Jun 28, 2012

(HuffingtonPost) -- On Thursday, the Smoking Gun broke the news that Warriors coach Mark Jackson, who is also a minister, has been the victim of an extortion plot by his ex-stripper former mistress.

Earlier this week, the FBI arrested 28-year-old Alexis Adams and co-conspirator Marcus Shaw in connection with a scheme to blackmail the former NBA star out of hundreds of thousands of dollars by threatening to go public with the affair and release graphic photographs of his genitalia to "the vultures in the media."

According to a sworn affidavit by FBI agent Beth Alvarez, Jackson and Adams had an affair six years ago while she was working at a gentleman's club in New York and he was an announcer for the New Jersey Nets. The affair lasted less than 12 months, ending when Jackson, a father of four, refused to leave his wife of 16 years.

In April, Jackson was approached by a man he did not know at a hotel in Memphis. The man showed Jackson a folder with the compromising photographs and a CD he said contained voice mail messages Jackson had left for Adams during their relationship. The man told Jackson he had discovered the items in a storage locker that he had recently purchased. Jackson paid $5,000 for materials, which he immediately destroyed.

Later that month, someone using the name "Mark Smith" (and the email account tencommandment7@gmail.com) sent a message to Jackson's wife giving her the opportunity to buy the pictures or else they would be released to the media. Jackson responded himself and ultimately offered $200,000 to make the entire situation go away.

During this process, the extortion scheme was reported to the police, who traced the email account to Shaw through his IP address. Using a subpoena of Shaw's phone and text message records, authorities were able to determine Adams was also personally involved in the extortion plot.

Both Adams and Shaw have since been arrested.

Shaw was convicted of aggravated robbery in 1996 and then arrested in 2005 for murder, robbery, aggravated assault and kidnapping, although those charges were later dismissed.

"I recognize the extremely poor judgment that I used both in having an affair six years ago--including the embarrassing communication I exhibited during that time--and in attempting to deal with the extortion scheme at first by myself," Jackson said in a statement."I made some egregious errors. I apologize for any embarrassment I may have caused my family, friends and, of course, the Warriors."

"Although not condoning his previous actions that led to the extortion attempt, the Warriors fully support Coach Jackson during this time and thank law enforcement authorities and the FBI for their prompt assistance in helping Coach Jackson and his family," the Warriors said in their own statement.

The wonderful mother of my best friend passed away and so I've been at the airport all day trying to make it to Miami.  During my absence, it appears that I've missed posting about some of the biggest news to have happen in a while.  Through a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Healthcare Act which only is the biggest policy of President Obama's first term in office.

I was driving to the airport when I heard the ruling.  I damn near got into a car accident because I was screaming so loud.  Base on all the predictions that I'd heard from the Mainstream Media, this ruling was completely shocking.  Everyone had it going in favor of the Republicans and so I had basically place myself in the mindset that I was going to have a headache for the next couple of months having to listen to my conservative colleagues brag about how the court found 'Obamacare' to be unconstitutional.  But fortunately for me, that is not going to be the case.

Outside of the ruling being the biggest news of the day, the reporting of CNN and Fox News also made the news.  

It is no surprise that Fox News got the ruling wrong.  I don't think anyone truly views Fox News as a legitmate news organization, but the fact that CNN got it wrong is the most troubling thing for a lot of people.

When it comes to news and facts, most people rely on CNN.  So imagine how shocked people were when it turned out that the 'Most Trusted Name in News' got it wrong.  Fortunately for me, the talk radio host I was listening to was getting his facts from SCOTUSBlog.  It was this blog that got the ruling right when the big Mainstream Media channels got it wrong.  Score one for the little guy on this one.

The other news that I missed posting about is the House voting to hold the Attorney General, Eric Holder, in contempt of Congress.  Eric Holder is the first Attorney General in the histroy of the United States to be held in Contempt.  Please believe this nothing more than a political stunt led by Rep. Darrell Issa of California.  This is politics at its worst and it is a perfect example of why the approval rating of Congress is so low.  The motion passed 255-67 which means Democrats also voted to hold him in contempt.

Yes, we have Democrats who decided to stab the Attorney General and the President in the back.  This has always been my problem with the Democratic Party.  They have never been able to present a united a front.

To protest the vote, the Congressional Black Caucus walked out during the vote.  They were joined by some of their fellow Democratic colleagues such as Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer. 

I'll present a list of the Democrats who voted to hold the Attorney General in contempt in another post.

Jun 27, 2012

HOUSTON (FOX 26) - The gospel singer at the center of a lawsuit, after severely injuring a child, is now responding.  Gospel music singer James Fortune says he is "shocked by the lawsuit" but the father filing the suit says he's not sure why.  

James Fortune, according to court documents, punished his 4-year-old stepson by putting him in scalding hot water.

The photos, taken by investigators, of the 4-year old's second and third degree burns are graphic and disturbing.  "The injuries look like he has been burned with fire," says the 4-year-old's biological father Roderick Davenport.

"He is burned from just above his penis down to the soles of his feet and the upper portions of his buttocks and his hands up to his wrists," says Davenport's attorney Toni Jones.

Davenport has filed a civil lawsuit against James and Cheryl Fortune.  Cheryl is Davenport's ex-wife.  It was November 2001 when the 4-year old was with his stepfather, James Fortune, and Fortune allegedly disciplined the 4-year-old because he colored on a table at school.  

"The child recalls being told to take his clothes off and being whipped naked and pushing him in the tub and not letting him out of the tub," says Jones.  

"I could not believe that someone would do that to a 4-year-old," says the boy's father.  

Davenport says he was told by doctors the 4-year old was likely held in that scalding bathtub of water in order to receive such severe burns.  According to court records, Fortune first said the 4-year old caused his own injuries.

In a 911 recording, Fortune is heard saying, "My son just burned himself in the bathtub.  He was messing around in the bath and turned the water on hot".  

At times during the call, you can hear the 4-year-old's screams in the distance.

The 4-year-old spent 63-days at Shriner's Burn Hospital in Galveston after he was flown there by life flight.  Child Protective Services took custody away from Cheryl.  After an investigation Davenport was granted custody and Cheryl was given visitation.  

"He has had dreams that awake him at night. He remembers the helicopter," says Davenport.  "He remembers pain.  He remembers screaming. He remembers crying.  The child has flashes of memory of skin and blood in the water," adds Jones.  

