‘Baby, My Cash Money,’ Colombian Prostitute Speaks Out

One of the women involved in the Secret Service sex scandal said in a recent interview that she was paid a small fraction of the agreed-upon price.

She claims they had agreed upon $800, but the next morning the Secret Service agent wanted to pay her only $30.

“I tell him, ‘Baby, my cash money,’” the women, who prefers to be called an escort, told The New York Times.

“You have higher rank,” she said. “An escort is someone who a man can take out to dinner. She can dress nicely, wear nice makeup, speak and act like a lady. That’s me.”

She told The Times that the men ordered two bottles of vodka while at the club.

“They never told me they were with [President Barack] Obama. They were very discreet,” she added.

According to the woman, the man refused to pay and forced her out of the room, calling her an expletive. The situation escalated and eventually a hotel security officer arrived.

The escort lowered the amount to $250, the price she has to pay the man who helps find her customers. The agents eventually gave her a combination of dollars and pesos worth about $225, and she went on her way.

The woman did not know who the men were until the story broke on local news.

“This is something really big,” she said. “This is the government of the United States. I have nervous attacks. I cry all the time.”

A U.S. official said the woman’s account seems to be consistent with other findings. “On the whole, it’s pretty accurate,” the official said.

So far, three Secret Service agents have been forced out of their position. Eight others have had their security clearance suspended and are on administrative leave.

Romney Tells Obama To ‘Suck It Up’

In a recent interview with Bill Cunningham on WLW radio in Ohio, Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney expressed frustration with President Barack Obama’s jet-setting, leisurely lifestyle.

“Do you think the President’s example was followed by the GSA [General Services Administration] in recent scandals about the Las Vegas trips and more? Is that a good example for government federal employees to have as their President when he plays so much golf and vacations so much?” asked Cunningham.

Romney answered: “I must admit, I scratch my head at the capacity of the President to take four hours off on such a regular basis to go golfing. I remember how the Democrats used to be so critical of George W. Bush for playing occasional golf. He doesn’t begin to play the kind of golf that Barack Obama has, but we don’t hear much about that from the mainstream media. I would think you could kind of suck it up for four years, particularly when the American people are out of work.”

Cunningham asked Romney to “make a commitment… that when you’re the President that your family will not take vacations to such an extent … and that you will not take a salary until you have a balanced budget.”

Romney responded: “You’ve got some good ideas. I’ll give them consideration.”

U.S. Soldiers Pose With Corpses Of Insurgents In Afghanistan

A soldier who wished to remain anonymous gave the Los Angeles Times 18 photos taken in 2010 that show U.S soldiers posing with corpses of insurgents in Afghanistan. The soldier who provided the pictures said he did so in order to show security shortcomings and prevent the embarrassing act from happening again.

On at least two different occasions, U.S. soldiers were sent to gather information from the remains of suicide bombers. After doing their job, they posed with the corpses.

Fearing a violent backlash, the government did not want the pictures to go public. But The Times published two of the photos.

Times Editor Davan Maharaj said in a statement: “After careful consideration, we decided that publishing a small but representative selection of the photos would fulfill our obligation to readers to report vigorously and impartially on all aspects of the American mission in Afghanistan, including the allegation that the images reflect a breakdown in unit discipline that was endangering U.S. troops.”

During a live Web chat, Maharaj said: “The two photos published were chosen because they clearly and unambiguously depict conduct that the Army described as inappropriate. In examining the full set of images, we set aside others on grounds of taste, relevance or repetitiousness. Some were too gruesome. Others were very similar to the two images already chosen or were difficult to interpret.”

Navy Capt. John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, said the soldiers’ conduct “most certainly does not represent the character and the professionalism of the great majority of our troops in Afghanistan … . Nevertheless, this imagery — more than two years old — now has the potential to indict them all in the minds of local Afghans, inciting violence and perhaps causing needless casualties.”

White House spokesman Jay Carney said they are “disappointed [with] the decision to publish two years after the incident.”

The soldier who gave the photos to The Times remarked that on the second occasion, the pictures were taken as a result of U.S. deaths.

“They were frustrated, just pissed off — their buddies had been blown up by IEDs [improvised explosive devices],” the soldier told The Times. “So they sort of just celebrated.”

Obama Ate Dogs As A Child

In the run-up to the last Presidential election, the treatment of dogs became an issue when Barack Obama’s campaign harped on an incident involving Mitt Romney. Now, Obama finds himself in the hot seat for his treatment of canines.

A 2007 report revealed that in 1983 Romney put the family dog, Seamus, in a kennel on top of his vehicle and made the 12-hour trek from Boston to Ontario.

