Russ Smith, Angel Nunez and most of the Lousville Cardinals can't keep their hands off Peyton Siva after defeating Cincinnati during the finals of the Big East. Number one stunna Siva was named the Most Valuable Player of the championship.
CNN's Don Lemon exchanged words with Tea Party favorite Sen. Rand Paul over the debt ceiling crisis on Saturday night.
As the House and Senate failed to reach agreement on a solution to raise the national debt ceiling, the ultra-conservative Kentucky Republican appeared on CNN. Paul has rejected the plans by House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Lemon confronted Paul over his party's refusal to compromise with Democrats and criticized him for relying upon "talking points."
LEMON: OK. Mr. Paul, I'm going to ask you again, just a simple answer to my question, if we indeed default, who's going to be to blame, do you feel?
PAUL: I don't think we should default, but if we do, I would say it's the president's fault for not reassuring the markets but he will pay the interests. And actually, privately, he is reassuring the markets, but publicly he's still playing this game of chicken. But we have plenty of tax revenue to pay the interests on our debt, there's no reason to default.
LEMON: I appreciate you taking the time, and I just want simple answers because, listen, you should know that the public is really frustrated right now, and they don't know what's going on, they don't understand why we haven't come to some sort of consensus, you guys haven't come to some sort of consensus, and they want some answers. You understand it. Are you feeling that in Washington right now?
PAUL: You know, we have been continuing to offer compromises. About 30 minutes ago, if was on the floor and I offered to vote for the re- bill.
LEMON: Hang on, hang on, one second again.
PAUL: You're in the middle of my answer.
LEMON: I know, but I'm asking you to answer the question -- I don't want talking points, with all due respect,
The last minute talks continue at this hour. "The top Senate Republican and Democrat both expressed optimism that a $3 trillion deal could be reached to avert the economic and political calamity of a potential federal default," reports the New York Times.
Before he was born, his grandmother died from complications of lupus and since he was in the fourth grade, his mother, Waudda (pronounced Wa-dee-uh), has battled the crippling disease that attacks the body without discretion. And then 10 years ago, his mother introduced Faried to Manasin Copeland, the woman that would become her wife.
"I think people have an aura about them and the first time I met her, I thought, 'I like this lady," Faried said. "And when they got married, that showed me what commitment is all about, that there are people out there that can commit, even though for them it really has been the worst of times. I look at them, what they've been through and I think, 'Wow. That's amazing.' They're amazing to me."
Faried, who was raised in Newark, talks about growing up with two moms and their civil union.
Together for in the neighborhood of a decade—10 years, according to Waudda and nine, says Copeland—the two made their bond legal on April 5, 2007 in the Newark City Hall municipal court."Some people just say for better or worse and some people mean it," said Waudda, who was in another relationship prior to meeting Copeland but discovered quickly that the other woman couldn't handle her disease. "I know she's in it for the long haul."
Faried knows there are people in the world that will not approve of the relationship between his mother and Copeland, whom he calls Oomie, the Arabic word for mother. Somehow, Faried never encountered them growing up. No teasing, no snickering, not a reaction at all.
"I think maybe I was just lucky because I lived in New Jersey," Faried said. "There's everything there, every culture, every lifestyle. I'm sure it would be a lot different if I grew up somewhere else."
Faried's easy acceptance is exactly what Waudda and Copeland hoped for. They have never had any long sit-downs about life lessons with their children (Copeland has four kids), not even so much as an explanation. There never had to be. They loved one another, they love their kids and now they love their nine grandkids.
Kenneth Faried's story is a sharp contrast to Dez Bryant, the rookie drafted by the Dallas Cowboys. Bryant had a troubled relationship with his mother, who had her son when she was only 15 years old and later came out as lesbian. The wide receiver says he has become "comfortable" with his mom's "change in sexual orientation" ... but "still" doesn't "like it".
· In a "harshly worded opinion", the Kentucky Court of Appeals bars judges from allowing gays and lesbians from adopting their partners’ children as though they are a step-parents. "Ruling 3-0, the court said that stepparent adoptions are allowed only when the stepmother or father is married to the biological parent, and marriages between gays are forbidden by both statute and Kentucky's constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage."
· Rochester, NY: Four police officers who were accused of misconduct in their investigation of a gay-bashing case say they have been unfairly targeted and will sue the city.
· The ridiculously talentedBilly Porter directs the Caribbean-infused revival of Once On This Island in Los Angeles. Blogger and critic Darian Aaron reviews: "The musical is a loose adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid with some Romeo and Juliet sprinkled on top. ... In this new production Porter directs an amazing ensemble cast that includes vocal powerhouses Ledisi in the role of Asaka and Bryan Terrell Clark who plays Papa Ge. Critics are praising Porter's skillful direction and the brilliance of his talented cast."
· Report: Sexual and racial harassment and discrimination are commonplace at an enforcement branch of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. According to one special agent at the Criminal Investigations Division in Dallas: Female employees were routinely referred to as "pu__ies," Native American co-workers were "called names like 'Squatting Eagle' and 'Two Dogs F__king' while an African-American colleague was ridiculed as mentally slow."
A stunning win for Hillary Clinton in Kentucky. The New York senator wins at least 36% of the vote in Bluegrass State. Last Tuesday, the senator won West Virginia by 41 points. These point spreads are unprecedented for modern presidential primaries, especially for so late in the primary roster.
At 10:00PM ET, the rough total is Clinton 459,000 to Barack Obama's 209,000.
The exit polls reflect the same skew seen in Clinton's landslides in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and, to a smaller extent, Ohio. Clinton runs the board: Clinton wins ALL women (57% of the vote) 67-27. Clinton wins ALL men (43% of the vote) 62-32. Clinton wins ALL age groups. Clinton wins religious voters, liberals, moderates, conservatives and independents. Clinton wins every income level by 30 points or more. Clinton wins more than 80 percent of rural voters. This was a thumpin'.
Chris Matthews and Tim Russert on cable "news" network MSNBC LIED and claimed Obama won the youth vote. He did not. Clinton wins the 17-29 group by 20 points. Clinton also won the 17-29 demos in PA and WV, which Matthews also LIED about. MSNBC has become a joke.
As evident in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Obama's association with Rev. Jeremiah Wright continues to demonstrate problems for the general election. "Nearly 55 percent of Democratic voters said Obama shares the most controversial views of Wright and those voters went for Clinton 84 percent to 9 percent over Obama." The Obama campaign also bought Christian-themed advertising and sent Christian-themed mailings to voters and this apparently didn't help change minds.
Just like in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, the Obama campaign outspent the Clinton campaign in Kentucky by an estimated 3 to 1. Obama did not campaign in West Virginia and Kentucky but he definitely should have made the effort. It probably would not have changed the results very much, but, since Barack Obama is the likely to become the Democratic nominee, it is
important to show that he is reaching out to voters where he is not
favored. These are states Democrats can win in the fall.