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The black HIV epidemic: A public health
mystery from Atlanta’s gay community

Washington Post, by Jeff Guo

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Posted By:Scottyboy, 8/5/2014 8:51:40 AM

ATLANTA — In the early 2000s, a young researcher at the Centers for Disease Control named Greg Millett set out to solve an epidemiological mystery. Nobody could explain why black Americans, particularly black gay men, had such high rates of HIV infection compared to the rest of the population. How were they putting themselves in so much danger? What were they doing differently from everyone else? Millett began with a survey of the published research, but that only seemed to raise more questions. Study after study seemed to arrive at the same conclusion: Black gay men take fewer risks in the

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At least they aren´t blaming it on Ronald Reagan anymore.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: philsner, 8/5/2014 8:58:36 AM     (No. 9953807)

Of course, lack of health care.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: M2, 8/5/2014 9:01:11 AM     (No. 9953810)

I cannot reconcile these two passages from the article:

1. Black gay men take fewer risks in the bedroom than white gay men. They are just as, if not more, consistent about condom use and STD testing. They have fewer sex partners. They are less likely to abuse injection drugs.

...and

black men are more likely to have other STDs like gonorrhea or syphilis, which increases one’s risk of contracting HIV. The sheer prevalence of HIV in the community means that despite getting tested just as frequently, black men are still more likely to have an undiagnosed infection, a circumstance that makes them more likely to pass on the disease. Lack of healthcare access raises another issue, in that those who do have HIV are less likely to be on the antiretroviral therapies that could make them less infectious to others.

They are so careful, so judicious in their choice of partners, much less sexually active, yet they have more STDs, undiagnosed infections and haven´t gotten their act together on health care.

How can you be so careful about your sex life while at the same time have more STDs, undiagnosed infections and a seeming lack of prior planning about health care?

Sorry, this "study" needs study.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: tinnyanko, 8/5/2014 9:05:18 AM     (No. 9953817)

Really hate this kind of writing. Get to the point, will you. You have no clue except that most black gay men have sex with other gay men? Is that the answer? Gibberish

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Reply 4 - Posted by: miceal, 8/5/2014 9:08:42 AM     (No. 9953826)

Sadly, I just don´t care.....

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 8/5/2014 9:19:02 AM     (No. 9953848)

If half the houses on a street burn down within a month, it is a safe assumption that they are being torched.

The problem with so much of CDC/NIH research these days is...political correctness of course. The researchers are biased, the numbers flawed, the results debated from an ideological perspective.

FTA: "As a child he dreamed of becoming a civil rights lawyer, of putting the ghosts of racism and inequality on trial." An inadvertent admission of the truth: the civil rights business (and it is a business) is chasing ghosts while attempting to convince the masses the ghosts are real.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Keekng, 8/5/2014 9:22:32 AM     (No. 9953852)

HIV / Aids is an equal opportunity ´infecter´.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: simpleman, 8/5/2014 9:24:01 AM     (No. 9953856)

FTA:
"...Despite all this, black men—gay, straight, or bisexual—are 6 times more likely than white men to contract HIV in a given year."

This article is what I refer to as intellectual idiocy.

First: there is no such thing as bisexual; once you jump in that cesspool your dirty, doesn´t matter how long you stay, how much you like it or how many times you return.
Second: there has been NO CHANGE in the risk assessments for contracting HIV. The two major at risk groups have always been and will always remain homosexual men and intravenous drug users sharing needles. HIV is caused by the ripping of flesh and the transmission of blood types in that act. No mystery genius.
Third: its a violent act, maybe, just maybe its how these "partners" are interacting is what makes the difference, condoms rip.


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Reply 8 - Posted by: Fleetusa, 8/5/2014 9:28:15 AM     (No. 9953861)

The "big" conclusion seems to be they associate in cluster groups with others with studs and aids. But don´t talk about it

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Reply 9 - Posted by: anonymous, 8/5/2014 9:39:23 AM     (No. 9953877)

Concentrated, promiscuous sexual activity amongst human beings results in a loss of herd immunity and thus increase your chances of catching something.

