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Correctional officers investigated for sex with inmates–Sources: WRAL

Raleigh, N.C. — Top officials within North Carolina’s prison system have admitted to ongoing investigations into what they are calling “undue familiarity” between prison employees and inmates.

“This is probably one of the most critical operational issues that we have been emphasizing since the early 1990s,” Jennie Lancaster, chief secretary for the Department of Correction, said Wednesday. (Read more)

Authorities thwart terrorist attacks aimed at US–Source: News & Observer

SHINGTON — Authorities on three continents thwarted multiple terrorist attacks aimed at the United States Friday, seizing two explosive packages addressed to Chicago-area synagogues and packed aboard cargo jets from Yemen. Parts of the plot might remain undetected, President Barack Obama’s counterterror chief warned.

Obama called the coordinated attacks a "credible terrorist threat" amid worldwide fears that al-Qaida was launching a major new campaign of assaults. (Read more)

Cougars JV defeat Rams 48-14; earn conference title–Source: Daily Southerner

TARBORO — The SouthWest Edgecombe Junior Varsity football team completed a perfect season last night with a 48-14 victory over the Greene Central Rams.  With this victory the Cougars claimed the Eastern Plains junior varsity conference championship as they outscored their opponents this year 434 to 86 and never were contested in a ball game. (Read more)

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Tea Party campaigns against Islam | Slideshow: Blood-curdling black horror films–Source: The Grio

 

TheGrio Newsletter 10/29/2010

 

Judson Phillips, the founder of the Tea Party Nation, does not mince words when it comes to his views on Islam and the people who practice the faith. "A majority of Tea Party members, I suspect, are not fans of Islam," Phillips said. "I, personally have a real problem with Islam. With Islam, you have a religion that says kill the Jews, kill the infidels. It bothers me when a religion says kill the infidels. It bothers me a lot more when I am the infidel."
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Who says the only places to find horror have to be Transylvania or Elm Street. Sometimes the biggest scares go down in the hood. Over the last forty years or so Hollywood has occasionally turned out horror movies with an unapologetically urban flavor. Check out some of our favorites — just don’t watch them alone in the dark.

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It was a surreal scene at the Sacramento press conference called by Bishop Ron Allen and a host of other black ministers and faith leaders last July. They blasted the California NAACP for very publicly and vigorously calling for passage of Proposition 19. The initiative would legalize marijuana possession, cultivation and sale for personal use for those 21 and older.

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Image is a major part of professional sports. It can make or break a career. And when cocaine or any type of illegal drug is involved, calamity is not too far away from wreaking even the most honored career — especially when the athlete is black. So when Texas Ranger Manager Ron Washington became the first of his kind, in Major League Baseball to fail a drug test for the use of cocaine in July of 2009, the sports world gasped. Here was just one of four Black men in professional baseball to lead a franchise–embarrassed.
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Florida’s three-way Senate race grew testier Friday as the last-place Democratic candidate denied claims that former President Bill Clinton had advised him to drop out, saying the idea came instead from his independent rival, Gov. Charlie Crist.

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Some people really are worth more dead than alive. That’s certainly proving to be the case with Michael Jackson. Just in time for Halloween, it’s been announced that his dream project Thriller will finally get the big screen treatment.

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Early Vote Today or Tomorrow Or Go To The Polls On Tuesday, November 2, If You Don’t Vote, Sit Down And Shut The Hell Up Caus I Don’t Hear You

You can early vote today and tomorrow however you can vote on Tuesday if for some reason you can’t make it today or tomorrow. But if you don’t vote, sit down and shut the hell up caus I don’t hear you.

Gov. Perdue names Gilchrist as new Highway Patrol commander–Source: News & Observer

Gov. Bev Perdue today appointed Lt. Colonel Michael W. Gilchrist as head of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Gilchrist, a Plymouth native, has served on the patrol since 1986. Prior to his promotion, he was second-in-command to Col. Randy Glover.

Glover resigned after 10 months on the job. During his tenure, there were several embarrassing disclosures about misconduct by troopers under his command. (Read more)

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Meek: Dealmaking Crist "a Desperate Candidate"– Source: CBS News

Rep. Kendrick Meek said he trusts the counsel of longtime friend Bill Clinton, but insists the former president’s advice never included dropping out of the Florida Senate race.

