Rudy Giuliani, Appearing on Fox News, Tells President Obama to Shut up About Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s Arrest

Good ole self-righteous Rudy Giuliani is back on the political scene again! Suddenly he has become the moral compass of the Republican Party again, despite his many, many shortcomings — affairs and all. But the issue I have with him is the fact that he has proven once again how disrespectful and rude he is. During his interview with Sean Hannity, another idiot, he condemned President Obama’s health care plan. Gee, I wonder what he would propose? Of course, he never listened to his constituents in New York City during his tenure as mayor. You will recall that racial tensions were at an all-time high during his years as mayor.
Rudy Giuliani, who has returned as a leading Republican spokesman, condemned Obama’s health care plan in an interview with Sean Hannity.

He also offered his feelings, in response to the president’s hope that Gatesgate would be a “teachable moment,” this:

“He’s actually right. It is teachable. Here’s the lesson: Shut up.”

Now, is that the way for someone to talk about or to the President of the United States? I didn’t hear Giuliani groveling after President Bush realized that Bernie Kerik, his police commissioner, was a liar, a cheat and an adulterer? Of course, we shouldn’t be surprised that this brand of vitriol occurred on Fox News, or as I like to call them, Faux News.

Police Officers Ryan White and C.M. Route, Placed on Paid Administrative Leave for Running Background Check on President Obama

First we had nosy contractors prying into the passport files of President Obama, John McCain and Hillary Clinton, now we have some cops in the news again, for all the wrong reasons. Police officers Ryan White and C.M. Route have been placed on  paid administrative leave after an investigation revealed they ran a background check on  President Barack Obama.  The men were identified by a representative for the DeKalb County CEO’s office.  I cannot recall every hearing that police officers did a background check on President George W. Bush. It is pathetic the lengths some people are going to smear POTUS, Barack Obama. Shameful.

According to WSB-TV, officials said the president’s name was typed into a computer inside a DeKalb County police car on July 20 and ran through the National Crime Information Center. Of course, these idiots just didn’t figure out that the Secret Service would realize what was going on. After all, this isn’t an Average Joe’s file they are snooping in, it’s the president of the United States.

A representative said both officers have been with the department less than five years.A representative said one of the officers denied involvement. An official investigation is being conducted by the DeKalb County Police Department’s Internal Affairs division. There was no reason for these men to run a background check on the president. They shouldn’t be placed on paid administrative leave. They should be fired for being just plain stupid.

Lou Dobbs Ratings in Downward Spiral Due to Birther Controversy about President Obama’s Birth Citizenship

CNN’s Lou Dobbs, idiot extraordinaire, is seeing the effects of his ridiculous rants about President Obama’s citizenship. His ratings are falling and I hope CNN chief Jon Klein will get the message that viewers don’t want to hear that BS. This “birther” madness needs to stop because it is nothing but a huge lie and a distraction. You will recall that Klein, after initially attempting to put Dobbs in check in  an email that read, “It seems this story is dead- because anyone who still is not convinced doesn’t really have a legitimate beef.” Yeah, but the drama continued as Lou Dobbs dug himself into a deeper hole, much like Glenn Beck, that idiot on Fox News, who said President Obama, a bi-racial man, was racist. This past week, Klein, on a panel discussion at the Television Critics Association press tour, argued that Dobbs was beyond his control so long as he was using the forum of his radio show. Right. Now The New York Observer‘s Felix Gillette crunches the numbers, and Dobbs is swallowing a really bitter pill.

Mr. Dobbs’ first began reporting on Obama birth certificate conspiracy theories on the night of Wednesday, July 15. In the roughly two weeks since then, from July 15 through July 28, Mr. Dobbs’ 7 p.m. show on CNN has averaged 653,000 total viewers and 157,000 in the 25-54 demo.

