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Hard Choices / Real male or Real female?
« on: October 22, 2018, 06:48:32 pm »

Check out this 30 second television ad presenting the Fall 2018 fashions for The Real Real.

Physiology affects mind and behavior.

I've seen quite a few televsion ads featuring transgenders.

Would you recognize a transgender if you saw one in a television ad?

Real male or Real female?

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In The News / New California law first state to end cash bail
« on: August 29, 2018, 03:47:24 am »
Wednesday, 29 August 2018

New law to make California first state to end bail
by Sophia Bollag

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California will become the first state to eliminate bail for suspects awaiting trial and replace it with a still murky risk-assessment system under a bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Brown’s signature gives the state’s judicial council broad authority to reshape pretrial detention policies ahead of the new law’s October 2019 start date.

Based on the council’s framework, each county’s superior court will set its own procedures for deciding who to release before trial, potentially creating a patchwork system based on where a suspect lives.

Most suspects accused of nonviolent felonies will be released within 12 hours of booking, while those charged with serious, violent felonies will stay in jail before trial.

The new law gives judges wide latitude to decide what to do with other suspects based on their likelihood of returning to court and the danger they pose to the public.

It’s still unclear which suspects would fall into each category or how long they might spend in jail.

California’s new law is the latest development in the nationwide debate over bail, which many people say unfairly punishes people for being poor.

Other states including New Jersey, Alaska and New Mexico have overhauled their bail systems, although no other state has completely eliminated bail.

Advocates of the California law say incarceration should depend on a suspect’s risk to public safety, not the ability to pay.

“Our path to a more just criminal justice system is not complete, but today it made a transformational shift away from valuing private wealth and toward protecting public safety,” the law’s author, state Sen. Bob Hertzberg, a Democrat from Van Nuys, said in a statement.

Opponents, including some social justice groups, argue the new law gives judges too much power to decide who should be released.

Gina Clayton Johnson, executive director of Essie Justice Group, which advocates for women with family members in prison, says she worries the policy will lead to mass incarceration.

She said there’s not enough protection in the law to ensure it doesn’t perpetuate racial bias in the criminal justice system.

“This is a bill that has confused a lot of people because it does do something very positive, which is to end the bail industry,” she said. “Yet what we had to trade for that win actually sets us further back.”

Others, meanwhile, argue it will allow dangerous people to go free and perhaps not return for trial.

Such arguments are playing out in New Mexico after a judge decided to allow the release of several members of an extended family accused of child abuse at a desert compound.

The judge said her decision was tied to recent reforms that set a high bar for holding suspects without bail.

Other states have been watching California as they weigh overhauling their bail systems, said Margaret Dooley-Sammuli, who works on criminal justice issues for the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU has been in talks with more than 30 other states about bail overhaul and is now advising them to avoid using California as a model because its system won’t ensure due process and won’t prevent racial bias, she said.

In California, overarching rules will be set by the judicial council, the policy-making body for California’s courts headed by the state’s chief justice.

The new law lets counties set up their own pretrial assessment agencies or run their risk assessment programs through existing probation departments.

It gives officials 24 hours to determine whether a suspect should be released before trial. That time can be extended by 12 hours if necessary.

Some criminal justice reform advocates worry defendants will spend weeks in jail while their lawyers try to prove they should be set free.

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Books / Douglas Blackmon
« on: August 26, 2018, 06:19:07 am »

Saw this intriguing guest on MSNBC's Politics Nation hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton, Writer  Douglas A. Blackmon talking about his book,  Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II.

Considering that our worn-out, disorganized criminal justice system is utilized as an extension of America's bygone slave era, you might discover Mr. Blackmon's findings on this subject rather useful.

Here's an excerpt from 'Slavery by Another Name':

“When white Americans frankly peel back the layers of our commingled pasts, we are all marked by it.

Whether a company or an individual, we are marred either by our connections to the specific crimes and injuries of our fathers and their fathers.

Or we are tainted by the failures of our fathers to fulfill our national credos when their courage was most needed.

We are formed in molds twisted by the gifts we received at the expense of others.  It is not our “fault.”

But it is undeniably our inheritance.”

