A federal judge today struck down U.S. President Barack Obama’s controversial ObamaCare law, declaring parts of the health care bill unconstitutional. More specifically, the judge sided with 20 states – including Georgia – in ruling that Obama can’t force Americans to buy health insurance if they don’t want it.
U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson agreed with the states that the new law violates people’s rights by forcing them to buy health insurance by 2014 or face penalties. He went a step further than a previous ruling against the law, declaring the entire thing unconstitutional if the insurance requirement does not hold up.
Attorneys for the administration had argued that the states did not have standing to challenge the law and that the case should be dismissed.
Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler said Monday the department strongly disagrees with Vinson’s ruling and intends to appeal.
“There is clear and well-established legal precedent that Congress acted within its constitutional authority in passing this law and we are confident that we will ultimately prevail on appeal,” she said in a statement.
Actress Dania Ramirez, 31, was spotted arriving at the Los Angeles International Airport with her mystery man in tow in Los Angeles yesterday. I have nothing else to add except what does she see in him?
Reality TV personality Kim Zolciak (‘Real Housewives of Atlanta‘) showed off her baby bump, and the man who caused it (Atlanta Falcons star Kroy Biermann), outside the NY studio where the Wendy Williams Show is taped yesterday. Biermann, 25, is obviously a confident young man who doesn’t mind carrying his woman’s Louis Vuitton handbag.
Zolciak, 42, went on the Wendy Williams show to promote the season finale of the ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta,’ which aired last night. As you know, Zolciak was beneficial in helping to bankrupt local land developer Lee “Big Poppa” Najjar, who lost one of the jewels in his crown — a large shopping center — to bankruptcy court recently. Once the other lenders heard that he was having cash flow problems, they all cut off his cash pipeline. The only reason we know about him is because he shamelessly squired Kim around town even though he’s married with children.
They say Najjar took Zolciak shopping in the trendy Buckhead area of Atlanta and splurged on diamonds and other trinkets to the tune of half a million dollars. That bling Aximum watch ($50,000) and the huge ($100,000) diamond rock she’s wearing came from him. Now Kim has moved on to her next target (the young, unsuspecting Biermann). All of this leads me to believe that Kim has good game. It certainly couldn’t be her charming personality (or lack thereof).
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Loyal reader KC writes:
Nicki’s boyfriend is named Safaree Lloyd Samuels, not Jamai/Jamal Willis… her lyrics reveal their co-dependent relationship.
I like how you mentioned Nicki keeping her BF close for fear of being exposed. Her terrible album actually revealed a bit about their relationship in the few of her lyrics that actually hold deeper meaning:
From “Here I Am”:
“So do you take me to be who I am?
To have and to hold, ’til death do us part?
Cause if not, it’s just best we both part,
Cause how am I supposed to finish what you start?
*You got me thinkin’ twice to just breathe,
Then you say I won’t survive if I leave,
But I got a couple of tricks up my sleeve*;
I no longer need your attention – at ease.”
They go back and forth between wearing rings and not, hence the marriage part.
“How am I supposed to finish what you start”—Safaree has been her hypeman for 10 years, he probably argues that he is the one “behind” Nicki Minaj. I’m sure he writes her lyrics too, friends have long claimed that Safaree is actually a better rapper than Onika.
How long ’till she leaves him and pulls out the tricks up her sleeve?
Okay, Mary J Blige is not exactly a grandmother, but at age 40 she’s getting there. The music legend performed live at the Raggamuffin Music Festival at Parramatta Park in Sydney, Australia over the weekend.
Ciara and Keri Hilson can only hope to possess the kind of energy and gifted presence that Miss Mary brings to the stage every night!
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Fading singer Beyonce, 29, and struggling professional beard, Amber Rose, 27, were spotted over the weekend bundled up against the brutal arctic temperatures in New York City and Baltimore respectively. Beyonce wore bright red lip gloss and looked startled as the flash bulbs popped around her. Amber wore a large Yukon trapper fur hat and an oversized Chanel quilted bag.
Amber is having trouble finding a rapid replacement for Kanye West, who unwittingly fell for her charms and bright lights 2 years ago. Those lights have faded for Amber now, and even the most jaded attention whore celeb (read: Amar’e Stoudemire) doesn’t want to be associated with a known bisexual stripper-turned-beard.
On the other hand, it’s been awhile since the paparazzi even cared about Bey, who got lost in the shuffle when Nicki Minaj, 28, and Rihanna, 22, rocketed to the top of the pack late last year with the release of their platinum albums. Even in polar beer weather, both Bey and Amber still know how to get attention. Will Beyonce ever regain her throne?
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Trinidadian Hip hop and R&B star, Nicki Minaj, 28, was spotted strolling through LAX this morning looking like a low maintenance bag lady. The “Monster” singer was wearing dark stunnas, the finest jet black Yaki and all black everything with bright pink lipstick and a Louis Vuitton tote as she arrived from NYC with long time boyfriend, Jamai Willis.
My guess is Nicki doesn’t have any real friends other than her attention whore boyfriend, who takes every opportunity to hog her spotlight. If Nicki had any real friends they would advise her to let her man play the background and to stop wearing more jewelry than she does. The fact that they spend every breathing minute together is also indicative of the fact that they are psychologically dependent on each other — and I don’t mean that in a good way. Industry insiders believe Nicki keeps Jamal so close because he’s got the goods on her. They’re telling me to expect a tell-all book from him if they break up. To that I respond: who cares?
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Thanks to loyal reader Georgeanna M for this tip, since I don’t follow syndicated radio morning show host Rickey Smiley on Twitter. I realize this is random, but it illustrates my point that certain celebrities who lack impulse control should give up their Twitters.