[video] White House Fence Jumper Punches and Kicks Secret Service Dogs, Winds Up Not Shot

So you can randomly jump over the White House gate and not get shot and black kids across the country getting shot with their hands up, buying candy, and playing rap music.

via Gawker

According to reports, a man made it over the White House fence today before he was taken down by a U.S.S.S. dog. Although reports say the Secret Service responded quickly, video from the incident shows the man was not immediately surrounded.

The man managed to kick one dog and repeatedly punch and wrestle another dog before Secret Service agents ultimately subdued him.

 

ABC Turns Programming Over To OBAMA; News To Be Anchored From Inside White House

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On the night of June 24, the media and government become one, when ABC turns its programming over to President Obama and White House officials to push government run health care — a move that has ignited an ethical firestorm! 

Highlights on the agenda

ABCNEWS anchor Charlie Gibson will deliver WORLD NEWS from the Blue Room of the White House. 

The network plans a primetime special — ‘Prescription for America’ — originating from the East Room, exclude opposing voices on the debate. 

The Director of Communications at the White House Office of Health Reform is Linda Douglass, who worked as a reporter for ABC News from 1998-2006. 

Late Monday night, Republican National Committee Chief of Staff Ken McKay fired off a complaint to the head of ABCNEWS:

Dear Mr. Westin: 

As the national debate on health care reform intensifies, I am deeply concerned and disappointed with ABC’s astonishing decision to exclude opposing voices on this critical issue on June 24, 2009. Next Wednesday, ABC News will air a primetime health care reform “town hall” at the White House with President Barack Obama. In addition, according to an ABC News report, GOOD MORNING AMERICA, WORLD NEWS, NIGHTLINE and ABC’s web news “will all feature special programming on the president’s health care agenda.” This does not include the promotion, over the next 9 days, the president’s health care agenda will receive on ABC News programming. Continue reading

[video] Rev. Jeremiah Wright Returns with Ether-‘Them Jews Won’t Let Him (Obama) Talk To Me’

Hometeam, you got to know you have to fall back til this man is out of office until he holla’s. Sh*t not even Micheal Eric Dyson can get an invite and he ain’t did sh*t (lol). Dr. Rev, you have got to be kidding.  Rahm Emmanuel will not let you “NO” where in distance of the Big House, this you got to know maaaan! I mean, shoot him a tweet or something, like the rest of us.

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Michelle Obama on Time Magazine

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via The Sheila Files

First Lady Michelle Obama is the cover on the new issue of Time Magazine. “There are thousands of Michelle and Barack Obamas all over this nation,” Mrs. Obama told the newsweekly. And I totally believe that is true. The example that Barack and Michelle have set for this nation has done soooo much for the people they have really no idea.

Obama revelling in U.S. power unseen in decades

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Barack Obama is revelling in presidential power and influence unseen in Washington for decades.obama-speech

Barely 100 days in office, the U.S. president and his Democratic Party have firm control over the White House and Congress and the ability to push through ambitious plans.

Now, with the coming retirement of a Supreme Court justice clearing the way for him to appoint a successor, Obama already is assured a legacy at the top of all three branches of government — executive, legislative and judicial.

On the corporate front, the federal government’s pumping of billions of dollars in bailout money into banks and auto companies has given Obama the power to force an overhaul in those industries, a remarkable intervention in capitalist industries by the state. Continue reading

WTF? Obama Traveling w/500 Man Entourage to London This Week

 

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via Guardian UK

Britain will get its first chance to see Barack Obama this week when a White House cavalcade – complete with armoured limousines, helicopters, 200 US secret service staff and a six-doctor medical team – sweeps into the UK.

Obama will fly into London for his first visit to the UK as president of theUnited States on Tuesday to take part in the G20 summit in the capital’s Docklands area. He will not be travelling light.

More than 500 officials and staff will accompany the president on his tour this week – along with a mass of high-tech security equipment, including the $300,000 presidential limousine, known as The Beast. Fitted with night-vision camera, reinforced steel plating, tear- gas cannon and oxygen tanks, the vehicle is the ultimate in heavy armoured transport.

In addition, a team from the White House kitchen will travel with the president to prepare his food. As one official put it: “When the president travels, the White House travels with him, right down to the car he drives, the water he drinks, the gasoline he uses, the food he eats. America is still the sole superpower and the president must have the ability to handle any crisis, anywhere, any time.”

US security teams have already carried out three visits to prepare for Obama’s first official visit to Britain. The first was a “site survey”, the second a “pre-advance visit” which was carried out to pick sites that the president would visit. Finally there was the “advance trip”, which took place last week. Its purpose was to set up equipment, sweep venues for electronic bugs, test food for poison and measure air quality for bacteria.

