Apr 252012
 

Posted by Terri Brewer, Producer, “Faces of the Storm” (WVUA-TV)

“Faces of the Storm” is a one-hour documentary, portraying the historic April 27, 2011, tornado outbreak, through people-centered visual storytelling. The people who are the actual “faces” in “Faces of the Storm” share their stories in an intimate fashion, with no narrator. “Faces of the Storm” brings viewers never-before-seen video and audio, including police radio traffic, hospital security video and images shot immediately before and after the tornado. The script was intricately crafted, building layers and weaving elements of surprise throughout the documentary. Viewers follow the characters on a journey, through video collected over a number of months.

I am watching this for the third time right now on WVUA…

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Apr 252012
 

WHO gives a hoot? Why does he think this is bad? Why did the NBA go so soft IMO.

The NBA has made their decision, and Metta World Peace will be suspended for seven games. This will have a major impact on the Los Angeles Lakers as they enter the playoffs, since Metta represents one of their key veteran defenders.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) decked Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden with an elbow and was ejected with a Flagrant Foul 2:

~ I am incensed at Artest. He has had anger management issues that follows him form team to team. He changed the class of my Chicago Bulls. The reason I am mad are his tweets do not reflect the ‘Truth’. Here is a close-up. How on earth with his reputation and this close up, say it was ‘the heat of the moment’, an accident?!

Metta WorldPeace ‏ @MettaWorldPeace

I just watched the replay again….. Oooo.. My celebration of the dunk really was too much… Didn’t even see James ….. Omg… Looks bad

~ Ya think? BS!

Metta WorldPeace ‏ @MettaWorldPeace

Hope James Hardin is ok… I remember when I hit by Marc Gasol the same way.. I was spitting up blood and a headache during the game…

~ Oh PLEASE SPARE Me!

Yes, Ron Artest. Because no guy with the last name World Peace could ever throw such a cheapshot elbow like this: Twitter reacted… World Peace defended himself… World Peace must have had a very serious conversation with Ron Artest in the locker room after the incident. P.S. In all seriousness, Artest must be even crazier than we all suspect if he thinks we’re going to believe that this… …was an accident.

See Tweets

I also don’t care for this misinterpretation of what happened: As he began bounding back up the court after that dunk, Peace pounded his chest emphatically with his right fist. James Harden of the Thunder, meanwhile, was just getting back toward the basket and bumped into Peace. Although he didn’t appear to be looking at Harden, Peace managed to land a swinging elbow to his head, dropping the Thunder star. Seemingly unaware — or, even worse, unconcerned — of the shot, Peace continued beating his chest as he moved toward his defensive end.

One last time with a different perspective:

Oklahoma Thunder guard James Harden writhes in pain after taking an elbow from Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta WorldPeace, an act that — combined with several NHL playoff suspensions — has many asking: Should pro-sports violence be immune from criminal prosecution?

This type of behavior is why I was no longer a B-Ball fan. It began with Rodman and JUST got worse:

Look he had no choice to change his name being he is a thug with a criminal record. Ron Artest was arrested in March 2007 and charged with domestic violence after police responded to a 911 from his wife. The following Official Record of Ron Artest is being redistributed by Mugshots.com under the Freedom of Information Act. This Official Record was collected from a Law Enforcement agency on 5/25/2011. Mugshots.com ID: 1351456.

You beat a woman, you have no problem beating down a fellow player. March 6, 2007: SACRAMENTO, Calif. ~ Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest was arrested Monday and excused indefinitely from the team after a woman said he shoved her to the floor inside his home and prevented her from calling 911. His reputation is proof IMO that he deliberately attacked James Harden and should be arrested NOT JUST suspended with a fine.

“Law enforcement generally defers to the league and believes the leagues can handle these incidents internally through fines and suspensions.”

- Gabriel Feldman, Tulane University’s Sports Law Program

Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace is no more likely to face criminal charges for a vicious elbow to an opponent’s head than the throng of NHL players who have dished out a spate of concussions in the ongoing league playoffs, legal experts told FoxNews.com.

Eleanor Odom, senior assistant district attorney in Cobb County, Ga., told FoxNews.com that any successful prosecution against World Peace would likely begin with a complaint from Harden. Even then, proving criminal intent on the part of World Peace would be a big hurdle for prosecutors, given that it happened on the hardwood and not on the street.

