want to put a dog down you euthanize them. The way it was alleged to have been done in this case, is sick. Electrocution, hanging and bashing their heads into the ground is indicative of a psychopath and someone who needs to be locked up.

I decided to blog about it because I happened to be listening to the Jim Rome show online yesterday. It’s a sports show, so of course the host brought the topic up. Not seconds later, a brother called up and accused Rome of being racist. He said Rome was only bringing this up because Vick was black. If Rome really cared about the cruelty of dog fighting, he would have brought it up before. Yes, I was just thinking myself that I don’t hear nearly enough about dog fighting as I want to. Actually, Rome had brought the topic up a few years ago when it involved another athlete, but this caller wasn't interested in any facts.

The caller knows he was wrong, but it’s such a familiar and successful tactic of deflection used in cultural politics and racial issues. Anytime someone is criticizing an act or behavior of someone who happens to be black, especially a black man, you threaten the “racist” label. This makes them either shut up or veer off the real topic; a topic that needs to be discussed if we are ever to find a solution. So, even though a couple of brothers phoned in to call that guy out for what he was doing, his tactic worked. For the next 2 hours, Rome spent most of the show explaining why he isn't a racist instead discussing the real issue.

The caller said he's listened to Rome for 3 years now. So have I. So I know that he knows Rome isn't even remotely racist and doesn't tolerate it from his audience. Rome never fails to mention when a white athlete gets in trouble or acts the fool over something. People who make racist comments are banned from the show and he refuses to read racist e-mails even though he admits he gets many. He rails endlessly against people in the world of sports who make racist statements no matter what color they are. Because the caller knew this, he knew that all he had to do was put the suspicion of racism on a well-intentioned person and “the black man” in this case, Vick, suddenly becomes the victim. Shame on him for doing it and shame on Rome for falling for it. www.politopics.com
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UHMMM...WELL....UHHH


When I read this headline, Political Radar: Sex Ed for Kindergarteners 'Right Thing to Do,' Says Obama, I was like, yeah they are taking his words and twisting them around to sound bad. Then I read and realize that he did say this. Do you think Kindergartners need "age appropriate" sex education? That is 5 year olds he's talking about. What would be "age appropriate" for 5 year olds? "Okay kids, lets put down the paste and glitter and talk about where babies really come from."

The only thing I can imagine is to teach kids where they aren't supposed to be touched, but that isn't sex education; that's safety education. Between his promise to cover abortion through a Universal Healthcare program and this, Obama is giving conservatives a little hope this week. Before you send me hate mail for critizing your Messiah, I'm not saying he isn't still the s&#@ right now. I'm just saying this wasn't a great move on his part.

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DUKE UNIVERSITY v. JESUS PHONE



How dare they speak against the Jesus Phone!!!! God will smite them for this. My Way News - Duke: iPhone May Be Disrupting Network. I guess it was good that iPod came out during the summer, so schools can read this and have some time to prep.

"Bill Cannon, a Duke technology spokesman, said an analysis of traffic found that iPhones flooded parts of the campus' wireless network with access requests, freezing parts of the system for 10 minutes at a time."
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLOGS!

7.18.2007


So it's been a decade since people began writing stuff that no one other than their 3 or 4 friends would be interested in reading. We've come a long way since then. Like 6 or 7 friends are interested now. Most blogs will remain in close quarters and that is probably what the majority of their owners want. However, many blogs died a honorable (and sometimes very dishonorable, hint - hint Washingtonienne) death. We're still left with something close to 15 trillion blogs. That might be an exaggeration, but there are a lot of them.


Some people are making serious bank on blog topics of all kinds. Digital Journal - The Web's Top Bloggers and How Much They Make
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OBAMA POST


Barry's Chicago buddy, whom I call the Midas Touch of Everything, Oprah, is going to give him a party in California. My Way News - Oprah Winfrey to Raise Money for Obama
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This is probably the best news the Republicans have had in a long, long time. Democrats pledge support for wide access to abortion Chicago Tribune. Obama, and Edwards, says the government will fund early-term abortions as part of Universal Healthcare if they are president. "Asked about his proposal for expanded access to health insurance, Obama said it would cover "reproductive-health services." Contacted afterward, an Obama spokesman said that included abortions."
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He got D.C. Mayor Fenty's endorsement. TheHill.com - D.C.’s Fenty endorses Obama
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He wants to appoint pro-choice judges to high courts. TheHill.com - Obama vows to look into High Court nominees’ ‘hearts’
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While in Iowa, he talks about Iowa. Check out the pictures in these articles and then tell me this man is not the s%#*. Obama on Iowa, Iraq and the 2008 race - USATODAY.com
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More on his recent speech about more black school children killed in the streets of Chicago than black soldiers killed in Iraq. A Voice Raised in Chicago - New York Times
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ELLISON COMPARES BUSH TO HITLER...OOPS



I don't want to say that if you're the first Muslim elected to Congress, you should really be careful what you say because a lot of people are hoping you screw up, because that's not fair. However, if you're the first Muslim elected to Congress, you should really be careful what you say because a lot of people are hoping you screw up.

Keith Ellison D-MN, recently compared Bush to...wait for it...Adolph Hitler. Ellison is on tape, TO A GROUP OF ATHEISTS, suggesting that Bush is like Hitler in that he thinks he can do whatever he wants. At least it wasn't in that Bush doesn't like Jewish people or something. I'm being sarcastic, but its really a bad, and might I say weak, move. It's also insulting to Bush because he's screwed up more than enough times to stand on his own. Ellison doesn't say the name Hitler, but you read and see for yourself:

"According to the Star Tribune and a video of the event, Ellison said the fire “put the leader of that country [Hitler] in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted.” Neither the video nor the story contains any direct comparisons between Bush and Hitler, although Ellison tells one audience member “You and I both know [who benefited from Sept. 11].”

There is no way he is going to get the vote of those 2 Jewish people that live in Minnesota. Now Pelosi and other Dems are jumping all over him and the Republicans are just happy that someone else is screwing up. The folks at FOX News can barely contain themselves.



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CONGRESSIONAL HEAT

7.17.2007


If I had more guts, I would write headlines like Wonkette, Your Tax Dollars At Work: Top 10 Most "Ho-Friendly" DC Hotels, Based On The DC Madam's Phone Records. This includes a list of hotels. Where did they get the numbers you ask?

Madame has a website. Deborah Jeane Palfrey Legal Defense Fund. Much more interesting than Scooter Libby's Legal Defense Fund website. Palfrey has listed her phone numbers and now everyone and their grandma up here in D.C. is neglecting work, school and their children to find out where these numbers will lead.

Okay, a lobbyist for an ultra-conservative organization is NOT what I want. Lobbyists will work for anyone. Come on! On the other hand, after reading this, Dept. Of Creepy Myspace Stalkers: Family Research Council Lobbyist Also On DC Madam's List - Wonkette, this guy is pretty creepy.

Also, her best catch yet, Senator Vitter, who said that Clinton was an embarrassment to the nation because he got a blow job and also said that gay marriage threatens "real" marriage, went back to work after getting his wife to yell at the media for bothering him. Scandalized Vitter has tough day at work - Carrie Budoff - Politico.com
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SHEILA JOHNSON WILL ONE DAY RULE THE WORLD


Sheila Johnson is seriously getting it done. She's been a celebrity in this area for decades because of BET and her high society hosting. She made national news with her ownership of the Washington Mystics and her multi-million dollar Salamander Inn & Resort (opening 2009). Now, she's coughed up $35 mill for the Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club in Florida. What's next?

Also, I saw pics of her private jet in Washington Life magazine and its pretty tight. Golf Resort Cements Johnson’s Role As A Player In Sports Biz.

This pic is of her wedding last year to the judge who stood over her divorce proceedings. Yeah, I know.
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PEOPLE PRETTIER THAN YOU

Forbes listed the 15 top earners among women who eat nothing but half a corn kernel a day and make millions doing it. In Pictures: The World's Top-Earning Models - Forbes.com. You know who was #1 making $33 million a year. Did you know that Gisele's birthday is on the same date her boyfriend's baby mama is due to give birth? Drama at that birthday party.

There is only one sister, Liya Kebede. She's 29, super pretty and smart. Sorry guys, she's married. Here's the link to her Foundation - Liya Kebede The Liya Kebede Foundation. She makes $2.5 million a year modeling several brands, but the most important one is the Estee Lauder line. Huge brand power.
There are three Brazilians on the list including 26-year old, Adriana "I tell everyone I meet I'm a virgin" Lima. She's actually a ridiculously beautiful girl.