In 2003, James Fortune pled guilty to Felony Injury to a Child and was given six years deferred adjudication.  "You want to be there for your child and you want to protect them as much as you possibly can and I felt I had dropped the ball that I was not there for him," says Davenport.
Here's James Fortune's entire statement:  

"Several months ago I received a demand for payment from my stepson's father for an injury to my stepson that occurred in 2001.  In the midst of negotiating a settlement regarding that injury, I was served with a lawsuit and now my wife and I are defending ourselves in civil court. At no time in my life was I convicted of felony injury to a child.  Following my step-son's injury, there was a criminal investigation and all matters were resolved.

Since that time, my family and I, including my stepson, have maintained a continuous loving family environment.  Although his father has maintained custody, Cheryl and I have enjoyed continuous uninterrupted open visitations with my step-son since 2001.  

We are shocked by this lawsuit but understand people are free to use the court system to pursue matters, whether or not the claims are baseless. We are confident through this process, the ultimate decision maker will render an outcome that is just and fair. We believe in our American justice system and know that once all facts are made transparent justice will prevail in our favor.

This lawsuit is a direct result of our desire to continue the uninterrupted love, commitment and financial support as well as to protect the ongoing wellbeing while enhancing the current living conditions of our son. We have given our stepson who is currently in our care during his summer break continuous support and understand these allegations are a direct result of not only our increased profile and financial viability but an individuals desire to exploit such.  

We intend to vehemently defend our right to protect our family while maintaining the character integrity and trusted core values the Fortune family has been blessed to exemplify."

Davenport is suing for five million dollars.  He says he filed the suit because now at 15-years-old his son is old enough to get plastic surgery to correct some of the scarring and Davenport says Fortune was not agreeing to pay for those expenses.

Jun 26, 2012

I really hope people are as concerned about their own children as they seem to be concerned about the welfare of Will and Jada's kids.

Eleven year old Willow Smith created a internet firestorm when she tweeted an Instagram picture of herself with what appeared to be a tongue ring in her mouth.

Articles upon articles sprung up all over the place where people offered unsolicited advice as to how the Smiths were raising or in this case not raising their children.  Many pondered whether or not Will and Jada had given their children too much creative freedom and now this was the result of their lack of parenting.

Now nevermind none of these people live in the Smith household, but yet they think they have the authority to tell someone they don't even know how they should raise their kids.

So in order to calm down all the outrage over Tongue Ring-Gate, the mother of the other girl in the picture sent an email to Eurweb.com to explain what was going on.

Here is a snippet of what she wrote:

“Those are not actual piercings, they are magnets, I know this because the other female in the photo is my daughter.”
Willow Smith then went on to confirmed what the mother said by writing, "It's fake...Sorry" under the Instagram photo.

Phew...catastrophe averted!!!!  Now the world can keep spinning and people can go on about their business now that we know Will and Jada did not allow their 11 year old daughter to get a tongue ring.

Jun 25, 2012

Get your DVR ready because Oprah is set to interview the Heat's Big Three for her 'Oprah's Next Chapter' show. 

Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that Oprah Winfrey will sit down with NBA superstars of the Miami HEAT including 2012 NBA Finals MVP LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh at Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena. Winfrey will talk with the world champions about the challenges leading up to their historic win, their friendships on and off the court and the women in their lives. The episode is set to air next Sunday, July 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
(NY Times) -- No American is dedicating as much of his money to defeat President Obama as Sheldon Adelson, the casino magnate who also happens to have made more money in the last three years than any other American. He is the perfect illustration of the squalid state of political money, spending sums greater than any political donation in history to advance his personal, ideological and financial agenda, which is wildly at odds with the nation’s needs.

Mr. Adelson spent $20 million to prop up Newt Gingrich’s failed candidacy for the Republican nomination. Now, he has given $10 million to a Mitt Romney super PAC, and has pledged at least $10 million to Crossroads GPS, the advocacy group founded by Karl Rove that is running attack ads against Mr. Obama and other Democrats. Another $10 million will probably go to a similar group founded by the Koch brothers, and $10 million more to Republican Congressional super PACs.

That’s $60 million we know of (other huge donations may be secret), and it may be only a down payment. Mr. Adelson has made it clear he will fully exploit the anything-goes world created by the federal courts to donate a “limitless” portion of his $25 billion fortune to defeat the president and as many Democrats as he can take down.

One man cannot spend enough to ensure the election of an unpopular candidate, as Mr. Gingrich’s collapse showed, but he can buy enough ads to help push a candidate over the top in a close race like this year’s. Given that Mr. Romney was not his first choice, why is Mr. Adelson writing these huge checks?

The first answer is clearly his disgust for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, supported by President Obama and most Israelis. He considers a Palestinian state “a steppingstone for the destruction of Israel and the Jewish people,” and has called the Palestinian prime minister a terrorist. He is even further to the right than the main pro-Israeli lobbying group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which he broke with in 2007 when it supported economic aid to the Palestinians.

Mr. Romney is only slightly better, saying the Israelis want a two-state solution but the Palestinians do not, accusing them of wanting to eliminate Israel. The eight-figure checks are not paying for a more enlightened answer.

Mr. Adelson’s other overriding interest is his own wallet. He rails against the president’s “socialist-style economy” and redistribution of wealth, but what he really fears is Mr. Obama’s proposal to raise taxes on companies like his that make a huge amount of money overseas. Ninety percent of the earnings of his company, the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, come from hotel and casino properties in Singapore and Macau. (The latter is located, by the way, in China, a socialist country the last time we checked.)

Because of the lower tax rate in those countries (currently zero in Macau), the company now has a United States corporate tax rate of 9.8 percent, compared with the statutory rate of 35 percent. President Obama has repeatedly proposed ending the deductions and credits that allow corporations like Las Vegas Sands to shelter billions in income overseas, but has been blocked by Republicans.

Mr. Obama’s Justice Department is also investigating whether Mr. Adelson’s Macau operations violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, an inquiry that Mr. Adelson undoubtedly hopes will go away in a Romney administration. For such a man, at a time when there are no legal or moral limits to the purchase of influence, spending tens of millions is a pittance to elect Republicans who promise to keep his billions intact.

We've discussed the Un-Fair Campaign on this site at length in previous post and how the University of Minnesota-Duluth is hoping that the campaign will be a catalyst to end racism by focusing and bringing attention to 'white privilege'.

The campaign has produced a new ad campaign that features white actors discussing the privilege that comes along with their fair skin and how society has been set up for white people. The campaign is sponsored by the NAACP as well as the League of Women Voters.

NEW YORK -- R&B singer Maxwell has cancelled his short U.S. tour after developing vocal swelling and hemorrhaging.

A representative for the singer said Friday that he has been advised by doctors to rest and undergo treatment. Maxwell's six-date summer tour had shows planned for Los Angeles, Atlanta and Newark, N.J. for July and August.

