According to the Associated Press, John McCain has decided to suspend his campaign and skip Friday's first presidential debate.
Instead, McCain will go to Washington DC to urge Congress to pass the $700 billion economic bailout package. This morning, McCain called upon Sen. Barack Obama to do the same, saying, "It's time for both parties to come together to solve this problem."
But Obama rejected McCain's request saying he was continuing his campaign and will be at the debate on Friday. Obama appeared to mock McCain when he said a President should be able to do more than one thing at a time.
Referring to the economic crisis as "this mess," Obama said. "This is exactly the time the American people need to hear from the person who in approximately 40 days will be responsible for dealing with this mess.
What I've told the leadership in Congress is that if I can be helpful, then I am prepared to be anywhere, anytime. What I think is important is that we don't suddenly infuse Capitol Hill with presidential politics."
The liberal media is referring to McCain's chess move as "brilliant."
So what's up with Ciara reinventing her style every week? Aren't you supposed to create a new style and stick with it? I'm not feeling the black Goth look, but maybe CiCi thinks she looks like a Super model?
It really doesn't matter what you look like -- the music is the thing. If Ciara doesn't bring it when she drops her new album --- her career is over.
Kids have too many options available to them these days to be wasting their money on garbage.
Anyway, I spotted this video this morning of Ciara steady lying about posing nude for VIBE magazine. Are we still talking about that?
Brad Pitt and his adopted daughter Zahara were seen spending quality time together in Paris, France. Why is everybody in Paris? Anyway, Brad and Zahara visited a toy store together then grabbed a bite to eat at Le Moulin de la Galette in the Montmartre District before leaving Paris in a private jet. C'est la vie!
Wow! It looks like everybody doesn't love Jay Z after all.
Noel gallagher hits back @ Jay-z after Jay-z took a swipe @ him @ Glastonbury! Apparently Noel paid a large amount of money to an un-named UK Rapper to help put the song and video together??? (Video source)
Every now and then I get emails from readers -- some loyal, some not -- claiming to have slept with this rapper or that football player and asking if I want the story.
I'm always quick to say no because I am not interested in spreading childish nonsense. But if I receive an email that sounds credible, my first question is "do you have pictures or evidence?" 99% of the email senders never respond.
This morning I received an email from a loyal reader who asked me to post a link to a story on Necole Bitchie's blog who wrote about receiving a call from the Myspace chick who posted a fake message on her Myspace page that allegedly came from Tiny.
It doesn't take three brain cells to see that the Myspace chick -- who calls herself Jenesia -- is full of sh*t! Anyone who knows Tiny knows that she does not get down like that -- especially with some trifling stalker on Myspace.
Tiny is not familiar with computers and does not update her Myspace page personally. I would name the chick who does update Tiny's page regularly but I choose not to go there.
I am a little surprised that Necole Bitchie and ATLien, who runs Straightfromthea.com, would even waste their time with an obvious stalker who might even be psychotic.
So I responded to my reader telling her that I refused to entertain this bullsh*t since I know Tiny did not write the message to that crazy chick.
Then I read this message on ATLien's blog that was written by this same chick Jenesia who told both Necole and ATLien that "she is NOT T.I.’s jumpoff and has never even met the couple.."
Here is what Jenelia wrote:
It all started when tip and I hooked up when he and tiny seperated a while back. We had a full blown relationship and he pursued me. I way better than her so I guess you could understand his wanting me. Anyways to make a long story short I became pregnant but ultimately had a miscarriage… Shortly after that we parted ways because the stress of it all was too much. That was my first child that I was pregnant with so I was very depressed for a while. After all that went down he got back with Tiny and that’s when she got pregnant with their daughter that she lost back in March of 2007.
Again, Jenelia told both Necole Bitchie and ATLien that she has never met T.I. or Tiny and yet they went ahead and posted an interview with her as if she is credible or legit in any way.
This type of foolishness is why some urban bloggers don't get the respect that we deserve from the mainstream media. It's always good to get hits to your blog. But I prefer to post subjects that bring quality hits to my site because my readers expect nothing less.
Pop legend Madonna lost out to Beyonce for the title of richest female star in America. Only the rock band The Police earned more than Bey, according to Forbes magazine via Entertainment Wise: "The Police grabbed the top spot after pocketing a hefty $115 million over the past 12 months.
