Your Tuesday Random-Ass Roundup: Mad Boy.

Diddy is apparently having some respiratory problems:

“Damn it hurts in a whole other way when someone you felt and I mean really felt was your Friend, Betrays you. It hurts when Breathe.”

Faith Evans can probably relate.

Seems like he’s suffering from a severe case of, ahem, bitchassness. But if Jay Electronica keeps putting out songs at this clip – two songs in two days – then it’s tough to be all that sympathetic.

A tissue for your sorrows, Diddy.

And now, a sweet 16 of links, y’all:

1. Ginni Thomas, the conservative activist and the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is resigning from Liberty Central, the conservative group she founded last year. (Avon Snarksdale)

2. At ColorLinesMichelle Chen goes in on the White House’s hypocrisy on war and child soldiers. Why are we handing out waivers to countries who arm children to fight wars? Oh, because it’s okay if they’re fighting terrorists … another reason why waging abstracts wars leave a clear way out impossible. What is clear as day are the casualties – our children here and abroad. (Naima)

3. The man who’s helped thousands of college students cheat their way through school comes clean to The Chronicle of Higher Education. “You would be amazed by the incompetence of your students’ writing. I have seen the word ‘desperate’ misspelled every way you can imagine. And these students truly are desperate.” (Blackink)

4. After seven years of house arrest, Aung Sang Suu Kyi is released in Burma…again. The Christian Science Monitor is skeptical and given what happened in Depayin, for good reason. (Naima)

5. The eternal conflict between gentrification and affordable housing results in some ugly consequences in one block of DC. (Nicole)

6. A plan for fixing Haiti’s poor schools is modeled after New Orleans’s approach following  Hurricane Katrina. (Avon Snarksdale)

7. Newsweek profiles “gay marriage’s worst opponent,” Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage. (Blackink)

8. Maybe we should be including food marketers in the fight against obesity, instead of just demonizing them? (Nicole)

9. Insert stimulus package joke: the recession has hurt demand for swingers parties.  (Avon Snarksdale)

10. Glenn Beck’s obsession with Nazism. (Naima)

11. Walgreens is expanding their fresh food offerings in food deserts in Chicago. (Nicole)

12. Ruby Bridges was the first black student to attend William Frantz Public School in New Orleans. She was immortalized in the famous Norman Rockwell painting, The Problem We All Live With.Fifty years hence, she’s a teacher at that same school, which is still recovering from Katrina. (Avon Snarksdal

13. Michigan has just passed a pretty cool “cottage foods” law.  Want to make some money on the side selling your famous banana bread? Now you don’t have to be in a commercial kitchen to do it. (Nicole)

14. Facebook is getting into the email business. Zuckerberg plans to append to our preferred alias of choice. (Naima)

15. Kobe Bryant, labor leader? Yes. He plans to join teammate Derek Fisher as one of the league’s leading voices in collective bargaining negotiations. (Blackink)

16. The New York Times tries to quantify the value of a star quarterback to his college football program. It’s safe to say that for players like Cam Newton of Auburn, $200,000 is a bargain. (Blackink)


Joel Anderson —blackink —  writes about sports, politics, crime, courts, and other issues far beyond his competence at BuzzFeed. He has worked at media outlets in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Atlanta and contributed to a number of publications, including The Root and The American Prospect, among many others.
  • re: Cam Newton…every time something like this happens, it seems like the alleged violation is met with less opprobrium, because everyone expects money and favors to be changing hands in order to land top recruits. It seems like an elaborate kabuki at this point: everyone knows big-time college sports is crooked, but we have to pretend that we’re shocked when we get to see the seedy underbelly.

    At the same time…there doesn’t seem to be any way to actually compensate players in a way that would be fair. i dunno, tho. surely there’s something between a legal system of paying athletes and this.

    • GD, I have been thinking about this for a long time, and the only thing that I can see work is a farm system akin English club soccer. Basically individual teams set up their own youth camps, leagues, or whatever, and they are free to sign promising young kids to the team (16 year debuts baby!). Now, the US has a unique wrinkle in that it worships at the alter of college sports, but then I would just have professional teams and universities combine to make NCAA athletes into pros. They do not have to go to classes, they do not have to take exams, nothing. So its the nominally the Auburn team, but really its the Dallas Cowboys farm team (and yes that would totally screw up the drafting, but whatever). I would rather put these kids up for room and board and not even care about the integrity of college athletics (now, we are obviously talking about mens football and basketball here, because lord knows they carry the other sports).

      Of course, for a lot of reasons (culturally, racially, economically) that would never happen, but whatever. The college football cartel and the NCAA are so ridiculously powerful…

      Also, I just put up something on the Plagiarism stuff. Long story short, stop treating education like a commodity while at the same time pretending that you believe in individual accountability. It confuses the students, and they do not care. When I was a TA everyone kept at me to look for plagiarism, like it was THE greatest threat to the integrity of the academy… between the NCAA and college admins in general, I do not know who is more crooked.

  • tedra

    item #1: when you’re too crazy for the tea party, you really have a problem.