Maxwell said in the statement that cancelling the tour "sucks" and he plans to hit the road when his new album, "blackSUMMERS'night," is released later this year.

The 39-year-old made his return to music in 2009 after a seven-year break with the platinum album "BLACKsummers'night." It won the singer-songwriter two Grammy Awards, among other accolades.
The statement also said refunds are available at the point of purchase.

(TNR) --- Do you care how the Supreme Court rules on health care reform this week? I don’t mean in the political sense. I mean in the personal sense—because the law’s fate is a very personal matter for many millions of Americans.

They’re the Americans who have diabetes and Crohn’s disease, cancer and hay fever. They’re the Americans who don’t have access to health benefits and the Americans who have access to health benefits but can’t afford to pay for them. There are a lot of these people, more perhaps than you realize—at least tens of millions and perhaps more than a hundred million, depending on how you want to define the categories. If by now you’re thinking, gee, maybe I could end up becoming one of those people, you’re right. Death and taxes aren’t the only certain things in life. Accident, illness, and injury are too. They’ve plunged the lives of plenty of Americans, even those who thought they had good insurance, into financial and physical chaos.

The Affordable Care Act won’t help all of these people. But it will help an awful lot of them. In fact, it's already starting to make a difference. On Thursday, the Obama Administration announced that 12 million Americans would be getting rebates from their insurance companies. The reason for the rebates was a regulation in the Affordable Care Act. Under the law, insurance companies must spend at least 80 percent of their premiums on actual patient care. (For some insurers, it's 85 percent.) Insurers that fail to meet that standard have to give some premium money back to their subscribers, in the form of rebate checks.

The rebates were not huge: The average was $151, although some consumers got rebates approaching $1000. But it’s yet another reminder that, by and large, the Affordable Care Act seems to be working. More than 5 million seniors have saved hundreds of dollars on their prescription drugs. As many as 6 million young adults now have comprehensive insurance coverage because, under the law, Americans under the age of 26 without access to coverage can enroll in their parents’ plans.

Not everything in the law has gone so well. Special, bare-bones insurance plans for people with pre-existing conditions—a temporary measure, until the full reforms kick in—haven’t attracted as many people as projected, although those who have the coverage are grateful for it. But nor have any of the awful predictions of critics come to pass. Opponents of the law frequently warned that the health industry would struggle to cope with changes in the way Medicare pays for services. Instead, the industry seems to be adapting, in ways that will actually make the health care system more efficient. In Massachusetts, the one state that’s tried a version of these reforms, the results are even more encouraging.

Will the Supreme Court stop this progress? Will it declare the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, in part or or in whole? I know as much as you do, which is to say that I know nothing at all. The Court could deliver its ruling on Monday morning. Or it could deliver its ruling later in the week, by adding a special day to announce more decisions. As for the verdict itself, anything from a total validation to a total invalidation is possible. (Here's a rundown of the most likely possibilities.)

It's important to recognize the distinctions between great and good and bad and awful. But a decision to strike down even part of the law would have grave consequences—for the court’s legitimacy and, perhaps, the norms that make our constitutional system function. (I’ve written about the former many times. On the latter, see this excellent James Fallows piece.) It'd also have grave consequences for the people whose employment, financial, or medical status renders them vulnerable—a group that may someday include you, if it doesn't already.

(WSB) -- Cherokee County Sheriff Roger Garrison said he has no affiliation with the Ku Klux Klan, despite old photos that surfaced showing him wearing a robe and hood.

He wore the costume to a Halloween party around 25 years ago, long before he took office.

"I don't deny it wasn't stupid, looking back now, but there again I say what 21- or 22-year-old in this world hasn't made some stupid mistakes?" Garrison told Channel 2 investigative reporter Jodie Fleischer, who obtained the photos from a source who wished to remain anonymous.

Garrison is up for re-election this year, and is facing primary opposition next month.

"It's purely political," he said, "This is just the lowest of the low to infer whatever they're attempting to infer there."

Garrison said he and a friend were dressed as characters from a scene in the movie "Blazing Saddles" and that he has never espoused any of the KKK's beliefs.

"I don't think anyone who knows me is going to think anything of this, but it's just sickening and it hurts my family," said Garrison.

(CNN) -- With three places up for grabs on the U.S. Olympic track team, two women tied for third place in the women's 100 meters on Sunday -- crossing the line at exactly the same time -- which means the coveted Olympic spot could be decided by a coin toss.

Sprinters Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh threw their bodies across the finish line so evenly matched that cameras recording 3,000 frames a second couldn't tell who beat whom.

Both runners recorded precisely the same finishing time, down to thousandths of a second: 11.068 seconds.

Two women beat Felix and Tarmoh: Carmelita Jeter and Tianna Madison. Their first and second place finishes give them the chance to represent the United States at the Olympics in London this summer.

But the photo finish leaves USA Track & Field with a dilemma: Who gets the third slot?

There appears to be no precedent for a dead heat at U.S. Olympic Team track and field trials, prompting the U.S. Olympic Committee to announce new rules Sunday.

One of the runners can give up her claim to a spot on the Olympic team.

If neither one takes that unlikely option, they'll be asked if they want to run a tie-breaking race or flip a coin.
If they choose the same option, the committee will respect their wishes.

If they disagree, they'll have to race for it.

And if both athletes refuse to declare a preference, officials will flip a coin -- a U.S. quarter to be exact.

Leaving nothing to chance, other than the flip itself, the rules also detail who gets to pick heads or tails and how the coin should be flipped.

"The USATF representative shall bend his or her index finger at a 90-degree angle to his or her thumb, allowing the coin to rest on his or her thumb," the rules say.

No date has been set for the tie-breaker to take. Both women have other races to run over the course of the week.

Jun 22, 2012

RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — Between 1929 and 1974, North Carolina forcibly sterilized about 7,600 people whom it deemed “feeble-minded” or otherwise undesirable. Many were poor black women.

Now the first serious proposal to compensate the victims has failed, with Republican lawmakers saying the budget is too tight to give them any money.

“At this point, I have lost all hope,” one of the measure’s biggest supporters, Rep. Earline Parmon, said Wednesday.

People as young as 10 were sterilized, in some cases for not getting along with schoolmates, or for being promiscuous. Although officials obtained consent from patients or their guardians, many did not understand what they were signing.

Most U.S. states had eugenics programs years ago but abandoned them after World War II, when such practices became closely associated with Nazi Germany’s attempts to achieve racial purity. Scientists also debunked the assumption that “defective” humans could be weeded out of the population.

North Carolina stood out because it grew its program after the war.

The state’s new effort to give each victim $50,000 passed the state House, and Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue set aside $10 million in her proposed budget for the payouts, but Republican lawmakers in the Senate said the state didn’t have the money. They also feared paying the victims would lead other groups, such as descendants of slaves, to seek reparations.

