Will John Boehner grow a pair about Michael Grimm? (EDITORIAL)

Instead of a New York 1/Time Warner Cable News reporter being thrown from the balcony in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building like he threatened, it seems that Michael Grimm has taken his career over that balcony instead.

Personally, I have deep concern about the behavior of Congressmen who have gone wildly out of control of their ethical behavior.  The decent and honorable thing Michael Grimm could do is to step away, serve his sentence, let the nation move forward, and try again after some time to think of the consequences of his decisions.

Michael Grimm came to infamy when he threatened the NY1/Time Warner Cable News reporter stationed on Capitol Hill during the State of the Union Address.  It was over a request for comment on the allegations surrounding Grimm in a very contentious tax evasion case, the same case he plead guilty to.  The New York Times released a video stream behind the scenes from NY1.

Clearly, Congressmen Gone Wild is not the most flattering title to cobble video of temperamental Congressional delegates.  But as long as Grimm doesn’t resign, the image of the TEA party being the passionate patriots of this nation is seriously put in question.

I implore you, Congressman Grimm, please do what is right for our Nation, and resign.  You can’t serve your time in both Congress and in prison.  One or the other would have to give way.

James M. Barcus
Anchor/Managing Editor
The News With James Barcus


Cleveland Officers and City of Cleveland sued by Rice Family

PDF of the Lawsuit filed by estate of Tamir Rice

(VARIOUS SOURCES)  Managing Editor’s Note:  I wanted to bring the full document of this lawsuit up top for a format change.  –JB

The family of Tamir Rice has filed a federal lawsuit against the officers who confronted him and the City of Cleveland.

Among the charges alleged in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio against Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback are use of excessive force, deprivation of civil rights, and failure to secure medical attention for Rice in connection with the November 22, 2014 shooting.  The lawsuit also alleges that the City of Cleveland hiring practices failed to address serious deficiencies in training and supervision of the officers.  The Complete lawsuit is available in the link above.

This makes the third municipality where police officers have targeted African-Americans in lethal force.  The New York Police Department has dealt with the death of Eric Garner for months after Garner died from a chokehold by an officer and Ferguson, Missouri has had businesses burned because of the verdict in the grand jury investigation of now former Officer Darren Wilson, who resigned days after the Grand Jury could not indict him based on the evidence and testimony presented.

All three situations have caused the Justice Department to release new guidelines regarding racial profiling.  The full memorandum is available here.  The new memo “supersedes” a 2003 memorandum sent out under the term of former Attorney General John Ashcroft.

Both Wilson and the NYPD officer were not indicted, and that caused protests and riots in Ferguson, Missouri and across the nation.

Critics are asking why Police Departments are considering those whom they are sworn to “serve and protect” as their enemy.

Federal Investigations are underway still in Ferguson, Missouri; New York, New York; and now Cleveland, Ohio.  They involve Civil Rights and Police Procedures.

Stay Tuned to this story as it is a developing situation and will be updated as details are provided.


This picture came from Facebook.

This picture came from Facebook user Vertis Hawkins by way of Michael Tiller, who shared it with his followers.  A Woman is holding the child in one arm with a gun (not sure if it’s real or fake) in the other hand.

I warned that this would be a graphic picture.

Obviously, the gun appears real, as there are no markings to indicate the gun is either fake or a toy.  The look of panic in the eyes of the child is real, from what I could see of the picture.

The smile on the holder’s face is real.  However, most of society does not see anything amusing or even mildly humorous about holding a gun to a face of innocence.

We as society must condemn such acts of wanton stupidity for what it is.  It is causing terror for the child, as it has me.

If I had a gun pointed at me…I would either drop to the floor hard, faint, do something in my pants, or a myriad of other possibilities.

To the “adult” in the picture, I am going to shout this with all caps for the intended reaction from me.  THAT GUN IS NOT A TOY!  IT IS A DANGEROUS WEAPON AND SHOULD BE HANDLED WITH THE UTMOST CONSIDERATION FOR SAFETY AND RESPONSIBILITY.  WHAT YOU DID WAS A BONEHEAD MOVE!

Wherever this picture came from, I pray the authorities in that area are looking into this and taking all appropriate moves, including obtaining an arrest warrant for Child Endangerment and cruelty to children.  This woman, whoever she is, made a bonehead move and must pay the price.  If the woman in the picture is adult enough to hold a gun to a child’s face, she’s adult enough to do hard time.  Of course, this is my opinion and not reflective of the judiciary in the jurisdiction where she could be tried.

As for the child, they deserve much better than what they have at the moment.  To be free of this fear and the cruelty that one moment in time frozen forever shows.

My Last Word on this, folks, is that any picture is worth a thousand words.  Don’t make that word Stupid.

The UAB Faculty Senate needs to make a decision–EDITORIAL

It is heartbreaking, not for myself, but for our state, that we as a state could not save a program of Football at University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Maybe these players can transfer without losing eligibility because of the way Ray Watts handled the dismantling and implosion of the Blazer Football Program.  Maybe Nick Saban can start after the College Football National Championship and recruit these guys and Bill Clark.

Maybe Governor Bentley can make University of Alabama Birmingham a separate university, with their own board of trustees and a new president.  Maybe the influence of the Tuscaloosa campus Board does not go well with the plans the Students and Alumni have for the University.

Ray Watts is not the leader needed for the Blazers.  It is inherently obvious that he did botch the way this “sustainability report” was delivered, and maybe the wrong firm handled the recommendations in a way that inflamed passions.

Maybe the UAB players can play under a winning coach in a powerhouse league of the SEC, rather than the smaller Conference USA.

It is time for a decision by the Faculty Senate, and it is a decision that should be delivered on-camera, on all the stations in Birmingham, and maybe ESPN and CBS Sports Network.

#FreeUAB from the senselessness and insanity that seems to plague the overtly political offices of University President and properly govern the University with both the respect and dignity that is accorded to such an institution.

U.S. Space and Rocket Center holding job fair today to hire Space Camp counselors

Here’s a nice opening, for those of you who like space jobs.


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s your chance to be part of training future astronauts.  The US Space and Rocket Center is holding a job fair today to recruit space camp counselors.

Staffers would tell you it’s a really neat opportunity that comes with some really cool perks.


Counselors help campers in all things related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The center’s staff promise obtaining such a job brings a person a community, culture and “out of this world” leadership experience.

And beyond the job, counselors have access to a multitude of professional, social and volunteer activities in the community, invitations to attend local concerts, and to hear astronauts talk of their experiences in space.

If you’re interested, the job fair will be today (Tuesday, Dec. 2) from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Challenger Auditorium at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.
Applicants should enter through the red “Space Camp…

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Reports: De Blasio Set To Introduce Bill Banning Horse-Drawn Carriages

Talk about cutting off the wallet to spite the face of New York! Great thinking De Blasio! Now go see Damn Yankees!

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio is reportedly close to introducing a bill banning horse-drawn carriages in New York City.

Under the measure, licenses needed to operate the carriages would not be renewed, according to published reports. Those licenses are set to expire in 2016.

The ban would put 300 carriage drivers out of work, but the mayor would offer those drivers free green taxi medallions, 1010 WINS’ John Montone reported.

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Under the proposed bill, horse carriages would be allowed for parades and movie productions, WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported.

Animal-welfare activists and others have long pressed to get rid of the carriage horses. They say Manhattan traffic is no place for a horse.

“Horses don’t belong on New York City’s congested streets amid cars and pollution. There have…

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