Barack Obama attempted to quiet the swell of criticism about his open borders policy by diminishing the worldwide concern about a new strain of swine flu coming out of Mexico. Obama states the swine flu hysteria that’s sweeping the nation is “not a cause for alarm.” What is wrong with him?
Although swine flu has been around for decades, this is a deadly new strain of the virus that this country has not seen before. What part of ‘deadly’ is he not understanding?
This virus has been known to kill healthy people within 24 hours. The new strain has already caused over 1,600 infections and 68 deaths in Mexico. New cases are sprouting up in the United States and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has matched the strain to the one in Mexico.
If that’s not a cause for alarm then I don’t know what is. Why doesn’t Obama just step down now since he is clearly in over his head?
President Barack Obama said Monday that the threat of spreading swine flu infections is a cause for concern but “not a cause for alarm” as the United States undertook close border monitoring to contain it.
“The Department of Health and Human Services has declared a Public Health Emergency as a precautionary tool to ensure that we have the resources we need at our disposal to respond quickly and effectively,” Obama told a gathering of scientists, amid increasing worries worldwide about a possible pandemic.
The quickening pace of developments in the United States in response to some 1,600 swine flu infections in neighboring Mexico was accompanied by a host of varying responses around the world. The European Union advised against nonessential travel to the United States and Mexico, China, Taiwan and Russia considered quarantines and several Asian countries scrutinized visitors arriving at their airports.
Thanks to loyal reader Christine for sending this link to a review for Beyonce’s movie “Obsessed” which opened nationally in theaters this weekend. I went to see “American Violet” at Atlantic Station last night and I didn’t see anyone going to see “Obsessed”. The theater staff I spoke with blamed the lack of interest in the movie on Beyonce — despite the fact that critics say actor Idris Elba shines in the movie.
Beyoncé Knowles is standing tall at the top of the US box office but her plans to become a giant of the big screen have been blasted as a joke by critics. Knowles latest on screen efforts took a pummelling from naysayers despite her stalking thriller Obsessed amassing an impressive £19.6million ($28.5m) at the weekend. The singer was blasted ‘laughable’, after her flick was dubbed a b-rate re-run of 1987’s Fatal Attraction. One acid-tongued reviewer said: ”Obsessed’ is your typical stalker thriller, but is horrifically written and terribly overacted. Beyonce Knowles’ performance is completely laughable.’
Another stepped up to put in the blows, telling: ‘It’s doubtful that ‘Obsessed’ will stick in the popular imagination for more than two weeks, because the movie is borderline ludicrous.’ The floundering Destiny’s Child singer, 27, plays the wife of a successful asset manager who has just received a promotion. But things go horribly wrong when a temp work turns on the screws and starts stalking him.
Easter crash survivor Tracie Johnson, above left, poses in a portrait with her husband Morris Johnson Jr, her son Morris II, and her daughter Morgan who was killed in the Easter SUnday crash. Morgan’s brother Morris II was in another car and witnessed the accident that killed his sister and injured his mom.
It was a beautiful spring afternoon, and Tracie Johnson was cruising home from church in her pastor’s Volkswagen Beetle. She was driving the car home for him as a favor, her 6-year-old daughter Morgan in the back seat. Her husband and son were ahead of her in the family’s SUV. They were looking forward to Easter dinner. They were almost home.
In the opposite lane on Camp Creek Parkway was a Mercedes-Benz 320 carrying a family the Johnsons had briefly met at a birthday party months before. Speeding alongside the Mercedes, police say, was a BMW driven by a young woman on an errand to pick up ice cream and cake.
Their three paths crossed violently about 1:30 p.m. on April 12. The fiery crash left Johnson the sole survivor of the two cars that collided head-on and led to an intense 10-day search for the BMW driver, who left the scene.
On Monday, Tracie Johnson will be hoisted into a makeshift hospital bed and join her husband Morris Johnson II and their 11-year-old son, Morris III, at an East Point church to bid farewell to Morgan, whom family members called “Princess.”
