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  • Caption that photo!: the winner
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm by Eddie Scarry

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    Caption that photo!: the winner

    Richard B. Long? Really?– Seattleman

    Runners-up… (more…)

  • And now, a word from Piers Morgan
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 3:07 pm by Eddie Scarry

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    CNN’s Piers Morgan:


    See the announcement about Steve Krakauer here.

  • Confirmed: Seattle City Council wants to kill jobs
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm by Meredith Jessup

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    Why else would they do something like this?  From the AP:

    Washington already has the nation’s highest state minimum wage at $9.19 an hour. Now, there’s a push in Seattle, at least, to make it $15.

    That would mean fast food workers, retail clerks, baristas and other minimum wage workers would get what protesters demanded when they shut down a handful of city restaurants in May and others called for when they demonstrated nationwide in July.

    So far, the City Council and mayoral candidates have said they’d consider it in the famously liberal city. One said, however, that it may not be soon.

    What could go wrong?  Oh, right…

    Some businesses advocates say a higher minimum wage will make it harder for companies in Seattle to survive. They cite Wal-Mart, which has all but refused to accept a Washington, D.C., decision to raise the minimum wage to $12.50 an hour in big box stores.

    A higher minimum wage eliminates low wage jobs because that’s how small businesses cut costs and that ends up hurting the people it was supposed to benefit, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    Related: Seattle PD supplies Doritos for pot-smokers

  • Anthony Weiner’s online mistress may be the next Meghan McCain
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 2:36 pm by Eddie Scarry

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    Sort of late to this but…

    Here’s Sydney Leathers, former online sexting mistress to New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner (D), in an interview posted on FoxNews.com Thursday:

    Anthony Weiners online mistress may be the next Meghan McCain“I have a lot of different options. Pretty much everyone that has met with me has expressed working with me again. I volunteered with a radio service for eight years.  It was a program called the Radio Information Service. Mostly just news broadcasts, all for blind and print handicapped people. There are some talks of me co-hosting a radio show; maybe some political blogging.”

    Sounds a lot like Meghan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

    Of course, Meghan was never at the center of a political sex scandal. But like Leathers, she was never considered the brightest bulb on the marquee and yet she got gigs as a contributor at MSNBC and The Daily Beast.

    @eScarry

  • Report: Obama State Dept leaked top-secret Stuxnet virus details
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 2:01 pm by Meredith Jessup

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    But, you know, carry on. There’s nothing to see here, folks. Just another “phony scandal” involving the Obama administration…

    The Washington Times reports:

    The Obama administration provided a New York Times reporter exclusive access to a range of high-level national security officials for a book that divulged highly classified information on a U.S. cyberwar on Iran’s nuclear program, internal State Department emails show.

    The information in the 2012 book by chief Washington correspondent David E. Sanger has been the subject of a yearlong Justice Department criminal investigation: The FBI is hunting for those who leaked details to Mr. Sanger about a U.S.-Israeli covert cyberoperation to infect Iran’s nuclear facilities with a debilitating computer worm known as Stuxnet.

    A New York Times story adapted from the book, “Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power,” quotes participants in secret White House meetings discussing plans to unleash Stuxnet on Iran.

    The scores of State Department emails from the fall of 2011 to the spring of 2012 do not reveal which officials told Mr. Sanger, but they do show an atmosphere of cooperation within the administration for a book generally favorable toward, but not uncritical of, President Obama. …

    Continue reading…

  • Chris Christie bans therapists from ‘turning gays straight’ (updated)
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 1:45 pm by Meredith Jessup

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    It’s known as “conversion therapy” and the theory is that it can be used to turn homosexuals into heterosexuals through intense therapeutic treatment. This theory may or may not have merit — I’m not an expert and I won’t pretend to be one by declaring it good or bad practice. But I do wonder if the government should be allowed to ban therapists from using “conversion therapy” in their practices.

    Christie signed a law banning “conversion therapy” into law earlier today, which begs the question: If an individual a parent** seeks out this sort of therapy, who is Chris Christie to tell them they can’t?

    WaPo reports:

    Christie’s office had previously made clear that the governor doesn’t believe in gay conversion therapy, but it had not said whether he would sign the bill passed by the legislature.

    Christie said months ago that, despite his personal opposition, he wasn’t sure whether the government should legislate the therapy.

    “I still have those concerns,” he plans to say Monday. “Government should tread carefully into this area, and I do so here reluctantly. I have scrutinized this piece of legislation with that concern in mind.”

