by Free Britney at . Comments

Rush Limbaugh, asserting that President Barack Obama spends too much time courting celebrities for campaign cash and endorsements during times of financial hardship for average Americans, referred to him as "Barack Kardashian."

The White House responded in kind.

"Two words: Donald Trump. Next question," said Obama's press secretary, Jay Carney, when asked about Limbaugh's most recent ridicule of his boss.

  • Rush Limbaugh Photograph
  • Kim Kardashian at the Hard Rock
  • The President of the United States of America

Trump, an outspoken supporter of Mitt Romney, has become a foil for Obama since he started fueling "birther" claims that Obama was born overseas.

Carney's comments aboard Air Force One came as Obama jetted to California for a set of fundraisers, one at the home of Glee creator Ryan Murphy.

Obama's re-election bid has also harnessed the power of celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, George Clooney and Jon Bon Jovi, among many others.

On Tuesday, Limbaugh hammered Obama's celebrity connections, highlighting his 2012 campaign's latest ad, starring Vogue editor Anna Wintour:

"It's an indication once again how out of touch they really are, how distanced they have become from the people who make this country work."

"It's an indication of what they think the strong drawing power of the presidency is. I'll tell you that's what's becoming. He's Barack Kardashian."

"He is becoming the male Kim Kardashian with this stuff," Limbaugh said.

Continue Reading...

by Free Britney at . Comments

Women's rights activists are leading a "Rock the Slut Vote" online effort to register women to vote and cast their ballots against Republicans in 2012.

The name is a reference to Rush Limbaugh's use of the word to describe law student Sandra Fluke, who testified before Congress in support of contraceptives.

"If the GOP thinks throwing the word 'slut' at us at this point is going to silence women, they have another thing coming," said Susan McMillan Emry, the site's founder.

Rock the Slut Vote

Following the national backlash over Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a slut, "Rock the Slut Vote" is now aiming to "diffuse" the offensive term, Emry said.

Taking a vein from comedian Jeff Foxworthy and his "You might be a Redneck if…" jokes, Emry's website gives visitors 22 reasons why "You might be a slut."

One of the signs you're a quote-unquote slut: "If you've ever used contraception." Or "if you're still downloading Dixie Chicks music" or "if you don't go to church."

The site aims to "re-appropriate" the word "slut" so that the radio host and other Republicans cannot use it to "bully and silence women," Emry said.

"It's really about taking the power away from that word more than about Rush Limbaugh. He gave the word the notoriety but we are trying to take it back."

Emry said the "Rush Limbaugh mess," the Susan G. Komen Foundation's decision to cut Planned Parenthood funding and recent efforts in state Legislatures to restrict access to abortions and contraceptives "compelled" her to create the site.

"Originally my intention wasn't so much to have a platform as to find a voice myself," Emry said. "It was good for me personally because I felt so much outrage."

by Free Britney at . Comments

First-term Republican Gov. Scott Walker has survived the Wisconsin recall election, defeating his Democratic challenger, 58-year-old Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

With 94 percent of the expected vote in, the 44-year-old Walker led Barrett 54 percent to 45 percent. Barrett conceded the special recall election late Tuesday night.

Walker became the first governor in U.S. history to win a recall election.

Walker, Scott

Perhaps most famously, California held a special election in 2003 in which multi-term Gov. Gray Davis was recalled and deposed by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

"Tonight we tell Wisconsin, we tell our country, and we tell people all across the globe that voters really do want leaders who stand up and make the tough decisions," Walker said, adding, "the election is over, it's time to move Wisconsin forward."

Walker said that while "bringing our state together will take some time, no doubt about it," he believes "there is more that unites us than divides us." The Wisconsin governor said he planed to hold a meeting with the entire state legislature next week.

The recall fight, prompted by Walker's decision to strip Wisconsin public workers of their collective bargaining rights, was seen as a national barometer by many.

Continue Reading...

by Free Britney at . Comments

A federal appeals court ruled today that it will not review a three-judge panel's decision to overturn California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage.

Proposition 8 banned gay marriage in California, before it was ruled unconstitutional last year. Proponents plan to appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

That would put battle for same-sex marriage on a national stage.

Prop 8 Signs

The ruling comes after a federal court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which says states don't have to recognize gay marriages in other states and defines marriage as between a man and a woman for federal purposes, is unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court could also decide to hear that case next year.

In February, a three-judge panel in California voted 2-1 against the voter-approved gay marriage ban, upholding an earlier decision by Judge Vaughn Walker.

The panel said that by denying same-sex marriage rights, Proposition 8 violated the equal protection clause and due process clause of the U.S. Constitution.

Continue Reading...

by Free Britney at . Comments

Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the British throne 60 years ago this week.

Her Diamond Jubilee celebration has commemorated this rare feat - she's only the second monarch to rule that long - with a series of events in the past few days.

Here's Her Royal Majesty leaving a service of thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral earlier Tuesday (June 5) in London, England, which she attended with her family:

Queen Elizabeth II Photo

The 86-year-old has spent her Diamond Jubilee with many members of the Royal Family, including her son Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

The Queen's grandchildren, Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Prince Harry and Prince William (with wife Kate Middleton) also participated in the festivities.

To mark the occasion, revered by Britons, U.S. President Barack Obama sent “heartfelt congratulations” to The Queen in a video message from the White House.

“As a steadfast ally, loyal friend and tireless leader, your majesty has set an example of resolve that will be long celebrated," the President told the Queen.

"As we work together to build a better future, it is gratifying to know that the bonds between our nations remain indispensable to our two countries and the world.”

