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I winced when I learned that Lady Gaga was in the newest remake of A Star Is Born

I knew instantly that it wouldn't work for me because her voice is too generic.

I had no problem imagining the characters played by her predecessors Judy Garland (in 1954) and Barbra Streisand (in 1976) being told, "Sorry, but while you have the right voice, you don't have the right look," and needing someone further up the ladder to get them through the door. Fortunately, director and co-star Bradley Cooper realized that Gaga's character would much more likely have been told "Sorry, but there's nothing special about either your voice, your songs, OR your looks," and instead has her complain instead that nobody respects her as a MUSICIAN!








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SOP for Kanye -- serving up a controversy-sells salad with meltdown dressing

And just in time for the release of new album, of course!

https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/989163475636142080
https://twitter.com/KimKardashian/status/989170257238487043
https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/989177694309859328
https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/989179757651574784
https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/989180180659777536
https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/989192498307219456
One minute he's a pioneering advocate of independent thought, the next minute he's a henpecked husband. He's in a sunken place, all right -- a mental and marital prison.


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The Truth About The Kanye West/Taylor Swift "I Made That Bitch Famous" Feud



Taylor posted this on Instagram in July 2016:



2009 was when Kanye interrupted Taylor's acceptance speech at an awards show and announced that Beyonce should have won, inspiring President Obama to call him "a jackass."

"Where is the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me 'that bitch' in the song?" is an excellent question. But this is also an excellent question: "Why didn't you ask that question five months earlier?"

If Swift had complained that "The lyrics Kanye read to me did not contain the word 'bitch'" when the song was released in February 2016, Kanye and his wife Kim Kardashian would have had to keep their mouths shut about the video -- not so much because they may have recorded it illegally, but because it would have proved that Obama was right.

While all three of them are guilty of lying by omission, Taylor would be running victory laps over "Kim-Ye" in stiletto heels if she hadn't also counted on no one being able to prove that she'd lied by omission. Sorry, Taylor, but the only assassin of your character is you.


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The 2017 9/11 Memorial Film Festival

Introductory remarks byJon Stewart.




An opening short subject by fellow DUer Symbolman:




And the feature presentation:




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My web host also offers domain name registration; my domain name registrar also offers hosting

and my Internet service provider also offers both. I pay for each of mine separately -- and this situation is precisely the reason why.

Handing off control of your ad placements is one thing, but if you don't control your files and hosting, you DON'T control your content and editorial. And I hope Snopes has the actual Snopes.com name registered independently.

The owner of an international message board I frequent threatened to sell off the site since we wouldn't all buy subscriptions. I pointed out that since the domain name, Internet provider, hosting server, and message board software could (and should) be acquired by the buyer, only his databases of posts, files, and user accounts were of value, requiring a reduction of his asking price. He changed his mind about selling.

When the company where I started my blog was sold, and when I needed to move to a less expensive Web host, all I had to do was give my domain registrar the name of my new Web host, where I uploaded the latest copy of the blog's database (which I have emailed to me daily) and the blog's files (which should be on your home computer anyway) -- that's what you should be able to do when things get "acrimonious."

Let this be a lesson to all: A web service provider's job is to provide web SERVICES -- controlling your content is YOUR job.


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Christie Crime Digest Volume V: The Epilogue

Welcome to the beginning of the end of the Chris Christie era.



As the sun sets on Chris Christie's political life and personal credibility, I was more than happy to accept the keys to the Christie Crime Digest from thread starter DU-er Laxman. But I have to confess that between there being just six months left to the Governor Soprano Crime Family regime and the shutting of the Bridge(t)-Gate, I honestly didn't think that another volume would be necessary. No such luck: it looks like Crew Christie are determined not to go gently into that good night, but with a closing volley of their trademark political tone-deafness and social vulgarianism. So here we are...and here are the links to:



My first order of business will be to tie up the loose ends on Bridge(t)-Gate:

Chapters 352, 353: Cue the guy with with the Dragnet hammer - Baroni, Kelly and Wildstein sentenced



Chapter 354: HorizonGate-ShutdownGate-BeachGate: What Chris Christie Did On His Summer Vacation

Chapter 355: Meet one of David Wildstein's character references who wrote the judge who decided his fate.

Chapter 355a: A closer look at Wildstein's plea for leniency -- and self-made banishment from respectability -- plus a link to the complete statement.

Chapter 356: The count is 0 and 2: Christie strikes out as sportscaster, takes in baseball game as fans cry foul (ball).

