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  • A Blaze Books exclusive excerpt from the new political thriller just in time for 2016, ‘What Makes it Worthy’
    Posted July 28, 2015 at 8:40 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    Here at TheBlaze Books we enjoy a good political thriller as much as anyone, and frequently more than the political theater created by our real-life representatives.

    Along those lines, one of our colleagues tipped us off to a new book we are currently digging through that may be of interest titled “What Makes It Worthy,” a new novel from political journalist David Paul Kuhn.

    What Makes It Worthy

    Kuhn, a seasoned political veteran who has written for practically every major media institution from The Wall Street Journal to CBSNews.com, covering four presidential campaigns and countless other beats, has written a novel that has both a human interest angle as well as House of Cards-like intrigue.

    Check out a Blaze exclusive excerpt from the book below: (more…)

  • Are these some of the ‘dumbest political comments’ in recent memory?
    Posted July 24, 2015 at 5:36 pm by Erica Ritz

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    Before leaving for a week of vacation, TheBlaze Radio’s Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere went through the archives of what they believe to be the “dumbest political comments” in recent memory.

    Some of them have been played “over and over again,” Burguiere said, and some are “just little brief flashes that may have escaped your memory.” All of them, he said, are entertaining.

    Gray and Burguiere counted down the gaffes on The Glenn Beck Radio Program Friday, beginning with Vice President Joe Biden saying: “Now is the time to heed the timeless advice from Teddy Roosevelt, ‘speak softly and carry a big stick.’ … I promise you, the president has a big stick.”

    “Joe Biden is on here, like, five or six times,” Burguiere said with a laugh.

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  • AUDIO: Fox News’ Kimberly Guilfoyle shares life lessons from her time behind the deli counter to the bar
    Posted July 23, 2015 at 11:15 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    Fox News’ Kimberly Guilfoyle’s rise did not start out in front of the camera. In fact, it all began behind a deli counter.

    Indeed the success of the co-host of The Five, panelist on Outnumbered and frequent guest on shows like The O’Reilly Factor was forged in jobs as diverse as delicatessen manager to assistant district attorney. Guilfoyle shares how she was able to pursue her passions and achieve such success — and how we can apply her lessons to our own lives both professional and personal — in her new book, “Making the Case: How to Be Your Own Best Advocate.”

    We had the chance to sit down with Guilfoyle in her midtown Manhattan office and talk about the lessons of a career that took her from the deli counter, to the bar and now the top of the world of political media. Below is a particularly poignant portion of our in-depth interview:

    With the whole idea of being able to make the case and be an advocate, my father said … “Pursue those goals. Pursue those dreams.” So whether it was me applying for a job working in a delicatessen with Mr. Kim where I had to make the case that I would be the best choice for a manager of a deli that was brand new that opened — it was in a really nice supermarket that had opened in a great area — even though I had had no prior experience working in a deli … But I had been making sandwiches all kinds of places, especially raising and taking care of my little brother after my Mom died.

    So then I went in there and I put forward this whole thing — my Dad loved it. He goes, “Do your research. Do your homework. Look at the other delis.” So I wrote down all the prices. I lowered my prices by five cents, by a nickel, which at the time seemed to be good so that “Hey, come to me. Our sandwiches taste better and they’re more affordable.”

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    … And then when I went to go apply for the [San Francisco] DA’s office. Same thing. How could I distinguish myself? There was an internship program that was the narcotics prosecution. Then that program became full. But I was able to connect, and penetrate, and make a connection with one of the men that was top DA in the office, Michael Hartmann, who went on to be a UN War Crimes prosecutor. And I just went everywhere with him. I mean he knew how passionate I was about being a prosecutor. So I didn’t give up. “Oh this program’s full? Let me try another way.” You’ve gotta be able to pivot. You’ve gotta be able to try. You can’t sit there and be worried about “Oh I’m embarrassed I didn’t get this.” Or, “I don’t want to fail.” “Oh, what will people think or say.” No, what will you think and say about yourself if you didn’t even try?

    And you can have those impactful moments in life where you connect with someone and they can tell. They can feel your passion and your desire about how much you want that position. How much you want to be there to learn, to grow, from them, and have that mentoring position.

