April 19, 2012
There is really not a reason that I can grip on. Pay what you owe.
This Daily News story is not a story about prostitution. Okay, this is a story about prostitution, but not the reasons that you think. I am pro-choice. If a woman (or a man) wants to sell a commodity (their body) to a buyer (john, or trick) at an agreed upon price, that is just capitalism. I know that people will use the child sex slave scandals as a reason to disagree with prostitution, but incorrect usage is not a reason to deny…in theory consenting males and females should be able to enter into an agreement.
Sex is one of the biggest weapons anyone can utilize. How many of you have done something to get into the sheets? How many of us have done something like faked interest in something as an entry to starting a relationship? Yes, some relationships, that are strong, are built on an initial lie. Even for the people of ChristianMingle.com, who just happen to bombard the ESPN airwaves with their commercials.
Really, pay what you owe…
CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA – The Daily News published the first photos of the Colombian call girl whose encounter with a cheapskate Secret Service agent set off the agency’s worst sex scandal.
Dania Suarez, the 24-year-old single mom of a 9-year-old son, has gone into hiding as the scandal mushrooms, according to neighbors.
A friend stopped by late Wednesday to pick up her dog, a pug named Valentino, they said.
Suarez, originally from the island of San Andres, is a quiet tenant who rents a small apartment in a hacienda-style home for about $600 a month, neighbors said.
They often saw her go out late and come home at dawn, dangling her high heels in her hand.
“She never told us what she did for a living but it was obvious,” said Maria Quintero, 31, who lives on the first floor of the three story white building.
“She was home all day and left late at night looking very nice,” Quintero said.
So, they knew what she did, but it was not a problem for them. All seemingly agreed that she was a good mother, which must be hard, if you are having a kid at fifteen.
“I asked her if she worked, she said no. I asked her if her boyfriend helped her, she said no. Then it hit me.”
Another neighbor, Maria Estela Cubides, 45, said Suarez seemed to have a glamorous life out on the town, but kept to herself at home.
“She always left late at night. She traveled a lot, to fancy destinations,” Cubides said. “She never brought guys home. She kept to herself. I’m surprised she did all that noise to get her money. She’s not that kind of person.”
Another neighbor, Dona Betty, said Suarez told people she was a dancer.
“She showed up early in the morning, with her heels on her hands,” she said. “We suspected, but she keeps to herself. She is a good mother.”
Here is where the problem lies. Prostitution is legal in Columbia, it is a business transaction. PAY WHAT YOU OWE!
Prostitution is legal in Colombia, and escorts, hookers and streetwalkers crowd the streets of the tourist districts.
Suarez has said she was a “high class” escort who made $800 – 1.4 million pesos – a night to dress well and provide sparkling company as well as have sex.
The average Colombian household earns $287 a month.
Eleven Secret Service agents and nine military servicemen are under investigation for hiring 20 or 21 hookers in Cartagena last week when they were supposed to be preparing for President Obama’s April 13 arrival at a regional summit.
Suarez was one of the girls brought back to the posh Hotel Caribe to party with the G-men on the night of April 11.
According to the story Suarez has told friends and the press, the still-unnamed agent kicked her out of his room the next morning with only $28 in cab fare.
She caused a ruckus in the hallway, demanding her full payment, while the agent remained locked in the locked hotel room and wouldn’t come out.
Dude, just pay her. Just pay her and we never hear about this, you get to keep your job and you don’t hurt the president. She did her part, met her terms in the contract. Being too drunk is not an excuse. This is also the reason to get the money first, because of fools like this.
Soon Cartagena cops got involved and while the payment dispute was ultimately settled by a whip-round among some of the other Secret Service agents, word reached the US Embassy.The men were ordered home, put on leave and stripped of their security clearances.
Three Secret Service agents, including two supervisors, were ousted Wednesday.
CBS News named two of the three Thursday: Greg Stokes, a supervisor who handled the bomb sniffing dogs, was fired. He is fighting to keep his job, exercising his option to appeal the firing.
More were on the verge of being canned.“Several more people will be pushed out either today or tomorrow,” Rep. Peter King (D-NY) said Thursday.
Two secret service agents have been given polygraphs and more are expected, two sources said.
ABC News reported that the men had booked a party space at the hotel expecting a bash for about 30 people.
“That allegation is coming from the media, but it is being checked out,” King said.
White House officials have said the president’s security was not compromised but investigators are looking into whether the agents left sensitive papers in their rooms where the hookers could have had access to them.
In addition, people on scene said the unnamed agent was still roaring drunk the next morning, when he got into the dispute with Suarez, and that could have affected his job performance.
November 12, 2009
Don’t let the door hit you in the a$$, Lou. I used to enjoy listening to you, but somewhere, you went off the deep end. You continued the birther movements going with your continued questioning of President Obama’s birth certificate, even though that was an issue already decided. Your boss even sent you a memo, telling you the story is dead.
In part, Klein writes, “It seems this story is dead- because anyone who still is not convinced doesn’t really have a legitimate beef.” Klein asked CNN researchers to dig into the question of why Obama couldn’t produce the original birth certificate. The researchers contacted the Hawaii Health Dept. and confirmed that paper documents were discarded in 2001 when the department went paperless. That reportedly includes Pres. Obama’s original birth certificate.
