Following a mistrial on Saturday in the sexual assault case against Bill Cosby, his spokesman Andrew Wyatt said Johnnie Cochran is “looking down smiling” at the 79 year-old comedian. “Mr. Cosby’s power is back. It’s back,” Wyatt told reporters. “So the legacy didn’t go anywhere. It has been restored.” He also quoted Black Panther co-founder Huey P. Newton, repeating the quote: “Power is the ability to define phenomena, and make it act in a desired manner.” Cochran, the late attorney who helped acquit O.J. Simpson of murder in, was a friend of Cosby’s. Wyatt, before escorting Cosby to a nearby
Alligator mouth and a hummingbird brain..really needs to shut up..it ain´t over ´till it´s over!! and if he thinks he´s got his power and his legacy back..I think it is going to be a rude awakening IF he does no jail time and goes back on the "road"..I think he ego would not let him stay away..and imho his wife is just as bad...
When gold diggers have sex with famous, rich stars, it is not rape. If it was, they would go to the police immediately, not a year later and charges would be filed faster than 13 years later when it is nearly impossible to defend yourself. Why did they wait until he took a stand against Obama and the thugs saying they should not knock up young women then leave and not father/raise the kids. He got charged for leaving the plantation. Guilty? Who knows. Rape proved beyond a reasonable doubt? No way.
OK, so having sex with, I don´t know, 50 women, while married isn´t a problem? Yes, that may not be criminal but it sure is slimy. Don´t know if a retrial would convict him but his reputation is ruined in my book. Lots of questions unanswered. Oh, by the way Mr. Cochran, OJ was a guilty as sin.
It saddens me to know that Bill Cosby has done such vile things. However, these women bear some responsibility in my opinion. In my old fashioned world, you do not visit a married man´s hotel room alone. Period. Regardless of his status or ability to help your career, it is just not wise. Admittedly, I grew up in a time when your reputation was something to be protected.
The exposing of Cosby´s character was a huge disappointment for me. His talent blows away the comics of today. I challenge anyone to listen to his old albums and come away without respect for his talent. He is a master story teller and comedian with the ability to make you laugh uncontrollably without using profanity or explicit sexual references. It is sad to realize that his character was so terribly flawed and that this will be his legacy. Such talent wasted on the altar of self-gratification.
This whole sordid revelation is a cautionary tale. Regardless of your talent and success, integrity and a strong moral compass is worth much more than grabbing some fleeting moments of sexual satisfaction. His name will always be connected to these allegations instead of his comic genius. What a waste.
Amen, #8. A few years ago my husband and I watched a 3 hour stand up concert that Cosby did back in the 70´s. It was still absolutely hilarious and, unlike today´s comedians, his humor was timeless. No profanity, nothing vulgar, just belly-achingly funny.
This is all so very sad. And his attorney needs to shut up. I can´t think of anything less appropriate than his statement about Cochran.
How many times does something crawl out from under the Hollywood rock to show us someone having sex with, I don´t know, 50 women, while married? It is a way of life there and we know it can be even worse with what goes on with children. That doesn´t make it right, it just is what it is. Cosby acted like a pig along with all the rest of the pigs in the Playboy Mansion, but hat exactly do people think happened in the Playboy Mansion for decades? Church sermons?? Cosby became both a target and an example to the other Plantation dwellers when, as #3 points out: he took a stand against Obama and the thugs saying they should not knock up young women then leave and not father/raise the kids. Better believe there are a lot of other "targets" out there minding their Ps and Qs (staying on the plantation) to keep under the radar so they don´t turn into an example!
Johnny Cochran was a bloody manipulative crook who was believed by most of the world to have used chicanery to get a double murderer off scot free. This guy, who represents Cosby, should stifle himself. This does not help his boss’s case.
He knew the stunt with the shriveled dried leather glove, which had been found wet, and an attempt to put it on over a rubber glove, would fail. Any woman who ever had leather gloves and washed them knows that they shrink and shrivel as they dry and have to be massaged back to pliability and full size. And they fit very tightly. Even when new, they’d never go on over a rubber glove.
