Monday, February 23, 2009

Is Octuplet Babies' Daddy For Real?

What a guy! If I found out that one of my ex-girlfriends had eight to 14 babies that maybe, just might, or possibly could be mine, the last thing I'd do is volunteer a blood test.

Somebody watches too much Jerry Springer.

Denis Beaudoin tells Good Morning America that "Octo-Mom" Nadya Suleman was not so crazy for babies when they were dating about a decade ago. But he did donate his sperm to her three times.

Good Morning America's interview with the former boyfriend and possible father of Nadya Suleman's octuplets (as well as the previous six children birthed by Suleman) aired Monday morning. ...

Beaudoin said he and Suleman had a "serious" three-year relationship from 1997 to 1999 when he was in his early 20s. So serious that he broke off some of his seed just in case she ever needed it. He felt bad that she could not have children at the time.

Lucky for him, Suleman says he's not the octo-daddy.

Suleman has denied Beaudoin is the father of her children, claiming he was infertile. Suleman's representative, Victor Munoz, tells PEOPLE, "The real sperm donor knows who he is. This guy is definitely not the one. It's kind of comical. Nadya's not sure why he's doing this." Today, Beaudoin is married and the father of two children.

What planet is this guy from? And get this. He wants to help with the octuplets whether he's the dad or not. You are a better man than I Mr. Beaudoin.

+ Man who donated sperm wants DNA test for octuplets

Raw Video: Bizarre Police Chase Ends at Airport

A drunk driving suspect, who led police on a high-speed chase that ended at a valet parking area at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, claims she was running because she thought the police chasing her were Nazis. (Feb. 23)

PA GP Condemns Judicial Corruption in Juvenile Detention Scandal

Green leaders call into question the privatization of essential public services creating opportunities for corruption
Green Party urges local governments to ban private management of public responsibilities such as juvenile detention
White-hot outrage cannot adequately describe the Green Party reaction to revelations of children unjustly sent to Pennsylvania juvenile detention centers on the orders of corrupt local judges.

Two Pennsylvania judges have pleaded guilty to earning millions by wrongfully sending teenagers to privately-run youth detention centers.

Prosecutors say Luzerne County Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan took $2.6 million in payoffs to place juvenile offenders in a situation in which personal greed fed by corporate excess turned people into profit.

Said Carl Romanelli of Luzerne County; “Sadly, Greens have been at odds with these judges here in Luzerne County for years. It makes one wonder where the peer review has been. Further, the appeals system in Pennsylvania simply rubber stamps the corrupt decisions of criminal judges. We must break the cycle of judges protecting themselves, and their exclusive club, rather than protecting the rights of Pennsylvanians. You need look no deeper than my case with the state court to see this ugly dynamic at play,” said Romanelli referring to his ongoing ballot access court case.

“This calls to the very question of the value of the civil rights of the individual children wrongfully removed from their homes to appease the ‘predatory capitalism’ conducted by Pennsylvania Child Care, LLC” said Hillary Kane, Chair of the Green Party of Pennsylvania. “When I think of the long-term impact unwarranted juvenile detention will have on those children and their families, it really makes me angry.”

“The concept of removing the responsibility and oversight of public governing to private corporations has been one of increasing belief that market forces, which worship profit over people, could deliver services more efficiently and at a lower cost to taxpayers,” said Blyden Potts, Secretary of the Green Party of Pennsylvania. “What you wind up with is this type of abuse that would not occur under a properly-led public administration that respects its citizens.”

The Green Party of Pennsylvania believes local municipal and township governments have the right and duty to refuse the contracting of some state activities. We call for local governments to enact ordinance prohibitions against the private management of public responsibilities, specifically, juvenile detention centers in their locale.

Social Justice remains a key pillar of Green political beliefs. This scandal has shaken Pennsylvanian parents and families to the core. We grieve for the suffering of the parents and young people wrongful abused. Greens call for not only full financial and judicial redress for the innocent people involved, but for a full investigation of the political environment that allowed for the many years of corruption and abuse by the two judges, and those private business interests complicit in this scandal.

California law that banned sale of violent video games to minors found too restrictive

The notoriously liberal, as if that’s a bad thing in and of itself, Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that that California law restricting the sale of so-called violent video games to minors violates “free speech guarantees.” The ruling upholds a lower court’s finding and, naturally, has upset those who have made a career out of trumping up the video game violence debate.

