This blog will be about whatever suits my fancy. Chances are, it will concentrate on media misrepresentations of the American "Black community", Black politics, politics in general, and whatever else I want to mentally masturbate about.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Leslie Nielsen, who went from drama to inspired bumbling as a hapless doctor in "Airplane!" and the accident-prone detective Frank Drebin in the "Naked Gun" comedies, has died. He was 84.
His agent John S. Kelly says Nielsen died Sunday at a hospital near his home in Ft. Lauderdale where he was being treated for pneumonia.
Claude Jones always claimed that he wasn’t the man who walked into an East Texas liquor store in 1989 and shot the owner. He professed his innocence right up until the moment he was strapped to a gurney in the Texas execution chamber and put to death on Dec. 7, 2000. His murder conviction was based on a single piece of forensic evidence recovered from the crime scene—a strand of hair—that prosecutors claimed belonged to Jones.
But DNA tests completed this week at the request of the Observer and the New York-based Innocence Project show the hair didn’t belong to Jones after all. The day before his death in December 2000, Jones asked for a stay of execution so the strand of hair could be submitted for DNA testing. He was denied by then-Gov. George W. Bush.
A decade later, the results of DNA testing not only undermine the evidence that convicted Jones, but raise the possibility that Texas executed an innocent man. The DNA tests—conducted by Mitotyping Technologies, a private lab in State College, Pa., and first reported by the Observer on Thursday—show the hair belonged to the victim of the shooting, Allen Hilzendager, the 44-year-old owner of the liquor store.
Because the DNA testing doesn’t implicate another shooter, the results don’t prove Jones’ innocence. But the hair was the only piece of evidence that placed Jones at the crime scene. So while the results don’t exonerate him, they raise serious doubts about his guilt. As with the now-infamous Cameron Todd Willingham arson case, the key forensic evidence in a Texas death penalty case has now been debunked.
“The DNA results prove that testimony about the hair sample on which this entire case rests was just wrong,” said Barry Scheck, co-founder of the Innocence Project, in a statement. “Unreliable forensic science and a completely inadequate post-conviction review process cost Claude Jones his life.”
Jones was 60 years old when he was executed on December 7, 2000—the last man put to death by then-Gov. Bush. The Observer and three innocence groups recently obtained the hair after a three-year court battle and submitted it for mitochondrial DNA testing.
It's definitely a singing jazz album. If you think about the movies that have scenes in the smokey jazz club where you have the sophisticated/hipsters/lovers/those getting their mack on, and you have the singer fronting a small ensemble as the hero or protagonist comes in and settles down and orders a shot of some mixed drink or maybe a drink over the rocks from the foine waitress in the slinky dress...
This is it.
You put this on for a dinner with candles or when you draw the bath with bubbles, candles, body oils and incense. This is when you want to do the long slow grind not the bumping uglies slammin mcnasty. This is on when you don't have to rush and you can lay on the bed, butt nekkid without having to worry about kids coming in and seeing the "after glow."
This is chill. This is mature. It sort of hurts that he sounds like Al Jarreau, but this is GOOD MUSIC. "Share My Life" is better than the first release, "Why Would You Stay" and I considered that one to be one of 2010's best songs. There's a "duet" with Jill Scott that's not really a duet but she does have a speaking/spoken word part that displays her spoken word ability, which is damn good.
Donovan McNabb will be Mike Shanahan's quarterback beyond 2010, McNabb's agent confirmed.
"We're very happy about the situation," Fletcher Smith said. "We've been working on this for a while now, and we're obviously glad to get it done. Donovan's very happy about the situation because this is where he wanted to be all along.
"From the first day we spoke, I told you this is what Donovan wanted: to have a long career in Washington and end his career here. That never changed. And the fact that we could get this done tonight, with the Redskins playing the Eagles on Monday night and everything that goes with that, I couldn't have written a better script."
Once again Black Democrats in Congress demonstrate exactly how much power the Black Democrats SHOULD have and how they, the Black Democrats, squander it and continue to submit to their white Democrat masters. Yes, that's harsh, but what else can be said for this (H/T Booker Rising):
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi averted a potentially divisive leadership fight between two of her top lieutenants as Democrats prepared for minority status next year.
