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Roland Martin Suspened From CNN

CNN has suspended political analyst Roland Martin for two Super Bowl tweets that rights activists said advocated violence against gay men.

“Roland Martin’s tweets were regrettable and offensive,” CNN said in a statement reported by The Washington Post. “Language that demeans is inconsistent with the values and culture of our organization, and is not tolerated. We have been giving careful consideration to this matter, and Roland will not be appearing on our air for the time being.”

Martin’s first tweet involved an H&M underwear ad featuring British soccer start David Beckham. The other pertained to a New England Patriots player dressed in pink.

“If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!”

“Who the hell was that New England Patriot they just showed in a head to toe pink suit? Oh, he needs a visit from #teamwhipdatass.”

Monday, in what he said were his “final thoughts” on the Super Bowl tweets, Martin denied advocating violence against gays and bullying. “That is furthest from the truth, and I sincerely regret any offense my words have caused,” he said. He also said that he had been bullied as a child.

On Tuesday, the gay-and-lesbian-rights group GLAAD called on CNN to suspend Martin, and today it welcomed the action.

“CNN today took a strong stand against anti-LGBT violence and language that demeans any community,” spokesman Rich Ferraro said in a statement. “Yesterday, Martin also spoke out against anti-LGBT violence. We look forward to hearing from CNN and Roland Martin to discuss how we can work together as allies and achieve our common goal of reducing anti-LGBT violence as well as the language that contributes to it.”

MY THOUGHTS

What Martin said was not in the least bit homophobic. Homophobia is defined as an irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against. One automatically thinks that he is referring to gay people because Beckham is a man and pink is a feminine…one should never assume. GLADD seems to not have its eyes on the prize, instead of worrying about what Martin tweeted, I haven’t heard not a peep on the attack of a young man in Atlanta for his clothing options. THIS IS VIOLENCE 

Organizations like GLADD and PETA need to stop worrying about trivial stories/situations and worry about the big stuff. Martin’s tweets were not violent and if you follow Martin on Twitter, you would know that the #teamwhipdatass is a hashtag that he uses often and anyone with common sense would know that he is not promoting violence. I’m sure Martin had some clauses in his contract about “inappropriate” language but this seems to tread on the line of silencing freedom of speech…what he said can be deemed ignorant but for someone to lose their livelihood over makes no sense to me.

Also, no GLADD, your “fight” is  in no way shape or form like the fight of civil rights for Black people. No one will know if a person is gay but a person of color can’t hide their skin. Gay people are not denied jobs, were not told to seat in the back of a bus, were not attacked by police dogs, denied education, were made to eat in the basement of restaurants, enter in the back entrances of establishments, etc. Your fight is not the same TO ME and be GLADD about it!

Donald Trump Hosting GOP Presidential Debate

Donald Trump wants a say in who gets the nomination, so he’s hosting a presidential debate, holding out the prospect of his endorsement and threatening an independent run. All that has some conservatives grousing that Trump’s involvement is tarnishing the GOP’s image and diminishing the Republican presidential field as it tries to field a candidate to beat President Barack Obama next year. “GOP candidates would be foolish to show up at Trump’s clown circus/ debate. Walk away,” Republican strategist Mike Murphy advised on Twitter.

Republican strategist Karl Rove, President George W. Bush’s longtime adviser, added on Fox News: “What the heck are the Republican candidates doing showing up at a debate with a guy who says, `I may run for president next year as an independent’?”

On Monday, the TV celebrity met with Newt Gingrich, the latest presidential contender to visit Trump’s New York offices in search of his support, and he released a campaign-style book to offer his views on the economy and the media in his typically bombastic style. In a round of TV interviews, he blistered many of the GOP candidates, saying that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney “doesn’t get the traction” he needs to nail down the nomination and calling Rep. Ron Paul and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman “joke candidates.” And given the field, Trump added, “I would certainly think about running as an independent.”

During one interview, Trump was asked if he agreed with Gingrich’s assertion that there are no role models in the inner-cities. Trump backed up Gingrich; civil rights leader Al Sharpton called the statement offensive and threatened protests if he didn’t retract the statement. So far, only Gingrich, a former House speaker, has committed to attend the Dec. 27 debate.

Huntsman said he wouldn’t be there. “I’m not going to kiss his ring and I’m not going to kiss any other part of his anatomy,” he said. “This is exactly what is wrong with politics. It’s show business over substance,” Huntsman said on Fox News. Paul also planned to skip it, telling CNN that he didn’t understand why candidates were seeking Trump’s support. “I didn’t know he had the ability to lay on hands and anoint people,” Paul said.

Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota have met with Trump. Businessman Herman Cain, who ended his campaign on Saturday, and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin also visited with him.

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If Newt Gingrich attends this debate, I hope his numbers fall. There is no way in the world that anyone can believe that Trump is worried about the state of this country. He was on the TODAY show to mainly push his new book that he has out. There is one thing I give him, he is a great PR person…he knows how to get his name out there and loudly. Ron Paul is the man, I like him as a GOP candidate…to bad he won’t be on the ticket. If this is all that the GOP has to offer, they have a problem on their hands come 2012.

Ginger White Alleges 13-Year Affair With Herman Cain

An Atlanta business woman, Ginger White,  has come forth to allege that she had an 13 year affair with GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, FOX 5 senior I-Team reporter Dale Russell sat down with Ginger White, who had a story to tell. “I’m not proud,” White told Russell. “I didn’t want to come out with this. I did not.” “It was pretty simple,” White said. “It wasn’t complicated. I was aware that he was married. And I was also aware I was involved in a very inappropriate situation, relationship.”

White says she met  Cain in the late 90s in Louisville, Kentucky, when as president of the National Restaurant Association, he made a presentation. She was impressed. She says they shared drinks afterwards and he invited her back to his hotel room. She stated during the next 13 years, he would fly her to cities where he was speaking and he lavished her with gifts. She says they often stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Buckhead and dined at The Four Seasons restaurant. She says he never harassed her, never treated her poorly, and was the same man you see on the campaign trail.

White  planned on keeping the relationship a secret while Cain made his run for the White House until she and her family watched reports of different women who had accused Herman Cain of sexual harassment. She says she was not surprised by the allegations, but was bothered by the way Cain fought back, attacking the woman, including during an appearance on Late Show with David Letterman. <== This right here makes me question her motives, so if there had been no allegations of sexual harassment she wouldn’t have come forward right?

Here is what Cain’s attorney said

Mr. Cain has been informed today that your television station plans to broadcast a story this evening in which a female will make an accusation that she engaged in a 13-year long physical relationship with Mr. Cain. This is not an accusation of harassment in the workplace – this is not an accusation of an assault – which are subject matters of legitimate inquiry to a political candidate.

Rather, this appears to be an accusation of private, alleged consensual conduct between adults – a subject matter which is not a proper subject of inquiry by the media or the public. No individual, whether a private citizen, a candidate for public office or a public official, should be questioned about his or her private sexual life. The public’s right to know and the media’s right to report has boundaries and most certainly those boundaries end outside of one’s bedroom door.

Mr. Cain has alerted his wife to this new accusation and discussed it with her. He has no obligation to discuss these types of accusations publicly with the media and he will not do so even if his principled position is viewed unfavorably by members of the media.

This is a mess, peep the interview below:

He Stepped In It

Last night, Rick Perry, made the most terrible mistake that one can make…forgetting your own answers to the political platform you are running on. The Texas Governor fumbled badly when describing how he would cut government in the CNBC Republican debate.

Mitt Romney tried to help him out by saying the EPA–the Environmental Protection Agency. But it wasn’t the EPA, so Perry struggled on to hit on the right answer. According to the debate transcript, an unknown voice volunteers “Commerce,” “Commerce and, let’s see,” Perry answered. “I can’t. The third one, I can’t. Sorry. Oops.”

He went on Good Morning America this morning to clear up his mistake but I have to say: Perry, you are the weakest link…goodbye!

 

New Herman Cain Accuser

Another accuser has come forward to say that GOP candidate Herman Cain made sexual advances towards her. Sharon Bialek, 50, claimed that Cain  groped her in a car after she asked for his help finding a job.

Bialek who has not held a job for more than two years and has filed for bankruptcy twice is being painted as a potential gold digger.

According to someone who knows Bialek: “She has a very infectious personality. It’s easy to see how she won [Cain] over. But the reality of her situation is — she’s a complete gold digger. It’s all about the money.” The friend said she comes from a lower-middle-income family, but lives in a posh apartment running from bill collectors. “Most of her jobs ended in termination. It’s always the employer’s fault, not hers.“This is a lady who lives off the system. She is hellbent on finding a way of never having to work and living the lifestyle she wants to live, a very affluent lifestyle. In my next life, I want to come back as her.”

Bialek’s fiancé, Mark Harwood, who has been dating Bialek for several years, said he was “shocked” when Ms Bialek told him on Friday about the allegations. Shocked? He’s supporting her though.

