We Have American SuperDivas Like The Late Whitney Houston

 

 

Who were the celebrities that I most wanted to emulate? It was Whitney Houston & Madonna! I wanted the grace, beauty & elegance that Ms. Houston possessed mixed with the raunchy sexiness that still is Madonna. Right before I hit that teenage rebellion stage, I was curious about how I could best tap into my femininity. These ladies helped me delve deeper into my feminine side. I feel like a part of my childhood is gone.

Even though I know that Whitney Houston had become drug-ravaged over the years, I always hoped that she could turn it around & make a comeback. Unfortunately, the death of Whitney Houston means that her career will be revived. People will buy her songs now that she is gone. We won’t be able to witness a Whitney that is alive & well singing spectacularly on stage in front of the world. The voice that wrenched so many hearts & souls will be doing that only through recordings now. What a crying shame!

Rest in peace, Whitney! You will always be the ultimate super-diva.

Here’s more from The LA Times:

“Whitney Houston, who found fame as one of pop’s biggest voices, has died. She was 48.

Houston died Saturday afternoon, a representative for the singer told the Associated Press. Houston’s death comes on the eve of the Grammys and on the night of Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy gala, at which she performed last year and was expected to attend this year.

No cause of death has been announced and law enforcement sources said the singer was found in a hotel room at the Beverly Hilton, where emergency medical personnel were called sometime Saturday.

The Hilton is the scene for Davis’ annual gala. On Thursday, Houston dropped by the rehearsals to offer vocal tips for Brandy and Monica, who were slated to be one of the evening’s headliners.

Press, including The Times, were in attendance for a junket with the reunited R&B divas and Davis. Though Houston greeted people her with a warm smile, she appeared disheveled in mismatched clothes and hair that was dripping wet with either sweat or water.

The visibly bloated singer displayed erratic behavior throughout the afternoon — flailing her hands frenetically as she spoke to Brandy and Monica, skipping around the ballroom in a child-like fashion and wandering aimlessly about the lobby. It was mentioned by a Grammy staffer that security personnel received calls of the singer doing handstands by the pool.

After leaving rehearsals, Houston returned to the ballroom — with her teenage daughter Bobbi Kristina in tow — as camera crews set up for interviews. The singer smelled of alcohol and cigarettes. A Grammy staffer said that during the interviews with Brandy, Monica and Clive, Houston was dancing just off camera to make the singers and Davis laugh. Grammy personnel expressed concern that she’d be caught on camera, and that reporters would write about her behavior.

Finally her daughter pulled Houston out of the room, and the singer skipped off. In our post of the event, we called Houston’s behavior “loose and lively.”

“She really loves and supports us both. For me, I went through a lot of very tumultuous moments and she would show up, not just with a phone call but physically when I needed,” Monica said when we asked about Houston coaching them. “That’s something that I’ve carried with me, especially with all that she’s been going through over the years herself. She’s never turned her back on the people she cared about.”(End of Excerpt) Read more here.

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American Cultural Icons Like Don Cornelius Who Are No Longer With Us…

Don Cornelius  (September 27, 1936 – February 1, 2012)

As a child of the 70’s, I grew up watching two shows. “Soul Train” & “American Bandstand” were the two staples in my weekend TV diet. I loved the interviews that Don Cornelius conducted in that beautiful,baritone voice of his. I was in total awe of this elegant, sophisticated man. Sure, the acts & dancers were absolutely terrific but he was one of the main reasons why folks tuned in every weekend to “Soul Train”. He was a soulful being who seemed to embody the very essence of soul.Folks like Don Cornelius & Billy Dee Williams made it that much cooler to be black. Don Cornelius will remain an American cultural icon. Or,as some have said, an “American treasure.”

Here’s more on this self-made American icon from The Associated Press:

“Soul Train” aired nationally from 1971 to 2006. Asked why it endured, he told The New York Times in 1995: “There is an inner craving among us all, within us all, for television that we can personally connect to.” He stepped down as host in 1993, and sold it to MadVision Entertainment in 2008.

“Don Cornelius was a pioneer & a trailblazer,” Earvin “Magic” Johnson wrote on Twitter. “He was the first African-American to create, produce, host & more importantly OWN his own show.”

Though “Soul Train” became one of the longest-running syndicated shows in TV history, its power began to wane in the 1980s and ’90s as American pop culture began folding in black culture instead of keeping it segregated.

By that time, there were more options for black artists to appear on mainstream shows. And on shows like “American Bandstand,” blacks could be seen dancing along with whites.

But even when Michael Jackson became the King of Pop, there was still a need to highlight the achievements of African-Americans that were still marginalized at mainstream events. So Cornelius created the “Soul Train Awards,” which would become a key honor for musicians. The series also spawned the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards and the Soul Train Christmas Starfest.

Along the way, however, Cornelius became estranged from a changing music scene that clashed with his relatively conservative taste. But while he suggested violently or sexually explicit gangsta rap should be labeled “X-rated,” Cornelius said the focus should be on eliminating poverty and violence from low-income black communities.

DJ Scratch, the DJ from the rap act EPMD, tweeted on Wednesday that Cornelius “100% didn’t like Hip Hop. But he realized that it was what the youth wanted. So again, I thank you Don.”

Cornelius’ world grew dark in recent years as he faced fallout from a divorce and other pressures. In 2009, he was sentenced to three years’ probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor spousal battery and, in his divorce case that year, he also mentioned having significant health problems.

He has two children, Anthony and Raymond, with his first wife, Delores Harrison.

Cornelius, who was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame in 1995 and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, said in 2006 he remained grateful to the musicians who made “Soul Train” the destination for the best and latest in black music.

“As long as the music stayed hot and important and good, that there would always be a reason for ‘Soul Train,'” he said.  (End of Excerpt) Read more here.

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I’m Thrown Off Course By The Heidi Klum/Seal Divorce!

 

 

Hey, kiddies! I just got a new computer for one of my X-mas gifts. Now, I can hopefully start posting more. Since I am still a unpaid writer, I can only do so when I feel inspired. And the way things are going in this stagnant economy, we all could use some inspiration in this nation. Especially those of us who fall into the bottom percentile of that 99%. Every now & then, I need to be reminded about some of the  things that make me like America. Don’t you?

New Americans like Heidi Klum & Seal are a great, inspirational couple that represent the music & fashion industry well. They are a Hollywood couple that seemed to have it all. And now marital strife may produce yet another crumbling marriage. Contrary to Mitt Romney’s beliefs, I honestly admire successful people. As long as they don’t prey on others for their own financial benefit. I root for successful folks like them every single day. Feeling like your dreams & aspirations are tangible is all a part of the American dream. I don’t bemoan anyone’s success.

I guess that’s why I really hope that their differences don’t wind up being irreconcilable. Everyone still loves a good success story. And those two are the embodiment of success & wealth. C’mon, guys! Work it out!

Here’s more from The Daily Mail:

“Their union was believed to be one of the strongest in showbusiness – reinforced by regular public declarations of love and an annual ceremony to renew their wedding vows.

But last night it was reported Heidi Klum’s seven-year marriage to British singer Seal is over – with the model preparing to file for divorce within days.

German-born Heidi, 38, is expected to file papers at Los  Angeles’ County Superior Court this week citing irreconcilable differences between the pair who  married at Seal’s beachfront home in Mexico in 2005.

The reasons behind the sudden split remained unclear but a spokesman for the former Victoria’s Secret model yesterday said a statement was being prepared which would be released imminently.

A spokesman for Seal, 48 – real name Seal Henry Samuel – did not return calls but a cryptic message posted on the singer’s Twitter page on Friday read: ‘The End.’

The message was attached to a picture that appeared to show the star’s forearm bearing an imprint of a set of wings – a possible reference to Miss Klum’s role as a Victoria’s Secret winged ‘Angel’ model.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2089816/Heidi-Klum-Seal-file-divorce-years-marriage-according-reports.html#ixzz1k9Nlbr2i

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You Can Get Away With Murder Like Casey Anthony & Robert Blake, Etc……

If you live in a society that is as free as America is,you can expect that some folks will escape justice.Here in America, you can get a jury of your peers or a judge to decide your fate. Sometimes the legal system works & oftentimes it does not. There have been innocent people whose lives have wasted away in prison because the system failed them. And there are others,like Casey Anthony,Robert Blake,etc… who get away with murder.

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MSNBC Suspends Keith Olbermann!

Keith Olbermann was not forthcoming about campaign contributions he made to several Democrats. So,he has been suspended from MSNBC indefinitely without pay. He violated a NBC News rule against donating to candidates from either party.

The reasoning behind this NBC News policy is that “these activities jeopardize his or her standing as an impartial journalist because they may create the appearance of a conflict of interest.” Since when has Keith Olbermann passed himself off as an “impartial journalist?!!

He practically screams liberal on every show. Who are they kidding? Do you think that they are suddenly worried about impartiality because the country just voted a bunch of conservatives back into office? And MSNBC is just as synonymous with liberal progressive as Fox is the synonym of conservative.

Don’t fire him.Reinstate Keith Olbermann. I like to have his viewpoint in juxtaposition to Glenn Beck’s opinions. One thing that makes me like America is the political discourse that our citizens engage in. Keith Olbermann’s voice is an important part of that discourse. Whether you like him or not.

Here’s more from The Los Angeles Times:

“As Politico, which broke the story, reported Friday, Olbermann gave $2,400, the maximum legal donation, to Arizona Rep. Raul Grijalva on Oct. 28, the same day Grijalva appeared as a guest on Olbermann’s “Countdown” show. There’s no way that should happen, for the very reasons stated in NBC’s rules against employees contributing to political campaigns–it’s a breach of journalistic independence to contribute to the candidates that you’re covering.

Not objectivity, since no one is arguing that Olbermann is objective, but independence. How can we, the viewers, possibly expect Olbermann to ask a candidate the toughest possible questions if he’s giving him money at the same time? Or even worse, it could be perceived as pay-to-play: I give you money, you appear on my show. The same goes for Fox News, which now has a host of leading 2012 GOP presidential hopefuls all serving as paid on-air contributors. When I see them being interviewed by Fox newsmen, that exchange looks a lot more like media back-scratching and self-promotion than journalism.

The Olbermann mess simply highlights the dilemma MSNBC faces as it plays second fiddle to the Fox News juggernaut. If it wants to be a liberal advocacy network, fine, then it can reinstate Olbermann and start shaping the news to benefit liberal causes, the way Fox does on the right. But if it wants to be taken seriously as a real news network, then it should make Olbermann serve a suspension, make sure its other anchors understand the rulebook and, most important, say loud and clear: Unlike our competition, when we say we practice independent journalism, we really mean it.”(End of Excerpt) Read more here.