For instance, if I were to accumulate 20 partners from a group of the same 50 people over a period of a year, I would likely catch something from one of them over that duration. However, if I were to accumulate 20 partners from a much larger group of 10,000 people over the same period, I would be less likely to catch something.

A lot of reporting fails to note that concentrating promiscuity - as is the case for segregated sexual cultures - increases your chances of catching a venereal disease. Having a black-to-black sexual paradigm within the male-to-male paradigm is concentration upon concentration, and has a double-amplification effect on disease transmission.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: ziel, 8/5/2014 9:45:56 AM     (No. 9953888)

HIV effects 85-90% of man and only 10- 15 of women regardless of race.

The only conclusion we can make is that virus
is homophobic and racist.

Virus simply hates black homosexual man.

Correction:
HIV likes (or better is married to) black homosexual man and wants to spend his entire life with them.
For better or worse till the end.

Erick Holder to the rescue.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: lancer12, 8/5/2014 9:50:37 AM     (No. 9953896)

Possibly,angry, abusive infected people chose vulnerable people who respond to their own low self-esteem and are easily flattered and dominated.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: varkdriver, 8/5/2014 9:51:51 AM     (No. 9953899)

Maybe this might not be a problem if these men stopped ´following too closely´...

"AIDS: Gays And Minorities Hardest Hit"

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Reply 13 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 8/5/2014 9:54:46 AM     (No. 9953903)

FTA: What were they doing differently from everyone else?

I had to stop reading right there.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: jackson, 8/5/2014 9:56:24 AM     (No. 9953906)

Gosh! Engaging in filthy practices can make you very sick. Who knew?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: JimS, 8/5/2014 9:57:24 AM     (No. 9953907)

Call Rev. Al. Call Jesse.
This looks like a racist genocidal plot to rid society of black men.
Must be the Tea Party behind it.


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Reply 16 - Posted by: Ribicon, 8/5/2014 9:58:02 AM     (No. 9953909)

FTA: "Black gay men take fewer risks in the bedroom than white gay men."

I suspect the writer is doing a linguistic dance here. In common parlance, what he says of "gay" men (i.e., those who identify as such) may well be true, but it´s contradicted by the line near the end about black homosexuals being less likely than their white counterparts to discuss HIV status.

Rather, the big issue in the black community is the "down low" culture, which gave rise to the term "men who have sex with men," or MSMs, because these folks have sex with other men in places like Man´s Country in Chicago, but do not view themselves as homosexual, and do not use condoms because only sissy white boys catch the AIDS. Couple down low with prison and promiscuous sex in general, and there´s your higher rate of every STD in the black community.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: eoddad, 8/5/2014 9:58:31 AM     (No. 9953911)

and Bathhouse Barry is off "golfing" with his buddies.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: terry_tr6, 8/5/2014 10:00:56 AM     (No. 9953913)

somehow it would look like either
1. condoms are not near as effective as thought
or
2. gays only use them when having sex with people who know and admit they are HIV positive

Having sex with a HIV+ man and trusting a little bit of latex to protect you, or trusting a casual pickup that he is HIV- so you can go bareback? that kind of thought process just screams out "Obama voter".

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Reply 19 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 8/5/2014 10:04:57 AM     (No. 9953921)

My take-away: Bad behavior gets the money and resources that could otherwise go to medical conditions that have nothing to do with behavior. Even for homosexuals. Regardless of whether it is a choice or not, the model is one partner and fidelity. It would work for homosexuals too. As with heterosexuals, some stray but it drastically reduces the chances of spreading disease. Thus it is simply bad behavior. I find the subject of the article disgusting from the waste of precious resources and those who are acting badly believe they should get a bigger bit of that apple. Very selfish.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Emerson, 8/5/2014 10:07:20 AM     (No. 9953927)

There are so many sweeping, unsubstantiated (no footnotes) generalities in this article that it is hard to wade through. And the author has tossed in the old chestnuts - the Tuskegee syphyllis experiment, for example - as reasons why blacks might not seek medical treatment.