Then, your rants on illegal immigration bordered on outright racism. Your time has come, you have been surpassed like the remnants of Jim Crow laws. Whatever your thinking on illegal immigration, you are not going to stop it with your racist rhetoric. I can’t wait to see your brand of advocacy.
New York (CNN) — CNN’s Lou Dobbs stepped down from his controversial role as an advocacy anchor at the network at the end of his show Wednesday night, saying he plans to seek a more activist role.
“Over the past six months, it has become increasingly clear that strong winds of change have begun buffeting this country and affecting all of us, and some leaders in media, politics and business have been urging me to go beyond the role here at CNN and to engage in constructive problem-solving as well as to contribute positively to a better understanding of the great issues of our day and to continue to do so in the most honest and direct language possible,” Dobbs said during his 7 p.m. broadcast.
Dobbs, 64, said he had discussed the issue with CNN President Jonathan Klein, who had agreed to a release from his contract “that will enable me to pursue new opportunities.”
I worry about what those other opportunies are Lou. Are you going to be riding with the rengeade groups that hound illegals and give them a taste of Lou Dobbs Justice? Or, are you going to conintue the meme of the President is not legimatate because of his birthplace? You and Orly would make a cute couple… Media Matters sent out a release questioning you, and the network for your views back in July.
Washington, DC — Today, Media Matters for America called further attention to Lou Dobbs’ continued use of his CNN show and his radio show to legitimize conspiracy theories about President Obama’s birth certificate. Dobbs’ mainstreaming of such claims comes even as other CNN figures — including his stand-in, Kitty Pilgrim — have repeatedly and resoundingly debunked them, calling them “nutty” and “ludicrous.”
“CNN has a very serious Lou Dobbs problem on its hands,” said Eric Burns, President of Media Matters. “All eyes are on CNN to see how the network will handle a host who has clearly become a stain on its journalistic credibility.”
Media Matters released the following web video today on Dobbs’ undermining the network’s credibility: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXmqTmRPAng
The network was happy to see him go. I think that they just got tired of having to defend his nonsensical rants on immigration and his tireless slandering of Latinos and Hispanics. Glenn Beck is keeping a seat warm for you.
“With characteristic forthrightness, Lou has now decided to carry the banner of advocacy journalism elsewhere. We respect his decision and wish him, Debi [Dobbs’ wife], and his family the very best.”
Herein lies the rub. Lou was good, but went off the deep end. I remember watching a lot of his financial stories with interest. He clearly has some down home spun charm that he can use positively, or negatively, and he has gone to the dark side for me. It’s okay to have different beliefs than what I have, and for you to espouse them, just have facts and evidence to back it up.
Dobbs, who is the last of the 29-year-old network’s original anchors, said he was considering “a number of options and directions.”
He cited the growth of the middle class, the creation of jobs, health care, immigration policy, the environment, climate change and the U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan as “the major issues of our time.”
But, he said, “Each of those issues is, in my opinion, informed by our capacity to demonstrate strong resilience of our now weakened capitalist economy and demonstrate the political will to overcome the lack of true representation in Washington, D.C. I believe these to be profoundly, critically important issues and I will continue to strive to deal honestly and straightforwardly with those issues in the future.” Read Dobbs’ full statement about his departure from CNN
Those issues, he added, are defined in the public arena “by partisanship and ideology rather than by rigorous, empirical forethought, analysis and discussion,” and he vowed to work to change that.
During his second stint at CNN, Dobbs positioned himself as “tough, relentless, independent,” lashing out at what he described as the deficiencies and “partisan nonsense” of both major political parties, and injecting advocacy journalism into his coverage of topics ranging from free trade to immigration.
His no-holds-barred, sometimes acerbic style brought him a loyal following, but also attracted controversy both to him and to the network, especially over the subject of illegal immigrants.
Dobbs will continue as anchor of The Lou Dobbs Show, a daily radio show that began in March 2008 and is distributed to more than 160 stations nationwide by United Stations Radio Networks Inc.
Lou, you win a diabolical hater T-shirt as a parting gift….John King will be brought in to replace you. NPR sheads some light on John King.
While Dobbs will continue on his nationally syndicated radio show, he did not specify his new role. CNN announced Thursday that his 7 p.m. weekday time slot will be filled in 2010 by a new show built around longtime CNN political reporter and anchor John King. The selection of King, who strives never to reflect personal ideological positions on the air, is more consistent with CNN’s intended brand as a source of objective reporting.
Remember when you used to do that Lou? The NPR story sheds more light on why it was really your time to go. You didn’t fit in the pattern of fair and unbiased reporting. You seemingly forgot what a reporters job is. You RESEARCH the story and have concrete facts, not just freestyle off the top of your dome.
By his own account, Dobbs was radicalized by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S. He evolved on the air into an economic populist and a hard-liner on illegal immigration who often sparked the ire of Latinos.
Dobbs’ ratings rose for many years, but he drew much fire from critics drawn from disparate business, liberal and Latino circles.
