Nicky Diaz, Former Housekeeper of CA GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Meg Whitman, Says She was Fired Because She was an Illegal Immigrant

California billionaire Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman is about to feel the wrath of jump-off lawyer extraordinaire Gloria Allred. Why? Whitman’s former housekeeper, Nicky Diaz, alleged she was wrongfully fired after nine years of employment when she told her she was an illegal immigrant and asked for help in gaining legal residency. According to Fox News, she claimed Whitman knew she was an illegal immigrant when she hired her in 2000 and was aware of her illegal status. She maintains she was fired only after Whitman announced her bid for California’s top office. Hah. This will work in her Democratic opponent, Jerry Brown’s favor.Whitman told Fox News the charges made by Diaz were “definitely a lie” and said she fired her once she confessed to being an illegal immigrant.

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GA Sheriff’s Deputy Kenneth Lumpkin Charged with Murder in Death of Soldier’s Wife, Lori Arrowood

Kenneth Lumpkin, a Liberty county, Ga., sheriff’s deputy has been charged with the murder of Lori Arrowood, the missing wife of a soldier., Nate Arrowood, who was deployed to Iraq and is expected home shortly.

Arrowood, 42, was reported missing from her Hinesville home by a friend Saturday night and was last seen around 1 p.m. that day, Keith Moran, chief deputy of the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, said.

The Georgia Search and Rescue team and more than 100 soldiers from Fort Stewart looked for her, but could not find her. Her body has not been found. Source: AJC

Golden. Someone charged with upholding the law, breaking the law. Mrs. Arrowood’s body was found in Long County in a wooded area near a rural highway. She reportedly knew Kenneth Lumpkin.

Rutgers Student, Tyler Clementi, Commits Suicide After Dharun Ravi & Molly Wei Secretly Making Sex Tape & Broadcasting on Internet

Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi reportedly commits suicide after roommate & friend, Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei, secretly tapes him and posts video to the Internet.

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During my undergraduate years at Ohio University in Athens, I saw a lot of crazy things, with the weirdest being in a room with a former roommate having sex with her boyfriend because they thought I was asleep. Though her screaming could have awaken the entire hall. That’s a picture I don’t care to revisit. Still, the thought that a student could commit suicide because he was allegedly being secretly taped during a sexual encounter with another male by two other students is mind-boggling. According to WPIX-11, fellow freshmen Dharun Ravi, 18, of Plainsboro and Molly Wei, 18, of Princeton have been charged with invasion of privacy for allegedly placing a camera in the 18-year-old Tyler Clementi’s dorm room. What’s worst, police said parts of the recording were placed on the internet.

Ravi was additionally charged with two more counts of invasion of privacy for trying to use the hidden camera to view the same student during another sexual encounter just three days later on Sept. 21.

According to sources, the victim from Ridgewood — whose identity PIX 11 News is withholding — is believed to have jumped off the George Washington bridge on Thursday, Sept. 23. The victim’s car was found nearby with both his cell phone and computer inside. Source: WPIX-11

This is just sick and disturbing on so many levels. As I stated before, I saw some of the craziest things on campus at OU, but I never entertained the thought of taping the incidents. That just wasn’t my dogfight to get into. These two students need to learn to mind their own damn business. Still, I wouldn’t commit suicide. I would meet the two students in court and have the last laugh by suing them for emotional distress. My thoughts and prayers go out to Tyler Clementi’s family.

GA Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Nathan Deal Financial Woes Make Him Unsuitable to Become Governor

Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate Nathan Deal is in for a rough ride because he son-in-law Chapter 7 bankruptcy debacle and the fact that he loaned them millions for a failed outdoors business. You see, you can’t lie on your bankruptcy documents and expect to be given a slap on the wrist. Well, let me back up…. Deal’s daughter, Carrie, and her husband, Clint Wilder, filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition in 2009 for their failed business that left them with $2.1 million in debts, but it seems that Wilder neglected to inform the court, by way of his paperwork, that he had filed for bankruptcy in 2001. The federal bankruptcy law states that debtors must wait at least eight years between bankruptcies to have their debts discharged under Chapter 7 of the federal bankruptcy code.

So, Carrie & Clint Wilder have a big problem on their hands, not to mention the fact that Nathan Deal has a big public relations mark from this as well. You see, the couple could see their bankruptcy case tossed out and possibly face criminal charges for lying under oath. Nathan Deal’s office was quick to say the couple are not public figures and not running for office, but it does speak to his ability to make sound financial decisions. He should have made sure he and his wife were named in the bankruptcy petition as creditors. He seems to chock that up to an error.