    So I started working in district attorneys’ offices when I was in college at UC-Davis. I volunteered at the Yolo County District Attorney’s office. I was a consumer fraud intern. And I went in there and I took that job very seriously. I also had a full load — full load of academic units, plus I was working at the local Clothestime store to make money so that I could also do the internship that I like.

    That’s the kind of thing I was doing. My father encouraged me to do that. He wasn’t like “Well maybe you’re taking on too much.” He knew that I would be able to make a value judgment about how far I was extending myself, and also about passing up opportunity. Some of these things they pass in front of you: Don’t assume that ship is gonna pass right in front of you again and you can get on. You’ve got to max it out. And you’ve gotta always be like my military friends always talk about … on target … I always think about moving, getting to the “X,” what it is that I want to achieve, and what are the steps specifically that I need to take to be able to make that happen. It’s that type of thing that I think about every day.

    During our conservation, we also had a chance to discuss a number of other topics including: (more…)

  • Why You Shouldn’t Be ‘Googling’ Someone You Find Suspicious
    Posted July 23, 2015 at 11:04 am by Sponsored Post

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  • Here’s your step-by-step analysis of the Greek debt crisis
    Posted July 22, 2015 at 9:07 pm by Erica Ritz

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    Though the Greek debt crisis has been dominating the headlines in recent weeks, it can be difficult to remain up to speed on every development. Some may even not know how the crisis began, but TheBlaze’s Dan Andros and Jason Buttrill on Wednesday broke down the situation from its origins.

    You can watch their complete analysis, below.

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  • Must see moment when this six-foot water balloon with a grown man shoved inside pops
    Posted July 22, 2015 at 1:06 pm by Liz Klimas

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    Like an ode to the water balloons of summer, the Slow Mo Guys on YouTube have a new viral video.

    “There’s no instructions to this, no? I’ve got my leg in and it just seems painful,” a six-foot tall man said as he began shoving himself into a large, red, rubber balloon.

    Painful? Maybe. Totally worth it? Definitely.

    Image source: YouTube

    Image source: YouTube

    The Slow Mo Guys put one of their own — Daniel Grunchy — inside a six-foot balloon, filled it with water and then waited for it to pop. Fellow Slow Mo Guy Gavin Free called it “one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen,” later saying he looked like Jabba the Hutt from “Star Wars,” a slug and a “human-sized womb.”

    Just as the pair were joking around, waiting for the balloon to fill to max capacity, it broke, surprising them both and flooding the yard.

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    Image source: YouTube

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    Image source: YouTube

    If you want to skip the filling and go straight to the slow-motion footage, fast forward to 3:30 (Note: Grunchy does strip down to his underwear to get inside the balloon):

    Their video of the feat posted Tuesday has already amassed over 1 million views.

    Here’s the original six-foot water balloon video by the Slow Mo Guys filmed back in 2011, which inspired them to put a human inside for the second go around:

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  • Fore! Golfer’s horrible drive earns him a ‘birdie’ (literally)
    Posted July 22, 2015 at 12:06 pm by Mike Opelka

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    You’re about to see a very rare golf shot. The man standing on the tee box, with a driver in his hands, is about to score a “birdie” with just one swing.

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    Image source: YouTube

    It’s not really fair to say he “scored” a birdie. It would be more accurate to say, he nailed a birdie, actually a seagull — with his drive.

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    Image source: YouTube

    With more than 1.2 million views in a day, this ten-second clip might be the shortest viral video we have seen.


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  • Unlikely film has such a conservative message, Blaze host is asking: ‘How did this movie get made?’
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 7:42 pm by Erica Ritz

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    TheBlaze’s Stu Burguiere saw “Kingsman: The Secret Service” starring Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Firth over the weekend, and said he was so shocked by the premise he was asking himself: “How did this movie get made?”

    “It goes against every single successful Hollywood formula ever created. It was, I think, kind of conservative!” he said while guest hosting The Glenn Beck Program.

    In the movie, the villain plans a horrific genocide of all but the super-elite in order to save the world from climate change.

    Though conservatives aren’t accusing liberals of genocidal plots to avert potential climate change, Burguiere said “real people with real status, like scientist Paul Ehrlich, have actually claimed that population control was the only answer in equally terrifying terms.”

    “Again, how was this movie made?” Burguiere asked.

