Sunday, September 30, 2007

''Fired Up, Ready To Go''

When glazing at a map of South Carolina most people would recognize the state capital of Columbia and the historic city of Charleston.

While both cities play integral parts in the race for the White House 2008, the small desolate county of Greenwood might carry the most importance as the state prepares for the January 29th Democratic primary.

This is the place where Presidential candidate Barack Obama first learned the chant ''Fired Up, Ready To Go'' by rambunctious council woman Edith Childs. During a speech he gave in front of twenty people at the local church several months ago, Ms. Childs belted out these five words and all of the residents responded in unison ''Fired Up, Ready To Go''.

Obama was unsure of how to respond to this upbeat and exuberant crowd so he replied by saying the same five words over and over again until he began to feel excited and essentially ''Fired Up''. As I discovered at his speech last Thursday at Washington Square Park, he utilizes this chant as a rally cry to bring all the people together and to get them behind one common cause.

As the Presidential scene heats up and Obama becomes even more prominent everybody will start to hear him echoing this sentiment. This is a terrific opportunity for him to distinguish himself with this one chant and gravitate all Americans to get up and make a difference.

Ron Paul, Bill O'Reilly, Politics, Blacks and Racism

This video spawned from the reactions I got from my first two videos on the subject of Ron Paul, Bill O'Reilly, Blacks and politics, as well as the "window" that was opened to another part of how society thinks.

Overall, I think it's very good to have a dialog on race as many of the improvements in American society and racial and sexual relations have come within the last 70 years, but many young adults active in politics now were born after the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment and the Civil Rights Act before it. Thus, they lack a real tangible understanding of how America was and why these laws are on the books.

Congressman Ron Paul's presidential run has drawn many young people – many of whom lack an understanding that laws are in place to protect us from ourselves – or more to the point, each other. Thus, one person wrote to advocate dropping hate crime laws because they bought in to Ron Paul's expressed idea that to point out racism is racist – forgetting that Congressman Paul himself was recently recorded as pointing to an act that's racist.

But many Paul supporters got after me about asking a question about Paul's 1996 campaign newsletter and its racist statements for the CNN/ YouTube Republican Debates . I've not seen Congressman Paul address this question in the Presidential Race or in the debate of last week. As I state in both videos, I think it's time he did, and to denounce the support he gets from White Supremacist groups.

Some wrote comments that Paul's participation in the "African American hosted" debate moderated by Tavis Smiley was evidence of his lack of any racist thought. I disagree with this because Pau's a free marketier who seems to enjoy arguing with people (thus his appearance), but came away convinced that Paul could handle answering the question I posted for the CNN/ YouTube Debates. Indeed, a question that still remains unanswered.

I was also upset with that debate, as it placed the African American inferiority complex on display for a public audience. We see a debate where the Presidential candidates are thanked for attending and much time is spent chastising those who did not. In other words, thanks for remembering us Black Americans. Who cares if Giuliani, Thompson, Romney, and McCain didn't come? And why thanks the candidates who did come? Heck, they're supposed to be there in my view.

The other video that received a lot of views and controversy was my innocent video essay blasting Bill O'Reilly for his weird comments upon visiting Silvia's, an upscale Harlem soul food restaurant. O'Reilly said essentially that he was surprised to find the Black owners and patrons created a nice restaurant that was "like any other New York restaurant."

For Bill to make that statement in 2007, with the CEO of American Express being Black, and with other examples of Blacks who are running companies and cities, and restaurants, I was totally upset with Bill, and don't know what drove him to make statements like this.

Bill spent the entire week hammering CNN and other news outlets for hammering him on his statement. He enlisted the help of Fox News Contributor Juan Williams who was the voice on the other end of Bill in the now famous clip. Williams, who's Black, explained that O'Reilly had done nothing wrong at all and that they disagree all the time.

But Williams is a friend of O'Reilly and thus not really eligible to make comments as he's got a bias toward his friend. O'Reilly is not my friend or yours – we don't know him well enough to be comfortable with the "friendly racism" he expresses, nor should we. Williams is certainly a good friend, but he didn't get Bill off the hook in this case.

In closing, I'm happy we have an active dialog about race and racism, but I'm most displeased with the debate's display of African America's inferiority complex – it's something that must be eliminated and soon. We need to remove these mental chains and grow.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

New England Patriots Sued For "Deceiving Customers"

Over at our NFL Business Blog, David Kaye reports that a fan is suing the New England Patriots for "deceiving customers" in the wake of their cheating scandal.

Barack Obama Ahead In Iowa - First With Likely Caucus Goers

Much to the apparent dismay of Politico's Ben Smith , who's downplaying the news, Senator Barack Obama's ahead in Iowa according to a poll of likely caucus-goers. It's a 4 point lead.

Jets ticket holder sues Patriots and coach Belichick, seeks damages of more than $184 million

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer
September 28, 2007

NEW YORK (AP) -- A New York Jets season-ticket holder filed a class-action lawsuit Friday against the New England Patriots and coach Bill Belichick for "deceiving customers."

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J., by Carl Mayer of Princeton Township, N.J., stems from the Patriots being caught illegally videotaping signals from Jets coaches in New England's 38-14 season-opening win Sept. 9.

"They violated the integrity of the game," Mayer's attorney, Bruce Afran, told The Associated Press. "This is a way of punishing Belichick and the Patriots."

Mayer is seeking more than $184 million in damages for Jets ticket holders.

Belichick was fined $500,000 by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and the team was fined $250,000 for violating a league rule that prohibits clubs from using a video camera on the sidelines for any purpose -- including recording signals relayed to opposing players on the field. New England also must forfeit a first-round draft pick next year if it makes the playoffs or a second- and third-rounder if it doesn't.

"They were deceiving customers," said the 48-year-old Mayer.
"You can't deceive customers."

The lawsuit maintained that because other teams found illegal videotaping by the defendants, Jets ticket holders should be compensated for all games played in Giants Stadium between the Jets and Patriots since Belichick became head coach in 2000.

The two calculated that because customers paid $61.6 million to watch eight "fraudulent" games, they're entitled to triple that amount -- or $184.8 million -- in compensation under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act and the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.

"How many times have the Patriots done this? We find it hard to believe they did it just once," Mayer said. "We just want to get to the truth of the matter of what the Patriots did to the Jets. I think the ticket holders are genuinely concerned about it. This is a type of misrepresentation."

Patriots spokesman Stacey James declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Mayer and Afran, who consider themselves public interest lawyers, have been thorns in the side of New Jersey politicians for years, filing lawsuits and demanding investigations to advance their grievances. They are well known in the state but generally have had little success in their causes.

Both have lost bids for elected offices, and Mayer once served as a presidential campaign adviser to Ralph Nader.

Their demand in March for a probe of Gov. Jon S. Corzine's gifts to a former girlfriend was rejected by a federal prosecutor. In 2006, a judge vetoed their effort to block Corzine's appointment of Rep. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., to fill the governor's seat in the U.S. Senate.

