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Petty Pebbles: TLC’s former manager suing for $40 milli.

Oh. Sis.

TLC‘s ex-manager is a conniving, dishonest businesswoman who hoodwinked 3 innocent girls — that’s how it looked in a TV movie about the group … and the ex-manager is now gunning for justice.

Perri “Pebbles” Reid claims in a new lawsuit … the TV flick, “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story” assassinated her character by portraying her as a liar and a cheat, when actually she invested her time and money as TLC’s manager and created one of the best-selling female groups of all time.

Pebbles says the film falsely depicts her as pressuring Chilli to get an abortion … pushing T-Boz to put the group ahead of her health … and doling out a measly $25/wk for the girls.

Reid says the film — which first aired a year ago and several times since — destroyed her reputation, and she’s suing for $40 million.

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My reaction:

Like, really? REALLY? $40 million?

It’s crazy because EVERYBODY…like…EVERYBODY knows she’s shady.  This is no secret.

Good luck, Sis.

Here’s the clip of her speaking with Wendy Williams after the movie aired on VH1.

^^^This is laughable. Pebbles gives me “I’ve gotten older but still trying to be hip in an 18 year old sort of way” vibes. LOL

Wendy is soooo messy, y’all. Buuuuuuut she gets ALL the tea. Can’t hate on it!

Those RAV4s. Ha ha ha! SMH

And LOL even MORE for Pebbles checking her daughter on national tv.

All of this…just —-> LOL.

And just in case you didn’t know, Pebbles REALLY wants y’all to know she’s a VISIONARY, y’all!

Mike Brown’s official autopsy report “leaks,” basically preparing us for grand jury decision

This is sick.

The corruption runs long and deep y’all.  Here are a few shots from the report:

 

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Just…wow.

So basically, Darren Wilson asked Mike Brown to move out of the street, and Mike Brown immediately started attacking him?

And then Mike Brown ran AWAY, stopped, then ran TOWARD the officer who has his gun drawn?

Is that what the story is now?

Ok.

Hm. Ok. Moving on.

Now let’s take a look at something else, the original incident report:

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This is what Ferguson PD originally released. Notice anything?

It’s BLANK.  NONE of the story that was just “leaked” (given by Darren Wilson) in the previous document (autopsy report) was put on this incident report.

And here’s a relevant question:

Exactly.

An entire state. From the police department to the governor. All protecting Darren Wilson. Why?

Now.  Back to the “leaked” official autopsy report.  Click HERE for the full 16 page document.

For now, I want to draw your attention to page 3. Go down a little bit, and peep what the OFFICIAL report states as the “Manner of Death.”

 

The OFFICIAL autopsy report rules Mike Brown’s death as a homicide.  HOMICIDE. So why, how, WHY is Darren Wilson a free man? How? How is this happening?

There is no doubt in my mind that the sole purpose of this “leak” is to prepare us for the lack of indictment the grand jury is about to hand down.  NO doubt in my mind.

Stand tall, Ferguson. We’re with you.

{featured image via globalgrind.com}

Updated: October 22, 2014, 2:00pm

Here are a couple of clips that came from a Washington Post article:

Because Wilson is white and Brown was black, the case has ignited intense debate over how police interact with African American men. But more than a half-dozen unnamed black witnesses have provided testimony to a St. Louis County grand jury that largely supports Wilson’s account of events of Aug. 9, according to several people familiar with the investigation who spoke with The Washington Post.

Some of the physical evidence — including blood spatter analysis, shell casings and ballistics tests — also supports Wilson’s account of the shooting, the Post sources said, which cast Brown as an aggressor who threatened the officer’s life. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they are prohibited from publicly discussing the case.

Excuse me, what?

My FIRST question is, what other sources can there be to this information other than PEOPLE WHO ARE ON THE GRAND JURY!? Are they leaking information to the press? Is the press aware that they are on the grand jury and CAN’T talk about the case? Are laws and ethics being violated, here? What is going on?

