Thursday, September 30, 2010

Today’s News NJ Criminality, Race and Social Factors Summit


Criminality, Race and Social Factors

Symposium on:

Parents, Administrators, Teachers, Politicians, Activist and Everyone come out...

Moderator Daryl Mikell Brooks of Today's News NJ


Trenton Community Activist Darren "Freedom" Green

Writer Delonte Harrod of Inkkulture

Vanessa Jean Louis of  Afroconsevitve

Joe Siano of Sianoforcongress

The Summit Is Free
Place: Trenton NJ  State Capital  Annex Bldg. 
125 West State Street in Trenton, NJ  
New Jersey Senate Legislative Committee Room 4  
Date: Saturday October 16, 2010 Time 10am – 3pm 

Jamal Parris Says Sex Happened on Church Grounds, 4th Accuser Spencer LeGrande Speaks Out

Jamal Parris, Bishop Eddie Long scandal, Bishop Eddie Long Accuser, Spencer LeGrande

Update: 9/30/10 - 10:23 am. - Another Bishop Eddie Long accuser,
Spencer LeGrande, speaks to the media.

Most of you may have read the story about Jamal Parris, the latest and most vocal of Bishop Eddie Long's accusers. Parris and three others have stepped forward to file a lawsuit against Long in state court for allegedly coercing them in to having sex. Well, another bombshell has hit the room, and this one was also delivered by Jamal Parris.

Parris told WAGA-TV in Atlanta that he and Long engaged in numerous sexual acts on church grounds, both before and after morning services. He also said that they would perform sexual acts in Long's home, car and office at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.

The four accusers claim that Long traded sex acts for cars, clothes and other material possessions. The Bishop Eddie Long scandal seems to get just a bit deeper every single day. At this point, Long doesn't just have to worry about the ethical implications of committing adultery and being accused of engaging in homosexual sex, he also has to deal with accusations of pedophilia, since the public is not yet aware of how old the young men were when the alleged sex acts occurred.

Most damaging to Bishop Eddie Long, though, could be the consequences of using church funds to pursue his sexual interests with the boys in his care. Ironically, the federal government is likely to issue a stiffer punishment for misusing its money than it is for harming another human being. There are surely some federal investigators watching this case very closely.

The peculiar nature of the alleged sexual relationships is also interesting, as it appears that the accusers had prolonged physical interaction with Bishop Eddie Long. Of even more concern is the psychological control Bishop Long had over these young men, after grooming them at such an early age. The hundreds of thousands of people who've read our coverage on the topic here on Aol. Black Voices are now starting to realize that you must be extremely careful when trusting your children to other people, even if the individual is rich, famous and powerful.

Bishop Eddie Long is as powerful as they come. I recall seeing him at an event in Atlanta being held by networking-guru George Fraser. Long was walking with an entire entourage and being given the respect of a spiritual powerhouse. The young men and their mothers were likely intrigued by Long's power, making it an honor to be associated with him in any meaningful way.

If it is the case that Long abused his power and used it for such malicious purposes, it would be difficult to forgive him. A leader should designate himself as a servant of the people, and it takes a special spirit to be able to rise above natural temptations. I hope this trial starts soon, because if the news flashes keep coming at this rate, Bishop Eddie Long's entire reputation will soon be up in smoke. So far, he's been hit with several shotgun blasts in the media, and his team hasn't even thrown a sling shot. Maybe they'll send me an e-mail or something soon.

In the meantime, Spencer LeGrande, the fourth young man to file suit against Bishop Eddie Long (pictured above), added his voice to Jamal Parris' here:

It's time to fix our broken prison system and save money doing it

Can we finally bring an end to the madness of incarcerating so many Black men?
The budget crises faced by states might be the key to breaking our nation’s abhorrent incarceration rates for Black and Latino men.

We’ve all heard powerful arguments about the high social cost of keeping men of color locked up:
  • the price paid for raising children without fathers
  • relegating men to low-income jobs because they have a record or spent their prime working years in prison
  • voter disenfranchisement
  • broken families
  • broke communities
All of these problems have social costs and real economic costs.

But somehow, the arguments are always pounded down by the law-and-order politicians who make specious arguments about public safety.

