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Friday, November 6, 2009

The Tea Party Bigots are Coming, the Tea Party Bigots are coming!

File this under: The Bigots are coming, The Bigot's are coming!

Well, the Tea Party folks are planning another color aroused event at capitol hill tomorrow. Let me tell you, this is NO Paul Revere event.



Politico.com's Jake Sherman reports that Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is planning a second anti-health care reform Tea Party at the Capitol -- this one scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday -- approximately the time when the House is due to vote on Democrats' public option bill, POLITICO's Jake Sherman reports.

King and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) organized a rally Thursday that drew thousands to the west front of the Capitol, drawing chants of “Kill the Bill.” There were a handful of arrests.

“We can kill this bill and stop the government takeover of health care,” King said in a news release. “We need the help of every American willing to stand up for freedom and liberty. I urge all Americans who oppose this bill to come to Washington tomorrow morning and join us to stop this bill.”  More HERE

 

Birthers and The Republican Party of HATE

Why are Americans allowing extremist like the birthers wrestle the GOP voices into more HATE? 

Have you had the opportunity to read and see some of the extremist images from the blog post by the Center for American Progress.Thank you Matthew Yglesias for the link.




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Hat Tip Huffington Post slide show:

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"OBAMA - Gov't TAKE OVER ... JUST LIKE NAZI GERMANY!" From the Huffington Post slide show:
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Pelosi: "UnAmerican McCarthyite." From MSNBC.com:

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"Maoism is not reform." From the Huffington Post slide show:


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"Obama Listens to Mao, I listen to Fox News." From the Huffington Post slide show:

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"KEN-YA TRUST OBAMA." From MSNBC.com:


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Check out the November 5 post on the rally, the MSNBC.com blog


AAPP says: Now we learn that Obama's own Homeland Security Department which was suppose to target right wing Tea Party Extremists, has let these extremist, along with ex-GOP Leader Dick Armey and other right wing  congressional wing nuts, Hot AIR types, along with lobbyist, come join together to fight with HATRRED ladden images, against our government. 


Some are asking the question, is the Tea Party Gang turning GOP Into a Party of Hate? My response: "The Republican Party has been the party of hate for some time. Now they have a black guy as the head following in the birthers down KKK lane."

Do you agree? Here are some of the more jaw-dropping signs seen at the rally:
  • "Get the Red Out of the White House."
  • "Waterboard Congress"
  • "Traitor to the U.S. Constitution" (Picture of Obama on sign)
  • "I'm the King of the World: Remember the Titanic?" (Drawing of Obama in the mold of the 'Jovial Sambo' from the Jim Crow era doing the Leo Titanic pose." 

Powerful words from Rihanna.






Thank you blogger "This Sista's Page" for the link and your observations.Rihanna on GMA: “I Feel Ashamed…Eff Love.”


Mia Love, first black female mayor in the state of Utah

Sarasota Springs, Utah, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A city councilwoman in Saratoga Springs, a 12-year-old fast-growing city in Utah, has been elected the first black female mayor in the state.

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When she takes office, Mia B. Love will be the city's second mayor, The Salt Lake Tribune reported. Saratoga Springs was incorporated in 1997 and has grown from just over 1,000 residents in the 2000 Census to an estimated 11,570 in 2007.

"I am absolutely honored," Love said. "I am so excited."


Both Saratoga Springs and Utah are overwhelmingly white, with blacks accounting for about 1 percent of the population. More HERE

Edward Brooke, Congressional Gold Medal, and the black power movement

Here is great political news. A man who I have respected since my youthful days growing up in Boston received an appropriate award last week.


Sen. Harry Reid, left, and President Obama present the medal to former Sen. Edward Brooke on Wednesday.

As reported by CNN, Edward Brooke, the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate by popular vote, was honored last week with a Congressional Gold Medal. "At a time when so many doors were closed to African-Americans, others might have become angry or disillusioned," President Obama told an audience in the Capitol Rotunda, where the ceremony honoring Brooke for Congress' greatest honor was held.




