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Pres. Obama Jokes and Asks 7-Year Old Boy for His Birth Certificate

By: Victor “Doc V” Trammell In an Orlando, Florida sports bar, Obama poked fun by sarcasticly referencing the “birther” issue again. As he had some beers and worked the crowd, he walked up to a table with five children. One of the adults nearby pointed to one of the boys, 7-year-old Andre Wupperman of Orlando, and told the president  the boy was born in Hawaii, the president’s native state. Delighted, the president greeted the boy with a “shaka” sign, the pinky and thumb gesture typical of Hawaiian culture. The boy returned the gesture. “You were born in Hawaii?” the president said. Then he asked teasingly: “You have a birth certificate?” The patrons at the bar called Gator’s Dockside were clearly aware of the discredited claims that Obama was not born in the United States. A crowd of them broke out laughing. Last month, Obama’s competitor for president, Mitt Romney caught flack from  Obama’s camp when he was campaigning near his own Michigan birthplace and childishly stated that “no one’s ever asked to see my birth certificate.” Romney later insisted the remark was just a joke and not meant to question Obama’s citizenship. However, Obama’s campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt quickly denounced the ill-advised statement by Romney. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/obama-jokes-7-year-old-hawaii-a-birth-certificate-article-1.1155238#ixzz263TXRi18 Read More »

Two British Policewomen Fired for Calling Black People Gorillas

By: Victor “Doc V” Trammell Two female officers with the London Metropolitan Police Department have dismissed from their posts after one of them was caught referring to black people as gorillas and monkeys. The racist conversation involved Special Constable Rosanna Garofalo (pictured above) and WPC Joanna Sugda (pictured below). A colleague of both women anonymously left and iPhone in a locker that recorded them laughing and making inflamatory statements about blacks while at work. Garofalo and Sugda were changing clothes in a dressing room at the Islington Police Station in March and Garofalo was recorded saying black people “all look the f*****g same. They just all look like monkeys.” The findings of this case are revealed as the Independent Police Complaints Commission reviewed 96 complaints between April 1st and June 1st of this year. Joanna Sugda is also heard on the recordings laughing as Garofalo went on to disrespect a co-worker saying “she had a face like a gorilla” and “is so f*****g ugly.” Sugda agrees with Garofalo but laughs again saying, “You can’t say that.” Garofalo is appealing the decsion to fire her and released the following statement: “In relation to the language used in our recorded conversation I state that it has been taken out of context. I am not a racist and still do not believe the conversation we had to have any racist connotations.” London’s mayor Boris Johnson has been an outspoken critic of racial discrimination in the city’s police department. At press time, the decision to dimiss the two female officers has been upheld. Read More »

Man Murders Woman After She Confesses to Being HIV-Positive

Police are saying that a woman was stabbed to death after she admitted that she had HIV.  Cicely Bolden had sex with Larry Dunn, and Dunn says that the woman didn’t tell him that she was HIV-positive until after the two had intercourse. Dunn is being held on 500,000 bail in the Dallas County Jail. The woman was found by her two children, who are 7 and 8 years old. “The kids was crying and I ran in there to see what’s going on. I seen her laying on the side of the bed,” said Latoya Arnett, Bolden’s neighbor.  “It’s like, every time I close my eyes I see her,” said Arnett. Police say that the killing happened somewhat casually and directly.  Bolden confessed to being HIV positive after the two had sex, which led the man to go into the kitchen, grab a knife and stab her. Dunn simply told police “she killed me, so I killed her.” “How did he know he had it? How did he know?” asked Arnett. “In this case, the person was killed because of their real or perceived, and we don’t know, HIV status. This is a classic panic defense. Why wasn’t the guy taking his own precautions? He could have been wearing a condom,” said Rafael McDonnell, Resource Center Dallas Communications and Advocacy Manager. Texas is one of the few states that doesn’t require those who are HIV-infected to notify their partners of the infection. Also, if you test positive, you are only required to notify former partners, but not future ones.  Texas also does not send you to jail for infecting someone with HIV.  However, some judges starting to make exceptions. “However, we have seen cases, very recently in fact, where someone who is HIV positive has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon because of their HIV status,” said McDonnell In 2009, Pillippe Padieu was convicted of six counts of aggravated assault after infecting six women with HIV.  This case is similar to that of Craig Lamar Davis, a married pastor in Atlanta Georgia who was arrested for sleeping with women without telling them that he is HIV positive.  Davis’ accuser, Ronita McAfee, wrote an open letter to the public describing her experience with Davis and warning others to be careful about sleeping around in an era of high STD infections.   Read More »