Chapter 357: It turns out that Christie is qualified to nominate himself as New Jersey senator should a replacement be needed for the indicted Bob Menenedez before Christie's term ends. Too bad he's long since disqualified himself for the job.

Chapter 358: Beach-Gate post mortem: Christie plays the kid card -- even they noticed that perhaps he'd abused his power. And don't miss the video tribute.

Chapter 358a: The New Jersey Dem-pire locks the Beach-Gate shut.

Chapter 359: Why a six-month-old story about something that happened to Christie three years ago suddenly has news significance.

Chapter 359a: Why a seven-month-old story about something that happened to MRS. Christie suddenly has news significance.

THE FINAL CHAPTER: The beginning of the New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy era, for which we give "Eternal Thanks" to Laxman and all the Digest's contributors; "Eternal Gratitude" to the Digest's past, present, and future readers; and most important of all, "Eternal Good Riddance" to you-know-who...

He's "socially" awkward in more ways than one

AmericanNewsX: Multiple reports tell us that the shooter has cited various terrorist groups that are actually bitter rivals of each other as his "connection." When investigated, more than once, it was found that he had no such ties and was more than likely trash talking when he felt threatened...(T)his guy really doesn’t seem to have any real connections to any real terrorists at all...

On the other hand, a consistent pattern of him being a regular at the Pulse (club) for about three years has emerged. Witnesses are coming forward who had interactions with him and are swearing to the terrorist being a gay man. He also had a profile on a gay dating site...

So far, the patterns of a secret life-leading, self-loathing gay Muslim are much more consistent than anything directed by any of the rival terrorist groups that the terrorist claimed to be with at various times and seeking any kind of religious martyrdom. If this turns out to be factual, many of those demanding we ban and scrutinize Muslims more in America will have egg on their face, yet again.

Telegraph UK: ...Sitora Yusufiy...(a) former wife of Mateen...has said he was mentally unstable and beat her...(S)he fled their home after four months of marriage...

Orlando residents...say that Mateen was a regular at the club and a homosexual seeking to pick up men. Jim Van Horn, said he once struck up a conversation with Mateen, but his friends pulled him away – saying there was “something strange” about him...Another couple, who work together as drag-dancing performers, said they had seen Mateen as many as a dozen times at Pulse, and that he went to the club to escape his home life.

Chris Callen, who goes by the stage name of Kristina McLaughlin, said Mateen began showing up about three years ago..."It could be he just went crazy. Maybe he got radicalised and hated who he was.”

TMZ: There are mounting claims that Omar Mateen was gay and looking to hook up on apps and in clubs -- but it appears he was also actively hitting on women -- a strong sign of a possible struggle with his sexuality.

Cord Cedeno says he connected with Mateen a couple years ago on Grindr...Mateen -- whose profile was a pic of him in a tie -- would only say "Hi" over and over. He says he eventually blocked Mateen, but knows 4 friends who say the Orlando murderer remained active on other apps. He says Mateen used Adam4Adam to send shots of his penis to men, but never showed his face...(Cedeno) has no knowledge (of) Mateen...hooking up with a man.

On the other hand, a female user on Plenty Of Fish says Mateen reached out to her 18 months ago. She says he was "nice, normal...mentioned he had a child, but said he was single and looking for a good woman to marry." She told us Mateen...rant(ed) about Islam and the Quran, saying people misunderstood his religion. She says he wanted to meet face-to-face, but she too blocked him because he seemed "emotionally unstable."

Oh, well, this is QUITE inconvenient -- it blows away (if you'll pardon the expression) the anti-American jihadist martyr narrative, and just as the presidential election season was getting under way. All the anger, fear and hate of Muslims that the mainstream media, the Rethugs and the gun industry were planning to cash in on has to be replaced by patriotism and sympathy of the gay and pro-gay victims and another round of gun control talk? What a buzzkill! However, one man's buzzkill is another man's buzz -- we'll jut have to take comfort in enjoying things like this:






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Biggest Rat Deserts the Bundy Standoff Sinking Ship

OregonLive.com: Jason C. Blomgren, one of the 26 people now indicted...in the armed seizure of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon...pleaded not guilty to a new indictment charging him with conspiracy to impede federal officers and possession of firearms in a federal facility...

(The) Federal Magistrate Judge...agreed to release Blomgren from custody once his father arrives in Portland to return with him to North Carolina in Blomgren's vehicle. (He) will be on electronic monitoring and home detention, pending trial.