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  • Spider going after prey caught on live weather cam during meteorologist’s report
    Posted July 21, 2015 at 1:45 pm by Liz Klimas

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    Meteorologist Garry Frank with WXMI-TV out of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was commenting about the smudges on a live weather camera Tuesday morning when something far more interesting crossed the lens.

    While many might have been squeamish seeing a large spider crawl across the screen, Frank was enthralled, especially when it became clear the spider was going after a meal.

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    Image source: WXMI-TV

    “Get him. Yeah!” Frank said when the spider went for its prey. “Got him.”

    Watch the footage:

  • Is America ‘enabling the enemy’ in the Middle East?
    Posted July 20, 2015 at 9:23 pm by Erica Ritz

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    Is America “enabling the enemy” in the Middle East? That’s the question Glenn Beck’s head writer and chief of research asked in a mini-series that aired during The Glenn Beck Program.

    “The French foreign minister said not too long ago — he kinda let it slip,” Jason Buttrill, the chief of research, remarked. “He said that we cannot have a stable Iraq without a political transition first in Syria. I think that was a huge mistake and I think that shows what they’re trying to do. … They’re trying to push ISIS back into Syria.”

    Buttrill said President Obama’s strategy is “the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” and right now, he wants to use the Islamic State to attack Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    “We’re making the same mistakes that we’ve always made,” he said. “We should not be playing that game.”

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  • Image of this NFL player’s courageous, cancer-fighting daughter with her ESPY award will melt your heart
    Posted July 17, 2015 at 8:44 am by Mike Opelka

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    Thursday night, Cincinnati Bengals player Devon Still posted a photo of his five-year-old daughter Leah holding the ESPY award honoring the young lady and her dad on his Instagram account. The trophy for the Jimmy V awards was handed to Leah’s dad during Wednesday’s night ESPN awards ceremony.

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    The NFL star brought tears to the eyes of many in the audience as he shared stories of his daughter’s ability to fight her cancer. Still’s emotional acceptance speech also thanked God, his fiancé Asha, and the Bengals organization for allowing him to stay on the payroll as he spent time with his young daughter.

    When Still arrived back home, he handed the award to Leah and posted the picture online with the following statement.

    “This ESPY might have both of our names on it but this is Leah’s trophy! Like I said last night, what I do is easy, she has the hard job. Like a true fighter she showed true perseverance throughout her battle with cancer and I couldn’t be any prouder.”

    In case you missed it, here is Devon Still’s powerful acceptance speech from Wednesday night.

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  • Attention fanboys: The next big thing from Apple
    Posted July 15, 2015 at 1:34 pm by Chris Field

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    Palette cleanser from my very creative and talented 16-year-old cousin Caleb Carr at RaceCarr Films.

    Don’t laugh. You know people would buy it.

    As the semi-brilliant and almost always in-touch Billy Hallowell noted:

    Well done, Caleb. Be sure you get a patent on your idea before Apple swipes it: You’ll want your cut once the lemmings get wind of this.

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  • Keynes v. Hayek: A leader of the conservative movement on the epic battle past and present for prosperity
    Posted July 15, 2015 at 8:24 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    James Piereson, president of the William E. Simon Foundation and senior fellow at the conservative Manhattan Institute think tank has a new book out in which he makes the case that the political, ideological and cultural consensus that has enabled the last seven decades of American growth and prosperity is coming apart at the seams.

    Part of his new “Shattered Consensus: The Rise and Decline of America’s Postwar Political Order” deals with two economic titans whose philosophies animate the two sides that Piereson sees as currently at loggerheads in America: John Maynard Keynes and Friedrich Hayek.

    We had the chance to conduct an in-depth interview with Piereson, during which we asked him to expound upon the impact of these two figures both on the past and present. Here is what he said:

    I spend a couple of chapters on Keynes, and a chapter on Hayek. And I don’t really attack Keynes in the book – I try to elucidate his ideas, and I try to explain why Keynes’ ideas probably don’t work in the current period for political reasons, not economic reasons.

    I got some of my ideas from Keynes frankly. Keynes wrote a book on World War I called “The Economic Consquences of the Peace,” in which he basically argued that the events of World War I destroyed the 19th century economic order of free markets and limited government. And he said that for a lot of reasons: One, the European economies were wrecked. All the gold in the world — a lot of it — had moved to the United States. The capital that had been accumulated in that period was destroyed. And he felt that the states and governments in the future would have to take [a] much greater role in guiding economic growth and investment than in the past. And he had a lot of reasons for that.