"We did not come to any kind of agreement that I would get out of a race," Meek said in appearance on CBS’ "The Early Show" Friday. "The president [Clinton] did not push me to do so. I did not tell him that I wanted to do it. We talked about it and that’s it.

He called the day-long controversy about his possible withdrawal "made up." (Read more)

After The 8 Years Of The Bush/Cheney Disaster, Now You Get Mad? For the President Obama Haters LOL

After The 8 Years Of The Bush/Cheney Disaster, Now You Get Mad?
      
You didn’t get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.
        
You didn’t get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate Energy policy and push us to invade Iraq.
         
You didn’t get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.
        
You didn’t get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.
       
You didn’t get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.
        
You didn’t get mad when we spent over 800 billion (and counting) on said illegal war.
      
You didn’t get mad when Bush borrowed more money from foreign sources than the previous 42 Presidents combined.
        
You didn’t get mad when over 10 billion dollars in cash just disappeared in Iraq.
         
You didn’t get mad when you found out we were torturing people.
         
You didn’t get mad when Bush embraced trade and outsourcing policies that shipped 6 million American jobs out of the country.
         
You didn’t get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.
       
You didn’t get mad when we didn’t catch Bin Laden. You didn’t get mad when Bush rang up 10 trillion dollars in combined budget and current account deficits.
         
You didn’t get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.
       
You didn’t get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans, drown.
         
You didn’t get mad when we gave people who had more money than they could spend, the filthy rich, over a trillion dollars in tax breaks.
         
You didn’t get mad with the worst 8 years of job creations in several decades.
        
You didn’t get mad when over 200,000 US Citizens lost their lives because they had no health insurance.
        
You didn’t get mad when lack of oversight and regulations from the Bush Administration caused US Citizens to lose 12 trillion dollars in investments, retirement, and home values.
        
You finally got mad when a black man was elected President and decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, job losses by the millions, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, and the worst economic disaster since 1929 are all okay with you, but helping fellow Americans who are sick…Oh, Hell No!!

NC GOP attorneys demand corrective action on problems with touch-screen voting–Source: Examiner

A total of 65 counties in North Carolina use paper ballots tabulated by optical scanners, universally considered to be highly accurate and efficient.

Thursday morning attorneys representing the NC Republican Party delivered a letter to the State Board of Elections demanding corrective action be taken immediately in the cases of voting problems with touch-screen voting equipment. (Read more)

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President Obama’s 244 Accomplishments, Part 4–Source: Jack & Jill Politics

Next Week are elections. If you need a list about what’s been accomplished, I’m going to take a day, from Monday to Friday, giving you a list of the President’s Accomplishments.

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Here it is ! The most complete list of The 244 Accomplishments of President Barack Obama. This special list was compiled by Robert P. Watson, Ph. D., who is a presidential historian and Professor of American Studies at Lynn University. As some falsely claim ” he hasn’t done anything “….as you can plainly see by the incredible list, President Obama has OBVIOUSLY accomplished more in just 20 months than most president’s have in 8 years. And there’s MUCH work still ahead…which is why it is of VITAL importance that we work hard, through Unity…to make sure that EVERYONE we know votes on November 2….to LITERALLY Save America ! GOTV !

The 244 ACCOMPLISHMENTS of PRESIDENT OBAMA

MILITARY & VETERANS

• Ordered the Pentagon to cover expenses of families of fallen soldiers if they wish to be on site when the body arrives back in the US (2009)

• Ended the Bush-era “blackout” imposed on media coverage of the return of fallen US soldiers (2009) * Note: The media is now permitted to cover the story pending adherence to respectful rules and with the approval of the fallen soldier’s family

• Ended the Bush-era “black out” policy on media coverage of war casualties (2009) * Note: Full information is now released for the first time in the War on Terror

• Ordered better body armor to be procured for US troops (2009)

• Funding new Mine Resistant Ambush Vehicles (2009) * Note: The old Hummers were very vulnerable to roadside explosives and an alarming percentage of our soldiers lost in Iraq were on account of IEDs

• Working to increase pay and benefits for military personnel (2009)

• Improving housing for military personnel (2009)

• Initiating a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses (2009)

• Ordered that conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other neglected military hospitals be improved (2009)

• Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military to a post-Cold War, modern fighting force (2009) * Note: Bush announced in 2001 his intention to do this but backed off the reforms after 9/11, which include: new procurement policies; increasing the size of Special Ops units; deploying new technologies; creating new cyber security units; etc.

