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I'M ON NPR TODAY

10.31.2007

Hey, I forgot to tell you, I'm doing my second stint on NPR's black blogger's roundtable today at 1pm EST on News & Notes hosted by Farai Chideya. Listen In!!!!!!!!

Our topics are
1. Oprah's South African school scandal
2. Obama's performance at the MTV event two days ago
3. Why blacks are allowing their kids to trick or treat less
4. American Gangster & black images in the movies
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION UPDATE


Latino Immigrants Stand Their Ground - washingtonpost.com "Latino immigrants and lawyers in Prince William County are trying to calm community panic and spread accurate information, urging people to stay and defend their rights in the aftermath of new county measures aimed at keeping out illegal immigrants. " Yes, defend your right to break the law. What right do they have to demand you go through the proper procedures like thousands of people do every day?
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Well, that didn't go too well. 'DREAM Act' backers still dreaming - Martin Kady II - Politico.com. I love how the poster says "All Kids Deserve A Future" as if committing a crime by coming to America illegally is the only way it can happen. When you have children, the crimes you commit hurt them. All kids also deserve parents who obey the law.
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A good response to the editorial on "What Part of Illegal Don't You Understand" in the NYTimes. ‘Illegal’ Immigrants Touch a Live Wire - New York Times. The argument was just very weak, so I knew there would be a ton of responses.
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RACIST OR JUST A BAD JOKE?


When a white person is caught doing something racially offensive, the only response better than "But I have a lot of black friends" is "But I'm married to a black person." Because of course this is a get out of jail free card. News flash, there are plenty of people with black friends, lovers, spouses who are still very prejudiced(by very I mean more than most, because everyone is pretty much prejudiced). They may have found some way to disassociate that person from their stereotypes. I mean, come on. There are plenty of people who are actually black who are very racist against blacks, so why would being married to one be a force field against accusations?

But don't tell the white cop who wrote the Ghetto Handbook that. He's married to a black woman. In his defense, I believe the book was just a joke, but it was a stupid joke that anyone with a brain would know would end up overshadowing the purpose of the handbook.
"The eight-page booklet, handed out to other police officers at a May roll call, said the definitions it contained would allow readers to speak as if they "just came out of the hood." It was subtitled "Wucha dun did now?"
If Every White Person Married A Black Person, Nothing Would Be Racially Offensive Again / Stereohyped
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MAY IT PLEASE THE COURT


Monday, Drew Days III did something so rare, no one really wants to talk about it. He argued a case to SCOTUS on behalf of his client. Why is this rare? Days is black and very few black lawyers ever get to speak before The Court. What makes it even more rare is that Days is speaking on behalf of a private sector client; a brokerage firm looking to recoup some losses incurred after the credit crash. The overwhelming majority of the very few black lawyers who reach First Street do so for civil rights cases. Topix: Black Lawyers Rare at Supreme Court
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PIC OF THE DAY

RIDING A HORSE UNDERWATER
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CLINTON + ALSO MENTIONED



Hillary Clinton held a debate last night and a lot of guys came to bash her. She stood up to each of them, but did not escape unscathed. She'll have to check with her people on illegal immigrants and driver's license and figure which side will get her the most votes she believes in.

My favorite line was Senator Biden's comment on the only three words Rudy Giuliani has to say. "A noun, a vowel and 9/11." So true.

My Way News - Clinton Gets No Love in Democrats Debate
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ENTERTAINMENT POST

I am a self-proclaimed Heroes addict. This past weekend I watched the first five episodes of the season which had been saved on my DVR. I love the hero theme and the diversity of the characters, but I agree with the complaints that there are too many characters and because there are too many, the storylines go so slow. If you watch last season, every episode was crazy. The ratings have been declining steadily this year and I'm sure this is mostly why. Does 'Heroes' need a lifeline too? - Channel Islands: Scott Collins - Los Angeles Times - calendarlive.com

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The only way I know Robert Goulet is because of the skits Will Farrell did as him on SNL. The one where he is remaking all the top hip-hop tracks in his own lounge singing Vegas style and keeps saying the n-word. It's so incredibly inappropriate that its hilarious. Robert Goulet, the Suave Baritone, Is Dead at 73 - New York Times. Not that I approve of that kind of thing. You are warned: He actually uses the N-Word.





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NOTHING LEFT AFTER THIS


If SCOTUS is willing to consider lethal injection cruel & unusual punishment, then I would say the death penalty itself is on its way out the door in America. Texas and Florida will secede from the union immediately. Justices Stay Execution, a Signal to Lower Courts - New York Times. "There were two dissenters, Justices Antonin Scalia and Samuel A. Alito Jr., but neither they nor the majority gave reasons for their positions. Because only five votes are required for a stay of execution, it is not clear whether all the remaining seven justices supported it. The stay will remain in effect until the full court reviews an appeal filed Monday by lawyers for the inmate, Earl W. Berry, who is on death row for killing a woman 20 years ago."
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GOOD ECONOMIC NEWS


We'll take it where we can get it. Economy Logs Brisk 3.9 Percent Growth - washingtonpost.com. If Bernake decides to cut interest rates, lets hope he doesn't go beyond 1/4 because any more than that, and the economy continues strong, we'll be looking at an inflation jump.
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OBAMA IN VEGAS

10.30.2007


AMERICAblog's story titled, Wife beaters for Obama, caught my eye. Barry was recently in Nevada and who did he ask to come along with him? None other than local/national boxing hero Floyd Mayweather Jr. Problem with that is, according to AMERICAblog, Mayweather has either pled guilty to or pled not-guilty, but was still convicted on at least 4 counts of domestic violence.

"In 2004, Mayweather was convicted on two counts of battery for punching two women at a Las Vegas nightclub the previous year. He was given suspended prison sentences, $1,000 in fines and ordered to complete impulse control counseling.Mayweather in 2002 pleaded guilty to two counts of domestic violence in one case and battery in another. In 2005, a jury acquitted him of a third domestic violence charge, a felony, after his accuser changed her story. He reportedly was convicted of battery in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Mich., and he has also been the subject of civil lawsuits accusing him of battery."

A spokesperson referred to these as "mistakes." Calling a man who punches a woman once a mistake is a bit of stretch, but one a lot of people are willing to accept. Four times, no longer a mistake. And what about the times he didn't get in trouble? You know I like Barry, but he needs to be called out on this.
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PIC OF THE DAY

THE WINDOWS WINDOW

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THE GOOD, BAD & UGLY


A recent report cites progress in Iraq, if you consider people not acting like they've lost their damn minds as progress. Based on what has been going on there in the last 3 years, I would say its progress. Report cites reconstruction progress, problems in Iraq - USATODAY.com.


As of today, 34 troops have died which is the lowest since 32 in March 06. Civilian deaths were at 900, which is about 100 less than last month and 1000 less than August. The Associated Press: US Death Toll in Iraq Lower in October. Roadside bombs have dropped 60%, which was a significant killer of our boys and girls out there. Building has progressed, or rather less buildings are being blown up. Either way, there is some goods news, but it isn't all good. Many in Iraq are saying the peace is temporary and if the civil war resumes, everything will go back to the way it was. The neighborhoods have been completely segregated again, also contributing to the peace (which is relative term because it's not anywhere even remotely peaceful over there-just less crazy).

Oh, and the Iraqis are still lagging on the requirements for pullout. What a surprise.
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RETIRING & QUITTING

So the latest is that ML CEO Stanley O'Neal has announced his retirement. Does that mean he is retired or he's just leaving Merrill Lynch. I have to imagine the top tier headhunters are all over this guy. But then again, that package....that beach mansion in Maui is looking really good right now. I'm sure he's had a hell of a year, but will probably be back once things calm down. Merrill Lynch CEO O'Neal retires - USATODAY.com
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One of the other big corporation black CEOs, Dick Parsons, has also announced he is leaving, but not under as difficult a circumstance.New Leadership at Time Warner? Newsweek Tech and Business Newsweek.com
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FLAGS & GUNS

So a lot of people are up in arms because they say that Darth Cheney went to a hunting lodge in upper New York that displayed a Confederate flag somewhere in the garage or something. Cheney hunting trip under fire for Confederate flag - CNN.com. Someone tacked it onto a window. Very classy look BTW.


Oh, did I say a lot of people? I meant Al Sharpton, but it's the same because he speaks for all black people. I'm sure Cheney's PR folks are shaking in their boots. Please. The man drinks the blood of puppies to quench is 3pm sugar rush. With an approval rating somewhere near the depths of hell, they could have a Swastika hanging in every room and he wouldn't give a damn. Just count your blessings he didn't shoot anyone in the face. That we know of.
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LOCAL RACE AND/OR POLITICS ROUNDUP


MISSOURI
If you're one of the few (so it seems) people that don't want to give up on juvenile criminals, check out what Missouri is doing with their kids. The Right Model for Juvenile Justice - New York Times. "Part of the problem lies in the juvenile justice system, which is doing a frighteningly effective job of turning nonviolent childhood offenders into mature, hardened criminals. States that want to change that are increasingly looking to Missouri, which has turned its juvenile justice system into a nationally recognized model of how to deal effectively with troubled children."


LOUISIANA
The recent well-handed election of Bobby Jindal as Gov of Louisiana has not only offered Republicans some much-needed good news for once, but is showing a new trend that is heavily influenced by the changing demographics in post-Katrina Louisiana. Bucking a trend Economist.com

CALIFORNIA
Newsweek has a disturbing story on Racial Cleansing in L.A. Not that there could be a non-disturbing story on racial cleansing. Latino gangs, heavily infiltrated by illegal immigrants, are targeting black gangs just for being black; and of course the innocent black civilians around them are collateral damage. Feds: Latino Gang Targeted Blacks Newsweek. If California would crack down on illegals, they could do some damage to this trend.

WASHINGTON, D.C.
Good news locally. Teen Pregnancy, Birth Rates Plummet Across D.C. Region - washingtonpost.com. Not only have the rates plummeted in the region, but the District rates have been cut in half. This is a good sign that overall childhood health (emotional & physical) for young girls is improving. "And in virtually every jurisdiction, the trajectories have been particularly marked among African American teens, closing much of a once-intractable gap with white rates."
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FOOLISHNESS

10.29.2007


This is just such foolishness, no commentary is needed. Fake News Briefing by FEMA Draws Official Rebukes - New York Times. "The Federal Emergency Management Agency staged a fake news conference this week, with agency staff officials, pretending to be reporters, peppering one of their own bosses with decidedly friendly questions about the response to the California fires, the Department of Homeland Security acknowledged Friday."
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PIC OF THE DAY

PANDA BEAR HUG - I WISH THIS WAS ME!
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RACE, WAR & 1944

Wow. I guess you learn something every day. I'd never heard about this trial or conviction until now. The 1994 conviction of a 28 black soldiers for starting a riot that ended with the lynching of an Italian prisoner of war was set up to be overturned. Only one soldier is still alive today. 1944 Conviction of Black G.I.’s Is Ruled Flawed - New York Times. "The board found that the court-martial was flawed, that the defense was unjustly rushed and that the prosecutor, Leon Jaworski, a young lieutenant colonel who went on to fame three decades later as a Watergate special prosecutor, had important evidence that he did not share with defense lawyers."
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SHOW ME THE DOOR, PLEASE


This would be news if it was to happen. Merrill Lynch Weighs Ouster of Top Officer - New York Times. It was big news when O'Neal and Chenault made it to the top of such powerful companies in the business of money. Some have followed, but not as many as I'd expected. While Chenault is still the darling at AMEX, looks like O'Neal is taking the brunt of Merrill Lynch's problems. Well, he is in charge.

