FAMU Marching 100 Return

The Marching 100 returned yesterday to a Half Time show between FAMU and Mississippi Valley State. It’s reputation as one of the elite Marching Band units at the College level is sadly tarnished, and it’s reputation as an HBCU tradition is at it’s lowest point. Hopefully the new School President, Band Leader, and students can return the unit, and the traditions it represented before the scandal back to the heights the band once enjoyed.

FAMU band makes first appearance in nearly two years after hazing incident

Twenty-two months after Florida A&M University’s band was suspended in the wake of a hazing death of a drum major, it was back on the field Saturday, performing at the season-opener against Mississippi Valley State.

The Marching 100 was not allowed to perform after Robert Champion collapsed and died after a hazing ritual on a bus in November 2011. That suspension was lifted in June, after the resignation of the band’s longtime director and the university president.

The scandal resulted in charges of manslaughter and felony hazing being placed against 15 former band members. Seven have made plea deals, another has a deal but has not been sentenced and the other seven await trial, according to the Associated Press.

The parents of the hazing victim, who have filed wrongful death lawsuits against FAMU and the bus company, told the AP that they believed the return of the band was “too soon.”

“I don’t see anything that’s different to ensure the safety of those students,” Pam Champion said. “Everything that has been put in place is not something that was done voluntarily.”

Larry Robinson, the university’s interim president, announced the decision to strike up the band, saying it would be “a model of excellence for other bands across this nation. It will actually focus on its founding principles of character, academics, leadership, marching and service.”

On Saturday, the band was back on the field at Orlando’s Citrus Bowl.

Radioactive Drugbo

Rush Limbaugh has certainly lit the fuse on a bigger keg of dynamite than even he could have envisioned with his comments about Sandra Fluke and the Georgetown women.

Anyone has a question about who has the power in this country just needs to check out Drugbo’s example. It took COlor of Change over a year to make a definitive dent in Glenn Beck’s Faux News racism…

Looks like it is only going to take the ladies about a month to take Drugbo down.

Yeah – Cut off his supply of Viagra!

Rush Limbaugh loses 39 advertisers

At least 39 companies have pulled their ads from the “The Rush Limbaugh Show” since the conservative talk show host called a law student a “slut” on the air last week, as the social media blitz against the popular radio program showed no signs of slowing down Wednesday.

Companies are continuing to join the rapidly growing list of businesses that have ceased advertising on Limbaugh’s show, responding to the flood of grievances that are pouring in from disgruntled customers.

The list of companies that officially announced on Twitter, Facebook or in statements to other media outlets that they would stop advertising on the radio show include: AccuQuote Life Insurance, Allstate Insurance, AOL, Bare Escentuals, Bethesda Sedation Dentistry, Bonobos, Capital One, Carbonite, Cascades Dental, Citrix, Consolidated Credit Counseling Services, Constant Contact, Cunningham Security, Freedom Debt Relief, Girl Scouts, Goodwill Industries, Hadeed Carpet, JCPenney, Legal Zoom, Matrix Direct, Netflix, Norway Savings Bank, Philadelphia Orchestra, PolyCom, Portland Ovations, ProFlowers, Quicken Loans, Regal Assets, Reputation Rhino, RSVP Discount Beverage, Sears, Sensa, Service Magic, Sleep Train, Sleep Number, St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Tax Resolution, Thompson Creek Windows and Vitacost.

Cain’s Problem… The Story Keeps Changing

According to Karl Rove, the Cain campaign had 10 days to prep a story for this scandal…

So why does the “Sperminator” keep changing his story?

I mean – this is before the Long Knives even come out – of the victim’s testimony. There are a lot of other shoes that can drop here – so why is Cain buckdancing around, changing his story?

This one is hitting dead center at Cain’s fitness to hold office.

Herman Cain

Herman Cain’s story won’t stop shifting

It’s a time-honored strategy in politics: When bad news strikes, hit the airwaves, tell your story—and hope that it sticks and limits the damage.

But for that strategy to work, the story has to be consistent.Herman Cain was anything but in a series of interviews Monday, leaving some to wonder if another shoe in the burgeoning sexual harassment scandal is going to drop.

Cain started the day by not talking about the subject at all during a forum at the American Enterprise Institute, saying he wanted to stick to the topic at hand, his 9-9-9 plan. Then, in his first interview on Fox News Channel, he called the allegations that he harassed two employees of the National Restaurant Association when he was its CEO “false” and “baseless.” He also, as he would later claim during a speech at the National Press Club, said he was unaware of any settlement struck between the association and either of the women.

