Jeremiah Scott Being Held in Lieu of $1 Million Bail After Daughters, Ages 11/2 & 18 Months Found Beaten, Bound & Gagged

Jeremiah Scott arrested and booked on suspicion of attempted murder, torture of his two young daughters. Being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

Jeremiah Scott, 23, has been arrested and booked on suspicion of attempted murder and torture of two girls, ages 1 1/2 and 18 weeks old. According to the Press-Enterprise, Scott’s young daughters were found beaten, bound and gagged in a house near Rubidoux in Riverside County, Calif. He is being held in lieu of $1 million bail.

Sgt. Steve Brown told the Press-Enterprise that sheriff’s deputies went to the house just after 1 p.m. Friday after another adult there had found the girls tied up and left on a bedroom floor. The girls reportedly had visible injuries on their faces and heads. Scott fled the scene but was later found in the neighborhood and arrested.

The girls had non-life threatening injuries to their faces and heads and were taken to a local hospital, the police said. A motive is unknown. This dirtbag doesn’t deserve to see the outside of another prison.

Photo credit: Jeremiah Scott, Press-Enterprise

Singer Marie Osmond’s Son, Michael Blosil, Commits Suicide After Lengthy Bout with Severe Depression

Marie Osmond’s son, Michael Blosil, commits suicide Friday night, after lengthy bout with severe depression.

Marie Osmond’s teenage son, Michael Blosil, has committed suicide by jumping to his death Friday night in Los Angeles, according to Entertainment Tonight.  According to Entertainment Tonight, Michael left a note explaining he intended to end his life after a lengthy battle with severe depression that left him, he said, feeling as if he had no friends and could never fit in.

I recall during an appearance on Larry King’s show, she got very defensive when she was asked about Michael. He entered a rehab facility in 2007 for an undisclosed reason. His mother said at the time, “My son Michael is an amazing young man, shown through his courage in facing his issues. As his mother, I couldn’t be more proud of him.”

Michael is one of eight children Osmond has raised with ex-husband Brian Blosil. Last March, Marie Osmond told PEOPLE magazine that her son seemed to be turning his life around and was finishing up his senior year of high school while living with his mom in Las Vegas, where she and her brother, Donny, headline a show.

Powerful 8.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Chile, Tsunami Sirens Sounding in Hawaii as Wave Nears

Powerful 8.8 magnitude earthquake hits offshore Maule, Chile, death toll at 122 and rising.

 URGENT: Chile has been hit by a catasthropic earthquake measuring 8.8 on the Richter Scale. There is going to widespread devastation and loss of life. Tsunami sirens are sounding in Hawaii. This is the most powerful earthquake to hit Chile in half a century. There have been conflicting reports about the death toll, with some placing it so far as high as 122. The quake struck offshore Maule, Chile at a depth of 21.7 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The earthquake was only three miles from shore.

According to Fox News, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s tsunami warning monitors reported a wave measuring nearly eight feet hit near Talcahuano, Chile, about 90 minutes after the quake hit. Other waves of up to four feet hit other coastal areas. The NOAA has placed its alert on the highest level — severe.

The U.S. Geological Survey said a  number of aftershocks continue to hit Chile, the largest one registering at magnitude 6.9. There have been reports of a tidal wave that destroyed many buildings. The information coming in is very fluid.

Guatemala, Panama and Costa Rica also affected. The west coast of the United States and Canada are under a tsunami advisory.

More details to follow……

URGENT: 7.0 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Japan’s Ryukyu Islands, Tsunami Warning Issued

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake has struck Japan’s Ryukyu Islands, a tsunami warning has been issued.

URGENT: A 7.0 magnitude earthquake has struck Japan’s Ryukyu Islands early Saturday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

According to CNN, Japan’s Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami advisory, recommending that people on the Okinawa Islands evacuate from the seashore. The advisory also affected the Amami Islands and Tokara Islands.

The quake struck at a depth of  six miles and occurred about 53 miles from Okinawa.