In one instance, Dobbs was forced to apologize for his characterization of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce — a mainstream business group — which he said was “effectively an organization that is interested in Mexico’s export of drugs and illegal aliens to the United States.”
Dobbs sometimes overstated or misrepresented the facts as he sought to connect illegal immigrants to crime or other societal ills, a frequent theme. In one instance, Dobbs and a CNN reporter seemed to attribute a startling rise in leprosy cases to illegal immigrants from Latin America. There was no such startling rise — and what cases there were would have been more likely to have had Asian origins.
His radio show took on an even more severe edge.
So, Lou, it was your time to be put out to pasture, or sent to the glue factory.
and he has the ability to couch “Because I’ve been ballin on these bitches and they can’t stand the rain…” to sound polite and kind as well….
While much of America had its eyes skyward, tracking what was thought to be a boy in a run-away balloon, President Obama was dealing with another boy very much on the ground.
“Why do people hate you?” asked 4th-grader Terence Scott, posing the final question at the president’s Town Hall Meeting this afternoon at the University of New Orleans.
The youngster seemed earnest and genuinely distressed about harsh words he’s heard people direct at the 44th President.
“They supposed to love you,” said the youngster, “and God is love.”
Son, the reason people hate President Obama is that their candidate didnt win, or that they just hate black people. The guy has been in office less than nine months, but everyone thinks that they can do his job better than he can. It’s like backseat driving. Everyone wants to tell someone else how to do their jobs. Just because you work at Burger King and you have to make it my way, doesn’t mean that you can come to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. and tell me how to do my job. You make the burgers, and I will make the policies. See, that is what he wanted to say, but he kept it politically safe, which was the right, and smart thing to do.
“That’s what I’m talking about,” said the president, grateful for words of kindness and support. He was on a trip to explain why it took him nine months to make his first visit as president to a city still struggling to recover from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Mr. Obama tried to reassure the kid that it’s not as bad as he thinks.
“First of all, I did get elected president, so not everybody hates me now,” he told the 4th grader. But he conceded that “if you’re watching TV lately, it seems like everybody’s just getting mad all the time.”
“You’ve got to take it with a grain of salt,” the president explained. “Some of it is just what’s called politics.”(CBS)
How do you explain hardball politics to a 4th grader?
“Once one party wins,” said the president, struggling to find the right words, “then the other party kind of gets – feels like it needs to poke you a little bit to keep you on your toes.”
Poke you a little bit? Is that what his political critics and opponents are doing?
“You shouldn’t take it too seriously,” was Mr. Obama’s bottom line advice to the youngster.
Haters hate kid. It’s a fact of life. Here is how the hated on me during the election.
But that couldn’t stop me, they have done far worse. Remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? This is what he and others had to go through.
He said a lot of people are losing their jobs or health care or homes to foreclosure. “They’re feeling frustrated,” he said, sounding as though he could forgive them for their bitter words and criticism.
They can’t get over the fact that the oppression is eroding and the control that was once tight as a noose has been gradually reduced. I just rose above the haters.
And as president, he conceded he gets some credit when things go well and some of the blame when they don’t. “That part of the job,” he explained.
“So you’ve just got to keep on going even when folks are criticizing you,” he said.
And after all, said the president, “I’m a pretty tough guy.”
“Are you a tough guy?” he asked his 4th grade questioner. The kid seemed to accept the explanation as he got another hug from the president.
If nothing else, the youngster got a great story to write about in his next composition.
And bloggers have something else to write about too…
This is another reason why you should hate Twitter. People say s*&t that you really can’t come back from. Then, they feel the need to send out more tweets to clarify what they said in the first 140 words.
Why does everyone feel as though their job is to kritik the winners of the Nobel Peace prize? Who ever wins it, just congratulate and move on. you don’t see people politicking for the award, the people in Norway come to a conclusion and then they announce it. But, everyone is a critic. At least some people take the time to do their homework. Crooked I of the rap collection Slaughterhouse voices one reason to award it to Obama.
Some in the hip-hop industry agree with the choice, including Slaughterhouse’s Crooked I. Once he heard the news, he sent a big shoutout to Obama for the honor, via his Twitter profile (@TheRealCrookedI).
Then, followed up, asking people to do some research before judging our current president.
“Why are people h8’n on my guy for this prize?” Crooked I asked. “Obama travels around THE ENTIRE WORLD PROMOTING PEACE.. Do sum research before u judge his worthiness.”
Agreed and agreed. Being the President of the U.S. comes with some perks. People are looking up to the new leader, especially compared to the last guy.
Asher Roth voices dissent to the awarding the prize to President Obama.
Others, though, don’t agree with it at all. Rapper Asher Roth — known mostly for his hit single “I Love College” — wasn’t feeling the decision, asking how could a man win “the peace prize by just talking sh**.”
Now, Asher, while you love college, maybe you should have gone to class and studied a little bit harder. Once people got onto your haterade, you sent out another one, to try and protect your limited fan base. Spend more time making your point, then you wouldn’t need to make further clarifications.
