Cedar's Take: Beyonce' is nothing more than manufactured hype. Strutting across the stage, seductively looking over her shoulder, flipping her hair, making kissey faces for the camera, but beyond that she sings few words, speaks most and lacks the ability to sing at the level of a first round America Idol contestant.
No surprise that she needed all that technology could offer to sing the National Anthem.
I think anyone who aspires to be a professional singer needs to have the National Anthem down cold. It should be second nature since it is less than a minute long and truly the most notable American song.
CMPD Captain Chuck Adkins - who is accused of "neglect of duty" and has been cited for termination, for not helping a victim; will have an open civil service board hearing some time during the next three days.
Adkins a well liked career officer is accused of refusing to help apparently distressed young black woman who came to his house while he was at home late one night. Adkins reportedly told the woman to call 911, but did little more.
Adkins is the CMPD officer who was attacked by a teenage suspect earlier last year over an ongoing neighborhood dispute. Adkins reportedly put dog feces in the teenager's mail box. More about the pooper caper from WCNC here.
Adkins lives in the Reedy Creek area of Charlotte. An area that has seen a rapid increase in crime as minority low income families have moved in to the area once considered middle income.
It has been reported that Adkins thought the woman was part of a prank, and part of the ongoing tension between Adkins and local thugs who roll in and out of the Mecklenburg County Detention Center and live in the neighborhood.
When Adkins heard that the woman who came to his door was later abducted he immediately informed CMPD staff of the encounter, which aided in the victims safe return.
Cedar's Take: I don't agree with what Capt. Adkins did but given the circumstances it was not egregious in anyway, and the board shouldn't uphold Chief Monroe's vindictive firing.
After all Chief Monroe refuses to fire an officer who held a gun to his wife's head in a domestic altercation which he has been found guilty in a court of law.
The difference is Adkins is white, and the convicted officer Cecil Bathwaite is black.
Adkins was wrong for escalating the conflict with the teenage thugs in his once white neighborhood.
His mistake was rather than be a part of white flight he stayed in his home that he has lived since the 1980's.
Cedar Posts Update: Now the word is the hearing will be Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Second Cedar Posts Update: Word as of 3 p.m. is that the hearing has been postponded until Febuary 25-27, 2013.
POTUS The Rifleman - The White last week released a photo (just one) of President Obama firing an under/over shotgun while reportedly shooting skeet, or trap or sporting clays. From the photo is is hard to guess what he is shooting at. Maybe Dick Cheney?
Cedar's Take: A couple things just don't seem right about the photo. First the smoke, second, an over/under shot gun is classic but the recoil is such that putting your cheek hard against the stock is just dumb. A great gun for wing shooting but a light weight Remington would be the better choice for skeet or sporting clays. Upland wing shooting or ducks sure over/under everytime.
More from about the photo here.