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First Lady Michelle Obama – 2012 Democratic National Convention Video

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Gabrielle Giffords Leads Democrats In Pledge Of Allegiance

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Former Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, grievously wounded in a January 2011 assassination attempt, led Democrats in the Pledge of Allegiance on Thursday as they opened the final day of their political convention.

Giffords walked uneasily onstage, relying on Democratic National Committee Chair—and close friend—Debbie Wasserman Schultz for support, as the crowd chanted “Gabby! Gabby!” Her appearance onstage at Time Warner Cable Arena brought cheering Democrats to their feet for a standing ovation.

As she led the crowd in the pledge in a strong voice, Giffords held her right hand over her heart with her left. She won more cheers when she blew a kiss to the crowd. Cameras showed delegates weeping as they clapped.

Even as the two women disappeared backstage, the crowd began chanting “fired up, ready to go.”

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Oil From BP Spill Uncovered By Isaac’s Waves

By CAIN BURDEAU and JAY REEVES Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Waves from Hurricane Isaac uncovered oil previously buried along Gulf Coast beaches, exposing crude that wasn’t cleaned up after the BP spill in 2010.

Since Isaac made landfall more than a week ago, the water the storm has receded and tar balls and oil have been reported on shores in Alabama and Louisiana, where officials closed a 13-mile stretch of beach Tuesday.

BP said Wednesday some of that oil was from the spill, but said some of the crude may be from other sources, too.

“If there’s something good about this storm it made it visible where we can clean it up,” BP spokesman Ray Melick said.

BP still has hundreds of cleanup workers on the Gulf Coast after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, killing 11 workers and leading to the nation’s largest offshore spill.

Melick said the company was working with the Coast Guard, state officials and land managers to clean up the oil on the Fourchon beach in Louisiana. He said crews would be there Thursday.

Isaac made landfall near Fourchon on Aug. 28 as a Category 1 storm, pummeling the coast with waves, wind and rain. Seven people were killed in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Ed Overton, a chemist and oil spill expert at Louisiana State University, said the exposed oil was weathered and less toxic, though it could still harm animals — such as crabs, crawfish and bait fish.

He said the storm helped speed up natural processes that break down oil and it might take several more storms to stir up the rest of the oil buried along the coast.

“We don’t like to say it, but hurricanes are Mother Nature’s way of taking a bath,” he said.

The reappearance of oil frustrated state officials.

Garret Graves, a top coastal aide to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, accused BP of not being aggressive enough with its initial cleanup.

“If they would put just a fraction of the dollars they’re putting into their PR campaign into cleanup, we’d certainly be much farther ahead than we are now,” he said.

BP has spent millions of dollars on its public relations campaign, but the company has not said exactly how much it has invested. Its cleanup and response costs over the last two years were more than $14 billion and more than 66 million man-hours have gone to protect and treat the Gulf shoreline, the company has said.

BP also gave $1 million to the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army to help victims of Isaac.

Along the oiled Fourchon beach, officials restricted fishing in waters extending one mile offshore. The state Wildlife and Fisheries Department said there was a large mat of tar on one beach and concentrations of tar balls on nearby shores.

In Alabama, officials said the tar was more of an unsightly nuisance than a health hazard, describing globs as ranging in size from a dime to a half dollar coin.

“There are areas where there are significant deposits,” said Phillip West, coastal resources manager in Orange Beach, Ala.

Samples from both states were being tested to determine whether the tar was from BP’s Macondo well.

The Alabama cities believe the tar hitting their white-sand beaches was breaking off large, submerged mats from the spill.

“I do believe we are going to be dealing with this for years,” said Grant Brown, a spokesman for the city of Gulf Shores, Ala.

The areas where workers found tar after the storm were some of the same places the heaviest oil deposits occurred during the spill.

In Mississippi, officials have so far spotted only about a couple dozen tar balls on beaches. Most have turned out to be reddish-brown bacteria, which commonly washes ashore after storms.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Must Watch: Black and Sexy TV

The internet has undoubtedly become one of the most popular outlets for entertainment. Since television is gradually offering less and less positive and worthy programs, the web can be a good alternative for stimulation. As many of us already know, YouTube can be a great place to see fresh and original content from creative new artists.

