News and pictures are finally filtering out of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti which was rocked by an earthquake measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale today (Jan. 12). Pictures posted on the NY Times website show the devastation and injured. Casualties are expected to be high.

U.S. president Barack Obama has pledged to send aid to the tiny island nation. Offers of support and donations for Haiti are pouring in from all over the world. Local Atlanta DJs are taking donations and collecting canned goods. And members of a LA fire rescue team are deploying to Haiti.

The 72-member heavy rescue task force received a request for help from the U.S. Agency for International Development and is gathering at a staging area in Pomona, county fire officials said.

The team includes paramedics, search dogs, communication specialists and rescuers who are trained in combing through collapsed structures to find victims.

Obama has instructed State Department, the United States Agency for International Development and the United States Southern Command to begin working to coordinate an assessment, aides said.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by this earthquake,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. “We are closely monitoring the situation and we stand ready to assist the people of Haiti.”

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A couple of loyal readers emailed me to ask what death by "natural causes" means. In the last three weeks we've read about two high profile deaths attributed to natural causes: actress Brittany Murphy and heiress Casey Johnson, who was found dead in LA yesterday morning.

Death by natural causes simply means the deceased had a preexisting condition (disease, long term illness, etc.) that caused the death. Natural causes also applies if the coroner can't find a cause of death and there is no evidence of foul play or homicide.

Hospitals are known to cover up medical negligence cases by attributing a patient's death to natural causes. The patient's death is by natural causes, therefore, there is usually no autopsy performed. It's left up to the patient's family to demand an autopsy if there is any hint that negligence was involved.

In Brittany Murphy's case, she was diagnosed with type 2 (non-insulin dependent) diabetes and was reportedly very sick (nausea and vomiting) for days before she collapsed and died of cardiac arrest. It's very likely that her cardiac arrest was brought on by severe dehydration from vomiting.

Police are looking into whether the death of a Hollywood Socialite was caused by natural causes, suicide or a homicide. Casey Johnson, heiress to the Johnson & Johnson fortune, was found dead early yesterday morning in L.A. Police say Johnson had been dead for several days. She was 30.

Johnson was recently engaged to bisexual reality TV personality Tila Tequila. According to who spoke with Tequila earlier today:

She says they were fighting last week and that Casey stayed at Tila's house on the 28th. Tila tried contacting Casey on the 29th because Casey had left her dogs behind. Tila says Casey's phone has been shut off since the 29th and she was not able to make contact. Read More...

Johnson was arrested in November for grand theft. The victim was a former girlfriend. Johnson's father is Woody Johnson -- owner of the New York Jets.

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According to WSB-TV, a local rapper/producer is behind bars charged with the shooting death of a friend. Police say Damon Martin, 35, of Detroit, was shot and killed early Friday morning at the sprawling Hampton, GA home of local rapper Shawty Redd.

Redd, real name Demetrius Stewart, 28, initially told cops the New Year's Day shooting was accidental. But following an investigation, cops leaned the shooting was the result of an argument which turned physical.

Shawty Redd is mostly known for his production work on Young Jeezy's albums and for producing Snoop Dogg's hit "Sexual Seduction" off his 'Ego Trip' CD.

If you recall, Redd took to the blogs two years ago to complain that he never got paid for producing tracks on Jeezy's mixtape and CDs.

Redd is currently being held in the Henry County jail without bond. A preliminary hearing scheduled for Saturday is reset to Jan. 12. His only hope for freedom is if his legal counsel can convince a jury that the shooting was in self defense.


A 4-year-old boy was killed by a stray bullet during a late night New Year's Eve church service in Decatur, GA -- a suburb of Atlanta.

Lloyd Phipps, senior pastor at the Church of God of Prophecy near Decatur, told the AJC that Marquel Roberts was sitting beside his mother playing a hand held video game while waiting for a live concert to begin at 12:30 a.m.

"We heard a loud pop, which we now assume was when the bullet came through the roof," Phipps said.

