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'Maybe our mayor should've endorsed Chris Christie.'


Rashida Jones Corrects Reporter's Comment On Her 'Very Tan' Look: 'I'm Ethnic'

This year’s annual Screen Actors Guild Awards prompted many touching moments including two empowering acceptance speeches from “Orange Is The New Black” star Uzo Aduba, as she took home the award for Outstanding Female Actor in a Comedy series and “How To Get Away With Murder” star Viola Davis, who won the award for Best Actress In A Drama Series.

However another highlight, aside from Aduba and Davis’ captivating speeches, took place earlier on Sunday evening during the event’s live red carpet coverage, where TNT correspondent, Danielle Demski questioned actress, Rashida Jones' “very tan” appearance.

"You look like you've just come off an island or something. You're very tan. Very tropical," Demski said to the biracial “Parks and Recreation” star whose father is music legend Quincy Jones.

It was an awkward comment to which Jones quickly responded, “I mean, you know, I'm ethnic."


Photo-Bombing Obama’s Iran Talks



Monday’s guilty verdict in the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling on espionage charges — for talking to a newspaper reporter — is the latest milepost on the dark and dismal path Barack Obama has traveled since his inaugural promises to usher in a “new era of openness.”

Far from rejecting the authoritarian bent of his presidential predecessor, Obama has simply adjusted it, adding his own personal touches, most notably an enthusiasm for criminally prosecuting the kinds of leaks that are essential to a free press.

The Sterling case – especially in light of Obama’s complicity in the cover-up of torture during the Bush administration – sends a clear message to people in government service: You won’t get in trouble as long as you do what you’re told (even torture people). But if you talk to a reporter and tell him something we want kept secret, we will spare no effort to destroy you.

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Penn & Teller call Bullsh*t! on anti-vaxxers — using a little thing called science

A short segment from magicians Penn & Teller’s old show Bullsh*t! still holds up as an effective counter against anti-vaccination arguments.

“You may have heard vaccination causes autism in 1 out of 110 children,” Penn Jillette explains early on. “F*ck that. Total bullsh*t.”

But indulging the argument for a second, Jillette sets up a plexiglass “vaccination” barrier in front of plastic bowling pins to represent a group of vaccinated children. Another group, placed closest to Teller, represents children who did not get vaccines.

Gilette notes that, while positioning the barrier, he knocks one of the pins out — representing the one hypothetical children who develops autism.

But the key to the experiment is the moment when the two men start throwing balls representing various illnesses at the pins. While Jillette’s barrier holds up, more pins in Teller’s group are taken down by diseases like the flu, mumps, whooping cough, and others.

“We have vaccinations against all of them,” Jillette says. “Which side do you want your child to stand on?”


Why serious people discount Fox News

Pitts: Why serious people discount Fox News
By Leonard Pitts Jr. The Miami Herald


Last week, Fox did something Fox almost never does. It apologized. Indeed, it apologized profusely, multiple times, on air.


It's amazing, the things you can get used to, that can come to seem normal. In America, it has come to seem normal that a major news organization functions as the propaganda arm of an extremist political ideology, that it spews a constant stream of racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, paranoia and manufactured outrage, and that it does so with brazen disregard for what is factual, what is right, what is fair, what is balanced — virtues that are supposed to be the sine qua non of anything calling itself a newsroom.

If you live with aberrance long enough, you can forget it's aberrance. You can forget that facts matter, that logic is important, that science is critical, that he who speaks claptrap loudly still speaks claptrap — and that claptrap has no place in reasoned and informed debate. Sometimes, it takes someone from outside to hold up a mirror and allow you to see more clearly what you have grown accustomed to.

This is what the French and the British did for America last week.

For that, Fox owed them an apology. But serious people owe them thanks.


NFL Will Try To Pin 'Deflategate' On A Locker Room Attendant

Breaking news: sources tell @FOXSports the NFL has zeroed in on a locker room attendant w Patriots who allegedly took balls from officials locker room to another area on way to field. Sources say they have interviewed him and additionally have video. Still gauging if any wrong doing occurred with him but he is strong person of interest

Deflategate has taken another twist.

FOX Sports has learned that the NFL has zeroed in on a New England Patriots locker-room attendant in connection with the scandal of improperly inflated footballs used in the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The person of interest was already interviewed by the league. The NFL is trying to determine whether any wrongdoing by this individual occurred, sources tell FOX Sports.

There is surveillance video showing the attendant taking the footballs from the official's locker room into another room at Gillette Stadium before bringing them out to the field, sources tell FOX Sports.

The NFL confiscated 11 of 12 footballs at halftime that were under the league-mandated air pressure of 12.5 PSI. The league has since launched an investigation into the matter.


Former Marine on Chris Kyle, American Sniper, and Social Implications

Former Marine on Chris Kyle, American Sniper, and Social Implications
Posted on January 27, 2015 by Robert Barsocchini

Ross Caputi, a former marine who participated in the US’s second siege of Fallujah, writes that the reason the American Sniper book and film have been so successful is that they “tell us exactly what we want to hear”: that US America is “benevolent” and “righteous”. That, he says, is why the book and film are so popular; their popularity speaks volumes about US society, and signals more danger ahead for the rest of the world.

The killings for which Chris Kyle is idolized, Caputi notes, were perpetrated during his participation in the second US siege of Fallujah, which Caputi, from firsthand knowledge, calls an “atrocity”.

Specifically of the siege, Caputi notes:

“All military aged males were forced to stay within the city limits of Fallujah” (while women and children were warned to flee through the desert on foot)

“…an estimated 50,000 civilians were trapped in (Fallujah) during this month long siege without water” (since the US had cut off water and electricity to the city)

“…almost no effort was taken to make a distinction between civilian men and combatants. In fact, in many instances civilians and combatants were deliberately conflated.”

“The US did not treat military action (against Fallujah) as a last resort. The peace negotiations with the leadership in Fallujah were canceled by the US.”

“(The US) killed between 4,000 to 6,000 civilians, displaced 200,000, and may have created an epidemic of birth defects and cancers“

“(The siege was) conducted with indiscriminate tactics and weapons, like the use of reconnaissance-by-fire, white phosphorous, and the bombing of residential neighborhoods. The main hospital was also treated as a military target.”


The US invasion of Iraq, Caputi concludes, was “the imposition of a political and economic project against the will of the majority of Iraqis. … We had no right to invade a sovereign nation, occupy it against the will of the majority of its citizens, and patrol their streets.”

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Gay Alabama lawmaker threatens to reveal colleagues' affairs

MONTGOMERY – State Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, had a warning for her Statehouse colleagues over the weekend.

“I will not stand by and allow legislators to talk about ‘family values’ when they have affairs, and I know of many who are and have,” Todd, the state’s only openly gay lawmaker, said on Facebook over the weekend. “I will call our elected officials who want to hide in the closet out.”

Todd was responding to comments from her fellow lawmakers after Friday’s decision by a federal judge to overturn the state’s ban on same-sex marriages.

“It is pretty well known that we have people in Montgomery who are or have had affairs …” Todd told the TimesDaily this morning. “I just want them to be careful what they’re saying, some of it might come back to stick on them.”

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