He followed up with a tweet (@AsherRoth) clarifying his statements, explaining that the disagreement is about the actual prize more than Obama being chosen for it.
“Has nothing to do with ‘Obama’ and everything to do with the ‘Peace Prize’ — change starts with us, the people — who’s gon wake up first?” Asher said. “Seek truth.”
Asher also added: “I’m all for ‘hope’ and ‘progress,’ but people have been dedicating their lives for peace — actions speak louder than words — my opinion only.”
According to the rapper, change doesn’t come from the upper levels of the hierarchy, but from the people.
“I think change starts at the basement level — change starts with us, the people — we’re being manipulated,” Asher said in response to one follower.
Why didn’t you start with the comment, this is not about Obama? Because IT was about Obama and you don’t have the stones to back up your comment. When people put your feet to the fire, you backed off. You can’t take back what you tweeted, since the internet saves everything….focus less on trying to make a statement and more time on your music….
But it doesn’t stop with rappers….athletes have to get in on the foolishness.
Why don’t you be next to become an all star? or have a job? or how about keeping your girl?
You currently suck at basketball, and your girl is with Lamar now, having married him after seeing what you are working with. You are not going to win a damn thing, now get a job and get back into the NBA and leave Twitter alone, unless you are tweeting about getting a job and not being broke.
Why I am down with former President Jimmy Carter…He publicly rebukes Congressman Joe Wilson’s comments and calls out a racist…
September 16, 2009
Race matters and President Carter realizes it.
This is a story that is being hidden in the press, not really getting coverage after Kayne and other topics. Heck, we didn’t blog about it under now. But, with Carter coming out with a strongly worded statement, it inspired us to make a statement.
Jimmy Carter: Wilson Comments ‘Based on Racism’
Former President Carter: Congressman’s outburst to Obama ‘based on racism,’ ‘dastardly’
By GREG BLUESTEIN
The Associated Press
At least someone was not afraid to say it….
Former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson’s outburst to President Barack Obama during a speech to Congress last week was an act “based on racism” and rooted in fears of a black president.
“I think it’s based on racism,” Carter said in response to an audience question at a town hall held at his presidential center in Atlanta. “There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president.”
We all remember this crap that was happening during the election. Remember this shirt? If people can equate a candidate with a chimp, then you know they are still thinking those things now that he is the president.
The Georgia Democrat said the outburst was a part of a disturbing trend directed at the president that has included demonstrators equating Obama to Nazi leaders.
“Those kind of things are not just casual outcomes of a sincere debate on whether we should have a national program on health care,” he said. “It’s deeper than that.”
Of course it is deeper than just the president, as he is only one man. This pattern of racism is .
Wilson, a South Carolina Republican, was formally rebuked Tuesday in a House vote for shouting “You lie!” during Obama’s speech to Congress last Wednesday.
The shout came after the president commented that illegal aliens would be ineligible for federal subsidies to buy health insurance. Republicans expressed their disbelief with sounds of disapproval, punctuated by Wilson’s outburst.
Tuesday’s rebuke was a rare resolution of disapproval pushed through by Democrats who insisted that Wilson had violated basic rules of decorum and civility. Republicans characterized the measure as a witch hunt and Wilson, who had already apologized to Obama, insisted he owed the House no apology.
You disregarded the rules of your office. You need to apologize for your outlandish behavior.
Wilson’s spokesman was not immediately available for comment, but his eldest son defended his father.
“There is not a racist bone in my dad’s body,” said Alan Wilson, an Iraq veteran who is running for state attorney general. “He doesn’t even laugh at distasteful jokes. I won’t comment on former President Carter, because I don’t know President Carter. But I know my dad, and it’s just not in him.”
“It’s unfortunate people make that jump. People can disagree — and appropriately disagree — on issues of substance, but when they make the jump to race it’s absolutely ludicrous. My brothers and I were raised by our parents to respect everyone regardless of background or race.”
What more can you say? The kid handled it as well as possible, since we really can’t expect him to jump up and say, “My dad is a racist!” It would have been novel, but we couldn’t expect it.
South Carolina’s former Democratic Party chairman said that he doesn’t believe Wilson was motivated by racism, but said the outburst encouraged racist views.
“I think Joe’s conduct was asinine, but I think it would be asinine no matter what the color of the president,” said Dick Harpootlian, who has known Wilson for decades. “I don’t think Joe’s outburst was caused by President Obama being African-American. I think it was caused by no filter being between his brain and his mouth.”
Harpootlian said he received scores of racial e-mails from outside South Carolina after he talked about the vote on Fox News.
“You have a bunch of folks out there looking for some comfort in their racial issues. They have a problem with an African-American president,” he said. “But was he motivated by that? I don’t think so. I respectfully disagree with President Carter, though it gives validity to racism.”
Carter called Wilson’s comment “dastardly” and an aftershock of racist views that have permeated American politics for decades.
“The president is not only the head of government, he is the head of state,” he said. “And no matter who he is or how much we disagree with his policies, the president should be treated with respect.”
Associated Press Writer Seanna Adcox in Columbia, S.C., contributed to this report.
Other people make the racist connection as well.
