Thomas Kent, Six Other Youths, Arrested & Cops Injured in 100-Person Street Fight in Northwest Chicago

Thomas Kent, six other youths ranging from teens to early twenties, arrested in 100-person street fight in Northwest Side, Chicago. Cops injured in melee.

According to the Chicago Sun Times, police have arrested seven people and several police officers were injured during an early Saturday morning street fight that involved more than 100 people on the Northwest Side of Chicago. Thomas Kent, 18, was charged with felony aggravated battery to police, one misdemeanor count of reckless conduct and three counts of resisting/obstructing a peace officer. Yeah, I can hear his mother now, “Thomas is a good boy, who wouldn’t harm a fly!” Six other youths, including a female, ranging from teens to early twenties were also arrested.

Police responded to the large disturbance near the 5600 block of West Grand Avenue around 1:45 a.m., and several officers sustained “non-life threatening injuries” while trying to break up the fight, police News Affairs Sgt. Antoinette Ursitti said.

Several of the suspects refused orders to quit fighting and verbally and physically assaulted officers responding to the disturbance, Ursitti said. Police also used tasers and pepper spray to quiet the disturbance, she said.

George Jernigan, 20, of the 1800 block of N. McVicker Ave., was charged with reckless conduct, three counts of resisting/obstructing, and battery. Jeremy Reed, 18, of the 5700 block of W. Ohio St., was charged with reckless conduct and two counts of resisting/obstructing a peace officer. Aramie Kent, 20, of the 2100 block of S. 11th Place, was charged with reckless conduct and two counts of resisting/obstructing a peace officer. Keisha Lemon, 21, of the 700 block of N. Menard Ave., was charged with reckless conduct. Orlando Edwards, 21, of the 5700 block of W. Ohio St., was charged with reckless conduct, battery, and two counts of resisting/obstructing a peace officer. Dishai Reed, 20, of west suburban Bellwood was charged with reckless conduct. Source: Chicago Sun Times

This is shameful and is disgraceful how little regard some of our young people have for law enforcement. Absolutely shameful.

Photo credit:  Thomas Kent, Chicago Sun Times

Terri Chilton, 41, Accused of Drugging One-Year Old Granddaughter With Blood Thinner

Terri Chilton, 41, Jefferson City, MO, grandmother charged for drugging one-year old granddaughter with blood thinner.

Terri Chilton, 41, a Jefferson City, Mo., grandmother, has been arrested and charged with first degree endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly feeding a blood thinner to a one-year old girl. According to the News Tribune, Chilton, who resides on 720 Route T, committed the crime on January 12.

Chilton reportedly engaged in a series of attempted deceptions, between Dec. 28, 2009, to January 12, to make the parents believe the baby had ingested a rodent poison, with the active ingredient being a blood thinner. This reportedly caused the child to bleed uncontrollably from her mouth, nose and two minor scratches. She survived, but it’s not yet known if there was long-term organ damage.

She claimed she did this in the hopes of having the child’s parents, who are in the process of getting a divorce, to reconcile due to the child being ill.

Did Former President George W. Bush’s Grandfather, Prescott Bush, Help Adolf Hitler’s Rise to Power?

Did former President George W. Bush’s grandfather, Prescott Bush, help Adolf Hitler rise to power? Well, an article in the U.K. Guardian seems to make that claim. Here’s an excerpt from the article, entitled “How Bush’s Grandfather helped Hitler’s Rise to Power.”

George Bush’s grandfather, the late US senator Prescott Bush, was a director and shareholder of companies that profited from their involvement with the financial backers of Nazi Germany. The Guardian has obtained confirmation from newly discovered files in the US National Archives that a firm of which Prescott Bush was a director was involved with the financial architects of Nazism.

His business dealings, which continued until his company’s assets were seized in 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act, has led more than 60 years later to a civil action for damages being brought in Germany against the Bush family by two former slave laborers at Auschwitz and to a hum of pre-election controversy. The evidence has also prompted one former US Nazi war crimes prosecutor to argue that the late senator’s action should have been grounds for prosecution for giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

The debate over Prescott Bush’s behavior has been bubbling under the surface for some time. There has been a steady internet chatter about the “Bush/Nazi” connection, much of it inaccurate and unfair. But the new documents, many of which were only declassified last year, show that even after America had entered the war and when there was already significant information about the Nazis’ plans and policies, he worked for and profited from companies closely involved with the very German businesses that financed Hitler’s rise to power. It has also been suggested that the money he made from these dealings helped to establish the Bush family fortune and set up its political dynasty.

