Oscar Grant Case Verdict – Involuntary Manslaughter

The Oscar Grant verdict has been handed down. Johannes Mehserle has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, the lesser of the three charges he was facing.

Oil-Soaked Dolphins Struggle in Lousiana’s Barataria Bay

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Georgianne Nienaber: Toxic poisons are stalking the dolphins in Barataria Bay, Louisiana, and no one is discussing or reporting the fact that the oiled mammals are struggling in the waters near Grand Terre Island. There are no published photos or videos that we have been able to find, and no stories that describe the oil-encrusted dorsal fins and odd behavior that suggest an under-reported or deliberately hidden environmental catastrophe.

I Draw The Line Blues at the Firefly Bistro in South Pasadena

Guitarists Barry Bremer, Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m. Burgers, beer, and blues. Firefly Bistro, 1009 El Centro Street, South Pasadena, 626.441.2443, http://www.eatatfirefly.com

Marco Rubio Flipped Wrong on Arizona

Marco Rubio (R-Florida)

Andrea Christina Nill: Perhaps the most damning evidence that the law hasn’t really changed is the fact that its main sponsor, state Sen. Russell Pearce (R) admitted himself that the new wording won’t alter how the law is enforced. The changes also do not address the fact that the new law is likely unconstitutional on the grounds that it allows the state to regulate immigration — a power which the Constitution explicitly assigns to the federal government.

Lena Horne Dies at 92

Lena Horne

The legendary actress, singer, and activist, Lena Horne passed away at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She was 92 years old. Ms. Horne gained stardom more than a half a century ago when blacks were rarely seen on stage and screen. For more than 60 years Lena Horne entertained in film, on the radio, on television, in nightclubs, concert halls and on Broadway.

Glenn Beck on Woolsey, Harman and Winograd

Glenn Beck weighs in on the congressional race in California against Marcy Winograd and Jane Harman

How Angels Came to Congo This Christmas

Inside Annie's Locket

And so it came to pass during Christmas 2009 that the music of Congo’s Angels filled the heavens above eastern Congo. And there were midwives living out in the fields and refugee camps nearby, keeping watch over the babies at night. And Congo’s Angels sang to them, and the glory of Hope sounded around them. And the angels sang to them, “Do not be afraid. We are with you and we love you.”

One on One with LAPD Chief-Designate Charlie Beck

Incoming and outgoing LAPD Chiefs, Charlie Beck and Bill Bratton (Photo/Nick Ut)

Beck has some big shoes to fill, no doubt, but after meeting and speaking one-on-one with him, I think the LAPD is going to be okay. I wasn’t that sure beforehand, but I can tell you that Beck is, if nothing else, a sincere and humble guy with big ideas, who has a passion for a job in a city that at times is one heartbeat away from a full on race riot.

Real Talk From L.A.’s Top Cop on His Decision to Leave, His Successor, and Black Los Angeles

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I have to admit that I am sad to see L.A.’s top cop leave. While my opinion may not be in the majority as it relates to Blacks here in Los Angeles, Police Chief William Bratton has definitely been my favorite police chief.

Where Is SOS Clinton as Uncertainty Looms for Refugees and Displaced Populations in Central Africa?

Recent village burning DRC Credit HRW

Something is afoot in central Africa and we are dropping the ball. On a visit to the region in 2007, a deep source at the UN told me that his/her expectation was that violence and genocide could erupt again and that the epicenter would be Burundi.

Unrequited Love: Is There Ever an Upside?

Maud Gonne

When life won’t oblige us, we too can draw inspiration from those who refuse our call and crush our hopes. No suitor wants to admit it, but those who don’t return our love often give us something as valuable as those who do.

Troy Anthony Davis Update

Troy Anthony Davis continues to fight for justice. He has been on death row since 1991. During his time there, Davis has received three stays of execution.  In August 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court granted Troy Davis the chance to present crucial evidence in court that may prove his innocence. This video which was produced [...]

Waging a Quiet Revolution Against Fox

Rupert Murdock

The other day I walked into a near by California Pizza Kitchen, pulled up to the counter, ordered a pepperoni pizza and then sat back to sip my iced tea. I then noticed when I looked up from the counter it was Fox News being beamed on every television in the place. My guess is [...]

That’s So John Roberts!

Barack and Michelle Obama, John Roberts

Just when a friend of mine got ready to coin the phrase, “that is so Sarah Palin,” along comes a RepubliCANT who cannot memorize the Presidential oath of office (a job that has only been done 43 times before). When preparation and memory fail, “that’s soooooooooooooooooooooo John Roberts!” Barry has only been in office for [...]

Gods, Guns, and Gays – Part Two

As the uncommitted Mexican American Super Latino, I get to comment on what stupid people forget. Not so long ago, a white guy (now the Chair of the Democratic National Committee) said that his election was not going to be about “God, Guns, and Gays.” As a result, the right wingnuts went crazy with shock [...]

Obama Caucus Results in for CD 30

Congratulations to the winners at this afternoon’s Obama caucus for CD 30, Robert Vanderet, Victoria von Szeliski, and Shayne Adamski. This trio of very organized campaign volunteers ran as a team, and took all three delegate seats.  With heartwarming support from progressive Democrats and the Santa Monica Democratic Club, I came in third for the [...]

The New Blue President and The War in Iraq

Donna Perdue

I sat in bed watching the Debate with Clinton/Obama in Hollywood Thursday night. I battled between it and the season premier of LOST on ABC but decided I can always catch the LOST rerun. I needed to see that last debate firsthand. I must admit, I’m impressed with both candidates. I had logged into Politico.com [...]

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