Usain Bolt Shatters his Own 2009 Beijing Olympics Record, Clocks 9.58 in 100M at IAAF World Championships to Beat Tyson Gay (VIDEO)

UPDATE

After a phenomenal year, Usain Bolt has pulled out of the Daegu Pre-Championship Meeting in South Korea this month citing fatigue, organisers say. His withdrawal means he is also likely to miss the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix which takes place five days earlier.

“Bolt’s agent on Wednesday informed us that he cannot take part in the competition in Daegu due to his not-good physical condition,” said an official from the Daegu organising body. “We feel really sorry not to have him at the competition given the huge publicity effect he can bring to any athletic event.”

UPDATE

The “Thunderbolt” strikes again! Usain Bolt shatters his own world record (19.30 in 2008 Beijing Olympics) in the 200m race, clocking 19.19.

Usain Bolt delivered — 9.58! He broke his own world record in the 100m from the 2009 Beijing Olympics. Tyson Gay couldn’t catch up to him. Usain is the fastest man in the world. Bolt shattered the world record at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Berlin, Germany!

Thomas Murphy, Sprint Executive, Killed in Freak Accident, As Boulder Fell Off Colorado Mountain and Hits Him

Thomas Murphy, an executive at Sprint, lost his life in a freak accident last Friday night when a boulder fell off a Colorado mountain and landed on his SUV. Mr. Murphy, 45, and his family had just finished their vacation and were en route to their Kansas City home. According to the Colorado State Patrol, the family was driving on Colorado Route 82 in Pitkin county, when Murphy was rendered unconscious by the impact of the boulder, which was reportedly the size of a briefcase.

Thomas Murphy was transported to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, where he was pronounced dead. The Murphys were traveling with their three boys, ages six, eight and 11. The 11-year-old was injured. The other two children were not.

According to KMBC-TV, Murphy worked for Sprint since September 1996, most recently serving as a vice president in the Corporate Brand Marketing division. He was a member of Sprint’s NASCAR team and served as chairman of the Sprint Foundation.

High-Achieving Black Women Find Marriage Elusive, Many Remain Childless, According to New Research

I came across this article on MSNBC’s website last week and it piqued my interest. High achieving, educated black women find marriage and a family elusive, according to a recent study presented at the American Sociological Society’s annual meeting. It seems that First Lady Michelle Obama — lawyer, married to the President of the United States and the mother of two children — is the exception and not the rule. The reality for other black women with similar educational and professional background is quite different.

They face a series of challenges in navigating education, career, marriage and child-bearing, dilemmas that often leave them single and childless even when they’d prefer marriage and family, according to a research study recently presented at the American Sociological Society’s annual meeting in San Francisco.

Yale researchers Natalie Nitsche and Hannah Brueckner argued that “marriage chances for highly educated black women have declined over time relative to white women.” Women of both races with postgraduate educations “face particularly hard choices between career and motherhood,” they said, “but especially in the absence of a reliable partner.”

And there’s the rub. As noted in a recent Sexploration column, contrary to old media reports, most educated, professional women who want to marry can and do marry. But the picture is less bright for high-achieving black women because “marriage markets” for them have deteriorated to the point that many remain unmarried, the researchers found. Since these women also feel pressured not to become single mothers, they often go childless as well, the researchers found. In the study, Nitsche and Brueckner used data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey of 50,000 households dating back to the 1970s to tease out data points on race, gender, education, marriage and  fertility.

Among black women with postgraduate educations born between 1956 and 1960, the median age at which they gave birth for the first time was 34 years old. This was about the same as it was for white women in the same demographic. But once white women reached their 30s, many more of them did give birth, often more than once. Many black women did not. The rate of childlessness among this group of black women rose from 30 percent for those born between 1950 and 1955, to 45 percent for those born between 1956 and 1960.

The rate of childlessness does moderate somewhat in highly educated black women born between 1961 and 1970. In this group, 38 percent have remained childless. Beyond the personal interests of individual women, the trend is significant because “in terms of American society, this is one additional obstacle” to the broadening of the black middle class, Brueckner said. Fewer highly educated black people having children means that they cannot pass on those advantages and knowledge.”

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Rachel Maddow Battles Dick Armey in Her First Debut on Sunday’s "Meet the Press"

Rachel Maddow appeared on “Meet the Press” for the first time on Sunday, August 16th and was spectacular. On a panel with former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas), and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Maddow held her own. When Dick Armey said he took no responsibility “whatsoever” for the virulent protests against President Obama and compared it to MoveOn.org running an ad comparing President Bush to Hitler, Maddow interjected that that never actually happened. Later in the show, Maddow said that major conservative groups had speakers going around the country comparing Obama to Hitler, Pol Pot and Stalin and asking supporters to put the fear of God in their congresspeople. Of course, the Republican party and its operatives deny those allegations with a straight face.

There’s another priceless gem for the Democrats to use against the Rethuglicans. When Armey said that he denounced violence, Maddow was quick to point out that his organization, FreedomWorks, was in a coalition whose website was promoting the violent fight at a Tampa town hall as a good thing.