Brooke grew up in segregated Washington and served in the Army during World War II. Afterward, he received a law degree from Boston University and eventually ran for attorney general of Massachusetts. Read more HERE

Check out a bit of history here:





A list of African-American Firsts: Government

Here is an interesting list of African-American Firsts: Government

  • Local elected official: John Mercer Langston, 1855, town clerk of Brownhelm Township, Ohio.
  • State elected official: Alexander Lucius Twilight, 1836, the Vermont legislature.
  • Mayor of major city: Carl Stokes, Cleveland, Ohio, 1967–1971. The first black woman to serve as a mayor of a major U.S. city was Sharon Pratt Dixon Kelly, Washington, DC, 1991–1995.
  • Governor (appointed): P.B.S. Pinchback served as governor of Louisiana from Dec. 9, 1872–Jan. 13, 1873, during impeachment proceedings against the elected governor.
  • Governor (elected): L. Douglas Wilder, Virginia, 1990–1994. The only other elected black governor has been Deval Patrick, Massachusetts, 2007–
  • U.S. Representative: Joseph Rainey became a Congressman from South Carolina in 1870 and was reelected four more times. The first black female U.S. Representative was Shirley Chisholm, Congresswoman from New York, 1969–1983.
  • U.S. Senator: Hiram Revels became Senator from Mississippi from Feb. 25, 1870, to March 4, 1871, during Reconstruction. Edward Brooke became the first African-American Senator since Reconstruction, 1966–1979. Carol Mosely Braun became the first black woman Senator serving from 1992–1998 for the state of Illinois. (There have only been a total of five black senators in U.S. history: the remaining two are Blanche K. Bruce [1875–1881] and Barack Obama (2005– ).
  • U.S. cabinet member: Robert C. Weaver, 1966–1968, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development under Lyndon Johnson; the first black female cabinet minister was Patricia Harris, 1977, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development under Jimmy Carter.
  • U.S. Secretary of State: Gen. Colin Powell, 2001–2004. The first black female Secretary of State was Condoleezza Rice, 2005–.
  • Major Party Nominee for President: Sen. Barack Obama, 2008. The Democratic Party selected him as its presidential nominee.
  • U.S. President: Sen. Barack Obama. Obama defeated Sen. John McCain in the general election on November 4, 2008, and was inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States on January 20, 2009.     Source: Infoplease.com

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

NAACP Creates "War Room" For Health Care Reform


I just received a notice that the NAACP, the National Urban League and the Black Leadership Forum have formed a unique partnership in the final days of the health care debate. Hmmm... I guess it is better late than never, but I have to wonder why it took these groups so long to come together? They are asking members and non-members of the NAACP to Join their work in "The War Room." Ouch...
 
Why does everything that America does have to be related to "War" ?

Any-who, the NAACP is asking that you Join their War Room — from your home or office — by taking 2 minutes to call your Member of Congress today and let him or her know that you support health care reform with a strong public option.



My question to the NAACP is "what does a strong public option mean"? what specific proposal has the NAACP created and put out their for the public to review?  Just a question....

Have the answer? Please share...








GOP the "Taliban Ticket" Wins in Virgina

A reported in the Washington Post, U.S. Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) also likened the Republican ticket in Virginia this year to Afghanistan's radical Taliban movement in comments broadcast Sunday by WAMU radio.

At a get-out-the-vote rally in Fairfax County, Moran said: "I mean, if the Republicans were running in Afghanistan, they'd be running on the Taliban ticket as far as I can see."

So... Don't hate me, I'm just agreeing with  U.S. Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.).

Yes, I'm talking about Republicans Robert F. McDonnell who is now Governor Elect, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and state Sen. Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, who is now Attorney General, Elect. As the washington post noted, "by some accounts, the three represent the most conservative Republican ticket to run in Virginia in many years."
Look out blacks, Gays and Lesbians. We may be going back in time with these three stooges. 


 

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Police used a Taser gun to restrain a resident outside of his home as it burned


As a posted in the Dailykos, a man tased as his house burned - No kidding!

