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Meet the Disbarred Lawyer In Charge of the NAACP’s L.A. Chapter

Via the Los Angeles Times:

The head of the Los Angeles Chapter of the NAACP is coming under scrutiny in the wake of the organization’s decision to give awards to Donald Sterling.

The group granted Sterling an award in 2009, the same year the real estate magnate and L.A. Clippers owner paid $2.73 million to settle U.S. government claims that he refused to rent his apartments to Latinos and blacks in Koreatown. The chapter was set to give Sterling a second award when a recording emerged in which a man said to be Sterling asked a female friend not to publicly associate with African Americans.

Leon Jenkins, president of the NAACP branch, has been a focus of attention in recent days.

While a Detroit judge, Jenkins in 1988 was indicted on federal bribery, conspiracy, mail fraud and racketeering charges, according records from the State Bar Court of California.

Authorities at the time alleged that Jenkins received gifts from those who appeared in his court and committed perjury, the records show. He was acquitted of criminal charges. But in 1994 the Michigan Supreme Court disbarred him, finding “overwhelming evidence” that Jenkins “sold his office and his public trust,” according to the bar records. . .

Like I wrote the other day: the NAACP was Sterling's enablers in all this. -

Great White Shark Tagged Off Cape Cod Surfaces in the Gulf of Mexico

Via AP:

Scientists say the satellite tag for a great white shark has appeared in the Gulf of Mexico off Florida’s west coast.

Ocearch, a nonprofit organization that researches and tracks sharks, reports that “Betsy,” a 12-foot, 1,400-pound female, was found swimming about 63 miles off Boca Grande on Friday.

The shark was tagged during an August 2013 Ocearch expedition off Cape Cod. The expedition included scientists from Mote Marine Laboratory, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries. . .

No doubt in search of lower taxes. - Greg Pollowitz
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Get Your Geek On: New Godzilla Trailer

Via YouTube:

Is that Rodan? - Greg Pollowitz

War On Women: Dem Governors Association Giving Up On Wendy Davis

Via the LA Times:

If Washington was reeling on Tuesday, the vertigo may have stemmed from something rare: blunt honesty from the mouth of an elected official.

Really.

It occurred as Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, head of the Democratic Governors Assn., detailed for reporters the group’s target races this year.

Top tier: Maine, Pennsylvania, Florida. Second tier: Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin. Fingers crossed: South Carolina, Georgia, Kansas, Arizona.

Notably absent was one of the supposed marquee races of 2014, Democrat Wendy Davis’ effort to derail Republican Greg Abbott in Texas.

Shumlin sent an unmistakable signal that the moneyed organization had better places to place its dough.

“We all understand Democrats haven’t won Texas in a long time,” he said, after a reporter noted that Texas had not been included among his targeted states.

Over to you, Dems. -

War On Women: Dem Governors Association Giving Up On Wendy Davis

Via the LA Times:

If Washington was reeling on Tuesday, the vertigo may have stemmed from something rare: blunt honesty from the mouth of an elected official.

Really.

It occurred as Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, head of the Democratic Governors Assn., detailed for reporters the group’s target races this year.

Top tier: Maine, Pennsylvania, Florida. Second tier: Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin. Fingers crossed: South Carolina, Georgia, Kansas, Arizona.

Notably absent was one of the supposed marquee races of 2014, Democrat Wendy Davis’ effort to derail Republican Greg Abbott in Texas.

Shumlin sent an unmistakable signal that the moneyed organization had better places to place its dough.

“We all understand Democrats haven’t won Texas in a long time,” he said, after a reporter noted that Texas had not been included among his targeted states.

Over to you, Dems. - Greg Pollowitz
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Meet the Cast of Star Wars VII

Via StarWars.com:

The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.

Director J.J. Abrams says, “We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. The movie opens worldwide on December 18, 2015.

At least there's no Jar Jar Binks. . .yet. . . - Greg Pollowitz

Kerry: I Was For Calling Israel an Apartheid State Right Before I Was Against It

Via The Guardian:

The US secretary of state, John Kerry, has apologised for warning that Israel risked becoming an “apartheid state” if it did not reach a peace deal with the Palestinians, following a barrage of criticism in America.

In a statement, Kerry hit back at what he described as “partisan political” attacks against him, while stating that in retrospect he would have chosen a different word.

He said that apartheid was “a word best left out of the debate [in the US]” despite the fact that there have been similar warnings from senior Israeli politicians.

Kerry insisted his remarks were only an expression of his firm belief that a two-state solution was the only way to end the long-running conflict.

Kerry’s reported comments, and his retraction, come at a sensitive time for the peace process, suspended by Israel last week after the agreement between the Palestine Liberation Organisation and Hamas to reconcile and try to form a unity government. . .

He really hasn't changed since losing to Bush. He still thinks he's the smartest guy in the room and that whatever mumble-jumble he speaks is gospel. - Greg Pollowitz

Racism? Ralph Nader: Impeach Obama!

