I bet Pittsburgh Steeler Rashard Mendenhall will keep his opinions to himself from now on.

Yesterday it was reported that the 23-year-old Steelers running back lost a major endorsement contract with Champion over his controversial tweets about 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden.

Hours after Bin Laden was shot to death during a raid of his hideout early Monday, Mendenhall took to his Twitter page and tweeted:

“What kind of person celebrates death? It’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side…”

But it was his next tweet about September 11 that really did him in with the corporate sponsor. Mendenhall, who probably flunked physics and science in high school, tweeted:

“...I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style.”

The Steelers front office was quick to respond to Mendenhall's tweets, saying "...it is hard to explain or even comprehend what he meant with his recent Twitter comments.”

Champion soon followed with a statement, saying they were "ending our business relationship" with Mendenhall since the athletic brand doesn't think he "can appropriately represent Champion."

Naturally, black people everywhere cried racism -- and they would have had a point if Mendenhall had just left out the part about September 11.

But the fact is, he gave his ill-informed opinion on a touchy subject involving the deaths of nearly 3,000 Americans -- and that's what sealed his fate.

Corporate sponsors will turn a deaf ear to certain personal opinions expressed by their spokespersons, but they won't tolerate stupidity, bad judgment, or a stunning lack of sensitivity.

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Ted Williams, dubbed "the man with the golden voice" is headed back to rehab, according to 10TV.com.

The local Columbus, Ohio news station caught up with the 57-year-old Williams at the airport just before he boarded a flight heading back to the Origins Recovery Center in South Padre Island, Texas.

The rehab facility is the same one that TV therapist Dr. Phil McGraw sent him to in January with an offer to pay for his treatment. But Williams checked himself out after just two weeks.

Williams vows to complete the 30-day treatment program this time. "If I have to pay for it myself, that's what I'll do," Williams said.

Williams, who was in Columbus shooting a reality TV series based on his rags-to-riches story, said "I'm going back to get some real recovery and some rest. Dr. Phil's concerns and cares will not go in vain. I hope I can successfully complete this whole journey and come back and say, 'Hey Dr. Phil. I did it.'"

In January a reporter for the Columbus Dispatch spotted the former radio disc jockey standing on the side of a highway off-ramp holding a sign that said he was homeless but he had a "gift of voice" and had "fallen on hard times."

The reporter recorded a cell phone video of Williams talking, and posted it on the Columbus Dispatch website later that day.

Within hours the video went viral and calls began pouring in with job offers for Williams. The Cleveland Cavaliers offered Williams a job at the Quicken Loans Arena and a house. It isn't clear if Williams accepted the Cavaliers' offers.

What is wrong with these Atlanta men?

A minor disturbance at an after hours restaurant in Buckhead quickly turned into a national debate when an Atlanta police officer, who forgot both his professional and home training, punched a woman in her face while attempting to restrain her.

According to online reports, the unidentified, off-duty police officer was wearing full uniform at his second job at the Buckhead International House of Pancakes around 4 a.m. Sunday, when he got into it with a woman who was sitting in a booth.

Witnesses say the officer began shouting at the woman and then he lunged at her. As the two began tussling, another officer joined the fracas, which prompted the woman's friend to throw a roundhouse punch at him. The 2nd officer retaliated with a hard right to the friend's jaw before wrestling her to the floor and cuffing her.

The startling video, which was filmed by an iHop patron, was quickly uploaded to YouTube, and now iHOP and the Atlanta police department find themselves in the same predicament as the McDonald's organization. If you recall, McDonald's waited 5 days to condemn a brutal assault in one of its restaurants in Baltimore, MD.

We haven't heard from iHOP yet, but the APD didn't wait that long.

It only took 2 days for a red-faced Atlanta PD spokesperson to release the following statement to the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Tuesday:

“The Atlanta Police Department is aware of the incident that took place early Sunday morning involving one of its officers attempting to arrest a patron at an IHOP in Buckhead. The matter has been referred to our Office of Professional Standards to determine whether department policies and procedures were followed. Further comment at this time would not be appropriate.”