Blomgren...drove...from North Carolina several days after the leaders seized...the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge...(He) left his two sons with his elderly parents...(He) needs to return to North Carolina to help his 17-year-old son who has autism because Blomgren is the only one who can calm him down, said his court-appointed lawyer...

But Blomgren's autistic son has managed to manage without him for the better part of a month, and apparently Blomgren's father isn't too "elderly" to travel from North Carolina to get him. Sorry, but that doesn't make sense. And dare I hope that Blomgren will receive his ankle bracelet BEFORE leaving Oregon custody?

ReverbPress.com: It appears as if there were extenuating circumstances that warranted (the pretrial release)...but it’s hard to imagine that his confession of what the Oregon standoff leaders had planned didn’t play a role...

“Blomgren told authorities that the occupation leaders never booby-trapped the wildlife sanctuary but talked about using ‘IEDs,’ or improvised explosive devices, when planning for a worst-case scenario and using at least two drones to spy on the FBI, the prosecutor said.”

The seismic tremor you just felt was the result of a collective orgasm going through the entire Oregon federal system.

During the end of the standoff, one of the holdouts kept accusing the Feds of planning to bombard them with enough additional charges to keep them in jail permanently. It sure sounds like she was right, which makes Blomgren's release that much more mysterious. But if his statement about their discussing IEDs and drones gives the Feds a way to bombard them into prison permanently with the ULTIMATE domestic terrorism charges...Now, THAT makes sense!




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Jacksonville Jaguars' Dante Fowler One-Ups Ray Rice AND Michael Vick

TMZ: NFL star Dante Fowler -- the 3rd pick in the '15 Draft -- played the role of referee as the mother of his child brawled with another woman at a Florida apartment complex...

It all went down on February 1st around 10 PM when 21-year-old Fowler arrived to the complex with a woman believed to be his girlfriend...Fowler's baby mama...confronted (them)...in front of an elevator. Fowler gets between the two women -- but instead of breaking it up, he steps back and uses his arm to signal for the fight to begin.

Once Fowler decides he's seen enough, he grabs his baby mama and (pushes) her off...He then hits the elevator button and leaves with the other woman...




SportingNews.com: ...No police were called to the scene and no reports were filed, according to the report...The situation that led to the fight is unknown, and while Fowler was not directly involved in the physical altercation, the video will more than likely make its way to NFL league offices. Both Fowler and the Jaguars organization were quick to release statements...

Fowler: "I am embarrassed and have apologized for my actions to everyone involved. As a family, we have been dealing with this moment and the conflict that led to it since this occurred. The video surfacing is a sad reminder that emotions got the best of all of us. I take 100 percent responsibility for everything that happened."

Jaguars: "Dante brought the incident to our attention prior to the video being released and was embarrassed and remorseful. Violence of this type against others is unacceptable in our society and to our organization. We will continue to look into the incident while offering resources and providing support to Dante and his family to help them through this private matter."

Well, I can think of a reason why Fowler didn't stop the fight -- he missed all of last season due to a knee injury and was worried about re-aggravating it. If he didn't earn his full salary, it would explain why TMZ outbid him for the video. But seriously, folks, while Fowler isn't one of the combatants, he is clearly directly involved in instigating and enjoying the fight. Isn't this WORSE than Ray Rice-Gate, since it has a whiff of Michael Vick-Gate thrown in?

Even if Fowler's behavior is not illegal technically, it is surely unacceptable socially and detrimental to the NFL. He says his emotions got the better of him? Encouraging his companion (a steady girlfriend? A casual date?) and the mother of his child (Jealous? Being cheated on?) to settle their differences physically is a symptom of being emotionally deficient -- or did he do it because it turned him on? I'll make the same suggestion I did about Manti T'eo-Gate: the Jaguars shouldn't take Fowler back until he's passed a complete psychological evaluation.


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Here's how I originally heard the joke

"Would you sleep with me for a million dollars?"
"Yes."
"Would you sleep with me for five dollars?"
"Hell, no! What do you think I am?"
"We've ESTABLISHED what you are. Now we're just negotiating the price."

Misogynistic and vile? Hell, yes -- because the joke trades on the inconvenient truth that people who exchange money for sex (traditionally male) have moral, social, and legal ascendancy over people (traditionally female) who exchange sex for money. But if you substitute loyalty, integrity, or ambition (especially political ambition) for the sex, and any kind of reward or favoritism for the money, the joke also functions in the "respectable" world. I actually heard an MSNBC commentator say it of a politician, "Well, now we know what he is -- AND we know his price!"


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