Wednesday, January 9, 2013

In the News

James “Jimmy” McMillan, the former New York mayoral candidate of the Rent Is Too Damn High Party was on The O’Reilly Factor last night to weigh in on the issue of welfare recipients accessing (and presumably using) their benefits at strip clubs. McMillan told O’Reilly that just because someone is using an ATM at a strip club doesn’t mean he or she is partaking of the other club services and suggested that perhaps the ATM across the street is out of service or has less competitive fees. McMillan then claimed to be a former stripper, and said that it’s not uncommon for strippers to use the ATM late at night to get cash to pay their child care workers. Check out the video here.

Author Sabrina Lamb has started a petition urging the Oxygen network to cancel the Shawty Lo show All My Babies’ Mommas claiming that it is “offensive to children” who “don’t deserve” to be a part of this type of “chaos.” She says that society needs to decide “whether we cherish our children” or will continue to use them as commodities.

Sperm donor William Marotta of Kansas is fighting his child support order. Marotta donated sperm to Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner, a lesbian couple, but when the couple broke up and the state of Kansas was asked to provide support, the state told the couple they’d have to provide information about the biological father. Marotta was then ordered to pay child support. Apparently, Marotta erred in not brokering his deal through a physician, making the arrangement invalid in the eyes of the state. Marotta told HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill that “no good deed goes unpunished.”

Django Unchained action figures have hit the market and are available at Amid the protests from various black activist groups, writer Demetria L. Lucas says, “Broomhilda is my Black princess. Django is my Black knight who kicked ass without shining armor but with a whole lot of artillery. I would be thrilled to put the couple on my mantel.”

Eighteen-year-old Jacob Cox-Brown of Oregon was arrested after posting on Facebook that he hit a car while drinking and driving. Cox-Brown wrote, “Drivin drunk... classsic (sic);) but to whoever's vehicle i hit i am sorry. :P.” Cox-Brown actually had hit two cars. Brad Johnston, Deputy Chief of Police in Astoria, Oregon told NBC News, “We have used Facebook previously as an investigative tool, but this is the first time I believe we have arrested someone who posted they had committed the crime." 

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