Pastor Phipps said the child fell to the floor and at first seemed unconscious before awakening and crying. Members of the congregation prayed over the boy and then returned to watching the concert while an ambulance raced Marquel to a local hospital where he later died.

Church members were still enjoying the concert at 3:30 a.m. when they learned of the boys death. DeKalb police investigators returned to the church the next day and found the bullet's point of entry in the roof. Police believe someone fired a celebratory shot in the air and it fell through the roof on its way back down. They have no suspects.

"It's one of those things that you just cannot make any sense out of," Phipps said. "This lady took her kid to church, which is the right thing to do. And her son got killed because of someone’s irresponsible behavior."


Snippet of new music recorded by Michael jackson before his untimely death from heart failure last year.

An unreleased song called "Another Day" is making the rounds, an alleged duet with Lenny Kravitz. The verse Michael sings seems to be the same as from an older Kravitz song called "Storm."

Kravitz gave an interview with Spinner shortly after Michael's death where he mentioned working with him on a song that hadn't been released. Kravitz called it "the most amazing experience I've had in the studio." Source

The public viewing for Cincinnati Bengals star WR Chris Henry was held today before a memorial service in Westwego, La. Henry's fiancee, Loleini Tonga, and their 3 children attended the service.

Henry died Thursday, Dec. 17, from head injuries after falling from the back of a pickup truck being driven by Tonga following a domestic dispute.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, second from left, is comforted while viewing teammate Chris Henry before a memorial service in Westwego, La., Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009.

Source reports that Brittany Murphy, star of popular teen angst movies, has died of a cardiac arrest. She was 32-years-old.

Murphy was found unresponsive in her shower around 8 a.m. this morning by her mother who called 911. She was transported by ambulance in full cardiac arrest to Cedars-Sanai Medical Center (a few miles away) where she was pronounced dead.

Murphy starred in such films as "Clueless," "8 Mile," and "Don't Say a Word."

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Sports Illustrated's online staff scrambled to replace a corporate ad that was deemed inappropriate in the aftermath of Cincinnati Bengals star Chris Henry's untimely death.

According to, the popular sports magazine's website featured very prominent expandable site takeover ads for Liberty Mutual which included a complex ad graphic that expanded outward to cover the viewers PC monitor and give the appearance of a cracked windshield.

Henry, 26, died early this morning of head injuries he sustained after falling from a pick up truck being driven by his fiance Loleini Tonga.

After fielding calls of concern over the inappropriateness of the ads from its readers, the magazine's online staff quickly replaced the takeover ads with a different ad -- at a loss of revenue in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Police are investigating the Henry case as a domestic dispute.

Chris Henry, the talented but troubled Cincinnati Bengals player who was arrested 5 times in 14 months, has died of head inuries suffered when he tumbled out of the back of a pickup truck in Cincinatti in what police are calling a domestic dispute between the wide receiver and his fiancee.

Henry died at 6:36 a.m. this morning after fighting for his life for 24 hours. He was 26.

Away from the team because of a broken forearm, Henry was rushed to the hospital Wednesday after being found on a residential road.

Police say a dispute began at a home about a half-mile away, and Henry jumped into the bed of the pickup truck as his fiancee was driving away from the residence.

Police said at some point when she was driving, Henry "came out of the back of the vehicle."


Rappers Akon and Busta Rhymes recently put their money where their mouth was to help a record exec raise $20,000 to bury Detroit's dead.

The sad story unfolded when the city's budget ran out and bodies began piling up in the city morgue. The financially strapped Detroit city government could not even provide potter's burials for the unclaimed bodies.

The dead were mostly indigent and homeless people whose families couldn't afford the burial costs which can vary from $600 to over $6,000. Without the funds to bury the dead, and facing a crisis because space at the morgue was filling up rapidly, Detroit reached out to the local media for help.