So the board is considering replacing O'Neal because they have lost faith in his decision-making ability. He currently has a $46.4 million pay package, which makes him the 2nd highest paid CEO on Wall Street behind Goldman Sachs CEO. I realize that power is more important than money to a lot of people, but if you would tell me that I could get at least $159 million if I stepped down from my position, I'd be gone before you could finish the sentence. The Price of Any Departure Will Be at Least $159 Million - New York Times.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION UPDATE


Spitzer put himself in a bad position when he decided to allow illegals to get driver's license. Not only is that just about one of the most ridiculous things I've heard, but it only serves to aid them in furthering their fraud in other areas besides driving. I'm in favor of state's rights, but no state's rights can override Federal Law in contradiction. Spitzer Tries New Tack on Immigrant Licenses - New York Times. He got a lot of flack for this choice; most importantly from the Department of Homeland Security. Now he's rethinking the idea and pro-illegal groups are up in arms about it.
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This editorial is trying to suggest that being here illegally is no different than a traffic infraction and that just as Martha Stewart has rehabilitated herself from her criminal past, we're being unfair to illegals by forcing them to leave. What Part of ‘Illegal’ Don’t You Understand? - New York Times. This is such a ridiculous analogy, should anyone even answer to it? There is a difference between a single infraction and living a daily, hourly infraction. And like a short jail sentence was the punishment for Stewart's crime, deportation is the punishment for this crime, but unlike her, I guess they shouldn't have to serve it. They should be able to pick a different punishment, one that better suits their personal plans and causes them the least amount of trouble.
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The latest in the fight to stop counties and states from implementing immigration law is to say that it hurts all Hispanics, not just illegals. Suit aims to stop illegal-immigrant law - USATODAY.com. "The law makes it a felony to transport or shelter illegal immigrants. Businesses, which are barred by federal law from hiring illegal immigrants, can be sued by a legal worker who is displaced by an illegal one."
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THEREIN LIES THE ISSUE


Looking at all these young rich tycoons who made their Internet millions try, try again to come up with the next big thing has always made me wonder. What the heck is wrong with them? After Succeeding, Young Tycoons Try, Try Again - New York Times. If I made $100 million at 27, I would set up a charity, start my investments and retire to Maui. Which I guess is why I'll never make a $100 million.
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SUDAN POST


What is the point of declaring peace talks if the rebels, the people who are doing the raping and killing, are not participating? I guess its a start. The situation is so desperate you can only pray for the anything to come of anything. Sudan Declares Cease-Fire at Darfur Peace Talks - New York Times. And the U.S. is not doing its job says the WAPO. U.S. Promises on Darfur Don't Match Actions - washingtonpost.com. I don't think we are doing nearly enough, but I also wouldn't say we aren't doing anything.
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OBAMA v. CLINTON


The latest is that IL Senator Obama has promised to go a little harder against Hills, but how hard? I wish he would go after her a little more, but there are so many stereotypes and assumptions that he has to ward against like a minefield. The angry black man is just one of them. As you can see from this article, Obama Promises a Forceful Stand Against Clinton - New York Times, the media is going to do everything it can to show the most forceful images which his opponents will likely take advantage of. For some, the qualities that would make a white man seem strong, confident and take-charge, can be twisted to make a black man, showing those same qualities as angry, irrational, threatening and arrogant. I'm probably overblowing this whole thing, but I just wouldn't put it past the Clinton team to take advantage of this.
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TODAY'S SLAVE TRADE

Slavery in America is not abolished. The abolitionist movement needs to reboot and come back full force. Today’s Hidden Slave Trade - New York Times
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WHICH SPECIES WILL YOU BE?


Evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry says: The human race will one day split into two separate species, an attractive, intelligent ruling elite and an underclass of dim-witted, ugly goblin-like creatures, according to a top scientist. 100,000 years into the future, sexual selection could mean that two distinct breeds of human will have developed.


Uhm...Someone has a television? Dude, this movie has been made. Twice. It's called Time Machine. Think of something more original. Human race will 'split into two different species' the Daily Mail.
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PIC OF DAY

10.26.2007

ORANGE ROSE ON WATER
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STANLEY LOOKING TO BID MERRILL LYNCH?




Is this okay to do without alerting the board? Obviously several members of the board don't think so.

Merrill’s Chief Is Said to Consider a Bid to Merge - New York Times. "Facing billions of dollars in losses from the subprime mortgage crisis, Merrill Lynch chairman and chief executive, E. Stanley O’Neal, floated the idea of a merger with a large bank, a foray that angered Merrill’s board and could cost him his job, according to people close to the beleaguered Wall Street firm."

ML is going through some hard times right now, but I hope they don't do what a lot of companies do and try to make it seem like its all Stanley, so everything he does seems to be wrong.
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ANOTHER REASON TO LIKE MIKE


Some ultra-right social conservatives are not buying that Mike Huckabee is the conservative for him. They see him as too liberal-socialist on some issues. If Phyllis Schlafly doesn't like him, I can only love him more. "Schlafly, president of the national Eagle Forum, is even more blunt. "He destroyed the conservative movement in Arkansas, and left the Republican Party a shambles," she says. "Yet some of the same evangelicals who sold us on George W. Bush as a 'compassionate conservative' are now trying to sell us on Mike Huckabee."
OpinionJournal - Another Man From Hope
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IT'S COMING


Can't wait until January 08. Here is the preview for Day 7. It looks awesome. Jack has a female partner, a female president, Tony Almeida is the bad guy and Wayne Palmer is nowhere to be seen! FOX Broadcasting Company: 24
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BUCHANAN RIPS GIULIANI

Patrick Buchanan says that if Rudy wins, the GOP will maintain power but lose its soul. More like what's left of its soul, but I don't disagree. WorldNetDaily: Conservatism is a Tower of Babel
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NOOSES AT WORK


The EEOC says that in addition to the number of racial harassment complaints rising, they are filing more lawsuits involving hangman's nooses in workplaces. Like with any other type of lawsuit, not all of these are real, but based on the number of cases the EEOC rejects, if they take a case on, then it usually has some meat to it. This increase could be about a lot of things. As blacks continue to rise in the ranks of various workplaces, this is a way for racists to express their anger, jealousy or try to intimidate minorities. Mostly, there are a lot of assholes in the workplace and nooses just seem to be the "in" way to express your ignorant hatred these days. Since fiscal year 2001, the EEOC has filed more than 30 lawsuits that involve the displaying of nooses on the job. Some have resulted in settlements topping $1 million. The latest settlement, for $290,000, came Thursday. I would ask if any of these idiots know they're just making the people they hate rich by doing this, but if they were smart they wouldn't be hanging nooses at their workplace, so what's the point? Racial harassment lawsuits at work go up - USATODAY.com
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SOLDIER'S FATHER SUING PROTESTORS


As painful as I'm sure this is for this father, I'm glad he's making this statement by suing these evil people. I wish more families who were tortured by this cult's cruel taunts would do so. Evening Sun - Father: Funeral protest made him sick. "Snyder is suing the Westboro Baptist church, whose members have picketed the funerals of military personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, claiming the deaths are punishment for the country's tolerance of homosexuality. The York resident is seeking unspecified monetary damages in the case for invasion of privacy and intent to inflect emotional distress as a result of the Topeka, Kan., church's protest at his son's funeral in Westminster in March 2006."
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BACK AND FORTH


Republicans lower taxes, Democrats raise them. This has been the back and forth seemingly forever. So why should it ever change? Tax reform is not on the agenda for this year, but for some reason, D-NY Charles Rangel unveiled his plan, as Chair of the House Ways and Means, to reform the tax code in ways described as drastic. The Dems are stressing $1 trillion in cuts, which is total BS. The Republicans are stressing that this is the largest individual income tax hike in history. Who do you believe? I say they're both lying and spinning, so who can even tell? Giant tax overhaul bill unveiled - CNN.com
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PIC OF DAY

10.25.2007

CHINESE MOUNTAINS
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I KNOW, RIGHT?


I agree with Gail Collins in her column, Who Doesn’t ♥ Huckabee? - New York Times."Why aren’t the conservatives rallying around Mike Huckabee? Unlike any of the major candidates, he’s still on his first wife and first position on abortion."

I disagree with his stand on abortion, but the guy is the old fashioned type of Republican that made my father join the party in Mississippi a long time ago. The big tent, fiscally conservative, religious but not shoving it down your throat type of Republican. He's not perfect, but he's less not perfect than many of the other candidates on both side s.
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SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN


Are they trying to put circumstances in place so the next administration will be forced to go to war with Iran or are they planning on starting one before January 2009? At least this country poses an actual threat to the U.S. and the world.

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ILLEGALS ARRESTED AT STADIUM


I found this on Drudge Report, who you knew was going to pick it up. I expect Lou Dobbs to run with this tonight. It's not newsworthy, but they still need to get deported. Los Angeles Times: Six Illegal Immigrants Arrested at Qualcomm

Six undocumented Mexican immigrants were arrested today by U.S. Border Patrol agents at Qualcomm Stadium, after a report that they were stealing food and water meant for evacuees, according to spokesman Damon Foreman.
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BRING IT


You've probably heard the news about some nut job protester accosted SecState Condi Rice yesterday with red paint on her hands before Capitol security tossed her out. Rice was about to present before the House on foreign policy.

Look at the picture, right? Condi does not look the least bit uncomfortable by this. Actually she looks like she's saying "You must not know 'bout me. Bring it, B*%#^." I'm not a Condi fan but I have to give her props for looking the woman straight in the eye and not even blinking. Protestor painted in 'blood' accosts Condoleezza Rice
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THE STORY CONTINUES

The once famous, now seemingly infamous Nobel prize winning DNA expert has now resigned from his post at a non-profit due to his comments a week or so ago about whites being smarter than blacks. I guess either he or the center didn't believe his apology and suggestion that he was "mortified" by how his comments were received wasn't enough. I just hope the whole thing is over. Famed DNA pioneer resigns post amid furor over racial comments - On Deadline - USATODAY.com.

"This morning I have conveyed to the Trustees of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory my desire to retire immediately from my position as its Chancellor, as well as from my position on its Board, on which I have served for the past 43 years," Watson writes in an e-mail sent to USA TODAY. "Closer now to 80 than 79, the passing on of my remaining vestiges of leadership is more than overdue. The circumstances in which this transfer is occurring, however, are not those which I could ever have anticipated or desired."
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WHAT IS GOING ON IN TEXAS?

While the teen pregnancy rate is supposed to be going down, this is not such good news for some Southern states and especially Texas. Repeat teen births highest in Texas at 24% - USATODAY.com.

"Almost a quarter of teen births in Texas are to girls who have had a baby before, according to a state-by-state analysis of federal birth rate data to be released today. The U.S. average is 20%. Texas has the highest percentage of repeat births (24%) among girls 15-19; New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont have the lowest (12%), according to Child Trends, a non-profit research group that studied state data from the National Center for Health Statistics for 2004, the most recent year available."
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LIKE I WAS SAYING


This is what I mean when I say that Craig needs to give it up. I don't know if he's bi or gay, but claims of his attraction/involvement in homosexual activities have been around since 1982. Today, we hear about a new problem he encountered BEFORE his arrest at the Minneapolis airport (which I'm still not sure would have been enough to convict him). He was trying to sue a local Idaho paper for their efforts to get more info on his sexual orientation. Is he going to say its just a coincidence that people have been getting this wrong about him for more than 20 years? That is the only problem I have. If he's gay/bi, that's none of my business; between him and his wife. But if he's a hypocrite & a liar who chooses every chance he gets to tell the truth to just lie more, I have a problem with that. Before arrest, Craig hired lawyer to fight newspaper - CNN.com
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PIC OF THE DAY

10.24.2007

KIND OF FREAKY FACE WATERFALL
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FOUL


As you know, I am in favor of any laws fighting illegal immigration, but isn't this beyond the pale? A briefing on The Hill to describe the DREAM Act, a bill allowing certain children of illegal immigrants to get citizenship was held by some Republican and Democrat senators. Tom Tancredo, R-CO, found out that some of the people this Act is supposed to support would be attending, so he called the damn ICE! Seriously, he called them to raid the briefing. Hardcore.

TheHill.com - Tancredo calls immigration police on participants of congressional staff meeting

"Tancredo brought to the attention of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) a staff briefing that was to be attended by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.)."
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BACK TO JAIL


"Robert E. Chambers Jr. was back before the cameras yesterday, looking in many ways the tabloid caricature that New Yorkers came to know 20 years ago. Handsome and menacing, he had killed a young woman in Central Park in 1986, and in the process came to symbolize a cocky male arrogance at loose in a world of privilege and excess."
‘Preppy Killer’ at 19, Accused of Drug Sales at 41 - New York Times

This time, he is charge with dealing drugs out of his apartment. He's been in trouble with the law since he was released for the murder; mostly dealing with drugs.
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ANSWER: WHEN PIGS FLY


Oh how long has it been since I've been able to use this Avatar? On Faith: An Atheist For President? The question being asked is whether an Atheist could ever be President? Answer: When Pigs Fly. Honestly, I don't even think pigs flying could make that happen.



