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Obama Calls For Gay Rights Support!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

President Barack Obama is calling for the United Nations human rights body to combat discriminations against gays and lesbians.

The President is pushing for “nations to end any criminal punishments against lesbians, gays and bisexuals,” and he’s asking “the global body to review how governments treat them in the UN’s human rights assessments. ”

Currently, this declaration by the U.S. has support from over 80 countries.

Deputy assistant for international organizations Suzanne Nossel said on the subject:

“We are very concerned that individuals continue to be killed, arrested and harassed around the world because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This statement sends a strong message from across the globe that such abuses should not be tolerated.”

Not before time.

Credit: WENN.

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Has Barack Obama dyed his hair black to hide his greying locks?

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

This visit by the Chinese leaded is being seen as the most important visit by a Chinese leader in 30 years.  It is little wonder therefore that President Obama under the world’s gaze wants to make a good impression. So much so that it would appear that the President has dyed his greying hair jet-black.

The four-day visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao is of particular importance for Obama.  The West if only just coming to terms with the Far Eastern country’s growing influence on the world arena. By 2020 it is expected to overtake the U.S. as the world’s largest economy.

China is pressing the U.S. on a number of military fronts.  This is raising concerns within the States and abroad thereby increasing the pressure on Obama and the White House.

The good news for Obama today was that it emerged his approval rating has surged to 53%.

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    Is Todd Palin Having an Affair With Shailey Tripp?

    Friday, January 21st, 2011
    Is the Todd Palin /Shailey Tripp affair really true?

    Did Todd Palin really have an affair with the massage therapist as The National Enquirer is reporting?

    According to the paper the Pailin and Tripp, a female massage therapist who was arrested for prostitution earlier this year had an affair and hinted that the police have some sort of physical evidence against Todd Palin.

    If there is any credence to the rumors it could be the first time that a potential Presidential candidate was involved in an adultery scandal.

    The current President’s approval rating is the lowest it’s ever been, and it seems rather coincidental that this story has emerged just as Sarah Palin may run for the Presidency?

    So is this just another attempted smear campaign against Sarah Palin?

    What do you think?

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    Moroccan belly dancer ‘Ruby Heartbreak’ speaks as Berlusconi faces extortion and underage prostitution probe

    Friday, January 14th, 2011

    It emerged today that Controversial Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, 74, is being investigated for extortion and underage prostitution.

    The probe centres on his relationship with a belly dancer called Karima el Mahroug, who was 17 when she was a guest at a party he hosted at his home last year.

    Ruby Heartbreak as she is known as: Belly dancer Karima el Mahrougm, was arrested for theft last year but reportedly freed after the intervention of Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi.  The extortion accusation has arisen as a result of that intervention.  He is said to have wrongly told officers that el Mahroug, was the grand daughter of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and to avoid diplomatic embarrassment she should be released.

    Mr Berlusconi then sent one of his MPs -half British Nicole Minetti, to pick her up from Milan central police station.  el Mahroug was subsequently freed into Minetti’s care.

    Berlusconi’s office has been dogged by continual allegations involving women but this charge his lawyers have said is ‘absurd and groundless’.

    Nicolo Ghedini and Piero Longo said the probe represented a ‘very serious interference in the prime minister’s private life’ and that the allegations ‘have already been refuted by all witnesses and people directly involved’.

    The prostitution charge centres on the allegation that he had sex with the belly dancer between February and May last year.  In Italy his is punishable by a jail term of between six months and three years.

    Miss El Mahroug said during an interview that at the party after telling Mr Berlusconi about her life, he felt sorry for her and had given her a diamond necklace, €7,000 in cash and an Audi.

    Miss El Mahroug said:  ‘I left before midnight. I told him all my problems. He got very upset and he gave me €7,000 and a Damiani necklace.  After that evening I never heard from him again.’

    Moroccan Miss El Mahroug , who is in Italy illegally, added: ‘He protected me and he gave me some money. He said he would help with my residency permit. He didn’t want anything in return, I swear.

    ‘There was no sex. He sent me a couple of messages and he said that I had left an impression on him. He said that he liked me. I replied that I liked him as well and it wasn’t just because of the money.’

    Berlusconi has been a magnet for scandals involving women and his wife Veronica Lario, 53, is divorcing him after it emerged two years ago he had attended the 18th birthday part of underwear model Naomi Letizia.  Ms Lario said she could no longer be with a ‘man who is ill and who associates himself with minors’ – she is trying to claim £40million a year from the billionaire.

    News of the investigation came just hours after Italy’s Constitutional Court had ruled parts of an immunity law brought in by Mr Berlusconi to prevent him from going on trial were unlawful.

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    President Obama To Visit To Tucson In Response To Shootings

    Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

    President Barack Obama has announced plans to travel to Tucson, in response to the horrific shootings over the weekend.

