The White Stripes Continue Their Battle Against Donald Trump With “Icky Trump” T-Shirt

first_imgThe White Stripes are pissed. Just two days ago, former band members Jack White and Meg White made a rare joint statement to denounce presidential candidate and all-around terrifying human being Donald Trump‘s use of their song “Seven Nation Army” at his campaign rallies. Jack White is a very vocal member of the music community, while Meg White has faded into recluse since they disbanded, so Trump’s use of their song must have really struck a nerve if she was involved in a public statement. The Stripes did not mince words, making their feelings perfectly clear on the matter, as you can see below.Well, the Stripes’ outrage continues, as they have now released an anti-Trump t-shirt for sale on the website for Jack White’s Third Man Records. The shirt says “Icky Trump” on the front, a play on their hit single “Icky Thump”, with a verse of lyrics from the song on the back of the shirt that perfectly matches their anti-Trump sentiment. The verse reads:White Americans? What?Nothing better to do?Why don’t you kick yourself out?You’re an immigrant too.Who’s using who?What should we do?Well, you can’t be a pimpAnd a prostitute too.Pretty powerful and spot on stuff. You can purchase the “Icky Trump” t-shirt for $25 at this link.last_img read more

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Second Circuit Board Candidates Platform Statements

first_img March 1, 2005 Regular News Below are platform statements for candidates for the special election for Second Circuit, Seat 2, on The Florida Bar Board of Governors.Filing for the contest closed February 15, and the winner will be sworn in at the June Annual Meeting to finish the last year in the term of board member Michael Glazer, who is resigning from the board.Ballots will be mailed around March 1 (along with ballots for the seven regular 2005 board races), and must be returned to the Bar’s election company no later than midnight, March 21. As explained in the ballot, members have the option of casting a paper ballot, or voting online.If there is a runoff, those ballots will be mailed around April 1, and must be returned by midnight April 21.March 15 is the deadline for filing for the 17th Circuit, Seat 3, special election to replace board member Henry Latimer, who was killed in a car accident January 24. If contested, ballots for that race will be mailed around April 1 and must be returned no later than midnight April 21, and platform statements will be in the April 1 Bar News. Dominic M. Caparello Thank you for the opportunity to represent you and the Second Judicial Circuit on The Florida Bar Board of Governors. I believe my background and experience as a civil trial attorney, with prior leadership positions within the local and state bar associations, will allow me to be an effective voice for you within the Bar.My prior experience in Bar matters has convinced me that effective representation requires not only listening and articulating your positions, but also that your representative be able to translate your views into concrete and affirmative action with results. As a past president of the Tallahassee Bar Association, chair of the Bar’s Trial Lawyers Section, member of this circuit’s judicial nominating commission, and chair of the Bar’s Judicial Nominating Committee, I have been actively involved in reaching consensus and obtaining results for you on many issues that have had meaningful impact on our practices.Our circuit is fortunate in that it includes a significant number of governmental attorneys. Given the unique employment constraints government lawyers face, some issues will affect them differently. However, regardless of whether your practice is in the private or the public sector, most Bar issues affect us equally. All of us must continue to fend off the almost yearly legislative attempts to regulate attorneys and erode the independence of our courts. To this end, proper court staffing and funding is critical. New judgeships will be requested by the Supreme Court. We need to safeguard the process that allows judges to be selected on the basis of ability, intellect, and temperament, as free from politics as possible.Diversity, professionalism, and how attorneys are perceived by the public are crucial. As a past chair of the Bar’s Trial Lawyers Section, I have been able to diversify the section by increasing minority representation and adding different practice areas within the section’s executive council. I will continue my efforts to increase diversity in the Bar’s decision-making process.CLE, board certification, and professionalism requirements must be made as fair, cost effective, and as available as possible. I hope to be able to implement more creative ways in which all attorneys, government and private, can meet their Bar obligations without undue cost and time hardships. I also hope to make practice area specialization and re-certification more fair by offering alternative methods to maintaining certification.Advertising, public perception of attorneys, multidisciplinary, and multijurisdictional practice issues, as well as Article V funding and legislative or constitutional reforms, will continue to create challenges for all of us. I have had firsthand experience in dealing with these issues for you and I want to continue to protect your interests. I know I can do so effectively, and ask for your confidence and vote. I believe in a fair, united, and inclusive, rather than exclusive, Bar and I pledge to you my very best and sincerest efforts to represent all attorneys in our circuit. I hope I can count on your vote and ask that you please remember to send in your ballot in my support. Thank you.Charles