Obama will start his first presidential visit to Europe when he steps down from the US presidential jet, Air Force One, at Stansted airport on Tuesday. The Boeing 747-200B is fitted with its own gym, electronic defence units and shielding to protect its complex communication devices from radiation from nuclear blasts. Among the officials on the flight will be a military officer carrying America’s nuclear missile launch codes. Continue reading

Vice President Biden’s Daughter Caught Up in Cocaine Scandal

 

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An explosive video being shopped to media outlets has plunged the White House and Vice President Joe Biden into a cocaine scandal, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.82367455PR238_2008_Democrat

The video shows a woman, who is represented by the seller and his attorneys to be Biden’s daughter Ashley, snorting several lines of cocaine.

The tape has been viewed by a RadarOnline.com freelance reporter who confirms the woman looks identical toAshley Biden.

Tom Dunlap, an attorney for Dunlap, Grubb and Weaver in Washington D.C. is representing the seller of the tape in brokering a deal and several news organizations have seen the footage. Continue reading

Michelle Obama to Break Ground on New White House Garden on First Day of Spring

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What a beautiful spring ritual, at least there not taking the opportunity to go to war, like Bush did six years ago to this day.  I wonder how many Americans will get the clue and start planting their own food?

via Yahoo

WASHINGTON – The White House is getting a new garden.

First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to break ground Friday on a new garden near the fountain on the South Lawn that will supply the White House kitchen.

She will be joined by students from Bancroft Elementary School in the District of Columbia. The children will stay involved with the project, including planting the fruits, vegetables and herbs in the coming weeks and harvesting the crops later in the year.

Mrs. Obama spent time earlier this week at an exhibit on rooftop gardening.

“We’re going to get a big one in our back yard, the South Lawn,” she promised the volunteers.

Such a White House garden has been a dream of noted California chef Alice Waters, considered a leader in the movement to encourage consumption of locally grown, organic food. She has been appealing for change through the taste buds since the 1960s. Continue reading

The Corporate Media Is Shamelessly Pretending Racism Died When Obama Got Elected

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via AlterNet

There were early indications that corporate media coverage of Barack Obama’s candidacy would be squirm-inducing, putting on display the elite (mainly white) press corps’ murky ideas about race much more than any straightforward reckoning of black Americans’ situation or what an Obama presidency might mean for their concerns.

Journalists were sometimes embarrassingly frank about how they interpreted Obama’s blackness and what they hoped his success might mean. “No history of Jim Crow, no history of anger, no history of slavery,” declared NBC’s Chris Matthews (1/21/07). “All the bad stuff in our history ain’t there with this guy.” “For many white Americans, it’s a twofer,” opined the New Republic (2/5/07). “Elect Obama, and you not only dethrone George W. Bush, you dethrone [Al] Sharpton, too.” (See Extra!, 3–4/07.)

Looking to find parallels for the “stuff” they did like, journalists turned to fiction, as when Jonathan Alter (Newsweek, 10/27/08) alleged that voters “decided they liked Obama when he reminded them more of Will Smith than Jesse Jackson,” or when CNN (6/22/08) told viewers that Michelle Obama “wants to appear to be Claire Huxtable and not Angela Davis.”

The fondest hope seemed to be that an Obama victory (if not his strong candidacy alone) would absolve us of any need to talk about racism any more. Newsweek’s Howard Fineman (5/14/08) wrote that, in announcing his run for office, Obama was making a statement: that his candidacy would be the exclamation point at the end of our four-century-long argument over the role of African-Americans in our society. By electing a mixed-race man of evident brilliance, moderate mien and welcoming smile, we would finally cease seeing each other through color-coded eyes. Continue reading

UPDATE: Watermelon Patch Mayor to Resign

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via AP

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — The mayor of a small Southern California city says he will resign after being criticized for sharing an e-mail picture depicting the White House lawn planted with watermelons under the title “No Easter egg hunt this year.”

Los Alamitos Mayor Dean Grose issued a statement Thursday saying he is sorry and will step down as mayor at Monday’s City Council meeting.

Grose came under fire for sending the picture to what he called “a small group of friends.” One of the recipients, a local businesswoman and city volunteer, publicly scolded the mayor for his actions.

Grose says he accepts that the e-mail was in poor taste and has affected his ability to lead the city. Grose said he didn’t mean to offend anyone and claimed he was unaware of the racial stereotype linking black people with eating watermelons.

Located in Orange County, Los Alamitos is a 2 1/4-square-mile city of around 12,000 people.

