Friday, May 28, 2010

Gary Coleman Dead At 42

Troubled former child star Gary Coleman, best known as the smart-mouthed Arnold on the hit '80s sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, has died at the age of 42 after a fall at his Utah home.

Coleman's pudgy cheeks and flawless comic timing made him the break-out star of the popular series, which ran from 1978-86. His signature line, "Whatchoo talkin' 'bout, Willis?" became a national catchphrase. But Coleman's bright beginnings were overshadowed by domestic disputes, legal troubles and health issues. Coleman was born with a congenital kidney disease that resulted in his small stature. He had two kidney transplants and required frequent dialysis. At the height of Diff'rent Strokes' popularity, Coleman reportedly received up to $100,000 an episode. Beginning in 1980, he won four consecutive People's Choice Awards as Favorite Young TV Performer. He parlayed his prime-time success into steady work in TV guest spots, made-for-TV movies and feature films, including On the Right Track and The Kid with the Broken Halo. The latter inspired the animated TV series The Gary Coleman Show. But in the years after Diff'rent Strokes, Coleman was in the headlines more often for his off-screen troubles than for his acting.
Coleman had been arrested several times in recent years for physical altercations with fans and his ex-wife.

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Video: Janet Jackson performs on American Idol finale

Video: Bill O’Reilly tells Black professor that he looks like a drug dealer


For those Tundra Tabloid readers who are not familiar with the Rep.Joe Sestak case, it involves the White House offering him a job to drop out of the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary, in order for the now defeated incumbent Sen. Arlen Specter to run unapposed. Sestak made it a part of his campaign to tell of how he turned down a White House offer in order to run for the Senate. It is a crime under US law for someone to be offered anything of value in obtaining political appointment:

"Title 18 of the U.S. Criminal Code, Section 211, which covers "bribery, graft, and conflicts of interest. The statute imposes a fine and/or possible imprisonment on anyone who "solicits or receives ... any money or thing of value in consideration of the promise of support or use of influence in obtaining for any person any appointive office or place under the United States."

From the comments to the video: The White House announced today that the White House investigation into wrongdoing in the White House has uncovered no evidence of White House wrongdoing.

Ron Artest Hits Game Winner, Lakers Celebrate Too Much

Ron Artest scored the game winner at the buzzer to give the LA Lakers a 103-101 win over the Phoenix Suns and 3-2 lead in the Western Conference Finals. By the way the Lakers celebrated you would think they won the title, or at least the series. I know Ron-Ron redeemed himself after taking two questionable shots late in the fourth quarter but settle down. The Suns aren’t going to roll over in Game 6 in Phoenix.

Alicia Keys Confirm Pregnancy and Engagement to Swizz Beatz

HMG) – The rumors for the last few weeks were true. Alicia Keys is pregnant with her first child with producer Swizz Beatz (Kasseem Dean). The announcement comes after the two, who have been together since fall 2008, attended a Black Ball in London for Keys’ “Keep a Child Alive” charity on Thursday, May 27. Representatives for the couple confirmed the news Thursday night.

The Grammy Award-winning R&B singer has been dating Beatz mostly on the down low until lately because he has been finalizing his divorce (last month) from his wife of four years. But with that now behind him the couple have also announced they are engaged and will be married at a private ceremony later this year. Swizz Beatz has two sons, Prince Nasir, 9, and Kasseem Jr., 3 , both from pervious relationships. This will be Keys’ first marriage.


ALG Urges Congress to Reject $23 Billion States Bailout, Adopt New Jersey Plan

United States House of Representatives and Senate

To the Members of the U.S. Congress:

While the national debt has surpassed $13 trillion this week, and the nation’s Triple-A bond rating is threatened with the ongoing sovereign debt crisis, we were disappointed to learn that Congressional leadership has decided to once again plough ahead with its deficit-spending, pay-later policies of offering unlimited guarantees to insolvent states like New York and California. This time, Congress is offering $23 billion to the states to pay for public education funding.

This comes atop $53.6 billion that was given to the states in the 2009 “stimulus” bill, and is the second time Congress has attempted to enact a $23 billion state education bailout. The first was in HR 2847, which passed the House 217-212 on December 16th, 2009 as part of a wider $154 billion bill intended to spend paid-back Trouble Asset Relief Program monies to balance state budgets.

