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Aug 29

Today is John McCain’s birthday, so here is a birthday gif for him

In retrospect, we wish he had given us herpes instead.

Far less annoying…

WATCH: Trailer for Jon Stewart’s ‘Rosewater’


The punishing ordeal of Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari — imprisoned for 118 days on charges of espionage — is brought to the screen with impressive tact and intelligence by writer-director Jon Stewart in “Rosewater,” an alternately somber and darkly funny drama that may occupy the same geographic terrain as “Argo” (to which it will inevitably be compared), but in most other respects could hardly be more different.

Largely a two-hander between Bahari (played by Gael Garcia Bernal) and the interrogator who puts him through a gauntlet of soul-crushing mindgames, Stewart’s confident, superbly acted debut feature works as both a stirring account of human endurance and a topical reminder of the risks faced by journalists in pursuit of the truth, minus the caper antics and flag waving of Ben Affleck’s populist Oscar winner. Strong reviews and smart, targeted marketing should help this Nov. 7 Open Road release find its niche with politically savvy adult moviegoers, and perhaps a dark-horse position in the awards-season derby.

Aug 28

How Twitter saved serious political discourse and America

We are so dumb. RT @Kia_Mak: More than 4,000 tweets were posted about Obama’s suit during that press conference

— Elise Foley (@elisefoley)
August 28, 2014

Your move, Politico….

Punch. Drunk. Love.

Dr. Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, President Emeritus and current Professor of Public Service at George Washington University introduced his revolutionary solution to the campus rape epidemic: just tell women to drink less. Where have I heard this before?


"Without making the victims responsible for what happens, one of the groups that have to be trained not to drink in excess are women. They need to be in a position to punch the guys in the nose if they misbehave. And so part of the problem is you have men who take advantage of women who drink too much and there are women who drink too much. And we need to educate our daughters and our children in that regard. "

Training men to not rape is hard, you guys….

Sociopaths at NRA seem sort of tone-deaf

The National Rifle Association — the largest and most powerful gun lobby in the U.S. — responded to the news of a 9-year-old’s accidental killing of her shooting instructor with an Uzi machine gun by tweeting a list of ways kids can “have fun at the shooting range” with colorful, kid-oriented targets.

Huffington Post’s Christina Wilkie spotted the message, which was deleted within an hour. It was posted on the social medium Twitter by @NRAWomen on Wednesday afternoon, two days after the shooting death of 39-year-old Charles Vacca, who was showing a 9-year-old girl how to fire an Uzi when she lost control of the weapon and a bullet struck Vacca in the head.

The ill-timed post promised to show “7 Ways Children Can Have Fun at the Shooting Range” and linked to an article in the magazine Women’s Outdoor News.

Aug 27

Skulls are on aisle four, right next to the Black Mass candlesticks


AUSTIN — The Austin Police Department is looking for a person who may have donated a human skull to an Austin Goodwill store.

Police said the skull was found at the Goodwill at 5555 North Lamar Boulevard.

Austin police said they don’t believe the skull was involved in a crime and that it may have been part of a private collection.

If anyone has information about the skull, please call the APD Homicide Unit at (512) 974-5210.

You rock, Austin…

Really, Matt Drudge? I mean, really?

Fox & Friends needs spellchuk

Once again, the spell check at Fox News was having some problems on Wednesday morning.

While Fox & Friends First host Ainsley Earhardt was reporting on a ride that malfunctioned at the Colorado State Fair, the graphics department had a glitch of their own.

Instead of “malfunction,” the chyron displayed under the Fox News host read, “Park Ride Malufuction.”


Earlier this year, the same morning show misspelled “Spelling Bee” as “Spelling Be.”

Aug 26

Why do you think they call them ‘banksters’?

— banksy (@thereaIbanksy) August 27, 2014

Aug 25

Vacation day numbers have a liberal bias

CT woman takes early lead for Mother of the Year


A Greenwich mom, who police say hosted a party for high school students who were encouraged to drink alcohol and have sex, said Wednesday that allowing her 15-year-old daughter to throw the bash was a bad idea.

"The whole thing got out of hand," Eliane Mullen, 39, said in a telephone interview. "My daughter invited two friends over for a sleepover, and all of a sudden kids just kept coming in, boys and girls that were not supposed to be there."

But police tell another story and have charged Mullen, of Cos Cob Avenue, with 10 counts of risk of injury to a minor. She was released on a promise to appear in court.

Mullen bought a bottle of Smirnoff vodka, a bottle of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky and a six pack of Heineken beer for the party, police said. At one point during the party, Mullen supplied a condom to two of the teens so they could have sex, police said.

She denies buying the alcohol for her 15-year-old daughter and friends, but here’s the best part:

Mullen adamantly denied supplying a condom to the teens. “I have a condom in my nightstand and sometimes my daughter comes in and plays with it,” Mullen said. “She must have come into my bedroom and taken it from my nightstand.”

Aug 24

"So, how’d you get caught?", "Shut up, I don’t want to talk about it"


A 40-year-old woman tackled a 20-year-old man fleeing from police in Washington state, then taunted him about being taken down by a grandmother.

Richland police Capt. Mike Cobb tells the Tri-City Herald ( ) that Becky Powell was driving by Wednesday when she saw the man run from officers. She told her husband to speed ahead of the fleeing man, and got out to confront him.

Powell says the man tried to stiff-arm her, but she felled him, pulling down his shorts in the process.

She says she got help pinning the man down and asked him how it felt to be taken down by a mother of five and a grandmother of three.

RIP Richard Attenborough

British actor and film director Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90.

He died at lunchtime on Sunday, his son told BBC News.

Lord Attenborough was one of Britain’s leading actors, before becoming a highly successful director.

In a career that spanned six decades, he appeared in films including Brighton Rock, World War Two prisoner of war thriller The Great Escape and later in dinosaur blockbuster Jurassic Park.

Justice is blind, but not that blind

The lawyer for a Massachusetts man who has a “666″ tattoo and horns implanted on his forehead believes that his appearance will make it impossible for him to find an impartial jury or receive a fair trial, The Republican reports.

James G. Reardon, Jr. is worried that the appearance of his client, Caius Veiovis, will distract jurors from the facts of the case, and petitioned Hampden Superior Court Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder to allow him to show potential jurors a photograph of Veiovis before jury selection.

Veiovis is accused of assisting David Chalue and Adam Lee Hall in the kidnapping, torturing, murdering, and dismembering of David Glasser, Edward Frampton, and Robert Chadwell in August of 2011.

Aug 23

Truth in advertising


— Ben Schwartz (@benschwartzy) August 24, 2014