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Mariah Carey Is Pregnant & Glowing!

Beautiful songbird,Mariah Carey,finally comes clean about her impending motherhood. Yep,she’s pregnant & glowing. She hasn’t confirmed how far along she is or what the baby’s gender is. But, rumor has it that she’s four months along with a baby boy.

She looks lovelier than ever. What a lucky chap Nick Cannon is!

Congratulations,guys!

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Celebrity Stylist Rachel Zoe Is Reportedly Pregnant!

I first heard of Rachel Zoe when she was styling Lindsay Lohan. There was speculation that she was introducing the young starlet to an unhealthy lifestyle of extreme dieting. A lot of folks believe that Rachel Zoe has an eating disorder. Here’s more on that from CelebWarship:

“Rachel Zoe shocked onlookers at the Cracked Xmas Fundraiser in Los Angeles on Sunday with her protruding ribcage and sunken face. The 37 year old celebrity stylist recently admitted she sometimes thinks she’s too thin, but has no plans to take care of herself.

“We’ve had Audrey Hepburn, we’ve had Twiggy, we’ve had Veruschka, we’ve had Kate Moss,” she said. “I’m trying to figure out why I am to blame for skinniness.

“Truthfully, I’ve never seen myself as being too thin,” she added. “Sometimes I’ll look at photos and be like, ‘Oh, that’s not a good look. ‘But generally speaking, I’m not too thin.” (Read more here.)

Sorry to disagree with you,Rachel. People cannot help but notice just how skeletal you look. It’s beyond being “too thin.” Hopefully, you will get cravings that will force you to eat. Because even though she seems to have an aversion to food,her pregnancy will change that.

At least,I hope it does.No one should try to emulate her body-wise. She is a great fashionista. But,Rachel Zoe is not someone I would take nutritional advice from.

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Greg Giraldo Dies Of An Overdose!

I’ve only seen Greg Giraldo on a Comedy Central Roast once. But,he was pretty funny. It’s too bad that we won’t be privy to his raunchy brand of humor any longer. Giraldo has passed away from an prescription pill overdose. Another celebrity dies from taking too many prescribed pills. Will this scenario ever come to an end?

Here’s more from MTV:

“Comedian Greg Giraldo died Wednesday (September 29) at age 44 from a reportedly accidental prescription-drug overdose. Giraldo had been hospitalized in New Brunswick, New Jersey after he overdosed on prescription pills last weekend. According to TMZ, the overdose was not a suicide attempt.

Giraldo reportedly collapsed Saturday evening in his hotel room in New Jersey, where he was performing at a club. He was discovered by friends after he failed to show up for his scheduled performance. He was rushed to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

Jim Norton confirmed the news via Twitter, including a picture with his fellow comedian: “Greg Giraldo passed away today. This is the last photo of us together, taken June 28 at Noam’s wedding. RIP buddy.”

A source close to Giraldo told TMZ: “Greg passed away today at the hospital in New Brunswick as a result of an accidental overdose. His family was by his side.”

The Giraldo family’s plans for a memorial service will reportedly be made public when they become available.

Giraldo was best known for his celebrity roast appearances and was a frequent guest on “The Late Show With David Letterman,” “Late Night With Conan O’Brian” and “The Howard Stern Show.” He had also been a judge on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and appeared as a panelist on Jerry Seinfeld’s “The Marriage Ref.” (End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.

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Chrysler Workers Caught Smoking Pot While On The Clock!

You would think that after taxpayers bailed out Chrysler, all of their employees would feel compelled to produce the best cars that money could buy. I mean,the general consensus about American-made cars is that they are the worst cars on the market. A lot of people drive foreign cars for that reason.This incident sure won’t sway people to purchase American cars. It’ll probably steer them even further away from the cars that are manufactured in America.

When the video showing Chrysler workers drinking & smoking pot while on the clock hit the airwaves,I was disgusted.In a time when most people dream of getting a decent job,these guys are putting theirs on the line.Now, these guys will end up talking about the unemployment line instead of the assembly line.We don’t need inebriated GM workers assembling our cars. So good riddance!

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Tony Hawk Helps South African Kids Out With Their Skateboarding Skills!!

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Tony Hawk is a skateboarding phenomenon &  hero to a lot of American kids.But,they are not the only children who admire him. Mr. Hawk is an inspiration to a group of South African kids as well. He just gifted the Indigo Youth Movement with a brand new portable Half-Pipe to practice their skateboarding skills on. Charity is one of the things that makes me like America. It’s really fantastic to see Tony Hawk carry on that great American tradition on an entirely different continent.

Here’s more from Africa News:

“Multi-skateboard world champion Hawk handed over the Half-Pipe, which Laureus has made available to Indigo that will allow more children in the region to access the sport and benefit from the advantages of taking part in the Laureus-supported project.

The new portable, easy to set up Half-Pipe will allow the Indigo project to visit various locations around the region where people currently do not have access to skateboarding.

During his 20-year skateboarding career, Hawk defied gravity with his amazing tricks and became a role model to millions of young people around the world. After seeing the Half-Pipe set up in the Zulu village for youngsters to try out, Hawk said it was a very emotional moment.

He said:

“I first came to Indigo last year and I was amazed what I saw. This is one of the most remarkable skateboard sites in the world. And now I am excited to come back with a new ramp for the kids to enjoy. They are progressing at a rapid rate and I know this new structure will help them push their limits even more. Being able to watch these young people from difficult backgrounds test their skills on this new halfpipe is something that will stay with me forever. I am honored that we are able to provide such a great facility for these kids. It could truly change their lives.” (End of Excerpt) Read the article in its entirety here.

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China May Finally Let People Have More Than One Child!

Since the family structure has now changed,China wants to “re-engineer the demographic balance.” Their population is made up of too many old folks & not enough workers. As a result,China’s one-child policy may finally be relaxed.

They want couples who are both only children themselves to have a second child.Then, they will gradually ease into a two-child policy for all the people of China. Well,how gracious of them!

Aren’t you glad that in America you can become an Octo-mom if you want to?! There’s no blatant attempt to control the population in this country. You can have 18 kids if that is your desire! The sky is the limit,even if your finances say otherwise.

It’s called freedom of choice! And it’s just one more reason to love being American! No matter what the haters say!

Here’s more from UPI.com:

“China may relax its one-child policy as its population ages and a need for workers increases, a demographer in close contact with policymakers says.

The world’s most-populous country, with more than 1.3 billion people, plans to start pilot projects in five low-birth-rate provinces next year to allow a second birth if at least one spouse is an only child, He Yafu tells USA Today.

Beijing, Shanghai and four other provinces will follow suit in 2012, and the policy will be repealed nationally by 2013 or 2014, he says.

The National Population and Family Planning Commission, which enforces the one-child policy, refused interview requests, USA Today says.

In 2008, China’s top population official, Zhang Weiqing, minister of the family planning commission, said the policy would remain in place for roughly another decade.

In February the planning commission’s deputy director said the policy would remain unaltered through 2015.

The policy — one of the world’s strictest, which authorities say has prevented 400 million births — went into effect in 1979 after a multidecade population boom followed by mass death due to food shortages.

Most urban couples are limited to a single child, while farmers are often allowed to have two. Critics say the policy is coercive and has led to numerous abuses, including forced abortions, which are reported to continue in some areas.

But a growing need for more children to care for parents, plus a gender imbalance that will leave tens of millions of men without wives, are two arguments for relaxing the one-child policy, Siu Yat-ming, who researches Chinese family planning at Hong Kong Baptist University, tells USA Today.”(End of article) Read more here.

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The Folks In China Are Stuck In Traffic For Days On End!

Unless you are in China,don’t you ever complain about a traffic jam again! I know that it feels like days when you are stuck in congested traffic. But,that’s what it has literally been in China.They have been stuck in an ongoing traffic jam for the past 10 days. And they still may have a few weeks to go. What’s the cause of this nightmarish traffic cram? Apparently,it’s construction & big trucks.

Here’s more from The Hindu:

“Baffled by the world’s longest traffic jam, the Chinese government has mobilised hundreds of policemen to clear the 100 km long stretch of the Beijing— Tibet highway, riddled with vehicles for 10 days, with the pile up almost reaching the outskirts of the capital. The snarl up on the highway, on a section that links the capital to the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia was triggered by road construction and repair.

While all sorts of vehicles appeared to have been caught up in the jam, it was mostly caused by lengthy coal carrying trucks, which brings fuel for the industries around the capital. The traffic jam was currently noticed about 60 km outside Beijing and officials hope to clear it in the next few days with the deployment of large traffic police at various places.

The government has mobilised hundreds of policemen to clear the massive pile up that has caused embarrassment here.

At several places, drivers, sick and tired of the snarl up were bitter and angry as temperatures soared during the day and dipped in the nights. Many complained that local vendors were fleecing them for food and water, charging heavy rates, in selling water for 10 yuan as against its normal price of one yuan.

The jam which some in Beijing say was not new in that particular section has also brought the spotlight back on China’s soaring auto sales.

The congestion is set to peak in five years, when the total number of cars is expected to nearly double, the Beijing Transportation Research Centre has said in its new report.

If people continue to purchase vehicles at the current rate of 1,900 new cars a day, the total will reach seven million in 2015 in Beijing alone, reducing average speeds in the city to below 15 km an hour, the report published in official Global Times said today.

Beijing’s already a big parking lot!” complained a taxi driver Gan during a traffic jam on the East Third Ring Road.

“We’re making another Great Wall, it’s just that this one is made of cars,” he said.”(End of Excerpt) Read more here. Vodpod videos no longer available.

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We Finally Know What Team Lebron James Will Play For!

Lebron James said tonight on ESPN that he wants to play for a winning team. So,he is going to the Miami Heat. A lot of folks said that he will be hated in Cleveland,Ohio.

Lebron said that he knows people from Akron,Ohio might have mixed feelings about his decision. But, Lebron says it was “heartfelt” & ” a tough decision. He also said that “you have to do what’s best for you.” I wholeheartedly agree with that.

Here’s more from CNN:

“NBA free agent LeBron James announced Thursday that he will play for the Miami Heat in the most anticipated announcement of the NBA season.

James said he made his final decision Thursday morning, after speaking with his mother.

“Once I had that conversation with her I think I was set,” James told sportscaster Jim Gray.