However, HR 2847 had most of its provisions stripped out when it was finally passed in the Senate, including the $23 billion bailout. Ever since then, the White House has been desperate to have the fund included somewhere in the appropriations process to forestall unfortunate but necessary cuts in state budgets. The effort to now have it added to HR 5136, a defense appropriations bill, is just the latest attempt to payback public unions for their political loyalty to the Congressional majority.

It’s a kickback. It’s a bailout. And it’s just the sort of thing that has the American people up in arms. While citizens are tightening their belts in these tough economic times, government employees and elected officials are increasing debt, and endangering future generations with economic stagnation, inflation, greater interest rates, and higher taxes.

According to a recent USA Today story, “Paychecks from private business shrank to their smallest share of personal income in U.S. history during the first quarter of this year, a USA TODAY analysis of government data finds. At the same time, government-provided benefits — from Social Security, unemployment insurance, food stamps and other programs — rose to a record high during the first three months of 2010.” So, while the American people suffer, government is lining its pockets at taxpayer expense.

Americans for Limited Government urges your opposition to this failed approach, which will create an incentive for states to continue to follow the failed, insolvent policies of New York and California. Making matters worse, this bill will disincentivize the prudent path that New Jersey has taken under Governor Chris Christie’s leadership in recent months, which because of the spending freeze undertaken, New Jersey will not have to raise taxes this year to balance the budget.

We urge you to reject the New York and California plan to perpetual bailouts and deficit-spending, and instead, for the sake of taxpayers, to adopt the New Jersey plan of fiscal solvency by making the tough decisions to slash spending.


William Wilson
Americans for Limited Government

Obama’s War on Women, Part II: Small Business

By Rebekah Rast

When President Reagan signed into law The Women's Business Ownership Act, H.R. 5050 in 1988, many wonderful changes began to happen to women-owned businesses.

The U.S. Census Bureau states that the number of women-owned businesses reached 6.4 million in 1992, representing one-third of all domestic firms and 40 percent of all retail and service firms. Businesses owned by women generated $1.6 trillion in business revenues and employed 13.2 million people.

Today, women are starting businesses at twice the rate of any demographic. About 23 million Americans are employed by women-owned businesses and they contribute nearly $3 trillion in economic activity.

These small businesses are what make America prosperous and profitable. With new laws being passed by this Administration on top of other policies already in place, this trend may begin to falter. Until the president turns his focus to cultivating a prosperous environment for entrepreneurs, this industry will continue to suffer and the recession will carry on.

Get full story here.

Democratic Lost

PBGC: Pension Bailout, Guaranteed Costly

By Robert Romano

Earlier this week, FOX Business Network’s Erik Berte reported that Senator Bob Casey has proposed legislation (S. 3217) that would provide “for a bailout of troubled union pension funds. If passed, the bill could put another $165 billion in liabilities on the shoulders of American taxpayers.” This caused Media Matters to push back against opponents of the bill and companion legislation in the House (H.R. 3936), writing that “the bill restricts the type of pension eligible for ‘partition’ to plans that are in ‘critical status,’ not simply underfunded.”

Only, Media Matters is wrong. It cites Section 3(c) of the bill that amends Section 4233 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, which does indeed define a qualified multiemployer pension plan as those in “critical status.” But it also states that those in “endangered status” that share characteristics of those in the “critical” category and meet other specific requirements are eligible for a partition bailout, too.

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Obama heading to Louisiana for oil spill update

CHICAGO — A day after saying "I take responsibility" for handling the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, President Barack Obama was heading to coastal Louisiana for an update on efforts to stop the flow of crude into the Gulf of Mexico and to clean up the mess.

Obama, interrupting a Memorial Day weekend trip to his Chicago home, planned to visit a beach set up with protective booms alongside Adm. Thad Allen, who is overseeing the spill response. Obama was then to travel to the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Grand Isle, La., to attend a briefing by Allen, and meet with several officials, including the governors of Louisiana, Florida and Alabama. He was spending about three hours in the region.

"I think he needs to see the folks working on the beach with the cleanup," Allen said Friday morning on CBS' "Early Show." "I think it's a real, real tough challenge, especially in the remote areas where you have marshlands involved and you can't always get there easily and the surveillance is difficult."

Allen said oil giant BP PLC had succeeded, at least temporarily, in stopping the flow of oil and gas from the well by pumping in heavy mud. "We're very encouraged by the fact they can push the mud down," Allen said. "The real question is can we sustain it."

That should become clear sometime Friday night, he said. If so, the next step would be plugging the well with cement. BP officials said Friday it would take a couple of days to know if the fix worked.

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