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SHOCK: Puerto Rico Launches Investigation After Photos of Aid Mission Doctors Drinking, Brandishing Firearms Cause Uproar

SHOCK: Photos surface of Puerto Rican aid mission doctors drinking, mugging for the cameras and brandishing firearms amid suffering Haitians, causes uproar.

Puerto Rican aid mission doctors brandishing firearms (Facebook/CNN)

Puerto Rico, which is a self-governing commonwealth of the United States, has launched an investigation into a group of its doctors in Haiti who posed for pictures with guns and earthquake victims, according to BBC News.

Health Secretary Lorenzo Gonzalez said ethical guidelines prohibited taking pictures of patients or operations other than for medical purposes. Some photos showed the medics with guns, smiling and drinking during what appeared to be an operation. The pictures were posted on Facebook, but were later removed from the site. Other photographs showed a doctor holding a saw next to a victim’s leg.

‘Unfortunate events’

“My main concern is the transmission of a pictures of a patient not knowing whether there was an attempt for informed consent,” Mr Gonzalez was quoted as saying by the Associated Press. The Puerto Rico Association of Physicians and Surgeons said in a statement that some Puerto Rican doctors “displayed behaviour… that did not meet the highest standards of the medical profession”.

“We wish to respectfully ask forgiveness… for the unfortunate events described and widely disseminated, which we are sure added pain and sadness to the enormous suffering,” the statement added. It said that more than 60 doctors had been sent to Haiti to treat the victims of the devastating earthquake on 12 January. However, the association did not say how many doctors had appeared in the photos. Source: BBC News

This is a major embarrassment in Puerto Rico and the doctors’ behavior can be considered as reprehensible. The ethics committee is investigating whether the doctors involved should be disciplined. Er, yes they should! Some of the pictures were reportedly taken in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic after the group had operated on 70 patients who were in critical condition.

SHOCK: Bellport School Bus Driver Fired After He Used Duct Tape to Quiet Unruly Student

SHOCK:  A Bellport school bus driver has been fired for using duct tape to quiet an unruly and loud student.

The incident occurred two weeks ago on a bus serving Frank P. Long Intermediate School in Bellport, NY. The names of the driver and student have not been released.

The school district terminated the driver last Friday. Board of Education President Gregory Miglino Jr. said, in a media interview, that the driver was not being malicious. He just used poor judgment.

Is it Time to End Black History Month? Has It Lost Its Relevance?

Has Black History Month ran its course? Some claim it is outdated because President Barack Obama was elected as the first black president of the United States.

Is it time to end Black History Month? As you know, February is Black History Month and the debate still rages on whether it’s time to end the celebration and incorporate it into a year-round education. Claims that Black History Month is outdated has gained new potency since Barack Obama ascended the presidency, which many feel signals a new chapter in the racial journey of America. Some people believe ending “paternalistic” observances such as Black History Month would lead not only to a reduction in racism, but would encourage whites and other ethnic backgrounds to embrace our differences, enjoy our traditions, without feeling that sense of guilt that inhibits frank and open dialogue, as well as acceptance across different cultures. The reality is that Black History Month, and Hispanic Month for that matter, feels to some like it’s only for blacks and Latinos, therefore fail to educate the masses of non-blacks. I can honestly say I haven’t paid attention to Hispanic Month activities and history any more than I have in the past. The history of blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, etc., should be year-round.

So, what is the history behind Black History Month? Black historian Carter G. Woodson founded Negro History Week in 1926 (there goes that politically incorrect “negro” word again!), seeking to build self-worth in an oppressed people, to preserve a marginalized subject and to prove to a nation mired in racism, that children of African descent played an integral role in modern civilization. Woodson, only the second African-American to receive a Ph.D. from Harvard (W.E.B. Du Bois being the first), chose February because it was the month Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass celebrated their birthdays. Woodson’s organization, now called the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), expanded the observance to a full month in 1976. Black History Month has now become a fixture in American education and culture, not to mention the commercial aspect. President Barack Obama released an official proclamation on February 2, 2009, in which he lauded “National African American History Month” and called upon “public officials, educators, librarians and all the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities and programs that raise awareness and appreciation of African American history.”

