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What do SparklyMorons have to do to get ahead in Hollywood?

What do SparklyMorons have to do to get ahead in Hollywood?

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Plan B: When Your Dream Job Disappoints

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Plan B: When Your Dream Job Disappoints

After years of planning and preparing, you finally land your dream job—and discover you don't like it. What now?

How long should you stay in a dream job gone bad? Quick departures are more common in some industries, such as high-tech work, than in others. It can be fine for skilled employees who find a new job quickly to leave within a few weeks, says Kathryn Minshew, founder and chief executive of TheMuse.com, a career-planning website. But don't flee unexpected challenges too fast. It is usually better to stay 12 to 18 months to show stability. Also, some people need time to recover emotionally after a career dream goes up in smoke, says Adele Scheele, Los Angeles, author of "Skills for Success." She adds, "If Job A isn't satisfying to you and that's your dream job, you can't just flee to Job B. You may carry your depression with you."

 
Texas AG warns feds eyeing Lone Star State land

FILE - In this April 12, 2014, file photo, the Bundy family and their supporters fly the American flag as their cattle is released by the Bureau of Land Management back onto public land outside of Bunkerville, Nev.  The federal Bureau of Land Management says six cattle died in the roundup of animals it says rancher Cliven Bundy allowed to graze illegally on public land outside his southern Nevada property. The BLM said Tuesday, April 22, 2014, that two of four animals that were euthanized bore Bundy brands. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jason Bean, File) LOCAL TV OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT; LAS VEGAS SUN OUT

Texas is next! AG warns feds eyeing Lone Star State land post-Bundy ranch standoff

By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

The attorney general of Texas has a stark warning for state residents, on the heels of the federal government’s armed standoff at the Cliven Bundy cattle ranch: The BLM may be headed to our neck of the woods next, with intent to take over 90,000 acres of prime Red River property.

“I am deeply concerned about reports that the Bureau of Land Management is considering taking property in the state of Texas and that it now claims belongs to the federal government,” Fox News reported. “As attorney general of Texas, I am deeply troubled by reports from BLM field hearings that the federal government may claim — for the first time — that 90,000 acres of territory along the Red River now belong to the federal government.”

 
Is the Rising Democratic Majority Doomed?

Is the Rising Democratic Majority Doomed?

By Jonathan Chait

 The slow, increasingly Democratic cast of the American electorate would seem to be a cardinal fact of American politics. The electorate is firmly polarized, with few voters actually liable to change their minds. The proportion of nonwhite voters has risen by about two percentage points every four years, a rate that seems likely to persist indefinitely as the population grows steadily more diverse. The youngest voting cohort has decidedly more liberal views, and more Democratic voting habits, than its elders, and partisan loyalty tends to stick throughout a voter’s lifetime. And yet the phenomenon continues to be met with an unduly wide, deep array of skepticism.

The most popular new grounds for skepticism hold that the browning of America will provoke a backlash among whites — as the proportion of Latinos and Asians rises, threatened whites will grow increasingly conservative. Versions of this hypothesis have reverberated not only among conservatives like Trende and Barone, but also among liberals like Jamelle Bouie. And this theory does have at least some suggestive evidence that it may be true.

A recent psychological study found that, when researchers read a news story reporting the rising share of minorities in the United States to a group of white subjects, the subjects grew more Republican. The study has attracted widespread attention, confirming the liberal fear, and the conservative hope, that the growth of Asian and Latino voters will produce an offsetting shift to the right among whites. “The changing American polity may come to look more like Texas than like the multicultural Democratic stronghold of California,” concludes political scientist Larry Bartels. “In an increasingly diverse America, identity politics will continue to cut both ways.”

 
Should Courts Stay Out of the Race Business?

Should Courts Stay Out of the Race Business?

Garrett Epps

Based on their opinion in yesterday's affirmative action case, three Supreme Court justices seem to think that minority rights should be left in the hands of voters.
 
