Sep 28, 2012



Since when has criticizing a black man gotten a person racist mail and threats from the Ku Klux Klan?  Well, if you believe Utah Congressional Candidate, Mia Love, then this is exactly what happened to her.
The mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah says that her criticism of President Obama has made her a target and thus she’s received threats.  One of the threats she received was an envelope that include pictures of aborted fetuses, a photo of Love and her husband, and a photo of a hooded Ku Klux Klan member.
So now Love wants us to believe that even the Klan is on the side of the President and they got so upset with her criticism of him that they sent her threatening mail.
How in the world does everything involving the Republicans always come back to be the President’s fault?  I swear these people will try to blame everything on the President if they could get away with it…SMH!


Let me just start by saying I don't even watch 'The View' anymore, but every now and then those "Sharp-tongued women" (Mitt Romney's words not mine) make for interesting television.

Nothing has been more interesting than Whoopi Goldberg taking it to Ann Coulter about the absurdities in her new book, Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama.

Watch below and tell me what you think.

Sep 27, 2012



NEW YORK (AP) — Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson and Usher will pay tribute to the late Whitney Houston in a one-hour TV special.

“We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston” will tape Oct. 11 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live and will feature performances by Dion, Hudson and Usher. It will air Nov. 16 on CBS.

The Recording Academy announced Thursday that the special will also include Houston’s “most memorable performances” and interviews with various artists. More performers will be announced.

Tickets for the event go on sale Thursday.

Houston died at age 48 in February. Authorities called her death an accidental drowning, complicated by heart disease and cocaine use.

The compilation album, “I Will Always Love You – The Best of Whitney Houston,” will be released on Nov. 13

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Council members in an Alabama city voted Tuesday to stop a group's work on a new monument honoring a Confederate general who was an early leader in the Ku Klux Klan.

The Selma City Council voted 4-0 with two members abstaining to stop all work on the monument to Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest until the courts decide whether the city or a Confederate heritage group owns the cemetery property where the monument would be rebuilt.

The vote came after a group of protesters marched to City Hall.

Demonstrations by civil rights groups about 10 years ago led to the relocation of a Forrest monument from outside a city building near downtown to a section of a city cemetery honoring Confederate war dead. But Forrest's bust was removed and apparently stolen from atop a 7-foot granite memorial earlier this year, and efforts to rebuild it have drawn protests and calls by civil rights activists not to replace it.

Detractors say Forrest traded black people like cattle, massacred black Union soldiers and joined the early Ku Klux Klan. His defenders dispute much of that and counter with stories that depict him as a protector of slave families and defender of the weak who resigned from the KKK.

A member of the group Friends of Forrest, Pat Godwin, said she feels the protests have been an effort to obscure the police investigation of the disappearance of the bust.

"It's all smoke and mirrors to divert attention from the issue of the theft of the bust," Godwin said.

The council had earlier indicated it would allow people to speak on the issue at the Tuesday work session, but would not vote on the racially sensitive issue. Council members changed their mind after activist Rose Toure, a leader of the protests, and other speakers urged the council to vote. Council member Bennie Ruth Crenshaw moved that the council order all work on the monument stopped after city attorney Jimmy Nunn said he had not been able to locate a deed to the Confederate section of the cemetery.

"Let's stop the building and move this Nathan Bedford Forrest issue out of the way," Crenshaw said.

Another council member, Susan Keith, abstained from the vote. She said earlier she needed more information before she could decide how to vote. She said she would also like to wait until the investigation of the theft is completed.

"There's just too many discrepancies," she said.

The marchers, chanting "No justice, no peace," had started at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where voting rights protestors were beaten by law enforcement officers during a 1965 march, an episode that drew national attention to violence against blacks in the South during the civil rights era.

Several people told council members that the city could move past those violent images by not allowing the monument to be rebuilt.

"How are we going to teach our kids anything if we give praise to this man?" asked Selma resident Rosa Monroe, who said Forrest was not the kind of man the city needs to be honoring.

Several members of Friends of Forrest watched the march, but declined to comment. No supporters of the monument spoke at the council work session.

The supporters did hand out a press release that described Forrest as a brave military leader who led efforts to defend Selma from siege by Union forces late in the Civil War.

Sep 26, 2012



Once again the Clayton County School System in Georgia finds iteself on the verge of losing its accreditation.  This is the same school system that became the first school system in 40 years to lose its accreditation in 2008.

I don't know what it is about the Clayton County School Board in Georgia, but they have to be some of the most incompetent people to every run a school board.  These people, for the life of them, just cannot bring themselves to put the needs of the children ahead of their own egos.

I just don't understand why parents just don't vote all their asses out.  This is ridiculous.  I'm so sick and tired of reading about the dysfuntion involving this same school system.  Parents need to get feed up and do something about this mess.

Here's how the AJC is reporting this story:

Clayton County school officials were warned Tuesday that their system’s accreditation could be back in jeopardy because of school board infighting, micromanaging and grandstanding.

In a letter to departing school Superintendent Ed Heatley, Mark Elgart, head of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accrediting agency, said some of the recent actions of school board members “could put your school system’s current and future accreditation in jeopardy.”

In 2008, Clayton lost accreditation, becoming the first school system in the country in nearly 40 years to have that happen. The system regained accreditation in 2011 and since has gained 4,000 students. Thousands of students fled the system after the district lost its accreditation, fearing their diplomas might not be recognized.

Clayton is the second metro Atlanta school district to draw SACS scrutiny this month. A SACS team will visit DeKalb County Schools next week to investigate how its board operates after complaints the board was interfering with administrative functions.

Clayton school board Chairwoman Pamela Adamson could not be reached for comment Tuesday. District spokesman David Waller said he had not seen a copy of the letter from SACS.

“We welcome their investigation and their interest in our system,” Waller said. “If they determine there is a problem, we will — as we have in the past — move as quickly as possible.”

Clayton school board members have made some progress since SACS’ last intervention, including better budget controls, Elgart told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an interview late Tuesday.

But he said the Clayton board members appear to have resumed some of their former problematic ways, particularly as Heatley’s departure became imminent. Heatley’s last day on the job is Friday.

In recent weeks, Elgart said, SACS has received reports about “divisiveness among board members and influences from the outside.”

Board members also can’t agree on a process for searching for a new school superintendent and are looking at conducting the search themselves “when they don’t have the ability, the skill,” Elgart said.

SACS required the board to have a national search conducted by an outside firm when Heatley was hired three years ago.

“And we haven’t changed our view,” Elgart said.

SACS has given the school board until Jan. 15 to report on the progress of its superintendent search, he said.

The board also will have until then to say “what they’re doing to address the divisiveness that is starting to rear its ugly head again,” Elgart said.

Elgart said the letter was sent to Heatley as a “proactive” move.