By contrast, during the first two weeks of the month (July 1 to July 14) Mr. Dobbs averaged 771,000 total viewers and 218,000 in the 25-54 demo. In other words, Mr. Dobbs’ audience has decreased 15 percent in total viewers and 27 percent in the demo since the start of the controversy. Source: NY Observer

Good, let Dobbs keep digging himself and CNN into a deeper hole. Several liberal media watchdog groups, including Media Matters and MoveOn.org, the Southern Poverty Law Center have petitioned CNN to fire Mr. Dobbs for repeatedly providing a forum to conspiracy theorists who believe, against all evidence, that the president was not born in the United States. There are so many more important issues that Dobbs could use his show to discuss, but he decided to get down in the muck with the extremists and some Republicans to keep this ridiculous side show going.  I would hope Mr. Dobbs will come to the realization that he isn’t indispensable and he isn’t the moral compass of the United States of America.

Debbie Rowe, Katherine Jackson Reach Settlement Agreement in Custody Case for the Two Children she had with Michael Jackson

Debbie Rowe has settled her custody issues over Michael Jackson’s children and it doesn’t involve a single penny, but it does call for a psychologist for her kids. According to TMZ, Rowe reached the agreement with Katherine Jackson and it is subject to approval by the judge.

Rowe will get visitation of the two children she had with Michael. She wants and will get a psychologist who will visit the children and help them adjust to her being in their lives on a meaningful basis.

Rowe will maintain her parental rights. The agreement says Rowe has no parental rights to Blanket, Jackson’s youngest child.

Barbara McKinzie, President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Sued by Eight Members for Mismanaging Funds, Including the Commissioning of a $900K Wax Statue of Herself

Barbara McKinzie, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority President
(Chicago Sun Times)

Barbara McKinzie, president of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, and some board members have been sued by eight members of the sorority, accused of mismanaging funds and commissioning a $900,000 wax statue of herself, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. They face charges that they purchased a $1 million life insurance policy McKinzie and arranged a four-year, $4,000 monthly stipend for the former accountant after she leaves her post. The suit has also accused McKinzie of charging nearly $400,000 in personal expenses, like lingerie and jewelry, to the Chicago-based sorority’s American Express card. What? This is unconscionable. They ought to file criminal charges for theft. This is just plain avarice.

The suit also alleges that McKinzie persuaded the board in 2008 to approve $250,000 — later increased to about $375,000 — in compensation to her for services rendered on behalf of the sorority. McKinzie’s pay was based on her securing $1.6 million in cost savings to AKA, but there was no proof that there were any savings, the members said.

The suit contends the expenditures should have been approved by AKA members last year. It seeks to have the board removed and money returned. Leadership also is accused of overcharging for the group’s 2008 conference, one that observed Alpha Kappa Alpha’s 100th anniversary.

The registration fee was doubled to about $500 per member for the 2008 meeting, which brought in about $13 million. The complainants say expenses for that gathering were about $9 million, and the surplus was spent at McKinzie’s discretion. Source: Chicago Sun Times

Wait, McKinzie had the hubris to defend her actions and questioned her accusers’ motives and said the wax statue, along with another of the sorority’s first president, only cost $45,000. Um, one question? Why does this woman need a wax statue of herself in the first place? From what I have read, it is a trend and the statue will be placed in the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore, where it will be in a growing and wasteful exhibit of predominantly black fraternity and sorority representatives. Why not give that $45,000 to inner city schools in Chicago? I am sure they could put it to good use.

Deloris Nissen, 78, Places Ad to Sell her Television Sets, Says She’s Tired of Seeing President Obama on Airwaves

Deloris Nissen, 78, of Carroll, Iowa, has decided to sell her television sets. Why? She said she is tired of seeing President Barack Obama on the airwaves. According to The Daily Times Herald, she placed a classified advertisement for Friday’s paper. She’s just using the President as a scapegoat to ditch the two televisions. She is reportedly still keeping a bigger flat-screen television and selling an older 20-inch Sony and possibly a 13-inch set. She’s just trying to hawk some junk. In the $5.50 ad, Nissen tells readers she has two television sets for sale.

The reason: “Obama on every channel and station.”

