Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Susan Lucci killin' Lance Bass in Hip-Hop, Cloris Leachman impersonating Flava Flav (OMG) on ABC's "Dancin With The Stars"

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Loving Our REAL MEN in honor of Domestic Violence Month OCTOBER

I am sending out kisses, Love, honor and respect to all the REAL MEN who love, honor and respect women and don't hurt us. Sisters, do something special for your man this month. And if you are experiencing Domestic Violence, contact me at brendajwyche@yahoo.com so I can see about getting you help.

Love you! xoxoxoxo

Additionally, in recognition of Domestic Violence month, all the ladies are invited this Saturday, October 25th, to Physniques Holistic Weight Loss and Body Tone. In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October), we are adding a special component to our regular physical fitness class, which will include self defense techniques for women.

Click on the pink logo to sign up for

352 7th Ave. (30th St.)
Studio D, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (646) 271-0619

Experience Physniques – the ultimate holistic weight loss, body tone, detox and energy boosting system for women.

What is Physniques?

Physniques is an effervescent, fun weight control and wellness system inspired by Japanese Goju-Ryu and Northern Shaolin kung-fu, to enable women to reach their weight and fitness goals while honing the power within.

Every woman possesses her own unique metabolism, based on her body composition, which is determined by many factors including age, lifestyle, emotional state, genetics, and much more. The process by which Physniques weight control and wellness system was designed is based on that premise. An effective weight loss and fitness program cannot be generalized if maximum results are the goal. Physniques is a comprehensive health and fitness system that includes a series of exercises, power moves and nutrition guides based on the uniquity of each individual woman. Hence, Physniques.

Physniques is helpful for women suffering with health challenges such as diabetes, obesity and depression as well as energizing the woman on the move who just wants to get or stay in shape and have fun doing it.

Physniques will help you work towards your goal in a fun and realistic way while you

• Lose stomach fat
• Tone and firm up your body
• Clear up cellulite
• Increase your energy
• Finally get the look you want when you try on new clothes

Maintain the routine and start seeing results in two weeks.

In today’s fast-paced world, the ease with which you can get the proper amount of fruits and veggies into your system makes juicing a healthy lifestyle option.

You will discover how to juice your way to enhanced health and hi levels of true energy, as opposed to fake energy products riddled with excessive doses of caffeine that boost your energy for a short time only to crash you down to a halt.

So if you feel like you’re on your own when you go to the gym, Physniques is here to give you the attention and guidance you need to reach your fitness goals.

Find out how Dr. Hyman can work one-on-one with you to map out your plan of action that is going to help you get to the weight and energy level that for too long has been just a dream.

So, if you are ready to experience fun and excitement and a whole new, happier you, come to Physniques. *

Space is limited. Classroom capacity – 25 students per class.

Remember -- When you look good, you feel good and the world is yours!

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Centrally located in midtown Manhattan on 7th Avenue near Penn Station, Physniques’ studio is conveniently poised within walking distance of public transportation and parking.

No binding memberships, contracts or annual fees. Cost is $10 per 1½ hour class. Pay online or in cash before class.

Class Schedule for Saturday, October 25th


10:00 – 11:30

12:00 – 1:30


2:00 – 3:30

4:00 – 5:30

Dress comfortably and be ready to learn and have fun.

*See your doctor before starting any new physical fitness program.


Physniques is located at 352 Seventh Avenue between 29th and 30th Streets


B, D, F, Q, V, W trains to the 34th St. station
N, R trains to the 28th St. station
A, C, E trains to the 34th St. station


LINCOLN TUNNEL: Follow signs to 34th St., make a left turn onto 34th St., proceed to 7th Ave. (2 blocks) make a right, go four blocks to 30th St. (for a parking garage make a right on 29th St.)

MIDTOWN TUNNEL: Follow signs to 35th St., make a right turn onto 35th St., proceed to 7th Ave. (7 blocks) make a left and go four blocks to 30th St. (for a parking garage make a right on 29th St.)

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

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The most recent national CNN polls as of the writing of this article, show McCain trailing Obama 51% to 42% with 7% unsure. It is surprising that there is not a wider gap in favor of Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama of Illinois, based on the Presidential Debate turned dog and pony show, by GOP Presidential nominee, John McCain of Arizona.

One might opt to polish one's debating skills in preparation for such an arduous feat. But contrary to the expectations of left wing voters, it was quite obvious during the debates, that Senator John McCain was in dire need of some brushing up on his chops for any hope of keeping up with Senator Barack Obama -- another big blunder McCain made in addition to choosing Sarah Palin for his running mate, which apparently, he hoped would provide some vicarious bonus, but has backfired miserably.