Robert Tuchman, a sports business expert and president of Skylight Entertainment, told FoxNews.com he expects World Peace to be suspended up to 15 games.

“Given Artest’s past and the blatant display of violence he perpetrated in this incident, I believe the NBA is going to step in and give him a much more significant suspension than if it was someone else who committed the foul,” Tuchman wrote in an email.

Highlights of Artest and his antics:

On the Bulls…

* Artest admitted that he had led a “wild” lifestyle as a young player, and that he drank Hennessy cognac in the locker room at halftime when he was playing for the Chicago Bulls

* During his rookie season in Chicago, he was criticized for applying for a job at Circuit City in order to get an employee discount.

* He once attended a practice with the Indiana Pacers in a bath robe.

* Artest was suspended for three games in 2003 for destroying a TV camera at Madison Square Garden, and for four games the same year for a confrontation with Miami Heat coach Pat Riley.

As a Pacer:

* He was also suspended for two games in the early 2004–05 season by Pacers coach Rick Carlisle after he allegedly asked for a month off because he was tired from promoting an R&B album for the group Allure on his production label.

* Any B-Ball fan will remember “Malice At The Palace”.

According to a Pistons official present at the November 19, 2004 game, Artest made a crude five-word suggestion to Wallace in the midst of a scrum at the game’s conclusion. The fracas quickly got out of control when a Detroit fan threw a drink at Artest, who responded by jumping into the crowd with his fists flying

On November 21, the NBA suspended Artest for the rest of the regular season, plus any playoff games. All told, Artest missed 86 games (73 regular season games plus 13 playoff games), the longest suspension for an on-court incident in NBA history.

* According to a Placer County report obtained by the Sacramento Bee, on January 30, 2007, Animal Services officers issued a “pre-seizure” notice to Artest, on the suspicion that a dog at his home in Loomis was not getting adequate food. On February 5, officers returned and seized Socks, a female Great Dane, removing her into protective custody with a local veterinarian. The seizure cited a law that requires animal caretakers to “provide proper sustenance.”

Early in the 2005–06 season, Artest requested a trade from the Indiana Pacers and was put on the team’s inactive roster.

~ So I say Artest, pack your bags & go on a much needed trip to Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh Ashram. Quit yanking our chain with your lonng history of attitude and Get Gone! ~ JP

- featured image: FOX

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Apr 252012
 

America’s Save: Adam’s Team

Adam Makes His Pick

The indie band and Team CeeLo performs “No Light, No Light” from their album, “Ceremonials.”

Carson reveals which Team CeeLo artist America wants saved for the semifinals.

CeeLo makes his choice on whom he’s saving for the semifinals.

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Apr 252012
 

~ Snippets:

Americans have always been eternal optimists. But over the last three and a half years, we have seen hopes and dreams diminished by false promises and weak leadership. Everywhere I go, Americans are tired of being tired, and many of those who are fortunate enough to have a job are working harder for less.

For every single mom who feels heartbroken when she has to explain to her kids that she needs to take a second job … for grandparents who can’t afford the gas to visit their grandchildren … for the mom and dad who never thought they’d be on food stamps … for the small business owner desperately cutting back just to keep the doors open one more month – to all of the thousands of good and decent Americans I’ve met who want nothing more than a better chance, a fighting chance, to all of you,

I have a simple message: Hold on a little longer. A better America begins tonight.

Tonight is the beginning of the end of the disappointments of the Obama years and the start of a new and better chapter that we will write together.

Four years ago Barack Obama dazzled us in front of Greek columns with sweeping promises of hope and change. But after we came down to earth, after the celebration and parades, what do we have to show for three and a half years of President Obama?

People are hurting in America. And we know that something is wrong, terribly wrong with the direction of the country.

~ I have a feeling Romney is more conservative then we know. This speech may be grand rhetoric or turn out true. If we pray hard and long enough. ~ JP


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Apr 252012
 

Roman Catholic leaders are calling for two weeks of public protests against President Barack Obama’s policies as they intensify their argument that the administration is engaged in a war on religion.

The days between June 21 and July 4 have been set aside by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops which has sought to end the administration’s contraception mandate, among other policies.

The protests against the Obama administration’s policies could be “the game-changer” in the presidential election, one leading lay churchman told Newsmax on Tuesday.

The protests, dubbed “A Fortnight for Freedom” will be an “unprecedented, aggressive attack” against policies that church leaders see as an assault on religious freedom, said Catholic Advocate chairman Deal Hudson.

