The Joe Nocera “Gun Report” For Friday February 1st, 2013

By Jueseppi B.



The Gun Report: February 1, 2013

By Joe Nocera



A 14-year-old student was shot in the head at Price Middle School in Atlanta on Thursday. The student was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and was said to be alert and conscious. A suspect taken into custody has tentatively been identified as a student, according to police.

Fox 5 Atlanta

Kaufman County, Texas, assistant district attorney Mark Hasse was shot dead outside the courthouse Thursday after two suspects ambushed the prosecutor on his way into court and shot him multiple times. The shooting spurred a complete lockdown of the courthouse and a manhunt for the two shooters.


Three teenagers were shot at a gas station in Little Rock, Arkansas, Wednesday night. Jasmine Young, 17, was sitting with three other people in a Chevy Tahoe when someone sprayed the SUV with bullets. Young died at an area hospital. Little Rock Police do not have a motive.


The Vermilion Parish sheriff’s deputies have arrested a 67-year-old Abbeville, La., man in the shooting death of his son. Charles Larry Harrington is suspected of shooting 40-year-old Macade Jude Harrington Wednesday night after the two fought, leading to the fatal shooting.

Thibodaux Daily Comet

Authorities in central Illinois have charged a 17-year-old boy from Normal in the fatal shooting of a Bloomington teenager earlier this month. Sixteen-year-old Trae Massey was shot at his home on January 21 and died a short time later.

SF Gate

About the Joe Nocera Blog

Joe Nocera has been an Op-Ed columnist for The Times since April 2011. He has been chronicling the world of business for more than three decades, at magazines like Fortune and Texas Monthly, and in several books, the most recent of which is “All The Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis,” co-written with Bethany McLean. He wrote the Talking Business column for The Times before moving to the Opinion section.



















Author E.L. James Basks In ‘Fifty Shades’ Of Sudden Success

By Jueseppi B.




E L James is a TV executive, wife and mother of two, based in West London. Since early childhood, she dreamt of writing stories that readers would fall in love with, but put those dreams on hold to focus on her family and her career. She finally plucked up the courage to put pen to paper with her first novel, Fifty Shades of Grey.

E L James is currently working on her next novel…




Erika Leonard, better known by the pseudonym E. L. James (born 1963), is the British author of the bestselling erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey. James initially wrote fanfiction under the pen name “Snowqueens Icedragon”, with her most notable work being a Twilight fanfiction that was eventually developed into Fifty Shades of Grey. James has described the Fifty Shades trilogy as “This is my midlife crisis, writ large,” she said. “All my fantasies in there, and that’s it.”


Leonard formerly worked as a television executive. Leonard lives in west London with her husband of over 20 years, screenwriter Niall Leonard, and their two teenage sons. Her parents are Chilean and Scottish. Raised in Buckinghamshire and privately educated, Leonard read history at the University of Kent, before becoming a studio manager’s assistant at the National Film and Television School in London.


In 2012, Time Magazine included her in its annual list of “The 100 Most Influential People in the World“.


Story By Ms.  Carol Memmott, USA TODAY


WASHINGTON – Halfway through a two-week tour to promote Fifty Shades of Grey, British author E.L. James is 50 shades of shellshocked about the supercharged success of her erotic trilogy.



Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy




Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, Book 2)




Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy




“It’s really exhausting, and I find all the hoopla around it extraordinary,” the fortysomething married mother of two teenage boys says in an interview with USA TODAY at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in the nation’s capital. “But it’s great to meet people who really love the books, just to say thanks, if nothing else, and just exchange a few words. I really enjoy that.”


Thousands of fans have lined up in Miami, Chicago and Philadelphia to have copies ofFifty Shades autographed since James’ book tour began in late April.


And it’s not just books she’s signing. Fans are asking her to sign gray neckties, T-shirts, even iPads, Nooks and Kindles. Police officers, she says, laughing, have had her autograph handcuffs.



‘I’d rather be writing’


Despite all the fan enthusiasm, James (whose real name is Erika Leonard) says the depth of her newfound fame and fortune hasn’t sunk in. “It’s very strange,” she says, brushing her brunette bangs off her forehead. “It’s just that everything has happened so quickly. It’s like it’s happening to someone else. They’ve just been shipping out books like nobody’s business.”


And that’s no overstatement. The erotic novels, about a virginal college student named Anastasia who enters a submissive sexual relationship with Christian Grey, a handsome young billionaire, were first published by a small Australian publisher last May, largely as e-books.


They became such hot properties — dubbed “Mommy porn” by some wags — that Vintage, a division of Random House, bought the rights.


In April, Vintage’s paperback editions began selling here. In less than a month, Vintage has sold 3 million copies (digital and print) of the trilogy.


Fifty Shades of Grey, first in the series, is No. 1 on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list, a spot it’s held for two weeks. They are best sellers in the U.K., Australia and New Zealand, and nearly three dozen other countries will be selling them in translation soon.


All the attention, James says, is sometimes overwhelming. “In New Haven (Conn.), I went into a room and there were about 1,000 women in there, and they all started applauding, and I started to cry. The response has been so extraordinary, so no, I’m not used to it yet. Part of me loves it, but I’d rather be at home writing.”


James, a former BBC production executive, is beginning to understand what people like about the books.


“It’s a combination of things. Fundamentally, people like a good love story. That’s it,” she says. “They like the sex as well. They love Christian Grey, a complicated, damaged, talented man. He’s very capable and strong and domineering but broken. So he’s a fixer-upper. I mean, it’s a fantasy — the whole book — and so they bought into it and suspended their disbelief. Gone on a vacation really.”


Stella Lee, 27, of Baltimore brought her husband, Nelson, with her to James’ book signing at the Bethesda, Md., Barnes & Noble last week.


