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David Bowie donates $10,000 to Jena 6 defense fund

By MARY FOSTER, Associated Press Writer

David Bowie has donated $10,000 to a legal defense fund for six black teens charged in an alleged attack on a white classmate in the tiny central Louisiana town of Jena.

The British rocker’s donation to the Jena Six Legal Defense Fund was announced by the NAACP as thousands of protesters were expected to march through Jena on Thursday in defense of Mychal Bell and five other teens. The group has become known as the Jena Six.

“There is clearly a separate and unequal judicial process going on in the town of Jena,” Bowie said Tuesday in an e-mail statement. “A donation to the Jena Six Legal Defense Fund is my small gesture indicating my belief that a wrongful charge and sentence should be prevented.”

Bell was found guilty on second-degree battery charges June 28 by a six-member, all-white jury. Before the case was overturned by the state 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal, his sentencing had been set for Thursday.

The court said Bell, who was 16 at the time of the alleged December 2006 beating, shouldn’t have been tried as an adult.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, who helped organize the march, planned to do his syndicated radio show from Alexandria on Wednesday, then travel about 35 miles to Jena in an attempt to visit Bell, who remains in jail because he is unable to post $90,000 bond.

Sharpton says he expects more than 10,000 marchers.

“We are gratified that rock star David Bowie was moved to donate to the NAACP’s Jena campaign,” National Board of Directors Chairman Julian Bond of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said in a statement. “We hope others will join him.”

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A Second Look

Awhile back we posted a video called “Read A Book.” It’s a video you probably already know about. The video was created by BET to get its audience to read more books and to take better care of themselves. While I’m still not a fan of the video I thought we’d post follow up videos of CNN having a sit down discussion with parents who were turned off by the video’s content. The videos also include a discussion with the video’s creators

Do you think the video was just harmless satire or did it go too far?

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Apparently Larry Craig isn’t going to resign after all. Instead he is only willing to resign IF the charges against him aren’t overturned. Who knew Craig and Clinton have more in common than being a “dirty, naughty boy.”

Well, I don’t care. He’s not running my state. Good luck Idaho!

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Craig Resigns

After a week of scandal resulting from a men’s room sting, in which he propositioned a undercover cop, Idaho Sen. Larry Craig has resigned. The entire week Craig has been adamant that he is not gay and the rumors, which go back as far as the 1980’s, of his homosexuality are false.

While I have nothing against anyone being gay or choosing to keep whatever their sexual preference private, I do feel a great deal of anger towards those that make a living condemning others for their lifestyle chose. Sen. Craig wants the public to give him his privacy, wants us to all forgive and treat him with respect. But has he given the same to those he called “immoral”? He even went on national television in the late 1990’s condemming then president Bill Clinton for his personal behavior. He called him a “naughty nasty boy.”

Sen Craig is the new poster boy for hypocracy. He wants everyone to live a “traditional” lifestyle. Man and woman, married, and conservative. Yet here he is trying to pick up a guy in a mens room. If he thinks he’s a victim he’s kidding himself.

The lesson from all this is simple. If you’re not ready to live the life you promote then don’t promote it. Don’t condemn others for choosing a lifestyle that is not one you prefer. Let people live their lives and stop pushing yours onto others. This man would still have a job if his career was not built on a platform of judgment and bigotry. Now that the world thinks he’s gay his career is over. His “friends” gave up on him up right from the beginning. He was stripped of all his posts. Craigs has fallen so hard because he and his constituents put him up so high. In the end he’s just a human being who made a mistake. He tried too hard to be the “squeaky clean, Christian values” man. When in fact he’s anything but. This messy and needless scandal sadly will not stop the public from putting leaders up as perfect human beings and politicans from moralizing and casting damning judgment onto others.

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UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie makes a pit stop at Camp Waleed, Iraq to visit with American troops serving in the region while on a visit to the country on Tuesday

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Conservative Senator Larry Craig was busted for soliciting sex in an airport men’s room to an undercover cop, he pleaded guilty. Now he says that he regrets pleading guilty and that he did nothing wrong.

I am not gay, I’ve never been gay, I love my wife and family

He has voted against every gay issue. Gay marriage, civil union, gays in the military. Not only that but he voted to impeach President Clinton.

 God I love it when hypocrites get busted.

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This picture, released by the UNHCR, shows UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and US actress Angelina Jolie speaking with Red Crescent volunteers taking care of refugee children while their parents wait to register as refugees at a UNHCR registration center, in Damascus. Jolie met Tuesday with some of the 1,200 Iraqis stranded on the border between Iraq and Syria and appealed for more international support for those affected by the Iraq conflict.(AFP/UNHCR/Morris Bernard)

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Actress Angelina Jolie, a UNHCR goodwill ambassador, meets an elderly refugee, one of some 1,300 trapped at the makeshift Al Waleed camp inside Iraq, unable to leave the country for neighboring Syria, on Tuesday.

Here’s a photo of Jolie with Denver native Lance Corporal Samuel Petersen, 22, of the US Marine Corps. The photo was taken at Camp Waleed in Iraq today.

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