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    What I suggest is that in a period in which government spends a great deal — and we’ve had 70 years of it going back to the ’30s and ’40s, and interest groups have organized around the state to get that money — Keynesian stimulus policies don’t work that well because all the money goes to entrenched interests, many of which are trying to block economic growth to begin with. They’re trying to get tax breaks. It goes to public employee unions who don’t want to see any change. And so therefore, in this context, stimulus spending only creates more roadblocks to growth, when what in fact we need to do is break up the interest group system and free up our economy.

    Hayek of course attacks all these Keynesian ideas. He didn’t think planning was possible. And he thought the Keynesian remedies would simply lead to more inflation. He’s been partly right on that — I’m not sure he’s been totally vindicated — but what happened in the wake of the financial crisis was that Keynes came back full bore as if he had never been discredited. People thought his theories had been discredited in the 1970s. But Barack Obama came back with stimulus packages and all sorts of things designed to stimulate demand. And it hasn’t worked very well.

    For a theory that is as influential as Keynes’s, it’s got a very mixed record. Japan of course has tried all sorts of Keynesian stimulus remedies — since 1990, has not worked out very well. Great Britain tried them in the 1960s — they failed. Jimmy Carter tried them in the United States in the 1970s — they failed. One could point to the 1960s — Kennedy and Johnson, especially Kennedy’s tax cut as a success — but of course he did that via tax cut, not by spending. FDR’s policies were too experimental and episodic to be chalked up to Keynesian remedies.

    But these two things continue to battle — the two political parties represent the different prongs of these two theories. The Democrats want to stimulate growth by more spending; the Republicans by freeing up the economy. And at the end of the day the voters will decide.

    I’ve stated in the book where I stand. I don’t think the Keynesian remedies will work in our circumstance, even though I think we’ll continue to try them.

    When pushed based on comments from the likes of the New York Times’ Paul Krugman to the effect that the federal government has not thrown enough money at “stimulus” programs to make Keynesianism work in modern-day America, Piereson continued:

    We’ve thrown an enormous amount of Keynesian style stimulus at this problem without a great deal to show for it
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    I think that’s absurd … the idea that the United States has followed a policy of austerity is not accurate. We ran up in ’08, ’09 and 2010, we ran up annual federal deficits of 10 to 15 percent of GDP — a trillion dollars. That’s enormous amounts of “stimulus.”

    The Federal Reserve has been buying up bonds — not only government bonds but bad mortgages and all sorts of things. The balance sheet of the Fed is now up to $4 or $5 trillion — unprecedented amounts. And of course we’ve had interest rates at basically zero for six or seven years.

    So, we’ve thrown an enormous amount of Keynesian style stimulus at this problem without a great deal to show for it, and this again gets back to the problem. We need to find a way to generate private sector growth. We’re gonna run out of Keynesian ammunition pretty soon if we haven’t run out of it already.

    During the interview, which you can listen to in full below, we also had the chance to speak with Piereson about several other topics including: (more…)

  • The 2015 Wimbledon champion you probably never heard of — and he’s an American
    Posted July 12, 2015 at 9:19 pm by Mike Opelka

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    LONDON — I have seen the future of men’s tennis…and his name is Reilly Opelka. (See the above editor’s note about about my complete lack of impartiality.)

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    As the men’s final was heating up Sunday on Centre Court, the boy’s championship match was wrapping up on Count 1, the venue adjoining Wimbledon’s biggest stage.

    It was on Court 1 that 17-year-old Reilly Opelka, an unseeded junior appearing in his first Wimbledon tournament, completed an unlikely week that saw him knock off the number-10 seed, the number-3 seed and the number-1 seed en route to beating the number-12 seed, Mikael Ymer of Sweden, 7-6, 6-4.

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    The junior division win was important for American tennis, as this was the second consecutive year an American junior won the boy’s division at Wimbledon. Last year, Noah Rubin took home the title.

    These junior titles often are considered indicators of future success in the men’s divisions. Earlier this year, American Tommy Paul won the French Open junior title, yet another signal of a resurgence in American men’s tennis.

    Opelka’s parents, George and Lynne, along with his sister, Brenna, were on hand to witness the big win for the young man from Palm Coast, Florida, who stands 6 feet 10 inches tall.