For once in his life: Stevie Wonder honored with Gershwin prize and a White House concert

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday thanked musician Stevie Wonder for creating “a style that’s uniquely American” as he presented the singer-songwriter the nation’s highest award for pop music.stevie_obama

Obama, who called Wonder the soundtrack of his youth, gave the star the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize for Popular Song during an East Room tribute that featured Tony Bennett, Martina McBride and Wonder himself. The president joked that the group was “the most accomplished Stevie Wonder cover band in history.”

Wonder was emotional at times, thanking Obama for the award and reflecting on what his election as the first black president means to the United States.

“What is truly exciting for me today is that we truly have lived to see a time and a space where America has a chance to again live up to the greatness that it deserves to be seen and known as, through the love and caring and the commitment of a president — as in our president, Barack Obama,” he said.

Wonder cited Martin Luther King Jr., his faith and his mother during an acceptance speech that flowed into a set of Obama’s favorite songs. The Grammy-winning musician — he has 25 of the awards — joked that he looked forward to writing more love songs — perhaps a soundtrack for “you know, maybe I’ll be a part of creating some more of those babies.” Continue reading

Condoleezza Rice Inks Three-Book Deal, Readies Memoir About White House Stint

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Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has reportedly inked a three-book deal with Crown Publishers, where she will begin with a memoir about her time spent working under the Bush administration.condi

According to the Associated Press, Rice’s book deal is worth a reported $2.5 million, said two publishing officials who wished to remain anonymous.

In a statement released by Crown, her book “will combine candid narrative and acute analysis to tell the story of her time in the White House and as America’s top diplomat, and her role in protecting American security and shaping foreign policy during the extraordinary period from 2001-2009.”

Rice’s book is expected to hit shelves in 2011.

In addition to her time at the White House, Rice will also pen books about her family, which is scheduled for 2012, and a young-adult edition of her family book that will come out at the same time.

At press time, there were no titles for the planned books.

Condoleezza Rice has a long history with the Bush family. Under the first President Bush, she served as a foreign policy adviser, and then as national security adviser and secretary of state under President George W. Bush. Continue reading

[video] CNN Captures UFO Fly-Over During Inauguration…Do You Believe?

This is causing quite a stir online as speculation is hitting a fever pitch as to whether or not a UFO really showed up Obama’s Inauguration. Quite honestly, I was saying to myself during the festivities, ‘damn, everyone came out to see this historic event. The only missing was a visit from either aliens or Jesus.’  And presto! just like that, I find out that someone was checking in.  I’ve always said if this is the dawning of a new day and America makes first encounter with life from another planet, there probably isn’t anyone that we’d trust more to represent us with the Intergalactic Confederacy than President Barack Obama. They’d be like “take me to your letter” and Obama would come out the White House, swagger on a thousand and challenge the martian to a game of B-Ball or something.

New staff find White House in tech Dark Ages

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via Washington Post

If the Obama campaign represented a sleek, new iPhone kind of future, the first day of the Obama administration looked more like the rotary-dial past.

Two years after launching the most technologically savvy presidential campaign in history, Obama officials ran smack into the constraints of the federal bureaucracy yesterday, encountering a jumble of disconnected phone lines, old computer software, and security regulations forbidding outside e-mail accounts.

What does that mean in 21st-century terms? No Facebook to communicate with supporters. No outside e-mail log-ins. No instant messaging. Hard adjustments for a staff that helped sweep Obama to power through, among other things, relentless online social networking.

“It is kind of like going from an Xbox to an Atari,” Obama spokesman Bill Burton said of his new digs.

In many ways, the move into the White House resembled a first day at school: Advisers wandered the halls, looking for their offices. Aides spent hours in orientation, learning such things as government ethics rules as well as how their paychecks will be delivered. And everyone filled out a seemingly endless pile of paperwork. Continue reading

Obama Unveils New Tech Savvy Presidential Website

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via CNN

(CNN) — In keeping with the theme that swept President Obama into the Oval Office, change has come to the official White House Web site.

Almost at the instant Obama was sworn in, http://www.whitehouse.gov relaunched with a redesign to signal a new era in government. Gone was the staid site of the Bush White House, replaced by a dynamic new site reflective of his tech-savvy successor.

The new design includes more interactive features, a prominent photo gallery displayed across the top of the site, the ability to get e-mail updates, and a White House blog. The site’s “briefing room” also includes places for a weekly video address, slide shows, proclamations, and executive orders as well as news about nominations and appointments.