Congressman Peter Stark (D-California): The only member of the House or
Senate to publicly proclaim his atheism. If 1/535th of the Congress is atheist
in a country of 300 million then--let me do the math--it would suggest that: a)
there are only 560,747.66 non-theists in the USA, or, b) non-theists lack
proportional political representation. In any case, they would be wise to field
candidates in a dozen or so congressional races over the next few years in the
hopes of giving Representative Stark a few like-minded colleagues.
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MAKE A CHOICE


So what do you want? A baby or a career? How about I take both and add some extra money to it, which I will get from suing you for trying to make me choose. E.E.O.C. Files Lawsuit Against Bloomberg L.P. - New York Times
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TOP 49 MEN AT WHAT?


AskMen.com has put out its list of Top 49 Men of 2007. Top Men at what? Just being a man? AskMen.com - Top 49 Men 2007 Edition

My one complaint. WTH with making Gerard Butler #49? He's hotter than almost every guy on that list. Eyes people! It's all in the eyes!

Becks is #1. Now you know how I feel about this man. He's just about the hottest guy in the game right now as long as he keeps his mouth shut. He doesn't sound very manly, but he more than makes up for it.

Matt Damon is #2 and I looooooooove Matt Damon. He reminds me of my high school boyfriend, so I have a soft spot for him, but Good Will Hunting did me in. Love him.

Timbaland is #3 and...uhm...he's talented.

Roger Federer & Justin Timberlake round out the Top 5..No, No and No.

Black(ish) Men on the list (in addition to Timbaland)
Lewis Hamilton
Denzel Washington
Tiger Woods
Kanye West
Tony Parker
LaDanian Tomlinson
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A FAST TRACK TO CITIZENSHIP


How do you feel about this? A 2-year old kid is brought to America by her parents, who illegally immigrated here. Over the next 15 years she is raised as an American kid. This is her country in her heart. Her parent's crime is discovered and they are deported back to Mexico. Should that 17-year old kid be given Amnesty? Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois says yes, but only if she completes 2 years of post-secondary education or military service. Sens. consider help for immigrants' kids - USATODAY.com. "The bill, known as the DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act, would grant legal status to children and young adults who arrived here before the age of 16 and who have lived in the USA at least five years..."
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PLEASE SUBMIT PAYMENT FOR $8K


Some are estimating (only estimating) that the wars in Iraq & Afghanistan could end up costing $2.4 trillion through the next decade. And for what? Building schools they're just going to blow up anyway?

Your portion of this war is $8K and by you, I mean everyone. Every man, woman and child owes $8K for this war; including those that lost sons and daughters to it. The only amount that concerns me is the $1.9 trillion (including $564 mill in interest) for Iraq because I just don't agree with those who say the war in Afghanistan is the same. The Congressional Budget Office says also estimates that 75,000 troops will remain in both countries through 2017, including 50,000 in Iraq. War costs may total $2.4 trillion - USATODAY.com
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I DON'T


Roland Martin gives his commentary on how the divorce rate is harming our country. He gets all personal up in the article which is a turnoff, but not as much as relating it somehow to Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married. His ex will not be pleased. I also think the divorce rate is not the only thing hurting marriage; it's the fact that people aren't getting married anymore. In this crazy unstable world, whatever stability you can add to your life is going to help you and especially your children. Commentary: Saving marriages must be a national priority - CNN.com
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PIC OF THE DAY

10.23.2007

FISH INSIDE A FISH
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MIKE THE MAN


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NOT NICE


Why would someone issue a list of cities with the least attractive people? Looking for attractive people? Don't go to... - Yahoo! News. Well Philadelphia...congrats? The city of more than 1.5 million people was also found to be among the least stylish, least active, least friendly and least worldly, according to the "America's Favorite Cities" survey by Travel & Leisure magazine and CNN Headline News.

I've been to Wharton at UPenn and there are some hot guys there.
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THE LATEST

Here's what our good friends from the East are up to.

China to test space weapon in launching moon satellite A Chinese submarine will send test signals that could change the course of a satellite when China launches its first moon orbiter, as part of the country's effort to develop space war technology, a human rights watchdog said Tuesday.
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Chinese Firm To Buy Big Stake In Bear Stearns. "The deal underscores China's growing clout in global finance and the desire among Western financiers to gain entry to China. More such deals are likely to take place as China uses its massive foreign exchange reserves to invest in assets overseas, some analysts said. While many of those investments have been in the energy and natural-resources sectors, Chinese stakes in financial firms should continue to grow as China looks for ways to diversify its overseas portfolio, the analysts said."
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IS IT THE SAME?


I was waiting for this as soon as I heard that San Diego Stadium was filled wall to wall with evacuees from the fire. Of course comparisons would be made to the evacuees in New Orleans. Check out this headline: My Way News - Civility Reigns at San Diego Stadium.


Like Hurricane Katrina evacuees two years earlier in New Orleans, thousands of people rousted by natural disaster fled to the NFL stadium here, waiting out the calamity and worrying about their homes.

The similarities ended there, as an almost festive atmosphere reigned at Qualcomm Stadium. Bands belted out rock 'n' roll, lavish buffets served gourmet entrees, and massage therapists helped relieve the stress for those forced to flee their homes because of wildfires.

Really not the same situation at all I'd say

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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS


Plan for your future. You're the only one who is going to be there for you when you want to retire. New regulation expected to raise 401(k) participation - USATODAY.com. It appears like companies are doing their part, but employees aren't. Changes are coming that will be for your benefit.

One aspect of the regulation will also give companies a green light to automatically enroll existing employees. Many employers have been unsure about whether they faced legal liability if they automatically enrolled existing, rather than just new, workers.

The regulation will provide a "meaningful increase" in participation at a time when automatic enrollment is already gaining popularity, says Pamela Hess, director of retirement research at Hewitt Associates, a human-resources consulting firm. Automatic enrollment increases participation because instead of having to sign up, employees have to take action to opt out.
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ALMOST, BUT NOT QUITE

10.22.2007


Remember earlier this year when FOX News' John Gibson said that white people need to hurry up and make more babies because Hispanics are having babies like every 3 months? It was something like that. Well, he's done well again, but not quite as impressive. Referring to a recent massacre in Cleveland, he says:

"I know the shooter was white. I knew it as soon as he shot himself. Hip-hoppers don’t do that. They shoot and move on to shoot again."

Gold! Gold, I tell ya!
I wasn't aware that Hip-hoppers were a violent crime group? Or maybe that is just his word for black now? John Gibson Makes Up New Words To Be Racist / Jossip
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PLEASE SIR, CAN I HAVE SOME MORE?


Daily Show's Jon Stewart Signs Comedy Central Extension - 10/18/2007 4:00:00 PM - Broadcasting & Cable."The length of the extension coincides with the 2010 expiration of David Letterman’s deal at CBS, which will fuel the speculation that the Daily Show host and Comedy franchise player could be in line to take over at CBS if Letterman decides to step away after his current deal is up."
Personally, I don't think Jon will ever go to network television. Why? He's making huge money now and is about as popular as he could ever be. On network television, he'd have to clean up.
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PIC OF THE DAY

FREAKIN ADORABLE
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THE CALL IS COMING FROM INSIDE THE BUILDING


Scary. Meet Your Neighbors, but Just Not in Person - New York Times. That’s the hope of at least one new company, LifeAt.com, which is putting a local spin on the social networking model. The company creates password-protected Web sites for apartment buildings and housing developments, allowing residents to post pictures and profiles of themselves, share information about favorite local eateries and gripe about slow elevators and peeling paint.

I live in a high-rise condo building and all my neighbors are snobs, so pass.
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DO IT YOURSELF DYING


Homemade helicopters are like Government condoms....just no. Home-made helicopters hit northern Nigeria - Yahoo! News. "Mubarak Muhammad Abdullahi, a 24-year-old physics undergraduate in northern Nigeria, takes old cars and motorbikes to pieces in the back yard at home and builds his own helicopters from the parts."
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RED DEBATE

There was a Republican debate on TV somewhere last night. I was busy playing Collapse on my PC. Gotta have priorities. I got to level 11 and then my computer froze. I had like 500,000 points. I was pissed.

I heard Fred Thompson did better than the last debate and I liked the clip I saw of him comparing Rudy to Hillary. Anything that will make Republican voters wake up to this guy.

Again, they all seemed to focus on Hillary, so basically saying "Barack who?" They know what the Dems seem to be unable to figure out. Hillary is the one they want to run because even if the Red candidate ends up not being a true conservative, the base will vote for him in droves just to keep her out of office.

Republican hopefuls spar over who's the real conservative - USATODAY.com
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JOEL OSTEEN


You know I love me some Joel Osteen. I wish he would come to D.C. again. I really enjoyed his last visit. He has a new book out, so we'll hear more about how he has the biggest church in the country. I find Joel refreshing because he's positive. He's basically a motivational speaker, but that's okay.

I grew up with an image of a God that loves me, but my church was more about punishing sin, feeling guilty and being afraid of burning in hell. I thought God was mean until I went to college and began attending a non-denominational church that focused more on God's love, how he wants us to live, how he wants us to be happy and prosperous and more about forgiveness than fear.
I've never been a fan of organized religion because they wield too much power and act as if their man-made rules are the equivalent of God's rules and exact the same punishment for disobeying. In the bible, Jesus said that he is the ONLY way to the Father, but many religions have tried to replace him as the only way to God. Osteen shines a positive light - USATODAY.com
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THIS IS WHY HE WON


Favorite Campaign Poster Ever! This is why he won. He said he was good. You can't defeat that.
"U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal became the nation's youngest governor and the first nonwhite to hold post in Louisiana since Reconstruction when he carried more than half the vote to defeat 11 opponents. Rep. Bobby Jindal, 36, will take office in January as the nation's youngest sitting governor. "


"Jindal, the Republican 36-year-old son of Indian immigrants, had 53 percent with 625,036 votes with about 92 percent of the vote tallied. It was more than enough to win Saturday's election outright and avoid a November 17 runoff."
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION UPDATE


What good will come from this? Illegals OK'd to drive in N.Y. - - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper. I guess they've always been driving, but now its legal. Not everyone is going along. "New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has started a major political fight over immigration by ordering state officials to issue driver's licenses to illegal aliens, prompting at least one county legislature to defy the executive order and pushing toward a showdown in court."
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The WAPO says that the message of Prince William County's new harsh illegal immigration laws were created to send one message to illegal immigrants; you are not wanted here. New Fear Leads Both Legal, Illegal Latinos To Leave Pr. William - washingtonpost.com. "It appears the message has already been received: Terrified that new policies will lead to mass deportations, illegal immigrants and the many legal immigrant relatives and friends who live with them have been moving out of Prince William ever since July, when county supervisors first approved the plan's outline."
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MY MIND IS MADE UP

10.19.2007


I like Thompson, Huckabee, Edwards & Obama, but my mind is made up. When Stephen Colbert announced his candidacy for POTUS earlier this week, it was all over. At least he only pretends to be an idiot.

Now he says he's only running to be President of the State of South Carolina, which is actually called Governor, but whatever. His skit on "old school God" vs "new school God" won me over forever. Love him.
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GETTING SERIOUS


No one thinks about water until they start running out, right? I mean the planet's surface is 75% water, so what's the worry? Along the Southeast, people are beginning to realize that there is water and then there is water. The MD reservoir in this pic is usually high above the heads of the men standing there. Most cities have implemented water restrictions and some, like Atlanta say that they will run out of usable water in less than 3 months. It costs millions to ship water in from other places. The drought has killed up to 60% of some VA/MD crops. A Few Drops vs. an Entrenched Drought - washingtonpost.com
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CAPITOL HILL IS FULL OF CRAZIES


Our entire governmental system, all three branches, are chock full of crazies. The latest is Cali Dem Congressman Pete Stark has just handed the Reds a wonderful Friday on a platter. His comment wouldn't have been bad if he hasn't added the "amusement" part. That's just a bit much.

Breitbart.tv » Stark Raving Mad: Congressman Accuses President of Deriving ‘Amusement’ from American War Dead

During debate on the SCHIP children's health care legislation today, Rep. Stark stated: "You don't have money to fund the war or children. But you're going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the President's amusement."