According to Sarah Steimer at at Kent News Net the resident, Mike Bartlett, said he was returning from downtown for his cell phone when he noticed his sister's room on fire. He ran in to make sure she was not there and continued to find his friends in the basement and alert them of the fire. He said his cousin's girlfriend was sleeping upstairs so he went back in the house to retrieve her.

"As I was running downstairs, I could hear the window glass popping because of the heat," Bartlett said.

When he went got outside, Bartlett said police officers were at the end of the driveway. He said he approached them for help, but they dismissed him. As he walked toward one of his friends, he said the officers tackled and restrained him with the Taser gun, giving them no reason for their force.

According to the Kent City Police levels of resistance report, Bartlett used psychological and physical active resistance to avoid arrest. The report stated he was both combative and intoxicated. No one from the Police Department was available for comment.

Bartlett said he was not offered medical attention by the officers. Instead, he was taken directly to the police station. Bartlett went to the hospital following his court appearance Sunday. He said he was treated for first- and second-degree burns. Read More HERE


AAPP:  Get this, the Kent City Police said that Bartlett used psychological and physical active resistance to avoid arrest. Why was this man arrested for saving people's lives? Don't you think the police are out of control with these tasers?



I have had enough of the tasering of our children, teens,  the disabled, pregnant mothers, handicapped, and the blind. Join us on December 4th as we bring people of all backgrounds together on this issue. "Stop Taser Torture, blogging for Justice." as we raise awareness and trigger a global discussion. 

Contact us at: stoptasertorture@gmail.com to register your blog.

Don’t forget to support the petition to the United States Congress calling for public hearings on the systemic human rights violations occurring with Federal funding for the use of Tasers® against American citizens.
As Micheal Jackson wrote. It does not matter if your Black or White.


We all must come together and become activist on this issue of Taser Torture in Barack Obama's home town of of Chicago and across America.


We are hoping you will join the movement.


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- Police State: Cop Caught On Camera beating special education student for not having his shirt tucked in
- Police State: Florida cop attempts drive-by Tasering, runs over suspect
- Police State: 14-Year-Old Girl Tasered In The Head
- Police State: Cops Taser a 76-Year-Old Tractor Driver in Parade
- Police State: Mother Watched Son Tasered To Death
- Police State: Cops pepperspray, taser mentally challenged, deaf man, while using the toilet
- Police State: Cops Taser Child 19 Times Leaving Him in a Coma
- Police State: Cop Tasers Mom In Front of Her Children
- Unedited Dash Cam Footage of Grandmother Being Tased
- Taser use to obtain DNA not unconstitutional: NIAGARA COURTS RULING
- Prison officer zaps children with 50,000-volt stun gun ‘to show them what a day at work is like’
- Top cop fired for allegedly using Taser on wife
- Ex-NFL Player Tasered For Pointing At Cop

The Atlanta Election in Black and White

The City of Atlanta will hold municipal elections on Tuesday, Nov. 3 in an effort to fill the offices for Mayor, multiple City Council seats and the Board of Education. The incumbent mayor, Shirley Franklin will be ineligible to run for re-election due to term limits on her office. As a result, the mayoral campaign has been left wide open and has led to a hotly contested race. More HERE

Now the big question is will a veteran City Council member (who is white), who hails from the largely white neighborhood of Buckhead be the next mayor of Atlanta?
Is this post-racial politics in Atlanta? No I don't think so. But as reported by The LA Times, Norwood's success among black voters has become the most important dynamic in the closing days of the contest to succeed second-term Mayor Shirley Franklin.


In a poll Thursday of registered Atlanta voters conducted by local firm InsiderAdvantage, Norwood received 45% support overall. (A SurveyUSA poll showed her with 46%.) Among the African Americans polled, Norwood received 34% support in the InsiderAdvantage poll -- a narrow plurality.

The black support has helped place Norwood far ahead of three other serious contenders, all of them African Americans with impressive resumes. Her closest competitor is Reed, a former state senator, who had 25% overall support in the InsiderAdvantage poll.