Tatyana Ali Campaigns for Obama in Essence Magazine

Tatyana Ali is out working hard for the Obama campaign, seeking to get the black vote out for the president.  The job has been difficult for Obama surrogates, since millions of people are far less inspired than they were in 2008.  But that doesn’t mean they aren’t going to try, and Essence Magazine is on board as one of the allies to help the president to get the job done. This week, Ali wrote an article for young black women called, “What Hurts My Sister, Hurts Me.”   Ali says that after being inspired by the speech by first lady Michelle Obama, she felt compelled to speak to her audience about the importance of voting for the president.   Ali first says that the Republican Party is harmful to her and other women by turning back the clock on women’s rights: It enraged me to see women at the Republic National Convention last week stand beside men who have promised again and again to take us back into the dark ages when it comes to reproductive rights, access to education, access to adequate health care and arts funding. I thought about it long and hard and then I realized that many of these women of means have no idea what their sisters who live blocks away in neighboring districts will have to go through if these men are elected to office. The idea of not being able to afford contraception, or potentially life-saving tests like cervical cancer screenings, pap smears or mammograms, is so foreign to them that they could laugh and clap in Tampa all the while knowing that these policy proposals loom in the horizon. Ali then argues that the main difference between herself and Republican women is a matter of class.  She says that women of means don’t quite understand what poor women experience.  This is an odd reflection from Ali, who has long been among Hollywood’s wealthy and elite, but some among the wealthy still identify with those who are struggling.  Making  series of compelling arguments that support the Obama campaign, Ali makes her case for why it is unreasonable to consider the Republican option: Think about it. If you cut access to adequate health care by repealing the Affordable Care Act, gutting Planned Parenthood and turning Medicaid into a voucher program, you are essentially pinning low income and middle-class families to their current economic reality. How can a woman move her family into higher economic strata, generationally speaking, if she has no access to contraceptives? Ali shows special concern for the Republican desire to cut funding for the arts.  She says that cutting the arts is harmful to humanity and that such moves should be stopped, no matter what the cost of doing so. The arts provide a glimpse into other worlds of thought. They have the potential to create empathy in us for people in circumstances our own life experiences would never allow us to understand. They have the power to galvanize us into collective action and give hope and strength in the most intimate ways.   Read More »

House Rules For Malia and Sasha Obama Revealed: Are They Too Strict?

