Very rarely does something make my head jerk and do a double take, but when I saw my Twitter friend and sometimes guest blogger Luvvie joking about the NAACP coming out for the legalization of marijuana in California I had to drop whatever I was doing (writing an email to an associate about Thurgood Marshall) and GOOGLE IT!
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Seven-year-old Aiyana Jones was asleep on her grandmother's couch when at 12:40 a.m. Sunday Detroit police executed a "No-Knock" warrant on the duplex where she lived. In all the confusion -- it's a no-knock so the police just throw a flash bomb grenade in your house and break down the door, guns drawn -- Aiyana's grandmother either got in a confrontation with or bumped into a police officer and it lead to the officer's gun being fired, hitting Aiyana in the neck as she slept.
How many different kinds of messed up is this?
I'm sure it's going to be "fun times" for anyone brown with an accent living in Arizona. Perhaps they can start sewing scarlet "Cs" to their chest to let the cops know that they're citizens before they get the pat down. Or at least that's what I'm envisioning in a state with a more than 30 percent Hispanic population. That means, in general, there are just a lot of legal people there who happen to look exactly like the folks who may be illegal who can all be detained, legally, by the police. All based solely on how they look thanks to a new law passed in Arizona. It's a legal form of racial profiling that will only just affect nearly 2 million people. No big! You know? Unless you're a citizen of Arizona and the United States who feels that they shouldn't have to roll around with their birth certificate or other proof of being a citizen around.
In the most serious case of "Money Myopia" that I've seen in some time, Tavis "Accountability" Smiley just announced his publishing company will be using a ten-foot-pole to touch R. Kelly's upcoming memoirs and publish them.
“We are thrilled to be the conduit through which R. Kelly will tell his own story,” said Tavis Smiley, founder and publisher of SmileyBooks. “He has earned the right to tell his story his own way.”
By Jonathan Pitts-Wiley
Christopher Brown, please take the time to shut you mouth about anything and everything related to possible domestic violence scenarios.
If you all aren’t aware, Breezy has taken exception with the Florida Highway Patrol closing the Tiger Woods case. He feels everything’s so “one-sided”.
I could maybe see how Chris felt he’s been done dirty until I recalled a few things he should take into consideration:
While in New York I've been trying to get caught up on the news and learned about the videotaped beating death of Chicago 16-year-old Derrion Albert. Again, there's a reason why they make you read "Lord of the Flies" in high school to show children for the cruel, amoral monsters they can sometimes be. To essentially stomp a peer to death for fun and to videotape the whole thing is perverse, but not shocking when you think of how throughout history people have been drawn to violence and witnessing that violence first-hand. Per usual, I wonder where any of the adults were in this. One can't control their children at all times, but one would hope that they wouldn't raise little monsters who would murder one of their peers.
In a case of it's always funny until someone gets killed we have the odd case of one Bill Sparkman, a teacher and part-time census worker in rural Clay County, Kentucky. He was found, dead, of apparent homicide on Sept. 12 in a remote part of Daniel Boone National Forest, hanging from a tree. The word "fed" was written on his chest. His truck and computer were found nearby. He'd been doing door-to-door interviews when the incident happened so all door-to-door interviews in the county have been suspended. The FBI is investigating the death.
CNN recently reported the story of Brian Milligan Jr., an 18-year-old white man who was beaten by a group of 10 to 15 black men, possibly because Milligan was dating a black woman, 18-year old Nicola Fletcher. The couple from Buffalo, NY said they'd been regularly harassed by men and boys in the neighborhood because of their relationship. Milligan had even been shot with paintball pellets two days before the incident. His father now wants the attack to be treated as a hate crime.
The Los Angeles County Coroner's office has ruled that Michael Jackson's death was a homicide, meaning his doctor could face criminal charges for the powerful cocktail of drugs he used to treat Jackson's insomnia before he died.
From Associated Press:
The homicide ruling was based on forensic tests that found the anesthetic propofol combined with at least two sedatives to kill Jackson, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press on Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the findings have not been publicly released.
It has become apparent that Jackson has had a dependency on painkillers since the accident that scarred his scalp when his hair caught on fire while filming a commercial for Pepsi in the 1980s. Many, from nurses to other past medical personnel who have claimed to work with the pop star, have said he regularly requested powerful medications to treat his insomnia. But these same medical professionals that fed his habit also had the knowledge to know what a deadly game was being played. So who is at fault? The addict who wanted more or the doctor who knew better?