FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Padge Gordon, also known as Padge Victoria Windslowe. Windslowe, an aspiring hip-hop artist who boasts about her talent for underground "body sculpting," has one last chance to impress a jury before the panel weighs murder charges against her in a dancer's death. Windslowe has been testifying since Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, and faces more cross-examination this week. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department, File)
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FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Padge Gordon, also known as Padge Victoria Windslowe. Windslowe, an aspiring hip-hop artist who boasts about her talent for underground “body sculpting,” has one last chance to impress a jury before the panel weighs murder charges against her in a dancer’s death. Windslowe has been testifying since Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, and faces more cross-examination this week. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department, File)
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A transgender “body sculptor” is back in prison after spending two days in a Philadelphia hospital in the midst of her colorful murder-trial testimony.

Padge-Victoria Windslowe is accused of killing a 20-year-old London dancer with illegal buttocks injections at an airport hotel in 2011. Doctors have said the low-grade silicone spread to the victim’s lungs and stopped her heart.

Windslowe, 45, complained of chest pains at the courthouse Monday as she prepared to return to the witness stand. She was released late Wednesday and back in custody at a Philadelphia prison where she has been held since her arrest in 2012, prison spokeswoman Shawn Hawes said Thursday.

It’s not clear if court or medical officials were concerned about potential damage from the many silicone injections the Rubenesque former madam and hip-hop artist said she has given herself. A gag order prevents lawyers from discussing the case. Some witnesses injected by Windslowe have said they fear the future medical problems they may face.

Windslowe, who used the stage name “the Black Madam,” is expected back on the stand for a third day Friday if courts reopen after a winter storm. She has been engaged in a fiery showdown with Assistant District Attorney Carlos Vega during cross-examination.

After name-dropping the likes of model Amber Rose and rappers Nicki Minaj and Kanye West, Windslowe was asked if Rose was at a hotel the Christmas Eve night the defendant claimed to run into former Gov. Ed Rendell.

“You’re so sarcastic, Mr. Vega,” Windslowe cooed. “Amber Rose wasn’t there that night.”

Windslowe told jurors she learned how to do buttocks injections from overseas doctors who performed her sex-change surgeries. She said she has performed thousands of the procedures and earned the name “the Michelangelo of buttocks injections.”

Two witnesses have said they were left critically ill. One woman spent months in a coma.

The jury could get the case next week. Windslowe faces 20 to 40 years if convicted of third-degree murder. She is also accused of aggravated assault and practicing medicine without a license.

Its strange how respect for the president of the united states has changed over the last eight years. The question is this a permanent change or will it go back to business as usual after president Obama leaves office.     
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(Elizabeth Cromwell/Wikimedia Commons (CC)) A Justice Department report  investigating racial discrimination in Ferguson, Missouri  includes evidence that a city worker there sent  a racist email about President Obama.

Eric Tucker of the Associated Press reports the email, sent in 2008 from a municipal account, speculated that Obama wouldn’t stay president for long because “what black man holds a steady job for four years.”

NPR found the email was one of two correspondences between  police and local court employees included in the report.

In August 2014, a Ferguson police officer shot and killed an unarmed black man named Michael Brown, spurring protests across the country.

The Justice Department’s investigation into the situation, set to drop Wednesday, is going to be brutal. The department will reportedly charge that  police in the city disproportionately used excessive force against blacks and stopped black drivers more often than other races.

As a result, the government could sue the Ferguson Police Department on civil rights charges.

Ferguson’s Jokes Not Funny!

Posted: March 5, 2015 in Shorts

I am a black man and if you continue to read you will understand why I am telling you that I am a black man. Ferguson’s racial jokes bring back memories of the time when I was sitting on a parked bus while taking a break with a group of white bus operators. Apparently they had forgotten I was on the bus because I fell asleep in the back of the bus.

I woke up during a conversation that they where having about the black bus operators passed and present at our depot. They were saying things like those coons don’t know how to talk and who do they think they are trying to come in here and take our jobs. They also used words like black Sam-boo  and jungle bunnies and the N word. Finally I could not take it any longer so I clear my throat and said don’t worry guys I know who you are I grew-up around people like you. While I was exiting the bus they were apologizing. unfortunately once someone says the things that where said that day, the pain never goes away it frozen in your mind and heart forever.

That kind of pain is chronic, yes chronic. How do we move forward with pain that continues to be inflicted upon us from birth until the day we died? I don’t have the answer, but I do know one thing if we don’t continue to have conversation all hell is going to break loose. I don’t want to be around to see it.

Tamir Rice

Posted: February 28, 2015 in SPEAK UP

I remember playing in upstate New York with BB guns as a child. The problem is that there are to many adults with guns that are accessible to our children. Until we address this issue as an adults, we will not be able to begin to solve the problem.