As reported in the Atlanta Journal, For months, Franklin refused to say which candidate she supports. She's been clear she wouldn't endorse the front-runner, Councilwoman Mary Norwood. Franklin wrote a blog entry on The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Political Insider column last week saying that Norwood has not demonstrated "vision, competence or integrity in her public life."

The mayor has also been critical of Norwood for not voting in June with the majority of the council in favor of raising taxes, which Franklin said was necessary to end furloughs on police officers.

ATLANTA, GA (WABE) - During an Atlanta Mayoral debate today, candidate Mary Norwood dismissed critical comments made by outgoing Mayor Shirley Franklin. More HERE



As reported by The LA Times, Norwood's commanding lead in the polls has raised the possibility that she may win more than 50% of the vote, obviating the need for a runoff. Her success has also prompted a new line of attack from foes, including Reed, who have accused her of being a closet Republican in a Democratic-leaning city.


AAPP: At the end of this day we will see if Atlanta will experience a post racial moment and elect its first white mayor in over 35 years. I can't wait to see the results, can you?




Man with his hands on a squad carTasered on his neck by Minneapolis Police

The Minneapolis Police Department is again defending itself against accusations that an officer went too far during an arrest. 

Video given to WCCO-TV late Monday night shows a man with his hands on a squad car when an officer uses a Taser on his neck.

Attorney Albert Goins is suing the City of Minneapolis on behalf of his client, Rolando Ruiz. They're asking for $75,000 and that the officer involved be reprimanded. 


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The video given to WCCO starts only seconds before the Taser is used on Ruiz, not what led up to the incident. But in that time, no struggle can be seen before the officer used his Taser on Ruiz. What is seen is Ruiz with his hands on the hood of the officer's car.

The dash camera of the squad car was rolling when the officer approached Ruiz with Taser in hand.  see Video HERE


Another reason why you should join the stop taser torture movement. We need to stop Police Taser Abuse








Monday, November 2, 2009

Black Folks and American Color Issues - No Change Since 1963

We are in no better position than we were in 1963. 

President Obama gives a speech. 
 
Politico and other news outlets are reporting that despite America's decades-long struggle to achieve racial equality and the election last year of the country’s first African-American president, Americans remain hopeful but highly skeptical that race relations will significantly improve in the near future, according to a new Gallup Poll. More HERE

In the survey, 56 percent said they believed that race relations would “eventually be worked out,” an almost identical result as the 55 percent who answered that way in 1963, Gallup reported. 


“In short, despite all that has happened in the intervening decades, there is scarcely more hope now than there was those many years ago that the nation’s race-relations situation will be solved,” the company said.


Blacks remain much more pessimistic than whites that race relations will eventually improve, the survey found. More HERE


NAACP Calls for Federal Investigation into Use of Tasers

The Modesto/Stanislaus NAACP calls for a federal investigation into the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department’s use of tasers and into the deaths of three inmates who died while in custody over the past five months.
“There is a need for an independent investigation of a higher authority with subpoena powers in order to get to the bottom of why so many people are dying while in police custody. A due process should take place to hold offenders accountable, but it shouldn’t result in a death sentence before even making it to trial.  It raises grave concerns that all three died "after" being tasered,” stated Wendy Byrd, President of the Modesto/Stanislaus NAACP.

In light of the deaths in association with tasering, the NAACP will now file a formal complaint with the Department of Justice and the Stanislaus County Grand Jury to thoroughly investigate this matter.  The National Office of the NAACP has also developed a new Rapid Reporting System that allows citizens from any state to submit information directly to the national office.  Go to www.naacp.org for more information.
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NOTE: Amnesty International says that between 2001 and August 2008, 334 Americans died after Taser shocks. The stun gun was deemed to have caused or contributed to at least 50 of those deaths, Amnesty says, citing medical examiners and coroners. Most suspects were unarmed, and many were subjected to repeated or prolonged shocks, according to Amnesty. The human rights group has called for governments to limit the use of stun guns or suspend their use. In November 2007, the UN Committee Against Torture released a statement saying “use of Taser X26 weapons, provoking extreme pain, constituted a form of torture, and… in certain cases, it could also cause death.”