The four passengers in the Mercedes, Robert and Delisia Carter and their two children, were buried a week ago. Aimee Michael, 22, who police say was the driver of the BMW, was arrested last week and remains in jail, facing five counts of vehicular homicide.
The Johnsons recalled the crash Friday afternoon in Tracie’s room at Grady Memorial Hospital. She had just finished a therapy session on her two broken legs and managed to smile while summoning nurses to bring pain medication. The fractured bones have required surgically implanted rods. Her hip has a pin. Her heel is fractured. Her collarbone broken. A smiley face balloon and one wishing “Get Well” floated behind her bed. READ MORE…
J. Cain emailed me on Thursday to say Q Da Kid reached out to her by phone and text regarding the debt he owes her. Since I haven’t heard anything else from her I am going to consider this matter resolved.
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I visit your page everyday and I am impressed with the information that you provide daily. I have been having problems with a new artist out of Atlanta and I would really like him to know that I mean business. Anyhow, back in February there was a posting on craigslist.com a car that I was very interested in. So I called the number and the guy on the other end seemed very cool and was willing to bring me the car so that I could see it. I mean hands down, dude was cool as hell! Well….I went on and purchased the car, however, the car wasn’t paid for when I bought it.
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Rapper-turned-DJ-turned celebrity photographer DJ D-Nice just posted this on his Twitter page. Obviously D-Nice thinks Luda could be legendary crooner Lionel Richie’s spawn. Come on Luda, you know this is funny!
Hospitalized late night TV host Jay Leno is recovering from a severe bout of dehydration, according to People magazine online. I’m wondering what the underlying cause of Leno’s dehydration is? We know why socialite Nicole Richie fell ill from dehydration: because she was so damn skinny. But that’s obviously not Leno’s problem.
Signs and symptoms of dehydration include dry mouth, muscle cramps, nausea & vomiting and lightheadedness. The symptoms can quickly progress to weakness, confusion, coma and cardiac arrest if the condition is not treated.
The Tonight Show host is hoping to leave the hospital Friday after he was admitted for observation for an apparent case of dehydration, his rep tells PEOPLE.
The late-night funnyman, 58, started feeling badly Thursday morning and was taken to Providence Saint Joseph’s Medical Center, located adjacent to NBC’s studios where The Tonight Show tapes. The show was canceled, as was Friday’s taping.
“I think that he’s going home [Friday],” the rep says. “They had him overnight. It was for observation. It was symptomatic of nothing serious. I think it was a dehydration.” READ MORE…
R&B singer Usher has joined the fight against the spread of malaria in Africa. Usher signed on to fight malaria in Africa by teaming up with the United Nations Foundation to launch the Nothing But Nets campaign. Actor Ashton Kutcher brought attention to the Nothing But Nets campaign with his highly publicized race against CNN for 1,000,000 Twitter followers.
The Nothing But Nets campaign hopes to raise enough money to purchase nets to help prevent African children from catching the deadly disease, which is spread by mosquito bites. The Foundation also hopes to encourage underprivileged youths to take part in this global effort.
“I am proud to be a part of an exciting partnership with the United Nations Foundation and its Nothing But Nets campaign. This initiative sends an important message: youth, regardless of their backgrounds, can make a difference in this world by taking action through service to save lives. Anyone can make a difference. All it takes is $10 to send a net and save a life.”
The Huffington Post, that left wing emissary of Obama’s Hope and Change socialist agenda, has finally stopped drinking the kool-Aid! Apparently, this HuffPo writer is furious at the thought that one of Obama’s ridiculous anti-American policies might actually affect him one day in the event that he’s ever arrested. *snort*
The Obama administration is asking the Supreme Court to overrule long-standing law that stops police from initiating questions unless a defendant’s lawyer is present, another stark example of the White House seeking to limit rather than expand rights.