E. “Chuck” Hobbs II Second Circuit Board Candidates Platform Statements Second Circuit Board Candidates Platform Statementscenter_img Contrary to popular opinion, the practice of law encompasses more than notoriety and pecuniary gain as our profession, more than most, is centered on public service. Toward this end it would be an honor for me to serve on the Board of Governors as a representative from the Second Judicial Circuit, Seat 2. I currently practice as an associate with the Knowles and Randolph law firm.In the 50 years since its founding The Florida Bar has strove to become an ethnically and gender diverse organization, but despite great gains, its governing body remains underrepresentative of the minority legal population. If elected, I would be fortunate to continue the work of my mother, Dr. Vivian L. Hobbs, a public member of the board from 2000-2004, and the late Judge Henry Lattimer, to name a few, in working to provide a voice for minorities and women.Further, I am interested in providing a voice for individuals who work in state government, small firms, or in solo practice. Following graduation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, I served as an assistant state attorney for William N. Meggs. I have since been a trial lawyer, first as an associate with Frank E. Sheffield, P.A., and then as a sole practitioner. For four years, I served as a member of the conflict panel providing counsel to indigent clients in our circuit. These experiences gave me an understanding of the vicissitudes that define the practice of law for a significant number of attorneys in our circuit. I would advocate increased mentoring opportunities between new and seasoned lawyers similar to the American Inns of Court. Through mentorship, many of the problems that plague small firms and sole practitioners may be ameliorated.As attorneys, we are afforded a unique opportunity to shape cultural mores through advocacy and judicial fiat. One of the most important issues that our profession faces, however, is overcoming the negative attacks that have made “lawyer” synonymous with “greed.” Special interest groups have falsely accused lawyers of prosecuting frivolous lawsuits that drive doctors and businesses from our state. Further, over the past 10 years, the legislature has placed considerable restraints on our criminal court judges by implementing mandatory sentencing laws. Arguably, these changes are a direct result of public perception that our prosecutors and judges are soft on crime. As a governor, I would work to launch an expansive public relations campaign to inform the citizens of our state about our profession. highlighting the altruism that lawyers display through pro bono assistance and the countless hours spent by judges ensuring that the public has an opportunity to be heard, we can do more to define ourselves in the court of public opinion.If elected, I will work to combat the insidious campaigns that cast our profession as ignoble. These goals will be achieved by more diversity on the governing board, enhanced professionalism through mentorships, and the zealous advocacy of the complete autonomy of the judicial branch of government. Lynne Quimby-Pennock My name is Lynne Quimby-Pennock, and I am asking for your vote for the Second Judicial Circuit, Seat 2, representative to the Board of Governors of The Florida Bar.I have lived and practiced in the Second Circuit for over 20 years. We have a rich tradition of representation, and I intend to continue that tradition.Having served on one of the grievance committees for our circuit, I developed a keen sense of some issues facing our profession. Although discipline is a huge part of the Bar’s function, professionalism and education must also be at the forefront.I want to focus on education and professionalism. Not just our own continuing legal education requirements, but also the ongoing education of the public as to what we do, and how we can assist all persons. Professionalism is a key to our success, and unfortunately there appears to be a lack of it among our brethren. I became an attorney because I held a number of local lawyers in high regard. However, after achieving my goal, I have seen the professionalism I originally witnessed erode away. I believe that through education we can improve ourselves and our profession.My work experiences and community involvement have been extensive. I have practiced with several state agencies and currently work as an assistant general counsel for the Department of Health. I have been a member of the Florida Government Bar Association for a number of years and recently served as its president. Our local teen court is a unique opportunity to help youth in our community and I have enjoyed the numerous evenings spent serving as a judge for teen court. We are fortunate to live with a law school in our midst, and I also have enjoyed judging the various mock trials/moot court events it has sponsored. Additionally, I am a member of the Tallahassee Women Lawyers Association. My husband and I actively support the Children’s Home Society, the Alzheimer’s Project of Tallahassee, the FSU Boosters, and our children’s various school functions. I am a proud five-plus gallon blood donor, and I encourage each of you to donate blood as you can.I would welcome your thoughts and comments about issues that are important to you. You may contact me via e-mail at [email protected] I will study the issues facing the board, attempt to get feedback from you, and try my best to communicate with all our members.Please vote for me, Lynne Quimby-Pennock, in the upcoming election for the Board of Governors, Seat 2. Thank you for your support in this challenging and exciting endeavor.last_img read more