The six-time NBA all-star and two-time league MVP will join fellow stars Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami. He announced the news from the Boys and Girls Club in Greenwich, Connecticut in a prime-time special on ESPN.

Editorial cartoons, billboards and even quips from President Obama have accompanied the courting of “King James.”

Speculation began to intensify last week over where the NBA’s most sought-after free agent would choose to play after he started meeting with six teams vying for him: the New York Knicks, the New Jersey Nets, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Chicago Bulls, the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers – the team he has spent his entire career with.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.

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Anderson Cooper Only Picks Good-Looking Chaps To Shag!

CNN Anchor Anderson Cooper might as well make it official. He should tell the world about the tasty treat that he gets to devour named Ben Maisani. The NYC  gay bar owner has been identified as the super hot man who is Anderson Cooper’s latest companion. From the photographic evidence that is available, it seems evident that he only shags good-looking chaps. Ooh,I’d love to be a fly on their bedroom wall.

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Lindsay Lohan Will Spend 90 Days In The Can!

0706_lohan_court2_videoI do not feel sorry for Ms. Lohan. She cried her little heart out for the judge. But,it was to no avail because she’s going to jail! Lindsay Lohan got 90 days in the can!

If she didn’t want the judge to think that she wasn’t doing what she was supposed to,then she should have took her ass to class. Lindsay was out partying & getting wasted. She thumbed her nose at this judge because she is celebrity. I’m glad that she is finally getting what she deserves.

Save your tears for the big screen,Lindsay. No one is crying with you or for you. Appreciate the talent that God gave you & stop wasting it,girl!You have 90 days to put things into perspective.

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Paris Hilton Gets Detained By Police At The World Cup!

Oh, Paris,you naughty girl! Well,maybe not this time. But, police at the World Cup thought that Paris Hilton was indulging in a bit of naughtiness. After smelling the heavenly scent of marijuana lingering in the air, South African authorities detained the sex flop pot on suspicion of marijuana possession.

Here’s more from CNN:

“A drug charge against Paris Hilton, who was detained Friday in South Africa on suspicion of marijuana possession, has been dropped, police said.

Hilton and another woman, Jennifer Rovero, were taken into custody at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium on possession charges, police said in a statement.

The single count against the heiress was dropped after Rovero pleaded guilty to the same charge, police said. She faces a fine.

Hilton appeared calm when she appeared before a magistrate judge in Port Elizabeth, a reporter for affiliate ETV told CNN. Rovero works as a freelance photographer for Hilton, reporter Lance Witten said.

Hilton’s publicist, in a statement to CNN, said the incident “was a complete misunderstanding, and it was actually another person in the group who did it.”

Dawn Miller, the publicist, said Hilton was accused of smoking marijuana and said “no charges will be made” against her.

“The authorities have apologized for wrongfully accusing her since she had nothing to do with the incident,” Miller said.”(End of Excerpt) Read more here.

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An Inconvenient Truth About Al Gore Has Reemerged!

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So,Al Gore may be more than just a global warming whore. He’s also a lecherous male sleazeball if the allegations against him are proven to be true.The former Vice President was accused of sexual harassment by a massage therapist. And now that the woman has come forward with her story, the Portland Police have decided to reexamine her claims.

Here’s more from Extra:

“The Portland Police Bureau has made the decision to re-open the case regarding the allegations brought forward against Al Gore, announced per their Twitter account.

Molly Hagerty, the masseuse who claimed the former VP groped her during a session, is going public with her story AND finally her name with the National Enquirer, insisting she has a solid case, with DNA evidence, surveillance video and a witness.

A statement to “Extra” from the Gores family spokesperson states: “Further investigation into this matter will only benefit Mr. Gore. The Gores cannot comment on every defamatory, misleading, and inaccurate story generated by tabloids. Mr. Gore unequivocally and emphatically denied this accusation when he first learned of its existence three years ago. He stands by that denial.”

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Willie Nelson Is Sporting A New Look!

Willie Nelson displayed his new chin-length 'do at a gig in Hawaii over the weekend.

Willie Nelson’s pigtails used to be his trademark. But,the country music legend has decided to trade his old look in for a new one. He is now sporting a short bob that goes to his chin.And he still looks great for a 77 year old man. His fans should be pleasantly surprised because he looks like he belong more to this century than the previous one. Nice upgrade,dude!

Here’s more from USA Today:

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The Controversial Mojave Desert Cross Is Missing!

Religious - Mojave Cross After ACLU Lawsuit

Who stole the Mojave Desert Cross that was erected as a memorial to fallen U.S. soldiers? That’s the question many have pondered once they learned about this latest theft. Some are wondering if it’s related to the ongoing legal dispute about the removal of the cross or if metal scavengers are the culprits.

Here’s more from Yahoo News:

The 7-foot-high metal cross vanished from its perch in the Mojave National Preserve late Sunday or early Monday, said National Park Service spokeswoman Linda Slater. Bolts holding it to the rock were cut.

Slater said possible scenarios ranged from people “with an interest in the case” to metal scavengers. The U.S. Justice Department was looking into the case.

The cross has been the center of a legal dispute for about a decade since a complaint by a former park service employee represented by the ACLU.

On a 5-4 vote in April, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to order its removal. The high court told a federal judge to take a new look at a congressional plan to transfer land under the cross to private ownership.

The theft was discovered when workers went to replace a plywood cover that was placed over the cross years ago pending resolution of the case and had been torn off during the weekend.

The isolated site in the 1.6 million-acre preserve is a small rise amid Joshua trees along a road far off busy Interstate 15, about 200 miles northeast of Los Angeles and 70 miles south of Las Vegas.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars first placed a wooden cross on Sunrise Rock in 1934 to honor soldiers killed in World War I.

The metal cross that was stolen was erected in the late 1990s by the memorial’s longtime caretakers, Henry and Wanda Sandoz of Yucca Valley.

Liberty Institute, an organization representing the Sandozes and veterans groups, offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest or conviction.

Wanda Sandoz said the cross had been vandalized in the past, but such instances had become rarer since her husband bolted it down.

“I was really upset and I was crying, and I said: ‘Well, we’ll show them. We’ll put up a bigger one and a better one,” she said. “And Henry said: ‘No we won’t. We will put one up exactly like the veterans put up.'”

The VFW also promised that the memorial will be rebuilt.

“This was a legal fight that a vandal just made personal to 50 million veterans, military personnel and their families,” National Commander Thomas J. Tradewell said.

It was not immediately clear, however, whether a replacement cross would be permitted.”(End of Excerpt) Read the whole article here.

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The Late Lena Horne Hated The Moniker “Chocolate Chanteuse”!

I was going to get around to doing a post about the great Lena Horne at some point. It’s too bad that I’m writing it under these very,sad circumstances.If you have not already heard,Lena Horne has died at the age of 92. One of the most beautiful women to ever grace the earth has left it behind. Although she is gone physically,the mark that Lena Horne made on the world will grant her some measure of immortality.

For this was a woman who truly made a difference. She changed people’s perspectives regarding the types of roles that were suitable for black women to play. In the 1940’s, Hollywood was still portraying African-Americans as the homely-looking hired help. With Lena Horne, Hollywood began to realize that black women were comely women too. She broadened the roles for actresses of African descent.

And she didn’t just stop there. Lena Horne also was an avid civil rights activist. She took part in demonstrations & even helped Eleanor Roosevelt pass an anti-lynching law. This was no shrinking violet. Ms. Horne wasn’t afraid to wear her political beliefs on her sleeve. That’s why she was briefly blacklisted during the communist witch hunt which is better known as “the McCarthy era.”

Yes,Lena Horne was truly a womanly force. That’s probably why she disliked the moniker “chocolate chanteuse.” Because it really isn’t a accurate description of her at all. She was much,much more than a nightclub songstress.

Here’s more from The Washington Post:

“In Hollywood, she received previously unheard-of star treatment for a black actor. Metro Goldwyn Mayer studios featured Ms. Horne in movies and advertisements as glamorously as white beauties including Hedy Lamarr, Rita Hayworth and Betty Grable.

The media sometimes described Ms. Horne in terms that upset her.

I hated those awful phrases they used to trot out to describe me!” she once said. “Who the hell wants to be a ‘chocolate chanteuse’ ?”

Ms. Horne was also frustrated by infrequent movie work and feeling limited in her development as an actress. She confronted studio officials about roles she thought demeaning, a decision that eventually hurt her.

James Gavin, a historian of cabaret acts who has written a biography of Ms. Horne, said: “Given the horrible restrictions of the time, MGM bent over backward to do everything they could. After MGM, she was an international star, and that made her later career possible, made her a superstar.”

Ms. Horne appeared on television and at major concerts halls in New York, London and Paris. She starred on Broadway twice, and her 1981 revue, “Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music,” set the standard for the one-person musical show, reviewers said. The performance also netted her a special Tony Award and two Grammy Awards.

Gavin said Ms. Horne cultivated a “ferocious” singing personality through her flashing eyes and teeth.

“Unlike Perry Como and Bing Crosby, who were warm, familiar presences, Lena Horne was a fierce black woman and not a warm and fuzzy presence,” Gavin said. “She was formidable and the first black cabaret star for white society.”

Ms. Horne said she felt a need to act aloof onstage to protect herself from unwanted advances early in her career, especially from white audiences.

“They were too busy seeing their own preconceived image of a Negro woman,” she told the New York Daily News in 1997. “The image that I chose to give them was of a woman who they could not reach. . . . I am too proud to let them think they can have any personal contact with me. They get the singer, but they are not going to get the woman.” (End of Excerpt) Read the article in its entirety here.

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I’m Praying For Brett Michaels To Completely Recover!

Brett Michaels is the lead singer of the 80’s rock band Poison. Apparently,he had a brain hemorrhage & is in critical condition.Let’s hope the rocker of love with the vibrant blue eyes doesn’t stop rocking anytime soon.I am praying for his complete recovery.He seems like a great guy to me!

But,Jeff Koyen doesn’t think so.As I was surfing the internet,I came across his horrid post about Brett Michaels. In it, Jeff Koyen calls Michaels the “King of the Garbage People.” I guess that’s his way of calling Brett Michaels the leader of white trash. How classy of Jeff Koyen,right? Then,he says that he hopes this man dies for that reason. To him,Brett Michaels is a blight on society so he should just die.That sounds like a eugenicist to me.