“This is giving them a heads-up,” he said.

Elgart said the accreditation agency has heard reports of individual board members threatening to sue each other, refusing to comply with board policies and berating school system employees in public.

He said this is “grandstanding, more or less” and “not necessary.”

The actions of some board members are “designed to create a line of controversy and center the attention on the individual board member,” Elgart said. “They are turning into seven individual political entities, rather than a board. If you go back in Clayton 20 years, every time you have a superintendent change, this same type of thing happens … the same people come out of the woodwork.”

Sep 24, 2012



Ok, I gave you guys a week to let it marinate so now I want to know what you really think about Mr. Perry abruptly canceling his tour.  Are you understanding, disappointed, or just plain ol' mad as hell?

SOUND OFF!

Sep 21, 2012

Don't trip thinking that somehow I believe that Mrs. Michelle Obama will not be the First Lady of the United States come January, 2013.  More recently on the campaign trail, the President himself has been saying that this is his last election.  It is true.  He will be ineligible to run in 2016 and I ( and apparently he) cannot fathom any other office he would pursue after the presidency.  So that means Mrs. Obama will no longer be FLOTUS.  She has done a fantastic job in making the role her own and not being dictated to.  She is a leader in her own right.  Many feminists have tried to use her as an example of women still taking a back seat to their husbands' ambitions.  Unfortunately they cannot see the forest for the trees. I would think the sentiment would be that this Ivy League graduate, Harvard-trained lawyer, and hospital executive can make a decision on her own about what is best for her and her family.  I would say that if any person was married to someone with true potential to be President of the United States, a once in a lifetime opportunity, would make some shifts in their lives as well.  I am digressing some but I read an article in Clutch magazine about how some white women just do not get the concept of a black mom-in-chief.  Supposedly some feminists cringed at the pride Mrs. Obama showed when she described her most important role as mom-in-chief during her DNC speech.  I mean really...what's up with that?  Utter nonsense.  Anyway, the Clutch magazine article concludes that perhaps Mrs. Obama is actually taking a break from her years of hard work.  With her husband gone most of the time, she was effectively a single mother.  What's wrong with relaxing because of having household help?  What's wrong with taking on some worthy causes and bringing the country together?  What's wrong with seizing the opportunity to have her family all together on a regular basis because her husband now has a home office?  What is wrong with the tighter family bond that I am pretty sure they now have because she pressed past her initial concerns and moved the family all together at one time to Washington DC?  Who wouldn't take the opportunity to have such an influence on the world?  Not to mention her favorability rating is much higher than the President's.  To me that is not taking a back seat at all.  She is steering this thing exactly how she where she wants it to go.  It is quite evident that both she and the President are enjoying the ride.

So yeah the next person has big shoes to fill.  Should something out of the ordinary happen and Ann Romney becomes First Lady,  I just simply cannot imagine what the role would look like and what her favorability would be.  For the most part, spouses are well liked because they do not typically say or do things to make them disliked.  With Ann Romney, I cannot say that I do not like her but I do not think she is as gracious politically.  She definitely is not very relatable.  At times she has come across as condescending.  Just yesterday, she scolded fellow republicans.  She said Latinos should get past THEIR biases towards the GOP.  Her infamous you people comment really ruffled feathers.  My favorite was saying "it is our turn" when her husband joked that one of the first things he would say to President Obama during the transition should he win was "start packing."  To me it had an air of entitlement and I was not impressed. Her defending her husband and having his back is theoretically admirable.  However, most spouses including Mrs. Obama do not like the criticism and false characterizations, but they stay out of it.  They see their husbands as political big boys with thick skin.  They can take the hits as well as deliver some punches.  As a result, spouses graciously dodge the political questions asked of them and continue to be liked by the general public.  I think Mrs. Romney would enjoy her role as First Lady but I think she would be a throwback to yesteryear and most Americans will not be endeared to her.  I do not think that the role will seem fun to the American people.

Mrs. Obama has been masterful in letting no one define her. She upholds traditions but seizes opportunities to create her own.  Her role has serious implications but she makes it look fun because she is actually having fun.  I guess that is what I would hope the next First Lady/Man will do...make it her/his own and have a good time.  Even if the next person is successful at this role, it still will not be the same.  Mrs. Obama broke the mold.  No one wants to come behind her.  Not even her husband.  I can't imagine what her successor will feel.  All I know is that I am definitely not itching to find that out.  FOUR MORE YEARS to Mrs. Obama and yeah her husband too.:)


Sep 20, 2012

Forty-seven percent has now joined the American lexicon along with the 99% and the 1%.  Those numbers are no longer mere percentages and statistics.  They are now associated with a group of people.  Unfortunately for Mitt Romney, he has wrongfully characterized the 47% and it could very well be the start of the demise of his campaign.  Normally, I am pretty contextual and I try to hear the heart/intent of what a person is trying to say no matter how inartful.  It drives me crazy when the media and politicians ignore context to make a headline.  Anyway, when Mitt Romney tried to explain the remarks in the context of political strategy, I tried to give him the benefit of the doubt.  All candidates have a political strategy.  They all have to figure out which voting blocs they need to cater to.  Makes sense and from a strategy standpoint solely, I am not offended by his comments.  However, he took it to an offensive level by adding the comments of being victims and forever dependent on government which is highly untrue and speaks to the fact that he is out of touch with how many Americans live.  Add to that the fact that there are poor and government dependent Republicans that are/were planning to vote for Romney.  He may have indeed lost votes because of this statement.  More than anything, it is simply bad strategy and old school thinking.  How are you going to ignore nearly half of the electorate?  This is a close race.  Math would lead me to believe that you go after every vote you can get.  But as former president, Bill Clinton, shared at the DNC Republicans do not seem to be all that sharp with arithmetic .

The 2008 election was a political game changer.  The 2008 Obama campaign was so brilliantly run that it set a standard.  Many lessons were learned and tactics replicated in subsequent campaigns.  That campaign was masterful with the 50-state strategy.  How else could a virtual unknown become president?  Recently I saw the President speak at a rally.  He mentioned how pundits thought he had some other reason for asking Virginians to vote for him in 2008 because there was just no way he would ever win the historically red state.  At the rally, he said it wasn't anything deeper that what it was; he wanted their vote and thus asked for their vote.  And to the shock of the political analysis world, Virginia went blue. Barack Obama had won Virginia among several other "red" states.  Classic case of you have not because you ask not.

