Daily Archives: July 29, 2010

Michael Jackson’s Seven Doctors Not Criminally Charged in His Death

This is not right, in my opinion…

Black Voices

As investigators continue to probe the circumstances surrounding the death of pop phenom Michael Jackson, California State Attorney General Jerry Brown’s Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement has not filed charges against seven of the doctors who treated the entertainer.

Conrad Murray, who was Jackson’s personal physician, was not part of the seven doctors who were scrutinized by the agency. Murray is, however, facing up to four years in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter charges in the death of Jackson. Jackson died last June after suffering cardiac arrest. Murray is accused of allegedly giving the pop icon a dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol and a mix of other drugs that may have contributed to his death at age 50.

The Los Angeles police department requested that Brown’s office investigate the prescribing practices of the doctors who had Jackson as their patient. A spokesperson for Brown’s office says that one of the doctors has been referred to the California Medical Board for prescribing drugs to a Jackson alias.

The state investigation tracked doctors who prescribed controlled substances, recorded the number of prescriptions issued and kept tabs on who was taking the drugs.

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President Obama On ‘The View’: Flustered By Mel Gibson & Snooki Questions (VIDEO)

In spite of the normal right-wing bitching and moaning about anything Barack Obama does, the show was dignified and went very well.

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Shirley Sherrod To Sue Andrew Breitbart

Good for Shirley Sherrod!  Perhaps Andrew Breitbart will think twice before writing a scathing piece by manipulation and an insidious intent to bring down a person based on absolute lies.  Fox News should be sued as well.

Huffington Post

Ousted Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod said Thursday she will sue a conservative blogger who posted a video edited in a way that made her appear racist.

Sherrod was forced to resign last week as director of rural development in Georgia after Andrew Breitbart posted the edited video online. In the full video, Sherrod, who is black, spoke to a local NAACP group about racial reconciliation and overcoming her initial reluctance to help a white farmer.

Speaking Thursday at the National Association of Black Journalists convention, Sherrod said she would definitely sue over the video that took her remarks out of context. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has since offered Sherrod a new job in the department. She has not decided whether to accept.

Sherrod said she had not received an apology from Breitbart and no longer wanted one. “He had to know that he was targeting me,” she said.

Breitbart did not immediately respond to a call or e-mails seeking comment. He has said he posted the portion of the speech where she expresses reservations about helping the white farmer to prove that racism exists in the NAACP, which had just demanded that the tea party movement renounce any bigoted elements.

Some members of the NAACP audience responded approvingly when Sherrod described her reluctance to help the farmer.

The farmer came forward after Sherrod resigned, saying she ended up helping save his farm.

Vilsack and President Barack Obama later called Sherrod to apologize for her hasty ouster. Obama said Thursday that Sherrod “deserves better than what happened last week.”

Addressing the National Urban League, he said the full story Sherrod was trying to tell “is exactly the kind of story we need to hear in America.”

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Republican Contract ON America – The GOP Plans to Screw The Country

Democrats.org

For the better part of the past year, Republicans have tried to come up with a new agenda for the American people with mixed results. However, with the Tea Party now the most potent force in Republican politics, and with the recent launch of the Tea Party Caucus on Capitol Hill garnering the support of Republican leaders like National Republican Congressional Committee Chair Pete Sessions and Republican Caucus Chair Mike Pence, the Republican Party agenda has become clear. Republican leaders and Tea Party-supported Republican candidates can now rally around the “Republican Tea Party Contract on America” as the blueprint for how they would govern.

1. Repeal the Affordable Care Act (Health Insurance Reform)

Put insurance companies back in charge, repeal tax credits for small businesses, allow insurance companies to deny coverage based on preexisting conditions and to drop coverage when a person gets too sick and make prescription drugs for seniors less affordable.

2. Privatize Social Security or phase it out altogether

Turn the guaranteed retirement benefits of America’s seniors over to Wall Street CEOs by putting Social Security at risk in the stock market or, as some Republicans have called for, phase out Social Security altogether and end a program millions of American seniors rely on for their survival.

3. End Medicare as it presently exists

Phase out and end Medicare as it presently exists for future generations of seniors — ending Medicare’s guaranteed healthcare benefits for more than 40 million American seniors — and replace it with a voucher system which will result in higher premiums and fewer services for seniors.

4. Extend the Bush tax breaks for the wealthy and big oil

At a cost of nearly $700 billion, extend the Bush tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans and big oil, which are set to expire and which have and will continue to explode the federal budget deficit.