Protesters toppled a Confederate monument in Durham, N.C. on Monday night. Video posted to Twitter shows protestors surrounding the statue and chanting "No KKK! No fascists! USA" as several protestors appear to pull down the statue with a rope. WNCN reports the statue was dedicated in Durham in 1924 and was located in front of a local government building. The statue represented a soldier who fought in the Civil War and an inscription on the front read "The Confederate States of America." One organizer of the protest told WNCN that toppling the statue was in response to the violence at a white supremacist
A Chinese automaker reportedly made a quiet bid to acquire Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, raising the distinct possibility that the traditional member of the Detroit Three that was bailed out by U.S. taxpayers could wind up with Chinese ownership. (Snip) The U.S. government bailed out Chrysler in late 2008 and 2009, funding the company´s bankruptcy and helping to negotiate Italian automaker Fiat´s deal to gain control of the brand. Several years later, Fiat gained full ownership of Chrysler. A deal would almost certainly raise political hackles in the U.S. over the possibility that a company rescued by taxpayers could yield to
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Among the chaos of the white supremacist rally and apparent car attack that left one dead and 19 others injured, one group in Charlottesville, Virginia, said they were present to maintain the peace: local and national faith leaders. The leaders are now questioning the response by local and state police officers. Brian McLaren, a former priest and nationally-known religious author and speaker, traveled from Florida to be part of an effort called "Congregate C´Ville," which aimed to bring hundreds of faith leaders across the country to Charlottesville, organizer Seth Wispelwey tells CBS News. He says that several
Whenever Ryan Bethencourt meets a promising start-up making an alternative to animal products, he knows who to call. The "vegan mafia" is a group of powerful vegans across the country who fund start-ups, and try to wean people from their dependence on animal products. (Snip) The best-known start-ups in the space include Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, which make plant-based meat-like and cheese-like products; and Pembient, which bioengineers wildlife products in a lab, like rhino horn and elephant ivory. Some members of the vegan mafia are technology-focused venture capitalists such as Bill Maris, whom Bethencourt met at a vegan dinner,
ATLANTA — Referring to the crowd of progressive conference-goers as President Trump´s "worst nightmare," Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., tore into members of her own party who believe Democrats should move toward the center in a fiery speech at Netroots Nation. In the Saturday morning keynote, Warren singled out a July op-ed in the New York Times written by Mark Penn and Andrew Stein titled "Back to the Center, Democrats." The headline itself was enough to draw a loud chorus of boos from the audience. "It was all about how we have to stop caring about ´identity politics´ and how we
Another bullish call for gold comes with yet another call for a financial meltdown, this time from famed investor Jim Rogers. The best-selling author expects the next financial crisis to be the "worst" he has ever seen. "We´ve had economic problems in the U.S. or in North America every four to eight years since the beginning of the Republic so to say that we´re going to have a problem is not unusual," he told Kitco News from the Freedom Fest conference in Las Vegas. "I would expect it to start this year or the next...and it´s going to be the
Former President Obama will re-emerge on the national scene this fall, though Democrats expect him to do so with caution. One aide describes the beginning of a "delicate dance" that aims to put Obama in the Democratic fray, but prevent him from remaining the face of the party. Aides will huddle with Obama in the coming weeks to plot out what shape the former president´s fall schedule will take. Advisers close to him say that while he will play an active role in helping his party rebuild, much of his work will be behind the scenes. He is likely to
The parent company of Applebee´s and IHOP plans to close up to 160 restaurants, vastly boosting the number of eateries from the two comfort-food chains that it plans to shutter. Some 105 to 135 Applebee´s restaurants will close, up from the 40 to 60 that parent DineEquity said would close in the first quarter. Also on the chopping block are an estimated 20 to 25 IHOP sites, up from about 18. (Snip) Analysts say Applebee´s, in particular, has had a hard time. Applebee’s "remains out-of-favor with casual-dining consumers....Sister concept IHOP may be feeling the effects of DineEquity’s struggles as well," said Instinet analyst Mark
CNN severed ties with Jeffrey Lord on Thursday, hours after he ignited controversy by tweeting the words "Sieg Heil!" at a prominent liberal activist. "Nazi salutes are indefensible," a CNN spokesperson said in a statement. "Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network." Lord said his tweet was misunderstood. He said he was mocking fascists, not acting like one. "I love CNN, but I feel they are caving to bullies here," he said in a telephone interview shortly after the network´s decision was announced. Lord said his contract was set to expire at the end of the year. He said
MARTHA’S VINEYARD, Mass.—Jamaicans and other foreign workers have long powered the summer economy in the upscale tourist haven of Martha’s Vineyard, cleaning hotel rooms, waiting tables and mixing fudge. This year, many local businesses had to come up with a Plan B. Facing a shortage of foreign laborers, local restaurants have reduced hours of operation and pared back menus. Managers are cleaning hotel rooms, laundry is piling up and at least one restaurant is using disposable cups to ease the dishwashers’ load. The problem is a scarcity of the H-2B visas used to bring foreign seasonal workers to the U.S.