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Trojans file appeal of NCAA sanctions

first_imgAfter absorbing a harsh blow by the NCAA, USC has decided to fight back.The university will appeal the several sanctions — a two-year bowl ban and a loss of 30 scholarships from 2011-2013 — deemed “too severe” and “inconsistent with precedent.”“We disagree with many of the findings in the report from the NCAA Committee on Infractions and assert that the penalties imposed are too severe for the violations identified and are inconsistent with precedent in similar cases,” said Todd Dickey, USC’s senior vice president for administration, in a statement released  Friday.Not in control · First-year coach Lane Kiffin and the Trojans hope the school’s appeal will allow them to compete in a bowl game in 2011-2012. – Geo Tu | Summer Trojan In the release, USC announced it will ask for the two-year bowl ban to be reduced to one year.  The university also seeks a reduction in scholarship penalties for the football program — instead of losing 10 scholarships each year from 2011-2013, the Trojans are asking it be reduced to five each year.The NCAA infractions committee plans to meet in late September and early November, but, with the time frame given, USC decided to accept the bowl ban for the upcoming season and hope the NCAA will leave it at that.A four-year investigation of the university’s athletic program resulted in a 67-page report that penalized USC for a lack of institutional control.Two of the primary culprits listed in the report included former football Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush and basketball one-and-done prep star O.J. Mayo.The football team was not the only subject of controversy for the university.  The men’s basketball team and women’s tennis team were also cited in the report, but the NCAA did not take any further action against the basketball team.Earlier this year, the university self-imposed sanctions on the basketball team, banning it from postseason play for the 2009-2010 season, forfeiting all victories in the only season Mayo was eligible and reducing the amount of scholarships the program is allowed to use for the next two years.Bush received lavish gifts from two would-be sports marketers — Lloyd Lake and Michael Michaels — and his family also accepted payments for hotel stays and a rent-free home in San Diego.“The university recognizes that violations of NCAA rules did occur, especially involving impermissible benefits going to student athletes as well as their friends and families, from unscrupulous sports agents and sports marketers,” Dickey said. “We take full responsibility for those violations, given that they happened on our watch.”The NCAA declared Bush was ineligible to play beginning in December 2004 and, in turn, USC was ordered to forfeit every victory in which Bush participated while ineligible.Bush’s Heisman Trophy could be revoked as well.  Members of the Heisman Trust said they might review Bush’s award if the NCAA deemed him ineligible.Bush has acknowledged no wrongdoing and vowed to help USC fight the sanctions.“I’m going to do everything I can to make this right, some way, somehow, some shape or form, if it’s the last thing I do,” he said.The appeals process will take at least several months, and many experts believe an answer in the spring would be the best-case scenario for the university.In that situation, an NCAA overturning of the original ruling and upholding the terms of USC’s appeal would put the school in immediate position to compete in a bowl game — and halve the number of scholarships lost.USC has already begun to find recruits to enroll in January to help  bypass the NCAA’s mandated scholarship limits that kick in next fall.last_img read more

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Meet Todd Blumen, the video coordinator experiencing his 5th Final Four with Syracuse basketball

