One of these things is not like the other
One of these things is kinda the same
– Sesame Street
Face of the Day
Bad boy Trevor Mallard has forgottenÂ his own pastÂ and has pointed the finger at Education Minister Hekia Parata, claiming that she she hit a former staff member.
Is there any substance to this accusation?
Does Trevor have any facts or evidence to back up his claim such as an affidavit or a recording of the incident, complete with slapping sound effects?
Does he have a confession from Ms Parata?
Jordan Belfort, the actual “Wolf of Wall Street” is coming to New Zealand
The black police detective who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan has finally told his story in his own words – and has revealed that he played former Grand Wizard David Duke for a fool – convincing even him that he was white racist.
Detective Ron Stallworth rose up the ranks of the Colorado Springs, Colorado, chapter of the KKK in the 1970s – even becoming its leader – just by responding to a want ad in the local newspaper.
Mr Stallworth was able to do all this over the telephone. In the rare times he was required to make an appearance at meetings, he sent a white detective in his place.
Now, Mr Stallworth is released a book with his story, Black Klansman, where he reveals just how high the clan had risen in Colorado in the 1920s and 30s and how low it had fallen by the time he began investigating in the 1970s.
Perhaps his greatest coup was winning over Duke, the charismatic leader of the KKK, who had a national profile after running for public office – including U.S. President.
Mr Stallworth claims that he fooled even Duke into thinking he was a white man.
‘I can always tell when Iâm talking to a n*****. Take you for example. I can tell that youâre a pure Aryan white man by the way you talk, the way you pronounce certain words and letters,’ Duke boasted, according to the Daily Beast.
‘N******s do not have the same intelligence as the white man to properly speak English the way it was meant to be spoken,’ he added.
Mr Stallworth says he the Klan leader never suspected he was a black man.
And he played Duke like a fiddle. He says the Louisiana native was easily flattered and so eager to impress that he shared his plans for rallies and action all over the country. Mr Stallworth passed these along to the FBI and his colleagues at police departments around the country.
When Duke visited Colorado Springs, the police chief assigned Mr Stallworth – acting as an office – to guard him.
Mr Stallworth used the opportunity to get a picture of himself with his arms around the Klan leader, according to the Daily Beast.
Mr Stallworth writes that the Klan used to rule Colorado politics in the 1920s and 30s. Klansman Ben Stapleton was mayor for many years and that the Denver International Airport was named after him until 1995. Governor Clarence Morely was a Klansman and both U.S. Senators had dealings with the Klan.
By the 1970s, though, the ranks had thinned and membership had become pathetic.
When Duke came to Colorado Springs, for instance, the leader had trouble finding 100 Klansmen with a fully set of the white robes to march alongside him. -mail online
Joe Cornell, a recovering substance addict, knows temptation better than most (Picture: KMPH)
A man who found $125,000 (ÂŁ75,000) has handed the money in â because he wanted to make his family proud.
Joe Cornell, 52, a Salvation Army worker at a shop in Fresno, California, found a bag of cash that had fallen from a security truck into the road.
The recovering drug and alcohol addict, who has less than ÂŁ1 a day to spend on his lunch, revealed there was a lot of temptation to pocket the money.
âI picked up the bag,â he told the Fresno Bee. âI saw twenties and hundreds. The whole thing was full of money.
âEverything was going through my mind â the good devil/bad devil thing.
âBut I have a grandbaby due any time, my fourth, and I thought: âWhat would I want her to think of me?â
âThat made my mind up right there.â
Mr Cornellâs wife burst into tears of pride on hearing the news of what her husband had done.
A spokesperson for security firm Brinks, who lost the cash, spoke of the companyâs relief when Mr Cornell handed it back.
âMr Cornell did the right thing,â said Ed Cunningham.
âFor that, we are grateful.â
And the happy conclusion to Mr Cornellâs good deed?
Brinks has given him $5,000 (ÂŁ3,000) as a reward and has donated the same sum again to the Salvation Army, where Mr Cornell is in a rehabilitation programme. – Metro
The firestorm sparked by Gwyneth Paltrow’s remarks comparing online hackling of celebrities to being in a war raged on Friday as a member of the U.S. Army special forces slammed the actress in a sarcastic column.
Green Beret Bryan Sikes addressed the recently separated star of Shakespeare in Love in the form of a personal letter, which appeared on the site Clash Daily run by conservative commentator and author Doug Giles.