What really impressed me about the Obama campaign was the fact they reached out to groups that other campaigns ignored, even the campaigns of other Democrats.  My hometown of Gary, Indiana has it's share of issues.  But it does not mean that the people of GI do not matter. I was already on guard and ready to lump Mr. Obama into the same category as other politicians, none of which in my lifetime every came through my city.  I mean how was a brotha from the south side of Chicago going to ignore his next door neighbor?  Well I was pleasantly surprised that he did not ignore my hometown. And not just my hometown, he played basketball on the campaign trail in another city that I onced lived in.  I actually know people that have gotten to shake the man's hand.  Something I am sure they never once before desired and now something they will likely never forget.  The mere fact that I can say that I have seen the President, First Lady and the Vice President live in person says something.  For me to stand with sheer pride outside the gates of the White House during my first visit to Washington DC says something.  Something that the Romney campaign does not seem to get.  If you engage me (actually engage me and not insult my intelligence as he did at the NAACP convention), I may very well respond in your favor.  Prior to the 2008 election, if you would have said that I would become even the slightest politics junkie, I would have laughed you off.  Clearly that is not the case for me now and it is not the case for alot of people.  Sure not everyone is paying attention, but more than ever before people are paying attention and do not want to be taken for granted nor their vote discounted or suppressed.  They have been awakened to the fact that their vote matters.  For any politician to have not learned that lesson from the 2008 election, in my opinion, does not deserve to be the face of my country because he cannot accurately represent me and millions of other Americans.

Onto the idea behind the title of this particular essay.  One of the most memorable lines of President Obama's 2008 election night speech was him reaching out to those that did not vote for him.  He said he would work to be their president. It was a genuine and heart-felt statement.  Along with many others, I clearly remember him making that statement.  It was the first contrasting comment that I thought of when I learned of the Romney-47% story.  Was it prophetic?  I guess it depends on how you look at it.  Specifically with this story, there is historical record of the President that shows the stark difference between the two candidates.  He did not have to merely respond with an opposing position and now try to work it into his stump.  It is already a part of who he is.  For the Romney campaign's erroneous strategy to be made public and for the President to already have the perfect built-in response top of mind for many people makes me think something greater might be going on.

 



Have you ever heard someone say a person 'Looks like money?' Well, the people on the latest cover of Forbes magazine is exactly what these people are talking about.

Forbes Magazine picked Oprah Winfrey, along with 14 other billionaires, to grace the cover of the magazine in order to spotlight billionaires who give back.

If you combine their net worth, the cover cost 126 billion dollars.


I never thought I would thank God for a hurricane, but I'm going to have to thank the Lord for Hurricane Isaac.

It was because of Hurricane Isaac we weren't forced to watch the video of media whore, Donald Trump, supposedly firing an actor that was portraying President Obama.

The RNC had to scrapped the video because of the cancellation of the first day of the convention.


Watch the video and tell me what you think.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Forensic tests made public Wednesday show that George Zimmerman's was the only DNA that could be identified on the grip of the gun used to fatally shoot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

The results rule out Martin's DNA from being on the gun's grip. Zimmerman's DNA also was identified on the gun's holster, but no determination could be made as to whether Martin's DNA was on the gun's holster, according to the report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting Martin during a confrontation in a gated community in Sanford in February. Zimmerman is pleading not guilty, claiming self-defense.

A delay in Zimmerman's arrest led to nationwide protests.

The question of whose DNA is on the gun and holster could play a role in Zimmerman's defense.
Zimmerman says Martin had been on top of him, slamming his head against the ground and smothering his mouth and nose with his hand and arm when he grabbed his gun from a holster on his waist before Martin could get it. He shot the teenager once in the chest.

Other documents released by prosecutors Wednesday include an interview with the clerk of a convenience store where Martin purchased Skittles and a can of iced tea moments before his confrontation with Zimmerman. The clerk said in the interview, more than a month after Martin was shot, that he didn't remember Martin.

"To be honest, I don't even remember that day," said the clerk, whose name was redacted from the audio interview.

Prosecutors also released hundreds of emails sent to then-Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee whose agency came under fire when Zimmerman wasn't immediately arrested. An email dated more than a week after Martin's death from a resident of the development where Zimmerman was the neighborhood watch leader thanked Lee for attending a recent association meeting. The email's author, Molly Jackson, said in an interview Wednesday that Zimmerman wasn't present at that association meeting.

Sep 18, 2012



Some of you may not have known that former Fugees member, Wyclef Jean, has an autobiography that comes out today entitled, Purpose

Trust me, if you were unaware of this you weren't the only one.  I had absolutely no clue about the book until I read about it yesterday on BlackAmericaWeb.

Honestly, I was trying to figure out what was so interesting about Wyclef’s life that he felt the need to write an autobiography.  I mean ever since the earthquake in Haiti, we really haven’t heard much from him.

So I began to read what was posted about the book to see if there was anything that would remotely be intriguing and of course the first topic that came up is the real reason (or at least according to Wyclef) as to why the Fugees broke up.

So here’s Wyclef’s explanation as to why the Fugees broke up:

Wyclef claims Lauryn tricked him into believing her firstborn son was his, when, in fact, the father was Rohan Marley.

“In that moment something died between us. I was married and Lauryn and I were having an affair, but she led me to believe that the baby was mine, and I couldn’t forgive that,” Jean writes in “Purpose.”
 
Are you serious right now, Wyclef?

So let me get this straight.  You were a married man having unprotected sex with a woman who wasn’t your wife, but yet you can fix your mouth to call the other woman a liar.

I’m confused.  Isn’t that the pot calling the kettle, sir?

So the reason the Fugees broke up is because Lauryn Hill lied to you, but it was okay for you to lie to your wife?  Are you seriously trying to play yourself as the victim in this scenario?  I’m going to have to hit your ass with the, “Negro Please!”

Are you that desperate to sell books that you feel the need to exploit Lauryn Hill in other to make yourself appear as a victim?  I’m sure Lauryn didn’t have to put a gun to your head to make you sleep with her.  You probably were a willing participant in that matter.

So, sir, you can save your revisionist history for someone who actually cares about anything you have to say.

Lauryn Hill never mentions your name, but for some reason you can’t seem to keep her name out your mouth.  That’s very curious to me.

  



Sep 17, 2012





According to Mitt Romney nearly half of the electorate does not pay taxes.  According to Mitt Romney, nearly 1 of every 2 people believe they are victims and thus dependent on the government.  According to Mitt Romney, 47% of the electorate feel entitled to receive government benefits for food and housing.  Why has he said this?  

Apparently, those that are supporters of President Obama do not believe in taking responsibility for themselves and will never be convinced otherwise.  Nearly one in two...so that is alot of people.  Of the pair of two, one is a freeloader and one is not. So which are you? If it is not you, then perhaps it is your friend, neighbor, relative or spouse? If it is not them and not you, then who are these people?  If you do take personal responsibility for your life and make a living for yourself, you could not possibly find a reason to vote for President Obama.  I really want to meet these other people.  For it to be nearly half of the electorate, surely I would know somebody that fits this bill.  But I cannot think of anyone that meets this criteria.  Most of the folks I know plan to vote for the President.  

