Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom could lose his party’s whip after telling an event held to promote women: “this place is full of sluts”.
Later, in another outburst, Mr Bloom hit Channel 4 News political correspondent Michael Crick over the head with a conference brochure and called him a racist after being confronted over why there were “no black faces” in the booklet.
New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner says he is responsible for his behavior, that it is behind him, and that his wife Huma Abedin has forgiven him for sending sexually explicit messages. According to, AP
Now McMillan has thrown his hat into the ring for the 2013 New York City mayoral race with a musical anthem and accompanying YouTube video.
“Jimmy McMillan, the political candidate whose slogan represents the one issue that all New Yorkers can agree on–that the rent is too damn high–is running for mayor,” says Animal New York in the introduction to the video.
“It’s been two long years since I been on the scene, now I’m back in the game looking mean and lean,” McMillan sings in the video.
“The race may be different but the message is the same, R.I.T.D.H. is going to change the game!”
Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, 65, is being treated with anti-coagulants (an anticoagulant is a substance that prevents coagulation (clotting) of blood) for a blood clot after suffering from a concussion when she passed out and hit her head from a stomach bug.
Clinton’s daughter was seen leaving the hospital.
Clinton is getting emergency care at the New York Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center.
According to Yahoo News, Florida pizza shop owner Scott Van Duzer lifted President Barack Obama a solid foot off the ground in a bear hug during an unscripted stop at his Fort Pierce, Fla., store. Literally.
Source & Story Credit: New York Post – Chuck Bennett
Photo Credit: New York Post
Posted Tuesday May 29, 2012 @12:30 a.m. PST
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore pulled strings to get her family’s live-in housekeeper food stamps, cash assistance and Medicaid benefits, according to an internal report from the county’s Department of Social Services.
For the past year, Social Services has been probing how DiFiore’s housekeeper was suddenly approved for welfare benefits after having been previously denied three times for inconsistencies in her applications, The Post has learned.
“Okay we got to the bottom of this case. This was a political favor for Janet DiFiore’s maid. It is COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE,” Dhyalma Vazquez, a county anti-fraud investigator, wrote in an internal e-mail June 30, 2011.
Vazquez, who also chairs the Yonkers Independence Party, alleged in the e-mail to Department of Social Services Commissioner Kevin McGuire that DiFiore’s housekeeper, Jamaican immigrant Marina Buchanan, should never have received benefits.
In a series of e-mails from June and July of last year, Vazquez claimed that DiFiore, a Republican-turned- Democrat, had Buchanan’s case file improperly re-opened after the Yonkers branch office denied benefits.
Buchanan, 58, was paid $200 a week in cash by DiFiore and got $315 a month in Social Security disability benefits, according to documents obtained by The Post.
It is unclear from the documents if Social Security taxes were paid on Buchanan’s wages.
Buchanan, who claimed she was a nanny and housekeeper for DiFiore since 1987, also didn’t disclose receiving the Social Security disability benefits while still working up to 18 hours a week for the DA.
Further, she had a credit card with a $55,000 limit, sources said, yet still sought county benefits.
“The question is why the special favor. Why are cases being opened in Central Office . . . Just because she is the District Attorney does not mean she is above the law!” Vazquez wrote.
County investigators are looking at the actions of a former Social Services official who is active in local Democratic politics, sources said.
Reached by phone, Vazquez, who has been with Social Services for 20 years, cited the ongoing investigation and declined to comment.
DiFiore’s spokesman, Lucian Chalfen, said, “It is a personal issue that is related to her and her husband and I can’t comment.”
Her three children are now all in their 20s. It’s unclear if Buchanan still works for DiFiore, who was first elected DA in 2005.
Buchanan, who could not be reached for comment, wrote in documents that she left the DA’s employ in May 2010.
Almost two years after Al and Tipper Gore announced their split, the former vice president has a new serious girlfriend. Elizabeth Keadle, called Liz, is a Democratic donor with a passion for the environment. And the Washington Post makes her sound like quite the catch, describing her as “independently wealthy, discreet, age-appropriate. All good things, if you’re one of the most famous men in the world.” She lives in Southern California, is in her 50s, and is serious enough with 64-year-old Gore that she traveled with him (and, quirkily, Jason Mraz and Tommy Lee Jones) to Antarctica this year on a climate change awareness trip.
Gore and Keadle have apparently been in the same circles for years: She and her ex-husband were early investors when Gore purchased the cable channel in 2004 that he turned into Current TV. But sources say she had nothing to do with his separation from Tipper, to whom he remains married, neither of them having taken any steps to divorce. The Post—which also describes Keadle as “an avid horsewoman”—notes she stays under the radar, with no Facebook or Twitter accounts.
Source & Story Credit: New York Post – LARRY CELONA, EMILY SMITH and ANDY SOLTIS / The New York Times – Nate Schweber contributed reporting.
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Posted: Thursday May 17, 2012 @12:50 a.m. PST
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s estranged wife, Mary, who battled her husband’s rumored philandering by turning to alcohol and prescription drugs, hanged herself in a barn on their Westchester estate today, sources told The Post.