Cain told Bloomberg News that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had investigated allegations that he had harassed an employee and found no merit to the claim—a key detail, if true, that Cain did not mention in subsequent interviews.

Indeed, by the time Cain sat down with Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren, that assertion regarding the EEOC had vanished and Cain’s story had changed. Now, he said he recalled a situation involving one employee where Cain said he made a gesture comparing her height to his wife’s height, a gesture that employee apparently found offensive, he said.

He also said he now recalled a settlement with the woman, a “termination settlement” as he termed it. The situation was resolved “without a major payout,” he said.

“Maybe three months’ salary. I don’t remember. It might have been two months. I do remember my general counsel saying we didn’t pay all of the money they demanded,” Cain told Van Susteren.

The charges, he said, had been found baseless he said, but now he couldn’t recall who had investigated them.

Cain muddied the waters further in an interview with PBS’ Judy Woodruff in which he, when asked whether he had engaged in any inappropriate behavior, he replied by saying he hadn’t but “it’s in the eye of the person that thinks that maybe I crossed the line.”

According to ABC News, Cain is continuing his media blitz Tuesday, hitting, among others, CNN and Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox News, giving him more opportunities to find a version of events that he can stay with.

Karl Rove, the Republican strategist, said on Fox News that Cain’s shifting story wasn’t helping him—and suggested that Cain needs the National Restaurant Association to provide further details of the alleged incidents…

Formal Complaint to Judiciary Committee Filed Against Clarence Thomas

At least some folks are beginning to get serious on Capitol Hill.  Tommie Clarence’s “Pay for Justice” scheme may well be unraveling fast…

Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Democrats, demand ethics probe of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

A group of liberal Democrats, led by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, will formally ask theHouse Judiciary Committee today to investigate “ethical lapses” by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

At issue is Thomas’ failure to report “at least $1.6 million” in earnings by his wife Virginia for her work at the conservative Heritage Foundation between 2003 and 2007. Virginia Thomas has been one of the most vocal critics of the federal health care law. The Supreme Court will hear a case this term determining the law’s constitutionality.

The letter also asked the committee to examine “air travel and yacht stays and other gifts from wealthy supporters.”

“Reports of potential ethical lapses by Justice Thomas’s actions give rise to concerns about conflicts of interest undermining appellants’ rights of due process and also raise substantive questions about Justice Thomas’s ability to retain his seat,” said the letter, which was written by Blumenauer and will be delivered today.

“We urge that your committee hold hearings regarding the nature of these questions, their factual basis, and their potential to undermine the public’s trust in the Supreme Court,” it says.

During a news conference Wednesday, Blumenauer also said a similar letter will be sent to the Democratic-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee in coming days.

“Nobody is unaccountable in our system of government and we need to take steps to make sure this is always the case,” he said. “These are fundamental questions about the administration justice and it doesn’t necessarily need to be partisan to make sure there are rules of the road for the Supreme Court.”

In January, Thomas eventually amended several years of financial disclosures he is required by law to file after media reports raised questions about the omission. Simultaneously he released letters saying his wife’s income was “inadvertently omitted due to a misunderstanding of the filing instructions.”…

Murdoch Papers Hacking Scandal Spreads to US – 9/11 Victims

Looks like the phone hacking scandal involving Rupert Murdoch’s “News of the World” tabloid published in the UK is about to go international. Murdoch, the worlds largest media mogul and owner of hundreds of newspapers and other media properties around the world including Faux News is trying to limit damage through a legal ploy by shutting down”News of the World” and seeking protection under British liquidation laws which seal the company’s property from law enforcement review.

The question now is how far illegal phone hacking and tapping extends into the Murdoch media empire, and whether this sort of seedy activity was directed from the top, or acknowledged with a wink-wink.

Another Seedy Murdoch Property

 

Is Faux News, the tabloid news broadcaster and right wing propaganda outlet in the US next?

Phone Hacking Scandal Widens: News International Targeted Gordon Brown, BSkyB Bid Delayed

The phone hacking scandal widened on Monday, as new reports emerged that papers beyond the News of the World were also involved in criminal behavior. In addition, Rupert Murdoch’s bid to take over BSkyB, the satellite broadcaster, looked to be in serious peril.

Multiple outlets reported that former Prime Minister Gordon Brown is to claim that several News International papers illegally obtained his personal details.