Also, there are a few women over 30. Shocking!!!!
Shalom Harlow - 33
Carolyn Murphy - 31
Heidi "you can't hate me because I'm so nice" Klum - 34
Kate "crackhead" Moss - 33
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SHARPTON ON IMUS COMEBACK


You gotta love Reverend Hot Comb. He's certainly the forgiving type. Ahh, racial harmony. Al Sharpton ‘OK’ With Imus Comeback / Jossip. I agree with Jossip's confusion as to who this "we" is.
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MARKET HITS 14,000


Is your money making you money today? CNNMoney.com Market Report - Jul. 17, 2007
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IN MY BACKYARD


The latest DC News of Interest.

Mayor Fenty is going to endorse Obama. I'm sure the guy is his total role model.
Fenty Plans to Endorse Obama - washingtonpost.com
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Rob Curley is pretty awesome. He's behind the changes you've been noticing at the WAPO. He's making the 4th or 5th most visited paper site a hyperlocal tool in ways no other paper of its size and reach has done. The On Being interactive series is great. If you get a second, check out some of the interviews and you'll be laughing out loud. His latest tool is loudonextra.com, which is a comprehensive directory on the richest county in the DC Metro area. Every school, restaurant (300) and church is listed. 30 churches are even allowing him to podcast their sermons. He's created the data so awesomely that you can tell your computer, iPod, phone or Crackberry that you want Sushi and it's 1am. It will tell you which restaurants in your county are open at 1am and serving Sushi. Cool Beans.
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According to WAPO, we're nicer people than most. D.C. Region's Volunteer Ethic Stronger Than U.S. Average - washingtonpost.com. See you in heaven!
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Just what D.C. needs. More guns and more different types of guns than it already has. D.C. Wants High Court To Hear Gun Case - washingtonpost.com
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The D.C. Region Section 8 program is in trouble. Low-Rent Program Predicts Losses - washingtonpost.com. In my condo building of about 150 or so units, 12 are set aside for low-income families. A family of 4 making less than a certain amount can get a 3 bedroom condo for the price of a one bedroom apartment. But the incentives for landlords to do this are looking less and less attractive compared to the free market.
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THE ALSO RANS

McCain is throwing in the towel on Immigration reform, but vows to never quit the presidential race. McCain promises to fight on - Roger Simon - Politico.com

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John Edwards and his flawless haircut can step aside. It looks like we have a new winner in the contest of political vanity. Romney spent $300 on makeup 'consulting' - Kenneth P. Vogel - Politico.com
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Regardless of who gets the GOP nod, I hope they pick Mike Huckabee as the VP. Arkansas News Bureau - Huckabee touts momentum, not money
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FOREIGN POST

RUSSIA
5,000 complete idiots misled people believe that a 46-year old ex-Traffic Cop is the 2nd coming of JC. Novel Faiths Find Followers Among Russia's Disillusioned - washingtonpost.com
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INDIA
There are glaciers in India? Global Warming - Melting Glaciers - Himalayas - India - New York Times. Somehow, we can learn about glaciers retreating from what's happening to the black ice glaciers in this country.
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CHINA
If you've been following the slavery scandal in China, a lot of heads have been cut off over this in a short period of time. People have lost jobs, been sent to jail and now punishment is being handed out. Death sentence over China slave scandal

Why I think this is news, I can't tell you, but the idea of 1,000 public toilets anywhere makes me queasy. Here, they are spread out over 32,290 square feet and they are in funny shapes. A urinal that looks like a Croc opening his mouth is childish, but funny. Several have a bust of what looks like the Virgin Mary, but the Chinese are really into Christianity, so what's up with that? AccessNorthGa.com: China Public Restroom Has 1,000 Stalls
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DARFUR

On his continuing trip through Africa, Nicholas Kristof writes in Op-Ed about Roger Winter, the man Bush appointed to the U.S. Agency for International Development, but ignored when he was warned about Darfur. He Rang the Alarm on Darfur - New York Times
More on Bush's actions/inactions regarding Darfur. I think we're on our 15th threat to do something if they don't stop acting the fool. Spineless on Sudan - New York Times
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MEXICO
Mexico isn't prepared to deal with an outbreak of HIV that migrants are bringing home from the U.S. Mexican Migrants Carry H.I.V. Home - New York Times. There's also an interesting multimedia piece on the movement of HIV cases throughout the country.
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Sweden battles with its growing Muslim population. Sweden struggles to integrate Muslim immigrants. How does a country so sexually....free is the best word I can think of deal with a culture that is so sexually...not free? I guess that's going to be the case anywhere except other Muslim countries.
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LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP


PENNSYLVANIA
Yeah, I'm seeing a lawsuit here. The Times-Tribune - Munchak defends staff in birth at jail. The guard cut the umbilical cord with her fingernails? Ghetto. Seriously, they better be happy the baby is alright. There is no excuse not to send her to the hospital. Even if you thought she was faking the labor pains, her water had to break at some moment.

CALIFORNIA
Killings are up in Oakland and guess who is dying? Yeah, young black men. Killings Surge in Oakland, and Officials Are Unable to Explain Why - New York Times

NEW JERSEY
More on the school that blacked out the picture of two boys kissing, but not the pictures of heterosexual kids kissing from the year book. Ms. Bolden’s Black Mark - New York Times. My opinion? High school yearbooks are for 14-17 year olds and there shouldn't be any pictures of kids making out regardless of gender. School apologizes for blacking out gay student's photo in yearbook - On Deadline - USATODAY.com

NEW YORK
The Suffolk County Executive feels all his accomplishments are being overshadowed by his desire to enforce the law on illegal immigration. He's being accused of racism, ethnic profiling of illegals and you know the rest. Suffolk's Leader Wins a Following On Immigration - New York Times. "Last year, officers at the Suffolk County Jail ran immigration checks on 2,287 inmates, compared with 40 in 2004 (deportation proceedings were started against 376)." That's 376 less people the taxpayers of the County will have to support in jail.

TENNESSEE
This is a sad story. For Poor Families, an Added Burden of Too Many Pets - New York Times. I've always wondered why someone would take a pet in when they are poor. Pets aren't kids, but they are expensive to feed and care for. But its companionship and love; especially for children who are likely not doing anything else with their free time because their parents can't afford it.
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EDWARDS POST


Remember him? He's still on Poverty Tour 07. With poverty tour, Edwards emphasizes morality over politics - CNN.com. Might it be kind of awkward that he is going on and on about poverty while stories of his lavish personal spending are so prominent?

Oh well. He's still leading in Iowa, which means....nothing I fear.


His wife just did an interview talking about her beef with SHE WHO WILL NOT BE NAMED, her support of gay marriage and her husband. The Salon Interview: Elizabeth Edwards
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THE N-WORD LIVES ON


Apparently his dude didn't get the NAACP memo. So he says "it just slipped out." University benefactor and board chairman uses N-word - CNN.com. Okay, well look at the word in context. This happened during a school board of trustees meeting? The topic was the difficulty in finding blacks to serve on the all-white board. A board member present said, that man in question "became irate when he discussed pressures to make the board more diverse." I don't see how you could be in that situation and NOT use the N-Word. The atmosphere is just ripe for racial slurs. Every board of trustees meeting is a powder keg of tension and anger.
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OBAMA POST

7.16.2007


Do you think this is really his or he just got it for the Detroit trip? For someone new to the game, he's learning well. Freep.com: Obama trades Hemi for hybrid. I love Hybrids, but they still cost too much.
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I don't think this is necessary. As much as people are mad at him, impeachment would only hurt the office of President. Obama: Impeachment is not acceptable - USATODAY.com


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More on Barry slipping the Jesus talk into his speeches. The Gospel Of Obama - washingtonpost.com
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He was at a Chicago South Side church this past weekend talking about how inner-city violence is "sickening the soul of this nation." Amen! My Way News - Obama Bemoans 'Epidemic of Violence'
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They were at Howard University a few weeks ago and Mary Mitchell says that Obama purposefully let Hillary take the spotlight? Obama: Fading to black? :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
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But Mary Mitchell points out the problem. Black men and boys, the people who need to hear this the most, aren't going to church. Obama's call lacks audience :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
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He's getting involved in the four-year Union fight against the Congress Hotel in Chicago. The Swamp: Obama to hit Chicago picket line Monday
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ON MY iPod

This is going on the workout playlist of my iPod right quick. The lyrics are a little X-rated, but the beat would keep me on that treadmill a few minutes longer.

