A black woman who told U.S. President Obama she was "exhausted" defending him and waiting for him to bring about economic change, has lost her job.

Velma Hart, who told Obama she was worried about her family's financial future, was laid off from her job as the Chief Financial Officer of a veteran’s service organization this week.

"I'm an American veteran, and I'm one of your middle class Americans," Hart said in September during the Town Hall meeting. "And quite frankly, I'm exhausted. Exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for. And deeply disappointed with where we are right now."

Her supervisor denies laying Hart off because she stood up to Obama.

"It's not anything she did," said Jim King, the national executive director of Am Vets. "She got bit by the same snake that has bit a lot of people. It was a move to cut our bottom line. Most not-for-profits are seeing their money pinched."

He declined to say whether others in Hart's department had also been laid off.

"Velma was a good employee," he told a writer from the Washington Post. "It was just a matter of looking at the bottom line and where could we make the best cuts and survive."

The tea party movement seized upon Hart's comments to Obama as proof that Obama was losing touch with his hard core supporters - African American voters.

Despite chasing the black vote, Obama and the Democrats suffered a humiliating defeat during November's midterm Congressional elections.

Have you seen these disturbing photos of little children being undressed and fondled at the nation's busiest airports? What's going on here? Is this what you elected Barack Obama to do? Welcome to George Orwell’s 1984.

In Orwell’s classic novel 1984 (published in 1949), he described in eerie detail a future government (led by the almighty Big Brother) that would strip away the rights of average citizens in order to bring them under complete control.

Who knew Big Brother would turn out to be an actual brother?

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has a new pat-down procedure that involves a security worker running a hand up the inside of passengers' legs and along the cheek of the buttocks, as well as making direct contact with the groin area. Passengers -- including children and babies -- are pat down by the same-sex security employees.

Travelers have the option of being pat down or walking through a full-body scanner, which shows their full anatomy to an operator in a private room. Travelers who refuse either option are subject to arrest and a fine of $11,000.

The open job spots for airport screeners are certain to draw out the pedophiles in our midst. There's no word on if applications submitted for airport screeners have increased recently.


As you know, Island Def Jam Records is home to such superstar music acts as Rihanna, Mariah Carey and the recently signed Jennifer Lopez. The record label, which falls under the Universal Music Group umbrella, is run by veteran record honcho LA Reid.

Here is a peek into what goes on inside the Def Jam offices while Reid is away, presumably promoting his artists. The video was leaked online by Def Jam staffer Jycorri "SPitty" Robinson.

The background music is Jeremih's "Down On Me" Featuring 50 Cent & Keenan Cahill. This is the version that you saw on a recent episode of "Chelsea Lately". Supposedly, Jeremih, 50 Cent and Keenan Cahil are shooting an official video together.

After the political drubbing U.S. President Barack Obama and the Democrats took during last week's midterm elections, Obama is determined not to cave in to the republicans. He steadfastly refuses to extend George Bush's tax cuts for the wealthy which expire at the end of the year.

Obama denied statements made by his senior advisor David Axelrod to the Huffington Post. Axelrod suggested that the administration was ready to back a temporary extension of the current rates. Mr. Obama said Mr. Aelrod's comments were "misinterpreted."

"Here's the right interpretation -- I want to make sure that taxes don't go up for middle class families starting on January 1st," Obama said at a news conference at the conclusion of the G-20 Summit here. "That is my number one priority for those families and for our economy. I also believe that it would be fiscally irresponsible for us to permanently extend the high income tax cuts." [link]

Economists argue that not extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy "would constitute a profound and damaging ‘anti-stimulus’ that would harm our prospects for expansion in the near future.” [link]

In a letter signed by more than 300 economists, The National Taxpayer Union argued that raising taxes on the wealthy would result in lost jobs and hiring freezes. "The promise of a tax increase in January 2011 would create significant economic distortions as individuals and businesses conserve capital or stave off hiring,” the letter reads.

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Bu Thiam, VP of A&R of Def Jam Records, and superstar Akon's brother, wants to clear the air about Def Jam CEO LA Reid and his rumored departure from the label.

According to Bu, Mr. Reid's job is safe... for now.

As an Island Def Jam Executive, and more importantly a music fan, the recent heat that LA Reid has come under, in my opinion is extremely whack! Everyday I've been getting calls from people asking "When is LA getting fired? or what happened to Def Jam?"