The reality is that racial attitudes can vary greatly from person to person and from place to place, therefore, the feelings on whether Black History Month has run its course will differ vastly. We are tottering on the brink of a post-racial America, but that is still afar way off. My position is that black history should not be relegated to one month and then swept under a rug until the next year. It is American history. Which month is White History month? All hell would break loose if we had one. The reality is that the divisions between white and blacks are not as cavernous or horrific as they were once were. The contributions of famous black Americans, such as Frederick Douglass, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Elijah McCoy, among others, are well known. We have a black president, for whom millions of whites voted. We should strive to move away from the over-reliance on stereotypes and explore the complex racialized issues that continue to dog us.

Woodson’s reasons for creating Black History Month, to rebut the inaccurate, hateful and insulting stereotyping of blacks that have been passed off as knowledge about blacks — such as canards that blacks are not as intelligent as other races, more prone to criminal behavior, love dancing, love fried chicken and so on — are still with us to this very day and many people still hold true to those beliefs. That’s after nearly one hundred years and a strong civil rights movement. If we are going to have a Black History Month, it should be measured against how accurately it tells our story and serve as a stark reminder of the work yet to be done. While I can fully understand the need to do away with Black History Month that is often portrayed as a catalog of our complaints, rather than as a reminder of our place in American history, it should be embraced. “Absent, too, would be the need for that tragic knowledge which we try ceaselessly to evade: that the true subject of democracy is not simply material well-being but the extension of the democratic process in the direction of perfecting itself,” as Ralph Ellison writes in “What America Would Be Like Without Blacks.”

We need to be included, not assimilated in American history. When Black History Month returns to that mindset, toward that noble, heartfelt and patriotic goal Carter Woodson intended, then it will no longer be as irrelevant as it is fast becoming today. The wounds of Jim Crow, slavery, overt racism, lynchings and denigration will never heal if we keep picking at the scars. American history has to acknowledge the contributions of blacks and other ethnic backgrounds in a truthful manner and not deliberately excluding the contributions we have made, starting in our classrooms. Only then will we have truly outgrown the need to have Black History month each year.

SHOCK: TSA Launches Probe of Orlando Air Marshal Field Office After Derogatory "Jeopardy" Board Discovered

Transportation Security Administration launches probe of Orlando air marshal field office over derogatory “Jeopardy” board discovered.

SHOCK: According to CNN, the Transportation Security Administration has launched an internal probe into an air marshal field office in Orlando, Florida, where supervisors allegedly used a crew assignment board to poke fun and keep score on women, gays and minorities. The board, which resembled TV game show “Jeopardy,” reportedly included categories such as “pickle smokers,” “our gang,” and “creatures,” names used by managers for gay men, blacks and lesbians, according to CNN.

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Laura Sillsby, Nine Other Americans Arrested Taking 33 Children Out of Haiti, Had No Documents to Prove Clearance for Adoption (REUTERS)

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haitian police have arrested 10 U.S. citizens caught trying to take 33 children out of the earthquake-stricken country in a suspected illicit adoption scheme, authorities said on Saturday.

The five men and five women were in custody in the capital, Port-au-Prince after their arrests on Friday night. There are fears that traffickers could try to exploit the chaos and turmoil following Haiti’s January 12 earthquake quake to engage in illegal adoptions. One of the suspects, who says she is leader of an Idaho-based charity called New Life Children’s Refuge, denied they had done anything wrong. The suspects were detained at Malpasse, Haiti’s main border crossing with the Dominican Republic, after Haitian police conducted a routine search of their vehicle.

Authorities said the Americans had no documents to prove they had cleared the adoption of the 33 children — aged 2 months to 12 years — through any embassy and no papers showing they were made orphans by the quake in the impoverished Caribbean country. “This is totally illegal,” said Yves Cristalin, Haiti’s social affairs minister. “No children can leave Haiti without proper authorization and these people did not have that authorization.”  But Laura Sillsby from the Idaho group told Reuters from a jail cell at Haiti’s Judicial Police headquarters, “We had permission from the Dominican Republic government to bring the children to an orphanage that we have there.”


Reggie Bush, New Orleans Saint Running-Back, Graces Cover of Essence Magazine, Irks Some Black Women

Reggie Bush graces cover of February issue of Essence Magazine. Irks some black women, including Philadelphia Daily News Columnist Jenice Armstrong because he is in a relationship with a white woman, Kim Kardashian.

