Elementary School Shooting Reported in Connecticut, 20 Kids and 6 Adults Killed

police are reporting that there has been a shooting at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

According to The Hartford Courant, shortly after 9:40 AM, one shooter was reported in the main office of the elementary school and one victim had numerous gunshot wounds.

Details have not been confirmed, but the Newtown Bee is reporting that a police officer carried a seriously wounded child from the building. (The Courant reported that the shooter dead).

USA reports:

Groups of students — some crying, some holding hands — were being escorted away from the school by their teachers. Some students were still in the school at 10:30 a.m., parents said.

CNN reports:

[Updated at 11:10 a.m. ET] Details are still really sketchy, but we now have a photo from the Newtown Bee of children being led from the scene.

[Updated at 11:03 a.m. ET] We’re still getting details in of how many people may have been hurt.

Chicago Tribune reports:

A dispatcher at the Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps says a teacher has been shot in the foot and taken to Danbury Hospital.

State police sources said one shooter is dead. Earlier reports of a second shooter are unconfirmed. A person in one room had “numerous gunshot wounds,” police said.

There are reports of multiple injuries, but the only confirmed death is that of the suspected shooter. It is unclear whether the shooter was taken down by police or whether he took his own life. The entire area surrounding the school is currently on lockdown.

UPDATE: CBS News reports that one child has been confirmed dead. 

UPDATE: At least 20 killed, and at least 10 of those killed were children. 

UPDATE:  Reuters confirms that six adults and 20 kids were killed.

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According to Vibe,

Rhonda A. Lee was reportedly fired from her meteorologist position at KTBS 3 News after replying to a Facebook post a viewer typed discussing her hair texture and style.

A portion of the Oct. 1 post written by Emmitt Vascocu read “the black lady that does the news is a very nice lady. The only thing is she needs to wear a wig or grow some more hair.” She also stated, “I’m not sure if she is a cancer patient.”

Emmitt later received a response from Lee that changed the course of her career. After saying that she is the “black lady” on the news broadcast and isn’t terminally ill, Lee responded, “Many Black women use strong straightening agents in order to achieve a more European grade of hair and that is their choice. However in my case I don’t find it necessary. I’m very proud of who I am and the standard of beauty I display.”

Vascocu then replied he isn’t a racist person but fired this controversial comment back, “…this world has…certain standerd (sic). If you’ve come from a world of being poor are you going to dress in rags?”

The ABC affiliate station in Shreveport, La. that Lee reported on couldn’t “reference a documented rule that Ms. Lee was in violation of,” according to Clutch. “They told me the policy I violated isn’t written down, but was mentioned in a newsroom meeting about a month-and-a-half prior. A meeting I didn’t attend,” Lee said. “So when I asked what rule did I break there isn’t anything to point to.” That policy being the prevention of responding to viewer’s comments on social media sites, one she was unaware of.

Lee expressed to CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that she feels she is being unfairly “punished” for her actions.

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Texas Law Passed Banning Planned Parenthood From Health Program Funding

These rich white men need to step out of women’s health care issues for real!

Texas opposed government funding for Planned Parenthood clinics because the organization provides abortions and their Governor, former Presidential Candidate (and idiot) Rick Perry, applauded the decision.

According to CNN:

Texas won another battle against Planned Parenthood this week.

A federal appeals court, on Thursday, refused to grant another hearing to the organization, a decision that stops the organization’s fight against Texas’ effort to ban state funding for Planned Parenthood affiliates.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry applauded the decision, by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Today’s ruling affirms yet again that in Texas the Women’s Health Program has no obligation to fund Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform or promote abortion. In Texas we choose life, and we will immediately begin defunding all abortion affiliates to honor and uphold that choice,” Perry said.

The decision continues a legal struggle that has been going on for months.

The Texas Women’s Health Program provides about 130,000 low-income women with family planning exams, related health screenings and contraception…The state said in March that it was willing to give up funding from Washington and run the Women’s Health Program itself.

It then adopted a rule that required clinics funded by the program to certify they do not perform abortions or are not affiliates of entities that perform abortions.

In a letter to Texas officials in March, Medicaid Director Cindy Mann said the state’s decision was regrettable. It would, she said, “prevent women enrolled in the program from receiving services from the trusted health care providers they have chosen and relied on for their care.”