She was interviewed by the newspaper and she said taht she was serious about selling two TVs – and genuine about her disgust with what she believes to be an overexposed president. “I just got tired of watching him on every channel,” Nissen said. “I thought, my gosh, does he ever stay at the White House?” Well, it seems to me that Presidents Bush and Clinton were always on the airwaves. How come she didn’t ditch the televisions then? Of course, she voted for John McCain in the presidential elections, so don’t be too surprised with her actions. They do seem pretty extreme, however. Psst, Ms. Nissen, President Obama is coming to a radio station near you! Hah, this is too funny. Also, President Obama won Iowa in the elections and he also trounced McCain in Carroll County where she resides.

Justin Barrett, 36, Suspended by Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, for Sending Email Describing Henry Louis Gates, Jr., as a "Jungle Monkey"

The fallout from the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., continues. This time the racism is actually coming from one of the Boston Police Department’s Finest — Justin Barrett. He has been suspended for using a racial slur in reference to Mr. Gates in an email. Apparently once Commissioner Edward Davis learned of the slur he put Barrett, 36, on administrative leave pending a termination hearing. What did this man say? According to the Boston Globe, he referred to Henry Gates as a “jungle monkey,” and he reportedly used it while reacting to the media coverage of the arrest. I guess the Boston Police Department has their own Mark Fuhrman. I am sure Fox News will be only too happy to have his as a regular contributor as they have done for Fuhrman.

In his e-mail, which was posted on a local Boston television station’s Web site, Barrett declared that if he had “been the officer he verbally assaulted like a banana-eating jungle monkey, I would have sprayed him in the face with OC [oleoresin capsicum, or pepper spray] deserving of his belligerent noncompliance.”

Barrett used the “jungle monkey” phrase four times, three times referring to Gates and once referring to Abraham’s writing as “jungle monkey gibberish.”

He also declared he was “not a racist but I am prejudice [sic] towards people who are stupid and pretend to stand up and preach for something they say is freedom but it is merely attention because you do not get enough of it in your little fear-dwelling circle of on-the-bandwagon followers.” Source: CNN

Barrett, allegedly wrote the racially charged e-mail about professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. to colleagues at the National Guard. He has been on the job for two years and was stripped of his gun and badge yesterday. Here’s the bigger issue that we should take away from this suspension — this police has a racist view of blacks. Do you really think this mindset wouldn’t manifest itself when he comes in contact with a black or Latino on his beat? Yes it would. I would caution readers not to judge the entire police force across this country by the actions of a few racist cops. There are many decent and hardworking police officers out there.

Rep. Barney Frank Threatens Banks that if They Don’t Modify More Mortgage Loans, Congress will Enact Legislation to Force Them into Action

Rep. Barney Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, has issued a stern warning to banks that if they don’t volunteer to save more homeowners from foreclosure, Congress will make them. Amen to that! He said Congress will revive legislation that would let bankruptcy judges write down a person’s monthly mortgage payment if the number of loan modifications remain low. That bill should have never died in the Senate by a 45-51 vote, falling 15 votes short of the 60 needed to overcome procedural hurdles. Oh wait, how could I forget that some of these same banks are big donors to many senators, so they are not motivated to give a heck about the “little person’s” financial hardships. The Democrats have 60 senate votes, there is no reason why this bankruptcy write-down cannot be revisited, passed and sent to the President for his signature. The time for action is now, not later when the situation becomes more dire.

Frank also said his committee won’t consider legislation to help banks lend unless there is a “significant increase” in mortgage modifications. His statement comes on the heels of a deal struck yesterday between Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and more than two dozen mortgage companies. The two sides agreed to set the goal of adjusting 500,000 loans by Nov. 1.
Loan servicers have said that they are still playing catch-up with the deluge of customer requests by hiring and training thousands of new employees. Banks also are trying to sort through which customers face a legitimate financial hardship. Hello, that shouldn’t be so hard to figure out in this economic climate. The unemployment rate is skyrocketing in many states as we speak. I am no fan of Barney Frank, but he is right, something drastic needs to be done to stem this foreclosure tide that not seem to be ebbing one iota.

