Friday, June 11, 2010

World Cup 2010: South Africa takes 1-0 lead against Mexico

South Africa sends the host nation’s fans into a frenzy when winger Siphiwe Tshabalala gives the team a 1-0 lead against Mexico in the 55th minute in the World Cup’s opening match.

A good passing move in midfield by South Africa led to Tshabalala breaking free down the left wing. He surged forward and was left one-on-one with the Mexico goalkeeper. The stadium erupted into cheers and the vuvuzelas reached record volume when his high shot landed in the net.

Mexico, after a bright first half, picked up the pace again, but had not been able to break through the South Africa defense by the 75th.

Giovani Dos Santos had two chances to equalize about five minutes after South Africa’s goal.AP

Photo: South Africa goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune reacts to Siphiwe Tshabalala’s goal, during the World Cup group A soccer match between South Africa and Mexico at Soccer City in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday, June 11, 2010

Photo's: June 10 Tea Party Press Confrence In Trenton

In this country the ratio of minority youth to white youth in the juvenile justice system is 3-to-1, however in the state of NJ that ratio is nearly three times the national average. 8-to-1


Trenton; On Thursday June 10 at 12 pm 2010 The Greater Trenton Tea Party and others will address the issue of prison reform in New Jersey.

Ban The Box For All Public Jobs
Mandatory Non Violence Education Classes for all Inmates
State investigation of all educational programs in the Juvenile Justice Commission
Separate violent and nonviolent offenders right from the start of prison terms
5. End all cuts for prison reentry programs New Jersey

Lets Rally to Reform Our Justice System Now!

Question: Out of 10,000 kids in the system, why are 80% minority?

The New Jersey justice system has ravished the inner city like a demonic, destructive suction tube that has free will in the state." Daryl Mikell Brooks of the Greater Trenton Tea Party

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Employee Told FBI ACORN Works for Democrats

“The radical activist group ACORN ‘works’ for the Democratic Party and deliberately promotes election fraud, ACORN employees told FBI investigators, according to an FBI document dump Wednesday.” (Source)

In other news, oxygen deprivation leads to death.

Judicial Watch, a conservative group that exposes and prosecutes government corruption, obtained FBI documents from a 2007 investigation of ACORN, in which employees admitted to voter fraud and that ACORN was working for the Democratic Party.

By the way, the president of the United States used to work for ACORN’s Project Vote. He helped register voters in Chicago for former Senator Carol Moseley Braun’s campaign. I’m not saying Obama was involved in voter fraud; I’m just putting the information out there.

Although the pimp-advice-giving liberal organization officially shut down operations on April 1, ACORN will continue to live in some form or another.

Corruption abhors a vacuum.

South Africa v Mexico, 2010 World Cup: Open Thread

Finally. It. Is. Here. The 2010 World Cup kicks off today with the first match up between South Africa and Mexico.

I’m picking South Africa and Mexico to draw in this one. Mexico should win, but buoyed by the incredible support of the South African nation, I think the South Africans will rise to the occasion and grab an equalizer.

Before, during and after the opening game of the 2010 World Cup between South Africa and Mexico, feel free to share your insight and opinions in the comments section below.

Of course, I’m particularly interested in seeing how ESPN does in terms of their broadcast. ESPN commentators today will be Martin Tyler and Efan Ekoku.

OJ Simpson Fights to Get a New Trial in Nevada

OJ Simpson's attorneys are planning to try to convince a group of Nevada judges to overturn his 2007 conviction in a hotel room robbery this week. They worry about time, since they are only going to have a few minutes to make their case.

"We only have 15 minutes to make our arguments. It really is daunting," Yale Galanter said Thursday. "But what the public doesn't know is that there are hundreds of pages of briefs that have already been filed."

Simpson won't be in court with his attorneys, and neither will his co-defendant, Clarence "C.J." Stewart. Their attorneys are planning to argue that Simpson's fame and acquittal of the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman biased the jurors in his earlier trial.

Simpson is going to be 63-years old next month, and Stewart is now 56. Simpson was sentenced nine to 33 years in prison for his role in the crime.

"This was a referendum on O.J. Simpson's life. This was payback," Galanter said. "This was not about what happened here in Nevada."

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Brandon Johnson: 15-Year-Old Boy Beaten by Police in Indianapolis

Indianapolis Police Chief Paul Ciesielski called for the firing of a white officer who's been charged with repeatedly striking a 15-year-old biracial boy in the face during an arrest. The attacks allegedly occurred after the boy had been subdued by other officers.

The chief said that Jerry Piland struck Brandon Johnson in the face several times for no reason on May 16th. The boy was left with wounds to his face and a black eye.

"It was a difficult decision, but I know it was the right decision to terminate his employment because that certainly serves as an example that we have a zero-tolerance policy," Ciesielski said at a news conference.

A Tale of Two Countries: Why the U.S. is Drowning in its own Blood while China Prospers?

