It seems as if Bravo’s “Housewives of Atlanta” very own egotistical, self-centered and designer labeled down Sheree Whitfield might not be doing all of that massive shopping that she’s notorious for. “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” began taping this week and it will be amusing to discover just how Sheree Whitfield will manage her time without financial ends.
Late last year, Whitfield attempted to squeeze more money out of her ex, Bob Whitfield, claiming that she was uneducated and therefor not able to support herself and her children. That argument didn’t pan out because ole Bob is broke!
Then, a few weeks ago, Sheree found herself in some legal trouble and requested court appointed legal representation because she was unable to financially acquire one for herself. Now, Sheree’s divorce attorneys are suing her. These attorneys say that Sheree Whitfield owes them $87,000! According to them, Sheree hasn’t paid them a cent since 2006!
However, wasn’t that Sheree who was spending all kinds of dough throwing herself a swanky birthday party, complete with a designer bag birthday cake that probably cost a few thousand? How about that fashion show that wasn’t? Remember Sheree’s big fashion line reveal that revealed nothing?
For a sista that flashes money in the form of minks, diamonds, designer purses, personal shoppers and private showings, one would think that Sheree Whitfield could have at least broke her attorneys off a little something something? If she could have gone in her closet and consigned some items or maybe even gave her attorneys a mink or two in exchange for their services, perhaps Sheree’s bill would not be so high.
We don’t know. But it sure is a shock to learn that perhaps Sheree Whitfield’s well was already dry during season one of the “Housewives” and that she could possibly be a fraud!
When Jay Leno announced on his show late Tuesday that his comedy show would debut in one of his “favorite” cities, Detroit, Detroiters were beyond excited! “Jay’s Comedy Stimulus Plan,” according to the comedian, is intended to bring much needed laughter and hope into a city that has been crippled with political, economical, and social strive. Leno said that his show was primarily for those Detroiters who are homeless and jobless.
The only problem with that is the comedy show is not really in Detroit. It’s in a fairly affluent suburb of Detroit. Auburn Hills. Homeless and jobless Detroiters have no means to take this trek out into suburbia. If you are homeless, do you have the bus fare needed to ride out to Auburn Hills and back? If you don’t have a job, do you have the money or can you afford to spend your unemployment check on putting gas in your car to drive out to Auburn Hills?
Detroit City Councilwoman Martha Reeves wondered the exact same thing.
“When I heard Jay Leno say Detroit is one of his favorite places and he’s going to do a free concert for the people laid off, to people who don’t have any money right now, given the economic state we’re all in, I was elated,” Reeves said. “Then he said Auburn Hills… and that’s not Detroit.”
Councilwoman Reeves also told the press Wednesday that there are several venues available for Jay Leno’s comedy tour in the city of Detroit such as: Ford Field, Joe Louis Arena and Comerica Park. These places could very well hold a great deal of disenfranchised Detroiters in need of comedy relief. Maybe Jay Leno needs to reaccess his list of “favorite cities.” Detroit and Auburn Hills are two distinctive places on the map of Michigan. You can’t confuse the two or exchange one for the other.
Kwame Kilpatrick: I Was Cold Busted And Found To Be A Flat Out Liar, But It’s Not My Fault! It’s SkyTels! Files A $100 Million Lawsuit Against Communications Provider!
Well, well, well! Former Detroit mayor and convicted felon Kwame Kilpatrick just doesn’t know how to exit stage left. What is it going to take to get this man to sit down somewhere and shut up? $100 million big ones, that’s what!
Yep. Kwame Kilpatrick has decided that since he went down, it’s high time that those who helped him on his way, should go down too! Kilpatrick attorneys have filed a lawsuit against one time Detroit city communications provider Skytel. The suit alleges that Skytel violated Kilpatrick’s privacy and Constitutional rights by leaking the infamous sex-text messages to the Detroit Free Press.
