Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Leno Story Last Night

My husband and I were watching Jay Leno last night when he showed a newspaper article about a guy who discovered he was “black”.  We howled (along with Kevin Eubanks) with laughter when we saw the picture of the guy.  I did some research on this story.  Here’s a pretty sad story to say the least.

Read about Dave Myers in his own words at his website.

Posted by Nuttshell on 11/02 at 03:12 PM in
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CIA abuses terror suspects in foreign prisons

Is this truly news?  Shouldn’t we have already expected this?  This is just the same as the prisoners that are held in Cuba.  They are out of the hands of good ole American justice.  In another country, you can be tried and executed by the military just because someone in command says so.

NEW YORK (AP)—The CIA has been hiding and interrogating some of its most important al Qaeda captives at a Soviet-era compound in Eastern Europe, according to U.S. and foreign officials familiar with the arrangement, the Washington Post reported.

The secret facility is part of a covert prison system set up by the CIA nearly four years ago that at various times has included sites in eight countries, including Thailand, Afghanistan and several democracies in Eastern Europe, as well as a small center at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, according to current and former intelligence officials and diplomats from three continents, the paper said Tuesday.

The hidden global internment network is a central element in the CIA’s unconventional war on terrorism, the Post said.

Posted by SPN on 11/02 at 02:20 PM in Justice / Injustice
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Another Quote for The Day

You strive to acquire a home, a car, a career, financial security and personal satisfaction.
Seek also to have a life, one with meaning, and purpose, and joy. You strive to gain power and influence over others. Yet how much energy do you put into building mastery of yourself? You strive to consume and possess the most impressive of worldly objects. Yet the value
that you truly own is the value you create through your unique expression of life. You long for everything to be perfect in the world around you.

Are you also working toward perfection within? You wish for every dream to come true.
What are you doing to make those dreams a faithful expression of who you really are?
You promise yourself that someday you will live true to your purpose and highest vision.
Is there any good reason why someday should wait even a single moment longer?

-- Ralph Marston

Posted by loni on 11/02 at 08:45 AM in Quote of the day
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Tuesday, November 01, 2005


What you cannot enforce, do not command. 

Sophocles (496 BC 406 BC), Greek dramatist

Posted by SPN on 11/01 at 02:43 PM in Quote of the day
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by Charlie Amter
Oct 31, 2005, 4:40 PM PT

These are taxing times indeed for R&B legend Ronald Isley.

A federal jury in Los Angeles on Monday convicted the singer of five counts of tax evasion and one count of willful failure to file a tax return. Isley faces up to 26 years in prison for the tax dodging at his sentencing Jan. 9.

Jurors deliberated for a day and a half before rendering their verdict in the trial, which stretched over three weeks. The panel was apparently swayed by a steady stream of prosecution evidence that included documents showing the “It’s Your Thing” singer hiding homes and a yacht under the name of his former wife and cashing royalty checks belonging to his late brother, O’Kelly Isley.

During the trial, IRS officials said Isley tried to further avoid taxes by asking to be paid in only cash for performances between 1997 and 2002--amounts that added up to around $12 million, per California’s CNS News Service. The IRS also claimed Isley bought personal cars using a business account and paid band members in cash to keep transactions off the books.

The Ohio native was indicted in October 2004. He entered a not guilty plea in January.

Isley, who suffered a minor stroke last summer, remains best known for his smooth vocals that have graced Isley Brothers hits for the better part of 40 years.

The group got its start in 1951 and struck it big with the 1959 single “Shout,” followed by a hit 1962 cover of “Twist and Shout,” the 1965 Motown classic “This Old Heart of Mine” and 1969’s “It’s Your Thing,” before having even greater success in the 1970s. The band helped define the R&B/funk groove of the era with hits like “Who’s That Lady” and “Fight the Power (Part 1)” before moving toward a more disco sound as the decade ended.

In 2003, the Isleys topped the charts with Body Kiss and, later that year, Ron Isley collaborated with Burt Bacharach on the album Here I Am. An Isley Brothers remix album, Taken to the Next Phase, dropped in August 2004.

Posted by CHANNI on 11/01 at 08:48 AM in Justice / Injustice
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