Though she was born and raised in the South side of Atlanta -- and probably only set foot in Detroit once or twice -- former Universal/Motown exec Shanti Das, 38, heeded the call for help after reading about the unclaimed bodies on

With the help of her friends - rappers Akon, Kid Rock and Busta Rhymes, Das, who recently lost family members of her own, was able to raise $20,000 to bring the total of unburied dead down from 69 to just 50. But financial help is still needed to bury the rest.

If you would like to donate to the burial fund, visit

It's a shame that rappers and professional athletes can make it rain in strip clubs and drop $20,000 on rims for their whips, but they can't spare a dime to help a friend bury the dead.

A few of Tiger Woods' 14 mistresses are talking to the media hoping to cash in on the Tiger Woods media feeding frenzy that's sweeping the country.

The most talkative has been Jamie Grubbs, Rachel Uchitel (even though she was supposedly paid off) and underwear model Jamie Jungers.

Jungers recently spoke with British tabloid UK's News of the World, which doesn't pride itself on accuracy or even the truth for that matter. Jungers told the rag she slept with Tiger on May 2, 2006 — the same night he lost his father, Earl, to prostate cancer. Jamie says Woods spent three hours at the hospital with his father, but even his grief "didn't impede their usual routine." She said Tiger was "insatiable" when he arrived back at his hotel room.

"When he came back, I could see he was preoccupied and worried about his dad," she says, "but when we went to bed he still wanted to have sex as usual."


While running for president, Barack Obama criticized outgoing president George Bush for the war in Iraq.

Obama lashed out at the Bush administration for starting the war in Iraq without "giving either Congress or the American people the full story."

Obama promised to withdraw troops from Iraq and cut the military budget if he was elected.

Remember when Obama said:

I intend to end this war. My first day in office I will bring the Joint Chiefs of Staff in, and I will give them a new mission, and that is to end this war — responsibly, deliberately, but decisively.

During a nationally televised speech last night, Obama announced his plans to send an additional 34,000 troops to fight a war in Afghanistan that no one wants.

As of December 8, 2009, the Iraq war cost 4,326 American lives since the start of combat in 2003. Obama's Afghanistan war has cost nearly 850 soldiers lives and is on pace to eclipse the Iraq total. Meanwhile, Obama will tee up on the golf course this weekend.

According to online reports, ex-Miss Argentina has died following complications from a gluteoplasty procedure, in other words, butt implant surgery.

Solange Magnano suffered a pulmonary embolism to her lungs after undergoing the procedure at a Brazilian clinic, according to TMZ. A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that travels from the legs up a major vein that empties blood into the heart and lungs.

If that clot becomes trapped in the lungs, it impedes the flow of blood around it causing oxygen starvation to the surrounding cells leading to sudden death.

People with a sedentary lifestyle (ie, the elderly, office workers or airline passengers who sit for long periods of time) are more prone to blood clots. In Solange's case, a blood clot likely formed around the implants and traveled up the deep vein in her leg to her heart and lungs.

Solange won the crown back in 1994. She is survived by her husband and 7-year-old twins.

SWAT teams have surrounded a Seattle, Washington area house where a suspect who gunned down 4 Seattle police officers execution style is believed to be holed up inside.

Police say Maurice Clemmons, 37, of Tacoma walked into an upscale coffee house at about 8:15 a.m. on Sunday and opened fire on the 4 officers as they sat working on their laptops.

The 4 dead officers -- three men and one woman -- were in full uniform including flak jackets as they prepared to start their day shifts.

Ed Troyer, a spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff, told reporters that two of the officers were executed "flat out" where they sat. He said a third officer was shot dead as he stood up and attempted to reach for his weapon. The last officer standing struggled with Clemmons and may have shot him before being killed.

Troyer believes Clemmons may already have succumbed to his injuries.

"We have determined that in fact he has been shot," he said. "He may be deceased from his gunshot wound."

Troyer said Clemmons was "well versed" with his weapon and the police officers were targeted. Clemmons didn't aim at anyone else in the coffee shop and all the bullets hit their marks.