How to be a modern gentleman: no fuschia trousers, cats, or tweeting

How to be a modern gentleman: no fuschia trousers, cats, or tweeting

New rules, now published in Country Life magazine, outline the ideal attributes of men, including guidance on hair styling, social media and a non-negotiable ban on pre-tied bow ties

A modern gentleman must never wear a pre-tied bow tie, should not use Twitter and will always make love on his elbows, according to Country Life magazine

“A gentleman is someone who drives you home after he’s been to bed with you,” Jilly Cooper, the romantic novelist said, while actor Richard E. Grant added: “Courtesy costs nothing – rudeness is exorbitant and never forgotten.”

 
Monsanto GM Soy Is Scarier Than You Think

Soybeans are the second-largest US crop after corn, covering about a quarter of US farmland. We grow more soybeans than any other country except  Brazil. According to the US Department of Agriculture, more than 90 percent of the soybeans churned out on US farms each year are genetically engineered to withstand herbicides, nearly all of them involving one called Roundup. Organic production, by contrast, is marginal—it accounts for less than 1 percent of total US acreage devoted to soy. (The remaining 9 percent or so of soybeans are conventionally grown, but not genetically modified.)

Americans don't eat much of these lime-green legumes directly, but that doesn't mean we're not exposed to them. After harvest, the great bulk of soybeans are crushed and divided into two parts: meal, which mainly goes into feed for animals that become our meat; and fat, most of which ends up being used as cooking oil or in food products. According to the US Soy Board, soy accounts for 61 percent of American's vegetable oil consumption.

Given soy's centrality to our food and agriculture systems, the findings of a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Food Chemistry are worth pondering. The authors found that Monsanto's ubiquitous Roundup Ready soybeans, engineered to withstand its own blockbuster herbicide, contain more herbicide residues than their non-GMO counterparts. The team also found that the GM beans are nutritionally inferior.

 
Wynn, Clooney exchange barbs over heated dinner conversation over Obama.

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Wynn, Clooney exchange barbs over heated dinner conversation

By NORM CLARKE

Hotel-casino developer Steve Wynn and actor George Clooney offered vastly different accounts Tuesday of a dinner that ended in verbal fireworks.

Wynn said Clooney “got drunk” from downing tequila shots and stormed off after delivering an F-bomb.

The two-time Oscar winner issued the following statement in an email sent through his publicist: “There were nine people at that table ... so you can ask them. ... Steve likes to go on rants.

“He called the president an asshole ... that is a fact ... I said the President was my longtime friend and then he said ‘your friend is an asshole.’ ... At that point I told Steve that HE was an asshole and I wasn’t going to sit at his table while he was being such a jackass.

“And I walked out. There were obviously quite a few more adjectives and adverbs used by both of us. Those are all the facts. It had nothing to do with politics and everything to do with character.”

The incident occurred two weeks ago at Botero restaurant, inside Wynn’s Encore hotel.

“When he’s drinking, he considers himself a close personal buddy of the president.

 
Amid Politics, Obama Drifted From Kin

Malik Obama, a half brother of President Obama, outside the funeral home where a wake was held for Zeituni Onyango.

Amid Politics, Obama Drifted From Kin

By JASON HOROWITZ

The death of President Obama’s aunt has highlighted his complicated ties to his father’s side of the family. “He leads his life, and I lead my life,” said Malik Obama, a half brother.

After Zeituni Onyango, the woman President Obama once called Auntie, died in a South Boston nursing home this month, her closest relatives gathered her belongings at her nearby apartment. There, framed photographs of her with the president covered the wall.

Weeping before a polished wood coffin at her wake this past Saturday, they described Ms. Onyango, the half sister of the president’s father, as “the spirit of the Obama family” and talked about raising money to send her body back to Kenya. Mr. Obama helped pay funeral expenses and sent a condolence note, Ms. Onyango’s family members said, but the president did not attend, as he was golfing.

 

As president, Mr. Obama has kept his distance from, and even failed to acknowledge, members of this eclectic clan. In the time-honored tradition of eccentric presidential relatives, the assorted Obamas have faced deportation and drunken-driving charges, started Obama-branded foundations and written memoirs.

 
What Makes Something Erotic?

What Makes Something Erotic?

By Mark Banschick, M.D.

What makes someone or something erotically exciting? For those who would like a little more charge in their lives.

