American Idol Clay Aiken is going to be a daddy. Reportedly, the woman who is responsible for producing several of Clay’s records will be repsonsible for producing his child. Jaymes Foster, a LA-based record producer whose house Clay lives at when he is in LA, is due in August with Clay’s baby he gave her via artificial insemination. Congrats to them both from iNPLACENEWS.
Sen. Barack Obama is considering a trip to Iraq before the November elections, the Illinois Democrat said Wednesday.
Obama told the New York Times that his campaign was considering a trip overseas after he secures the Democratic presidential nomination and that “Iraq would obviously be at the top of the list of stops.”
Details of the trip are yet to be worked out, he told the Times.
Obama said he was considering visiting Iraq after Sen. John McCain had suggested that the two should make a joint trip to the country, a proposal Obama dismissed on Tuesday as “nothing more than a political stunt.”
“I think that if I’m going to Iraq, then I’m there to talk to troops and talk to commanders, I’m not there to try to score political points or perform,” Obama told the newspaper. “The work they’re doing there is too important.”
McCain Wednesday night said he is happy his likely general election opponent is considering a trip and believes that Obama would change his views on Iraq after spending some time there.
“It’s long overdue,” McCain said during a fundraiser in Beverly Hills, California. “It’s been 871 days since he was there, and I’m confident that when he goes he will then change his position on the conflict in Iraq because he will see the success that has been achieved on the ground.”
McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee, and his fellow Republicans have strongly criticized Obama for not visiting Iraq since January 2006. The Republican National Committee has a running count of the days since his last trip to the country on its Web site.
“Senator Obama has been to Iraq once — a little over two years ago he went — and he has never seized the opportunity except in a hearing to meet with Gen. Petraeus,” McCain said at a campaign event in Reno, Nevada. “My friends this is about leadership and learning.
“He wants to sit down with the president of Iran but hasn’t yet sat down with Gen. Petraeus, the leader of our troops in Iraq?” McCain said.
Gen. David Petraeus is the top U.S. commander in Iraq and will soon be promoted to the U.S. Central Command, which is responsible for the Middle East.
McCain has criticized Obama for expressing a willingness to engage Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in diplomatic negotiations.
The Arizona Republican said Obama’s rejection of his proposal for joint trip showed “a fundamental misunderstanding of the gravity of this issue.”
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Gary Dourdan was recently found asleep in his car in Palm Springs, CA. Soon after, narcotics were found in his vehicle. Although he claimed they were not his, he recently pleaded guilty to all the charges that were not dropped. The charge of possession of heroin was dropped, but not for the possession of exstacy or cocaine. His lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, says he is entering a treatment program, but the program is not technically rehab. Rather, he will spend 30 hours of classes that meet once a week. Having completed the program, his charges will be dismissed. At the time of this story, Dourdan had already enrolled, wasting no time at all.
Houston city officials seem willing to spend a lot of money in the face of economic hard-times to defend the police department’s ban on beards. The City Council on Wednesday unanimously voted to authorize spending up to $150,000 to defend the city in a lawsuit challenging the no-facial hair policy. Four police officers filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in November claiming the policy is discriminatory. The officers say the prohibition on beards and goatees is unfair for men who suffer a skin condition that reacts negatively to shaving. The condition can cause severe irritation, rashes and ingrown hair. “The lawsuit is pending and we have to defend ourselves,” Councilman Ron Green said. “But we’re basically saying we want new police officers, but we don’t want police officers with beards”. According to a city memo, the police department instituted the policy in 1993 so uniformed officers would look conservative and professional.
Those standing behing the lawsuit said the policy unfairly effects their earning potential, both within the department and at secondary jobs.