5. Repeal Wall Street Reform

Roll back the toughest consumer protections ever enacted, allow banks to continue to grow too big to fail, and ensure that predatory lenders continue to utilize their most abusive practices.

6. Protect those responsible for the oil spill and future environmental catastrophes

Cap liabilities for those responsible for environmental disasters like the Gulf oil spill and let companies like BP decide which victims deserve compensation for the disaster and what the timeline for relief should be.

7. Abolish the Department of Education

Put the big banks back in charge of student loans and put an end to federal assistance for public schools.

8. Abolish the Department of Energy

End America’s investments in a clean-energy future and disband the organization responsible for oversight of nuclear materials.

9. Abolish the Environmental Protection Agency

Gut the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act — which together protect our kids from air pollution and keep drinking water safe — and disband the watchdog that holds polluters accountable.

10. Repeal the 17th Amendment

Take away your right to pick your U.S. Senator.

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Sandra Bullock Disowns BP-Backed Greenwashing Campaign

Think Progress

Academy Award-winning actress and New Orleans resident Sandra Bullock has severed her involvement in a campaign to call attention to the BP spill, after learning from ThinkProgress that it was a greenwashing effort by the oil industry. Bullock is prominently featured in the Restore the Gulf campaign, run by Women of the Storm and sponsored by America’s Wetland Foundation.

In an online video with other major celebrities, Bullock called for American people to “speak up” and “sign the petition” for Congress and President Obama at the campaign website, which demands that “a plan to restore America’s Gulf be fully funded and implemented for me and future generations.” The YouTube video makes her the face of the campaign:

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Dangerous Glenn Beck Rhetoric May Have Pushed a Man to Violence

Black Voices

Glenn Beck’s vitriolic language and over-the-top attacks on various groups that he deems as deviant, communist or plotters to overthrow the American way of life, may have almost turned deadly.

For who knows what reason, Beck has targeted a relatively obscure, left-leaning organization called the “Tides Foundation.” The group, on its website, says that its mission is “to partner with philanthropists, foundations, activists and organizations across the country and across the globe to promote economic justice, robust democratic processes and the opportunity to live in a healthy and sustainable environment, where human rights are preserved and protected.”

According to MediaMatters, the Tides Foundation was mentioned on Fox News 31 times, 29 of them by Beck. The other two were by Sean Hannity. Beck called the group thugs who indoctrinate schoolchildren on his July 14th show.

On July 18th, police pulled over a two-strike felon named Byron Williams (pictured). He was allegedly wearing body armor and had an extensive amount of ammunition in his car. He allegedly opened fire on the California Highway Police, and more than 60 rounds were exchanged.

Where was Williams headed? According to Oakland police, Williams, 45, said “his intention was to start a revolution by traveling to San Francisco and killing people of importance at the Tides Foundation and the ACLU.”

Williams’ mother said that he was angry at left-leaning politicians, watched a lot of television and was angry at “what’s happening to our country,” especially “the way Congress was railroading through all these left-wing agenda items.”

This should be a wake-up call for all of the people who think Beck’s rhetoric is a joke. It is potentially fatal. Words have the power to spark people into action. And when Beck’s paranoid rhetoric reaches mentally unstable people down on their luck, this is what happens.

Eric Bohlert, a senior fellow at MediaMatters, described some of the language Beck and his colleagues use:

And don’t forget about the unhinged response when health care reform was passed in March: “Get down on your knees and pray. Pray. It’s September 11th all over again, except that we didn’t have the collapsing buildings.” After financial reform passed last week, Beck told his audience, “Your republic is over.”

Meanwhile, Andrew Breitbart’s website recently tagged Obama as the “suicide-bomber-in-chief,” while the conservative Washington Times just last week published an op-ed — by a former congressman, no less — asserting the president poses more of a threat to America than al Qaeda.

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Fox Nation Erupts In Threats Of Violence Over Arizona Immigration Ruling

The Fox News Channel website “Fox Nation“, is at it again.  The comments there range from mildly disturbing to outright sedition.  The violent rhetoric is never really curved over there.  I wonder if there is even a moderator?   News Hounds has been reporting about this site for a while now.  I decided to pick up the story in this instance and show screen captures of the extreme insanity over there, courtesy of News Hounds.

News Hounds:

Those patriots at Fox Nation, a site that is supposedly devoted to people who “believe we live in a great country” and “observing the basic rules of civility and mutual respect,” is full of open threats on its thread about the Arizona immigration ruling just handed down.  

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