Meanwhile, Sarah Palin's little darling makes her own public address.

Can't believe it? Well, BuhLEEEVE IT! Let's get a closeup.

(These two photos: www.mediatakeout.com)

The 2008 presidential debates could indeed be described as a comedic trilogy. But the truth is, it is no laughing matter. Yet, how could you not fall off your couch during the debates, when Obama challenged McCain's promise to take the lead on controlling spending and balancing tax cuts to help middle class families, arguing that McCain voted for almost all of President Bush's budgets and admittedly agreed with President Bush 90% of the time – President Bush being the same president who presided over an increase in spending and enormous deficits – an argument to which McCain initiated the rambling retort, “Well, it's well known that I have not been elected Miss Congeniality . . .”

And, if you're "scared" of Sarah Palin, after witnessing the Presidential debates, you must be terrified of John McCain who, when asked, “What would the candidates cut back in an effort to balance the budget," McCain responded, “Okay – What would I cut? I would have an across the board spending freeze -- Okay? Some people say that's a hatchet; that's a hatchet and then I would get out a scalpel. (geesh)

It's no wonder voters are hauling ass to the Democratic side (Mainstream media like to use the more delicate term, "swaying," but I like to call it as I see it -- they're hauling ass from the left.)

Clearly, this crucial election is no laughing matter. But, how can one keep a straight face when Obama keeps zapping McCain's ramblings with facts? For instance, when asked about their running mate selections, as part of his answer, McCain vehemently declared his support of Sarah Palin's interest in assistance for children with autism, (Palin's youngest child is autistic), which prompted Senator Obama, who is also in favor of fighting autism, to quickly advise Senator McCain that the issue of autism will require additional funding, and inquired of McCain how he could be serious about helping autistic children if he's going to implement an “across the board spending freeze," to which McCain again, could provide an intelligent answer. Another touché for Obama.

While McCain continues to attack Obama, in an attempt to smoke screen the fact that he has no clue or plan of what he will do to improve the state of America, Obama has already started laying out his plan which is:

1. Focus on jobs for Americans by kiboshing tax breaks for companies that are shipping jobs overseas and provide a tax credits for every company that's creating a job right here in America.

2. Help families right away by providing them with a tax cut for people making less than $200,000 and allow them to access their IRA accounts without penalty (up to $10,000) if they're experiencing a crisis

3. A 90 day moratorium on foreclosure applicable to institutions receiving federal aid, remarking,

“If we can move quickly to pass a rescue plan for our financial system, there's no reason we can't move just as quickly to pass a rescue plan for our middle class.” (Obama)

This is the kind of roll-up-your-sleeves, make-it-happen, on-your-toes methodology that America needs to restore the vitality we once enjoyed. Critics charge Obama's articulation as “silver tongued rhetoric." Nevertheless, Obama has proven time and again that he is in touch with the needs of the people, is most adept on foreign affairs, and with regard to the economy, he gets it.

This economic crisis that is crippling America should not have happened. If 9/11 taught us anything, it should have been, never to sleep. Apparently, the powers-that-be fell asleep at the wheel again – or – perish the thought that they were wide awake during the mortgage crisis that toppled Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Bear Stearns, major banks, etc., causing the domino effect that is still shaking this country right now, leaving the middle class, once again, to pick up the wreckage. It was on George W's watch that we fell into this plight and John McCain is just another George W in a different shell. Can America afford another eight years of the same – or worse?

It is no wonder that Colin Powell gave Barack Obama his strong endorsement, adding to a long list of power figures who support Obama, including Oprah Winfrey and Warren E. Buffett, the richest man in the world.

For more on Presidential Election 2008 and other breaking news, visit www.blackstarnews.com "Speaking Truth To Empower."

FIFTY LASHES! Not Too Long Ago, African Americans Would Have Gotten FIFTY LASHES For This . . .


On October 7th, New York City Mayor, Michael Bloomberg formally introduced a bill that, if passed, would permanently change the City's term limits law from two consecutive four-year terms to three, which would allow hizzoner to seek four more years in office along with the 51-member City Council and other elected officials.

The former Wall Street trader and self-made billionaire whose second term expires in 2009, proposes the adjustment on the premise that the City must have his Wall Street expertise to shepherd the city through the economic crisis.

On Sunday, October 19th, NYC Comptroller William H. Thompson charged that last week's public hearings on the matter of term limits, were rushed in what the Comptroller cited as “. . . an abrupt effort to steamroll the Mayor's legislation forward.” Thompson further charged that the hearings failed to give many New Yorkers an opportunity to voice their opinions. In addition, the Comptroller stated that high-level government officials in City Hall are abusing their authority by bullying groups that receive city funding into testifying on the Mayor's behalf and intimidating Council members into voting for the Mayor's legislation, ignoring the voice of their constituents. “These tactics are highly inappropriate and paint a portrait of a desperate campaign rife with heavy handed coercion attempting to discount the will of the public," Comptroller Thompson concluded.