“In honour of your 60 extraordinary years on the throne, communities across the commonwealth have lit thousands of Jubilee beacons,” Barack added.

“May the light of your majesty’s crown reign supreme for many years to come.”

[Photo: WENN.com]

by Hilton Hater at . Comments

Hoping to reach a young demographic, Team Re-Elect President Barack Obama introduced its first national television spot last night during the MTV Movie Awards.

The commercial features Sarah Jessica Parker, who "says you should be able to marry anyone you want" as part of the reason why she's voting for Obama, while also touting how he's "created four million jobs."

The actress adds:

"As a woman, a mother, and an entrepreneur, I need to believe our country can be a place where everyone has a fair shot at success. This November's election will determine whether we get to keep moving forward, or if we're forced to go back to policies that ask people like my middle-class family in Ohio to carry the burden - while people like me, who don't need tax breaks, get extra help."

Who will you vote for this fall?

 

by Free Britney at . Comments

Ashley Biden, the daughter of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, got married on Saturday to Philadelphia surgeon Howard Krein before more than 200 friends and family.

The couple wed at the steepled St. Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church, in Greenville, Delaware. It's the same church where she was baptized.

The ceremony combined the bride's Catholic traditions and the groom's Jewish ones.

Ashley Biden and Howard Krein

Afterward, the reception took place at the Biden family's lakeside home in Wilmington, Del., for a reception and dinner served family-style in the backyard.

The Vice President and his wife, Jill Biden, re-sodded the property and planted special fast-growing vines up the latticework around the party tent.

Joe Biden escorted the bride, who wore Vera Wang, down the aisle and had prepared to be emotional about giving away the youngest of his three children.

"I kept telling Ash, we've got to open up the church and practice walking up and down the aisle so I can handle it," the V.P. said last week.

He reminisced about the last time he saw Ashley Biden in a veil - at her First Communion. "I think to myself, aw, God, my little girl! This can't have passed so quick."

Continue Reading...

by Free Britney at . Comments

After a jury found John Edwards not guilty on one count and declared itself deadlocked on another five charges on Thursday, the two-time Presidential candidate accepted full responsibility for his "sins" even as he maintained he did nothing illegal.

The politician, who is unlikely to be retried for alleged campaign finance fraud, spoke emotionally about his 4-year-old daughter with mistress Rielle Hunter.

Despite his sensational and stunning fall from grace, Edwards professed his love for "my precious Quinn, who I love more than any of you could ever imagine."

"I am so close to and so, so grateful for [her] ... I'm so grateful for Quinn."

It was Edwards' alleged efforts to use illegal campaign contributions to cover up his affair with Hunter that stood at the center of his federal corruption trial.

After praising the jury as "an exemplar of what jurors are supposed to do," he said, "I want to make sure that everyone hears from me and from my voice."

Continue Reading...

by Free Britney at . Comments

In the wake of reports that bath salts may have played a role in Saturday's Miami zombie apocalypse attack, the U.S. Senate passed a bill to ban the substances.

Federal legislation criminalizing synthetic marijuana and some bath salts passed the Senate today and is now on its way to the House of Representatives.

The law was not passed as a result of the zombie apocalypse, but as part of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act, championed by Sen. Charles Schumer.

Eugene and Poppo

"Let this be a warning to those who make a profit manufacturing and selling killer chemical components to our teens and children," Schumer (D-NY) said.

"This bill closes loopholes that have allowed manufacturers to circumvent local and state bans," he said of the effort to ban "these deadly synthetic drugs."

Last Saturday, Rudy Eugene, 31, was shot dead by local police on the off-ramp of the MacArthur Causeway in Miami. He was eating another man's face.

As a police officer told Eugene to get off Ronald Poppo, he "just stood ... with pieces of flesh in his mouth and he growled," eyewitness Larry Vega said.

An ER doctor at the local Jackson Memorial Hospital told the Herald that Eugene's attack may have been brought on by psychosis caused by bath salts.

The extreme violence, super-human strength and an urge to shed clothes all correspond with reports of bath salt usage around the United States.

by Free Britney at . Comments

John Edwards was found not guilty on one of six counts in his campaign finance fraud trial today, with the jury hopelessly deadlocked on the remaining charges.

Judge Catherine Eagles declared a mistrial on the five counts for which the jury couldn't reach a verdict. He can therefore be retried, but it's unlikely he will be.

Edwards, a two-time presidential candidate, was accused of soliciting nearly $1 million from donors to cover up his affair and love child with Rielle Hunter.

He was found unanimously not guilty on Count 3 of the six-part indictment.

John Edwards is Pumped!

That count pertained only to whether Edwards illegally received hundreds of thousands of dollars from heiress Rachel "Bunny" Mellon to cover up the affair.

Just hours ago, the foreman announced that the jury was deadlocked on five of the six counts, but Eagles ordered them to go back to deliberating.

The jury came back less than an hour later and declared itself hung, or deadlocked with no possibility of changing that fact, on the five counts.

Following the verdict, the two-time presidential hopeful hugged attorney Abbe Lowell, his daughter Cate Edwards, 30, and his two elderly parents.

The jury began deliberating May 18 in the case, which took on an air of a steamy soap opera as much as a debate over intricacies of campaign finance law.

The government spent three weeks building its thin case, much of it tethered to the testimony of Andrew Young, once Edwards' most loyal aide.

Edwards' defense - that he lied to keep the affair a secret from his terminally ill wife, not to advance his career - was tough to disprove, however.

He's a miserable human being, but that doesn't mean he acted illegally.