Archive for May, 2011
Ed Schultz sparred with Prof. Cornel West about President Obama after a day after the high-profile scholar and leading black intellectual gave a scathing interview condemning Obama’s term in office.
On Monday, an interview with West appeared on the website Truthdig. In it, West called Obama “a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats. And now he has become head of the American killing machine and is proud of it.”
Schultz did not agree with this critique, and on his Tuesday show, he asked West to explain what he meant. West had also said that Obama didn’t have “backbone.” Schultz mentioned the killing of Osama bin Laden and said, “what are you talking about?” West said he was referring to having “backbone for poor children, misabused workers, those unfairly incarcerated, those middle-class folks who are experiencing downward mobility.” (more…)
Supreme Court OKs warrantless searches
By Tribune Washington bureau and The New York Times
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday gave police more leeway to break into homes or apartments in search of illegal drugs when they suspect the evidence might be destroyed.
The justices said officers who smell marijuana and loudly knock on the door may break in if they hear sounds that suggest the residents are scurrying to hide the drugs.
Residents who “attempt to destroy evidence have only themselves to blame” when police burst in, Justice Samuel Alito said for an 8-1 majority.
In dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote that she feared the ruling in a Kentucky case had handed the police an important new tool. (For more analysis of this decision click here)
“The court today arms the police with a way routinely to dishonor the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement in drug cases,” Ginsburg wrote. “In lieu of presenting their evidence to a neutral magistrate, police officers may now knock, listen, then break the door down, never mind that they had ample time to obtain a warrant.” (more…)
Here’s what author Bill McKibben has to say about it: “You spend half your life in Internet space, but trust me—you don’t understand how it works. Eli Pariser’s book is a masterpiece of both investigation and interpretation; he exposes the way we’re sent down particular information tunnels, and he explains how we might once again find ourselves in a broad public square of ideas. This couldn’t be a more interesting book; it casts an illuminating light on so many of our daily encounters.”
FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker is leaving the FCC to become a lobbyist for Comcast – just four months after she voted to approve the Comcast-NBC merger.
Commissioner Baker has avoided the spotlight since news of her move to Comcast first broke. She ducked a public meeting at the FCC yesterday, and was a no-show at a congressional hearing today.
We can see why she’s embarrassed. This morning, the New York Times wrote that Congress must take up new restrictions against officials — like Baker — who skip out on public service to lobby for the companies they’re supposed to regulate. This is just the latest – but perhaps most blatant — example of so-called “public servants” cashing in on companies they are supposed to be regulating. But Baker’s jump to Comcast is particularly egregious. As recently as March, the commissioner was giving speeches complaining that the Comcast-NBC deal “took too long.”
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Barry Reese, better known as rapper Cassidy has been arrested for probation violation. He is also a suspect in a murder and two attempted murders in Philadelphia according to NorthJersey.com
The arrest took place Saturday (May 14) in Hackensack, New Jersey after police there were tipped off by Philadelphia authorities that Reese had outstanding warrants.
Philly police had warned their New Jersey counterparts that they should consider Cassidy “armed and dangerous,” and that this was a “high-risk warrant.” Reese was arrested without incident after leaving a local convenience store.
This isn’t Reese’s first run-in with the law. In 2006 he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in a Philly shooting case, and he was sentenced to 11 and a half to 23 months in jail.
Trump’s office released an official statement outlining The Donald’s reasons for bowing out of the 2012 presidential race . The news came as a surprise to some, especially considering the ground Trump was gaining among 2012 Republican hopefuls.
In the past few months, he delivered speeches to national GOP groups and traveled to early primary states like New Hampshire and Nevada. During that time, he reignited the so-called “birther” controversy by perpetuating falsehoods about Obama’s birth place, insisting that questions were unanswered about whether the president was born in Hawaii. (more…)
PHILADELPHIA — Donovan McNabb wants to call for the bell and end this one-sided fight with Bernard Hopkins.
The agent for the Washington Redskins quarterback and former Philadelphia Eagles star released a statement Thursday that said Hopkins’ racially tinged insults about McNabb, “are dangerous and irresponsible.”
“It perpetuates a maliciously inaccurate stereotype that insinuates those African-Americans who have access to a wider variety of resources are somehow culturally different than their brethren,” Fletcher Smith said.
Hopkins, the former middleweight champion, has verbally bashed McNabb like a punching bag for years. Hopkins, a Philadelphia native and die-hard Eagles fan, has repeatedly criticized McNabb for a variety of perceived grievances. (more…)
The father of Jersey Shore star Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino has launched into an expletive filled rant against his son.
Frank Sorrentino posted angry videos on YouTube last week about his famous offspring and the rest of his MTV show co-stars.
One video starts off with the title on the screen saying: ‘F*** the Little F***’.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1386389/Father-Jersey-Shore-star-Mike-Sorrentino-goes-expletive-filled-video-rants-son.html#ixzz1MVw31bVL
By now many folks have heard Joe Budden’s song “No Ordinary Love Sh*t Pt. 3? which details his turbulent relationship with Esther Baxter, including the night of violence that split them apart and claimed the life of their unborn baby.
As you might imagine, Esther never wanted her personal life to become public fodder, but since that decision was taken out of her hands she is speaking out and giving the world her side:
According to ESPN,Boxer Bernard Hopkins, a Philadelphia Eagles fan, has ripped Donovan McNabb before. On Tuesday, he took his apparent disdain for the quarterback to another level.
Hopkins, in Philadelphia for his May 21 fight against Jean Pascal, invited reporters to watch him train Tuesday and decided to take additional verbal jabs at McNabb and even implied that the Washington Redskins quarterback wasn’t black enough.
“Forget this,” Hopkins said, according to the Philadelphia Daily News, and pointed to his own skin. “He’s got a suntan. That’s all.”
According to Hopkins, McNabb had a privileged upbringing in Chicago and isn’t as tough as himself, current Eagles quarterback Michael Vick or Cincinnati Bengals receiver Terrell Owens, who famously had a falling out with McNabb before being released by Philadelphia in 2006. Hopkins said Tuesday that McNabb and Owens essentially didn’t speak the same language. (more…)