The President's Father's Day Remarks and BBQ- You say what?

Wow! This may be the first video of the President since the inaguration. yes, i was burnt out by all of the election coverage in 2008 and yes, I think Timothy Geithner and Larry Summers are going to lead the nation right over the side of a cliff so I am busy preparing my escape pod and try to ignore most things happening in DC that don't have to do with First Lady Michelle Obama, but I saw this over on the White House website when I was looking for some free public domain photos of the First Lady, and thought it was interesting. The President also wrote an open letter to fathers in PARADE magazine:

As an adult, working as a community organizer and later as a legislator, I would often walk through the streets of Chicago’s South Side and see boys marked by that same absence—boys without supervision or direction or anyone to help them as they struggled to grow into men. I identified with their frustration and disengagement—with their sense of having been let down. In many ways, I came to understand the importance of fatherhood through its absence—both in my life and in the lives of others. I came to understand that the hole a man leaves when he abandons his responsibility to his children is one that no government can fill. We can do everything possible to provide good jobs and good schools and safe streets for our kids, but it will never be enough to fully make up the difference. That is why we need fathers to step up, to realize that their job does not end at conception; that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child but the courage to raise one. As fathers, we need to be involved in our children’s lives not just when it’s convenient or easy, and not just when they’re doing well—but when it’s difficult and thankless, and they’re struggling. That is when they need us most.
Did Bush, Clinton, Bush or Reagan have a Father's Day event at the White House? I wonder if there are going to be any policy goals to coincide with the initiative? You say what?

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Rihanna Will Testify Today... But Will We Listen?

My brain is completely fried right now trying to recover from a very successful Blogging While Brown conference, but apparently Rihanna is going to testify today at a preliminary hearing involving Chris Brown. The folks at The New Agenda Report did a post analyzing the media's coverage of her. Please stay on top of this and email me your thoughts if you would like to do a post. Here is a portion of the post from The New Agenda:

Tonight, my thoughts are with Rihanna, who is scheduled to testify tomorrow morning at a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles against Chris Brown, charged with felony counts of assaulting her. It must take immense bravery for Rihanna to testify in the face of not only the hurdles that any abused woman faces, but also intense scrutiny from tone-deaf media. For example in the CNN Showbiz Tonight clip below, host AJ Hammer says: I’d have to believe that she’d rather have this whole thing just kinda go away so she can get on with her life. Really? Are you saying, AJ, that you believe she should just “get over it?” Pat LaLama then says: They [the court] only care about the seriousness of the charge and whether he’s responsible, not whether she wants to blubber on the stand and talk about how she still loves him. How sensitive. It got worse. Hammer read the LAPD statement: [Rihanna] turned to face Brown and he punched her in the left eye with his right hand. He then drove away in the vehicle and continued to punch her in the face with his right hand while steering the vehicle with his left hand. The assault caused [Rihanna's] mouth to fill with blood and blood to splatter all over her clothing and the interior of the vehicle. Brown looked at [Rihanna] and stated, “I’m going to beat the s*** out of you when we get home! You wait and see!” The reaction of Ben Widdicombe, Celebrity Editor of Stylist.com: That is such a hard statement to hear read, isn’t it, when you imagine what happened to Rihanna that night. Hard statement to hear? Poor Ben Widdecombe, to have to hear it read. How about what a horrific night it was for Rihanna to endure??? Read the rest at The New Agenda
I'll be asleep (I hope) and unplugged all day so I won't be able to keep up with the happenings, feel free to use this as an open thread for those of you already approved to comment. New commenters will have to wait until this evening for their to post unless you beg attorneymom to log in and start moderating since she has the ability to do so.  In addition, if some folks want to guest blog to follow the coverage of the trial, let me know and we can make that happen. PPS. I'm far more likely to post an item is A) its relevant to my audience, which this is and B) if you make my life easier by already having your content ready to go, which they did. G'night. I mean Good morning.

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