The ironic thing about this whole situation is that, over the last twenty five years there are few people more qualified to run a label. When I hear people say that LA can't hear hit records, I wonder do they realize that LA's produced over thirty number one singles...Or when people say LA can't pick stars, do they realize that he signs, develops and creatively supports some of the most culturally significant artists of our generation, Usher, Pink, TLC, Justin Bieber, Avril, Outkast, Mariah, Ne-Yo, Rihanna, Jeezy, Rick Ross, Nas and Kanye, to name a few. Or when people say that LA doesn't care about anyone but himself, do they realize that he's groomed some of the best executives and helped put the city of Atlanta on the musical map forever?

In the end instead of adding to the drama, I think we should all stand up and support someone who's given more opportunities to men and women in the music industry than anyone else in the business.

The state of Maryland has hired armed guards to patrol all unemployment offices as the end of unemployment benefits for thousands of unemployed residents draws near.

No specific incidents prompted the action said Department of Workforce Development spokesman Marc Lotter, according to 6News' Norman Cox.

Lotter said the agency is merely being cautious due to the approach of an early-December deadline when thousands of Indiana residents could see their unemployment benefits end after exhausting the maximum 99 weeks provided through multiple federal extension periods.

"Given the upcoming expiration of the federal extensions and the increased stress on some of the unemployed, we thought added security would provide an extra level of protection for our employees and clients," he said.

Meanwhile, U.S. President Barack Obama has no events on his schedule today after non-stop campaigning to try and stem the Democratic bloodletting that will occur when millions of disenchanted voters go to the polls tomorrow.

A new Gallup poll finds an unprecedented enthusiasm gap favoring Republicans in the midterm elections.

In a recent CNN poll, 75% of Americans say things are going badly -- the highest percentage since the question was first asked in the mid-1970s.

Even though U.S. President Barack Obama's name is not on the ballot in the upcoming midterm elections, he has hit the campaign trail hard because he desperately needs a win.

So for the first time in 20 months, Obama, who is half black, is reaching out to the black and independent voters whose passion and eagerness to make history, helped propel him into office in 2008.

Never mind that he promised the moon and the stars -- and failed to deliver -- Obama fully expects black voters to turn out in record numbers at the polls on November 2nd.

“We need to finish the plan you elected me to put in place. And I need you. I need you because this isn’t going to be easy," said Obama at a Congressional Black Caucus’ annual dinner last month. [link]

A typical narcissist, Obama has made the midterm elections all about him rather than about the politicians whose names are on the ballot. He has made it clear that a loss for the Democrats in November would be a devastating failure for him personally.

“Don’t make me look bad, now,” Obama pleaded at a rally on the campus of historically black Bowie State University last week.

“Two years ago you defied the conventional wisdom in Washington,” Obama told thousands of black supporters Sunday at a rally in Philadelphia. “They said, ‘No you can’t. No you can’t elect a skinny guy with a funny name to the presidency of the United States,’” he added.

But not everyone in the black community hears Obama's rallying cry. There are some who are suspicious of Obama's sudden interest in the black community -- even if they don't voice their suspicions out loud.

“We haven’t heard from you in a while,” radio host Tom Joyner said sarcastically to the president at the start of his interview last month. [link]

“You know, I don’t get a chance to do much radio these days,” replied Obama, who records a weekly radio address every Saturday morning.

It's clear that Obama's faithful flock doesn't hold him to the same standards that they held George Bush to. Despite record unemployment in the black community, there are those who still make excuses for O.

“We know that people have short memories, but they have to remember that Barack Obama didn’t create this problem,” Carolyn Pinkney, an African American voter, said at Obama’s rally.

“Of course there’s some disenchantment because the president came in with such high expectations levels,” said Rendell. “But on the other hand there’s still a lot of African Americans who say, ‘Hey, he’s not superman and he can’t change everything in 20 months.’” [link]

U.S. President barack Obama stood grinning in front of a cheering crowd of 17,000 during a campaign rally in Philadelphia on Sunday, when suddenly a book thrown from the crowd whistled past his head.

Obama seemed to be oblivious to the book toss. If he knew that the book narrowly missed his head, he sure didn't indicate it.

Meanwhile, police and Secret Service had their hands full after subduing a man who decided to strip completely naked at the rally.

