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I only have one question for the African-American Christian "leaders" who are encouraging their parishioners to stay home November 6...

Is THIS what the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rep. John Lewis caught all those beatings for?!?!?!?!?!?

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From the Associated Press today:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Clarke Duncan, the hulking, prolific character actor whose dozens of films included an Oscar-nominated performance as a death row inmate in "The Green Mile" and such other box office hits as "Armageddon," ''Planet of the Apes" and "Kung Fu Panda," is dead at age 54.

Clarke died Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was being treated for a heart attack, said his fiancée, reality TV personality Rev. Omarosa Manigault, in a statement released by publicist Joy Fehily.

The muscular, 6-foot-4 Duncan, a former bodyguard who turned to acting in his 30s, "suffered a myocardial infarction on July 13 and never fully recovered," the statement said. "Manigault is grateful for all of your prayers and asks for privacy at this time. Celebrations of his life, both private and public, will be announced at a later date."

In the spring of 2012, Clarke had appeared in a video for PETA, the animal rights organization, in which he spoke of how much better he felt since becoming a vegetarian three years earlier.

"I cleared out my refrigerator, about $5,000 worth of meat," he said. "I'm a lot healthier than I was when I was eating meat."

Duncan had a handful of minor roles before "The Green Mile" brought him an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor. The 1999 film, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, starred Tom Hanks as a corrections officer at a penitentiary in the 1930s. Duncan played John Coffey, a convicted murderer with a surprisingly gentle demeanor and extraordinary healing powers.

Duncan's performance caught on with critics and moviegoers and he quickly became a favorite in Hollywood, appearing in several films a year. He owed some of his good fortune to Bruce Willis, who recommended Duncan for "The Green Mile" after the two appeared together in "Armageddon." Clarke would work with Willis again in "Breakfast of Champions," ''The Whole Nine Yards" and "Sin City."

His industrial-sized build was suited for everything from superhero films ("Daredevil") to comedy ("Talledega Nights," ''School for Scoundrels"). His gravelly baritone alone was good enough for several animated movies, including, "Kung Fu Panda," ''Delgo" and "Brother Bear." Among Clarke's television credits: "The Apprentice," ''The Finder," ''Two and a Half Men" and "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody."

Born in Chicago in 1957, Duncan was raised by a single mother whose resistance to his playing football led to his deciding he wanted to become an actor. But when his mother became ill, he dropped out of college, Alcorn State University, and worked as a ditch digger and bouncer to support her. By his mid-20s, he was in Los Angeles, where he looked for acting parts and became a bodyguard for Will Smith, Jamie Foxx and other stars. The murder of rapper Notorious B.I.G., for whom Duncan had been hired to protect before switching assignments, led him to quit his job and pursue acting full-time.

Early film and television credits, when he was usually cast as a bodyguard or bouncer, included "Bulworth," ''A Night at the Roxbury" and "The Players Club."

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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney had recently wrapped up a sweeping speech that he had given at an annual meeting of the NAACP today. As usual, his speech was nearly a half-hour of bumping his gums together with nothing of substance to show for it. What's worse is that he's actually getting credit for "showing up" at this annual meeting to begin with. Of course, one of the people giving him credit is Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) a.k.a the Non-Allen West black GOP congressman. So, I can't really lend that any sort of credence.

Anyway, back to the speech. As one could expect, Romney tried to mix rhetoric about "repealing Obamacare" with his usual pandering tailored to whatever crowd is before him at the moment. Of course, using Obamacare as a derisive term for the ACA got much deserved booing from the attendees. Even more booing came when he had the nerve to try and say that he, in essence, knows just what the Black community needs. However, what truly leaves me gobsmacked, if not downright offended (generally a difficult proposition), is this...

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Thu Apr 26, 2012 at 05:11 PM PDT

Choice Words: A Call to Action

by Ace Nelson

Well, it looks like Round 2 in the battle for the Internet and freedom in the digital age has kicked into high gear. With CISPA passing the House today, one can only hope that the White House will actually back up its veto threat. To aid that, I've started a petition on Change.org in the hopes of doing what I can to build support and show the POTUS that there really are so many of us that are against this.

Quick note, the petition is actually registered under my real name, which is not much different from my name here.

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When I'm not lurking around here on Daily Kos, working or watching MSNBC, I'm spending my time playing and studying video games. Gaming has been a hobby and passion of mine ever since I was 2 years old, and I have no intention of stopping. As I grew up with video games, the storytelling techniques and the technology therein, I have borne witness to a number of social turning points in the gaming community. So, here I bring you a non-political rant (for once). Time to change up the conversation a little bit.

Cross-posted on my personal blog: Danger Combo 2012

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Mon Mar 19, 2012 at 01:23 PM PDT

Some Things Are Best Left SAID

by Ace Nelson

It's taken me a couple of days, in the midst of everything else going on in my life, to try and compile my thoughts in regards to the events of this past Saturday in New York. The videos I've seen, the news reports and articles posted all over Daily Kos and elsewhere... My sadness at the state of our current democracy and the utter rage that sprang forth after seeing our fellow citizens being brutally assaulted for no reason whatsoever had reached something of a tipping point. Finally, I can express myself coherently and with minimal use of swearing.