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    Image source: TheBlaze/Mike Opelka

    Early Sunday, Opelka’s mom Lynne reminded her Facebook friends of the time in 2007 when a younger (and much shorter) Reilly met one of his tennis idols, Roger Federer, at a tournament in Cincinnati.

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    Tennis icon Roger Federer (left) with Reilly Opelka. (Image source: Lynne Opelka)

    Then after Reilly’s big win and Federer’s loss in the men’s final Sunday, the pair reportedly connected again in the Wimbledon player’s lounge. “He was very kind and very gracious, even though you know he was upset that he lost,” Opelka told FlaglerLive.com of his chat with Federer.

    My favorite moment from today’s tennis action (not including his triumph) was the moment immediately after Reilly’s match had been decided. As my nephew watched his opponent’s shot sail wide, giving him the win, his next move was quite telling: There was no brash celebration, no screaming. Instead Reilly spun on his heels and immediately looked up into the stands where his mother, sister and father were seated. He smiled broadly, pumped his fist and gave them a “thumb’s up” sign.

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    Image source: YouTube/Wimbledon

    In addition to scoring his first grand slam win in singles at Wimbledon, Opelka and his doubles partner, Japan’s Akira Santillan, made it to the finals in that group as the fourth seeds. About ninety minutes after winning the boy’s singles title, Opelka took the court with Santillan — but the pair lost to the 8th seeds in straight sets, 7-6, 6-4.

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    What’s next for Opelka? According to his parents, the immediate future includes stops at an upcoming tournament in Michigan and the U.S. Open in late August.

    Watch highlights from Opelka’s championship match.

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  • What happened to Jeffy on ‘Pat & Stu’ that has audience members concerned
    Posted July 9, 2015 at 8:28 pm by Erica Ritz

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    During an “ask the staff anything” episode of The Glenn Beck Program Thursday, one audience member had a question about whether Jeff Fisher, better known as “Jeffy,” was alright.

    Jeffy had guest hosted Pat & Stu with Pat Gray the day before, and was sweating so profusely Pat stopped the show to ask whether he was alright.

    Jeff Fisher guest hosts 'Pat & Stu' on July 8, 2015. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

    Jeff Fisher guest hosts ‘Pat & Stu’ on July 8, 2015. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

    “I can’t stop sweating. I think I’m getting sick,” Jeffy admitted. “I’m serious. I don’t feel good all of the sudden.”

    Later that day, Glenn’s executive producer Tiffany Siegel said they started hearing “screams” that Jeffy needed ginger ale.

    “We’re still waiting for the 24-hour Ebola diagnosis to come through,” Jeffy joked.

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  • Stop everything: Video shows how kittens and puppies react as they meet for the first time
    Posted July 8, 2015 at 1:08 am by Oliver Darcy

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    A video produced by BuzzFeed shows a group of kittens and puppies meet for the first time.

    Amassing more than 300,000 views since it was published to YouTube, the footage shows the two groups of animals curiously, but cautiously, check each other out.

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  • Fab Four insider answers: Did Yoko Ono really break up the Beatles?
    Posted July 6, 2015 at 2:44 pm by Chris Field

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    “You’re giving her too much credit.”

    That’s the response a longtime friend and record label manager of the Beatles has for the belief that Yoko Ono was responsible for breaking up one of the greatest—if not the greatest—rock bands of all time.

    For decades, Beatles fans have debated the role Yoko played in the Fab Four split. And much blame has been laid at the feet of John Lennon’s widow for bringing about the end of the group that brought the world “Hey Jude,” “Revolution,” “Eleanor Rigby” and much more.

    But is it accurate?

    In an in-depth interview with The Church Boys, Ken Mansfield, who was the U.S. manager of the Beatles’ Apple Records label, as well as the band’s U.S.-U.K. liaison, says no.

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    Asked his thoughts on Yoko, Mansfield, who was friends with all the boys from Liverpool, laughed and said, “When Yoko was in the room, you always knew she was there.”

    According to Mansfield, “The problem with Yoko was, when I first started working with them, I was working with four guys, and then one day, I’m working with five people.”

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    Not only was her presence an added level of pressure and conflict, she also had serious influence over Lennon. “She did really take over John in a very powerful way,” Mansfield said. “And you knew that, when you said something to John, it went back home with Yoko, it went through her thought process, and then came back through John to you. It wasn’t really John speaking to you anymore—you felt like it was more like Yoko. She got him pretty riled up in some areas. He was very cynical.”