It isn't clear if the man was the book tosser, or what happened to his clothes. But it is clear that the man's protest action was in reference to the children's storybook fable "The Emperor's New Clothes," about a man -- in this case, Obama -- who is so narcissistic and self-absorbed that he simply can't see his own flaws or the fact that he is being made a fool of.

I wonder if that the hurled book might have contained short stories, including the children's classic "The Emperor's New Clothes"?

The book throwing incident is reminiscent of the infamous shoe throwing incident that occurred at a Bush press press conference in Baghdad in 2008.

An enraged Iraqi journalist stood up and hurled both of his shoes (one by one) at the head of former president George Bush, before being immediately tackled and jailed.

Philly's huge rally is part of Obama's plan to reconnect with black voters and to re-energize his base that got him elected president.

Obama largely ignored black people during his run for president in 2008. Though Obama's support among blacks remains high, he doesn't enjoy the same level of comfort that he did in '08 when he knew for sure that blacks would vote him. The unspoken opinion in the black community is "What have you done for me lately"?

With high unemployment and a housing crisis that is nearing the critical stage, Obama and the Democrats are attempting to avoid a bloodbath in the upcoming midterm elections on Nov. 2.

Republicans need to pick up 40 seats to win power in the House and would need to gain 10 seats in the Senate to take control from the Democrats.

Governing parties typically lose seats in U.S. midterm elections, which take place in the middle of a president's four-year term. But polls indicate that Democratic losses are likely to be particularly severe. [link]


Word on la calle is that Island Records honcho LA Reid and singer/songwriter/label exec The Dream are out at Def Jam.

I heard this rumor over the weekend, and after stifling a yawn I moved on with my life. Who really cares? Isn't this the 200th time we've heard this rumor? I'm beginning to think Reid himself is putting out these rumors to keep his name on everyone's lips.

Anyway, my nephew Sam over at ThatGrapeJuice says the rumors are not true:

Reports have been swirling today that Island Def Jam CEO, Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid, had been fired from his post by the heads of the Universal Music Group. However, XXL magazine has received word from an official representative of the label who confirms that the rumours “are completely untrue and without merit”.

Reid, who became the head of IDJ in 2004, is credited for signing Mariah Carey, Young Jeezy, Justin Bieber and OutKast to the label. However, the music mogul received severe criticism from industry pundits after the underwhelming performances of Rihanna and Carey’s most recent studio albums as well as for adding rapper Shyne and Jennifer Lopez to the label’s lineup.

A man who torched a Qur'an while off-duty was fired from his job as a New Jersey transit worker, according to the NY Daily News.

Derek Fenton, 39, tore pages out of a Qur'an and lit the Muslim Holy book on fire in front of the planned NY mosque near ground zero on the anniversary of Sept. 11.

Fenton told reporters that he was protesting the planned construction of the controversial mosque.

After burning the Qur'an, Fenton was escorted to jail by police. "He said, 'This is America,' and he wanted to stand up for it, in a Tea Party kind of way," a police source said.

But police say Fenton looked like he was having second thoughts about his actions after being released from jail.

"He looked nervous, like he was starting to think it wasn't such a good idea," the police source said.

On Monday Fenton learned he was terminated from his job after 11 years at NJ Transit.

NJ Transit said Fenton was fired but wouldn't give specifics. "Mr. Fenton's public actions violated New Jersey Transit's code of ethics," an agency statement said.

"NJ Transit concluded that Mr. Fenton violated his trust as a state employee and therefore [he] was dismissed." [read more]

According to the Daily News, neighbors in Fenton's town described him as a "family man" who "loves his kids and he loves trains."

"Good for him for burning the Koran," neighbor Jacqui Marquez, 40, said.

"Everybody's entitled to their opinion," she added. "By firing him, they're sending a message that there's no freedom of speech. They're completely wrong for doing this."

According to CNN, the owner of the NY Jets has apologized to a female TV reporter who was the victim of sexual harassment by Jets personnel.

Ines Sainz, a former Miss Spain who now works for popular Mexican network TV Azteca, told CNN's Rick Sanchez that Jets owner Woody Johnson called her on Monday to apologize for the team's inappropriate behavior. She said she accepted his apology.

On Saturday, Sainz tweeted that she was “dying of embarrassment,” after players began hooting and hollering and an assistant coach threw footballs at her as she stood on the sideline during a team practice.