“It’s a great first step, and the tip of the iceberg in what’s coming with participatory politics and the relationship between the president and the public,” said Andrew Rasiej, founder of the Personal Democracy Forum and co-founder of techPresident.com. Continue reading

Advice to Obama on Battling Presidential Aging

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(CNN) — When a new president strolls into the White House, there’s a kick in his step and a twinkle in his eyes.obama_popphoto

But as the years go by, the high-stakes decisions, constant criticisms and the fluctuating public opinion chip away at the president. His shoulders slump a little and his energy may seem sapped.

The president ages twice as fast while in office, according to a theory advanced by Dr. Michael Roizen, a chief wellness officer at the Cleveland Clinic.

“The typical person who lives one year ages one year,” he said. “The typical president ages two years for every year they are in office.”

Using public information, Roizen looked through medical records of previous presidents back to Theodore Roosevelt. Assessing factors such as diet, blood pressure, physical activity and lifestyle habits, he calculated that the leader of the free world ages more quickly.

Roizen, who is the author of “RealAge: Are You as Young as You Can Be?” has not assessed the “real age” of President-elect Barack Obama, who is 47, because of lack of medical data.

“Barack Obama is a fairly young guy and doesn’t have great of a risk,” Roizen said. “If he’s president for eight years, he ends up having the risk of disability or dying, like someone who is 16 years older.” Continue reading

Michelle Obama’s Slave Ancestors Discovered

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via Black Christian News

Tiny wooden cabins line the dirt road once known as Slave Street as it winds through Friendfield Plantation. More than 200 slaves lived in the whitewashed shacks in the early 1800s, and some of their descendants remained for more than 100 years after the Civil War.

The last tenants abandoned the hovels about 30 years ago, and even they would have struggled to imagine a distant daughter of the plantation one day calling the White House home.

But a historical line can be drawn from these Low Country cabins to Michelle Obama, charting an American family’s improbable journey through slavery, segregation, the civil-rights movement and a historic presidential election.

Their documented passage begins with Jim Robinson, Michelle Obama’s great-great-grandfather, who was born about 1850 and lived as a slave, at least until the Civil War, on the sprawling rice plantation. Records show he remained on the estate after the war, working as a sharecropper and living in the old slave quarters with his wife, Louiser, and their children. He could neither read nor write, according to the 1880 census. Continue reading

Washington Prepares to Take Stake in BIG 3 for Bailout

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via WSJ

WASHINGTON — Congress and the White House inched toward agreement on legislation that would throw a financial lifeline to the Big Three auto makers, giving the government a substantial ownership stake in the industry and a central role in its restructuring.

Under the terms of the draft legislation, which continued to evolve Monday evening, the government would receive warrants for stock equivalent to at least 20% of the loans any company receives. The company also would have to agree to limits on executive compensation and dividend payments, much like those contained in the government’s $700 billion rescue of the financial industry.

Assuming congressional Democrats and the White House come to agreement on the plan, the car industry would be the latest to submit to strict government scrutiny in return for a bailout, joining most prominently the banking sector.

The auto industry would undergo a restructuring process akin to bankruptcy reorganization, only with fewer rigors and with the government, not a judge, in control, and with many associated political complications.

The program would be overseen by an official, tapped by President George W. Bush, whom congressional aides and lawmakers describe as an “auto czar.” This person would act as a kind of trustee with authority to bring together labor, management, creditors and parts suppliers to negotiate a restructuring plan. He or she also would be able to review any transaction or contract valued at more than $25 million. Continue reading

Chavez Predicts the “Black Man” Will Win US Election

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CARACAS, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Anti-U.S. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez predicted on Sunday the “black man” will win the U.S. presidential race and offered to hold talks with him to improve ties between the superpower and one its biggest oil suppliers.

Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee who would be the first black U.S. president if he wins Tuesday’s election, said this year he would be open to dialogue with leaders like Chavez — a remark that was seized on by Republicans as naive.

McCain, who trails Obama in polls, has labeled Chavez a dictator.

Chavez, a socialist who has mocked President George W. Bush and calls ex-Cuban leader Fidel Castro his mentor, has said there is an inevitable clash between U.S. and Venezuelan interests, although he has at times offered to ease bilateral tensions.

“We are not asking him to be a revolutionary, to be a socialist — no,” Chavez said at a political rally. We just want the black man who is about to be the U.S. president to have enough stature for the times the world is living through. Continue reading

NorthCom Denies Troops To Be Used For Crowd Control

via Prison Planet

Following the alarming admission that active duty U.S. Army would be on call to deal with “civil unrest” inside the United States from October 1st, the US Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) has publicly denied that troops will engage in law enforcement duties, but concedes that forces will be armed with both non-lethal and lethal weapons as well as having access to tanks.

