Nobel Literature Head: US Too Insular to Compete

via Breitbart

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) – Bad news for American writers hoping for a Nobel Prize next week: the top member of the award jury believes the United States is too insular and ignorant to compete with Europe when it comes to great writing.

Counters the head of the U.S. National Book Foundation: “Put him in touch with me, and I’ll send him a reading list.”

As the Swedish Academy enters final deliberations for this year’s award, permanent secretary Horace Engdahl said it’s no coincidence that most winners are European. Continue reading

Kanye West Mom Surgery Bill Vetoed

via Yo! Raps

The death of Kanye West’s mother, Dr. Donda West, prompted California lawmakers to partially enact a bill requiring potential cosmetic surgery patients to first undergo a physical examination. Weeks after going into effect, the governor has vetoed the bill.

In addition to requiring a physical exam, the bill (written by Assemblywoman Wilma Amina Carter), would have also required patients to disclose their complete medical history and get a doctor’s clearance. Citing the state’s 85-day delay in passing a new budget as the reasoning, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill.

In other Kanye West news, the rapper is linking his Dr. Donda West Foundation with the Live to Give Campaign to present a concert in Washington D.C. focused on community empowerment.

All of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to selected charities.

For more information go to www.livetogiveback.org or call (301) 605-5324.

Travis Barker Released from Hospital

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Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has been released from an Augusta, GA., hospital after suffering severe burns in a plane crash more than a week ago.

According to spokeswoman Beth Frits, Barker was released on Monday morning (September 29).

Shanna Moakler, the ex-wife of Travis Barker and the mother of their 4-year-old son, has been by his side for the last week, according to reports.

Barker and DJ AM were the only survivors of a learjet crash just before midnight September 19 at the main airport in Columbia, S.C. The plane crash killed four others and left DJ AM and Travis Barker with second and third degree burns.

Barker was released three days after his friend and celebrity DJ, DJ AM, left the hospital to return to Los Angeles by plane.

Both will fully recover but doctors estimate that recovery to be lengthy.

In related news, DJ AM has made his first public appearance to pay tribute to one of the duo’s deceased friends, only nine days after the crash. He attended a memorial service for Chris “Lil Chris” Baker, who served as an assistant to Barker for several years and was a close friend to both musicians.

Rumor: Eminem’s New Album titled ‘The Empack’?

Well details are slowly leaking out about Marshall Mathers aka Eminem new LP supposedly titled The Empack via G-Unit producer Sha Money XL. Can we at least get some music please to see what he has got to offer this time around? Hip Hop DX has got the scoop:

According to longtime G-Unit affiliate and former VP Sha Money XL [click to read], Eminem‘s long-rumored return will amount in an album titled The Empack. The producer and executive made the revelation by way of a recent post on his website ShaMoneyMotivation.com.

Warning to Hip Hop coroners and doubters, that “2009 will not be your year,” the effort will come as part of a triad of monster releases from 50 Cent (Before I Self-Destruct) and Dr. Dre (Detox). With the first release slated to arrive in the closing three weeks of 2008, the return is likely a dominant return from Interscope Records, who backs all three artists, which each signed the next.

Empack, if in fact titled that, would be the first solo release from the Detroit native since 2004’s Encore [click to read].

Cynthia McKinney Reveals 5000 Men Killed During Hurricane Katrina [VIDEO]

via USDA2DAY

This is something that if true is a basic crime against humanity. Skip this post if you want but this is a serious story we need to look at. This country is in shambles!!

Yesterday, Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney, held a press conference to reveal 5,000 black males were suspiciously murdered during Hurricane Katrina.
According to McKinney, the names of the 5,000 are contained in a Pentagon computer. She claims the men were prisoners whose bodies were dumped in a swamp. 😕

I do recall New Orleans prison officials releasing a large number of black prisoners after Hurricane Katrina when rising water flooded the prisons. Does anyone know what happened to those prisoners?

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