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote in her column Sunday that Wilson’s outburst convinced her that racial angst is the underlying motive among Obama critics like Wilson.
“I’ve been loath to admit that the shrieking lunacy of the summer … had much to do with race,” she wrote. “But Wilson’s shocking disrespect for the office of the president — no Democrat ever shouted ‘liar’ at W. when he was hawking a fake case for war in Iraq — convinced me: Some people just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it.”
Dowd wrote that Wilson “clearly did not like being lectured and even rebuked by the brainy black president presiding over the majestic chamber.”
September 15, 2009
We feel you President Obama, but you have to keep that black side bottled up. Now, we are the ones that can go all ghetto, but you have to keep it cool…
When it comes to Kanye West, it seems that President Obama is thinking what the rest of the country is thinking.
The President called the rapper “a jackass” in an off-the-record comment during a CNBC interview yesterday, but the comment became public when it was tweeted by ABC’s Terry Moran on Twitter, Politico.com reported Monday night.
An ABC statement explains: “ABC News employees prematurely tweeted a portion of those remarks that turned out to be from an off-the-record portion of the interview.”
Terry Moran… do you want to keep your credentials to report on the White House? You can’t try to clown the president like that….
Meanwhile, West himself admitted to Jay Leno what Americans -and Obama – had already figured out: Kanye screwed up big-time.
And maybe he needs to figure out why.
Sunday night at the MTV Video Music Awards, the rapper jumped on stage during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech and declared her award should have gone to Beyoncé Knowles.
After fielding a 24-hour firestorm of criticism and apologizing on his blog, West told Leno last night, “It was rude, period….I’m just ashamed that my hurt caused someone else’s hurt.”
West, who has had similar outbursts at previous awards shows, said, “I need to, after this, take some time off and just analyze how I’m going to make it through the rest of this life, how I’m going to improve.
I feel for you on the loss of your mom. It caused me to take time off from school and do some different things. But, under no circumstances should you forget who you are…
“If there’s anything I could do to help Taylor in the future or help anyone, I’d like [to],” he said.
Swift, who was invited onstage later at the VMAs by Beyoncé to finish her interrupted comments, gets a chance to respond this morning, when she appears on ABC’s “The View.”
Kayne, you can help her with some beats and a transformation into R&B, since as a country “star” (I use that term very loosely) I am not going to hear you. In fact, I only know who you are, due to this…
West’s discomfort was a gift from ratings heaven to Leno, who was kicking off his new 10 p.m. show last night.
He wound up with the country’s hottest celebrity story landing in his grateful lap.
West had been previously scheduled on the show as a performer only, with Jay-Z and Rihanna. Leno told the audience that because of what had happened the previous night, “Kanye wanted to talk.”
Leno asked West when he knew what he did was wrong.
“As soon as I gave the mike back to her and she didn’t keep going,” West said.
Still, after Leno asked him how his deceased mother would have reacted to his actions, West was silent for so long that Leno came back with a second question to coax an answer.
Jay didn’t have to come back with the mom comment. The dude is hurting about the loss of his mom and that can explain his wild behavior. The alcohol is the other reason that you felt the need to jump on stage like a fool.
September 2, 2009
No really, say it aint so, so I can call you a liar. It’s always about the money, especially when they say its not about the money. Her entire rise to fame is premised off a show that I used to watch as a kid called Night Court.
The shows premise was pretty simple….for me, the funny part was how he got the job. He was the last of the people that they called for the job assignment, since he was home on a Saturday night, and all the other judges were out probably gallivanting around town.
Night Court is an American television situation comedy that aired on NBC from January 1984 until May 1992. The setting was the night shift of a Manhattan court, presided over by the young, unorthodox Judge Harold T. “Harry” Stone (played by Harry Anderson). It was created by comedy writer Reinhold Weege, who had previously worked on the award-winning and wry series Barney Miller in the 1970s and early 1980s.
Night Court, according to the first season DVD, was created without comedian/magician Harry Anderson in mind, but Anderson auditioned with the claim that he was Harry Stone. Anderson had developed a following with his performances on Saturday Night Live and made several successful appearances as “Harry the Hat” on another NBC sitcom, Cheers. (For the first several years of its run, Night Court aired on NBC Thursday nights after Cheers.) In later seasons, while Anderson remained the key figure, John Larroquette became the breakout personality, winning a number of awards and many fans for his performance as the lecherous Dan Fielding.
The comedy style on Night Court changed as the series progressed. During its initial seasons, the show was often compared to Barney Miller. In addition to being created by a writer of that show, Night Court (like Barney Miller) was set in New York City, featured quirky, often dry humor, and dealt with a staff who tried to cope with a parade of eccentric, often neurotic criminals and complainants. Furthering this comparison, these criminals and complainants were routinely played by character actors who had made frequent guest appearances on Barney Miller: Stanley Brock, Philip Sterling, Alex Hentlehoff, and many others. But while the characters appearing in the courtroom (and the nature of their transgressions) were often whimsical, bizarre or humorously inept, in the early years of Night Court, the show still took place in the ‘real world’. In fact, in an early review of the show, Time magazine called Night Court, with its emphasis on non-glamorous, non-violent petty crime, the most realistic law show on the air.