I will throw in my own sweeping generality based upon things I´ve read about blacks not trusting white doctors and there not being enough black doctors in their communities. I´d say that black men are not big on taking care of their health. So we have diabetes, heart disease and....HIV. And the "safe sex" that Millett says they are practicing may be a fabrication from his mind or from self-protecting self-reporting. More fabrication.

The only thing that makes any sense is the probable correlation between having other STDs and getting HIV. That is a no-brainer.


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Reply 21 - Posted by: Emerson, 8/5/2014 10:08:02 AM     (No. 9953930)

#20 cont´d.

Like every Liberal on the planet, Millett believes more money needs to be diverted to black HIV:

The key message was that money had to be shifted toward the people at highest risk—gay men; black men and women; Latinos and Latinas. Minorities are the face of the epidemic these days, their tightly clustered social networks helping HIV to flourish. Invoking Millett’s own body of work, the report warned readers not to blame the victim: “Many individuals in [minority] groups may not engage in greater risk behaviors than others, but they still can be more likely to become infected with HIV. Research has shown that the higher risk for these groups is associated with the sheer number of HIV-positive persons in the communities where they live.”

How does Millett or anyone else know that blacks do not engage in "greater risk behaviors" than others? If the "sheer number" of Hiv-positive persons in the communities where they live is higher, and they confine their activity to those of the same ethnicity, then they are engaging in greater risk behavior.

I see no mystery here.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Boneshaker, 8/5/2014 10:09:39 AM     (No. 9953933)

Eric Holder has a plan to address the disparity in HIV rates with an Obama Executive Order requiring mandatory infection of enough white gay men to bring the white and black rates of infection into alignment.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: bpl40, 8/5/2014 10:18:57 AM     (No. 9953946)

Long term CDC testing from Provincetown to Greenwich Village to Key West to Castro Street has shown a steady 52% of sexually active homosexual males in the US are HIV positive. I don´t know where he gets his 14% and 44% from.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Geelabeela828, 8/5/2014 10:32:27 AM     (No. 9953961)

Well that was a waste of time.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: mamafrog, 8/5/2014 10:38:21 AM     (No. 9953975)

I see many posts from younger people on Facebook. The white folks are posting pictures of their cats, dogs, children, guns, friends and political pictures. The Black folks are posting pictures that look like advertisements for sex. This is true whether they are gay or straight. If you have a lifestyle that is centered on monogamy whether you are gay or straight you are much less likely to contract sexually transmitted diseases. I realize this is overstating the obvious.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 8/5/2014 10:38:59 AM     (No. 9953976)

Those who put this bogus analysis together will probably be at the next State Dinner or seated next to Mooch at the next SOTUS. "Good job!"

(emphasis added)

Science magazine called it the “Breakthrough of the Year,” and it has birthed a new catchphrase in the prevention community. “Treatment as prevention” describes an approach that puts attention on those who are HIV positive—identifying them and giving them medication so they are less contagious. The phrase also refers to using drugs—“treatment”—preemptively in healthy people to prevent HIV infection. This was the recommendation of another set of breakthrough studies that showed a once-a-day dose of anti-retrovirals, if taken regularly, could reduce the risk of HIV infection by 90 percent. Together, these drug-based strategies jigsaw happily with the White House’s mandate to deliver more funding to those with greatest need. Instead of sprinkling prevention dollars on everyone indiscriminately, the latest programs target groups with the highest rates of HIV, black gay men especially.


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Reply 27 - Posted by: relyabill, 8/5/2014 10:47:32 AM     (No. 9953984)

Clearly the black gay community isn´t as careful if their infection rate is 6 times higher... Please stop the "I´m just a victim" diatribe. After decades of HIV research there´s no evidence of discrimination.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: BillW., 8/5/2014 10:52:24 AM     (No. 9953993)

#4: EXACTLY!!!

