Just so you know: this is the man that Barack Obama and the state department flew to the Middle East last week -- on your dime -- to perform Muslim outreach.

New audio has surfaced of the imam behind the controversial mosque near Ground Zero allegedly telling an audience overseas that the United States has been far more deadly than al-Qaeda. We tend to forget, in the West, that the United States has more Muslim blood on its hands than al-Qaeda" has on its hands of innocent non Muslims," Feisal Abdul Rauf said at a 2005 lecture sponsored by the University of South Australia. Read more...

The most interesting exchange comes at the 1:40 mark when a woman in the audience asks Imam Rauf about Muslim men who go on suicide missions to bomb innocent women and children in the belief that they will be awarded with 72 virgins in Heaven.

She asked if there is something in the Qu'ran or their religion "that makes them more prepared to go off and die in the belief that they will be closer to God?"

Rauf answered the question by saying: "the Qu'ran says you shall have whatever your heart desires."

Rauf also tosses the word "ni**ers" around to make a point about ethnic conflict. You think he could have made his point without the use of the N-word?

Golf great Tiger Woods and his former wife Elin Nordegren are officially divorced. That means Tiger can go back to propping up his inflated ego with living blow up dolls, and Elin can move on with her life.

TMZ has obtained the divorce documents filed in the Tiger Woods split ... in which the marriage is described as "irretrievably broken."

According to the docs, Tiger and Elin Nordegren reached a settlement agreement way back at the beginning of July -- July 3rd and 4th.

Elin says in the docs that she wants her maiden name restored -- Elin Maria Pernilla Nordegren.

According to the documents, both Tiger and Elin have each completed a 4-hour parenting course.

UPDATE: We've also obtained the final judgment papers. It states the marriage "is hereby dissolved because it is irretrievably broken." 1. In addition, Elin's request to restore her maiden name was granted.

Ha ha ha, she doesn't even want his name. Good for you Elin!

According to ABC News, prominent evangelist Rev. Franklin Graham (son of evangelist Billy Graham) has weighed in on the Barack Obama faith controversy.

The Rev. Franklin Graham waded into the discussion with his own controversial explanation of why people wrongly believe the president is a Muslim. Graham, who prayed with Obama in a session with his father, Billy Graham, earlier this year, was asked whether he has any doubts about Obama's self-avowed Christian faith.

"I think the president's problem is that he was born a Muslim, his father was a Muslim. The seed of Islam is passed through the father like the seed of Judaism is passed through the mother. He was born a Muslim, his father gave him an Islamic name," Graham told CNN's John King in a televised interview that aired Thursday night.

"Now it's obvious that the president has renounced the prophet Mohammed, and he has renounced Islam, and he has accepted Jesus Christ. That's what he says he has done. I cannot say that he hasn't. So I just have to believe that the president is what he has said," Graham continued, adding that "the Islamic world sees the president as one of theirs." Read More...

As you know, one in five Americans polled said they believe Obama is a Muslim. That accounts for roughly 20% of the population.

The White House responded that Obama is a strict Christian and that he "prays every day." That may be so, but who is he praying to?

Obama didn't just up and decide one day to run for president of the United States. His rapid ascension to the White House was carefully planned and executed. Embedded spies are taught to blend in with the population and to assume their habits and rituals so as not to draw attention to himself.

So I am not surprised that Obama renounced Muhammad and converted to practicing the Christian faith by hiding out in Rev. Wright's church that he rarely attended.

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I told you right here on Sandrarose.com that star of VH1's Basketball Wives, Evelyn Lozada and gridiron star chad Ochocinco were an item. I also told you that, according to a producer, Chad would appear on the 2nd season of Basketball Wive's as Evelyn's love interest.

Now everyone else is reporting it:

Evelyn Lozada is dating Ochocinco prompting fans of Chad’s reality show to realize he probably doesn’t pick any of the ladies in the season finale. In May, Evelyn Lozada made it clear she wasn’t dating Chris Brown, tweeting “Please, let me clear something up. Me and Chris Brown are not dating, absolutely not”. “I didn’t say two words to that boy” said Lozada after pictures surfaced online of her next to Brown at a nightspot.

By July, it became clear exactly who Evelyn Lozada is dating, Chad Ochocinco. Only one problem – Ochocinco is leading viewers to believe he is searching for love on a current VH-1 “reality” show.

VH-1 said of Chad earlier this year “His bigger than life personality on and off the field, and his notorious skills as a social networker, connecting daily with his fans, makes him a perfect fit for VH1.” Read more...