A group set up to help victims estimated up to 1,800 are still living, though it had only verified 146.

The N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation held numerous public hearings over the past year on whether to compensate the victims.

“That’s the only thing I hated about being operated on, ’cause I couldn’t have kids,” Willis Lynch, 77, who was sterilized at 14, said at a hearing last year. “It’s always been in the back of my mind.”

But giving victims money would not change anything, Republican Sen. Don East said last week.

“You just can’t rewrite history. It was a sorry time in this country,” East said. “I’m so sorry it happened, but throwing money don’t change it, don’t make it go away. It still happened.”

One of the most outspoken victims, Elaine Riddick, has said she was raped and then sterilized after giving birth to a son when she was 14.

In 1983, a jury rejected victims’ claims that they had been wrongfully deprived of their right to bear children. Ultimately, the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear the case.

“I have given North Carolina a chance to justify what they had wronged,” Riddick said Wednesday. “These people here don’t care about these victims. … I will die before I let them get away with this.”

Jun 21, 2012

NEW ORLEANS — A day after electing their first African-American president in a historic move that strives to erase its legacy of racism, Southern Baptists passed a resolution opposing the idea that same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue.

Thousands of delegates at the denomination's annual meeting in New Orleans on Wednesday were nearly unanimous in their support for the resolution that affirms their belief that marriage is "the exclusive union of one man and one woman" and that "all sexual behavior outside of marriage is sinful."

The nation's largest Protestant denomination is attempting to broaden its appeal beyond its traditional white Southern base. At the same time, leaders said they feel it is important to take a public stand on their opposition to same-sex marriage.

The resolution acknowledges that gays and lesbians sometimes experience "unique struggles" but declares that they lack the "distinguishing features of classes entitled to special protections."
"It is regrettable that homosexual rights activists and those who are promoting the recognition of 'same-sex marriage' have misappropriated the rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement," the resolution states.

Another resolution passed on Wednesday is intended to protect religious liberty. It includes a call for the U.S. Justice Department to cease efforts to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act and for the Obama administration to ensure that military personnel and chaplains can freely express their religious convictions about homosexuality.

It also condemns the administration's mandate requiring religiously affiliated institutions, but not houses of worship, to provide contraceptive coverage for their employees.

Leaders of several other faiths and Christian denominations, especially Roman Catholics, have also organized and filed lawsuits against Obama administration policies that they see as threatening religious expression.

The Rev. Dwight McKissic, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, was one of the authors of the gay marriage resolution.

"It's important to sound the alarm again, because the culture is changing," he said in an interview after the vote.

McKissic, who is black, said it was "an unfair comparison" for gays to equate same-sex marriage with civil rights because there is not incontrovertible scientific evidence that homosexuality is an innate characteristic, like skin color.

"They're equating their sin with my skin," he said.

David W. Key Sr., director of Baptist Studies at Emory University's Candler School of Theology, said that as gays and lesbians become accepted in the larger American society, the Southern Baptist Convention is trying to separate itself from some of the more hateful rhetoric while still staying true to its beliefs.

The resolution includes a statement that the SBC stands against "any form or gay-bashing, whether disrespectful attitudes, hateful rhetoric, or hate-incited actions."

But even with those disclaimers, Key said statements like this could hurt evangelism because they are likely to be objectionable to many people who are "not necessarily affirming, but also not rejecting" of gay rights issues.

Key said the Southern Baptists have continued to be outspoken on issues regarding gays and lesbians where other denominations with similar beliefs have not made the same type of public statements. He noted the SBC's previous eight-year boycott of The Walt Disney Co. for its gay-friendly policies.

The civil rights resolution comes at the same time the 16-million strong Nashville-based denomination is taking stands in other areas that will help it reach out to new members.

The election of the Rev. Fred Luter Jr. on Tuesday as the first African American president of the SBC was hailed as historic by denomination leaders who see it as a sign that Southern Baptists have truly moved beyond a divisive racial past.

In a news conference after the vote, Luter said he doesn't think his election is some kind of token gesture.

"If we stop appointing African-Americans, Asians, Hispanics to leadership positions after this, we've failed," he said. "... I promise you I'm going to do all that I can to make sure this is not just a one-and-done deal."

Delegates to the annual meeting also voted to adopt an alternative name for churches that feel the "Southern Baptist" title could be a turn-off to potential believers.

Supporters of the optional name "Great Commission Baptists" argued it would help missionaries and church planters to reach more people for Christ.

And the Southern Baptists have been less provocative on gay issues than they once were. The denomination ended its Disney boycott in 2005 and this year, as outgoing President Bryant Wright passed the gavel to Luter, the new president asked about Wright's plans.

"I'm going to Disney World!" Wright said.

It is now being confirmed that actress Lauren London is joining the cast of 'The Game'.

London will be playing a character by the name of Kiera, who is a former child star currently in a “Cosby”-esque sitcom, for the sixth season.

London is joining the show after the abrupt departure of the show's stars, Tia Mowry and Pooch Hall.

Although I like Lauren London, I'm going to stick with my original sentiment and just say they need to cancel the show.  They would have been better off just introducing a spin-off show starring London.

This rendition of 'The Game' is not what the fans fought so valiantly for.

Although, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Coby Bell, Hosea Chanchez, Brandy Norwood and Barry A. Floyd will be returning.  The writing was pretty much on the wall when Brittany Daniels, aka Kelly Pitts, didn't return.

Just cancel the show and put us out of our misery. 

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama, invoking executive privilege for the first time on Wednesday, blocked a House Republican subpoena of Justice Department deliberations over a botched gun trafficking investigation and set up a potentially explosive political confrontation just as the presidential election heats up.

Using executive privilege "is like setting off a nuclear bomb in these disputes," said Mitchel Sollenberger, a professor of political science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and an expert on executive branch power. "It's hard, but not impossible, to go back to negotiation and compromise."
The move by Obama shields, at least temporarily, a trove of internal Justice Department communications regarding Operation Fast and Furious from disclosure to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The committee voted Wednesday along party lines to charge Attorney General Eric Holder with contempt for failing to produce the documents. In a letter to Obama on Tuesday, Holder said the subpoenaed documents involve internal Justice Department deliberations that were protected from disclosure.

House Speaker John Boehner said the full House would vote on the contempt resolution next week unless Holder "reevaluates his choice and supplies the promised documents." Democrats, meanwhile, called the contempt vote an exercise in political theater.

“What we just witnessed was an extreme, virtually unprecedented action based on election year politics rather than fact,” Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the oversight panel, said in a statement.

