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RIP

Posted: September 15, 2009 by streetsrusblogtalk in Celebs, Gossip, Health, News, Other
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It has been reported that the talented Patrick Swayze has lost his battle to pancreatic cancer.

Swayze’s publicist has confirmed the sad news that beloved actor passed away on Monday with his family at his side.

Swayze was only 57-years-old.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Patrick Swayze’s family and loved ones.

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President Barack Obama

When President Obama appeared on Leno last night, Leno asked him how his bowling was going. Obama is famously a horrible bowler, and he made a joke about how he was using the White House bowling alley to practice. Obama then made an unfortunate remark about his current score of 129, “It was like the Special Olympics or something.”

People were freaking out about it before the interview even aired. Keith Olberman talked about it on Countdown, and it seems like Obama knew he made a bad joke just minutes after he made it. Obama called the Chairman of the Special Olympics, Tim Shriver (some sort of Kennedy relative) to apologize for the joke. Radar Online has more:

President Obama is apologizing for a flippant joke aimed at the Special Olympics during his appearance on The Tonight Show on Thursday.

The President, discussing his mediocre bowling skills with host Jay Leno, said he was disappointed with his latest score of 129.

“It was like the Special Olympics or something,” the President said.

On his way back to Washington on Air Force One, Obama called the chairman of the Special Olympics, Tim Shriver, to say he was sorry, even before the taped program aired late Thursday night.

“He expressed his disappointed and he apologized in a way that was very moving. He expressed that he did not intend to humiliate this population,” Shriver said Friday on ABC’s Good Morning America. Obama, Shriver said, wants to have some Special Olympic athletes visit the White House to bowl or play basketball.

Still, Shriver said, “I think it’s important to see that words hurt and words do matter. And these words that in some respect can be seem as humiliating or a put down to people with special needs do cause pain and they do result in stereotypes.”

Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton told reporters traveling with Obama that the president’s offhand remark was not meant to disparage the Special Olympics, only to poke some fun at the commander-in-chief’s bowling skills.

“He thinks that the Special Olympics are a wonderful program that gives an opportunity to shine to people with disabilities from around the world,” Burton said.

[From Radar Online]

There’s no question the joke was in poor taste, but I also knew what Obama was trying to say. He was trying to be self-deprecating, but it just got mangled. It’s great that he apologized, and it sounds like the Special Olympics chairman is giving Obama a pass now.

President Barack Obama (with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, above) speaking about AIG on the South Lawn of the White House before his departure to California on Wednesday. Images thanks to WENN.com.

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73 Year Old Man Killed By Cops

Posted: March 19, 2009 by streetsrus in Uncategorized
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73 year old Bernard Monroe was shot and killed by white police officers on his front porch in front of his family and friends. Mr. Monroe, a retired utility worker, was hosting a bar-b-que in the front yard of his Homer, Louisiana home for his children, dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren and friends when two white police officers pulled up in front of his house. The sight of of the cop car brought a hush to the yard and moments later Mr. Monroe was dead.

After the cop car rolled to a stop one of the officers called out to one of Mr. Monroe’s sons. The son, who has been arrested in the past but did not have any pending warrants, got up and ran into the house. One of the officers, a two week rookie, jumped out of the cop car and chased the young man into the house. Mr. Monroe, who could not speak because of a bout with throat cancer, got up from a chair in the yard and advanced to his porch. At that point, the unarmed man was shot through the screen of his front door.

“He just shot him through the screen door,” said Denise Nicholson, a family friend who said she was standing a few feet away. “After [Monroe] was on the ground, we kept asking the officer to call an ambulance, but all he did was get on his radio and say, ‘Officer in distress.’ ”

What happened next is chilling. Witnesses say the second officer picked up a handgun that Mr. Monroe, an avid hunter, always kept in plain sight on the porch for protection. Using a latex glove, the officer grasped the gun by its handle, the witnesses said, and ordered everyone to back away. The next thing they said they saw was the gun next to Monroe’s body.”I saw him pick up the gun off the porch,” Marcus Frazier said. “I said, ‘What are you doing?’ The cop told me, ‘Shut the hell up, you don’t know what you’re talking about.’ ”

“People here are afraid of the police,” said Terry Willis, vice president of the Homer branch of the National Assn. for the Advancement of Colored People. “They harass black people, they stop people for no reason and rough them up without charging them with anything.”

“That is how it should be, responded Homer Police Chief Russell Mills, who noted the high rates of gun and drug arrests in the neighborhood. “If I see three or four young black men walking down the street, I have to stop them and check their names,” said Mills, who is white. “I want them to be afraid every time they see the police that they might get arrested.”