Here’s an excerpt from this unbelievable post:

There’s a never-ending stream of sadsack morons eager to demean themselves in public for no good reason. But for my money, the skank-loving skeeve Bret Michaels is the King of the Garbage people. At the risk of sounding grandiose, he represents everything that’s wrong with this culture. And not just for his own actions — or even for those of his costar contestants. I’m disgusted that otherwise intelligent people willingly fuel his success by watching his programs. When we laugh and gawk at ill-mannered, idiotic fuckbags, we’re presuming that we’re better than them. Which may be true, of course, but superiority is not the healthiest of postures. I’d rather watch an Ow My Balls marathon than anything starring Bret Michaels. At least that’s good, clean fun.

So, yeah, I hope he dies in that hospital. I hope the darkness is settling around his soul with threats of eternal damnation. Before anyone warns me that I’ll “get what I deserve” for being such an asshole: Not only do I have enough good deeds stored up to counteract this bit of evil, I’ve also taken on my own share of bad things in this life. If there’s a god (and there isn’t), I’d wager that we’re even.

And anyway, I’m not doing anything wrong. It’s hardly evil to wish pain upon a despicable piece of garbage who has brought nothing but unattractive vulgarity to a world that’s already on the wrong side of a steep decline.”(End of Excerpt) Read the whole thing here.

Now,let me venture out & say that elitist attitudes like his are a “unattractive vulgarity to a world that’s already on the wrong side of a steep decline.” Who is Jeff Koyen,anyway? For all we know,he’s “a despicable piece of garbage.“Because he sure wrote a trashy post about a man that I’m sure he doesn’t even know. Some folks should think before they publish.

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Heather Locklear Has Gotten Herself Into A Quagmire!

By now,I’m sure you’ve heard about the quagmire that Heather Locklear has gotten herself into.So,l just want to pose a few questions to Ms. Locklear if she just so happens to stumble across this post.Oh,my dear Heather Locklear! What have you done?

How could you have gotten yourself involved in a hit-and-run accident with a no parking sign?It just sounds kind of silly to leave the scene if there was no alcohol or drugs involved.But,since she already has a DUI on her record,it makes one wonder why she really left.

Here’s more from People:

It looks like Heather Locklear is in trouble again.

The actress was arrested for allegedly hitting a no-parking sign on a public street early Saturday morning near her gated-community home in Ventura County, Calif., and left without notifying anyone, police say.

The actress, who was driving a black 2005 BMW, was cited for misdemeanor hit-and-run after Ventura County Sheriffs examined debris left at the scene and traced it back to her car, sheriff’s spokesman Ross Bonfiglio tells PEOPLE.”

“Police were alerted by a neighbor who heard a crash around 4 a.m., but didn’t call police until later that evening.

“It appears she drove up on a curb and hit the sign,” says Bonfiglio. “There’s no indication alcohol was involved. We don’t know if anyone was in the car with her at the time.”

Her court date is set for May 17.

Locklear is currently serving a three-year probation term after she pleaded no contest to reckless driving following her DUI arrest in September 2008. The DUI charge was ultimately dropped in that case.

“If she’s found guilty of this alleged crime, it would most likely be a violation of her probation, in which case she could be facing up to 90 days in jail,” says Santa Barbara County Senior Deputy District Attorney Lee Carter. “But we’ll probably wait to see what the outcome of this latest case is.”(End of Excerpts)Read the article in its entirety  here.

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Ricky Martin Tells The World What We Already Knew!!

Since it’s Spring,I guess Ricky Martin decided to give his closet one thorough ass cleaning!

Ricky Martin has admitted that he is gay!! Who knew?

Well,practically everybody that has heard of Ricky Martin knew that!! If he said that he was addicted to women like Tiger Woods & Jesse James apparently are,I would have been astounded that I was so wrong about him.

But,Ricky Martin’s revelation only confirmed everyone’s suspicions.

Here’s more from The Rolling Stone:

After years of speculation over his sexual orientation, Ricky Martin has come out of the closet in a posting on his official website (via TMZ). In a lengthy note to his fans published in Spanish and English, Martin says writing his memoirs got him “very close to my truth” and that hiding his sexuality any longer would “indirectly diminish the glow that my kids here born with,” referring to his twin sons, who were born in 2008 to a surrogate mother.

“These years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn’t even know existed,” he writes, addressing inevitable questions about why he didn’t reveal his sexuality earlier.

In an August 1999 Rolling Stone cover story, Martin spoke about past loves and rumors that he wasn’t straight:

You know, the bigger you get, the more people talk about you. You’ve been frank about saying your music appeals to everybody, men and women. Maybe as a result of that there’ve been some rumors flying around about your sexuality.
Well, this is show business. It’s a lot of fantasy. You can fantasize whatever you want to be. You can fantasize however you want to [laughs]. Go for it. Be free about it. I’m not too concerned with what people say about me. You can think whatever you want. I know what I am, my beliefs, what I like and don’t like. As I just said, I have the need someday to have a family. And that’s something I’m going to go for. The people I care about know me. I’m happy.”(End of Excerpt) Read more here.

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A Pedophile Pediatrician That Molested 103 Kids Is Arrested In Delaware!

A filthy pediatrician has been molesting kids for more than a decade in Delaware.The case is so horrid that it may be the worst case of pedophilia in US history.Earl Bradley sexually assaulted 103 kids!! And there may be even more cases than that!!

I am interested in the details of this case. How did a pediatrician get the opportunity to molest these children? I accompany my two darlings to every visit to the pediatrician’s office. They are never left alone with the doctor. Not for one second.

It would raise my suspicions if my pediatrician made a practice of performing exams without the parents being in the room.That seems weird to me. But,Earl Bradley was allowed to do just that.

Here’s more on that from Associated Content:

A two-year old patient of Dr. Earl B. Bradley told her mother Dr. Bradley had “hurt her” and this started a criminal investigation according to MSNBC. Dr. Bradley has allegedly abused 16 patients, some as young as age 6 months.

Dr. Bradley resides in Lewes, Delaware. He now faces 29 charges, including rape. The charges include rape of 8 girls according to Delaware Online. The CapeGazette reports that Dr. Bradley faces “four charges of first-degree rape, two charges of second-degree rape, and 14 charges of sexual exploitation of a child.”

MSNBC reports that a bail of $2.9 million dollars has been set. This doctor is age 56; he may be spending much of the rest of his life in jail.

The alleged assaults were done to girls ages 3 months to 13 years according to Delaware Online. Also, Dr. Bradley videotaped some of the assaults. The videotapes were made between August 7 and December 13 according to Delaware Online.

The Cape Gazette reports that some of the attacks occurred in a “rear outbuilding. Police say Bradley was known to take patients to this building, without their parents, to give the child a treat.”

Some of the patients in the videos have not yet been identified. Thus far he has been charged with the abuse of 9 female patients.

Delaware Online states that during one of the videotaped assaults, Dr. Bradley had a “violently enraged expression on his face”

Delaware Online notes that “police found a small computer device that contained images of multiple forced sexual acts with child patients – including intercourse, oral sex, and fondling.” (End of Excerpt) Read the whole article here.

Last year,they only knew about nine victims. Today,we know about at least 103 children.And the numbers may keep rising.

Here’s more on Dr. Earl B. Bradley from Delaware Online:

The attorney general urged parents and their children to continue coming forward to help authorities identify more victims.

“I know that today’s indictment will reopen painful wounds for Lewes and the Sussex County community that has already been deeply traumatized,” Biden said of the staggering toll detailed in the 471-count indictment handed up earlier in the day by a Sussex County grand jury.

Charges include first- and second-degree rape, unlawful sexual contact, sexual exploitation of a child and continuing sexual abuse of a child.

Two mothers of former patients who suspect their children are among the victims said the crimes are abominable. The News Journal is not identifying the women.

“Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does,” one mother said.
“I don’t even know what to say anymore,” the other mother said. “We are all victims.”

Police and prosecutors have accused Bradley of almost unspeakable depravity – holding toddlers upside down and yelling at them while committing sex acts; penetrating a girl’s vagina with his hand when she was brought in for a sore throat, according to previously released court documents. In one Dec. 13 recording made three days before his arrest, a 2- to 3-year-old girl was seen screaming and trying to run away from Bradley, police wrote.

The attacks allegedly occurred at Bradley’s Disney-themed BayBees Pediatrics in a Pinocchio-themed examination room, a basement where he kept toys and other treats and an outbuilding Bradley was converting into a movie theater.

By bonding with the children, the burly, bearded doctor earned their parents’ trust and permission to take them alone to get toys, candy and ice cream.

Bradley’s arrest in December came after two previous attempts to build cases against him collapsed – once in 2005, when prosecutors did not file offensive-touching charges against him for excessive kissing of a 3-year-old girl, authorities have said, and again in 2008 after three parents told state police about inappropriate vaginal exams, but a Superior Court judge would not authorize a search warrant for his office.” (End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.

The lesson that every parent should learn from this case is that you should never entrust your kids to anyone.Unfortunately, all of the parents who trusted Dr. Earl Bradley learned that from this unimaginably terrible experience.Don’t you make the same mistake that they did.

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Michelle Obama Will Grace Fox News With Her Presence!!

The First Lady will make her first appearance on the network that loves to dog President Obama.Michelle Obama will bring some elegance & class to Fox News on the Huckabee show.

Although I don’t care for his show,I might tune in just to see how Mike Huckabee handles the eloquence & sophistication that is Michelle Obama.

Here’s more from The Huffington Post:

“Michelle Obama is making her debut appearance on Fox News this coming Saturday, on Mike Huckabee’s show ‘Huckabee.’ The former Republican presidential candidate wooed the first lady onto Fox to talk about her childhood obesity campaign, “let’s move.”

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CNN’s Ali Velshi Gets Punked On Air!

Poor Ali Velshi. When he was giving weather updates today,he talked to a caller who identified himself as Gene Laster of Newark Liberty Airport. The caller was supposed to be talking to Ali about how the severe weather has shut down the Newark Airport. About a minute into the conversation,Gene Laster calls Ali a dumb ass on air. Why? Well,Gene Laster says that Ali Velshi should have known that he was the recipient of a prank call.Because the Newark Airport was never closed.

After that, Ali said,”Good one,Gene.”

Then,he went on with the rest of the broadcast without incident. What,a funny & crazy CNN moment.

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Scott Brown & President Obama Are Related

Wow, the things that genealogy can uncover is truly amazing. A genealogist has discovered that newly elected Massachusetts governor Scott Brown & our illustrious president Barack Obama are actually related. Now, I can’t see any physical resemblances between these 10th cousins.The only family trait that these cousins share are their spectacularly great looks. They also have made their mark in politics.