 
If Aereo wins at the supreme court and broadcasters pull TV off the air, so be it

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If Aereo wins at the supreme court and broadcasters pull TV off the air, so be it

Dan Gillmor

Sure, the streaming service and companies like Airbnb and Uber skirt the law, but that's better than the old-school cartel hoarding a public service

In the endless war of incumbents versus insurgents, Tuesday's oral arguments at the US supreme court – America's broadcast TV networks against a video-streaming startup called Aereo – will ultimately be one small battle. But they remained a useful, if complex, illustration of the way a supposedly free-market economy has become so beholden to the needs, and whims, of entrenched interests.

And American Broadcasting Companies v Aereo reminds us how innovators in all sorts of arenas so often skirt the edges of legality – indeed, how they regularly skip right over laws and regulations that are designed to protect the business of incumbency as much as, if not more than, to serve the public interest.

For Aereo, the stakes in this case are simple: the business lives or dies. It "probably will go out of business," the broadcasters' attorney proclaimed outside the court this afternoon, "and nobody should cry here."

That's not true for the broadcasters, however much they bleat to the contrary. They are still part of an interlocking cartel that exists entirely because Congress has given a public resource – the airwaves – to a small collection of commercial interests. Yes, TV's broadcast spectrum licenses, worth uncountable billions of dollars, were handed over to these robber barons at no charge. Their claim that Aereo is "stealing" is laughable given the heist they pulled off years ago.

So in the event that Aereo wins and Congress unaccountably does the right thing, and then the networks threaten to take their programming off the air, we should welcome that result. Because then we'd be closer to a genuinely free market for programming – assuming, of course, that the cable industry doesn't simply take control itself.

 
Aaron Sorkin apologizes for 'The Newsroom'

Aaron Sorkin apologizes for 'The Newsroom'

Aaron Sorkin apologizes for 'The Newsroom'

Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama "The Newsroom" has one more season, but before it leaves the air, the show's creator wanted to clear the air with his fans. And he took a moment during an event at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on Monday to do just that.

"I think you and I got off on the wrong foot with 'The Newsroom' and I apologize and I'd like to start over," told his fans, according to Buzzfeed. At the time, Sorkin was on stage being interviewed by Jon Favreau, former speechwriter for President Obama (not the "Iron Man" director).

Sorkin talk fest is no fun

The series, set at the fictional cable news outlet ACN, follows a hard-charging anchor, played by Jeff Daniels, and his squad of producers who seek to uncover the hard news underneath the media noise that the series suggests many news organizations fall victim to.

"I think that there’s been a terrible misunderstanding," he told the audience. "I did not set the show in the recent past in order to show the pros how it should have been done. That was and remains the furthest thing from my mind. I set the show in the recent past because I didn't want to make up fake news. It was going to be weird if the world that these people were living in did not in any way resemble the world that you were living in, so I didn’t want to make up fake news, and also, I wanted the option of having a terrific dynamic that you can get when the audience knows more than the characters do .... So, I wasn't trying to and I'm not capable of teaching a professional journalist a lesson. That wasn't my intent, and it's never my intent to teach you a lesson or to try to persuade you of anything."

 
The Shrinking of David Gregory

The Shrinking of David Gregory

A report that NBC employed a ‘psychological consultant’ to interrogate the Meet the Press moderator’s wife and friends about how he connected with viewers has been met with incredulity and amusement.  

Gregory’s wife, Washington attorney Beth Wilkinson, a partner in the blue-chip law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, declined to comment on her encounter with the consultant, saying, “No thanks…I’ll leave it to the pros.” 

A source at NBC News said New York-based Elastic Strategy, a boutique firm run by former advertising executive Audrey Francis, is the “brand consultant” which conducted the interviews with Gregory’s wife and friends a year ago—several months before the August 2013 arrival from Great Britain’s ITV News of NBC’s latest news division president, Deborah Turness.

“Our purpose is to strengthen your brand and propel it to lasting success,” the consulting firm’s web site says. “We do this by working with you to design a specific strategy to guide the development of your brand. This strategy will define how your brand will stand out, lead, and thrive in the evolving marketplace. It will impact every interaction anyone has with your brand.”