Gradually, however, Night Court abandoned its initial ‘real world’ setting, and morphed into what could best be described as broad, almost slapstick comedy. Logic and realism were frequently abandoned for the sake of a joke.
The show featured several defendants who appeared before the court again and again—notably the Wheelers, Bob and June (Bob was played by Brent Spiner later known for his role as Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation), who initially pretended to be stereotypical hicks from West Virginia but were later revealed as Yugoslavians, and at one point even ran a concession stand in the courthouse.
Sarah Palin is the modern day Harry Anderson. She was in the right place at the right time. She was a symbol that the GOP needed at the time in order to mount a credible attack to President Obama. But, as the curtain closes, we begin to see the real Sarah Palin, behind the scenes.
Levi Johnston slams Sarah Palin, saying she schemed to hide daughter Bristol’s pregnancy
By David Saltonstall
DAILY NEWS SENIOR CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, September 2nd 2009, 12:19 PMSomodevilla/Getty; Sabo/NewsIn the wake of his most recent Vanity Fair article, Levi Johnston is making his way further down former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s Christmas card list.
Sarah Palin‘s almost son-in-law has launched a flurry of new slapshots at the former GOP veep hopeful — saying she’s not a real hockey mom, plotted to hide her daughter’s pregnancy, and quit as Alaska‘s governor to make money.
The scathing allegations by Levi Johnston, 18, the father of Palin’s grandson and a frequent critic of the Palin family, can be found in a first-person account by Johnston in this month’s Vanity Fair, entitled “Me and Mrs. Palin.”
It’s not a pretty picture: Johnston casts Palin as virtually the exact opposite of her image as the moose-hunting matriarch of a large and happy family.
“Even before she was nominated,” Johnston writes, “there wasn’t much parenting in that house. Sarah doesn’t cook, [her husband] Todd doesn’t cook — the kids would do it all themselves: cook, clean, do the laundry, and get ready for school.”
Johnston — who fathered a child with Palin’s daughter, Bristol, but ended up cancelling wedding plans after last year’s election — also said Palin quit her job as governor to cash in on her fame.
It was a payday Palin started mulling within a few weeks of returning to Alaska after her failed run for vice president, Johnston wrote.
“She started talking about how nice it would be to quit and write a book or do a show and make ‘triple the money,'” Johnston said of Palin. “It was, to her, ‘not as hard.’ She would blatantly say, ‘I want to just take this money and quit being governor.’
Palin has said she quit to avoid becoming a lame duck and to push her conservative agenda from outside the political system.
Calls to Palin’s political action committee seeking comment on Johnston’s allegations were not immediately returned on Wednesday.
In one of the story’s more explosive charges, Johnston also alleges that Palin asked him and Bristol not to reveal Bristol’s pregnancy, and that she pushed to adopt the child as a way to keep the birth a secret.
“That way, she said, Bristol and I didn’t have to worry about a thing,” Johnston wrote.
“Sarah kept mentioning this plan,” he added. “She was nagging — she wouldn’t give up. She would say, ‘So, are you gonna let me adopt him?’ We both kept telling her we were definitely not going to let her adopt the baby.”
Johnston said that Palin’s own family life was far from the image of wedded bliss presented to the nation — she and Todd rarely slept in the same room, Johnston alleged, and the couple often screamed about getting divorced.
“Todd would say, ‘All right, do you want a divorce? Is that what you want? Let’s do it! Sign the papers!’ They’d either stop and be fine or Sarah would go to her room. That’s just how it was with them,” he wrote.
But Todd always knew who was boss, Johnston added.
“\[Sarah\] would tell Todd to mow the grass, hang things up, and clean the house. And Todd would listen to her when she spoke,” he wrote. “If she told Todd to do something, he’d do it.”
What Palin didn’t do much is two things for which she became famous during last year’s campaign: go to her son’s hockey games, or hunt wild animals.
“She pays no attention to her kids when the cameras aren’t around,” Johnston wrote. “[Her son] Track and I grew up playing hockey together, and I only saw her at about 15% of his games.”
As for hunting: “She says she goes hunting and lives off animal meat — I’ve never seen it,” wrote Johnston.
“She had a gun in her bedroom and one day she asked me to show her how to shoot it. I asked her what kind of gun it was, and she said she didn’t know, because it was in a box under her bed.
The real shame is that the created caricature of Sarah Palin will fail and our political jokes will not be as funny. For Levi, he is the hater of the week. In addition to that, he also helps Palin win the Whoops! I got caught up award…
Reason# 2,345 of Why I Hate Facebook: Using Facebook can get you FIRED! Meet Lee Landor, HATER of the WEEK!
August 8, 2009
Even though in this situation, I am glad that they person resigned from their job. Anyone who reads the blog knows how I feel about Facebook. It is becoming like the Borg of our society.
Sometimes, I do feel powerless, as everyone I know is on Facebook, except for Ronin and myself. I mean, I do see the benefits of Facebook, but for the benefits, you have to take the detriments as well, and they are too extreme for me. For instance, using facebook can get you fired, just ask Lee Landor.
