Tuesday, April 19, 2011




WHY is everybody ACTING like this ... sheesh


Californian Republican Marilyn Davenport, 74, who sent out an e-mail picturing President Barack Obama's face on the body of a baby chimpanzee, issued an apology late Monday after a weekend of criticism that ended with a strongly worded public rebuke from the local Republican Party chairman, who also called for an ethics investigation into the incident.
Marilyn Davenport, a 74-year-old elected member of the Orange County Republican Central Committee, sent an email Monday afternoon asking for forgiveness for her "unwise behavior," just before the local Republican committee met for its monthly summit at a hotel in Irvine.
The email sent on Friday by Davenport to a small group of Republican committee members shows an image posed like a family portrait, of chimpanzee parents and child, with Obama's face superimposed on the young chimp. Text beneath the picture reads, "Now you know why no birth certificate."
"To my fellow Americans and to everyone else who has seen this email I forwarded and was offended by my action, I humbly apologize and ask for your forgiveness of my unwise behavior. I say unwise because at the time I received and forwarded the email, I didn't stop to think about the historic implications and other examples of how this could be offensive," Davenport's apology read.
Is that Johnny Mathis and Deneice Williams we hear singing in the background? It was all kicks and giggles until members of her own party put her on blast. That's what it takes for some common decency? The GOP was up-in-arms when critics did something similar to former president G.W. Bush. That wasn't funny then and this isn't funny now. We've said it before and we'll say it again -- there are plenty of things to disagree with President Obama over, without invoking racist and harmful imagery. Davenport is too old to not know better. We're not buying her lame apology, which is insincere and too little, too 

Woman Sues Match.com Over Sexual Assault

Match.com making changes over sexually assaulted woman's lawsuit.
Popular dating site Match.com will now start screening its members against a database of sex offenders.
Match.com said that this change in policy was accelerated after a Los Angeles woman filed a lawsuit against Match.com. The woman claimed that she was sexually assaulted by a man whom she met through the online dating service.
The lawsuit requested a temporary injunction to stop the site from allowing new members until it put into action a screening mechanism. The woman, however, did not seek any monetary compensation.
"This horrific ordeal completely blindsided me because I had considered myself savvy about online dating safety," the woman said in a statement released through her attorney. "Things quickly turned into a nightmare, beyond my control."
Match.com said that there are still many imperfections to its screening system.
“We want to stress that while these checks may help in certain instances, they remain highly flawed, and it is critical that this effort does not provide a false sense of security to our members,” said Match.com president Mandy Ginsberg.
Match.com plans to implement the screening policy within the next two to three months, according to the AP.


Robberies, Redlands shooting prompt arrest - Nathaniel Dawson


A 45-year-old Highland man is behind bars today in connection with several holdups, including one that involved the shooting of a Dairy Queen employee in Redlands, according to San Bernardino County sheriff's officials and jail records.
Nathaniel Dawson
Nathaniel Dawson was arrested at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday by sheriff's deputies near Base Line and Victoria Avenue in Highland and booked for investigation of robbery, attempted murder and vehicle code violations, jail records show.
Sheriff Rod Hoops has scheduled a 1:30 p.m. press conference today in San Bernardino to release details.
Dawson's arrest followed a mid-morning robbery at a Wendy's restaurant near I-210 in Highland, said sheriff's spokeswoman Arden Wiltshire.
The Dairy Queen holdup happened at 3:45 p.m. March 23 along the 600 block of East Redlands Boulevard in Redlands.
The gunman forced employees to open the cash register, Redlands police said at the time in a written statement.
"He then forced the employees to the back of the store where he shot a female employee in the leg before fleeing through a back door," according to the statement.
The robber at the time was described as a black male in his 30s, between 6-feet-2 and 6-feet-4 and 200 pounds.
According to his booking records, Dawson is 6-feet-1 and 165 pounds.

Actor Nicolas Cage arrested in New Orleans

VERY disappointed !!! i LOVEEEEEEE this MAN ... 
NEW ORLEANS – Actor Nicolas Cage was arrested after he got drunk in the city's French Quarter and argued in the street with his wife over whether a house they were in front of was theirs, police said Saturday.
The couple was in front of a home that Cage insisted they were renting, police said. When she said it wasn't theirs, Cage grabbed her arm, according to a police news release.
Cage started hitting vehicles and tried to get into a taxi, police said. An officer saw that Cage was drunk and told him to get out of the cab. Cage then started yelling at the officer.
The actor has been booked on charges of domestic abuse battery, disturbing the peace and public drunkenness. He was released on $11,000 bond Saturday.
Representatives for Cage could not immediately be reached Saturday.
Cage has been a frequent visitor to New Orleans, where he has owned property and shot movies. He has also had financial troubles, despite being one of the highest-paid stars in Hollywood.
He had been behind on taxes and has said he's had to sell numerous assets because of his finances. He sued his former business manager in October 2009 for $20 million, claiming the man's advice led him to financial ruin.