“To be quite honest, it didn’t bother me," said Sainz in an interview with TV Azteca. "I took it as a joke, and none of the footballs actually hit me.”

Then, when she entered the locker room to interview Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, she said she heard players discussing her.

"I try not to hear anything, try not to pay attention. My cameraman told me, 'Don't look on the right, don't look at the left," she said. "But I really feel the noise and all the environment was talking about me."

Sainz said that a colleague later told her what the players said about her in the locker room.

"One colleague – one female colleague – came with me and [told] me, 'I'm so sorry. It mustn't happen. It's not OK,'" Sainz said. "So I tried to calm her. … I really know that she [heard] something that I didn't hear, and the rest of the media … heard things that I didn't really hear. So I really appreciate the concern about it."

Sainz said she thought no more of it until the next day when she learned the incidents were the talk of the NFL.

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What is Barack Obama's preoccupation with dogs?

When he ran for president he referred to himself as a mutt. Recently, during a guest appearance on the partisan TV talk show, The View, he referred to black people as mongrels. And during a speech in Wisconsin over the weekend, Obama complained that special interest groups in Washington weren't happy with him. "They talk about me like a dog," he whined.

Obama was quick to mention that his whining wasn't a part of the prepared speech (I'm sure his speech preparer cringed when he heard that). It probably didn't matter to Obama that whining is not a part of his job description either. But, like a true narcissist, everything has to be about him.

Someone should explain to Obama that presidents don't whine or complain or try to pass the buck the way he;s been doing for the past 2 years.

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According to a press release, Linda Johnson Rice, chairman and CEO of Johnson Publishing Company, Inc. (JPC), announced today that Desirée Rogers has been named chief executive officer of JPC.

As you know, Rogers was unceremoniously discharged from her White House Social Secretary post earlier this year after a scandalous security lapse that allowed a reality TV couple to attend a White House state dinner.

JPC publishes Jet and Ebony magazines and is the world's largest black owned publishing company. JPC's other brands includes Fashion Fair Cosmetics and Ebony Fashion Fair.

”Desirée has a proven track record of successful business leadership,” said Linda Johnson Rice. “She is a longstanding confidant and a savvy businesswoman who is committed to the strategic growth of Johnson Publishing Company. I look forward to working side by side with her as we embark upon this next phase for the company.”

Rogers will oversee the day-to-day operations of the company. She will be responsible for aligning core business strategies for all brands.

Troubled actress Lindsay Lohan received lots of goodies at the California jail where she is incarcerated yesterday. The candy man delivered gobs of snacks such as Hersey's chocolate bars, Skittles, M&M's, Fritos, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, Coke and Pepsi, directly to Lindsay's cell at the Lynnwood Jail in Los Angeles, CA.

I didn't know that a single inmate could order all that junk at one time?

Family members of other inmates at the jail have complained bitterly about all the special treatment LiLo is receiving while she serves two weeks of a 3 month sentence. One woman whose daughter is locked up in the same facility says every time LiLo moves the entire prison is placed on lock down.

This kind of flies in the face of the warden's promise that Lindsay isn't receiving special treatment while she's incarcerated.

Lindsay also received a special delivery of a different kind yesterday. Several packages and boxes from Amazon.com were delivered directly to Lindsay at the Lynnwood Jail. What amazes me is the fact that the delivery guy showed Lindsay's personal mail to the mob of paparazzi gathered outside the prison. Isn't that illegal? I hope the poor guy doesn't get fired.

According to conservative political commentator Patrick J. Buchanon, white voters who helped put U.S. president Barack Obama in the White House are now abandoning him in droves.

In a post on World Net Daily, Buchanon sees the rush to judgment and hasty termination of former USDA official Shirley Sherrod as the latest in a long list of racial missteps by an Obama administration that once promised to be "post-racial."

Once it was revealed that Sherrod was innocent of being biased against a white farmer, the White House quickly distanced itself from the embarrassing snafu. Press secretary Robet Gibbs claimed it was Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's lone decision to fire Sherrod. But Vlisack reports directly to Obama, doesn't he?

And why was an Obama senior official praising other White House staff in a Tuesday morning closed-door meeting for acting quickly on Sherrod's termination? That hardly sounds like the White House had nothing to do with Sherrod's firing.

What it sounds like is the White House jumped the gun because it was desperate to appease the right wing critics in the media.

