A federal judge today struck down U.S. President Barack Obama's controversial ObamaCare law, declaring parts of the health care bill unconstitutional. More specifically, the judge sided with 20 states - including Georgia - in ruling that Obama can't force Americans to buy health insurance if they don't want it.
U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson agreed with the states that the new law violates people's rights by forcing them to buy health insurance by 2014 or face penalties. He went a step further than a previous ruling against the law, declaring the entire thing unconstitutional if the insurance requirement does not hold up.
Attorneys for the administration had argued that the states did not have standing to challenge the law and that the case should be dismissed.
Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler said Monday the department strongly disagrees with Vinson's ruling and intends to appeal.
"There is clear and well-established legal precedent that Congress acted within its constitutional authority in passing this law and we are confident that we will ultimately prevail on appeal," she said in a statement.
Actress Dania Ramirez, 31, was spotted arriving at the Los Angeles International Airport with her mystery man in tow in Los Angeles yesterday. I have nothing else to add except what does she see in him?
Reality TV personality Kim Zolciak ('Real Housewives of Atlanta') showed off her baby bump, and the man who caused it (Atlanta Falcons star Kroy Biermann), outside the NY studio where the Wendy Williams Show is taped yesterday. Biermann, 25, is obviously a confident young man who doesn't mind carrying his woman's Louis Vuitton handbag.
Zolciak, 42, went on the Wendy Williams show to promote the season finale of the 'Real Housewives of Atlanta,' which aired last night. As you know, Zolciak was beneficial in helping to bankrupt local land developer Lee "Big Poppa" Najjar, who lost one of the jewels in his crown -- a large shopping center -- to bankruptcy court recently. Once the other lenders heard that he was having cash flow problems, they all cut off his cash pipeline. The only reason we know about him is because he shamelessly squired Kim around town even though he's married with children.
They say Najjar took Zolciak shopping in the trendy Buckhead area of Atlanta and splurged on diamonds and other trinkets to the tune of half a million dollars. That bling Aximum watch ($50,000) and the huge ($100,000) diamond rock she's wearing came from him. Now Kim has moved on to her next target (the young, unsuspecting Biermann). All of this leads me to believe that Kim has good game. It certainly couldn't be her charming personality (or lack thereof).
Nicki's boyfriend is named Safaree Lloyd Samuels, not Jamai/Jamal Willis... her lyrics reveal their co-dependent relationship.
I like how you mentioned Nicki keeping her BF close for fear of being exposed. Her terrible album actually revealed a bit about their relationship in the few of her lyrics that actually hold deeper meaning:
From "Here I Am":
"So do you take me to be who I am?
To have and to hold, 'til death do us part?
Cause if not, it's just best we both part,
Cause how am I supposed to finish what you start?
*You got me thinkin' twice to just breathe,
Then you say I won't survive if I leave,
But I got a couple of tricks up my sleeve*;
I no longer need your attention - at ease."
They go back and forth between wearing rings and not, hence the marriage part.
"How am I supposed to finish what you start"—Safaree has been her hypeman for 10 years, he probably argues that he is the one "behind" Nicki Minaj. I'm sure he writes her lyrics too, friends have long claimed that Safaree is actually a better rapper than Onika.
How long 'till she leaves him and pulls out the tricks up her sleeve?
Okay, Mary J Blige is not exactly a grandmother, but at age 40 she's getting there. The music legend performed live at the Raggamuffin Music Festival at Parramatta Park in Sydney, Australia over the weekend.
Ciara and Keri Hilson can only hope to possess the kind of energy and gifted presence that Miss Mary brings to the stage every night!
Fading singer Beyonce, 29, and struggling professional beard, Amber Rose, 27, were spotted over the weekend bundled up against the brutal arctic temperatures in New York City and Baltimore respectively. Beyonce wore bright red lip gloss and looked startled as the flash bulbs popped around her. Amber wore a large Yukon trapper fur hat and an oversized Chanel quilted bag.
Amber is having trouble finding a rapid replacement for Kanye West, who unwittingly fell for her charms and bright lights 2 years ago. Those lights have faded for Amber now, and even the most jaded attention whore celeb (read: Amar'e Stoudemire) doesn't want to be associated with a known bisexual stripper-turned-beard.
On the other hand, it's been awhile since the paparazzi even cared about Bey, who got lost in the shuffle when Nicki Minaj, 28, and Rihanna, 22, rocketed to the top of the pack late last year with the release of their platinum albums. Even in polar beer weather, both Bey and Amber still know how to get attention. Will Beyonce ever regain her throne?
Trinidadian Hip hop and R&B star, Nicki Minaj, 28, was spotted strolling through LAX this morning looking like a low maintenance bag lady. The "Monster" singer was wearing dark stunnas, the finest jet black Yaki and all black everything with bright pink lipstick and a Louis Vuitton tote as she arrived from NYC with long time boyfriend, Jamai Willis.
My guess is Nicki doesn't have any real friends other than her attention whore boyfriend, who takes every opportunity to hog her spotlight. If Nicki had any real friends they would advise her to let her man play the background and to stop wearing more jewelry than she does. The fact that they spend every breathing minute together is also indicative of the fact that they are psychologically dependent on each other -- and I don't mean that in a good way. Industry insiders believe Nicki keeps Jamal so close because he's got the goods on her. They're telling me to expect a tell-all book from him if they break up. To that I respond: who cares?
Thanks to loyal reader Georgeanna M for this tip, since I don't follow syndicated radio morning show host Rickey Smiley on Twitter. I realize this is random, but it illustrates my point that certain celebrities who lack impulse control should give up their Twitters.
By now everyone knows (or should know) that season 3 of the ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ was a complete sham!