Desiree Rogers, White House Social Secretary Resigns, to be Replaced by Julianna Smoot

DRAMA: Desiree Rogers, White House Social Secretary, at the heart of the party crasher scandal, resigns. ABC News is reporting that she will be replaced by Julianna Smoot, Democratic fundraiser.

Rogers reportedly told the Chicago Sun-Times: “As we turn the corner on the first year, this is a good time for me to explore opportunities in the corporate world.” Right. That sounds convincing enough. There’s more to this than her desire to re-enter the corporate world.

The buzz is that she has been at odds with Valerie Jarrett. Not sure how true that is, but this woman just didn’t get an epiphany to return back to the corporate world.

Jennifer Paulson, a Teacher at Birney Elementary School in Tacoma, Wa., Shot to Death, Male Suspect Killed by Police

More gun violence erupts at a school. Teacher Jennifer Paulson, 30, was shot and killed at Birney Elementary School in Tacoma, Wash., according to KIRO 7 Eyewitness News. The station is reporting that there were just a few kids at the school when it occurred. She was killed by Jed Waits, 30.

The teacher reportedly arrived at 7:30 a.m. and a man was already there waiting for her. Police said she knew the man. She had an anti-harassment order against Waits because he was infatuated with her. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the crime.

The suspect, fled the scene and was pursued by Tacoma police and Pierce County sheriff’s deputies. He was fatally shot by sheriff’s deputies a few blocks from the school, KIRO reported.

Still developing. More to follow.

Ethics Committee Says Rep. Charlie Rangel Violated Rules Over Hidden Financing, Rangel Digs in

House ethics committee says Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) broke the rules when he accepted Caribbean trips in violation of House rules.

BREAKING: The Associated Press is reporting that the House ethics committee has found that Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee broke the rules. He knowingly accepted Caribbean trips in violation of House rules that clearly forbids hidden financing by corporations. Er, shouldn’t he be forced out of his position as chairman of this committee? He won’t leave because House leader Nancy Pelosi won’t make that a reality. How do you keep a tax cheat in the No. 1 position on the committee writing the tax laws? This is a mockery of the system. Nancy Pelosi said she would run the most ethical House of Representatives, but I beg to differ on the basis of the Democratic Party’s continued coddling of Rangel.

A congressional source familiar with the findings but not authorized to be quoted by name said at least four of members of the Congressional Black Caucus on the trips in 2007 and 2008 have been exonerated.

Rangel is one of the most influential members of Congress because the committee he chairs writes laws setting tax rates and oversees Medicare and Social Security benefits. The decision is certain to raise questions whether he can continue that role in an election year in which Congress must deal with several expiring tax laws.

Charlie Rangel said, in a press conference Thursday evening, that the finding defied “common sense.” Of course, he attempted to kick the can down the road to someone’s else house. He said the probe found he did not know the trips in 2007 and 2008 were underwritten by corporations, but that two of his staffers did. Right. He further added, “Common sense dictates that members of Congress should not be held responsible for what could be the wrongdoing or errors of staff, unless there’s reason to believe that the member knew or should have known — and there’s nothing in the record to indicate the latter.” “I think right now I have to let the general community make its own judgment,” Rangel said. So, now here’s my two cents as a member of the general public, it’s time for Charlie Rangel to step aside as chairman of the House Ways & Means Committee. Heck, it’s high time for him to be voted out of office because he hasn’t served the people of his congressional district with honor and dignity.

Still, let us be mindful that the ethics probe continues. The panel, which is composed of three Democrats and three Republicans, is still looking other issues, including his use of a rent-controlled apartment and his fundraising for the Charles Rangel Center for Public Service in New York City. This will, undoubtedly drag on for another year before we are able to entertain the prospect of this leech being kicked out of his leadership role. It’s amazing that the members of the Congressional Black Caucus thinks anyone takes them seriously when they have a tax cheat and a pimp of the system in their ranks, among other issues.

