*In the highly-anticipated comedy, “Think like A Man,” Kevin Hart stars as ‘Cedric,’ a jilted man in the middle of a nasty divorce, and how he goes about handling it.
Coincidentally, during the filming for the movie, in his real life comedian Kevin Hart was also going through a divorce. while not so nasty as the one portrayed on screen, Kevin says his was not without drama.
Hart says while in the movie his character hated his soon-to-be ex-wife “Gayle,” but in real life he and his ex are very good friends and have kids together, so for that reason alone they’ve been able to maintain a close relationship. but the process of going through a divorce was similar to what was shown in the film.
Kevin refers to going through a divorce as “a hard angry process.” for the film Hart says he channeled that, took it “and ran with it.”
You can see how Kevin Hart’s on-camera divorce unfolds when “think like a Man” hits theaters nationwide on April 20.
As the 2012 NFL Draft approaches, there remains a lack of clarity as to where Carolina’s head is at concerning the ninth overall pick. Months ago, it seemed Dre Kirkpatrick was the obvious choice, but as the offseason progressed, the pick became Michael Brockers, Dontari Poe, David DeCastro, Luke Kuechly and more recently, Fletcher Cox.
DeCastro has since fallen out of the discussion after the Panthers acquired multiple offensive linemen in March, including a trade for the talented young tackle Bruce Campbell.
Despite reports that the Panthers are interested in Kuechly, he doesn’t come at a position of need, and his talent does not surpass the other prospects who were listed.
Kirkpatrick was ousted months ago after off-field issues and concerns about his self-motivation saw his stock drop.
When you remove those three from the list, you are left with three defensive tackles—LSU’s Brockers, Memphis’ Poe and Mississippi State’s Cox. there has been no shortage of arguing over which is the proper pick for Carolina, but a consensus has still not been reached. to finally reach a conclusion, let’s compare all three and decide which is the best fit.
We’ll start with Brockers, as he was the first defensive tackle that stood out as a possibility for the Panthers. He’s scheme diverse, and fits in equally well as a 4-3 defensive tackle or a 3-4 defensive end. He has excellent size at 6’5″, 322 lbs. and played against elite competition in the SEC.
Brockers’ stock fell at the combine when he didn’t appear as athletic or as strong as Cox and Poe. However, he does show explosiveness and strength on film, which does alleviate those concerns in my mind.
Michael Brockers, LSU
Brockers could blossom for the Panthers if utilized correctly. when he is used in a consistent rotation, he is far more effective and can be so over the entire course of a game. when he’s left in the game too long, he is unable to hold up against the double-team and becomes an average player.
Remember, Brockers only has one legitimate year of experience playing against elite competition. He has made some strides over his short career, and if the Panthers coaching staff sticks with him, it could pay dividends. If they are impatient, though, the pick could be a waste.
Poe’s story has been much different. He’s shown that he is an elite physical talent, with 44 reps and a 4.87 forty-yard dash time. However, since the combine and his pro day, scouts have gone back to the film and that athleticism does not show up on tape.
At 6’3″, 346 lbs., Poe is a handful when he gets a good jump off the ball, but he isn’t typically quick on film, which counters his impressive 10-yard split of 1.68. He also isn’t an impressive pass rusher and lacks the upside that Brockers has in this area.
Although he can occasionally show the ability to split the double team and make highlight plays, he doesn’t consistently live up to his talent on the field and is a better fit as a nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme.
Cox is an even more compelling athlete than Poe, and his abilities translate more directly to the film, where he showed aggression and instincts that suggest a player with great upside.
The 6’4″, 298 lb. defensive tackle is an ideal fit for the Panthers’ 4-3 scheme and his high motor, as well as two-and-a-half years of starting experience, make him a potential impact player from day one. He does, however, need to add some bulk because he has the frame to do so while not sacrificing his quickness.
Which is the best pick?
- Which is the best pick?
- Dontari Poe, Memphis 9.6%
- Michael Brockers, Louisiana State 18.8%
- Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State 71.5%
Total votes: 664
Cox can occasionally be handled by double teams due to that lack of strength, but he disengages quickly and shows great explosion in his upper body. He is also a developing pass rusher who can become even more productive with improved technique.
After analyzing the three prospects, here are my rankings:
3. Dontari Poe, Memphis2. Michael Brockers, LSU1. Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State
In the end, Poe has less upside and doesn’t appear to be as skilled once the ball is snapped. both Brockers and Cox have elite talent, but Cox has refined his game more at this point and is more relentless on tape, making him the right choice for the Panthers, who could instantly insert him as a starter on the inside.