“[The White House] desperately want to be liked by the right, and this pathological need to ingratiate themselves with people who want to destroy them lead them to make stupid move after stupid move,” complained Markos Moulitsas, who runs the influential Daily Kos blog. [link]

But that's all besides the point, according to Buchanon:

What was it that caused the rush to judgment by Vilsack, the NAACP and a White House that supported the ouster of Sherrod without talking to her or viewing the full tape?

Panic. The White House fears it is losing white America because of a false perception that it harbors a bias against white America.

For though the black community remains solidly behind Obama, ...whites in America still outnumber blacks five to one. And if forced constantly to come down on one side or the other of a racial divide, most folks will wind up with their own.

As the National Journal's Ron Brownstein has been reporting, white America is increasingly alienated and distrustful of all our major economic and political power centers – the banks, big corporations, the government.

And, for the first time in our lifetimes outside the South, white racial consciousness has visibly begun to rise. READ MORE...

It would have been so much easier for Obama if he had done what he promised his supporters he would do when he got into the White House: create new jobs and ease homeowners' fears of losing their homes.

But narcissists like Obama rarely keep their promises.

In an interview with CNN shortly after the White House forced her to resign on Monday (July 19), former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod said that a White House liason with the USDA demanded her resignation "because you're going to be on Glenn Beck tonight."

It seems that the White House was more concerned with what Fox News' Glenn Beck would say about a snippet of video that had been edited by a right wing conservative blogger to portray Sherrod as a biased racist.

But as this clip shows, Beck (who had not yet seen the full Sherrod video) came out in support of Sherrod on his show. Beck supported the USDA's former director of rural development in Georgia, even though he did not know that Sherrod did not discriminate against a white farmer.

"I'm puzzled by this," said Beck, "I believe that someone is innocent until proven guilty." Beck went on to accuse the Obama administration and the NAACP of "harassing" Sherrod into resigning - "before I even made it onto the air last night, and I didn't even run the video."

As you watch this video clip from Tuesday's Glenn Beck show, note that Beck made his comments before the NAACP released the full video.

Beck also noted that the NAACP and the Obama administration condemned Mrs. Sherrod before they had even heard her side of the story.

"Hold on just a second... the NAACP didn't even talk to her?" asks Beck incredulously. "The Obama administration does have a history of acting without all the facts," said Beck.

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Yesterday the NAACP posted the full video of former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod's statements at a NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet on March 27, 2010.

The NAACP said in a statement Tuesday that it was "snookered by Fox News" and conservative website publisher Andrew Breitbart, who edited the video to portray Sherrod in the worst possible light. The NAACP had previously criticized Sherrod's statements as "shameful."

Yesterday, the blog aggregate Global Grind floated a petition on the microblogging website Twitter.com asking users to help send a message to Obama and the White House to reinstate Sherrod.

In the video, Sherrod recounted working with a white farmer to help him save his rural Georgia farm in 1986.

Sherrod described how racism influenced her decisions. In describing candidly (and honestly) how racism affected her personally, Sherrod explained how she reacted to the farmer's strong sense of pride by withholding the full resources available to the farmer.

On Tuesday, Sherrod told CNN that her remarks were taken out of context and that the 1986 incident, which occurred before she started work for the USDA, helped her learn to move beyond race. She said she only tells the story to audiences to make that point.

Sherrod told CNN that immediately after Fox News aired the edited version of the March 27 video on Tuesday, she was "harassed" by the White House and forced to resign. The last call "asked me to pull to the side of the road and [resign]," she said.

This case is typical of the way U.S. president Barack Obama treats black people whom he considers inconsequential and disposable if they are not radical activists or Muslims.

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A former USDA employee, who resigned after a video showed her making racist statements, insisted she went all out to help a white farmer.

The video was posted on a Conservative right wing blog and quickly picked up by Fox News. The video showed Shirley Sherrod, former USDA director of rural development in Plains, Georgia, speaking at a NAACP meeting.

The poor-quality video shows Sherrod telling her audience that the farmer she was working with "took a long time ... trying to show me he was superior to me." As a result, she said, she "didn't give him the full force of what I could do. I did enough."

To prove she had done her job, she said, she took him to a white lawyer. "I figured that if I take him to one of them, that his own kind would take care of him," she said.

Sherrod told CNN that shortly after Fox News aired the video, the White House began harassing her to resign.