A channel I recently discovered is called Black and Sexy TV. This vibrant channel contains a cool variety of different web series and airs their mini-sodes weekly. The shows are geared towards young Black people and contain themes that the community can relate to such as relationships, romance, and of course sex. One of the channel’s breakout series called The Number features an engaged couple, Melissa and Jason. In the premier episode the two decide to reveal to each other their total number of past sexual partners. The rest of the series follows how the shocking results affect the couple, their families, and love lives.

Then there is The Couple. This particular show highlights the adventures of another young Black couple as they get through each day of being in a relationship. This series shows that relationships can involve adjusting to your partners annoying habits while living together as well as sharing fun and loving times together. Other shows featured on this channel are Hang Up and That Guy! This hip new channel was made by the creators of the 2008 film A Good Day to Be Black and Sexy, written and directed by Dennis Dortch.

Though the mini-sodes offered on Black and Sexy TV run just minutes long, the shows are indeed hilarious and thought provoking. And YouTube certainly allows for the audience to engage in feedback and interaction through the comments section. If you look closely you’ll notice that the characters of Black and Sexy TV may even respond to comments! Though new episodes are aired on a weekly basis, the great thing about YouTube is that viewers can always go back and revisit the episodes at any time. And there are even more series in the works for this fresh, fun channel.

Web shows are becoming very popular on Youtube these days. You may have even heard of theAwkward Black Girl series that has blown up within the past year. The creator Issa Rae does a phenomenal job. Rae can even be spotted as a character in one of the Black and Sexy TV series and is also involved with production of this channel’s shows! It’s definitely exciting to know about this new platform for Black entertainment.

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Check out the first three mini-episodes of “The Couple”  and the first episode of Black&Sexy TV’s other webseries: “The Number.”

THE COUPLE

THE NUMBER

Are You Ready For Some Football?

My family are all die heart sports fans … From High School to College to Pro … We Love Them All but when it comes to football & my family … It becomes more like a match made in heaven … We are a bunch of Game Going, Loud Cheering, All Team Spirit, In Your Face, House Divided type of fans … It’s almost like we live and breathe football …  I’m so proud that it’s that time of year again … So listed below are the  football schedules of our favorite teams …

I also want to give a shout out to my nephew Brandon (bass drummer for Tuskegee University), my nephew Monqueivus (football player for Booker T. Washington High School) and my daughter Tydashia (flute player for Opelika High School). So proud of you guys & Keep up the good work!

P.S. Please feel free to rep your favorite football team in the comment section below.

2012 OPELIKA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

GO DAWGS!

AUG. 23   ~  THURSDAY  ~  JAMBOREE  @ TROY UNIVERSITY vs. ENTERPRISE
AUG. 31   ~  FRIDAY  ~  BENJAMIN RUSSELL  (AWAY)  ~  L 7 – 14
SEPT. 7  ~  FRIDAY  ~  R.E. LEE (HOME)  ~  W 33 – 7
SEPT. 14  ~  FRIDAY  ~  CENTRAL P.C. (HOME)  ~  W 37 – 7
SEPT. 22  ~  SATURDAY  ~  CARVER MONTGOMERY (AWAY)  ~ L 27 -47
SEPT. 28  ~  FRIDAY  ~  VALLEY (HOMECOMING)  ~ W 35 – 0
OCT. 4  ~  THURSDAY  ~  SIDNEY LANIER (AWAY)  ~ W  43 – 12
OCT. 12  ~  FRIDAY  ~  SMITHS STATION (AWAY)  ~ W 21 – 3
OCT. 19  ~  FRIDAY  ~  JEFF DAVIS (HOME)
OCT. 26  ~  FRIDAY  ~  AUBURN (AWAY)
NOV. 1  ~  THURSDAY  ~  HOOVER (AWAY)

2012 Booker T. Washington High School Football Schedule

Go Golden Eagles!