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BEST OF THE TIMES

The NYTimes is slanted towards the left, but the writing can't be beat. The WAPO comes close though and can be a little better when it comes to investigating reporting. Also WAPO is better at the interactive storytelling. Here are a few of my favorite articles from the last 3 days of the NYTimes:

This seems like a no-brainer to me. Public Defenders Get Better Marks on Salary - New York Times. When I found out how little these guys make per case, it seemed like a bad plan. When you see the huge gap in performance between hourly and salaried court-appointed lawyers, sounds like a plan.
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In his NYTimes Op-Ed Column, Bob Herbert talks about Poor Kids Living in a War Zone, and tells us why we need to care. In Chicago, the city he references, 34 school children have been killed since September of 06.
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Here's a good column by Stanley Fish about the SCOTUS rulings last month on race and education. History, Principle and Affirmative Action - New York Times. What is the responsibility of the court? The Constitution says they are to interpret the law. This court believes its ruling was based on their interpretation of the Constitutionality of basis school assignments on race. But, can they be that detached? Should they pay more attention to the historical and societal consequences of their choices? I don't believe the two are mutually exclusive and even if they had, the ruling might have been the same.
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The wealthiest Americans, this is supposed to be the best time since before WWI when corporations ruled America and not government. The Richest of the Rich, Proud of a New Gilded Age - New York Times
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With all this school diversity talk based on race, what is the effect of basing it on income? School Diversity Based on Income Segregates Some - New York Times
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This news made my Daddy's day. Casinos Boom in Katrina’s Wake as Cash Pours In - New York Times. I'm happy about this too because when Katrina hit Mississippi, the first thing on my mind was 'what about the casinos?'
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THOMPSON POST


His opponents are saying he's already breaking the rules before officially entering the game. ABC News: Fred Thompson Accused of Finance Dodge
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This doesn't bode well for all the candidates already in the race. Hungering for Thompson - Jonathan Martin - Politico.com
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He's moving ahead inside as well as outside. Fred moving ahead in GOP insider survey
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Giuliani is going to look real bad when NY Firefighters get behind Thompson instead of him which is very likely considering they don't care for Rudy. Politico: Fred Thompson Going after NYC Firefighters - On Politics - USATODAY.com
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IRAQ


My Senator, Jim Webb, scares me. He looks like he would just drop kick someone on national TV if he feels like it. I was afraid for Senator Graham yesterday. I really was. Tempers flare on Iraq - Yahoo! News
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First he said we can get to steppin' anytime want to, but quickly backtracked yesterday and said maaaybeee in the Fall. Someone got a call from Dick Cheney, no? Iraq Chief Says His Forces Are Able to Secure Country - New York Times

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So what happens in September if things haven't improved? Do you think for one second Bush will admit that? Both sides will spin the hell out that report and we'll never know the truth. Hadley sees improved Iraq by September - The Washington Times
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The toll the war is taking on military families. As Loved Ones Fight On, War Doubts Arise - New York Times
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Maureen Down opines all the mistakes that President Bush refuses to admit he made. Who’s Sorry Now? - New York Times
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The White House isn't trying to listen to anybody. This would have gone over much better when we had Kings and not publicly elected officials. ABC News: WH Firm on Iraq as Senators Boil Over
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What did you expect him to say? The CIC is his boss. U.S. General in Iraq Speaks Strongly Against Troop Pullout - New York Times
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They want the troops to stay in Iraq, but won't give them the resources they need to stay safe? That makes a lot of sense. Pentagon balked at pleas from officers in field for safer vehicles - USATODAY.com
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WASHINGTON RETURNS TO TV


Isaiah Washington is moving to NBC after being fired from ABC for being a strong black man like Malcolm X and Marcus Garvey (dripping with sarcasm). Despite the fact that I think he's pretty hot, I'm not a fan; especially after this whole episode. What are the odds that he's going to make an ass of himself on the set of Wonder Woman within the first two seasons? Never mind that. This show isn't going to make it halfway through the 1st season. Washington to return to network TV - USATODAY.com
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COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT NEWS OF IMPORTANCE


I have never, ever tasted pancakes as good as IHOP's pancakes. You can go anywhere and they will not be as good. And I grew up with an Original Pancake House near me in Wilmette. On the other hand, I have never been to an Applebees in my entire life. As long as it doesn't mess up the recipe for Buttermilk pancakes, I'm cool with it. IHOP snaps up Applebee's for $2.1 billion - Jul. 16, 2007
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BET DEFENDS HGM


There is no defending the show. You can say you like it, because you like looking at ghetto trash. I'm sure a lot of white people watch COPS because they're entertained by white trash. But it is what it is. No one is making an erroneous assumption. Their opinions are based on the pre-released skits floating around the web and the fact that advertisers have pulled out. iWon News - BET Exec Defends 'Hot Ghetto Mess'

The program is based on a Web site that, through photos and videos, illustrates socially and politically incorrect behavior, mostly by African Americans. Mr. Hudlin, who took the reins at BET two years ago, said the show was part of the network’s effort to address those problems in a way that would be appealing to 18 to 34-year-old viewers. “The biggest critics are going to be the biggest fans,” he said.

I sincerely doubt that. And 18-34 year olds? Anyone over the age of 21 who thinks this is cool should be slapped. So now that BET has officially endorsed "socially and politically incorrect behavior" as "Ghetto," they better not be mad when non-blacks use "ghetto" to describe such behavior by a person of any race. They have solidified "ghetto" as the word for "wrong."

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ENTERTAINMENT POST

7.13.2007



Here's some entertainment tidbits to help you get your weekend on.
Day 7 of 24 is supposed to be good. It can only be better than Day 6. I had heard they were going to shoot some scenes in Africa, but it looks like that won't happen now and because they have scrapped Africa, the whole season needs to be revamped. Exclusive: 24 Plot Tossed, Production Delayed - Ausiello Report TVGuide.com. Can't wait till Crazy Jack comes back in January.
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Nip/Tuck and I have had a tumultuous relationship. I really like the show because it started out very different and risky. Also, Julian McMahon is ridiculously sexy on it. However, in the last couple of seasons it appeared to have gone down a road of shock and awe; with however more a bizarre sexual storyline, the better. I'm not interested in tawdry. So I took some time off Nip/Tuck until I heard Sanaa Lathan was going to be on as Julian's love interest. I got hooked as soon as I started watching it again. Now that they've moved from Miami to L.A., maybe it will be a different show. Who knows? I'll still give it a try. knoxnews.com Tele-buddy's Tinseltown Tales
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There is nothing imported from Great Britain better than Absolutely Fabulous; one of the best shows ever. That could have never been made American because it is just entirely too inappropriate. The Office was good and the American version rocks. As far as dramas go; MI:5 and Footballers wives are entertaining. Little Britain....well, meh. Sometimes its funny "computer says no" and sometimes its just not. So I'm not optimistic about an American version. Little Britain headed for America - Times Online
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My favorite TV Actor ever is Andre Braugher from Homicide: Life on the Street (or anything else he's been in). Currently, my favorite actor is...probably James Spader on Boston Legal. MSN TV gives you their list of 10 favorites now. What do you think? MSN TV - The 10 Best Actors on TV. CCH Pounder from The Shield is definitely a good actor. The woman from Criminal Intent looks stonefaced all the time, so I don't know what's up with that. Robert Knepper is very good on Prison Break, but I'm okay with him dying in any episode coming up. Too bad there weren't any brothers on that list.
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Speaking of Andre Braugher, oh how I miss Homicide: Life on the Street, he's coming back to TV in a miniseries of The Andromeda Strain. Variety.com - AandE's 'Andromeda' fills out cast. I'm excited about that, but wasn't the original movie and book about the dryest, boring thing in the world? Michael Crichton OD'd on the scientific explanations. I'm a big 'virus story' fan, so I'll still watch it.
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KEN BURNS & HISPANIC PRESSURE


I've been reporting on this back and forth of Ken Burn's new WWII documentary between Ken and Hispanics who were upset that their contributions weren't included. He gave in and offered to add shorts that would show throughout the series, but they wanted more. He took the offer back and they put together protest groups and put up websites labeling him a racist. Now, it looks like he is giving in again. Ken Burns and the Old Soldiers Who Wouldn't Fade Away - washingtonpost.com. Doesn't he know that it still won't be enough for them?