(Our “post-racial” society that is still automatically suspicious of dark-skinned brethren hasn’t been sufficiently outraged about inequities in the criminal justice system to do much about it either.)

Well, maybe this time the tune will change. Because this time it’s about big money. Not just the people’s money, not just the money lost by low-income communities. But BIG money, as in many billions of dollars.

State and local governments all across the country are facing budgetary crises. And they could cut billions out of their expenditures by reducing incarceration rates.

Governments could make quick use of an extra $16.9 billion a year, the amount that could be saved by cutting the number of jailed nonviolent offenders in half.

The Center for Economic and Policy Research released a new report on the potential savings to state and local governments if they cut the prison population, with virtually no risk to public safety.

Over the last 30 years, violent crime and property crime rates have gone down. Over the same period, incarceration rates have exploded. In other words, crime is not the reason more people are in jail. It’s a political choice.
Even for 2009, in the midst of the recession, FBI statistics show crime rates falling. They keep going down despite hard economic times, which we often think will drive people to take desperate measures.

In 2008, federal, state, and local governments spent about $75 billion on corrections, according CEPR. Nonviolent offenders make up about 60 percent of those in jail or prison, so cutting that group in half could offer substantial savings for strapped states and localities.

Take a cue from the downward trend in juvenile incarceration. States have been closing juvie facilities because arrests are down, as the AP reported.

Since it costs about $200,000 a year to hold a juvenile, there’s a potential for considerable savings. As states are laying off teachers, benching firefighters, and leaving poor children without health insurance it seems like a good time to reevaluate our priorities.

The juvenile justice system is taking a different approach than the adult one, with an emphasis on rehabilitation rather than punishment, the AP points out.

The juvenile system is focusing on the worst offenders, and steering those convicted of lesser crimes to other programs.

The result is that between 2000 and 2008, the number of juvenile offenders dropped 26 percent, from about 109,000 to 80,000.

While juvie facilities are losing residents, adult facilities are getting more crowded. Take one of the biggest governmental budgets anywhere: the state of California designates 11 percent of its state budget to prisons, while just 7.5 percent goes to higher education. Prisons here are so crammed they operate with double the number of inmates facilities were built to handle. And it's expensive, California spends about $50,000 per year per inmate. Other states spend around $22,000 per year per inmate. If those prisoners were out earning a living, even on a modest salary, they'd easily offset such costs.

Couldn’t California find a better use for $8 billion a year? Couldn’t all states find more productive ways to spend the billions they allocate for corrections.

Even for those who are deaf to the social well-being arguments, can we get your attention if we just talk about the dollars?

Alyssa Giachino is an economics writer for She has worked as a reporter in New York, New Jersey, Mexico City and California covering stories on labor, the environment, immigration and politics.

Musharraf: Pakistan’s Military Needs Role in Govt

With Eye on His Own Return, Musharraf Warns of New Coup

by Jason Ditz,
Though any comments made by former junta leader Pervez Musharraf always come within the context of his own designs on returning to Pakistan and returning to power, today’s calls for an amendment to the constitution to formalize the military’s role in governing the country came as something of a surprise.

Pakistan’s army chief ought to be involved in some form, to ensure checks and balances, to ensure good governance,” Musharraf insisted. This is something of a surprise as Musharraf has retired from the army and is seeking to return to power purely as a political candidate.

Ousted from power in mass protests in 2007, Musharraf has been living in exile in London. Though there had once been talk of trying to extradite him to Pakistan to try him with treason for his 1999 coup d’etat, the increasingly struggling civilian government has been spending most of its time fending off charges of corruption and incompetence. This has given Musharraf, once seen as a pariah, some hope of returning to power through an election.

Musharraf also warned that if the situation in the country did not improve it was entirely possible that Gen. Parvez Kayani, who replaced him as head of the military, might launch a coup of his own and seize power. Kayani has long been seen as averse to taking any role in politics, but has also been under pressure to get involved as Pakistan struggles with myriad wars, natural disasters and virtual economic collapse.

