Thursday, July 15, 2010

Mel Gibson Definitely Doesn't Know "What Women Want"


Be careful of what you say over the phone! Don't people know that there is such an invention as a recorder?
Mel Gibson was heard in a eight minute recording released that he hit the mother of his 8-month-old daughter Oksana Grigorieva.

Purportedly a phone argument between Gibson and Oksana, voice sounding distinctively like him, was heard telling his then girlfriend that she "deserved" to be hit after she chastised him for punching her in the face and breaking two of her teeth.

"What kind of a man is that?" she was heard saying. "Hitting a woman when she's holding a child in her hands? Breaking her teeth twice in the face! What kind of man is that?"

"Oh, you're all angry now!" Gibson allegedly responds. "You know what, you ... (expletive) deserved it!"

Alan Nierob, a spokesman for Gibson, declined comment on the tape. [of course]

The former couple have been locked in a bitter custody dispute in Los Angeles. The 40-year-old singer has accused Gibson of domestic violence, prompting sheriff's officials to launch an investigation. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said investigators will evaluate the recordings.

He said there was no timeframe for the inquiry to be concluded.

Last week, a recording posted by included comments it said came from Gibson telling Grigorieva that she was dressing too provocatively and that it would be her fault if she were raped. He used the N-word at one point.

Wow Mel. Wow. I actually loved "What Women Want" but you clearly think that includes a trip to the hospital. And it seems the only "Lethal Weapon" around here is you. *que drum symbols"

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Justice being served...Katrina Bridge Shooting

Six more New Orleans police officers among them Officers Kenneth Bowen, Robert Gisevius, Anthony Villavaso and former officer Robert Faulcon have been indicted in connection with the shooting deaths of two people and the wounding of four others who were walking on the Danziger Bridge a few days after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005, the Justice Department said on Tuesday.

Also charged were two supervisors who were accused of helping cover up the incident and obstructing the investigation.

Victims were James Brissette, a 17-year-old city resident, and Ronald Madison, a 40-year-old man who suffered mental disabilities and was shot in the back. The officers opened fire on the group, who were on their way to get food and supplies from a supermarket, according to the indictment. Brissette was shot and killed while four other family members were wounded.

"Today marks an important step forward in administering justice, in healing community wounds, in improving public safety, and in restoring public trust in this city's police department," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said at a news conference in New Orleans unveiling the charges.

"We will not tolerate wrongdoing by those who are sworn to protect the public," he said.

The four officers charged with the killings could face the death penalty or life in prison. Faulcon quit the department in 2005.

The two supervisors were Arthur Kaufman and Gerard Dugue. Kaufman could face up to 120 years in prison while Dugue, who is now retired, could face up to 70 years in prison.

WHAT?! Fruit Roll-ups Aren't Good For You?!


...But they are made of fruit aren't they?
General Mills Inc. was sued on Tuesday by a Payton McClure, who is described as a "life-long consumer" of General Mills products, [who isn't] for allegedly misleading consumers about the nutritional and health qualities of its Fruit Roll-Ups.

According to the complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, General Mills does not properly disclose that its fruit products, including Fruit Roll-Ups, Fruit by the Foot and Fruit Gushers, contain partially hydrogenated oil.

The complaint said use of the oil rendered "false and misleading" marketing over the last six years that General Mills fruit snacks were "nutritious" and "healthy to consume," and thus deserved premium prices. She seeks class-action status on behalf of purchasers of the fruit snacks, compensatory and punitive damages close to $5 Million, and other remedies.

"To our knowledge, this suit has not been served," said General Mills spokeswoman Kirstie Foster.

The case is McClure v. General Mills Inc, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 10-05015.

Friday, July 9, 2010

A 14-Year old Discusses Racial Stereotypes and Cliques in Schools


My 14-Year-old “little” cousin Ms. Cheyanne Akmal was published in The Orange County Register. As if her being published weren’t enough she actually wrote an amazing and insightful article about racial stereotypes. From a perspective that most adults find challenging relating to she is able to channel emotions from a place of sheer candid thought. Here is a little of her article:

[I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. I stared at the bar and prepared to jump. I took my first step as I started my approach. I took another step and another. I picked up speed and jumped. I cleared 4 feet 8 inches. I had won the Eighth Grade District Girls High Jump. This was something I really worked for, something I was proud of, something special, but one guy shattered that for me – the opposing team's coach.

Four words made me ashamed of who I was: "It's because she's black." Now these words really angered me. To him I didn't win because I had talent. I didn't win because I worked really hard at this or because I am a good athlete. I won because of the color of my skin, because of the way my hair curls back, because of a stereotype. ] Read More…

I am very proud of her and also very excited for her future writing career. I love when young people are thinking and opinionated.