The administration’s action _ and several others _ have disappointed civil rights and civil liberties groups that expected President Barack Obama to reverse the policies of his Republican predecessor, George W. Bush, after the Democrat’s call for change during the 2008 campaign. READ MORE…
Not surprisingly, Barack Obama received an F grade for his first 100 days in office from 40% of 2.7 million voters participating in a MSNBC poll. I realize this is monotonous, but I feel it is worth repeating that Obama campaigned on a platform of lies by promising to bring Change to Washington D.C. He has not fulfilled any of his promises. Instead of bailing out hard working Americans who put him in office, he bailed out greedy bankers and corporations that didn’t even need the money.
I wish this was a sick joke but it isn’t. Hopefully none of you are surprised by any of this. A lot of us saw this coming but we thought Obama would wait until at least 2011 to make his move. But I guess his overseers in the middle east are in a hurry to set up camp right here in the U.S. with the full blessings of our government. Anyway, expect more terrorists to begin moving into a neighborhood near you.
The Obama administration is preparing to admit into the United States as many as seven Chinese Muslims who have been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay in the first release of any of the detainees into this country, according to current and former U.S. officials.
Their release is seen as a crucial step to plans, announced by President Obama during his first week in office, to close the prison and relocate the detainees. Administration officials also believe that settling some of them in American communities will set an example, helping to persuade other nations to accept Guantanamo detainees too…
Officials have not said where in the United States they might live. But many Uighur immigrants from China live in Washington’s Virginia suburbs, and advocates have urged that the detainees be resettled near people who speak their language and are familiar with their customs.
I honestly don’t know why people are making such a big deal out of British singer Susan Boyle’s singing voice. Any opera singer can do cartwheels around her. I’m getting tired of seeing this lady on my favorite right wing conservative shows like The O’Reilly Factor. Anyway, the 48-year-old British school teacher caved in to the pressure from Simon Cowell and ’em and got herself a stylish makeover with a new blunt haircut and brand name clothes. Too bad she didn’t tell Simon to kiss her arse and accept her the way she is.
First Lady Michelle Obama wore a cute J Crew cardigan sweater with black slacks as she spoke to children during the “Take Your Child to Work Day” event at the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC yesterday. I love that sweater with the argyle pattern contrasted by sequins and solid block colors. It’s different and not too trendy.
I do believe the White House has seen more kids in the past 100 days than ever before in its storied history. Dealing with a bunch of screaming kids that’s not yours can wear a sista out. And just think: she’s doing it without a court order.
Mrs. Obama could be out shopping or ordering her staff around like I’d be doing if I were her. If anything, she has helped to boost student interest in visiting the stale old White House.
Off topic: doesn’t Mrs. Obama seem to glow when He’s not around?
Rapper Nas was feeling the love last night at the exclusive Secret Society party at an undisclosed location in Atlanta. Alex Gidewon of AG Entertainment (wearing black ball cap) envisioned a spot off the beaten path where his celebrity friends and VIPs could chill in a relaxed atmosphere, while still getting their networking on. Last night’s party was hosted by rapper Nas. Special thanks to Prince Williams of ATLPICS.net for the exclusive pics!
Celebrity stylist Tameka Raymond (Swanky Image Group) and her BFF, socialite Eboni Elektra (3 Brown Girls). Some of you may be wondering why Tameka doesn’t party with her hubby Usher. I think that’s some kind of Southern tradition. Here in Atlanta, wives don’t generally attend the same nightclubs as their husbands. The wives go out with their girls and husbands go clubbing with their boys. It’s different when it’s a major event.
Nicole Johnson (3 Brown Girls) with super producer Jazze Pha
Jazze Pheezy with Keyshia Cole’s manager Manny Halley (right)
R&B crooner Trey Songz and a guest
Tameka Raymond and rapper Fabolous partied hard (but not together)
L to R: DJ Baby Yu, Alex Gidewon and Sean “The Pen” Garrett