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Sports Talk / HFL - Hef Football League
« on: August 03, 2008, 06:29:54 pm »
Is anyone interested in playing Fantasy Football?  I've set up a private league on NFL.com, so if anyone is interested in playing this year the league name is HEF Football League and the password is tchalla.  Come on, step up and let's see whatcha got!  It's football season!  WOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!


EDIT:  There are 12 slots total and they have to be filled before we can draft.  Everything is customizable....live draft? automated? let me know and I'll make the changes.

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Vox Populi / From Extreme Makeover To Extreme Foreclosure
« on: July 25, 2008, 12:19:43 pm »


A Clayton County family that got the Atlanta area's first luxury remodeling job from the television show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" now faces foreclosure, according to television news reports.

A foreclosure notice on the home in Lake City appeared last Friday, indicating that a $450,000 second mortgage the owners took out less than 15 months ago was in default, WSB-TV reported.



See, I'm not a Conservative...but it's stuff like this that really irks me!  They were basically given a new lease on life.  No mortgage...a $100,000 in cash...and a luxury home.  I'm sorry, but this is the kind of thing that shouldn't be eligible for the a Fed bailout.  Talk about squandering a golden opportunity.  It's sad and really, really stupid at the same time.

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In The News / Michigan City Cracking Down on Low Hanging Pants
« on: July 09, 2008, 10:15:24 am »
I just peeped this story in USAToday this afternoon...

Mich. city cracking down on low-hanging pants

The police chief is warning residents of Flint, Mich., to pull up their trousers ... or else.

"Some people call it a fad," Chief David Dicks tells the Detroit Free Press, a fellow Gannett newspaper. "But I believe it's a national nuisance. It is indecent and thus it is indecent exposure, which has been on the books for years."



The rest of the article can be found here...

http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2008/07/mich-city-crack.html



Personally, I don't think any government should get involved this closely to anyone's personal life.  Also, it skirts a slippery slope because it's another way to profile people based on the way they're dressed.  What do you guys think?

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Other Comics / X-Men: Messiah Complex
« on: November 03, 2007, 02:22:53 pm »
Ok...I've been one of the most outspoken critics of the X-Men franchise the last couple of years.  I felt it has been too confusing, inaccessible and too movie influenced to be the X-Men I used to enjoy...*cough*inthe80's*cough*.  Well, if the Messiah Complex one-shot is in any way an inkling of what's to come in this x-verse crossover, then they may have finally brought me back into the fold!  This one-shot had a decidedly old-school feel to it.  It reminded me of the old days!  I think it helped a LOT to have only first and second generation X-Men in this book and the pacing of the issue was that of an epic action/adventure movie.  This issue made me really wish they'd just keep Wolverine in the X-Men and terminate his Avengers membership altogether.  IMO, this is Brubaker's best work on the X-Men that I've read.  I don't want to give away spoiler details to people who haven't read the book, so I won't, but to those who have read it...what did you think? 

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In The News / Genarlow Wilson Sentence Overturned!!
« on: June 11, 2007, 09:56:41 am »
Judge orders Genarlow Wilson freed
Served over 2 years of 10-year sentence for oral sex with underage teen

By JEREMY REDMON
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 06/11/07

A judge today ordered that Genarlow Wilson be freed from prison, where he has spent more than two years for receiving consensual oral sex from a 15-year-old girl when he was 17.

Monroe County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wilson also amended Wilson's felony conviction to a misdemeanor without the requirement that he register as a sex offender.
Genarlow Wilson's felony conviction was reduced to a misdemeanor.
 
Wilson's lawyer, B.J. Bernstein, appealed to a judge Wednesday to free him from prison, arguing that his 10-year prison sentence and inclusion on the state's sex offender registry is grossly disproportionate and violates the Constitution.

Continued here...

http://www.ajc.com/news/content/metro/stories/2007/06/11/0611wilson.html

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Sports Talk / Why Does Brett Favre Get a Pass?
« on: May 16, 2007, 12:35:32 pm »
I usually don't agree with Ms. Hill on a lot, but we DEFINITELY agree here.  There's a big front page story on ESPN about Brett Favre and IMO, he's one of the most overrated asses ever to play the game.  He had a couple of good years, stole some of Barry Sander's shine by being a Co-MVP and can do no wrong in the media.  He gets a pass for all of the foul shyt he's done and I, for one, am sick of it and him...it's time for him to pack it in and pack it up.


Packers don't owe Favre anything

By Jemele Hill
Page 2

A friend of mine came up with a great nickname for a certain Super Bowl quarterback in Green Bay, who I think perfected the free pass, not just the zip pass.

"Brat" Favre is what we've begun to call the dwindling diva, because he is again showing in the offseason why he's a member of the Susan Lucci drama club, along with Terrell Owens and Curt Schilling.

If you're Brett Favre, putting yourself on a pedestal
is so easy a caveman could do it.

Mr. 47 Interceptions over the past two seasons -- including a hard-to-top 29 in 2005 -- is in the news because he's unhappy the Packers didn't get Randy Moss, and depending on whom you believe, he may or may not have asked for a trade after the draft.