Further, questions still swirl around Deal’s personal finance. This time his latest financial disclosure has raised eyebrows.

Deal might not have followed state guidelines for valuing certain properties in the amended financial disclosure for 2009 that he filed Sept. 23 with the State Ethics Commission. The disclosure might reflect fair-market values, but they do not appear to conform with state guidelines.

The Sept. 23 disclosure, filed seven days after a previous amended disclosure, came after scrutiny about turmoil in his personal finances arose and certain assets and liabilities appeared to be omitted from earlier reports. Source

Though I find former Gov. Roy Barnes a less than stellar candidate, particularly since he served in the same position previously and was not terribly effective, I find Nathan Deal’s financial blemishes a big deterrent to getting my vote. I just don’t see how he can be a good governor fiscally speaking. If you can’t handle your own finances, then how can we expect you to do the same for Georgia, a state that has seen high unemployment and foreclosure rates, as well as shaky school test scores, high crime rates in certain pockets and a whole host of other problems. Roy Barnes is the lesser of two evils. With Nathan Deal, there’s not telling what other financial issue will be uncovered. Is he really worth the hassle?

Rev. Arthur Burton Schirmer Arrested for Allegedly Killing Second Wife, Probe Re-opened in Mysterious Death of First Wife

Talk about snake in the pulpit and a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Rev. Arthur Burton Schirmer was arrested in the death of his second wife, wife Betty, in 2008, after Joseph Mustante allegedly commits suicide in his office at Reeders United Methodist Church, led investigators to him. He allegedly staged the car accident that claimed his wife’s life. The investigators also re-opened the case of his first wife’s mysterious death to see whether he played a role. Schirmer’s first wife, Jewel, died in April 1999 from a traumatic brain injury after she purportedly fell down a flight of stairs in Lebanon, Pa. Last night I watched the “Nancy Grace Show” and I learned that she sustained injuries that were not consistent with a fall. But, no-one doubted his account because he was a pastor.

Rev. Arthur Burton Schirmer, 62, entered no plea Monday in a Tannerville, Pa., courtroom, hours after authorities arrested him at his Reeders home for the 2008 death of wife Betty, 56.

The man who broke in and shot himself at the desk in Schirmer’s office at the Reeders United Methodist Church, Joseph Mustante, was the husband of the pastor’s secretary, Cynthia Musante, Poconos Township Police Detective James Wagner said. Source

It is a real shame that so many pastors are involved in unsavory and criminal behavior. Pastor Schirmer knew he was committing adultery when he engaged in a sexual relationship with another man’s wife. It is a sad commentary that the words in the Bible are factual in the cases of rogue pastors — wolves in sheep’s clothing.

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LA Times Under Fire for Publishing Teacher Performance Ratings that Possibly Pushed to Teacher, Rigoberto Ruelas Jr., to Commit Suicide

The Los Angeles Times is under fire after a teacher’s suicide, which the teachers union is attributing to the newspaper’s publication of teacher performance ratings on its website in August. Rigoberto Ruelas Jr., 39, was a fifth-grade teacher at Miramonte Elementary School, whose body was found Sunday at the foot of a remote forest bridge. The United Teachers Los Angeles union is asking the newspaper to remove the ratings from its website, according to Fox News. It is premature for the union to take this position, since it’s not clear what are the circumstances surrounding his death. At least that’s what the police department is saying.

The body of 39-year-old Rigoberto Ruelas Jr., a fifth-grade teacher at Miramonte Elementary School, was found Sunday at the foot of a remote forest bridge. Investigators believe he jumped to his death, although the inquiry is continuing, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

The motive for Ruelas taking his own life is far from clear. But union officials said he had been upset since the Times published his district ranking as a “less effective” teacher based on his students’ standardized English and math test scores.

Ruelas scored “average” in getting his students up to acceptable levels in English, but “less effective” in math, and “less effective” overall. The school itself ranked as “least effective” in raising test scores, and only five of Miramonte’s 35 teachers were ranked as average. Source

If he committed suicide because he was despondent over his name being among the teachers rated, then he could have redoubled his effort to correct his shaky record. There was clearly no need for him to commit suicide, unless this was caused by another problem in his life.

Police Arrest Nicholas Welch in Shooting Death of Seton Hall Honor Student Jessica Moore, 2nd Suspect Marcus Bascus Still At Large

Seton Hall University honor student, Jessica Moore, met an untimely death at a house party last weekend. The suspected gunman, Nicholas Welch, has been apprehended and police are searching for a second suspect, identified as Marcus Bascus. Welch, 25, of East Orange, was taken into custody Monday night at his home, just a few doors down from the site of the heinous act, that left Moore, 19, dead.

