Trayvon Martin Shooting Inspiring Law & Order: SVU Episode? See the First Look Pics

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has always featured
episodes ripped straight from the world’s most
controversial headlines and it looks like this hot-button
tradition will continue in the drama’s 15th season.
The NBC procedural is currently filming an episode that
looks to be inspired by one of the biggest and most
controversial legal stories of the year: the shooting of
Trayvon Martin and the trial of George Zimmerman.
Based on these photos snapped on the set Tuesday,
SVU is taking on the case that both polarized and
outraged the nation.
According to the Daily Mail, Cybill Shepard has been
tasked to play a vigilante-like character who killed a
black teenager named Mehcad. Arrested
Development’s Jeffrey Tambor is playing her lawyer,
and the scene filmed yesterday involved a protest very
much like the ones held during Zimmerman’s trial in
July. Extras can be seen holding signs almost identical
to the ones created to mourn Trayvon Martin.
Castmembers Ice-T, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer
and Raul Esparza were also filming at the protest
scenes. The episode is allegedly titled “American
When asked if this episode was in fact based on the
Trayvon Martin case, NBC would only say: “SVU is
This is not the first time SVU has tackled mainstream
cases. Last season, the series aired an
episode featuring a hip-hop star named Caleb
Bryant accused of physically assaulting his girlfriend
Micha, who is also a famous singer. Sound familiar?
The new season of Law & Order: SVU premieres Sept.
25 on NBC.


DMX Arrested in South carolina Over marijuana possession

An illegal U-turn by the rapper’s truck and a
warrant for driving under suspension
prompted the arrest on Tuesday, August 20.
Following his arrest
late last month in
South Carolina under
suspicions of driving
under the influence
and driving without a
license, hip-hop artist
and actor DMX was
again apprehended
by police late
Tuesday, August 20 in
his home state. The
42-year-old rapper’s
outstanding warrant
stemming from this recent case was one of the
grounds for the police to take him into
custody, his third time to make a visit to jail
this year.
The arrest was made after the truck that he
was riding was stopped by authorities in the
city of Greer for making an illegal U-turn and
the police realized that he had a warrant out
for driving under suspension. They also found
marijuana in the vehicle, for which he and the
truck’s driver Anita Shalawn Rhodes were both
charged with simple possession.
“Though officers pulled them over for a minor
traffic violation, DMX was asked to step
outside so they can search the vehicle. Officers
then claimed that they found bags of
marijuana in the floorboard and arrested,”
DMX’s rep stated, which made the MC “very
aggressive with his words and was making
multiple idle threats.”
The MC was then brought to Greer County jail,
but was shortly released the following morning
and is now back at his home in South Carolina
where he is reportedly under house arrest.
This most recent incident is his third driving-
related arrest this year, committed after
previous multiple offenses that ranged from
speeding to animal cruelty.

Kanye West Sued by Injured Paparazzo Over LAX Camera Scuffle

Daniel Ramos, a paparazzo who claims that
West put him on crutches, says that he is
suing the rapper because he doesn’t ‘want
what happened to me to happen to anyone else’.
Daniel Ramos, a
photographer who was
involved in a camera
scuffle with Kanye West
at LAX in July, has filed
an assault and battery
lawsuit against the
“Black Skinhead” rapper.
Accompanied by his
attorney Gloria Allred,
Ramos spoke to reporters
in a press conference on
Wednesday, August 21.
During the press
conference, Ramos claimed that West’s action
caused injury to his leg. He apparently was
forced to use crutches for two weeks following
the incident and is using cane. “He’s still in
pain,” Allred added, as quoted by Wenn.
The high-profile attorney also revealed in the
Wednesday event that she alerted West’s
attorney, saying that her client sued the
rapper for assault, battery and interference
with his civil rights. “It will be important for
Kanye to apologize. That would be a start…
Kanye needs to do the right thing,” she
Speaking of his reason to sue, Ramos said, “I
was just trying to do my job. I don’t want what
happened to me to happen to anyone else.”
Ramos’ attorney also filed restraining order
against the rapper.
West was passing through a crowd of
photographers who waited for him at Los
Angeles International Airport when the
incident happened back on July 19. A video
obtained by TMZ shows the rapper turned to
one of the photographers and said, “What
you’re trying to do is get me in trouble, so I
step out and have to pay you like $250,000,”
before wrestling Ramos.
Last week, the L.A. County district attorney’s
office decided not to file a felony charge.
However, the case was referred to the city
attorney who could file misdemeanor charge.

Trolling Racist Van.