You know I'm sick of all the apologist, but come on. This is ridiculous. There has to be something in the air on The Hill and in the White House. Nuts. Just nuts. DRUDGE REPORT: Leader Boehner Calls on Democratic Rep. Stark to Retract Statement, Apologize to American Troops and Their Families
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PIC OF DAY

BIG UNDERWATER LIFE

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION UPDATE


Illegal immigrants who are victims of violent crimes can apply for special visas and prevent being deported if they cooperate with law enforcement agencies. U.S. visas open to illegals hit by crime - USATODAY.com. "The 2000 Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act established the visa to encourage illegal immigrants to report crimes against them in return for the right to remain in the United States and eventually apply for permanent residency."
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Candidate Thompson is blasting Giuliani and Romney for being soft on illegal immigration. He points out that he has always been a conservative and has never flip flopped on the issue as the other two have. Political Radar: Thompson Attacks Rivals on Immigration. "While fundraising and picking up two endorsements in Georgia, Thompson continued to go on the offensive, asserting that he is the GOP candidate with the strongest, most steady stance on outlawing sanctuary policies which forbid city officials and local police from asking people their immigration status."
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I blogged about this bill passing earlier this week. Here's the latest, which I also predicted. After Vote, Pr. William Immigrant Plan Faces Hurdles - washingtonpost.com. "A group of 22 plaintiffs has filed a lawsuit against the county and its top officials in federal court seeking to block the measures, claiming that they violate equal protection laws and that immigration enforcement is a federal concern. The supervisors committed just $325,000 yesterday toward the police measures, which are projected to cost $14.2 million over five years. County staff members have said that the costs will be minimal for the new service restrictions."
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THINGS THAT MATTER


Veteran stress cases up sharply - USATODAY.com

"The number of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder from the Department of Veterans Affairs jumped by nearly 20,000 — almost 70% — in the 12 months ending June 30, VA records show. More than 100,000 combat veterans sought help for mental illness since the start of the war in Afghanistan in 2001, about one in seven of those who have left active duty since then, according to VA records collected through June. Almost half of those were PTSD cases."
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A WAKE UP CALL FOR WHO?


Roland Martin says that these latest poll numbers are a wake up call to Obama that he can't take black votes for granted. Now, I'm not a Clinton fan, but I understand that Obama isn't for everyone. His politics are too liberal for me. But I want to know the "why" of these numbers. If it is the issues, then okay, but I'm curious. What the poll tells me is that Martin is wrong. Black voters seem to love being taken for granted. Commentary: Barack Obama's black wakeup call - CNN.com
"According to the CNN poll, Clinton leads Obama among black registered Democrats, 57 percent to 33 percent. Black women are backing Clinton to the tune of 68 percent compared with 25 percent for Obama. Black men favor Obama 46 percent to 42 percent for Clinton. The poll has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 6.5 percent."
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WHAT I MEANT TO SAY WAS....


The other day, I said I didn't think it was necessary to get up in arms over Dr. Watson's claims about racial intelligence because his proof just wasn't strong enough to make it worth it.
But a lot of people got up in arms over it anyway. There were shouting matches and some of his speeches were cancelled. He was also temporarily suspended from his post as Chancellor of the non-profit research group he works for.

Now, probably because of the suspension, Dr. Jim Watson has apologized "unreservedly" for stating that blacks were not as intelligent as whites and said he was "mortified" by the comments attributed to him. Mortified?

"To all those who have drawn the inference from my words that Africa, as a continent, is somehow genetically inferior, I can only apologize unreservedly. That is not what I meant. More importantly from my point of view, there is no scientific basis for such a belief," he said.

He did say what he was quoted as saying, but he's suggesting he didn't mean it in the way it was interpreted. You have people on one side who just blow up at any suggestion of race & DNA and then you have people on the other side who are so eager to further the idea of racial superiority that they make the remarks seem like more than they are.

This man has a history of making statements that he can always claim later were taken out of context or misinterpreted, but were they?

In 1997 - Watson said that if a gene for homosexuality were isolated, women who find that their unborn child has the gene should be allowed to have an abortion.
In 2000- Watson suggested there might be links between a person's weight and their level of ambition and between skin color and sexual prowess.
In 2003 - Watson suggested stupidity was a genetic disease that should be treated.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY

Notice how T.O. has been out of the football news this year? Would you ever think I would suggest that the Dallas Cowboy has matured or is behaving professional? Maybe he's got a good woman in his life? With all the criminals dominating the NFL this year, his acting the fool doesn't seem as bad as it did, but his behavior was completely selfish, immature and damaging to the teams he was on. He still wants it all, but seems to realize that his old ways aren't the best way to go about it.

"As for me getting upset because I'm not getting the ball, going up to the coach telling him to get the ball more, all that did was get me bad publicity," Owens said Wednesday. "At the same time, it didn't get me the ball any more. So I've learned." The Canadian Press: Cowboys WR Owens still wants ball, just deals differently with frustration.
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FOR THE WIKI-ADDICTS

10.18.2007


I'm a big Wiki fan. Our law professors tell us over and over again DO NOT use Wikipedia as a resource for information, but we all still build our case briefs from that info. Lexis & Westlaw are the "official" resources, but Wiki is dumbed down enough for us to understand quickly.

One thing I've noticed is that the stuff on games is so incredibly detailed I'm assuming the people who put these things together have no life at all. Check out something crazy like Halo or even comic book stuff like X-Men.

Cracked.com recently listed The 8 Most Needlessly Detailed Wikipedia Entries, and some of them are pretty funny. People find the oddest things to want to write about.
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IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD


NEW JERSEY
Four of the city’s 10 municipal court judges — including the former chief judge — are being investigated by the New Jersey attorney general’s office on suspicion of fixing parking tickets for friends or family, and in at least one case for a colleague on the bench, officials here say.In Parking-Pinched Jersey City, Four Judges Are Suspected of Fixing Tickets - New York Times.

And this is news...why? I would think it would be more newsworthy to hear there were four judges who weren't fixing tickets.
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NEW YORK
I don't know about you, but I love reading about the Underground Railroad spots and I'll visit one if I'm ever in a city that has a monument along this route. Underground Railroad - Brooklyn - New York Times. Last month the City of New York gave Duffield Street in downtown Brooklyn an alternate name: Abolitionist Place. It’s an acknowledgment that long before Brooklyn was veined with subway lines, it was a hub of the Underground Railroad: the network of sympathizers and safe houses throughout the North that helped as many as 100,000 slaves flee the South before the Civil War.
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LOUISIANA
Tourists return to New Orleans as city mends - USATODAY.com. The number of tourists in this city, one of its strongest barometers for recovery, is on a pace to increase more than 60% this year as corporate conventions bring in billions of dollars in revenue.
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FLORIDA
Here we go again with the "first black" moniker placed on a non-black politician. ZZZZZZZZZZZZ. Gov. Crist lauded by African-Americans, called 'first black governor' -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com. In a marked change from his predecessors, Florida's Republican governor is tackling many issues important to black voters, so much so that one black Democratic legislator calls him the state's first black governor.

Why do you think they love him so much? This might explain things: Still Waiting in Florida - New York Times. Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida was right when he called for tearing down the barriers that prevent as many as 950,000 ex-offenders from voting in his state. But the new rules that were put in place to help former inmates reclaim their rights have fallen far short of what’s needed to bring democracy back to Florida.
Although he is kind of hot in a my-friend's-dad sort of a way.
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TEXAS
As slayings of cops rise, a new brutality surfaces - USATODAY.com. Never in the 73-year history of the Odessa Police Department had an officer been fatally shot in the line of duty. Nearly as striking, says Texas Ranger Capt. Barry Caver, was the "matter-of-fact" manner of the 59-year-old suspect who, before he was carted to jail, demanded that officers retrieve his glasses.
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DEALING WITH CHINA


James Fallows says that Ultimatums Won't Move China and I agree. The recent dip in exports due to putting Ebola in everything is only a temporary setback for them. They have the cheap labor and customer base that everyone wants. They have an enormous army and state-of-the-art defense equipment. They have the Olympics next year and I'm still hopeful that many of our athletes will use this time to express solidarity with the Chinese that continue to fight for freedom, but what else can be done?
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PIC OF THE DAY

BIG HANDS, LITTLE FEET
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NOT COOL


A Maine middle school (11-13 year olds) that has been handing out condoms to students, with parental permission, since 2002, is now going to offer birth control pills. My Way News - Maine Middle School to Offer the Pill. What's next? A concierge in study hall will book rooms for the kids at a local hotel?
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HUCKABEE IN SECOND PLACE


I'm disappointed that Thompson isn't doing so good, but this is very good news. New poll in Iowa has Huckabee campaign crowing - On Politics - USATODAY.com. No I don't think this means he has a chance at POTUS, but does this guarantee a lock on the VP position? I sure hope so.
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BANK OF AMERICA FALTERS


Bank of America profit plunges 32%; Wall St. shocked - USATODAY.com. Everyone is shocked, but I suspect this has something to do with BOA's decision to give home and car loans to illegal immigrants. How can you really track someone who doesn't have proper identification and isn't on the grid anywhere expect maybe a stolen social security number? I also wonder how many people closed their checking, savings and credit cards accounts in protest? Probably not a lot, but I would like to think it had some effect.
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FAMILY TREES & BLACK SHEEP

10.17.2007


This will be the best holiday season ever. Imagine this group at the table sharing dried up turkey. Lynne Cheney says that, based on her genealogical trace of her family tree, her husband, Darth Cheney, is a cousin of Barack Obama. Senator Barry & VP Dick are related! Damn that miscegenation got us again! Lynne Cheney: VP and Obama are 'cousins' - USATODAY.com. Guess which one I think is the black sheep? I'm actually surprised she would even mention it, but I guess it is interesting, so I would. Mother nature is a mad scientist. Lesson of the day: A gene can splice for good and evil.

They are actually eighth cousins and I'm not sure what that means to anyone. I have a lot of white friends who barely even know their first cousins, let alone cousins removed. My family is full of race mixers, so I have several white, black and bi-racial cousins. My first cousins are like my sisters and brothers. Most black folks generally know their 1st, 2nd & 3rd cousins and a few play cousins; you know those kids you didn't find out you weren't actually related to in any way until you were like 16 year olds. But 8th is a stretch.
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GOING STRAIGHT TO THE BURBS


A recent survey says that 4 in 10 immigrants are moving directly from their native country to the suburbs. They use to move into the city, in the not-so-great parts because that was all they could afford. Or they would move into whatever area of the city with the most immigrants from their country. In Shift, 40% of Immigrants Move Directly to Suburbs - New York Times. I'm not suggesting that all these people are poor because that isn't true. What I am suggesting is that this is why we are in the financial crisis of the mortgage industry. A recent WAPO article shared that immigrants are the hardest hit group due to foreclosures because they were given loans they clearly couldn't afford.
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TEENAGERS GETTING LIFE


According to Human Rights groups, the US is alone in industrialized countries that sentence teenagers to life in prison without the possibility of patrol. There are 73 people serving this sentence for crimes committed when they were 13 or 14 years old.

I feel I've been clear on how I feel about crime. I don't think we're hard enough. I don't think violent criminals should get parole; serve the sentence and then get out. But the Righties are going to get on me for this. I don't believe in giving children under 15 life in prison without any possibility of parole. Lifers as Teenagers, Now Seeking Second Chance - New York Times.

The NYTimes story focuses on Ashley Jones, a 14 year old girl who helped her boyfriend kill her grandfather and aunt. The murders were brutal and inhumane. They also tried to kill her grandmother and Ashley's 10 year old sister. This is a really good case to have this debate because this case is horrible. Personally I think she's mentally unbalanced or was on something, but the court doesn't seem to agree. Some of those 73 people in jail probably aren't as bad and some are probably worse than her.

Ashley is now 22 years old and her grandmother, whom she tried to kill, wants her to get a chance at a life and have her sentence reduced to 20 years. 20 years isn't nearly enough for what happened, but if she lives to be 70, she will have spent 56 years in prison.
Maybe I'm being soft because she's a girl. She could be an even worse person today than she was at 14. I don't know if she deserves this second chance, but I do know that the issue of sentencing 13 & 14 year olds to spend 60+ years in prison with no chance of getting out just doesn't sound right.
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WAIT...WHAT?


President Bush has once again appointed a critic of birth control to head the family planning programs of the HHS. Birth-Control Foe To Run Office on Family Planning - washingtonpost.com. "Susan Orr, most recently an associate commissioner in the Administration for Children and Families, was appointed Monday to be acting deputy assistant secretary for population affairs. She will oversee $283 million in annual grants to provide low-income families and others with contraceptive services, counseling and preventive screenings." Orr is against making federal agencies include birth control in the prescriptions they cover even though birth control devices such as the pill are widely used to deal with many non-sexual/pregnancy situations such as PCOS, painful periods, Endometriosis and more. I guess if you work for a federal agency, you better not get one those conditions. The last person in the job, Eric Keroack, was previously a doctor for a Christian pregnancy counseling organization and he openly opposed the use of birth control period.
I'm in favor of teaching abstinence, but I'm also in favor of reality. Birth control is necessary; especially so for those low-income families she will be responsible for.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION LEGISLATION

Prince William is serious about its fight against illegal immigration. I'm not saying there isn't the principle involved, but this is mostly out of desperation. The county can't afford them. It's growing at a rate that it can barely keep up with under the best circumstances and residents are very angry. Thousands of illegals are moving to the county due to the construction and hospitality jobs, but they aren't paying property, state or federal taxes. They are however using county services, benefits and putting their children in county schools; which are now putting kids in trailers in the parking lots because they've run out of room in the building.