 
Jimmy Fallon mocks Hillary Clinton for dressing like a man

Jamie Weinstein

Jimmy Fallon

“I want to say congrats to Chelsea Clinton. Last week she announced that she is expecting her first child,” Fallon said, setting up the joke. “That’s great. That’s great for her. If it is a girl, it will get some of Chelsea’s old hands-me-downs.”

“And if it is a boy,” he continued, “it will get some of Hillary’s.”

 
Sonia Sotomayor's "Epic" Dissent Against Michigan’s Affirmative-Action Ban

US Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor during a press conference in San Salvador on August 16, 2011.

Sonia Sotomayor's "Epic" Dissent Against Michigan’s Affirmative-Action Ban

By Joe Coscarelli

"We are fortunate to live in a democratic society," she began. "But without checks, democratically approved legislation can oppress minority groups. For that reason, our Constitu­tion places limits on what a majority of the people may do. This case implicates one such limit: the guarantee of equal protection of the laws."

"The Constitution does not protect racial minorities from political defeat," Sotomayor wrote. "But neither does it give the majority free rein to erect selective barriers against racial minorities."

The court, she continued, "ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society. It is this view that works harm, by perpetuating the facile notion that what makes race matter is acknowledging the simple truth that race does matter."
 
Who Defeated Prop 8?
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  • by Richard Socarides

    Jo Becker’s “Forcing the Spring” has ignited a controversy over who should get credit in a key battle for marriage equality.

The book focuses on Chad Griffin, a Los Angeles political consultant, Hollywood fund-raiser, and former staffer in the Clinton White House (where he and I briefly worked together). Soon after the passage of Proposition 8, in November, 2008, the idea of hiring Olson was serendipitously suggested to Griffin by an acquaintance of one of his clients, who happened to drop in on their lunch one day at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Griffin was pained by the success of the anti-gay initiative and, like a good public-relations man, he knew better than to pass up a headline-grabbing idea. Olson, much to Griffin’s surprise, was more than eager to take up a challenge to what he regarded as the violation of a constitutionally guaranteed right to marry. Olson and Griffin decided to enlist a liberal co-counsel, to help convince gay-rights groups that their plan was not a sinister anti-gay scheme. After their first two choices declined, Boies agreed to sign on—Becker suggests that Boies liked the case from the start, in part because “its history-making potential and odd-couple story line was sure to garner huge amounts of press interest.” (The lawyers and their backers were so sure of this that they not only arranged for Becker to have behind-the-scenes access, they also had a documentary film crew and an award-winning photographer chronicle the story.)

Their strategy was simple: draw attention to the issue by featuring these new and unlikely advocates; wrap the cause in the American flag; embrace support from those who had come late to the fight; and orchestrate the whole thing like a political campaign. As we now know, this was, in many ways, a brilliant stroke, politically if not legally. The Proposition 8 lawsuit did not succeed in obtaining the broad Supreme Court ruling that Olson and Griffin had hoped for; the justices decided that their opponents didn’t have standing, and left in place a lower-court ruling overturning California’s ban. That did restore marriage rights to couples in that state; still, if that was all that the court had ruled that summer, it might have been viewed as a disappointment. But it was decided the same day as the Supreme Court’s historic decision in the case brought by Edie Windsor and her lawyer Roberta Kaplan to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Becker reports that Olson and Griffin originally considered fashioning their case as a challenge to DOMA, but did not want to pit themselves against President Obama, whose Department of Justice would have had to defend the law. Still, there is no question that the Proposition 8 case was a major factor in the shift in public opinion that laid the political groundwork for Windsor.

 
Germany Helped Prep Russia for War, U.S. Sources Say

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Germany Helped Prep Russia for War, U.S. Sources Say

Over the past few years, NATO countries have helped Russia revolutionize its armed forces. Now questions are arising about a German defense contractor that trained the Russian military.

 The world was shocked when Russian special operations forces invaded Crimea with advanced technology, drastically improved operations, and with so much operational security that even agencies in the U.S. intelligence community didn’t see it coming. In Washington, government and congressional leaders are wondering how the Russian special operations forces got so good, so fast, without anyone noticing. Some are wondering how much help Russia had from the West.