By Bill Wilson

Two unrelated stories in early June show in stark detail why the United States is on an accelerating downward, death spiral while China is continuing to build a solid foundation for economic domination in the decades to come. The actions reported in and of themselves will hardly register on the radar of most Americans. But they portray the crucial errors and arrogance of the Obama regime. They also point to a different path, a way forward out of the morass of ultra-liberal, ideological delusion that is now policy in Washington, D.C.

The first article, appearing in the Washington Post, details Chinese investment in the basket case of Europe, Greece. The Chinese government is investing “hundreds of millions — perhaps billions — of euros” into Greek infrastructure. Not the soft infrastructure that is thinly disguised consumption but in the hard, base platform that will allow both China and Greece to build prosperity.

Greece’s primary port city is Piraeus, a gritty industrial zone to the west of Athens. China is investing heavily to modernize Piraeus. Why? The answer is simple. The investment is so China will have a port to off-load mountains of Chinese exports to Europe. They are making investments that will enable industry to produce and sell more. And that means they are investing to put their people to work.

China has learned the hard way that control of all elements — what was once called total vertical integration — means maximum profit. Greece is flat on its back. China can get what it wants cheap. The irony of a communist state teaming up with a petty bourgeois neo-socialist government to crush unions allied with a local communist party just to maximize profits is too sweet not to note.

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Boost of Energy

America’s Land Grab

By Rebekah Rast

Do you remember the folksy song “This Land is Your Land”?
This land is your land, this land is my land

From California to the New York Island

From the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters

This land was made for you and me.

Well, if you head west you will quickly realize that much of the land is not yours — it’s theirs — the federal government’s.

In fact, the federal government owns almost 650 million acres of land in the U.S. That’s about 30 percent of all the land area in the nation and includes national parks, forests and wildlife refuges.

This federal government land grabbing can have negative impacts on job markets, economic development and tax revenues for those states.

“The federal government has more control over the economy of states than elected governors and legislatures do,” says Don Todd, senior research director at Americans for Limited Government (ALG). “The feds decide where you can fish and harvest.”

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An Iron Fist

By Robert Romano
This rule by an iron fist.

Yesterday, the Senate had an opportunity to overturn a tyrannical usurpation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifying carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases as harmful pollutants under the terms of the Clean Air Act. Sadly, Senator Lisa Murkowski’s resolution failed by a vote of 47-53, leaving the agency in the command-and-control position to set the nation’s energy policy with arbitrary limits on carbon emissions.

This basically means that the EPA is now free and clear to set as draconian restrictions on energy usage as it wants. Which will mean higher energy prices, lost jobs, lost business, and the blind imposition of a radical, environmentalist agenda upon an unwilling American populace.

In short, the Senate has affirmed the EPA’s singular authority to turn out the lights.

The White House is perfectly comfortable using the threat of unilateral EPA regulation against carbon emissions as an ongoing threat to bully Congress into enacting its own restrictions.

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November true test for Tea Party success

(CNN) -- As Sharron Angle celebrated her win in Nevada's Republican Senate primary, she praised the Tea Party activists who backed her campaign and vowed to return the country to its constitutional principles.

Angle, a former Nevada Assembly member criticized as being too far from the mainstream to win, soared to the front of the crowded field of more than a dozen GOP candidates. She'll face Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the general election.
The Tea Party Express, which endorsed her campaign, declared Angle's win "a huge victory for the Tea Parties."
But so far this election season, the message for Tea Party activists has been "you win some, you lose some."

November true test for Tea Party success

Obama falls headfirst into the hypocrisy trap

President Obama is caught in the wickedest of political binds: the hypocrisy trap.

Obama says he's sick and tired of the Washington blame game, but still can't resist doling out piles of blame himself.
His compulsive, reflexive finger-pointing at Republicans, George W. Bush and vague villains on the right is not only unbecoming, it also reinforces the gathering public verdict that Obama is a weakling.

Obama falls headfirst into the hypocrisy trap

Dutch Murder Suspect to Share Location of Second Victim

: AP US media report a Dutch murder suspect in Peru has told police he is ready to lead authorities to the body of a missing American woman.

Video: BP Agrees to Speed Up Payments Those Hurt by Oil


The author of a new book about the impact of the war on drugs on the incarceration of black women appeared at a program presented by Today’s News NJ on Friday, June 4.

The book, Misguided Justice - The War on Drugs and the Incarceration of Black Women, was written by Stephanie R. Bush-Baskette, Esq., Ph.D.

During the program at The Gallery in downtown Trenton, Bush-Baskette was interviewed by Richard Lee of the Hall Institute of Public Policy – New Jersey. She described the evolution of the book and the process of researching and writing.

In the book, Bush-Baskette explores a seldom-discussed fact regarding the status of black women in the criminal justice system: Between 1986 and 1991, black women experienced the greatest percentage increase of any group, including black males, in imprisonment for drug offenses. During her remarks at The Gallery, she discussed the reasons for this large percentage, its impact on society and suggestions for addressing the issue.