Background: Full Hearing Panel 1 and Panel 2

Religious leaders told a House panel the Obama administration was violating basic rights to religious freedom with its policies for requiring that employees of religion-affiliated institutions have access to birth control coverage. (Feb. 16)

Titled “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty,” the 12-page statement by the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty also calls for “a fortnight for freedom” from June 21, the vigil of the feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, to July 4, U.S. Independence Day.

“This special period of prayer, study, catechesis and public action would emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty,” the committee said. “Dioceses and parishes around the country could choose a date in that period for special events that would constitute a great national campaign of teaching and witness for religious liberty.”

Made public April 12, the document was approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Administrative Committee during its March meeting for publication as a committee statement.

Among other examples of “religious liberty under attack” the bishops named:

— Immigration laws in Alabama and other states that “forbid what the government deems ‘harboring’ of undocumented immigrants — and what the church deems Christian charity and pastoral care to those immigrants.”

— An attempt by the Connecticut Legislature in 2009 to restructure Catholic parishes.

— Discrimination against Christian students on college campuses.

— Government actions in Boston, San Francisco, the District of Columbia and the state of Illinois that have “driven local Catholic Charities out of the business of providing adoption or foster care services” because the agencies would not place children with same-sex or unmarried heterosexual couples.

— A New York City rule that bars small church congregations from renting public schools on weekends for worship services, while allowing such rentals by nonreligious groups.

— Changes in federal contracts for human trafficking grants that require Catholic agencies “to refer for contraceptive and abortion services in violation of Catholic teaching.”

The statement quotes the Founding Fathers and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to bolster its arguments.

Rev. King, writing from jail in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963, described an unjust law as one “that is out of harmony with the moral law,” and said he agreed with St. Augustine that “an unjust law is no law at all.”

The bishops assigned special responsibility for advancing religious freedom to several groups:

— Those who hold public office must “protect and defend those fundamental liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights,” regardless of their political party.

— Leaders of Catholic hospitals, universities and social service agencies “who may be forced to choose between the good works we do by faith, and fidelity to that faith itself” were encouraged to “hold firm, to stand fast and to insist upon what belongs to you by right as Catholics and Americans.”

— Priests must offer “a catechesis on religious liberty suited to the souls in your care,” a responsibility that is shared with “writers, producers, artists, publishers, filmmakers and bloggers employing all the means of communications.”

Catholic News

Also see: Bishops call for ‘aggressive attack’ on Obama policies

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Apr 252012
 

A sample of Trash Tweets:

Kees Valderol@keesvalderol: @donlemoncnn If you think the Right will make you their Pet Gay, they won’t. Obama is standing up 4 U & don’t forget who you are.

Annie Lawton@CurlynDoris: @theosmelek @Lezlie61 @donlemoncnn He’s a black gay man and a RW tool for a buck. His boyfriend is a CNN higher up too.

Kees Valderol@keesvalderol: @donlemoncnn I don’t care how good your new nose jobs is, you should dance with the ones who brought you.

Wake up and smell the coffee Don, progressives hate free speech and critical thinkers. - USA

~ I have always waffled between liking Don and not, when he was liberally biased. But I give him kudos for this!

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Apr 252012
 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WBRC) –

A case before the U.S. Supreme Court today could affect the future of Alabama’s immigration law.

On Wednesday, the high court will hear oral arguments on Arizona’s highly controversial law. The outcome of that case will not only impact Arizona, but five other states including Alabama that also have strict immigration laws pending.

The court’s review of the Arizona law includes a provision that requires police, who are enforcing other laws, to question a person’s immigration status. That is if the person is suspected to be in the country illegally.

Some hope to see Arizona prevail, giving states more freedom to regulate immigration. Others want to see the issue of immigration stay in the hands of the federal government.

“I think it is unthinkable that you would be legal in Alabama, illegal in Alabama. Legal in Florida. Illegal in South Carolina. Legal in New York. Illegal in Arizona. Legal in California. No one can travel anymore. And do we want to put up borders again when you travel from state to state?” stated Rick.

The Obama Administration challenged Arizona’s law shortly after Governor Jan Brewer signed it in 2010.

- source

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Apr 252012
 

James Spann, Jason Simpson, and Ashley Brand will always have an emotional attachment to the generational tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011.

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