Yes, it is unfortunate that he didn't include their contribution, but that is his artistic vision. And don't say that because he's famous he has an obligation. Bulls*%#. He's a storyteller, people. He isn't obligated to check with the local ethnic chamber of commerce before he creates. It would have probably been a better story with that added nuance, but it is his story and not some group's political victim of the moment. This is not a government film; government sponsored or something held up as the beginning and end of absolutely everything that happened. That's like suggesting that Burn's Civil War documentary is the "official record" of the Civil War and included every perspective.

And don't try and say because its PBS its kind of like government. If you actually watched PBS, you would know the station is very focused on individual artistic impressions and that is why people like it. If groups can continue to bully themselve's in between the artists' eye and the canvas, what can we say is really a work of art? If it's forced on the artist, what's the point? If Ken only wanted to cover the experience of red-headed, fat women in the state of Kansas during the Great Depression, that is his right. If PBS thinks it will sell, they'll pay for it. It hurts not to be included, but it isn't an excuse to hijack someone else's artistic vision. You can't make a creator change their painting, book, play or documentary because you know many will see or read it and it doesn't include what you deem important. Stop demanding other people tell your story and make your own film. With the Internet and Independent film industry, it is possible to tell myriads of stories that couldn't be told before without studio backing.
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CUBAN WANTS THE CUBS


Somebody tell me what this means!!!! Cuban taking an interest in the Chicago Cubs - MLB - Yahoo! Sports. Is this a good thing, a bad thing? I know he already has a basketball team. I'm still recovering from the decision to sell it, but I know its a good buy; profitable no matter what the performance. However, would he appreciate the fact that this is not only a Chicago institution or a baseball institution, but an American institution? As long as he doesn't change the name, I shouldn't care, but I do.
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BEST OF THE WEB


TIME announces its 50 Best Websites of 2007, including some I've never heard of. There are a few political sites on there, but not as much as I expected considering its 2007.


The top 5 are:

1. Weebly.com
2. DonorsChoose.org
3. StumbleUpon.com
4. LinkedIn.com
5. Chow.com

I haven't been to about 95% of these sites, but I'm sure I'll check them out soon.

I'm on LinkedIn.com, but I haven't visited that site since forever. They also list the 5 Worst Websites.

1. Eharmony.com
2. Evite.com
3. Meez.com
4. MySpace.com
5. SecondLife.com

I actually like evite. Its easy and convenient and I like to say who is coming to an event.

Of course the Top 25 sites they can't live without include some my favorites:
amazon.com
digg.com
ebay.com
facebook.com
flickr.com
Google.com
imdb.com
youtube.com
netflix.com
technorati.com
webmd.com
wikipedia.org
They have bbc.co.uk, but I'm hooked on bbcamerica.com
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DRAMA AT THE NAACP EVENT


A lot has been going on at the current NAACP convention. President Clinton stood them up. He failed to show for some session on talking kids to act right. Why you wanna go and do that to the kids? Then we have discussions today centering around the whole Newsweek "is Obama Black enough" crap that the white media won't let go off. When is the "is John Edwards White enough" article going to come out? Oh yeah, that article is due in Neverary. Because there is no need to explain whiteness; but I guess the media believes blackness requires more explanation.
To make things better, John Edwards and Hills were at the conference and overheard (and taped) conspiring to weed out the herd. Bill Richardson and Joe Biden better watch their backs. Here's more on what's floating around the NAACP:

Political Radar: Caught on Tape: Clinton to Edwards 'Our Guys Should Talk'
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RACIAL SLURS IN CONTEXT


When people ask what is the problem with PC? This is your answer. Montgomery Finds Racial Slur Offends, No Matter the Context - washingtonpost.com. Now, educators in Montgomery County (MD suburbs of DC) are no longer teaching a lesson about racial epithets as a precursor to reading To Kill A Mockingbird." In a setting where the discussion can be controlled by a teacher, I don't see a problem with this. The lesson includes an essay and a poem written by two people who were harmed by the N-word. What is the problem with this? They're looking past the purpose of the lesson and just focusing on words.
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REPUBLICAN SCANDALS


We found out a couple of weeks ago that one of Giuliani's regional campaign officials was selling cocaine. Now we see that one of McCain's campaign officials might be involved with a prostitute. Is it me or are the Republicans starting to get interesting? McCain campaign official denies soliciting for prostitution - CNN.com
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CHILD SUPPORT FOR SOMEONE ELSE'S CHILD


I was intrigued by this story about a Florida man the court ordered to pay $10K in back child support for a child that is not his. Florida man owes $10,000 for child who's not his - CNN.com. It's not fair and I'm confused as to the court's reasoning that it isn't. This man is married with three children to support and they are supposed to suffer because some woman lied abut who the father's child is? Even the mother realizes that this is wrong and has said herself that he shouldn't be forced to pay. This is the court's doing 100%. They are basing this solely on the fact that he got his paternity test papers turned in too late. He's already paid somewhere near $80k in child support before finding out the girl wasn't his and the law has already said he can't get that back. And no, in Florida a woman can't be penalized for lying about who her child's father is. It is a shame that he choose not to have a relationship with the girl after finding out, but that doesn't change the fact that she is not his legal or financial responsibility.
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ODDS & ENDS

7.12.2007

I sometimes blog at The Moderate Voice, a centrist blog. Its a good site and the reason you know its good is because rabid liberals and conservatives get really mad about it. Here is an interesting take on the White House's decision to cut funds to veterans in order to balance the budget. These Are Some Seriously Evil People » The Moderate Voice
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The Katrina disaster continues to force people into a marginalized existence. Road to New Life After Katrina Is Closed to Many - New York Times
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Thanks to the NYTimes, the student loan scandal continues to be reported. This may seem like boring stuff but if you're in school collecting student loans or you plan to, you need to know how much this will affect you. House Passes Overhaul Plan on Student Aid - New York Times
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This article discusses the evils of trying children as adults. Juvenile Justice - New York Times
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Did you make some money today? Dow climbs over 280 points to end at record high in N.Y.+. I'm a big, big fan of the S&P 500. It's been making me money without any input from me since 1998.
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Can we please just stop this while we're ahead? I mean I like Gore and all, but that day is gone. I realize he's lost a lot of weight and shaved off the woodsman beard, but he's not going to be President. Ever. The Washington Times, America's Newspaper

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How in the hell is a Nobel prize wining"peace" activist going to go and say she wishes she could kill someone? The fact that its President Bush doesn't bother me. It's that she won this Nobel Prize for her efforts towards "PEACE." Nobel winner apologizes for Bush comment 4:16 PM CT Dallas Morning News News for Dallas, Texas Nation
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How in the heck to they have $300 million in the bank to steal in the fist place? And when is the oil in Iraq going to start paying for this ward? I'm talking to you Paul Wolfowitz! Thieves steal nearly $300 million from Baghdad bank Oddly Enough Reuters
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THE CONGRESSIONAL HEAT IS ON

Now that Larry Flynt is involved, it kind of ruins it for me, but I guess its still local news. I wonder if he's going after the Democratic members as heartily as the Republicans. He seems to have a thing for the Republicans, but Democrats are hypocrites about this stuff too; maybe not just as much.

The Hill: Flynt Tracking 20 Congressional Sex Scandal Leads
MercuryNews.com: Flynt Claims He Is Investigating Sexual Activities of Lawmakers
Washingonpost.com: How David Vitter Got Nabbed Madam Scandal
Washingtonpost.com: Sex, Lies & Republicans
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DEAN BAQUET AT NAMME LUNCHEON

I've been sparsely blogging because I'm at the NAMME Conference. The good news is that it is in D.C., so I don't have to get on a plane and live out of a suitcase. This is my favorite conference all year.

Yesterday's lunch, which was covered by the always exciting network known as C-Span, featured NYTimes' ME & Washington Bureau Chief, Dean Baquet. I've been very eager to hear him talk about what he sees as the future of media and newspapers particularly. I wasn't aware that this was his first speaking engagement since the very publicized move from the LA Times back to the NYTimes.