House Rules For Malia and Sasha Obama Have Been Revealed Over The Years First Lady Michelle Obama has been very vocal over the years about the house rules she and President Barack Obama have implemented for their two daughters: Malia, 14, and Sasha, 11 . Writer Jodi Kantor of The New York Times, has compiled a list of house rules that First Lady Michelle Obama has said in various interviews throughout these past few years. Some of the rules challenge the girls to focus on academics — even when they’re away from school. Other rules challenge the girls to be responsible and consistent. In short, the rules are: 1) Non-School Related Reports:  The girls must write reports about what they’ve seen on their trips, even if it’s not required by their school. 2) Limited Cellphone Usage:  Malia may use her cellphone only on the weekends, and she and her sister cannot watch television or use a computer for anything but homework during the week. 3) Athleticism:  Malia and Sasha have to play two sports: one they choose and one selected by their mother. 4) House Chores:  Malia must learn to do laundry before she leaves for college. 5) Healthy Eating:  The girls have to eat their vegetables, and if they say that they are not hungry, they cannot ask for cookies or chips later. Although many people have questioned whether or not the First Lady’s rules are too harsh, she believes they’re basic. “ They’re not little princesses ,” First Lady Michelle Obama said of her daughters. “ It’s just basic rules, boundaries, and expectations that we would have normally .”  Below are some additional rules and further explanations for the aforementioned rules that First Lady Michelle Obama has revealed over the years. They must do their chores.  Though the White House has a large staff, Malia and Sasha have chores of their own. “ They have to make their beds, they have to clean up their rooms ,” First Lady Michelle Obama said last year. “ They have chores to do, and they don’t get their allowance until they can prove that they’ve done their chores for the week .” They can’t watch much TV.  ” We have clear rules about screen time and TV time. None during the week if it doesn’t involve schoolwork ,” Mrs. Obama said. They’re allowed some TV time on the weekends, but even then “ I try to fill up their weekends with a lot of stuff so they wind up missing that, too ,” she confided. “ It’s like, sports and games, and then, oh, it’s bedtime, so sorry you didn’t get your TV time in .” No R-rated movies for pre-teens.  While Malia, 14, has gone to a few R-rated movies (after they’ve been vetted by her parents), Sasha, 11, is not allowed to watch R-rated movies at all, and even kid-centric TV shows get monitored. “ Nowadays, sometimes what’s on the kid programming, some of that teenage programming is pretty high-level stuff, too ,” First Lady Michelle Obama said. “ So you find that you have to constantly just be engaged with them and hear what they’re learning and talk to them about the shows that they’re watching .” They can only have healthy snacks.  ” We have fruit. We have some cereals, some crackers, nuts, dried foods that are out ,” Mrs. Obama said. “ We try to put out healthy snacks in clear containers, because seeing dried fruit gives the kids the idea, ‘Oh, yes, if I’m hungry I could really have this or the nuts or the soybean things.’ And my whole thing is if you’re really hungry, you can have that. If you don’t really want it, then you’re not really hungry .” They must play a team sport . “ Sports is an expectation, and we say it’s an expectation because it’s about good health ,” Mrs. Obama said. “ It’s about learning how to play on a team, learning how to lose, learning how to win gracefully, learning how to trash talk and not get your feelings hurt .” First Lady Michelle Obama believes individual sports are great, but “ I think team sports are important particularly for girls, where they learn the camaraderie of being dependent on other people for the victory ,” she said during an interview in April. “ And I think my girls need to learn how to compete. Whether they choose to do it long term, I just think it’s an important opportunity for girls to have. ” Quitting is not allowed.  ” Kids tend to quit when it starts getting hard, which means that’s when they’re starting to learn something ,” Mrs. Obama said during an interview this  year. “ And that’s the tough time to continue to make them go to that tennis lesson. Even though Malia was complaining about it, she now loves tennis. And now she’s saying, ‘Well, I’m glad you made me keep taking tennis .’ ” First Lady Michelle Obama fears making her daughters unsuccessful. “ They’re terrific girls. They’re poised and they’re kind and they’re curious. Like any mother, I am just hoping that I don’t mess them up ,”  she said during an interview. “ Even when times are tough, in the end you are as happy as your least happy child .” Do you believe the Obamas are too strict on their daughters? Read More »

Texas Highway Set For Fastest Speed Limit In America

Texas Highway Set to Launch 85 MPH Speed Limit Some Texas commuters are anxiously awaiting the day they can drive on the fastest road in America, Texas 130 tollway, on November 11. The 41 mile stretch of road between San Antonio and Austin is currently under construction right now, but news about the Texas Transportation Commission’s approval of the 85 mph speedlimit has already been met with large support and criticism from commuters.” The research is clear that when speed limits go up, fatalities go up ,” Russ Rader, a spokesman for the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety told the reporters. Most highways in the U.S. top out at 75 mph. A 2009 report in the American Journal of Public Health studied traffic fatalities in the U.S. from 1995 to 2005 and found that more than 12,500 deaths were attributable to increases in speed limits on all kinds of roads. The Texas Transportation Commission says this road is designed with high speeds in mind. ” Safety is our top priority and tests have shown the designated speed is a safe one ,” agency spokeswoman Veronica Bayer said. ” I would love it ,” Austin resident Alan Guckian told reporters. “ Sometimes it’s fun to just open it up .” The Texas highway is poised to surpass speeds only seen on Germany’s autobahn, where there actually is no set speed limit, just an “advised” 81 mph. Toll prices haven’t been set for the new road, but Steve Marcy, who commutes daily between San Antonio and Austin, says he thinks while the speedy new road may attract some new drivers, most drivers might not think it’s worth paying the tolls. ” For most people I talk to, it’s a cost issue ,” Marcy said. Many are noting that raising the limit isn’t just about personal freedom and horsepower — money also plays a role. ” This is no small financial matter to the state ,” wrote  The Austin Statesman’s  Ben Wear back in April, when the bill setting the limit was passed. “ Its contract with a consortium led by Cintra, a Spanish toll road company… specifies that TxDOT would get an extra $67 million if the speed limit is 80 mph. Set the limit at 85 mph, and that premium rises to $100 million. “ Read More »

Mother Arrested Again for Daughter’s Disappearance: Police Believe Girl’s Body is in a Landfill

