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June 26, 2009

Convicted felon Monica Conyers: "Ignorant, nasty, ill-informed and hungry for power"

sharpton monica kwame.jpg Monica is a real piece of work. She and the Kilpatrick family have done so much to make Detroit dysfunctional. No one has played the race card so furiously -- nor alienated neighboring governments in their region so effectively -- in the name of self-aggrandizement and personal enrichment. This sort of column is why I love Jack Lessenberry: Metro Times - News Views: Calling her out
Ignorant, nasty, ill-informed and hungry for power and ego gratification, in office only as a result of her famous name, or — let's face it — the fact that a famous much-older man impregnated her after she worked in his congressional office long ago.... Monica Conyers is operating from exactly the same motives as Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy did in the early 1950s, when he came close to destroying democracy and freedom in this country by accusing everyone he could of being a communist. This was all a game for McCarthy; he was a brawling drunk who didn't know Karl Marx from Harpo Marx, and only wanted to be powerful and important. That is exactly what is going on with the equally vile Monica Conyers, who uses race-baiting as her weapon in a city that is almost all black, in a nation with a black president. There is a difference. People who knew McCarthy said he was often nice in person when he wasn't actively trying to destroy America. Nobody has ever said that of Monica Conyers. Years ago, right after Sept. 11, 2001, I went to see the congressman. He was late, and the staff was bustling about making whispered references to "Ghetto," clearly a code name for someone they dreaded and despised. "OK," I asked one. "Spill it. Who is Ghetto?" One guess.

Raw Story | Narcotic injection killed Jackson, family members say

Raw Story | Narcotic injection killed Jackson, family members say
Update: Jackson toxicology results will take 6-8 weeks, says coroner Michael Jackson died after being given a shot of a powerful narcotic which he was receiving daily, according to the blog that first reported news of his passing. “A close member of Michael Jackson’s family has told us Jackson received a daily injection of a synthetic narcotic similar to morphine — Demerol — and yesterday he received a shot at 11:30 AM,” TMZ reported Friday. “Family members are saying the dosage was ‘too much’ and that’s what caused his death,” they added. If Jackson was given the shot at 11:30 AM Pacific time, it would have been about an hour before he was pronounced dead. The singer reportedly suffered slowed breathing in the moments leading up to his death. According to the site, the live-in doctor who gave Jackson the shot is now missing.

June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson’s Death Spurs Ugly Fake Stories About the Demise of Other Celebs

Michael Jackson’s Death Spurs Ugly Fake Stories About the Demise of Other Celebs
Understandably, the Internet is on overdrive right now as the world learns of the passing of Michael Jackson. Unfortunately, the music icon’s death is also spawning a series of other, ugly false rumors about the demise of other celebs. Two of the more notable rumors going around involve the death of actors Jeff Goldblum and Harrison Ford. These are completely untrue, but are being spread rapidly, largely due to how quickly they can be shared on social media sites like TwitterTwitterTwitter. While these rumors, which are often created by obvious spoof sites (the fake Goldblum story is here), are fairly easy to debunk, the urge to “retweet” huge news without actually investigating the attached link can lead to a proliferation of false information. And the snowball effect leads people to believe, for at least a short period of time, that the story is true.