South African President Jacob Zuma Sues Brett Murray, Gallery Over “The Spear” Painting Showing His Penis and Scrotum

SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA SUES BRETT MURRAY & GALLERY:  South African president Jacob Zuma is ticked off about a portrait showing his “manhood” saying it denigrates him and makes a mockery of his office. The painting, entitled, “The Spear,” was painted by Brett Murray, who is white, and shows Jacob Zuma standing in a defiant pose with his penis and scrotum clearly visible. Um, there is no spear in the painting, so one can only conclude the title is a phallic reference. Jacob Zuma isn’t taking this lying down. He is launching a court case this week in which he argues that the painting “violates his right to dignity.”

South African President Jacob Zuma Sues Brett Murray Over "The Spear" Painting Showing His Penis and Scrotum

The African National Congress is outraged and quite frankly, I don’t blame them. This is in poor taste. There’s art and then there’s art.The Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg begs to differ, saying it is protected by freedom of speech. “The Spear” is part of Brett Murray’s “Hail to the Thief II” exhibition. The ANC believes it has a case “beyond mere censorship” and contends that the artwork is “playing up to crude stereotypes of African male sexuality.

Zuma states in a legal affidavit: “The continued display of the portrait is manifestly serious and has the effect of impugning my dignity in the eyes of all who see it. In particular, the portrait depicts me in a manner that suggests that I am a philanderer, a womaniser and one with no respect. It is an undignified depiction of my personality and seeks to create doubt about my personality in the eyes of my fellow citizens, family and children. “In terms of the theme of the exhibition, my portrait is meant to convey a message that I am an abuser of power, corrupt and suffer political ineptness.” Source: UK Guardian

UPDATE#1 (05/21/12):  “The Spear” has been vandalized and scuffles reportedly broke out at the art gallery in Johannesburg. According to the U.K. Guardian, one man painted a red cross across Zuma’s face and penis while a younger man spread black paint over the image. The younger man was reportedly assaulted by security guards.

UPDATE#2 (05/24/12): Jacob Zuma smacked down as the South Gauteng High Court rules the application to ban artist Brett Murray’s controversial painting “The Spear” has been postponed indefinitely, the Mail & Guardian reports.

UPDATE#3 (05/25/12): I thought the ANC had more pressing issues to confront, such as the high unemployment and murder rates in South Africa, than to take to the streets over a ridiculous piece of art, “The Spear,” painting, saying it is denigrating President Jacob Zuma:

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe called on party supporters to stage a march on the Goodman Gallery on Tuesday and to boycott the City Press newspaper.“The message that comes through to us is that we will not win in court what we have not won in the streets. Quite clearly battle lines are drawn. “This is not a battle for just that painting, it is a battle about domination and subjugation.We have a way of seeing things, our culture is not inferior, we all have to fight and protect that culture. “We must protect our being, we must protect our Africanness,” Mantashe told the 600-strong crowd gathered outside court. Source

Here’s a cartoon mocking the Jacob Zuma “The Spear” painting controversy:

South African President Jacob Zuma Sues Brett Murray, Gallery Over "The Spear" Painting Showing His Penis and Scrotum (Mail&Guardian)

Here’s the reaction from Twitter:

Watch men arrested at Goodman Gallery over Jacob Zuma painting:

Penn Jillette Accuses Obama of Class Warfare on Drug Policy, States’ Right During Epic “Penn’s Sunday School” Rant (VIDEO)

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Penn Jillette Accuses Obama of Class Warfare on Drug Policy, States' Right During Epic "Penn's Sunday School" Rant (VIDEO)

Penn Jillette goes on epic rant during a recent episode of his podcast, “Penn’s Sunday School,” about Obama’s weed policy, accusing him of class warfare for drug policy and states’ rights. He expressed concern over the policies’ broad-sweeping nature that sends people to prison because of marijuana use.

What troubles me about this… I think it’s beyond hypocrisy. I think it’s something to do with class. A lot of people have accused Obama of class warfare, but in the wrong direction. I believe this is Obama chortling with Jimmy Fallon about lower class people. Do we believe, even for a second, that if Obama had been busted for marijuana — under the laws that he condones — would his life have been better? If Obama had been caught with the marijuana that he says he uses, and ‘maybe a little blow’… if he had been busted under his laws, he would have done hard f*cking time. And if he had done time in prison, time in federal prison, time for his ‘weed’ and ‘a little blow,’ he would not be President of the United States of America. He would not have gone to his fancy-a** college, he would not have sold books that sold millions and millions of copies and made millions and millions of dollars, he would not have a beautiful, smart wife, he would not have a great job. He would have been in f*cking prison, and it’s not a god damn joke. People who smoke marijuana must be set free. It is insane to lock people up. Source

Obama is having a rough day, with the University of Notre Dame and other Catholic institutions suing him over birth control mandate in Obamacare.

Watch the video:

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Jamael Goodman Kills Girlfriend Shaquanah Jones, Self in Apparent Murder-Suicide in Batesburg-Leesville Restaurant

Jamael Goodman Kills Girlfriend Shaquanah Jones, Self in Apparent Murder-Suicide in Batesburg-Leesville Restaurant (Facebook)

BATESBURG-LEESVILLE MURDER-SUICIDE: Jamael Goodman, 27, shot and killed his girlfriend Shaquanah Jones-Brannon, 30, then killed himself Monday morning at the China One Restaurant in Batesburg-Leesville, SC, in an apparent murder-suicide.