âI’d first like to start out by saying how terrible I feel for you and all your friends that on a daily basis have to endure mean words written by people you donât know.
‘I can only imagine the difficulty of waking up in a 12,000 square foot Hollywood home and having your assistant retrieve your iPhone, only to see that the battery is low and someone on twitter (the social media concept that you and all of your friends contribute to on an hourly basis to feed your ego and narcissistic ways), has written a mean word or 2 about you.’
Sgt First Class Sikes continued in this derisive vain, suggesting that Paltrow, 41, should ‘receive a medal’ for enduring verbal abuse online at the hands of ‘meanies.’
Paltrow was outside Los Angeles at Re/Code’s Code Conference speaking to Silicon Valley executives Tuesday when she made the offhanded remark drawing a comparison between cyberbullied celebrities and soldiers in a war zone.
‘It’s a very dehumanizing thing. It’s almost like how, in war, you go through this bloody, dehumanizing thing, and then something is defined out of it. My hope is, as we get out of it, we’ll reach the next level of conscience,’ she told the audience.
Sikes, a Purple Heart recipient, hit out at Paltrow, calling her ‘insecure and mentally weak’ for comparing his own and other service members’ devastating experiences on the battlefield to her life of comfort and leisure – an assertion he described as ‘dehumanizing.’
In 2008, Sikes was injured in Afghanistan in an IED explosion. In his letter, he talks about seeing his friends get killed and lose limbs in firefights.
âLet me be the first to burst your bubble: a long line at Starbucks, your driver being 3 minutes late, a scuff mark on your $1200 shoes and a mean tweet do not constitute difficulty in the eyes of a soldier,â he wrote.
Sikes, 28, of Florida, is married and has two children. He noted that unlike celebrity wives and mothers who have a team of consultants, nannies and life coaches to help them run a household, military wives have to do it on their own.
Sgt Sikes was not the only on to attack Ms Paltrow for her questionable comments.
Cindy McCain, the wife of former POW John McCain and the mother of two soldiers, called Paltrow ‘a joke’ on Twitter.
‘Her life is like taking bullets for a soldier. What a joke! My 2 sons serving in the military should talk to her,’ Cindy MCain stated.
It was a small part of what she said while sharing a stage with tech CEOs, but was more than enough to infuriate the war hero’s wife.
Arizona Senator and former presidential hopeful John McCain was was taken as a prisoner of war as the third generation naval officer served as a pilot in Vietnam in 1967.
Senator McCain’s plane was shot down by friendly fire and he would eventually spend five and a half years as an horifically abused prisoner before coming home to receive the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Hear and Distinguished Flying Cross military honors.
Cindy McCain on Wednesday offered up a helpful suggestion to the Country Strong actress and self-styled lifestyle guru.
‘Perhaps Gwyneth Paltrow should go out on patrol with some soldiers. Kind of like a Red Carpet in her mind I guess!’ she tweeted.
While the Goop founder’s appearance at the conference was a reaction to malevolent online attacks on her and her famous friends, any good it could have done has likely now been erased.
Which is nothing new for the recently single Paltrow.
A week before news of her ‘conscious uncoupling’ from husband Chris Martin broke, the 41-year-old infuriated working women across America when she said they had it easier than famous acting moms.
‘I think it’s different when you have an office job, because it’s routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening,’ she told E! ‘I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it’s not like being on set.’
Many women were put off by the comments, but none as famously as mother Mackenzie Dawson who made headlines with her open letter to Paltrow published in the New York Post on March 27.
‘Thank God I donât make millions filming one movie per year is what I say to myself pretty much every morning,’ is one of many zingers in Dawson letter, which no doubt helped put the normally aloof Paltrow on the defensive.
On May 8th, she responded to the anger over her working mom comments with a Goop in which she drew a different sort of parallel with armed combat.
In the post titled Ending the Mommy Wars, Paltrow wrote:
‘Why do we feel so entitled to opine, often so negatively, on the choices of other women?
As the mommy wars rage on, I am constantly perplexed and amazed by how little slack we cut each other as women,’ she wrote.
For her part, Cindy McCain used Thursday’s whirlwind of publicity around her attack on Paltrow to help publicize a good cause.
‘Happy to have joined @MikeGalanosHLN @HLNNowTV to chat about #humantrafficking and Gweneth Paltrow crazy statement,’ McCain tweeted.