They also failed to get a court to order a special election to replace Gov. James E. McGreevey when he resigned in 2004.

Now, they're taking on the Patriots.

Their latest lawsuit asserted that the secret videotaping violated the contractual "expectations and rights" of Jets ticket holders "to observe an honest match played in compliance with all laws and regulations."

The actions of Belichick and the Patriots violated federal and state racketeering laws, as well as the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act and New Jersey Deceptive Business Practices Act, according to the lawsuit.

"Having been a lifelong Jets fan, as soon as I heard this, I was completely outraged," Mayer said.

"The NFL just slapped them on the wrist. I'm a consumer lawyer, and this is consumer fraud."

Associated Press Writer Jeffrey Gold in Newark, N.J., contributed to this report.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Clinton: Give every newborn $5,000

Do you agree with Hillary's proposed idea?

WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said Friday that every child born in the United States should get a $5,000 "baby bond" from the government to help pay for future costs of college or buying a home.

Clinton, her party's front-runner in the 2008 race, made the suggestion during a forum hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus.

"I like the idea of giving every baby born in America a $5,000 account that will grow over time, so that when that young person turns 18 if they have finished high school they will be able to access it to go to college or maybe they will be able to make that downpayment on their first home," she said.

The New York senator did not offer any estimate of the total cost of such a program or how she would pay for it. Approximately 4 million babies are born each year in the United States.

Clinton said such an account program would help Americans get back to the tradition of savings that she remembers as a child, and has become harder to accomplish in the face of rising college and housing costs.

The New York senator did not offer any estimate of the total cost of such a program or how she would pay for it. Approximately 4 million babies are born each year in the United States.
Clinton said such an account program would help Americans get back to the tradition of savings that she remembers as a child, and has become harder to accomplish in the face of rising college and housing costs.

She argued that wealthy people "get to have all kinds of tax incentives to save, but most people can't afford to do that."

The proposal was met with enthusiastic applause at an event aimed to encourage young people to excel and engage in politics.

"I think it's a wonderful idea," said Rep. Stephanie Stubbs Jones, an Ohio Democrat who attended the event and has already endorsed Clinton. "Every child born in the United States today owes $27,000 on the national debt, why not let them come get $5,000 to grow until their 18?"

Britain launched a similar program in January 2005, handing out vouchers worth hundreds of dollars each to parents with children born after Sept. 1, 2002.

Earlier this month, Time magazine proposed a $5,000 baby bond program.

Barack Obama - 24,000 People Storm Washington Square - Video Set

On September 26th, 24,000 people stormed New York's Washington Square to see and hear U.S. Presidential Candidate Barack Obama. Here's a collection of YouTube videos taken by different people at the event:

Obama Rally - Gates Finally Open

Obama Rally - From a Distance

Obama Rally - Up Close - "American People Are The Answer"

Obama Rally - Washington Square - "Experience"

Obama Rally - "Fired Up; Ready To Go"

Bob Schock - California Personal Injury Lawyer Wins $3M Case

This video is based on the lawsuit that Bob won and is discussed below and here.

Kids Get $3M in Mom's Death
June 20, 2007
Original article: Kids Get $3M in Mom's Death
A Monterey County jury awarded almost $3 million to the children of a woman killed when a Monterey cypress toppled on her car on Highway 1 north of Moss Landing on New Year's Day last year.
'There was a message with this,' said Bob Schock, an attorney representing two of Jacine Calderon Sarmiento's children. 'After the verdict, the jurors said they hoped the state of California would do something about the trees along the highways.'
Sarmiento, 45, was driving along Highway 1 during a raging storm on Jan. 1, 2006, with her 5-year-old daughter when the tree fell on her vehicle. Sarmiento was killed and her daughter, Athena, suffered minor injuries.
At the time, emergency crews reported that two other cypress trees from the grove along the highway fell while they were trying to extricate the victims.
The jury deliberated for about five hours Monday, capping a weeklong wrongful-death trial against the state Department of Transportation, before announcing its verdict.
The jury ruled that Athena should receive about $932,000 in economic damages and another $1 million in noneconomic damages. Jacine Sarmiento's other two children, teenagers who live in Altoona, Pa., were each awarded almost $526,000 in noneconomic damages.
The cypress grove is adjacent to the Highway 1 intersection with Struve Road. Schock said an inspector had checked the trees prior to the accident, after a eucalyptus had fallen, and had determined the area was safe.
Representatives from Caltrans said the agency 'respectfully disagrees' with the judgment.
'This was a tragic but freak accident, with no negligence,' said Colin Jones, public information manager for the Caltrans regional office in San Luis Obispo.
While the tree was old -- about 90 years old -- it was not in bad health. Rather, the ground was saturated and the winds were gusty on the day of the accident, said Caltrans officials.
Susana Cruz, a spokeswoman for Caltrans, said crews inspected the trees in the grove after the accident and removed some branches.

Barack Obama Oakland Party Sunday, September 30th, 1 PM

From the Barack Obama website -- link in the title of this post.

Update! - Click For Video From Event

Oakland/Northern California HQ Opening with BLACKALICIOUS (Meeting)
We are extremely excited to announce our FREE Grand Opening party with special musical guest Blackalicious! Live and in person, in the middle of 14th Street in downtown Oakland!

"Like a few other West Coast rap acts, including the Pharcyde and Jurassic 5, Blackalicious has generally favored what hip-hoppers call the "positive tip"; in other words, its lyrics have often been spiritual and uplifting rather than violent or misogynous. Like a lot of experimental alternative rappers, Blackalicious can be quirky and eccentric; nonetheless, spirituality is a big part of the group's music."

It's going to be AMAZING. Don't miss it.

WHEN: Sunday, September 30, 1:00 PM

WHERE: 436 14th Street, 3rd Floor - directly in front of the 14th Street exit of the Oakland City Center BART station, between Broadway and Franklin.

WHO: Everyone! Bring your friends and families.

WHAT: A party to celebrate the opening of the first office outside of the Early 4 states! Music, speakers, and good times.
Time: Sunday, September 30 at 1:00 PM
Duration: 2 hours
Host: Brent Messenger
Oakland/N. California Heaadquarters (Oakland, CA)
436 14th Street, 3rd Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

Video - Barack Obama NYC Rally Washington Square 9-26-07

Senator Barack Obama drew 24,000 people to Washington Square September 26th 2007 for a milestone New York rallly in Washington Square.

This is a set of videos created by John Loving, parts one, two, and three:

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Whole Foods Market is now in Oakland at 27th & Harrison

The 55,000 square-foot Whole Foods Market has just opened today at 27th and Harrison and brings good news and the promise of reviatalization to an area that has been waiting for both for too long.

I was given a tour of the new place one day before its opening by Jolyn Bibb, Marketing Specialist of Store Openings for Whole Foods. While the video shows the store and what Jolyn said, I can tell you its quite a place to be in. A breath of fresh air.