During an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel show last night, Herman Cain said: “I was listening very closely and then when it was all over with, I said, well I know what we got to do because there’s not an ounce of truth in all of these accusations and my team is putting this stuff together.

“That is why I’m willing to do a press conference tomorrow to set the record straight. I’m in it to win it and I’m not going to be discouraged.”

I don’t know what to make of this story and the previous three. People like this kind of drama and it seems odd that all of this is coming out when he’s doing better in the polls than Romney. If these allegations are true, then Cain has a lot of explaining to do to his wife. If they aren’t, I hope he sues the shirt off of thiswomans back.

Do you believe her?

Welcome To Atlanta

This news story is taken straight from www.thegrio.com

It is a case of the have and the have not. Of all major American cities, Atlanta now has the widest income gap between rich and poor. U.S census numbers have given the city a new label that’s nothing to be proud of, but puts into perspective how many Georgians are struggling to make ends meet.

“I’ve been out of work almost two years,” says Marcia Tolbert. “Most places tell me I’m over qualified. Others say I’ve been out of work for too long. It’s like they keep kicking you when you are down.”

Tolbert is a name and a face to a trend that is unfolding all over the county. The recession that began in 2007 took a steep toll, with only a few places spared from a rise in jobless rates and a decline in incomes. Nearly one-in-six Americans live in poverty.

Those sobering numbers cross ever state and ethic line, leaving a debilitating mark on the nation’s children. Sixteen million of them are growing up in poverty, that’s 40 percent of all African-American children and 37 percent of Hispanic children, according to the U.S. Census.

Increased anger over massive gap between rich and poor has partially fueled the momentum behind the Occupy Movement. Protesters identify themselves as “The 99 Percent”, the majority who has suffered from “the greed and corruption of the wealthiest 1 percent of America. Occupy supporter David Rinds added: “It’s a case of the rich getting richer and poor getting poorer.I’m doing ok, but I stand with Occupy Atlanta for all those who aren’t ok.”

The Census concludes the most income-segregated areas tend to be found in the suburbs. In 2000, for example, 76 percent of the Atlanta region’s poor lived in the suburbs. In 2008, 85 percent did. Only five U.S. suburbs notched a greater rise in their percentage of poor people during that time period. All that happened before the recession tore a gaping hole in metro Atlanta’s financial fabric.

Since then Georgia launched a program called Georgia Works to assist the growing number of unemployed. The program, which matches job seekers with companies for training, inspired the national job training program President Obama proposes to reform and extend unemployment benefit for millions of Americans. Critics contend the program’s benefits may be overblown. Georgians like Marcia Tolbert ,who consider it their final option to support their families, say the program is a start. “We need all the help we can get. It’s hard out here.”

Other cities with the largest gaps between highs and low income are Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Gainesville, in Florida; Athens, Georgia; New York; Dallas, Texas; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. West Jordan, Utah, had the smallest gap; it has a population of 101,727. Thornton, Colorado, and Norwalk, California, followed.

The One Percenters Income Tripled In Last 30 Years

“An Occupy Wall Street protester refers to the majority of the population that has had to contend with limited economic and social opportunities while money continues to accrue to the very wealthiest citizens”

According to figures released this week by the Congressional Budget (CBO) Office, income for the wealthiest Americans has nearly tripled since 1979 while remaining relatively stable for the rest of the country. The numbers offer an alarming illustration of how wide the gap has grown between America’s richest citizens and everyone else.

For the richest 1 percent of Americans, their income rose a full 275 percent between 1979 and 2007. In that same time period, the poorest 20 percent of Americans income rose only 18 percent. (CBO findings)

Today, the 400 richest people in the country control more wealth than the bottom 50 percent of households and the U.S. ranks roughly alongside countries like Uganda, Cameroon, Ecuador and Rwanda terms of the gap between its poorest and wealthiest citizens. (Shocking isn’t it!)

The gap separating the richest 1 percent of Americans from the rest of the country has emerged as arguably the single most prominent rallying cry of the Occupt Wall Street movement, which began last month in New York City’s Zuccotti Park and has since expanded to hundreds of protests around the country and sister demonstrations across six continents.

To find out more about this story, please visit www.huffingtonpost.com

Just a thought…

I’m convinced that Cain doesn’t REALLY want to win the 2012 Presidential election. He makes $25,000 per speech and has made $250,000 so far this year. As Toure` so eloquently put it, he’s in this for book sales, speaking fees and a job at Fox news. Another thought, good ole America isn’t ready for TWO Black men to vote for.

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