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s deputy press secretary has abruptly resigned after spending time at the office railing against Barack Obama and defending racial profiling on her Facebook account, following the controversial arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates last week.
Lee Landor, who joined Stringer’s staff several months ago, first posted a link to a news report on President Obama’s remark that the Cambridge police had “acted stupidly” in arresting Gates. She commented on the incident, writing that “the situation got ‘out of hand’ because Gates is a racist, not because the officer was DOING HIS JOB!”
Well, Ms. Landor, had you been doing your job, you wouldn’t have to resign, and become a story yourself on the news. IF I had a facebook account, I would post this story to my wall. (Of course, I would wait until I got home to do it…)
The comments were posted at 11:43 a.m. on Friday, July 24, while Landor was apparently working in the borough president’s office. That same day, she posted to Stringer’s official government blog about a plan the borough president had proposed for reviving mayoral control of the city’s public schools.
Landor defended her initial remark in subsequent comments on the page posted at 12:32 p.m. the same day, adding that “racial profiling does exist, but for good reason. Take a look at this country’s jails: who makes up the majority of inmates? Exactly.”
I am waiting for you to make the next argument about look who is on welfare…exactly. (For those of us not in the know, it’s whites who make up the largest population of people on welfare)
Now, if you just look at some stats, it might prove Ms. Landor’s point. From the Bureau of Justice
Highlights include the following:
- On June 30, 2006, an estimated 4.8% of black men were in prison or jail, compared to 1.9% of Hispanic men and 0.7% of white men.
- For the 12 months ending June 30, 2006, State systems reported a larger increase than the Federal system in the number of inmates housed in private prisons.
- Between July 1, 2005 and June 30, 2006, the number of persons held in local jails increased 2.5% to reach 766,010 inmates, the lowest growth since the 1.6% increase in mid-year 2001
But, what she fails to realize is that even though Black Men (the target group she hates) represent almost 5 percent of the total population of men who identity as black, we only make up less than 7 percent of the TOTAL population. Whites in America make up 80 percent of the overall population in America. Let’s do some simple math. The population of the U.S. is about 307 million people. For conveinence sake, let’s make it 300 million. Also, let’s assume an even gender split as well. So, 120 million Americans are White Males. From that population, 0.7 percent find themselves behind bars. 840,000 white males are behind bars.
6.5 percent of the population of America would identify themselves as Black. So, roughly 19.5 million men in America are black. 4.7% of the population are behind bars, which is roughly 900,000 black males are behind bars. So, the total numbers are pretty equal. So, what are we to take from Ms. Landors statements? Draw your own conclusions, but, I am going to go with she is a certified racist, whether she self identifies as on or not…
The comments were made in Facebook posts traded with two other people, neither of whom are government employees, and one of whom is apparently related to Landor.
Landor also referred to the president as “O-dumb-a,” and said that “Black people, Hispanic people, Indian people, Asian people, whoever, are being over-the-top racists in recent weeks, as highlighted in the media since the Sotomayor-New Haven issue.” She was apparently referring to the case in which Sonia Sotomayor ruled that the New Haven Fire Department had the right to cancel a test determining promotions within the department because no black firefighters passed.
So, basically everyone but whites are racists. Yup, I got it. You want to preserve white privilege…why wouldn’t you? I like privilege as much as the next person…it was a broad sweeping brush that this racist used to paint her picture of woe…
In a statement issued late Monday evening, Dick Riley, Stringer’s communications director, said the borough president had accepted Landor’s resignation, effective immediately.
“Ms. Landor’s comments were totally inappropriate and in direct contradiction to the views of the borough president and his office,” Riley said in the statement.
Landor did not return messages left on her cell phone seeking comment.
Landor’s Facebook profile, which could be viewed by people beyond her selected “friends” network (including others in government) through Monday afternoon, was apparently deleted after Riley was reached out of the office on Monday evening for comment. Screen shots of the comments had already been obtained by City Hall.
This is what I don’t get. If you are not ashamed of the things that you write on the wall or in comments (or however it works, since I don’t have it) then why would you delete them later? I only get rid of the things that I am ashamed of, or know that the subject matter is inappropiate.
Michael Hardy, an attorney for the National Action Network, had called for Lander to be fired immediately.
“If this statement is accurate, then this person should be terminated from the office if [Lander] made the statement during [her] government service,” he said in a phone interview after reviewing the comments. “And if [she] didn’t make this statement during [her] government time, then the public should be advised—and we certainly will advise them—that this should be taken into consideration when voting for Scott Stringer as your Manhattan borough president.”
He added: “It would be very sad if this statement represents the position of the Manhattan borough president’s office.”
A funny comment that I read later was, “What does a borough president actually do?” I have no idea, but I am assuming that it is rolling around in the layers of fat surrounding any made up political office…
Dick Dadey, the executive director of Citizens Union, a good-government group, said Landor’s comments were inappropriate because they were made on government time and with government resources.
“The use of social networking sites during the work day by government employees is not something that should be permitted, unless it is specifically a part of a communication effort of the elected official or department for which they work,” Dadey said. “Commenting on a political matter not germane to the performance of their job during work hours is questionable.”
