*Investigators showed up at the home of Michigan State Senator Virgil Smith and arrested him.
Smith, 36, was taken to jail from his home in Detroit on Sunday, Fox 2 reports. They say the senator was outside, completely naked, firing his gun, allegedly at his ex-wife, Anita Thomas, around 1 o’clock in the morning.
*Yes Mayor Rachael Jonrowe, we’re not mad at you. It would be hard to compose myself too if I heard the man who was sitting next to me only seconds ago, in such a vulnerable position.
But as they say, stuff happens.
Apparently, during a Texas city council meeting, Mayor Dale Ross made a restroom run. Thing is, he forgot to turn his mic off and, well, let’s just put it this way…everyone knew it was him; where he was, and what he was doing.
We can see the response of the mayor (pro tem) in the photo above, but all we can do at this point is wonder about the response of The Honorable Ross, once he realized his mic was still on.
I mean no disrespect sir, but was it while you were washing your hands? Drying them? What?Continue reading →
*”You have to at some point change the culture of what’s happening in the police department, and the way that you do that is by holding them accountable.” –Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore State Attorney
In the video below, Baltimore State Attorney, Marilyn Mosby, who was voted into office in January of 2015, speaks to Chris Hayes on “All In With Chris Hayes” on her new found “celebrity” in the wake of the Baltimore Riots and her decision to hold accountable the six officers who were responsible for the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray - who suffered from a fatal spinal chord injury after being forcibly arrested and transported in the back of a police van, unsecured.
As the youngest prosecutor of a major city, Mosby comes from five generations of law enforcement professionals. What I believe people will admire most about her is her no-nonsense approach to justice for those in and out of uniform; her ability to remain poised and thoughtful even while in the eyes of an unrelenting media; and the fact that even at her young age (she’s 35) she is not swayed by what appears to be the infatuation of the public. Continue reading →
*Republicans and their followers must be getting exhausted by now hating on the president and First Lady, Michelle Obama. They do it so often; every chance they get.
Now they are blaming the nasty looking lunch pictured above on Mrs. Obama; who had the nerve to insist children eat healthy.
The lunch pictured above, served to an elementary school child, was snapped by a mother in Virginia of all places; then promptly loaded onto Facebook, where it went viral. The meal meets the healthy lunch criteria set forth by Michelle Obama’s nutritional guidelines, but it looks unappealing and downright nasty so it has been ripped apart on social media.
The school’s administrator was said to be “concerned,” but blamed its undesirable look on “poor lighting.”
But its still hard to wrap one’s brain around how Mrs. Obama gets blamed for recommending a healthy meal. Shouldn’t the chef who prepared this less than appetizing dish be held accountable?Continue reading →
*As if being dependent on government assistance offers any degree of fun, a new House Bill on the agenda in Kansas wants to ensure it stays that way.
Why not just put out a sign that says, If you’re on welfare, ‘No Happiness Allowed’?
Well, actually, that’s what they’ve done. According to a new legislative bill, families in Kansas who are receiving welfare or government assistance will not be able to use those monies to take their family to a movie or round up the kids and go swimming.
Its called House Bill 2258 and its on the agenda waiting for a signature from Gov. Sam Brownback (R) this week.
*It’s startling to know that the latest statistics from the Dept. of Labor shows that even with corporate profits growing exponentially, nearly 100,000 more Americans on net dropped out of the labor force in September. Some of this is due to natural retirement of baby boomers, but a lot of it is due to workers just giving up finding the job they want. That’s a record. And it means that the labor force participation rate has dropped to 62.7 percent, a level not seen since February 1978.
Tsk. Tsk. Tsk.
Even more disturbing is that a record 12.2 million African Americans are no longerin the labor force. Why? Could be they don’t have a job or they gave up actively looking for one in the four weeks prior to the report, which was published on Friday. There are several reasons why attention should be paid to this even after so many years of record breaking unemployment in the Black community.
One thing is that if the true unemployment rate remains at depression levels, you can say goodbye to any hope of an increase in average hourly earnings.
In March, the unemployment rate for black people was 10.1 percent, that’s almost double the overall national unemployment rate, as it has been for decades. And a record high 56.1 million women were not even participating in the labor force last month. But the truly heartbreaking thing is…
People are losing hope with regard to finding work; and subsequently, a vast number of Americans have given up and are dropping out of the labor market.
*Assumptions keep getting people in trouble. In this case, an assumption has an entire hospital in hot water. When a Long Island woman insisted that the leader of the free world, president Barack Obama, follows her on Twitter – doctors at the Harlem Hospital psych ward accused her of being delusional and suffering from bipolar disorder — but she was actually telling the truth, a lawsuit charges.
Kam Brock spent a frightening eight-days at the mental facility and was force-fed injections of powerful sedatives, and downed doses of lithium, according to medical records obtained through her lawsuit – which was filed in Manhattan Federal Court.Continue reading →