But, according to the AJC, Roberta Caban, the friend of the woman in the black dress who was punched by the officer, said the officer went too far. Caban, who was arrested along with her friend, told Channel 2 Action News:

"I felt so bad for her, for anybody to go through that. It was very obvious that the first officer had contained her.

"No one would tell us why we were arrested, no one would tell us anything. And we wind up spending over 24 hours in jail."

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Normally I don't post videos of ghetto broads brawling inside fast food restaurants because these videos only encourage feeble minded hoodrats who think this type of thing is cute.

But this video right here disturbed me to my core. What disturbed me more than these 2 hoodrats pummeling, kicking and dragging a defenseless girl across a McDonalds floor -- is the McDonalds employees who had the nerve to film the ongoing assault without offering the young girl any assistance.

Every employee in this McDonalds -- except for the manager -- should be fired.

Kudos to the elderly lady who risked life and limb to help the poor girl. I don't find this type of violence entertaining, but obviously a lot of my people do.

And this is why we will never get ahead.

UPDATE I:

McDonalds has responded... on Twitter.

UPDATE II:

This is Vernon Hackett, 22, the McDonalds employee who filmed the assault with his cell phone at the McDonalds restaurant at 6315 Kenwood Avenue, in Rosedale, MD. I called the store this evening and spoke to a nice young lady who said this staffer's employment status is "under review." I assume that means he's suspended or fired.

Thanks to loyal reader BevGarr for sending this in!

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This story received extensive coverage in both the right and left wing media last week because it illustrated U.S. President Obama's apparent unwillingness to abide by Congress.

Like every other new president before him, Obama hand picked a special cabinet of unelected officials who must be vetted (or approved) by Congress in confirmation hearings before they can begin working for the president in sensitive government positions.

Obama then selectively chose a side group of people to do his bidding (or to give him advice) who are not vetted by Congress in confirmation hearings. These people (or henchmen) are called "Czars" and the president uses a loophole in the law to hire them almost in secret.

Czars don't have to be vetted or approved by Congress -- even though you, the taxpayer pay their salaries.

If you recall, Obama's former green jobs "czar" Van Jones was not vetted by Congress. He ended up causing all kinds of trouble before he was given the boot in 2009.

So last week Congress inserted an anti-czar rider (provision) into the new 2011 spending bill that would de-fund or limit the budget that taxpayers pay these czars -- since we don't know what the czars do anyway!

The Republicans considered the proviso to be a major victory because, according to Politico.com, Republicans had "accused the administration of giving unelected bureaucrats too much power within the White House.

But Mr. Obama took it upon himself to issue a "signing statement" ignoring the language in the new spending bill to continue paying these czars enormous salaries!

Never mind that as a candidate in 2008 Obama had promised that he would not abuse signing statements for his own personal benefit.

Naturally, the right wing media jumped all over this newest display of Obama's arrogance.

In a column he wrote for right wing political blog Hotair.com, writer AllahPundit half-joked, "You didn’t seriously think [Obama] was going to abide by the will of Congress, did you? Surely he wasn’t about to be tripped up by a duly enacted bill that dares to cut off the money he uses for his auxiliary cabinet."

The left wing media rushed to Obama's defense, saying the Republicans created Obama's 'czar problem.'

And in a statement issued last week, Mr. Obama insisted upon his right to use signing statements "to obtain advice that will assist him in carrying out his constitutional responsibilities...."

Rev. Jesse Jackson, who at one time was a respected civil rights leader, has responded to a former employee's allegations that he was fired for being gay.

According to the Windy City Times, in the original complaint, Tommy Bennett—who worked at Jackson's Rainbow Coalition from 2007-2009 as the national director of community affairs, said his sexual orientation was known to his co-workers due to his high profile side job as a radio personality on the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show.