If you get a chance, check out C-Span.org and take a listen.
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D.C. MADAME GETS A PARTNER

7.11.2007


Just as this story was getting good, Flynt has to come in and dirty it all up. Yes, I know its a prostitution scandal, but I mean dirtier it all up. Flynt, Palfrey target D.C. 'hypocrisy' - Jeanne Cummings and Anne Schroeder - Politico.com
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LOST IN TRANSLATION


If Boston's Chinese community gets its way, ballots for Presidential primaries will be written in Chinese as well as English. Since translation of names is a little awkward, it leads to a joke that is half funny, half racist. Candidates lost in Chinese translation - USATODAY.com
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BILL RICHARDSON MAKES THE NEWS...FINALLY


Did you forget that Democrat Bill Richardson was running for President? Yeah, me too. Well, he finally got some press, but not the good kind. Next month, the Democratic candidates are supposed to participate in a first-ever "gay debate," focusing on homosexual issues. So the L.A. Times drudges up a slur that New Mexico's Mexican-ish Governor made about gay Hispanics that people found offensive. He's apologizing now even though it was more than a year ago. As Dems prepare for 'first ever gay debate,' Richardson tagged for using slur - USATODAY.com
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PW COUNTRY CRACKS DOWN ON ILLEGALS


Prince William County is in my backyard; probably best know for its ridiculously fast growth and Potomac Mills Outlet Mall, which is awesome. If you read the local news, you know the PW County government there is having a hard time keeping services at the same pace as growth; especially public transportation. This might be what has spurred county officials to take a hard stand on illegals such as denying benefits that aren't clearly defined, but described as non-emergency. Va. county cracks down: No illegals need apply - On Deadline - USATODAY.com. So you had a bunch of protesting and cries of "how are we supposed to survive here?" The police chief in particular, fighting existing allegations of racism against Hispanics, which make up a significant part of the growth, isn't happy. Here's what he had to say.

“If we don’t get this right, perceptions of racism will increase,” Deane said, according to the paper. “Despite any cries of fairness and impartiality, Prince William County ... will be painted ... as a racist community intent on driving out a single population.”

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INSURANCE PENALIZES FAT AMERICANS (isn't that all of us?)


Much like car insurance companies rewarding good drivers, health insurance companies are considering rewarding healthy workers. Insurance rewards healthy workers - USATODAY.com. While they already reward workers who join wellness programs or start treatment, they are now going to reward workers for the results. In the end, if you're fat, have high cholesterol and high blood pressure you could end up paying $2K more a year in deductibles than someone who is fit and thin. If you live a lifestyle that costs them unnecessary money, you're going to have to pay for it. So I'll basically be paying $75,000.00 in health insurance from now on.
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FEMALE CIRCUMCISION

This makes me so angry. Concern grows in Britain over female genital mutilation - CNN.com. Britain is starting a campaign to educate/warn others on female circumcision, still heinously practiced in Africa. They don't need to be delicate about it. They need to let people know they are going to jail for 25 years if they do it. It's child abuse of the most horrible kind. The problem is that Britain has become so PC, they feel ancy about disrespecting other cultures. F-that. You don't have to respect something that is violent and cruel just because its a part of a culture. It's not a part of British culture and if that is where they want to live, they need to follow British law and suffer the penalties if they don't. I'm sure there will be some group that tries to fight this and they'll point a racist finger, but so what? Estimates in London are that at least 400-500 girls are victimized by this every year.
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SO MUCH FOR A CLEANING UP YOUR IMAGE


At least some sponsors have some sense. BET should be ashamed of itself for the new show, "Hot Ghetto Mess." Yes, that is the title and it is about what you think its about. iWon News - Sponsors Drop BET's `Hot Ghetto Mess'. You know FOXNews.com had this story on blast. What happened to trying to develop a new image? Not all the sponsors are pulling out, just State Farm and Home Depot, so BET is going ahead with the show. I hope the publicity encourages other advertisers to pull out. Too bad Charlie Murphy is hosting, because he's actually a really funny dude.


The Black Beverly Hills show, Baldwin Hills, is also debuting tonight. It's a reality show featuring a bunch of upper-middle class black teens in the CA suburb next door to View Park, where my View Park book series is set. I expect it to be a hit, but I just find it hard to stomach reality TV.
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THE LIST IS COMING!

7.10.2007


Okay, so he is a real senator, which is big, but he had to go and be a man about it and admit it was the truth and apologize. I want someone who denies it until we see him on tape and then he agrees to go in rehab. Oh, and this guy is still a jerk; apology or no apology. ABC News: Caught in The Act: Senator's Number Was on D.C. Madam's List
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THE END IS NEAR


McCain staffers are resigning. Okay, this is just starting to get embarrassing. We need that "spend more quality time with my family" speech. ABC News: McCain Shakes Up Staff
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IRAQ


I know I don't blog hardly at all about this war, but it just bothers me so much. I'm angry about it, but I still want our troops to win and succeed. I'm really torn, so I just stay out of it. I've lost faith in our administration's ability to manage this war and Congress' backbone to do anything either.

Here are a lot of recent articles on the disaster that is Iraq:

Bush Plans To Stress Next Phase In Iraq War - washingtonpost.com
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ODDS & ENDS


It's about 5,000 degrees in D.C. today, so I'm not in a good mood. Here are some odds & ends that might interest you.

The health care issue will be a big one in 08 and going forward. It is a complete and utter mess. However, I think as we get more and more into it, we'll come to see that the Canadian and European plans are not the answer. Their universal health care systems are atrocious and in countries with a lot less people than ours. We'll have to stay private but move to a market driven system so that prices will stay competitive and health insurance is more like car insurance; there for the big bills and emergencies. The responsibility of covering the poor should be taken down to the states and not the federal government. Here is what PA's Governor, a big left liberal wants to do in his state. My response...Wrong!
A State Finds No Easy Fixes on Health Care - New York Times
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More on the mob trial going on in Chicago. Ahh, waxing nostalgic about the good ole days. Memories of a Mob Past Are Dusted Off for a Trial - New York Times

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This headline is fine, only it should include the word "again" at the end of it. Army Misses Its June Goal for New Recruits - New York Times. They'll just do what they did last year and the year before; lower the goal numbers so they can say they did end up reaching their goal.

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I used to work at Capital One and its a good company. Pays well, bonus, stock options and hella vacation. They are very competitive, quantitative and analytical, but also very creative. Rich is a good CEO, really committed and a pretty nice guy for a multi-multi-millionaire. He also has 6 kids, so those millions come in handy. Here's a piece on how he approaches the world of business. It's not what you would think of from a financial services/bank company. Chief of Capital One Applies Hockey Strategies to Banking - New York Times

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The governor's wife doesn't think its worth all the name calling. Suck up and grow either a pair or an extra layer of skin, sister. It's New York. Spitzer, Defending Battling Style, Talks of Its Toll - New York Times

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Justice Clarence Thomas being himself. Justice Secures His Place as a Critic of Integration - New York Times
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AWOL

I'm at yet another conference, so posting will be very sparse this week. I'll probably hook you up with something late afternoon/early evening.
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THE DEATH OF THE N-WORD

7.09.2007

All this ceremony over getting rid of the N-word. Is that really the problem? I hate the word too, but free speech is free speech and shouldn't we focus this on issues that mean more than what stupid names people call each other? I'm just in a nasty mood today, so whatever. On any other day I might think this was good.

NAACP delegates 'bury' the N-word - CNN.com
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IT'S MY BABY'S BIRTHDAY!!!






Tai Shan turns 2 years old today!!!!! My precious little baby is a big, fat baby now and WAPO has a great little video of him growing up over the last two years. Tai Shan - Two Years Later - washingtonpost.com. I went to Panda Cam every day after he was born. He's still a cutey and his Mei is such a good mom. Tai Shan was supposed to go to China this summer, but we'll be able to keep him another 2 years or so. I still hope he'll have a little brother or sister in a few months. We'll see.
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7 WONDERS OF THE WORLD -- THE REMIX


Everyone is always trying to change things. New 7 wonders of the world named - CNN.com. Here is the list of the new seven wonders; a mixture of new and old.

The Great Wall of China
• Petra in Jordan
• Brazil's statue of Christ the Redeemer
• Peru's Machu Picchu
• Mexico's Chichen Itza pyramid
• The Colosseum in Rome
• India's Taj Mahal

What's up with Victoria Falls not being on the list. And Machu Picchu is cool, but I personally think Tulum is better and that's based on the fact that I've only been to Tulum. I would have dropped the Taj Mahal.

I'm surprised they didn't put the original Starbucks store on there because it is one of the most influential landmarks in world history.

