Talk about audacity. A woman has admitted to defrauding financial group ING out of over $56 million, in what's being called the largest embezzlement fraud case by a single individual in Australia's history.

Rajina Rita Subramaniam, 41, siphoned $56 million (in U.S. currency) from ING coffers, which she deposited into private accounts to fund her extravagant lifestyle. The former senior accountant for ING is accused of spending millions of dollars on cars, homes, jewelry, high end clothing, shoes, bags, exotic trips and Michael Jackson memorabilia.

When she was arrested, police recovered a haul of expensive merchandise purchased by Subramaniam, including 600 pieces of jewelry from exclusive lines such as Bulgari, Tag Heuer and Tiffany & Co.; 200 Chanel products including clothing, perfume and makeup, tailored clothing by Hugo Boss and Armani, Mont Blanc stationary and a $600 bottle of Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon champagne.

She allegedly spent more than $16 million on jewelry purchases at Paspaley Pearls jewelry store alone.

ING Group is a global asset management organization with over 54 billion in reported revenue in 2010.

Subramaniam's 20-year web of deceit unraveled in 2009 when suspicious high end retailers complained to ING about Ms. Subramaniam's extravagant million-dollar purchases.

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Accoding to the Huffington Post, former NY Congressman Anthony Weiner has announced his resignation from Congress.

Embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) announced at a press conference Thursday that he is resigning from Congress, making him the first congressman whose career was wrecked by indiscretions on Twitter.

Weiner, who mistakenly tweeted a photo of his underwear-clad erection last month and then lied to cover it up, had been under escalating pressure to quit as one embarrassing revelation after another came to light. The New York Times was first to report on Thursday that he had succumbed to that pressure.

It's over folks! Keep it moving. There's nothing to see here...

U.S. President Barack Obama said he would resign if he were in NY Congressman Anthony Weiner's shoes.

Obama said Monday that Weiner's behavior -- sending vulgar photos of himself to at least six women on the Internet -- was "highly inappropriate" and that Weiner had embarrassed himself, his wife and his family.

Obama stopped short of calling for Weiner's resignation, and he doesn't have the power to fire Weiner. But Obama said Weiner "should probably step back" if he couldn't perform his job duties effectively.

Obama made the statements during an interview for NBC's "Today Show" on Monday.

A White House spokesman called the media frenzy surrounding Weiner "a distraction from the important business that this President needs to conduct and Congress needs to conduct."

Weiner has stubbornly refused to step down despite calls from fellow Democrats to resign. About 20 of Weiner's constituents rallied in front of his office calling for his resignation on Monday.

The embattled congressman took a leave of absence on Friday to seek unspecified treatment for an unspecified problem. Weiner most likely suffers from narcissistic personality disorder (NPD), which is very difficult to cure.

A female writer for CNN says Congress shouldn't force Anthony Weiner to resign -- even as the latest graphic images from the embattled congressman's Blackberry hit the Internet this weekend.

CNN contributor Anne-Marie Slaughter, who teaches politics at Princeton University, wrote that men like Weiner should be excused for their bad behavior because the job of being a public servant is a thankless, low paying one.

She added that these representatives, who are "willing to give themselves up to the public" are "competitive, driven, extroverted and high risk takers" with "high testosterone."

Ms. Slaughter argues that the downside of all that drive and testosterone is a scandal or two that we should all be willing to accept without regret.

Slaughter writes that we should look the other way in Weiner's case because his character flaws, "if properly channeled" are "the sources of the kind of bold, decisive, even daring action that this country needs from its leaders."

I'm not making any of this up.

Last week CNN featured an article by a writer who argued that society shouldn't be so quick to bash Weiner's narcissistic sexting because we're ALL sexually deviant in one way or another.

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If you've been wondering who influences the fashion tastes of the NBA's Big Three, Amar'e Stoudemire, LeBron James and Chris Bosh; meet their stylist, Rachel Johnson.

Johnson is a six-foot tall sista who parlayed her impeccable style and taste into a successful career as a personal shopper to celebs, such as Jamie Foxx, Puffy, Keyshia Cole, Ne-Yo and the Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire.

