Cedric, Ann and Wally invited me to help on that and I was flattered but they already had everything and I didn't want to just tack my name on their work. I really love what they did.
The Jamal-wedding episode of Empire held steady at its series demo low for a fourth time in five weeks. Empire’s showing in the key age bracket for actor Jussie Smollett’s final appearance on the show this season — and possibly its series run — allowed NBC’s Chicago Fire (1.1, 8.01M) to tie it as the night’s No. 2 show in that metric; Fire led the night in total viewers.
How much more proof does DISNEY need that they either publicly fire Jussie or they cancel the show? The audience is gone. They are appalled by what happened and appalled by the lack of consequences.
The ratings keep demonstrating this.
So if Taraji and Terrence and the rest are insisting that Jussie remain with the show, then do us all a favor and cancel the show.
The Jussie Smollett story is not the story of DISNEY and that the corporate parent refuses to impose discipline goes a long way towards explaining the ratings.
Hope you also saw this:
21-year-old Candace Clark of Hoffman Estates says she’s the victim of a Kim Foxx double standard, and a Cook County Judge agrees.
On April 11, Clark appeared in the Rolling Meadows courtroom of Cook County Judge Marc Martin, facing a single felony count of making a false police report.
Clark is accused of giving an acquaintance access to her bank account and then telling police money had been stolen, something she denies.
Cook County Judge Marc Martin slammed Foxx at a court hearing April 11 over her handling of 21-year-old Candace Clark’s felony disorderly conduct case where she requested Clark get a deferred prosecution, FOX 32 reported.
“I’d like to know why Ms. Clark is being treated differently than Jussie Smollett. It’s a disorderly conduct case. A lot less egregious than Mr. Smollett’s case. I have a problem with it,” the judge said to prosecutors during the hearing, according to a transcript obtained by the outlet.
Foxx has come under fire in the weeks since her office unexpectedly dropped 16 felony disorderly conduct charges against Smollett because of a few hours of community service he did after he was arrested and the non-violent nature of his crime. Her office is now undergoing an independent inspector general investigation of how she handled the case as three members of her team, including her chief ethics officer and chief spokeswoman, have left.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Your entire record spits in the face of democracy & decency. You rat f**ked Anita Hill, voted for the Iraq War, designed the prototype of & later voted for the Crime Bill, embraced segregation, & eviscerated consumer debt protections. I look forward to your campaign imploding.
Former US senator and former US vice president Joe Biden wasn't ready to run for the presidency in 2016 -- when he could have made a difference -- but with 19 Democrats already running for the 2020 presidential nomination, Joe announced this morning that he was just what the world needs.
Breaking: Joe Biden enters the race and is already polling higher than She’s Too Ambitious, She’s Just Not Likable, She Lacks Experience, and I’d Vote For A Woman But Not That Woman.
Joe enters today with name recognition which is a good thing early on in a race. But it also tends to take a beating as a campaign goes along. For DNC leadership, a fresh face is always better -- 2008, that was Barack Obama and, this go round, many in leadership think it will be Kamala Harris. A fresh face tends to come with far less baggage. Joe's history is not limited to support for the Iraq War or the rat f**king of Anita Hill when she came forward to speak about how now Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas harassed her repeatedly at work.
Justice Democrats state Joe will turn the party into the party of "No, we can't" -- a play on how 2008, with Barack, was supposed to be about "Yes, we can."
Women face different obstacles as candidates. There is, for example, a focus on their looks. In the spirit of equality, let's hope the press asks Joe about his hair plugs. If they have trouble with those words, they can just show a clip of Joe from the Hill-Thomas hearings and then turn to him and ask, "What's different about the hair today, Joe? You're like a Chia pet."
Joe's a press favorite because he stumbles a lot and that makes for good copy. But his popularity will likely go down. It always has at times like these. He didn't even make it to New Hampshire in 2008, remember? He dropped out right after the Iowa caucus.
Joe's announcement this morning has been hailed for caling out racism. What topic did he avoid?
Hello, just reposting this great @MarisaKabas piece for no reason whatsoever. "It’s insulting, though, to be told that a man whose inappropriate conduct is a relic of the past is the only hope for our future."
