Saturday, November 06, 2010

Cam Newton NCAA Investigation Snags Ian Greengross, Darren McFadden's Agent

The Auburn Quarterback Cam Newton NCAA Investigation has snagged NFL Agent Ian Greengross. The National Football League Players Association has issued a "disciplinary complaint" against Greengross and his recruiter Kenny Rogers.

Ian Greengross is a name you may remember if you're a regular follower of NFL Draft videos. Greengross is Oakland Raiders Running Back Darren McFadden's agent (and for 12 other NFL players), and first publicly appeared with McFadden at the 2008 NFL Draft. Here's the video interview he gave back then:

Now, the NFLPA’s Committee on Agent Regulation and Discipline (CARD) is investigating Greengross for his alleged involvement by being associated with Rogers, who's alleged request for a six-figure payment from Mississippi State for Newton's commitment to that school before he wound up with Auburn, has raised red flags all over the place.

Greengross is not the real target, but Rogers, whom reports Greengross has tried to "distance himself" from.  Rogers is said to have "misrepresented" himself as an NFLPA employee and an "official from a testing service," according to the NFLPA.

The NFLPA online announcement is damaging:

Under the NFLPA Regulations, an agent is held responsible for the actions of his recruiters, employees and associates if their conduct violates the Regulations. Rogers is alleged to have, at various times, misrepresented to prospective player-clients that he was an NFLPA employee, a Club official and an official from a testing service in an effort to recruit them. He also is alleged to have recruited players as clients while those players were signed to agent contracts with other agents in violation of the Regulations. 
Under the Regulations, Greengross now has the opportunity to answer the complaint, after which CARD may impose discipline, including a fine, suspension or revocation of his Certification as a Contract Advisor. Given the significance of the violations, CARD is considering exercising its right to immediately impose discipline pending any hearing on the matter and has asked Greengross to show cause as to why such action should not be taken.

Newton's father says he knows nothing of any cash payments made by colleges, according to a number of news sites.

Stay tuned.

Nancy Pelosi Will Run For Minority Leader

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Nancy Pelosi has announced that she will be running for minority leader. The video of Pelosi making this announcement is available to watch on CNN Videos.
In a written statement CNN reports that Pelosi said:

"Many of our colleagues have called with their recommendations on how to continue our fight for the middle class, and have encouraged me to run for House Democratic Leader. Based on those discussions, and driven by the urgency of protecting health care reform, Wall Street reform, and Social Security and Medicare, I have decided to run."

It has also been reported that a longtime Pelosi strategist spoke to CNN on the condition of anonymity. The source told CNN:

"She just told me she wasn't finished, and until the effects of what they have done take hold and Americans are back to work -- she has to get to work."

The 70-year old's decision to run for minority leader is an extremely controversial one. Her two predecessors chose to resign once no longer being speaker of the House, and not very many people are supportive of her decision.

Dan Boren, Moderate Democratic Representative of Oklahoma, is one of the many who urged Pelosi not to run for minority leader. He tells CNN:

"I cannot in good conscience support Nancy Pelosi as our leader. I think that it is important for the Democratic Party to move in a new direction for the sake of our country. Democrats and Republicans need leaders who are going to work together."

Other Democratic Representatives who do not support her decision include Heath Schuler of North carolina, Jim Matheson of Utah and Jason Altmire from Pennsylvania.

Schuler has even said that he may challenge Pelosi, but according to the makeup of the Democratic caucus few believe that he would win.

Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois has said that he would be willing to support Pelosi's bid.

Follow up posts will be made when more information has been made available.

Garth Brooks Is Popular

Garth Brooks, country music star, has added five additional dates to his Nashville tour due to the popularity and high demand.

Nashville's reports that in one hour there were 100,000 tickets sold for the concert he will be playing with Trisha Yearwood this December 17 at the Bridgestone Arena to benefit flood victims.

The tickets for this show are available at Ticketmaster for $25.

This show is such a big deal, because Brooks has not performed in Nashville since 1998. Brooks has been retired since that time and has been raising his three daughters. He makes special exceptions to perform when it is for charity.

Daylight Savings Time Change Nov 7: Time Change Fall 2010

Last week Europe was the focus of Time Change Fall 2010 and Daylight Savings Time. Now, this weekend, Sunday, is November 7th, the day of setting our clock's back one hour in the Americas.

The change will add one hour of sunlight starting Sunday morning November 7th.

NIST Website Has The Info

The best place for exact information on the Daylight Savings Time Change is the website of the National Institute of Technology and Standards. It reads:

Daylight Saving Time begins each year at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of March. Move clocks ahead one hour at the start of Daylight Saving Time.
Standard Time begins each year at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of November. Move your clocks back one hour at the resumption of Standard Time. Daylight Saving Time and time zones are regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation, not by NIST.
In 2010, Daylight Savings Time is from 2:00 a.m. (local time) on March 14 until 2:00 a.m. (local time) on November 7.
In 2011, Daylight Savings Time is from 2:00 a.m. (local time) on March 13 until 2:00 a.m. (local time) on November 6.