    “It just kind of ruined everything in a way,” Mansfield added.

    What about persistent question about the part Yoko played in breaking up the band?

    Mansfield has an answer: “People say, ‘Well, Yoko broke up the Beatles.’ I say you’re giving her too much credit. There were too many things going on that broke them up. But Yoko didn’t help.”

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  • Donald Trump, Obama and Megyn Kelly get the ‘Songify’ treatment in latest installment of ’Songify the News’
    Posted July 3, 2015 at 6:18 pm by Jason Howerton

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    Donald Trump’s controversial “rapists” comment about illegal immigrants, Megyn Kelly’s interview with Mike Huckabee on the legalization of gay marriage and President Barack Obama’s “you’re in my house” exchange with a transgender protester at the White House make up the latest installment of the popular “Songify the News” YouTube series:

  • What?!? You don’t have a rainbow avatar?!?
    Posted June 30, 2015 at 5:15 pm by Chris Field

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    You’re not making the mandatory social media statement?

    Who do you think you are? You will be made to show you care.

    The wisdom of Seinfeld is timeless.

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  • If Russia invades a NATO country, will the U.S. do anything to stop it?
    Posted June 30, 2015 at 4:45 pm by Erica Ritz

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    As Russia continues to push forward in Ukraine with little international resistance, TheBlaze’s national security adviser Buck Sexton asked: “If Russia invades a NATO country, are we going to do anything about it?”

    “We can take a look at the way the Russians have been waging another war, and look at U.S. preparations for the possibility of a Russian incursion into a NATO country, and draw some pretty startling conclusions,” he said. “There are Russian tanks, Russian artillery and even Russian forces who are part of this effort to carve off a piece of Ukraine. Despite all the international talks, despite the sanctions and despite the ceasefire, this conflict is still going on with no end in sight. Over 6,000 have been killed so far.”

    Sexton showed the audience a map of NATO countries, and said the most vulnerable are likely Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin speeches in the Haidarabad Palace on December 11, 2014 in Delhi, India. Credit Konstantin Zavrazhin/Getty Images

    Russian President Vladimir Putin speeches in the Haidarabad Palace on December 11, 2014 in Delhi, India. Credit Konstantin Zavrazhin/Getty Images

    “So what’s been going on for the last couple of weeks is the U.S. has decided to pre-position in all these countries … forces and munitions, as well as some pretty heavy equipment and vehicles that are ready to respond to a Russian incursion,” Sexton explained. “The problem is, so far, we’re talking about a pretty small element, a brigade-size element that will be in these countries ready for a quick reaction to any sort of Russian aggression.”

    “So what will we do if the Russians try to carve off a part of one of these countries as they have in Ukraine?” Sexton continued. “Would we send a major troop presence or would it continue to be a sort of stalemate like what we’ve seen in Ukraine?”

    Sexton said the preparations so far are “not enough,” and at this point, “if Russia decides it wants to carve off a piece of one of these countries, they may think they can get away with it.”

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  • The new pro-Hillary music video parodying a song about a sexy mom that ‘can’t be unseen’
    Posted June 26, 2015 at 2:58 pm by Mike Opelka

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    Back in 2003, one-hit-wonders Fountains of Wayne had a hit song with “Stacy’s Mom.” The song and video told the story of a young boy lusting after his friend’s sexy mom.

    Fast forward to 2015 and “Stacy’s Mom” is now “Chelsea’s Mom” — a just-released music video in support of Hillary Clinton’s run for the White House, from string quartet Well Strung.

    Image source: YouTube

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    Not familiar with Well Strung? From the group’s You Tube page: “The all-male string quartet Well-Strung features classical musicians who sing putting their own spin on the music of Mozart, Vivaldi, Rihanna, Adele Lady Gaga, and more!”

    The video’s familiar tune makes it catchy and recognizable. That does not mean everyone likes it. Twitter had many positive and negative reactions to the song.

    Despite getting the decade wrong in her tweet, Jennifer Nedeau, formerly of Air America has dumped Stacy for Hillary:

    Also approving of the parody is Michael Seel, executive director of the Boston Court Performing Arts Center in Pasadena, CA:

    Not everyone was digging it, though.