Final Verdict: Fletcher Cox
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It feels like yesterday that Deportivo de La Coruña defied everyone and crowned Primera División champions. that season might have seen the least amount of points accumulated by the winners but it was undeniable they deserved it. they weren’t the only side for Galicia riding on a crest of a wave at the turn of the millennium. Celta de Vigo, their fierce rivals, was also one of the leading lights in the division. Today in the Segunda División, with their best years behind them, Sunday will see the two meet for the first time since 2006. In the past this fixture has given us goals, drama and excitement. In truth nothing less you expect from a hotly contested derby.
Much of it down to two mercurial yet explosive talents, flawed genius you rarely come across today, the eccentric Djalminha and the graceful Aleksandr Mostovoi. Both were as alike as two peas in a pod, when it mattered they turned any game on its head, the go-to-guys. Nothing seemed to be beyond them. It was as if both came for another world to grace the people of Galicia. In truth they did, despite their brilliance, both had their human sides.
At times letting their emotions get the better of them and as a result taking the shine from the majesty they performed. In an era decorated with illustrious playmakers, individually they were different from the norm, none more so than Djalminha. There were three sides to him; the good, the bad and the ugly. He was that contradictory a Hollywood movie could have easily been produced.
His arrival from Palmeiras for around €10M in 1997 raised eyebrows, the player who left his native land with many salivating, a recipient of the Bola de Ouro much was touted of him. A product of Flamengo, where the legendary playmaker Zico is adorned, he grew up surrounded by the best Brazilian players. His father, Djalma Feitosa, was one of the most charismatic players of the 1940s. when he was still a kid, “O Rei” Pelé carried him on his shoulders onto a football pitch. on arrival in Spain he immediately struck a formidable partnership with compatriot Rivaldo.
Djalminha at Depor
Blessed with talent, his genius was straight away for all to see and unquestionable, though his temperament would eventually be his downfall. however he exhibited all his positive traits in the first few seasons at La Coruña. that was enough to make him seen as one of the greats around, even if it was brief. His technique was simply excellent – great close control, dribbling and finishing – he was effectively a showman, never afraid to try the impossible, even in the most unnecessarily of times, still the fans weren’t complaining given the joy he was bringing.
His counterpart, Mostovoi at Celta, was part of a side full of high calibre names with the likes of Michel Salgado, Claude Makalele, Valeri Karpin, Mazinho and Haim Revivo. but he was the one who stood out the most. A gifted playmaker, his reading of the game was superb, exceptional vision coupled with great close control and dribbling made him one of the standout technical players of his generation. He would eventually become affectionately known as ‘El Zar’. His rise to prominence started at Spartak Moscow, before arriving in Vigo he had spells at Benfica, Caen and Strasbourg. Mostovoi would spend eight years with the club, much full of memories to last a lifetime, even if he failed to win a major honour.
Mostovoi at Celta
With the stars aligning themselves and all the ingredients being in one place, it came as no surprise both should be involved in one of the most unsavoury incidents in the meetings between Depor and Celta. The clash on December 18, 1999, was one neither would forget. Both temperamental figures, it didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure, in the heat of the battle at the Riazor, the two forces will collide. Djalminha gave Mostovoi his now infamous colleja (slap to the back of the head). Both were at loggerheads, the Brazilian feeling he was racially abused, decided to take the law into his own hands: “I have no regrets. It was so pretty,” he recently said.
However Djalminha would make amends a year later in the same fixture scoring his most famous goal for Depor, receiving the ball on the edge of the area, he back-heeled it to beat the oncoming defender and with his left foot curled it into the far corner. that was as good as things got for Djalminha in North-West Spain. His fallout with manager Javier Irureta, in training – where he head-butted him – saw his whirlwind adventure with the club cut short. An action which he still doesn’t regret: “I cannot repent the head but to Irureta because it is something I have done and those who were there know the reasons.”
Irureta, incidentally coached Mostovoi at Celta before crossing the divide to La Coruña. their relationship was a little bit more tranquil compared to the one he shared with Djalminha. The Russian would also have his fair share of crucial moments in the meetings, in his first game scored the equaliser away from home, a 2-2 draw, and a season later would be integral in Celta’s 2-1 home win, recording their first win over their rivals in four years. Both were central figures to their side’s brief fortunes in the late 90s and early part of the last decade. Celta, a top six side, tasted the riches of European club football famously beating Juventus in a UEFA Cup tie and Benfica 7-0 in the same competition. As for their rivals, often Champions League regulars, Depor’s improbable comeback against AC Milan in 2003/04 season still remains one of the most spectacular.