You can also get accurate U.S. time for your time zone at

Mass Arrests in Oakland: Loud Protests over Oscar Grant /Mehserle Sentencing

Police might as well prepared Marshall Law in Oakland, because they arrested everyone in sight near 6th and east 17th. They declared the entire block a ‘crime scene’ and said everyone within it were arrested as agitators. Police claimed that a rock was thrown at them. Over 150 people were arrested including folks who weren’t even part of the march.

Here’s the link to our special Hard Knock Radio/ Flashpoints broadcast on the Johannes Mehserle sentencing with myself and Sabrina Jacobs…Our guest included Oscar Grant’s uncle Cephus Johnson aka Uncle Bobby,Jack Bryson who’s sons were on the Fruitvale BART platform w/ Oscar when he was killed….We also spoke with Grant family lawyer John Burris, LA correspondent Thiandiswe Chimurenga, M1 of dead prez, Minister Keith Muhammadof the Nation of Islam , Jesse Strauss Dennis Bernstein and Miguel Molina of Flashpoints and Alan Gomezof Puente Arizona.

Here’s a link to the show
Tonight Oakland Police showed us what Marshall Law was all about as they conducted mass arrests in East Oakland around 6th and East 17th. All in all over 150 people were arrested and likely to be taken to North County or Santa Rita for the weekend.

This all began when about 500 marchers left downtown where city hall is located and attempted to march to the Fruitvale BART station where Oscar Grant was murdered. OPD had devised a boxed in strategy which was described as a scrimmage line. With the use of helicopters, dozens of patrol cars and undercover cops spread throughout the crowd, police in a series of manuevers tried to corral marchers into a block and immobilize them.

The marchers were a multi-ethnic crowd featuring people of all ages and classes. many were disappointed with the outcome and felt that justice was not served.

The overwhelming majority of the marchers were peaceful, in fact this was affirmed early on KGO News who had a reporter in the crowd. As the night went on the narrative changed when it was reported that some car windows were broken. Even though this wasn’t done my 99% of the marchers it was the excuse the police needed. One of the marchers described the police as increasingly aggressive when they found it it difficult to contain 500 people.

When folks arrived at 6th and East 17th the police in riot gear had all sides blocked and declared the area a crime scene. Many of the folks had no idea what that meant and why they were not allowed to leave. Police then announced that everyone except the press would be subjected to arrest. Some marchers were getting conflicting information where they were told they could leave, but when they attempted they were told they could not.

Police were on bull horns telling the crowd ‘This is a crime scene Do Not Resist the Police.” Again no one had any idea why it was a crime scene and what that meant.

Observers from Lawyers Guild were told that a rock was thrown at the police and everyone in the march were going to be arrested as ‘agitators’. This was the story given when I was out there.

Imagine our surprise when we got home and saw the evening news running stories saying that someone had snatched a gun from the holster of an officer, and someone else had hit an officer with a car. That wasn’t the 500 people in the march, those were two individuals, both who have been arrested.

We later heard that everyone was arrested for unlawfully assembly. None of this information was made known to the veteran reporters who called into our L’Onda radio show on KPFA including a veteran cop watch leader who was with the marchers as an observer and not allowed to leave with the accredited press.

The police also claim that folks had broken other windows. The question raised is why blame everyone in the march? Police had undercover officers amongst the marchers, they weren’t aware of who specifically violated the law? Why not give folks an opportunity to disperse versus arresting everyone wholesale?

Do Not Resist the Police seemed to be the new mantra from an oppressive force that has now gotten away with murder.

Folks observing the mass arrests were talking about the outlandish remarks attributed to sentencing Judge Robert J Perry. This included him telling the Grant family that with President Obama in the White House folks should not see this incident as racial.

He parroted all the talking points of the defense and pretty much blamed Oscar Grant for his own death. Please listen to the radio interview we posted up that features report backs from several people who sat in the courtroom including Grant’s Uncle and news reporter Thandi Chimurenga.

Here’s the link:
Many are trying to figure out ways to remove him from the bench.. here’s a link to that process

Police systematically booked people. from what we observed they seemed to be separating organizers from 'ordinary folk's

Jack Bryson's two sons were on the platform and witnessed Oscar get killed. He was still in shock over some of the outrageous things Judge Robert Perry said before sentencing Johannes Mehersle. He wants see him recalled

There were hundreds of police out in the streets..They out-numbered protestors

Jill Clayburgh Dies At 66; One Of 25 Greatest Actresses In Hollywood

Jill Clayburgh, voted one of Entertainment Weekly's 25 greatest actresses, has died at 66 years old and after a 21-year battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, according to The Boston Channel. The New York City born daughter of a wealthy family produced an incredible body of work that's spanned 30 years.

Clayburgh's first major role was Portnoy's Complaint in 1972. That was followed by her amazing role in An Unmarried Woman in 1978, for which Clayburgh received an Oscar nomination. Jill received yet another Oscar nomination for her role in Starting Over in 1979. But Oscar success escaped her and over time, top roles passed her by.

But Clayburgh, along with Jane Fonda, Anne Bancroft, Shirley MacLaine, and Pam Greer, carved out an iconic image of the empowered American woman, the symbol of social change in the 70s.

Eventually, television would benefit from Clayburgh's talent, as she starred on such shows as Ally McBeal and most recently Dirty, Sexy Money.

Clayburgh is survived by her husband Tony Award-winning playwright David Rabe, and her son, Michael Rabe and daughter, actress Lily Rabe.