City of Gary, Ind. Paid $5,000 in Airfare for Joe Jackson, Seven Others to Attend Tribute for the Late Michael Jackson

Gary, Indiana Mayor Rudy Clay and Joe Jackson
(Tasos Katopodis, Getty Images)


Once again, Joe Jackson, the father of the late Michael Jackson, has shown that he has no class. Rudy Clay, the mayor of Gary, Indiana, said his cash-strapped city paid $5,000 to fly Joe Jackson and seven other people out from Los Angeles to attend a memorial for his son in July. It seems like Joe Jackson, Latoya Jackson and Jermaine Jackson just won’t go away and grieve in private like the rest of the family.

While city money helped pay to fly Jackson, the musical group the Chi-Lites and security from Los Angeles to O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Clay said donations already made or promised to the city will cover all of the memorial’s expenses.

He said Gary is currently about $2,000 short of breaking even on the memorial’s costs, though he could not provide the total cost for the tribute held at a minor league baseball park.

Clay said Joe Jackson never asked for help to pay for the trip to the city he moved his family away from in 1969 after the Jackson 5 recorded their first album.

Instead, Clay said he offered to pay airfare for Jackson as well as the Chi-Lites so that the group, whose lead singer Marshall Thompson is launching a new record label with Jackson, could accompany the Jackson family patriarch. Source: Breitbart

The last thing this city needed to spend its scarce resources on was a trip for Joe Jackson and his “posse” to visit Gary. I am appalled at the mayor for making such an offer, but not surprised that Joe Jackson, who shamelessly plugged a new record label on the red carpet at the BET Awards days after his son’s death, would even accept such an offer. Sorry, but that $5,000 could have been used to service some of the needs of the city.

Zach Lahn, Political Science Student, Challenges President Obama to "Oxford Style" Debate at Colorado Health Care Reform Town Hall

I found President Barack Obama to be in his element during his health care town hall in Grand Junction, Colorado, this evening. His performance was solid and, though it may not allay all the fears of many Americans, including me, I think he did well. The highlight came when political science student Zach Lahn challenged the president to an “Oxford style” debate. Here’s the irony. Zach Lahn has less access to the information that President Obama has access to, but he has the temerity to challenge him to a debate based on the facts as he sees them — one sided and flimsy.

“I’m going to call on this gentleman,” Obama announced “because he’s been waving, and he shouted at me a couple of times. I just want proof here that I’m happy to get a good debate going.”

Political science student Zach Lahn responded, to laughter, “My question is this — and also, I’d love to have a debate just all out, any time, Oxford style if you’d like. I understand… I’m willing to do that — but my question is this…” Source: Huffington Post

I read Zach Lahn’s Twitter profile and wasn’t surprised in the least to learn that he is a “determined Christian Conservative in CO, home state of IA not stopping until everyone agrees w/me Pro-Life, Pro-Guns, Pro-Reagan, Anti-Big Gov.” One commenter on this article on my blog stated that “I sat right behind Zach Lahn at the Town Hall meeting. He was agitated and rude to President Obama from the beginning. He booed loudly several times at some of Obama’s answers, waving his arms each time Obama was looking for more questions. Yet Obama respected him completely. Afterwards, Fox News dashed over to him to ask him to be interviewed, which he did with great relish. His buddy said he was a full ride scholarship football player at University of Colorado, apparently one who doesn’t mind taking government money himself.” If his comments are factual, then Zach Lahn is a hypocrite who doesn’t have a problem taking from the government or some other donor, when it suits him. I guess Fox News and the right wing has just found their new Joe the Plumber.

The discussion was very spirited and it allayed some of the fears many people have about this massive, but needed overhaul of the health care system in this country. I was also heartened when President Obama invoked his own anguish over the death of his grandmother, as he challenged the debunked notion that Democratic efforts to overhaul the health care system would include “death panels,” a blatant lie that is being spread by Betsy McCaughey, Sarah Palin and many conservatives.

“I just lost my grandmother last year. I know what it’s like to watch somebody you love, who’s aging, deteriorate and have to struggle with that,” an impassioned Obama told a crowd as he spoke of Madelyn Payne Dunham. He took issue with “the notion that somehow I ran for public office or members of Congress are in this so they can go around pulling the plug on grandma.”

“When you start making arguments like that, that’s simply dishonest—especially when I hear the arguments coming from members of Congress in the other party who, turns out, sponsored similar provisions,” Obama said. Source: Breitbart

You will recall that his grandmother, “Toot,” died of cancer at age 86 on Nov. 2, two days before he won election to become the nation’s first African-American president.

Dyron L. Hart Pleads Guilty to Posing as a White Supremacist to Send Death Threats by Facebook

Dyron L. Hart, an African American, should be sentenced to the maximum time in prison as allowed by the law for posing as a white supremacist in order to send a death threat across state lines by Facebook.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Hart, 20, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to making a threat in November 2008. He admitted creating a name and using a white supremacist’s photo to pose as a white man who planned to kill blacks because Barack Obama had been elected president.

He was originally charged with threatening three black students at Nicholls State, where he had attended one semester. He pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count. He sent the threats from a computer in Poplarville, Mississippi.

The maximum sentence is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine and he will be sentenced November 18. I have a few choice words for this idiot — five years maximum in prison.