Dadey added that allowing government employees, especially those involved in representing elected officials to the public, to comment on political issues on personal websites made it difficult to discern official policy from private opinion.
“It’s easy to draw conclusions that they’re blending the personal with the political in questionable ways,” Dadey said. “The line becomes blurry as to whether they’re representing themselves or the elected official.”
Regardless, Facebook at work is wrong, and when you are stupid enough to name call the president at work, then you get whats coming to you. BTW, where did you go to college, becuase they did a terrible job of preparing you for the real world. It;s not all about Facebook and hopefully this will teach someone a thing or two…
August 5, 2009
See, this is why N.W.A. can make the classic song Fuck the Police and have it still remain in the lexicon and rotation of most hip hop fans, since they can relate to the hatred some have for the cops. We talked about the NYPD during the Sean Bell murder and look what they did after the Sean Bell Case. They earned their spot as most hated. But, with the Professor Gates incident, it looks like they have some serious competition.
He even has that racist look in his eye, like “Nigger, I see you and you better be flying straight, or I will lock your ass up!” But, I wouldn’t put him on blast for nothing….The Daily News explains…
Suspended cop Justin Barrett who called Prof. Gates a ‘jungle monkey’ was turned in by fellow copsBoston police officer Justin Barrett was suspended Wednesday, July 29, 2009, for using a racial slur to describe black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.
This is the one time where Keeping it Real would be justified. He really went there, didn’t he? Plus, doesn’t he know that emails leave a trace behind? The words on emails stick with you. Remember when we had to deal with this and President Obama?
The revelation that Officer Justin Barrett‘s brothers in blue were also revolted by his hateful words came as the police commissioner tried to repair to reputation of Beantown’s police department.
“This type of venomous rhetoric is severely damaging,” Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis declared Thursday. “We will not allow the unacceptable actions of one member to define who we are.”
Davis said he has apologized to Gates on behalf of the department and they are now checking whether Barrett had any run-ins with blacks while on the job.
The only apology that I want is this guy never having the power of the badge again. Words are cheap in this scenario, since the power of the words are not backed by action/power.
Barrett is also not getting any love from the local police union, which has denounced his remarks as “offensive and hurtful.”
“He’s gone,” Boston Mayor Tom Menino said of Barrett, who has already been suspended. “G-o-n-e. I don’t care, it’s like cancer. You don’t keep those cancers around.”
Barrett, 36, a cop for two years, has also been suspended by the National Guard, where he holds the rank of captain.
Earlier, Barrett insisted he was not a racist and “did not mean to offend anyone.”
“The words were being used to characterize behavior, not describe anyone,” Barrett told WCVB-TV.
Barrett conceded it was a “poor choice of words.”
“I didn’t mean it in a racist way,” he added. “I treat everyone with dignity and respect.”
Really? Why wouldn’t we think that you are racist? Jungle Bunny? That is not a racist term is it? This is the first image that comes up when you type in Jungle Bunny into Google…
But, I just slipped when I used the term cracker…
“People are making it about race,” said Barrett, who vowed to fight any attempt to fire him. “It is not about race.”
But it may be about whether Barrett has any sense.
Barrett got into hot water after he fired off the note to his buddies on the force, in the Guard – and, inexplicably, The Boston Globe.
In the email, Barrett called the Globe story “jungle monkey gibberish” and wrote that Gates’ “first priority should be to get off the phone and comply with police.”
“For if I was the officer he verbally assaulted like a … jungle monkey, I would have sprayed him in the face with OC deserving of his belligerent non-compliance,” Barrett wrote.
OC is pepper spray.
Yeah…I bet that you would use only pepper spray. That excuse hopefully doesn’t work and is not believed. Here is a guy trying to work a similar rouse. Hopefully, for Oscar Grant, his family and friends, excuses like that will not work.
Barrett went on to question Gates’ credentials, called him a “God damned fool,” and twice challenged the paper to “ax” him what he thinks.
“I am not a racist, but I am prejudice [sic] towards people who are stupid and pretend to stand up and preach for something they claim is freedom,” Barrett wrote.
People think this about Boston, since this is not the first time racial incidents have happened recently. We blogged about the student who was expelled from Harvard, because a killer was the same color as her. No, she didn’t commit the murders or help.
Remember the Ryan Moats fiasco? His mother in law was in the hospital dying on her last leg. He ran a red light to get the hospital. He waited, looked both wyas and ran it after seeing that there was no traffic. But, once he got to the hospital, the cop wanted to sweat him and drew his gun.
Race still and always will matter. Recognize that there is racism and you become part of the solution instead of part of the problem…there are still people who refuse to rent to blacks…
Even things that might be racist so some and not to others causes issues. Look at the cartoon from the Post about the stimulus bill that Obama was pushing. Even if you don’t think that it (being the comic) is racist, look at the comment from the first poster. How does my complaint mean that I should move to Africa? That is why this is and should be an issue that we talk about, because when we allow it to bubble jsut below the source is when we have the most trouble when it erupts and it will…
So, please forgive me when I say I just don’t believe you when you say that you are not a racist….