I wonder how they feel about being distant cousins. Kinda weird,isn’t it?

Here’s more from The Wall Street Journal:

President Barack Obama can add a new name to the list of things he calls Scott Brown: cousin.

Genealogists at the New England Historic Genealogical Society said today that the president and the Republican senator-elect from Massachusetts are 10th cousins. Obama’s mother and Brown’s mother are both descendents of Richard Singletary of Haverhill, Mass., who died in 1687.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.

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Justice Alito Causes Controversy During Obama’s State Of The Union Address!

Justice Alito caused a silent disturbance that has become a loud controversy. He grimaced when President Obama admonished a Supreme Court decision during his State Of The Union address.

President Obama was upset because the Supreme Court wants to allow corporations to support the candidate of their choice.Justice Alito mouthed the words “not true” after President Obama expressed his fear that this would allow “special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections.

Let’s just abandon all protocol,guys!

Since Alito muttered his disent,a debate has risen over whether President Obama said something that was “not true.” Some folks beg to differ with Justice Alito. They say that President Obama’s assertion is true.

Here’s more from The Huffington Post:

“Conservatives and progressives may argue this morning about whether President Obama should have criticized the Court and about the severity of Justice Alito’s breach of protocol, but Justice Alito faces a bigger problem: Obama’s comment is true.

In fact, Obama’s carefully-phrased comment to the justices highlights two critical aspects of the majority’s decision in Citizens United v. FEC, both of which constitute dangerous and revolutionary shifts in long-settled law:

  1. The Court ruled that the First Amendment makes no distinction among speakers — that the identity of a speaker makes no difference for purposes of government regulation of speech. As Justice Stevens pointed out in his dissenting opinion, this logic leads to some remarkable conclusions: “Such an assumption would have accorded the propaganda broadcasts to our troops by ‘Tokyo Rose’ during World War II the same protection as speech by Allied commanders.” Stevens also clearly explained that the majority’s logic “would appear to afford the same protection to multinational corporations controlled by foreigners as to individual Americans.” This is truly an unprecedented reading of the Bill of the Rights that could have consequences that reach even beyond campaign finance law. By eliminating any distinction among speakers, which, as Obama noted, has been recognized for at least a century, the Court hinted that any regulation that distinguishes between corporations and individuals may be problematic — raising the question of what other rights currently reserved for citizens the Court might soon extend to corporations. As Stevens noted in his dissent, under the majority’s logic, “it may be a First Amendment problem that corporations are not permitted to vote, given that voting is, among other things, a form of speech.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.

And to make matters worse,it appears that Justice Alito may be holding a grudge against Obama. President Obama was one of the Senate Democrats who voted against his confirmation. Here’s more on that from Politics Daily:

“President-Elect Barack Obama strolled over to the Supreme Court yesterday to pay a visit to the Justices who will be scrutinizing his legislation and executive orders over the next four years. It was supposed to be a friendly visit, initiated by Chief Justice John Roberts, who will swear Obama into office next Tuesday.

But then one bad apple had to go and ruin it.

Wednesday’s meeting was described as a relaxed, get-acquainted session. It included Roberts, seven associate justices and Vice President-elect Joe Biden.

The absence of Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., who was at the court Wednesday morning for arguments in two cases, was a mystery. He has, however, voiced lingering anger over Senate Democrats, including Obama and Biden, who voted against his confirmation three years ago. When walking on Capitol Hill, Alito has said, he crosses to the far side of the street whenever he nears the Senate Office Building.

What gives, Justice Alito? Are you really still mad at Barack and Joe for trying to Bork you? After all, they both voted against Roberts, too, and he seems able to forgive and forget.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.

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Kerri Lyn Smith Gave Her Boyfriend A Hellish New Year’s Kiss!

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Kerri Lyn Smith must have been extremely intoxicated to the point of delirium when she bit off her boyfriend’s lip during a New Year’s Eve kiss.The insane hellion from Dallas gave her unlucky mate a kiss that was straight from hell.

What an evil woman! Lock her crazy ass up!!!

Here’s more from the Dallas Morning News:

” One of the first crimes committed in Dallas in 2010 was a particularly gruesome act of family violence, according to police.

About midnight on New Year’s Eve, Kerri Lyn Smith, 41, was kissing her boyfriend of four years in Far North Dallas when Smith bit the man’s bottom lip and tore it off his face, according to police documents.

The man was able to push Smith away and call 911. He told officers Smith bit him suddenly and began yelling at him. It’s unclear what would have prompted Smith to do such a thing.

Police officers called to the 18900 block of Lina Street near Rosemeade Parkway and the Dallas North Tollway saw part of the lip on the ground, police documents said.

The man, who has a 2-year-old son with Smith, told police he did not want to press charges. Officers arrested her anyway on a charge of aggravated assault/family violence.

The man was treated at a Plano hospital.”(END OF ARTICLE)Read more here.

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The Red Square UFO In Moscow Has Yet To Be Identified!

Giant Pyramid UFO 'Hovers Over Moscow' ...

Have you seen the huge UFO that was suspended in the skies of Moscow,yet?Dubbed the Red Square UFO,this large object has yet to be identified.What the heck is going on in Russia?

First,one of their missiles is purported to be the cause of the huge “UFO” sighting in Norway.Now,this! I wonder if this is terrestrial or something extra!

Here’s more from Sky News:

“The pyramid-shaped object was said to have remained for hours over the Red Square in the Russian capital.

The fuzzy grey shape was apparently captured on film in at least two separate videos – one filmed during the daytime and another at night – which became an online sensation.

But sceptics suggested there would be thousands of videos, rather than just two, if the object really had remained in the skies for hours.

Russian police have not commented on the alleged sightings.

The reports of the pyramid come just days after a Russian missile launch set off a spate of UFO sightings in Norway.

The dramatic light spiral seen over the north of the country prompted theories that it was caused by a meteor, the Northern Lights or even aliens.

However, Russia later revealed that its test-firing of a new intercontinental missile had ended in failure – at the same time as observers witnessed the early morning light show.”(End of Excerpt) Read more here.

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Vinnie Reams:A Beautiful American Teen Sculptress

Vinnie Reams could serve as a role model for young women of today.She had everything that a girl dreams of.The Victorian teen had an exquisite appearance,marvelous talent,& a quick witted intellect. The charming beauty was only 18 when she was selected by the U.S. Congress to sculpt the Lincoln memorial becoming the first woman to receive a commission to do so.She truly deserved to be regarded as a “child prodigy.”

This was a female artist that should be revered by many. Her story is truly inspirational & riveting.Yet,Vinnie Reams is largely unknown.Most folks do not know much about the beautiful American teen sculptress who  created the statue of Lincoln that now stands in the U.S. Capitol.

Here’s more from Suite101.com:

Vinnie Ream was a colorful character – not exactly the loveable type, but not truly detestable either. She was somewhat of a cross between Donald Trump (with much better hair) and Sarah Palin (without the perpetual victimhood). In other words, she knew the scent of a great business opportunity when she smelled one, was relentless enough to go after it until she got what she wanted, and wasn’t above batting her eyelashes to sway public opinion.

With the dexterity of a born politician, Lavinia Ellen Ream – Vinnie to her friends – integrated herself into Washington, D.C.’s political society, a feat relatively unheard of for a woman without the benefit of a prominent husband. Her friendships with powerful men were enviable across gender lines, and she never failed to use them to further her own agenda. These connections catapulted Vinnie to artistic fame, and her statues stand tall in the rotunda of the capitol building and in Farragut Square, Washington, D.C.

Vinnie Ream: An American Sculptor recounts the life of the 19th-century artist as she lobbied for the Congressional commission to sculpt a memorial of Abraham Lincoln after his death. Having convinced the president to sit for her by playing up her humble beginnings, Vinnie created the most honest likeness to date of the statesman.

Over the course of a few sessions, the sculptor managed to capture Lincoln’s relentless pensiveness, the dour expression, the elongated face, and the famous quiet brooding. But earning the commission meant going up against long-held attitudes about the ability of a woman to do a “man’s job,” so Vinnie used what she had and embedded her artistic skills in feminine charm.

In a relatively short time, she acquired the support of President Andrew Johnson, General Ulysses S. Grant, Admiral David Farragut, senators Thaddeus Stevens (Pennsylvania) and James S. Rollins (Missouri), and Representative Daniel Voorhees (Indiana).

Not surprisingly, the social scene at her studio, which multitudes of politicians regularly visited, became insatiable fodder for the media. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported, “Her studio is crammed with every conceivable thing…including two Confederate generals and a lady…. People are coming and going all the time, a thousand interruptions; how is it possible for her to work?”

Despite the churning rumor mills, these influential men would go on to play a remarkable role in helping Vinnie establish her place in history.

All this attention invited tabloid-style critiques, particularly in the form of attacks on her character. Vinnie suffered accusations of everything from trading sexual favors to influencing the outcome of President Johnson’s impeachment trial, and some of the harshest admonishments came from women incensed by her popularity and guile.

It was for this reason that she rebuffed Elizabeth Cady Stanton, prominent figure of the Women’s Suffrage Movement, when Mrs. Stanton solicited her signature on a petition recognizing “women and women’s labor under the Government.”

“You are a working girl, getting your bread by your hands! If you do not help yourself and us, how can Woman help you?”

“‘Mrs Stanton,”’ Vinnie said, airing old grievances, “‘no help has any woman given me here. From Grace Greenwood to Mrs Swisshelm, they have all sought to strike me down…. I will be befriended by gentlemen only, for whilst I never got any justice from a woman, I was never treated meanly by man!’”

Vinnie did indeed believe in women’s suffrage and equality between the sexes. To not would be to ignore the fact that she was fighting daily to be “respected as a sculptor, and not as a female sculptor” (94). Voicing that belief, however, would have meant possibly biting the hands that fed her. Several of the senators who had supported her commission and aided her in securing a studio in which to work, vehemently opposed giving women the right to vote.

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Tiger Woods:He Is A Winner,Cheater, & Loser!

Tiger Woods has always been known for being a winner because he is the best golf player ever! Now,it has come out that he is a serial cheater. I mean,damn,Tiger! 13 women!!! That’s too extramarital for me!

And,finally,Tiger Woods is a loser because all of the accolades & respect that he won from the public has been diminished due to his philandering ways.Tiger Woods may be a winner professionally,but he has handled his personal life just like a loser would.