So I'm not surprised that this legislation, one of the harshest in the country was passed. Pr. William Enacts Resolution Aimed at Illegal Immigrants - washingtonpost.com. "Prince William County supervisors early this morning voted to move forward with a nationally watched plan to crack down on illegal immigrants by increasing local police enforcement and restricting certain public services." Now the ACLU will come in and take the county to court to try and get the judicial system to overrule them.
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Remember when I mentioned that VA was vying to be one of the states with a detention center for illegal immigrants? Various groups protested and the idea was rejected. Panel Rejects Detention Center for Illegal Immigrants - New York Times
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PIC OF THE DAY

TORNADO, LIGHTNING & RAINBOW
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YOUR DNA CAN MAKE YOU UNREASONABLE


This guy won a Nobel prize? Can anyone get one of these things? Fury at DNA pioneer's theory: Africans are less intelligent than Westerners - Independent Online Edition. "James Watson, a Nobel Prize winner for his part in the unravelling of DNA who now runs one of America's leading scientific research institutions...he claimed that black people were less intelligent than white people and the idea that "equal powers of reason" were shared across racial groups was a delusion.
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BLACK ALUMNI


Mr. & Mrs. Tyler have donated a total of $2 million to Mr. Tyler's alma mater, Morgan State University since 2001; $1 million this year. They got a ballroom named after them. Cool.
This USAToday.com article, Black schools tap new funding source: Aging alumni, talks about the growth of black wealth, what its doing for HBCUs and the trend of wealth transfer it creates. One day, I hope to be able to afford a legal scholarship fund for at least one student a year. Maybe I'll get a cubicle in the library named after me.

There are all types of charities out there worthy of your dollar, but contributing to the education of young people is especially important. It's good for them, their community, their race and their country. The better educated we are; the better we are able to compete in the global landscape. I know that sounds like a sappy Negro College Fund commercial, but its the truth.
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BAD NEWS


Latest polls are saying:

1)Rudy is leading the Republican presidential field
2)Fred Thompson is fading
3)Clinton is leading the Democratic presidential field

In the lesser of two evils, I should at least be encouraged that the polls says Clinton beats Giuliani (barely) in a matchup.
Poll: As Thompson's star fades, Clinton's on the rise - CNN.com
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PIC OF DAY

10.16.2007

CREATIVE CROP DESIGN
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COSBY/POUSSAINT FOLLOW UP


Everyone was all over Bill Cosby & Dr. Alvin Poussaint's appearance on Meet The Press this last Sunday to promote their book, Come On People, which is perfectly titled BTW. The blogs were blowing up. You knew that Bob Herbert would have something to stay about it. It's a good commentary; check it out. Tough, Sad and Smart - New York Times.

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THE EVOLUTION OF A DISEASE


Looking at the history of Sickle Cell over the decades and how race played a factor in the government's commitment to research. In a Lifetime of Sickle Cell, the Evolution of a Disease - New York Times
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ITS SO EASY


Everyone is figuring out that illegally immigrating to America is easiest from Mexico. Fleeing the U.S., Cubans’ First Stop Is Often Mexico - New York Times. "The new way for Cubans to get north is first to head west in a convoluted route that avoids the U.S. Coast Guard."
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ALSO, THERE IS LEAD


In addition to putting lead in everything from bobbi pins to spoons, environmentalist believe that China's atmosphere will hurt Olympic athletes next summer. Gray Wall Dims Hopes of 'Green' Games - washingtonpost.com. "China has promised a "green" Olympics, but its failure to divulge what is actually in the host city's air has alarmed athletes, surprised environmental experts and raised questions about officials' commitment to making needed changes."

And then there is this. China’s Leader Closes Door to Reform - New York Times. "At the Communist Party Congress today, President Hu Jintao all but ruled out significant political change."
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FRIENDS & ENEMIES


If the growing friendship between Russia & China wasn't unsettling enough, it appears that Putin is now becoming BFFs Ahmadinejad. They're hanging out and sending us warnings. My Way News - Putin Visits Iran, Sends Warnings to US
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PIC OF THE DAY

10.15.2007

MOMMY CRUISE BOAT
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT UPDATE


More on some states going one way on the issue and others going the other way. While I am in favor of states rights over federal intrusion, these inconsistent laws are not solving the problem; only moving it elsewhere within the country. States' Immigrant Policies Diverge - washingtonpost.com
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Another problem with state laws and illegal immigration; trying to appease both sides. State Strikes Balance on Immigration - New York Times. This can only last for so long. States like California, Arizona & Texas will be the most effected for the better and/or worse with illegal immigration enforcement, so I think they should be given more leeway to do what they feel is best for the state, but at some point you have to pick a side.
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Discount airlines fly migrants to U.S. border - USATODAY.com. "New Mexican discount airlines are using rock-bottom fares to cater to legal and illegal migrants heading for the USA. The airlines — known among fliers as Aeromigrante, or "Migrant Air" — take passengers from central or southern Mexico to cities along the northern border such as Tijuana and Mexicali. From there, customers make their way across the U.S. border."
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In addition to immigration enforcement, there is another reason illegal immigrants are having a hard time finding jobs. Day Laborers Squeezed on Two Sides - washingtonpost.com "The reason for this growing job scarcity -- described by immigrant day laborers, counselors and employers throughout the Washington suburbs -- is an economic and legal double whammy. A sharp regional downturn in housing construction has coincided with increased government pressure on employers not to hire illegal immigrants, who have traditionally gravitated to building and remodeling jobs.
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The problem is, judges are working against both the state and federal government's attempts to curb illegal immigration. The judge in this story, Judge Suspends Key Bush Effort in Immigration - New York Times, said the government had failed to follow proper procedures for a new rule forcing employers to fire workers if their Social Security numbers could not be verified within three months.
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HUCKABEE POST


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IMUS RETURNS


Drudge hasn't been this excited in years. DRUDGE REPORT FLASH: The Resurrection of Imus. Don Imus is returning to radio in December and the NABJ, National Association of Black Journalists want to stop it. They can't stop the man from making his living. He made an ugly comment, but I don't see why they want him to pay forever. He's going to have an axe to grind with a lot of people, so I'm sure a lot of people will listen in at first (not me), but I'm also sure it will die down. His show wasn't that incredibly popular anyway.
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HE CAN'T BE STOPPED


Senator Larry "I am sooo not gay" Craig is not only staying in Congress despite his promise to quit if his guilty plea wasn't suspended, but he's lashing out at the Republicans who turned on him. What, did he think these guys were his friends? He's been on The Hill too long to think that. Besides, the rumors of his sexuality have been going on for more than 20 years, so his insistence that he just has a "wide stance" is understandably doubtful. This came out at a time when the GOP simply didn't need another scandal, so he has lost his "friends" forever, no matter how this ends. It may not be fair; but this is Congress. Craig: Romney 'threw me under ... bus' - UPI.com
NYDailyNews.com: I hid arrest from wife, admits Sen. Larry Craig. Uhm...that's not all you hid from her, buddy.
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UNENDING REGRETS


Henry Alford has an Op-Ed on the apology disease everyone seems to have; listing the various regret statements that are all too familiar. Regrets Only - New York Times. Personally, I'm sick of apologies for everything. I'm not saying they aren't ever necessary, but this "I'm so sorry" and doing a few weeks in rehab is tired.
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PAIN & RECOVERY

The Walter Reed scandal exposed a national shame. We are not taking care of our soldiers physical and mental needs when they return home. Unfortunately, the furor that came with the series of stories has died down and not enough people are upset at the slow pace of the recovery. Here is some good news though. In a Place of Pain and Recovery, Room to Romp - washingtonpost.com
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ARE WORDS EVEN NECESSARY?


Foolishness. Some DJ in Detroit came up with the genius idea of holding a party in which "light skinned" black girls can get in for free. Dude, WTF? Either he's retarded or wanted shock-value attention. My opinion? Both. His name is DJ Lish (MySpace.com - Dj Lish ( Club Apartment Promoter), so....I think that explains a lot. The blogosphere blew up and now he's cancelled it and apologized. If he doesn't lose his job, Don Imus is going to be pissed. Seriously, this is foul.
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PREDICTABLE


How do you know you've really made it as a rapper? When you get arrested and win awards in the same night. Rapper T.I. wins awards after arrest - CNN.com. The firearm possession is a violation of his parole (yes, he already has a record- what a surprise), but I doubt he'll spend a day in jail.
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ENTERTAINMENT POST

10.12.2007

As much as I love Jack Bauer and want 24 to get here fast, I think splitting his sentence in two parts so 24 can keep filming on schedule is making it too easy on him. The more he puts his job, and others in jeopardy, the more likely he's going to want to get straight. Sutherland to jail, but '24' OK
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The latest news on the Justice League of America film that is going to be awesome. IGN: JLA Plot Confirmed. Okay, so its probably going to be awful, but who cares? It's the Justice League of America. I can't wait to see Wonder Woman in her invisible plane. The latest is Jessica Biel will be Wonder Woman. Uhm..whatever. She's fit.
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One of the funniest things I've seen in a while. If you know anything about the Chris Crocker "Leave Britney Alone" tape, you'll love it. If you don't, you'll find it quite disturbing. YouTube - Seth Green Says Leave Chris Crocker Alone!
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PIC OF THE DAY

PUPPY 1 - KITTY 0
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ABORTION STUDY


NYTimes is reporting a comprehensive, global study on abortion and found a lot of what was expected. More women die in countries where it is illegal because its dangerous and whether or not it is legal has no affect. Abortion rates are similar, suggesting that making abortion illegal will not achieve less abortions. Legal or Not, Abortion Rates Compare - New York Times
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THERE WILL BE NO LIVING WITH HIM NOW


As if he needed more accolades to make his head any bigger. First an Oscar, now this? Now the fervor to have him run for POTUS again is gaining steam, but get over it people. It's too late and he'll never get past Obama or Clinton. Besides, his chances of actually winning are slim and I doubt he's willing to take that risk again. In 2000, he won and he still lost. I guess congrats are in order.
Gore shares Nobel Peace Prize with U.N. panel - CNN.com
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SHWNBN


She Who Will Not Be Named has once again made alarming comments in order to sell more books. As a shepherd for the devil she shouldn't really have to do this. Don't you automatically get success when you sell your soul to Lucifer? CNN.com - CNN Political Ticker Coulter: We want ‘Jews to be perfected’

I got no problem with Satan's mistress. She is a publicity whore with no conscience. I do have a problem with all the news shows that keep inviting her on and then have the nerve to get all up in arms when she offends them. So I blame this whole incident on Donny Deutsch. So she said that we should get rid of Judiasm and all Jews should become Christians. Most ultra-conservatives believe that.

Whatever, she sells a few more books and he gets a little pub.
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GETTING READY FOR WHAT?


Hmmm...What is this for?
Terror Watch: Gonzales Lawyers Up - Newsweek Terror Watch - MSNBC.com
"No sooner did Alberto Gonzales resign as attorney general last month than he retained a high-powered Washington criminal-defense lawyer to represent him in continuing inquiries by Congress and the Justice Department."

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THE GOOD, BAD & UGLY


The good news? U.S. exports have increased to record numbers which has spurred on the lowest deficit in 7 months and declined our deficit with China. China is having an export problem due to putting Ebola Lead in all their toys, food, furniture, clothes, well...what doesn't have lead in it? Trade Deficit Improves Significantly: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

Also, have you checked your 401k recently? The stock market is on fire at 14,147 and Walmart's good news is only going to be a plus.
The bad news? Foreclosure Filings have doubled from September 06 to September 07.
Foreclosure Filings Nearly Double: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance

The ugly news? The Dems are at it again with the tax increases.
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PRESIDENTS UNPLUGGED


Former Prez Jimmy Carter is getting a lot of flack for his criticism of Bush and Cheney, especially Cheney whom he labeled as a "disaster."