There's an official opening today which begins with a "Bread and Baking" ceremony at 8:45 am before the doors open at 9 AM. Through the day there will be music, food samples, and a guest appearance by famous local chef Paul Bertolli. Plus, reusable Whole Foods Market Green Bags will be given to the first 5,000 customers with a purchase of $15 or more, and a raffle for a giant gift basket filled with a variety of products.

There's a lot of food stations in this facility as well. There's something called a dine-in Market Bistro which has made-to-order foods including sandwiches and soups, and an Asian Express Island, to name some of the areas in this giant food city.

Whole Foods has made an exciting place to be. Check it out!

Reed Walters - Jena 6 DA's NY TImes Op-ED Show Race Bias Applied To Law

Reed Walters -- the district attorney in the Jena 6 case -- wrote a most unfortunate op-ed in today's New York Times. He may have thought he was explaining his position, but he really opened a can of worms.

Aside from admiting he a "small-town lawyer" he also wrote this...

I cannot overemphasize how abhorrent and stupid I find the placing of the nooses on the schoolyard tree in late August 2006. If those who committed that act considered it a prank, their sense of humor is seriously distorted. It was mean-spirited and deserves the condemnation of all decent people.

But it broke no law. I searched the Louisiana criminal code for a crime that I could prosecute. There is none.

A DA can find some law to prosecute if he or she wants to. My first thought was Reed Walters could have charged the noose-hangers with Disturbing the Peace, which they certainly did.

To determine why he didn't do this, I called the office. The receptionist said she would relay my message to him. His office number is (318) 992-8282 - the fax is (318) 992-4731. Please be polite when you call.

The bottom line is that it's hard to see that racism didn't play a roll in Walter's blindness to the legal options as well as the very disturbing door he leaves open to anyone who would taunt Blacks in this way.

Really upsetting.

Bionic Woman - Bionic Woman Pilot Reviews

Bionic Woman
Entertainment Weekly - 17 hours ago
MS. ROBOTO NBC's dark update of Bionic Woman (starring Michelle Ryan, pictured) attempts to harness some serious girl power By Gillian Flynn At one point in ...
Ryan leaps into role of ‘Bionic Woman
MSNBC - 17 hours ago
Alan Zenuk / NBC via AP LOS ANGELES - It’s already a phenomenon despite the fact that NBC’s new sci-fi drama “Bionic Woman” hasn’t yet hit the small screen. ...
'Bionic Woman' needs a tuneup
San Diego Union Tribune, United States - Sep 26, 2007
By Karla Peterson The heroine of NBC's “Bionic Woman” is a beautiful and powerful fighting machine. The show itself needs a little work. ...
Faster, stronger - and a lot darker
Globe and Mail, Canada - Sep 26, 2007
The original Bionic Woman was blonde, pantsuited and perky, Andrew Ryan writes. Reimagined for the 21st century, she's suspicious and even a little ...
Second chances, second comings
Toronto Star,  Canada - Sep 26, 2007
The pilot for Bionic Woman (NBC, E!, 9 pm) is titled “Second Chances,” so let’s begin with this remake of the `70s series that starred Lindsay Wagner as ...
'Bionic Woman' Version 2.0
Washington Post, United States - Sep 25, 2007
By Tom Shales Once upon a midnight dreary, when so many TV brainstorms occur, a producer latched upon the notion of exhuming the Bionic Woman from her video ...
Women Test Mettle, and Metal
New York Times, United States - Sep 25, 2007
"Bionic Woman": Michelle Ryan is the title character in this series, beginning Wednesday on NBC. By ALESSANDRA STANLEY When future anthropologists study ...
'Bionic Woman's' 21st century cyborg
Los Angeles Times, CA - Sep 25, 2007
Updating the show for our cynical, technology- and institution-mistrusting times greatly improves the cybernetic fun. By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times ...
Review: NBC's 'Bionic Woman'
Newsday, NY - Sep 25, 2007
BY DIANE WERTS | September 26, 2007 We'll make her a contemporary, complex, independent woman, the kind who'd tell her ...
'Bionic Woman' revives the TV female action heroine
Oregon Daily Emerald, OR - 1 hour ago
Forget the 1970s version of "The Bionic Woman." NBC's updated action-drama is essentially beyond comparison. The basic premise is the same - our heroine, ...
Ex-EastEnder Ryan debuts as The Bionic Woman - but critics brand ...
Daily Mail, UK - 1 hour ago
She's come a long way from Albert Square, and last night ex-EastEnder Michelle Ryan made her debut in the much-hyped remake of the hit 70s show The Bionic ...
Michelle Ryan Oozes Sex, Power in the Bionic Woman
National Ledger, AZ - 2 hours ago
By Josh Hart Michelle Ryan is the bionic woman and that alone was enough to get me to set the DVR for NBC's new prime time drama on Wednesday night. ...
Bionic Woman to make grand modern entrance
The Daily Titan, CA - 5 hours ago
Re-imagined for a new generation, NBC is premiering a remake of The Six Million Dollar Man spin-off "Bionic Woman" in the fall with a darker edge and social ...
Babe of the Day: Michelle Ryan
IGN, CA - 11 hours ago
by IGN Babes September 26, 2007 - Lindsay Wagner has nothing on Michelle Ryan. Sure, she might have played the original Bionic Woman in the famous 1970's ...
Get Ready for the “Bionic Woman” Premiere
TV Fodder, CT - 13 hours ago
For all you sci-fi fanatics, action junkies, “Buffy” lovers and “Alias” obsessors, the time has come for something new. That’s right, “Bionic Woman” ...
'Bionic Woman' Needs Dose of Adrenalin (subscription) - 15 hours ago
By Brian Steinberg NEW YORK ( -- With the fall season upon us, Ad Age TV Editor Brian Steinberg casts a critical eye on some of TV's new and ...
The week's big new dramas stick to what's become expected of TV
The Oregonian -, OR - 15 hours ago
L ife and death, love and sex, money and greed, spies and secret agents, marriage, divorce and extremely hot chicks beating each other up in the rain. ...
Interview: Michelle Ryan of NBC's "The Bionic Woman"
First Coast News, FL - 17 hours ago
JACKSONVILLE, FL -- She is taking on the role of the 1970's bionic woman. The star of NBC's most buzzed-about new show is telling us all about it. ...
Tonight's new season newbies: 'Bionic Woman,' 'Private Practice'
Knoxville News Sentinel, TN - 23 hours ago
This is the curse of being a TV critic: Pilots sometimes go through major changes after the network sends out copies to critics. This is what happened with ...
New `Bionic Woman' is no slo-mo clunker
The Birmingham News -, AL - Sep 26, 2007
There is absolutely no cheese in "Bionic Woman," the NBC remake of the 1970s Lindsay Wagner show. The new model is a dark, humor-free series that has none ...
New York Post, NY - Sep 26, 2007
September 26, 2007 -- THIS show is such a total loss that you couldn't rebuild it for $50 million or $100 million. Fifty-million dollars happens to be the ...
Bionic Woman gets stylish update
Montreal Gazette, Canada - Sep 26, 2007
Among the everyday people masquerading as superheroes on TV this season is the new Bionic Woman (NBC - 9 pm). This brisk-paced, stylish-looking but ...
Bionic actress, NY - Sep 25, 2007
by amber ray / metro new york INTERVIEW. All of those strong, no-nonsense women on TV you’ve been reading so much about lately? ...
TV Review: 'Bionic Woman' dark, but intriguing
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, PA - Sep 25, 2007
By Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A poll that shows which of the new fall series viewers are most interested in has consistently ranked NBC's "Bionic ...
She-borg for a new millennium
Tulsa World, OK - Sep 25, 2007
By RITA SHERROW World Television Editor The new "Bionic Woman" (Brit import Michelle Ryan) admits she's "a real adrenaline junkie. ...
Chick Fight: Round Two
IGN, CA - Sep 24, 2007
by Scott Collura September 24, 2007 - When NBC's new spin on Bionic Woman debuts this Wednesday, viewers can expect an almost complete reboot of the tale of ...
Bionic Woman -- An early look
TV Squad, CA - Sep 24, 2007
When I first heard that NBC was going to remake the 1970s The Bionic Woman, a spin-off of The Six Million Dollar Man, I got more giddy than a schoolgirl ...
Return of the Bionic Woman
Edmonton Sun,  Canada - Sep 26, 2007
By BILL HARRIS, SUN MEDIA So does 23-year-old British actress Michelle Ryan have any idea what she's getting into as she tackles the role of Jaime Sommers? ...