"They asked me to resign, and in fact they harassed me as I was driving back to the state office from West Point, Georgia, yesterday," she told CNN. The last call "asked me to pull to the side of the road and do it [resign]," she said.

Meanwhile, the wife of the white farmer referenced in the video has come out in support of Sherrod. Eloise Spooner told CNN she credits Sherrod with helping her family save their farm.

It's amazing how swiftly the White House turned their backs on this black woman without hearing all of the facts. Had she been a white woman (or someone who is highly favored by Obama), the White House would have defended her and claimed she "misspoke."

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You have to admit that the life of a stripper is an exciting one compared to yours. There's nothing wrong with being a wife and mother to your children. But there's something to be said about living that carefree lifestyle where your bills are paid by the husbands and boyfriends of other women.

Anyway, the last time we heard from Dallas' Premier exotic dancer and blogger, Zeralyn, she was peeved at NBA star Shawn Marion and rapper Slim Thug for being tightwads and not makin' it rain down on her in the club.

Since then, Zeralyn has starred in a music video by some cat named Durrough (I hope I spelled that right). And she hit the big time by landing her own radio segment called "Stripper Chronicles" on Dallas' K104 FM!

Slim Thugga has since apologized for his fiduciary inaction and he promises to do better this coming weekend:

Well, now Zeralyn is back with a new blog post and she has a story to tell:

So an insider *me* went to Kenyon Martins pool party this weekend and I must say it was the most yawn worthy pool (NOTE! THIS MANS HOUSE IS UH FOOL!) party I have ever been to and LAWD knows I have been to some boring shit… Well I can say that he clearly is over TRINA due to the fact that big ass pair of red lips is covered all the way up ..I couldn’t see what he chose to cover it with because I wasn’t bout to be all up on his neck like that. But y'all get the drift… I’m not sure why in the hell he had passwords to get up in that hoe considering when I arrived it was some of the homeliest chicks Dallas had to offer in attendance.

Although the cute females that were there all reminded me of Trina.. Ummm ok…But, moving along I was side tracked when I got a drunk story from a former stripper turned athlete wife who gave me a long drawn out story about her husband, some New York Jet player, that had a baby outside of their marriage… Read More...

The University of Georgia's athletic director Damon Evans has tendered his resignation after reaching a separation settlement with the university.

According to the police report obtained by the AJC, Evans, 40, was "smiling and laughing" when his BMW 750i was pulled over on Roswell Rd. in Buckhead late Wednesday night.

Evans refused to take a breathalyzer test and he was transported to Fulton county jail where he spent the night. Evans obviously thought Bulldog nation extended to Buckhead from Athens where his name carries a little more weight:

"I am not trying to bribe you but I'm the athletic director of the University of Georgia," he said. Later, he made another attempt, saying: "I don't want you to use who I am but I would just ask that you take me to a motel." [link]

When the cop asked Evans why he had a pair of red panties between his legs, he responded, "She took them off and I held them because I was just trying to get her home."

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Last week I posted photos from the star-studded birthday party of a NY socialite named "Dawnie B." In my post I asked the question: I wonder who she is? The answer came from a loyal reader in the form of a wedding notice posted in the NY Times newspaper. Excerpts from that notice are posted below:

Dawn Camille Baxter and Derrin Arthur Woodhouse were married Saturday evening at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Englewood, N.J. The Rev. Robert L. Shearer, the priest-in-charge of the church, performed the ceremony, with the Rev. Charles L. Fischer III, another Episcopal priest, participating.

The bride, 34, will continue to use her name professionally. She works in New York as a manager in the entertainment marketing department of Nike of Portland, Ore. She handles the company’s collaborations with performers and books acts for Nike advertisements and events. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.

The bridegroom, 37, works in Manhattan as the director of consumer marketing at Vevo, an online music site owned by the Universal Music Group. He helps produce special events for the site’s advertisers.

The couple were introduced by a mutual friend who had invited them to a Jets preseason game at the Meadowlands in the spring of 2002. The friend asked Ms. Baxter to give Mr. Woodhouse a lift to and from the game because they both lived in Harlem.

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Rapper Slim Thug stirred up a hornet's nest recently when he voiced his opinion on black women in a VIBE magazine piece. Slim wrote:

"Black women have to bow down and let it be known that they gotta start working hard; they gotta start cooking and being down for they man more. They can’t just be running around with their head up in the air and passing all of us."

Slim Thug is typical of negroes who blame black women for our own problems but never lends a hand to help us up.

