Former FEMA Director Michael Brown offered criticism of President Obama’s early responses to Hurricane Sandy yesterday, including a dig at the administration’s response to last month’s attack in Libya. Yesterday, ahead of the storm’s pummeling of the eastern seaboard, Brown gave an interview to the local alternative paper, the Denver Westword, on how he believed the Obama administration was responding to Sandy too quickly and that Obama had spoken to the press about Sandy’s potential effect too early. Brown turned then to a reliable right-wing attack on the President’s response to the attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi that killed four Americans:
Brown is not the only one making the insinuation that Obama and his administration are responding too quickly to Sandy only for political reasons. He’s joined in his accusations by such prominent right-wing commentators as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and columnist Charles Krauthammer. (more…)
Cee Lo Green is maintaining his innocence after a Los Angeles woman filed a police report alleging that “The Voice” mentor and rapper assaulted her. TMZ reports that the unnamed woman filed a report that puts Green (real name: Thomas DeCarlo Callaway) at the center of a sexual battery investigation. Though details are scarce, TMZ says police have visited an L.A. restaurant said to be connected to the case, and have interviewed several employees and the manager.
Green, 38, told TMZ he has not been to the restaurant in three months. “Nothing ever happened there or anywhere else,” said the “F— You” singer, who mentors contestants on NBC’s hit show alongside Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. A source close to Green told TMZ: “I have never seen Cee Lo act in a physical way toward anybody.” No charges have been filed in the case, and it has not yet been referred to prosecutors.
Forecasters say Hurricane Sandy is a rare, hybrid super storm created by an Arctic jet stream from the north wrapping itself around a tropical storm from the south. Jeff Masters, director of meteorology at the Weather Underground, warns that such a “Frankenstorm,” as it is called, is an outgrowth of the extreme weather changes caused by global warming. “When you heat the oceans more, you extend the length of hurricane season,” Masters says. “There’s been ample evidence over the last decade or so that hurricane season is getting longer — it starts earlier, ends later. You’re more likely to get these sort of late October storms now, and you’re more likely to have this sort of situation where a late October storm meets up with a winter low pressure system and gives us this ridiculous combination of a nor’easter and hurricane that comes ashore, bringing all kinds of destruction.” We’re also joined by climate scientist Greg Jones from Southern Oregon University.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPfAvgJLDyA[/youtube]
Rosie Perez tears apart Mitt Romney’s assertion that he’d have a better chance of winning if he were Hispanic.
Or maybe gay and Hispanic…
“Oh my goodness! What if you were just a little bit gay, Mitt? Think of all the advantages that would provide. No! Wait for it! What if you had a vagina? If you were a gay Latina this election would be in the bag for you. Unfortunately for you Mitt, you were cursed with the hard knock life of growing up as the son of a wealthy governor and auto executive
“I thought of the concept in my crib really,” said RZA. ” It was a slang word running around my neighborhood in Stapleton. Olde English was Wu-Tang, you nah mean, Ballantine Ale was Shaolin, you nah mean, and then anything that was fly [we] was like ‘That’s that Wu! That’s that Wu!’”
From there, RZA explained how he strung those concepts together with the crew’s fondness for Japanese movies, particularly Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang in this case, to create the Wu-Tang Clan moniker. “The Wu-Tang was like the sword style, the best sword style, and I’m like your tongue is like a sword. We the Wu-Tang Clan. We the illest MCs.”
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Apple has been granted a patent that would make your smartphone useless when entering an area deemed too sensitive for mobile photo and video.The technology, if implemented, would likely be welcomed by many. It could, for example, be extremely useful to Hollywood executives worried about mobile-savvy bootleggers and teachers concerned about less-than-honest students.
But it also has some darker potential implications. Recent political and populist movements — most notably the Arab Spring — have relied heavily on the power of mobile devices and social media. Disabling protesters’ ability to record police actions or other events would be a powerful controlling force.
And photo and video aren’t the only things that might be restricted. The patent, granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in late August, would force devices to go to sleep entirely after entering certain areas. That means no Twitter, no Facebook, no calling, no texting.
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Robert Kiyosaki, author of the bestselling Rich, Dad, Poor Dad series of financial advice books, is offering his fans yet another lesson in how the rich are different than you and me: they file for bankruptcy not because of ill health or unemployment related issues, but instead as a strategic business move.
Rich Global LLC, one of the corporate arms Kiyosaki has done business under, filed for bankruptcy protection in August, after it was ordered to pay just under $24 million to the Learning Annex and its chairman Bill Zanker.
Kiyosaki was one of the small-time wealth guru mountebanks who made it to the big-time in the aughts by telling his forever falling behind audience that they could get ahead, they just had not learned how. The shtick behind the Rich Dad books was that Kiyosaki was sharing secret money-making strategies of the wealthy with his wage slave readers. The tips ran the gamut from ridiculous to illegal and downright hurtful and included advocating for insider trading, arguing for the purchase of multiple real estate properties with little or no money down and telling followers they could purchase stocks on margin via unfunded brokerage accounts. (more…)
A shocking audio recording shows NYPD officers callingan African-American teenager a “fucking mutt,” and threatening him with repeated violence during a stop-and-frisk of the 16-year-old Harlem student.
The profanity-laced clip, obtained by The Nation, exposes the racist behavior and violent predisposition by the three plainclothes officers who stopped the student, named Alvin, simply because he “kept looking back” at them. (more…)