Tamir Rice

Incredibly, the City of Cleveland responded on Friday to a lawsuit filed by the family of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by saying he was responsible for his own demise. The boy was shot dead by cops while he held a pellet gun.

Reports Cleveland.com:

The city, in its response, wrote that Tamir’s death on Nov. 22 and all of the injuries his family claims in the suit “were directly and proximately caused by their own acts, not this Defendant.” It also says that the 12-year-old’s shooting death was caused “by the failure … to exercise due care to avoid injury.”

The response does not explain these defenses in more detail, though 20 defenses are listed in all, including another one that says Tamir died because of “the conduct of individuals or entities other than Defendant.”

The city also wrote that it does not have enough information to respond in full because the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office’s investigation into Rice’s death by police officer Timothy Loehmann is not finished.

The family had filed an amended lawsuit against the city late in January. As NBC News reported:

The Rice family’s lawyers had filed their case initially in federal court last December, a brief eight-page document. On Friday, with a new legal team including Benjamin Crump, the lawyer who has represented the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, the Rice family filed a 65-page document charging at least 27 different allegations.

Their claims ranging from excessive force by the two officers who encountered Rice, Frank Garmback and Timothy Loehmann, to negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment, and deliberate indifference to a serious medical need.

Some of the charges stem from the way family members were treated by police as the boy lay dying. As described in a NewsOne interview with Tamir’s mother Samaria Rice:

When Rice arrived on the scene of the fatal shooting, she saw her 16-year-old son being held up against a police car surrounded by Cleveland police officers. Meanwhile, her 14-year-old daughter was being detained handcuffs in the back of the police car that Officer Loehmann had gotten out of prior to the shooting.

Rice said as she tried to get to her son, the Cleveland police officers on the scene told her to calm down or they would put her in the police car, as well. “Police gave me an ultimatum” to either stay with her daughter or ride to the hospital with her son Tamir, she explained. “So of course I went with the 12-year-old.” Instead of riding next to her dying son, “They made me sit in front of the ambulance like I was a passenger,” she said.

Tamir died of his wounds the next day and the coroner has since ruled the death a homicide.

Railroad Workers

Posted: February 28, 2015 in History
ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, FEB. 8 - In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, frm left, Rev. Clinton Scott, 93, of Roanoke,John Mease., 71, of Salem,  Paul Washington, 83, of Roanoke, and Phillip Randolph, 53, of Roanoke, 53, look at portraits of fellow railroad workers on display in the "From Cotton to Silk, African American Railroad Workers of the Norfolk & Western and Norfolk Southern Railways' exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, Va. All worked for the railroad. (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Heather Rousseau)  LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; SALEM TIMES REGISTER OUT; FINCASTLE HERALD OUT;  CHRISTIANBURG NEWS MESSENGER OUT; RADFORD NEWS JOURNAL OUT; ROANOKE STAR SENTINEL OUT
ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, FEB. 8 – In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015, frm left, Rev. Clinton Scott, 93, of Roanoke,John Mease., 71, of Salem, Paul Washington, 83, of Roanoke, and Phillip Randolph, 53, of Roanoke, 53, look at portraits of fellow railroad workers on display in the “From Cotton to Silk, African American Railroad Workers of the Norfolk & Western and Norfolk Southern Railways’ exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke, Va. All worked for the railroad. (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Heather Rousseau) LOCAL TELEVISION OUT; SALEM TIMES REGISTER OUT; FINCASTLE HERALD OUT; CHRISTIANBURG NEWS MESSENGER OUT; RADFORD NEWS JOURNAL OUT; ROANOKE STAR SENTINEL OUT

My My My Some Things Will Never Change!

Posted: February 28, 2015 in SPEAK UP

Lincoln Was Right

Posted: 02/27/2015 3:53 pm EST Updated: 02/27/2015 3:59 pm EST

Sometimes, all you have to do is hand a person a shovel, and they’ll happily dig a hole even deeper for themselves.

I thought that my piece yesterday about Rudolph Giuliani (R-NY) claiming that President Barack Obama didn’t love America would be my last word on the subject, at least until it became a political issue during the next election. But by gum, there the former NYC mayor was, dig, dig, digging away, in an interview with the New YorkTimes.

“Some people thought it was racist,” Mr. Giuliani told the paper, scoffing at such a thing, “I thought that was a joke, since he was brought up by a white mother, a white grandfather, went to white schools, and most of this he learned from white people.”

Yes, you read that right. According to Rudolph Giuliani, Barack Obama is actually white!

Just think — all that hatred that has built up in the far right of the Republican Party for the past six years, all those racist jokes, the racist cartoons… they were all for naught!!! The racists and the Tea Party corporations have nothing to worry about, they can sleep easy tonight — according to Rudolph Giuliani, we don’t have a black president after all.

Unfortunately, there’s that whole pesky concept of realty that has to kick in, which makes this problematic for the former mayor.