Via Yahoo! News:

What if Washington politics were no longer defined by partisan gridlock but instead by a cross-party alliance that forged solutions? The alliance would be unstoppable.

That’s the premise of the new book “Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State” by longtime political activist and five-time presidential candidate Ralph Nader, who contends that such a left-right alliance is not just the stuff of imagination but is actually emerging.

“On Capitol Hill, I’m seeing more and more in Congress, left and right,” Nader told “The Fine Print.” “It was a vote in the House over a year ago over the NSA snooping, it almost broke through … so we’re beginning to see formulations that once they click together, they’re unstoppable.”

Nader was referring to a vote in July 2013 over a measure known as the Amash Amendment that would have curtailed the National Security Agency’s ability to collect bulk phone call data. The measure narrowly failed by 12 votes, in part due to a concerted White House lobbying effort on Capitol Hill. . .

I hope this means Nader is running in 2016. Run, Ralph, run! - Greg Pollowitz

Kentucky Derby Prep: How To Make a Mint Julep

Via Maker's Mark -- YouTube:

News you can use. - Greg Pollowitz

Ehud Barak Prefers Putin to Obama?

Via Arutz Sheva:

Former prime minister Ehud Barak paid high compliments to Russian President Vladimir Putin in a television interview for the RT news network, which is identified with Putin’s regime, and hinted that US President Obama is too ideologically rigid.

“I think that President Putin behaved in an extremely responsible way and I don’t want to go into details, in regard to both these crises – both in Syria and in Iran,” Barak told Oksana Boyko, host of Worlds Apart.

[. . .]

He also complimented Putin’s approach to Jews. “Israel always has a special filter to look at things and that is the attituded toward Jews,” he explained. “Putin, when you compare him to the people who sat in the Kremlin in the last 500 years, 600 years, he is the most open one, and Ilook at the attitude to Jews from the Kremlin as telling, and Putin has the most kind of open, normal, intuitive [approach].”

Barak said that under Obama, there is “unprecedented intimacy” in Israel-US defense ties and that Obama is “an extremely intelligent person with good intentions” but hinted that he is not realistic about what can be achieved and that he does not understand that sometimes there is more than one perspective on an issue.

Maybe instead of the State Department using old Barak quotes to defend John Kerry, it should focus on Israel's current political climate? Just a thought.

- Greg Pollowitz

New Sanctions Announced Against Russia

Via the New York Times:

The United States on Monday imposed additional sanctions against Russian government officials and companies deemed close to President Vladimir V. Putin, accusing Moscow of failing to live up to its agreement to defuse the crisis in Ukraine.

The Obama administration ordered travel bans and asset freezes for seven Russian officials, including two said to be in Mr. Putin’s inner circle, and froze assets for 17 companies. Thirteen Russian companies will also face additional restrictions as the government will cut off the export or re-export of American-made products to them.

Additionally, the State and Commerce Departments announced a new policy to deny export license applications for high-technology items that could contribute to Russia’s military capabilities. The two departments will revoke existing export licenses along those lines, the White House said in a statement.

Among those targeted on Monday was Igor I. Sechin, president of the state-owned Rosneft oil company and a longtime Putin adviser. Although administration officials said over the weekend that they also expected Aleksei B. Miller, the head of the energy giant Gazprom, to possibly be targeted, Mr. Obama ultimately chose a list that did not include him.

Others who face sanctions include Dmitry N. Kozak, a deputy prime minister; Vyacheslav V. Volodin, a deputy chief of staff to Mr. Putin; and Aleksei Pushkov, the chairman of the international affairs committee of the State Duma, the lower house of Parliament. The companies targeted included several banks, including Sobinbank, and energy companies like the Stroytransgaz Group and various related entities. . .

- Greg Pollowitz

Obama Criticizes America During Presser with Malaysian P.M.

Via the NYT:

. . .Speaking at a news conference with Prime Minister Najib Razak, Mr. Obama treaded politely into these issues. He said he pressed Mr. Najib during their meeting about Malaysia’s civil liberties and human rights record, which has come under fresh scrutiny in recent weeks because of the legal travails of an opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim.

“The prime minister is the first to acknowledge that Malaysia has still got some work to do on these issues, just like the United States, by the way, has some work to do,” Mr. Obama said.

“Prime Minister Najib came in as a reformer, and one who is committed to it, and I am going to continue to encourage him as a friend and as a partner to make sure we’re making progress on that front,” he said, as the Malaysian leader looked on gravely.

But Mr. Obama did not meet Mr. Anwar, a former deputy prime minister whose January 2012 acquittal on sodomy charges was thrown out by an appeals court last month, putting his political comeback in jeopardy. Mr. Anwar’s first trial in 1999, which ended in a conviction and six years in jail, was widely condemned as politically motivated. . . 