Judge Throws Out Several Charges Against Anna Nicole Smith’s Former Boyfriend

The judge presiding over the case against Anna Nicole Smith’s former boyfriend, Howard K Stern, dropped several of the charges against him. The prosecutors in turn have been accused of essentially overcharging him, however. The judge said that in the 622 jury trials he has presided over, there have only been three times where he was faced with “overzealous” prosecutors who “appeared to put winning above” fairness. The judge tossed charges against Stern for obtaining drugs by fraud and deceit as well as part of a conspiracy count against Stern, saying there is no proof of conspiring.

Takeover: 71% of Republicans now tea-party supporters

by Allahpundit

The other 29 percent are all invited to my next Beltway cocktail party. I kid, I kid.
In the survey, 71% of Republicans described themselves as tea-party supporters, saying they had a favorable image of the movement or hoped tea- party candidates would do well in the Nov. 2 elections…
The poll found that tea-party supporters make up one-third of the voters most likely to cast ballots in November’s midterm elections. This showed the movement “isn’t a small little segment, but it is a huge part of what’s driving 2010,” Mr. Hart said…
The tea party is a major driver of the so-called enthusiasm gap, with three-quarters of supporters saying they are intensely interested in the election…
Mr. McInturff said the tea-party movement had not necessarily drawn new people into the GOP. Rather, he said, “a substantial chunk of the Republican Party is rebranding themselves.”
Yeah, McInturff might be right on that last point. Check the crosstabs and you’ll see that the tea party’s overall favorable rating is only very marginally better than the GOP’s — 30/36, right around where it’s been for the past six months, as compared to 31/43 for the Republican Party. Elsewhere in the poll, though, 42 percent say that the tea party has been good for American politics versus just 18 percent who say it’s been bad. I’m not sure how to square that with the favorable numbers, unless maybe even some TP detractors think grassroots movements are good things per se even if they disagree with the particulars of a movement’s agenda.

Other tidbits? Although the GOP’s lead on the generic ballot has shrunk from nine points to just three as more Dems start tuning into the campaign, they still retain a double-digit lead among those who are “intensely interested” in November. Credit tea partiers for that. Bill Clinton is now/once again the most popular politician in America, enjoying a favorables split of 55/23 versus 47/41 for Obama. (They didn’t poll Hillary.) Count on Billy Jeff having a very busy schedule from now until November 2. And finally, the poll is gruesome for Palin, whose own favorables stand at 30/48. That -18 spread is 10 points better than Pelosi but actually one point worse than … Harry Reid. She also fares badly in a question posed by the Journal about certain outcomes from the November election that voters might find acceptable or not acceptable. The most acceptable outcome was seeing the influence of special interests reduced; the split on that was 70/14. The least acceptable outcome among the ones offered was seeing Palin become the leading spokesperson for the GOP. That split was 30/55 overall, notwithstanding the fact that she’s viewed favorably by two-thirds of tea partiers. If you’re wondering why David Plouffe is suddenly muttering about a “Beck-Palin-Limbaugh wing” of the GOP to anyone who’ll listen, that’s why.

Update: Jack Cafferty throws down the gauntlet.

Update: I neglected to mention one other intriguing data point from the crosstabs: The number who say Obama’s mostly responsible for the state of the economy as opposed to having inherited it from Bush is now at an all-time high — but it’s still at just 32 percent. Fully 56 percent remain in the “inherited” category, and yet the Democrats are facing a Republican tsunami anyway. Bear that in mind the next time someone tells you this election has nothing to do with anything except unemployment.

Suicides ravage Fort Hood

Suicide rates at the biggest military base in the U.S. are twice the national average.

Fort Hood is on track to break its suicide record this year and military officials are warning that the problem will only get worse as more soldiers return from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Four people killed themselves on the Texas base this week, bringing the total number of suicides there to fourteen this year alone, tying figures from 2008, the worst year on record. One of the deaths this week was part of a murder suicide. Last year Maj. Nidal M. Hasan went on a rampage and killed 13 people on the base. Returning soldiers often have trouble adjusting to non-combat life, and despite military outreach programs there is still a stigma around discussing mental problems openly.

So, Rahm will run for mayor here in Chicago -

Rahm Emanuel
Grand Master Rahm is in da house!