Beyonce is next up with her impressive dollar stack of $80 million, compared with Madonna's $40 million earnings."
Forbes probably combined Jay Z's earnings with Beys now that they are man and wife.
Meanwhile, the loons over on the Beyonce board are tearing their hair out at the news that Bey's 2 singles, "If I Were A Boy" and "Single Ladies" will be pushed back until October 14th.
Word is Beyonce wanted to "accommodate" former band mate Michelle Williams whose CD is dropping on October 7 - the day Bey's singles were set to go to radio.
They're saying Beyonce had a "change of heart." But we know better.
We know that Bey just wanted to avoid a repeat of the same severe criticism she received in 2006 when Matthew Knowles rushed her project out on the same day as ex-band member LeToya Luckett.
Thanks to loyal reader -- and former community member -- MunchosGirl, for the tip!
An Atlanta judge has ordered rapper T.I. to pay his baby mama $1,000 more per month than he had already been handing her. He also gets joint custody of his sons Messiah, 8, and Domani, 7.
Last week I received a letter from a woman who said she was Lashon Dixon's friend. She agreed that T.I. gave his sons everything, inlcuding four wheelers, toys and clothing. But she said T.I. kept everything at his mansion for the children's use when they came over.
She claimed Lashon didn't have the means to provide those same luxuries for the boys at her home.
The friend said it was unfair, but I chose not to publish the email because I feel that Lashon needs to get off her ass and get a job in addition to the monies she receives from T.I. every month so she can also provide those things to her children while they are at her home.
This ruling is a victory for all baby daddies everywhere -- regardless of their personal wealth -- who have to deal with trifling baby mamas.
From the Associated Press:
A judge on Tuesday ordered rapper T.I. to pay more child support to the mother of two of his children after she claimed he wasn't providing enough money.
Superior Court Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane told the two-time Grammy winner, whose real name is Clifford Harris, to pay just over $3,000 a month to LaShon Dixon. He had been paying about $2,000 per month.
The judge also said the 27-year-old performer must continue to pay for the boys to attend private school, uninsured medical bills and expenses related to the children's extracurricular activities.
Tipton Lane also awarded the couple on Tuesday joint custody of the boys, ages 7 and 8. Dixon, 28, was granted primary physical custody. The children previously spent about 40 percent of their time with the rapper.
Dixon's attorney, Randy Kessler, said his client is still unsatisfied with the amount the judge ordered T.I. to pay but is happy to receive more child support.
"Every little bit helps," Kessler said. "She was just getting by with the children, while they lived a different life with their father. It can't be complete opposites on the other side."
A paparazzi type gave Janet Jackson a leering side eye at her beau Jermaine Dupri's 36th birthday celebration last night. Jakcosn incurred the pap's wrath when she refused to turn around to accommodate him for a photo. He doesn't know that the Grand Diva Janet Jackson never turns around for anybody making less than $500,000 a year. But she is always ready for her close up.
Janet and Jermaine cuddled in VIP last night while the skeptics ponder how much longer JD will last as Island Def Jam's VP of urban music now that Janet is gone.
Mariah and Usher recently dumped Benny Medina (left) as their manager, but who cares about them? Benny still has the D-VAH Jennifer Lopez who looked FIERCE yesterday while strolling the streets of Milan. Only J-Lo can work a simple scarf and sunglasses to make her plain ensemble look sexy!
Ice T and his silicone babe, CoCo, attended the premiere of the movie "Nights of Rondathe" last night in NYC. Is it just me or does it look like CoCo had a breast reduction?
Solange Knowles looked simply stunning in a black dress and leather sash belt at the Grand Opening of the Giorgio Armani Boutique in Milan, Italy on Monday. By the way, the wig she's wearing formerly belonged to Beyonce. Go 'head Diva!
They're not celebrities, but the students of the University of Arizona show off an oversized Havaianas sandal as part of the Havaianas Color War festivities yesterday. I'm only posting this picture because sometimes when I stick my foot in my mouth, it feels this big.
Magician David Blaine is one of the biggest con artists in America. Every so often he comes up with a daring publicity stunt and suckers the media into publicizing it.
I never pay any attention to his stunts because they are always medically impossible. His stunts are pulled off using smoke and mirrors trickery. They're not even good stunts.
You would think by now the media would know better?