Published on April 1, 2016 at 8:39 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman HOUSTON — The man who orchestrates behind the scenes has been part of Syracuse basketball for all but one of its six Final Four runs. The exception came in 1975, before he manned the head position he’s in now.He spent his college career with the Orange and has been a staple at SU since. He can be seen floating around the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center during any practice or roaming the court at NRG Stadium as Syracuse prepares for a matchup with No. 1 seed North Carolina (32-6, 14-4 Atlantic Coast).On Saturday, he won’t be on No. 10 seed Syracuse’s (23-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) sideline. His name won’t be mentioned once in any broadcast, any tweet or any phrase before, during or after SU plays UNC. But if the Orange wins and moves one step closer to becoming the lowest-seeded team ever to win the NCAA Tournament, he’ll be up well into Sunday morning helping to scout the only team left between Syracuse and a national title.Meet Todd Blumen, Syracuse basketball video coordinator.“Todd was here about 10 years before I even realized he was still here,” Jim Boeheim said Friday. “I think he was undergraduate for about nine.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBlumen enrolled at Syracuse in 1986 as an undergraduate student and spent four years as a student manager. From 1995-97, he served as a graduate assistant video coordinator while earning his master’s degree from SU before spending five years as a video production assistant. In 2002, he was promoted to Syracuse’s video coordinator and has held the role for the past 14 years, which includes a College Basketball Video Coordinator of the Year award in 2011.He hasn’t been at Syracuse in every year since he first became part of Boeheim’s program, but Blumen has been associated with the same number of Final Four teams as the Hall of Famer. While you’re reading this, he’s probably cutting, watching or distributing film of Syracuse, its next opponent or its potential future opponents somewhere, relishing in the lack of spotlight under which he meticulously operates.“He’s been our video coordinator for a long time,” Boeheim said. “It’s always good to have people who know the program, know what the drill is, know what I like.”Blumen was a freshman during Syracuse’s 1987 Final Four run and had his family at SU’s 1996 appearance since the East Rutherford, New Jersey venue was near his New York City home. He became the head video coordinator a year before Syracuse won its first national championship and has been a mainstay since then, in the two Final Fours and 15 seasons that have followed.In the past week, he’s gathered film on UNC, Oklahoma and Villanova, working with the assistant coaches handling each scouting report to provide the game tape they want. Gerry McNamara is handling the scouting report on the Sooners and they’re the team that will require the deepest diving into the film rolls.To begin, Blumen gathered each of OU’s offensive sets it ran against a zone this season. Then he sifted through the film to find which of the Sooners’ opponents played similar to how the Orange does. He downloaded those tapes and ended up with 16 or 17 full Oklahoma games, he estimated, along with the offensive sets it ran against a zone that aren’t included in that group. By Saturday morning, he and McNamara will have helped compile nearly the entire scouting report on a team Syracuse may not even play.“I got him everything that he wanted,” Blumen said. “He went through and said, ‘OK, do I need these two games also?’ So every game that he wants, I got. And then he goes through, he starts doing that while doing the scouting report … he clips some of the clips to match the scouting report and then we’ll just compile it all together so basically by tomorrow morning, we’ll have the other two scouting reports 99-percent done.”Before the Final Four, Syracuse already had sufficient tape on Villanova from matchups in each of the last two seasons. For UNC, the video scouting report was at the ready from two games played earlier this year.Oklahoma and Villanova play Saturday night before Syracuse faces UNC. Blumen will film that game from a television truck. If SU advances to the national championship, part of the staff will scout the OU-Villanova game into Sunday morning before a morning meeting where the analysis and cut-up film is presented to Boeheim.The players wouldn’t see any film until Monday before the title game. A vast amount of the film preparation deals with scenarios that may not even play out, but the breakdown of North Carolina delves into intricate details as well.“When it’s finally done, it’ll be about a seven-minute cut-up that we’re showing the team,” Blumen said. “But you’re talking about basically how they run the outside screen, how they run the inside screen and then what they do with trying to get the ball into the low post and that stuff.“But for the most part, there’s only so much you can do versus a zone, so it’s more concentrating how they do it against our zone.”Blumen had to receive special permission form the NCAA to spend his yearly Christmas Eve dinner at the Boeheim’s house, according to a Sports Illustrated article. On his birthday earlier this season, the entire team surrounded him in the Melo Center while he dug a knife into a personalized cake. On Friday, Kaleb Joseph came millimeters from kissing Blumen’s cheek in the locker room.He’s ingrained in Syracuse basketball as deeply as his name would be buried on a list of names associated with the team. Millions of people will watch the Final Four on Saturday and everyone will see Boeheim. Nobody will see, or maybe even know Blumen, but he’s just going along for the ride.“With everything that went on this year, the way that Coach was treated by the NCAA and everything … hoping to get in, we got in and then to get here is just really special,” Blumen said. “It’s a lot of fun, but its also a family.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ read more

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Restaurant Guru Workshop taking place at ACC

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisSenior Business Consultant John Schmitt is hosting the Restaurant Guru Workshop at ACC (World Center for Concrete Tech Room 106) on May 24th between 9 to 11:30 AM.Cost:$20 for Chamber members$25 for prospective membersContact the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce at 989-354-4181 or email [email protected] Registration is required.Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/WBKBTV/ Twitter | https://twitter.com/WBKB11 Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/wbkbtv/AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Former AHS grad speaks on dating abuseNext United Steelworkers Local 209 Participate in ‘Informational Picketing’ at Besserlast_img read more

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