In The News / Emmett Till Case Re-Opens
« on: July 13, 2018, 10:36:03 am »
Friday the 13th  July 2018

Justice Department reopens investigation into 63-year-old murder of Emmett Till
by Eliott C. McLaughlin and Emanuella Grinberg

caroline bryant

(CNN) - The investigation of the murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till, barbarous even in an era in which blacks in the South were subjected to untold viciousness, has been reopened based on "new information," according to a US Justice Department report to Congress.
The 1955 slaying was listed in a March report among "activities" the department was pursuing under the 2007 unsolved civil rights crime act that bears Emmett's name.

The act paves the way for the department to "expeditiously investigate" unsolved pre-1980 civil rights murders.

Emmett's crime? He had been accused -- we now know, falsely -- of flirting with and making advances at then-21-year-old carolyn bryant, who, along with her husband, Roy, owned a grocery store in Money, Mississippi.

Emmett had traveled there from Chicago to visit his great-uncle, who lived in the area.

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In The News / New Job Union ruling
« on: June 27, 2018, 07:46:25 am »
Wednesday, June 27th 2018

U.S. Supreme Court rules against unions over non-member fees

by Lawrence Hurley

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday dealt a blow to organized labor, ruling that non-members cannot be forced in certain states to pay fees to unions representing public employees such as teachers and police, shutting off a key union revenue source.

On a 5-4 vote powered by the court's conservative majority, the justices overturned a 1977 Supreme Court precedent that had allowed the so-called agency fees that are collected from millions of non-union workers in lieu of union dues to fund non-political activities like collective bargaining.

The ruling means that the estimated 5 million non-union workers who pay these fees will no longer have to do so.

The court ruled that forcing non-members to pay agency fees to unions whose views they may oppose violates their rights to free speech and free association under the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment.

The ruling deprives unions of a vital revenue stream, undercut their ability to attract new members and undermine their ability to spend in political races.

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In The News / New Search and Seizure Ruling
« on: June 23, 2018, 03:05:48 am »
May 29th 2018

Supreme Court sets new limits on police searches

by Lydia Wheeler

The Supreme Court on Tuesday limited the scope of police searches, ruling that officers must have a warrant to go through a vehicle parked at a home or on its surrounding property.

In an 8-1 ruling, the court reversed a Virginia Supreme Court decision that found the Fourth Amendment’s automobile exception allows for warrantless searches of vehicles anytime, anywhere, including at a home or on its surrounding property, which is known as curtilage.

Citing court precedent in her majority opinion, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said a search within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment has occurred when a law enforcement officer physically intrudes on the curtilage to gather evidence.

“Such conduct as this is presumptively unreasonable absent a warrant,” she said.

She said the lower court ruling would grant constitutional rights to people with the financial means to afford residences with garages in which to store their vehicles, but deprive people without such resources any individualized consideration as to whether the areas in which they store their vehicles qualify as curtilage.

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Feel The Funk / REGGIE LUCAS
« on: May 20, 2018, 02:59:44 am »
Reggie Lucas, Miles Davis Guitarist and Music Producer Passes Away at 65
by Daniel Kreps

Saturday, May 19th 2018

Reggie Lucas, the Grammy-winning musician who played guitar for Miles Davis and later penned and produced some of Madonna's earliest hits, died Saturday at the age of 65.

During his five-year tenure in Davis' band, Lucas would appear on the live recordings that formed Davis' jazz-funk trilogy Dark Magus, Pangaea and Agharta, as well as the saxophonist's classic 1972 album On the Corner and a handful of Get Up On It tracks, including "Rated X, "He Loved Him Madly" and "Mtume." The latter track was named after percussionist James Mtume, who formed the group Mtume with Lucas after their tenure in Davis' band.

Together, Lucas and Mtume wrote Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway's "The Closer I Get to You" and Stephanie Mills' 1980 hit "Never Knew Love Like This Before," which won the 1981 Grammy Awards for Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Performance.

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Latest Flicks / BLACKkKLANSMAN
« on: May 20, 2018, 02:19:33 am »

Spike Lee's latest collaboration with Jordan Peele, 'BLACKkKLANSMAN' may not have earned the highest Palme d'Or prize at the 71st Festival de Cannes Awards as that honor went to Hirokazu Koreda for 'Shoplifters', but he did recieve a positive 10-minute ovation and the Grand Prize trophy as a consolation prize for his efforts.

"I take this on behalf of the People's Republic of Brooklyn, New York,"  Mr. Lee said as he accepted the coveted award.

Mr. Lee's newest movie is getting a positive reaction in the majority of the reviews I've read in cyberspace.