A family member told police Clemmons was dropped off by someone at his aunt's house in the well-kept neighborhood of middle class homes sometime yesterday evening. She said she tried calling her aunt and Clemmons but no one in the house answered. Police have cordoned off a 3 block area around the house.

Witnesses say they heard flash bang devices and gunshots near the home as SWAT moved in.

Clemmons has an extensive criminal history, including rape of a child, aggravated robbery and attempted murder of another police officer. Yet he was given clemency by then-governor and Fox News host Mike Huckabee, who commuted his 95-year prison sentence to time served and parole.

If Huckabee decides to run for president in 2012, Clemmons could become his Willie Horton.

Horton was a convicted felon serving a life sentence for murder when he was released on a work furlough program in the 1980s. While out on work release, Horton committed rape, armed robbery and assault. He became an albatross around the neck of then-presidential candidate, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, who favored the work release program.


A Highland Park teenager was shot to death execution style after he confessed to inappropriately touching his 3-year-old half sister. Detroit police say Jamar Pinkney Sr. barged into Jamar Pinkney Jr.'s home, where he lived with his mother, and beat the boy before ordering him to strip naked. He then led the frightened 15-year-old out into a field where he shot him to death.

Lazette Cherry, Jamar's mother said she was only trying to teach her son discipline when she called his father and told him what the boy had done. "I called and told his father this isn't something you sweep under the rug," Cherry said Wednesday.

Pinkney Sr., who was separated from Cherry and lived with the 3-year-old and her mother, rushed to the home with a gun.

"He started beating him right here," Cherry said from her living room. "I said, 'No, please stop!' " She said Pinkney Sr. marched the boy naked out of the house -- in full view of neighbors --- and ordered him on his knees.

"He got on his knees and begged, ‘No, Daddy! No!’ and he pulled the trigger,” Cherry said from her home on North Street in Highland Park. “There wasn’t nothing that my son wouldn’t do for his father. He loved his father so much.”

Jamar was shot once in the back of the head. Pinkney then calmly drove away. He was arrested 3 hours later and charged with one count of first-degree murder, three counts of felonious assault and one count of felony firearm.

Cherry said the 3-year-old's mother took the girl to a hospital to be examined Sunday. She said Jamar told her he never raped the child and kept his clothes on.

A physical exam showed no evidence of sexual trauma.

Pinkney is being held without bond.


Janet Jackson opens up to GMA's Robin Roberts in this emotionally wrenching interview. She discusses life after her brother Michael's death and her childhood with an abusive father who regularly whipped his children with belts and tree branches.

Of the beatings, which would now be considered child abuse, Janet said:

"I think it's old school and that may extrapolate into being abusive... He's my father and he's very strong, he's very stubborn, has his own way of doing things. That's Joseph."

Janet said Joseph ordered his children to call him by his first name. She said she always called him "daddy" until he corrected her:

"I remember when I had called him daddy and he said, 'No, you call me Joseph, I'm Joseph to you.' I never said it again. I was very young, younger than 10... I've never questioned it, it is what it is and I've just let it go."

The Fulton County Medical Examiner's office has officially ruled Ashley "AJ" Jewell's death a homicide, according to

The cause of death is listed as, "Physical altercation resulting in sickle cell trait related exertional collapse." Contributing factors are listed as, "intestinal myocardial fidrosis," (?) as well as an enlarged heart.

I've never heard of "intestinal myocardial fidrosis" I'm sure they meant "myocardial fibrosis" and someone just threw "intestinal" in there because it was a big word.

But it seems that Jewell died from sudden heart failure caused by overexertion due to his pre-existing conditions -- an enlarged heart and sickle cell disease.

This is similar to when a football player with an undiagnosed enlarged heart drops dead on a football field.

Jewell died just hours after he was involved in an altercation with Frederick Richardson who co-managed The Body Tap strip club. Richardson was arrested in the days following Jewell's death. He is currently free on bond.