New Seven Wonders of the World announced Travel News Travel Telegraph
New Seven Wonderes Named Amid Controversy
UNESCO slams new seven wonders list The Australian
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VENUS RISING


In addition to her recent glam makeover (has she ever looked better?) and trimmer physique, Venus is killing the court again. So this counts #4 for Wimbledon. Congrats. Venus is the one of the right.
For Venus Williams, From No. 23 to a Title - New York Times
V. Williams cruises to Wimbledon final - baltimoresun.com
Venus Rises in Rankings on Wimbledon Win - New York Times
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LEGAL IMMIGRANTS FEELING THE BRUNT

This NYTimes editorial, Immigration Malpractice, says that recent changes by the government to make gaining citizenship more complicated and expensive is a sign that the country wants them to give up and go back where they came from. This seems especially so in the recent negation of green cards previously offered. I believe there are a lot of reasons for these changes, the most important being a way to control legal immigration, keep an eye out for terrorism and also cover the increased cost for ICE to operate. I do think that the hefty fees will make it harder for poor immigrants; which might be a reason in itself.
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WOMEN LIKE BAD GIRLS TOO


I just recently got Oxygen, the channel for women that is not Lifetime, added to my cable package. So this makes 5001 channels I have that I never watch. Oxygen has occasionally carried Absolutely Fabulous, which is by far the best BBC import. Other than that, I don't do much chick flicking. The NYTimes has a good article on Oxygen's most popular show; Snapped. Unlike Lifetime, which scores points with movies of women who are victimized getting justice, Oxygen's channel blows up when they show 1/2 shorts of women who kill, beat and otherwise make victims of others. Women’s Networks - TV - Column - New York Times. These shows affirm the general conclusion that women who murder are less dangerous than men who murder to the public at large because women only kill the person they want dead whereas men kill anyone and everyone. Not that I'm encouraging that kind of thing.
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EDWARDS POST


This is admirable and all, but the poorest people generally do not vote. They just don't. Politico.com: Edwards to Announce Povery Tour
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When asked as to why he's getting measly sums compared to Hills & Barry, Edwards reminds us that Howard Dean out-funded everyone 2 to 1 in 2004 and....Edwards cites Dean campaign as example - The Boston Globe
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THOMPSON POST


I understand why those afraid of Thompson are going to bring any questionable stands he might have, but based on how things are going, abortion isn't going to be a litmus this election.
Thompson lobbied for abortion rights - Yahoo! News
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More about the 12-year old wife.
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I was recently viewing Watergate Hearings for a class I'm taking at Law School and Fred Thompson was all over it. Thompson's secret role in Watergate Chicago Tribune
Also, there is some controversy about his lobbying days and his kids lobbying, but he doesn't care. Despite Buzz, Thompson Swats Away Question About His Lobbying Activities - washingtonpost.com
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That's good because he likes them young. Sorry, I couldn't avoid that.
Thompson Wows Young Republicans - washingtonpost.com
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He's using the IM now too. His wife probably taught him how to do this. Tech politics: Fred Thompson wants your IM address. What's next? - On Politics - USATODAY.com
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION UPDATE


The church and the hospital are two places most people don't think ICE belongs, but if illegals are going to start using them as shields to keep away from the law, those attitudes might change. Illegal immigrants find refuge in holy places - USATODAY.com
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Illegals (not legal children of illegals) enrolling in colleges has caused a lot of problems in some areas more than other. In schools in Arizona, Texas and California, they are taking up enough seats that many American students are turned away for capacity. They are also qualifying for financial aid, which isn't finite, so many American students are forced to take out loans. The government is trying to take a stand by denying financial aid to illegals. But what happens when someone came to America with their parents when they were 4 years old and can't go to college because they are ineligible for financial aid? San Jose Mercury News - College door closed for talented undocumented students
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This is too much of a shame. Hazelton has been at the head of local government taking responsibility for their own town instead of waiting for a Do-Nothing Congress. The mayor has been fighting the ACLU and others, using one particular tragedy as a impetus for the need to control illegal immigration. That case pretty much fell apart. SignOnSanDiego.com > News > Nation -- Hazleton, Pa. mayor loses key argument for illegal immigrant crackdown
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Remember the Minutemen who were guarding the border even though they could do nothing if they saw an illegal but call border patrol, which was too understaffed to do something? Yes, them. A month or so ago, the group was hurled into a scandal because someone was stealing funds. Well, a splinter group has been formed by those who want to keep the focus on the group's original purpose. Ex-Minuteman leaders form new border group - The Washington Times
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SOLDIER SUES MILITARY FOR EXCESSIVE DEPLOYMENTS


How do you feel about this? Soldier To Sue Military After 5th Army Deployment - Local News Story - WKMG Orlando. He signed up after 9/11, served in Afghanistan and Iraq, but has decided enough is enough. Did he read the brochure? It's enough when the army says its enough. He is testing the odds, but that is a risk that you agree to take when you volunteer.
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GRUESOME JUSTICE?

7.06.2007

Was it not sick to see O.J. write and profit from a book where he talks about killing his ex-wife, the mother of two of his children as a hypothetical? How twisted is that? "Kids, I didn't kill your mom, but I'm going to write a book about how I would have done it, if I had. Come give Daddy a hug." I'm sure Justin & Sydney love him now more than ever.

I think the book should be burned and never heard from again, but the courts gave the rights to the book to Ron Goldman's family and they intend to publish it but with a new title. Instead of "If I Did It," they are titling it "Confessions of a Double Murderer." Maybe they'll put this picture on the cover, so people remember what this is really about. I thinks its bad for the Goldmans to keep pushing on this, but I'm simply not qualified to judge the intentions of someone whose child has been brutally murdered and no one has gone to jail for it. Either way, its not anywhere near as bad as O.J. profiting from it. Even if he didn't do it (yeah, right), the message it sends to her children sickens me. The Goldmans will probably make millions out of sympathy purchases (not from me). I feel like Nelson, that kid on The Simpsons who points to O.J. and says "HA! HA!"


O.J.’s New Tome Title: Confessionals of a Double Murderer / Jossip
For Goldmans, question now is if it's published - Los Angeles Times
Goldman family buys rights to O.J. book - USATODAY.com
Kill and tell: victim's family win right to publish OJ's version of a night of murder Guardian Unlimited Books
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WHAT'S UP IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD


Tiger isn't having a great tournament, but I'll bet he's happier than ever. The sooner he loses, the sooner he can go home to his new baby. I know he's wicked competitive, but first baby yumminess has to be more important than one of the many titles he's won and will win. Woods struggles as five lead inaugural National - USATODAY.com
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It's about to be on. D.C. Madam Can Peddle "Call" List. I know it's wrong, but I'm so glad this story is back in the news.
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Prince Williams County is going hard on illegals and residency. Maybe because they have a housing shortage there? They don't really have a shortage. There are just more people moving there faster than they can build. Residency Rules May Tighten in Pr. William - washingtonpost.com
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Adrian Fenty gets some of the best people in the public and private sector to be in his little empire cabinet and blacks are upset because there aren't enough blacks. What a surprise. Because lets face it, race is all that matters here. I know that this Michelle Rhee is supposed to be super smart and really good on education issues, but she's not black, so send her back home. Color of Cabinet Has Fenty on the Defensive - washingtonpost.com


Ha Ha. While everyone, including celebrities had to either wait in line or pay someone to wait in line for them in search of a Jesus phone, Fenty's minions went and got a box full of them by means unclear. Fenty wasn't cool with that, so he had them send them back. Mayor orders aides to return iPhones - Examiner.com
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HOW TO GET A BROTHER'S FACE ON CURRENCY


You have to make your own. By the time this country is willing to put a brother on currency, paper and coin cash will be a thing of the past. So the Berkshires region in Mass has created a local currency to boost their local economy and support local businesses. W.E.B. Dubois is on the $5 bill.
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LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP


Louisiana
It never seems to end there, does it? Katrina fraud swamps system - USATODAY.com. They said there would be repercussions from Katrina for years and it looks like there will be. Too bad.
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Miami
Drama at the National Hurricane Center? I love drama between socially awkward nerds.
3 senior forecasters call for firing of National Hurricane Center director: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
PalmBeachPost.com: 23 staffers call for removal of hurricane center chief
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Las Vegas
It's going to get up to 116 degrees, but with only 3% humidity, which is the same as 0% humidity. But hot is hot. I was in Vegas a few summers ago and it got up to 115. I got a nose bleed and lost $300. It was a great trip. I'm going back in August, but I'm sure it will have cooled down by then. I'll bet on it. National Weather Service - NWS Las Vegas. The casinos are loving this, because like when I was there, all you do is stay inside and gamble, eat and shop.
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China
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California
There is a center where mothers serve prison time with their children? Uhm... I think children growing up with criminals for parents is only slightly better than children growing in prison surrounding by criminals. I know they're non-violent criminals, I'm just saying. California Investigates a Mother-and-Child Prison Center - New York Times
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New York