The fixture once one of the most anticipated in the top flight is back in the spotlight. There’s no Mostovoi or Djalminha – two seemingly untouchable marvels on their day – to light up the occasion. even if it was for a short period of time, the two amongst others made Deportivo and Celta relevant. Slowly becoming a distant memory it might be a while before either side reach those heights again. if possible that is.
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FORT WORTH, Texas – the NASCAR weekend isn’t done after the Sprint Cup race in Texas on Saturday night.
For the first time since 2004, NASCAR will race at Rockingham Speedway when the Camping World Truck Series runs there Sunday.
“I’ve always really liked the track,” Cup driver Matt Kenseth said. “I thought it would be cool if you could pick that track up and put it wherever you get more fans to show up and watch it so we could keep racing at that track or a track like that. I think it is exciting they are going back there and who knows what it will turn into.”
The track was special for Kenseth.
“We won our first NASCAR race there ever, the Busch Series race in 1998, which was one of the most thrilling days in my racing life. we wrapped up the championship there in 2003 and then we won the last race there,” he said. “We have had a lot of neat stuff happen there and I have always enjoyed the track and the challenges that it presents.”
NASCAR hasn’t raced at what was then known as North Carolina Speedway since the track was sold in 2004 from International Speedway Corp. to Speedway Motorsports owner Bruton Smith. he then moved its race date to SMI-owned Texas Motor Speedway, ending Rockingham’s run of 78 Cup races dating to 1965.
C-POST INSPECTION: Jimmie Johnson is happy to hear that the gray area is being taken out of how to determine if C-posts are legal on cars with a new template.
“It does take away opportunities to work on the race car,” Johnson said. “But that’s been a reality we’ve been faced with; especially crew chiefs have been faced with for quite some time now. I’m absolutely happy to hear there is going to be one there.”
Johnson’s crew chief, Chad Knaus was fined and suspended for six races after the no. 48 car failed opening day inspection at Daytona. the inspectors visually determined the sheet metal between the roof and side windows had been illegally modified to create an aerodynamic advantage.
NASCAR’s chief appellate officer later rescinded most of the penalties levied against Knaus, who didn’t miss any races but still was fined $100,000.
Starting at Talladega in three weeks, NASCAR’s template will be expanded to include the C-post area that was in question.
Jeff Gordon smiled when asked if he had any comments on the plan because he is listed as the owner of Hendrick Motorsport teammate Johnson’s car.
“I think you said the key word, I’m listed as the car owner,” Gordon said. “That was an area that was a little vague.”
GOLFING BUDDY: before Bubba Watson won the Masters, he played in the Par 3 tournament with Denny Hamlin as his caddie.
The PGA Tour player and NASCAR driver became friends after meeting at Phoenix two years ago. Their agents knew each other, and hooked the two up to play nine holes.
“That’s how I met him and then he came to the race that weekend,” Hamlin said. “Ever since then, we just kind of kept in touch and when our paths cross, we link up and do stuff.”
Watson won the Masters on the second playoff hole, with a curving shot out of the pine needles onto the green.
“That trick shot I taught him on Wednesday paid off on Sunday,” Hamlin said. “A great win at the end was great for him and obviously good for me and my storytelling. It’s not too often you get to caddie for the 2012 Masters champ.”
SPARKPLUGS: After winning the Nationwide Series race at Texas on Friday night, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was in Arlington, about 30 miles away, helping storm victims clear debris. Tornadoes hit the area earlier this month. Trevor Bayne, his Nationwide teammate who raced in the Sprint Cup race Saturday night, also was helping. … a 17-year-old NASACAR fan limited in his physical abilities because of cerebral palsy and a severe case of scoliosis got to go to his first race, thanks to classmates and Texas Motor Speedway officials. Students at Mansfield (Texas) Legacy High School organized a car wash fundraiser to send Clinton Foster to Saturday night’s race and purchase him a new motorized wheelchair. TMS provided tickets and passes to the Sprint Cup drivers meeting, where Foster got to meet his favorite driver, Dale Earnhardt. Jr. … while Foreigner performed a prerace concert on the frontstretch, there were sumo wrestlers and MMA-like fighters in a garage area where a party for season-ticket holders was being held.