Asked about reports the administration is debating a more aggressive policy toward Iran and Syria, Carter said: "As usual Dick Cheney is wrong. He's a militant who avoided any service of his own in the military." "Here he's trying again to promote what might very well be a counter-productive and a catastrophic military adventure," Carter added.

I've mentioned that I believe Cheney is a shepherd for the devil, if not the devil himself. I am mostly kidding, but there's a reason why his approval rating is lower than...well anyone almost ever. Carter wasn't a very good president, but he has done an incredible amount of good since then. He has changed thousands of lives and committed himself to service, so I respect him for that.

I'm also against muzzling former presidents, but I can't say that I'm proud of them taking a dig at current presidents to the foreign press. It's our right, I know. This is America and our right to speak our opinion about our leaders is core to the power of the Democracy. But even if you hate your cousin (because he gave you several reasons to) and you talk s&%$ about him in your house and his house, are you gonna talk s*%$ about him at someone else's house? Maybe if its the truth, that makes the difference? Who decides what the truth is? And why shouldn't he say what he feels when he's asked? Should he lie or try to sugar coat the answer so it doesn't offend some? That will only defend others who will call him weak and scared. In the end, you'll please one side but upset the other no matter what you say, so I guess you might as well just say what you feel.

Jimmy Carter unplugged: Former president takes aim at Bush and Cheney - USATODAY.com
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PIC(s) OF THE DAY








PRINCESS Z - THE ULTIMATE DADDY'S GIRL


Does she own this man or what?
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LOCAL RACE AND/OR POLITICS ROUNDUP

10.10.2007


MARYLAND
Charles County Schools Set To Become Majority Black - washingtonpost.com: "African American students are poised to become the majority in Charles County public schools this year, a significant turning point for a system that just five years ago was predominantly white and the clearest sign yet of Southern Maryland's shifting demographics. "



NEW ORLEANS
A Tamer of Schools Has Plan in New Orleans - New York Times: "For all the problems remaining in the battered public school system here, a wind of renovation is blowing through it, infused with the energy of dozens of young volunteer teachers from all over the nation and of a new superintendent with gold-plated credentials who is vowing transformation."

New Orleans corruption cases multiply - USATODAY.com: "The number of public corruption cases here has more than quintupled, sparked by a federal crackdown on post-Katrina wrongdoings and a billboard campaign urging residents to expose crooked politics and payoffs, the FBI said."

VIRGINIA
WTKR NEWSCHANNEL 3: Virginia Test Scores Up Among African-American Students: "Virginia just got an "A" when it comes to educating African American students. Both reading and math scores are up for all students in Virginia. In fact, the state scores are higher than the national average. And in Virginia, Black students performed better than any other state in the country!"
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THE PHONE WARS


We all know the super hot Google Phone (pictured) is coming, but did you also know Verizon is trying to get into the Jesus phone business? They are. Verizon unveils iPhone rival for holiday shoppers - Yahoo! News.
Will this be like the iPod, where Apple has too much of the market for anyone to really compete? With Verizon, maybe, but Google is a domination or bust kind of company, so it will be interesting to see if they end up with the Super Jesus phone. For Google, Advertising and Phones Go Together - New York Times
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RED DEBATE


Debate pictures are boring, so here is a sleepy albino kitty.
Everyone is talking about the debate last night. I was, of course, in class, but I did catch snippets on the morning news shows and online. It looks like Thompson did okay. He didn't blow anyone away and seemed to think a little to long before answering, but his answers weren't bad. He could have probably prepared better, but remember, he's from Tennessee and they like to take their time.

The rival between Giuliani and Romney is really popping off now that some polls show Romney's lead in Iowa picking up pace. To me, there is no contest. Romney isn't an ideal candidate (no one is), but he is scores better than Giuliani.

The candidates mentioned Hillary about 100,000 times and didn't mention Obama even once. This must have upset the Obama folks. Even if it was to insult his views, to mention him would be showing that they consider him a rival.

And of course, Mike Huckabee is still my fav in the whole group.

Here's what everyone and their mom had to say about it.
ABC News: GOP Rivals Square Off on Taxes
NYPost.com: ROUGH & TUMBLE RUDY
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ENTERTAINMENT POST

Keifer was sentenced to 48 days in jail for his 4th DUI. Yeah, 4th. What was he doing with a license after 3 DUIs? He's like the 3rd highest paid actor on television and he can't get a driver? Sutherland to Do Jail Time on DUI Charge. Please, Jack Bauer has done 21 months in a Chinese prison. All he needs to do is channel Jack and he'll be fine.
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Bonnie Hunt is one of my all time favorite Chicago gals. She's such a homer which is why I love her. She's got a talk show coming, but I hate talk shows. What to do...what to do? Hollywood Reporter: Look who's talking next in '08
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One of (or the) black lady from The Price Is Right is suing the show and its dead host, Bob Barker for discrimination. CANOE -- JAM! : Ex 'Price' host Bob Barker sued. She said that she was fired after she testified in some other woman's lawsuit against Barker and that he created a terrorizing workplace for her because of her race. She might have been better off bringing this suit when he wasn't dead.


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Good news or bad news? Nielsen to expand its TV sample - Los Angeles Times. Hopefully they will put more tracking devices in minority homes and different age groups. 5,000 is just not cutting it.
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HOW ORIGINAL


So much for a higher class of people at the Ivy Leagues. Police Investigate Noose Found At Columbia - News Story - WNBC New York. "A noose was found at Columbia University's Teachers College on Tuesday morning, police said. A black professor found the symbol of hate dangling from her office door in a campus building on 120th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam." I hope they find the person(s) who did this and expose them and totally ruin their career chances. These days, firms are Googling everyone before making hires and even rescinding some.
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PIC(S) OF THE DAY






A rarely seen Sam Woods in Sweden with her Mom and Aunt. No Tiger. Elin's sister looks like her twin. Hat Tip - A Socialite's Life.
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CAUGHT IN THE CROSSFIRE

10.09.2007

This story on the youngest victims of illegal immigration is touching. Children caught in the immigration crossfire - USATODAY.com. It focuses on a girl who was brought here illegally by her parents when she was 2 years old. She lived in the U.S. for 17 years. "Her English is unaccented. Her best friend's name is Brittney. Her three most prized possessions are her wallet, her cellphone and, of course, her iPod."

She's American in every sense, but she was deported back to Peru with her parents. She feels like an outcast, completely alienated and she misses the country she called home. This is sad and something that parents don't think about when they choose to bring their children here illegally. If you get caught committing this crime, your children will suffer. If they had come here legally, it might have taken longer but Fiorella would be a legal American and not have to go through this. I hope she can work her way back to America legally.
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PIC OF THE DAY

TWO CUPS OF KITTEN

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION UPDATE


I guess ICE is working from the bottom up. It's a good thing that they are targeting the gang community to ferret out illegal immigrants. More than 1,300 suspected gang members arrested - CNN.com. "The sweep was part of the agency's Operation Community Shield anti-gang initiative, which started in 2005, and has resulted in arrests of more than 7,000 alleged members and their associates from more than 600 gangs, the agency said. Those taken into custody are either prosecuted in federal courts or deported."
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Prince William is one of the most aggressive counties in the country in the fight against illegal immigration and local Hispanics are using it as a means to come together. Latinos Unite Across Classes Against Curbs on Immigration - washingtonpost.com

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Farmers warn us if we crack down on illegal immigrants our food will rot in the fields and end up costing us ten million dollars per orange. NorCal Farmers Worry Fruit Will Rot On Trees - News Story - KNTV San Francisco
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More states are granting licenses to illegal immigrants. It's a stupid move and I'm not sure how it really is legal. If I want a driver's license I have to produce official information that verifies who I am. What do they have to produce? A note from their mother? How many of these illegals are using stolen identities? You allow them to get a driver's license, it only makes it easier for them to commit their crime. Licenses for Immigrants Finds Support - New York Times

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An anti-illegal immigration group in California says all that 12 million talk is nonsense. There are between 20 to 38 million illegal immigrants in this country. They say. Immigration strategies taking shape Chron.com - Houston Chronicle
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In Frederick County Maryland, they are dealing with an influx of immigrants, legal & illegal, who have been forced out of other counties for financial reasons or attracted to Frederick for the construction boom. Culture shock comes quickly. Tensions are high and residents are anxious. Immigrant Proposal Divides Frederick - washingtonpost.com. "Jenkins and his backers say illegal immigrants are sucking up public dollars, especially in the schools, where the cost to teach English has soared. "My proposal was that if you're going to avail yourself of benefits that are provided by taxpayer dollars that you at least demonstrate that you belong in this country legally," said Jenkins, a Republican."
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THE BOOM WAVE


The first of the Baby Boomers is taking early retirement. Good for her. It's the 80 million coming behind her that will bankrupt the system. By the time my generation hits retirement age, we'll end up owing the SSA. Social Security hits first wave of boomers - USATODAY.com "Casey-Kirschling — generally recognized as the nation's first boomer (born in Philadelphia on Jan. 1, 1946, at 12:00:01 a.m.) — won't bankrupt the Social Security system by taking early retirement at 62. But after her, the deluge: 80 million Americans born from 1946 to 1964 who could qualify for Social Security and Medicare during the next 22 years."
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ENTERTAINMENT POST

Thanks to Michael from Des Temps for forwarding this interesting take on black nerds (which we love) and the Halo craze. Black Nerds: The Revolution No One Could Have Predicted

"The rise of the black nerd has been a blustery and uneven process characterized by large gains and deep swoons. Presaged by Clarence Gilyard Jr.’s portrayal of Theo, the computer ace who hacks into the building vault in the classic film Die Hard..."

Who doesn't remember "The quarterback is toast!" Not every young, black man wants to be a rapper. The author shares why this black nerd market is overlooked and could be a huge boom.
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Baby Mama Drama update. This Is Probably The First Time Tom's Seeing Him Too! Dlisted. The word in New England is that Tom Brady took a hit for not upholding the perfect American boy image when he turned his back on pregnant girlfriend Bridget. But he's playing ridiculously well, so everyone is ignoring that Bridget totally screwed him by not giving the baby his name and not having anything to do with him. She just took pics for OK, which milked that absent daddy thing to death. She's a beautiful woman and the baby is adorable.

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Since when did certain races decide they were above jokes? And since when did certain countries believe their elected officials were above being made fun of? What's the point of having a leader if you can't make fun of them? Cory Aquino a victim of ‘insensitive’ US TV joke - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

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WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW THIS?

10.08.2007


My Fighting Illini are finally back in both the AP & Coaches football polls. It's been forever. Although it doesn't make up for my Cubs totally tanking and breaking my heart, they were a silver lining.


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THOMPSON POST


The latest blah, blah, blah on Thompson is that the press has quickly fallen out of the love with him and the social conservatives seem to be soured as well. This is bad news. I think maybe he waited to long. I still hope he has a chance in Iowa.

Political Radar: A Thompson family affairABC News' Christine Byun reports: Mostly focusing on their children, GOP hopeful Fred Thompson and wife, Jeri, talked about the rigors of campaigning on their family life.
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DesMoinesRegister.com: Thompson: American Must Appear UnitedRepublican presidential candidate Fred Thompson told about 120 people gathered in Dubuque that Americans “can’t afford to send a signal that we are weak and divided as a nation,”
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On Stump, Low-Key Thompson Stirs Few Sparks - New York Times. But as Mr. Thompson campaigned in Iowa this week, he was something other than the dynamic presence that some in his party have been yearning for. Iowans saw a subdued, laconic candidate who spoke in a soft monotone, threw few elbows and displayed little drive to distinguish himself from his opponents. --------------
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Strong's support goes to Thompson -- chicagotribune.com

Union Leader - Thompson tries hand-to-hand politics
Rocky Mountain News - Thompson meeting skepticism
The Associated Press: Thompson Unaware of Death Penalty Cases
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THE LAST STRAW

They've gone and done it now. The boy scouts! Made-in-China Boy Scout badges recalled for lead levels
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TIGER SPECULATION


So Tiger Woods is still killing it and on his way to becoming a billionaire. Good for him, but this article says he isn't doing a lot for other blacks when it comes to Pro Golf. Tiger On Course For Billionaire Status, But Lags In Coaxing Blacks Onto Pro Tours. It also suggest that some suspect Woods believes his power in the game would be diminished if more blacks came on the Pro Tour. That's ridiculous.

My response? Tiger Woods isn't black. He's made it clear that he doesn't think of himself that way and I don't really know how many more ways he can express that he isn't interested in that label. I don't subscribe to the thinking that one drop of black blood makes you black. Neither does he. He doesn't want to be associated with "black" so, I would cross out the "black" part of it all together.