Aug 24 ~ Friday ~ Jefferson Davis (Home)  ~  L 12-13
Aug 31 ~ Friday ~ Tallassee (Away)  ~  L 18 – 59
Sep 07 ~ Friday ~ Eufaula (Away) ~ L 19 – 46
Sep 14 ~ Frday ~ Russell (Home)  ~ L 13 – 41
Sep 21 ~ Friday ~ Carroll (Home)  ~  L 13  20
Sep 28 ~ Friday ~ Bullock County (Away)  ~ W 33 – 12 
Oct 05 ~ Friday ~ Rehobeth (Home)  ~ L 21 – 26
Oct 12 ~ Friday ~ Valley (Away)  ~ L 6 – 40
Oct 19 ~ Friday ~ Marbury (Home)
Oct 26 ~ Friday ~ Russell County (Away)
Nov 02 ~ Friday ~ Lee (Home)

2012 Tuskegee University Football Schedule

Go Golden Tigers!

Sept. 1 ~ ALABAMA A&M ~ Birmingham, AL – Legion Field – 6:00  ~  L 6 – 7

Sept. 8 ~ Johnson C. Smith (Inner-City Classic) ~ Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Stadium – 7:30 ET  ~ W 35 – 17

Sep 15 ~ LANE + ~ Tuskegee, AL – Abbott Stadium – 1:00  ~  W 45 – 17

Sep 22 ~ OPEN

Sep 29 ~ FORT VALLEY STATE + ~ Tuskegee, AL – Abbott Stadium -1:00  ~ W 48 – 14

Oct. 6 ~ Morehouse + (77th Annual Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic) ~ Columbus, GA – McClung Memorial Stadium – 3:00 ET  ~ W 21 – 14

Oct 13 ~ Stillman + ~ Tuscaloosa, AL – Stillman Stadium – 5 :00  ~ W 16 – 0 

Oct. 20 ~ KENTUCKY STATE + (Homecoming) ~ Tuskegee, AL -Abbott Stadium – 1:00

Oct. 27 ~ Clark Atlanta + ~ Atlanta, GA – Panther Stadium – 4:00 ET

Nov. 3 ~ Miles + ~ Birmingham, AL – Sloan-Alumni Stadium – 1:00

Nov. 10 ~ SIAC Championship ~ Atlanta, GA – TBA

Nov. 22 ~ Alabama State (ESPNU- 89th Turkey Day Classic) ~ Montgomery, AL – 3:00

+ SIAC Conference Game

2012 University of Alabama Football Schedule

Roll Tide!

Sept. 1                  ^vs. Michigan                    Arlington, Tex. (Cowboys Stadium)  ~  W 41 – 14

Sept. 8                 Western Kentucky           Bryant-Denny Stadium  ~ W 38 – 0

Sept. 15               *at Arkansas                      TBD  ~ W 52 – 0

Sept. 22               Florida Atlantic                 Bryant-Denny Stadium  ~ W 40 – 7

Sept. 29               *Mississippi                       Bryant-Denny Stadium  ~ W 33 – 14

Oct. 6                   Open Date

Oct. 13                 *at Missouri                       Columbia, Mo.  ~ W 42 – 10

Oct. 20                 *at Tennessee                   Knoxville, Tenn.

Oct. 27                 *Mississippi State            Bryant-Denny Stadium

Nov. 3                  *at LSU                               Baton Rouge, La.

Nov. 10                *Texas A&M                     Bryant-Denny Stadium

Nov. 17                Western Carolina             Bryant-Denny Stadium

Nov. 24                *Auburn                             Bryant-Denny Stadium

*Southeastern Conference (SEC) opponent

^Cowboys Classic

2012 Auburn University Football Schedule

War Eagle!

