Sarah Palin: Marijuana is a ‘minimal problem’

“If somebody’s gonna smoke a joint in their house and not do anybody any harm, then perhaps there are other things our cops should be looking at to engage in and try to clean up some of the other problems we have in society.”


Put on your red dress

And then you go downtown now

I said buy yourself a shotgun now

We’re gonna break it down baby now

We’re gonna load it up baby now

And then you shoot him for he runs now

I said, Shotgun shoot em for he runs now

Do the jerk baby

Do the jerk now


Junior Walker (born Autry DeWalt Mixon, Jr., June 14, 1931 – November 23, 1995) & the All Stars were signed to the Motown label in the 1960s, and became one of the label’s signature acts.

Walker was born Autry DeWalt Mixon, Jr. in Blytheville, Arkansas and grew up in South Bend, Indiana. His saxophone style was the anchor for the band’s overall sound. The other original members of the group were drummer Tony Washington, guitarist Willie Woods, and keyboardist Vic Thomas.

His career started when he developed his own band at the age of 14, in the mid 1950s as the ‘Jumping Jacks’. His longtime friend Billy Nix (drummer) started his own group the ‘Rhythm Rockers.’ Periodically Nix would sit in on Jumping Jack’s shows, and Walker would sit in on the Rhythm Rockers shows.

Nix obtained a permanent gig at a local TV station in South Bend, Indiana, and asked Walker to join him and his keyboard player (Fred Patton) permanently. Shortly after, Nix would asked Willie Woods a local singer to perform with the group; shortly after Woods would learn how to play guitar also. When Nix got drafted into the United States Army, Walker convinced the band to move from South Bend to Battle Creek, Michigan.

While performing in Benton Harbor, Walker found a drummer Tony Washington, to replace Nix. Eventually, Fred Patton (piano player) left the group, and Victor Thomas stepped in. The original name the ‘Rhythm Rockers’ was changed to the ‘All Stars’. Walker’s squealing gutbucket style was inspired by jump blues and early R&B, particularly players like Louis Jordan, Earl Bostic, and Illinois Jacquet.

The group was spotted by Johnny Bristol, and he recommended them to Harvey Fuqua, in 1961, who had his own record labels. Once the group started recording on the Harvey label, their name was changed to Junior Walker & the All Stars. When Fuqua’s labels were taken over by Motown’s Berry Gordy, Jr. Walker & The All Stars became members of the Motown Records family, recording for Motown’s Soul imprint in 1961.

The members of the band changed after the acquisition of the Harvey label. The drummer, Tony Washington quit the group, and James Graves followed the group into the Motown family. Their first and signature hit was “Shotgun“, written by Junior Walker and produced by Berry Gordy.

“Shotgun” reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart in 1965, and was followed by many other hits, such as “(I’m A) Road Runner”, “Shake and Fingerpop” and covers of the Motown tracks, “Come See About Me” and “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)“. In 1966, Graves left and was replaced by old cohort Billy “Stix” Nicks, and Walker’s hits continued apace with tunes like “I’m a Road Runner” and “Pucker Up Buttercup.”

In 1969 the group had another hit enter the top 5, “What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)“. A Motown quality control meeting rejected this song for single release but radio station DJs made the track popular, forcing Motown to release it as a single, whereupon it reached #4 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart. From that time on Walker sang more on the records than earlier in their career. He landed several more R&B Top Ten hits over the next few years, with the last coming in 1972.

In 1979, Junior Walker went solo and was signed to Norman Whitfield‘s Whitfield Records label. He was not as successful as he had been with the All Stars in his Motown period. Walker also played the sax on the group Foreigner‘s “Urgent” in 1981. The solo was actually cobbled together from tapes that he had made with the band. He later recorded his own version of the Foreigner song. In 1983, Walker was re-signed with Motown.

Junior Walker died on November 23, 1995 in Battle Creek, Michigan of cancer at the age of 64. He had been inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Foundation that year. Drummer James Graves died in 1967 in a car accident, and guitarist Willie Woods in 1997 at age 60. Junior Walker was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, in Battle Creek, MI, under his birthname of Autry DeWalt Mixon, Jr., as well as stage name.

Jr. Walker’s All Star Band is currently touring around the world with original members Tony Washington and Acklee King. Walker’s “Shotgun” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002. Jr. Walker & The All Stars were inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame in 2007.

Source: Wiki

Review finds no links to race, arrests

Boston Globe – By Rochelle Sharpe and Maggie Mulvihill

When Henry Louis Gates Jr., a prominent Harvard professor of African-American studies, was arrested for disorderly conduct by a white Cambridge police officer last summer, President Obama led a chorus of critics denouncing the local Police Department.