    Six people died including a 9 year old  Christina Green, and 14 wounded, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

    The President and First Lady plan to be present at the memorial service for the victims and pay their respects to their grieving families.

    He said yesterday in a statement:

    “All of us are still grieving and in shock from the tragedy that took place. Right now, the main thing we’re doing is to offer our thoughts and prayers to those who’ve been impacted — making sure that we’re joining together and pulling together as a country.”

    Such an unbelievable tragedy.

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    Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords On The Road To Recovery

    Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

    Sources in Tucson, Arizona are reporting that the U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head this weekend by a crazed young man is making progress.

    Although still in critical condition in the ICU at Tucson’s University Medical Center, she is showing improvement. On Monday, she was reported to be responding to verbal commands by raising two fingers of her left hand and even managed to give a thumbs-up.

    Her latest CAT scans showed no further swelling in the brain, but the doctors still have some doubts. Her neurosurgeon, Dr. Michael Lemole, explained:

    “We’re not out of the woods yet. That swelling can sometimes take three days or five days to maximize. But every day that goes by and we don’t see an increase, we’re slightly more optimistic.”

    We all hope that she pulls through!

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    Tuscon shooting suspect linked to fanatical pro-white magazine

    Sunday, January 9th, 2011

    Jared Lee Loughner is said to have made threats in the past, ranted about mind control and terrorism on YouTube and among his favourite books were Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf and The Communist Manifesto.

    According to the local sheriff Loughner has been described as unstable and has been known to make death threats in the past while Fox News’ claim that there is a Department of Homeland Security memo which said Jared Lee Loughner, 22, had ties to American Renaissance, a group founded in 1991 by journalist Jared Taylor that is staunchly anti-immigration, anti-government and anti-Semitic.  The pro white group publishes a monthly article that is openly racist.

    Arizona Republican Gabrielle Giffords may have been the target of the mass killing, as ‘the first Jewish female elected to such a high position in the US government and was opposite this group’s ideology when it came to immigration debate,’ it does make you wonder about security around the Congresswoman.   The FBI are now investigating whether the man is the same person who posted a rambling Internet manifesto accusing the government of mind control and demanding a new currency.

    Loughner who was taken into custody moments after the shooting at a political meeting held by Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords in a supermarket parking lot where six people died and 19 injured including Giffords.  The authorities believe he may not have been working alone.

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    Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot In Arizona

    Saturday, January 8th, 2011

    In shocking turn of events Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head today in front of a grocery store in Arizona.  A hospital spokesman said the Democrat was in critical condition and one aide to the Democrat died soon after the attack.

    An assailant opened fire in an area where the lawmaker was meeting with constituents, officials said.  An unknown number of others was injured but the wounded included some of Gifford’s aides who were with her at the time.

    Congressional officials said that the wounded were taken to a nearby hospital.

    Women in Politics

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    John Edwards Denies Engagement to Reille Hunter

    Friday, January 7th, 2011

    The National Enquirer is reporting that John Edwards is engaged to be married to long-term mistress  Rielle Hunter.  The report was later denied by a CBS News source close to the Edwards family.

    The paper claimed that the former presidential candidate proposed to Hunter as his children mourned the death of their mother who passed away just last month.

    An Edwards family source tells CBS News that the Enquirer story is inaccurate, and that Edwards has not proposed to Hunter.

    John Edwards “Grieving Terribly” for Elizabeth

    It was the Enquirer that initially exposed the affair between Edwards and Hunter and the two had a baby girl, Quinn, while Elizabeth was battling breast cancer.  After the affair was made public Edwards expressed regrets, telling ABC News he had, “made a mistake.”

    According to the tabloid, Edwards has introduced his three children, with Elizabeth, to Reille and baby daughter Quinn at a North Carolina restaurant late last month.

    The paper quotes an unnamed source: “John pledged his undying love, and promised her that one day they would all ‘become one big, happy family.’ Clearly, he was saying, ‘I want you to marry me,’ but nothing is official yet.”

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    Elizabeth Edwards leaves husband John out of will

    Thursday, January 6th, 2011

    Elizabeth Edwards signed a new will days before her death last month that makes no mention of her estranged husband and two-time presidential candidate John Edwards.

    The document was signed in Orange County Superior Court in North Carolina, on Dec. 1, just six days before her death. Her eldest child, Cate Edwards, who is a lawyer was named as the executor of her estate.

    Edwards left personal effects, furniture, automobiles and other property to be divided among her children — Cate, 12-year-old Emma Claire and 10-year-old Jack.

    After almost 30 years of marriage John Edwards admitted he fathered a child during an affair with a former campaign worker in the middle of his 2008 presidential campaign.

    After Edwards said she worked for two years trying to reinvent her role as a spouse before making the difficult decision to separate from him.

    The couple were law school sweethearts who married just days after they took the bar exam together in the summer of 1977.

    They had four children together, including a son who died at age 16. Although the couple had separated, John Edwards was at her side around the clock as her health deteriorated.

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