• Ended the Bush-era practice of awarding “no-bid” defense contracts (2009)

• Improving benefits for veterans as well as VA staffing, information systems, etc. (2009)

• Authorized construction of additional health centers to care for veterans (2009)

• Suspended the Bush-era decision to purchase a fleet of Marine One helicopters from suppliers in favor of American made helicopters (2009)

• Ordered a review of the existing “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays in the military (2010)

• New GI Bill for returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan (2009)

• Signed bill providing assistance for caregivers of veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan (2010) * Note: The omnibus bill does the following: Training, funding, and counseling for caregivers; promoting pilot childcare programs for women vets under treatment at the VA; independent oversight to prevent abuse; readjustment counseling for National Guard and reservist units; etc.

• Eliminated co-payments for veterans who are catastrophically disabled (2010)

• Fulfilled campaign promise to have combat troops (90,000) out of Iraq by August 31, 2010 (2010)

• Established a new interagency task force to assist veterans owning small businesses (2010) * Note: The efforts include promoting federal contract opportunities, improve access to loans and capital, mentor assistance programs, etc.

• Signed The Families of Fallen Heroes Act, which covers the moving costs of immediate family members of those lost in service (military, intelligence, and security personnel) (2010)

RIGHTS

• Instituted enforcements for equal pay for women (Lilly Ledbetter Bill) (2009)

• Appointed Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina, to the Supreme Court (2009)

• Held the first Seder in White House (2009)

• Appointed a diverse Cabinet and diverse White House staff (2009)

• Spoke at the annual dinner of the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights organization (2009)

• Signed the first major piece of federal gay rights legislation that includes acts of violence against gays under the list of federal hate crimes (2009)

• Reversed the Bush-era practice of politicizing Justice Department investigations and prosecutions against political opponents (2009)

• Pushing for some of the 9/11 perpetrators to be tried in federal court (2009) * Note: The process has moved at a snail’s pace and, in the face of opposition, Obama has remained quiet

• Signed an extension of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Bill to provide federal research and support for treating the disease (2009)

• Allowed the State Department of offer same-sex benefits for employees (2009)

• Proposed that the Pentagon repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy; placed a “freeze” on current efforts to remove alleged homosexuals from the military (2009)

• After eight years of neglect, the Justice Department and EEOC are again enforcing employment discrimination laws (2009)

• Convened the White House Tribal Nations Conference, inviting representatives from 564 federally-recognized Indian tribes (2009)

• Provided increased school projects for Indian lands and increased funds for the Indian Health Service (2009)

• Signed an Executive Order mandating that his Cabinet develop plans to work with and consult Indian tribes on issues impacting Indian lands (2009)

• Commissioned a study to develop alternatives to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (2010)

• Called for federal agencies to look into recognizing gay partnerships in terms of benefits (2010)

• Signed an Executive Order for the President’s Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (2010)

• Increased funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (2010)

• Signed Executive Order to promote the federal government as a “model employer” when it comes to hiring the disabled (2010) * Note: This includes new efforts to increase the recruitment, hiring, and training for the disabled

• Programs to assist Spanish speakers with the US Census (2010)

• Elena Kagen appointed to Supreme Court (2010)

• Tasked all federal agencies to develop new strategies to address HIV/AIDS (2010)

• After organizing studies on the topic in 2009, tasked the Pentagon to eliminate “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (2010)

• Signed Fair Sentencing Act (2010) * Note: The Administration continues to deescalate marijuana interdiction and raids; increased dramatically the amount of cocaine one must possess to be sentenced to jail; eliminated mandatory sentencing for first-time drug abusers and simple possession

EDUCATION

• Authorized construction funds for high-speed, broadband Internet access in K-12 public schools (2009)

• Increased funding for school construction (2009)

• Increased funding available for student loans (2009)