So I ask the questions again...do you pay taxes? Are you dependent on the government? Are you a freeloader? Do you expect other people to take care of you?  Do you see yourself as a Victim?



Previously, we told you about media mogul, Tyler Perry, going on the 'Tom Joyner Morning Show' to announce that he was cancelling the last leg of his latest tour after bootleggers spiked the ticket prices.

Since the announcement, Perry sent an e-mail to his loyal followers explaining the decision.  Here is what he wrote:

Unfortunately, due to circumstances that I can't control, we've had to cancel this leg of the Madea Gets A Job tour.

Here's why. I set a ticket price for the show starting at $25. The reason I set the price so low is so that everyone could get a chance to come out and see the show. I know how tight things are right now. I GET IT! I do not tour to make a living, I tour because I love staying connected to all of you. I love seeing your faces, hearing you laugh and seeing you enjoy yourselves. It gives me great joy. Even though it's a lot of work, I really don't mind doing it. Because of that, what I do is make sure that the promoter sets a reasonable ticket price and the prices are $25, $45 and $65. Even though I set these prices so that they are affordable, fees are added that are out of my control and the price of the tickets can almost double. Add to that, when you go online looking for tickets, IN LOTS OF CASES, you are being led to a bootlegger and you don't even know it. There are a lot of ticket bootleggers and scalpers that buy lots of shows and sell them to the public for double, sometimes triple the price. I've been dealing with this for years but now with the internet I've never seen it this bad.

Also, there are some horrible people who are pretending to be me or representing me on Facebook and charging people money to do a meet and greet on the tour (I posted a picture below of what they are doing). They are telling people that they are me or working for me and charging them $150 for a meet and greet after the play.  DON'T FALL FOR THIS!! That's not me.

This is so frustrating! Why are people so evil? Why can't people just get legitimate jobs and stop trying to do the wrong thing all the time? If they put the same amount of energy into doing the right thing as they do in doing the wrong thing they could make it. It's so sad.

To all of you who have bought tickets and made plans to be there I am so sorry. I really am but my hands are tied.

This was the last live Madea tour and I'm super sorry that you won't get to see it live. All refunds should be given back to you.

Tyler


A lot has made of the comments that the legendary Harry Belafonte leveled at Beyonce and Jay-Z for their lack of activism on behalf of the community in which they derived.  So loud was the chatter, that Beyonce’s camp felt the need to send a list of all her charitable contributions to the Wall Street Journal in order to defend the singer.
 The response from Beyonce’s camp alone told me that people did not understand what Belafonte was saying in his assertion that the power couple must do more.  Giving money to a few great causes is a wonderful thing, but it doesn’t equate to activism.
What Belafonte is referring to is activism.
He took to the Daily Beast to clarify his statements.  He didn’t back down from what he said, but he broke it down so people could understand the difference between charity and activism.
Here is what he wrote:
At a recent film festival in Locarno, Switzerland, I was asked by the press if I thought that the world was better off today than during the civil-rights revolution of the ‘50s and ‘60s. I responded by saying that there was little doubt that our movement changed the world, as we knew it. Dr. King and the nonviolence revolution altered the global landscape. I told them that in the goals we set for ourselves in our movement, we never lost a battle. Martin Luther King Jr. knew and revered the artist. Even as he enriched our legacy with his own storytelling, he knew and believed that the service rendered by artists was critical to our movement and, among other things, would inspire while filling the well of knowledge needed for the children of generations to come.

The press interviews lingered awhile on questions of artists and activism, and in responding to inquiries I, at one point, identified some of the artists I most admired as activists. Danny Glover, Sean Penn, Mike Farrell, Susan Sarandon, Alfre Woodard, to name but a few. But then the exchange began to focus specifically on high-profile African-American artists. Because they sit at the top of the list, I was asked in particular about Jay-Z and BeyoncĂ©. I made the point that the absence of high-profile blacks in the political struggle concerning the issues of race, poverty, and the disenfranchisement of the poor is disappointingly evident. From the highest pinnacles of Wall Street to the kings and queens of entertainment, to the gods and goddesses of sports, never before at these levels have we boasted such large numbers of black participants. All this at the same time black America is condemned to be the harvest of the largest prison population on the face of the earth, the most destroyed by the diseases of poverty, the most undereducated, the most diminished for lack of self-worth and the most punished by the prejudices of an unworthy justice system. The list goes on.

I have no animus for those who are touched by such heights of fame. I was one of them. But as history has evolved, our individual and collective indifference to the vast suffering of our fellow beings is, for me, unconscionable. The gift of art is a gift of opportunity to change the landscape. Artists can do remarkable things.

Robeson entertained us by inspiring us as all great artists do. With 21st-century technology, we can now reach the farthest regions of human habitation and through our art learn to love the quality and abundance of our diversity. Artists are the gatekeepers of truth and we should keep open its gates forever.



Tyler Perry just went on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and announced that he was canceling the tour of his latest play, ‘Madea Gets a Job.’
The cancellation of the tour is definitely going to come as a big surprise to a lot of people who were looking  forward to seeing another Madea play.
One of the reasons Perry cited for the cancellation was the fact that bootleggers were buying up all the tickets and selling them at a much higher price than he had set.
We’ll update once we learn some more information.

UPDATE:

BlackAmericaWeb has shared some more information as to why Perry brought his new play to a screeching halt.

Here is what was written:

According to Perry, just last night he and his promoter decided to postpone his tour in an effort to stifle bootleggers from tripling the cost of show's tickets.

Exclaiming, "I set the the ticket prices at $25 dollars, $45 dollars, and $65 dollars. Nobody can get tickets for those prices. The bootleggers come they buys the tickets, they mark them up."

Perry expressed his frustration saying, "I don't want people out there spending $150 dollars per ticket, people can't afford it."

The tour has just eight weeks left and Perry says it would have been his final tour, "that’s why I had to postpone the tour until we figure out what to do."

Going on to say, “I’m really, really  upset  about it and very disappointed because there are a lot of people.. who I was looking forward to coming out to see it and this is the last tour I was going to do.”

Sep 16, 2012



How would you respond?

I recently posted a story in which there appeared to be a few churches in the Black community that are telling their congregants not to vote due to Obama's gay marriage stance and Romney's Mormon faith.

I honestly can't think of one scenario in which my pastor would ever fix his mouth to tell his congregation not to vote. In order for him to do such a thing, it would first require a lot of arrogance on his part (in my opinion). It's arrogant for him to assume he has the authority to even tell me what to do with my vote.

Not even my mother can tell me how to vote, so what makes a pastor think he can tell me.

I guess I'm of the adage that if a church tries to control your vote then your at the wrong church.

What do you think?