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Reply 29 - Posted by: mitzi, 8/5/2014 11:04:46 AM     (No. 9954009)

HIV/AIDS are fairly easy to avoid. They are deliberately exposing themselves.



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Reply 30 - Posted by: gramma b, 8/5/2014 11:25:09 AM     (No. 9954037)

The bottom line is that we are supposed to give them individual counseling, and put all of them on anti-retrovirals, paid for by the taxpayers, of course. There is no end to the money they expect us to cough up to make the world save for sodomy.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: gramma b, 8/5/2014 11:25:54 AM     (No. 9954038)

That´s "safe for sodomy."

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Reply 32 - Posted by: mickturn, 8/5/2014 12:04:28 PM     (No. 9954076)

They don´t understand why any gay male is passing HIV on to their ´friends´? Apparently they wern´t paying attention in class when passing on infections were discussed.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: velox, 8/5/2014 12:05:11 PM     (No. 9954077)

I would think white liberals would try and save black men by volunteering to "take it".
That would broaden the pool and lessen the chances of a black man contracting HIV.
It´s the least they can do.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: DW626, 8/5/2014 12:07:06 PM     (No. 9954079)

This has got to be a CIA plot to destroy the black man.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: AntiStatist, 8/5/2014 12:09:37 PM     (No. 9954083)

The only logical conclusion is that black homosexual activity doesn´t involve condoms as much as such "research" claims.

I suspect that the research is based upon polling, and of course, no one ever lies on poll questions.

So there´s more "ridin´ dirty" than the black gay advocates will admit to.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: killerbee, 8/5/2014 12:22:19 PM     (No. 9954103)

Well right at the top of the article we get this gem:

Editor’s note: Several passages have been removed from this story because the source of those passages, Mickyel Bradford, has admitted to fabricating them. The passages include descriptions of a lunch in Bradford’s town and a ball that Bradford claimed he attended with a man identified as Seth. Bradford now confirms that neither of those events occurred as described. Additionally, Bradford admits the two men never discussed getting tested for HIV. All passages concerning the two men have been removed.

So what else is fabricated. And they seem to have left out the effect of the large percentage of black men who have done prison time. Thanks to the ACLU there can be no segregation between inmates with HIV/AIDS and those not infected. With the term "rape culture" having originated in men´s prisons you can see where that leads. The article and study are very flawed. Just fluff.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: harper, 8/5/2014 12:52:21 PM     (No. 9954134)

Saintly, wise, all-knowing black males, obvious pillars of any community: this article could have been written by any one of those gormless droids writing scripts on any letter network.

I liberal BS cured AIDS, we would never have heard of it.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 8/5/2014 1:11:08 PM     (No. 9954147)

As is often the case ,for P>C> reasons, I cannot post what I really think about this situation. Actually, I am more concerned with the possibility that some of the leaders of the U>S> may be truly psychotic, as is noted in other articles.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: gnosticsrus, 8/5/2014 4:50:57 PM     (No. 9954357)

Hmmm, let´s examine this. The human body has a certain canal that is uses to get rid of that which it can´t use or is harmful. These people use that canal as a sex organ. It´s not made for sex, so the sides rupture, opening a vector directly into the place the entire body is trying to prevent it from going, the bloodstream. These people happen to get sick with STDs at about six times the rate of the rest of the population. Let´s see, how hard is this to figure out??? But always remember: homosexuality is a civil rights issue, not a public health issue. This, my friends is the key to the entire problem. Once they got our woefully ignorant country to accept the idea that homosexuality is a civil rights issue, they won the entire argument. Now we are left with smart people unable to see what is right in front of their eyes.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 8/5/2014 5:42:29 PM     (No. 9954396)

Hmmmmmm....... Do ya spose the high infection rate has something to do with having sex with multiple male partners?