LALate.com also says Shaquille O'Neal is engaged to former reality TV personality Hoopz. But I don't believe that one.

On Friday, I received a ton of emails from readers asking about R&B singer Monica stealing Lakers guard Shannon Brown from another woman. I didn't know Brown was married.

In fact he's not married. Nor was he in a relationship with anyone when he met and wooed Monica. Just because a man has a child with a groupie does not mean he's engaged to said groupie.

Brown made a mistake by sleeping with a Laker groupie and impregnating her. But now he's taking responsibility for his youthful indiscretions. Brown is paying his child support and he is involved in the child's life.

Now he has met the woman of his dreams and he knows what love is. Of course the groupie is butt hurt and now she's running to the blogs with her lies. By the way, these are my words and no one else's.

So can we let these rumors die?

Brown responded to the allegations on his Twitter page:

“I write this to set the record straight. Media deception makes unfair and false reports of the truth, and it does not bring out the best in ANYONE. Monica is my girlfriend, confidant and a strong successful women that has been though a lot herself but she is in no way, a home wrecker. As a parent, I understand that parenting requires a partnership with my sons mother however the relationship between us fizzled a long time ago. Thus, never leading up to seven years, engagement or even talks of marriage. As parents, we have to continue to raise our son, and as individuals we both deserve happiness.” Thank you for the support and God Bless!
-SB

Loyal reader Cherry Bañez of Cherry Publicity sent this statement from Frankie:

"Thanks to Vh1's Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, I graduated from rehab but I am continuining treatment at an aftercare courtesy of Vh1. I still have a long way to go in my goal to change my life to live as a sober grandmother, mother and career woman. Taking responsibility for my actions is part of rehab. As such, I would like to apologize to the staff at CBS TV Atlanta and its viewers.

I accidentally said a curse word during my live TV interview on Better Mornings Atlanta. I am working very hard to change my behavior as part of my rehab." Frankie.

Publicist for Frankie: Cherry Bañez (Sports and Celebrity Publicist)

Waka Flocka is shown here rockin' his money green Jet Pack from the Louis Stewart Collection. The Jet Packs have become so popular among the Hip Hop elite that someone reportedly stole Mr. Stewart's SUV in Beverly hills recently. The SUV was loaded down with custom Louis Stewart Jet Packs -- two of which belonged to me.

Loyal reader Tamiko writes:

Hi Sandra-

I wanted to send you a few pics of Mizay Entertainment and Warner Brothers artist Waka Flocka doing some good in the community, as well as wearing one of designer Louis Stewart's bags. Waka, as well as a few other Mizay Entertainment artists decided to pass out ice cold water to the homeless in downtown Atlanta last week, all whom were thankful to the rapper and his crew being that temperatures were in the high 90's. Thanks in advance!

~Tamiko Hope
Word Ink

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As you know, I sometimes take weekends off to recharge my batteries. That stil didn't stop my loyal readers from emailing me all weekend about Ciara and 50 Cent leaving some hotel in NY. So what if they were staying at the same hotel??? That doesn't mean he's knocking her down every night. Just to prove it I called the hotel and made an inquiry. Sure enough, they were staying on different floors! I'm told that this isn't the first time Ciara has checked into Fiddy's hotel. At this point in her career she needs him more than he needs her. Use your brains kids.


On the other hand, two people who don't have to pretend they are a couple are rapper T.I. and his adorable wife Tiny. The lovebirds were spotted at LAX over the weekend. As you know, Tiny travels with her man everywhere he goes. He never lets her out of his sight! That's true love right there! By the way, the live drawing for the Takers tickets will be tomorrow right here on Sandrarose.com! A celebrity will be doing the drawing. I'm told that T.I. himself might be doing the drawing but I can't make any promises. So stay tuned to see who it is!

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SandraRose.com readers will win 10 tickets (2 per winner/5 winners) for a
chance to attend the private Atlanta screening of TAKERS and attend the invitation-only after party celebration in Atlanta on August 25th!

Musicbusinesspolitics, Sandrarose.com
Grand Hustle, Rainforest Films, Remy Martin
Presents
The Official Takers Premiere
After Party Celebration

Hosted by: Tip Harris, Paul Walker, Idris Elba (other stars to be announced)

Wednesday, August 25th
Private Location, Atlanta, Georgia
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Must be 21 to enter
You must reside in the Atlanta area

Winners will be chosen via lottery drawing (your comment # will be the lottery number). The video of the live lottery drawing will be posted on Sandrarose.com next week!

