I know you’re tired of hearing rapper Drake deny this lame rumor for the 20th time. But Drake obviously needs to keep this rumor going since he senses his 15 minutes are winding down. No wonder Rihanna doesn’t want to do a duet with him.

From ContactMusic (LOL @ “rap sensation”):

Rap sensation Drake has laughed off reports of a romance with single singer Rihanna – insisting their collaboration is strictly professional. The chart-topping pair prompted rumours of a relationship after they were spotted out and about in New York together, in the aftermath of Rihanna’s split from Chris Brown.

But Drake – real name Aubrey Graham – insists they’ve been spending time together, while he tries to convince the Umbrella hitmaker to record a duet for his next album. He tells the New York Post, “We’re just really good friends. We have great conversations about music, and we’re trying to figure out the perfect song we can collaborate on for my album.
“I’ve only worked with one other female before (Mary J Blige). I hope that Rihanna is onboard, and I’m also looking to work with Sade.”

:yawn:

This is the second time in less than a year that Dan and Alyssa Kopp’s Grant Park home has been broken into. Both times the break-ins were caught on video and uploaded to YouTube by the couple.

The first case, back in October, was solved quickly after a tipster called police to say they recognized the thugs who were busy unloading the Kopp’s widescreen TV at a home. The stolen booty, including a laptop, were recovered.

The latest break-in occurred on August 28. But this time the Kopps had even more surveillance cameras installed in their Broyles Street home. Same scenario, different burglars. Just after 5 p.m. on Friday, the four thugs can be seen on surveillance video arriving in a black Nissan Armada (likely a stolen vehicle).

One thug wearing a green t-shirt and green shorts exits the vehicle, approaches the Kopp’s front door and rings the doorbell several times. Another thug wearing a white tee and blue jeans then exits the truck and rings the doorbell again. Satisfied that there is no one home, the thugs drive around to the back of the home and four men can be seen exiting the truck. All four idiots are seen at the back door pulling their skinny jeans up while a Lil Wayne look-a-like wearing a white tee, jeans and a bandana on his head kicks in the back door in full view of neighbors.

Once inside, the gang spreads out looking for something light to pawn. A thief in a black t-shirt and jeans throws a stool at the couple’s barking dog before the gang leaves with just a laptop. Ironically, the same laptop was stolen in the previous burglary. The thieves in the first robbery are only now being prosecuted for the October 2008 break-in.

The Kopps are at a loss to explain why thieves keep targeting their home. “That’s the million-dollar question,” Alyssa Kopp said. “We have a fence, a dog, surveillance cameras and a security system. But I guess there’s always so much more you can do.”

“It’s doubly frustrating knowing how not cut-and-dry the first case is going through the court system,” she said. “So even if these guys are caught, it’s just the beginning.”

Source

In the past, Barack Obama’s absence from the White House has helped raise his approval ratings slightly. But his latest extended vacation hasn’t helped his approval ratings at all. The way things are going, his next vacation, which begins on Wednesday and ends on Monday, won’t do much to lift his ratings out of the cellar either. Maybe it would help if Obama extended his vacation through September?

From Hot Air blog:

If Barack Obama hoped to gain some breathing room with his vacation, or perhaps even pick up some sympathetic vibe for eulogizing Ted Kennedy on Friday, Rasmussen’s latest poll shows that nothing has changed in the direction of his approval ratings. With one of the three days in Rasmussen’s presidential tracking poll after the wake, Obama has hit his highest level of strong disapproval yet, at 42%. The “passion index” has now hit -10 — not the worst of his term thus far, but certainly not good.

A new bill being drafted behind closed doors will give absolute power to Obama to disconnect any private sector computer networks if he deems them a threat to cybersecurity.

In fact, the requirements in the bill giving Obama power to disconnect networks from the Internet are deliberately vague. The 55-page bill drafted by aides to Sen. Jay Rockefeller (a Democrat from W. Virginia) gives Obama the power to seize control of private sector networks and “declare a cybersecurity emergency” relating to “non-governmental” computer networks.

Despite the fact those networks are not connected to — and therefore pose no threat to government systems, Obama will still have the power to disrupt the networks to do whatever is necessary to respond to the perceived threat.

The new version of the bill includes a federal certification program for “cybersecurity professionals,” and a requirement that certain private sector companies deemed to be critical will undergo “periodic mapping” and those companies “shall share” requested information with the federal government. Those companies would then be under the control of those “cybersecurity professionals” who answer to Obama.

Translation: If your company is deemed “critical,” a new set of regulations kick in involving who you can hire, what information you must disclose, and when the government would exercise control over your computers or network. Source

Understandably, the implications behind that language is a cause for concern to telecommunications companies like Verizon and Nortel, among others. “I think the redraft, while improved, remains troubling due to its vagueness,” said Larry Clinton, president of the Internet Security Alliance, which represents the telecommunications companies. “It is unclear what authority Sen. Rockefeller thinks is necessary over the private sector. Unless this is clarified, we cannot properly analyze, let alone support the bill.”

The L.A. County coroner, in typical Hollywood dramatic fashion, has finally released the cause of Michael Jackson’s death. The actual report itself has still not been released, but the cause of death is due to an overdose of the sedative Propofol used in the induction of anesthesia, and acute benzodiapine intoxication, including Valium, Ativan and other prescription drugs found in Jackson’s system. The manner of death is ruled a homicide. So far there have been no arrests made, but Jackson’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray is considered a suspect.

From TMZ.com:

The L.A. County Coroner has just officially announced the cause of Michael Jackson’s death — Acute Propofol intoxication.

The report says “other conditions contributing to death: Benzodiazepine effect.” Benzodiazepines are a group of drugs (see below) used to treat anxiety and insomnia.

The manner of death is ruled: “HOMICIDE.”

The Coroner did not release the full autopsy report — just a press notice. It goes on:

The drugs PROPOFOL and LORAZEPAM (Ativan) were found to be the primary drugs responsible for Mr. Jackson’s death.

Other drugs detected were: Midazolam (Versed), Diazepam (Valium), Lidocaine (topical anesthetic) and Ephedrine (used to treat hypotension associated with anesthesia).

The final Coroner’s report, including the toxicology report, will remain on security hold, per the LAPD.