So White House hitman Rahm Emanuel has decided to be mayor of Chicago. He has informed the current mayor of Chicago, who has quietly decided to retire rather than have his political legs broken Rod Blagojevich style, and all his money taken by the Injustice Department with the help of some illegally obtained FBI/Hillary Clinton-provided Filegate-assisted charges, which is what happens when you cross the Chicago-style Gangsta White House if someone in it decides they want to be mayor of your city. Some people might think that you can't just choose to become mayor of Chicago, but that's ridiculously naive. Dead people vote in Chicago in every election. People who don't even live in Chicago vote in Chicago elections. Illegal aliens vote in Chicago elections. Some people vote 100s of times in Chicago elections. It has been this way for a very long time. It's just like Memphis in that regard. This is why no one in Memphis has been surprised at the gangland style leadership of the Obama White House. If Rahm wants to be mayor of Chicago, the election is already a foregone and well paid-for conclusion. Rahm is going to be mayor of Chicago. End of story.

Paladino Alleges Cuomo Affair

Posted By Pat Dollard.
New York Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino alleged Tuesday that Democrat Andrew Cuomo was unfaithful to his ex-wife years ago, a stunning accusation that validated his earlier prediction that the race would be getting nastier.

Paladino offered no proof of his claim, despite requests for substantiation, and he made it minutes after angrily declaring his 10-year-old daughter—a child from his own affair 10 years ago—off limits to the press. The tea party-backed Republican had publicly revealed her existence when he declared his candidacy earlier this year.

“Has anybody asked Andrew Cuomo about his paramours?” Paladino told POLITICO, as campaign manager Michael Caputo chimed in, “when he was married.”

Paladino continued, “When he was married - or asked him why his wife left him or threw him out of the house? Has anybody ever done that?” he demanded. “What are they doing intruding on my life?” (See: More on the New York gubernatorial race)

The blunt and unvarnished nature of Paladino’s allegations marked a jarring departure from statewide campaign norms, where charges of a highly sensitive or personal nature are rarely leveled by candidates themselves and are instead typically disseminated behind-the-scenes by operatives.

“No buffer, no aides, no filter, nothing. This never happens,” said one Republican strategist of Paladino’s remarks.

Cuomo’s split from Robert Kennedy’s daughter Kerry, with whom he has three children, was extensively covered when it took place in 2003. She was widely reported to have left the marriage, and to have had an affair with socialite Bruce Colley, with whom she later split. There has never been a public allegation or evidence that Cuomo had an affair, and Kennedy recently said she would be backing her former spouse for governor.

“We have not and will not descend into the gutter with Paladino, Caputo and [GOP operative Roger] Stone,” said Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto. “We’re not going to start now because the people of New York deserve a better dialogue from their candidates and journalists.”

The flap served as a vivid reminder of the shoot-from-the-hip style of Paladino—who surged to a lopsided primary win over Rick Lazio, the GOP establishment pick—and its drawbacks.

While he has had success combining tea party anger with upstate resentment of New York City, his campaign had to apologize after the revelation that he forwarded racist and sexually explicit emails to dozens of associates. Paladino, who has promised to take a baseball bat to Albany, also raised eyebrows Tuesday by asking an Asian-American TV reporter if he was born in this country during a discussion on immigration and by comparing Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to the anti-Christ.

And he’s made clear his goal is to get under Cuomo’s skin.

Paladino made the comments to POLITICO after some of his aides had made similar intimations for days, though none so direct.

He spoke Tuesday mid-afternoon from a hotel where he was staying near Midtown Manhattan, in a wide-ranging interview that touched on his reaction to the coverage of his daughter. Paladino, who was married with three kids at the time of her birth, had had an affair with her mother.

Paladino, a developer, himself discussed his daughter with the Buffalo News when he declared his candidacy before the summer, and the campaign made his wife, Cathy, available for a string of interviews in the past week in which she was asked about the young girl.

Asked about the coverage, Paladino said grew visibly angry and said, “My daughter is off limits.”
He protested reporters trying to interview the girl’s mother, and their presence at her home with cameras.
“She’s an innocent,” he said, adding that his relationship with her mom was long over. “That was ten years ago. What do you think this is, Peyton Place on television? For Christ sake!”

He added, “I’m surprised they’re going and intruding in peoples’ lives like that. They’re innocents. “

He blamed Cuomo for the coverage, as did Caputo, and insisted that the attorney general’s team was behind the coverage though he did not offer any proof.