Those sex-text messages revealed that Kwame Kilpatrick and his mistress of the moment, former chief of staff Christine Beatty, were indeed having a torrid affair and plotted against everyone that had this knowledge by setting them up and firing them on trump up complaints of ineptness. It’s all there in those sex-text messages.
Not only that, while testifying in the whistle-blower trial that saw two Detroit police officers fighting for their lives because of the set-up, Kilpatrick and Beatty perjured themselves over and over again. “We’re not having an affair!” “We’re friends and business associates who respect each other!”
Yeah. Liars. These two cost the city of Detroit millions of dollars and hundreds of hours of television coverage that was a huge embarrassment! Now, Kwame Kilpatrick, true to form, wants someone else to pay for his irresponsible behavior! We are hoping that Skytel has access to some top notch attorneys, too, because Kilpatrick should not be allowed to extort one more red penny to further his ridiculously flawed agenda that is fueled by a warped ego!
“Everyone is entitled to privacy as given to us by the U.S. Constitution and other laws that govern this great nation. My client’s constitutional rights have been violated in the worst of ways, and we are merely seeking justice. We aren’t asking for any favoritism, we just want justice,” Kilpatrick attorneys told the press Tuesday.
That statement has got to be a joke! Justice? Justice? Kilpatrick lied his behind off to save his own skin and that of his Girl Friday. A whole city was divided over this issue! When he knew that he was dead in the water politically and criminally, Kwame Kilpatrick refused to resign, flaunted his ridiculous self in front of local media and acted as if it was THEIR fault that crap went down the way it did! Where’s the justice in that?
If Kwame Kilpatrick wins that lawsuit against Skytel, IF he wins, he should be forced to turn over that money to the city of Detroit and everybody he slandered, spit upon, shoved, fired and ran out of town because he wanted to play hide and seek with Christine Beatty on the down low!
Detroiters need to wake up and stand outside and yell: “We are mad as &^%$ and we aren’t going to take it anymore!” Citizens should be suing Kilpatrick for a $100 Mil for all the humiliation, time and energy that was expended on a lie that didn’t have to be.
If it’s worth anything, Skytel deserves a standing ovation!
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
ON EARMARK REFORM
Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building
11:23 A.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. I ran for President pledging to change the way business is done in Washington and build a government that works for the people by opening it up to the people. And that means restoring responsibility and transparency and accountability to actions that the government takes. And working with the Congress over my first 50 days in office, we’ve made important progress toward that end.
Working together, we passed an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that’s already putting people back to work doing the work that America needs done. We did it without the customary Congressional earmarks — the practice by which individual legislators insert projects of their choosing. We’re implementing the Recovery Act with an unprecedented level of aggressive oversight and transparency, including a website — recovery.gov — that allows every American to see how their tax dollars are spent and report on cases where the system is breaking down.
I also signed a directive that dramatically reforms our broken system of government contracting, reining in waste and abuse and inefficiency; saving the American taxpayers up to $40 billion each year in the process.
And I’ve laid out plans for a budget that begins to restore fiscal discipline so we can bring down the $1.3 trillion budget deficit we’ve inherited and pave the way for our long-term prosperity. For the first time in many years, we’ve produced an honest budget that makes the hard choices required to cut our deficit in half by the end of my first term in office.
Now, yesterday Congress sent me the final part of last year’s budget; a piece of legislation that rolls nine bills required to keep the government running into one, a piece of legislation that addresses the immediate concerns of the American people by making needed investments in line with our urgent national priorities.
That’s what nearly 99 percent of this legislation does — the nearly 99 percent that you probably haven’t heard much about.
What you likely have heard about is that this bill does include earmarks. Now, let me be clear: Done right, earmarks have given legislators the opportunity to direct federal money to worthy projects that benefit people in their districts, and that’s why I’ve opposed their outright elimination. And I also find it ironic that some of those who rail most loudly against this bill because of earmarks actually inserted earmarks of their own –- and will tout them in their own states and their own districts.