09/01/12   ~  vs. Clemson   ~  Atlanta, Ga. (Georgia Dome)  ~  L 19 – 26

09/08/12   ~  at Mississippi State *  ~  Starkville, Miss.  ~ L 10 – 28

09/15/12 ~  vs. Louisiana-Monroe  ~  Auburn, Ala.  ~  W 31 – 28

09/22/12  ~  vs. LSU *  ~  Auburn, Ala.  ~  L 10 – 12

10/06/12  ~  vs. Arkansas *  ~  Auburn, Ala.  ~ L 7 – 24

10/13/12  ~  at Ole Miss *  ~  Oxford, Miss.  ~ L 20  41

10/20/12  ~  at Vanderbilt *  ~  Nashville, Tenn.

10/27/12  ~  vs. Texas A&M *  ~  Auburn, Ala.

11/03/12  ~  vs. New Mexico State (Homecoming)  ~  Auburn, Ala.

11/10/12  ~  vs. Georgia *  ~  Auburn, Ala.

11/17/12  ~  vs. Alabama A&M  ~  Auburn, Ala.

11/24/12  ~  at Alabama *  ~  Tuscaloosa, Ala.

*Conference Event

2012 Jacksonville Jaguars Football Schedule

Go Jags!

Preseason: Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Atlanta Falcons  ~  W 24 – 14
EverBank Field – Jacksonville, FL
Thursday 8/30/2012 @ 6:30PM

Minnesota Vikings vs.Jacksonville Jaguars  ~ L 23 – 26
Mall of America Field At Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome – Minneapolis, MN
Sunday 9/9/2012 @ 12:00PM

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans  ~  L 7 -27
EverBank Field – Jacksonville, FL
Sunday 9/16/2012 @ 1:00PM

Indianapolis Colts vs. Jacksonville Jaguars  ~ W 22 – 17
Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, IN
Sunday 9/23/2012 @ 1:00PM

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Cincinnati Bengals  ~ L 10 – 27
EverBank Field – Jacksonville, FL
Sunday 9/30/2012 @ 4:05PM

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Chicago Bears  ~ L 3 – 41
EverBank Field – Jacksonville, FL
Sunday 10/7/2012 @ 4:05PM

Oakland Raiders vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Overstock.com Coliseum – Oakland, CA
Sunday 10/21/2012 @ 1:15PM

Green Bay Packers vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Lambeau Field – Green Bay, WI
Sunday 10/28/2012 @ 12:00PM

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Detroit Lions
EverBank Field – Jacksonville, FL
Sunday 11/4/2012 @ 1:00PM

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Indianapolis Colts
EverBank Field – Jacksonville, FL
Thursday 11/8/2012 @ 8:20PM

Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Reliant Stadium – Houston, TX
Sunday 11/18/2012 @ 12:00PM

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans
EverBank Field – Jacksonville, FL
Sunday 11/25/2012 @ 1:00PM

Buffalo Bills vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Ralph Wilson Stadium – Orchard Park, NY
Sunday 12/2/2012 @ 1:00PM

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New York Jets
EverBank Field – Jacksonville, FL
Sunday 12/9/2012 @ 1:00PM

Miami Dolphins vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Sun Life Stadium – Miami Gardens, FL
Sunday 12/16/2012 @ 1:00PM

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New England Patriots
EverBank Field – Jacksonville, FL
Sunday 12/23/2012 @ 1:00PM

Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
LP Field – Nashville, TN
Sunday 12/30/2012 @ 12:00PM

“This Or That?” Questionnaire Tag

Just earlier I was watching some tags on YouTube and I was thinking  to myself, “What if there was some type of thingy like that on blogs. That would be so cool.” And to my surprise I stumbled across this questionnaire on KATIEDAISY921 blog and I was like Oooh YEAH! So without further a do here are my answers to : This or That?

*Side Note – Just thought that I would let you know that #3 is missing for some odd reason. So no I didn’t skip one.

This or That?

1. Coke or Pepsi? Neither. Give me water with lemons please.

2. Caramel Apple or Cotton Candy? I love apples but not the candy or caramel ones .. So I guess cotton candy but not really. I mean I like it but I’m not a big fan of it. It’s not like I got to have it when the fair rolls into town. I much rather have a funnel cake. YUM!