Futile Democracy

Stewart Lee once said that if ‘political correctness’ had achieved one thing, it had forced the Conservative Party to cloak their inherent racism behind more creative language. This July confirmed that Lee may be onto something. The Tories have evolved from this catchy little 1964 Tory campaign leaflet distributed in Birmingham at the time:


To their new, far more subtle campaign, featuring more creative, yet similarly dirty language and imagery:


The campaign has drawn condemnation from all sections of the political spectrum. From Lib Dem coalition partners like Business Secretary Vince Cable, who called the vans “Stupid and offensive”, to, amazingly, far right, anti-immigration Nigel Farage who quite rightly noted:

“The danger is that the kind of message that is being sent from these billboards will be taken not just by illegal immigrants but also by many people of settled ethnic minorities as being some sort of sign of open…

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A Tribute to Beck: The Girl Who Believed In Miracles

The Perks of Having Cancer!


I first met Beck when she strolled into my office at Marystown Central High School to have a chat.  While I have met hundreds of students over the years, something about this girl stood out to me.  She seemed like an old soul in a young body; possessing far too much wisdom for a 17 year old.   Later I heard that Beck had “hooked up” (as the young folks would say) with my cousin’s daughter, April, so essentially, she became part of my extended family.  I am not quite sure if it happened before or after she met the love of her life, but I do recall the horror I felt upon hearing the devastating news that she had cancer.   Even sadder than the diagnosis, was the realization that a medical error prevented her diagnosis from being shared for about a year; a time during which the cancer metastasized to…

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Why Men Don’t Want to Get Married

Written By: Derrick Jaxn

ImageD. Wade has finally reached a multi-million dollar settlement with his ex-wife. The ex-wife who was arrested for attempting to abduct their children and then claimed to be homeless despite the (paid for)mansion, 4 cars, and $25,000 per month  she’s gotten from Wade since the two’s split. While claiming to be homeless, there just so happened to be a close friend of hers nearby with a home-made sign describing her homelessness to anyone who may have been curious. Right.

This arguing over who gets what is nothing new, but I find the consistency of post-marital money issues interesting being that pre-nuptial agreements are so frowned upon. That’s like a parent who sees other babies wetting their underwear but refuses to buy diapers for their own child for fear they might actually need them one day.

I know, not all women are like this. Most women are…

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Letter to the NC General Assembly: I Can No Longer Afford to Teach

making our way

Dear members of the North Carolina General Assembly,

The language in this letter is blunt because the facts are not pretty. Teaching is my calling, a true vocation, a labor of love, but I can no longer afford to teach.

I moved to North Carolina to teach and to settle in to a place I love. My children were born here; we have no plans to leave. I reassured my family in Michigan, shocked at my paltry pay and health benefits, that North Carolina had an established 200 year history of placing a high value on public education and that things would turn around soon.

When I moved here and began teaching in 2007, $30,000 was a major drop from the $40,000 starting salaries being offered by districts all around me in metro Detroit, but it was fine for a young single woman sharing a house with roommates and paying…

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Police State UK: The Rights You Didn’t Know You’d Lost

Scriptonite Daily


Recent decades have seen a dramatic curtailing of hard won civil liberties. These restrictions have been inadvertently cushioned by the expansion of the internet and the ability to exercise some of these rights by proxy on the web. Today we look at the scale of the civil liberties confiscations.

What are Civil Liberties Anyway?


“Civil liberties is another name for the political freedoms that we must have available to us all if it to be true to say of us that we live in a society that adheres to the principle of representative, or democratic, government.” ~ Professor Conor Gearty

These liberties can loosely be described as the right to vote, the right to life, the prohibition of torture, security of the person, the right to personal liberty and due process of law, freedom of expression and freedom of association.

In the UK they were developed through the English…

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The Birth of a Police State: UK Police to be Granted Sweeping New Powers

Scriptonite Daily


The UK Government is about to pass legislation which will make any behaviour perceived to potentially ‘cause nuisance or annoyance’ a criminal offence. The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill also grants local authorities, police and even private security firms sweeping powers to bar citizens from assembling lawfully in public spaces.  Those who refuse orders under the new rules will face arrest, fines and even prison time.

The Ever Increasing Powers


Since the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, which introduced Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) the government has invented and legislated for a litany of such orders covering everything from dog poo to drug addiction, including but not limited to: Control Orders; Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Orders; Intervention Orders; Crack House Closure Orders; Premise Closure Orders; Brothel Closure Orders; Gang Related Violence Injunctions; Designated Public Place Orders; Special…

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Five Minutes with Dave Martin

The Blog

Every once in a while, we get to sit down with an Automattician to help you get to know the people who work behind the scenes here. These are the people who build new features, keep Automattic running, and make the best it can be. This week, we’re very pleased to introduce you to Mr. Dave Martin: Growth Designer, frequent mover, and family guy extraordinaire. 

What is your current role at Automattic? Tell us about the path that led you here.

I have to confess that I’m a bit of a nomad. In thirty-two years, I’ve lived in fifty-three different homes. My career has followed suit. Before Automattic, the longest I’ve ever stayed with a company was two years.

dave martinAt the beginning of this year, I made my fourth role swap within Automattic, having worked as a designer on Akismet, CodePoet, and WordPress Core, running usability tests, designing…

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