In 2011, for example, the German defense contractor Rheinmetall signed a $140 million contract to build a combat simulation training center in Mulino, in southwest Russia, that would train 30,000 Russian combat troops per year. While the facility wasn't officially scheduled to be completed until later this year, U.S. officials believe that Germany has been training Russian forces for years.

Rheinmetall defended the project even after the invasion of Crimea, up until the German government finally shut it down late last month. But many tracking the issue within the U.S. government were not happy with Germany's handling of the Russian contract, and worry that some of the training may have gone to the kind of special operations forces now operating in and around Ukraine.

 
Sex, abortion and homosexuality: What’s acceptable around the world

Sex, abortion and homosexuality: What’s acceptable around the world

Pam Tobey

See how the U.S. compares with other countries on subjects related to sexuality.

When asked about sex between unmarried adults, views were also contrasting. Large majorities in Egypt, Indonesia, Nigeria and China consider premarital sex unacceptable while those surveyed in the United States, Canada and Britain found it acceptable. Respondents in France, Russia and Brazil did not consider it a moral issue at all. In Israel, it was close to a tie between acceptable and unacceptable.

 
Supreme Court to hear dispute over Internet TV broadcasts

Supreme Court to hear dispute over Internet TV broadcasts

By Associated Press

Thirty years after failing to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are back and now trying to rein in another technological innovation they say threatens their financial well-being.

Now the entertainment conglomerates that own U.S. television networks are waging a legal fight, culminating in Tuesday's Supreme Court argument against a startup business that uses Internet-based technology to give subscribers the ability to watch programs anywhere they can take portable devices.

The source of the companies' worry is Aereo Inc., which takes free television signals from the airwaves and sends them over the Internet to paying subscribers in 11 cities. Aereo, backed by billionaire Barry Diller, has plans to more than double that total.

 
Casual Marijuana Use Linked to Brain Changes in Young Adults

Casual Marijuana Use Linked to Brain Changes in Young Adults

By Christopher Bergland

Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States. A study from April 2014 found that young adults who are light marijuana users—smoking pot once a week—have structural changes in the size and shape of two brain regions. This is the first study to show casual use of marijuana is related to major brain changes.

 
With Eyes on Possible Clinton Run, Questions on Room for Other Women

With Eyes on Possible Clinton Run, Questions on Room for Other Women

Few doubt that Hillary Rodham Clinton’s nomination for president would be good for women. But her candidacy would also likely block the paths for other women running for the White House, and, notably, for those who would like to be vice president.

Never has there been so much rising female talent in the Democratic Party, with a record 20 women in the Senate, 16 of them Democrats. They include Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, the liberal fund-raising powerhouse and author of a new book, “A Fighting Chance”; Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, the former prosecutor with made-for-state-fair charms; the issue-grabber Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand of New York; and others, like Gov. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire. Any one of them would be potential candidates for the bottom of a 2016 ticket, or possibly even have a shot at the top.

 
Supreme Court upholds Mich. ban on affirmative action in college admissions

Supreme Court upholds Mich. ban on affirmative action in college admissions

By Associated Press

The justices said in a 6-2 ruling Tuesday that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions.

In dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the decision tramples on the rights of minorities, even though the amendment was adopted democratically. "But without checks, democratically approved legislation can oppress minority groups," said Sotomayor, who read her dissent aloud in the courtroom Tuesday. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sided with Sotomayor in dissent.

 
Colo. lawmakers get blunt, move to tighten marijuana rules after two deaths

Smokin': Cannabis lovers revel in the freedom to smoke marijuana during the 4/20 festival this weekend in Denver. It was the first time the annual celebration was held since Colorado legalized pot for recreational use. On Monday, however, state lawmakers moved to tighten rules on marijuana products in the wake of two tragic deaths thought to be related to the drug. Story, A5. (Associated Press photographs)

Colo. lawmakers get blunt, move to tighten marijuana rules after two deaths

By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times

The Mile High City was jammed with pot revelers Sunday for the annual 4/20 festival, but the mood was far from celebratory Monday as state legislators moved to tighten rules on marijuana products in the wake of two tragic deaths.

The Colorado House passed unanimously bills to set possession limits for concentrated forms of marijuana such as hash oil, and to make cookies, candy and other foods infused with pot more easily identifiable.