If you want to say you'd wish he'd done more for minorities in the sport, then okay. However, he gives to the community through The Tiger Woods Foundation, which creates golf programs in the inner cities. Hopefully some of those kids are planning on becoming professional golfers one day. He also leads by example. He's clearly the biggest name in sports out there and highly visible, which I feel would be the strongest incentive for any person of color (who is qualified for the Pro Tour) to want to get a piece of that multi-million dollar pie.
What else is he supposed to do?
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PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION



If you have a blog, website or anything similar, please share this information. This stuff has to be exposed. WCSH6.com - National Guard Troops Denied Benefits After Longest Deployment Of Iraq War.

"When they came home from Iraq, 2,600 members of the Minnesota National Guard had been deployed longer than any other ground combat unit. The tour lasted 22 months and had been extended as part of President Bush's surge. 1st Lt. Jon Anderson said he never expected to come home to this: A government refusing to pay education benefits he says he should have earned under the GI bill."

They can't get away with this. Since paying for college is one of the main reasons people enter the army, if they know this, enlistments will go down more. The government can't afford that and they'll fix this problem.
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AT LEAST SOME GOOD NEWS



In an Iowa poll, Rudy moves to third place. Please oh please, let this be a sign things to come. DesMoinesRegister.com: Romney leads GOP, Thompson moves into second. Mitt has been in 1st place for a while, but Rudy was second.

This news is even better. "Mike Huckabee and Rudy Giuliani are in a close fight for third place in the Iowa Poll taken over three days last week." Go Mike!


Also: Finally someone told him that everyone has caught on that he's saying 9/11 every three words. Rudy Finds a New Topic - New York Times
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PIC OF THE DAY

EXPLORING SUNKEN SHIP
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EX-CONS & DEBT


What do we do with the debt that ex-cons face once they exit the prison gates? Some studies show it can be up to $25,000. Consider that. That's a lot of debt for an educated, employable person. Does this put pressure no ex-cons to commit more crimes? Does this debt keep them from being able to go to college? Out of Prison and Deep in Debt - New York Times.

Most of the debt is child support obligations that continue even if you're in prison. Who would suggest that children don't have a right to this money? Just because you decided to commit a crime shouldn't absolve you of your parenting responsibilities. But much like college loans, I would hope that the law would be understanding in creating a timeline to make these payments reasonable and realistic.

The other debt is due to high prison fines and the fines required for the crime. If you owe restitution, then you just owe it. The prison fines, I'm not so sure about. "The corrections system buries inmates in fines, fees and surcharges that can amount to $10,000 or more." For what? In NY, a prisoner can be charged a probation fee of $1,800. I thought you earned probation. Why would you have to pay a fee for it?

I'm the last person to go soft on criminals (I'm not in favor of probation for violent crimes anyway), but I think we need to analyze some of these fees and see where we can alleviate the debt that can cripple a person trying to get their life back on track.
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ON GOD



Jon Meacham, the NYTimes resident Religy person, says that despite our cries of separation of church & state, we have taken Christianity way too far. Our founders wanted our faith to be an important aspect of American life, but not everything. A Nation of Christians Is Not a Christian Nation - New York Times. These are men who claimed to be Christian while still owning slaves and treating their pets better than their women. Sorry, a little feminazi rant there.
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GOOD RIDDANCE

10.06.2007

This doesn't at all surprise me nor does it upset me. U.S. Prosecutor Held in a Child Sex Sting Kills Himself - New York Times. This guy is a federal prosecutor; someone whose job it is to enforce our laws to make this country a safer place for all of us. He was charged with traveling from FL to MI to have sex with a 5 year old girl. Yes a FIVE YEAR OLD GIRL; a baby. For two weeks he corresponded online with police for two weeks. He thought they were a mother who was offering her daughter for sex in exchange for money. They have a record of every word he typed.

When he was arrested, in FL, he had in his possession a Dora the Explorer doll, hoop earrings and petroleum jelly. He was taken off suicide watch when he promised the judge & his attorney he wouldn't harm himself, but then went ahead and did it. In my opinion, saved the taxpayers money and probably saved other little girls. I just fear that he's done this before.
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OBAMA POST


Too bad media coverage doesn't equal poll numbers. I really, really hope that he beats Hillary in Iowa. I'm beginning to believe the stage is set, but I don't want this to be a foregone conclusion. As much as I'd love a woman for president, she's not the one. I don't know if Barry is either, but I like him better than her. I need her & Rudy to get taken down a notch in Iowa.

Barry is making money, hitting at Hillary, talking about the war and getting all kinds of accusations from other candidates. John Edwards pretty much called him a thief.

Here's the latest blah, blah, blah on Barry:


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PIC OF THE DAY

MOUNTAIN WOMAN
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION UPDATE


More calls to stop the ICE raids to ferret out illegal immigrants. Stop the Raids - New York Times. "Armed squads bursting into homes in the dead of night with shotguns and automatic weapons, terrorizing families and taking away anyone who lacks identity papers, even if they have raided the wrong house. It may sound like Baghdad, but it is the suburbs of New York City, the latest among hundreds of communities around the country where federal agents have been invading homes and workplaces in search of immigrants to deport."
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Does the card help you pay taxes too? USATODAY.com: Illegal Immigrants Issued ID Cards. "New Haven, Conn., began issuing municipal ID cards in July to all residents, including illegal immigrants. New York will join eight other states in giving driver's licenses to illegal immigrants, starting in December. New Haven has issued 3,700 municipal IDs. The card can be used to open a bank account, as a library card and as a debit card at some stores. As many as 15,000 illegal immigrants live in the city."
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LA Daily News - 1,300 immigrants arrested by feds. "In what federal authorities are calling the largest sweep of criminal and fugitive immigrants, federal agents over the past two weeks have arrested more than 1,300 Southland immigrants in their homes, in jails and at work, officials announced Wednesday."
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THE GOP IS THRILLED


Republicans are dealing with a scandal that refuses to go away now that Senator Larry "I am soooo not gay" Craig has reneged on his promise to quit if his guilty plea to a lesser charge in a sex sting operation was not rescinded. DRUDGE REPORT: I'm Here...Get Used To It. The judge found that the plea was made with full knowledge of the charges and circumstances and Craig was not under duress, so forget it. So although many in Congress don't quit after just being accused (Vitter) but are forced to quit for just being indicted for a crime or bad behavior (Delay); Craig is guilty of a crime and gets to stay. He has vowed to serve out his final 15 months. Dude is so cocky, he'll probably run for re-election.

The GOP was hoping he'd go away. "Senator Craig gave us his word" that he would resign by Sept. 30 if he could not overturn the guilty plea, said Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., who chairs the GOP campaign committee overseeing next year's Senate elections. "I wish he would stick to his word." You know they're going to be totally passive aggressive with him every time he walks in the room, but what does he care?

Unlike with Vitter, the GOP knows they can fill Craig's seat with a Republican and were ready to do so. Now, the Democrats will be certain to call for his resignation every 5 hours and go on and on about Craig's behavior at the airport, his "almost outing" on the Bill Maher show a couple of years ago and the allegations by a male Congressional intern that Craig solicited him for sex. There's tape of the story on the local ID news as well as Craig's denial. Expect to see that a couple hundred times. Especially if thrice-married adulterer Rudy (with the thrice-married wife) gets the final nod. Social conservatives will punish the GOP in 2008. They're already deserting because of Rudy and the various Red sex-related scandals of the last 7 years.

Craig has no one to blame but himself. His behavior in the airport bathroom, although we all know what it was, did not constitute enough for a conviction to me. He could have fought it. And although the past rumors would of course come up, he would have had a better shot at believable deniability than he does now. It will be interesting to see if the GOP has a plan to get rid of him whether he wants to go or not.
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PIC OF THE DAY

10.04.2007

A Real Connection
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WHO KNEW?


I wasn't even aware that so many Guatemalan children were being adopted in the U.S. This article suggest that as many as 17 a day? Guatemala seeks to slow exodus of babies to U.S. - CNN.com
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THE NEW N-WORD


Roger Cohen's Op-Ed discusses how "neoconservative" has become the equivalent of "liberal" in terms of an insult to the right. Whenever someone is labeled a "neocon" what image do you get? Cheney, Karl Rove, Rummy? What image do you get when you hear "liberal?" Ted Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid? Which side would you rather be associated with? I vote neither, but I'm against labels anyway. The New L-Word: Neocon - New York Times

"But the term, in these Walt-Mearsheimered days, often denotes more than that. Neocon, for many, has become shorthand for neocon-Zionist conspiracy, whatever that may be, although probably involving some combination of plans to exploit Iraqi oil, bomb Iran and apply U.S. power to Israel’s benefit."
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MERRILL LYNCH'S PROBLEMS


One of the most powerful men on Wall Street, E. Stanley O'Neal, overcame many barriers to make it to the top of Merrill Lynch. He had a bold vision, but it seems that his vision is causing Merrill Lynch, and him, a lot of problems, such as a major write-down. 2 Executives Are Ousted at Merrill - New York Times

"The firings also signaled that the aggressive push by Merrill’s chief executive, E. Stanley O’Neal, into riskier markets like leveraged loans, subprime mortgages and complex structured investments — all of which lie beyond the firm’s traditional area of expertise — may be coming back to haunt him."
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BUSH VETO

Bush didn't want any cameras around to see him veto a bill that would expand government health insurance for children. He's already being labeled a heartless thug in much the same way Bill Clinton was labeled when he signed welfare reform. Bush Vetoes Child Health Bill Privately - New York Times. Is it fair? It wasn't fair with Clinton and it isn't fair now with Bush. I'm not sayign that he shouldn't have tried harder to compromise. If he had, when the Democrats refused to budge, the blame could be shared. This way, it's all on him.

The bill wants too much money; too much more than Bush previously agreed to. Bush also says the bill covers too many middle-class families who "don't need it" according to him. That's a touchy issue. Middle class means something different to a lot of people. It's regional and its also a ridiculously wide range.

There are a lot of people who fit in the middle class, but are saying they're still living paycheck to paycheck. But why? In my area, there are many middle class families living in expensive townhouses and driving expensive foreign cars that they lease because they can't afford to buy them. They go out to dinner 3+ nights a week, but complain that they can't afford health insurance. These are the people I think Bush is talking about, but I'm not sure that these are the people the bill is attempting to help.

Key to me is that this bill does not to reform the health care industry. It only takes taxpayer money to help pay for health care for others. It's another big spending bill that requires no accountability to the health care industry.

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I AM A BROKEN WOMAN

My Cubs lost last night and I'm heartbroken. I'm not giving up, but I feel used and betrayed. My root box on the Diamondbacks is clearly not working, so I'll have to come up with something else. Pray for me.
Also, I'm in a conference this morning, so there will not be a lot of posts this morning.
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OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF CHILDREN


Fred Thompson's wife is finally speaking out to all of us who call her a trophy wife. She says she isn't. I didn't really call her a trophy wife. I just said she was 12 years old and I'm concerned that Fred will be arrested before he even gets the chance to run for President.


AP: Still Flogging Jeri Thompson 'Trophy Wife' Jab NewsBusters.org
Reason Magazine - Jeri Thompson: Boldly Going Where Hillary Clinton Went Before

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DEPORTING ARMY SPOUSES

The exception to the rule is that the spouse of men and women who are risking life & limb for the United States should not be deported. I don't mind having them pay a fine, but personally, this is one area where I would write an exception into the law. U.S. sailor: Don't deport my wife - CNN.com
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MOVE OVER CRAB FISHERMEN


They say that Crab Fishermen have the most dangerous job in the world. The men & women in Iraq would probably take issue, but in the world of non-military jobs, working in mines trumps crab fishing in my opinion. This is a disaster. More than 3,000 trapped in South Africa mine - CNN.com. I'm already claustrophobic, so I couldn't imagine being a mine, let along trapped in one.
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ENTERTAINMENT POST

10.03.2007


Halle discusses the trouble she and Gabriel had in getting pregnant. I'm sure it was unbearable having to have sex over and over again with him. The torture. Halle Berry: Pregnancy took a lot of work - CNN.com. Also, she says she wants two.
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This will be filed under NBL for "Not Bloody Likely." ISAIAH RISING. Mrs. Washington, please come get your son.