The court offered a few alternatives to the law, which had prevented the sale of violent video games to minors. These include an educational campaign (“is your child too immature to play violent video games? then be a parent and don’t let him or her play them, that’s what the rating is for.”) and better parental controls built into game consoles. (Don’t both the PS3 and Xbox 360 have parental controls?) In any event, a blanket “do not sell these games to minors,” apparently was too broad a tactic for the Ninth Circuit to handle.

The ESRB and Co. are pleased with the ruling, while guys like Calif. State Sen. Leland Yee, who wrote the original legislation, are ticked off. He and others like him want it taken all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court.

I don’t know, I’ve always sided with the “let parents be parents” argument in the Great Violent Video Game Debate. All I know is that I played awesomely violent video games as a youngster and never thought about going on a car jacking spree or whatever.

Philadelphia Newspapers Bankrupt

The dominoes are beginning to fall. Hard on the heels of Journal Register’s bankruptcy filing this weekend, Philadelphia Newspapers LLC filed chapter 11 on Sunday. The publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News indicated that its assets and liabilities are both about $500 million and that it needs court protection to restructure its debt. “Our operations are sound and profitable,” said CEO Brian Tierney. It’s the debt that’s the problem.

Philadelphia Newspapers is the fourth newspaper company to file for bankruptcy since December, following in the path of Tribune Co., the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Journal Register.

So what happens now? Bankruptcy isn’t a death sentence. On the contrary, it can be the breath of life. Most major US airlines have declared bankruptcy at some point, some of them more than once. Bankruptcy gives a business the opportunity to shed debt and unprofitable operations, work out a sustainable business model and start life over.

This doesn’t come without cost, however. Many executives exit the scene and the company lays bare its financial records for the public to see. The business effectively loses control over its own operations, ceding oversight to a court which must approve nearly every management move that’s relevant to the business. Bankrupt companies have almost no credit worthiness, meaning that they must learn to live within their means, which isn’t a bad thing. Assets are often sold to pay off creditors. With the market for newspaper companies in its current condition, however, it’s more likely that unprofitable operations will be shut down. Business continues pretty much as usual until the courts work out a plan.

Given the volume of bankruptcies currently choking the US courts, it’s likely that it will be many months or even years before these troubled businesses emerge from Chapter 11. And the carnage isn’t likely to end here. According to Alan Mutter’s Default-O-Matic, at least four other newspaper chains - including GateHouse, McClatchy, Media News and Morris Publishing - are in junk bond territory, which means they are at risk of default. More dominoes are likely to fall.

Gov. Arnold To Gov. Jindal, Show Me Your Stimulus Money!

While on the show yesterday, Arnold was asked to Sanford's statement over taking stimulus money, but since he took his state's share, the request by California's Governor goes to his fellow Republican Executive in Louisiana, Gov. Jindal. Bobby Jindal denied his state approximately $90 billion in unemployment monies because he erroneously though that it would raise taxes. So, Gov. Jindal, hand that money over to California, they need the finances just as bad as you do. Oh and citizens of Lousiana, you know what to do with Jindal next time he's up for re-election (or if he goes after the party's ticket in 2012).

US Government may increase stake in troubled Citigroup

by Kay Murchie

According to the Wall Street Journal, the US Government is in talks with Citigroup to increase its stake in the struggling bank.

Shares in Citigroup plummeted for a sixth consecutive session last Friday amid speculation that it would have to be nationalised in order to survive.

It is believed that the Government could end up owning up to 40% in Citigroup, which was once the world’s largest financial institution, but has lost its status due to toxic loans.

Last autumn, the bank had to be bailed out by the Government in a deal worth $45 billion (£31 billion).

According to sources, the Government could convert a chunk of the $45 billion into common stock. While this plan would not cost the taxpayer, it would mean shareholders see their stock diluted and the Government would have greater power over the US number five.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that Citigroup hopes to convince private investors to change their preference shares into ordinary shares, to help strengthen its capital base.

Citigroup’s Tier-1 capital ratio was at 11.9% at the end of December - one of the highest in the industry.

Meanwhile, last month, the banking giant said it was proposing to split the firm into two separate businesses to restore profitability. Citigroup said it would separate the company, for management purposes, into two separate businesses - Citicorp and Citi Holdings.

Citicorp will manage the company’s traditional banking work, while Citi Holdings will handle the firm’s riskiest investment assets.