4. Salt or Pepper? A little of both.

5. Pudding or Yogurt? Oh wow I love both. I can’t choose. If I had to pick on my present actions lately it would be yogurt all the way. So in love with CHOBANI 🙂

6. American or Provolone Cheese? Just Cheese. Point. Blank. Period.

7. Cookies or Brownies? My husband & I have a love affair with brownies … Just typing about them puts a smile on my face. definitely #TeamChocolate.

8. Pretzels or Chips?  So love chips. They are my weakness.

9. Cake or Pie?  Cake baby and make it chocolate!

10. Oatmeal or Cereal?  Oatmeal. Oatmeal. Oatmeal. Man I love this stuff. I can’t keep enough oats in the pantry.

11. Mexican or Japanese? Mexican hands down.

12. Chinese or Italian? Is that even a question? With out a doubt Italian.

13. Surf or Turf? Surfing with the goodness.

14. Pizza or Pasta? Duh.  Pizza by a landslide!

15. Mustard or Ketchup?  I love both but let’s not forget about mayo.

16. Sandwich or Wrap? Here in the Porter House we love wraps. But we are known to make a sandwich or two with our fave whole-wheat bread.

17. Apples or Oranges?  This is without question apples. My #1 go to use to be Golden Delicious but it has been bumped down to 2nd place because of Honeycrisp apples.  Oooo Child! Love these things.

18. Strawberries or Raspberries? Strawberries.

19. Blackberries or Blueberries? Blackberries without question. I remember growing up and walking down the street to pick wild blackberries off the side of the road with my friends. Ahhh, the good ole days.

20. Rice or Noodles? More like potatoes. Especially Sweet Potatoes. Oh My Gosh!

21. Spicy or Mild? Mild. I’m not big on a lot of hot & spicy stuff. I like it toned down. ALOT!

22. Salad or Soup? SALAD! I have a salad just about everyday … Sometimes 2 times a day.

23. Soup or Stew? I like both but I tend to eat more soups than stews.

24. Salted or Sweet Popcorn? I can’t stand kettle style popcorn & caramel coated popcorn and me fell out with each other because it cracked my tooth one day. So I guess that leaves Salted. But I only like the lightly salted and buttered stuff.

25. Cauliflower or Broccoli? Broccoli and don’t let me add some shredded cheddar … or turn it into a salad with dried cranberries … Mmmm!

26. Onion Rings or French Fries? French Fries. I can’t stand onion rings.

27. Burger or Hot Dog? Turkey Burger. Especially if it is hot off the grill

28. Popsicle or Ice Cream? When I was little and now fully grown I tend to navigate towards popsicles. But since I have met my husband (who is an ice cream FANATIC), he has slowly been pulling me over to his side.

29. Coffee or Tea? Tea but mostly ice tea. The only time I drink it hot is when I am coming down with a cold or my throat feels funny. Or when I want to feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

30. Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate. Should you have even asked?

31. Sausage or Bacon? Turkey sausage but like I stated earlier my husband has being pulling me over to his side. And he LOVES bacon. So I guess I have to say both.

32. Peanut butter or almond butter? Peanut butter – Creamy Honey Roast by Peter Pan

33. Salty or Sweet? Depends on what I am feeling at the moment.

34. Fried or Scrambled Eggs? Scrambled eggs with cheese. Please.

35. Waffles or Pancakes? I like waffles. Especially Belgium Waffles but my hubby loves himself some pancakes. So like I said before I am being pulled both ways. I think that I am beginning to sound a little repetitive here. LOL.

Okay, your turn!  If you read my survey, now it’s time to post yours.  Isn’t it fun.

Feel free to leave me a comment with a link to your blog post with completed questionnaire.

I would love to see your answers!

Lunch Lady Faces $600 Fine For Feeding Needy Children In Pennsylvania

By Rene Lynch
August 17, 2012, 1:10 p.m.

Video Link: Lunch Lady Fined For Feeding Hungry Children

Lunch lady Angela Prattis thought she was just doing God’s work, handing out free lunches to hungry children in a Pennsylvania neighborhood. But even acts of altruism, it seems, must bow to red tape.