(AP) -- Some black clergy, seeing no good presidential choice between a Mormon candidate and one who supports gay marriage, are telling their flocks to stay home on Election Day, a worrisome message in a tight race.

The pastors say their congregants are asking how a true Christian could back same-sex marriage, as President Barack Obama did in May. As for Republican Mitt Romney, the first Mormon nominee from a major party, congregants are questioning the theology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its former ban on men of African descent in the priesthood.

There's no question which candidate is expected to win the black vote. In 2008, Obama won 95 percent of black voters and is likely to get an overwhelming majority again. But the nation's first African-American president can't afford to lose any voters from his base.

"When President Obama made the public statement on gay marriage, I think it put a question in our minds as to what direction he's taking the nation," said the Rev. A.R. Bernard, founder of the predominantly African-American Christian Cultural Center in New York. Bernard, whose endorsement is much sought-after in New York and beyond, voted for Obama in 2008. He said he's unsure how he'll vote this year.

It's unclear just how widespread the sentiment is that African-American Christians would be better off not voting at all. Many pastors have said that despite their misgivings about the candidates, blacks have fought too hard for the vote to ever stay away from the polls.

Black church leaders have launched get-out-the-vote efforts on a wide range of issues, including the proliferation of state voter identification laws, which critics say discriminate against minorities. Last Easter Sunday, a month before Obama's gay marriage announcement, the Rev. Jamal-Harrison Bryant of Baltimore formed the Empowerment Network, a national coalition of about 30 denominations working to register congregants and provide them with background on health care, the economy, education and other policy issues.

Yet, Bryant last month told The Washington Informer, an African-American newsweekly, "This is the first time in black church history that I'm aware of that black pastors have encouraged their parishioners not to vote." Bryant, who opposes gay marriage, said the president's position on marriage is "at the heart" of the problem.

Bryant was traveling and could not be reached for additional comment, his spokeswoman said.

The circumstances of the 2012 campaign have led to complex conversations about faith, politics and voting.

The Rev. George Nelson Jr., senior pastor of Grace Fellowship Baptist Church in Brenham, Texas, participated in a conference call with other African-American pastors the day after Obama's announcement during which the ministers resolved to oppose gay marriage. Nelson said Obama's statement had caused a "storm" in the African-American community.

Still, he said "I would never vote for a man like Romney," because Nelson has been taught in the Southern Baptist Convention that Mormonism is a cult.

As recently as the 2008 GOP primaries, the SBC's Baptist Press ran articles calling the LDS church a cult. This year, however, prominent Southern Baptists have discouraged use of the term when addressing theological differences with Mormonism. Many Southern Baptist leaders have emphasized there are no religious obstacles to voting for a Mormon.

Nelson planned to vote and has told others to do the same. He declined to say which candidate he would support.

"Because of those that made sacrifices in days gone by and some greater than others with their lives. It would be totally foolish for me to mention staying away from the polls," he said in an email exchange.

Romney has pledged to uphold conservative positions on social issues, including opposing abortion and gay marriage. But many black pastors worry about his Mormon beliefs. Christians generally do not see Mormonism as part of historic Christianity, although Mormons do.

African-Americans generally still view the church as racist. When LDS leaders lifted the ban on blacks in the priesthood in 1978, church authorities never said why. The Mormon community has grown more diverse, and the church has repeatedly condemned racism. However, while most Christian denominations have publicly repented for past discrimination, Latter-day Saints never formally apologized.

Bernard is among the traditional Christians who voted for Obama in 2008 and are now undecided because of the president's support for gay marriage. But Bernard is also troubled by Romney's faith.

"To say you have a value for human life and exclude African-American human life, that's problematic," Bernard said, about the priesthood ban. "How can I judge the degree to which candidate Romney is going to allow his Mormonism to influence his policies? I don't know. I can't."

Romney said in a 2007 speech that LDS authorities would have no influence on his policies as president. He also said he wept when he learned that the priesthood ban had been abolished because he was anxious for it to be lifted. But that has done little to change perceptions among African-Americans and others.

"Obama was supposed to answer for the things that Rev. Wright said," said the Rev. Floyd James of the Greater Rock Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, at a recent meeting of the historically black National Baptist Convention. "Yet here's a guy (Romney) who was a leader in his own church that has that kind of history, and he isn't held to some kind of account? I have a problem with that."

Obama broke in 2008 with his longtime Chicago pastor, Jeremiah Wright, after videos of his incendiary sermons were broadcast.

Many Democrats and Republicans have argued that Romney's faith should be off limits. The Rev. Derrick Harkins, faith outreach director for the Democratic National Committee, travels around the country speaking to African-American pastors and other clergy. He said concerns over gay marriage have receded as other issues take precedence, and no pastors have raised Mormonism in their conversations with him about the two candidates.

"There's just no space in this campaign for casting aspersions on anyone's faith," Harkins said in a phone interview. "It's not morally upright. It's not ethically appropriate."

The Rev. Howard-John Wesley, who leads the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va., said he is telling his congregants, "Let's not make the election a decision about someone's salvation." Last spring, when it became clear that Romney would be the GOP nominee, congregants starting asking about Mormonism, so Wesley organized a class on the faith. He said congregants ultimately decided that "we could not put Mormons under the boundaries of orthodox Christianity."

But Wesley said, "I don't want Gov. Romney to have to defend the Mormon church, the way President Obama had to defend Jeremiah Wright." Wesley, whose congregation has more than 5,000 members, said he will be voting for Obama.

The Rev. Lin Hill, an associate pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Chesapeake, Va., said in a phone interview that he plans to travel with other local pastors to about 50 congregations over two weeks to hold discussions and distribute voter guides that will include a contrast between historic Christianity and Mormonism, and educate congregants about the former priesthood ban.

Hill is active in his local Democratic Party but said he's acting independently of the campaign. He said Mormon theology becomes relevant when congregants argue that they can't vote for Obama because, as a Christian, he should have opposed gay marriage.

"If you're going to take a tenet of a religion and let that dissuade you from voting, then we have to," discuss Mormon doctrine, Hill said. "We want folks to have a balanced view of both parties, but we can't do that without the facts."

The Rev. Dwight McKissic, a prominent Southern Baptist and black preacher, describes himself as a political independent who didn't support Obama in 2008 because of his position on social issues. McKissic said Obama's support for same-gender marriage "betrayed the Bible and the black church." Around the same time, McKissic was researching Mormonism for a sermon and decided to propose a resolution to the annual Southern Baptist Convention that would have condemned Mormon "racist teachings."

McKissic's Mormon resolution failed.

On Election Day, McKissic said, "I plan to go fishing."