By John Frisby • Apr 9th, 2012 • Category: Civil Liberty, Ethics, Government Waste, Opinion, Politics
By Burt Prelutsky (Archive) · Monday, April 9, 2012
As I sit here, it has not yet been determined what actually took place in Sanford, Florida, and whether George Zimmerman will be arrested and tried for shooting Trayvon Martin. except for Mr. Zimmerman and his friends and family, that will be of little concern. what really matters is that America’s leading racists, Barack Obama, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and the Black Panthers, have all had the opportunity to showboat and to show their true colors.
For good measure, as radio talk show host Dennis Prager pointed out, for the first time in its history, the New York Times identified someone, in this case Zimmerman, as “a white Hispanic.” After all, it wouldn’t be front page news if a Hispanic had shot a black or vice versa, or, as is more typical, a black had killed a white. only by emphasizing that Zimmerman’s father was white, while ignoring the fact that his mother was Peruvian, could the Times turn this unfortunate incident into the only kind of hate crime they really care about, one in which a white man can be portrayed as evil incarnate.
Barack Obama, just as he did when there was the incident in Cambridge, Massachusetts a few years ago, immediately jumped to a racially-based conclusion. Just as Professor Henry Gates had to be right and Sgt. James Crowley and the entire Cambridge Police Department had to be wrong before anyone actually knew the facts of the matter, we had Obama solemnly intoning, “if I had a son, he would look like Trayvon Martin.” well, I suppose he would unless, Mother Nature being the naughty pixy she sometimes is, he came out looking like your Caucasian mother.
Just in terms of public relations, wouldn’t it have been a good idea for Obama to have spoken a few well-chosen words after the 13-year-old white kid, Allen Coon, in Kansas City, was recently doused in gasoline and set on fire while the two black teenagers hollered, “you get what you deserve, white boy!”?
Isn’t it odd that neither Sharpton nor Jackson thought it was worth their time to fly off to Kansas City and admonish the black community to shape up, and to urge the KCPD to arrest those young sadists and send them away for a long stretch? instead, we had Al Sharpton leading a demonstration, during which he said, and I quote, “Don’t talk to us like we stupid. Don’t talk to us like we ignit.” He garnered loud cheers from a crowd of black Floridians, who clearly speak his language, even if nobody else does. He went on to say, “we love our children like you love yours.” well, not exactly, Reverend Al. Not when three out of four black babies are born to unmarried women.
In a related matter, people seem to be in a big rush to try, convict and execute, Sgt. Robert Bales for murdering 17 Afghans, while in the meantime, Major Hasan, who massacred 14 Americans at Fort Hood in 2009, continues to await trial nearly three years after his bloody rampage, committed in the name of Allah.
In this country, it would appear, a hate crime is simply one for which a white heterosexual is responsible, never one in which he or she is the victim.
Speaking of the racist-in-chief, Barack Obama, when he’s not chastising white policemen, actually has the gall to travel around the country to promote his energy policy. like Sharpton, who only addresses the choir, Obama makes certain that when he describes his policy as “all of the above,” nobody in his throng ever asks him why, in that case, he has declared war on the coal industry and shut down drilling for oil both offshore and on federal land.
Why does he lower the hammer on the Keystone pipeline and its 20,000 jobs, while at the same time throwing billions of our tax dollars at green energy, an industry responsible for a mere 2.4% of the jobs in America? And why does he keep insisting that we only have 22 billion barrels of oil in reserve when the government’s own geological experts put the figure at one trillion barrels? I mean, it’s one thing to employ guesswork when it comes to handicapping a basketball tournament, but quite another matter when you use a crystal ball when estimating oil reserves and miss by 978,000,000,000 barrels!
Finally, a while back, when asked to give himself an overall grade, Obama, while trying to look modest, gave himself a B+. Recently, when asked to do the same, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu gave himself an A-.
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TeaPartyWire.com – Tea Party News by and for Tea Party Members | Blog | Marion Barry: 'Dirty' Asian-Owned Businesses 'Ought To Go'
Former Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, after winning his primary on Tuesday for city council in Ward 8, ranted against Asian small business owners in the District and said, “they ought to go.”
“We got to do something about these Asians coming in and opening up businesses and dirty shops,” Barry said in remarks that were captured by a local television station. “They ought to go … and we need African-Americans to take their place.”
This rhetoric is not only anti-capitalistic, it’s dangerous, especially in light of the charged racial situation that the media has created this month surrounding Trayvon Martin. Barry, as a community leader, should know that his words can have consequences.