And is the Post saying that the 6 witnesses that came out AT THE BEGINNING and said that Mike Brown had his hands up and was murdered, have now changed their story to support Darren Wilson’s account of what happened?

Also, as we know, Mike Brown had weed in his system. And according to the Post:

Jurors have also been provided with the St. Louis County autopsy report, including toxicology test results for Brown that show he had levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana. The Post sources said the levels in Brown’s body may have been high enough to trigger hallucinations.

Hallucinations from weed.

K.

 

 

Hi. I’m Tasha. And I’d very much so like Monica Lewinsky to GO. AWAY.

This morning. “Morning Joe” did a segment on Monica Lewinsky.  I was trying to figure out why, when I saw that she spoke at an event in Philadelphia yesterday. This event was Forbes’ 30 under 30 Summit.

Wut.

After hearing that she said this,

“Having survived myself, what I want to do now is help other victims of the shame game survive, too. I want to put my suffering to good use and give purpose to my past.”

…I wanted to vomit.

So of course I poked around to see what other gems she had to offer:

“There was no Facebook, Twitter or Instagram back then. But there were gossip, news and entertainment websites replete with comment sections and emails which could be forwarded. Of course, it was all done on the excruciatingly slow dial up. Yet around the world this story went. A viral phenomenon that, you could argue, was the first moment of truly ‘social media’.”

“Staring at the computer screen, I spent the day shouting: ‘oh my god!’ and ‘I can’t believe they put that in’ or ‘That’s so out of context. And those were the only thoughts that interrupted a relentless mantra in my head: ‘I want to die.'”

“Sixteen years ago, fresh out of college, a 22 year old intern in the White House — and more than averagely romantic — I fell in love with my boss in a 22-year old sort of way. It happens. But my boss was the president of the United States. That probably happens less often. Now I deeply regret it for many reasons, not the least of which is that people were hurt. And that is never okay.”

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All of this disgusts me.

Now, in the midst of my disgust, I had to pause and find the source.  I questioned if I was falling for the patriarchal/misogynistic trap of putting the onus of good behavior on the woman, while giving the man a pass (cause I do very much so love President Bill Clinton)?

No, I don’t think that’s it.  I don’t think that’s it at all.

I think my problem is that this woman is getting national attention, 16+ years later for….having a sexual relationship with a married man. Period. That’s what she did.  That is her contribution to society.  THAT is why we know her.  And 16 years ago, much like today, the ONLY reason why we know it is because she wanted to stick it to President Clinton in the worst way. THAT is why Monica Lewinsky is a thing. She did nothing else but save some of President Clinton’s semen on her dress.

And the “I was just a little 22 year old girl who fell for her boss blah blah blah” is WEARING. ME. OUT.  At 22, you’re old enough to do EVERYTHING.  You’re definitely old enough to know that having a sexual relationship with a married man is probably not a good idea.

I understand we make mistakes. I’m still making them. I get that. But to parade it around and gain notoriety for giving fellatio? I mean….

Let me stop here and mention that I do not condone, at all, the actions of President Clinton. At all. He was wrong. Period.

Got it?

Okay. So now, in 2014, we have Monica Lewinsky popping back up in an effort to stop “cyberbullying” or whatever, right?  Anybody else thinking about the timing, here?

She’s vindictive and petty.  And I think that’s my major problem. The timing IS NOT a coincidence.

She’s not over it. How could she be? EVERYTHING she does and says publicly, she brings it all back up. Every. Single. Time. And why? Because she has nothing else!

Book deals. Speaking engagements. Weight loss endorsements. A purse line. Millions of dollars.  HBO specials. High profile interviews. Reality show host. And all because she had a sexual relationship. I mean, I guess I have to hand it to her. She’s riding this train until it makes its last stop, huh? Do what you gotta do, sis.

But I still wish she would just go away.

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 Here’s a video, if you must:

Baltimore teacher gets into a fight with a student {video}…

And before you judge…please look at this…

The student then slams an object onto a desk and appears to throw something at the teacher while yelling at her and storming out of the room, the video showed. Sources said one of the objects thrown was a keyboard. When the incident moved into the hallway, more video showed the student hurling a book at the teacher, and that’s when a physical altercation ensued.