A contempt resolution by the House will do nothing legally to force the release of the sought-after documents and poses only a symbolic threat to Holder. But it would represent a potent political slap by Republicans against the Obama administration and will ratchet up public pressure on the White House to reach a compromise, experts said.

That pressure may be considerable, as a House contempt vote against Holder is guaranteed to focus intense media scrutiny on the Fast and Furious investigation, which has been condemned by both Democrats and Republicans as badly mismanaged. 

"This has to be seen as a step in a political game," said Josh Chafetz, an associate professor at Cornell Law School. "If this is going to have any immediate impact, it will have an impact through the process of politics and public opinion."

Operation Fast and Furious erupted into controversy after government whistleblowers revealed in early 2011 that federal investigators allowed guns to "walk," or fall into the hands of criminals, in an attempt to disrupt criminal syndicates responsible for large-scale arms trafficking across U.S.-Mexico border. Republicans accuse top-level Justice Department officials of hiding their knowledge of the gun-walking tactics, either during the operation or after it was exposed. Justice Department officials have denied the allegations.

Issa's resolution directs the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, a Justice Department official, to begin criminal contempt proceedings against Holder. In similar disputes during the Bush and Clinton administrations, such requests by Congress were rejected by the Justice Department after the president exerted executive privilege. 

House Republicans also can pursue a civil judgment against the Obama administration in federal court. Case law suggests such a lawsuit may prevail, yet relief would likely come only after years of litigation, when the political value of any damaging disclosures was long dissipated.

"Darrell Issa and the Republicans on the committee are engaged in some chest-bumping in the context of a larger political negotiation," said Steven Schwinn, an associate professor at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, who writes a blog on constitutional law issues. "At the end of the day, I really don't think the contempt motion is going to have any legal consequences."

The only other route for Congress to directly enforce its contempt citation would raise the political stakes to almost unimaginable levels. Federal law technically allows Congress to order its sergeant-at-arms to arrest Holder and detain him in the Capitol jail while its members hold a trial for contempt.

Sitting executive branch officials have been arrested by Congress just twice in U.S. history, most recently in 1915. No cabinet-level official has ever been arrested and tried by Congress. 

"That is a power that is long defunct," said Schwinn. "You can just imagine how extraordinary that would be. That would be a true constitutional crisis."

"The idea is crazy," Schwinn added. "It's just not going to happen."

If the Obama administration does not bend, and a political compromise cannot be reached, House Republicans have other tools available to punish Holder, such as slashing funding for the Justice Department and even impeachment. 

If the public perceives that Holder and the Justice Department are hiding politically damaging material and impeding a legitimate investigation by Congress, such dramatic steps might be broadly embraced by the public.

But at a time when economic issues are voters' primary concern, a political war over a still relatively obscure gun trafficking investigation may just easily backfire on Republicans, experts said.

"This is all about skilled politicians playing a high-stakes game," Chafetz said. "The White House is banking on the fact that it can win the PR war."

CNN) -- Sanford, Florida, Police Chief Bill Lee, who drew criticism for his department's actions in the Trayvon Martin case, was fired Wednesday.

"After much thoughtful discussion and deep consideration for the issues facing the city of Sanford, I have determined the police chief needs to have the trust and respect of the elected officials and the confidence of the entire community," City Manager Norton Bonaparte said in a news release.

"We need to move forward with a police chief that all the citizens of Sanford can support. I have come to this decision in light of the escalating divisiveness that has taken hold of the city."

Lee will receive a three-month severance and a week's salary in addition to any earned time off.

As a search for Lee's replacement is carried out, interim Chief Richard W. Myers will remain on the job.

Late Wednesday night, representatives of the Martin family said they "respected" the city manager's decision.

"It's important that we really believe that, as all of this has unfolded, we've continued to move closer to justice," said family attorney Daryl Parks.

Lee had submitted a resignation letter in April that said he was stepping down, but city commissioners voted not to accept it.

In March, he had said he was stepping down temporarily in the wake of the public furor over the failure of the police to arrest George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who has said his shooting of Martin on February 26 was an act of self-defense.

Sources are revealing that a family court judge order actress Halle Berry to pay the father of her child, Gabriel Aubry,  $20,000 a month in child support for their 4 year old child, Nahla.

This is definitely a bitter pill for Berry to swallow since there was never a child support arrangement in place until now.

Now I don't know about you, but damn $20K is a lot of money.  I don't care how much money a person makes, that is still a lot of money for child support especially given the fact that the parent receiving it does not have full, primary custody of the child.

With more and more women becoming the primary breadwinner in their family, we have to expect to see a dramatic shift in the way child support is handled.  More and more men are beginning to receive child support.  And this is a trend, I suspect, that will continue growing.


Jun 19, 2012

MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade has asked a Chicago judge to suspend his ex-wife’s right to visitation with their two children after a weekend incident that delayed the boys’ return to his custody and led to her arrest.
Wade’s attorney, James Pritikin, filed an emergency motion and appeared in court Tuesday to have it heard, hours before the Miami Heat guard was to play in Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

A hearing was set for June 26, which would be the date of Game 7 if the Heat and Thunder extend the series to its limit.

Wade told The Associated Press that his sons have been with him in Miami since about 6 a.m. Sunday — “That’s what mattered most to me, getting them here to be with me on Father’s Day,” he said — and that the incident has not adversely affected his play in the championship series.

Siohvaughn Funches-Wade was charged with two counts of attempted child abduction, two counts of unlawful visitation interference and one count of resisting arrest, Cook County Sheriff’s spokesman Frank Bilecki told The AP on Tuesday. Another woman at the home at the time, Nadgee Alarcon, was charged with one count of resisting arrest, Bilecki said. All the charges are misdemeanors.

Funches-Wade posted $10,000 bond on Monday, Bilecki said, and is due back in court in August. It was not known if she had an attorney.

“Once again, S.L. has used our minor children as the proverbial pawns in this contentious dissolution of marriage action,” Wade wrote in the filing, using initials to protect identities but referring to his ex-wife. “This court must take action to protect our minor children from further exposure to the present environment S.L. creates while they are in her care and preventing S.L. from exercising her parenting time in a manner that is harmful to our children.”

The couple was divorced in 2010. Wade was awarded custody of the boys in March 2011. His ex-wife’s appeal of that decision was denied in December, and the couple is scheduled to return to court in September in an attempt to complete financial terms of the divorce.

“The minor children have been subjected to great deal of drama/trauma as a result of S.L.’s conduct,” the filing said.

According to the filing, the two boys were to be picked up by Wade’s sister around noon Saturday so they could make a 3:05 p.m. flight from Chicago to Miami so they could be in South Florida for the entirety of Father’s Day.