But the fact is that on occasion, earmarks have been used as a vehicle for waste, and fraud, and abuse. Projects have been inserted at the 11th hour, without review, and sometimes without merit, in order to satisfy the political or personal agendas of a given legislator, rather than the public interest. There are times where earmarks may be good on their own, but in the context of a tight budget might not be our highest priority. So these practices hit their peak in the middle of this decade, when the number of earmarks had ballooned to more than 16,000, and played a part in a series of corruption cases.
In 2007, the new Democratic leadership in Congress began to address these abuses with a series of reforms that I was proud to have helped to write. We eliminated anonymous earmarks and created new measures of transparency in the process, so Americans can better follow how their tax dollars are being spent. These measures were combined with the most sweeping ethics reforms since Watergate. We banned gifts and meals and made sure that lobbyists have to disclose who they’re raising campaign money from, and who in Congress they send it to. So we’ve made progress. But let’s face it, we have to do more.
I am signing an imperfect omnibus bill because it’s necessary for the ongoing functions of government, and we have a lot more work to do. We can’t have Congress bogged down at this critical juncture in our economic recovery. But I also view this as a departure point for more far-reaching change.
In my discussions with Congress, we have talked about the need for further reforms to ensure that the budget process inspires trust and confidence instead of cynicism. So I believe as we move forward, we can come together around principles that prevent the abuse of earmarks.
These principles begin with a simple concept: Earmarks must have a legitimate and worthy public purpose. Earmarks that members do seek must be aired on those members’ websites in advance, so the public and the press can examine them and judge their merits for themselves. Each earmark must be open to scrutiny at public hearings, where members will have to justify their expense to the taxpayer.
Next, any earmark for a for-profit private company should be subject to the same competitive bidding requirements as other federal contracts. The awarding of earmarks to private companies is the single most corrupting element of this practice, as witnessed by some of the indictments and convictions that we’ve already seen. Private companies differ from the public entities that Americans rely on every day –- schools, and police stations, and fire departments.
When somebody is allocating money to those public entities, there’s some confidence that there’s going to be a public purpose. When they are given to private entities, you’ve got potential problems. You know, when you give it to public companies — public entities like fire departments, and if they are seeking taxpayer dollars, then I think all of us can feel some comfort that the state or municipality that’s benefitting is doing so because it’s going to trickle down and help the people in that community. When they’re private entities, then I believe they have to be evaluated with a higher level of scrutiny.
Furthermore, it should go without saying that an earmark must never be traded for political favors.
And finally, if my administration evaluates an earmark and determines that it has no legitimate public purpose, then we will seek to eliminate it, and we’ll work with Congress to do so.
Now I know there are members in both Houses with good ideas on this matter. And just this morning, the House released a set of recommendations for reform that I think hold great promise. I congratulate them on that.
Now I’m calling on Congress to enact these reforms as the appropriation process moves forward this year. Neither I nor the American people will accept anything less.
It’s important that we get this done to ensure that the budget process works better, that taxpayers are protected, and that we save billions of dollars that we so desperately need to right our economy and address our fiscal crisis. Along with that reform, I expect future spending bills to be debated and voted on in an orderly way, and sent to my desk without delay or obstruction, so that we don’t face another massive, last-minute omnibus bill like this one.
I recognize that Congress has the power of the purse. As a former senator, I believe that individual members of Congress understand their districts best. And they should have the ability to respond to the needs of their communities. I don’t quarrel with that. But leadership requires setting an example and setting priorities, and the magnitude of the economic crisis we face requires responsibility on all our parts.
The future demands that we operate in a different way than we have in the past. So let there be no doubt: This piece of legislation must mark an end to the old way of doing business, and the beginning of a new era of responsibility and accountability that the American people have every right to expect and demand.
If we’re going to solve our economic crisis; if we’re going to put Americans back to work; if we’re going to make the investments required to build a foundation for our future growth — then we must restore the American people’s faith that their government is working for them, and that it’s on their side. That’s the government I promised. That’s the government I intend to lead.
Thank you very much, everybody.