NEWS STAND: Thugnificent's Back, So Are Unemployment Checks
Plus, don't go BWP in Arizona (Brown Without Papers), murder mania and more Oprah bio details.
Take one disgraced former mayor/thug/clown, add a former first lady/thug/clown who beat down a stripper whom she caught/didn't catch in the Manoogian Mansion, stir in the murder of said stripper in a drive-by, sprinkle with a police cover-up, garnish with a multi-million dollar lawsuit and you've got a recipe for a disaster. Who is at the center of this disaster? Kwame Kilpatrick a.k.a. Thugnificent of Boondocks fame. New depositions by ex-cops suggest he was involved in the cover-up. Is that Luda we hear in the background? Whenever we think this guy's situation can't go any lower, it manages to do exactly that.
Ray Charles could see this coming from the grave. The state with the senator born in Panama is stepping up measures to stop illegal immigration. With the passage of a new act, police officers can now stop people to determine their immigration status with "reasonable suspicion." That's usually code for having brown skin. The legislation also makes it a misdemeanor to lack proper immigration paperwork. Sounds a lot like a pass law to us. Why is it only a misdemeanor? That's right, big business still needs the cheap labor.
Angry Republicans, trying to punish citizens for the health care reform bill, have finally eased up a little by ending an impasse on extending unemployment benefits. The jury is still out on whether they will continue to do so long-term. This is exactly what unemployed African-Americans don't want to hear, since our unemployment rate is at 16%. Republicans keep saying that unemployment benefits should not be extended because of the deficit and bad financial decisions made by the unemployed. We're going to stay on the subject and say that unemployment benefits should be extended because people paid into them while working. Funny how people with benefits paid by taxpayers, want to deny those taxpayers benefits.
Who knew that karma came in the form of exposé queen Kitty Kelley? Kelley has released an unauthorized biography of America's favorite billionaire talk show queen Oprah Winfrey. The book is filled with salacious tales about Winfrey, including the identity of her biological father, allegedly. It also says she fears being offed. The Root was just about to feel sorry for Lady O until we remembered that she was interviewing Rielle Hunter, John Edwards' psychic/baby momma/soul mate. Instead, we propose a celebrity deathmatch to determine the real queen of tasteless media.