The 52-year-old mother of four — the latest victim of a family dynasty cursed with tragedies — may have taken her own life because she was haunted by her broken marriage, her friends lamented. “She was deeply troubled, abusing alcohol and prescription meds,” a close family friend said. “She had cause. She was used up and tossed away by Bobby. That was awful.”
Officials refused to elaborate on her death and said it would be investigated with the help of the Westchester Medical Examiner’s Office. Bedford police responded at 1:36 p.m. to a report of a “possible unattended death” — meaning there were no witnesses — at the estate.
Mary was found “inside an out-building on that property,” police said in a statement. There are several sheds behind the home — some hold garden tools and another is a falcon house — on a slope leading to a lake.
The Kennedy family dealt stoically with the latest in the long line of shocking deaths. “We deeply regret the death of our beloved sister Mary, whose radiant and creative spirit will be sorely missed by those who loved her,” the family said in a statement. “Our heart goes out to her children, who she loved without reservation. We have no further comment at this time.” A grim-faced Kennedy showed up at the house around 8 p.m.
The third of 11 children of former US senator, attorney general and presidential candidate Robert Francis Kennedy, he married Mary Richardson in 1994 one month after his first marriage ended after 12 years. The wedding ceremony took place aboard a research vessel on the Hudson River, a fitting location for the couple, who were environmental advocates.
A family friend said Mary had known the Kennedy clan long before she married Bobby and had been a close friend of his sister, Mary — known as “Kerry” — since they were 15-year-olds. “She had grown up with the Kennedy family, having been Kerry’s best friend since they were teenagers.” But the marriage broke down amid reports of her addiction and rumors of his involvement with other women.
According to The New York Times, Mary R. Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., was found dead on Wednesday at the family’s home in Bedford, N.Y. She was 52. Ms. Kennedy’s death was confirmed in a statement from her family, who did not comment on the circumstances.
Two people with knowledge of the matter said that Ms. Kennedy’s body was found hanging, and one of them said that it was discovered in a barn behind the house and that she had left a note. The other person said that the authorities who responded to the scene had cut her down and tried to revive her.
The Bedford Police Department said only that it had investigated a “possible unattended death” in an outbuilding at the home.
Kieran O’Leary, a spokesman for Westchester County, said an autopsy was scheduled for Thursday morning. Born Mary Richardson, Ms. Kennedy joined one of America’s foremost political families in 1994, in a marriage ceremony aboard a boat on the Hudson River, near Stony Point, N.Y.
At the time, she was an architectural designer at Parish-Hadley Associates in New York. The couple had four children together; Mr. Kennedy had two from a previous marriage. Although news outlets have reported that Mary Kennedy and her husband had become estranged and that he filed for divorce in 2010, her lawyer, Kerry A. Lawrence, said on Wednesday that they were not divorced.
In 2010, Ms. Kennedy was arrested twice — once on a charge of driving while intoxicated, and later on a charge of driving under the influence of prescription medication. The first charge was reduced to a violation, Mr. Lawrence said; Ms. Kennedy was ordered to undergo alcohol treatment and her license was suspended for 90 days. The prescription drug charges were dismissed, Mr. Lawrence said.
Ms. Kennedy’s family, in a statement on Wednesday, recalled her “radiant and creative spirit” and the love she had for her children, “without reservation.” A statement released by Mr. Kennedy’s family praised her as a “genius at friendship, a tremendously gifted architect and a pioneer and relentless advocate of green design.”
She had advocated treatment and research in the study of food allergies and asthma, the statement said, and was one of the founders of the Food Allergy Initiative, which raises money for food allergy research. Ms. Kennedy’s death is another in a series of personal tragedies for the family. Her husband was the third of 11 children born to Ethel Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1968.
Mr. Kennedy arrived at the property in Bedford around 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday, appearing to grimace as he entered the home. A prominent environmental lawyer, Mr. Kennedy is the president of the Waterkeeper Alliance. Outside the sprawling, forested property, neighbors said they had rarely seen the family.
The house is set back from the road. Several “No Trespassing” signs lined the edge of the property. Kim Fraioli, 45, a trauma therapist who has lived next door for 10 years, said she had never interacted with the Kennedys. She knew they were her neighbors only because her real estate agent had said so.
Around 7:30 p.m., two women entered the property, one carrying flowers, the other hauling a tray and a bag of food. “This is terrible,” the woman with the flowers said, breaking into tears. “We don’t need this.”
Media Credit: Photo (Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP/ Video (YouTube Jpusbr)
Posted: Tuesday May 15, 2012 @10:45 p.m. PST
According to USA Today, Gay icon Ricky Martin paid tribute today to President Obama for his recent shift on gay marriage.
The actor and singer — along with LGBT Leadership Council and Futuro Fund — hosted a fundraiser in New York for Obama this afternoon, just days after Obama’s endorsement of same-sex marriage. Martin, once a member of the boy band Menudo and perhaps best known for his hit Livin’ la Vida Loca, is now on Broadway performing in Evita.
