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Over That Beer – Henry Louis Gates and James Crowley Are Related

In an even stranger twist to the Gates case – it turns out Gates and Crowley are (distantly) related…

Don't Leave Ireland Without It!

Don't Leave Ireland Without It!

Harvard Prof Gates Is Half-Irish, Related to Cop Who Arrested Him

Henry Louis Gates Jr., the black professor at the center of the racial story involving his arrest outside his Harvard University-owned house, has spoken proudly of his Irish roots.

Strangely enough, he and the Cambridge, Mass., police officer who arrested him, Sgt. James Crowley, both trace their ancestry back to the legendary Niall of the Nine Hostages.

In a PBS series on African-American ancestry that he hosted in 2008, Gates discovered his Irish roots when he found he was descended from an Irish immigrant and a slave girl.

He went to Trinity College in Dublin to have his DNA analyzed. There he found that he shared 10 of the 11 DNA matches with offspring of Niall of the Nine Hostages, the fourth century warlord who created one of the dominant strains of Irish genealogy because he had so many offspring.

He went to Trinity College in Dublin to have his DNA analyzed. There he found that he shared 10 of the 11 DNA matches with offspring of Niall of the Nine Hostages, the fourth century warlord who created one of the dominant strains of Irish genealogy because he had so many offspring.

Ironically, James Crowley, whose name in Gaelic means “hardy warrior,” is also descended from the same line as Gates, having very close links to Niall of the Nine Hostages.

So the two men who took part in what is now an infamous confrontation outside the Gates home near Harvard this month are actually related through common Irish lineage — one of the more extraordinary aspects of the incident that has sparked worldwide headlines.

President Obama also shares Irish ancestry on his Mother’s side…

Hmmmmm… I think that beer had better be Guinness…

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Stupid to Arrest Harvard Prof. Henry Louis Gates?

This one lays out the First Amendment case under which Gate’s arrest was dismissed.

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Posted by on July 28, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Glenn Beck: Obama Is A “Racist”

This one fully explains why the Gates Arrest has riveted media attention the last two weeks. There is a concern that having a black President may not mean business as usual. It would seem that anyone who isn’t white, male, and conservative…

Is a racist.

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Posted by on July 28, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Michael Jackson’s Doctor May Have Been His Pusher

Saw a report last night that claimed Jackson was paying Dr. Murray $150,000 a month – but that Murray had several defaulted debts in the $400,000 range…

$150k a month will buy a whole lot of poison.

Agents descend on Vegas home of Jackson doctor

LAS VEGAS — Authorities searched the sprawling Las Vegas home and medical office of Michael Jackson’s personal doctor Tuesday, seeking documents as part of a manslaughter investigation into the singer’s death.

Los Angeles police and federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents entered Dr. Conrad Murray’s home in a gated community while others across town searched Murray’s medical offices, Global Cardiovascular Associates Inc.

Michael Flanagan, assistant special agent in charge of the Las Vegas DEA office, said the warrants were sealed and he couldn’t say what documents agents were seeking. He said he expected the search would last five hours.

It was the second time in less than a week that investigators targeted Murray’s property. Last week in Houston authorities searched his clinic and storage. Court records show they were seeking evidence of whether the doctor committed manslaughter.

With toxicology reports pending, investigators are working under the theory that Murray gave Jackson the powerful anesthetic propofol to help him go to sleep, and the drug caused his heart to stop, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press. Murray told investigators he administered propofol sometime in the early morning of June 25, the day Jackson died, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

The official told AP that Murray left the bedroom where Jackson was sedated and returned to find the star unresponsive.

Police have said Murray is cooperating and have not labeled him a suspect.

Gotta go with Nina here…

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2009 in News

 

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Sotomayor Passes First Hurdle

Notice the “No by Proxy” votes by the Republicans…

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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More American Terrorists

Couple of major differences from the last 3 “Terrorist wannabe cells” arrested. First, the leader of the group had both Military and terrorist training at a terrorist training camp. Second, this group apparently had the means to travel to the Middle East, and did so, on at least 1 occasion. Third – one of the participants behind the group is currently being reported as hiding in Pakistan.

 
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Michael Vick to Return (Eventually) to NFL

Michael VIck May Be Back in the NFL With the Patriots

Michael VIck May Be Back in the NFL With the Patriots

Michael Vick was reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday and could play in regular season games as early as October. Vick can immediately participate in preseason practices, workouts and meetings and can play in the final two preseason games — if he can find a team that will sign him. A number of teams have already said they would not.

“Needless to say, your margin for error is extremely limited,” Goodell said in a letter to Vick. “I urge you to take full advantage of the resources available to support you and to dedicate yourself to rebuilding your life and your career. If you do this, the NFL will support you.”

Goodell suspended Vick indefinitely in August 2007 after the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback admitted bankrolling the “Bad Newz Kennels” dogfighting operation. Goodell said then that Vick must show remorse and signs that he has changed before he would consider reinstating him.

Once the season begins, Vick may participate in all team activities except games, and Goodell said he would consider Vick for full reinstatement by Week 6 (Oct. 18-19).

Michael VIck was prosecuted, and jailed admittedly for being a scumbag. The question is, has he paid his debt to society, in the context of being a star in the NFL. A deeper question – getting into that post-Gates-arrest, post-racial thing, being asked by a number of bloggers is –

In view that a number of highly paid, prominent atheletes have gotten themselves in trouble with serious charges – including rape, and most recently being accused of attempted murder, when is punishment of Vick…

Enough.

Is it racial – or is it an overbalanced love of the mutt?

Eddie Harris and Les MaCann Swiss Movement in Montreaux in 1969 – The real version.

“Compared to What” Written by Eugene (Gene) McDaniels

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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