Barry isn’t the only prominent politician to make such statements. When black rioters looted largely Asian-owned businesses in Los Angeles after the Rodney King trial, Waters, as a freshman member of Congress that year, seemed to be encouraging, or at least excusing, the rioting. she called the riots a “rebellion” and railed against the evils of Korean-owned businesses on the House floor.
This type of rhetoric is not new to the infamous Barry, who is more infamously associated with crack cocaine and prostitutes than with his governing record. In 2010, he accused a white D.C. administrator of racist hiring practices despite not having any evidence to back up his assertion.of course, the mainstream media will not put heat on the liberal Barry because it directly undercuts the storyline (“Minorities Can’t Be Prejudiced!”) that the mainstream media wants to forcibly feed the public.
Flying cars aren’t just science fiction anymore.
Skip to next paragraph a rival company in the Netherlands is also building a flying car called the PAL-V which could compete with Terrafugia’s model.
Woburn, Mass.-based Terrafugia Inc. said Monday that its prototype flying car has completed its first flight, bringing the company closer to its goal of selling the flying car within the next year. the vehicle — dubbed the Transition — has two seats, four wheels and wings that fold up so it can be driven like a car. Last month, it flew at 1,400 feet (426 meters) for eight minutes. Commercial jets fly at 35,000 feet (10.668 meters).
Around 100 people have already put down a $10,000 deposit to get a Transition when they go on sale, and those numbers will likely rise after Terrafugia introduces the Transition to the public later this week at the new York Auto show. But don’t expect it to show up in too many driveways. It’s expected to cost $279,000.
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And it won’t help if you’re stuck in traffic. the car needs a runway.
The flying car has always had a special place in the American imagination. Inventors have been trying to make them since the 1930s, according to Robert Mann, an airline industry analyst who owns R.W. Mann & Co. in Port Washington, new York.
But Mann thinks Terrafugia has come closer than anyone to making the flying car a reality. the government has already granted the company’s request to use special tires and glass that are lighter than normal automotive ones, to make it easier for the vehicle to fly. the government has also temporarily exempted the Transition from the requirement to equip vehicles with electronic stability control, which would add about six pounds (2.72 kilograms) to the vehicle. the Transition is currently going through a battery of automotive crash tests to make sure it meets federal safety standards.
Mann said Terrafugia was helped by the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision five years ago to create a separate set of standards for light sport aircraft. the standards govern the size and speed of the plane and licensing requirements for pilots, which are less restrictive than requirements for pilots of larger planes. Terrafugia says an owner would need to pass a test and complete 20 hours of flying time to be able to fly the Transition, a relatively low hurdle for pilots.
The Transition can reach around 70 miles per hour (112 kph) on the road and 115 mph (185 kph) in the air, spokesman Steven Moscaritolo said. On the ground, it gets 35 miles per gallon (15 kilometers per liter).
Mann questions the size of the market for the Transition. the general aviation market has been in decline for two decades, he said, largely because of fuel costs and the high cost of liability for manufacturers. Also, fewer people are learning how to fly.
"this is not going to be an inexpensive aircraft to produce or market," he said. "it has some uniqueness, and will get some sales, but the question is, could it ever be a profitable enterprise?"
Mann sees the western U.S. as the most likely market, where people could fly instead of driving long distances.
Terrafugia has been working on flying cars since 2006, and has already pushed back the launch once. Last summer the company said it would have to delay expected 2011 deliveries due to design challenges and problems with parts suppliers.
With the appearance in new York, the company hopes to attract the eye of customers as well as investors.
"we are introducing ourselves as a viable company to the automotive world," Moscaritolo said.
As childish as those one-liners were from Morgan, someone who you would assume would have developed a much thicker skin after years as a journalist here and abroad, the onetime Rupert Murdoch employee decided to really lay down the gauntlet by challenging Touré, a regular MSNBC contributor, to a verbal duel on air. after much back and forth on the where and the when, the exchange was set for Friday night, and it was without a doubt one of the most painful moments I’ve watched on primetime TV in a good while. In true Touré style, the take-no-prisoners commentator went straight for the jugular and attacked Morgan face to face for not questioning Zimmerman about his comments regarding important moments of the night Trayvon Martin died. Of course, Morgan was having none of it and quickly became defensive, chiding Touré for MSNBC’s attempt to get Zimmerman Jr. on their network as well, and for the network’s running the interview in question all day without criticism. What either one of those points had to do with Touré’s opinion expressed on his personal Twitter account is beyond my basic understanding.