“It also strikes me as classic Romney: it solves a problem efficiently, in a business-like manner, and with no regard whatsoever for the suffering that the solution may cause,” blogged liberal David Kravitz after hearing the news.

The story broke when family and friends reminisced about Romney’s life to The Boston Globe. Someone remembered the time that the dog on the roof had diarrhea.

“Thinking of the wind, the weather, the speed, the vulnerability, the isolation on the roof, it is commonsense that any dog who’s under extreme stress might show that stress by losing control of his bowels. That alone should have been sufficient indication that the dog was, basically, being tortured,” responded Ingrid Newkirk, the president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

The issue resurfaced in this election when Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod tweeted a picture of Obama and his dog, Bo, inside a vehicle together. The picture included the comment: How loving owners transport their dogs.

But now, conservatives are turning to Obama’s canine past: He ate man’s best friend.

In his book Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, the President describes dog meat.

“With Lolo [Obama’s stepfather], I learned how to eat small green chili peppers raw with dinner (plenty of rice), and, away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy),” the President wrote. “Like many Indonesians, Lolo followed a brand of Islam that could make room for the remnants of more ancient animist and Hindu faiths. He explained that a man took on the powers of whatever he ate: One day soon, he promised, he would bring home a piece of tiger meat for us to share.”

The knowledge launched the hashtag #ObamaDogRecipes on twitter. “Chicken Poodle Soup” and “Pugs in a Blanket” are among the more memorable tweets.

Conservatives are now asking this question: Is it more humane to transport Fido on top of a car or to eat him?

Portland Man Protests TSA In His Birthday Suit

John Brennan, a 49-year-old man from Portland, Ore., was trying to fly from Portland to San Jose, Calif., when he felt that Transportation Security Administration officials were harassing him. In order to make their job easier, he stripped naked.

Brian Reilly, who took a picture and heard part of the incident, recalled what he witnessed: “He got pulled aside for extra security measures. He clearly was protesting it. And he decided to get completely naked and just protest that. He was saying things like, ‘Am I doing anything illegal or do I have anything illegal? Am I good to go through now?’ Trying to make a point, you know?”

“Mr. Brennan’s actions caused two screening lanes to be closed and while some passengers covered their eyes and their children’s eyes and moved away from the screening area, others stepped out of the screening lanes to look, laugh and take photos of Mr. Brennan,” the police report said.

Brennan was charged with disorderly conduct and indecent exposure.

He told authorities he “disrobed as a form of protest against TSA screeners who he felt were harassing him.”

Brennan was taken to the Multnomah County Jail and missed his flight. He faces disorderly conduct and indecent exposure charges in relation to the incident.

On April 10, a woman stripped naked at the Denver International Airport after being told to put out her cigarette. Charges were not filed against her.

Fundraiser Ad Lands Man In Jail

A businessman in Lockport, N.Y., will have to serve a 15-day sentence for violating the town’s sign ordinance.

Lockport law requires that electronic billboards can change only once every 10 minutes. David Mongielo thought the law was phrased poorly, so he had a sign that changed more often.

“The law reads that the format or the message may only change once every ten minutes, so the format is the program, so video is a format. That alone means it’s legal,” argued Mongielo.

His first violation was in 2009, and he had to pay a fine of $700. He was warned that the next violation would land him 15 days behind bars.

Mongielo recently was using his sign to intermittently display fundraising ads. His ad changed before 10 minutes in order to advertise a fundraiser for a local Sheriff’s deputy who lost both his legs in a traffic accident.

“Displaying a fundraising event, happy birthday message, anything non-commercial, it’s for my constitutional right; they can’t regulate it,” Mongielo.

But the city thought otherwise. The Lockport businessman faces a $250 fine and jail time.

“It’s shocking; it’s disturbing. I am a patriot and it’s sad that dysfunction of America can show we really don’t have any freedoms locally,” he said.

Frank Housh, Mongielo’s attorney, said: “There’s so much wrong with this prosecution … there’s so much wrong with this case that I can’t really begin.”

Dick Clark Dies At 82

TV personality Dick Clark died Wednesday morning after having a heart attack.

Clark is best remembered for his New Year’s Eve events and youthful appearance.

Clark had an outpatient procedure on Tuesday night at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. Following the procedure he suffered a heart attack. Doctors were unable to resuscitate him.

He is survived by a wife and three children.

Prostitutes, Booze And Vacation Planning… Oh, My!

The sixth Summit of the Americas was held in Cartegena, Colombia over the weekend. According to the Summit of the Americas’ website, the gathering is a time when “leaders discuss common policy issues, affirm shared values and commit to concerted actions at the national and regional level to address continuing and new challenges faced in the Americas.” But the great leaders of the United States did much more.