Fox News host Eric Bolling filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against a HuffPost writer after Bolling was accused of sending lewd text messages to colleagues in a report published last week. Court filings from the New York State Supreme Court reveal that Yashar Ali, a HuffPost contributing writer, was issued a summons notice to appear in court. (Snip) Ali made another observation: "It´s important to note that Bolling´s summons does not include HuffPost - he is coming after me personally," Ali tweeted. Members of HuffPost´s editorial team weighed in to defend Ali, describing him as a "careful and meticulous
A Kentucky man and his transgender wife sued Amazon on Wednesday, alleging that they endured sustained discrimination and harassment during a year as co-workers at the mammoth online retailer´s warehouse in northern Kentucky. A lawyer working with the couple said the case is notable in part because Amazon, one of the nation´s largest corporations, has a record of strongly supporting gay and transgender rights. The lawsuit , filed in U.S. District Court in Covington, Kentucky, alleges that Dane Lane and Allegra Schawe-Lane were targeted with threats, slurs and sexual harassment by numerous colleagues at their shipping facility. Their complaints to
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) today called on House Speaker Paul Ryan (R.-Wisc.) to immediately remove “Confederate statues” from the U.S. Capitol. “If Republicans are serious about rejecting white supremacy, I call upon Speaker Ryan to join Democrats to remove the Confederate statues from the Capitol immediately,” Pelosi said in a statement. “There is no room for celebrating the violent bigotry of the men of the Confederacy in the hallowed halls of the United States Capitol or in places of honor across the country,” Pelosi said. Here is the text of her full statement: “The halls of Congress are
Monday´s solar eclipse is already tying up traffic in areas along the path of totality, or the vein of regions along the US where people can view the full eclipse. Oregonians so far are seeing the brunt of the traffic as revelers have started pouring into central Oregon, clogging roadways and draining gas supplies in rural towns, all in hopes of catching the full splendor of this once in a lifetime celestial event. The nightmare scenario for locals in the state started emerging Wednesday when traffic backed up for 12 miles on US Highway 26 as people began to set
The Republican Party´s collective response to Donald Trump´s handling of the Charlottesville race riots turned uglier on Friday. Mitt Romney, the failed 2012 GOP presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor whom Trump has bashed relentlessly for more than two years, lashed out against him on Facebook for what he said was a hamfisted message during Tuesday´s press conference – and demanded a full-throated apology from the president. (Snip) Trump´s remoteness from the rest of the GOP has become so severe that former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, a longtime ally of the president´s, sounded a loud alarm Friday morning.
Durham — The new president of Duke University has ordered the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee after it was vandalized earlier this week. “I took this course of action to protect Duke Chapel, to ensure the vital safety of students and community members who worship there, and above all to express the deep and abiding values of our university,” President Vincent Price said in a statement released Saturday morning. “The removal also presents an opportunity for us to learn and heal,” Price said, adding that the statue will be preserved so students “can study Duke’s complex past
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A House Democrat introduced a resolution on Friday suggesting that President Trump undergo a physical and mental health exam to help determine whether he is fit for office. Rep. Zoe Lofgren’s (D-Calif.) resolution specifically calls on Vice President Pence and Trump’s Cabinet members to “quickly secure the services of medical and psychiatric professionals” to “assist in their deliberations” invoking the 25th Amendment, which outlines presidential removal procedures. It posits that such an examination by doctors would “determine whether the president suffers from mental disorder or other injury that impairs his abilities and prevents him from discharging his Constitutional duties.
The chairman and president of the Kennedy Center said they were “grateful for this gesture” after it was announced President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump would not attend the Kennedy Center Honors in December. “The Kennedy Center respects the decision made today by the office of the president of the United States,” chairman David M. Rubenstein and president Deborah F. Rutter said in a joint statement. “In choosing not to participate in this year’s Honors activities, the administration has graciously signaled its respect for the Kennedy Center and ensures the Honors gala remains a deservingly special moment for the
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Colin Kaepernick may not be employed by an NFL team, but he continues to be a fixture in the NFL’s 24-hour news cycle. The free-agent quarterback will have his own exhibit at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, according to the Twitter feed, @BlackToLive. (Snip) This comes on the heels of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture collecting Kaepernick’s jersey, which was worn during one of his national anthem protests, along with other clothing items to be displayed in an exhibit. Sociologist and author Harry Edwards encouraged the museum in its efforts to display something
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