Friday, December 23, 2011

Breaking News: Kobe’s Wife Estimates that He Slept with Over 100 Women During Their Marriage

According to the National Enquirer, the real reason Vanessa is dissolving the marriage is that she suspected 33 year old Kobe was cheating on her and a private detective confirm her suspicions. “[Vanessa] estimated that he was averaging at least 10 affairs a year with different women over the course of their marriage and puts his number of conquests at 105,” a friend told the tabloid. “The lies and deceit hurt, of course, but racking up those kinds of numbers is mind-blowing and left her devastated. And when she discovered he was cheating during the recent NBA lockout, that was the final straw. her private detective caught him redhanded with incriminating photos.”

Not even former teammate Shaquille O’Neal had those kind of numbers. Tiger Woods, on the other hand, had Kobe beat. Vanessa is apparently telling friends she believes Kobe had a jumpoff in “every NBA city.”

One of his alleged jumpoffs, whom he was seeing since 2008, sat court side at games and openly flirted with Kobe. Vanessa was livid and reportedly told Kobe to dump the chic. Kobe allegedly was also having an affair with an 18-year-old Lakers cheerleader and they reportedly sexted intimated photos of one another.

That evidence is in Vanessa’s divorce lawyer’s possession, too. SMDH! When Vanessa confronted him about these two women, Kobe reportedly confessed and promised her he would change his ways and sought forgiveness by showering Vanessa with jewelry, cars and other expensive gifts.

But after Vanessa’s private investigator hit her with the incriminating photos, she decided it was time to bail and that’s when she filed for divorce. Kobe reportedly begged and pleaded for her to give him another shot, but Vanessa was tired of being humiliated, according to the friend. Now she’s going to walk away with half of his $300 million fortune because they had no prenup and California is a community property state. The divorce is pretty much finalized and Vanessa is gonna get her money.


Man Who Gagged/Bound His Daughter in Facebook Picture is Now in Jail

Andre Curry is in big trouble after these pictures appeared on his Facebook page.
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Mead Johnson stock down after Wal-Mart pulls baby formula

(AP) — Shares of Mead Johnson fell 10 percent Thursday after Wal-Mart Stores Inc. pulled a batch of its infant formula from more than 3,000 stores when it learned about the death of a newborn.

There is no known link between the death and the formula and the government has not ordered a recall of any Enfamil, the brand of powdered formula that the child consumed. Glenview-based Mead Johnson makes Enfamil.

The retailer said Wednesday that preliminary tests indicate the newborn Missouri boy died from a rare bacterial infection, though Mead said its records showed the lot of formula from which the child was fed tested negative for the bacterium before it was shipped.

Wal-Mart said the formula, lot number ZP1K7G, was pulled "out of an abundance of caution."
Mead Johnson spokesman Christopher Perille said all the company's infant formula products are put through a battery of tests as they are produced, packaged and sealed.

Public health investigators seeking the source of 10-day-old Avery Cornett's infection will also look at environmental factors, such as the water used in preparing the powdered formula, and at anything else the baby might have ingested, Perille said.

Shares of Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. dropped $7.72 to close at $68.76. Over the past year, the stock has traded in a range of $55.12 to $76.91.

Putin’s time is running out: Russian protest leader (Reuters)

December 23, 20
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Up to 1 million Russians are ready to take to the streets to protest against a disputed election and Vladimir Putin’s “corrupt regime” is unlikely to hold on to power for more than two years, protest leader Alexei Navalny said on Friday.
Navalny, an anti-corruption blogger who has emerged a leading light of the disparate opposition, said the public mood had turned against Russia’s paramount leader and large crowds would join a protest rally in Moscow on Saturday.

“I am absolutely sure that up to 1 million people are ready to take part in such rallies … I see the people’s mood,” Navalny told Reuters in an interview on the eve of the rally against alleged fraud in an election Putin’s party won on December 4.

“They stole about 1 million votes. And that’s only in Moscow. I think that these people are completely dissatisfied with what happened and are ready to defend their rights, including going out on to the streets,” he said by telephone.

The 35-year-old lawyer has become the voice of the opposition since protests began over the election, in which Putin’s United Russia won a slim majority in the lower house.
“I don’t think Putin’s regime of absolute power, which prevails in this country, will last for more than two years – that’s the maximum,” he said.

Navalny will address Saturday’s rally on Moscow’s Sakharov Avenue a few days after being released from jail after serving a 15-day sentence for obstruction of justice during one of the earlier protests.
He has gained a large following, particularly among young professionals and Internet users, by using his small shareholdings in various Russian companies to expose high-level corruption and to campaign for greater transparency.

The Internet has been vital for organizing protests in the country of more than 140 million, where state television is tightly controlled and has paid little attention to the biggest opposition rallies since Putin rose to power in 1999.