Wednesday, September 26, 2007 - New Hampshire CNN Presidential Poll - 83 Percent Still Undecided!

CNN keeps putting out these polls, but they don't tell you on air how many people are undecided in the Democratic race. This is the question that was asked in New Hampshire:

34. (DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY VOTERS ONLY:) Have you definitely decided who you will vote for in the New Hampshire primary, are you leaning toward someone, or do have you considered some candidates but are still trying to decide?

( )

Well, here was the response for New Hampshire:

September 2007
Definitely decided 17%
Leaning toward someone 28%
Still trying to decide 55%

That's 83 percent of those polled who are still undecided! That's right. 83 percent. Let's put it this way, that means just 17 percent of the people CNN polled made up their mind.

Think that's bad, look at these results from earlier this year:

July 2007
Definitely decided 10%
Leaning toward someone 26%
Still trying to decide 64%

That means just 10 percent knew who they were voting for in July and the number has increased just seven percent. That means this is a wide open race.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Griese to replace Grossman at QB for Bears Wire Reports

The NFL Network's Adam Schefter has confirmed that Brian Griese will start at quarterback Sunday for the Chicago Bears.

Griese will replace Rex Grossman, who threw three interceptions as the Chicago Bears fell to the Dallas Cowboys 34-10 on Sunday night and did not get a vote of confidence from his coach a day later.

"Will Rex Grossman start Sunday?" coach Lovie Smith asked on Monday, repeating the question. "Well, our evaluation process is going on right now, and if you come out to practice Wednesday, you'll have a better idea of who will be starting at all positions."

Smith gave his usual answer when asked Sunday night about Grossman -- "Rex Grossman is our quarterback" -- but his tone was different on Monday, fueling speculation Brian Griese might start Sunday against Detroit.

Grossman's supporters would have a hard time arguing against the move, considering he ranks 23rd in the league with 500 yards, has a 45.2 passer rating and is 47-of-89 (52.8 percent) with a league-leading six interceptions and just one touchdown.

But is Griese the answer?

A Pro Bowl pick with Denver in 2000, he has passed for 16,564 yards, but has also been released three times -- by the Broncos, Miami and Tampa Bay.

"I have confidence in our entire football team," Smith said. "Brian is a part of that. After you have a loss like that, we all feel bad. We should."

And Smith realizes something needs to change -- quickly.

At 1-2, the Bears are certainly not living up to those soaring expectations after last season's Super Bowl appearance. Besides Grossman's struggles, injuries are mounting.

They lost former Pro Bowl safety Mike Brown and starting nose tackle Dusty Dvoracek to season-ending knee injuries in the opener at San Diego. And on Sunday, Bears were falling like dominoes.

Linebacker Lance Briggs (groin), cornerback Nathan Vasher (groin) and defensive tackle Tommie Harris (knee) all left the game with injuries. Offensive lineman Ruben Brown suffered what was announced as a game-ending ankle injury, although he returned near the end.

"All of these injuries we're evaluating right now," Smith said. "I can't give you anything else."

As for the evaluation at quarterback, Grossman's troubles are well-documented and they explain why the Bears let him enter this season with an expiring contract rather than an extension.

He was the NFC Offensive Player of the Month last September. Now, he may not be the starting quarterback when September ends.

There certainly is blame to pass around, but the focus is on the quarterback.

The Bears were hoping Grossman would play the way he did the first five weeks last season and ditch the inconsistency he showed the rest of the way.

Well, he is more consistent.

The problem is "Bad Rex" keeps lining up behind center, and that's bad news for the Bears.

Smith stuck with Grossman last season, but that leash appears to be growing shorter with each pass into double or triple coverage; there were a few of those on Sunday night.

Like the one that Anthony Henry picked off early in the fourth quarter.

Dallas' Nick Folk had just kicked a 44-yard field goal when Grossman tried to hit Muhsin Muhammad in triple coverage. Henry intercepted and ran it back 28 yards for a touchdown that made it 27-10 and put away the Bears.

Grossman didn't get much help.

"All the way around the whole offense, it was one of those days where it seemed like we'd get something going and it'd fall back, and we just couldn't get anything going," wide receiver Bernard Berrian said.

For Ann Coulter, Upsetting Democrats Is Better Than Sex

This text below is from the Examiner and basically supports my video about Ann Coulter and John Edwards, where I stated he and his wife Elizabeth were waisting their time attacking her. My video's below, in case you didn't see it the first time.

From The Examimner - Coulter’s latest publicity extravaganza is pegged “If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d Be Republicans,” which is due out in two weeks. Her polemical pyrotechnics are sure to cause just as much hullabaloo as her previous works (a sampling: “Bill Clinton’s library is the first one to ever feature an Adults Only section” and “The Military — Their Pet Peeve: Keeping George Clooney Safe”).

In the book, Coulter admits to loving the marvelous buzz (and money) her controversies create. “About twice a year for nearly a decade, I have upset the little darlings with some public statement. … Each time they think I can’t ‘sink any lower’ — I proceed to do so! ... When I see the hot spittle flying from their mouths and the veins bulging and pulsing above their eyes, well, that’s when I feel truly alive. … And with every statement that brought my career to a crashing halt, I continued to write bestsellers. ... My career has been ‘finished’ so many times, I’ve practically made a career out of ending my career.”

TechCrunch's Arrington Says Trumpia's A Stupid Site

TechCrunch's Michael Arrington was totally blunt in his dislike for Trumpia, the site that allows you to send one message to a group of people and on their cell phones, instant message, and phone text at the same time -- did I leave anything out?