While waiting in line to meet James, she laughs and reveals she has read the series five times. “There’s so much talk about the S & M, but it’s just so romantic. The love between the characters is so endearing. I just love Christian Grey.”


Robin Preston, 50, of Alexandria, Va., also waiting to have her books signed, says the series “consumed” her. “I fell in love with the characters. I’m not much of a fiction reader, but this kept my interest. I could not put them down.”


And how James came to write her famous erotic trilogy is equally fantastic.


After reading Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, about a high school girl who falls in love with a handsome vampire, James began writing fan fiction about Edward and Bella, the Twilight protagonists.


But it was far less chaste than anything Meyer ever wrote. “It was very sexy,” James says, and the story of Christian and Anastasia is basically that fan fiction. “I had to tone it down and alter certain bits of it for publication, but fundamentally, it’s the same sort of story.”


Fever-pitch excitement for the novels heated up more after Universal and Focus Features bought the movie rights. As for who she thinks would be the perfect on-screen Christian and Anastasia, James will say only, “I’m keeping very quiet about all of that.”



Don’t ask, don’t tell


She’s also deflecting questions about whether she and her husband have experience with domination — “I’ve a little bit of experience, but I think that’s mostly between me and my husband” — and says most of her research for the books was done on the Internet, “but also just thinking things through in my head.”


She also knows she’s influencing the sex lives of her fans.


“Yes, oh, God, yes. They say: ‘You’ve really spiced up my marriage. Thank you very much, and my husband thanks you, too.’ Of the thousands of e-mails I get, that’s the main tenet. I get so many lovely e-mails. I think it’s great. I say go for it. I think that’s wonderful.”


But she’s not, she says, “making any huge statements” about lifestyle. “It’s about having fun. What people get up to in the bedroom is entirely their own thing, and as long as it’s safe, sane and consensual — those are the watch words of the BDSM (bondage, discipline, sadism, masochism) community — who are we to judge?”



Newsweek Cover: ‘The First Gay President’

By Jueseppi B.







The May 21, 2012, issue of Newsweek (used with permission of the publisher).




“‘Let the games begin,” Tina Brown said last week after Time Magazine released its controversial breastfeeding cover.


Brown, whose tenure as editor at Newsweek has seen an array of controversial covers, will respond with the above, pegged to Andrew Sullivan‘s piece on Obama‘s support for same-sex marriage: “The First Gay President.”


Think Newsweek has gone too far? I do.


Mu disgust and dislike for this cover has nothing to do with the article contained within by Mr. Sullivan. I have not read his piece yet, and Mr. Sullivan is an ardent supporter of POTUS Obama so i have no doubt Mr. Sullivan’s article will be “President Positive”.


My anger is over Newsweek going for sensationalism to sell copies to a very small minded population of Americans. You see Newsweek has to keep up with this:




The disrespect continues.





Ozzie Guillen Suspended Five Games By Marlins For Castro Remarks. Why?

By Jueseppi B.







The outspoken Miami manager received the club penalty Tuesday before speaking to reporters about his comments on Cuba‘s Fidel Castro.



I am no fan of dictators, I am no fan of Fidel Castro. But so what if Ozzie Guillen is? This is the United States Of America, and in this country a man should NOT be suspended from his place of work for saying he admires Fidel Castro.


When you allow Lush Rimbaugh to call a young woman a slut & a prostitute for her beliefs on women’s contraception, and he remain employed, but you suspend a Venezuelan for his remarks on Fidel Castro….you tell me if that is just. Or right. Or racist.


Guillen told Time magazine he loves Castro and respects the retired Cuban leader for staying in power so long. At least two local officials said Guillen should lose his job.


Ozzie gave this interview to Time Magazine, he was NOT wearing a Miami Marlins uniform, he was NOT representing The Miami Marlins. So what right do the Miami Marlins have to suspend Ozzie for 5 games, over his right to love Fidel Castro? Somebody please explain to me what a man’s opinions over politics has to do with his job as a baseball manager?


And then to my surprise, Ozzie apologies for his remarks.


The suspension by the team takes effect immediately. It was announced shortly before Guillen was to hold a news conference to explain his remarks, which caused a public backlash.


“The Marlins acknowledge the seriousness of the comments attributed to Guillen,” read a statement from the team. “The pain and suffering caused by Fidel Castro cannot be minimized, especially in a community filled with victims of the dictatorship.”


Could this be about money? Could the Marlins be more worried about this backlash from the Cuban Americans in the Miami community rather than Ozzie’s right to have and voice his opinions?


Outside the entrance to the ballpark, demonstrators shouted as the news conference began. Guillen began by speaking in Spanish.


The gathering at the ballpark drew a large turnout, including two dozen TV cameras lined up along the back. Among those in attendance were Marlins President David Samson and president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest.


The political firestorm came shortly after the Marlins opened their ballpark last week in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami. The team is trying to rebuild its fan base with the help of South Florida‘s large Cuban American population.


Yeah. Money.


Francis Suarez, chairman of the Miami city commission, said Guillen should be fired. Joe Martinez, chairman of the Miami-Dade County board of commissioners, said Guillen should resign.



Guillen apologized over the weekend after the story broke, but some Cuban-Americans remained upset. One group planned a demonstration Tuesday before Guillen said he would fly to Miami.


Yeah….what a baseball manager thinks about Fidel Castro is important enough to suspend him for 5 games. The real reason Ozzie was suspended is about money, not about his comments, but about who in Miami likes his comments and who does not.


What Mr. Oswaldo José “Ozzie” Guillén Barrios thinks of Fidel Castro has jack shit to do with being the manager of the Miami Marlins.




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