Black Workers, Including Lawrence "Lonnie" Powell, Say Drinking Fountains, Bathrooms Segregated at Philadelphia Trash-Handling Facility

I came across an interesting article on Philadelphia Daily News’ website and I want to share it with my readers because the allegations are very troubling. Lawrence “Lonnie” Powell, who is employed at the city’s Northwest Transfer Station in Roxborough since 2003, said that since he began working at the trash-handling plant,  he has had to seek the superintendent named as John Gill’s permission to go to the bathroom — then descend five flights of stairs to use it. Powell, 58, who is black, said that the white employees have been permitted to use a bathroom just 25 feet from his work station. He is one of five current and former employees who have alleged in legal documents that the station’s white superintendent has discriminated against them because they are black. Did we revert to the 1950s when the scourge of racism was a bloodstain on the fabric of American life as we knew it?

Clarena I.W. Tolson, commissioner of the city’s Streets Department, which runs the station, declined to discuss the matter and referred questions to the City Solicitor’s Office. An assistant city solicitor has denied the black workers’ allegations.

Among those allegations is that for several years Gill has kept a “supervisor’s bathroom,” one flight up from Gill’s office, that “only the white employees were allowed to use…whether or not they were supervisors,” Powell wrote in an affidavit last month.

“Quite often, while I’m up there, I could be sitting in my booth, and I see white guys going into the bathroom,” Powell said in an interview. “They walk right by the door and go right in the bathroom there. That’s maybe 25 feet away from where I’m at.” But when he has to go to the bathroom, he said, he has to go down to Gill’s office to get permission, then descend five more flights.

Two other black workers, Gibson Trowery, 55, and Leslie Young Jr., 51, filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission in October 2007 and a lawsuit in January alleging discrimination by the city and infliction of extreme emotional distress by Gill.

Howard K. Trubman, a Center City attorney representing the black workers at the station, said that the law permits Trowery and Young to take their case to court because the PHRC did not rule within a year. But black workers had complained in writing about what they considered racism at the station as far back as 1999, Young and Trubman said. In August 2007, Powell aired the black employees’ grievances in a meeting with Gill and Streets Department Deputy Commissioner Carlton Williams, who then ordered Gill to open the supervisor’s bathroom to everyone, court documents show.

Water cooler in the closet — the building in which the men work, located up the hill from the Schuylkill at Domino Lane and Umbria Street, had been the city’s Northwest Incinerator — the outside wall still calls it that — until the city switched from a trash-burning system several years ago. Meanwhile, white workers were allowed to use a water cooler in Gill’s office, the lawsuit says.

Gill, 53, is a 35-year city employee who was earning $53,585 a year as of last November, according to city records. He succeeded his father, also named John Gill, as the station’s superintendent, documents show. Source: Philadelphia Daily News

The lawsuit is scheduled to be heard in February 2010. Wow, this certainly has the appearance of the Deep South in the 1950s. If these allegations are true, this is a disgrace and should not be tolerated one bit. People complain that we have moved into a post-racial America, but that’s wishful thinking if these allegations are proven to be true in a court of law. No one deserves to suffer such indignities in this country.

DA: Todd Genger, a Goldman Sachs Lawyer Caught Soliciting ’15-year-old’

Todd Genger, a lawyer for Goldman Sachs, was caught in a sting operation targeting perverts who solicit young girls for sex. Genger, 33, has been accused of trying to lure an underage teen with explicit chat on the Internet and then traveling to Westchester to consummate the cyber-affair. What an idiot! The “girl” he was pursuing was an undercover investigator posing as a teenager in a chat room.

Here’s the real shame in all this: Genger is a married man with three children of his own. Would have liked it if anyone tried to sexually assault any of his children as he had allegedly planned to do with this minor? He was reportedly nabbed after a series of Internet conversations that began April 13 and ended Monday. According to the district attorney’s office, the investigator made it clear to Genger that she was underage.

Genger reportedly admitted to participating in the online conversations about the intended tryst, which included “specific explicit sexual acts.” He has been arraigned on charges of trying to disseminate indecent material to a minor and was released on his own recognizance pending an Aug.11 court date. If convicted, the dirtbag faces 1-1/3 to four years in prison, if convicted.

I am pretty sure that this isn’t the negative publicity Goldman Sachs wants at this time. He should be terminated immediately and his law license revoked.