Feel free to read onward below the jump. That is, if you're in the mood for another one of my rants.

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The fact that my previous "Choice Words" diary actually warrants a sequel is kinda sad. I mean, back when Allen West was simply bastardizing Hollywood bastardizations of history in order to sell his political talking points (i.e: 300 and The Last Samurai on the topic of women and Planned Parenthood), it was a point where he had already descended on a hazardous downward slope right into outright self-parody. Were he not an elected official, this guy would be the perfect caricature for an episode of South Park, Family Guy or American Dad. Unfortunately, he holds office, and considering how very red his district is, that may not change any time soon.

The part where this individual goes from parody to downright offensive was when he addressed a crowd of Republican guests at the GOP Lincoln Day Dinner in Palm Beach.

'This is a battlefield that we must stand upon and we need to let president Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and my dear friend, the chairman of the democrat national committee, we need to let them know that Florida is not on the table. Take your message of equality of achievement, take your message of economic dependency, and take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else. You can take it to Europe, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, you can take it to the North Pole, but get the hell out of the United States of America.'

Really? You're resorting to "GOP or GTFO?" You're also trying to make the claim, sarcastic or not, that Rep. Wasserman-Schultz is your "dear friend," only to follow up with this metric ton of tripe? Congressman, pull your head out of your ass. Really, I mean this. You apparently spend the majority of your days with it shoved so far up there that daylight, reality and decency really are foreign concepts to you. What's worse is that this seems to be a long standing problem dating back to your miserable tenure in this nation's military. Just do us all a favor: Find some dark hole to climb in and rot there in obscurity. It's not like it'll be much different from where your head is now except for the simple fact that you will no longer be of any harm or embarrassment to the country who's flag your parade around in your rhetoric and who's ideals you tarnish irrevocably by your very existence. In a country where a person, or an approximate facsimile thereof in your case, is ideally judged by the content of their CHARACTER, you have been found disastrously wanting.

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I found this link on the Yahoo front page and after taking a look, I thought I'd share it with my fellow Kosters here. Call this my official return to the community after a bit of a hiatus. Join me after the squiggle for my own thoughts on the matter, won't you?

Check This Out

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Lurking and occasionally commenting is a good way to gauge the climate within any community, DKos is no exception. I miss being a more active member than just posting the odd comment here and there. However, until recently, I didn't have the focus or impetus I needed to keep up with things. That is, until today.

In a short, special "Grand Re-Opening" edition of Current Events, there are simply two diaries here that are being woefully ignored. So, here comes another squeaky wheel to see if we can get this lightning greased.

Join me below the fold, just like old times, won't you? It's time for Ace Nelson's Current Events.

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Good Morning from Bellingham, WA. This is Ace Nelson with the Current Event for the week of June 11 - June 17, 2011. Yesterday, I almost brought myself to postpone the previous line-up for this week's CE, but after finding this on the official website for Countdown with Keith Olbermann, I felt that it was necessary to post the video and transcript as my final two cents/contribution to this whole disgusting affair as it winds down. So, I'll be turning the floor over to Mr. Olbermann, at this point. Transcript and commentary after the fold.

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Good Morning from Bellingham, WA. This is Ace Nelson, and I regrettably must put a temporary hold on the Current Events, at least for the week of June 11 - June 17, 2011. Just this morning, I received news from my parents down in Arizona that my grandmother (a normally irrepressible fireball of a woman) has just suffered her second stroke... And the outlook, at present, isn't good.

Not to make this too short a diary, but I figure I'd at least like to ask for some help. Nothing too fancy. Just send whatever good will, prayers, mantras, etc. you could spare as my family and I try to work through this.

Speaking of work, well... I gotta go.

Thanks in advance, everyone.

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Happy Friday from Bellingham, WA. This is Ace Nelson, back again with the "Current Events" for the week of June 4 - June 10, 2011.

This edition of the CE is looking to be rather short on content this week, considering that the majority of the news cycle has been taken over by the recent scandal plaguing Congressman Anthony Weiner (NY-09). I don't think I can stress enough that there are far bigger stories out there and the fact that the voyeuristic national media here in the US is focused on this and drawing false equivalences to their similar scandals is quite disappointing.

So, to make up for the lack of content, here, is some pretty big news that has not just national but worldwide implications as recent big time breakthroughs have come in the search for a cure to HIV. Can you dig that?

In addition, we've got a rather nice human interest pice on the part of our own JusticePutnam. Plus, some of my own reporting backed up by another Kossack with some invaluable linkage and additional info.

For those who missed last week's Current Events, there was quite a bit going on from the week before which definitely merits catching up on.

On that note, let's get right down to it with this week's Current Events.

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