Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Shooting victim seeks charges against Fulton police

I’m glad they are proceeding with their plans.  I’m praying justice is served for Ron Pettaway.


The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 04/24/07

The surviving brother from a shooting by police in south Fulton County on Tuesday filed an application for an arrest warrant against the two county police officers.

The application, filed by Roy Pettaway III, 27 , was accepted by a Magistrate Court clerk and forwarded to a magistrate, who will set a hearing.

Pettaway’s 26-year-old brother, Ron, was fatally shot in the head in the parking lot of the Frozen Palace lounge in College Park on April 15. Roy Pettaway was wounded. The men were unarmed when they got involved with police, who were responding to a report of a fight at the nightclub.

The warrant application asks for criminal charges against Officers Aissa Ware, 23, and Michael Bernard Wilson, 26. Among the charges requested: aggravated assault and attempted murder.

Police officials have said the officers, who are on administrative leave pending an investigation, have been on the force less than two years.

After filing the application, Pettaway said, “I feel this is one step towards justice. It takes the burden off my shoulders. I’m glad we did what we did today.”

A day after the shooting, Fulton police Chief George Coleman Jr. requested the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to help with the investigation.

The Rev. Markel Hutchins, a family spokesman, said they sought the warrants because they have become impatient with the investigation and because authorities have not yet interviewed Pettaway.

Pettaway is the 14th person killed by law enforcement officers in the past 15 months. Twelve people have been killed by police in DeKalb County. In Atlanta — in a police shooting last November that made news worldwide — an elderly Atlanta woman, Kathryn Johnston, was killed by Atlanta police during a botched drug raid.

Posted by loni on 04/24 at 02:26 PM in Blogging
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Thursday, April 19, 2007

You Need To Believe To Be A Republican.

This is from an email sent to me.  Thank you, Claudine.

1. Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hillary

2. Saddam was a good guy when Reagan armed him, a bad guy when Bush’s daddy
made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him, and a bad guy
when Bush needed a “we can’t find Bin Laden” diversion.

3. Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is Communist, but trade with
China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international harmony.

4. The United States should get out of the United Nations, and our highest
national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions against Iraq.

5. A woman can’t be trusted with decisions about her own body, but
multi-national corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind without

6. The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in
speeches, while slashing veterans’ benefits and combat pay.

7. If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won’t have sex.

8. A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our long-time allies, then
demand their cooperation and money.

9. Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy, but providing health
care to all Americans is socialism. HMOs and insurance companies have the
best interests of the public at heart.

10. Global warming and tobacco’s link to cancer are junk science, but
creationism should be taught in schools.

11. A president lying about an extramarital affair is an impeachable
offense, but a president lying to enlist support for a war in which
thousands die is solid defense policy.

12. Government should limit itself to the powers named in the Constitution,
which include banning gay marriages and censoring the Internet.

13. The public has a right to know about Hillary’s cattle trades, but George
Bush’s driving record is none of our business.

14. Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you’re a
conservative radio host. Then it’s an illness and you need our prayers for
your recovery.

15. Supporting “Executive Privilege” for every Republican ever born, who
will be born or who might be born (in perpetuity.)

16. What Bill Clinton did in the 1960s is of vital national interest, but
what Bush did in the ‘80s is irrelevant.

17. Support for hunters who shoot their friends and blame them for wearing
orange vests similar to those worn by the quail.

Feel free to pass this on. If you don’t send it to at least 10 other people,
we’re likely to be stuck with more Republicans in ‘06 and ‘08.

Friends don’t let friends vote Republican.

Posted by SPN on 04/19 at 08:30 AM in Politics
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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Look how the Virginia Tech assassin is portrayed in a Peruvian newspaper.


Posted by SPN on 04/18 at 10:05 PM in International
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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

No guns on men shot by Fulton police

This is the second article posted about this situation.  No weapons on their persons. 
Cops are on administrative leave. Makes you wonder......

