If you planned on visiting Wikipedia.org today to look up celebrity discographies or birth dates (like I often do), forget about it; Wikipedia has gone dark for 24 hours to protest Obama's proposed web piracy bill.

The online encyclopedia ranks up there with Google, Yahoo and other high traffic websites as the most visited online. Wikipedia, and other websites, took a stand against 2 bills: the Protect Intellectual Property Act and Stop Online Piracy Act, which are under consideration in the Senate.

The bills, backed by the motion picture and recording industries, intends to put a stop to online piracy and copyright infringement by infringing upon the rights of visitors to popular websites.

If signed into law by President Obama, the PIPA and the SOPA bills would require ISPs to block online access to foreign websites which supply many of the bootleg movies and CDs that are now available for download online.

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) claims the online piracy costs as much as $250 billion per year and costs the industry 750,000 jobs.

But critics of the bill say the SOPA act would infringe upon "free expression while harming the Internet" and "severely inhibit people's access to online information."

Wikipedia says the bills would place "the burden on website owners to police user-contributed material and call for the unnecessary blocking of entire sites."

Critics say smaller websites (such as Sandrarose.com) "won't have sufficient resources to defend themselves" against a shut down for hosting content that may be considered pirated (such as Beyonce's new album).

Wikipedia went offline at midnight on Jan. 18, and plans to stay dark for 24 hours.

During Monday night's GOP debate in Myrtle Beach, SC, presidential candidate Newt Gingrich once again spoke on his much-derided plan to put school children to work. Sometimes it isn't what you say but how you say it. So Gingrich was careful to couch his controversial plan in more acceptable phrasing.

Gingrich insists that black kids don't need handouts from President Obama -- they need jobs. Gingrich says schoolchildren should be given janitorial jobs because, in his opinion, janitors in the NYC public school system earn way too much money.

The average annual salary for a NYC public school janitor is $80,000, compared to a teacher who earns $45,000 annually.

According to the NY Daily News, Gingrich argued the best thing public schools could do for students - particularly black students - was to give them a broom.

"Can't you see that this is viewed at a minimum as insulting to all Americans, but particularly to black Americans?" asked Fox News questioner Juan Williams, who is part Hispanic and black.

"No, I don't see that," Gingrich responded, with rousing applause from the majority white audience.

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Embattled GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain has launched a new website targeted at women, titled Women for Cain. This news follows more allegations of infidelity against Cain.

The NY Daily News reports that the site, which is run by his wife, Gloria Cain, features letters and emails from women who support her husband despite the latest allegations by a Georgia woman who claims she carried on a 13-year affair with Cain.

“Dear Mrs. Cain," wrote one supporter from California, "Don't pay attention to these pathetic husband-less women who are jealous of women like you in happy long-term marriages. These vindictive women can't find a husband or keep one.”

Another fan from South Carolina wrote: “It's pathetic and shameful women are so desperate for their five minutes of fame that they would position themselves against the greatest potential President Americans could be blessed enough to have."

The website was launched a day after Cain set Monday as the deadline for making his decision to stay in the race for the White House. Cain had said he would "reassess" his candidacy after campaign donations began to decline.

Meanwhile Ginger White, the woman who alleges a 13-year affair with Cain, apologized Thursday to Cain's wife for going public with the affair.

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An Atlanta business woman has come forward claiming she had a 13-year sexual relationship with GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain.

MyFOX Atlanta reports that "over the Thanksgiving weekend, FOX 5 senior I-Team reporter Dale Russell sat down with Ginger White, who had an amazing story to tell."

"It was pretty simple," White said. "It wasn't complicated. I was aware that he was married. And I was also aware I was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship."

Even before White's story was known to the public, Mr. Cain went on CNN today and announced there would be another claim of infidelity made against him. He went on record denying the most recent allegations that had not been made yet.

Here's an excerpt of a statement released by Mr. Cain's Atlanta attorney Lin Wood today. The statement all but concedes that Mr. Cain was involved in a sexual relationship with Ms. White.

I have highlighted the key words in bold for emphasis.

This is not an accusation of harassment in the workplace – this is not an accusation of an assault - which are subject matters of legitimate inquiry to a political candidate. Rather, this appears to be an accusation of private, alleged consensual conduct between adults - a subject matter which is not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public. No individual, whether a private citizen, a candidate for public office or a public official, should be questioned about his or her private sexual life. The public's right to know and the media's right to report has boundaries and most certainly those boundaries end outside of one's bedroom door.

Such a shame. I really had hopes that he would be a contender for U.S. President Barack Obama.

According to Washington Post political analyst, Joseph Curl, U.S. President Barack Obama doesn't want a second term in office. With less than a year to go before the 2012 presidential elections, Mr. Obama's re-election campaign efforts have been virtually silent.