“I think he’s the one that’s setting the level of discourse,” said Paladino.

Glenn Beck Lands NYT Mag Cover: Women Love Him But Does Fox

Glenn Beck has landed the cover of the New York Times Magazine. If there is a greater measure of mainstream acceptance (dare we say legitimacy?) in the media I can’t think of what it is, other than perhaps a full hour on Oprah. It also marks a turning point of sorts, I think. Message being: Beck has arrived on the top floor, but can he stay there.
The profile, penned by Mark Leibovich, is less revealing than a nice sort of summing up of the Beck phenomenon for Times readers who only know Beck from the periphery or as a common reference point (correct or otherwise) to illustrate the more extreme elements of the conservative movement. Essentially this is the NYT answering the question: who was that guy who just got 350,000 people to show up on the National Mall and started talking about God and individual responsibility. Here are a couple of highlights:

Fox And Beck – All is not lovey dovey

[Roger] Ailes, who declined to comment for this article, has generally been supportive of Beck. But he has also been vocal around the network about how Beck does not fully appreciate the degree to which Fox News has made him the sensation he has become in recent months. In the days following Beck’s Lincoln Memorial rally, which by Beck’s estimate drew a half-million people, Ailes told associates that if Beck were still at Headline News, there would have been 30 people on the Mall. Fox News devoted less news coverage to the rally than CNN and MSNBC did, which Beck has pointed out himself on the air…When I mentioned Beck’s name to several Fox reporters, personalities and staff members, it reliably elicited either a sigh or an eye roll. Several Fox News journalists have complained that Beck’s antics are embarrassing Fox, that his inflammatory rhetoric makes it difficult for the network to present itself as a legitimate news outlet. Fearful that Beck was becoming the perceived face of Fox News, some network insiders leaked their dissatisfaction in March to The Washington Post’s media critic, Howard Kurtz, a highly unusually breach at a place where complaints of internal strains rarely go public.
Women love Beck
Women tune into Beck’s radio show more heavily than they do to other conservative commentators, says Chris Balfe, the president and chief operating officer of Mercury, which employs more than 40 people. And Beck’s television show is on at 5 p.m. Eastern, traditionally a slot with more women viewers…But Beck also appeals to a more traditionally female sensibility. “He works through things in real time,” Balfe told me. “Maybe he’ll come back tomorrow and say, ‘You know what, I’ve given this some thought, and here’s what I’m thinking now.’ ” Or maybe he’ll come back sooner. Within a few sentences of proposing Obama’s “deep-seated hatred for white people,” he added this caveat: “I’m not saying that he doesn’t like white people.”

Beck loves Oprah

Beck’s staff and loyalists love to compare Beck with Oprah Winfrey [also us...a year ago]…As Winfrey does, Beck talks a great deal about himself and subscribes to the pop-recovery ethic…The presumed Oprah parallel is corporate as well as stylistic. Beck, like Winfrey, has a knack for making best sellers of books he mentions on the air. He publishes a magazine, sells more than a million dollars in merchandise and speaks of an array of possible multimedia ventures….Beck himself is a study in fusions. He blends TV-ready empathy with push-the-edge conservative talk, as well as self-doubt with the self-absorbed grandeur of a man whose hard-won recovery grants him the power to speak from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Senator Joe Lieberman helped get Beck into Yale

He even enrolled at Yale, with a written recommendation from an alum who was a listener at the time, Senator Joe Lieberman. He took one class, early Christology, but says he “spent more time trying to find a parking space” than in class and quickly dropped out.
Who knew?
“If you were in an imaginary meeting for a TV show,” Bill Shine, Fox News’s programming director, says, “and someone said: ‘I have an idea. Let’s spend a month talking about the founding fathers and get a bunch of pictures of Benjamin Franklin and hang them up,’ you’d be like, ‘What?’ But it works

Meg Whitman’s illegal alien maid problem

By Michelle Malkin 

Not again.
From Zoe Baird to Michael Huffington to Linda Chavez to Bernie Kerik, the political class can’t seem to follow the same tax and immigration laws everyone else is required to follow when it comes to hiring and paying their household help. Tim Geithner got away with it. But as the links above show (and it’s by no means a comprehensive list), there’s a long history of candidates and nominees torpedoed over their failures to cross the t’s and dot the i’s at home.