Join us on December 4th. “Stop Taser Torture, blogging for Justice.” as we raise awareness and trigger a global discussion.

Contact: StopTaserTorture@gmail.com to register your blog.

Don’t forget to support the petition to the United States Congress calling for public hearings on the systemic human rights violations occurring with Federal funding for the use of Tasers® against American citizens. The United Nation’s Committee against Torture has declared that Taser use can constitute a form of torture, while USA: Amnesty International has an on-going concern about the use of tasers on American citizens. More HERE

Have a question? Need additional information? Want to participate? Register via email: StopTaserTorture@gmail.com


Sunday, November 1, 2009

"I'm Not Taking the H1N1 Flu Vaccine."

Yes, I said it.  This black man will not be taking the H1N1 flu vaccine." Yes I know about the dramatic impact the pandemic appears to be having on black folks as Swine flu kicks into higher gear. I'm not going to listen to the white conservatives on this issue either. More HERE

I'm one of the 48 percent of black old schoolers who, Despite the risk, won't be getting a flu shot. No I'm not a senior yet, but the fact of the matter is black folks who are in there 40's 50's and 60's won't be getting a full shot any time soon.


Some believe that the reason black folks, particularly black men won't be getting flu shots is due to a lingering distrust of public health inoculation programs, and the wacked 1932 Tuskegee syphilis studies of black men. Yes I don't particularly trust public health inoculation programs. do you?


There are many people in the black community, particularly black men, who don't trust public health inoculation programs. Take for instance Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan, who questions the H1N1 flu vaccine claiming it was made to kill people, according to UPI. More HERE



But he is not the only one questioning the H1N1 flu vaccine. As noted in the Examiner.com article, if you've been following the controversy over the H1N1 flu vaccine you may already be aware that Farrakhan is not alone in his observation that the vaccine is considered unhealthy and not necessary for everyone; even the scientists who helped develop the smallpox vaccine say they are not going to take the vaccine and urge their friends and family not to take it either. More HERE






  • Boston's Public Health Commission found that 37% of all swine flu cases in that city occurred among blacks, though the black population is only 25%. Likewise, Hispanics comprise 14% of Boston residents but one-third of all confirmed H1N1 cases. Even more disturbing, three of every four people hospitalized for the virus in Boston have been black or Hispanic.

  • Chicago's Department of Public Health studied 1,500 lab-confirmed swine flu cases between late April and late July and found blacks and Hispanics were four times more likely to be hospitalized than whites.

  • Oklahoma's Department of Public Health reported last week that African-American children in the state were being hospitalized for swine flu at three times the rate of white children and twice the rate of Native American children. The higher hospitalization most likely reflects disparities in health conditions among population groups, experts say.
    Asthma and obesity, for instance, are more prevalent among African-Americans and Latinos, precisely the kinds of conditions that can lead to more severe reactions to the H1N1 virus.
    Low-income families also are less likely to have health insurance and more likely to delay seeking treatment until a child has to go to the emergency room.




  • After watching what can happen to those taking these bogus flu vaccines... count me out! but, hey, don't let my opinion stop you.

  • Boston's Public Health Commission found that 37% of all swine flu cases in that city occurred among blacks, though the black population is only 25%. Likewise, Hispanics comprise 14% of Boston residents but one-third of all confirmed H1N1 cases. Even more disturbing, three of every four people hospitalized for the virus in Boston have been black or Hispanic.

  • Chicago's Department of Public Health studied 1,500 lab-confirmed swine flu cases between late April and late July and found blacks and Hispanics were four times more likely to be hospitalized than whites.

  • Oklahoma's Department of Public Health reported last week that African-American children in the state were being hospitalized for swine flu at three times the rate of white children and twice the rate of Native American children. The higher hospitalization most likely reflects disparities in health conditions among population groups, experts say.
    Asthma and obesity, for instance, are more prevalent among African-Americans and Latinos, precisely the kinds of conditions that can lead to more severe reactions to the H1N1 virus.
    Low-income families also are less likely to have health insurance and more likely to delay seeking treatment until a child has to go to the emergency room.