He writes "Don’t even think of using this to contact me. Trumpiais an absurdly stupid new site that, like the efficient crank calling tool we once covered, will likely be used to annoy people far more often than it will be used for any useful purpose.

Here’s how it works: Register for an account and tell it the contact information for your soon-to-be-ex friends. Make sure you enter their instant messaging, cell phone and email contact information for maximum impact. You can then group your friends and message them all at once by texting a message to Trumpia. Your friends receive the message on all of their communication devices at the same (email, SMS, IM), ensuring that there is no way in the world that they can plausibly claim to have missed it."

I've got to say any company that has a diverse video showing a Black male in a positive light can't be all bad to me. I'll give them a chance. Here's the video:'s Mike Hudack Brokers Deal With Rocketboom - Ads In QuickTime Videos A First

I got this from ClickZ as it's 2:45 AM and I'm too tired to blog it myself. Props to Mike.

Rocketboom’s quirky video blog now contain clickable video ad overlays that might mark the first time such ad units were created in QuickTime, according to those involved.

The ad campaigns are the result of a deal between Rocketboom and, an online network that hosts, distributes, finds sponsors for and shares revenue with independently produced programs. is also now hosting Rocketboom segments, serving its RSS feed and syndicating it to other online video portals, said co-founder and CEO Mike Hudack. Other shows on the growing site include Wallstrip, Geek Entertainment TV and Alive in Baghdad.

The first ad campaign to accompany Rocketboom episodes is for the second season of Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program. worked with New York ad agency Deep Focus to broker the deal. In addition to the QuickTime video ad overlay, the campaign includes post-roll videos for the Silverman show. personnel began working with counterparts at Rocketboom several months ago and built the infrastructure needed to transfer Rocketboom’s hundreds of episodes to, said Hudack. It also developed what Hudack calls “pioneering new technology” needed to serve the Silverman campaign ads.

Hudack said he believes it’s the first time anybody has created interactive QuickTime overlay ads that behave similarly to the more common Flash units. “Historically, with Flash video on the Web you can pretty much do anything you want, but QuickTime is more complicated and more difficult to work with,” he said. “QuickTime is not an authoring environment." He said the overlay comes up within a few seconds of the initiation of a video and has a close button..

Hudack declined to share early results, but he said the partnership is "seeing good viewership numbers and good impression numbers.”

The QuickTime overlay works in iTunes and Miro. In his blog, Hudack praised “the brilliant Dennis Backus of Apple’s QuickTime team and Josh Paul of Aweli” for their work on the project. He also said Rocketboom co-creator Andrew Michael Baron, “wouldn’t settle for just any QuickTime advertising implementation” and “insisted on something groundbreaking.” has 10 employees, three of which are involved in ad sales, working with “a number of different agencies and brands.”

In a statement, Deep Focus Media Director Eric Druckenmiller observed Rocketboom and Sarah Silverman are a good match since they feature “unique content” appreciated by both of their audiences. Hudack agreed, noting, “Everybody is trying to figure out how you take the content we deal with and match it with advertising” that resonates with the fans. He said many programs hosted by have avid followers who are notified regularly when a new episode is available. “Some of these people get shows delivered on a daily basis,” said Hudack. “They develop a real relationship with the host or hostess.”

Also important is finding ways to serve advertisements that are as non-intrusive as possible, he said. The video overlays being used on Rocketboom are an example of this in that it gives viewers “the opportunity to learn more and, if they are not interested, to kind of tune it out or, if they want, to close it."

Meg White Shown Having Sex With Fat Guy - White Stripes Axes Tour

Here's yet another sex tape scandal! (What is it with this?)

Because this is a family blog for those 16 and up, I'm not going to run the sex tape that's posted all over the Internet and freely downloadable or postable. But I will have a face photo if only to attempt to confirm that it's Meg White of the White Stripes -- which I've never heard of. But many think it's her.

The sex video itself is nothing special. First, I hate to watch, and like to "do." Second, she's got a pot belly and is flabby. Third, I look better than he does by far.

But the question is -- is that her?

Well look at these photos and tell me what you think?

My view? That girl looks a lot like her...droopy chest and all. The boobs reveal it all. The lady in the movie has sagging tits; this photo of Meg White shows, you can see it, saggy tits. Then there's the hair and the nose and eye distance and's her.

Blyk Is Innovative Solution That Could Revolutionize Communications

I just learned about Blyk a few seconds ago. The website for the product reads..

Blyk is the new mobile network for 16 – 24s that’s funded by advertising. Blyk links young people with brands they like and gives them free texts and minutes every month.

For advertisers, Blyk is an innovative, new media channel, providing direct access to the 16-24 year old market.

Blyk is now live in the UK. It will go pan-European during 2008 with the potential to reach over 40 million young consumers.

Blyk was co-founded by CEO Pekka Ala-Pietilä, former president of Nokia Corporation, and Antti Öhrling, Chairman and CEO of Contra Group.

Blyk has offices in London, UK and Helsinki, Finland

This network is free to the user and the target audience Blyk identifies is in every high school and college in the World. Wow. The most obvious connection to me is...

Well, I'm not going to say. Let's just leave this -- the clue: "Save The Cheerleader. Save The World."

President Bush Insults Barack Obama - Examiner

Yep. This Bush official -- who wasn't countered by the President, and so must be held to task -- said this:

As for Obama, a senior White House official said the freshman senator from Illinois was "capable" of the intellectual rigor needed to win the presidency but instead relies too heavily on his easy charm.

"It's sort of like, 'that's all I need to get by,' which bespeaks sort of a condescending attitude towards the voters," said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity. "And a laziness, an intellectual laziness."

Of all the people to hurl such an accusation!

Barack Obama Wins Candidate Mashup Debate Poll - Huff Post

"Barack Obama Wins Candidate Mashup Debate Poll"

This news was just posted on the Huffington Post online news blog. The debate was the result of a collaboration between Slate, Yahoo, and the Huff Post. This win is significant, as the online event drew 1 million people.

Under Pressure From Hillary Clinton, GQ Kills Negative Story About Her -

Apparently, GQ writer Josh Green wrote a negative article about Hillary Clinton . According to this article in, it was killed by the Clinton campaign, who threatened to curb access to Bill Clinton. I wonder what the article said? Something like that can only stay low for so long.

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Atlanta Falcons' DeAngelo Hall Goes Off In Loss To Panthers

I don’t know why Atlanta Falcons Cornerback De Angelo Hall went off in the game againt Carolina, but I’m sure it was related to the kind of year he’s had thus far. D-Hall’s been torched. He was taken to school by Chad Johnson in the second game of the season, and the Panther’s Steve Smith wasn’t so kind either. Still, he’s been beaten before, so that can’t be the only reason for his actions that producd not one but two personal foul penalties.

But after reading the AJC, it seems that Hall’s got a hot head, and Smith may have figured out how to get to him. It certainly worked, as the Panthers scored on the critical three-penalty-drive that led to their victory over the Falcons 27-20. For his part, Hall’s facing a team-given punishment and is going to take it like an adult: "I made a mistake. I promise it won't happen again, no matter what."

