As usual, the city of Atlanta was unprepared for a light snowstorm that blanketed highways and surface roads with sheets of black ice. The storm (if you can call it that) swept into Atlanta around 12 noon on Tuesday. Around 1 p.m., the first reports of school closings were announced. By 2 p.m., the roads were jammed with frantic Atlantans who left work early to go pick up their children. Scores of motorists are still stranded in their vehicles more than 24 hours later. Hundreds of students spent the night in their schools. A few lucky motorists were given warm shelter, food and drinks by staff at CVS and Walgreens stores. Chik-fil-A also helped out by offering free food and hot beverages to stranded motorists.
All of this could have been avoided if Mayor Kasim Reed and the governor's office had only heeded the weather reports.
A Staten Island mother is grieving the loss of her two young sons who were swept away during Hurricane Sandy. Searchers found the bodies of Brandon, 2 and Connor, 4, in marshland about 30 yards from where they went missing Monday.
But Glenda Moore's story about a large wave ripping the children from her arms is raising troubling questions.
President Obama declared New York a disaster area as Hurricane Sandy pounded the east coast of the United States with sheets of rain and high winds, leaving several people dead and millions without power.
Winds are still gusting at 45 mph in some areas of the East. 30 foot storm surges were reported as Sandy came ashore in the New York and New Jersey areas.
President Obama suspended his campaign efforts to concentrate on federal hurricane relief efforts. On Monday, Obama stood before the cameras and warned New Yorkers to evacuate or stay inside their homes. He said Hurricane Sandy would be "big and powerful" but he said the federal government was ready.
Hurricane Sandra is shaping up to be the biggest storm to hit the eastern seaboard of the United States in 100 years. That's not good news to residents living in the flood-prone Tri-state areas -- directly in the storm's path.
Dubbed "Superstorm" by the media and "Frankenstorm" by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Hurricane Sandy cut a swathe of destruction across Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba, leaving 28 people dead and many injured.
When Hurricane Irene threatened the East coast last year, NY Mayor Bloomberg released a map of flood zones based on hurricane category severity. The Lower East Side, Coney Island, Upper East Side and Staten Island are all at risk for serious flooding.
Musician and con artist Wyclef Jean thinks he isn't getting enough of the right kind of attention. So he tweeted this pic of his birthday present to himself, a brand new Ducati motorcycle. Jean recently turned 43, just a month after he shut down his Yele Haiti foundation -- after misappropriating $16 million in donations for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Of course we tried to warn donors that Jean is shady, but no one listened. The NY Times wrote an article detailing Jean's massive con scheme to line his own pockets. Diaoly Estimé, who runs an orphanage in Haiti, told reporters, “If I had depended on Yéle, these kids would all be dead by now.”
I bet a lot of heathens and sinners got right with the Lord yesterday. Nature's awesome power was on display when twisters and super cells cut a swath through north Texas. Shocking television news footage shows one tornado violently tossing 18 wheelers around like twigs. The power of Nature's fury was evident as high winds uprooted trees, cars and buildings with ease.
Thankfully, there were no deaths reported. See pics of the destruction and watch the chilling video after the break.
Talk show maven Barbara Walters was a guest on Late Night With Dave Letterman on Tuesday. Letterman grilled Walters about including the Kardashians on her 'Most Fascinating List', even offering to remove them from the list himself.
Walters saw the opportunity to brand the most hated reality TV family as liars:
"They were the first ones we interviewed and we did them in September," Walters explained. "We said, anything going to happen? 'No no no, you can do it now because nothing's going to happen.' Then Kim gets married. Then Kourtney gets pregnant. Then Khloe's moving to Dallas. You cannot trust the Kardashians."
As the Huffington Post explained; Khloe Kardashian can't be blamed for moving to Dallas with her husband, Lamar Odom, who was traded to the Mavericks by the LA Lakers on Saturday.
Last week we heard that embattled porno star Kim Kardashian was in Haiti to join in humanitarian efforts and to repair her damaged image. Yet we saw no pics of Kim roughing it in Haiti as we did with talk show maven Oprah who's also on the storm torn island.
Finally, a photo of Kim Kardashian in Haiti has emerged.
According to the Huffington Post, Kim and her mother/manager, Kris Jenner (far left), traveled with their friends, including Maria Bello, (2nd from right) and actress Patricia Arquette (far right), "to experience the Haiti that Maria has come to know and love through her organization, We Advance."
We came to celebrate the thousands of Haitian women who are working tirelessly every day to bring economic and social justice to all people in Haiti. So to them we say: we are humbled and moved to have been with you and to tell the world about your grace. We are proud to tell the world your stories.
The mission statement of We Advance is, "We are stronger together than we are alone."
We are grateful to partner with such amazing women and to have been on this journey together.
Meanwhile, Kim's younger sister, Khloe Kardashian, is settling in after traveling to Dallas, Texas with her hubby, Lamar Odom. Khoe tweeted a pic of her hubby in his crisp white Dallas Mavericks uniform today.
Adoptive mother Sandra Bullock should be commended for taking little Louis Bardo to the park. Most wealthy adoptive mothers let their nannies take the youngsters to the park so they don't have to hear the shrieking and crying when it's time to leave.