A quick Google search reveals that Johnson, 36, has put in her time picking out ties and matching socks for her friends and well-heeled clients:

After over a decade of working on countless photo shoots, videos, commercials and red carpet appearances, Rachel launched the Thomas Faison Agency with the goal to provide stylistic freedom for just about anyone who seeks it. She and her accomplished team of wardrobe visionaries “view style as intensely personal and a reflection of the individual.” Source

In this video, Rachel gives you an insider's peek into the closet of the Miami Heat's LeBron James. Watch as LeBron, who always has to have everyone's attention focused on him, interrupts Rachel repeatedly as she explains her styling techniques. Narcissists are annoying

Follow Rachel on Twitter @LovingRachel.

Just days after announcing a separation from her serial cheater husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, a proud Maria Shriver appeared as a special guest on Oprah's Final show taping yesterday in Chicago.

Shriver, 55, moved out of her Brentwood mansion in January after finding out about her husband's affair and love child with the household maid. According to London tabloid the Daily Mail, Shriver miserable in her marriage to the 63-year-old sperminator, but she stayed in the marriage for the sake of her children.

Shriver displayed the same lionhearted strength and courage as her mother's generation of submissive women who stood by their man and put their own needs on hold in order to further his career.

She bravely supported Schwarzenegger, even in the face of damning evidence of his rampant cheating. Little did Shriver know that her husband, whom she gave up a promising TV journalism career for, was pursuing and humping his homely maid in every room of the house that they shared with their children.

Shriver and Schwarzenegger have four children together, Katherine, 21, Christina, 19, Patrick, 17, and Christopher, 13.

Both Shriver and the maid, 50-year-old Mildred "Patti" Baena, were reportedly pregnant around the same time with their sons. Shriver was led to believe that Baena's son was the spawn of her then-husband, who later filed for divorce from Baena.

Two of Shriver's children, Katherine and Patrick, changed their Twitter.com screen names from Schwarzenegger to Shriver in support of their mother yesterday.

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According to Roger Friedman of Showbiz411, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon‘s new twins were almost victims of a tabloid scam.

On Tuesday a woman from the Department of Child Protective Services showed up at the LA area hospital where Carey was breastfeeding her twins Monroe and Roc.

The twins were born 2 weeks prematurely and therefore they had higher bilirubin levels in their blood than normal full-term babies. So they required a week's nap inside incubators under ultraviolet lights to decrease their jaundice.

Friedman's story goes that Carey wasn't lactating enough to feed both babies, so a nurse in the NICU suggested that she drink a bottle of Guinness Stout beer to stimulate lactation and increase milk production in her breasts.

Supposedly, the social worker told Nick Cannon she was following up on a claim of neglect (called in by a hospital staffer or a tabloid reporter), because Carey was drinking alcoholic beer and taking pain pills (for her C-section and her rumored tummy tuck) while breast feeding.

The social worker, in cahoots with a nurse (on a tabloid's payroll), was hoping she could get a picture of the babies to sell to the tabs. But Cannon intervened so no pictures were allowed.

In response to the attempted scam, a horrified Cannon said, “Taxpayer money was wasted, too, because this was labeled an emergency. It was ridiculous.”

Aside from the scam, which is clearly illegal, would a nurse really suggest that a postpartum patient drink alcoholic beer to stimulate breast milk production?

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich just announced his candidacy for president of the United States.

The Republican from Georgia made his announcement via social networking website Twitter.com today: "I believe we can return America to hope and opportunity,” Gingrich said. “We’ve done it before, we can do it again.”

Gingrich will make his first official appearance as a candidate on Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity Show tonight.

Gingrich is the first major Republican candidate to enter the 2012 race. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty are expected to toss their hats into the ring soon. And former governor Sarah Palin hasn't officially announced her candidacy yet.

Naturally, Gingrich's announcement is causing quite a stir on Twitter.com.

Click the link to see U.S. President Barack Obama's response to Gingrich's announcement.

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Buoyed by the news that the economy unexpectedly added more than 200,000 jobs last month, U.S. President Barack Obama visited a transmission plant in Indianapolis today to promote his clean energy agenda.

Obama didn't mention the execution of the world's #1 terrorist, Osama bin Laden, by special Navy SEAL commando forces on Monday. Instead he focused on the early signs of an economic recovery.

"We've made this progress at a time when our economy's been facing some serious headwinds," the president told workers, citing high gas prices and the earthquake in Japan.

But the highlight of Obama's agenda was his visit to the returning Navy SEALS, Night Stalkers and helicopter crews of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell in Kentucky today.