 

Sep 14, 2012


Knighthawk (from left), April Hanson and her husband Harley Hanson, members of the International Keystone Knights Realm of Georgia, perform a traditional Klan salute along the portion of highway they want to adopt allowing them to put up a sign and do litter removal near Blairsville on Sunday, June 10, 2012

(AJC) -- Hoping that every Georgian has the right to free speech – even when it is uncomfortable to some – the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the state on behalf of the Ku Klux Klan.

The Klan is suing the state after it was denied an opportunity to participate in the Adopt-A-Highway program. The group is seeking an injunction that would allow them to participate in the program.

The lawsuit, filed this week in Fulton County Superior Court, argues that the state has “set up criteria for qualification for the Adopt-A-Highway program that are unconstitutionally vague and…have established no process for appeal of denial to an application.”

In June, an application to participate in the program was filed by Harley Hanson, who calls himself the exalted cyclops of the Georgia Realm of the International Keystone Knights of the KKK, and his wife.

The couple had applied on May 21 and were hoping to get a stretch of highway in Union County near the Blue Ridge Mountains. Hanson listed the group’s address in Blairsville, where the road was, but one of the arguments that town officials made is that Hanson actually lived in nearby Morganton, which is in Fannin County.

In rejecting the Klan, which has a history of violence against blacks and minority groups, DOT said the highway cleanup program was open only to “civic-minded organization in good standing.”

Debbie Seagraves, executive director for the ACLU of Georgia, who in June said her organization was considering filing a lawsuit, could not be reached Thursday night. Previously, she told the AJC that while she does not agree with what the KKK stands for, she wants to protect their right to free speech.

The ACLU’s lawsuit might have precedent. In 2005, a federal court ruled that Missouri had no right to ban the KKK from the Adopt-a-Highway program based on the Klan’s political beliefs.

The suit names, among others, the state, the GDOT, Gov. Nathan Deal, Union County and Union County Commissioner Lamar Paris, who at the time said Union County was “fully capable of picking up our own trash.”
DETROIT (AP) – A member of the Winans gospel-music family has been charged with fraud after authorities uncovered a scam involving more than $8 million and bogus oil bonds.

Michael Winans Jr. plans to plead guilty, defense attorney William Hatchett said Thursday.

“My client has told me it is his full intention to repay or somehow put these people back to where they were before they became involved,” Hatchett said.

Winans knew the Saudi Arabian oil bonds weren’t real, but he continued to accept money from more than 1,000 investors in 2007 and 2008, according to a filing this week in Detroit federal court.

He recycled the money among investors, a trait of Ponzi schemes, and also used cash for his personal use, the government said.

Winans is a third-generation member of one of gospel music’s first families. He’s the grandson of Delores “Mom” Winans and David “Pop” Winans Sr., and son of Michael Winans Sr., a member of The Winans, a quartet of brothers. His uncle, Marvin Winans, gave the eulogy at Whitney Houston’s funeral.

Michigan regulators in 2010 said Winans Jr. used connections in Detroit churches to lure investors.

“There are no other members of this great family implicated or involved in any fashion,” Hatchett said. “This is a very difficult time for this very bright and gifted young man. His family stands beside him and they intend to see him through this.”

He said Winans likely would make a court appearance within 10 days.

Sep 13, 2012



ATLANTA (AP) - Florida A&M University's insistence that it is not to blame for a drum major's death during a hazing ritual shows school officials are not taking responsibility for the safety of students, the band member's parents said Thursday.

Pam and Robert Champion Sr. said during a news conference in Atlanta that they were disappointed by court documents filed Monday by FAMU in response to their lawsuit against the school. The university said in its filing that 26-year-old Robert Champion, as a top leader in the band, should have refused to participate in the ritual. The school asked a judge to toss the lawsuit or at least to delay action on it until criminal charges against band members are resolved. Twelve former members have pleaded not guilty to charges of felony hazing.

"As a mother, I have to wonder what kind of people are we entrusting our students to," Pam Champion said. "They clearly didn't care about my son, who thought the world of this school, who would always promote it and talk it up. Robert did all the right things. The school didn't do him right."

Her husband called the school's response a "slap in the face."

"This is an opportunity for the school to say we do have problems and we're going to fix it, but instead they're in denial, so I say FAMU beware," he said.

Robert Champion died in November after he was beaten by fellow members of the famed Marching 100 band aboard a charter bus parked outside an Orlando hotel. The school said in its filing that no public university or college has a duty to protect an adult student from what happens as a result of that person's own decisions to participate in dangerous activities off campus and outside of university-sponsored events.
Chris Chestnut, a lawyer representing the Champions, said the school is refusing to address the root problem.

"FAMU wants to make this about Robert Champion. The Champions have lost their son. This is about the decades of hazing that led up to Robert's death and the decades beyond this point where there's an opportunity for FAMU to rid itself of hazing and still have a very successful band program."

The lawsuit was filed by the Champions, who live in suburban Atlanta. University trustees had discussed trying to mediate the lawsuit, but the school's response this week may have doomed that effort. Chestnut said the lawsuit needs to go forward so the school is held accountable.

"This family is not filing this lawsuit for jackpot justice," Chestnut said. "We're filing this lawsuit for a legacy. Robert Champion can't be a drum major this season. That was taken from him, but he can be a drum major for justice now."

The Champions claim university officials did not take action to stop hazing even though a school dean proposed suspending the band because of hazing three days before their son died. In its response, the university denied that any specific proposal or recommendation was made regarding suspending the band before Champion's death.

The Champion lawsuit also notes that school officials allowed nonstudents to play in the band and asserts that school officials fell short in enforcing anti-hazing policies and did not keep a close eye on band members to prevent hazing.

The university in the last several months has instituted a long list of new policies, including limiting the Marching 100 to just FAMU students and putting in new academic policies. Beginning in spring 2013, students will be required to sign an anti-hazing pledge before they're allowed to register for classes.



Acouple years ago we told you about the gruesome beating that led to the death of 18 year old Bobby Tillman.  The reason the beating was so heinous is because of how random it was.

Tillman did absolutely nothing to instigate the fight, but yet a group of boys decided to jump him and 'stomp the life out of him'.

Well the trial of one of the assailants has come to an end resulting in the jury finding him guilty of malice and felony murder.

Here's how the AJC is reporting the story:

The penalty phase begins Thursday in the death penalty trial of Tracen Franklin, a 20-year-old man convicted of murdering Bobby Tillman two years ago — a crime that drew national attention because of its randomness and viciousness.

The Douglas County jury delivered an unexpectedly speedy verdict Wednesday. Jurors were sent to deliberate around 2:45 p.m., and about an hour later asked the judge to again go over the definitions of malice murder and felony murder, the two charges against Franklin. By 4:30 p.m. they had made a decision: guilty on both counts. They rejected the option of convicting Franklin of the less serious crime of involuntary manslaughter, which carries a punishment of one to 10 years in prison.