Look at how he has destroyed his family!It’s remarkable that all of these skeletons did not fall out of the closet sooner!

Here’s more from BBC News:

US golfer Tiger Woods is taking indefinite leave from professional golf to try to work on “healing” his family.

On a statement on his website, he said he was aware of the disappointment “my infidelity” had caused his family.

He said he wanted to “try to repair the damage done” and asked for privacy so his family “could heal”.

In the UK, lawyers for the world’s number one obtained an injunction preventing certain information purportedly about him being published.

On his website, Mr Woods said he was “profoundly sorry” and asked for forgiveness.

He said: “I would like to ask everyone, including my fans, the good people at my foundation, business partners, the PGA Tour, and my fellow competitors, for their understanding.

“What’s most important now is that my family has the time, privacy, and safe haven we will need for personal healing.

“After much soul searching, I have decided to take an indefinite break from professional golf. I need to focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person.”

He has been married to his wife Elin for five years and they have a two-year-old daughter and 10-month-old son.

In a statement the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Tour said it supported the golfer’s decision, the Associated Press news agency reported.

Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said the celebrity’s “priorities are where they need to be”. (End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.

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“Operation Snowball Express” Helps The Children Of Fallen Soldiers!

One great thing about America is that we can be a charitable people.Yes,there is greed.But,there is also help for those in need.

Operation Snowball Express is a charity that provides support & good will to the children of fallen soldiers.They are there to help ease the pain. God bless them for that!

Here’s more from Texas Cable News:

“The passengers filed off the plane in a conspicuous pattern: mother and children, mother and children, mother and children.

With a high-five to American Airlines flight attendant Kimberly Pitcher, Oliver Petty of Tampa, Fla., leaves the plane and sets off on a North Texas adventure along with 1,300 other kids and spouses of fallen service members.

One of the last women to exit handed the pilot a thank-you note. In lieu of a signature, she had written the name of the family member who wasn’t on the flight:

Arthur S Mastrapa. KIA Iraq 6-16-04.

“I know what it’s like,” said the pilot, whose own father died when he was 9.He, the entire flight crew and hundreds of other volunteers were donating their time for Snowball Express – a charity operation that collected about 1,300 children and spouses of fallen soldiers from all over the country and brought them to Dallas on Wednesday for a much-needed holiday.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.

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The Blue Light Phenomenon Is In Norway!

Strange spiral: Residents in northern Norway were left stunned after the lightshow, which almost looked computer-generated, appeared in the skies above them

The bizarre spiral looks almost computer-generated in the dark skies over Norway yesterday

There is a mysterious blue light that lit up the skies of Norway.Is it a UFO? Maybe it’s a precursor to the type of phenomenon that some theorize will hit the Earth somewhere around Dec 21, 2012.

Whether it’s a wormhole that leads to another dimension or a failed Russian missile,that is some freaky stuff to see.I’m glad that Norwegians witnessed that & not Americans.Because the video was eerie enough for me.

Here’s more from The Daily Mail UK:

What’s blue and white, squiggly and suddenly appears in the sky?

If you know the answer, pop it on a postcard and send it to the people of Norway, where this mysterious light display baffled residents yesterday.

Speculation was increasing today that the display was the result of an embarrassing failed test launch of a jinxed new Russian missile.

The Bulava missile was test-fired from the Dmitry Donskoi submarine in the White Sea early on Wednesday but failed at the third stage, say newspapers in Moscow today.

This emerged despite earlier reports denying a missile launch yesterday. Even early today there was no formal confirmation from the Russian Defence Ministry.

The light appears to be unconnected with the aurora borealis, or northern lights, the natural magnetic phenomena that can often be viewed in that part of the world.

The mystery began when a blue light seemed to soar up from behind a mountain in the north of the country. It stopped mid-air, then began to move in circles. Within seconds a giant spiral had covered the entire sky.

Then a green-blue beam of light shot out from its centre – lasting for ten to 12 minutes before disappearing completely.

Onlookers describing it as ‘like a big fireball that went around, with a great light around it’ and ‘a shooting star that spun around and around’.

Yesterday a Norwegian defence spokesman said the display was most likely from a failed Russian test launch.”

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A Kung-Fu Wife Beats Chinese Husband Weekly!

Whoever said that Asian women were docile & obedient must not have ever met a woman like Mr. Zhang’s wife. This Chinese man has signed a contract that allows his wife to whup his ass once a week. Why did he do such an illogical thing, you ask?

Well, Mr. Zhang says it’s because he is trying to reduce the amount of abuse that he willingly undergoes. You know what I think,though? This guy likes to be dominated. So,he married a dominatrix.

Here’s more on this kick-ass story from The Telegraph:

The 32-year-old man, who was named by the Chongqing Evening News as Mr Zhang, took the unusual step after suffering intense abuse from his wife, who studies kung fu.

“I don’t want to beat him, but arguments are inevitable and I can’t help myself,” his wife told the newspaper. She added that in the week before they signed the deal, she had beaten him up three times.

Mr Zhang said his wife, who is a sales manager at a trading company, had studied kung fu since her childhood and that he was attracted to her “strong and independent temperament”.

He also admitted that he had suffered at her hands throughout their six-month courtship. “Before we got married, she had a wild hairstyle and I teased that it made her look like a tigress. During the argument that followed, I said some bad words and I got a taste of her kung fu for the first time.”

He said that he had tried to bite his lip in order to avoid being punished, but that he “never wants to lose an argument” and so always ends up with “bruises and scars all over”.

In order to curb his wife’s aggression, Mr Zhang proposed signing a contract in front of his in-laws.” (End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.

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Ex-NBA Referee Talks About The Mafia’s Involvement In The NBA!

Tim Donaghy did not conduct himself honorably when he decided to bet on NBA games.As a NBA referee,it a total betrayal to the game.Not to mention that it’s also illegal.Despite that,Donaghy has redeemed himself somewhat in my eyes by coming clean about the mafia’s involvement in the NBA.

I am delighted to finally hear one of these refs admit what many have suspected all along.Referees sometimes make their calls based on personal feelings & outside influences.

Here’s more from 6O Minutes:

“And Donaghy might well have gotten away with it. He might still be reffing and betting today. But he fell in with the mob.

Donaghy was placing those bets through a friend. He was too scared of getting caught to do it himself. And their winning streak went on uninterrupted for three years. But in the fourth year, that friend let slip that he was getting his betting tips from an NBA ref.

The mob found out about it and wanted in on the action. That’s when Donaghy discovered what it means to be really scared.

It started outside a hotel at Philadelphia’s airport: the FBI says two men associated with the Gambino crime family requested a meeting with Donaghy and took him for a ride.

“They came down and picked me up,” Donaghy remembered. “They basically told me that I needed to give them the picks. And if I didn’t that it’s a possibility that somebody would go down and visit my wife and kids in Florida.”

Donaghy said he believed them and was scared. From then on his picks were relayed to the mob.

Asked how he communicated his bets to the mob, Donaghy said, “I would discuss it with a high school friend of mine, who would pass the information along to them.”

There was a code. “The code was if I want them to be the home team, I would discuss his brother Chuck. And if I wanted him to bet the visiting team, I would mention his brother Johnny,” Donaghy explained.

FBI Special Agent Scala told Simon the FBI made a very conservative estimate that the mob made at least a few million dollars off Donaghy’s picks.

Donaghy said the mob was paying him $2,000 per correct pick – peanuts considering they were making millions.

Asked why he didn’t ask for more money, Donaghy said, “It wasn’t about the money, at that point… It was just about getting through the season and hoping that’d end it.”

Because the mob put a lot of money on his picks, they were not good losers. We told you that in one game, Donaghy threw out the coach of the team they were betting on. That cost the mob the bet and they were not happy.

“They had questions as to why I did it,” Donaghy remembered. “I just told them that I wasn’t making calls in games to win, influence the outcome. And no I’m not gonna be able to obviously predict the winner every night. And you know, they have to accept that that’s what’s gonna happen.”

Asked if the mobsters accepted that, Donaghy told Simon, “I’m not sure that they accepted it or not, but that was the information that I passed to them.”

As it turned out, his mob connection brought him down.

The FBI, which was monitoring mob phone calls, heard that an NBA ref was betting on games. The information made it to Special Agent Scala, who headed the FBI’s Gambino family task force.

“One of the case agents had come into my office and said that they had information from a wire tap stating that there was huge sums of money being made and that someone thought that a ref may be involved,” Scala remembered.

“So if you hadn’t gotten involved with the mob you might still be out there reffing and betting on your own games?” Simon asked.

“Possibly,” Donaghy admitted.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.

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Did Billy Joel’s Daughter Really Try To End Her Life?

Apparently,being Alexa Ray Joel is too hard for the woman that bears that name.It must be excruciatingly terrible to be the daughter of Christie Brinkley when you didn’t inherit any of her blond statuesque beauty.Unfortunately for Alexa,she takes after Billy Joel in looks.That would make anyone depressed.

Not only does she have to deal with people constantly assessing her looks,as I just did,but she is trying to carve her own path to success.To her great dismay,Alexa Ray Joel is mostly known for being Billy Joel’s daughter.

So,it didn’t come as much of a surprise when I learned that she tried to commit suicide.The poor thing overdosed on homeopathic pills after an argument with her boyfriend.Thankfully,she was unsuccessful in her attempt to end her life.Hopefully,Alexa Ray Joel will find the happiness that seems to elude her.

Get well,Alexa!

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We Have Separation Of Church And State In America!

One American principle that I really love is that we separate  church and state.Politics are not supposed to be mixed with religion.But,some folks just have trouble adhering to that fact.

Take Mayor Osby Davis of Vallejo,CA for instance.He had to issue a formal apology for the aspersions he cast on his gay constituents.The NY Times carried an article that quoted him as saying that “they’re committing sin and that sin will keep them out of heaven.”

Wow! And he is a Christian attorney.Well,he should judge not,lest he be judged.Because,in the end,we are all sinners.No man is free of all sin.

Here’s more from The Oakland Tribune:

“At least one person said he plans to call for Davis’ resignation or recall while another wants him to be censured.

Davis said Tuesday he wants the community to pull together and move forward during difficult times.

“It should go without saying, and is certainly obvious to all who know me, that my conduct, actions and decisions have demonstrated my conviction for fairness for all people and my love for this city,” Davis wrote.

Sherrie Connelly, a hospital chaplain and former Human Relations commissioner, said she was confused by Davis’ comments, but was reasonably certain Davis didn’t intend to “cause the kind of brouhaha” that was raised.