Opposition leaders have said they hope at least 50,000 people will attend Saturday’s rally in Moscow, which will also be addressed by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. More than 40,000 people have pledged online to show up.

“One meeting, another meeting. One day the people will go out on the street, and they will not return. There is only one scenario. We have to carry on until they meet our demands,” Navalny said.
The demands include annulling the election and holding a new one, registering opposition parties, dismissing the election commission head and freeing people the protesters consider political prisoners.
Calls by some opposition leaders for another demand to be added to the list – Putin’s resignation – have been resisted by some of the organizers who say the main aim of the demonstration is to demand an election rerun.

But Navalny called on Russians to unite against Putin as soon as he was freed from jail early on Wednesday and his influence has risen since the protests began.

Navalny’s politics, which mix scorn for the ruling elite and rhetoric on illegal immigration, have gained traction with the middle class. But his chances of becoming a genuine threat to Putin’s tightly controlled political system could depend on whether he can mobilize large numbers of protesters.

Although his popularity has fallen, Putin is still widely seen as Russia’s most popular politician and is regarded as the ultimate arbiter by the clans which own swathes of the world’s biggest energy producer.
Even so, Navalny has increasingly pitted himself against Putin, who is almost certain to extend his 12-year rule by returning to the presidency in an election in March.

“I don’t think we need to demand the resignation of Putin. we only need to demand free elections … The country needs a decent, legitimate president,” he said.

Navalny has repeatedly said he is not afraid of reprisals for speaking out against what he has called a corrupt government, and he has warned that authorities have more to lose than protesters from a show of force.
“I think that they (the authorities) have simply realized a simple fact … it has become more and more obvious that they would lose very quickly, lose everything, if they met us with force. These people are not stupid,” he said.

(Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova, writing by Thomas Grove; editing by Timothy Heritage and Matthew Jones)

‘Obama’s Economic Humbug’

By Robert Romano
“This is nothing more than Obama’s economic humbug, just in time for the holidays,” remarked Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Bill Wilson in response to the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ downward revision of economic growth in the third quarter.

“First at 2.5 percent, then 2 percent, and now revised downward to an anemic 1.8 percent, the economy in the third quarter has once again fallen way short of the government’s rosy projections,” Wilson said.
That means the Bureau had “initially exaggerated the actual growth number by 38 percent,” which Wilson warned would have serious ramifications on the government’s projected revenues over the next decade.
The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has said that revenues will more than double the next decade, from their current level of $2.1 trillion to more than $4.8 trillion by 2021.

Much of that hinges on the robust growth that is projected. In 2011, OMB had said growth would top 3.1 percent. In 2012, it claims it will rise as high as 4 percent.

It will be very telling how OMB takes current economic data into account when it publishes its next budget in February. If it does, then it will likely show revenues growing by a much slower rate, and, particularly, that the debt growing much faster.

But, it being an election year in 2012, and in essence being a White House operation, in reality one should expect next year’s numbers to be as exaggerated as this year’s numbers.

Which tells the American people everything they need to know about what government statistics have become — they are nothing more than a propaganda tool to prop up elected administrations.
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State Legislatures Take on ‘Judicial Hellholes’ that Undermine Business

By Kevin Mooney

Some state legislatures are taking a stand against abusive litigation practices that drive up costs for consumers and discourage business, according to a new report from the American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRF). Even as it identified “judicial hellholes” where judges apply the law against defendants in a manner that is considered unfair and unbalanced, ATRF called attention to “points of light” throughout the country where state lawmakers are taking a stand against runaway litigation practices.

“State legislatures enacted nearly 50 civil justice reforms in 2011,” the report says. “These included comprehensive tort reform packages in Wisconsin, Tennessee, Alabama, and North Carolina, and more targeted reforms in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, North and South Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas.”
Some of these reforms include new measures that guard against the use of “junk science” in court and limiting liability to landowners in cases where those who are injured were trespassing. ATRF also highlighted encouraging court rulings in jurisdictions that are typically weighted against civil defendants.

Even so, the nation has a long way to go before abusive litigation practices are brought to heal as the report makes clear. The following areas have been identified as the top “judicial hellholes” for 2011: the states of California and West Virginia, along with local jurisdictions, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, South Florida, Madison and St. Claire Counties in Illinois, and New York City and Albany, New York.

Americans for Limited Government president Bill Wilson notes that, “job creation and investment in a state is often dictated by the litigation climate within that state. Simply put, those states which give the trial lawyers free rein to drum up nuisance law suits struggle to compete for business investment with those who have reasonable tort liability rules.”

Beyond the states and localities named as “judicial hellholes,” some other jurisdictions were named as being just on edge of falling off into the abyss.
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