At least one Carver student defended the teacher.

“I don’t know. The student shouldn’t have did that, but the teacher wasn’t wrong for hitting her back because it was self-defense,” said the student, who didn’t want to be identified.

But Talley didn’t agree.

“You be the bigger person, and you handle it in a professional way,” she said.

City schools spokeswoman Anne Fullerton sent 11 News a statement, saying, “The teacher was treated for injuries and has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of external and internal investigations. The student, a minor, was charged with assault and released to a parent.”

Relatives of the student declined to comment Wednesday, and attempts to reach the teacher were unsuccessful.

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I’m confused.

I’m confused at these comments saying that she is just a “child” and that the teacher should’ve been able to “walk away.”

And the following comments are why the Lord blocked it when I was trying to become a high school teacher.

Cause NOPE!!

Yo 17 year old azz INTENTIONALLY comes back and throws a BOOK at my face!? And you previously threw a KEYBOARD at me!? Oh Imma forget about WHATEVER profession I am representing on THAT day!

BAYYYYYBEEEEE PLEASE!

That student TRIIIIIIIED IT! She thought that the teacher was gonna just sit there and take it. SHE LEARNED ON THAT DAY!

Whatever, man.

I mean, yeah, I guess I understand that there should be better judgment…blah blah blah. But yeah. Imma prolly clap back and then tell the laws I blacked out later.

Like I said, GOD BLOCKED IT!

ISIS is not Islam (unlike what this Baylor University student asserts).

Shoutout to one of my faithful readers for bringing this to my attention!

As you may know, I am a Baylor Bear alumna. A PROUD Baylor Bear. But.  That doesn’t excuse them from the wrath of my keyboard (dramatic, I know) when they have missed the mark on something.

Such is the case here. This piece, “Politically Correct Isn’t Always Right,” which showed up in the official student publication for Baylor University, The Baylor Lariat (yes, I’ve copied and pasted the entire thing):

By Jeffrey Swindoll
Sports Writer

There is an evident obsession with defending Islam that has taken hold in the United States and elsewhere. Everyone from President Barack Obama to Rosie O’Donnell have contributed to the ongoing PR campaign for Islam. Even David Cameron, prime minister of the United Kingdom, has suddenly become an apologist for Islam.

Many of these self-appointed apologists go out of their way to defend Islam, making sweeping proclamations about Islam and about religion in general. “All religions are essentially the same. The only problems we have are with ‘extremists,’” they screech.

There are a lot of problems with the national discussion about the terrorist group known as the Islamic State (also referred to as ISIS or ISIL), terrorism, and Islam as a whole. The majority of those problems come from non-Muslims that are bending over backwards to defend Islam without a leg to stand on. Conversations about Islam among non-Muslims is poisoned with non-factual arguments and liberal dreams, void of reality.

About a month ago, American overseas journalist James Foley was beheaded in cold blood by the Muslim terrorist group commonly referred to as ISIS (also known as ISIL). Not soon after the news came out about Foley, liberals started sounding the alarms all the way to the White House, scrambling to run some pro-Islam PR. Obama made his way to the podium for a press conference and said, “No faith teaches people to massacre innocents.” Secretary of State John Kerry made some points about Islam resembling those of Obama’s, such as, “There’s nothing in Islam that condones or suggests people should go out and … you know, cut people’s heads off.” Let’s look at the facts, though.

Here are some verses from the Quran, the religious text of Islam:

“Fight with them until there is no more unbelief.” (Quran 8:39)

“Kill [infidels] wherever you find them… [disbelief] is worse…” (Quran 2:191)

“Strike off the heads of those who disbelieve.” (Quran 8:12)

Criticism for over 100 verses similar to these come from religious and non-religious people alike. Atheists especially scrutinize the Quran for its excessively violent verses, commanding Muslims to kill infidels and those who don’t believe. Does Islam really command its followers to decapitate unbelievers, or are these verses to be interpreted differently?