According to The Guardian, The Independent and the BBC, investigators working for the News of the World, The Sun and The Sunday Times obtained information about Brown’s family, his legal and his medical records. This marks the first time that any allegations about News International have targeted papers outside the News of the World…

In addition, new revelations about the criminal behavior inside the News of the World continued to be unearthed. Among the latest details:

–The BBC reported that emails written in 2007 show that the News Of The World was paying police guarding the royal family for information–but that nobody was alerted about this evidence of corruption. BBC reporter Robert Peston uncovered emails from then-royal reporter Clive Goodman (who was the first person to be jailed over phone hacking) to then-editor Andy Coulson (who went on to become Prime Minister David Cameron’s top communications aide) asking for money to pay police officers for huge amounts of personal information about the royal family.

–The Guardian reported Monday morning that Prince Charles and his wife Camilla were recently warned by the police that their phones may have been hacked.

The Daily Mirror also floated allegations that News of the World journalists tried to hack into the phones of victims of the 9/11 attacks. A source told the Mirror that a then-New York City police officer (now a private investigator) was approached and offered money if he would hack into the victims’ voicemail. The officer reportedly declined the offer.

The Not so Sting – At NPR

I watched this video, which is currently making the right wing outrage circuit – and I find it hard to be upset at the NPR executives.

They are telling the truth. The Tea Party is racist. The best thing that could happen is for NPR to be able to get off of the small subsidy provided by the Government. And quite frankly, I see no difference between the Republican Party today, and what the Republicans accuse the Muslim Brotherhood of.  Simply domestic terrorism versus the threat of foreign terrorism.

Indeed,  being a businessman who doesn’t like my time being wasted – I feel that NPR should sue Mr O’Keefe and Veritas for wasting their executives time. NPR is probably too chickenshit to do it – which is the problem in this country. The forces of fairness, progressivism, and any sort of intellectual honesty in this country aren’t smacking these right wing scumbags in the teeth with a 2 x 4 …

Yet. Although Wisconsin is becoming a shining beacon of hope.

Insofar as the Jewish owned or influenced media in this country, that is true. It isn’t an evil thing, or a bad thing – it is a minority which has been very successful at advancing their issues and supporting their ideas relative to Israel. You want to change that view to more pro-Islamic, or pro China, or pro anything – then you have to invest in American Media – whether through training and developing higher caliber news people and reporters, or by buying networks like Faux to propagandize whatever you want to sell as Murdoch did.

It’s one of the reasons Russia TV and Al Jazeera are now more trusted names worldwide than any of the American News media. Our Media is for sale to the highest bidder, often to say whatever they are paid to say, courtesy of Faux.

I think the folks quitting their jobs at NPR is utterly bullshit – and wish they would stand up to this type of sleazy blackmail.

Justice For Sale – Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia and Bribes…

One of the “abilities to rule by the law” of the conservative justices appointed by the Bushes is the wealth their family members suddenly came into when they were appointed to he bench. Need a vote in a critical case? Drop $500k in Virginia Thomas’ PAC. Hire a judges kids for a high paying job…

By all rights, Scalia and Thomas (and Roberts) should be removed from the bench and join the ranks of Orange Jumpsuited criminal politicians.

Clarence Thomas failed to report wife’s income, watchdog says

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas failed to report his wife’s income from a conservative think tank on financial disclosure forms for at least five years, the watchdog group Common Cause said Friday.

Between 2003 and 2007, Virginia Thomas, a longtime conservative activist, earned $686,589 from the Heritage Foundation, according to a Common Cause review of the foundation’s IRS records. Thomas failed to note the income in his Supreme Court financial disclosure forms for those years, instead checking a box labeled “none” where “spousal noninvestment income” would be disclosed.

A Supreme Court spokesperson could not be reached for comment late Friday. But Virginia Thomas’ employment by the Heritage Foundation was well known at the time.

Virginia Thomas also has been active in the group Liberty Central, an organization she founded to restore the “founding principles” of limited government and individual liberty.

In his 2009 disclosure, Justice Thomas also reported spousal income as “none.” Common Cause contends that Liberty Central paid Virginia Thomas an unknown salary that year.

Federal judges are bound by law to disclose the source of spousal income, according to Stephen Gillers, a professor at NYU School of Law. Thomas’ omission — which could be interpreted as a violation of that law — could lead to some form of penalty, Gillers said.

Then there is the relationship between Scalia and Thomas and Koch Industries. Koch Industries is the principal funder of the Tea Party, as well as the Federalist Society and a number of other right wing organizations… including millions to the Heritage Foundation which Virginia Thomas “worked” for..