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Reply 41 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 8/6/2014 1:43:20 AM     (No. 9954734)

And the winner is # 16

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Washington Free Beacon [DC], by Adam Kredo    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/16/2014 9:43:38 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama has declined to attend a dedication ceremony in October for a new memorial honoring American veterans who have been disabled fighting for their country in wars, according to sources close to the event. The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial (AVDLM), the first such memorial of its kind, is set to be dedicated during a ceremony on Oct. 5 near the National Mall in downtown Washington, D.C. However, Obama, who was first invited to attend the event in January, will not be among those in attendance, according to a source who is familiar with the situation. This

Sweaty and barefaced Sarah Palin
steps out without her wedding ring
for first time since family fight

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Daily Mail [UK], by Ashley Collman    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 9/16/2014 5:08:52 PM     Post Reply
Sarah Palin was photographed sweaty and make-up free as she ran errands around Anchorage, Alaska on Monday - marking the first time she´s been seen in public since a violent family fight this weekend. A fight allegedly broke out at a house party most of the Palin family was attending on Saturday night in south Anchorage, when daughter Willow´s ex-boyfriend Connor Cleary tried to get in a Hummer limousine after engaging in some unspecified ´questionable behavior´. Sarah´s eldest son Track left the fight with four broken ribs and husband Todd suffered a bloody nose. RealClearPolitics spoke with a source close to the

Democrats Slam Debbie Wasserman Schultz
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Breitbart InstaBlog, by Dan Riehl    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/17/2014 8:56:27 PM     Post Reply
Politico reports that "long-simmering doubts" and a renewed lack of confidence in Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz from the White House, congressional Dems and other Washington Democrats has Schultz struggling to try and hold onto her job. They´ve lost faith in her as "a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson" just as we approach a mid-term election that already has Democrats at a disadvantage. Recently, Wasserman Schultz criticized the White House’s for it´s handling of the immigration crisis and also border crisis and also compared the political right to wife beaters. The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee

Michelle Obama: ´Being Married
to the President ... Can Be Hard´

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Weekly Standard, by Daniel Halper    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 9/18/2014 8:45:39 AM     Post Reply
First Lady Michelle Obama visited sick children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where she complained about living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and being married to the president of the United States. She made the comments in response to being asked about her "favorite part about being in the White House." "About being in the -- about being First Lady is being able to do stuff like this, really. And it is so special for me to get to meet kids like you guys," Michelle Obama started. "Because sometimes living in the White House and being married to the

Obama: Ebola ´Is Spiraling Out Of Control´
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Business Insider, by Colin Campbell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/16/2014 4:59:44 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama unveiled his plan to tackle the Ebola crisis in West Africa on Tuesday, promising to do far more to tackle the deadly virus he said could result in "hundreds of thousands of people infected" without US intervention. "More than 2,400 men, women, and children are known to have died and we strongly suspect that the actual death toll is higher than that," Obama said in a speech at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. "Hospitals, clinics, and the few treatment centers that do exist have been completely overwhelmed." The president was particularly dire

Cat Stevens to tour US for
the first time since 1976

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British Broadcasting Corporation, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 9/16/2014 5:58:55 PM     Post Reply
Cat Stevens - also known as Yusuf Islam - is to perform a series of dates in the US for the first time since 1976. The musician, who converted to Islam in 1977 and put his career on hold, will play six concerts in December. The 66-year-old, who was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year, is now known by his original stage name and Yusuf. He is best known for his 1971 recording of Christian hymn Morning Has Broken, a top 10 hit in both the UK and US. Stevens had a number of other hits during

Obama slaps down top
general and insists there
will be NO combat boots on
the ground in battle against
ISIS as he rallies troops
at air base

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Daily Mail (UK), by David Martoski    Original Article
Posted By: pineledger- 9/18/2014 5:14:05 AM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama insisted on Wednesday that he would not send ground troops into Iraqi combat zones to fight the ISIS terrorist army, directly contradicting his top general who said a day earlier that the president asked him for boots-on-the-ground recommendations ´on a case-by-case basis.´ (Snip)´As your commander-in-chief,´ Obama insisted, ´I will not commit you and the rest of our armed forces to fighting another ground war in Iraq.´ On Tuesday, however, Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey told lawmakers that circumstances on the ground could drive him to push for American combat troops to be embedded with Iraqi army

