NY Times Poll Finds Majority of New Yorkers Say NYPD Officers Favor Whites Over Blacks and Latinos

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NY Times Poll Finds Majority of New Yorkers Say NYPD Officers Favor Whites Over Black People(Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

A recent New York Times poll finds most New Yorkers say NYPD officers favor whites over blacks and Latinos, with 80 percent of blacks  and 48 percent of whites holding that view. This is a throwback to 2001 during “America’s Mayor” Rudy Giuliani’s administration.

New York Times:  The poll found that a majority of black New Yorkers said the stop-and-frisk tactic had led to the harassment of innocent people, while most white city residents viewed the practice as an acceptable way to improve urban safety.

Among all New Yorkers, 48 percent said stop-and-frisk was “acceptable to make New York City safer,” while almost as many — 45 percent — deemed the tactic “excessive.” Most of those surveyed rejected Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s chief rationale for the practice, saying they did not think that stopping and frisking suspicious people had lowered the crime rate or reduced the use of illegal guns.

“Stop-and-frisk would be a good idea if they did it right,” Jose Aponte, 64, a retired doorman who lives in the Bronx, said in a follow-up interview after the poll. “But it’s not decreasing crime or guns. There are more shootings every day.”

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First Photo Released of Forest Whitaker as ‘The Butler’ Eugene Allen Who Served Eight U.S. Presidents in White House

Forest Whitaker as Eugene Allen in The Butler, Lee Daniels directs

First Photo of Forest Whitaker as ‘The Butler’ Eugene Allen Who Served Eight U.S. Presidents (Photo credit: Variety)

From Shadow and Act:   THE first OFFICIAL still photo from Lee Daniels’ The Butler, featuring it’s star Forest Whitaker, in a film based on the story of Eugene Allen, the White House butler who served many presidents, over several decades.

Oprah WinfreyDavid Oyelowo, John CusackAlan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Melissa LeoLiev SchreiberJesse WilliamsMariah CareyYaya DaCosta, and many more co-star in the film.

Its soundtrack will be composed by the legendary Quincy Jones.

Laura Ziskin Production, The Butler is being produced by Pamela Oas Williams, the late Laura Ziskin, Lee Daniels, and Cassian Elwes; executive produced by Hilary Shor and Adam Merims; and co-produced by David Jacobson.

The independently-financed film is bankrolled by Follow Through ProductionsWindy Hill PicturesSalamander MediaSalloway Rubenstein Productions/Crystal City EntertainmentEarl W. StaffordStarstream FilmsYogi Entertainment, and Inner Media Capital.

REPORT: Rep. Todd Akin Advisers Make Preparations For Withdrawal Tomorrow

Talking Points Memo:  “Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin’s advisers are making preparations to withdraw from the race Tuesday, GOP operative Richard Grenell and RedState.com editor Erick Erickson report. Grenell cited “GOP sources” in his tweet announcing the withdrawal, which has yet to be confirmed by Akin. Akin has been under fire since saying women have biological defenses to fend off pregnancy after a “legitimate rape.”

Social Conservatives, Including FRC Head Tony Perkins, Defending Rep. Todd Akin’s ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment

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Social Conservatives, Including FRC Head Tony Perkins, Defending Rep. Todd Akin’s ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Social conservatives are coming out to defend Rep. Todd Akin over his despicable ‘legitimate rape’ comments, including Tony Perkins, head of Family Research Council, that was the target of a shooting by Floyd Corkins II. Nice try dragging comedienne Whoopi Goldberg into this dogfight. I didn’t realize she was running for elected office or even the presidency. Here’s the list of hypocrites supporting Todd Akin:

1. Erick Erickson. The RedState honcho and CNN contributor excused Akin’s scientifically illiterate remarks as simply “inarticulate” and then accused President Obama of being pro-infanticide, saying: “the people horrid by Todd Akin’s remarks are, I’m sure, thrilled to have a President who defended infanticide. I’ll take Todd Akin’s inarticulate remarks over an infanticide supporter any day of the week.” Somewhat ironically, Erickson is now claiming that Akin will withdraw from the race.

2. Tony Perkins. The head of the Family Research Council said “we support [Akin] fully and completely” and that “I think that Todd Akin is getting a really bad break here.”

3. Chris and Dana Loesch. The conservative commentary power couple both lept to Akin’s defense. Chris claimed that “what [Akin] said was medically correct” while Dana wrote that Akin’s comments were less bad than his opponent Claire McCaskill’s record by “any real standard of measurement.”

4. Bryan Fischer. The American Family Association’s “director of issue analysis”straight-up defended Akin’s position, tweeting “Todd Akin is right: physical trauma of forcible rape can interfere w/ hormonal production, conception.”

5. Marjorie Dannenfelser. The head of the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony listsaid that “We are proud to support Congressman Akin,” but later backtracked, amending her statement to “Congressman Akin has been an excellent partner in the fight for the unborn.”

6. Glenn Reynolds. The popular pundit and law professor simply wrote “BY THE TIME I NOTICED THIS STORY, IT WAS OVER, but Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” remarks pale in comparison with Whoopi Goldberg’s.” Source:  Think Progress

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has issued a statement on Todd Akin’s claim that women who are raped have ‘mechanisms’ to terminate “legitimate rape” sperm: ACOG – Statement on Rape and Pregnancy:

Washington, DC — Recent remarks by a member of the US House of Representatives suggesting that “women who are victims of ‘legitimate rape’ rarely get pregnant” are medically inaccurate, offensive, and dangerous.