Activist and family want investigation

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 04/17/07

A local civil rights activist and the family of a 26-year-old man fatally shot by Fulton County police are calling for a state and federal investigation into the death.

The Rev. Markel Hutchins, a spokesman for Ron Pettaway’s family, said Monday the case deserves the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Fulton District Attorney’s Office.

a.m. Sunday when police responded to a call about a fight at the Frozen Palace, a bar at 2395 Flat Shoals Road near College Park.

Police confirmed Monday afternoon that neither man had weapons.

“There is no justification for police to wound and shoot two unarmed men,” Hutchins said at a news conference while flanked by members of Pettaway’s immediate family. “It’s nothing short of murder. These young people were shot for no reason.”

Posted by loni on 04/17 at 08:10 AM in Blogging
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Activist calls for state, federal investigation of shootings

I had to post this. Ron was a friend of mine and this was senseless. This is the 2nd killing of an individual by Police in Atlanta, the first being an elderly woman who lived alone with a no knock warrant for the wrong address.  This is getting outrageous.  Police should be taught restraint. What would cause the police to shoot a man in the back of the head claiming he was resisting arrest when witnesses stated that was not the case. Also no statements were taken from any witnesses at the scene because no one would corroborate the officers story.

Family says men were not armed

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 04/16/07

A local civil rights activist and the family of a 26-year-old man fatally shot by Fulton police are calling for a state and federal investigation into the death.

The Rev. Markel Hutchins, a spokeman for Ron Pettaway’s family, said Monday the case deserves the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Fulton District Attorney’s Office.

conference while flanked by members of Pettaway’s immediate family.

Pettaway was killed and his brother, Roy, was shot and wounded about 1:30 a.m. by police who responded to a call about a fight at the Frozen Palace, a bar at 2395 Flat Shoals Road near College Park.

Hutchins repeated claims that the brothers were unarmed and cited the Pettaway shooting as another example of excessive police force by metro Atlanta police.

Ron Pettaway was shot in the back of the head, according to family members and the Fulton Medical Examiner’s Office. His brother, relatives said, was wounded in the back.


Posted by loni on 04/17 at 08:05 AM in Blogging
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Monday, April 16, 2007

GE Energy starts their interviewing process for Summer Interns.

This was a forwarded email sent to me.


GE Energy will be starting their interviewing process for Summer Interns in a few weeks. The company is looking for college Freshmen, Sophomores, or Juniors in Engineering, Computer Science, Finance, or Accounting.  Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Consideration will be made for some business majors with strong leadership qualities.

Location of Internships: Atlanta, Greenville, Houston, Ohio, Raytown, Schenectady,Erie, ..anywhere there is a GE facility!  Average salary: $17 an hour....some locations I will pay a housing allowance.

If you or someone you know meets the requirements, please contact:

Michelle Jackson, PHR
GE Energy - HR Manager, Compliance & Dispute Resolution

T: 678 844 7668 F: 1-866-276-0930 D: *421-7668 C: 757-639-3366 E:

Posted by SPN on 04/16 at 12:27 PM in Blogging
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Imus isn’t the real bad guy

Instead of wasting time on irrelevant shock jock, black leaders need to be fighting a growing gangster culture.
Some of this guy’s article pissed me off more than those despicable words uttered by Imus.  I definitely plan on writing this guy.  Some of what he says I will agree with but his “shame” at the appearance of the Rutgers women and their coach at a news conference just floored me.

Posted on Wed, Apr. 11, 2007 - Kansas City Star

Thank you, Don Imus. You’ve given us (black people) an excuse to avoid our real problem.

You’ve given Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson another opportunity to pretend that the old fight, which is now the safe and lucrative fight, is still the most important fight in our push for true economic and social equality.

You’ve given Vivian Stringer and Rutgers the chance to hold a nationally televised recruiting celebration expertly disguised as a news conference to respond to your poor attempt at humor.