We’ll see.

Monday, September 24, 2007

1. The Oakland Raiders Finally Win - Beat Browns

After a streak of 11 straight losses, the Oakland Raiders, coached by Lane Kiffin, finally won a game. They beat the Cleveland Browns 26 to 24, and with a tactic used against them the following week at Denver.

In that game, the Raiders lined up to kick what would be the game winner in overtime, only to have a successful field goal attempted whistled dead because Denver Broncos Head Coach Mike Shanahan called a time out just a tick of the clock before the snap of the ball. When the Raiders lined up again, they missed the attempt.

This week Kiffin used the same maneuver against the Cleveland Browns when they lined up to kick what would have been the game winning field goal; the Browns came up short.

Yes, Kiffin’s a fast study. But lost in the discussion of the strategy used was that the Raiders were competitive in each game they played in, and so were bound to get a win.

The main difference is the offense. The combination of timed passes, varied formations, short drops, and zone-blocking has formed an offense that can move the ball and keep the defense off the field, which is a good thing because this Raiders defense isn’t the driving killing force of 2006.

Last year, I called for then-Raiders Offensive Coordinator Tom Walsh to be fired even before the season started, no so this year. Last year, the Raiders were a study in offensive ineptitude --- this year, the system they use is state of the art. I predicted a 9 and 7 season for the Silver and Black. I’ll stick to that.

ABC News And Amada Congdon Still Together For Now

Contrary to many posts, ABC News Vlogging Star Amanda Congdon is still with the network for now. She reports on her blog...

Wow. A girl goes on vacation for a week (my first week off in over a year– I was in production on Christmas!) — and look what I come back to! Whew. Contrary to some reports, AC on ABC WILL resume next week, as I mentioned in my most recent episode. However, I’ve decided not to continue at ABC once our year together is up (and it ain’t up yet) in favor of a new, innovative project that will take every ounce of my time and energy. Brian Stelter over at the New York Times has some accurate coverage.

Thanks to everyone who has written me… I appreciate all the supportive emails, myspace messages, etc. I’m excited (kinda giddy actually) for what’s ahead– should be interesting. In the meantime, see you next week on ABC for a special military-themed episode.

I hope ABC comes to a moment of clarity and gives Amanda more involvement in how their news reporting is done. One can only hope...

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Ron Paul and Racism - CNN/YouTube Republican Debate Question

This question for the CNN/YouTube Republican Debates is based on an article I found in the Houston Chronicle and dated May 23, 1996. In the article, which I present below and has this link: Houston Chroncle Ron Paul Article .

9:16 PM 5/22/1996
Newsletter excerpts offer ammunition to Paul's opponent
GOP hopeful quoted on race, crime

Copyright 1996 Houston Chronicle Political Writer
Texas congressional candidate Ron Paul's 1992 political newsletter highlighted portrayals of blacks as inclined toward crime and lacking sense about top political issues.

Under the headline of "Terrorist Update," for instance, Paul reported on gang crime in Los Angeles and commented, "If you have ever been robbed by a black teen-aged male, you know how unbelievably fleet-footed they can be."

Paul, a Republican obstetrician from Surfside, said Wednesday he opposes racism and that his written commentaries about blacks came in the context of "current events and statistical reports of the time."

Selected writings by Paul were distributed Wednesday by the campaign of his Democratic opponent, Austin lawyer Charles "Lefty" Morris.

Morris said many of Paul's views are "out there on the fringe" and that his commentaries will be judged by voters in the November general elections.

Paul said allegations about his writings amounted to name-calling by the Democrats and that his opponents should focus instead on how to shrink government spending and reform welfare.

Morris and Paul are seeking the 14th Congressional District seat held by Greg Laughlin of West Columbia. Laughlin lost the Republican primary to Paul, a former congressman and the Libertarian Party's 1988 presidential candidate.

Paul, writing in his independent political newsletter in 1992, reported about unspecified surveys of blacks.

"Opinion polls consistently show that only about 5 percent of blacks have sensible political opinions, i.e. support the free market, individual liberty and the end of welfare and affirmative action," Paul wrote.

Paul continued that politically sensible blacks are outnumbered "as decent people." Citing reports that 85 percent of all black men in the District of Columbia are arrested, Paul wrote:

"Given the inefficiencies of what D.C. laughingly calls the `criminal justice system,' I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal," Paul said.

Paul also wrote that although "we are constantly told that it is evil to be afraid of black men, it is hardly irrational. Black men commit murders, rapes, robberies, muggings and burglaries all out of proportion to their numbers."

A campaign spokesman for Paul said statements about the fear of black males mirror pronouncements by black leaders such as the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who has decried the spread of urban crime.

Paul continues to write the newsletter for an undisclosed number of subscribers, the spokesman said.

Writing in the same 1992 edition, Paul expressed the popular idea that government should lower the age at which accused juvenile criminals can be prosecuted as adults.

He added, "We don't think a child of 13 should be held responsible as a man of 23. That's true for most people, but black males age 13 who have been raised on the streets and who have joined criminal gangs are as big, strong, tough, scary and culpable as any adult and should be treated as such."

Paul also asserted that "complex embezzling" is conducted exclusively by non-blacks.

"What else do we need to know about the political establishment than that it refuses to discuss the crimes that terrify Americans on grounds that doing so is racist? Why isn't that true of complex embezzling, which is 100 percent white and Asian?" he wrote.

In later newsletters, Paul aimed criticism at the Israeli government's U.S. lobbying efforts and reported allegations that President Clinton used cocaine and fathered illegitimate children.

Stating that lobbying groups who seek special favors and handouts are evil, Paul wrote, "By far the most powerful lobby in Washington of the bad sort is the Israeli government" and that the goal of the Zionist movement is to stifle criticism.

Relaying a rumor that Clinton was a longtime cocaine user, Paul wrote in 1994 that the speculation "would explain certain mysteries" about the president's scratchy voice and insomnia.

"None of this is conclusive, of course, but it sure is interesting," he said.


Someone wrote that his statements were "true." Well, that's not so at all. The studies Paul reffers to are unidentified and anyone believing this is looking for some "emprirical" reason to hold a racist viewpoint. Racism is a mental illness that must be treated and eliminated. Congressman Paul must deal with this question of racism because it's based on material produced by him and his campaign.

Moreover, Paul has White Supremacist David Duke as a supporter and gives interviews to the John Birch Society. Yikes.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Bill O'Reilly Not First White Person To Visit Harlem

I was so upset with Bill O'Reilly, I made the video and sent this email..


Hey, I like your show, but I gotta tell you your editorial about Blacks and your restaurant visit was one of the most unfortunate and stupid comments I've ever listened to.

Look, racism is both a mental illness and un-American. Moreover, not every Black person comes from "The Ghetto" but your take gives fuel to stupid uneducated people to essentially say racist comments.

Why not tell people, especially kids, that those who are successful -- really successful have all kind of friends and are intelligent enough to see them as individuals.