Under an arrangement reached late yesterday, Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the current majority leader, would get the No. 2 job of minority whip come January. Jim Clyburn, now majority whip, would hold the third-ranking position in the newly created post of assistant leader.
“Should I receive the privilege of serving as House Democratic leader, I will be very honored to nominate our outstanding colleague, Congressman Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, to serve in the number three House Democratic position,” Pelosi, 70, said in an e-mailed note today to fellow Democrats. Clyburn’s “strategic leadership as whip was crucial to our passage of historic legislation on jobs, health care, veterans and Wall Street reform on behalf of the American people,” she said
I think Clyburn should have stood firm and fought it out with Rep. Hoyer. Why be appeased with a created just for you to keep the Blacks happy position? This is about politics and power and Black Democrats should CONTROL things, but instead, they refuse to step up and stand firm. Again, a bunch of punks. They took a bone when they should be eating steak.
To that end, we believe Obama should announce immediately that he will not be a candidate for reelection in 2012.
It is no secret that we have been openly critical of the president in recent days, but we make this proposal with the deepest sincerity and hope for him and for the country.
I don't recall anyone writing an op-ed piece that says the sitting President of the United States, who happens to be a member of the party the writer belongs, advise the sitting President to not run for the second term.
Again, I think these incidents should be data points that make Black Democrats reconsider their party affiliation or, at least, vote out the current weak kneed Black Democrats and vote in Black Democrats who are willing to stand up to the power structure.
Why the hate on Tyler Perry for bringing a play done in the 70s to the big screen? Perry did the screen play, with collaboration of the original author and, he claims, he couldn't do the movie without putting in "one good man."
And I'm not even going to get into how he has built wealth AND entertainment power by catering to "us folks." I don't get into the male bashing, but I'm just saying I think it's over the top. Don't blame Perry, blame the author of the play and book.
For years Rush Limbaugh has had harsh words for people who are independents. He has said they are liberals who will vote for the Democrats because if you aren't a conservative, you are a liberal. After Obama won the election, he pointed to the independents that voted for Obama as proof. He hasn't been alone. Other conservative pundits have said the same thing.
This election cycle, the same pundits highlighted and praised the fact that the independent vote broke in favor of Republicans. So, when independents voted for Obama, they were stupid and didn't pay attention. When the voted for Republicans, they are smart and see what's happening, according to them.
Divided government is here. The Republicans will talk a good game of repealing the health care law but with the Democrats still controlling the Senate and President Obama still having the power of the veto, I don't see the law being repealed.
If the Republicans in Congress believe this is a referendum on Obama and that the voters are giving them a second chance, that the voters did not vote FOR Republicans but AGAINST the direction Obama is going, then the House should NOT select Boehner as the Speaker of the House.
In 2006, Dems got control of Congress because the voters were tired of Bush and some of the goings on with the administration. The under reported aspect of it was conservatives staying home because they were not satisfied with Republicans and Bush.
In 2008, candidate Obama won because of a strong turnout which helped the Democrats because independents went for Democrats, it's said, because of a Bush hangover. It didn't matter if conservatives stayed home or not because the voters backing Obama were energized and came out in full force.
In 2010, with the Tea Party up in arms against Obama, and with the Tea Party really being a conservative uprising, they set sights, first on Republicans in the primary races and then really unloaded on Democrats AND President Obama in the general elections. Not only was it the House of Representatives, but it was state assemblies and head of states that switched.
Yes, there are typically changes against the President's party in off year elections but this is more. Conservatives were energized, partially because Obama is Black, but also because of the out of control spending of Congress. Bailouts to the car companies, bailouts for the financial companies, "stimulus packages" that were mostly pork, and a massive health care change that I bet most congress-critters didn't even read are just too much.
The real question is will they incoming freshmen be co-opted as Trent Lott said needed to be done or will nuts like Rand Paul, Allen West, Tim Scott Michele Bachmann, et al keep the Republicans in check as they claim they will do?
And as for Obama, he better learn how to triangulate or he is a one term president.
This vote was a referendum on Obama. And the odd thing is, Democrats in the House are more liberal as the conservative and moderate Democrats got wiped out and it appears those who voted wanted to get rid of the more left leaning politicians.