Thank you, Don Imus. You extended Black History Month to April, and we can once again wallow in victimhood, protest like it’s 1965 and delude ourselves into believing that fixing your hatred is more necessary than eradicating our self-hatred.

The bigots win again.

Posted by Nuttshell on 04/16 at 10:46 AM in Racism / Prejudice
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Sunday, April 15, 2007

What is the “Fair Tax” and why should you care about it?

Here is the text taken from the website fairtax.org . This explains what the Fairtax is and how it is better than our current system and the Flat tax.

The FairTax (real reform) vs. the flat tax (more of the same): A comparison

A consumption tax can be viewed as imposing a zero marginal tax rate on labor and capital income, if the economic incidence of the tax is on consumers. Alternatively, one can view the incidence of the consumption tax on the factors of production (labor and capital). The comparison below is based on the view that the consumption tax is incident on the factors of production.  The most commonly quoted flat tax legislation would reduce the top marginal income tax
rate to 17 percent. This rate, however, is not revenue neutral. The flat tax is revenue neutral at about 21 to 22 percent, not taking into account the impact of the plan on economic growth. In the real world, the flat tax would cause economic growth that would increase the tax base, perhaps reducing the revenue-neutral tax rate to 20 percent (within a few years). The flat tax would not affect the employer or employee Social Security or Medicare payroll tax. Those that have earnings below the Social Security wage base ($90,000 per worker in 2005) would, therefore, face a marginal tax rate of 32.3 percent. Taxpayers over the Social Security wage base would face a marginal tax rate of 19.9 percent on wage income and 17 percent on capital income.
These figures are about 3 to 5 percentage points higher in a revenue-neutral flat tax.
Under the FairTax, the poor experience negative effective tax rates because of the universal rebate. No American pays any tax on spending up to the poverty level, but this is most telling with the poor. Affluent taxpayers pay 23 percent at the margin.  Thus, middle-income taxpayers pay a much lower marginal tax rate under the consumption tax than under the flat tax. This is because the FairTax replaces payroll taxes as well as the income tax. Affluent taxpayers pay comparable marginal tax rates under the consumption tax and the flat tax.

Posted by SPN on 04/15 at 01:29 PM in Politics
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Friday, April 13, 2007

Emmy-winning actor Roscoe Lee Browne dies

81-year-old actor succumb after a long battle with cancer The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - Actor Roscoe Lee Browne, whose rich voice and dignified bearing brought him an Emmy Award and a Tony nomination, has died. He was 81.

Browne died early Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after a long battle with cancer, said Alan Nierob, a spokesman for the family.

Browne’s career included classic theater to TV cartoons. He also was a poet and a former world-class athlete.

His deep, cultured voice was heard narrating the 1995 hit movie “Babe.” On screen, his character often was smart, cynical and well-educated, whether a congressman, a judge or a butler.

Born to a Baptist minister in Woodbury, N.J., Browne graduated from historically black Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, where he later returned to teach comparative literature and French. He also was a track star, winning the 880-yard run in the 1952 Millrose Games.

Browne was selling wine for an import company when he decided to become a full-time actor in 1956 and had roles that year in the inaugural season of the New York Shakespeare Festival in a production of “Julius Caesar.”

Posted by Nuttshell on 04/13 at 12:13 PM in Celebrity
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Should We Stop Hate Speech?

I certainly found Don Imus’ depiction of the Rutgers players deplorable but I’m not sure he should have lost his radio job.  Only because I think he could be a tool used to spotlight the hate speech of Limbaugh, Boortz and Michael Savage.  Those guys are unrepentant racists who wouldn’t dare offer apologies.  I think they should be off the airwaves because they are so disrespectful and hateful to significant groups of Americans.  I’m not saying that they don’t have 1st Amendment rights to spew their hate speech but I don’t think the market place should support their speech.  Am I wrong?

Posted by Nuttshell on 04/13 at 11:59 AM in Blogging
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