“We’re representing the people of the United States, and when we travel to another country I expect us to observe the highest standards because we’re not just representing ourselves,” said President Barack Obama about our government’s time in Colombia. Unfortunately, he offered up this reminder after the meeting was over.

No wonder other countries think we are a bunch of buffoons. The Secret Service hired hookers, the Secretary of State danced and drank the night away, and the President said he was there to find a good vacationing spot.

Instead of guarding the President, 11 Secret Service personnel went to the Pley Club, a bar where scantily clad women dance in order to entice. Apparently, Colombians dance well — either that or the alcohol is strong. The Secret Service agents allegedly brought the Pley Club’s finest back to their rooms at the Hotel Caribe. Reportedly, military personnel might have been involved as well.

When one Secret Service agent refused to pay, things got rowdy at the hotel. So the police were called. “They were showing their badges saying, ‘Look, look who we are!’” a hotel staffer said. “He didn’t want to pay one of the girls. They had huge egos.”

Because the event involved foreigners, a report was sent to the U.S. Embassy.

While the Secret Service was enjoying some dirty dancing, Hillary Clinton was doing a dance of her own. Let’s just hope it was more family friendly. The 64-year-old Secretary of State partied at La Havana, a Colombian nightclub. The former first lady was supposedly at the club around 12:45 a.m. According to a local paper, her party of 12 ordered a dozen beers and two glasses of whiskey.

President Barack Obama spent his time more wisely. Whereas the Secret Service was fornicating and the Secretary of State was imbibing, Obama was searching for a good vacationing spot.

“I want to thank President Santos and the people of Colombia for the extraordinary hospitality in the beautiful city of Cartagena. We’re having a wonderful time. And usually when I take these summit trips, part of my job is to scout out where I may want to bring Michelle back later for vacation. So we’ll make sure to come back sometime in the near future,” Obama said.

The Obama family has been criticized during his tenure for taking 16 vacations. The fact that flying Air Force One costs about $180,000 an hour doesn’t help ease the minds of frustrated taxpayers.

The Summit of the Americas is a time when leaders “affirm shared values.” The shared values of the White House were on display for the entire world to see. Unfortunately for the Democratic Party, what happens in Colombia doesn’t stay in Columbia.

Record Number Of U.S. Citizens Renounce Citizenship In 2011

Last year, at least 1,788 people renounced their U.S. citizenship; many of them did so due to heavy taxation.

In actuality, the number is probably higher. The Internal Revenue Service releases the names of those who give up their citizenship (referred to as “name and shame”), and some who renounced say they haven’t seen their name on the list yet. The IRS began listing former citizens in 1998; last year’s number set a record.

In recent times, more and more citizens have given up their citizenship. The number of people who did so in 2011 is more than the total for 2007, 2008 and 2009 combined.

Most commonly, Americans living abroad are the ones who renounce their citizenship. Few countries tax their citizens on income they earn while living abroad, but the United States does. And, reportedly, the tax process for such Americans is quite strenuous.

Two regulations in particular have expatriates disgruntled.

The first regulation stems from a change to the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts. Americans who fail to disclose overseas bank accounts of at least $10,000, including investments or an account held with a spouse, will be penalized for noncompliance.

“Disclosing joint accounts I hold with my wife and anyone I ever want to do business with — that’s just too much. My wife’s account is none of their business,” Peter Dunn said. Dunn was a dual U.S. and Canadian citizen, but he recently renounced his U.S. citizenship.

The second regulation, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, asks foreign financial institutions to disclose information on U.S. clients.

“They’re going to drop Americans like hot potatoes,” said Francisca N. Mordi, vice president and senior tax counsel at the American Bankers Association. “The foreign banks are upset enough about the regulations that they’re saying they just won’t keep American customers, and it’s giving (Americans living abroad) a lot of sleepless nights.”

X-Ray Technician’s Child Has Six Legs

A baby boy has been born in Pakistan with six legs.

The child was born at the National Institute of Child Health in Karachi.

The doctor working the case, who wished to remain anonymous, said that the baby has a genetic disease that affects only about one in 1 million babies.

“The doctors are examining the infant to plan for necessary treatment to save the baby’s life and ensure he lives a normal life,” said a statement from the provincial health department.

Imran Shaikh, the child’s father, lives in Sukkur and works as an X-ray technician.

“I can’t afford to visit Karachi and get treatment for my baby,” said Shaikh. “I appeal to philanthropists and the government to come forward for the treatment.”

Jamal Raza, the director of the National Institute of Child Health, said the baby’s appearance is due to the boy having a conjoined twin that did not develop properly.