• Expanded the national youth service program (2009)

• Streamlined the federal student loan process to save $87 billion over the next 10 years (2009)

• Changed the rule to allow students struggling to make college loan payments to refinance their loans (2009)

• Beginning discussions with Congress for education reform (2009) * Note: Much of Obama’s education reform has been sidelined by opposition in Congress

• Initiated a “Race to the Top” competitive federal grant program for states who develop innovative policies (2009)

• Instituted a “judgment review” allowing families with student loans to petition to have their current financial status determine the loan rather than the previous year’s finances (2009)

• Launched “Educate to Innovate,” a public/private partnership making $236 million available for science, mathematics, and technology education programs (2009)

• Proposed capping the maximum amount students must pay on student loans (as percentage of their income) (2010)

• Proposed reducing student loan obligations for individuals going to work in community and public service jobs (2010)

• The federal government will offer direct student loans, cutting out the cost of private banks (“middle man”) who increase the costs in order to make a profit (2010)

• Increased investment in technologies for schools/education (2010)

DISASTER RESPONSE

• Ordered a review of hurricane and natural disaster preparedness (2009)

• FEMA once again reports directly to the president (2009) * Note: Bush removed FEMA (prior to the Hurricane Katrina disaster) from this status

• Demonstrated an immediate and efficient response to the floods in North Dakota and other natural disasters (2009)

• Ordered that funds be released and red tape be streamlined for the ongoing Hurricane Katrina recovery effort in the Gulf Coast (2009)

• Timely and massive relief effort in response to the January 2010 earthquake and ensuing humanitarian crisis (2010)

Components of the response:

– The FBI’s National Center for Disaster Fraud was tasked to look into possible fraud with organizations soliciting funds for relief

– Announced the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund

– Established an emergency Haiti Task Force in the State Department

– Established a website with information, resources, and a posting of a “person finder” online to help families and friends to locate loved ones

– Joint aid and relief planning with the U.K.

– Sponsored a resolution in the UN Security Council for additional security and police forces in Haiti

– Dispatched the US Navy floating hospital (USNS Comfort) and, within 5 days, 9 naval and relief ships, 5 Coast Guard cutters, 8 Coast Guard aircraft, and 12,000 US military personnel

– Initial dispatch of several ships and cargo planes full of humanitarian aid and supplies, 6 search/rescue teams (500 personnel), and 265 Department of Health & Human Services personnel for emergency medical and aid support

– Established a mobile US air traffic control center at the destroyed airport in Port-au-Prince

• After the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a freeze was placed on new deep water projects (2010)

• Executive Order to establish new security measures to minimize accidental release of bio and chemical agents; new strategies for public health and bioterrorism response (2010)

• Established a national commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon spill to examine facts and report a plan of action; new efforts to prevent offshore spills (2010)

• After a slow start in responding to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the White House is promoting a long-term plan to reconstruct the damaged Gulf and negotiated with BP the establishment of a multi-billion dollar trust fund for victims of the spill (2010)

• Extended national flood insurance program for those in need during current economic crisis (2010)

OTHER INITIATIVES

• New federal funding for science and research labs (2009)

• Signed national service legislation; expanded national youth service program (2009)

• Increasing opportunities in AmeriCorps program (2009)

• Instituted a new focus on mortgage fraud (2009)

• Ordered the DEA to stop raids on medical marijuana usage (2009)

• Ordered a review of existing “mandatory minimum” prison sentencing (2009)

• Signed an order to limit airport tarmac delays and the time passengers had to sit in the plane/on the tarmac during delays (2009)

• Restored the EPA to “Cabinet level” status (2009) * Note: Bush removed the EPA from this status

• Beginning discussions with Congress for comprehensive immigration reform (2010)

* Note: Much of Obama’s immigration reform had been stalled by opposition in Congress

• Commissioned expert panels and reports from NASA; announced a new direction for human space flight that involves funding a new heavy lift-launcher and jettisoning the Ares 1 program; boosting NASA’s budget by $1 billion in 2011 (2010)

• Ordered a ban on text-messaging for all commercial truck and bus drivers (2010)

• Signed bill – FAA Air Transportaiton Modernizatin and Safety Improvement Act (2010)

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