As we highlighted last week, a September 8 Army Times report stated that active duty troops from the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team returning from Iraq would be on call as a “federal response force for natural or manmade emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks,” for a period of 12 months from October 1st.

The purpose of the unit’s patrols, according to the article, includes helping “with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack.” Continue reading

Is Hip Hop Going to the White House with Obama?

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When superstar lyricist Nas declared, “Hip-hop is dead!” in 2006, he reignited a long-running debate among artists and observers in the rap community. While the money-guns-girls wing of commercial rap is certainly here to stay, many fans insist that hip hop’s political roots are rotting. But on the eve of an election in which a presidential candidate is a professed Jay-Z fan who brushes off his shoulders in speeches and fist-bumps his wife, it appears that the political soul of hip hop is primed for a reawakening.

It’s no secret that the most widely covered news stories involving hip hop in the last few years have been less than flattering. Rapper Ludacris recently made headlines with a pro-Obama song he released in July. On “Politics as Usual,” he rhymes in support of Obama about Sen. John McCain and Sen. Hillary Clinton: “Hillary hated on you, so that bitch is irrelevant; McCain don’t belong in any chair unless he’s paralyzed.” The lyrics prompted an Obama campaign spokesman to condemn the song as “outrageously offensive.” Then there was Don Imus‘s referral to the Rutgers women’s basketball team as “nappy-headed hoes” last April. What followed was a national backlash that pinpointed commercial rap as the source of the kind of misogyny many felt he had aimed at a group of young black women. The Imus comment, and the anti-rap fallout, became such a big deal that Oprah devoted a show to the subject of misogyny in rap music. Hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons and rapper Common appeared on the show, defending rap artists as poets who simply paint pictures of the world as they see it. Continue reading

Judge Rules White House Can No Longer Protect Aides From Testimony

The federal branch of Government has made another ruling against the current Administration, further undermining the legitimacy of the Bush presidency but also opening the possibilities of bringing these war criminals to justice but we’ll see how the controlling Dems will play this hand out, after all this should bolster their attempts to snatch up Karl Rove now.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge ruled against the Bush administration in its fight with Congress over a probe into the firings of U.S. attorneys by refusing on Tuesday to delay an order that current and former White House aides comply with congressional subpoenas.

Federal judge John Bates ruled that he would not put off his July order that former White House counsel Harriet Miers testify to Congress, and that Chief of Staff Josh Bolten surrender documents related to the 2006 firings. Continue reading

Obama Speaks to 200,000 in Germany

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BERLIN: Senator Barack Obama stood before a sea of people here Thursday evening and issued a call for cooperation, imploring America and Europe to bridge differences and rekindle old alliances in an effort to restore global stability and better confront existing and unforeseen threats.

“If we’re honest with each other, we know that sometimes, on both sides of the Atlantic, we have drifted apart and forgotten our shared destiny,” Obama said. “In Europe, the view that America is part of what has gone wrong in our world, rather than a force to help make it right, has become all too common. In America, there are voices that deride and deny the importance of Europe’s role in our security and our future.” Continue reading

Mexican Official Caught By SS Stealing Blackberries From White House Officials

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With friends like this who needs enemies? American surveillance cameras caught a member of the Mexican press delegation swiping Blackberries from White House officials outside of a close-session meeting room down in New Orleans last week. Several members of the president’s posse discovered their ‘Berries were missing upon leaving the session with the Mexican delegation. Secret Service immediately reviewed surveillance footage of the area and saw the Mexican official, Quintero Curiel swiping up to six or seven Blackberries.

His official duty was the point-person for the Mexican media, responsible for logistics and setting the Mexican press up at the conference. The Secret Service approached him at the airport amongst the Mexican delegation where they asked for the gadgets back. After initially denying their allegations, he folded after being presented with footage of the crime. Curiel gave the devices back, evoked “diplomatic immunity” and left New Orleans with the Mexican delegation only to return to Mexico to be terminated from his post, thus stripping him of his “diplomatic immunity” status now making him open to prosecution from US authorities.

“Mr. Quintero will be responsible for explaining his actions to the American authorities conducting an investigation. The Mexican Government deeply regrets this incident,” according to Ricardo Alday, spokesman for the Mexican Embassy.

Editor’s Note: Advice to hustlers, take note. Like an episode straight out of The Wire, even the government doesn’t discuss highly sensitive matters around anyone with listening devices like Blackberries or other mobile devices. And hey, what’s good for the goose should be good for the gander.