Welch is being held in the Essex County Correctional Facility in lieu of $2 million bail, said Acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert Laurino, according to the Star-Ledger. It’s no surprise to learn that he has multiple prior arrests for drug possession, according to records. Police said Bascus will be charged with murder, conspiracy and weapons offenses when he is arrested.

Four other people were shot in the incident, but the injuries were not life-threatening. The names of the wounded are Nicosia Henry, 18, a freshman on the university’s women’s basketball team; Yvan Christophe, 25, a graduate of New Jersey Institute of Technology; Daryl Elmore, 2, and Xavier Lee, a NJIT senior from Cliffside Park. This is such a senseless act of gun violence. According to the Star-Ledger, police said the gunman was barred from entering the crowded party in a rented student apartment in East Orange late Friday night. He then reportedly got into a brief physical altercation with some of the hosts at the door as they threw him out, according to several witnesses. True to form, he later returned and opened fire. Why? Why? Why? 

University of Texas Under Lockdown, Gunman Dead of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

BREAKING: A gunman who fired several shots in the Perry-Casteneda Library on the University Texas campus is dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, and are looking for a possible second suspect, according to the Statesman.

A gunman who fired several shots in the Perry-Casteneda Library on the UT campus is dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound and are looking for a possible second suspect, officials say. Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo confirmed that the shooter is dead, but UT continues to be locked down, and people are urged to stay out of the area. Officials say it appears there are no other injuries. UT spokeswoman Rhonda Weldon said witnesses had reported that the man was armed with automatic weapon. “The shooter is dead on the sixth floor of Perry-Castaneda Library, said Don Hale, a UT spokesman. “No identification. Apparently took his own life.”

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NY Daily News: Sarah Palin May Have Been Booed at Last Night’s Episode of "Dancing With the Stars"

I am no fan of former Alaska Gov. Sarah “Quitter” Palin, but the New York Daily News ran an article saying she may have been booed at last night’s episode of “Dancing With the Stars.” She made an appearance to support her contestant daughter, Bristol. It’s ironic that she missed the premiere, but decided to show up for a photo op mid-way through the show, which may have led to boos from some in the audience.


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WSJ Jason Riley Says Historically Black Colleges & Universities are "Academically Inferior"

Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Riley seems to think historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are inferior. In fact, his exact words are, “once an essential response to racism, they are now academically inferior.” Personally, I didn’t envision the possibility of getting my college education at a HBCU for the simple fact that I wanted to broaden my horizons and not limit my college education to a black or white school. I wanted to attend a school that was a melting-pot and one that had strong academics. Don’t get me wrong. I am in no way ignoring these institutions of higher learning. The reality is, if the same standard was applied to the HBCUs as most major universities, then the ones that aren’t at the top of the list would improve tremendously.

Earlier this month, Mr. Obama hosted a White House reception to celebrate the contributions of the nation’s 105 black colleges and to reiterate his pledge to invest another $850 million in these institutions over the next decade.

Recalling the circumstances under which many of these schools were created after the Civil War, the president noted that “at a critical time in our nation’s history, HBCUs waged war against illiteracy and ignorance and won.” He added: “You have made it possible for millions of people to achieve their dreams and gave so many young people a chance they never thought they’d have, a chance that nobody else would give them.”

The reality today, however, is that there’s no shortage of traditional colleges willing to give black students a chance. When segregation was legal, black colleges were responsible for almost all black collegians. Today, nearly 90% of black students spurn such schools, and the available evidence shows that, in the main, these students are better off exercising their non-HBCU options.

“Even the best black colleges and universities do not approach the standards of quality of respectable institutions,” according to economist Thomas Sowell. “None has a department ranking among the leading graduate departments in any of the 29 fields surveyed by the American Council of Education. None ranks among the ‘selective’ institutions with regard to student admissions. None has a student body whose College Board scores are within 100 points of any school in the Ivy League.” Source

I certainly would not say all the HBCUs are inferior, Florida A&M University, Morehouse & Spelman Colleges, Hampton University, Dillard University and Howard University, are far from inferior. I will admit, when I started looking at possible colleges to attend during my high school senior year, I was given some brochures by a black pastor to some HBCUs and I scoffed at the idea because of the quality of education at a handful of these institutions, specifically the ones he gave me brochures for. Coupled with the fact that I had never heard about some of those schools. I settled on Ohio University in Athens because it was a top 10 university for Journalism. Still, we can’t lose sight of why HBCUs came into being in the first place and we can’t relegate them to the back of the line in today’s world. They should be afforded the same treatment as other colleges and universities in the U.S. and given a chance to improve, particularly those with the most challenges.