New Orleans Saint running back Reggie Bush will be on the cover of Essence Magazine’s February issue and that has rankled some readers. Why? Well, a high-profiled black athlete is in a relationship with a white woman — Kim Kardashian — and many feel that he does not embody what Essence Magazine is all about. According to Philadelphia Daily News columnist Jenice Armstrong, there is a big problem with the picture because that particular issue was “supposed to be all about black men, love and relationships.” She also stated that Kim Kardashian’s claim to fame, besides her reality-TV show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” is a pornographic sex tape with former boyfriend Ray J, who is the brother of singer Brandy. Personally, I could care less if Reggie Bush is in a relationship with a white woman, let alone Kim Kardashian, who has no talent,  no real job and couldn’t hold a conversation about current affairs with anyone. Is this the best Jenice Armstrong could do? Aren’t there more important things to focus on than Reggie Bush being on the cover of an issue of Essence Magazine?

The reality is that interracial relationships have unnerved some segments of our society for years and this will not end with this issue of the magazine. She claims that Bush, who looks smoking-hot with his wide-open shirt exposing his impeccable abs, probably thought he was increasing his brand and possibly name recognition among black women, who are the primary target market of Esssence Magazine, but it backfired. That’s how Ms. Armstrong sees it at least. Really? Let’s be bluntly honest, Reggie Bush is certainly not the first black man to date a white woman and he certainly won’t be the last. I scarcely think Bush’s decision to pose has hurt or improved his brand. I guess the real question for me is what brand?

I wonder how many black women wrote to Ms. Armstrong in support of her position. We are all aware of the fact that there is an age-old debate in the black community that frowns upon the relationships of high-profile black men and their preference for dating or marrying white or light-skinned women. Sydney Poitier, James Earl Jones, Ahmad Rashad, Bryant Gumbel, Taye Diggs, Charles Barkley, Seal, Ice-T and the most famous one, Tiger Woods, come to mind. I have been married to a black man for over 14 years and prior to my relationship with him,which started two years before we wed, I dated outside my race. That wasn’t because I felt another race was better. I just clicked with this person because we had a lot in common. When my husband came along, I saw him as a man and not as a black man. So, in my view, it’s not all about race. It’s about what each person brings to the relationship and what they put into said relationship.

Instead of focusing on Reggie Bush dating Kim Kardashian, why not look at the abysmal marriage rates of single blacks in this country. A recent study, aired on ABC’s Nightline show in December, found that 42% of black women have never been married. That is double the number of white women who have never married. Lost in that revelation was the fact that a 2000 Census found that 41% of black men have never been married. Still one has to look at the reasons why each group’s percentages are so high. For what it is worth, eligible black men,who are not incarcerated, unemployed or high school dropouts have more choices and will date outside their race, while black women generally do not. Maybe it’s time for sisters to start looking beyond the color of their skin and just look for love, which in its true sense, knows no color. Halle Berry and Alfre Woodard are two black women who are in relationships with white men and they seem to be rather happy. Come on Ms. Armstrong, start a debate about something that really matters in the black community, how we can uplift our race instead of tearing it down.

I found some of the comments left in response to Ms. Armstrong’s column interesting. Here’s a sampling:

when does the magazine lifting up white woman come out? what an outrage there would be if white people were coming out saying they are angry that white people are not dating their own kind. essence mag is racist by definition.

So let me get this straight. If the Clarence Thomas’ & Seals were with black women that would make black women more desirable to high profile black men or black men period? Hmmm, The President of The United States of America is married to a black woman. Doesn’t get more high-profile than that. Men don’t want insecure women. A woman needs to be strong and a lot of black women seem to mistake that strength with attitude. Not all, so don’t go jumping down my throat wit ya attitude. Honestly, this is racism. Seriously it is. Why should who Reggie Bush, Seal, Clarence Thomas or whatever brother that decides to date or marry a woman of another color than them have any kind of effect on women who have no shot in the world with these rich dudes anyway? Don’t you think that insecurity would push more brothers away? Maybe, right? Sisters need to worry about their own life and not some rich athletes dating preference because it has absolutely nothing to do with them. Nobody is stressing them to marry within their race. Is it that high-profile brothers marry outside the black race or brothers period that offends them? If it’s the high-profile brothers and not brothers period then in essence (no pun intended) you’re painting yourself as a gold-digger. Regular brothers don’t like gold-diggers let alone high-profile ones. Please. If Reggie Bush was dating Regina King the cover would be all good & tasteful. But since he’s with an Armanian woman it’s a slap in the face. Another classic example as crazy being acceptable & down-right commendable. That’s why y’all don’t get married. My mom & my sister are married and many sisters are. But you know what I mean Ms. 42% instead of Mrs. 22%.