Wade’s sister got no response at the home, and after “several hours” the sheriff’s office was called to send someone to the scene, according to the filing. It also said Funches-Wade attempted to leave the home without the children when one of the responding deputies tried taking her into custody. The boys, at that time, were with Alarcon inside the home, according to the filing.

Wade eventually hired a private jet to bring his sons home early Sunday, and upon their arrival, his older son told him that Alarcon “smacked him on the head,” according to court records.

Records show Funches-Wade was transferred to a hospital after the incident on Saturday. She told officers she was experiencing shortness of breath and thought she was having an asthma attack.

Wade recently finished writing a book primarily about fatherhood and the custody fight for his sons. It will be released Sept. 4.

(Reuters) - The largest Protestant denomination was expected to elect the first black president in its 167-year history on Tuesday, just weeks after the predominately white religious group reprimanded one of its officials for making racially insensitive remarks.

Church leaders said choosing New Orleans pastor Fred Luter Jr. to head the Southern Baptist Convention would make an important statement about the denomination's efforts to distance itself from its racist past and become more diverse.

First Baptist New Orleans Pastor David Crosby, who will nominate Luter, said the move is a statement that "we not only love people of color, we want them in our leadership."

Luter, 55, has already served as the first African-American in various leadership positions within the convention, including as its current first vice president.

The New Orleans civic and religious leader's leadership role will initially last just one year but can be extended for a second.

Luter said in an interview his hope is to "let people know that ... we're open minded, and it's open to different ethnic groups."

The vote will be held Tuesday during the convention's annual meeting here. The city is home to the church Luter rebuilt into the denomination's largest congregation in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina devastated it in 2005.

With no opposition so far, his likely election comes as the Southern Baptist Convention considers ways to become more inclusive and less identified with slavery, ties to which led to its founding in 1845. Southern Baptists split off from the First Baptist Church in America in the pre-Civil War days over the issue of slave ownership.

The thousands of Baptists expected at the New Orleans meeting will also vote on a proposal to adopt the descriptor "Great Commission Baptists" as an informal alternative for churches seeking a moniker less affiliated with the South and its racially divided history.

In 1995, the convention issued a resolution repudiating slavery and denouncing racism.


Church officials said race relations suffered again earlier this year when the group's longtime ethics chief accused U.S. black leaders of trying to use the killing of black teenager Trayvon Martin by a white and Hispanic neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida for political gain.

Calling Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Richard Land's remarks "hurtful, irresponsible, insensitive and racially charged," commission leaders said in a June 1 reprimand that, "We must now redouble our efforts to regain lost ground."

Though still a robust Christian tradition with about 16 million members, the convention's churches reported a decline in total membership in 2011 for the fifth straight year, according to the Baptist Press.

Of the 45,700 congregations that comprise the Southern Baptist Convention, 3,500 are African-American churches. Danny Akin, president of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, said he expected the denomination to focus more on getting minorities on seminary faculties and in leadership roles.

"I really think our convention will look significantly different, in a good way, 15 years from now, and I think most Southern Baptists would welcome and applaud that," he said.

Luter, who was born and raised by his church-going mother in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, is widely respected for his passionate preaching style and commitment to his hometown after losing both his church and house to Katrina.

During his nearly 26 years as pastor at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, the congregation grew from 50 members to almost 8,000 before the storm. Members scattered afterward, but the church reopened in 2008 and now has almost 5,000 members.

(BlackAmericaWeb) --- Jane Carey, the attorney for Allison Mathis, the mother of Chris Bosh's 3-year-old daughter,Trinity, was a guest on the Tom Joyner Morning Show this morning discussing the current, complicated situation between Bosh and Mathis.

Reports this week surfaced that Mathis has been forced to apply for government assistance, recently lost her job, and is on the verge of foreclosing on her home. She currently receives approximately $2600 dollars per month for child support from Bosh. Although, Mathis contests this is not enough to take care of her daughter.

Mathis plans on contending the child support amount in court and will be represented by Jane Carey. Carey joined Jacque Reid for "Inside Her Story" detailing Mathis and Bosh's current situation.

However, the conversation quickly went awry,

Click here to hear Jane Carey versus J. Anthony Brown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The role of Mitt Romney in President Barack Obama's practice debates will be played by another Massachusetts politician: John Kerry.

A Democratic official said Monday that Obama's campaign has tapped Sen. Kerry, who was the 2004 presidential nominee in 2004, to stand in for Romney. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the choice had not been formally announced.

Role playing in debate preparations is a key that helps candidates anticipate likely rebuttals and charges.

Obama used attorney Greg Craig to play Republican rival John McCain in 2008. Republicans since 1996 have turned to Rob Portman — now a senator and a rumored vice presidential pick — to play the Democratic nominees.

Romney's campaign would not comment who would play Obama during Romney's debate preparations.

(CNN) -- German sports apparel maker Adidas withdrew its plans to sell a controversial sneaker featuring affixed rubber shackles after the company generated significant criticism when advertising the shoe on it's Facebook page.

The high-top sneakers, dubbed the JS Roundhouse Mids, were expected to release in August, according to the Adidas Originals Facebook page. "Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?" a caption below a photo of the sneakers read.

The June 14 post prompted plenty of criticism from around the web, with many of those commenting saying they felt the shackle invoked the painful image of slavery.

"Wow obviously there was no one of color in the room when the marketing/product team ok'd this," said a commenter identifying herself as MsRodwell on nicekicks.com.

"I literally froze up when I saw a new design from Adidas set to hit stores in August," said Dr. Boyce Watkins in a post for the website Your Black World.

Though dismissing the criticism in a written statement by defending the sneaker's designer, Jeremy Scott, as having a "quirky" and "lighthearted" style, Adidas nonetheless said Monday that it planned to cancel the shoe's release.

"The design of the JS Roundhouse Mid is nothing more than the designer Jeremy Scott's outrageous and unique take on fashion and has nothing to do with slavery," the statement said. "We apologize if people are offended by the design and we are withdrawing our plans to make them available in the marketplace."
One of Adidas' most high-profile condemnations came from the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

"The attempt to commercialize and make popular more than 200 years of human degradation, where blacks were considered three-fifths human by our Constitution is offensive, appalling and insensitive," Jackson said in a statement Monday, prior to Adidas's decision to withdraw them from the marketplace.

The photo could still be found in the photo section of Adidas' Facebook page Tuesday morning. And whether Adidas wanted it or not, the sneakers were still inspiring a spirited debate about race in the comment section of its Facebook page.

Am I the only one who looks at these sneakers and immediately think of the 1984 hit 'Shackles On My Feet'?