 
Obama Administration Is Ordered to Reveal Reasons for Killing an American Citizen

The Obama Administration Is Ordered to Reveal Reasons for Killing an American Citizen

By Conor Friedersdorf

The death of Anwar al-Awlaki has remained unexplained—until now?

The Obama Administration has fought for years to hide its legal rationale for killing an American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, after putting him on a secret kill list. Citizens have an interest in knowing whether the White House follows the law, especially when the stakes are as high as ending a life without due process. President Obama has fought to ensure his legal reasoning would never be revealed, a precedent that would help future presidents to kill without accountability.

His shortsightedness is breathtaking.

 
Why Fans Go Nuts: The Psychology of Sports

Why Fans Go Nuts: The Psychology of Sports

By Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D.

Why do people care so much about their teams? Is there a home field advantage? Do athletes really choke? Learn more about the psychology of fans, athletes, and sports teams.

1. Why Do People Care So Much About Their Home Sports Teams?

Sports fans can become rabid and out-of-control. Consider riots at European soccer matches and violent clashes between home and visitor fans at U.S. sports venues. Why do sports fans get so involved and heated? Decades of social psychological research has clearly demonstrated what is called the in-group, out-group bias. We identify with “our team” and our team’s fans (the in-group) and come to despise the other team and their fans (the out-group). This is the heart of sports rivalry. We “bask in the reflected glory” when our team wins, and research has shown that fans’ self-esteem rises with victories and falls with defeat.

 
Western states move to take over federal land

Nevada range war: Western states move to take over federal land

The fight over Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s cows grazing illegally on federal land is a symbol of a much larger issue: control of land in western states, where the federal government is dominant.

In Salt Lake City Friday, representatives from Utah, Idaho, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon, and Washington met for a “Legislative Summit on the Transfer of Public Lands.”

"Those of us who live in the rural areas know how to take care of lands," Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder said at a news conference. "We have to start managing these lands. It's the right thing to do for our people, for our environment, for our economy and for our freedoms."

In other words, today’s revival of the “Sagebrush Rebellion” is as much about political philosophy as it is about great stretches of the largely-arid territory west of the 100th meridian splitting the Dakotas and running down through Texas.

The map accompanying this article shows the difference between the West and the rest of the country. Here’s a list showing percentages of federal land by state, according to the Congressional Research Service. It includes the US Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, National Parks, and military bases: Nevada 81, Alaska 62, Utah 67, Oregon 53, Idaho 62, Arizona 42, California 48, Wyoming 48, New Mexico 35, Colorado 36.

State lawmakers say they’re better prepared to manage such lands, both for the environment and for regional economies.

"There is a distinct difference in the way federal agencies are managing the federal lands today," Sen. Fielder said. "They used to do a good job, but they are hamstrung now with conflicting policies, politicized science, and an extreme financial crisis at the national level. It makes it impossible for these federal agencies to manage the lands responsibly anymore."

 
‘Hurricane’ Carter Was Wrongly Convicted, But He Wasn’t Innocent

‘Hurricane’ Carter Was Wrongly Convicted, But He Wasn’t Innocent

Following his death on Sunday, there’s been a rash response to the famed boxer’s life—both pre and post prison—all of which poses the question: Was he really ‘all love’?

In 1964, a Saturday Evening Post profile of the up-and-coming fighter reported that “society had [already] confined [Carter] for a total of 10 years for crimes of violence.” The Newark Star-Ledger, his hometown newspaper, later explained that “he was sent to…reformatory for breaking a bottle over the head of a man from whom he stole a wristwatch and $55.” He confessed to the Post in 1964 that “my partner and me…used to get up and put our guns in our pockets like you put your wallet in your pocket. Then we go out in the streets and start fighting—anybody, everybody. We used to shoot at folks.” He bragged in the same interview that he had once knocked out an uncooperative horse with a single punch. (Bob Dylan sang that Carter wanted nothing more than to go “where the trout streams flow and the air is nice, and ride a horse along a trail,” while failing to mention his penchant for equine assault).