“I believe the mayor’s comments stir the soup in Vallejo in a very unfavorable way,” said Connelly, a self-described straight, 65-year-old woman.

As elected officials, we have a responsibility to serve the entire community, not just the ones who believe as we do.”

Former planning commissioner and gay activist Charles Legalos called for action against Davis.

“I want to get an item on the City Council agenda to censure him,” Legalos said.

“His comments were completely out of line. They have no place coming from a city official.”

Legalos also expressed concern over the separation of church and state issue as it relates to the city of God remark.

“Separation of church and state is a fundamental tenet of our government, and he violated it,” Legalos said.

Davis said his prepared statement was not designed to defend his beliefs. He added that he did not feel his beliefs related to the intent of the New York Times column.

I did not intend to use my position as mayor to espouse my beliefs,” Davis said. “I will not use my position as mayor to espouse my personal beliefs. My personal beliefs are mine and mine alone — and they will remain mine from this point on.”

Former school board candidate and openly gay priest Lou Bordisso, also quoted in the Times column, said remarks like Davis’ can lead to negative consequences.

Bordisso said Monday he’s planning a rally and news conference at 6:15 p.m. Dec. 1 in front of City Hall before the regular City Council meeting.

“There’s a lot of anger out there and people need a forum in which to express their anger and frustration,” Bordisso said.

Others expanded on Bordisso’s apprehensions.

I believe the main point is the image of Vallejo going out to the world — this mixing politics with religion,” said Max Green, a self-described politically aware Vallejo resident. ”

(Davis) is supposed to be the mayor of everyone, not just those who believe as he does.” And besides, Legalos said, Vallejo doesn’t need more negative attention.

“It’s discouraging,” he said. “The city has gained notoriety in terms of crime, bankruptcy, bad management, and to add this to it … to now be known as a city with a bigoted mayor. …” (End of Excerpt) Read the entire article here.

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Carrie Prejean Is A Disgrace To Christianity!

Carrie Prejean is someone who is obviously so full of herself that it is not even funny.It’s downright alarming to me that such a blatant hypocrite is toting Christianity just like it’s another one of her “achievements”.

As both a Christian & California girl,let me state most emphatically that this empty-headed shallow human being does not represent either my state or my religion in any way.!

Carrie Prejean is representing both narcissism & hypocrisy.And with all the damage that she does to herself every time she opens her mouth,I would say that Carrie Prejean is leading the campaign against her.

Before she calls Larry King or anyone else “inappropriate“,Carrie Prejean needs to recall the photos & the sex tape that this fake “pious” woman did.If you are promoting  Christianity,Ms. Prejean,then how is any of that appropriate?

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The Fort Hood Shooter Is An Army Psychiatrist!

A US Army officer, Major Malik Nadal Hasan, has gone on on a shooting spree at a military base in Texas, killing 11 people and wounding more than 30 others before he was shot dead by police.

What happened today at Fort Hood army base is both tragic & unbelievable.I was astounded when the news broke that people had been gunned down at one of the largest military bases in the free world! The shooter who was behind today’s massacre is an Army psychiatrist.

He was counseling other soldiers when Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan clearly needed help dealing with his own mental issues.He freaked out & killed 12 people.31 folks were also wounded in this shooting rampage.

Here’s more from The Associated Press:

A military mental health doctor facing deployment overseas opened fire at the Fort Hood Army post on Thursday, setting off on a rampage that killed 12 people and left 31 wounded, Army officials said.

Authorities said immediately after the shootings that they had killed the suspected shooter, but later in the evening they recanted and said that he was alive and in stable condition at a hospital, watched by a guard.

“His death is not imminent,” said Lt. Gen. Bob Cone at Fort Hood. He offered little explanation for the mistake, other than to say there was confusion at the hospital.A law enforcement official identified the shooting suspect as Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case publicly.The violence was believed to be the worst mass shooting in history at a U.S. military base.

The shooting began around 1:30 p.m., when shots were fired at the base’s Soldier Readiness Center, where soldiers who are about to be deployed or who are returning undergo medical screening, Cone said.It was unclear what the motive was, though it appeared he was upset about a scheduled deployment.

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said the Army major was about to deploy overseas, though it was unclear if he was headed to Iraq or Afghanistan and when he was scheduled to leave. Hutchison said she was told about the upcoming deployment by generals based at Fort Hood.” Read more here.

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Contessa Brewer Can’t Tell The Difference Between Al Sharpton & Jesse Jackson!

Talk about a cringe worthy moment! When Contessa Brewer of MSNBC interviewed Rev. Jesse Jackson,she called him Rev. Al Sharpton.

Well,Rev. Jackson took about half a minute to correct this pretty little birdbrain.I think he did that because he wanted to keep his composure.But,he was visibly agitated by the ridiculous gaffe that Contessa Brewer made.Who would confuse Jesse Jackson with Rev. Al Sharpton?

After apologizing,Contessa Brewer claimed that was what the script said.I’ve heard of sticking to the script,but wow! Can you really blame the teleprompter for that mistake,Contessa Brewer? I think not!

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Instead Of Seeing Men In Black,A British Police Officer Sees Aliens In White!

Mayan-themed crop circle: Mayan 'apocalypse' crop circle appears at Silbury Hill

A British police officer reported spotting three aliens that were 6ft. tall & blond.They were dressed in white overalls. Apparently,the supernatural beings were examining a crop circle that was near Silbury Hill,Wiltshire. They took off like the speed of lightening when the off-duty cop saw these otherworldly creatures.

Now,this cop’s sighting sounds pretty far-fetched to me,but some folks are buying his story. I mean,I’ve heard of people seeing the Men In Black,but never the aliens in white. Pretty weird stuff!

Here’s more from the Telegraph:

“‘The bizarre incident occurred on the morning of July 6 this year as the police officer was driving.

The officer claims the three figures were examining a crop circle, which had appeared several days earlier, when he stopped his car and began walking towards them.

However, the mysterious beings disappeared when he ”looked away for a second” and he contacted UFO experts after witnessing other paranormal activity.

A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said: ”The police officer was apparently off duty when this happened so we have no comment to make because it is a personal not a police matter.”

Crop circle expert Colin Andrews, who investigated the incident alongside Andrew Russell, said he is ”convinced” by the police officer’s story.

He said: ”I am quite convinced the officer had an experience that day and one that we have not fully explored.

”I think with the unusual movement of the being and the poltergeist experiences there is too much additional information to say that is something in nothing.” (End of Excerpt) Read the full story here.

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I’m Glad That This Supernatural Cloud Was In Moscow & Not America!

Luminous: The pale halo-shaped cloud was hovering over Moscow on Wednesday

Have you seen the spooky halo-shaped cloud that was spotted in the Moscow sky?I would be freaked out if I saw something like that here in America! I mean,it does look like an alien mothership or some otherworldly object.

But,along with the scary house decor,devilish sound effects & costumes,I might like seeing a supernatural looking cloud hovering in the sky this Halloween.That would really make trick or treating even more scary & fun.

Here’s more on the cloud in Moscow from The Daily Mail:

“In what could have been a scene from the film Independence Day, a luminous ring-shaped cloud could be seen hovering over the city of Moscow last week.

The pale gold ‘halo’ could be seen above the Russian capital city’s Western District on Wednesday, and was captured on film by stunned Muscovites.Meteorologists rejected any theories of the supernatural however, calling it an optical effect.

A spokesman from the city’s weather forecast said: ‘Several fronts have been passing through Moscow recently, there was an intrusion of the Arctic air too, the sun was shining from the west – this is how the effect was produced.’

He added: ‘This is purely an optical effect, although it does look impressive.” (End of Excerpt)

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President Obama Wins The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize!!!

I’m not sure if President Obama was feeling down about the Olympics loss.It sure seemed like we had a whole lot of folks here in America that were quite gleeful that Chicago was the first city that the Olympics committee voted out.

Well,I’m sure that glee will dissipate completely once those people find out that President Obama has won a Nobel Peace Prize.And he hasn’t even been president for a year.I know that’s going to piss the Obama haters off! Because being the third sitting U.S president to receive a Nobel Peace Prize is one helluva win!

Here’s more from CNN:

“President Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. The first African-American to win the White House, Obama was praised by the Norweigan Nobel Committee for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”

Only very rarely has a person to the same extent as Obama captured the world’s attention and given its people hope for a better future,” the committee said. “His diplomacy is founded in the concept that those who are to lead the world must do so on the basis of values and attitudes that are shared by the majority of the world’s population.”

The committee also said Obama has “created a new climate in international politics.”

The announcement came as a surprise — Obama’s name had not been mentioned among front-runners — and the roomful of reporters in Oslo, Norway, gasped when he was named.In his short time in office, Obama has acted on a wide range of issues from the economy to terrorism and wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Obama also lobbied unsuccessfully to bring the 2016 Olympics to Chicago, Illinois. After returning from Denmark, Obama expressed no regret about his trip, saying it is “always a worthwhile endeavor to promote and boost the United States.

Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, last year’s Peace Prize laureate, said it was clear the Nobel committee wanted to encourage Obama on the issues he has been discussing on the world stage.

“I see this as an important encouragement,” Ahtisaari said.

The committee wanted to be “far more daring” than in recent times and make an impact on global politics, said Kristian Berg Harpviken, director of the International Peace Research Institute.

Wangari Muta Maathai, the Kenyan who won the 2004 Peace Prize, said Obama’s win will help Africa move forward.

“I think it is extraordinary,” she said. “It will be even greater inspiration for the world. He has shown how we can probably come together, work together in a cooperative way.”

The award comes at a crucial time for Obama, who currently has administration officials dispatched on global peace missions.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.

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Damn,Randy Quaid! You Should Have Just Paid!

Did your hear about actor Randy Quaid’s burglary arrest?! The eccentric-looking guy skipped out on a $10,000 hotel bill that he & his wife had racked up in California.The pretend Bonnie & Clyde got nabbed in West Texas. Damn,Randy Quaid! You should have just paid!

Here’s more from The AP:

“Actor Randy Quaid and his wife have been arrested in West Texas for allegedly skipping out on a $10,000 California hotel bill.Quaid and his wife, Evi, were taken into custody Thursday afternoon, according to Santa Barbara County sheriff’s officials, who said authorities in West Texas informed them of the arrest.

A statement from the California agency said it was told by the Presidio County Sheriff’s Department that Evi Quaid was restrained after a brief struggle.Presidio County Sheriff Danny Dominguez declined to respond to questions from The Associated Press.