People who admire Reggie Bush should be bent out of shape because Kim Kardashian is an idiot, not merely white.

I can’t presume to speak for the Reggie Bush’s of the world, but IMO, opinions like the ones in this article do a disservice to all of us. Just because they date or marry outside of their own race, they’re not good representations of “Black love”. They’re still black men, right?? And they’re in serious, committed relationships, right? And frankly, if white women were voicing opinions like this, we would be screaming “racism” from every message board on the internet. To those complaining ladies: instead of blaming “ACBB” – and for the record, that’s a sad and embarrassing acronym to have in 2010 – for your problems with “black love”, why don’t you start looking at and taking responsibility for the criteria you use for choose mates (read: stop picking the same losers over and over again), look at whether we’re raising our young men to become “marrying men” and open your mind to consider that dark skin is not going to guarantee you a good mate. Sorry angry ladies, but this isn’t Reggie Bush’s issue- it’s yours.

To quote Gladys Knight “Our misunderstandings are too well understood.” We are not a monolithic people, and we must be accountable to our contradictions. For years (years) Essence along with Ebony have profiled narratives about women of African descent seeking white men due to the so-called African male shortage. They have had Halle Beery spread from cover to cover, celebrating the fact that she not only settled on a White male to father her offspring, but a younger white male at that. Sisters, you can’t have it both ways, either we’re all going to accept each others selection in the affairs of the heart and be adult about it, or leave the entire issue alone. It is as if certain African women expect to have the choice to choose whomever they like to be with based on the so-called shortage, but don’t want men of African descent to have the same option. grow up.

Pastor Joe Colquitt Slapped with Order of Protection After he Pulls Gun on his Son at Church

Joe Colquitt, pastor of St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Alcoa, Tenn., slapped with order of protection after he pulls gun on his son Michael Colquitt during heated argument about church attendance.

Alcoa, Tenn., pastor, Joe Colquitt, was slapped with an order of protection by a member of his congregation — his son, Michael Louis Colquitt. The younger Colquitt, 32, claimed his father threatened him with a gun during an argument over his lack of church attendance. According to the Daily Times, Michael Colquitt told officers that his father, pastor of St. John Missionary Baptist Church, called him to the church “so they could talk.” Pastor Colquitt reportedly expressed his displeasure his son was not attending church like he should and the argument escalated to the point where he pulled out a handgun. A hearing is set in Blount County General Sessions Court for Feb. 4.

“(Michael) Colquitt stated (Joe) Colquitt pulled out a handgun and stated he would kill him, his wife and family,” the report said. “(Michael) Colquitt stated (his father) was upset because he cussed him.”

In the order of protection filed by Michael Colquitt — which was served to Joe Colquitt Tuesday — the allegations made by the younger man go one step further, as he claims his father “pulled out a gun and loaded it … he pointed it at me numerous times … he also punched me in my face.”

When officers contacted Joe Colquitt, he reportedly admitted that he did pull out a handgun during the argument, but said he pointed it at the ceiling, not his son. The pastor denied threatening his son’s wife and family, but said he told the 32-year-old that “because he cussed his father, God could kill his wife and family.” Source: The Daily Times

Wait, there’s more. The Daily Times states that Joe Colquitt does not currently have a permit to carry a handgun. At least that is what they state the Tennessee Department of Safety has disclosed. That’s a whole other can of worms. The Hinterland Gazette has called the church to get some comments on the situation, but our call was unanswered.

The order of protection, which was filed Monday, prohibits Pastor Colquitt from contacting his son or his family, and seeks to have a judge order the minister to “attend available counseling programs that address violence and control issues or substance abuse problems,” as well as prohibit him from owning, possessing, transporting or using a firearm or ammunition, according to The Daily Times. The last thing this “hot-head” Bible toter need is a gun in his possession. I hope the church board will sanction Pastor Colquitt instead of giving him a slap on the wrist and forgetting the whole matter. It would seem that he is the last person anyone in his congregation should go to for religious counsel.