As demonstrators all over Pakistan burned American flags in mass protests of bin Laden's death, Obama thanked the helicopter crews that flew the Navy SEAL commandos into Abbottabad where Osama had been hiding out for the last 5 years.

Bin Laden's youngest wife, who was injured during the raid, said she and bin Laden never left the upper two floors of the million dollar mansion in the 5 years since they moved in.

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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.

Remember when you and your friends rushed to the polls in 2008 in hopes of electing the first biracial president to the White House? You had high expectations that this president would do more for black people than any other president (except for Abe Lincoln, Kennedy and Clinton).

Well, a controversial decision by the Obama administration has just set black people back a hundred years in Dayton, Ohio.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (under Obama's orders) put pressure on Dayton's Civil Service Board to lower the police recruit exam's passing test scores because too many black recruits were failing the test.

The original passing scores determined by Civil Service required candidates to answer 57 of 86 (66 percent) questions correctly on one portion and 73 of 102 (72 percent) on the other. The lowered benchmark requires candidates to answer 50 of 86 (58 percent) questions correctly and 64 of 102 (63 percent) of questions on the other. Source

Naturally, the citizens of Dayton (whose taxes will pay the salaries of these unintelligent officers) are outraged at the rule change.

Who wants to live in a city where certain members of the police force (regardless of their skin color) can't pass a basic competency exam by at least a C minus? If a D is all that is required to pass the exam, why give the exam at all?

Zachary Williams is among those who are outraged.

Williams, 21, is one of 225 black applicants who took the November police entrance exam. He doesn't know if he passed because the test scores were rejected by Obama and the Justice department due to the large number of black applicants failing the test.

Once the scores were lowered, Williams (pictured above) and the other black applicants were given a 2nd chance to take the exam. But Williams thinks lowering the test scores so that more blacks can pass is the wrong method.

“This isn’t your normal 9 to 5 job," Williams said. "I don’t want to be in a department where I was hired because of my skin color. I want it because I earned it.”

Community leaders agree with Williams and said the Justice Department’s method stigmatizes blacks.

Keith Lander, chairman of the local Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said the lowering of the test score “is a slap in the face to black people.

“Black people are not dumb,” he said.

First it was black people, and now the fawning celebrities have turned their backs on U.S. President Barack Obama. Actor Matt Damon is at the forefront of celebrities voicing their opinions on Obama's dismal track record of keeping his promises.

"I no longer hope for audacity," said Damon, who was one of the President's earliest and best-known celebrity supporters during his 2008 campaign. Damon expressed his disappointment in the way the country was being run on CNN's Piers Morgan Show on Mar. 3.

He also slammed the President for failing to follow through on many of his campaign promises, particularly on education.

"I really think he misinterpreted his mandate and has doubled down on a lot of things. The idea that we're testing kids and we're tying teachers salaries to how kids are performing on tests, that kind of mechanized thinking has nothing to do with higher order. We're training them, not teaching them."

Other A-list celebs who threw their full support behind Obama in 2008 are now speaking out against his policies.

Barbra Streisand told Larry King last year that she thought the President should have been more aggressive on certain issues, like overturning the 'don't ask, don't tell' ban on gay people serving in the military.

Even though the measure was eventually overturned, Glee's Jane Lynch criticised Obama's handling of gay rights issues in general, calling him a "huge disappointment".

"We thought the great hope of Obama was going to magically change all that," she said. "He's just nicely walking the middle."

Obama can't please everyone, but he should at least try and appease the people who helped him win the election.

This is the most sense I've heard U.S. President Barack Obama make since he was elected. While I empathize with the little people who will be affected if the NFL lockout occurs today, Obama was right when he said, "the fans" are the ones who allow for all that money they're making. And it's the fans who are worrying "about making the mortgage and, you know, paying for their kids’ college education."

Why should the president of the United States intervene when greedy people can't decide how to divvy up millions of dollars between them?

Here's the full text of Obama's statement:

We’ve got owners, most of whom are worth close to $1 billion; you’ve got players who are making millions of dollars. My working assumption at a time when people are having to cut back, compromise, and worry about making the mortgage and, you know, paying for their kids’ college education, is that the two parties should be able to work it out without the president of the United States intervening.