Bennett claims he experienced discrimination almost immediately after he started the job. In addition to discrimination, Bennett said he was subjected to verbal abuse and asked to perform demeaning tasks as Jackson's travel assistant.

In 2008, Bennett claims he "was summoned to Rev. Jackson's hotel room" at the Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport Hotel, and instructed to apply cream to Jackson, who "had a rash between his legs."

Another time at the same hotel, Bennett says Jackson summoned him again, and this time he was dressed only in his "briefs and a v-neck t-shirt." Jackson allegedly became visibly aroused and his "breathing pattern had changed."

Bennett is demanding a total of $450,000 for emotional distress and punitive damages. He is also asking for an amendment of Rainbow PUSH's non-discrimination policy to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

Jesse Jackson strongly denied the allegations in an official response, calling the explosive allegations "hurtful and harmful to the progressive community".

Jackson's joint response with Rainbow PUSH stated:

The organization does not condone or tolerate discrimination in any form. [Bennett's] inflammatory allegations are an attempt to malign Rev. Jackson and the organization, and are hurtful and harmful to the progressive community. We are fully cooperating with the Chicago Commission on Human Relations and expect to be fully exonerated.”

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U.S. President Barack Obama is targeting the wealthy with planned tax hikes aimed at stabilizing the economy. The only problem is the tax hikes will ultimately affect the rest of us working stiffs who live from paycheck to paycheck.

In typical reproaching style, Obama blamed Americans for the state of the economy, saying years of overspending means every American has to make sacrifices.

Obama unveiled a plan to raise taxes and reduce borrowing over the next 12 years by $4 trillion. His cost-cutting measures included slashing the domestic budget -- and cutting politically sensitive medicare programs, as well as cutting defense spending.

Naturally, his friends and banker buddies will be spared the sharpest cuts.

But Obama insisted the rich should shoulder more of the burden to prevent the mushrooming national deficit from spinning out of control.

Defending his plan, Obama said in a speech at George Washington University today: "We have to live within our means, we have to reduce our deficit, and we have to get back on a path that will allow us to pay down our debt."

He added: "It's an approach that puts every kind of spending on the table, but one that protects the middle-class, our promise to seniors, and our investments in the future."

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U.S. President Barack Obama finally has something to smile about.

In his weekly radio address to the nation today, Obama praised both parties for their "cooperation" in sealing a deal to avert a shutdown of the federal government last night.

"The entire federal government will be open for business tomorrow—and that's because Americans of different beliefs came together today," Obama victoriously tweeted to his 7.4 million followers moments after reaching a last-minute budget deal last night.

Congress managed to avert a government shutdown at midnight that would have thrown about 800,000 federal employees out of work. A stopgap funding measure was hammered out an hour before the deadline. Both the House and Senate approved the measure and Obama signed it.

“This is good news for the American people,” Obama said in his weekly radio address on Saturday morning. “It means that small businesses can get the loans they need, our families can get the mortgages they applied for, folks can visit our national parks and museums, and hundreds of thousands of Americans will get their paychecks on time – including our brave men and women in uniform.”

Warning of more "painful" cuts yet to come, Obama praised lawmakers for "keeping politics and social issues from overtaking the budget talks," referring to the GOP's Planned Parenthood standoff. Obama warned that many federal programs that people depend on would be terminated or delayed due to budget cuts. “I would not have made these cuts in better circumstances,” he said.

Political analysts agreed that a government shutdown would have caused more damage to the Republicans than to Obama. Even though Obama, Pelosi and Harry Reid put off approving a fiscal 2011 budget in 2010 -- when they controlled both the House and the Senate -- to avoid a battle with the Republicans before the midterm elections, which ended badly for the Democrats.

Still, Obama stood firm -- and even sounded presidential -- when emphasizing the importance of living within one’s means. “Reducing spending while still investing in the future is just common sense,” he said during his weekly address to the nation. “That’s what families do in tough times. They sacrifice where they can, even if it’s hard, to afford what’s really important.”