Most of the fraudulent details are already known to you: that Greg and NeNe Leakes were (allegedly) told by the show's producers to fake their marriage problems; that season 3 newcomer Phaedra Parks, a local celebrity attorney (in good standing until now), was forced to admit that her "character" was fake to save her law practice; that the supper club that known con artist Peter Thomas allegedly ran was ALREADY SHUT DOWN even before season 3 started filming, and that the club was reopened just to shoot several key scenes leading up to Cynthia and Peter's wedding (which was all paid for by the show's producers); that season 2 cast member Lisa Wu walked away from the show (with her dignity intact) rather than comply with the producers' request to pretend her marriage to Ed was in shambles (good for her!); and that cast member Kandi Burruss (who is in REAL GOOD with one of the show's producers) agreed to wear that ratty raccoon wig on her head all season just for laughs -- that never exactly materialized.
All in all, the third season of ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ was an undignified mess -- a train wreck that left the track even before the season premiered. It will be difficult for the show's producers to top the lack of entertainment, the lack of drama or the boring scripts from this season. Will be there a fourth season? It's highly doubtful, but a key element is the fact that Kim Zolciak is pregnant. No doubt if the show tanks, there will likely be a spin-off featuring Kim and her bastard spawn.
Cynthia is talking to her sister about her dire financial situation. They can’t pay the $3,000 guarantee for the bar at the Fernbank Museum, the site of the wedding. She doesn’t have the cash because it all went into the Uptown Restaurant & Lounge Peter had just closed. Her dad can’t give her the money but her mom eventually bails her out.
It’s the morning of Cynthia’s wedding and she looks like she’s ready to go to her funeral. With just nine hours before her weddings, Cytnahis takes a walk by herself to clear her head.
(As a commercial break approaches, the camera guy points to a STOP sign. Subtle!)
Cynthia’ s mom Barbara finds her and expresses doubts. “I don’t like the way he handles his business,” she says. “I did it and see where it got me.” She said she feels Peter is abusing her financially. Cynthia keeps making excuses. “It breaks my heart,” Barbara says. “He needs to take care of you and Noelle.”
Troubled R&B singer chris brown, 21, appeared in court today (Jan. 28) with his attorney Mark Geragos for a probation progress report hearing in Los Angeles. According to Radaronline.com, Geragos asked the judge to remove the restraining order that was imposed on him after he pled guilty to assaulting Rihanna in 2009.
“It makes it difficult at award shows and such,” said Geragos. brown has three Grammy nominations but he is not scheduled to attend the award show next month.
The judge will consider whether Rihanna and her attorney will approve modifying the order from a “stay away” order to a “do not annoy.” brown was given a sentence of five years probation and ordered to complete 180 days of community labor and a year of domestic violence counseling.
Former Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland caused a near-riot when she stepped out of the Westbury hotel in London on her way to attend the MTV Staying Alive Fundraising event last night. As you know, 28-year-old Kelly is a bigger Superstar in London than her former band mate Beyonce Knowles. Every move Kelly makes is faithfully documented by adoring paparazzi and fans who are tired of Bey's diva antics. Good for K-Row!
Rev Run's daughter Angela Simmons, right, also attended the event. But no one recognized her without a bikini on. j/k. I'm still patiently waiting for Allen over at UpscaleHype.com to identify the maker of Kelly Rowland's hawt trench coat. I need that coat in my life.
Actress Halle Berry, 44, and her actor boyfriend Olivier Martinez (not pictured) were spotted leaving a dental office in Toluca Lake, CA yesterday. It's been so long since I've seen a pair of denim cutoffs look this hawt on a woman!
Actress Vivica A. Fox and her fiance, local club promoter Slimm, partied with 'The Game' star Meagan Good and her lover at Gold Room last night in Atlanta. The Gold Room is always poppin' on Thursday nights. It's where the industry elite mingle and network groupie free.
Vivica, 46, is always stylish and trendy when she steps out with her man. Last night she teetered on 6-inch Christian Louboutin glittery Pigalle pumps, which retail for $1,020, while her man wore Prada. Only a real woman can rock 6-inch pumps without stumbling. Don't try this at home, kids.
According to Hip Hop historian, Elliott Wilson, the gay rapper Wiz Khalifa's next big hit is "Roll Up" off his upcoming album, Rolling Papers. This kid is such a great role model for your kids. Let's see, he's only 23 and he's been arrested 50-11 times on drug-related charges. Not to mention that all of his lyrics muse whimsically about his favorite herb, including the nauseatingly annoying dope boy theme song, "Black and Yellow". And he's supposedly dating professional beard Amber Rose. Lyrically, Wiz Khalifa's skills are elementary. Still, "Roll Up" is a major improvement over that BS "Black and Yellow".
The much-hyped music video for rapper Nicki Minaj's hit single "Moment 4 Life", off her platinum-selling Pink Friday featuring Drake, premiered on MTV last night. Nicki, 28, a self-described schizophrenic, introduces her latest alter egos, Marie Antoinette and Cinderella, wearing Christian Louboutins dipped in glitter.
Music producer/rapper Kanye West and singer Alicia Keys were among the many sports fans sitting court side at the much-hyped Miami Heat vs NY Knicks game in NYC last night. Other celebs in attendance included talk show kingpin Howard Stern, NBA legend Magic Johnson, billionaire Donald Trump, comedian Tracy Morgan, CNN host Piers Morgan, actress Carrie Underwood and more. As you know, the NY Knicks defeated the struggling Miami Heat by a score of 93-88. The Heat have lost 5 of their last 6 games without center Chris Bosh, who is on injured reserve with an ankle sprain.