Most Packers fans seem to believe Favre has earned the "right" to complain and tell his employers how they should run the team, even though his annual should-I-stay-or-should-I-go tango is partly to blame for the Packers' current malady.


The article continues...http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=hill/070516&sportCat=nfl

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Latest Flicks / Catch22 Casts The Black Panther Movie
« on: April 23, 2007, 08:08:27 pm »
I know this probably has been done to death, but what's one more time between family? ;D  Here are my choices for a Black Panther movie if Hollywood would start acting right!!  Ah, if only Hollywood (or even Bollywood) would come calling for my talents!!

First of all we'll start with the Black Panthers...yeah, Panthers...plural...you can't tell T'Challa's story without harking back to T'Chaka...I really wrestled over this one and I think my picks for T'Chaka and T'Challa can be interchangeable....so without further ado, T'Chaka will be played by.....

Michael Jai White




For T'Challa, I wanted a younger actor because I'm always thinking SEQUEL!!  I need a guy that's gonna be around for the 3 or 4 movies spawned from this character, so I chose.....

Derek Luke





Queen Ororo, Storm if you will, has to have a presence about her and be compassionate and tough all at the same time...and all the while she's gotta be sexy, sexy!!  Halle Berry did aight, but I need a berry that's a little darker for my version of Storm, so I chose....


Aunjanue Ellis





Since I didn't know if this would be married Panther or Single Panther, I decided to cast a role for our favorite lounge singer, Monica Lynne.  Heck, if it's married Panther, she could still show up just to help boost the sexy!  IMHO, no actress embodies that quality more than....


Sanaa Lathan (I don't know if she can sing, but DAMN...it don't EVEN matter)





As suggested by Goat, we should have the sparkling Avenger in this movie!  The woman who T'Challa challenged to act like the queen she is!!  Captain Marvel, Photon, Monica Rambeau can only be played by....


Our very own, Tahdigga!!!





I needed a distinguished actor for the role of T'Challa's regent, N'Gassi.  Someone who can take control and make you believe he's the voice of a king in absentia, so I chose....


Obba Babatunde






Now I need a Captain of the Royal Guard.  I need a guy that can have a mean streak and almost have Jack Bauer-esqe qualities.  This was probably the easiest one of all!  W'Kabi can only be....


Roger Cross





Ok...Queen Divine Justice.  I need a woman that can play tough with just a little hint of ghetto, but with the ability to display a softer side.  I'll trust this woman to pull it off...


Regina Hall





What's a movie without bad guys?  Since T'Chaka shows up...I gotta have the vile villain that murdered T'Challa's father!!  Although he played a good guy in his last film, I think he's perfect for Ulysses Klaw...


Daniel Craig





I know, I know...you can't make a Panther movie without the greatest threat to the crown!  The man who would be Panther...Erik Killmonger.  This is probably the most perfect piece of casting so far.


Kevin Grievoux





Last, but not least...we gotta have the craziest BP Villain ever!  Achebe has to be someone with a twisted sense of humor.  Someone who can make you laugh, but then make you fear for your life in the next instant.  For this guy, I had to show some luv to the only actor on the HEF boards!  Gotta keep it in the family!  Achebe IS....


Arvell Poe (a.k.a MastrMynd)




(hey, you don't have an IMDB pic, man...and I heard you were a dead ringer for Willie) :D





Well, that's it!!  Did I miss anyone?  Who would you pick?  I think this would be the greatest comic book movie of all time, but only if I were hired to write and direct it! ;D


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General Discussion / Come on now, Ebony Magazine!!
« on: April 12, 2007, 08:00:05 am »
Now, I like Halle Berry like the next person...but she shouldn't be in the top spot of The 150 Most Influential Blacks in America!  Come on, now!  Ebony dropped the ball on this one...more influential than Oprah and Obama?  I know she's got some clout in Hollyweird, but damn!  Check out the small article here...

http://www.eurweb.com/story/eur32683.cfm

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Latest Flicks / The Last Dragon: Greatest Movie Ever?
« on: April 05, 2007, 09:28:13 pm »
Many people who've read some of my posts know that I'm a fan of the 80's classic Kung Fu epic spectacle known as The Last Dragon.  Siting here tonight watching it for maybe the 200th time, I had to ask myself...is this the greatest movie of all time??  In my humble opinion, yes!!  The movie is WAY ahead of it's time.  Let's break it down scientifically....

First of all...We have the greatest movie poster of all time...it's like Star Wars meets From Here to Eternity! 




Next, we have the ultimate action star for the 80's!  This movie's use of a black kung fu man with a samurai-like since of honor was way ahead of it's time.  The man even caught frickin' bullets with his teeth!! Bullets!  I give you the ultimate 80's mix of blood and roses, sugar and spice...um...Michael Jackson and Bruce Lee!  Bruce Leroy!