Oprah Winfrey, whose failing OWN Network is hemorrhaging money, held hands with actor Sean Penn at a refugee camp in Haiti earlier today. The talk show queen is in storm ravaged Haiti filming a TV special highlighting the humanitarian efforts by celebrities such as Sean Penn. His non-profit organization provides assistance to people displaced by the 2010 earthquake. Another narcissist who is in Haiti is Kim Kardashian. But it isn't clear if Kim made it past the airport. We haven't seen a single picture of her in Haiti. Hopefully, Oprah will have some footage of Kim getting hands on in Haiti, and if she really wants to score points, she will talk about how Wyclef Jean stole over $1 million in donations for his own benefit.
It was one of those astonishing moments when a celebrity is caught on national television like a deer in the proverbial headlights. It occurred when ABC anchor Katie Couric, who was interviewing the cagey singer Beyonce, reached over, and without warning rubbed the baby bump that has been at the center of controversy for months.
Beyonce appeared startled as she reached down reflexively when Katie copped a feel. "I'm sorry, am I allowed to do that?" Katie asked as she snatched her hand back.
When a woman caresses another woman's baby bump, the moment usually passes quickly between the two women.
But Katie's hand returned to groping Beyonce's baby bump a second time -- as if Katie wasn't confident that what she felt the first time was actually a human baby.
It was clear that Katie was performing a tactile examination of Beyonce's baby bump, which was first introduced to the world in September at the MTV VMAs. Prior to that, no one knew the 30-year-old was pregnant.
Judging from Couric's reaction afterwards, it was clear that she still had her doubts that Beyonce's baby bump was real. But Couric never expressed those doubts on the air. We wish we could have been a fly on the wall when Katie told her friends what she really thought about the baby bump!
This is a friendly reminder that the world is scheduled to end tomorrow.
According to radio preacher Harold Camping's latest prediction, "Rapture 2.0" will begin just after midnight tonight in some parts of the world. It isn't clear when the Rapture will reach the U.S.
In an announcement on his Family Radio Network website, Camping said the world will end -- for sure -- on October 21st, as God unleashes fire, brimstone and deadly earthquakes, though not necessarily in that order.
Some of you might be skeptical, but it is strongly suggested that you get your affairs in order... just in case.
According to the AJC, Timothy Lloyd, pastor Oakhurst Church in Decatur, is taking the latest Doomsday prediction seriously. Well, sort of:
"I am working on my sermon for Sunday," he said with a smile. "I have compassion on the folks who get fooled by this stuff because life is tough and these predictions give people a glimmer of hope. It gives folks a solid sense, an assurance of where things are going, because they can actually point to a date on a calendar."
Apparently, May 21st was just another dry run as the predicted day of the Rapture came and went without much fanfare. But according to fire and brimstone radio preacher Harold Camping, who has predicted the last 3 Raptures -- Oct. 21st is the real Judgment Day.
In an announcement on his Family Radio Network website, Harold Camping stands by his earlier predictions that the world will end on Friday, Oct. 21. Originally, Camping had predicted hourly earthquakes and God's judgment on May 21, to be followed by months of torment on Earth for those individuals left behind. Using numerical codes extracted from the Bible, Camping set the date for the end of everything for Oct. 21. [Source]
According to Camping, there were earthquakes on May 21st -- only instead of shaking the Earth, God shook mankind "with fear," he wrote in a post titled "What Happened on May 21?"
Only a few Souls left their earthly possessions (and their dogs) during the previous day of Atonement.
The last time Camping predicted the 2nd Coming of Christ, the media captured the fervent preparations all over the world. But it was not all fun and games as one innocent child may have lost his life due to Camping's prediction.
Julianne McCrery, 42, of Texas, apparently suffocated her 6-year-old son, Camden Pierce Hughes, before driving to Maine and dumping his body in a ravine. The boy's death sparked rampant speculation that McCrery, a bible thumping religious zealot, sacrificed her son in preparation for the rapture.
For those who don't know: "blather" means to ramble on endlessly without saying much at all. That pretty much sums up the cast that Shaunie O'Neal and her producers assembled for the Basketball Wives spin-off, Basketball Wives Los Angeles.
The season premiere aired last night and quickly became the subject of scorn, ridicule and contempt on Twitter.com. Of course, minutes after they meet, a fight breaks out inside -- where else -- a nice restaurant. Nothing we didn't expect from the original BBW.
The "extras" who are dining behind the chicks don't even turn around to see what is going on -- just like in the original BBW.
If Shaunie was going to hand these ladies the same script that she gave to the original Miami crew, she should have at least called it Basketball Wives part 2.
As mentioned before, BBW LA follows the same ghetto script as the original: pointless fighting, pointless arguing weave snatching, and mindless shopping sprees where they spend money that we don't actually see. The only thing we didn't see last night was water tossing, but that's coming soon.
Just like in the original, this spin-off targets women who believe pretty much everything they see on TV (and on the blogs). Let's pretend that we really believe Gloria Govan, fiancee of Matt Barnes, met cast member Draya Michelle (Chris Brown's ex) in an acting class.