Last week, presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama launched a 'Truth Squad' in Missouri asking Missouri law enforcement to target anyone who lies or runs a misleading TV ad during the presidential campaign."
When I saw this video last week on The Huffington Post, I thought it was a joke. I assumed it was an SNL type parody and I kept waiting for the punch line -- only, it never came.
In an earlier post, I told you that Obama's camp reached out to TV stations in Ohio and Pennsylvania to block the airing of a National Rifle Association ad.
With this latest move, Obama takes us closer to an Orwellian society and gives new meaning to the words 'BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU.'
As if being raped wasn't bad enough, a shameless aide in Barack Obama's camp searched for a rape victim to appear in a political ad.
According to Politico.com, Kiersten Steward, director of public policy at the Family Violence Prevention Fund, was approached by the campaign staffer to serve as the go between for the campaign and rape victims.
"Obviously, this is a big ask and I haven’t seen a script but presumably it will be a brief 'this is what happened to me, we need someone who will fight for women like me, these are the guys to do it,'" Steward wrote in a Sept. 15 e-mail. "Again, that’s just my assumption, given how these things usually go."
Steward said the Obama campaign would have a crew in Washington and was hoping to film that week.
But one rape victim in Virginia declined to appear in the ad.
Mikele Shelton-Knight said in an interview that she was glad the Obama campaign was seeking to highlight the issue.
"The more discussion about this the better," said Shelton-Knight, a full-time victims advocate in the Richmond area.
While she wasn't told about the specifics of the ad, Shelton-Knight said she thought that the ad might be about an obscure law in Wasilla, Alaska, that charged rape victims for their own exams.
But as Shelton-Knight pointed out, the law was on the books before Sarah Palin became mayor of the small city and the law was voted off the books in 2000.
The ad was never filmed probably because Obama's camp couldn't find a "rape victim" who wanted to go on camera to speak about her harrowing experience to millions of people.
I'm still surprised that anyone in that camp was that insensitive to make such a request of a rape victim especially since many states right here in this country still charge victims for the cost of the rape kit exam.
It wasn't until exhaustive lobbying by Shelton-Knight and others that Virginia localities finally agreed to absorbed the cost of the exams last year. (Source)
In addition to T.I.'s Paper Trail, newly engaged singer and actress Jennifer Hudson's self-titled debut album drops tomorrow. Will you go out and get it? Hudson is in the midst of a tour to promote her new album. This explains why she was snapped around 3 AM this morning at JFK airport before she could put her face on. Note to celebrities: the paparazzi lives at JFK airport. Always have your face on and be "close up" ready!
I'm amazed. Britney Spears looks better than she has in years! Someone at the label must have told her that if she didn't clean up her act, she would be dropped faster than Janet Jackson. Britney's comeback single "Womanizer" was leaked four days before it was to go to radio.
Justin Timberlake must be thinking, 'Can't a man press his girl up against the wall without paparazzi's killing the moment?' Timberlake and actress Jessica Biel are vacationing in Rome.
Despite arm twisting by president George Bush and others, Bush's $700 billion bailout plan went down in flames today.
Senate majority whip (Republican) Eric Cantor blamed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's speech for the rejection of the bill. "This is not a partisan crisis, this is an economic crisis," he said in a press conference following the vote.
Cantor noted that 92 Democrats voted against the bill following Pelosi's speech blaming the Bush administration for the current economic crisis and for not protecting the middle class who lost their homes, savings, pensions and their retirement.
Cantor called Pelosi's words "inappropriate". Bush is determined to get the bill passed to rescue his friends and their companies before he leaves office.
Bush claims if the bill doesn't pass, the economy will collapse. But he's not talking about "our" economy, he's referring to "their" economy.
This time "they" will be affected instead of "us" and it feels good.
In truth, the working class won't feel the pinch as much as Bush and his millionaire friends who caused millions of people to lose their homes, pensions, mom and pop stores and savings.
Upon news of the bill rejection, the Dow dropped over 700 points but rebounded 200 points.
No matter where T.I. goes, his woman Tiny is always by his side. In return for her loyalty and love, T.I. rewards his wifey with every designer bag her heart desires. There was even a time when T.I. personally picked out bags at Lenox mall's Louis Vuitton store for Tiny.
No matter the occasion, Tiny is always impeccably and fashionably dressed to impress from head to toe!
Tiny wore this purple and black Herve Leger bandage dress to T.I.'s much-talked-about 'Suited and Booted' birthday bash at the Biltmore hotel on Saturday night. The dress retails for $1,490.00. The silver metallic bag and shoes are by Chanel and the bag alone retails for $3,000.
NBA star Dwyane Wade, 26, has finally spoken out about his impending divorce from wife Siohvaughn, 27.
The former Siohvaughn Funches was Wade's high school sweetheart and the only serious girlfriend he ever had -- until now. Wade and Siohvaughn have two sons: Zaire Blessing Dwyane Wade, 6, and Zion Malachi Airamis Wade, 1.
Siohvaughn found out the hard way that it's hard for a brotha to stay faithful to his wife while on the road with so many groupies lurking in the cut waiting for that team bus to pull up to the hotel.
Since divorce proceedings were filed last year, Wade has been linked to tennis star Serena Williams, reality show star Vanessa Simmons and (who else?) Gabrielle Union:
"I keep my personal life my personal life. You try to keep it as private as you can. When things leak out, it’s not always the truth. Some is. All you can do is continue being who you are. A lot of things have come out about me, and people are going to think what they want to think. But at the end of the day, no one knows what’s happened in my life to get to the point where me and my wife, our family, not being together.
When the time comes, I will make one statement and that’s it. Like anyone else, I want my privacy respected. Let people say what they want to say about me. I hear it. I get mad about it. But it doesn’t get me down. It adds fuel to the fire." (Source)