According to market analysts, the markets are getting worse as Sen. Barack Obama’s lead widens in the polls.

Most investors know the devil is in the details – and the details of Obama’s economic plans are anything but reassuring.

The country is headed for recession; the only question is: Just how low can the markets and economy go?

It could be a lot lower – it all depends on the policies of the next president.

And, as it looks increasingly likely that Obama will be that man, the markets are casting a vote of “no confidence.”

At least one top Wall Street executive, an Obama supporter from the start of his campaign, has recently urged Obama to rethink his tax plan – and that was before last week’s record losses on the Dow.

But if Obama is rethinking [his tax plan], he’s not saying. As his running mate, Joe Biden tells us that it’s patriotic to pay higher taxes, Obama remains committed to squeezing businesses even if the recession grows. (Source)

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As part of T.I.’s deal with the feds, he taped a public service announcement to encourage Atlanta residents to call police when they see crime happening.

T.I. will surely face resistance from the hard heads within the hip hop community who shrink from snitching. But kudos to T.I. for defying the ignorance and stepping up to help reclaim our community.

Yesterday, T.I. was spotted out & about in West Hollywood with his federal monitor (behind him), and rapper C Rod (is he still rapping?) on the right. T.I. is currently filming the movie Bone Deep out in LA where he has a home.

The Grand Hustle Films production hits theaters in January 2010.

All I know about today’s Morning Wood, Marcus Hill, is he is the favorite male model of one of my loyal readers. She is obsessed with him though I can’t see why. She has hounded me for weeks to post his pics. I’m assuming she’s married since she begged me not to reveal her name. 🙂

Here are Marcus’ stats:

    Height 6’1″
    Suit 40″
    Neck 15.5″
    Waist 32″
    Shoe 12
    Hair Black
    Eyes Brown

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Rapper 50 Cent was among the stars paying homage to the veterans at the CNN & MTV Present A Night For Vets: An MTV Concert For The BRAVE held last night in NYC. 50’s longtime girlfriend, who shall not be named, was also there. I’m only pointing that out so you know this is the 2nd straight event the couple have attended together. Also performing were Ne-Yo, Ludacris and Eve.

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Yesterday I told you that the ratings for Bravo’s ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ had doubled over two weeks. Well, much of the show’s success has to do with the main protagonists Sheree Whitfield and Nene Leakes.

But Kim Zolciak, who was added to the cast at the last minute to attract white viewers to the show, is emerging as the most likable cast member of the scripted show. even dedicated a post to Kim yesterday. All was good until Tuesday night’s episode when Kim mentioned she was 29.

A chorus of Oh, Hell naw’s rose up from message boards and blogs everywhere. It seemed no one believed Kim could be 29 years old.

So Style Razzi, a valued member of our community who normally writes about fashion trends on her blog, did a little investigative work and came up with a court document to prove Kim really is 29 as she claims.

She also learned that Kim is Hispanic — not white, which changes the dynamics of the relationships on the show a little bit.

But Razzi didn’t stop there. She also researched the average home prices of the gated community where Kim lives. A townhouse similar to Kim’s, with an elevator(!) is listed at $499,900! So Kim really is ballin’ out of control!

If you wish to speculate on the identity of “Big Poppa”, please do so on another blog and not here. Note to attorneys: I am not responsible for the content in my comment sections.

Photo of Kim by Freddy O

On November 28, 1987, Tawana Brawley, 15, was found wrapped in a garbage bag behind an apartment building in Wappinger Falls, NY. The teen, who had been missing for four days, was barely conscious. Her clothes were torn and burned, and her face and body smeared with excrement.

Emergency room doctors found racial slurs written on her body. When Brawley regained consciousness, she had a story to tell.

She said three men, including a uniformed police officer, took turns raping and beating her. But there were no bruises or abrasions on her face and body. A forensic rape kit found no evidence of rape.

Over the next few days, Brawley’s story changed. She could provide no descriptions of the men other than they were white and one was a police officer. Her story fell apart when a witness came forward to say she saw Brawley climb into the garbage bag and lay still on the cold ground.

The media, which at first was sympathetic, began to turn on her. The Rev. Al Sharpton and other black leaders pledged their support and advised Brawley to stop talking to the media. Her claims made headlines around the country.

In October 1988, a grand jury concluded Brawley was lying.

Twenty years later, on October 22, 2008, Ashley Todd, a McCain volunteer claimed she was attacked by a knife wielding “Obama supporter” as she stood at a bank ATM machine.

Todd claims her assailant was a 6-foot-4-inch man who jumped her when he spotted a McCain bumper sticker on her car. The man allegedly punched and kicked the 20-year-old before carving the letter ‘B’ in her right cheek with a knife.

She claims the thug robbed her of $60. She couldn’t provide a description of the man or the direction he ran off in.

Police say Todd waited until the next day to report the beating and robbery.

A photo of the “victim” shows what appears to be two black eyes. We don’t know the true extent of her injuries because Todd refused medical treatment.

There is no swelling around her eyes and the whites of her eyes are clear. The ‘B’ is backwards — the way it would look if she carved the ‘B’ on her own face while looking in a mirror.

All signs point to another Tawana Brawley like hoax. But the media storm is already gathering strength and the satellite TV trucks have been dispatched.

Oh, and McCain and Palin have already called Todd to pledge their support.

I really don’t care who Lil’ Wayne knocked up. I’m trying not to visualize anyone sleeping with it. But apparently, a few blogs posted pics of the wrong chick today. Their hearts were in the right place though.

Leave it to Miss Info to get the real deal:

lol, I’ve seen quite a few photos of the mother of the future Tiger Woods of rap (not necessarily skill-wise, but cabalinasian-wise)…..and yes I know some folks think all Asians look alike, but some of those photos I’m getting in my email are of models from his videos etc.

Thanks to a savvy, connected reader… is a real photo of Sarah. She’s very pretty and surprisingly un-glammed over for a rap star baby mama ; )

Thanks to loyal reader Nee for the tip!

Ryan Cameron’s voice is known throughout Atlanta. He is touted as the number one, afternoon, drive-time host on the People’s Station, V-103. Ryan’s voice resonates over the airwaves but speaks volumes in the community through his charitable organization, The Ryan Cameron Foundation.

On Saturday November 1, 2008 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., families are encouraged to join Ryan Cameron at the Gallery At South DeKalb for a day of health screenings, medical seminars, celebrity food demonstrations and much more.

Although the general goal of this event is to empower the entire family with information and resources regarding healthcare issues, the primary focus is to teach our youth how to make healthy choices that will ultimately influence their quality of life.

Free Screening and Testing for the following will be provided:

  • Diabetes and Sickle Cell
  • Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • BMI (Body Mass Index)
  • Blood Glucose
  • Asthma
  • Vision
  • Dental

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