National outrage has erupted after Prattis found herself running afoul of Chester Township zoning laws and threatened with a $600 fine if she continued, according to NBC10 Philadelphia.

Moreover, she faces a $1,000 fee if she wants to continue performing her good deeds, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The lunch lady, who is also a youth pastor at her church, was told that she needed a township zoning permit continue to hand out lunches outside her home. And the approval process requires an official hearing. And that hearing would cost her $1,000, the Inquirer reported.

It was enough to raise questions about whether Prattis could continue her work. She is a married mother of three and also a trained volunteer with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Nutritional Development Services, which supplies the food she gives out, according to the Inquirer.

The food is paid for by the state, according to the Inquirer, which also reported that program representatives had inspected and approved Prattis’ operation.

The stalemate has prompted an outpouring of support. So far, several in the community offered to cover the $1,000 bill. She has received dozens of calls from others offering to do whatever is needed to keep the lunch lady on the job, and a law firm has also offered to represent her for free.

Prattis told the Inquirer that she’s grateful for the offers but has not taken any money yet because she’s still hoping authorities will waive the fee.

The Inquirer said it spoke to the township’s acting solicitor, Murray Eckell, who acknowledged that the incident is giving local government a black eye. But he said the township is in a difficult position.

“Suppose a child gets hurt on her property,” Eckell was quoted as saying. “Will the family sue the township? What if somebody gets food poisoning?

“What she is doing is commendable…. But if we don’t have laws, there’s chaos. It’s a difficult situation for the township to be in.”

NBC10 says Prattis plans to attend the next township meeting in a bid to clear up the controversy, but until then she plans to continue feeding children.

The Chester Township manager did not return a phone call seeking comment by the time this article was posted online.

The Man & The Ostrich

A man walks into a restaurant with a full-grown ostrich behind him.  The waitress asks them for their orders.

The man says, “A hamburger, fries and a coke,” And turns to the ostrich, “What’s yours?”
“I’ll  have the same,” says the ostrich.

A short time later the waitress returns with the order.  “That will be $9.40 please.” The man reaches into his pocket and pulls out the exact change for payment.

The next day, the man and the ostrich come again And the man says,  “A hamburger, fries and a coke.”
The ostrich says, “I’ll have the same.”

Again the man reaches into his pocket and pays with exact change..

This becomes routine until the two enter again.  “The usual?” asks the waitress.
“No, this is Friday night, so I will have a steak, baked potato and a salad,” says the man.  “Same,” says the ostrich.

Shortly the waitress brings the order and says, “That will be $32.62.” Once again the man
pulls the exact change out of his pocket and  places it on the table..

The waitress cannot hold back her curiosity any longer.    “Excuse me, sir. How do you manage to always
come up with the exact change in your pocket every time?”

“Well,” says the man, “several  years ago I was cleaning the attic and found an old lamp. When I rubbed it,
a Genie appeared and offered me two wishes. My first wish was that if I ever had to pay for anything,
I would just put my hand in my pocket and the right amount of money would always be there.”

“That’s brilliant!” says the waitress.  “Most people would ask for a million dollars or something, but you’ll always be as rich as you want for as long as you live!”

“That’s right,  Whether it’s a gallon of milk or a Rolls Royce, the exact money is always there,” says the man.

The waitress asks, “What’s with the ostrich?”

The man sighs, pauses and answers, “My second wish was for a tall chick with a big butt and long legs who agrees with everything I say..”

2012 Presidential Cookie Bake-Off

Family Circle Magazine’s Presidential Cookie Bake-Off, which traditionally pits the cookie recipe of the current First Lady against that of the First Lady Hopeful, first occurred in 1992 and has now spanned six elections. What began as PR damage control for Hillary Clinton before the 1992 election (after she was accused of being out of touch with stay-at-home, cookie-baking women), has, oddly, become a rather prophetic indicator of the likely outcome of presidential elections. With the exception of Cindy McCain, every winner of the bake-off has gone on to the White House.