TheReligionOfPeace.com, an informative website about Muslim doctrine, describes violent Quranic text this way:

“In sharp contrast to the Bible, which generally moves from relatively violent episodes to far more peaceful mandates, the Quran travels the exact opposite path (violence is first forbidden, then permitted, then mandatory). The handful of earlier verses that speak of tolerance are overwhelmed by an avalanche of later ones that carry a much different message.”

Another point brought up on that website is the “violent episodes” in the Old Testament are very specifically tied with a historical context for a specific occasion or purpose. Quranic verses, on the other hand, are considered applicable to more than just one historical instance, and are to be taken as a command towards.

A survey done by Pew Research Center done in 2013 reveals that the majority of Muslims in the world believe in a literal, word-for-word interpretation of the Quran. Specifically in Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan, literal interpretation is above 90 percent on average. Not all Muslims believe in a one-dimensional view of the Quran, but, according to Pew Research Center, the majority of them do. In other words, a majority of Muslims stand by those horrific verses you just read.

Unfortunately, Obama isn’t interested in addressing the reality of Islam. He’s more interested in making the American worldview a liberal pipe dream. Liberals are using one hand to throw Christianity out of the window while using the other hand to pull out the chair for Islam to sit at the head of the table. It doesn’t make sense, but that’s exactly what they’re doing.

Islam – “a proud tradition of tolerance” as Obama claims? Myth. The Pew Research Center survey revealed that Muslims are overwhelmingly against homosexuality. Across the board, in all the Muslim regions of the world, Muslims believe homosexuality is morally wrong, (Southeastern Asia, 83 percent; Central Asia, 85 percent; Southeastern Asia, 95 percent; South Asia, 79 percent; Middle-East and North Africa, 93 percent; Sub-Saharan Africa, 91 percent). It’s not even close.

I’m bringing up the president’s embarrassing comments to criticize the argument that is virtually identical to those that I hear from people in my own life. Like Obama, some of my fellow Bears are in denial. Being that Islam is a system of beliefs, it makes perfect sense that people could have intellectual disagreements with that system. And yes, that means you can disagree with Islam and not be a bigot.

Sam Harris, author of “Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion,” recently appeared on the political talk show “Real Time,” hosted by Bill Maher. In a debate about Islam, Harris pointed out the biggest shortcoming in the current discussion of Islam: “Liberals have really failed on the topic of theocracy. They’ll criticize Christians; they’ll still get agitated over the abortion clinic bombing that happened in 1984, but when you talk about the treatment of women and homosexuals and free thinkers and public intellectuals in the Muslim world, I would argue that liberals have failed us. And the crucial point of confusion is that we have been sold this meme of ‘Islamophobia,’ where every criticism of the doctrine of Islam gets conflated with bigotry toward Muslims as people. That’s intellectually ridiculous.”

The incompetent way that various public figures have addressed the issue is revealing of the inconsistency and incoherence in dialogue about it between “everyday Americans.” The apparent contrasts in doctrine between terrorist organizations and the majority of Muslims are being shoehorned into the conversation to forge the politically correct narrative: that bad Muslims are just this minority group of terrorist nut-jobs that really aren’t even Muslims and the good Muslims are the majority group of peaceful, conservative folk just minding their own business.

It’s a signature liberal thought process. The validity and truth of an ideology is of little or no interest. The main concern is whether something is politically correct or not. In Western culture especially, an idealized portrayal of religions other than the well-established Christianity is high up on the agenda.

I also want to bring to light that many people disqualify ISIS as a basis for any criticism towards Islam solely for political correctness. They want to give Islam the benefit of the doubt in the arena of religion because that is the socially sensitive thing to do. It’s a knee-jerk, emotional reaction of righteous indication containing no substance.

There are many non-Muslims jumping to the defense of Muslims, and many ignore the facts I just presented and substitute reality with their painted picture of liberal paradise. For the most part, non-Muslims defending Islam are on a pseudo-intellectual, liberal soapbox that is more about their moral standing with their peers than it is about justly representing Islam. Rise above it.