As exotic dancer-turned-blogger Zeralyn pointed out on her blog, Slim's unwillingness to support black women is legendary when he visits popular Gentlemen's clubs such as ONYX in Dallas, Texas where she works.

I'm especially tired of MILLIONAIRES coming into adult establishments, sitting around with their groupies (these are men and women alike), looking at us dancers like trash and not tipping, getting a dance or anything… I can name a few other celebs like rapper Slim Thug who is infamous in the strip club community for not tipping girls.. Read more...

Here is Slim Thug's response from his Twitter page:

Ig'nant dudes like Slim Thug don't realize that stripping is an occupation -- not a sport for his amusement. Strippers have bills to pay. If you've ever been in a strip club environment, you know that few women work harder for a living than they do.

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and Fox contributor Dick Morris both seem to think Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is just biding her time until she can run against Barack Obama for president in 2012.

On 60 Minutes earlier this week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton commented that the American economy is making it more difficult for her to do her job because other nations are telling her that “we always look to you because you have this great economy, and now you’re in the ditch.” Bill O’Reilly saw “a little jab” at the President in those comments, blaming the White House for her job troubles, but guest Dick Morris took that premise a bit further, suggesting the remarks, coupled with her silence on health care reform, were a deliberate attempt to undermine the President building up to 2012.“I think there is a subtle distancing going on, and it began over health care,” Morris noted, pointing out that Clinton was not vocal about supporting health care reform. Read More...

She sure wasn't. We heard nary a peep from Hillary when it came time to support Obama's health care reform initiative. She pretty much stayed out of it.

Will Hillary make a run for president in 2012 and thereby oust her boss from the White House? You bet 'cha!

You just know Hillary is sitting back collecting all types of intel to use against Obama in 2012!

A Houston teacher has been fired from her position at a school for special education students after she was caught on video viciously beating a 13-year-old student.

Sherri Davis, 40, was terminated after school officials viewed the cell phone video of the assault which took place at Jamie's House Charter School in Houston.

The boy, who has a history of disciplinary problems, had allegedly punched a female student in the class. Other teachers stood by and watched while Davis dished out punishment to the teenager by slapping, punching, kicking and slamming his head against a wall.

But there's a fine line between discipline and an all out assault, and this teacher should have known better.

So yesterday I met up with an old friend who brought along her Louis Vuitton messenger bag to our lunch date. Inside the bag was her brand new iPad.

She happily told me she wasn't following the crowd because she had resisted the initial onslaught of overhyped iPad ads for at least a month before she finally gave in after reading on my blog that her favorite singer Monica had an iPad. She said she loves it.

Me, on the other hand, I still have no use for an iPad. I already have a MacBook Pro (which I'm typing this post on) and a HTC smart phone, which I hate, but it serves my purposes when I want to browse the Internet while out & about.

I simply can't see myself dragging that monster iPad out of a bag just to check the sports scores -- unless I just want the people around me to see that I have an iPad -- and I am not that vain.

US president Barack Obama probably feels the same way. He doesn't own an iPad either.

Obama told the graduating class of Hampton University today (April 9) that the iPad is just another useless invention that will only lead them to distraction as they try to find work in a dismal job market.

Last week Apple CEO Steve Jobs bragged that his iPad sold over 1 million units. With over 300 million people in the US, I am not impressed.

Besides, that figure doesn't include all the replacement iPads exchanged by clumsy owners who dropped and broke their first units.

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The death knell tolls for health care in America.

For decades, full time workers have depended on health insurance provided by their employers to cover their family's health care needs.

Then along came Barack Obama and the Democrats who decided that changing history was more important than simply shoring up the financially strapped Medicare and Medicaid system, and changing the rules to allow more Americans to apply.

Now that the health care bill has passed, 4 major corporations (AT&T, Verizon, Caterpillar and Deere) plan to drop health coverage altogether for their employees -- and pay a penalty to the government instead.

This action will instantly terminate insurance coverage for millions of Americans who will be forced to negotiate with ruthless insurance companies on their own.

From Hot Air:

Internal documents recently reviewed by Fortune, originally requested by Congress, show what the bill’s critics predicted, and what its champions dreaded: many large companies are examining a course that was heretofore unthinkable, dumping the health care coverage they provide to their workers in exchange for paying penalty fees to the government. [link]

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Calm down, my post title is just a rhetorical question.