Planned Parenthood sued Texas, winning an injunction against the law by arguing that abortion is constitutional and Texas’ efforts would block women’s access to preventive health care. But a federal court later ruled in favor of Texas.

When will they realize that Planned Parenthood does so much more than provide abortions??

Now women in Texas who rely on the organization for mammograms, pap smears, and other ob/gyn-related health concerns will have to pay more out-of-pocket fees or find a new Doctor altogether. SMH

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KitchenAid Tweets Offensive Remark About President Obama’s Late Grandmother During The Debate

KitchenAid Tweets Offensive Joke About President Obama’s Late Grandmother

The multi-million dollar homegoods company Kitchen Aid is under fire for a disrespectful, shady azz remark made last night on twitter during the first 2012 Presidential debate.

The tweet referenced President Obama’s grandmother, who passed away in 2008 just days before he was elected as President:

SMH. Something just go too far.

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Joel Osteen Says Being Straight Isn’t “A Choice” But Being Gay Is A Sin!

So which one is it then? Righteous Televangelist Joel Osteen had an interview on CNN recently and kind of confused us. While Osteen said that he didn’t choose to be “straight”, being gay is a sin that “God gives us the grace to change.”

According to Think Progress:

Host Soledad O’Brien and panelist Richard Socarides pushed Osteen on his beliefs on homosexuality, and whether his message of lifting people up can coexist with his church’s view of homosexuality as a sin:

O’BRIEN: You make it clear that you think that homosexuality is a sin…

OSTEEN: When I read the scripture, that’s what I believe; that the scripture condemns it or says it’s a sin. But it also says that you know, lying is, and that being prideful is…

O’BRIEN: Right, so then you shouldn’t lie. But for people who are gay, you’re saying so then you shouldn’t be gay?

OSTEEN: Well, I think that’s the big debate. The scripture says you’ve got to work out your own salvation…

SOCARIDES: Do you think you can choose to be gay or not gay? You think you choose to be straight?

OSTEEN: I know I have not chosen to be straight, I feel like that’s who I am…

HOST: Well so how can I choose to be gay?

Osteen’s admission that his own sexual orientation is not a choice while still deriding homosexuality as a sin that his 43,000 weekly congregants can choose to rectify is hardly surprising. He has repeated the claim — that gays can change their orientation — before several times.

Televangelist icons have a long history of offensive and homophobic remarks that undermine their message of inclusion and acceptance within the christian faith.

During a Piers Morgan interview in January 2011, Osteen compared the ability to break an addiction to the ability to stop being gay. “I believe that it’s a process. But I believe that God can give us grace to change. We’ve seen people break addictions, and do other other things as well,” Osteen said. Similarly, in a 2011 interview with the Washington Post’s Sally Quinn, Osteen implied that being gay was a (sinful) choice, but that with enough love and support homosexuals might be able to convert to a better, presumably straighter path.

“Somebody that maybe had this certain difficulty now, maybe in five years they’re not if we will love them,” Osteen said. “You know, I think one of the messages I speak on sometimes is, you know, we can love people back into wholeness.”

We’ll keep Joel in prayer

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Paris Hilton Apologizes For “Gay Guys Are Disgusting, Have AIDS” Comments

Paris..please find the nearest bridge, and JUMP!

Paris Hilton Apologizes For Offensive Comments About Gays


Paris Hilton continued to do damage control Thursday, apologizing for saying gay men were “disgusting” and “probably had AIDS.”

“I am so sorry and so upset that I caused pain to my gay friends, fans and their families,” Hilton said in part of a lengthy apology she released to the the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD.) “Gay people are the strongest and most inspiring people I know.”

Hilton’s apology comes the same day an audio recording of her speaking about gay people appeared on the Internet.

The audio was recorded as Hilton was riding in a cab with “an openly gay male model” during New York Fashion Week in the early morning hours of Friday, September 7, RadarOnline reported.

This broad here…

Hilton’s publicist, in a statement sent to CNN Thursday, confirmed the recording was authentic, but said, “It was not her intent to make any derogatory comments about all gays.”