Bush-Baskette is director of the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies at Rutgers University, Newark. She is also the founder of Sojourn Institute, LLC. Prior to her academic and research career, she practiced law for several years, was elected to and served in the New Jersey State Legislature, and served as commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.

Following her presentation, Bush-Baskette received an Achievement Ward in Writing from Today’s News NJ. It was presented by Today’s News NJ Editor Darrl Mikel Brooks.

The program was sponsored by the Garces & Grabler law firm.
Law enforcement agencies have arrested more than 2,200 people in an investigation targeting Mexican drug trafficking organizations in the United States, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

The probe, called Project Deliverance, focused on the transportation networks that carry methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and marijuana into the United States, with return trips of drug proceeds and weapons.

At a news conference Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder said the extensive operation began nearly two years ago. He said federal agents targeting violent drug cartels have seized nearly 70 tons of marijuana and nearly 1,500 pounds of heroin. Authorities said some of the drugs were hidden inside buses that cross the Southwest border.

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New Ground Zero Deal Gives Plaintiffs $712.5 Million


Lawyers for the city and some 10,000 rescue and cleanup workers at ground zero said Thursday that they had negotiated a new settlement that would give the workers more compensation for health damages and reduce the fees paid to their lawyers.

A federal judge rejected an earlier settlement in March as inadequate. After nearly three months of renegotiations, the city’s insurer, the WTC Captive Insurance Company, has agreed to increase its payout to plaintiffs to $712.5 million. The previous terms called for payouts of $575 million to $657.5 million.

The workers sued the city and its contractors six years ago over respiratory illnesses and other injuries they say they suffered at the World Trade Center site in the 9/11 recue and cleanup effort, arguing that they were not given protective equipment or adequate supervision.

On March 12, lawyers for the city and the plaintiffs reported that they had reached a settlement after arduous negotiations. But a week later, the judge overseeing the case, Alvin K. Hellerstein of United States District Court in Manhattan, startled both sides by spurning it.

He said the workers were getting too little, the terms were poorly understood by the plaintiffs, and the lawyers were receiving too big a cut. Under the new accord, the plaintiffs’ lawyers have agreed to reduce their fees to a maximum of 25 percent of the settlement amount, down from the 33.33 percent called for in agreements their clients had signed. As a result, the plaintiffs will get to keep an additional $50 million, their lawyers said.

Judge Hellerstein welcomed the new settlement in a hearing on Thursday morning. “This is a very good deal — I am very excited by this deal,” he said.

He acknowledged that his intervention in the class action settlement had been unusual but said that the gravity of the claims demanded it. “It just begs for judicial supervision, and I have exercised it, and I will continue to exercise it,” he said.

In March the city filed papers with the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to challenge Judge Hellerstein’s authority to block the settlement. But at the same time, its lawyers have sought to accommodate him to salvage the agreement.

The new settlement must be approved by 95 percent of the plaintiffs by Sept. 30 to take effect. At the hearing on Thursday, the judge urged the workers to accept it. “It is time to end this lawsuit,” he said.

Once approved, he said, the payments could start flowing to the plaintiffs within weeks.

Kenneth R. Feinberg, the former special master of the federal compensation fund that paid awards to families of 9/11 victims in a separate process, said, “This settlement brings to an end one of the final chapters of the 9/11 tragedy.”

He said he would visit fire houses and conduct town hall meetings to explain the new settlement to the workers.

Paul Napoli, a lawyer representing thousands of the firefighters, said the new deal “can be described in three words: bigger and better.”

Judge Hellerstein scheduled another hearing for June 23 at which plaintiffs can pose questions and voice concerns about the settlement terms.

Could Reggie Bush Lose Heisman Trophy?

LOS ANGELES – Could Reggie Bush lose his Heisman trophy? Reggie Bush’s Heisman Trophy remains in question after stunning NCAA violations announced against USC for its handling of Bush’s collegiate years.

While the current status of Bush’s trophy remains unchanged as of Thursday, NCAA cited USC for violations by Reggie Bush and men’s basketball O.J. Mayo. A 67 page report could best be summed up in one critical ruling about Bush; the NCAA today announced Bush was ineligible beginning at least by December 2004.

The Heisman Trophy Trust has previously stated that they might revisit Bush’s Heisman if the NCAA ruled him ineligible. In a statement today, the Trust said “The Heisman Trophy Trust will have a comment at the appropriate time. Until that time, it will have no comment.”

Bush issued the following statement today:

“I have a great love for the University of Southern California and I very much regret the turn that this matter has taken, not only for USC, but for the fans and players.

“I am disappointed by [Thursday's] decision and disagree with the NCAA’s findings. If the University decides to appeal, I will continue to cooperate with the NCAA and USC, as I did during the investigation. In the meantime, I will continue to focus on making a positive impact for the University and for the community where I live.”

Today’s NCAA violations found USC must vacate every Bush participated victory while ineligible including USC’s BCS Championship win against Oklahoma in 2005.