This is the Spike Lee that I remember ever since I walked into Sunrise Cinema on Sunrise Highway, Long Island, NY to view 'She's Gotta Have It' in the Summer of 1986.

Mr. Lee included a dedication in the film to Ms. Heather Heyer, who was killed in Charlottesville by a man driving his car into people protesting white nationalism.

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In The News / 144th Kentucky Derby 2018
« on: May 06, 2018, 03:41:25 am »
I dropped a hint of fortune here at HEF that was sure to come yesterday yet no one paid attention, therefore you 'don't get paid':)

Here are the results, if you don't agree:

10. J - Justice is the star, meaning your reward, regardless of whether it is one of happiness or sorrow.

--- Supreme Mathematics

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« on: April 26, 2018, 07:20:11 am »
40 Years Later... An Arrest

By Faith Karimi

Thursday  April 26, 2018

(CNN) - For decades, a masked gunman nicknamed the Golden State Killer roamed through communities in California, raping dozens of women in a campaign of terror that left 12 people dead.

The suspect allegedly killed 12 people and committed at least 50 rapes in 10 counties in California, police said. Some of the alleged crimes overlapped with his time as a police officer in Auburn, California, authorities said.

From 1973, he was a police officer in Exeter and Auburn. He was fired six years later for shoplifting a can of dog repellent and a hammer from a drugstore, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said.

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Does anyone else really believe this M/Fer is the only murderer and sex offender to become a police officer???

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK music composer passes away

Back in the 70s (and 80s), on Saturday mornings, ABC broadcast hour after hour animated shows dedicated to a young audience, during intermissions would run 'Schoolhouse House' which were short 2 - 3 minute animated tutorials about how American government works, or how to develop basic reading, writing and arithmetic skills.

It was the music from 'Schoolhouse Rock' that made the animated shorts so charming and smart and Mr. Bob Dorough was that guy who knew how to write snappy songs so infectious that fans referenced in Hip Hop to political news shows and comedy shows.

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In The News / 911 IS A JOKE!!!
« on: April 20, 2018, 01:49:41 pm »
 :-[ "Flava Flav was right..."
by Bill Chappell

Thursday April 19th 2018

"Ain't nobody got time for this. For real!"

(Houston, TX) - Crenshanda Williams, a former 911 operator, has been sentenced to 10 days in jail and 18 months of probation on two counts of interfering with an emergency telephone call.

Williams worked at the Houston Emergency Center for about a year and a half before she was fired in 2016.

Her supervisors had realized Williams was responsible for cutting off emergency calls after just a few seconds, often forcing callers to try again — and to wonder why they couldn't get help.

Here's an example:

Hua Li, an engineer, called 911 to report an armed robbery at a convenience store. He had just run out of the store and was calling from the parking lot. On his way out, he heard gunshots.

"They just said, 'This is 911. How can I help you?' I was trying to finish my sentence, and we got disconnected," Li later told KPRC.

"Li called a second time and got a different operator," the station reported. "By the time police arrived, however, the store manager had been shot and killed."

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In The News / OPINION: attacks in Syria overseas
« on: April 15, 2018, 04:06:54 am »
Of course, American military might is being deployed into a near-defenseless Muslim country authorized by a cowardly racist, sex offender and tax/election cheat with no governing experience trying to deflect  attention from the serial scandals surrounding him.

Thank goodness for the Digital Age!

Don't know if this is real or not, however, this image posted from a local newspaper at one of the many sites I often frequent in cyberspace where the reporter asks a very clever American woman a question about the bombing overseas in Syria over the weekend but she throws the questionnaire a curveball in her reply by bringing attention to atrocities happening right here on American soil.

Here's my opinion: Who's In Control?

« on: April 13, 2018, 06:57:20 am »

Behold!  The Tarantula Burger

The Executive's Mansion is currently occupied by a cowardly racist, sex offender who is also a tax & election cheat with no governing experience which signals to businesses like Bull City Burger & Brewery, a restaurant Down South,  to prepare America for a possible post-nuclear society by offering food from animal meat that can actually survive a global thermal nuclear strike.

The question remains...    Can we?

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Books / Walter Mosley's latest
« on: February 17, 2018, 03:16:31 pm »
NPR's 'All Things Considered' hosted by Michele Martin interviews Walter Mosley as he talks about his latest novel, 'Down The River, Unto The Sea' about a Black policeman dealing with a corrupt Criminal Justice System.

Dedicated to Malcolm, Medgar & Martin

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