Jewell appeared in a few episodes on Real Housewives of Atlanta season 2. He was engaged to cast member Kandi Burruss, but the couple ended their engagement in August.


The father of a boy who accused Michael Jackson of molestation is dead, has learned exclusively.

Beverly Hills dentist Evan Chandler died in New Jersey. Details about his death are pending.

An official, with the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office in Newark, N.J. confirmed that Evan Chandler died Monday. She would not provide any other details.

In the early 1990s, Chandler reported Jackson to authorities in both Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, charging the King of Pop with molesting his son, then 13.

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office launched a 13-month probe into the allegations and convened a grand jury to look into the sexual abuse charges.

In 1994, the boy gave police audio-taped evidence alleging abuse by Jackson. The boy and his father also brought a civil lawsuit against Jackson.

But the case never went to trial because the boy received a civil settlement for “personal injuries arising out of claims of negligence” from the superstar.

Both parties signed a confidentiality agreement, promising not tot talk about the case or the multi-million-dollar settlement.

Thanks to loyal reader Marie R. for the tip!

From ABC News:

Fayetteville police said Monday they have found the body of missing 5-year-old Shaniya Davis.

She was last seen on the day she went missing being carried in the arms of a pedophile who was later arrested and charged with kidnapping Shaniya.

Shaniya's mother, Antoinette Nicole Davis, 25, was taken into custody on Friday (Nov. 12) and charged with human trafficking, child abuse involving prostitution and filing a false police report.

The child's remains were located in an area bordered by Highway 87 south and Walker Road - just south of Sanford - during a second day of searching.

Davis was last seen alive at a Comfort Suites hotel in Sanford last week - the same morning her mother reported her missing from her Fayetteville home. Police say a surveillance video from the hotel showed the child with 29-year-old Mario McNeill.

The area where police found the body is about 7 miles from the hotel.

Thanks to loyal reader Oneal R. for the tip.

The body of Chicago Board of Education President Michael Scott, pictured on the right with the Reverend Jesse Jackson, was found alongside the Chicago river early this morning. Police believe Scott shot himself in the head. A handgun was found near his body.

According to Jesse Jackson who spoke with Scott last week, he was under tremendous pressure from the community and the White House to address the gang violence that took the life of 16-year-old Derrion Albert in October.

Other sources believe Scott's job was on the line due to the intense media scrutiny given to the case. The savage death of the Fenger High student on Sept. 24 was captured on a cell phone camera and went viral on YouTube.

His death prompted visits to the school from the Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. And the president of the United States sent U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan to visit Chicago in October to talk about what the Obama administration is doing to combat youth violence.

Three youths are being held without bond in the Derrion Albert beating case.

Although Reverend Jackson clarified to that he was not under the impression that Scott was experiencing any emotional trauma as a result of the Chicago student’s reportedly brutal death, speculating is circulating on Monday that it may have contributed to his actions. Source


The former bodyguard of Sean Combs, Jay Z and Mariah Carey passed away this weekend after being shot in the neck by New York's finest. You know how quick they are to pull the trigger especially when they see a BMWG -- black man with gun.


A former bodyguard for JAY-Z, MARIAH CAREY and SEAN COMBS died in a bar brawl on Sunday (15Nov09) - after he was fatally shot in the neck by New York City police.

Authorities were called to Brooklyn club Norwood Palace early on Sunday morning after gunfire broke out, allegedly over a spilled drink.

According to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, a plainclothes police officer fired at Kevin White, who was reportedly holding a gun inside the club, after he failed to obey to instructions to drop the weapon.
Surveillance video footage reportedly shows the 43-year-old bouncer and celebrity security guard shooting at police prior to the fatal blow.

White had been arrested on five previous occasions for weapon possession, reports the New York Post.
However, his relatives insist White had just wrestled the gun from a patron. White's sibling, Louis, argues, "My brother would never carry a gun."