So far, two men have been convicted of murdering Tillman — Franklin and Emanuel Boykins, who pleaded guilty last spring to throwing the first punch to avoid a death penalty trial.

Two other suspects, Quantez Devonta Mallory and Horace Damon Coleman, have not yet gone to trial for murder. Douglas District Attorney David McDade is not seeking the death penalty against them.

Franklin was an 18-year-old student at Alabama State University in 2010 when he took part in killing Tillman.

Prosecutors will present evidence Thursday to support their contention that Franklin should be sentenced to death. And Franklin’s attorneys will call witnesses in hopes of persuading the jury to recommend either life with the possibility of parole after at least 30 years in prison or life without parole. source


(Baltimore Sun) -- Morgan State University was placed on emergency lockdown and classes were canceled Wednesday night after a man was shot on campus — the latest in a series of violent incidents that have touched the region's schools this fall.

Many students had just gotten out of class for the day, and others were preparing for evening lectures around 4:15 p.m. when gunfire rang out in Morgan's student center, rattling the Northeast Baltimore campus.
A message sent through Morgan's campus alert system soon aired a warning: "EMERGENCY!!! STAY INDOORS AND AWAY FROM WINDOWS! LOCK DOORS & ONLY OPEN THEM FOR POLICE OR EMERGENCY SERVICES!"

The victim, whom police did not identify, was in critical but stable condition late Wednesday. He was not a student, according to university spokesman Clint Coleman, and officials do not believe the shooter was either. The assailant remained at large.

Nonetheless, many students worried about how the incident would affect Morgan State's reputation. Others worried that the campus is too easily accessible to outside troublemakers.

"I feel like it's a bad look for our school's reputation," said Darius Brock, a freshman civil engineering major from Baltimore who was in his nearby dorm when he received an alert that the campus was on lockdown. "People drive past and all you see are cop lights and reporters, and you know something bad happened."

The shooting comes on the heels of several other school-linked incidents in the area. In one, an Essex middle-schooler allegedly threatened his teacher and other students with a gun. Another saw a Perry Hall High School student shot, allegedly by a fellow student, on the first day of school.

Also Wednesday, a man who had been shot by Baltimore County police fled and was found on the grounds of Catonsville High School.

At Morgan, students said they believed such an incident could happen anywhere, but questioned efforts at the university to improve safety.

"It's nothing new. It's not a cultural shock," said Brandon Parker, a sophomore business major from Baltimore. "They make it seem like they're working towards making our campus better, but nothing ever happens. … Less talk and more action is kind of what I'm speaking for."

Coleman emphasized that the shooting was not a random act, and he said the university took the precaution of "combing every building on campus."

"We believe this young man knew his assailant," Coleman said. "A verbal exchange was heard just before the shooting. We believe this young man was targeted."

Minutes after the shooting, the campus sent out the first in a series of alerts about the violence. An alert posted to the university's website at 5:43 p.m. notified students that classes were canceled.

The lockdown was called off at about 6 p.m., according to campus police, and classes were set to resume Thursday morning.

Morgan's emergency alert system was in the news earlier this year, when some at the university said they were unsure whether the university had properly warned them about an incident involving Alexander Kinyua. Two weeks after an on-campus assault arrest, Kinyua was accused of killing a family friend and eating parts of his body at a Harford County home.

The university did not send out an alert after Kinyua's assault arrest, a decision Police Chief Adrian Wiggins later said was based on the fact that the suspect had been "apprehended in a rather rapid fashion."

Wiggins was recently promoted to the new post of campus chief public safety officer.

Coleman said the victim of Wednesday's shooting was found outside the student center, but offered no further details about why he had been on campus.

Anthony Belton, a junior studying architecture, said he was relieved to find that the shooting was not a random attack. "Otherwise, our sense of safety would be purely limited."

He said he's never felt that the campus was unsafe but is concerned about crime in nearby neighborhoods. Several times a week last year, he said, the university sent out emails alerting students of armed robberies.

"You're never certain who goes here, or who doesn't go here," Brock, the freshman civil engineering student, said. "Anyone can walk into the Morgan bookstore, buy a Morgan hoodie and be on Morgan's campus."
Baltimore City Councilman Robert Curran, who represents the area, went to Morgan's campus after the shooting and met with university President David Wilson and other officials.

"My concern is we have issues with folks coming onto the campus to bring this type of violence," Curran said. "I don't want to see violence from the neighborhoods spill into the school."

Sep 10, 2012


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida A&M University, which has been rocked by a hazing scandal for nearly a year, insists in legal papers filed Monday that it is not to blame for the tragic death last year of drum major Robert Champion.

The university maintained that it was Champion, not the school, who bears the ultimate responsibility for his death. Champion died last November after he was beaten by fellow members of the famed Marching 100 band aboard a charter bus parked outside an Orlando hotel.

The university asserts that the 26-year-old Champion was a top leader in the band and he should have refused to take part in the hazing ritual.

“No public university or college has a legal duty to protect an adult student from the result of their own decision to participate in a dangerous activity while off-campus and after retiring from university-sponsored events,” states the lengthy filing by Richard Mitchell, an attorney with the GrayRobinson law firm hired by FAMU.

Instead, the university maintains that Champion — who it says witnessed others being hazed that night on the bus — consented to the hazing ritual in order to gain respect among fellow band members.

Because of that, FAMU wants a judge to throw out the lawsuit filed against the university by Champion’s family or at least delay action on it until criminal charges against Marching 100 band members are resolved. The family also sued the owner and driver of the charter bus where the ritual took place.

“Under these circumstances, Florida’s taxpayers should not be held financially liable to Mr. Champion’s estate for the ultimate result of his own imprudent, avoidable and tragic decision and death,” states the motion filed by the university.

The legal filing represents the first formal response that the university has made in the wake of Champion’s death, which led to arrests of band members, the suspension of the famed band for this football season and the resignation of the school’s president. Twelve former members have pleaded not guilty to charges of felony hazing.

The suit was brought by Champion’s parents, Robert and Pamela Champion of Decatur, Ga. University trustees had discussed trying to mediate the lawsuit, but FAMU’s response may have doomed that effort.

Chris Chestnut, the attorney representing the Champion family, said the lawsuit needs to go forward so that the university is held accountable for tolerating a culture of hazing that went unchecked for years.

“Someone has got to hold FAMU accountable,” Chestnut said Monday. “We are now more committed than ever to litigate this case to clear Robert’s name and eradicate the culture of hazing for the safety of future students.”

The Champions claim university officials did not take action to stop hazing even though a school dean proposed suspending the band because of hazing three days before their son died. In its response the university denied that any specific proposal or recommendation was made regarding suspending the band prior to Champion’s death.