RJ's Latest Arrival --- Shackles On My Feet

Jun 18, 2012

This past weekend has definitely been one of those weekends.

From a distance, I had to try and console my best friend as he watched his mother take her last breath.  There is something about hearing a grown man cry, that rarely ever cries, that rips your heart out.  It left me on an emotional roller coaster that I still haven't been able to recover from.

So preoccupied was I with life, that I completely missed the fact that the lovely and talented author, Erica Kennedy, unexpectedly passed away. 

Erica a journalist and blogger who authored two novels, Bling and Feminista.

Her death sent shockwaves through the literary community after it was revealed on Twitter that her body was discovered in her Miami apartment on June 13.

There are no details surrounding her death, but one doesn't need details to know that this is a tragedy.  For a beautiful 42 year old woman to no longer be with us and share her radiant light is an epic loss.

Erica Kennedy will be missed, but in no way will she ever be forgotten.

(AFP) -- Thousands of people marched in silence in New York to protest against street checks by police that rights activists say disproportionately target blacks and Hispanics.

The demonstration, called by civil rights organizations, began in Harlem and moved south through Manhattan to the residence of Mayor Michael Bloomberg in Manhattan's posh Upper East Side.

Among the groups that took part in the march were the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Action Network led by the Reverend Al Sharpton and a union that represents health care workers.

"End Stop and Frisks, Silent March Against Racial Profiling," said a flyer handed out by protest organizers.
More than four million New Yorkers, most of them blacks and Latinos, have been stopped and questioned by police in the street since 2004, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

In 2011, the police stopped 685,724 people, 53 percent of whom were black and 34 percent Latin, a trend that has held in the first three months of this year, the ACLU said on its website.

"I have been stopped and questioned by police on the corner outside my house. I don't think that happens in more powerful parts of the city," said Jose Romero, a 28-year-old Mexican immigrant.

"It's not normal when people are stopped when they leave their houses to go to the store," he said.
Citing police data, the ACLU said nine out of every ten persons stopped by police are found to be innocent.
For his part, Bloomberg defended the street checks and insisted that neither he nor New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly will permit abuses.

"I understand why some people want us to stop making stops. Innocent people who are stopped can be treated disrespectfully, and that is just not acceptable. Commissioner Kelly won't tolerate it and neither will I," he said.

Jun 17, 2012

Los Angeles (CNN) -- Rodney King, whose beating by Los Angeles police in 1991 was caught on camera and sparked riots after the acquittal of the four officers involved, was found dead in his swimming pool Sunday, authorities and his fiancee said. He was 47.

Police in Rialto, California, received a 911 call from King's fiancee, Cynthia Kelly, about 5:25 a.m., said Capt. Randy DeAnda. Responding officers found King at the bottom of the pool, removed him and attempted to revive him. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital, DeAnda said.

There were no preliminary signs of foul play, he said, and no obvious injuries on King's body. Police are conducting a drowning investigation, DeAnda said, and King's body would be autopsied.

"His fiancee heard him in the rear yard," he said, and found King in the pool when she went outside.
Kelly was a juror in King's lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles in 1994.

Jun 15, 2012

He was too dark in Indonesia. A hapa child — half and half — in Hawaii. Multicultural in Los Angeles. An “Invisible Man” in New York. And finally, Barack Obama was black on the South Side of Chicago. This journey of racial self-discovery and reinvention is chronicled in David Maraniss’s biography, “Barack Obama: The Story,” to be published June 19. These excerpts trace the young Obama’s arc toward black identity, through his words and experiences, and through the eyes of those who knew him best.

Mahmood also saw a shift. For years when Barack was around them, he seemed to share their attitudes as sophisticated outsiders who looked at politics from an international perspective. He was one of them, in that sense. But that is not what he wanted for his future, and to get to where he wanted to go he had to change — not cut off the Pakistanis as friends, but push away enough to establish a clear and separate identity. As a result, Mahmood recalled, “the first shift I saw him undertaking was to view himself as an American in a much more fundamental way.”

Trying to embrace his blackness, Mahmood thought, was “the second and probably the biggest shift I saw [in Obama during the New York years]. To be honest, he had never had many black friends. Not that he had anything against that, just that he was part of that other set, the international set. So for him this was a big thing. . . . Barack was the most deliberate person I ever met in terms of constructing his own identity, and . . . that was an important period for him, first the shift from not international but American, number one, and then not white, but black.”

Genevieve encouraged Barack’s search for identity. He was a double outsider, racial and cross-cultural. He looked black, but was he? At times he confessed to her that “he felt like an imposter. Because he was so white. There was hardly a black bone in his body.” She realized that “in his own quest to resolve his ambivalence about black and white, it became very, very clear to me that he needed to go black. I told him that. I think he felt very encouraged by my absolute conviction that his future lay down the road with a black woman. He doubted there were any black women he would feel truly comfortable with. I would tell him, ‘No, she is out there.’ ”

In came young Barack Obama for an interview with the Developing Communities Project board in a downstairs conference room at St. Helens of the Cross Church, in the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago’s sprawling South Side. There sat Yvonne Lloyd, Loretta Augustine-Herron and Deacon Dan Lee, three community members on the board, along with a handful of priests. Obama arrived neat and fresh, wearing slacks, a sport coat, and shirt and tie.

“He’s six months older than my oldest child,” Augustine-Herron recalled thinking. “I looked at him and said, ‘He’s not going to make it.’ That was my first opinion. But as we got into the interview, he was so interesting. His comfort level. He was just very at ease. . . . The other thing is he was honest, and you can’t buy honesty. . . . We’d say, ‘What do you do in this case or that case?’ He was honest about his knowledge of the area, his knowledge about the situations. He would give us examples of things he could do, things he couldn’t do. He would say, ‘I’m not familiar with that, but things like that are things we will learn together.’ ”
Her concerns had dissolved by the end of the interview. “He could have been purple for all we cared. We wanted someone who was sensitive to our needs, which he was.”

The black women in the room that day, Augustine-Herron and Lloyd, along with their friend Margaret Bagby, quickly ushered Obama into their world. The three women were a generation or more older and treated Obama with protective concern as they would a favorite nephew, but were disarmed by his quiet confidence and generally followed his lead. They instructed him on the mores and idiosyncrasies of the South Side, accompanied him to endless meetings, warned him about what neighborhoods to steer clear of at night, pointed him toward other people who could be part of the network, and worried about his “health and welfare.” (Loretta: “We’d take him to lunch and we’d have sandwiches and burgers and he’d have a spinach salad. We’d say, SPINACH salad? What’s that?”)