Charles Koch’s invitation to their 2011 secretive retreat, to be held in Palm Springs, Ca., on January 30-31, states that the “action-oriented program brings together top experts and leaders to discuss – and offer solutions to counter – the most critical threats to our free society.” It added that past “meetings have featured such notable leaders as Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas,” along with a host conservative leaders and elected officials, like Glenn Beck, Haley Barbour and Jim DeMint.

Campaign finance ruling: Should Supreme Court justices have recused themselves?

Common Cause President Bob Edgar said the group has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to examine whether Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas should have stepped aside rather than vote in the Citizens United case.

The case, handed down a year ago on Friday (Jan. 21), struck down a portion of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law that had barred corporate expenditures for political advertisements during campaign season.

Mr. Edgar said the justices were featured speakers at invitation-only retreats sponsored by Koch Industries, a private company whose officials have played an active role supporting Republican candidates and conservative causes.

He also said Justice Thomas may have had an undisclosed financial conflict of interest through his wife’s work as founder and CEO of a conservative advocacy group, Liberty Central. Edgar said the group stood to benefit from the Citizens United decision through easier fundraising and easier political spending. [Ms. Thomas has since stepped down as CEO of the group.]

Let’s not forget two anonymous doners’ largesse when Virginia Thomas formed her PAC “Liberty Central” - suddenly coming into $500,000 from a single un-named donor  before the Citizen’s United case

 

Bernice King Rejects SCLC Leadership Job

Bernice King

In another meltdown, MLK daughter Bernice King has refused the leadership position at the Southern Christian Leadership Council her father founded. The organization has recently been riven by infighting and scandal.

MLK daughter’s exit leaves SCLC’s future in doubt

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is facing an uncertain future following the decision of Martin Luther King Jr.’s daughter to walk away from the embattled civil rights organization.

The Rev. Bernice King said this week that she would not take the helm of the group that her father founded in 1957 and that elected her president in 2009.

The once-proud organization has split into two factions, had its finances scrutinized and saw its former chairman indicted last week on theft charges.

Former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young says the group might have run its course and that Bernice King made a wise decision. He says “we should’ve closed it down years ago.”

Young was a close adviser to Martin Luther King Jr., as the group led nonviolent protests for equality for African-Americans and social justice.

Enron – Lehman Brothers… Arthur Anderson – Ernst and Young?

One of the criminal characteristics of th last several gigantic corporate frauds has been the acquiescence and in some cases outright criminal participation in the fraud by the accounting firms charged with auditing the books. Arthur Anderson’s collaboration with Enron allowed the company to defraud the investment community out of billions.

While no Accounting Company was ever blamed in the WorldCom scam – One needs to ask, WTF were the auditors?

Now we have Lehman Brothers… And Ernst and Young.

WTF aren’t the guys who perpetuate these frauds in jail like the other criminals spending long sentences?

Ernst & Young faces US lawsuit over Lehman

Ernst & Young has been sued by New York’s attorney general over its role in the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008.

The accountancy firm has been accused of being complicit in a “massive accounting fraud” which Lehman ran.

Ernst & Young has said it will “vigorously defend” itself, claiming that there is no factual or legal evidence to be brought against the auditor in this context.

Ernst & Young says: “Lehman’s audited financial statement clearly portrayed Lehman as a highly leveraged entity operating in a risky and volatile industry.”

New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo says: “At a time when it was critical for investors to make informed decisions as to whether to keep or to buy Lehman, Ernst & Young assisted Lehman in defrauding the public.”

The lawsuit did not name as defendants any former top executives at the investment bank whose September 2008 collapse helped spark the global financial crisis.

According to Reuters, the lawsuit seeks more than $150 million in fees that Ernst & Young received from 2001 to 2008 as Lehman’s outside auditor as well as other unspecified damages.

The case focuses on a practice known as Repo 105, which involves removing money temporarily from the balance sheet.

 

 

Can We Borrow This Guy… For the Next 2 Years?

It seems that Italy has a “Bubba” problem. Perhaps the ever emerging scandals surrounding Italy Premier Silvio Berlusconi can be used to strengthen our ties with Italy, and help both our countries in light of Republicans taking over the House in this country!

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconii - "Do I look like I had sex with that woman?"

First, Silvio Berlusconi’s scndals are far jucier than any scandal involving Bill Clinton!

Berlusconi Flew Pot to Call Girls on Private Jet

The tawdry allegations against Silvio Berlusconi just keep on coming: Now, a call girl (who claims the Italian premier paid her more than $14,000 for sex) says he used his private jet to supply marijuana to the sex parties at his villa. “There was grass available in all the rooms,” Nadia Macri, 28, tells investigators—although she says she never saw Berlusconi himself smoking.