Nineteen-year-old Donovan Wilson was also wounded in the incident after reportedly firing a gun at another club bouncer. He was shot in the elbow and hip after failing to follow police orders to drop his weapon.

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Once again, Barack Obama shows his quiet disdain for the United States of America. This picture was taken on Veteran's Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Even if it isn't protocol to salute the flag during the National anthem, it is customary and a sign of respect.

Despite what his mouth may say, Obama's actions speaks louder than words.


Rap mogul Jay Z is said to be angry over recently released pictures of his wife Beyonce sneaking out of a Berlin hotel with her bodyguard Julius. The pictures appeared to show Beyonce's lipstick smeared all over Julius' lips. Jay is said to be so upset that he canceled shows in his BP3 tour. But those reports were disputed today after Jay Z added more shows to the tour. No word on if Julius has been terminated from his position for fraternizing with his client.

Celebrity entrepreneur Sean Combs shared pics of his 3-year-old daughter Chance on his Twitter page yesterday. She sure is a little cutie. This past weekend, Chance's mom Sarah Chapman tried to get Chance on the closed list to take Christmas pictures with the famous Philips Plaza Santa Claus. But tickets have been sold out for the Philips Plaza Santa for two months now. I'm sure there are affluent women richer than Sarah who have tried to get their well-heeled kids on that prestigious list, but the trick is to get your kid on the Philips Santa photo list in July or August. Don't wait until November.

Sultry singer Shakira has started the process of locking her hair in the tradition of West Indian Rastafarians. Shakira wore her new 'do to a Rolling Stones party last night and people are still talking about her transformation.

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The conservative bloggers are doing a better job of digging up dirt on Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan's background than the military did. All the signs pointed to Hasan being a radical Islamic extremist with ties to terrorists, but the CIA dropped the ball just as they did with 9/11.

We know about Hasan's disdain for America and his hatred for his fellow troops members. We know that he wanted out of the military because he had conflicts about killing his fellow Muslims. We know that he maintained a blog that he used as an outlet for his anti-American ramblings.

But the military knew all of this too! They knew that Hasan was a jihadist as early as two years ago and still they did nothing.

Pamela over at Atlas Shrugs dug up Hasan's business card that he carried around with him.

Just under his name is the acronym SoA followed by SWT. According to Pamela, the acronym stands for "Soldier of Allah" and "SWT" is an abbreviation that usually follows the word Allah.

The president of the United States Barack Obama wants us to believe that Hasan "cracked under the pressure" of being in our military. That he was so stressed out from his six-figure salary and his cushy corner office that he grabbed a semi-automatic and a handgun and mowed down military personnel.

Obama wants us to believe this even though Hasan did not see a tour of duty in a war zone. From Day 1 Obama has sympathized with terrorists. Why should we expect him to change now?

It's a good thing that we live in a country where freedom of thought is encouraged and defined in the Constitution. Or we might be inclined to believe everything Obama says as we sip our warm Kool Aid.

The truth is -- just like the 9/11 terrorists, in the hours before the attack, Hasan gave away his most prized possessions, attended a strip club, and shaved all of his body hair. Yet the terrorist sympathizer-in-chief, Barack Obama, tells us not to jump to conclusions!

How many more embedded terrorists are there hiding in the military with the same calling card as Hasan? We will soon find out.

In a sit-down interview with Jake Tapper of ABC News last night, Barack Obama actually makes excuses for the terrorist who shot and killed 12 of his fellow soldiers! Obama seems to be blaming the military for this guy's actions.

Tapper asked Obama asking what separated the Fort Hood shooting from acts of terrorism. In response to the question, Obama struggled to distance Nidal Hasan's actions from terrorism despite the fact that all signs point to the fact that he was a terrorist!!

From RealClearPolitics:

"Well, look, we -- we have seen, in the past, rampages of this sort. And in a country of 300 million people, there are going to be acts of violence that are inexplicable. Even within the extraordinary military that we have -- and I think everybody understands how outstanding the young men and women in uniform are under the most severe stress -- there are going to be instances in which an individual cracks. I think the questions that we're asking now and we don't have yet complete answers to is, is this an individual who's acting in this way or is it some larger set of actors? You know, what are the motivations? Those are all questions that I think we have to ask ourselves. Until we have these answers buttoned down, I'd rather not comment on it."