 

No, Mr. President: the United States record on human rights is nothing like Malaysia. And way to vote "present" by not meeting Anwar. - Greg Pollowitz

President Selfie Strikes Again

Via Twitter -- Mohd Najib Tun Razak, PM of Malaysia:
Very cute. Now, where's the plane? - Greg Pollowitz

Rahm’s Chicago: Woman Killed After Anti-Violence Event

Via Chicago Tribune:

Leonore Draper was minutes away from entering her West Pullman home after an anti-violence charity event she attended Friday night when she was shot and killed.

Police found Draper, 32, shot in the chest and arm in a parked car near her home in the 11600 block of South Laflin Street in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side at about 10:35 p.m., about 30 minutes after the fundraiser she went to was over. She was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn at 12:32 a.m., according to the medical examiner’s office.
 
“The irony behind her getting shot… is beyond me,” said Fallon Barrett, 33, who has been close friends with Draper since high school. “I feel like I’m in this really bad dream that I wanna wake up from.”. . .

- Greg Pollowitz

UPDATE: 26 Shot in Chicago Since Friday Afternoon

Via Chicago Tribune:

At least four people were killed and 26 wounded in a 16-hour wave of shootings on Chicago’s South, West and Southwest sides starting Friday afternoon, according to police.

The number of people shot in the city since early Friday afternoon is now well more than half the number shot the entire previous weekend, the city’s most violent of the year to date.

Among those killed were a 17-year-old boy, a 32-year-old woman, and a 21-year-old man.

An 86-year-old man was also killed in a neighborhood dispute involving an off-duty police officer Friday afternoon.  Authorities said the officer’s neighbor shot and injured the officer’s wife about 2:15 p.m., prompting the officer to fatally shoot the neighbor in self-defense and then shoot the neighbor’s wife after she picked up a shotgun her husband had been holding. . .

- Greg Pollowitz

Chicagoland: 17 People Shot Since Friday Evening

Via the Chicago Sun Times:

Three people were killed and at least 14 others were wounded in shootings since Friday evening in the city.

The shootings all occurred within a seven-hour period, beginning 7:15 p.m. Friday.

The most recent fatal shooting happened early Saturday in the West Side Austin neighborhood, killing a 17-year-old boy.

Jaquez Williams was standing in the 5500 block of West North Avenue about 2 a.m. when an unknown person approached him and shot him in the head, authorities said. . .

- Greg Pollowitz

Best GOP Political Ad Ever? Meet Dr. Monica Wehby

Via Monica for Oregon:

 

 

You'll want to have some tissues handy. . .

- Greg Pollowitz

Former KKK Leader/Alleged Killer Caught with Black Male Prostitute Dressed as a Woman

Via KFOR:

The former Ku Klux Klan leader charged with killing three people at Kansas City Jewish centers was caught with an African American, cross-dressing prostitute back in the 1980s.

North Carolina’s WGHP reported Raleigh police caught Glenn Miller in the backseat of a car, engaged in a sex act with a black male prostitute who was dressed as a woman.

WTVD said it found this information when researching Miller’s past in the area.

According to WGHP, officials said Miller wasn’t charged for the incident likely because the government was pursuing a much larger case against him.

Miller is currently facing charges for killing a boy and his grandfather, who was a doctor in Duncan, Oklahoma, outside of a Jewish community center weeks ago.

He also allegedly killed a woman at a Jewish assisted living center. . .

 

- Greg Pollowitz

Florida School Stops Giving Students Mountain Dew Before Standardized Tests

Via AP:

A central Florida elementary school has stopped a long-standing practice of serving students Mountain Dew before standardized tests.
 
Florida Today reports that a woman contacted local media outlets after learning that students were being served three tablespoons of soda and some trail mix before taking the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test.

Brevard County schools spokeswoman Michelle Irwin says they’ve advised officials at Creel Elementary School to provide only water to students.

 Irwin says Principal Kathryn Eward started serving soda and trail mix about 10 years ago after reading about its positive effect on students taking tests. . .

I think we need to start testing teacher and principals instead of students. - Greg Pollowitz

POTUS in Japan: ‘The Robots Are a Little Scary’

Via ABC News:

President Obama today got up close and personal with the latest in Japanese science and technology, including an encounter with a humanoid robot named “ASIMO.”

During a photo op at the Miraikan museum, which showcases Japanese emerging science and innovation, Obama and the robot bowed at each other and even had a conversation in English.

“It’s nice to meet you,” ASIMO said in an electronic voice. “I can kick a soccer ball, too.”

“OK, come on,” Obama said in wry disbelief.

ASIMO, or Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, accepted the challenge, fetching a ball, stepping back, then punting it toward the president. Obama deftly trapped the ball with his foot.

“How about that, that was pretty impressive,” he said.

The robot, which was designed by Honda, told the president it had learned to jump and started to demonstrate.

Later, in remarks to students and civic officials at the museum, Obama joked that “the robots are a little scary. They’re too lifelike.” . . .

- Greg Pollowitz

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