“Paris Hilton is a huge supporter of the gay community and would never purposefully make any negative statements about anyone’s sexual orientation,” the statement said.

…”I was having this private conversation with a friend of mine who is gay and our conversation was in no way towards the entire gay community,” her statement said. “It is the last thing that I would ever want to do and I cannot put into words how much I wish I could take back every word.”

Considering that Paris’ whole existence started with a leaked freaky tape, she should probably just sit her yayo-sniffin, flat-caked, hoe-a$$ down somewhere.

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Happy 43rd Birthday Tyler Perry!


43 years ago today Tyler Perry made my debut into the world. Who could have known? WHO COULD HAVE KNOWN!? Parents, you never know who you’re raising. The child that you delivered may one day have to deliver you!


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Patti LaBelle Pays $100K To White Family For Yelling & Screaming At Their Toddler

Auntie Patti had to face the music and pay up!

Patti LaBelle has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a complaint that she verbally and physically assaulted a mother and her 18 month-old daughter in a Manhattan apartment lobby two years ago, the mother’s lawyer said Wednesday.

The agreement ends a lawsuit that accused the singer of “yelling, screaming obscenities, throwing water and drenching with water, attempting to strike and physically injure” Roseanna Monk and her child, Genevieve, in the lobby of Trump Place on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on November 11, 2010.

LaBelle, her lawyer and representative did not immediately respond to CNN requests for comment on the settlement filed in a federal court in New York.

The singer apparently was upset because she thought the child was wandering around the lobby unattended, Davis said.

“LaBelle besieged them with such ferocity, before she doused them with water, that the baby was crying hysterically,” Davis said. “LaBelle would not desist.”

Davis called the incident violent and traumatic. “The baby went from crying hysterically to vomiting,” he said.

The incident caused a change in the child’s personality for several months, he said.

This little brat just got $100k from the Queen of Soul. This was probably an unattended little terror wreaking havoc in the lobby. We would have gone off, too. Irresponsible parents deserve to be told off. Yelling isn’t going to hurt your kid, it might help.


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Real Love: Man Walks The Streets To Find A Kidney Donor For His Wife

Man Walks The Streets In Search Of A Kidney Donor For His Wife

Now THIS is love….

Larry William Swilling walks the streets of Anderson, South Carolina, with a sandwich board over his stocky shoulders.
“NEED KIDNEY 4 WIFE,” the sign reads.

He and Jimmy Sue Swilling have been married for 55 years. She was born with only one kidney and after years of kidney disease, that organ has started to fail. No one in the family is a match for a transplant.

Swilling, 77, has collected six pages of names of strangers who offered to be tested as potential kidney donors for his wife.”I never would have thought that I’d have got this much response to it,” Swilling told CNN affiliate WYFF with tears in his eyes. “I’m amazed by it and I’m so thankful.”

Approximately 92,000 people are on the waiting list for kidney transplants in the United States, according to the National Kidney Foundation. Last year, 4,903 of them died waiting.

This is an awesome story….hope he finds someone!


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Ladies Check Your RED Bottoms: U.S. Customs Seized $18 Million Dollars Worth Of Fake “Red Bottoms” Made In China


U.S. Customs Seized $18 Million Dollars Worth Of Fake “Red Bottoms” Made In China

SMH. If your “Louboutins” say “made in China” then there’s something wrong! Ladies Check Your RED Bottoms!

Customs agents in Los Angeles seized 20,457 pairs of fake Christian Louboutin shoes shipped from China, U.S. officials said Thursday. The counterfeit lacquered “red sole” shoes, an icon in women’s fashion, could have brought $18 million if they had reached the online and underworld market, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.

“CBP maintains an aggressive and proactive posture on intercepting shipments containing counterfeit and pirated items,” CBP Director of Field Operations in Los Angeles Todd C. Owen said.

Five shipments were seized at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport on July 27 and August 14, the CPB release said. “Often available on illegitimate websites and underground outlets, counterfeit high fashion commodities multiply the illegal profits of smugglers and traffickers,” the agency said. “The public is misguided into believing they are buying an original product at a significant discount.”

SMH. People really ain’t isht. Ladies, if you can’t afford to buy Christian Louboutin shoes, you just can’t afford it!!!!


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