Curl writes:

There are only two ways to look at the Obama re-election campaign right now: Either the upstart candidate who stunned the world when he defeated the Clinton machine to capture the Democratic nomination three years ago has lost every bit of that massive mojo, or the bruised and battered president, after three years in office, just doesn’t want another spin in the Oval Office.

It's obvious from Obama's words and actions over the past two years that Obama is ready to throw the towel in and return to the private sector along with his wife and children.

From the day he was elected, Mr. Obama has made it clear to the American public that all he really wanted was to make history. Obama, who is considered by many to be a narcissist, didn't sign up to work hard or to put up with disgruntled Americans seeking jobs and a stimulated economy.

Democratic strategists Patrick H. Caddell and Douglas Schoen don't want to see Obama run for re-election. "He should step aside,” they wrote, “for the one candidate who would become, by acclamation, the nominee of the Democratic Party: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”

If you thought U.S. President Barack Obama was the most hated Democrat in the country, think again. The first lady Michelle Obama received a rude reception in Florida when she was booed at the final NASCAR race of the season at the Homestead-Miami Speedway yesterday.

Mrs. Obama shared the honor of calling the start of the race with Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden; and Sgt. Andrew Barry and his beautiful family on behalf of 'Joining Forces' - a group that helps military families. But the race car fans started booing before Mrs. Obama could even utter the traditional words, "Gentlemen, start your engines!"

What? Would you rather have U.S. President Barack Obama bending over or kissing world leaders when greeting them?

You've already seen the furor it causes whenever he bows down. So the bowing is out. But there's nothing wrong with a little peck on the lips -- as long as his lips are closed.

Actually, the above images of Obama kissing Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, and Chinese President Hu Jintaoare, are part of Benetton's newest controversial ad campaign, according to the Washington Post:

"It means not hating," Alessandro Benetton, deputy chairman of Benetton Group and son of the founder of the family company told the Wall Street Journal. "In a moment of darkness, with the financial crisis, what's going on in North African countries, in Athens, this is an attitude we can all embrace that can have positive energy."

Skepticism abounds, though — the company’s sales have been dragging, and some are speculating that the ad campaign might just be a way of jolting consumers into remembering the Benetton name. The campaign is the first part of a three-step plan to revive the Benetton brand. According to the WSJ, the brand is also rethinking its clothing lines.

One of the women who accused presidential candidate Herman Cain of sexual harassment in the 1990s now works for U.S. President Obama.

You scoffed when I mentioned in this post, dated Oct. 31, that Obama was behind these scandalous allegations.

"Obama???? what makes you think its not his own party???" wrote loyal reader Carmez79 in the comment section. Another loyal reader, Jessie, commented, "I don’t believe for one minute that this revelation came from the Obama camp."

According to the NY Post, Karen Kraushaar, a 55-year-old former journalist who currently works for the Obama administration, was outed yesterday as one of the three women who had filed sexual harassment complaints against Cain.

But wait it gets better.

According to the AP, after she settled her claim against Cain for $35K, Kraushaar then moved on to her next job where she promptly filed yet another complaint with the help of the same lawyer!

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Sharon Bialek's story is unraveling faster than Beyonce's baby bump hoax!

According to the Chicago Sun Times, GOP candidate Herman Cain's most recent accuser, Sharon Bialek, acted like a groupie when Cain attended a tea party meeting at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Chicago in late September.

According to WIND radio co-host Amy Jacobson, "They hugged each other backstage in a full embrace like old friends.

She grabbed his arm and whispered in his left ear.

She kept talking as he bent to listen, and he kept saying “Uh, huh. Uh, huh."

As you know, Bialek, 50, hired infamous attorney Gloria Allred this week and accused Cain of sexually harassing her when she applied for a job in the 1990s.

But her story is being shot full of holes by friends and associates who say the woman is a gold digger.

According to Jacobson, AM 560 WIND radio sponsored a TeaCon meeting in Schaumburg Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.

She said: “I had turned on [the] TV to find out who was Cain’s accuser, and I almost fell over when I saw it was Sharon Bialek accusing Cain of groping her genitals.”

“I was waiting for Herman Cain’s ‘Accuser No. 4’ to surface — and up pops Sharon!”

“I couldn’t believe it. I was shocked.”

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Another woman has come forward with scandalous allegations of sexual harassment against GOP candidate Herman Cain. But her own friends are calling the woman a gold digger who is only out for money.

Though her lawyer Gloria Allred painted a respectable and prestigious education and employment history for Sharon Bialek, 50, just a day later it has been revealed that she has not held a job for more than two years and has filed for bankruptcy twice.

A friend of Ms Bialek, from Chicago, told the New York Post: "She has a very infectious personality. It’s easy to see how she won [Cain] over. But the reality of her situation is -- she’s a complete gold digger. It’s all about the money."

Bialek's fiancé, Mark Harwood, who has been dating Bialek for several years, said he was "shocked" when Ms Bialek told him on Friday about the allegations. It seemed strange that Bialek never mentioned the allegations to her boyfriend of three years. But Harwood said he is supporting her.