Jeffrey Swindoll is a junior journalism and film and digital media double major from Miami. He is a sports writer for the Lariat.

In response, Baylor NAACP Tweeted this out:

I share their sentiment.  However.  To be honest, I cannot find fault with the Lariat for “allowing” this to be published.  Let’s be honest.  We can’t tell people to ONLY publish things we agree with.

My biggest issue is that this student’s argument is extremely hateful and uninformed.  But what’s REALLY problematic  is that he’s not alone in his views.  I am a Christian. Unapologetically so. However, I find it disgusting to disrespect and devalue the religious practice of others who may not share my beliefs. I don’t find it necessary to devalue you in order to worship and love Christ.

I have not studied the Quran. And I am willing to bet money that Mr. Swindoll hasn’t either.  If he had, then I think maybe he would have given some insight into the context of these verses he quotes.  You cannot take three verses and therefore deem an entire religion and faith as violent.

In fact, do we really need to look at the history of what has been done to people under the name of Christ?

Is that, in and of itself, not enough evidence to say that sometimes people take what they want from a certain faith and get it COMPLETELY wrong?

Let’s be real.

Anyway.

The one question I have for Mr. Swindoll is, “What are you proposing we do?” Is he saying the answer is to denounce and take action upon every person who identifies with Islam? Are we to blame all Muslims for the acts of extremist groups? Is he suggesting that we do that fun little thing called profiling?

Surely not, right?

Mr. Swindoll’s conservative bias seeps all through this piece.  His disgust for “Obama” (and seemingly ALL liberals) is dripping from this piece of writing.

One more thing. In this piece, he writes:

Many of these self-appointed apologists go out of their way to defend Islam, making sweeping proclamations about Islam and about religion in general.

But wait.  Isn’t “making sweeping proclamations about Islam” the EXACT thing the author is doing, here?

Oh.

Maybe these types of issues and errors can be addressed as he continues to pursue his journalism career at Baylor University.

Personally, I’d also suggest some training and having a bit more empathy for religions outside of his own. My God, I wonder how Muslim students on the campus must feel?

Do better.

{featured image via duke.edu}

Updated: October 21, 2014

A homie on Twitter brought to my attention that the chancellor and president of Baylor University has written a response to the criticism of this written piece entitled, “Viewpoint: Baylor strives for harmonious relationships among faiths.”

You can click the link above to read all of it, but I just want to post this piece right here:

In that spirit, we were blessed to welcome to campus earlier this month Professor Anne Zaki of the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo. She spoke movingly and eloquently about different faith traditions living together in peace and harmony. She urged a radically different way of dealing with religious differences – of moving beyond mere “tolerance” to an attitude of genuine respect and understanding of the world around us. Professor Zaki warned against harboring fears about different religious communities. She called us to what Mr. Lincoln elegantly called “the higher angels of our being.”

Threats to religious freedom abound around the world. Threats to other basic freedoms, including freedom of speech and the press, are the order of the day in far too much of our broken world.

Our task at Baylor is to encourage – in the spirit of liberty savored with an unwavering commitment to human dignity – deeply respectful, reasoned conversations and discussions among those of different faiths and worldviews. That is Baylor at its best.

Ok. Moving beyond “tolerance.” Yes. Absolutely. So why, then, was this piece allowed without rebuttal or a differing point of view?  He is absolutely correct, freedom of speech is a thing. And it’s important. But if the focus of your university is to promote respect and understanding between faiths, why then was a piece that isolates and stereotypes an entire faith allowed to be published and go unchecked?

“…deeply respectful, reasoned conversations and discussions among those of different faiths and worldviews. That is Baylor at its best.” But where is the conversation? Where is the discussion?  Where is the writing that refutes what Mr. Swindoll states in his piece?

Don’t pee on me and tell me it’s raining.  This is a highly offensive article that goes entirely against what you just said is “Baylor at its best.”

And did I mention that Baylor’s president is Ken Starr? Yes, THAT Ken Starr.

Actions speak louder than words, sir. I’ll wait for the dissent (that’s surely never to come).