    The Young Conservatives declared it the “worst parody of all time” and issued a warning:

    The National Review was also in the “not impressed” column:

    Are you wondering what all the fuss is about? Watch the video and decide for yourself:

    In case your pop music knowledge does not go back to 2003, we have included the original:

    (H/T: KFI’s Mike Broomhead Show)
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  • What you probably never knew about the word ‘assassin’
    Posted June 25, 2015 at 2:44 pm by Erica Ritz

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    TheBlaze’s national security adviser Buck Sexton on Thursday revealed the fascinating history behind the word “assassin,” which he said “has its roots in Islamic terror.”

    “The assassins first arrived on the scene in the late 11th century,” Sexton began. “They terrorized the Crusaders, but also many of the Muslim groups in the region found them to be a terror as well. They would kill people on both sides, and it was known that they would hire themselves out to the highest bidder.”

    Sexton said the first assassins were part of a group called the Nizari Ismailis who followed a religious figure named Hassan I Sabbah.

    “He had a castle … in what is now Iran, then Persia, and from that castle he had a number of individuals who were so devoted to him that they would give their lives in the process of taking lives,” Sexton said.

    There is some dispute over the exact etymology of the word, but some say it comes from “the followers of Hassan,” or hashashin, meaning “hashish eaters.”

    “The original assassins used subterfuge and close-quarters tactics to try to kill anybody that was a political target,” Sexton concluded. “They would get an individual very close to that person and then he would be killed with a dagger. That was their preferred method.”

    The Mongols wiped out the last of the original assassins, Sexton added, but the word and its significance remain to this day.

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  • You won’t believe how the co-author of one of America’s biggest banking regulations cashed in
    Posted June 25, 2015 at 9:20 am by Benjamin Weingarten

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    Recently, the financial services company Signature Bank announced the appointment of a prominent new board member.

    Perhaps to the surprise of some, the individual receiving the board seat was none other than the co-author and namesake of one of the nation’s largest and arguably most significant pieces of banking regulation since the Great Depression, former Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Barney Frank.

    House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., center, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., left, Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson, 2nd right, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., right, announce a tentative deal regarding on the financial crisis on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

    House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., center, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., left, Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson, 2nd right, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., right, announce a tentative deal regarding on the financial crisis on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

    How much can Frank expect to earn for his services?

    Fortune writes that Signature’s non-employee board members earned approximately $375,000 in cash and stock for their services last year. Rep. Frank was reportedly also granted restricted shares vesting in March 2016 with a current market value of approximately $280,000.

    In a statement from the Chairman of Signature Bank Scott Shay included in the press release concerning the Frank appointment, Shay said:

    We are gratified to welcome Barney to the board, which is particularly engaged and energetic. We specifically seek members whose deep and broad experience will prove impactful to the Bank; those who share diverse perspectives and possess strong decision-making capabilities. These characteristics are what help foster the continued success and growth of Signature Bank amid the complicated economic environment in which we compete and truly define the personality of our current board. With a 32-year career devoted to government and his distinguished expertise in financial services, we believe Barney will be an asset to the board, bringing keen insights, far-reaching industry knowledge and vast intellect to his role as well as to our institution and the Bank’s shareholders.

    Frank is just the latest in a series of government officials to have worked on the Dodd-Frank bill only to then leave government for the private sector and work in the financial services industry or tangentially related areas.

    As Peter Schewizer — he of “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich,” — chronicled in a 2013 book titled “Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes, and Line Their Own Pockets,” “the indecipherable Dodd-Frank law” proved lucrative for many “members of the Permanent Political Class who actually wrote it.”

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  • Catch a Sneak Peek of New ‘After Action’ Show Featuring Marcus Luttrell and Pete Scobell
    Posted June 24, 2015 at 7:45 pm by Erica Ritz

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    Back in March, Glenn Beck invited a group of veterans to his ranch, where he gave them some beer and asked them to discuss the events of the day.

    The response to the show was so positive that TheBlaze TV decided to turn the conversation into a monthly series called “After Action.” The show premieres Thursday June 25th at 9:00 p.m. ET.

    Featuring Marcus Luttrell, Pete Scobell, Paul Craig and Chad Fleming, Glenn Beck aired a preview of the show on The Glenn Beck Program Wednesday.