"There's been some relative excitement about my presence," says the former "Grey's Anatomy" star. "I may end up doing more than five episodes. I don't see myself becoming a series regular but there's some talk about spinning me off into my own show once 'Bionic Woman' becomes a huge hit."
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The Bond is a book about 3 black men, all doctors (and 3-time authors), who found a way to forgive their absent fathers and form a bond. It's interesting to hear what a day like Father's Day, that we all just take for granted, means to kids who grow up without one. Authors and 'Three Doctors' bond with fathers - USATODAY.com
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Booker Rising: 'One Drop' By Bliss Broyard. Booker Rising has a good commentary on a new book by Bliss Broyard about her father passing for white and what this experience has meant for her. The man looks clearly biracial to me, so I'm not sure what the deal is and I've moved beyond this need for people with some black blood to see themselves as black. I don't care for people who are ashamed of their blackness, but if you identify more with your whiteness, then do your thing. Just be honest about it.
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WHAT THE WAR IS COSTING

Nothing means more than the lives of our soldiers, but they aren't the only casualty of this war that will have lasting effects. While this war continues to put us into trillions of dollars of debt to countries like China, everyone else is buying up our companies. Everyone but America will own America. Weak dollar prompts record foreign buyouts of U.S. companies - International Herald Tribune. "European, Asian and Canadian companies are taking advantage of the weaker dollar to buy their U.S. counterparts at a record pace, increasing investment in the United States but also raising fears about a potential loss of jobs and autonomy."
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PIC OF THE DAY

STRAWBERRY SPLASH
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FOREIGN ISSUES POST


A large rebel force killed at least 12 AU peacekeepers, the most since the AU sent peacekeepers into the region. Darfur attack deadliest ever for African Union peacekeepers - CNN.com

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They may be running out of water, but they have plenty of lead. Water Scarcity Threatens China's Future - Environment - New York Times
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LOCAL RACE & POLITICS ROUNDUP


Six men on a corner in Philadelphia say the city doesn't need 10,000 black men to stand up against violence (which they'd never find anyway). They say the city needs jobs, recreation centers, afterschool programs and parents who care for them. We're all tired hearing what needs to happen. Make it happen. Blacks Mull Call for 10,000 to Curb Violence - New York Times
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Planned Parenthood opened a new clinic in the Chicago suburb of Aurora, IL. It is the largest abortion clinic in the country. "On Tuesday, Planned Parenthood's 22,000-square-foot, $7.5 million building was decorated with a bright pink 40-foot banner reading "This Center is Now Open." Some people took issue.
Breitbart.com: Planned Parenthood Opens Near Chicago
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UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!! What is happening to my state of Illinois? It's turning into Europe. Please stop this now. cbs2chicago.com - Oak Lawn Schools Cancel Holiday Traditions
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THE BEAST SPEAKS




She Who Will Not Be Named is whoring herself out to sell another book. Coulter Culture The New York Observer. "If we took away women's right to vote, we'd never have to worry about another Democrat president."
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION UPDATE


A lot of foolishness going on.

Judges still saying that the government has no right to enforce its own laws. Judge extends block on illegal worker plan - Yahoo! News

Chertoff is mad about this and had some very harsh words for illegals. Chertoff: Illegals 'Degrade' Environment

In Dallas, the phones are blowing up reporting illegal immigrants. I'm still not a fan of everyday people just reporting the random Mexican that "looks" like they're illegal. Callers support Irving's deportation policy Dallas Morning News News for Dallas, Texas Latest News

More Mexican flags over American flags being seen around the Southwest. Just when you thought we could work something out, they prove to us that we can't by showing their disdain for this country that they intend to steal. And BTW - placing a non-American flag over an American flag on a pole is against the law. Channel 4 KRNV.com: Flag of Mexico Flown Illegally Over Reno Business

So we now see an incentive for southwestern politicians to not fight as hard as they could against illegal immigration: U.S. states with large numbers of undocumented immigrants could receive additional seats in Congress after the 2010 census is conducted. UPI: Illegals could cost congressional seats

The image of these detention centers all over the country is not a pleasant one. I know that the ones in operation now are overcrowded and the children of illegals in these centers are not going to school while their family is waiting to be deported. VA is now considering building a detention center; which would be the only center in the state specifically for housing illegal immigrants. Immigrant Detention Center Proposed in Va. - washingtonpost.com


More Illegal immigrants who think that wanting a job is justification for breaking the law. Hispanic immigrants sue U.S. city after crackdown - Yahoo! News
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NOT COOL


Where is Al Gore and his spend-cutting hammer now? Federal workers' trips cost $146M - USATODAY.com.

Government employees spent at least $146 million in a year on business- or first-class airline tickets that violated government policies requiring workers to fly coach, a new report says. The abuses could be more widespread because most agencies don't monitor employees' use of costly business-class tickets, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the watchdog arm of Congress.
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CURIOUS

Although the search for multi-millionaire Fossett is off, I'm sure his family will continue to look for him. Search called off for adventurous aviator Steve Fossett - CNN.com. They can afford to look as long as they want, but I just find it so odd that he's missing. Not untrue, but its an odd story. He wasn't over water, according to the air controller tracking his plane before it disappeared, so why can't they find him?
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BURMESE PERSECUTION


Maybe I'm naive, but this is just insane to me. BBC NEWS Asia-Pacific Burmese monks 'to be sent away'. Thousands of monks detained in Burma's main city of Rangoon will be sent to prisons in the far north of the country, sources have told the BBC.

Kidnapping, Jailing, Killing? Where are the sanctions? Where are the consequences for this ridiculous behavior on behalf of the government. Burma isn't an island. They need someone to function; to exist. Those someones need to press hard. The news is reporting that China, of all countries, has begun to put a lot of pressure on the Burmese government. I hope that's true.
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I WAS WAITING FOR THIS

10.02.2007


Anita Hill caveats her NYTimes Op-Ed piece titled, The Smear This Time by asking "Why is Clarence Thomas bringing up the same old lies about me?" Get the popcorn. She sounds like she's about to go off.

"Justice Thomas has every right to present himself as he wishes in his new memoir, “My Grandfather’s Son.” He may even be entitled to feel abused by the confirmation process that led to his appointment to the Supreme Court. But I will not stand by silently and allow him, in his anger, to reinvent me."
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WHAT TO DO


When it comes to Affirmative Action, the NYTimes says that teachers and students are in favor of it. The judicial system....not so much. Colleges and Universities - The New Affirmative Action - New York Times.

The top tier schools need diversity for several reasons. Some are actually interested in the kids getting a diverse point of view and want different voices in the discussion. Among others, it is one aim of college to enlighten students culturally. They're also super PC which kind of stinks, but the truth. They need to appeal to companies who recruit there. If I'm Revlon, AT&T or Arnold & Porter, I need diverse students to recruit to please my clients, my shareholders and expand my customer base. The new customer, no matter what industry you are in, is a person-of-color. That's the national and global reality. Companies like Wal mart refuse to work with law firms that don't have a certain % of minorities. If these schools don't have a diverse pool, these big companies are going to look elsewhere and that hurts the school's "hiring" record.

However, if you bring in students that aren't qualified to be there, they're not likely to do well. They'll get Cs or worse and end up with GPA's that will bring down the school's average and make recruiting there less attractive to companies as well. Recent studies have also shown that these students are more likely to drop out before they can be recruited anyway, or in the case of law school, they can't pass the bar even if they get through law school and end up underperforming at the firms they go to and get fired.
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EGG ON MY FACE


Did I say that the Dow was going to plunge on Citibank's horrible report yesterday? Well, I was wrong and I've never been happier to be wrong. The markets killed yesteday, with a record surge. The DJ ended up over 14,000. CNNMoney.com Market Report - Oct. 1, 2007
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PIC OF THE DAY

BATHROOM SIGN IN THE MIDDLE EAST (whatever!)
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OMG!!! OMG!!!! OMG!! OMG!!!! OMG!!!

10.01.2007

I can't believe I forgot to mention this. That root box I put together on the Milwaukee Brewers worked because MY CUBS WON THE DIVISION! Can you just hear Harry Carey screaming "Cubs Win! Cubs Win! Cubs Win!" The first game is Wednesday night against Arizona in Arizona. I'm not sure when it starts, but I'll be in class until 10pm on Wednesday. I will of course have it on the "Internets," but I want to watch it on TV. Maybe since its in Arizona, it will be late. I'm soooooo happy. And yes, if they lose this series I will erase this post and pretend I never wrote it.
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CHURCH & STATE CASES REJECTED BY SCOTUS


The decidedly right-leaning SCOTUS has already set the stage by refusing to grant certiorari to two church-state cases and social conservative groups are not going to be pleased. High Court won't hear two religion cases - Yahoo! News.

One case was about religious organizations paying for worker's birth control health insurance benefits. NY requires them to and various social service agencies said it violated their 1st amendment right to practice their religion which says birth control is sinful. I think this was a good ruling. Birth control isn't just to prevent births. It is widely used for control of conditions like endometriosis, very painful period cramps and treatment of PCOS, so it is a health care product like any other. My sister was 13 when she got her period and her cramps were so bad that she almost passed out. They crippled her. My parents were not happy about the birth control option, but it made the world of difference for her health, so they did it. It was that, or have her take prescription painkillers every month.

The other case was other over a group of evangelicals who want to hold religious services at a public library. The court in San Francisco said no. Well, get my smelling salts. Who would have expected San Fran to make that ruling? Well, SCOTUS reviewed the case and sees no reason for them to review it. I'm not sure how I feel about this. I have no problem with them using a room in the library as long as they aren't disturbing the rest of the library or trying to involve the library patrons. The Associated Press: Court Turns Down Evangelical Group
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PIC OF THE DAY

SWIMMING IN THE GRASS
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MY ANSWER....YES


ABC News ask, Will Rudy Sink the GOP? I say yes. In the end, those most loyal to the Republican party are the right-wing conservatives. They are the ones who saved him in 2004 and they are growing tired of Rudy saying "9/11" every other word and might be realizing that it isn't as easy as they thought to ignore the fact that he's a total douchebag in his personal life. There is also the "pro-choice" and "illegal immigration shouldn't be illegal" thing. Christian groups are already rebelling, as this NYTimes article tells us. Giuliani Inspires Threat of a Third-Party Run - New York Times
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WOW....JUST....WOW


Citigroup Warns of 60 Pct. Earnings Drop: Financial News - Yahoo! Finance. Today is going to be an ugly day in the market. October & November are supposed to be good months for the market, but I don't think anything can stop this slid. 60% is HUGE.
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JUST BECAUSE


I just think this is the funniest headline EVER! Breitbart.com: Italian archbishop closes convent after nuns come to blows.

Sisters Annamaria and Gianbattista, reportedly upset about their mother superior's authoritarian ways, scratched her in the face and threw her to the ground at Santa Clara convent near Bari in an incident in July that was kept quiet until now.

They just closed the place down.
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HEALTH POST

Ethiopia has coffee-flavored condoms. EthioBlog - DKT launches Coffee-flavoured Condom
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Don't forget that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and sisters, we really have to check ourselves every month and make sure we get a check by the doc in the physical. BAW: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month – and It Strikes Blacks Earlier, is More Lethal. The American Cancer Society estimated more than 19,000 black women would be diagnosed with breast cancer this year -- the second-most common cancer among black women, surpassed only by lung cancer.

There are dozens of Breast Cancer awareness products out there that you can buy and support the cause. Last year, I bought a cute pink laptop case from eBags. They have about 8 different Breast Cancer items. Check them out.
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COMPLETE OUTRAGE

Families making six figures or more in the D.C. suburbs are being subsidized by public housing. How this can even go on is beyond me. Some in Fairfax Public Housing Make Six Figures - washingtonpost.com. I've heard of people abusing the public welfare system, but this is ridiculous considering there are so many people in the D.C. area that really need the help. "In the most extreme cases, Fairfax is underwriting rents for families making well into six figures: One household getting help makes more than $216,000 a year; another, $184,000. Dozens of others -- making $60,000, $70,000, $90,000 -- exceed eligibility caps. And they do so with the tacit approval of county housing administrators, who do little to encourage occupants to move on when their fortunes improve."

Fire the housing administrators and stop the checks now! If you live in this area and pay state taxes, this is YOUR money, so you not only have a right to demand something be done; you have an obligation. Call HUD and start with Fairfax County's division.
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IF YOU CAN'T BEAT EM, JOIN EM


No, I'm just kidding. That is a sarcastically black headline. I think its a good thing that 25% of recruits offered jobs as CIA spies are racial or ethnic minorities; especially Americans of Middle Eastern descent. We need that. CIA sees boost in minority hiring - USATODAY.com.
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