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Books / The 'Secret' US Senate Handbook
« on: September 16, 2014, 03:14:22 am »
Hm.
The 'secret' U.S. Senate Handbook

Was watching my daily dosage of MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show last night and Rachel discovers that USA Today has posted on their website, the extremely rare 'secret' United States Senate Handbook.

The U.S. Senate has for years lived by a secret book of rules that governs everything from how many sheets of paper and potted plants each Senate office is allotted to when Senators can use taxpayer money to charter planes or boats.

The document has never been available to the public — until now.   

That's right!  Downloadable content easily packaged in 6 .pdf pieces. 





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http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/09/14/senate-handbook-secret-rules/15500339/

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Acting / Daniele Watts --- Suspected Of Prostitution & Arrested
« on: September 15, 2014, 08:13:49 am »
911:  DJANGO Actress Arrested By Gumshoe



Los Angeles, CA - According to nbc & Hollywood dot com, actress Daniele Watts has accused officers at the Los Angeles Police Department of brutality and racism after an incident on Thursday, September 11, 2014. The Django Unchained star and her celebrity chef husband Brian James Lucas were kissing in a car in the San Fernando Valley, when they were approached by cops after a resident called police to the scene...


...in other words, she was RACIALLY PROFILED.




Would You Like To Know More?
http://www.hollywood.com/news/brief/57398829/daniele-watts-accuses-cops-of-racism-and-police-brutality
http://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/celebrity/django-actress-daniele-watts-says-cops-cuffed-her-over-pda-n203221

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In The News / NPR scheduled to end 'Tell Me More'
« on: July 29, 2014, 01:19:07 pm »
NPR To End 'Tell Me More'
   
by David Folkenflik
May 20, 2014



Washington, DC - NPR announced Tuesday that it would cease broadcast of the weekday program 'Tell Me More' on Aug. 1 and eliminate 28 positions as part of a larger effort to end the company's persistent budget deficits.

In an interview after the news was announced, Martin sounded shaken, saying her program had exceeded expectations in terms of the number of stations carrying it and had drawn a more diverse audience to NPR.

"To be honest with you, I think we've been casualties of executive churn," Martin said. "Every CEO who has been at this network since I've been here — and how many are there now? Six? Seven? — all of them have supported this program, but none of them have stayed around long enough to institutionalize that support."

She said NPR's record with shows intended to appeal to African-American listeners speaks for itself.

But, Martin said, "clearly, it's not enough in this environment to fulfill an editorial mission. You've got to be supported across the board by every element of the organization. ... And I don't think that's always happened."

Martin admitted having "scar tissue" from her show's cancellation. But she also said she wants to hold NPR to its mission and its promises.

"We've done a lot to show what's possible here and I want to keep that going," Martin said. "I can't say you need to do better at serving these audiences and then walk away from it. I don't think that's fair."





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This is the last week 'Tell Me More' hosted by Michel Martin runs its daily afternoon radio show at NPR and I firmly believe it is a little more than coincidence that this unfortunate turn of events happens just before the 2014 mid-term elections.
Looks like the ultra conservative, republican tea party types are finally getting what they want; they wanted to dismantle NPR ever since President Obama was re-elected.




Would You Like To Know More?
http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/05/20/314256024/npr-to-end-tell-me-more-lay-off-28-people

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Latest Flicks / DEAR WHITE PEOPLE
« on: July 27, 2014, 03:59:03 am »
Sounds familiar?   ;D
Heard this kind of talk before?

Dear White People




(sorry... wrong thread!)

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In The News / Central Park 5 is still ALIVE!
« on: July 26, 2014, 12:11:26 am »
In Shift, New York City Is Quickly Settling Big Civil-Rights Lawsuits
By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD and BENJAMIN WEISER
JULY 24, 2014


Kevin Richardson, left, and Raymond Santana, right, two of the men known as the Central Park Five, appeared in front of supporters last week to discuss their multimillion-dollar settlement with the City of New York. Their convictions were vacated in the rape and beating of a park jogger.