Thompson, a would be contender for the Mayor's seat, provided the bill for a third term is not passed, is strongly in favor of a public referendum and open democratic hearings on term limits in each of the five boroughs.

Now, let's take a moment to analyze this situation. Let's see, now -- We've survived the stock market crash of 1929, the Great Depression, Two World Wars, the Stock Market Crash of 1987, and the invasion of the Cabbage Patch Kids all without Mayor Bloomberg in office.

With all due respect, to the Mayor, entertaining the notion that New York City will cease to thrive because a new captain takes the helm during a negative economy, is arrogant and narcissistic, to say the least.

The Mayor's justification for a third term in office raises the question, “Where was all Bloomberg's Wall Street expertise before over 20,000 high paying financial jobs on Wall Street ended up on the chopping block, while the Mayor was out chasing waterfalls? Why wasn't New York City better prepared for the financial tsunami – especially with the handwriting on the wall for such long time?”

Interestingly, it is a documented fact that right now, the Brooklyn economy is thriving better than the City as a whole, based on a report released by the Brooklyn Labor Market Review, released September 12th, 2008 . Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President, Carl Hum accredits Brooklyn's success to simply, diversifying. “Our research shows Brooklyn is capable of weathering an economic downturn because our jobs and businesses are not reliant upon a single industry. This is critical as we are experiencing what is likely to be a recession,” Hum concluded back in September.

Why is it that the Mayor's office failed to garner similar results? Could this aggression for a third term in office be a personal or professional endeavor to save face?

Admittedly, Mayor Bloomberg did a great thing by declaring war on bullies in the schools. There are, undoubtedly, many great things he has done for the City, nix (pun intended) the Olafur Eliasson waterfall monstrosities that sickened our much needed trees. But the fact remains that the countless poor and middle class of New York City feel that they have been forced to carry the burden of this City's financial woes on their backs for far too long, and relief is at hand. Hard working citizens, some working two; even three jobs, to barely feed their families want relief. Proud and decent people who have been unemployed too long and feel abandoned by the same administration who they have worked hard and diligently to support over the years, want relief.

Mothers and babies who were turned away from the City's shelter last Christmas because of some cruel and inhumane law that reduced the eligibility criteria for access to a shelter so slim, that even babies were turned out into the cold DURING CHRISTMAS, want relief!!!

People are weary and feel they have suffered enough. New York has practically become a police state with stiff laws and penalties enforced on the poor with no help in sight.

At this point, people just want to give someone else a chance to help them get their shambled lives back. Many more just want to see their family, friends and small businesses who have been pushed out and priced out, come back home. Restore the heartbeat to the City they love -- oh Hell -- the City that WE love.

At the October 17th hearing, Comptroller Thompson stated during his testimony, “At a time when our sole focus as a city should be on our economy, protecting working people, and maintaining quality city services for our citizens, the Mayor has us debating an issue that shouldn’t even be on the table. Even worse, he has proposed a measure that circumvents the voters and shatters the bonds of trust that are the essence of good government.”

New York City voters have already voted for term limits in 1993 and again in favor of term limits in 1996.

CLICK HERE to view the Comptroller's full testimony.

THE WORKING HOMELESS – Must They Bail Out the Fat Cats While Impaled In Sharpened Fangs?


It' s like the burdens of the entire WORLD always fall on the shoulders of the middle class until the middle class are submerged into their own subliminal, impoverished graves; deserted and forgotten to rot in the bitterness of broken dreams. Where's the democracy it that?! Did you, or I, or (dare I say), "Joe the Plumber," have any say in the $700 billion bailout for the Fat Farts leeching this economy dry?
Yesterday, as I took my morning constitutional in my beautiful, tree-lined residential (by day; Dodge City by night) Bed-Stuy hood, I watched as a man in his silver years huffed down Malcolm-X Boulevard pedaling an old rusty two-wheeler with a rickety, overstuffed shopping cart full of bags, hitched to the back of the fossil. All I could do was stare as I pondered to myself, "There rides Cadillac Mac of the 70's, reduced to Shopping Cart Bart. Ah mean, Dayum! It's bad enough Sun is biking it -- 'Homz' can't even get a bike upgrade?"
While the powers-that-be argue, "That's progress," I'm asking, "OH! Is that how progress is being defined now?" In my book, it's a tragedy and a shame. And it's not going to get better -- only worse for the multitudes of men and women zombying through the streets, aimless, devastated and still in shock, due to their lengthy unemployment or undremployment bouts, resulting in shakedowns of entire neighborhoods in the name of capitalism.