Martin announced his plans to hold the fundraiser — which drew 200 who paid at least $5,000 each — long before Obama announced his shift in position on gay marriage.
Interestingly, Martin was previously a George W. Bush supporter, and even performed at his inauguration in 2001. Martin later soured on Bush over the Iraq War. During Monday’s fundraiser for Obama, Martin noted that he respected how Obama has conducted himself on foreign policy.
“We admire his courage, like the courage he showed last week in affirming his belief in marriage equality,” Martin said. “That is the kind of courage we expect from our president and that is why we support him. He knows we’re in this together and that together we’re stronger than divided. We elected the right president at the right time.”
In his remarks, Obama said that gay marriage “strengthens families.”
The president also paid tribute to Martin and suggested his supporters catch Evita.
“Those of you who haven’t caught Evita yet, go out there,” Obama said. “I’m sure there are tickets still available. So grateful for him stepping out and being able to support me in this way.”
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Posted: Tuesday May 8, 2012 @12:25 p.m. PST
Mexico’s electoral authority apologized to voters on Monday after a sober presidential debate was upstaged by a former Playboy model and her revealing outfit.
Clad in a tight-fitting white dress with a cut below the neckline to show much of her cleavage, Julia Orayen was working as an assistant on the televised debate, which focused on the economy and the drug-related violence ravaging Mexico.
At the start of Sunday night’s debate, Orayen walked in front of the camera to hand out cards to the four candidates, and created an immediate stir on online social media.
The appearance lasting a few seconds quickly began trending on Twitter, generating thousands of mentions. Mexican newspaper Excelsior declared her the online winner of the debate.
While many Mexicans celebrated Orayen, others condemned the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) for the incident, saying it had undermined the seriousness of the debate.
The IFE later issued a statement apologizing to the citizens of Mexico and the candidates for the “production error associated with the dress of an assistant.”
A Twitter account in Orayen’s name has picked up more than 7,000 followers since the two-hour debate.
Orayen posed nude for the Mexican edition of Playboy in 2008, a spokesman for the magazine said.
Source & Story Credit: Yahoo Malaysia – Utusan Malaysia
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Posted: Sunday May 6, 2012 @11:35 p.m. PST
According to Yahoo Malaysia, Kulim-Bandar Baharu Datuk Zulkifli
Noordin today claimed that a video clip purportedly showing Parti Keadilan
Rakyat (PKR) deputy president Azmin Ali in compromising positions with a woman
that is being widely circulated lately, is the work of PKR insiders.
He claimed that the insiders resorted to circulating the video to topple
Azmin as the number two in the party.
“I know who is behind the video clip. I will reveal all at the appropriate
time,” he told reporters after delivering a political talks in Kampung Sungai
He added that there were more such videos of leaders from the opposition.
NEWS FROM UTUSAN MALAYSIA:
After the sex scandal involving Adviser of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), Anwar Ibrahim, there is another bombshell, this time linked with Azmin Ali.
It came about when several blogs carried photographs and videos of Azmin found in compromising position with a lady.
True to what Anwar did, Azmin also denied that he is the individual in the photographs. It is the same scrip that his boss has rehearsed.
However many bloggers questioned the denial by fortifying proof that the person in the photograph is indeed Azmin by comparing that the shirt he wore at one of PKR function is the same to the ones in that picture.
Several former PKR leaders, headed by Muhammad Zahid Md Arip, also challenged him to come forward to take sumpah laknat (a religious oath) at the National Mosque after last Friday prayer but Azmin was nowhere to be seen.
Others, including her sister, Ummi Hafilda, want him to make police report if he is not involved. But till yesterday, there is still no such report been made. It is strange why Azmin refused the case to be investigated as if he has something to hide.
Whatever it is, Awang is of the view that PKR lead by Wan Azizah Wan Ismail should act fast in order to protect the good name of the party whose image is going downhill. Internal investigation must be carried out even though Azmin is the Deputy President. Azmin should have at least be directed to go on leave from his post as Member of Parliament and State Assemblyman as what another member of the party Elizabeth Wong had done in similar case not long ago. Otherwise, PKR would be seen as free and perverted sex party.
According to Yahoo Malaysia: The pictures can be found in various blogs, including theunspinners.blogspot.com, http://www.papagomo.com, stopthelies.my, parpukari.blogspot.com and scandalazminali.blogspot.com.
The late Senator Ted Kennedy’s daughter died on September 16, 2011 at the age of 51. According to People, Kennedy was at a gym in Washington, D.C. area working out.
Kennedy survived lung cancer, however, her brother Patrick Kennedy stated to the press that the cancer treatment “took quite a toll on her and weakened her physically. Her heart gave out.” What caused Kennedy’s death has not been disclosed to the press.
Kennedy was the eldest daughter of Virginia and Ted Kennedy, she worked as a producer for a TV show called “Evening Magazine” in Boston. Kennedy was married to Michael Allen and a mother of two teenagers.