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  1. A Must Read!




    Whew lawdy! NBC left no stone unturned.

  2. Ametia says:

    Closing arguments have ended in the Steubenville, Ohio, rape trial, and the judge says he will hand down a verdict Sunday at 10 a.m. ET.

    Two high school football players are accused of raping a 16-year-old girl, who prosecutors contend was drunk, during a series of end-of-summer parties in August 2012.

    Attorneys for the two teenage boys say they are innocent.

    The trial has gained national attention because of the lurid text messages, cell phone pictures and videos and social media posts surrounding the alleged sexual abuse of the girl.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Ten Young African Millionaires To Watch

    While African millionaires and billionaires like Onsi Sawiris, Raymond Ackerman, Aliko Dangote and Deinde Fernandez may have more money than most of us can ever dream of, there’s one thing they can never buy: Youth. Even money has its limits.

    But there are a handful of young Africans in their 20s and 30s who have built businesses and amassed enviable million-dollar fortunes. Call them million-dollar babies. While some are corporate animals; others are empire builders- like Ladi Delano, the restless 30 year-old Nigerian entrepreneur who founded Solid XS, a hugely successful premium Vodka business in China when he was barely 23 years old. He subsequently flipped his vodka company for millions of dollars. Today, he is a co-founder and CEO of Bakrie Delano Africa, a $1 billion investment vehicle committed to making acquisitions in Nigeria’s mining, energy and agriculture sectors.

    There are thousands of young and immensely successful entrepreneurs across the African continent. There’s a growing number of Africans aged 40 and under who are legitimately amassing multi-million dollar fortunes. They don’t inherit stuff; they build it themselves.

    Here are ten you need to know

  4. rikyrah says:

    Forbes richest black people 2013: 7 people of African descent make Forbes’ 2013 list of the world’s richest
    by Alexis Garrett Stodghill | March 6, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Forbes magazine has just released its list of the world’s richest people, and while the typical names you might expect are there — such as Gates and Buffett — there are also a handful of billionaires of African descent you may want to know.

    Oprah Winfrey is the most famous black billionaire on the list, of course, but she is hardly the wealthiest. Still, the richest black woman in the world has managed to clock in at number 503 out of the list of 1,426 people and families compiled by the pblication.

    Interestingly, Winfrey’s $2.8 billion in wealth is just enough to outpace the only other black woman on the list, newcomer Isabel dos Santos.

    Worth a cool $2 billion, dos Santos, the daughter of the president of Angola, has earned her inaugural appearance on the list for her large ownership stakes in Angolan and Portuguese companies. Ranked at 736th out of the world’s richest, the richest woman in Africa has still placed far below the continent’s most prosperous citizen.

    That title belongs to Aliko Dangote of Nigeria, the 43rd richest person in the world, who generated his fortune through the cement, sugar, and flour industries.

    According to writer Mfonobong Nsehe, the tycoon ousted the previous African wealth leader Mohammed Al-Amoudi, who held the top position in 2012.

    Dangote is now, “$2.6 billion richer than Al-Amoudi,” Nsehe writes, with an estimated net worth of $16.1 billion. Also notable is Nigerian oil and telecom businessman, Mike Adenuga, whose $4.7 billion makes him the world’s 267th richest person and the fifth richest person in Africa.

    It is notable that six of the seven richest people of African decent in the world hail from the continent itself. Does this mean Africa is an important region to watch in the areas of finance and business, contrary to its association with poverty?

  5. rikyrah says:

    Bachmann Accuses Obama Of Living A Life Of Excess

    By Igor Volsky on Mar 16, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) criticized President Obama’s so-called life of excess at the White House, arguing that the first family is living rich on the taxpayer’s dime as the nation faces sequestration and large deficits.

    In one of her first major addresses since winning a close re-election bid in November, the Tea Party favorite conceded during her address at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday that Obama and his family “deserve to live in the White House,” before listing “the perks and the excess of the $1.4 billion presidency that we’re paying for”:

    BACHMANN: And this is a lifestyle that is one of excess. Now we find out that there are five chefs on Air Force One. There are two projectionists who operate the White House movie theater. They regularly sleep in the White House in order to be readily available in case the first family wants a really really late show. And I don’t mean to be petty here, but can’t they just push the play button? We are also the ones who are paying to walk the president’s dog. Paying for someone to walk the president’s dog. Now why are we doing that when we can’t even get a disabled veteran into the White House for a White House tour?

    Obama has actually one of the lowest net worths of any American president, and has less wealth than Republicans like George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. Bachmann and her husband Marcus have also done well for themselves and have an estimated net worth of between $1.3 million and $2.8 million.

    Bachmann, meanwhile, has faced criticism for refusing to pay $5,000 to five staffers from her failed presidential bid, even though she has more than $2 million in her campaign account.

    • Ametia says:

      LOL That grifting fool and the rest of the loosers, along with Palin who called PBO a liar, used CPAC as just another venue to cash in and sell books.

  6. Ametia says:

    Other People’s Children” by Paul Krugman a the NY Times

    Matthew Yglesias beats me to a point I was planning to make. Sen. Rob Portman has made headlines by declaring his support for gay marriage after learning that his own son is gay, and apparently we’re supposed to praise him for his new enlightenment. But while enlightenment is good, wouldn’t it have been a lot more praiseworthy if he had shown some flexibility on the issue before he knew that his own family would benefit?

    I’ve noticed this thing quite a lot in American life lately — this sort of cramped vision of altruism in which it’s considered perfectly acceptable to support only those causes that are directly good for you and yours. We even have a tendency to view it as “inauthentic” when people support policies that aren’t in their self-interest — when a rich man supports higher taxes on the rich, he’s somehow seen as strange, and probably a hypocrite.

    Needless to say, this is all wrong. Political virtue consists in standing for what’s right, even — or indeed especially — when it doesn’t redound to your own benefit. Someone should ask Portman why he didn’t take a stand for, you know, other people’s children.

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  8. Ametia says:

    How the Maryland House voted on repealing the death penalty
    By John Wagner,
    Published: March 15

    The Maryland House of Delegates voted 82-56 on Friday to repeal the state’s death penalty, sending the bill to Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) for his signature. He’s a look at how members voted.

    Delegates listed here:

  9. Ametia says:

    Godd Morning, Everyone. :-)

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