It's no wonder our kids are running rampant. The entire country is in a state of shock and awe from the financial assaults that have been inflicted upon the poor and middle class. And rather than provide help for parents all over this nation in need of a helping hand; some counseling -- some dollars, a hug or a pat on the back for doing the very best they can, backs are turned as vulnerable families; many with just one parent present, are left to fend for themselves. And what if they drop the ball? What if something unthinkable happens? Right away the parent or guardian is hauled off to jail or persecuted as a negligent or bad parent.

The human parenting instinct can only help a parent so far. Hence, I implore those of you who do not have kids not to be so quick to cast stones, because raising kids is one of most difficult occupations in life, yet a vital responsibility FOR US ALL. WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WELLBEING AND TEACHING OF OUR CHILDREN AND YOUTH -- not just the parents; not just the schoolteachers. Our future, maintaining our status as the most powerful nation on earth, depends on the healthy physical, mental, educational, spiritual and emotional development of our children. Granted, there are some sick animals out here who betray the trust of the innocent in harmful and disturbing ways. But most parents sincerely love their children, yet, could really use some help and support and a lot of encouragement and kindness.

I am blessed to be able to boast how well my two beautiful daughters fared. But it did not come without emotional scars and a price, and had it not been for the kindness and compassion of my friends (God bless the Cooks who taught me the TRUE meaning of "It takes a Village, and my brother, Joseph" many, many years ago), family (God bless the Cooks and my brother, Joseph), AND STRANGERS, it may have been an outcome quite the contrary.

But, what happens to families in dire need? Who's bailing THEM out?!!! Who's bailing those children out? To place the burdens of some greedy money gouging aristocrats on the backs of our children is sinful.

And don't get me started on those "greater than thous" who choose naivety to conveniently take the position that homelessness is a punishment for slackers and lazy people. DON'T YOU BELIEVE IT! There are thousands of homeless people in New York City shelters who work full time jobs, but still cannot bring "home" enough money to pay these astronomical rents or to clean up their credit in order to even hope for a chance. WHEN IS IT ENOUGH?!! How much more must come off the backs of the middle class who clearly are the backbone and foundation of this country, based on the fact that consumer spending -- OUR DOLLARS -- accounts for more than 2/3 of the American economy?

While researching the web, I came across this article from a mother with three kids who thought getting a job and working hard and diligently would put her life in order. (The big American LIE that too many people don't realize until they're pushin' up daisies) :

The following is a true account of a working homeless woman in Vermont, by Michelle Kennedy, Author of “Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (with Kids) in America: My Story.”

Michelle writes:

"If there is one fact you should take away from this issue paper,
it is that homelessness is closer to you or to anyone else than you
might imagine.

My own spiral into homelessness did not begin with drug use, alcohol
abuse or any of the other issues we, as a society, often believe “cause”
homelessness. In fact, it was my education and my former station in life
as a middle-class mom that eventually led me to rock bottom.
How was that possible? It’s pretty simple, really. I believed that, after
leaving a bad marriage and finally having the courage to pack up
my children — aged 4, 3 and 1 at the time — finding a job was the
only barrier to happiness. I believed that once I found a “good” job,
everything else would fall into place.

That’s not quite what happened. I found the job just fine, but somewhere
in my formerly middle-class mind, I believed a good job equaled a decent
place to live. I was wrong. Finding a good job just meant I didn’t qualify
for help. So, while I worked my tail off working for tips in a restaurant,
making a decent $10 an hour, my children had to sleep in my car;
because I didn’t qualify for child care assistance. Or housing assistance.
Or food stamps.

So my kids and I lived in a car, lucky that it wasn’t winter, lucky we weren’t
in a dangerous city. I didn’t have a shelter to go to. I didn’t have someone
advocating for me — showing me the “ropes” of poverty, if you will.
I wish someone had. It would have saved my children and I a lot of pain
during the months we lived in my Subaru station wagon.

I have discovered my own experience was not unique, that thousands
of people have been there, just like me. So as you read this paper,
keep in mind there are a lot of families out there living on the edge of
homelessness, and many have already fallen over that edge. Keep in mind
you may meet some of them working at a restaurant, a store, or perhaps a day-care center. And keep in mind it doesn’t have to be that way."

Michelle Kennedy is the author of “Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (with Kids) in
America: My Story,” published by Viking, 2005. She lives with her family in Chelsea, Vermont.

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