Gates, who is African-American, described his arrest as a “teaching moment’’ about race relations in America.

His case drew national attention to the relationship between policing and race. Obama wound up hosting Gates and the officer who arrested him for a so-called beer summit at the White House. And the arrest, for some, raised the question of whether officers disproportionately arrest blacks for disorderly conduct, considered one of the most discretionary and most abused charges in the nation’s criminal justice system.

But a review of the Cambridge department’s handling of disorderly conduct cases from 2004 to 2009 finds no evidence of racial profiling. Instead, the analysis by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting finds that the most common factor linking people who are arrested in Cambridge for disorderly conduct is that they were allegedly screaming or cursing in front of police.

Of the 392 adults arrested for disorderly conduct, 57 percent were white, and 34 percent were black. That racial breakdown almost exactly mirrored the racial composition of the population that Cambridge police investigated for disorderly conduct, the center’s analysis shows.

Cambridge is 68 percent white and 12 percent black, the latest US Census data show. But multiple racial profiling specialists said the fairest way to analyze the Cambridge Police Department’s conduct was to compare the racial makeup of those charged to that of those investigated and not to the racial makeup of the overall population.

The most striking conclusion of the review of Cambridge police data is that the majority of those arrested for disorderly conduct were allegedly yelling, often screaming obscenities, in front of police before the handcuffs snapped shut. More than 60 percent of the disorderly arrests reviewed by center involved some sort of allegedly inflammatory speech, such as talking back to the police, more commonly known as “contempt of cop.’’

A substantial minority of those arrested for the crime also shared another trait: 17 percent of them were homeless.

Destination Baghdad on Aigle Azur

Les blogs du Figaro – Par Georges Malbrunot (English Translation)

This is not Air France, but the private company Aigle Azur, which will reopen the line Paris-Baghdad, and from this September. “We have received all necessary approvals from both the French side that the Iraqi side,” we said Arezki Idjerouiden, the chairman of the supervisory board of Aigle Azur.

The company announced two direct flights a week between Paris and Baghdad. The route had been closed after the Gulf War in 1990. Earlier this year, Air France had shown interest in returning to Iraq, but the unions have shown a strong resistance to the project.

The reopening of an air link between France and Iraq will be an asset for businesses attracted by the strong potential of the Iraqi market.

Dale Peterson (born 1945 in Mobile, Alabama) is a Republican, and unsuccessfully ran for Alabama Agriculture Commissioner. Losing in the June 2010 Republican party primaries. His campaign has gained fame for a dramatic commercial that some have described as the best political ad ever.  However his internet popularity did not translate into votes and he came in third place with 27% in the primary. This was behind Dorman Grace with 35% of the vote and victor John McMillan’s 38% of the vote.

Dale moved to Birmingham when he was eight years old. He joined the Marine Corps in 1963, returning to Birmingham in 1967, where he became a police officer. He graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology in 1971. Following graduation, he held several different marketing and production positions with a national industrial laundry chain.

Dale became viral once again with a new ad endorsing John McMillian on June 17, 2010

Limbaugh set to star in next series of “The Haney Project”

By Golf Channel Public Relations

ORLANDO, Fla. – Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh is setting politics aside for his other passion: golf. Golf Channel announced today that the political lightening rod will star in the third season of the network’s hit original series “The Haney Project.” Following on the heels of previous celebrity students NBA Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley and Emmy Award-winner Ray Romano, the series will chronicle Limbaugh’s attempts at improving his golf game with the help of Hank Haney, one of the world’s best golf instructors and Tiger Woods’ former swing coach.

“The Haney Project,” which concluded its second season with Ray Romano earlier this month, has been a critical and ratings success for Golf Channel. The first season, which starred Charles Barkley, marked the highest-rated launch of an original series in Golf Channel history. Limbaugh and Haney will begin shooting “The Haney Project”’s third season later this year which will air in spring 2011.

Limbaugh is currently the host of the most listened to radio talk show in America, “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” which is broadcast on over 600 radio stations nationwide. In addition to “The Haney Project,” Limbaugh will be talking about his love for the game in an upcoming episode of Golf Channel’s inspirational summer series “Golf in America” which will be returning for its second season on June 22 at 9 p.m. ET.

“The Haney Project is a perfect example of how Golf Channel marries some of the biggest names in entertainment with golf to create fun, edgy programming,” said Tom Stathakes, Golf Channel senior vice president of programming, production and operations. “Rush Limbaugh is a major entertainer and personality, and he shares our passion for the game of golf, which is a great combination.”

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