[video] Mizzou Football Star Michael Sam Interview: Says ‘I’m Gay’

Never heard anything about this Michael Sam character.Still am confused as to why he must hoist his homosexuality onto the general public before he has played one down in the NFL.Seems like a private matter that should be kept private, instead of trying to gain acclaim for his choice of men over women. We will see how this effects his career and if this open the floodgates in professional sports and becomes a trend or just a blip on the screen.

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Coaches at the University of Missouri divided players into small groups at a preseason football practice last year for a team-building exercise. One by one, players were asked to talk about themselves — where they grew up, why they chose Missouri and what others might not know about them.

As Michael Sam, a defensive lineman, began to speak, he balled up a piece of paper in his hands. “I’m gay,” he said. With that, Mr. Sam set himself on a path to become the first publicly gay player in the National Football League.
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Bold Faced Liar: Attorney General Richard Blumenthal Lies about Service in Vietnam

These old white men really are such hypocrites when it comes to their so-called Patriotism , when time and time again these guys are found out to be the opposite of the facade they have been portraying for years. Here is another Vietnam liar running for some office and it is revealed that this his service record is a big hoax. How many you wanna bet that this chump still gets elected?

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At a ceremony honoring veterans and senior citizens who sent presents to soldiers overseas, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut rose and spoke of an earlier time in his life.

At a ceremony honoring veterans and senior citizens who sent presents to soldiers overseas, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut rose and spoke of an earlier time in his life.

“We have learned something important since the days that I served in Vietnam,” Mr. Blumenthal said to the group gathered in Norwalk in March 2008. “And you exemplify it. Whatever we think about the war, whatever we call it — Afghanistan or Iraq — we owe our military men and women unconditional support.”

There was one problem: Mr. Blumenthal, a Democrat now running for the United States Senate, never served in Vietnam. He obtained at least five military deferments from 1965 to 1970 and took repeated steps that enabled him to avoid going to war, according to records.

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Ground Beef Not Safe: NY TIMES

Truly disturbing is the fact that are combining meat from different animals from different slaughter houses. Sick sick sick!
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A nausea-inducing feature in the New York Times tells you more than you wanted to know about what’s actually in commercially produced hamburger, and why it’s especially vulnerable, despite FDA regulation and several fatal outbreaks in recent years, to E. coli contamination. The Times follows the case of a 22-year-old dance instructor paralyzed after an infection, finding that a single hamburger could contain beef products from several slaughterhouses on several continents. Failure to inspect the separate ingredients before they are combined is only the worst of the lapses in the safety system. “Ground beef is not a completely safe product,” says a food safety expert, who notes a backslide in outbreaks after substantial improvements had been made in testing. The USDA, meanwhile, is implementing stricter testing and increasing training for inspectors. “We are not standing still when it comes to E. coli,” says one official.


[OP-ED] Why Glenn Beck,Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity are powerless

This is a very interesting article on the real or perceived power Glenn Beck,Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity who seem to revel in the constant media glare but could not deliver another Republican in the White house this time around.

Here David Brooks explains his notion that these guys represent an illusory army that doesn’t materialize at the voting booth.

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Picture 44Let us take a trip back into history. Not ancient history. Recent history. It is the winter of 2007. The presidential primaries are approaching. The talk jocks like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and the rest are over the moon about Fred Thompson. They’re weak at the knees at the thought of Mitt Romney. Meanwhile, they are hurling torrents of abuse at the unreliable deviationists: John McCain and Mike Huckabee.

Yet somehow, despite the fervor of the great microphone giants, the Thompson campaign flops like a fish. Despite the schoolgirl delight from the radio studios, the Romney campaign underperforms.

Meanwhile, Huckabee surges. Limbaugh attacks him, but social conservatives flock.

Along comes New Hampshire and McCain wins! Republican voters have not heeded their masters in the media. Before long, South Carolina looms as the crucial point of the race. The contest is effectively between Romney and McCain. The talk jocks are now in spittle-flecked furor. Day after day, whole programs are dedicated to hurling abuse at McCain and everybody ever associated with him. The jocks are threatening to unleash their angry millions.


NY Times vs. Rick Ross



Hip Hop needs a colonic

Hip Hop needs a colonic

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It’s hard to say when, exactly, 50 Cent crossed the line in his feud with the Miami rapper Rick Ross. The more apt question might be: How many lines are there? He tracked down the mother of a Ross associate, DJ Khaled, at work, filming her sleeping on the job. He taped himself taking the mother of one of Mr. Ross’s children to buy a fur coat. He acquired and posted to the Internet a pornographic video starring another of Mr. Ross’s ex-girlfriends.

