Former CA Governors George Duekmejian, Gray Davis, and Pete Wilson (front) announce support of reforming the state’s death penalty process.
*Former Governors George Duekmejian, Pete Wilson, Gray Davis, and their supporters are banking on Blacks ignorance and apathy towards the electoral process to help pass the Death Penalty Reform and Savings Act of 2014 into law.
Anytime three of California’s former governors—two Republican and one Democratic—all agree on something, do not look back, run as fast as you can in the opposite direction.
*It was only a matter of time before Aretha Franklin was asked about President Obama’s recent misspelling of her most famous song.
At a White House concert last Thursday, Obama dropped the initial “E” when trying to spell out “respect” as the queen of soul does in her famous song. The flub made instant headlines.
“I’m sure the President had much on his agenda and was just a little tired,” the 71-year-old singer said in a statement Monday.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) (C) orders ranking member U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings’ (D-MD) microphone turned off after adjourning a hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building March 5, 2014 in Washington, DC.
*House Democrats on Thursday slammed Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), calling his decision to abruptly end a hearing he was leading “disrespectful” and “outrageous” and calling on Republican leadership to strip him of his committee chairmanship.
In a strongly worded letter to House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), the Congressional Black Caucus lashed out at Issa, who on Wednesday halted a hearing of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee without allowing any Democrats to speak. At one point, he turned off the microphone of the panel’s ranking member, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), as he was speaking. [Click through to watch.]
“Mr. Issa is a disgrace and should not be allowed to continue in a leadership role,” wrote Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), who leads the Congressional Black Caucus, in the letter to Boehner.
*Was she a victim who got in the way of her friend?
That was one of the questions answered unsuccessfully Friday as Jeri Wright, daughter of President Barack Obama’s former minister the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, was convicted by a federal jury Friday of laundering money from a $1.25 million state grant for a Chicago-based job-training program.
Jeri Wright was found guilty of 11 counts, including money laundering, lying to federal agents and lying to a grand jury, the Chicago Tribune reports. As she left the courtroom in Springfield, Wright vowed that she would “definitely” appeal the verdict in U.S. District Court. Rev. Wright was not part of the case against his daughter.
*If it’s Friday, it must be skit-day on MSNBC‘s “The Cycle.”
Ok, so what to do? What to do? Well, it looks like they decided to recycle a skit from a decade-old “Dave Chappelle Show.”
Yep, we’re talking about the classic “racial draft” that Chappelle and company came up with back in the day. On Friday, it came back to life with Toure’ as the host along with MSNBC personalities Krystal Ball and Joy Reid who drafted various celebrities into their respective races.
*This news item shocked some. Two unnamed Academy members said they picked “12 Years a Slave” as their choice for best picture of the year. It subsequently got the award.
The shock, though, was that the unnamed members candidly admitted that they did not see the film. They minced no words why. It was just too painful and disturbing to watch this kind of film. But this really shouldn’t be much of a shock.
Facing the horror of slavery is a tough nut to crack not simply because it entails facing an inconvenient truth about past racial dehumanization, but because it entails facing the real truth that slavery still corrodes in big and little ways American life. This starts with the truth of why and how slavery became a respected and legitimate part of American life in the first place. Continue reading