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U.S. President Barack Obama looked like a beaten man after emerging from a White House budget meeting with GOP members last night. The budget talks between the White House and the Republicans have failed, and now the government shutdown that everyone is dreading looms large.

All nonessential government services -- including the processing of IRS refund checks - will cease at the stroke of midnight tonight. The government shutdown will throw millions of people out of work temporarily.

Troops who protect our homeland will not get paid; social security checks will not go out libraries, museums, courthouses, city parks and recreational centers will all be shut down. Edit: According to loyal reader keiond23, who works for the SSA, social security checks will go out.

The trickle down theory will go into effect as most major cities are cut off from government funding.

The shutdown could affect city nonessential services such as garbage collection and even MARTA transit service might roll to a halt.

Americans are venting their frustration on networking websites. A facebook group is organizing an event to dump garbage on House Speaker John Beohner's front lawn. Boehner is a Republican.

Former civil rights leader Jesse Jackson compared the government shutdown to civil war.

Meanwhile, Obama, 49, and his family will travel to Williamsburg, VA today to unwind and get in a little rest and relaxation.

Update I:

According to the LA Times, a planned vacation by the Obamas to Williamsburg, VA today has been canceled. The White House and Congress remain committed to resolving the budget dispute to avert a government shutdown tonight at midnight.

Originally posted on April 8, 2011 @ 10:57 a.m.

It looks like the impending government shutdown will indeed occur on Friday (April 8) if the White House and the GOP don't resolve their budget dispute. The problem is U.S. President Barack Obama's refusal to approve the budget cuts that the Republicans want.

The government shutdown won't affect U.S. President Barack Obama or anyone in Congress because they will still get paid.

But it will affect thousands of good people who go to work every day in non-essential services such as parks, museums, etc.

Naturally, the Democrats are blaming the Republicans for being stubborn.

Cynthia Tucker, the esteemed syndicated political writer for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, says if the shutdown occurs, blame House Speaker John Boehner and the GOP -- not Obama.

But we would expect her to say that since she's a Democrat. The Pulitzer prize winner in political commentary says the Dems are holding their ground. "Here’s how we got into this mess: Republican leaders didn’t keep their word," Tucker wrote on her blog this morning.

More specifically, she points the finger of blame at "the entire far right wing of the Republican Party" for demanding more than the $33 billion in cuts handed to them by the Democrats.

Tucker didn't mention that it was the Democrats who failed to pass a 2011 budget last year when they controlled Obama, the House and the Senate.

In the meantime, black people will have to scramble to make ends meet while these political millionaires take their vacations and toil in the hot sun practicing their golf swings during the shutdown.

Is this what you voted for when you elected Obama as president? Please vote responsibly when you go to the polls in 2012.

Even the most staunchest supporters of U.S. President Barack Obama can tell things are not the same as they were back in 2008 when Obama was Winning.

Over the weekend, Obama posted a campaign Launch video on his website announcing his $1 billion 2012 election bid. The video was replete with bucolic scenes of middle America and the rural countryside. Somber white people reminisced over the "underdog senator" and the "changes that we've seen in the last two and a half years."

What changes, you ask?

Well, I did note one major change from the first time Obama ran for president. That change is seen at the 1-minute mark of the video when a black woman appears onscreen and parrots the same tired excuse we've heard over and over again since Obama was sworn in as president.

"Alice" from Michigan reminds us that "President Obama is one person." Her appearance in the video is in stark contrast to Obama's past campaign videos where there was nary a black face to be found.

Alice might as well have said, 'Obama desperately needs us blacks this time around.'

Obama's arrogance allowed him to largely ignore the black community in 2008. But expect to see a lot more black faces in Obama's $1 billion campaign bid to keep his job. In coining the election phrase, "It Begins With Us" -- Obama knows that in 2012, he won't win reelection without at least acknowledging black people.