I’m a big football fan, but I also think that for an industry that’s making $9 billion a year in revenue, they can figure out how to divide it up in a sensible way. And be true to their fans, who are the ones who, obviously, allow for all the money that they’re making. So my expectation and hope is that they’ll resolve it without me intervening, because it turns out I’ve got a lot of other stuff to do.

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In addition to being a tenured professor at Mississippi Valley State, Oprah Winfrey's first cousin, Jo Baldwin, is also an ordained minister who preaches at two churches every Sunday.

Oprah knew that Ms. Baldwin was a deeply religious woman when she hired her to be her speechwriter shortly after the enormously popular Oprah Winfrey Show debuted. Later she promoted Baldwin to VP of her company Harpo Inc, according to Gawker.com.

"When I received my PhD in 1985 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Oprah asked me where I was going to work," said Jo Baldwin in the summer of 2010. "I said I would be applying for a position at Ebony magazine as a copy editor. Oprah said she did not like Linda Johnson Rice [owner of Ebony] and I should come to work for her instead. So I did."

"I was to work for her for three years, but she fired me without notice after two years... I heard from someone later that she got rid of me because she got tired of me talking about Jesus all the time... Oprah preferred the teachings of Shirley MacLaine's books, such as Dancing in the Light and Out on a Limb, which Oprah made me read but I didn't think much of."

Space travel has become so commonplace, that the media barely mentions a scheduled space shuttle takeoff in the news any more.

Last week, NASA announced that Mark Kelly -- a veteran of 3 space flights -- would be piloting the space shuttle Endeavour on its final flight into outer space.

Immediately after NASA's announcement, the questions began: why was Kelly leaving his wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who is in rehab recovering from a head shot, to fly into outer space for two weeks?

Kelly, who was in Houston on Jan. 8 when Giffords was shot, rushed to Tucson, Arizona to be by her side. It wasn't long before he was in front of the cameras giving daily updates on Giffords' condition.

Most husbands would have taken a leave of absence from their jobs to care for their wives. But a narcissist puts his needs above all others. It is more important for Mr. Kelly to pilot the final space mission for the shuttle program, than it is to remain by his wife's side and allow another pilot to get the glory.

As the whispers grew louder, Kelly defended his selfish action, saying that his wife would be "very comfortable" with his decision to fly off into space for two weeks.

He avoided reporters questions about her condition or how he knows she would be comfortable with his choice.

"I know her very well and she would be very comfortable with the decision that I made," Kelly said tersely.

"The longest amount of time we've spent together is probably a couple of weeks at a stretch," Kelly told the NY Times when the couple wed in 2007. It should be noted that Kelly was still married to his first wife when he met the congresswoman in 2003. He eventually divorced his wife to marry Giffords.

Kelly predicted that Giffords, 40, will be at Cape Canaveral, Fla., on April 19 for shuttle Endeavour's liftoff.

"I have every intention that she'll be there for the launch. I've talked to her doctors about that," he said confidently.

Between now and then, Kelly, 46, will be kept busy working long hours in preparation for the space flight. There will be limited time to spend with his wife, who can breathe on her own although she still has a breathing tube down her throat.

Doctors plan to plug Giffords' breathing tube so she can speak. But probably not before Kelly joins the other astronauts in quarantine a week before the launch.

Industry veteran Mike Kyser has been named the first-ever President of Black Music for the Atlantic Records Group.

The announcement was made yesterday by Atlantic Chairman/COO Julie Greenwald and Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman. Kyser, who began his music career two decades ago at Def Jam Recordings, joined Atlantic Records in 2004 as Executive Vice President of Urban Music.

In the early years of his career, Kyser (who was a DJ) worked and toured with such artists as Public Enemy, LL Cool J, Jay-Z, Method Man, Redman, Foxy Brown, Warren G, and Montell Jordan. Kyser was instrumental in staging the historic, record-breaking "Hard Knock Life" stadium tour with Jay-Z, DMX, Method Man, and Redman in 1999.

In 2009, Kyser was a key player in one of Jay-Z's most successful releases to date, The Blueprint 3. He spearheaded Jay-Z's achieving his 11th #1 album, surpassing Elvis Presley as the solo artist with the most #1 albums, while leading the team that delivered Jay-Z his first #1 Billboard Hot 100 single as a lead performer, the
multi-Grammy nominated "Empire State Of Mind" duet with Alicia Keys.