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Vernon Jordan Says Republicans Have Whites Only Sign Up

Well, the battle-lines are drawn both in Jena, LA, and in the 2008 Presidential Race. I've come to believe racism is both mental illness and un-American. Here's Vernon Jordan's take.

The candidates for the Republican party's presidential nod are building quite a track record--of snubbing prospective voters. This week the four leading candidates--Fred Thompson, Mitt Romney, Rudolph Giuliani and John McCain--added the PBS-sponsored debate at Baltimore's historically-black Morgan State University to their "I'll-pass" list. That list now includes the National Urban League, Univision, the Spanish-language television network, the National Association of Latino Elected Officials and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. It's getting to be a long list.

But perhaps it's those of us who are dismayed by these displays of camapign cowardice that just don't get it.

Perhaps the GOP candidates are following the same script the Bush administration has used for governance: be irresponsible.

Or perhaps, they're developing a new paradigm for how a political party contests elections. Perhaps they want to test that you actually improve your chances of winning by snubbing entire groups of voters, and that in a nation whose voting pool is becoming more and more diverse, you make it clear you want just the votes of whites.

Republicans love to talk about Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan, presidents whom they hold up as having met the tests of greatness. Is this what Abraham Lincoln would do? Is this what Ronald Reagan would do?

Republicans also used to talk about their welcoming all Americans into the party of the "big tent." But actions speak louder than words. The actions of the Republican candidates make it clear the big tent has a whites-only sign over the entrance.

Barack Obama To Storm New York September 27th - Barack Video

Senator Barack Obama's coming to New York City September 27th in what promises to be a love in. Here's a video called "Meet Barack Obama."

Dan Rather Sues CBS - Dan Rather Details - Broadcasting & Cabl

Dan Rather Suing CBS News for Violation of Contract

$70M Suit Names Moonves, Redstone, Heyward

By Marisa Guthrie -- Broadcasting & Cable, 9/19/2007 6:14:00 PM

More than one year after Dan Rather left CBS News under a cloud for a flawed report on President Bush’s National Guard service, the former face of CBS News is suing CBS, its corporate parent and his former superiors at the news division.

In a $70 million suit filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan Wednesday, Rather, 75, alleged that CBS violated his contract by giving him precious little airtime on 60 Minutes, where he remained as a contributor after being forced to step down as anchor of the CBS Evening News in March 2005.

The suit alleged that CBS made him a “patsy” and that the network caved to “right-wing” pressure to get rid of him, and it also contended that CBS damaged Rather’s reputation by commissioning a “biased” investigation into the 60 Minutes II report.

Richard Thornburgh, who was an attorney general in the first Bush White House, was one of the panelists tasked with examining the National Guard segment.

The suit -- which seeks $20 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages -- named CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, Viacom chairman Sumner Redstone and former CBS News head Andrew Heyward.

“These complaints are old news and this lawsuit is without merit,” CBS said in a statement.

CBS -- which recently settled a lawsuit with deposed shock jock Don Imus (to the tune of $20 million, according to published reports) -- will likely fight the Rather suit, according to sources.

Rather's attorney, Martin Gold, said in a statement that CBS "intentionally damaged" Rather's reputation by sacrificing "independent journalism for corporate financial interests."

He added that the goal of the suit was to "further" the principle of an "independent press."

If Rather is "successful," added Martin, "he intends to donate substantial sums to furthering these ideals."

But industry veterans are skeptical about Rather's chances of prevailing in his suit.

CBS' "only obligation is to pay him," says an industry insider well versed in contractual law. "They are not obligated to keep him on the air. If he thought they were wrong, he should not have taken their money; he should have walked out the door and immediately sued them."

The 60 Minutes II report-- which aired in September 2004, mere months before the presidential election -- posited that President Bush received preferential treatment that kept him out of combat in Vietnam while in the Texas Air National Guard. But the report relied on what turned out to be forged documents.

Three producers -- Mary Mapes, Betsy West and Josh Howard -- were forced out at CBS for their part in the disputed segment.

According to a report by The New York Times, Rather’s 32-page suit lawsuit paints him as little more than a narrator of the National Guard broadcast -- a perception at odds with his reputation and the recollection of others involved.

Rather, said Howard, now vice president of long-form programming at CNBC, “worked the phones. He talked to sources. He was in the room with the so-called document experts. He argued with us over every line of the script. I can’t imagine how he at this point can say he was just the narrator.”

After he left the CBS Evening News in March 2005, Rather’s contract called for him to become a “full-time correspondent” on 60 Minutes II and, after that broadcast was canceled in May 2005, on the original edition of 60 Minutes. But Rather’s suit contended that the eight pieces he did for 60 Minutes paled in comparison to what regular 60 Minutes correspondents did.

Rather officially left CBS News in 2006. He is now anchoring a series of news specials for Mark Cuban’s HDNet.

Rather did not return a detailed message for comment Wednesday.'s Don Hazen Thinks The Porn Industry Has Run Amok

I agree with Don Hazen in to a certain extent that porn's rampant, but he leaves out the way the Internet's used to fuel our desire to see porn. Also, this is painted as a male-only issue, where women too search for porn.

I think the idea's he expresses are outdated and not without a certain "male guilt" complex. What people forget is part of the way we're wired -- lust -- is the backbone of the reproductive process.

Now to be sure, he's writing about extreme porn -- whatever that is -- and that's not something I'm personally familar with. Perhaps he is.

Personally, this photo of Michelle Lin's enough for me.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Delaware State Lockdown After Campus Shootings


The campus of Delaware State University is under tight lockdown Friday after gunshots fired through the air Thursday night. A manhunt is currently underway. Two students were wounded as a result of the shootings, and one remains in critical condition.

A Delaware State spokesman, Carlos Homes, said one of the female victims has sustained very serious injuries, potentially life threatening.
Thursday night, University officials say students and staff were warned of the shooting from a message on the campus website. Officials also made phone calls and notifications to residents and all housing buildings.

As of now, according to authorities, students have been instructed to stay in their dormitory rooms and commuters were instructed to stay home while police in Dover scour the campus and examine surveillance video.

It appears as though University administrators have responded in a timely and appropriate fashion, saying last years Virginia Tech massacres taught them the ultimate lessons. Virginia Tech administrators were severely criticized for not quickly alerting students about a shooter who killed 32 people in Blacksburg.

“We have learned from Virginia Tech. We need to act on the side of caution and do the best we can to protect our student population,” stated Mr. Homes.

All this comes just a month after the Delaware State community mourned the tragic loss of 3 students shot execution style during a robbery in New Jersey.

Delaware officials believe the shooter left campus, but they don t know that for certain.

Few details of this latest incident have been released. There's no word whether the shooter knew the victims or whether they just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Stayed tuned to CBS 2 HD and for the latest from Dover.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

CNN Susan Rogerson Missreporting Of Jena 6 Issue Fuels Racial Tension

I'm watching CNN, and Susan Rogerson tells me that I'm supposed to feel soory for Justin Barker -- the white student who was beaten up after racially taunting Black students in Jena, Louisiana, and attended a social function after supposedly being beaten so hard.