Michelle Obama to hold fashion workshop
at the White House next month

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New York Daily News, by Beth Stebner    Original Article
Posted By: Scottyboy- 9/17/2014 5:33:33 PM     Post Reply
First Lady Michelle Obama is proving herself a very dear friend to the fashion world. Obama, a master of both high and low sartorial styles, will be hosting a Fashion Education Workshop at the White House next month. According to an email obtained by Women´s Wear Daily, celebrated designers like Prabal Gurung, Reed Krakoff, Maria Cornejo, and Bibhu Mohapatra have been invited to attend "to bring members of the fashion industry to the White House and enlighten, educate and mentor the next generation of fashion leaders." In addition, college students from around the Washington area will attend the Oct. 8 educational workshop, which

Ferguson Mob Threatens StL County
Leaders: “If Wilson Get Off, Y’all
Better Bring Every Army Y’ Got,
Cuz It’s Going Down”

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Gateway Pundit, by Jim Hoft    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/17/2014 5:05:51 PM     Post Reply
Hundreds of Ferguson protesters and local far left activists packed the St. Louis County Council meeting last night in Clayton, demanding action in the Michael Brown shooting case. Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014 after he robbed a local Ferguson convenience store. Brown reportedly smashed police officer Darren Wilson in the face, severely injuring Wilson, before he was shot dead. Protesters threatened continued rioting and violence if Officer Wilson is let off. (Tweet) The mob told Councilman Steve Stenger that he has until noon on Wednesday to denounce County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, who endorsed Stenger’s

Sarah Palin Jokes About Makeup-Free
Photo, Says She Looks Like a
´´Sheepdog!" See the Funny Post

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E! OnLine, by Brett Malec    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 9/17/2014 7:16:16 AM     Post Reply
Just call her a pit bull without lipstick! Sarah Palin is proving she has a sense of humor about the makeup-free photos that surfaced this week. On Monday, the 50-year-old politician was photographed by paparazzi looking fresh-faced without any cosmetics on. But instead of getting mad about the slyly snapped no-makeup shots, the former Alaska governor took to Facebook to joke about the incident. "Feel bad for the poor paparazzi hounding outside my truck this morning hoping to capture a tabloid ‘exclusive´ of me coming out of Bikram Hot Yoga. How about we take away their ‘exclusive´ and I´ll give

Outraged Swiss village of 1,000
residents forced to raise taxes after
African refugee mother-of-seven
moves there and costs them
£40,000 a month in benefits

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Daily Mail [UK], by John Hall    Original Article
Posted By: Judy W.- 9/17/2014 8:10:03 PM     Post Reply
A village of just 1,000 residents in Switzerland has been forced to raise taxes because an African refugee and her seven children cost the local authority £40,000 in benefits every month. Hagenbuch, in the Swiss canton of Zurich, is understood to be spending close to a third of its total annual budget on the family after they arrived from Eritrea in East Africa three years ago. The massive benefits bill covers day-to-day living expenses such as groceries and cleaning costs, as well as paying for four of the woman´s children to be housed in an orphanage and even bills for

Bill Cosby had a vile temper, punched out
comic Tommy Smothers and was a hard-partying
philanderer caught in a love child scandal
that almost cost him his marriage, reveals new book

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Daily Mail [UK], by Caroline Howe    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 9/16/2014 5:14:41 PM     Post Reply
Bill Cosby played the devoted father and loving family man on television for years, but off camera, Mr. Nice Guy had a volatile temper, played the Hollywood big shot and was a hard-partying philanderer. With riches and success, Cosby indulged himself in illicit affairs in Las Vegas and partied with abandon in Los Angeles with celebrity swingers and Playboy bunnies at Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion, while his wife Camille was ensconced in their home. Cosby´s world came crashing down when an old lover from the summer of 1975, Shawn Berkes, approached him with a child she claimed was his and


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