Disciples of a millionaire spiritual guru have refused to have him cremated because they say he is meditating – in a freezer. Now the wife and son of His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj, who is said to be worth ÂŁ100million, have reportedly launched a court battle to retrieve his body after saying he died in January. His followers at the Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (Divine Light Awakening Mission) insist he is just in a ‘deep meditative state’, and called on followers to stand by his 31-year-old sect ‘under all circumstances’.
Described as ‘an exceptional awakened being with a divine persona’ whose ‘ever-enthusiastic charisma has re-kindled a spirit of a positive aura and has directed many towards a constructive path across the globe’, the guru founded his Hindu order in 1983 and is in his seventies. There are missions in his name around the world, including the U.S., Canada, Switzerland, Germany and even a British base in a small suburban house in west London.
But according to reports, doctors declared the guru clinically dead of a heart attack on January 29 – a verdict his loyal followers refused to accept. Insisting he was in a deep spiritual state called samadhi, they placed him in a deep freezer on the outskirts of the Punjab city of Jalandhar and waited for him to wake up. Four months later, they are still waiting. In the meantime they say their leader has been grateful for the many phone calls, e-mails and even personal visits he has received.
Now the spiritual guru’s wife and son Dilip Jha, 40, have filed a court claim to obtain his body for cremation and have called on police to investigate his death, according to the Daily Telegraph. It comes after a previous court challenge to the placing of the guru in a freezer by a man claiming to be his former driver. It was alleged his followers were keeping him in the guarded freezer so they could claim a share of his vast wealth. Mission spokesman Swami Vishalanand said scores of spiritual leaders throughout history had survived after months of samadhi in the Himalayas, which have freezer-like conditions. ‘[He] is still sending messages through followers in their meditative stage to protect his body until he returns,’ Mr Vishalanand added.
A statement on the religious order’s website said: ‘His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj ji has been in deep meditative state (Samadhi) since 29th January 2014. ‘Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan appreciates innumerous individuals and organisations for re-affirming their commitment to the organisation through phone calls, emails, messages and personal visits. ‘The sansthan acknowledges your pledge to stand by the organisation under all circumstances.’ Reeta Kohli, additional advocate general of Punjab state, said previously: ‘The man is clinically dead and it is up to his followers to decide what they want to do with the body.’ – Mail Online
France’s Front National leader Marine Le Pen will meet other far-right and eurosceptic leaders on Wednesday in an attempt to create a powerful bloc in the European parliament.
However, Le Pen ruled out joining forces with the extreme-right Golden Dawn in Greece, the Hungarian party Jobbik or Ataka in Bulgaria.
Having spent years trying to shake off the FN’s reputation as a refuge for Nazi sympathisers â her father, the party’s founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, once dismissed the Holocaust as a “detail” â Le Pen said she did not envisage meeting newly elected German MEP Udo Voigt of the neo-Nazi NPD.
“There are a whole group of movements that, in my opinion, are interested in taking part in a large political force whose aim would be to prevent any new move towards European federalism,” she told a press conference on Tuesday morning.
After Reuters reported that the FN was considering an alliance with certain extreme-right European groups, Le Pen issued an angry statement. “Following a serious error, Reuters suggested that I envisaged alliances with Jobbik and Golden Dawn. I have declared exactly the opposite…,” she wrote. “Asked ‘with whom will you not ally yourselves?’, I replied: Jobbik, Ataka and Golden Dawn among others.”
Le Pen requires the support of 25 MEPs from seven different countries to form a political group in the European parliament.
Feeling newly empowered after her party won 25% of the European vote in France, Le Pen repeated her call for the dissolution of the French AssemblĂ©e Nationale.
Le Pen insisted the party’s score was an unqualified victory despite an abstention rate of 57%. She demanded that France call a halt to talks between the EU and the US to create a vast free market, known as the Transatlantic Trade Treaty.
“I clearly call on the president of the Republic, firstly the dissolution of the AssemblĂ©e Nationale, because you know it is no longer at all representative of the French people,” Le Pen said.
“I also demand that he does three things to take Sunday’s vote into account: firstly, France halts the transatlantic treaty, secondly, France states its veto of Turkey’s entry into the European Union and, thirdly, he nationalises Alstom, contrary to the rules of the European Union, to save this strategic company.”
Alstom is the struggling French conglomerate that makes high-speed TGV trains and is currently the subject of takeover bids by General Electric and Siemens.