So, what was Meg Whitman thinking?
A former housekeeper for Meg Whitman claims the Republican governor candidate knew she was an illegal immigrant but continued to employ her, according to her attorney Gloria Allred.
Allred said Whitman caused the worker to “feel exploited, disrespected, humiliated, and emotionally and financially abused.” The worker alleges Whitman knew she was here illegally but did not act on it until she decided to run for governor last year.
The Whitman campaign claims the housekeeper lied to the GOP candidate in 2000.
But the housekeeper says Whitman knew her illegal status in 2003 or 2005, when the Social Security Administration sent a red-flag no-match letter. Whitman didn’t fire her until 2009, when she decided to run for office, according to the housekeeper.

Yes, Gloria Allred is a crapweasel. But an SSN no-match letter usually speaks for itself. And if Whitman did in fact receive the no-match letter in 2003/2005, her credibility goes out the window.

The California Republican Party has already had its share of open-borders debacles. The scandal will only serve to spotlight Whitman’s politically expedient flip-flops and double-talk on immigration.
Heckuva job, California Pubbies!

Guy Benson at Town Hall has more on Whitman’s side of the story.
Yes, it’s politically timed.

Yes, I repeat: Gloria Allred is a crapweasel.

Yes, it’s absurd for the housekeeper who stayed on for nine years at $23/hour to complain about being “abused.”

But the question remains: Did Whitman receive a red-flag no-match letter years (update: *or was she shown a DECOR no-match letter sent to the maid by SSA*) before she fired this woman or not?

One last point: If you think I’m saying Jerry Moonbeam Brown is preferable to Whitman, you think wrong. What I am saying is that we should be honest about how careless and lame both of these chucklehead candidates have been (need a refresher on Whitman’s gushing over Van Jones? Here.)

The long-term solution: Grass-roots conservatives need to start grooming and fielding serious local and state candidates NOW who can provide better choices in the future.

Hollywood Legend, Tony Curtis, RIP

Hecklerspray has learned that one of Hollywood’s finest, actor Tony Curtis, has died. His daughter Jamie Lee Curtis’ representative, has confirmed the sad news.

Curtis, whose real name was Bernard Schwartz, is most fondly remembered for his ace role in Billy Wilder’s ‘Some Like It Hot’ with co-stars Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon.

Of course, there was much more to Curtis’ career and he starred in countless films and was always great value when appearing on talk-shows to regale us all with glorious anecdotes and wisecracks.

Curtis was one of those rare actors able to nail a tough, dramatic role as easily as the comedic gigs. Comedies like Some Like It Hot and Sex and the Single Girl had audiences rolling in their seats while dramas like The Outsider and The Boston Strangler really showed Curtis’ chops.

Curtis was no stranger to the small screen either, co-starring with Roger Moore in the TV series The Persuaders! as well as providing the voice for “Stony Curtis” on The Flintstones (which happens to be 50 years old today).

Outside of acting, Curtis was a keen painter and his surrealist work can fetch upward of $25,000. They really don’t make ‘em like this anymore.
Away from the arts, Curtis liked the ladies and was married six times.

His first wife was the actress Janet Leigh, who together, were Hollywood’s golden couple. He then shacked up with another actress, Christine Kaufmann, Leslie Allen, b-movie actress Andria Savio, Lisa Deutsch and Jill Vandenberg Curtis who was his beau until his death. Along the way, he managed to have something of a fling with Marilyn Monroe.

He wasn’t just a cad though, as in the ’90s, Curtis founded the Emanuel Foundation for Hungarian Culture for the restoration and preservation of synagogues and 1300 Jewish cemeteries in Hungary, which he dedicated to the 600,000 Hungarian victims of the Holocaust.

However, in recent years, Curtis has not been well, nearly dying when contracting pneumonia which left the actor in a coma. He was again hospitalized this year after suffering an asthma attack during a book signing.
At the time of press, it is not known what was the cause of Curtis’ death, but in all honesty, it matters not. It seems we’ve lost one of the good ones.