Not only does the outcome of the contest itself seem to (sometimes) predict that of the election, but one may even be able to predict the outcome of the bake-off itself based on one little factor: whether either recipe contains oats. According to Slate.com, trend analysis of the bake-off’s previous winning recipes has revealed that oat-containing recipes have consistently beat-out their non-oat-containing counterparts. From Cindy McCain’s oatmeal-butterscotch cookies to Laura Bush’s oatmeal chocolate chunks, this continues to ring true. So, if A+B=C, then do oats win presidential elections?

But cookie batter isn’t the only thing this contest stirs up – it also yields plenty of controversy. Many feel that the contest is outdated (and has been since its inception), and that it reduces some of the most politically powerful and influential women in the country to recipe-swapping, 1950s stereotypes. The flip side of that, of course, is that if the contest were to be canceled, it could be seen as a slap in the face to women who choose to work in the home and/or might imply that women who do have careers don’t also make time for their families. It’s pretty treacherous ground any way you slice it.

Additionally, in these health and weight-conscious times, some wonder whether promoting the baking of cookies that contain plenty of sugar and trans fats, in addition to oats, sends the wrong message. But both Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Romney make it pretty clear in their descriptions of their recipes that their cookies are used only as special treats, not daily staples. Like Cookie Monster now says, cookies are a “sometimes food.”

So, sexism and sugar aside, Will Ann Romney‘s oat-containing M&M recipe beat outMichele Obama‘s white and dark chocolate chip recipe? If it does, will Mrs. Obama pull a second upset and land in the White House anyway? Only time and voters (of both the bake-off and election varieties) will tell. If you are interested in whipping up a batch of presidential cookies, or want to vote, click here.

Happy Now? Gabby Douglas’ hair is styled.

by: kurleebelle.blogspot.com Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Gabriel “Gabby” Douglas is the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal in the individual all-around gymnastics competition and the first American gymnast to win the gold in a team and all-around competitions.

What more do you want from her?

It is shameful that many people in the African American community have overshadowed Gabby’s success by criticizing her hair. Yes, she was on television for the entire world to see, but people there is more to life than hair and there is definitely more to life than appearances. All this chatter around “Gabby Douglas gotta do something with this hair! These clips and this brown gel residue aint it” and “Gabby Douglas needs to tame the beady beads in the back of her hair.” is unnecessary and just highlights how shallow and superficial many of us are.

How about focusing more on fitness than hair. There are thousands of African Americans suffering from illnesses brought on my poor diets and lack of exercise. Many women are constricted by their hair refusing to swim or exercise because of the effect it may have on their hair. What were you doing when Gabby was practicing for the Olympics? Sitting on the couch eating a bag of Cheetos, while looking up the latest natural hair YouTube video? Your hair looks great, but your dying from poor lifestyle choices? You don’t want to exercise because you don’t want to sweat out your perm or wear a headscarf to the gym?Would you prefer to be in shape like Gabby Douglas or have a killer blow out or twist out?

For decades we have forgone extracurricular activities like swimming, camping and hiking because we just can’t get our hair messed up. Although many of us have joined #teamnatural, we still have a defeatist attitude where what we do is controlled by our hair. If Gabby were like the average woman she may not have won two gold metals because she would be too concerned that all that flipping, jumping and sweating may interfere with her hair. Many Olympic female athletes wear their hair in ponytails with clips. Why are we only focusing on Gabby?

We praise those crazy Basketball Wives and Love & Hip Hop reality stars because they wear Louboutins with weaves down to their backsides-paid for by laying on their back. But we criticize a woman who is magnificent and made her country proud because of her passion for a sport? Not every woman is going to be a glamour girl, we just need to accept that. It is OK to be who you are, flaws and all. Let’s stop all this negativity and give Gabby the praise and recognition she deserves.

In the words of Gabby: “What’s wrong with my hair? I’m like, ‘I just made history and people are focused on my hair?’ It can be bald or short; it doesn’t matter about [my] hair.”

Come on Ladies it’s just hair.