Monthly Archives: January, 2013

Did Beyoncé lip-sync the national anthem at the inauguration? (Update and Videos)

Beyoncé singing the national anthem, at President Barack Obama's inauguration, on Jan. 21., 2013. singing the national anthem, at President Barack Obama%27s inauguration, on Jan. 21., 2013.

Beyoncé singing the national anthem, at President Barack Obama’s inauguration, on Jan. 21., 2013. AP photo.

UPDATE – Jan. 24, 2013, 2:51 a.m., PT

On Weds., Jan. 23, CNN reported an inaugural official who prefers to remain anonymous said Beyonce “did not sing live” and a pre-recorded version of “The Star Spangled Banner” was played instead. Viewers and inaugural attendees heard the sound of that recording, according to the official . . .

 Read about the Beyoncé “was it live or was it lip synced?” controversy by clicking here.

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Rev. Wright to Obama: Turn the United States into ‘purveyor of peace’

 The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, President Obama's former pastor, said the POTUS should focus on turning the United States into the 'No. 1 purveyor of peace.' AP photo.

The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, President Obama’s former pastor, said the POTUS should focus on turning the United States into the ‘No. 1 purveyor of peace.’ AP photo.

WASHINGTON – The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, President Barack Obama’s former pastor and mentor, was in Washington today, but he skipped the inauguration. He had a word for the president, though, encouraging him to heed the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King and transform the United States into the “No. 1 purveyor of peace” . . .

Click here to read the word President Obama’s former pastor, Rev. Wright, has for the president.

Asperger’s Syndrome and lack of friendships (Part I)

"Look Me in the Eye" is penned by John Elder Robison. He eloquently writes about growing up with no friends and his Asperger Syndrome diagnosis. Image: public domain.

“Look Me in the Eye” is penned by John Elder Robison. He eloquently writes about growing up with no friends and his Asperger Syndrome diagnosis. Image: public domain.

Author’s Note: This is the second installment in a series of articles meant to separate Asperger’s Syndrome myths from facts. Although this is the second report, it is the first one on “lack of friendships” which begins a series within a series of reports on AS.

The Newtown, Conn., school massacre thrust Asperger’s syndrome, also known as Asperger’s disorder, into the public eye. After the shooting, the news media dispersed word of a diagnosis of Asperger’s for Adam Lanza, the school shooter, which has not been verified. (Click here for the first intallment in this series, a definition and overview of Asperger’s) . . .

Click here to read the second installment in a series of articles meant to separate Asperger’s Syndrome myths from facts.

Aretha Franklin’s inauguration hat makes a comeback

Aretha Franklin, at 2009 presidential inauguration, wearing "the hat." AP photo.


Aretha Franklin, at 2009 presidential inauguration, wearing “the hat.” AP photo.

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, sang “America” also known as “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” at President Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration. Her gray, big-bowed hat became an Internet sensation, and an “Aretha Franklin’s Inauguration Hat” Facebook page was born . . .

Read all about “the hat,” because it’s back by clicking here.

Christie hits the mark in decrying NRA anti-Obama ad as ‘reprehensible’ (Opinion and Video)

Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) admonished the NRA on its anti-Obama video ad. AP photo.


Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) admonished the NRA on its anti-Obama video ad. AP photo.

Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) said Thursday that an anti-Obama National Rifle Association video ad is “reprehensible.” The ad calls President Barack Obama an “elitist hypocrite,” because his children have Secret Service protection, and the ad narrator asks the question, “Are the president’s kids more important than yours? Then why is he skeptical about putting armed security in our schools, when his kids are protected by armed guards at their school? . . .

Click here to read about how Christie admonished the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Missing girl found at Philadelphia playground told stranger, ‘I’ve been stolen’

Police investigate Upper Darby neighborhood playground where missing 5-year-old cried out for help. AP photo.


Police investigate Upper Darby neighborhood playground where missing 5-year-old cried out for help. AP photo.

PHILADELPHIA – A 5-year-old girl was abducted from William C. Bryant School by a woman posing as her mother, on Mon. Jan. 14. The child’s cries were heard by a stranger, as he walked past a playground at 4:40 a.m. on Tues., and she later told him, “I’ve been stolen” . . .

Click here to read about the rescue of an abducted 5-year-old girl.

Aaron Swartz’s father says his son was ‘killed by the government’

The casket of Aaron Swartz is wheeled to a hearse after his funeral in Highland Park, Ill., on Jan. 15. AP photo.


The casket of Aaron Swartz is wheeled to a hearse after his funeral in Highland Park, Ill., on Jan. 15. AP photo.

 

Aaron Swartz, 26, Internet freedom activist, Reddit co-founder, and computer programmer, committed suicide Friday, with his funeral was held Tuesday in Highland Park, Ill. His father, Robert Swartz, spoke at the funeral and told mourners his son was “killed by the government” and that it “hounded” him . . .

Read about the bold statement, Robert Swartz made, at his son’s (Aaron Swartz) funeral, by clicking here.

 

MIT played a significant role in death of Aaron Swartz (Opinion and Video)

Aaron Swartz, 26, committed suicide due to an indictment on felony computer fraud charges. He faced possible prison time. AP image.

Aaron Swartz, 26, committed suicide due to an indictment on felony computer fraud charges. He faced possible prison time. AP image.

The renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology played a significant role in the death of Aaron Swartz, 26, Internet activist, Reddit co-founder, and coder who was known as a “boy genius.” As Swartz is laid to rest today in Highland Park, Ill., a Chicago suburb, a profound sense of unnecessary loss is felt by those who knew him personally or through his work . . .

Click here to read about and see a video on the vicious computer fraud case against Swartz that MIT could have dropped.

Suspension overturned for 6-year-old student who made gun gesture

Roscoe R. Nix Elementary School, in Silver Spring, Md., where a 6-year-old boy was suspended for making a gun gesture with his thumb and forefinger. AP image.

Roscoe R. Nix Elementary School, in Silver Spring, Md., where a 6-year-old boy was suspended for making a gun gesture with his thumb and forefinger. AP image.

SILVER SPRING, Md. – A 6-year-old boy at Roscoe R. Nix Elementary School in Silver Spring, Md., was suspended for a day on Dec. 21 for pointing his fingers in a “gun gesture” at a female student and saying “pow.” On Wednesday, the first-grader’s family attorney, Robin Ficker, filed an appeal asking that the suspension be expunged from the boy’s record, and the suspension has been overturned . . .

Click here for details on overturned school suspension for 6-year-old boy who made “gun gesture.”

Corbett should be ashamed for suing NCAA over Sandusky-related sanctions

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett filed a lawsuit against the NCAA for Sandusky-related sanctions against Penn State University. Image: AP.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett filed a lawsuit against the NCAA for Sandusky-related sanctions against Pennsylvania State University. Image: AP.

On Wednesday, Tom Corbett, Republican governor of Pennsylvania, filed a lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association for what he calls “overreaching and unlawful sanctions” placed on Penn State, seeking to set aside a $60 million fine and all Jerry Sandusky-related sanctions . . .

Click here to read about Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s lawsuit against the NCAA forJerry Sandusky-related sanctions against Penn State.