    “We named the show After Action because when you come back from a mission overseas, you sit down and you have an after action brief,” Scobell explained. “But now we’re all out. We all have civilian jobs and it truly is after-action. We are not active duty. We’re just a bunch of friends that sit around and talk. And if you want to listen, then you can listen.”

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  • Tom Friedman breaks it to the Upper West Side: Cold War is on and Commies are still a problem
    Posted June 24, 2015 at 11:38 am by Chris Field

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    “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back because the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.”
    –President Obama, during the third presidential debate, Oct. 22, 2012

    Apparently, the New York Times’ Thomas Friedman wasn’t listening.

    In his column today, “Cold War Without the Fun,” Friedman reminds his liberal audience that everything is not sunshine and lollipops, regardless what the man they put in office tells them:

    Let’s see, America is prepositioning battle tanks with our East European NATO allies to counterbalance Russia; U.S. and Russian military planes recently flew within 10 feet of each other; Russia is building a new generation of long-range ballistic missiles; and the U.S. and China are jostling in the South China Sea. Did someone restart the Cold War while I was looking the other way?

    Those on the right who have been sending up warning flares (think: Mitt Romney, John Bolton, Glenn Beck) and enduring the mocking that comes from left-wing Pollyannas aren’t surprised. They have repeatedly told the world that we are looking at a Cold War resurgence. Apparently that’s news to Friedman (emphasis added):

    Putin on Horseback, Barechested

    [T]his post-post-Cold War has more of a W.W.E. — World Wrestling Entertainment — feel to it, and I don’t just mean President Vladimir Putin of Russia’s riding horses bare-chested, although that is an apt metaphor. It’s just a raw jostling for power for power’s sake — not a clash of influential ideas but rather of spheres of influence: “You cross that line, I punch your nose.” “Why?” “Because I said so.” “You got a problem with that?” “Yes, let me show you my drone. You got a problem with that?” “Not at all. My cyber guys stole the guidance system last week from Northrop Grumman.” “You got a problem with that?”

    The Cold War had a beginning, an end and even a closing curtain, with the fall of the Berlin Wall. But the post-post-Cold War has brought us full circle back to the pre-Cold War and the game of nations. There was a moment when it seemed as though it would all be otherwise — when it seemed that Arabs and Israelis would make peace, that China would evolve into a more consensual political system and that Russia would become part of Europe and the G-8. That was a lifetime ago.

    Now Western reporters struggle to get visas to China, no American businessman with a brain takes his laptop to Beijing, Chinese hackers have more of your personal data now than LinkedIn, Russia is still intent on becoming part of Europe — by annexing a piece here and a piece there — and the G-8 is now the G-1.5 (America and Germany).

    Naturally, Friedman largely (though certainly not entirely) blames the West — despite the fact that Putin is old-school Soviet:

    When did it all go sour? We fired the first shot when we expanded NATO toward the Russian border even though the Soviet Union had disappeared. Message to Moscow: You are always an enemy, no matter what system you have. When oil prices recovered, Putin sought his revenge for this humiliation, but now he’s just using the NATO threat to justify the militarization of Russian society so he and his fellow kleptocrats can stay in power and paint their opponents as lackeys of the West.

    How do we fix it, according to Friedman? Ideas on his list are, among others, a nuke deal with Iran and expanded “U.S.-shaped” (read: Obama-shaped) free-trade agreements with Asia and Europe:

    In short, the attraction of the U.S. economy and the bite of U.S. sanctions are more vital than ever in managing the post-post-Cold War game of nations, including bringing Iran to nuclear talks. We may be back to traditional geopolitics, but it’s in a much more interdependent world, where our economic clout is still a source of restraint on Moscow and Beijing. Putin doesn’t disguise his military involvement in Ukraine for nothing; he’s afraid of more U.S. banking sanctions. China doesn’t circumscribe its behavior in the South China Sea for nothing; it can’t grow without exporting to America. It’s not just our guns; it’s our butter. It’s why we should be expanding U.S.-shaped free-trade deals with Asia and Europe, and it’s why the most important source of stability in the world today is the health of the U.S. economy. We can walk softly only as long as we carry a big stick — and a big wallet.

    Two things Friedman can’t bring himself to say:

    #1: Romney and the right have been correct about Russia all along. Let’s listen to their ideas.

    #2: Reagan knew how to deal with this. We don’t have a Reagan.


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