"To say that this is a dream come true is an understatement," said Kyser in a press release. "The heritage of black music at Atlantic Records is second to none in this industry, and it is both humbling and thrilling to take on this new post at a label with such an amazing legacy. We have a fantastic roster of talent, combined with the best staff in the business, and I'm looking forward to building on our achievements to take black music at Atlantic Records to new heights."

Some of you may know Kyser as the elusive, but popular @Littleburger on Twitter.com. For a while, many in the industry believed @Littleburger was really singer chris brown.

Photos: Wireimage/Getty and Atlantic Records

Beyonce? Nope, it's Rev. Run's daughter, reality TV personality, boutique owner and socialite Angela Simmons who is tired of the paparazzi ignoring her unless she's wearing a string bikini. Angela decided to show them that she's a narcissist worthy of their attention even with clothing on. The 23-year-old entrepreneur was spotted leaving the upscale Mayfair Hotel and heading to Funky Buddha Club in London last night.

Reality TV personality and NFL wide receiver Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson, 33, is one of the numerous C and D-list celebrities in Dallas this week to attend the pre-Super Bowl XLV festivities. If the chick interviewing him looks familiar to you, that's because she is Ines Sainz, the curvaceous 32-year-old Mexican reporter who could have sued the NY Jets in 2010 for that sexual harassment drama that she casually brushed aside. Even so, the incident made her a media darling who could have commanded top dollar for interviews. But Sainz, who has several college degrees including a masters in tax law, chose to be taken seriously for her work, and not as a sexy opportunist with a microphone. Good for her!

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Singer Kelis, 31, and her nanny (who looks like she's with child herself) were spotted taking her son Knight Jones, 1, along for a stroll over the weekend in the Larchmont Village section of Los Angeles. The "Milkshake" singer hasn't had a hit since "Bossy" in 2007.

Still, her ongoing legal issues with her baby daddy, rapper Nas, 37, keeps her relevant and in front of us -- at least for the time being.

Meanwhile, her ex-housekeeper, an undocumented worker, has taken her dispute with Kelis to the tabloid press. According to TMZ.com, the maid, who earned a respectable $150 a day cleaning up Kelis' mess, wants Kelis to pay her the $900 she owes her.

According to sources, the housekeeper is currently exploring her legal options -- trying to lock down a lawyer to see if she can file anything with the California Labor Commission.

The only problem is the maid is an illegal alien. So she may not have a legal leg to stand on. At any rate, Kelis doesn't look like she's worried a bit.  Photos by: Brooks/INF PHOTO

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Three weeks after admitting that releasing a single with rapper Nicki Minaj was the wrong move, singer Keyshia Cole officially dumped her manager, Manny Halley. Cole made the announcement yesterday via her Twitter.com account.

But Sandrarose.com readers already knew this was coming.

Manny Halley's decision to release "I Ain’t Thru” as the first single off Keyshia's new CD Calling All Hearts, caused a rift between Keyshia's management and her label, Interscope Records.

In a recent interview with the AP, Cole admitted that she bore part of the blame for releasing the disastrous single with Minaj.

The label didn’t really want to drop the record because they knew that people wanted a more intense, soulful record from me about love and I really should have followed (their) direction. But I wanted that to be a statement record. It’s like saying, ‘I’m doing me, you know. I don’t have no regrets for nothing that I’m doing’

As I noted in an earlier post, Cole failed to mention the power struggle between Halley and Interscope records that spilled from the boardroom into the streets, and reached the ear of a certain notorious blogger.

Once label execs began openly expressing their disdain for Halley, word spread around the industry like wildfire that Cole had dumped Halley as her manager and hired a woman to manage her affairs.

In an effort to contain the rumors before she could release an official statement, Cole and her publicist, Tresa Sanders, reached out to Sandrarose.com on December 16, 2010. Although the content of that call can not be made public, I will tell you that Keyshia sounded very concerned about the information that had already leaked out of Interscope Records.

One Interscope record label exec told me the album sounded like it was “rushed in the studio.” The exec, who asked to remain anonymous, indicated that the higher ups at the label weren’t happy with the end product and they voted to shelve the album indefinitely. But, he said, Keyshia’s management (Halley) insisted that the album be released.

“There’s no way to predict how people will respond to things,” said Ron Fair, chairman of Geffen (Interscope) Records. “It’s something that Keyshia really wanted to say.”

Calling All Hearts is in stores now.