Jerice Hunter is the mother of 5-year old Jhessye Shockley, a little girl who has been missing since last year.  Police arrested Hunter again on suspicion of first-degree murder and child abuse in the case of her missing daughter this week.  Hunter and her daughter lived in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale when the crime took place. Hunter has been indicted by a grand jury in her daughter’s disappearance.  Shockley’s body hasn’t been found, but authorities believe they have enough evidence to charge the mother for the crime. “The indictment is not evidence,” said Scott Maasen, Hunter’s lawyer. “There is no body in this case. Cases without finding bodies are very difficult cases.” County Attorney Bill Montgomery is determined to move forward with the case, claiming that he has successfully prosecuted cases like this one before. “We now have the opportunity to seek justice for Jhessye and uncover the truth behind her disappearance,” Montgomery said. Police are arguing that Shockley’s body was long gone by the time the mother called 911 to report her daughter missing.  She said that her daughter had been left with her older siblings while she ran an errand.  Police could not find the little girl’s body. Glendale Police Chief Debora Black said that she believes that the girl’s body is likely at the bottom of a landfill in the town.   She and 280 officers went through 9,500 tons of trash to find the girl’s body, but to no avail. “They worked tirelessly to accomplish two goals: to find Jhessye and to hold the person responsible for her disappearance accountable,” Black said. “We are confident with the indictment and arrest, we will achieve our second goal of securing justice for Jhessye.” Police say that the Jhessye’s siblings said that her mother abused her and kept her in the closet.   Read More »

Gabby Douglas Flips on Stage with Nicki Minaj and Alicia Keys at the MTV VMAs

Olympic champion Gabby Douglas showed up at the MTV VMAs and looked amazing.  Douglas appeared as Alicia Keys performed her new song, “Girl on Fire.”  As Alicia sang her song, Gabby appeared on stage, doing flips and an amazing routine that got the crowd excited. Then, while these two superstars were doing their thing, Nicki Minaj came out afterward, setting the stage on fire even more. Afterward, Alicia Keys reached out to her fans on Twitter: “So thrilled I was finally able 2 share that w/ u @ the #vma ! This is just the beginning! #girlonfire” Alicia was in a tweeting frenzy, sending a note to Gabby Douglas and Nicki Minaj as well: “Love to the champs!!! @nickiminaj @gabrielledoug #girlonfire movement!!!” Gabby was also tweeting and meeting celebs. This is the second major appearance for Gabby this week, as she also appeared at the Democratic National Convention.  She is also releasing her memoir just in time for Christmas.  That makes this an amazing year for Gabby Douglas.   Read More »

Chad Johnson Downplays Divorce Buzz

Chad Ochocinco downplays Evelyn Lozada’s decision to file for a divorce Evelyn Lozada’s  ex-husband, Chad Johnson, returned to Twitter for the first time  after being arrested for allegedly head-butting his ex-wife during an argument. He updated his Twitter avatar with a photo of himself with a picture of Lozada’s face tattooed on his right leg. In addition to having her face tattooed on him, he has the name “Eve” located underneath her picture. Of course a large majority of his Twitter followers reacted unfavorably to his tattoo. Fans even mocked him saying they didn’t understand why the former Miami Dolphins wide receiver got the tattoo after their divorce. Johnson snapped back at fans and tweeted: “Divorce? Child please… that’s my WIFE RT”   He the followed up with another tweet further downplaying his ex-wife’s divorce. “ I dont give a flying pretzel in skittle rainbow hell what she filed for… RT,” he tweeted. Meanwhile, Lozada has been aggressively working on her hot temper that she has been frequently criticized about on VH1′s “Basketball Wives.” In addition to acquiring professional help to work on her mind, body, and soul, Lozada has also appeared on primetime television to discuss her decision to divorce Johnson. During a recent Nightline interview, Lozada said, “ I would like for him to tell me he got help and that he’s working on himself ,” when asked what she wants to hear from her ex. She added that, “ he loves football and he’s very driven and a great dad. He made a bad choice that destroyed his life, and I hate that I’m connected to that…It was his choice, it wasn’t mine .” At one point in the interview, Lozada also said a woman shouldn’t fear her husband, which ultimately lead her to the decision to divorce Johnson. The 37-year-old reality star  and mother has been working alongside celebrity spiritual teacher, Iyanla Vanzant, to acquire treatment for her mind, body, and soul. Lozada is set appear on Vanzant’s new show “Iyanla: Fix My Life,” which premieres September 15 on OWN. During a preview clip for Lozada’s episode, devastated Lozada is seen, sobbing about her current image in the media. “ You have been rewarded for being [a] thug among women, it’s gonna cost you !” Vanzant told Lozada before going on to ask “ How did you get to stitches in your forehead, living in a hotel ?” Read More »

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