According to police, the victim, Shaquanah Jones, filed a report with officers that the suspect, identified as Jamael Goodman, had threatened her. According to officers, they advised Jones not to go to her job at China One; however, she reported to work Monday as usual.

Police say they were watching the area near the store but were called to another incident. Officers say around 11:30 a.m., Goodman entered the store wearing a cap to conceal his appearance. Investigators say he then went into the kitchen and shot the Jones.

Officers say he then went to another part of the store where he shot himself. Both Jones and Goodman were taken to the hospital where they died. According to police, there were customers and other employees at the store when the incident took place. Source

Here is an excerpt from Jamael Goodman’s Facebook page where he alludes to committing the murder-suicide:

Jamael Goodman Kills Girlfriend and Himself in Apparent Murder-Suicide at China One Restaurant (Facebook)

Murder-suicides are becoming more frequent and cuts across socioeconomic, racial and religious backgrounds, as well as sexual orientation. We are seeing more instances of elderly couple dying in apparent murder-suicides and mothers killing their children such as Tonya Thomas who killed her four children and herself last week in Port St. John, Fla., and Amy Freeman Burton who killed her daughter Ainsley Freeman and then took her life in Pleasanton, Calif., two weeks ago.

Geroshe Lewis and Lerome Howard Arrested for Brutal Attack on U.S. Soldier Johnny Aparicio in Tampa

Geroshe Lewis and Lerome Howard were arrested for the brutal beating of Johnny Aparicio, a soldier stationed at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. Police are still looking for two other suspects. Lewis and Howard were charged with aggravated battery and robbery.

Johnny Aparicio was beaten after his car broke down in Tampa two weeks ago. As he walked, a nearby surveillance camera captured the image of a man running up to him and punching him. Two others joined in the attack and a fourth man kicked Aparicio in the face. The suspects took his wallet and cell phone, according to media reports.

If you have any information about this brutal attack on Johnny Aparicio, please call the Tampa police.

NJ Gov. Chris Christie: Obama “Most Ill-Prepared Person to Assume Presidency in My Lifetime”

QUOTE OF THE DAY:  President Obama “ is the most ill-prepared person to assume the presidency in my lifetime.”

– NJ Gov. Chris Christie, speaking to Kentucky Republicans, added Obama is “posing and preening” instead of working to resolve pressing issues facing the country and is “a guy who literally is walking around in a dark room trying to find the light switch of leadership.”

Damn, he just lit into Obama but is Mitt Romney a viable alternative? Not to take Obama’s side, but Washington in general is terribly broken. I agree Obama wants to be everyone’s friend and that can’t be. He needs to get some cojones and be tough, not spineless.

Conservatives Suggest Race War Brewing With Alleged Spike in “Black-on-White” Violence

RACE WAR BREWING:  McKay Coppins: “If you’ve spent much time consuming conservative media lately, you’ve probably learned about a slow-burning ‘race war’ going on in America today. Sewing together disparate data points and compelling anecdotes like the attack in Norfolk, conservative bloggers and opinion-makers are driving the narrative with increasing frequency. Their message: Black-on-white violence is spiking — and the mainstream media is trying to cover it up.”

“Black-on-white” violence is now the new code word to vote for Mitt Romney and not the black guy. What benefit would covering up a hate crime be for the mainstream media? I personally have covered black-on-white, black-on-black and white-on-black crimes for a long time.  Never mind the fact that the right wing media pulled out all the stops to demonize Trayvon Martin who was killed after a possible racial profiling incident by George Zimmerna, a white Hispanic, in Sanford, FL.

Billboard Music Awards Showdown As Whitney Houston Relatives Demand Ray J Change Seats or Else

BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS DRAMA:  Drama at the Billboard Music Awards last night as Ray J and members of Whitney Houston’s family had a showdown of sorts. According to TMZ, Ray J was seated next to the late singer’s family and Pat Houston, her manager and sister-in-law, didn’t want any of that. She believes Ray J was a  very bad influence on Whitney Houston.

TMZ:  Pat Houston‘s blood was boiling because she, Bobbi Kristina and other family members were seated next to Ray J, the person Pat believes was a very bad influence on Whitney.  Minutes before the tribute to Whitney, Pat asked her security to remove Ray J from his seat, but he refused to budge.

Our sources say … Pat’s security summoned hotel security, along with several uniformed officers to physically remove Ray J.

Just before push was about to come to shove, security warned Pat that things would likely get physical and it would almost certainly be caught on video, just as Whitney was about to be honored.  Sources say Pat then grudgingly recanted and Ray J kept his seat.

Um, if Pat Houston & Co., knew Ray J was such a bad influence in Whitney Houston’s life, why didn’t they try to do something about it? Just like Bobby Brown, who they claim was also a bad influence in her life. Be that as it may, being mad at either men now isn’t going to bring Whitney Houston back. Besides, they are ignoring the role she played in her untimely demise.

Man Kills Wife and Self in Apparent Murder-Suicide at Wheat Ridge Nursing Home

WHEAT RIDGE MURDER SUICIDE:  Donald Schaffer killed his wife, Joyce Schaffer, and turned the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide at a Wheat Ridge, Colo., nursing home Sunday. The victims are in their 60s. Police said the shooting occurred at the Wheat Ridge Manor Care Center when a man walked into the facility and killed his wife. Joyce Schaffer was reportedly recovering for the past 10 months from a broken hip. It is not clear why Donald Schaffer killed his wife and then shot himself.