That Tweet links to Marisa Kabas' WASHINGTON POST column:
For those who've forgotten or never knew, Joe destroyed his 2008 bid with comments that were seen -- even THE ECONOMIST saw them this way -- as racist. But today, he is the warrior for race equality. But he still avoids the issue of lack of boundaries. Some might see that as a good thing since the last time he addressed the issue, he made a joke of it and of the women who had stepped forward to share their stories.
This morning was Joe calling out racism -- which some might see as an attempt to void his out of the gate remarks from the last time he run. Maybe every day can be Joe attempting to respond to his many public mistakes?
He'll have to give a whole month to the issue of Iraq -- at least a whole month.
Joe Biden entering the 2020 race means Dems have to decide whether they want to get behind another centrist who spent a career cultivating close ties to the financial industry and the wealthy, voted for the Iraq War, was pro free trade and has a dubious record on civil rights.
Here's Joe Biden's pitch. I know I was wrong on integration, mass incarceration, Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas, and the Iraq War - BUT I'm from Scranton, have charm, and Obama likes me. Therefore trust me on the things I've been wrong about my whole political career. NO #Joe2020
Joe Biden: Opposes single-payer healthcare Opposes cannabis legalization Supports the death penalty Wrote the 1994 crime bill Voted for DOMA Voted for NAFTA Voted for Iraq War Voted for PATRIOT Act Voted to make it harder to eliminate student debt #Joe2020
Not only did he vote for the Iraq war, his family profited from it.
Start by releasing your taxes, recinding the Patriot act, the bankruptcy bill, crime bill, Iraq war, etc and whatever you do don't take corporate donations including Big oil, private prisons, big pharma, Insurance fatcats, military contractors, Walmart, Amazon, Chase etc.
Compare how Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders voted: NAFTA Biden: for Sanders: against Invasion of Iraq Biden: for Sanders: against Patriot Act Biden: for Sanders: against Defense of Marriage Act Biden: for Sanders: against Repeal of Glass-Steagall Biden: for Sanders: against
Joe Biden? Sameness you can believe in? What will the slogan be? Shaun King seems to think he's figured out Joe's slogan.
Here's Joe's pitch. Listen, I know I was wrong on integration, mass incarceration, Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas, and the Iraq War - but I'm from Scranton, have folksy charm, and Obama likes me. Therefore trust me on the things I've been wrong about my whole political career.
Joe's declared. And his supporters are insisting his has experience. Which means he's up for questions. There's no need to wait with Joe for the hard issues, he was vice president of the US for two terms.
So why not ask him about the report Dave Phillips just did for THE NEW YORK TIMES:
The war he supported has never ended. So ask him about those 2018 incidents.
He couldn't have ever figured or guessed that the Iraq War might go wrong?
Ask him about the gang-rape and murder of Abeer back in 2006.
Anyways incase any of y'all forgot on March 12 2006 five U.S Army soldiers Paul Cortez, James Barker, Jesse Spielman, Brain Howard and Steven Green gang-raped and murdered 14 year old Abeer Qassim Hamza Al-Janabi then murdered the rest of her family in Baghdad Iraq
Exactly at what point did Joe Biden take pride in the Iraq War and what has led him to believe it is a success?
Joe Biden accepted Iraqi Pres. Talabani’s “deep appreciation and highest regards of the great American people,... U.S. and Iraq service members --warriors who became partners and friends and now brothers-in-arms--have much to be proud of.” by declaring victory in the Iraq War.
If fat ass Jalal Talabani -- now thankfully dead -- is what Joe's going to cling to, that's rather sad. Not only did the US government have to repeatedly bribe Jalal with money -- as Joe knows -- but it's equally true that the trashy Talabani family staged photos and told lies beginning in December of 2012 to keep Talabani in power. They lied. He had a stroke that left him unable to move or speak. They kept that from the Iraqi people. Talabani never recovered and had the people known what was really happening, they would have demanded he be replaced -- as the Iraqi Constitution demanded -- because he could not do his job. But they lied.
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