So when Obama says "a larger set of actors" does he mean the military is to blame for this guy going rambo?

When the white Cambridge officer arrested his friend, Obama called the officer "stupid." But Nidal Hasan gets a pass because he was stressed out!? He didn't even go off to war yet! How was he stressed Mr. Obama?

I wonder if Obama would have felt the same way if the guy wasn't a Muslim extremist? Obama seems to be apologizing to Hasan for the military stressing him out. Is he going to visit the shooter in the hospital and apologize to him personally!

You can watch the video here.

Over the last few months, Barack Obama's apathetic, anti-American attitude has been put on display with alarming frequency.

The president's insensitivity to the plight of fellow Americans has become very evident in his words and actions. When a white police sergeant arrested one of Obama's close friends back in July, Obama reacted by calling the officer "stupid" on national television.

While American soldiers die daily in a war that no one wants in Afghanistan, Obama plays golf. In fact, Obama has booked more tee times on golf courses than any other president in recent history.

Last week, during the elections -- a time when other presidents would be glued to their TVs watching the returns -- Obama was watching a NBA game.

In the hours following the tragic shootings on a Texas military base that claimed the lives of 13 soldiers, the White House sent word that the president would speak about the incident before a scheduled speech at a Tribal Nations Conference that afternoon.

But when the networks went live to Obama at 5 pm, he seemed totally disconnected and oblivious to the pain the nation was in.

Empathy, compassion and condolences to the families of the fallen and the wounded soldiers rightfully should have been the first words of out of Obama's mouth. Instead, he made light banter and behaved like he was still on the campaign trail.

Obama began by thanking various staff members (expressions of gratitude that could have waited), and he even waved and smiled as he gave a "shout out" to a professor. Come on, a shout out?

In fact, Obama didn't mention the dead and wounded soldiers until 3 minutes into his little speech (part of the speech is cut off in the video).

Taking 3 minutes to make small talk before expressing sympathy for dead soldiers and their families is shockingly callous. It's also interesting that Obama (a closeted muslim) was quick to ask the nation not to jump to conclusions because the shooter is muslim and shouted "Allahu Akbar" before opening fire on military personnel.

Thank you Kool Aid drinkers for voting the first anti-American president into office.

According to online reports, a Muslim soldier based at Fort Hood, Texas opened fire on military personnel at the base Thursday killing 13 and wounding 30 before he was taken into custody.

Reports say Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan shouted "Allahu Akbar," which is Arabic for "God is great!" before opening fire with handguns.

Hasan, a lifelong Muslim, was a committed soldier with no extremist views, according to his imam at a mosque Hasan regularly attended. Hasan wore his uniform to prayers, according to the AP.

Authorities originally thought they killed Hasan during an intense shootout following the rampage. But Hasan was found alive and hospitalized in stable condition.

Hasan was apparently unhappy about being deployed to Iraq. He had hoped that Barack Obama would pull out o the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and got into frequent arguments with other soldiers about the war. that should have been a red flag that something was amiss.

In an effort to explain how a soldier using handguns could kill and wound so many, officials explained that "friendly fire" and ricocheting bullets may have contributed to the deaths. Responding military officials may have shot some of the victims accidentally.

Authorities initially thought three soldiers were involved. But two soldiers taken into custody were released yesterday without charges.


Kandi Burruss breaks down while remembering her ex-fiance AJ Jewell's tragic passing following a fight at a local strip club.

The man accused in AJ's death, Frederick Richardson, was released from jail on $10,000 bond on Oct. 20, after a coroner's report revealed AJ died as a result of respiratory arrest related to Sickle Cell disease.

The Defense attorney expects charges to be dropped against Richardson.