The Champion lawsuit also noted that school officials allowed nonstudents to play in the band and asserts that school officials fell short in enforcing anti-hazing policies and did not keep a close eye on band members to prevent hazing.

The university in the last several months has instituted a long list of new policies, including limiting the Marching 100 to just FAMU students and putting in new academic policies. Beginning in spring 2013, students will be required to sign an anti-hazing pledge before they’re allowed to register for classes.

The State University System of Florida still has a pending probe into whether university officials had ignored past warnings about problems with hazing at FAMU.

Hundreds of pages of records reviewed earlier this year by the Associated Press showed years of repeated warnings about brutal hazing passed without any serious response from the school’s leadership until Champion died.

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BOSTON (AP) - President Barack Obama squeaked out a fundraising victory over Mitt Romney in August as the candidates gear up for the final stretch of their closely contested campaign.

Obama raised more than $114 million in August, while Romney brought in just over $111 million, according to numbers released early Monday by the rival campaigns. It's the first time in four months the Democrats have outraised the Republicans. And it's a sharp increase for the president, who raised $75 million in July.

Despite Obama's advantage in August, it's the third straight month Romney has collected more than $100 million, and the figure represents his best one-month fundraising total. And Romney has socked away more money for the general election campaign.

The Republican hopeful showed signs of taking a new, more centrist tack toward health care and defense spending as he starts the next leg of his campaign with a Monday rally in Mansfield, Ohio, a pivotal region in a battleground state. Obama, who spent the weekend campaigning in Florida, is scheduled to be at the White House.

After weeks of pushing conservative GOP themes leading up to the party convention in Tampa, Fla., Romney's less partisan tone comes as the race shifts toward the Nov. 6 election, which is expected to be decided in fewer than 10 states where neither Romney nor Obama has a significant advantage.

Romney said in an interview that aired Sunday that he would keep in place elements of the federal health-care law signed by Obama in 2010. On NBC's "Meet the Press," Romney said: "I'm not getting rid of all of health care reform. Of course, there are a number of things that I like in health care reform that I'm going to put in place."

Campaign aides said Romney's endorsement of parts of Obama's Affordable Care Act was consistent with his previous position that those who haven't had a gap in coverage shouldn't be denied coverage.

The comments brought renewed attention to the similarities between the bill Obama signed and the one Romney championed when he was governor of Massachusetts.

Romney aides dismissed the idea that the candidate's comments about the defense cuts or health care were an effort to appear less partisan with the race for undecided voters now under way.

"Repealing Obamacare is a focus because it costs too much and the taxes and regulations are hurting small business. That's common sense," spokesman Kevin Madden said. "Affordability and portability of health care insurance aren't partisan issues."

Romney also faulted congressional Republicans for going along with the White House on a budget deal that has set up automatic spending cuts that include huge reductions in defense spending - a deal his running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, helped steer.

Obama on Sunday focused Floridians' attention on the GOP ticket's stand on Medicare, an issue that's been more favorable to Democrats.

At a rally in Melbourne, Fla., Obama told about 3,000 voters that Romney wants insurers to profit at the expense of working Americans.

"No American should have to spend their golden years at the mercy of insurance companies," he said.
Romney and running mate Paul Ryan support allowing seniors in the future to choose between standard Medicare and a fixed payment to be used to buy private insurance.

After Ohio, Romney is heading to Nevada and Florida later this week. The Romney campaign is airing television advertisements for the first time in Wisconsin this week, hoping to force Obama to play defense in a state Democrats have carried in every election since 1988.

With an eye toward undecided voters dismayed by the lackluster economic recovery, Romney and Ryan faulted Obama for failing to provide the tax relief they say holds the key to the creation of millions of jobs. Romney has pledged to lower tax rates for by 20 percent for all Americans - including the wealthy.

Romney has said he'll pay for those cuts by eliminating loopholes and deductions for higher-income earners. But both Republicans were unyielding in saying that the specifics would come only after the election.

"Mitt Romney and I, based on our experience, think the best way to do this is to show the framework, show the outlines of these plans, and then to work with Congress to do this," Ryan said on ABC's "This Week."
Obama shot back hours later, saying the Republicans' proposals to cut taxes and cut the deficit don't make mathematical sense.

"They need to stay after school. They need to get some extra study hall in there. No recess for you," Obama said.

Early Monday, the Obama campaign released a new web video accusing Romney and Ryan of being evasive in their televised appearances Sunday as to which loopholes and deductions they might close. The pair "refused to name even one tax loophole or deduction" that Romney would close to pay for "his $5 trillion in new tax cuts favoring the wealthiest Americans" for fear of political repercussions, the campaign said.

Obama's campaign said more than 1.1 million people donated to his re-election effort in August, bringing its total number of donors to more than 3 million. The average donation was $58 and 98 percent of those who donated gave $250 or less.

"The key to fighting back against the special interests writing limitless checks to support Mitt Romney is growing our donor base, and we did that substantially in the month of August," said Jim Messina, Obama's campaign spokesman. Obama reversed a three-month trend at the time he needs it most, having spent heavily over the summer on advertising in an attempt to keep Romney at bay.

Romney's campaign did not release its total number of donors in August, but said about 94 percent of its donations came from people who gave $250 or less.

"Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are offering bold solutions to our country's problems. That is why we are seeing such tremendous support from donors across the country," Romney's national finance chairman Spencer Zwick and Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said in a joint statement.
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Associated Press writers Julie Pace in Washington, Jim Kuhnhenn in Melbourne, Fla., and Matthew Daly in Milford, Ohio, contributed to this report.


FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) — If President Barack Obama was looking for a lift in Florida, he got one from Scott Van Duzer.

The 46-year-old, six-foot-three Republican gave Obama a bear hug, raising him off the ground as Obama marveled at the man's strength — and enthusiasm.

Van Duzer owns the Big Apple Pizza and Pasta Italian Restaurant where Obama stopped on Sunday during a Florida bus swing. He also runs a foundation that helps collect blood for the ill; he has received White House commendations for his work.

As he entered, Obama admired Van Duzer's biceps, saying "Look at these guns!"

Said Obama: "The guy's just got a big heart, along with big pecs."

Of his embrace, Van Duzer said: "I was overwhelmed when I saw him."

He said Obama had his vote.

Sep 9, 2012

In what could be considered one of the biggest tennis comebacks this year, Serena Williams some how manage to fight her way back from a break in the final set to beat number one seed Victoria Azarenka during the US Open.

To say it was a thrilling match doesn't even do this match justice. I don't have any nails left after watching this thing. Williams looked more surprised than anyone that she won.

The champion came out in top form during the first set when she won 6-2 but it was the second where her formed completely collapsed. During the third and final set she immediately went own a break. Azarenka was completely in the driver's seat until a late break appeared to knock her off her game. She never recovered.

This is Williams 4th US Open win and 15th major win.