Obama maintained some of his characteristic reserve, yet they drew him in with the warmth and noise and immediacy of their lives. Here was the day-to-day world of urban black America, a place that for all of his travels he had never really experienced before. He had driven through the streets of South-Central Los Angeles and walked up and down Lenox Avenue in Harlem, but this was different. In Chicago, Obama was finding — and being found.

Even as he was insinuating himself into the South Side culture and finding comfort in the black world there, Obama remained the participant observer. His perspective was universal, removed, not racial. He had reservations about people of every race when it came to tribal thinking. In private conversations with his assistant Johnnie Owens, a streetwise product of the South Side, he did not hesitate to point out what he saw as hypocritical aspects of prevalent black attitudes.

“He was very clear about the unreasonable aspects of how blacks saw things in the community,” Owens said. “For example, when African Americans would complain about ‘They always show us when somebody kills somebody . . . they show a picture of a black person on TV,’ people would say, ‘They always do that!’ Barack would say, ‘We do do that!’ Or oftentimes folks would be angry about the school system. He would say, ‘Well some folks didn’t prepare their kids well for school!’ He believed there was a lot more accountability that needed to take place in the African American community. He sounded like an outsider.”

Click here to read the entire article.

Actress Yvette Wilson, famous for her role as Andell on 'Moesha' and 'The Parkers', has succumbed to cervical cancer at the young age of 48.

It was her co-star, Shar Jackson, that broke the news of the actress's passing on Twitter.

Here is what she wrote:

"F*ck Cancer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh God. My heart is soooo unbelievably broken. I wanna thank all my tweeties for their prayers but God has chosen to take my sister Yvette home."
Prayers definitely go out to her family.  May she rest in peace.

Jun 14, 2012

Entertainment mogul, Tyler Perry, sent out an announcement to his followers introducing a new contest that will allow one of his fans to get a role in one of his productions.

Here's what he wrote:

For a long time now, people have been asking me how they can be in one of my movies, plays or TV shows. Even as I read through my message board, the most popular question I see is, "How can I be in one of your movies?"

So… this one's for YOU! Now's your chance to earn a walk on role in one of my upcoming productions!

Just enter the Tyler Perry Talent Search!

I've created this competition to give my entire online family a chance to showcase their talent, and I expect to see some future stars. Even better, you'll be responsible for picking the Top 10 finalists. That's right… you get to vote for your favorite videos! Then, I'll personally choose the winner from your Top 10.

The competition starts NOW, so click HERE and follow steps 1, 2 & 3 to participate.

Voting closes and the Top 10 will be announced on June 29th – the same day MADEA'S WITNESS PROTECTION hits theaters.

Then, I'll personally choose the winner on July 6th.

Good Luck!!!!

(Forbes) -- Forbes has confirmed that billionaire Sheldon Adelson, along with his wife Miriam, has donated $10 million to the leading Super PAC supporting presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney–and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. A well-placed source in the Adelson camp with direct knowledge of the casino billionaire’s thinking says that further donations will be “limitless.”

Adelson, who has built Las Vegas Sands into an global casino empire, will do “whatever it takes” to defeat Obama, this source says. And given that Adelson is worth $24.9  billion–and told Forbes in a recent rare interview about his political giving that he had been willing to donate as much as $100 million to his initial presidential preference, Newt Gingrich–that “limitless” description telegraphs potential nine-digit support of Romney.

Adelson, this source continues, believes that “no price is too high” to protect the U.S. from what he sees as Obama’s “socialization” of America, as well as securing the safety of Israel. He added that Adelson, 78, considers this to be the most important election of his lifetime.

In an interview with me in February, Adelson said that he’d likely shift his financial support to the Republican front-runner if Gingrich dropped out of the race–which he did in May. Now Romney is positioned to reap Adelson’s largess. Thanks to the Citizens United decision, there are no curbs on how much Adelson could give the pro-Romney Super PAC, Restoring Our Future. Given that he’s one of the 15 richest people in the world, the Sands chairman could personally bankroll the equivalent of entire presidential campaign–say, $1 billion or so–and not even notice. (The $10 million donation he just made to Romney is equivalent to $40 for an American family with a net worth of $100,000.)

Adelson, ironically, has made more money during the Obama administration than just about any other American, based on Forbes tabulations. He had previously told me that just because he made money under Obama, it doesn’t mean he thinks the president is doing the right thing.

Does Adelson feel guilty about one American potentially steering the fate of the presidential election? “I’m against very wealthy people attempting to or influencing elections,” Adelson told me in February. “But as long as it’s doable I’m going to do it. Because I know that guys like Soros have been doing it for years, if not decades. And they stay below the radar by creating a network of corporations to funnel their money. I have my own philosophy and I’m not ashamed of it.”

Adelson is an Israel hawk who has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to Jewish causes.

Normally I try to stay as far away from celebrity gossip as possible, but this has to be one of the most bizarre things that is going on.

Kola Boof

Recently, rumors began swirling that the marriage between Kimora Lee Simmons and Djimon Hounsou was on the ropes.  The reason given for the possible break up was the fact that Hounsou was carrying on an affair with former Osama bin Laden (yes, that Osama) mistress, Kola Boof.

Kola Boof is a critically acclaimed author who has taken to Twitter (yes, she's doing all this through Tweets) to air out all the dirty laundry surrounding her alleged relationship with Hounsou.

Not able to take the accusations any more, Hounsou decided to release a statement to the website owned by his wife's ex-husband addressing the rumors.  Here's what he wrote:

"It has come to my attention vicious lies and stories are being spread about myself and my family. I do not know, nor have I ever met this person. To that extent any and all claims are totally fabricated and for the press to be spreading these lies is irresponsible on their part. I am a man of integrity and would never betray my wife or my family."

Now, I am of the belief that 'what you focus on expands' and I think that's exactly what Djimon Hounsou did when he released this statement.  Many people may not have taken the tweets of Kola Boof seriously, but once Hounsou addressed them personally it caused a lot of people's antennas to stand up.  In the South we have a saying, "A hit dog will holler" and by releasing that statement, Hounsou appears to be a 'hit dog'. 

I realize he may be caught up in between a rock and a hard place, and his intentions may have been honorable, but the moment he addressed her in a statement, he empowered her to keep talking.  And talking is exactly what she is doing.  She's decided to release her own statement some time today regarding of the fact that there are reports that Kimora Lee Simmons and Hounsou are trying to shut her down.

The whole thing is just weird.  The Hounsou/Simmons should take a note from Will and Jada Pinkett Smith when it comes to handling rumors surrounding their marriage.  The best way to get people out of your business is just to ignore them and keep going on being happy.

The moment you start inviting people in, is when all the chaos begins.