*It looks like Soulja Boy snookered TMZ (and us, too) with its recent report that he was buying a $55 million G5 jet for his 21st birthday on Thursday. Reuters is reporting that it’s not true. Here’s what The Buzz blog at AJC.com is reporting:
It appears widely circulated media reports indicating the young rapper had taken to the friendly skies were something of a publicity stunt.
The source of the prank seems to be: Soulja Boy.
TMZ has the latest. Their report notes that the rapper went on the radio and told the interviewer he was in a “G5″ state of mind – and did not contradict the story about his swank new ride.
TMZ doesn’t sound too happy about being punked, either.
“When our reporter spoke with Soulja earlier this week — and asked him directly, he responded, “Hell yeah … I bought it.”
Say what you will about this gossip site but they’re usually accurate. They were the first to report Michael Jackson’s death, remember.
Meanwhile, radar online is reporting Soulja Boy owes $26,000 in back taxes to the state of California. We hope they got that right.
*Didn’t see this one coming, but we just know every comedian on the planet is gonna have a field day with this one.
U.S. officials have released information about several materials the Navy SEALs found in bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound, including Pepsi, Vaseline, and Avena syrup-a sexual stimulant, according to Reuters.
The news service is reporting that officials also found a fairly extensive and modern porn stash amidst the digital thumb drives and electronics recovered from the raid.
No word on whether bin Laden himself partook of the videos or if they were passed around in the house. But since the compound was not connected to the Internet or other communications networks, it’s not certain how the al Qaeda leader or his couriers would have acquired the items.
Speculation is that the porn arrived via thumb drives, along with other electronic messages carried by couriers to and from bi Laden.
Let the bin Laden freaky deaky jokes begin!
Read/learn more at Reuters.
*The U.S. economic recession was especially devastating to the job prospects and incomes of African-American residents of Washington, D.C., according to a new report on the majority black city’s labor market, according to Reuters.
Overall, unemployment levels pushed to record highs in the nation’s capital during the longest and deepest recession since the end of World War Two, the DC Fiscal Policy Institute said in the report released on Wednesday.
The jobless rate for Latino residents increased at the fastest rate during the recession, nearly doubling in a year to 8.4 percent at end 2009. But the unemployment rate for African American residents was the highest at 15.6 percent.
Read more HERE.
*A major military cover-up had been silenced … until now. Back in 2007, two Reuters journalists lost their lives due to a gargantuan-size American military flub up. But the military said they were right under their “Rules of Engagement,” according to WikiLeaks. The video has been authenticated by the U.S. Military as well.
The site, WikiLeaks, had been trying to get the video under the Freedom of Information Act, but to no avail they could not. But, now, with the assistance of a “whistle blower” they have it and somehow decoded the encryption to get in and make it obvious to the world that indeed the military was NOT correct to open fire on civilians. (more…)
*Nigeria’s Acting President Goodluck Jonathan dissolved the cabinet on Wednesday in a bid to consolidate his authority at the helm of Africa’s most populous nation a month after he assumed executive powers.
The surprise move heightens immediate uncertainty in the oil-producing nation of 140 million people, leaving civil servants in charge of ministries until new ministers are screened and approved, a process which could take weeks.
In the interim, Jonathan — who assumed executive powers in early February in the absence of ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua — will be Nigeria’s sole administrator because as acting head of state he has no deputy in the presidency.
“He did not give us any reason for the dissolution of the cabinet. Permanent secretaries will take charge of the ministries from tomorrow,” outgoing Information Minister Dora Akunyili told reporters after a lengthy cabinet meeting.
Read MORE of this Reuters report HERE.