Each year in the US, 10,000–15,000 abortions occur among women whose pregnancies are a result of reported rape or incest. An unknown number of pregnancies resulting from rape are carried to term. There is absolutely no veracity to the claim that “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down.” A woman who is raped has no control over ovulation, fertilization, or implantation of a fertilized egg (ie, pregnancy). To suggest otherwise contradicts basic biological truths.

Any person forced to submit to sexual intercourse against his or her will is the victim of rape, a heinous crime. There are no varying degrees of rape. To suggest otherwise is inaccurate and insulting and minimizes the serious physical and psychological repercussions for all victims of rape.

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Comedian Phyllis Diller Dies at 95

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Comedian Phyllis Diller Dies at 95 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

NEWSFLASH:  Comedian Phyllis Diller dies at 95. TMZ reports Phyllis Diller died at her Los Angeles home, surrounded by family. She had reportedly fallen recently, hurting her hip and wrist, but reps tell TMZ that had nothing to do with her death. Rest in peace Phyllis!

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President Obama: Rape is Rape, Denounces Rep. Todd Akin ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment as Offensive

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President Obama: Rape is Rape, Denounces Rep. Todd Akin ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment as Offensive(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

President Obama gave his two cents on Paul Ryan’s buddy and right-to-life bill co-sponsor, Rep. Todd Akin’s comments that ‘legitimate rape rarely leads to pregnancy,’ calling the remarks ‘offensive.’

Politico: “The views expressed were offensive. Rape is rape,” Obama said in a surprise appearance at the White House briefing.

“And the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we’re talking about doesn’t make sense to the American people. And certainly doesn’t make sense to me,” Obama said.

“What I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making decisions on behalf of women,” Obama said.

Of course, Paul Ryan has been silent and Todd Akin is digging in, claiming there will be no stronger advocate for women’s rights than he and that he hasn’t yet begun to fight. Yeah, the same strong advocate for civil and voting rights.  Just like no means no. Rape is rape. Todd Akin has become too toxic for any party at this juncture. He just handed Sen. Claire McCaskill a gift — reelection.

Etch-A-Sketch: Mitt Romney Said in 2007 He Would Be “Delighted” To Sign A Bill Banning All Abortions Nationally

Surprise, surprise:  GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney seems to have evolved from his 2007 statement that all abortions should be illegal. This latest flip-flop comes after the campaign released a statement denouncing Paul Ryan’s buddy and right-to-life bill co-sponsor, Rep. Todd Akin, who said ‘legitimate rapes’ don’t  lead to pregnancy.

But a 2007 statement by Romney at a debate might muddy Romney’s statement, in which Romney said he would be “delighted” to sign a bill banning all abortions, saying it would be “terrific.” Update Mitt Romney’s 2007 “on the issues” page notes he supports exceptions in cases of rape and incest, but also notes that abortion should be a state issue. Source

We are sure Mitt Romney, like his “evolution” on other issues, will find a reason for his current position. In case he has forgotten, his comments are on the record for his listening pleasure.

Kids Bafana Kekana, Hosea Richard Kekana and Johana Kekana Found Stoned to Death in South Africa

SHOCK:  Three South African children, Bafana Kekana, Hosea Richard Kekana and Johana Kekana, ages 9, 10 and 12, respectively, were found tied up and stoned to death in northeastern town, Naboomspruit. The children were reported missing Thursday after they didn’t return to the Montadi Youth Care Center where they had been living, according to the South African Police Service.

The bodies were found on Saturday, still clad in their school uniforms, with their hands and feet bound by shoelaces. According to media reports, Johana Kekana had been raped. The South African Police Service said bloody stones were found near the bodies.

 

Augusta National, Home of the Masters, Accepts First Two Women, Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore, as 1st Female Members

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Augusta National, Home of the Masters, Accepts First Two Women, Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore, as 1st Female Members (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

HISTORIC:  Augusta National admits its first two women,  former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore,  a South Carolina financier, when the club opens its new season on October.

The club, which is the home of the Mastes, has been criticized in the past for its all-male membership. The Augusta National invited both Rice and Moore to apply and they accepted.

“These accomplished women share our passion for the game of golf and both are well known and respected by our membership,” Payne said in a statement. “It will be a proud moment when we present Condoleezza and Darla their green jackets when the club opens this fall. This is a significant and positive time in our club’s history and, on behalf of our membership, I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome them and all of our new members into the Augusta National family.” Source

Condoleezza Rice  makes history once again. Congrats to Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore for breaking a decades old tradition.

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First Feature Film Shot in Equatorial Guinea ‘Where The Road Runs Out’ Stars Isaach De Bankolé

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First Feature Film Shot in Equatorial Guinea ‘Where The Road Runs Out’ Stars Isaach De Bankolé (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Great news:  A first for Equatorial Guinea as Isaach De Bankolé headlines Where The Road Runs Out, along with Juilet Landau and Stelio Savante, which was shot in the central African country, as well as in  South Africa and the Netherlands, IndieWire reports:

The film was written by David Hughes, and is being directed by Rudolf Buitendach, and produced by the Dutch production company Firenze Films.

What’s it about again?

A Rotterdam based respected scientist and lecturer (Isaach De Bankole) has grown weary of the world of academia. The sudden death of an old friend who has been running a field research station in Africa gives him the incentive he needs to turn his back on his academia and return to his African roots. Arriving in Equatorial Guinea he finds the field station in a state of disrepair. Through a local boy Jimi, his jaded eyes are opened to the possibilities of life in this rich and colorful place. Jimi also introduces him to Corina (Juliet Landau) who runs the local orphanage and a tentative but heartfelt romance begins. With the unexpected arrival of George’s old friend Martin (Stelio Savante), George discovers there are many obstacles on the road to redemption…and many more where the road runs out.

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