Presidio County authorities said earlier Thursday that the two were in custody in Marfa but the department wasn’t releasing other details.Santa Barbara County’s sheriff’s spokesman Drew Sugars says the warrant for Quaid and his wife set bail at $20,000 each.

The felony warrant is for burglary, defrauding an innkeeper and conspiracy.He says detectives haven’t been able to interview the actor yet.A message left for Randy Quaid’s commercial agent, Steven Arcieri, was not immediately returned.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.

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Muammar al-Gaddafi Is The Whacked-Out Leader Of Libya!

Muammar al-Gaddafi went on a bitch fest today. He bitched about everything from his jet lag to the way the United Nations handles its business.Gaddafi had a lot of stuff that he just had to get off his chest!

The Libyan leader also let it be known that he considers President Obama to be a son of Africa because of his Kenyan descent.He seemed to be trying to forge a kinship between himself & the leader of the free world. As if !

I’m sure that President Obama didn’t appreciate or want his warm praises.The last thing that he wants is to be associated in any way with a dictator who said that Obama should be the president forever.Especially when you’ve got some fruitcakes out there comparing Obama to tyrants & dictators. I’m sure that yet another Obama conspiracy theory is being formed at this very moment.

The poor guy who had to translate this long rant got tired out & had to be relieved of his duties.I just feel sorry for the people who have to call Muammar al-Gaddafi their leader for the past 40 years.What a loon!

And if I were a Bedford resident,I’d be outraged that this terrorist-backer had his tent pitched on a piece of land that is owned by Donald Trump.I just hope that the “Trumpster” wouldn’t stoop this low for cash.

Here’s more on that from The AP:

“Did The Donald and the dictator made a backdoor deal? If so, the plan to pitch a tent in this suburb for Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi went south pretty fast. Maybe someone should be fired.

A tent erected by the Libyan government on Donald Trump’s estate in Bedford was dismantled Wednesday, and both Trump and the Secret Service said Gadhafi wasn’t coming.

For Gadhafi, it was just another failed attempt to find a place to spend time during the UN General Assembly — after his requests for space in Central Park, Englewood, N.J., and Manhattan’s Upper East Side were all rejected.

Long unpopular in America, the Libyan leader is now particularly unwelcome after he gave an effusive welcome-home reception for Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the Libyan convicted of the bombing Pan Am Flight 103. Al-Megrahi was recently freed from prison because he’s dying of prostate cancer.

For Trump, questions persisted.

Did he know he might be handing over the use of his lush, 213-acre Seven Springs estate to Gadhafi? Or was the mogul unwittingly renting some upscale digs on his suburban lawn 33 miles north of the United Nations?”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.

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Michelle Phillips Isn’t Buying Mackenzie Phillips Story!!!!

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I received a lot of comments about a post I did on Mackenzie Phillips story. Some people felt that her incestuous past should be revealed because it might help someone else. Really?!! How will knowing that John Phillips supposedly banged his own flesh & blood make a difference in anyone’s life? The world is not a naive place,even though some of its inhabitants apparently are!

Mackenzie Phillips isn’t shedding light on incest for the first time. She is telling the world a personal story that she claims is true. Since John Phillips isn’t here to defend himself, only Mackenzie Phillips & God know the truth. The only person Mackenzie Phillips is really helping by telling this sordid tale is herself. And that’s only if she can top the bestseller’s list.

Some of those who know her don’t believe what she’s saying. Michelle Phillips is one of those folks. Here’s more from news.cnpanyu.com:

“The incestuous relationship between John and Mackenzie, from his first marriage to socialite Susan Adams, later became consensual as the pair began using heroin together and touring in a band called The New Mamas and The Papas.

Wilson Phillips founder Chynna reveals she received a phone call confession in 1997 from her half sister, who revealed her affair with their father began while he was married to third wife, Genevieve Waite.

Standing by her sister, Chynna tells Us Weekly, “They were both doing drugs together. After long nights of heroin use, she’s claiming that she once woke up and that my father was on top of her having sex with her. Was he actually raping her? I don’t know. Do I believe they had an incestuous relationship and that it went on for 10 years? Yes.”

However, Chynna’s actress mom Michelle Phillips, John’s second wife and former member of The Mamas & The Papas, has rejected Mackenzie’s claims as the musings of a desperate drug addict. She adds, “You should take with a grain of salt anything that’s said by a person who has had a needle stuck in their arm for 35 years. The whole story is disgusting.” (End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.

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Mackenzie Phillips Reveals A Disgusting Family Secret To The World!

Why,Mackenzie,why?!!! The world did not need to know that you & your father had a sick,incestuous love affair.And that the drug-fueled sexual encounters between father & daughter were consensual after the first time it happened.

I don’t know if Mackenzie Phillips is trying to garner sympathy or what.But,damn,girl! Some things really should be kept secret.Especially something as intensely personal & gross as that!!!!!Now, every time that I hear a Mama & Papas song,I’m going to think of what John Phillips did to his own daughter.It’s so horrifyingly disgusting!

Here’s more from CNN:

“Actress Mackenzie Phillips reveals she had a long-term incestuous relationship with her famous father, musician John Philips, in a tell-all memoir, according to People.com, which obtained an advance copy of her book.

Phillips, the 49-year-old former child star and daughter of the Mamas and the Papas founder John Phillips, says she had sex with her father the night before she was to marry Jeff Sessler, a member of the Rolling Stones entourage, in 1979, according to People.com.

“On the eve of my wedding, my father showed up, determined to stop it,” writes Phillips, who was 19 at the time and a heavy drug user, according to People.com. “I had tons of pills, and Dad had tons of everything too. Eventually I passed out on Dad’s bed.”

Phillips, best known as Julie Cooper on the sitcom “One Day at a Time,” says the sexual relationship became consensual as her life began to spiral out of control.

During her time on the hit CBS comedy, which ran from 1975 to 1984, she battled drug addiction and underwent drug rehabilitation. She later was fired from the show in 1980 because of her drug abuse.

Eventually, she and her father went to rehab together and she later toured with him in a band called the New Mamas and the Papas, according to People.com.

“I was a fragment of a person, and my secret isolated me,” she writes, according to People.com. “One night Dad said, ‘We could just run away to a country where no one would look down on us. There are countries where this is an accepted practice. Maybe Fiji.’ ”

Phillips will reportedly unleash the secret she has kept to herself for 31 years in an interview on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” scheduled to air Wednesday. Phillips’ book, “High on Arrival,” comes out the same day.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here.

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An Ohio Grandmother Gets Arrested For Spanking A Stranger’s Child!!

gloria ballard spanks strangers 2 year old

I’ve heard of the expression “it takes a village to raise a child“. But in a village,the villagers usually know each other.At least in passing,they do.When Gloria Ballard spanked a stranger’s child in a store,she wasn’t adhering to that expression.

Ms. Ballard did not know Dannay Jones or her 2-yr. old son.But,she decided to intervene when she saw the child behaving unruly.The grandmother gave the mother some unwanted parenting advice.Then,she spanked the child.WTF?!!

If I were Dannay Jones,I would have had to whup grandma’s ass.That would let her know not to meddle in other people’s affairs.

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I Hope That Congress Rebukes Rep. Joe Wilson!!!!

Rep. Joe Wilson needs to be publicly reprimanded for disrespecting the President of the United States of America! This is not the British Parliament!!!! I’m glad Congress is drafting a Resolution of Disapproval.Here in America,we respect the leader of the free world!At least until we can prove that he lied to us like George Bush did!!!

Rep. Joe Wilson should have practiced the same decorum that he did when George Bush was the president.Because Rep. Joe Wilson never made a peep about the lie that turned into the war in Iraq.In fact,all three of his sons have fought in a war that sprung from lies about weapons of mass destruction.

Why is he so vocal now?!!Where were the truth seekers when we really needed them?!! Rep. Joe Wilson & the rest of his cohorts should have been angry as hell at President George Bush.Instead,they have embraced every falsehood that the Bush administration told.

The neoconservative didn’t care about sending his countrymen off to die in a war that should not have taken place.Why was an obvious untruth accepted by Rep. Joe Wilson? Because a member of his own party told it.

Is Rep. Joe Wilson’s very public disdain for this president due to his politics or is it because he’s black? Since he is a neoconservative,I have to wonder what really motivated Wilson to lose all sense of decorum.

Maybe he’s one of those white folks that view our president as an uppity black man who needs to be put in his place.After all,he is a member of the Sons Of Confederate Veterans.Need I say more?

I’ll let Prime Buzz tell you more:

Now, add this to the fact that Joe Wilson, as a state legislator, was one of only seven Republicans to go against their own party and vote to keep the Dixie Rebel flag flying over the South Carolina capitol:

The flag came down that year after Republicans in both houses went for a compromise that would put it on Statehouse grounds at the Confederate Soldier’s monument. The “Magnificent Seven” of Senators who voted to keep the flag up included current Congressman Joe Wilson

A clearer picture of why this congressman might so virulently breach protocol and loudly interrupt an African-American president’s speech to Congress by calling him a liar does start to emerge, doesn’t it?

So inquiring minds want to know:

Is Joe Wilson still a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans?

If so, does he condone the activities of the “Lunatic” faction that now controls the SCV?

Does Joe Wilson consider the Republican Party “the Party of Lincoln”?

Does Joe Wilson support secession?” (End of Excerpt) Read the entire post here.

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Voting Is Not Complex In America!

One thing that I really enjoy about being American is our freedoms. We have the liberty to say pretty much whatever we want. I mean, free speech is what supposedly caused the latest ruckus in the Middle East. You know, the protests over the anti-Muslim video. And just Google subway ad & the sandwich shop is the last thing to appear. What your web search will generate is stories about the New York City subway ads that call Jihadists “savages.

And,until recently, I thought that we had the freedom to vote. That was establish during the Civil Rights Era. Sadly, in the 21st century our rights appear to be under attack. We can’t let anyone lessen or diminish our freedoms. Join the fight against these  discriminatory voter ID laws that various states are trying to impose on American citizens. This is not a third world country yet. Stop trying to fix elections by excluding certain Americans from voting.

Here’s what you can do to help in this effort: Sign a petiton to stop these regressive laws by following the link below:

http://www.dscc.org/act4?action_KEY=544&track=SEM_GS_Voter%20Suppressionv3-S_ID-Law_voter%20id%20law_26428990292

Here’s information state-by-state about these voter ID laws:

http://www.brennancenter.org/content/resource/2012_summary_of_voting_law_changes/

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