Daily Archive: December 4, 2012

National

It’s time to free Rosa Parks from the bus

by Danielle McGuire (Special to CNN)–In 2011, Rosa Parks was in the news, six years after her death. An excerpt from a breathtaking essay she wrote in the 1950s about a “near rape” by a White man in Alabama was released to the public. The handwritten narrative detailed Parks’ steely resistance to a White man, “Mr. Charlie,” who attempted to assault her in 1931 while she was working as a domestic for a White family. FAMOUS BUS–President Barack Obama sits in the famous Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford Museum after an event in Dearborn, Mich., April 18. Parks was arrested sitting in the same row Obama is in, but on the opposite side. (White House Photo/Pete Souza) It was late evening when “Mr. Charlie” pushed his way into the house and tried to have sex with her. Having grown up in the segregated South, she knew all too well the special vulnerabilities Black women faced. She recalled, for example, how her great-grandmother, a slave, had been “mistreated and abused” by her white master.

National

Police detail Katt Williams’ bizarre behavior

by Alan Duke (CNN) — Katt Williams’ aggressive behavior at a Seattle bar and an odd exchange with police landed the comedian in jail Sunday, police said. ARRESTED–Comedian Katt Williams speaks with CNN from Los Angeles on Sept. 3, 2011. (CNN PHOTO) Williams “exchanged words with patrons in the bar, brandished a pool cue at a bar manager and refused to leave the business,” and later refused to show identification to a police officer who had been called to the scene, a Seattle police news release said.

National

Contractor says he paid ex-Detroit mayor for work

by Ed White DETROIT (AP) — A businessman who held contracts at Detroit’s convention center said Monday he was a “hostage” who felt compelled to pay thousands of dollars to then-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his father or lose work. Karl Kado told jurors that he personally delivered $5,000 to $10,000 to Kilpatrick “three or four times.” He said he also delivered money through a top mayoral aide and separately paid $200,000 to $300,000 to Kilpatrick’s father, Bernard. CORRUPTION TRIAL CONTINUES — In this Sept. 27 photo, former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick makes his way to U.S. Federal Court in Detroit. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, David Coates/File) The Kilpatricks and a third man are accused of extortion, bribery and other crimes.

National

J.C. Watts as RNC Chairman? Republicans say no way

by Peter Hamby (CNN) — The prospect of former congressman J.C. Watts leading the Republican National Committee was met with chuckles by members of the organization Monday, who said that current chairman Reince Priebus is all-but-guaranteed to be re-elected to his post next month. J.C. WATTS Watts, a former Oklahoma congressman who for a time in the 1990s was the only African-American Republican serving in the U.S. House, told Politico over the weekend that he is being “encouraged” by Republicans to seek the RNC chairmanship. Watts chided the GOP for “old, tired, pathetic” efforts at minority outreach, but he stopped short of openly criticizing Priebus or declaring his intention to seek the chairmanship.

Sports

Costas gun control commentary gets notice

by David Bauder NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Costas’ “Sunday Night Football” halftime commentary supporting gun control sparked a Fox News Channel debate Monday on whether NBC should fire him and a Twitter storm involving Ted Nugent, Rosie O’Donnell, Herman Cain and many more. UNDER FIRE–NBC sports commentator Bob Costas’ “Sunday Night Football” halftime commentary supporting gun control sparked a Fox News Channel debate Monday, Dec. 3, on whether NBC should fire him. The NBC sportscaster, who frequently delivers commentary at halftime of the weekly NFL showcase, addressed the weekend’s murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file) The NBC sportscaster, who frequently delivers commentary at halftime of the weekly NFL showcase, addressed the weekend’s murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher.

Entertainment

Don’t name your kid Siri

by Dean Obeidallah (CNN) — Siri, Mars, Mac and Luna. I’m not talking Apple products or planetary terms. These are baby names. And not just any baby names, but ones that have jumped in popularity in 2012, according to Baby Center.com’s just released list. DEAN OBEIDALLAH Baby Siri? Seriously, who would name their bundle of joy after a frustrating Apple product that hardly ever works? And speaking of Apple (see daughter of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin,) that name moved up a whopping 585 places on the list of names for girls born in 2012. So there could conceivably be a family out there with a daughter named Apple and a son named Siri. (Hope that entitles the family to a discount on an iMac.)

Opinion

Mr. President, show the GOP who’s boss

by Roland Martin ROLAND MARTIN (CNN) — Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte really want us to believe that their shameful behavior toward United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice is all about getting to the truth about what happened in Libya, but the truth is that this is the first salvo in a GOP war against President Barack Obama over the next four years.