Mayor Bloomberg says that NY's PS system will be better if the high schools are smaller. They plan to open 250 smaller schools through his new initiative. Smaller, Better High Schools - New York Times. He's focused more on education than I expected him to. The scores of blacks and Hispanics students are getting better, shrinking the gap between them and Asian and white students, so maybe he's onto something. I think Adrian Fenty is trying to the same in D.C.
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SOMETHING BUSH & I HAVE IN COMMON


We were both at the Cubs/Nats game last night. Of course my Cubs won and I got to eat cotton candy. What more could a girl want? Bush Attends Cubs-Nationals Game - Forbes.com Go Cubbies! Also, it was his birthday.
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STUFF THAT ISN'T ANY OF MY BUSINESS

7.05.2007


Filed under "stuff that isn't any of my business" the latest is that Sean Combs' main baby mama, Kim Porter, has finally decided she does have a kernel pride; which is a kernel more than I thought she had. It took her a long time to find it, but there was a little drop of it left. Since we all knew how often he cheated on her, we just assumed that she was drowning her tears in money. I mean why else would someone stay with a guy that disrespected them so publicly and so often?

They say her recent "its over" was based on pictures that showed Sean messing around with Sienna Miller again (pictures) after the Princess Di concert, after he was caught sneaking out of her apartment some time earlier this year. You can take your pic. There are plenty of "last straws" here, dating before JLo. Maybe it was that woman in Atlanta who's mother would tell everyone she knew that her daughter, Sarah, had Sean's daughter last year while Kim was pregnant with the twins. Personally, I think it was those pictures of him nudging all up in DEAL OR NO DEAL model, Claudia Jordan, after the BET Awards. I'm basing this on my knowledge of absolutely nothing, so you know you can trust it. You might doubt, but if you saw those pics... So now Kim gets $35K per child/per month. That's a little over $1million a year. Not enough. She'll be back.
DIDDY BABY MAMA MOVES OUT Gossip - New York Post Online Edition
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MY PRIDE & SHAME


I love my hometown of Evanston. It's one of those great towns you don't appreciate until you move away and live somewhere else. Even though it has changed a lot and become more metropolitan, its' still just the cutest little town. However, on a whim I went to Wiki to see what the "official" word on Evanston is. They have a list of famous people that are from Evanston. It includes the ones we all know like Charlton Heston, Jeremy Piven and the Cusacks(I went to school with Susie), but under the list of politicians, it has Donald Rumsfeld. Oh, the shame. But I'm happy to announce that he was born in Chicago and raised in Wilmette and only came to Evanston to go to Northwestern. I can be proud of my little city once again. Evanston, Illinois - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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AFRICA POST


The first time I heard of rape as a weapon of war was in the Serbian conflict in the 90s. I didn't understand it then, but I do now. Its part humiliation, part ethnic cleansing and is all intended to harm the loser's culture/tribe for generations to come. Rape has always been a part of war, but is usually left out of the history books. Some of the most famous wars in world history ended with the murder of the losers and the rape and enslavement of the women. This article talks about how it is used in Darfur. Janjaweed Using Rape as 'Integral' Weapon in Darfur, Aid Group Says - washingtonpost.com
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This fool finally shows up in court, ending the boycott of his own trial. Liberia's Taylor appears in court after boycott - Yahoo! News. I would have preferred a hunger strike.
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These types of odd things that happen end up meaning so much more than it would if he was not an integral part of the talks, but it is sad either way. Point man in Darfur talks dies in car crash - USATODAY.com
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Nicholas Kristof, like Thomas Friedman, has been spending a lot of time in Africa. Most of his Op-Eds have been a little depressing, but he truly believes that Africa is going in the right direction and tells you why. Africa: Land of Hope - New York Times
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ODDS & ENDS

In general, I believe placing such a high importance on symbols isn't the wisest choice. We do it a lot in this country. We give these things too much power over our lives. However, I absolutely agree that American flags should be made in America. If I bought a flag for my home or car, I would check to see where it was made. Americans fly the flag for July 4, as long as it’s not made in China - Times Online
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Is this the answer? My Way News - Fed Up With War, Some Won't Pay Taxes. I think its stupid. This is not Vietnam. Not yet at least.
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I feel its necessary for me to say that I absolutely, positively do not support slavery of any kind any where, but something about this headline made me laugh. 3 accused of enslaving Chinese acrobats - Yahoo! News. Still, it's wrong.
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Because the fees for citizenship are going to raise dramatically (more than doubling for some) very soon, a lot of people who were putting off that application until they had to are reconsidering doing it now. NYTimes: Surge Seen In Applications for Citizenship
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This NYTimes Editorial, Justice Denied, is about the right swing of the court and how the privileged will get their glory days back again because of it.

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Another NYTimes editorial on how almost every state is moving towards treating kids, younger and younger, as adults. Back Where They Belong - New York Times. I'm okay with 16 or higher for very violent crimes like rape or murder, but not for other types of crimes and not for 15 or younger.
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BAD MARRIAGES


CNN is importing Oprah now? This article is about women who decide to stay or leave bad relationships. Five women decide whether to stay or go - CNN.com. Of course abuse (physical, emotional, etc.) is unacceptable and infidelity just tears the trust in two, but I do think that too many people opt out as soon as things get really hard. Getting through those times can usually make things stronger. It's just so easy to give up.
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Speaking of marriages not going well. Dude steals another man's wife and he sues for loss of affection. Stealing another's man's wife costs $4,802 - CNN.com. I remember a woman who did this successfully a few years ago. The spouse is the one that made the vows, so what do you get from going after the other person? I think a lot of people want to believe that if it weren't for that other person, this wouldn't have happened, but cheaters are cheaters. If it hadn't been this man, it would have probably been another. He should have sued his wife.
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NEVER ENOUGH

7.03.2007


I hope you have a great 4th of July and of course, remember the soldiers. I'm going to shamelessly promote my latest novel and leave it up over the holiday until I get back on Thursday.

Never Enough is the title of my latest book. It is the second installment of the View Park series. View Park did very well and was popular with the book club circuit, so I'm hoping Never Enough does the same. I think its an even better book. Never Enough focuses more on the dysfunctional family relationships, secrets and lies instead of things blowing up and people getting shot like in View Park. Here are some reviews from PW & Booklist, and they're not bad.

In Winters' entertaining latest View Park novel, the Chase family plunges to new lows of deviousness...the pacing is fast and the drama unrelenting. - Publisher's Weekly

Lies and deception are the norm in this household, where there's enough high drama to rival Dallas or Dynasty. Winters has written a real page-turner. - Booklist

And although I love the guestbook entry of my fans who say they can't wait until the next one comes out, I can't help you right now. I'll work on getting an excerpt out, but it probably won't be before X-mas.
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A PROBLEM BLACK PEOPLE ARE IGNORING

FYI - It's 12:15 EST and Jason Whitlock is sitting in for Jim Rome on The Jungle today. He is planning on taking all 3 hours to talk about the problem with black people and our black athletes. He's going to talk about the recent suspensions, arrests and all that with so many black athletes recently and try to tell black people to "wake up" in his own words.

Jason has made himself a target of people like Al Sharpton because he is not willing to blame anyone else for our behavior but us. He is not willing to blame the unacceptable behavior of so many black athletes on racism. He was very vocal during the whole Imus thing and I, for one, respect what he's doing. There are so many black people who absolutely hate the things he's saying, but that's tough. He's got 3 hours of one of the most powerful radio shows in America.