The aspiring model says pot was provided for at least 25 young women at the villa. Her claims are part of an investigation into a cocaine trafficking ring in which one of Berlusconi’s former officials was allegedly involved. Of course, Berlusconi’s lawyer denies Macri’s allegations, and insists “parties at Villa Certosa are always conducted with the utmost propriety.” Suuuure they are.Click here for the latest allegations against Berlusconi regarding a teenage Moroccan belly dancer.

Did they say “Teenage Moroccan belly dancer?” Damn! That is hotter than any “little blue dress”!

With the incoming Republicans desire to “investigate“, perhaps we can provide them with suitable entertainment for the next two years (not coincidentally saving the country and driving up the jobs sector in hand cream manufacturing!)…

By appointing Mr. Berlusconi to some job in the Obama Administration!

Two years investigating a Teenage Moroccan belly dancer!

A veritable Republican Congressional wet dream.

 

Nepotism Award – Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

The biggest crime of the CBC Members seems to be…

Stealing small.

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson Agrees to Repay Scholarship Money

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), who said she “unknowingly” broke Congressional Black Caucus Foundation rules by awarding thousands of dollars in scholarship money to four relatives and a top aide’s two children, will repay the money, the New York Times reports.

Members of the Black Caucus are given $10,000 every year to award scholarships. They must follow certain rules in awarding the privately raised money, including a requirement that winners not be related to caucus members nor live or study in the lawmaker’s district. According to the Dallas Morning News, Johnson provided 23 scholarships totaling $25,000 to two of her grandsons, two of her great-nephews and to an aide’s son and daughter, all between 2005 and 2009.

At first the Dallas lawmaker denied violating the anti-nepotism regulation, but later said in a statement she made a mistake and would work with the foundation to “rectify the financial situation,” The Associated Press reported. On Tuesday, Johnson’s press secretary, Dena Craig, said the nine-term congresswoman was recovering from surgery and would not be able to comment.

Rep. Donald Payne, (D-N.J.), who chairs the foundation, denounced the “self-dealing” move and vowed to prevent further violations of the scholarship rules.

Johnson, 74, is expected to win a 10th term in November over Republican Stephen Broden. It is unclear if her actions violate Congressional rules. Neither the House ethics committee nor the House Office of Congressional Ethics responded to questions Tuesday, the Times said.

Psssst! They’re Trying to Tell You Something! Sen Ensign only raises $50 Last Quarter

Methinks the citizenry is revolting. In a Washington world of big bucks, and big donors – it’s nice to see some people know when to close their wallets…

Ensign Campaign’s Haul Last Quarter: 50 Bucks

Sen. John Ensign’s (R-Nev) re-election campaign took in just $50 in contributions, from one contributor, during the first quarter of 2010, according to FEC reports. The paltry take comes as more bad news for the scandal-tarred Nevada Republican, who would run for re-election in 2012.

Disclosure reports examined by TPMmuckraker show that Robert Donald, a Las Vegas retiree, was the sole contributor to the “Ensign for Senate” committee between January and March. Donald gave two separate $25 contributions.

Tiger Saga Gets Stranger…

The Tiger meltdown continues. Those jilted “Viking” women may be tougher than sisters…

Orange Jumpsuit Awards – Senators Ensign, DeMint, and Coburn

Turns out Senator John Ensign (R – NV) may have broken several laws in his attempts to cover up boffing one of his staffers, while paying off her pim… uhhhh,  husband, who also worked for Ensign – and apparently was aware of what was going on.

Where Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) of “C Street Crew” fame gets involved is knowing that what Ensign was doing was illegal, facilitating it by negotiating “payment” for nookie.

Second up, is the even more serious case of Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), who has been talking with the Government of Honduras, who our State Department and the Obama Administration has declared as a “Rogue State”. The issue here is that DeMint is encouraging the “Rogue State” to resist the US Government’s efforts to restore the legitimate government of Honduras…

This is Treason, with a capital “T”, under the Logan Act. While unlikely, there is the possibility that the US Government, in concert with other South and Latin American allies could send US troops into the country to restore order…

So we got a US Senator, telling the other side to “stand strong”…

And possibly kill our soldiers?

This SOB needs to be impeached, tried for treason…

And locked up in the general population of a Federal prison, where he can learn the real meaning of patriotism.

Racism will not only make you stupid…

It now appears it will make you a Traitor.

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