Le Pen, who has described the FN as “France’s first party” following Sunday’s vote, was speaking as the mainstream opposition party, the UMP â which is engulfed in a damaging campaign funding scandal â appeared on the point of implosion after its leader Jean-FranĂ§ois CopĂ© announced he would stand down next month.
CopĂ© and the centre-right party were plunged into crisis after damaging new revelations emerged over millions of euros paid to a communications company in return for allegedly forged invoices for former president Nicolas Sarkozy’s failed re-election campaign in 2012 that were charged as party expenses. The communication agency, Bygmalion, is run by two of CopĂ©’s close friends.
Earlier, a lawyer for Bygmalion alleged the company had falsified âŹ10m (ÂŁ8m) in invoices to the UMP, but added: “Services were provided … but they should have been charged to the campaign of presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy.” – The Guardian
A woman who was taking her dogs for a walk while armed with a filet knife stabbed two Pit Bulls to death who were allegedly attacking her friend and her three German Sheperds.
Debbie Duran and her friend were walking her dogs in Apple Valley in Southern California at the 10700 block of Lancelet Road on Wednesday when a Pit Bull came running towards them and allegedly began attacking her dog Jodie and her friend.
According to Debbie, a second Pit Bull charged at them seconds later.
Duran, who carries the knife for protection stabbed the dogs to death to the dismay of the Pit Bulls’ owner Kathy Suggs.
‘She’s just here stabbing like a wild, mad lady,’ Suggs told NBC.
‘I can’t even reach in ‘o get the dog because she’s swinging the knife.’
Suggs told reporters that she didn’t think that Duran was justified in killing both Angel and JoJo.
Suggs said that even though both her Pit Bulls got loose through an open garage, that no one should have stabbed her dogs to death.
‘This lady was walking around, I think, with the intent to kill the dog,’ Suggs said.
‘Who walks around with a butcher knife? We all walk our dogs around here.’
Debbie Duran’s Dogs suffered from bite wounds but Suggs lost both her Pit Bulls and faces a $200 fine for allowing her dogs to get loose.
Sheriffs and animal control officers allowed Duran to keep her filet knife because she acted out of self-defence. – Mail Online
A Catholic school principal in Pennsylvania has demanded that students return all invitations to this yearâs eighth-grade graduation dance because lesbian celebrity Ellen DeGeneres appears on them.
The principal has also apologized profusely to parents for the imagery and vowed to destroy every last one of the invitations, reports Philly.com.
The Catholic kerfuffle went down this week at St. Andrew Elementary School in Newtown, Pa., a quaint town suburban town north of Philadelphia.
The invitations to the â2014 Eighth Grade Graduation Danceâ feature a big picture of a grinning, tuxedo-clad DeGeneres holding up an Oscar statuette. âLive From The Red Carpet,â they say. âHollywood Nights!â At the bottom, the invites note: âAnd yes, there will be pizza.â
In an email to parents, St. Andrew principal Nancy Matteo said the school was âcompletely wrongâ to put an image of DeGeneres on the invitations because she is a âpoor role modelâ who âlives her life outside the teachings of the Catholic Church,â according to Philly.com.
Matteo, the first principal of the school who is not a member of a religious order, explained that she was âobviously NOT thinkingâ when she approved the invitations to the June 8 junior-high bash.
The principal then told parents that students must now give back the DeGeneres-festooned invites.
They will not meet a happy end.
âI need every single invitation returned and I will personally destroy them,â Matteo swore.
She added that new invitations will be issued. Itâs not clear who â if anyone â will appear on them.
The email doesnât discuss DeGeneresâs lesbian sexual preference, but come on. Everybody knows about that.
DeGeneres, 56, came out publicly as lesbian in 1997 on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The character she then played on the sitcom âEllenâ came out as gay shortly thereafter.
In 2008, DeGeneres married actress Portia de Rossi. Prior to that, she had a romantic relationship with actress Anne Heche that lasted from 1997 to 2000.
DeGeneres has hosted the Academy Awards twice â in 2007 and 2014.
A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia told Philly.com that the St. Andrew principal acted on her own initiative after parents had complained about the lesbian entertainerâs mug on the invites.
âAll Catholic schools in the Archdiocese are firmly rooted in Gospel-based values and the teachings of the Church,â Archdiocese spokesman Ken Gavin explained. âAs such, it is expected that any promotional materials developed by these schools would feature images and themes that correspond with their core mission and identity. That approach is logical and our school families have a right to expect it.â – The Daily Caller