What movie can claim greatness without a great villain??  Was he the meanest?? SHO NUFF!!  Was he the prettiest?? SHO NUFF!!  Was he the baddest mo' fo' low down across this town?? SHO NUFF!! The Shogun of Harlem!!  What other villain in movie history had the fashion sense to combine a jheri curl samurai bun and football shoulder pads with Chuck Taylors??  Get up, Leroy...Sho nuff got something real for your ass in these hands!




Isn't it becoming increasingly clear at this point??  Hands down the greatest movie of all time!  The love interest was the original nasti-girl herself...Bruce Leroy was given a gift wrapped, hot as fiyah Vanity before she lost her freaktitude!!  Damn, you could tell she was still on that stuff by the song she was singing...but she still look FOINE in the black leather pants!!  Laura Charles!




This movie is so great and so bad-assed, that big named talent like William H. Macy, Chazz Palminteri, Ernie Reyes, Jr. and Keisha Knight Pulliam were relegated to minor roles!  Less than 2 minutes each of screen time for these future media giants!!  Only a movie as great as the Last Dragon (possibly Coming to America) can boast such a feat!!  Speaking of Keisha...she was a lil cutie in the movie...so precious!



Who knew the girl had all of this in her.....




or this!




But I digress...back to the scientific breakdown...*ahem*


Then in the final showdown between Bruce Leroy and Mr. Nuff...we have the unprecedented glowing of not one, but two black kung fu masters!!  It was a thing of beauty, never to be seen again!!  My only question....How did Leroy keep the activator from burning his eyes when Mr. Nuff dunked him in the barrel!??  The science of this movie boggles the mind!!  :o




This movie also featured some of the best clips of Bruce Lee in action from films such as Chinese Connection, Fists of Fury and Enter the Dragon.  If these arguments don't sway you...How about these little nuggets the movie taught our youth...

*Violence solves everything. 
*Hot women love the karate man. 
*12 year olds know more about sex than their 20-something brothers!

And there you have it!!  How can anyone argue against this movie as the greatest of all time when you break it down scientifically?   

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General Discussion / The Inventor of the Electric Slide Has Lost His Mind
« on: February 20, 2007, 01:56:42 pm »



http://tech.msn.com/news/article.aspx?cp-documentid=3225882&GT1=9132

Has it really come to this?  LOL



By Daniel Terdiman, Staff Writer, CNET News.com
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The inventor of the "Electric Slide," an iconic dance created in 1976, is fighting back against what he believes are copyright violations and, more importantly, examples of bad dancing.

Kyle Machulis, an engineer at San Francisco's Linden Lab, said he received a Digital Millennium Copyright Act takedown notice about a video he had shot at a recent convention showing three people doing the Electric Slide.

"The creator of the Electric Slide claims to hold a copyright on the dance and is DMCAing every single video on YouTube" that references the dance, Machulis said. He's also sent licensing demands to The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Machulis added.

Indeed, Richard Silver, who filed the copyright for the Electric Slide in 2004, said on one of his Web pages that the DeGeneres Show had been putting up a legal fight as he tried to get compensation for a segment that aired in February 2006 in which actress Teri Hatcher and other dancers performed the popular wedding shuffle.

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Sound Off: Can you be sued for doing the 'Electric Slide' wrong?

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The 1998 Digital Millenium Copyright Act governs copyright infringement as well as technology whose purpose is to circumvent measures intended to protect copyrights. Under the DMCA, rights-holders can complain to services like YouTube that content uploaded by users infringes their copyrights.

Silver did not respond to an e-mail sent Friday asking for comment and did not answer several phone calls to his Groton, Conn., home. A representative for the DeGeneres Show declined to comment.

But on the YouTube page Silver himself posted showing the Electric Slide, he wrote, "Any video that shows my choreography being done incorrectly is being removed. I don't want future generations having to learn it wrong and then relearn it as I am being faced with now because of certain sites and (people) that have been teaching it incorrectly and without my permission. That's the reason I (copyrighted) it in the first place."

YouTube has been dealing with a slew of DMCA takedown claims recently. Viacom on Friday demanded the service remove a hundred thousand videos it claimed infringed its copyrights.

Some may find it odd that a dance could be copyrightable, of course. But according to Jason Schultz, a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, dance moves can definitely be protected under copyright law.

"You can copyright the choreography for dances," said Schultz, "and then enforce the copyright against anyone who publicly performs the dance."

Does that mean that everyone who giggles their way through the Electric Slide with the wedding videographer shooting away is violating copyright? No, but the videographer could be at risk. But Schultz said he believes Silver's claims against Machulis and others who have posted videos on YouTube may be questionable.

"Someone who performs it noncommercially or adds their own artistic flair to the dance has a pretty good fair-use argument that their performance is noninfringing," Schultz said.

Because there are only about 20 seconds of actual footage of people doing the Electric Slide out of Machulis' nearly five-minute video, Silver's claim may be on shaky ground, Schultz said.

"Here, it's such a small piece of the video, and such a small piece of the dance (that) I think if (Silver brought) a copyright lawsuit, he would lose," he said.

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