Stay tuned for further details!

Last month I promised to hold a contest to give you ladies a chance to win a pair of custom Tyre LaJuan Swarovski Crystal shoes with a retail value of $2,500!

Celebrity stylist Tyre sent over these shoes for you to choose from if you win. Brand names that you can select from include Dsquared2, Badgley Mischka (eavan/elia) and Report Signature. Then Tyre will custom design the shoes with Swarovsky crystals!

Tyre just completed a unique custom Swarovski design for VH1 Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada. He tweeted about it today. Evelyn hasn't seen them yet! She's in for a big surprise!




Then tweet the words:

@TyreLaJuan: "I'm a loyal member of Sandrarose.com and I want those shoes!"

In order to win, you must be a registered member of Sandrarose.com. I will post the winner here on my blog on Thursday, Aug. 26.

The contest ends on Wednesday, August 25th. Good luck! :)

According to ABC News, former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has hinted that Barack Obama is under federal investigation.

It is not unusual for the Feds to have a secret dossier on the sitting president of the United States -- just ask former president Bill Clinton, who was impeached in 1998.

Blagojevich sat down with ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross today (Aug. 20) to discuss his possible return to politics. A jury this week found him guilty of only one count out of 24: lying to federal agents.

Blagojevich said that after he was arrested for corruption in 2008, federal agents visited with him in his Chicago jail cell.

He said they pressed him for information on certain higher ups in government. Blago -- as he is fondly referred to by the media -- noted that, at the time, there was no one higher up in government than himself -- except for the President of the United States.

"When they had me in custody they were very clear about they wanted me to cooperate and talk about people in higher places, and with all due respect to Mayor Daley, there's no one higher than Governor," he said.

"You're talking about then president-elect Obama?" Ross asked.

"I'm not saying that right now." Asked who else he could mean, Blagojevich shifted uncomfortably in his seat.

"Is it your impression they were thinking about Obama?" Ross pressed.

"I have my own personal opinion but from where I'm sitting right now it's probably better for me not to talk about it." He then grinned, "If I'm guilty of anything it's that I talk too much."

For decades a clandestine arm of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has operated in secret, collecting documents and cataloguing evidence to bring down members of Congress who got too happy with federal funds.

Reps. Charles Rangel and Maxine Waters have both been indicted on dozens of federal charges by the House Ethics Committee. Though both Rangel and Waters vigorously deny the charges, their political futures look bleak.

Usher is a good dad. The R&B crooner was spotted arriving at Early Show Plaza for his live performance on the CBS Early Show in New York this morning. He was accompanied by his sons, Usher 'Cinco' Raymond V, 3, and Naviyd Ely Raymond, 2.


Like father like son: Cinco is the spitting image of his daddy.

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Music mogul Master P's son, Lil Romeo Miller, celebrated his 21st birthday with family and friends, including and actress Meagan Good, yesterday. Is it safe to assume that they're knockin' the boots? The former rapper and USC basketball player, held his birthday celebration at Millions of Milkshakes in W. Hollywood.

A crowd of about 100 screaming fans sang "Happy Birthday" to Romeo as he walked the red carpet.

In addition to helping raise money for charity, Romeo also had some sympathetic words for actress Lindsay Lohan, who was reportedly diagnosed with a personality disorder by docs at UCLA.

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Loyal reader Marteeta C. sent in this video of her adorable 3-year-old son, Jayson, after watching this disgraceful video of a child being videotaped "riding it" to Ciara's song.

Jayson gives us all inspiration, and gives me hope that all is not lost in our community as long as we have parents like Marteeta who instills values and importance of education in our children!

Hi Sandra,

Just watched that video of that little girl and I weep for my people! We should be educating our youth not destroying them with all of the graphic sexual images on TV, videos, video games etc.

This is my son, Jayson in the attached video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atM9T0YOvy4
he was 3 years old in the video and he better not ever bring a little "heffa" like that to our home. My husband and I believe in training our children to be assets to this society and not liabilities.

Have a great day Sandra!
Sincerely,
Marteeta

PS(I know that the word is heifer...I can spell and I happen to be a college grad)

Another reader emailed me to say she knows the father -- yes, the father -- who videotaped his daughter performing sexually suggestive dance moves. Apparently the child's mother is in prison.

I urged the reader to call her local child welfare authorities to report the father for uploading that video to the Internet and exploiting a minor child.