But it was in 1966 when Carter, along with an accomplice, was accused—and later convicted by a jury—of a gruesome triple murder in Paterson, N.J. After a campaign to establish his innocence was promoted by supporters like Muhammad Ali, Carter was paroled in 1976 and granted a new trial, a brief spell of freedom during which he knocked out a 112-pound woman running his “free Rubin” support committee. As she told the Newark Star-Ledger in 2000, “I didn’t see it coming. I felt everything getting dark. I remember praying to Allah, ‘Please help me,’ and apparently Allah rolled me over, and he kicked me in the back instead of kicking my guts out. Allah saved my life.”

The second jury upheld his conviction.

 Vaunted lefty journalist Jack Newfield complained that “I knew Rubin Carter, attended his fights, covered his retrial, and I didn’t see much reality on the screen,” while also stressing that the judge who vacated Carter and Artis’s two convictions did “not say they were innocent, only that their rights were trampled on.” In 2000, another New York Times writer reminded readers that “Mr. Carter was never exonerated; he was released in 1985 when a federal judge ruled there had been procedural errors during the second trial, and prosecutors decided not to try him a third time.”

 
USC great Keyshawn Johnson arrested in Calif. for domestic violence

Keyshawn Johnson arrested for domestic violence

Keyshawn Johnson arrested in Calif. for domestic violence

By Bryan Rose

Former NFL wide receiver and current ESPN football analyst Keyshawn Johnson has been arrested for domestic violence,  according to TMZ Sports.

Johnson, a three-time NFL Pro Bowl talent, was detained on Monday morning in Calabasas, Calif., after an alleged confrontation with his girlfriend. Law enforcement officials told TMZ that things allegedly got physical, which ended in Johnson supposedly smashing the phone of his girlfriend, cutting her hand in the process. That confrontation lead to Johnson being arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery and booked. The former USC Trojan star posted the $20,000 bond and is out on bail.
 
Why Republicans Can’t Beat Obama

Columnist Steve Deace says the only way for Republicans to beat a crusader like President Obama is to defeat him with a crusader of their own. (Associated Press)

Why Republicans Can’t Beat Obama

By Steve Deace - The Washington Times

To understand why the Republicans can’t beat President Obama, you must first recognize the three kinds of people that inhabit contemporary American politics – crusaders, gangsters, and groupies.

Donor-Groupie: These brilliant and ruthless captains of industry suddenly become naïve jock sniffers once they enter the political arena, as they mindlessly and repeatedly cut big checks to smooth-talking gangsters with little to no return on investment. What the donor-groupie calls “influence” is really just a feature story somewhere about how important of a political power broker they allegedly are, which they can share with their trophy wives and/or safari buddies. Of course, this “feature” only runs in media other groupies are consuming — thus the echo chamber is subsidized into perpetuity on sheer ego alone.

 
Students Deploy Riot-Ready Social Media

Students Deploy Riot-Ready Social Media

By Caroline Porter and Douglas Belkin

Fueled by Flurry of Tweets—and a Selfie Fascination—Campus Gatherings Challenge Traditional Crowd-Control Tactics

At least 10 riots have rocked colleges in the past two months, resulting in hundreds of arrests and dozens of injuries amid a growing sense that social media are helping to fuel misbehavior at student mass gatherings. Police arrested 19 people near the University of Minnesota's flagship Twin Cities campus after a recent Gophers hockey loss. At a University of Cincinnati party that drew about 450 students, police had to be summoned when things got out of hand. At an off-campus party at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo., police resorted to pepper-spray projectiles to bring the crowd under control.

"This is new as far as I can tell," Mr. Carrothers said. "It used to be the winners go out and celebrate and the losers go home and sulk, but that's not true anymore. Now the losers are out there celebrating. We don't even have a name for this yet."

"It used to take a lot more work to generate a gathering," said Gary Margolis, who manages the National Center for Campus Public Safety. "Now one tweet and you've just reached 40 people. Everyone has their own mass communications device in their pocket."

 
Beijing, From the Back of a Rolls Royce Wraith

Beijing, From the Back of a Rolls Royce Wraith

Ever wondered what it’s like to ride in a $300,000 car? The Wall Street Journal’s Te-Ping Chen takes a tour through the streets of Beijing in the back seat of a Wraith and finds while the car might mean luxury, it also means attracting plenty of paparazzi.

 
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