Since yesterday, my Inbox has been bombarded by emails from irate readers demanding that I take down a picture that every blog and tabloid newspaper has associated with the infamous Vera Baker -- Barack Obama's alleged mistress.

Interestingly, I have not heard a peep from Irene Schwoeffermann herself.

Irene S. is the woman misidentified by many as Vera Baker, the alleged mistress at the center of a cheating scandal that threatens to derail Barack Obama's presidency.

A few readers accused me of "interrupting" Irene's life by posting her picture, which is hardly likely since Irene S. is already a public figure, and surely she knows by now that her picture is everywhere.

It remains a mystery why Irene S. hasn't reached out to the many blogs and tabloids that has posted her picture over the past two years. Maybe she likes all the attention?

At any rate, loyal reader John H. did a lot of digging last night and he came up with a trove of information on Ms. Irene -- who shares a few coincidental similarities with the elusive Ms. Baker. In fact, their backgrounds are so similar that at one point we both thought she might even be Ms. Baker... Lol.

The similarities in their backgrounds include: both attended Howard University, and both worked for the Black Caucus (see picture of Irene S. above). which might explain how she got mixed up for Baker in the first place.

We still don't have a clear photo of Baker since all of her pictures have been scrubbed from the Internet, and she's been exiled to the Caribbean island of Martinique where she remains in hiding -- at least until Obama is voted out of office in 2012.

In light of allegations of a cheating scandal involving Barack Obama and his former campaign aide, surprisingly there are no photos available of the two of them together.

According to a loyal reader, the photo that most media outlets have been running with is not Vera Baker. Loyal reader Kandyce B. says the woman in the picture is her sorority sister named "Irene S" (I'm waiting for Kandyce to respond to my request for a picture of Irene to compare).

Though the national media has known about Vera Baker for years, they have kept the details of her alleged fling with Obama hush hush. The cheating scandal resurfaced due to new evidence in the form of hotel surveillance video, according to the National Enquirer:

"On-site hotel surveillance video camera footage could provide indisputable evidence. Investigators are working to obtain the tape. If the tape surfaces, it will explode the scandal."

For a woman who raised millions for Senator Obama during his successful 2004 campaign, there are no photos available anywhere of the two of them together at fundraising events. That's odd.

Even Baker's company website, CapeCaribbean.com, has been taken offline. Isn't she still doing business? Or are the rumors true that she was exiled to the Caribbean isle to hide out with enough cash to keep her quiet for years?

to remove picture of Black Caucus staffer Irene Schwoeffermann, who is misidentified all over the Internet as Vera Baker...

The cheating scandal that threatens Barack Obama's presidency has just now come to light thanks to the National Enquirer, Drudgereport.com, and a hotel surveillance video.

But many in Washington's close knit political circles -- including Hillary Clinton -- have known about the affair for years!

According to online reports, the Hillary Clinton campaign dug up background information on Barack Obama's mistress, Vera Baker, in 2008, but decided not to run with the scandal -- probably because Hillary knew she would lose the campaign and might need a favor from Obama later on.

This would explain why Obama installed his arch nemesis Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, and why he gave Hillary's husband, former president Bill Clinton, a cushy job in his cabinet as well.

But too many people in Washington know about Obama's affair with Vera Baker, who became the largest fundraiser for the Congressional Black Caucus.

Does Baker's split from the Black Caucus explain why Obama is giving the organization the cold shoulder lately? Could Obama be shutting them out because some members within the Caucus are spilling the teas about what they know?

Or did this story grow legs as a result of the recent departure of a certain social secretary who returned to the White House as the invited guest of HuffPo's Arianna Huffington because she couldn't swing an invite for herself?

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ABC Nightline asks the question 'why can't successful black women find a man?' I changed the title to 'husband' because most successful black women don't have trouble finding a man. There are plenty of black men in our community who don't mind being kept lavishly while spending her money. I can think of a handful of them right off the top of my head.

The problem is that these successful women can't land a husband because doing so takes a lot more work and effort than they are willing to put out. That's because most successful black women believe they are above black men. It's sad but true. Society has devalued black men to the point where our women don't even respect them any more.

Haven't you wondered why there is such a proliferation of lesbians in our community within the past two decades?

Last week, ABC gathered together the cream of the crop within the black Entertainment industry to try and tackle the troubling question from the inside.