N.Y. / Region -  For more than a decade, the five men whose convictions were vacated in the 1989 rape and beating of a Central Park jogger grappled with New York City for monetary damages for what they had gone through. The city fought them at every turn.

Then, six months into a new administration, the city’s Law Department agreed to a sweeping $41 million settlement with the plaintiffs. The agreement, which is expected to be filed in federal court soon, had been championed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had cited the city’s “moral obligation to respond to that injustice.”


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Why is this topic important? 

Because... those 5 dudes aren't the only victims New York City has managed to badly handle court cases.





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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/25/nyregion/new-york-city-taking-a-seemingly-more-conciliatory-approach-to-lawsuits.html?src=recg

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Acting / Micheal Jace --- Charged With Murder
« on: May 23, 2014, 11:43:58 am »
'Shield' actor Michael Jace officially charged with wife's murder
by Alan Duke

Los Angeles (CNN) - Actor Michael Jace has been formally charged with one count of murder with a gun in the shooting death of his wife, the prosecutor's spokeswoman said last Thursday.





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http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/22/showbiz/shield-actor-michael-jace-homicide-charge/

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I just realized who this actor was; He's the guy who played a Black Panther member in the movie, 'Forrest Gump' and I can remember that scene vividly between Mr. Jace & Tom Hanks!   :o

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Hudlin TV / Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley
« on: November 27, 2013, 11:37:39 pm »
Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley


As part of HBO's documentary series, 'Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley' directed by Whoopi Goldberg is a collection of television clips  and conversations by legendary performers Harry Belafonte, Bill Cosby, Kathy Griffin, Arsenio Hall, Joan Rivers, Jerry Stiller and friends.  Many of them comment on what kind of impression the woman comedian[Mabley] had on their lives, their work and the entertainment world.


Unabashed & funny social commentary of the Civil Rights Movement (she personally knew Martin Luther King Jr.),  her visit to the White House when LBJ was President of the United States and what she experienced in the 1960s through the 1970s is contained in the exploration.


Did you know that Moms Mabley was also the inspiration to Mama Odie from Disney's 'The Princess & The Frog'?  (voiced by Jennifer Lewis).

The television clip that stood out to me was Ms. Mabley's appearance on the Merv Griffin Show. Merv asks her how was her trip to the South. She tells him that the people there loved her.  In fact, they loved her so much that they named her after Roy Roger's horse, Trigger.

"Here, Trigger!" 

"Hey, Trigger!"

...or least that's what she thinks they said. 

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Hudlin TV / SLEEPY HOLLOW
« on: September 16, 2013, 08:15:57 am »
What was supposed to happen 250 years ago...



...continues tonight!

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Hudlin TV / Hell On Wheels
« on: August 26, 2013, 02:22:53 am »
Anyone checking out "Hell On Wheels" on AMC?  The U.S. Government is trying to get the Trans-Continental Railroad on the right track in a post-Civil War setting but there are obstacles, stalls and just plain ol' hard work to get the trains up & running in the wild, wild West.   I don't know why the construction on the railroad is such a problem when Hell On Wheels...
...just makes Common sense.

I know this promotional image is long overdue but I really, really like it and yes...  the show is historically, a great drama. The look & feel of the show kinda reminds me of DJANGO UNCHAINED...

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Keanu Reeves: the future of cinema

Why I made a documentary about the differences - and affinities - between digital and celluloid

"Whoa."

An excerpt:

"For some film-makers picking digital is an aesthetic, as well as a practical, choice. Directors such as Robert Rodriguez and Steven Soderbergh told me they had an ambition for a certain look and realised that only digital cameras could achieve it. Digital has also democratised the film-making process. The availability of cheap, high-quality video has helped increase the quality of low budget film-making (this is certainly true of the expansion in documentary film-making, where digital has enabled people to hit the streets with an affordable means of filming). Where we watch our films is also part of the digital story. Movies are now streamed from the cloud, watched on iPads. They're no longer always shown on the big screen."