Rick Ross must have seemed an especially easy mark — it had already been a tough few months for his fourth wall. Before he was Rick Ross, the drug boss M.C., he had been William Leonard Roberts, and last summer a photograph surfaced of him from the mid-1990s, graduating from a corrections officer academy. He denied its authenticity — until The Smoking Gun got hold of his Florida Corrections Department personnel file, which included a certificate for perfect attendance.

The facts of Mr. Roberts’s life were getting in the way of Mr. Ross’s career.

To all this upheaval, Rick Ross — who, while he has been popular, has never quite been great — has replied, improbably, with art. “I see no reason to run to the dark,” he said in a recent interview in the Manhattan offices of his label, Def Jam. His songs aimed at 50 Cent have, hands down, been sharper and wittier than those of his rival. And the just-released “Deeper Than Rap” (Maybach Music/Slip N’ Slide/Def Jam), his third album, is unexpectedly fantastic, by far his best.

If albums were all that mattered, that would be that. But Mr. Ross’s persistence and the fact that though over the last nine months he’s been all but stripped bare, he’s emerged from the fray relatively unscathed, which indicates something much more noteworthy. Impenetrability of image, that old signal of hip-hop authenticity, somehow no longer seems to count. Continue reading

NY Times : Lil Wayne Goes Pop

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Lil Wayne performing in February 2008.

Lil Wayne has officially crossed over. This NY Times piece attempts to analyze the career of Weezy and his new album Carter III They gloss over his much publicized addictions and arrests .
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“Mr. Carter,” a song on Lil Wayne’s long-awaited album “Tha Carter III” (Cash Money/Universal), brings together Lil Wayne, born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., and Jay-Z, born Shawn Carter. Since they share a last name — and no rapper would let the sonic coincidence go unexploited — some kind of identity-defining encounter was probably inevitable.

Jay-Z, 38, has been hip-hop’s top honcho and acclaimed virtuoso for a decade. Lil Wayne, 25, has been calling himself the “best rapper alive” for years. Now Jay-Z endorses and anoints him: “I share mike time with my heir,” he raps. “Young Carter go farther, go further, go harder. Is that not why we came? And if not, then why bother?”

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NBC Restructures It Programming To Resemble NY1


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NBC Universal plans to announce that it will start a 24-hour local news channel along the lines of cable’s New York One. It will de-emphasize the identity of the NBC network’s flagship station, WNBC, Channel 4 in New York, rechristening it a “content center,” and making it one part of a larger local media effort.

NBC’s plan calls for rebuilding Channel 4’s newsroom and melding its content closely with the coming news channel, the existing local Web site, and out-of-home video displayed in locations like gas pumps and back seats of taxicabs. NBC will even take WNBC’s name off its local news Web site, simply calling it NBC New York.
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The Youtube (Accidental) Audition (NY TIMES ARTICLE)




The idea of a star being born from Web video isn’t new. There was Lonelygirl15, for instance, the fictional teenager whose YouTube videos drew an international audience last year.

But the Web is usually where those stars stay. Which is why it was notable this year when the director Chris Robinson featured a largely unknown kid named Samgoma Edwards in the rapper Jay-Z’s latest video. Back in 2004, Edwards, who was then 11, began a collection of homemade music videos for Jay-Z songs with the help of an older brother and a friend. The series, which they called “Young Hov Project” and posted on YouTube, featured Edwards as Jay-Z — a no-brainer role for a young man who looked so much like the rapper. The videos soon went viral and won Edwards and his partners many fans, including Robinson.

So when Robinson began looking for someone to play a teenage Jay-Z in the video for the hit song “Roc Boys (And The Winner Is. . .),” all his casting director had to do was log on to YouTube. Though more than 100 people ultimately auditioned for the part, “it had always been in the back of my mind that this is someone I needed to work with,” Robinson says of Edwards.

In the final cut of the video, which appeared on national television in November, shots of the real Jay-Z partying at his 40/40 nightclub are juxtaposed against shots of Edwards as Jay-Z in 1988 partying at a community center. With his uncanny imitation of Jay-Z — and his accidental audition, courtesy of YouTube — Edwards steals the show.