If it's not too late, listen in!
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TOP SKYLINES IN THE WORLD

Hat Tip To Digg.com for this website featuring the Top 18 Skylines in the World. Of course Chicago is #2!!!!!!!!!! That skyline is perfection. Hong Kong is just too much.
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EXECUTIION LAWSUIT

This is completely ridiculous. She should sue. I have no pity for the man if he was guilty of what he did, but 86 minutes and 19 needle sticks is just torture and that is not acceptable. Woman sues US prison over son's 86-minute execution - Yahoo! News
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NON-POLITICS ROUNDUP


I'm very skeptical by nature, so I believe this zebra/horse mix is a lie, but the picture and video speak for themselves. I wonder if this zorse is pressured form his horse side to only claim his horse heritage? Zebra + horse = zorse - NZ Herald. I'm skeptical of anything that comes out of New Zealand because I don't think its a real place.
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In, The National Pastime, Op-ed Columnist David Brooks talks about how Xyex has become the eBay of sperm. "At this very moment thousands of people are surfing the Web looking for genetic material so their children will be nothing like me." Mother Nature is a mad scientist. You can plan all this stuff perfectly and she'll still make the kid whatever she wants it to be.
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What do you do with a guy that likes to smack women around? I mean besides call your brothers and cousins to go beat him up? PensacolaNewsJournal.com: Judge Orders Man Not To Have A Girlfriend - He's cut off, by law, for three years.
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More on all the people who have more money than you. Breitbart.com: World millionaires' club numbers 9.5 million: research
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This guy is completely nuts, but I wish I was him. I loooooove kitties! The king of the jungle doesn't frighten the lion whisperer the Daily Mail

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INTERRACIAL UPDATE


This is kind of old considering the Loving v. Virginia anniversary was June 12, but Diversity Inc answers the question that is on everyone's mind (sarcasm). Which Races Intermarry Most? 40th Anniversary of Loving Case. Okay, so no one really cares about that, but I think its interesting to find out that Mr. Loving died in a car crash in the 70s and Mrs. Loving is still alive.

That being said, here are the stats of miscegenating Americans - keeping in mind that these are "people who have gotten married" which basically no one is doing anymore, so you could probably double the numbers if you just look at relationships:

"Today, about 4 percent of the married couples in the United States are interracial—about 2.3 million marriages, the Census Bureau reports in its most recent data (March 2006). Of the interracial marriages, the census found that the largest amount, 23 percent, consist of a white husband and an Asian wife. Next most popular was a black husband and a white wife, 12.5 percent. Asian husbands and white wives were 7.6 percent, while white husbands and black wives were 5.1 percent."
So it's also kind of interesting that it was a white male/black female marriage that got this whole thing going, but they are the least likely match up.
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BRINGING OUT THE BIG GUNS



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OVER HERE OR OVER THERE?

What has happened, or almost happened, in both England and Scotland has a lot of people mumbling about when its going to happen in America again. You know its coming. Hopefully we'll be lucky and avoid any deaths like they have in London and at Glasgow. But that doesn't change the fact that it will happen. Where will our military strength be when it does? In Iraq? How hollow will that "we're fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them here," mantra sound if Americans die from another terrorist attack in NY, DC, Chicago or wherever?

I'm not ignoring the fact that our invasion has been an impetus to the current civil war, but that doesn't excuse calling it anything other than a civil war. We've given them billions of dollars, 3 1/2 years and 3 1/2 thousand American lives trying to fix it and help them take the reigns of Democracy. That's enough. American soldiers shouldn't have to die at all, but if they do, it should be while defending America, not while defending Sunnis and Shiites from each other. And yes there are al-Qaeda there, but who really believes those are the people we're fighting every day? Who really believes those are the people killing our soldiers every day? Maybe a civil war is an inevitability in the fight towards democracy. It happened to us, right? No one held our hand through the process and we paid a high price for it. Maybe that is the only way we could really appreciate it.

We've gotten rid of Saddam, his cronies and his sons. We won that battle; the one we went there for. There is nothing more to win in that sand. I understand why we went there and I believe in the principles behind that. But the Sunnis and Shiites have decided there will be no peace in Iraq for a long, long time whether we are there or not. Come September I imagine there will be an effort to get our forces home after the White House is forced to admit that the surge didn't work. However, you know this stubborn President will find some way to say we need to give it another 6 months and Congress is too weak to do anything but pout about it.
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I ADMIT, I WANT THE JESUS PHONE




Okay, for so long I've been saying "whatevs!" to the Jesus phone, but I think I'm changing my mind. I have no backbone if you haven't noticed. Yesterday, someone in my class was showing their Jesus phone off and its pretty cool. I just bought a new car and I'm in freakin' law school so there is absolutely NO EXCUSE for me to buy a $5-600 phone, right? I know. But I still want it. I think Verizon will charge $5,000 if I break our contract early though. Please help me be strong. Up to 700,000 iPhones have sold - USATODAY.com
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HIS HOTNESS IS JUST RIDICULOUS

7.02.2007

Seriously, just ridiculous.
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NEW ORLEANS NEWS


The foolishness never ends. BAW: New Orleans NAACP, Others Support Jefferson
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So now there are too many houses and not enough buyers? BUYERS, WOE. SELLERS, WHOA!- NOLA.com. It's called pacing yourself, people.
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More building and trying to revive these neighborhoods that had their own distinct reputation. If they end up looking like house farms, it will be a shame because they'll all be the same. Largely Alone, Pioneers Reclaim New Orleans - New York Times
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Rebuilding, Race & Class. There was a divide between poor and wealthy blacks from before Katrina and it still exists. Aching for Lost Friends, but Rebuilding With Hope - New York Times

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INTERESTING LOCAL HAPPENINGS

GEORGIA
MSNBC is kind of growing on me. Potty mouth Chris Matthews is always entertaining, Keith is kind of funny and Morning Joe has wormed its way into my morning-getting-ready-for-work life. Here's a really good investigative story on the murder of a little girl. "The Murder of 8-year-old Amy Yates was solved. So why did one of her playmates confess two years later? A killing in Carrollton - Carrollton Murder - MSNBC.com
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NEW HAMPSHIRE
New Hampshire has made a name for itself in the battle over choice by being the first state to get rid of parental notice laws for under-aged girls wanting abortion. Abortion parental-notice law repealed - CNN.com. I think this is a mistake. The law has public support and an interest in family unity and there is a the judicial bypass available. Now girls from all over are probably going to go to New Hampshire for abortions. I can see a ton of litigation coming from this decision.

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NEW YORK

Bob Herbert at the NYTimes really has a problem with police. He really does. Doubting the Police - New York Times

I just think this is hilarious. They just broke out. SI.com - Bulk of Haitian U-17 team deserts in New York

To Commit a Hate Crime, Must the Criminal Truly Hate the Victim? - New York Times - Good question. Isn't every violent crime against another person a hate crime?
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32-27...ADVANTAGE OBAMA


Hill's Obama VooDoo Doll is just not working. She needs to get her money back.

Barry bested Hills by $5 mill in fundraising this quarter. As much as I hate the rule of the almighty dollar in this thing, I am happy to see him breaking all the records. He shattered the record for presidential fundraising in the first six months of the year before an election with $58 mill. A lot of people on the Right threw up a little bit in their mouths when they read that. W is second with $37.3 mill. Well that money was well spent. Personally, I think all this money would be better served somewhere else, but that's the game I guess. I really like Obama, but am I missing something? I just don't see the Messiah that apparently so many others do. Between his immense popularity and that Jesus phone that came out last Friday, I'm just a little behind. I guess Hillary can always point to the polls and say, "Scoreboard Suckers!"

Obama raises $32.5 million, thought to be a Democratic party record - CNN.com
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THE FIGHT AGAINST APATHY


What if everyone cared? Here's a cool CNN piece on what is going on in the rest of the world. The charitable hearts of Americans could open just a little wider. I'm not saying go over and adopt someone, just do/give something. Impact Your World - CNN.com
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LITTLE LIARS, ALL OF THEM!


A recent study shows that babies start lying as early as six months. Babies not as innocent as they pretend - Science Earth Telegraph. I told you they weren't no good. Yes, they are ridiculously cute and kissing those little fat cheeks will melt your heart, but they are little liars. You're better off with cats. Cats don't care enough to lie and although they don't have fat cheeks, they are kind of cute.
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UHM...DUH!!


What genius is just now figuring out that battle stress can make otherwise decent people do indecent things? Battle stress may lead to misconduct - USATODAY.com. I'm not excusing anyone from the responsibilities of their behavior. If you're an adult, it's on you. However, when you keep men and women there one year, two years longer than they were told they would be, it can get a little stressful.

I was watching an ABC special where the reporter was following one unit and he mentioned how some of the guy's have never held their kid (their wife was pregnant when they left), a couple of them have been served with divorce papers or have had their engagements cancelled. Cold, right? It is what it is, but you could at least wait until he gets home to serve him with divorce papers. These men are getting really stressed out. Also, 5 soldiers died this weekend.
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