David Blaine is not really hanging upside down for 60 hours, according to FOXNews.com's eyewitness who photographed the magician standing right-side up Tuesday.
The revelation would seem to deflate Blaine's latest stunt, but a representative for the 35-year-old magician said he never intended to stay upside down for 60 consecutive hours.
"About once an hour he has to come down for a medical check, to stretch, and to relieve himself, because even David Blaine can't do that upside down," said Patrick Smith, an executive vice president at Rubenstein Associates. "He has said all along that there will be times when he must get his head above his heart."
Smith continued, "The doctors told him if he doesn't do that, he will die."
So what was the point of all this then? Or am I just missing the point?
According to a Georgia statute regarding "electioneering", it is prohibited to wear a political tee within 150 feet of a polling office. Happy now?
I clearly said in my earlier post that different states had different rules regarding this.
This is no big deal: if you choose to wear your Obama shirt when you go to the polls on Nov. 4, you may or may not have to turn your shirt inside out before casting your vote. The decision rests entirely with the individual poll workers manning the door and whether they are Obama supporters or not.
This has never been an issue in Georgia before -- a few of my friends wore "Vote or Die" tees to the polls in 2004 without incident. This has only become an issue because the leading candidate is biracial.
Ironically, Barack Obama has no chance of winning Georgia anyway. Yesterday, a leading advertising network sent out an email to publishers requesting more impressions for Obama political ads for the month of October.
The email included a list of regions that Obama felt he could win. Georgia is not on that list. The states are listed as follows:
A Georgia man who admitted to being at the scene when a police officer was killed, was given a last minute reprieve by the U.S. Supreme court less than 2 hours before he was to be put to death by lethal injection.
Troy Davis, 39, was a teenager in 1989 when officer Mark MacPhail was shot to death. MacPhail, 27, was working off-duty as a security guard at a Savannah, Georgia bus station when he rushed to the aid of a homeless man who was being pistol-whipped by three individuals.
MacPhail, who is white, was shot and killed when he confronted Davis and his accomplices.
9 witnesses identified Davis as the shooter, but 7 of the 9 witnesses have since recanted or changed their testimony.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu of South Africa, Rev. Al Sharpton, actress Susan Sarandon and Pope Benedict XVI, are among the notables who have appealed on behalf of Davis.
Davis was to be executed tonight at 6 PM. The stay of execution will remain in effect while the court considers Davis' appeal.
Meanwhile, Richard "Ric Ric" Henyard, 34, is scheduled to die in Florida's electric chair tonight for the shooting deaths of two sisters and the rape and robbery of their mother.
Henyard and an accomplice, Alfonza Smalls -- who was 14 at the time -- were convicted of abducting Dorothy Lewis and her daughters, Jamilya Lewis, 7, and Jasmine Lewis, 3, from a Lake County, Florida grocery store parking lot in 1993.
Lewis was raped and shot four times. The girls were each shot in the head when they cried out for their mother. Henyard is scheduled to die at 7 PM.
Lewis is now a Pastor and motivational speaker. She does not plan to attend tonight's execution.
A person calling herself "Natasha" responded today by email to my earlier post about child exploitation on Myspace. I received information that Tasha was the parent of one of the little girls seen cursing excessively in a controversial video uploaded on YouTube, WorldStarHipHop and other video outlets.
Natasha claims to be the child's godmother and denied having any knowledge about the video. She also states her goddaughter's Myspace page -- which was deleted on Friday -- was intended to promote the child's modeling career.
Photos plastered all over the little girl's Myspace page were watermarked with the URL to Natasha's private page. It's ironic that Natasha's page is marked private while the children's pages are accessible to the public.
Does she even understand that Myspace is prohibited to children?
Here's her email:
This natasha and the 7 yr old little girl in the video is my god daughter! We had NO IDEA about the videos!!! That was done by a MINOR and that situation has been taken care of! The kids parents also had NOOO KNOWLEDGE of this video WHAT SO EVER!! I have already emailed you about this once from email address email@example.com. My 7 yr old god daughter HAD a myspace pg to help promote a modeling carreer it is was strictly business nothing more. As for the pictures of the other children I HAVE NO RESPONSIBLITY FOR THAT!! I don't even know how I got connected to that. But I am seeing a lawyer in reference to these false accusations!