BREAKING: Body Found in Vancouver, Thought to be Actor Andrew Koenig

BREAKING:  A body has been found in Vancouver. It is thought to be that of missing “Growing Pains” actor Andrew Koenig. According to the Vancouver Sun, the body was found at noon in Stanley Park. 

Koenig had a long history of depression and was last seen by friends on February 14th, Valentine’s Day. The park was reportedly a favorite place of the actor since he lived there three years ago. The police had searched the park, but did not find his body at that time.

Depression is such a serious illness that people ought to take it more seriously.

Still developing. More to follow…..

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) Displays Total Ignorance in Meeting with Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) displays total ignorance about two key economic concepts during Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s meeting with House Committee on Financial Services.

I liked Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) for her tenacity and her spirit, but I must say, I was taken aback by her complete ignorance during a meeting of the House Committee on Financial Services during which she resoundingly proved she has no clue about economics in any sense of the word. She questioned Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke about why he was raising the federal funds rate, which he clearly stated he  was not raising. Her confusion stemmed from a misunderstanding of two completely different economic concepts — federal funds rate and the discount rate, the latter of which Bernanke said was actually going up.

To be totally honest, most people don’t have a clue what those two concepts mean, but if you sit on the House Finance Committee for about 20 years, you ought to know what that means. She should also understand key economic concepts that govern the Federal Reserve.

Ms. Waters’ position was that Bernanke’s “suggestion” to raise the federal funds rate would cause mortgage rates to rise, which is correct, but he isn’t raising the federal funds rate. The discount rate has no bearing on mortgage or any consumer borrowing rates. It is the rate the Federal Reserve charges banks to borrow money directly from the Fed. The federal funds rate is what banks charge one another for overnight loans. This has a direct effect on borrowing rates for consumers.

You would think that Ms. Waters, at the very least, know the difference between the two. She probably will come out of this unscathed for the moment because all eyes are on the health care reform summit being held by President Obama. The reality is if she can’t grasp two key economic concepts that play a role in the committee on which she sits, then one has to wonder how effective she has been for her constituents.

Here’s a video of Maxine Waters’ argument with Ben Bernanke.


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Sprite Backpedals After Naming Members of White Sorority Winners in its "Step Off" Competition

Sprite backpedals on winner of “Sprite Step Off” competition in which all-white Zeta Tau Alpha sorority won. Claim a discrepancy was found and said there was a tie with black sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha.

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Sprite just made a colossal capitulation to political correctness. The winners of the National Finals Competition held by Sprite in Atlanta were members of a white sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, who won $100,000. But now comes word from Sprite that they made a mistake. Sounds like backpedaling to me.
 
From Sprite.com

After the National Finals Competition this past weekend in Atlanta wrapped, we got together to do our post-competition review and found a scoring discrepancy in the sorority results. After looking at it and looking at it AGAIN, we determined there isn’t a definitive resolution.

Sprite is all about preserving the honesty and integrity of this competition. Because the scoring discrepancy can’t be resolved and due to the really tight margin between the first and second place sorors, we feel that the only right thing to do is to name both Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Tau Chapter & Zeta Tau Alpha, Epsilon Chapter, co-first place winners of the Sprite Step Off.

With these revised results, we’re gonna increase Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Tau Chapter’s scholarship prize to $100K, consistent with what Zeta Tau Alpha also got for their first prize winnings. Thanks again to everyone who helped make The Sprite Step Off happen. And to one last stroll in the name of unity…

Okay, I didn’t pledge a sorority and I really don’t pay much attention to their activities, but I am baffled as to why the fact that a white group won has riled so many blacks. We all know that “stepping” is a deeply rooted tradition in historically black fraternities, but has moved into the mainstream in recent years. Do we have an automatic pass on everything we claim to have started? Sounds very hypocritical to me because many whites have embraced many facets of our culture.

Below is the video of Zeta Tau Alpha’s routine, as well as videos of performance from the AKAs. Judge for yourselves. Shouldn’t the original decision stand? Or was Sprite forced to change its ruling days after the competition?