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2013/feb/14/keanu-reeves-future-of-cinema

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Feel The Funk / Fontella Bass has passed...
« on: December 27, 2012, 12:25:46 pm »
Fontella Bass
1940 - 2012


Whenever I hear the 1965 R&B hit  song, "Rescue Me", I think of  classic Gospel Pop singers like Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight and Etta James. 

Even if you've never heard of Ms. Bass,  chances are, that you've heard her  record on the radio,  Hollywood movies, and television shows...   even today. :)


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http://mirroronamerica.blogspot.com/2012/07/fontella-bass-unsung.html

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Books / Erica Kennedy has passed away
« on: June 16, 2012, 10:12:54 pm »
*sigh*
Writer Erica Kennedy Has Passed Away
1970 - 2012

According to all of the relevant online sources, a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Oxford University, Erica Kennedy was a novelist, screenwriter and social media strategist. She resided in Miami Beach, Florida and was 42 years old at the time of her death, according to a family member.  Additional details on the circumstances are not available yet.

The former fashion publicist began her writing career as a special correspondent for the New York Daily News women's section then went on to write about fashion and entertainment for magazines such as Vibe, In Style, PAPER and Elle UK.

In 2004 she published a satire on the high stakes world of hip-hop with her debut novel Bling, which went on to become a New York Times best-seller. Five years later she released her second novel, Feminista, a story about smart, modern women. She appeared on PAPER's 140 Characters twitter list in May 2010 and was named by film critic Roger Ebert as one of his top 5 "favorite twits."







Although, I didn't know who this individual was before this unfortunate incident,  I'm always interested in reading about things that I may have overlooked in the past.  Maybe you should, too.




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http://www.theroot.com/buzz/erica-kennedy-author-feminista-bling-dead-reports-say
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/16/erica-kennedy-dead-author_n_1602259.html

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In The News / Gruesome Threesome
« on: June 16, 2012, 06:47:56 am »
Dude came and went at the same time!
Cop dies during 3-way sex; widow wins $3M lawsuit
By Douglas Stanglin, USA TODAY



Hotlanta, GA - A jury has awarded a Georgia woman $3 million over her husband's heart attack, finding that his doctor should have warned the Atlanta cop against strenuous activity like the three-way sex he was having at the time he died, WXIA-TV reports.

William Martinez, a 31-year-old Atlanta police officer, collapsed and died while he and a male friend were having sex with a woman who was not his wife at an Atlanta airport motel in 2009.



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http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2012/06/cop-dies-during-3-way-sex-widow-wins-3-million/1?csp=obnetwork

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Hard Choices / Jeep Grand Wagoneer or The Flintsones?
« on: June 14, 2012, 02:04:30 pm »
2014 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

--- or ---

5,000,000 B.C. Bouldermobile

Hey, I'm all for nostalgia and everything but does anyone believe this is taking the concept a little too far?  
I saw the new Jeep Grand Wagoneer posted on Yahoo! Autos as one of "8 SUVs worth waiting for". In this day and age, why would an automaker think that using side wood-paneling on the exterior of a metal vechicle a novel idea to revisit?  
It was a dumb idea in the 70s at that time, why would anyone want to bring this _______ back now??


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http://autos.yahoo.com/news/8-suvs-worth-waiting-for.html?page=4

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Producing / DISNEY/PIXAR & MARVEL ANNOUNCES...
« on: June 11, 2012, 11:40:56 pm »
Finally!
...A NEW HOWARD THE DUCK MOVIE!
*Waaaugh!*

In the beginning, there was... Howard the Duck, MARVEL's first comicbook movie which 25 years ago, was considered by many to be one of the worst movies ever, however, I've always loved the character from the actual comicbook because of its brilliant social commentary of American pop culture, politics and people.  I'm not certain that this announcement from GeekTyrant dot com is just an elaborate April Fool's joke but I pity the fool who doesn't believe that Howard the Duck doesn't deserve a second chance to shine on the big screen.

Would You Like To Know More?
http://geektyrant.com/news/2012/4/1/disneypixar-and-marvel-announce-a-new-howard-the-duck-movie.html

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