We can break down his statement into two parts, the direct and in-direct. Let’s look at the latter first. That’s where Mr. Giuliani points out that Mr. Obama was brought up by a white grandfather, went to white schools, and most of this he learned from white people.

For starters, if this is what makes a person white, then there are a whole lot of adopted black kids today who just got removed from the rolls of the protected classes. And will now have an easier time getting a job. And a taxi.

But more problematic for Rudolph Giuliani is… well, his own words. If you’ll recall, one of his slams against Mr. Obama as proof for the President not loving America was when Mr. Giuliani told that roomful of potential rich right-wing investors — “He wasn’t brought up the way you were brought up and I was brought up through love of this country.”

Well, sorry, if Mr. Giuliani wants to defend himself as not having made a racist statement because Barack Obama was brought up by a white grandfather, went to white schools and learned everything from white people (and let’s even add back in, “brought up by a white mother”)… then he was EXACTLY brought up the exact same way every one of those white people in the room were. And had the same noble, wonderful, patriotic “I heart America” values as them all.

Unless, of course, it turns out that Mr. Giuliani was actually addressing a roomful of black people — and he himself is black. In which case, no wonder Republicans didn’t vote for him when he ran for president. But I think we can safely presume that none of that is the case. Which means that Republicans didn’t vote for Rudolph Giuliani for President in such crushing numbers that he dropped out of the race almost immediately after his first primary simply because they thought he wouldn’t do a good job.

So now let’s go to the other part of his “defense.” That direct parental evidence. That Barack Obama was “brought up by a white mother.”

Fair enough. He was. Not only brought up by, but born to. However, as much as I know that so many Republicans today don’t like to believe in science, I have to trust in my heart that even they grasp the concept that it takes two people to make a baby. And since the mother is accounted for, that leaves — well, y’know, the Kenyan dad. It’s shocking that Rudolph Giuliani would leave that part out, the father, since Republicans have been so aggressively shouting it from the rafters for the past seven years.

The only other alternative, of course, is that what he meant to suggest is the President’s mother had a virgin birth. Which would make Barack Obama not the devil at all, but rather… yipes!!!

Okay, I think we can safely say that no one believes a word of what Rudolph Giuliani said in his own defense, including Rudolph Giuliani, and that includes dyed-in-the-wool racists, because believing it, that Barack Obama was white, would take away their meaning for living over the past seven years.

The only good thing that came from Mr. Giuliani’s bizarrely pathetic defense is that it explained why he was a prosecuting attorney, and not a defense lawyer.

By the way, the odd thing about all this is that it’s pretty much secondary whether or not his now-infamous comments about President Obama are racist or not. That was never my first thought when I first heard them. It was that they were pathetic, shameless, pandering, demeaning and idiotic. Racist is almost an afterthought.

If only Rudolph Giuliani had learned the lesson from the Father of the Republican Party. As Abraham Lincoln said, “Better to be thought a fool and remain silent, than to speak and remove all doubt.”

Wow now their questioning the presidents love  for America whats next

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a leading Republican contender for the White House in 2016, said Saturday he doesn’t know whether President Barack Obama loves his country.

“You should ask the president what he thinks about America,” Walker told The Associated Press while in Washington for a weekend meeting of the National Governors Association. “I’ve never asked him so I don’t know.”

Earlier in the week, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said during a dinner speech, with Walker in attendance, “I know this is a horrible thing to say, but I do not believe that the president loves America.”

Democrats have assailed Giuliani for questioning Obama’s love of country and urged the potential field of Republican presidential candidates to rebuke Giuliani for his comments.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, another possible 2016 candidate, said he didn’t think it helps to question the president’s patriotism or motives. Giuliani, Pence said, is “a great American” who is “understandably frustrated with a president who lectures us on the Crusades, but seems incapable of calling radical Islamic violence by name.”

Walker, who has been amassing donors and headlines since a well-received speech last month in Iowa, has been a visible presence at the annual governors’ meeting, participating in events and making himself available to reporters.

He said that if he does choose to run, he’ll likely skip the step of forming a formal exploratory committee and instead transition straight from the political organization he launched to begin raising money to “an outright presidential campaign.”

Walker didn’t say when he’d make a decision but that “any reasonable candidate, whether it be my consideration or anybody else, has to be in by midyear.” He said his state’s budget was generally settled by the end of June.

“If I choose to be a candidate, you’re not going to hear me say ill will about any of the other candidates,” Walker said. “I’m going to talk about what I’m for. I think Americans are sick and tired of politicians that talk about what they’re against and who they’re against.”

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert joked about why he was tapped to be vice chairman of the governors group: “I am the only governor that’s not running for president.”

While the gathering is officially intended as an opportunity for members of both parties to discuss policy and good government, much of the talk in the hallways has centered on the presidential contest and the long list of governors considering runs.

Conspicuously out of sight Saturday was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. While busy with meetings behind closed doors, he skipped the group’s public events.