She says "What about him?" WHAT? Is CNN nuts? Look, this story started because a Black student wanted to sit under a tree supposedly just for White students -- which is totally crazy itself. Then when he did, White students hung nooses on the tree. Black students were beaten up by White students -- but charges never filed.

Now, I've got to hear CNN's Rogerson talk about this idiot like he's the victim, and then hear this racist Jena D.A. down there back him? Come on! Racism is a mental illness, and that town's got a problem.

Jena's a nutso place it seems. But CNN's fueling racial tensions by the way it's reporting the issue. For a totally great explanation of what happened down there, watch this video:

Barack Obama's Statements On Jena 6 - Jesse Jackson Jr. Helped Obama

Barack Obama Statements on Jena 6

CHICAGO, IL – U.S. Senator Barack Obama released the following three statements on the Jena 6.

September 19, 2007 | Obama Statement on the Jena 6
"Outrage over an injustice like the Jena 6 isn't a matter of black and white. It's a matter of right and wrong. We should stand as one nation in opposition to this and any injustice. That’s why I’ve previously spoken out and demanded fairness in the Jena 6 case. That's why I've fought against injustice as a civil rights attorney and public official, and why I'll continue to fight to heal the wounds of division in our nation as president. My statements on Jena 6 were carefully thought out with input and support from one of my National Campaign Chairmen, U.S. Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr."

September 14, 2007 | Obama Statement on the Jena 6
"I am pleased that the Louisiana state appeals court recognized that the aggravated battery charge brought in this case was inappropriate. I hope that today's decision will lead the prosecutor to reconsider the excessive charges brought against all the teenagers in this case. And I hope that the judicial process will move deliberately to ensure that all of the defendants will receive a fair trial and equal justice under the law."

September 10, 2007 | Obama Demands Fairness in Jena 6 Case
"When nooses are being hung in high schools in the 21st century, it's a tragedy. It shows that we still have a lot of work to do as a nation to heal our racial tensions. This isn't just Jena's problem; it's America's problem."
"There are a number of signs that the system is not working in this case. It's a problem when criminal charges are brought against some students for fighting, but not others. It's a problem when a public defender doesn't call any witnesses. And it's a problem when a prosecutor decides to try teenagers as adults for a school fight, a charge that could leave them in jail for the majority of their lives. That is why I join my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus in calling on the judge to consider all the relevant factors and calling on the District Attorney to drop the excessive charges brought in this case. And I, along with other members of the CBC, will continue to monitor this case closely."
"Going forward, we have to fix our criminal justice system. Whether it's Jena 6 or Genarlow Wilson, it's long past time for us to admit that we have more work to do to ensure that our criminal justice system is fair. We must ensure that both victims and defendants can receive equal justice under the law, regardless of race, wealth, or other circumstances."

Bionic Woman On Comcast On Demand - Saw It

I just saw Bionic Woman on Comcast OnDemand. Click on this -- Bionic Woman -- to read my review of the pilot episode.

Bionic Woman - Just Saw It; Michelle Ryan's Intense

I just found and watched NBC's new program Bionic Woman on Comcast ondemand. First, it's good actually great and intense. It has a lot of characters that are well intervoven. The trouble is that it moves too fast -- so fast that scenes that need more time to unfold to have real meaning last in seconds.

The version I saw is without commercials, so I thought maybe I was "fooled" by a shorter version. But then I thought of the Star Trek episode "Balance of Terror" and it seemed longer than the Bionic Woman even though they're both about 35 minutes of screen time.

The "problem" is the Bionic Woman's so rich with story, scenes, people, and tech that you want to taste a scene, only each one's too small a bite to enjoy. That's a problem the writers and Dave Eick, it's producer, have to work on. It's a nice problem to have.

Overall, I did enjoy Bionic Woman. It's not anythng like the Bionic Woman I remember as a kid. This is much darker and has subplots that you beg to be unraveled right then. For example, who's the Russian guy who seems to be Katie Sackhoff / Sarah Corvus's love interest and likes to sew his arm with string? (An apparent signal that this is some kind of bionic man?)

The special effects are a seemless part of the story -- no sound effects. The fight scene between Jamie Sommers and Sarah Corvus is very well done and includes one really cool and real-looking action scene where Jamie throws Sarah like she's a sack of trash.

What about Jamie's bartender life? How can she handle it and work for the organization that re-built her? And how can she make love to her boyfriend Will without harming him? That he was on top was a start -- it's where I'd like to be -- but the whole orgasm matter was skipped over. Ah, details.

I look forward to the Bionic Woman, but it's days could be numbered if the matter of this rapid pacing isn't adressed right away. But they've already got the episodes in the system, so we'll just have to wait.

I can't wait.

Mean, Sneaky Senator Clinton Gets Free Pass From Media

I'm serious about this. There's a conspiracy in the media to get her elected. It's so insidieous that it must be pointed out. One blogger points out that she's hiding from the press, but that doesn't stop others from keeping her name out there favorably.

But not with bloggers, who point to her lack of a press conference and this well-planned set of public appearances with Bill Clinton.

Then there's this video of her avoiding shaking hands with a well-wisher. Yikes.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee “Lone Iraq No Vote” Fundraising Event - Sunday, September 23, 2007

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On September 14, 2001, Rep. Barbara Lee was the only member of Congress to vote against a resolution that gave President George Bush a blank check to go to war without constraint. Bush used this resolution to launch his “global war on terror.” Since then, she has led the effort to prevent – and now to end – the War in Iraq. We are proud of her leadership and urge you to join us in honoring her.

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September 14, 2001

Mr. Speaker, Members, I rise today really with a very heavy heart, one that is filled with sorrow for the families and the loved ones who were killed and injured this week. Only the most foolish and the most callous would not understand the grief that has really gripped our people and millions across the world. This unspeakable act on the United States has really -- really forced me, however, to rely on my moral compass, my conscience, and my God for direction.

September 11th changed the world. Our deepest fears now haunt us. Yet, I am convinced that military action will not prevent further acts of international terrorism against the United States. This is a very complex and complicated matter.
Now this resolution will pass, although we all know that the President can wage a war even without it. However difficult this vote may be, some of us must urge the use of restraint. Our country is in a state of mourning. Some of us must say, let's step back for a moment. Let's just pause, just for a minute and think through the implications of our actions today, so that this does not spiral out of control.

Now I have agonized over this vote. But I came to grips with it today, and I came to grips with opposing this resolution during the very painful, yet very beautiful memorial service. As a member of the clergy so eloquently said, "As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore."

Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Barbara Lee was first elected to represent California's ninth Congressional District in 1998. On September 14th, 2001 Barbara Lee courageously cast the lone vote against granting the President a blank check to wage war without constraint. She is currently on the Appropriations Committee – bringing her bold voice and progressive agenda to the powerful spending committee. Congresswoman Lee also serves as the First Vice Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and the co-Chair of the Progressive Caucus.

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