But what was really disturbing about the more-than-20-minute showdown was the relative ease Morgan took in dismissing the African-American writer’s long and well-documented journalism background. yes, Touré suggested that Morgan be professional in his initial tweet, but Morgan crossed the line by insinuating that Touré wasn’t a real journalist at all and by offering him tips on how real journalists do their jobs. That displayed a level of arrogance by Morgan that was completely uncalled for.
Those quips seemed to be all Morgan had in response to Touré’s suggestion that he didn’t fully appreciate the historical situation at hand. the writer even painfully added that after only being in the United States for seven years, Morgan could have no clue as to how deep the black-white divide actually is in this country. a fair point on many levels. the trials of blacks in Europe are based on a different set of circumstances, though the attitudes toward race and history’s consequences may be the same. African-Americans are the only group of once-enslaved people who continued to live in the area where their ancestors were held in shackles.
That creates a unique and tense dynamic for this country that is too often dismissed and misunderstood. but even more to the point, if Touré were not a serious journalist, why have him on the show in the first place? why be so offended by a nonjournalist’s criticism when Twitter is full of such negative critiques aimed daily at the work of everyone from Don Cheadle to Lady Gaga. Jamal1 and Ray Ray23# had the same thoughts as Touré, so why not have them on for a heartfelt chat? or better yet, debate my 78-year-old Aunt Josephine in Macon, Ga., who was also in complete agreement with Touré but just didn’t have a Twitter account to express it. (I’m setting her up with one next week.) how Aunt Josephine would relish the chance to put on her signature red lipstick and red “Sunday go-to-meeting hat” to go a round or two with Morgan on air. That would surely cement her star status as the toast of the Macon County church missionary club for years to come.
It was without a doubt one of the most painful moments I’ve watched on primetime TV in a good while.
Touré, Johnny Nunez / WireImage-Getty Images
My advice to Morgan the next time he reads a critique of his work on Twitter from Touré, Ray Ray, or good ole’ Aunt Josephine is “man up” and keep it moving. We live in a world where anyone can say whatever they please to anyone they please on the Internet and it isn’t always warm, friendly, or nice. Friday was a low moment for journalism and an even lower moment for Morgan. the only thing it may have accomplished was affording Touré a live audition for his own network show in the near future.
What it didn’t achieve was aiding this country in getting closer to an answer as to why a young teenage boy with Skittles and iced tea had to lose his life to someone with a gun. Isn’t that the real story anyway?
Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan has backed Romney for President, saying on Fox News' Fox and Friends that he "is the best person to be President." Ryan went on to say Romney had "the best chance to beating Barack Obama."
Ryan joins a growing list of high profile Republicans to officially endorse the Republican frontrunner, a list that now includes Tea Party darling Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, and former President George H.W. Bush.
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as the Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee, Ryan is considered one of the most influential party members. his highly controversial budget plan passed in the House yesterday, mostly along party lines, 228-191, according to Reuters. It's unlikely to survive the Senate. the budget is consistent with Ryan's doctrine of fiscal conservatism.
"Here’s the other point," Ryan said on Fox and Friends. "I spent a good deal of time with Mitt Romney and his staff recently going through our country’s fiscal situation, talking about what it will take to get the country back on track. I am convinced Mitt Romney has the skills, the tenacity, the principles, the courage and the integrity to do what it takes to get America back on track."
Ryan's endorsement comes at time of increased infighting within the Republican Party and conservative establishment.
"I think we’re entering a phase where it [the Republican Primary] could become counterproductive if it drags on much longer," Ryan said on Fox. "That’s why I think we as conservatives need to coalesce around Mitt Romney and focus on the big task at hand, which is defeating Barak Obama in the fall."
According to the National Journal, there has been speculation that Ryan could fill the VP spot on Romney's ticket, but Ryan insists that it is only talk.
Hollywood director Spike Lee has issued an apology to an elderly Florida couple after he published their address on the internet in connection with the death of teenager Trayvon Martin.
The moviemaker thought he was retweeting the address of neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, who shot Martin dead in a Florida gated community on February 26, sparking outrage and protests across the U.S.
However, the address he posted to his Twitter.com page was actually the home of Elaine and David McClain, who have a son named William George Zimmerman – no relation to the Zimmerman involved in the shooting case.
The McClains claim they have been forced to leave their property after receiving threats and Lee has now apologized for wrongly publishing their address online.
In a post on Twitter.com, he writes, “I deeply apologize to the McClain Family for retweeting their address. It was a mistake. please leave the McClain’s (sic) in peace.”