  • Boston's Public Health Commission found that 37% of all swine flu cases in that city occurred among blacks, though the black population is only 25%. Likewise, Hispanics comprise 14% of Boston residents but one-third of all confirmed H1N1 cases. Even more disturbing, three of every four people hospitalized for the virus in Boston have been black or Hispanic.

  • Chicago's Department of Public Health studied 1,500 lab-confirmed swine flu cases between late April and late July and found blacks and Hispanics were four times more likely to be hospitalized than whites.

  • Oklahoma's Department of Public Health reported last week that African-American children in the state were being hospitalized for swine flu at three times the rate of white children and twice the rate of Native American children. The higher hospitalization most likely reflects disparities in health conditions among population groups, experts say.
    Asthma and obesity, for instance, are more prevalent among African-Americans and Latinos, precisely the kinds of conditions that can lead to more severe reactions to the H1N1 virus.
    Low-income families also are less likely to have health insurance and more likely to delay seeking treatment until a child has to go to the emergency room.

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    National Wave of Privatization Scandals and Disasters Ignored By Media

    Source: Black Agenda Report


    the real vandals 













    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Bruce Dixon


    The total absence of local journalism in many markets, and the fixation of what news reporting there is on a handful of crime and celebrity stories helps conceal from the public the real price of global empire and the Wall Street Bailout, or how the privatization measures widely undertaken by state and local governments to relieve their financial pressure have been a cavalcade of corruption, a cascade of scandal and failure that make the rich even richer and the rest of us... well, you know...Read More HERE

    Another reason why I'm for the death penalty... in some cases

    Here is just another reason why I'm for the death penalty. This is a picture of pure evil.

    Anthony Sowell
    Anthony Sowell

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Women claiming to have been attacked by Ohio convicted sex offender Anthony Sowell,are coming forward to share their horrifying experiences, Fox 8 Cleveland reported.

    Cleveland police search the porch at the home of Anthony Sowell, where bodies have been discovered  Friday, Oct. 30, 2009.

    Two women told Fox 8 Cleveland that they believe Sowell, 50, would have killed them and said they feel lucky to be alive.

    "He was gonna kill me," one alleged victim said.

    "I have scars on my neck and nerve damage. I couldn't leave the house for months. I was afraid to go to the store. I could not sleep."

    The alleged victim told local reporters that when she turned down an offer from Sowell to drink beer with him, he "punched her in the face and dragged her to his house," according to Fox 8 Cleveland. Also read Ohio Cops Find Multiple Bodies At Rapist's Home

    She managed to escape from his house and flag down police, Fox 8 Cleveland reported. Sowell was arrested for rape, kidnapping and robbery — but the case never made it to court.

    Other women weren't as lucky as these alleged victims. Police found six decomposing bodies at Anthony Sowell's Ohio home last week, four years after he was released from a U.S. prison after serving 15 years for a rape conviction.


    Two dead bodies were identified by county Coroner Frank Miller as black females and one death was ruled a homicide. No race or gender was determined for the others. Autopsies were performed on all six bodies.

    On Saturday, the coroner's office confirmed that all six bodies were female, and most of them appeared to have been killed by strangulation, according to Fox 8 Cleveland.

    Police spokesman Lt. Thomas Stacho said Sowell was arrested as he walked down the street on the east side of Cleveland. Sowell initially denied he was the man authorities were looking for but admitted his identity as officers began fingerprinting him, Stacho said.

    Police established a command post in the neighborhood to take missing-person reports and additional information on outstanding missing persons in the neighborhood.

    Teresa Hicks, 48, was among the neighbors who said they were relieved about the arrest but left with a heightened fear of crime. She said she has known Sowell since high school.

    "He was crazy," she said from her porch. Read More HERE

    AAPP: OK, after reading about what happened in this case, are you for the death penalty... in this case? Or should we let the prisoners deal with him?

    Either way he is a dead man walking.

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