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One of the two women accusing GOP frontrunner Herman Cain of sexual harassment 19 years ago was paid $34,000 -- the equivalent of one year's salary -- in a severance pay settlement, according to the New York Times.

The 2nd female accuser reportedly received 2 to 3 months severance pay in a settlement with the National Restaurant Association in 1992.

Last night, the woman's attorney, Joel P. Bennett, told Anderson Cooper that his unidentified accuser plans to petition the restaurant association to rescind the portion of her agreement pertaining to confidentiality. Bennett, a Washington lawyer, who has not met with his client in years, said the woman wishes to come forward to tell her story now that Cain is making her out to be a liar.

Bennett also indicated that the source who leaked the story to Politico.com was involved in some capacity with the National Restaurant Association which settled with the two female employees who complained about sexually inappropriate behaviour while working for Mr Cain.

To understand why the restaurant trade group settled with the two accusers, it is important to note the political climate of the times in the 1990s. Claims of sexual harassment in the workplace skyrocketed in the 1990s once the national media turned a spotlight on the phenomenon.

6100 sexual harassment cases were filed in 1990 alone. Most of those cases were settled out of court -- and almost all of the cases filed involved Caucasian women.

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Referring to allegations of sexual harassment by two former employees as a "witch hunt", GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain called the charges "totally baseless and totally false."

"I have never sexually harassed anyone, let's say that. Secondly, I've never sexually harassed anyone, and yes, I was falsely accused while I was at the National Restaurant Association, and I say falsely, because it turned out, after the investigation, to be baseless. The people mentioned in that article were the ones who would be aware of any misdoings, and they have attested to my integrity and my character. It is totally baseless, and totally false, never have I committed any sort of sexual harassment," Herman Cain told FOX News about claims from Politico that he was involved in the sexual harassment of two former employees.

U.S. President Barack Obama sure knows how to play dirty. Now that political frontrunner Herman Cain has positioned himself as Obama's direct competition for the White House in 2012, Obama's camp comes out swinging with false allegations against the GOP candidate.

According to POLITICO.com, two women have come forward to complain of sexual misconduct by Mr. Cain during his tenure as the head of the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. Supposedly, the two female employees complained to colleagues and senior association officials about inappropriate behavior by Cain. The women ultimately left their jobs at the trade group after quietly resolving the matter, multiple sources confirm to POLITICO.

The women complained of sexually suggestive behavior by Cain that made them angry and uncomfortable, the sources said, and they signed agreements with the restaurant group that gave them financial payouts to leave the association.

The agreements also included language that bars the women from talking about their departures.

Yet, they are violating their agreements by talking to the media? Why is it news if it happened in the 1990s? If they thought they had a case, why didn't they sue? My guess is the women have demanded more hush money from Mr. Cain, who rightfully refused.

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Once considered a source of amusement, presidential candidate Herman Cain is now the leading contender among the Republican presidential hopefuls. Cain has gained double digit leads over his competition because he is the antithesis of U.S. President Barack Obama.

Democratic strategist and MSNBC analyst Karen Finney says Cain's meteoric rise in the political arena is no fluke.

On Martin Bashir's television program yesterday, Finney said most Republicans feel comfortable with Cain because of his race.

"One of the things about Herman Cain is, I think that he makes [the] white Republican base of the party feel okay, feel like they are not racist because they can like this guy," Finney said. "I think he's giving that base a free pass. And I think they like him because they think he's a black man who knows his place. I know that's harsh, but that's how it sure seems to me."

"Thank you for spelling that out," Bashir responded. Source

(bold emphasis mine)

The Weekly Standard blog points out that Cain's supporters see him as a safer alternative to Barack Obama, whose narcissism and Muslim agenda quickly threw him out of favor with American voters.

During an online production of NBC's Meet the Press this week, Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland said white voters support Cain to show they aren't racist. “I think when [members of the Tea Party] can vote for a Herman Cain and hear him say the things that he says they feel like, ‘Well, you know, I can, I support this guy and...so it shows that I’m not racist and I’m supportive,'" Cummings told host David Gregory.

Images courtesy of Newsweek.com

My how time flies. Just 3 years ago, black Americans couldn't get enough of president-elect Barack Obama. And now Americans can't get enough of black presidential candidate Herman Cain.

Today, new polls show the former pizza maker surging ahead of President Obama and his closest GOP rival Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

Whether Herman Cain’s surge in the polls is temporary or has staying power, he’s enjoying a big enough bounce to take a very slight lead over President Obama in a hypothetical 2012 matchup. At the moment, the Georgia businessman is the only Republican with a lead of any kind over Obama, although former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has held a similar advantage several times and is currently trailing the president by just two points.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters shows Cain attracting 43% support, while Obama earns 41%.

According to Rasmussen Reports, Cain is tied with Romney for the lead in the race for the GOP presidential nomination. Nobody else is even close at the moment.

Isn't America a great country? I wish I was American so I could vote.

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