    But, Christie will note, the American Psychological Association has said that gay conversion therapy — also known as reparative therapy — can lead to mental health issues and substance abuse.

    “I believe that exposing children to these health risks without clear evidence of benefits that outweigh these serious risks is not appropriate,” Christie will say. “Based upon this analysis, I sign this bill into law.”

    **Update: This post originally implied that the conversion therapy ban applied to all New Jersey residents when in fact it only applies to minors.

    In a note accompanying his signature approving the law, Christie explained that he believes people are born gay and that homosexuality is not a sin — a belief contrary to his Catholic faith. He also cited health risks of trying to change a child’s sexual orientation and that these risks outweighed his concerns about government limiting parental choice.

  • Kathleen Parker thinks the Obama rodeo clown was ‘like an unarmed gladiator’
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 1:30 pm by Eddie Scarry

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    Here comes possibly the worst analysis of the Obama-rodeo clown controversy, per the Washington Post’s conservative, usually-reasonable Kathleen Parker:

    Kathleen Parker thinks the Obama rodeo clown was like an unarmed gladiatorThe Missouri rodeo audience was mostly white and the masked man in the ring was depicting a black man. This changes everything we think about humor, about clowns and about good old-fashioned fun.

    Just as N-jokes are no longer funny to almost anyone, placing a black man in the arena like an unarmed gladiator isn’t amusing. As much as we aspire to racial harmony, we have centuries of history to overcome, including the mob-inspired lynching of black men, and this is what so many saw in the clown skit. Memory conquers humor.

    It nearly goes without saying that the difference between a gladiator and a rodeo clown is that everyone knows (or at least can rest 99 percent assured) that the rodeo clown, no matter what mask he’s wearing, is a trained professional and will live in the end.

    The point being a gladiator was to end up eaten by a lion to the amusement of a roaring crowd.

    Different.

    @escarry

  • Ed Schultz will steal air time from Chris Matthews
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm by Meredith Jessup

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    When Ed Schultz got bumped to a single weekend slot from five weekday programs, I worried that we would run out of fodder ripe for mocking.  Perhaps sensing this and worrying that their network was getting to be taken too seriously, MSNBC has decided to bring the loud-mouthed progressive host back to a daily time slot.

    I would love to have been a fly on the wall when the MSNBC chiefs told Tingles his air time was being cut in half.  Via Mediaite:

    MSNBC’s The Ed Show will continue its journey through the cable news network’s schedule with a move in late August to the nightly 5 p.m. time slot.

    Beginning on August 26, Ed Schultz’s hour-long format will run Monday-Friday, replacing Chris Matthews’Hardball in its earlier slot. Hardball will continue to air at 7 p.m.

    “Chris Matthews and the Hardball team have been pulling double duty for years,” said MSNBC President Phil Griffin. “This move will concentrate the Hardball audience to one key time period and enhance the flow of our evening programming.”

    Read the MSNBC press release here.

    Update: Eddie has more on the announcement here.

  • Al Jazeera America ‘the most ambitious American television news venture since…’
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 12:30 pm by Eddie Scarry

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    A fascinating comparison from the New York Times:

    Al Jazeera America is the most ambitious American television news venture since Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes started the Fox News Channel in 1996. It faces some of the same obstacles that Fox eventually glided over — including blanket skepticism about whether distributors, advertisers and viewers will give it a chance. But that is where the parallels to other channels end, because Al Jazeera America is going against the grain of seemingly every trend in television news.

    Back when Fox News was launched in 1996, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch struggled to have it picked up by cable providers. He was successful after offering to pay them (rather than the other way around) $11 per subscriber.

    Al Jazeera America launches Tuesday.

    @eScarry

  • TheBlaze Makes Another Exciting New Hire…
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 12:29 pm by Erica Ritz

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    TheBlaze announced on Monday that Steve Krakauer will soon be joining the network as the vice president of digital content.  A former senior digital producer at CNN/US, Krakauer will be instrumental in growing TheBlaze’s presence across all digital media, according to a press release.

    TheBlaze Hires Steve Krakauer as Vice President of Digial ContentKrakauer, who begins September 9th, previously oversaw the social and digital output of the CNN domestic television programs. He also managed the team that ran the network’s flagship Twitter account, @CNN.

    Joel Cheatwood, President and Chief Content Officer of TheBlaze, commented: “Steve was one of the first people to truly recognize the growing relationship between digital media and traditional television and has built a remarkable track record integrating the two mediums. We are excited to have Steve join TheBlaze as we continue to be at the forefront of creating a television network designed for the 21st century.”

    Krakauer added: “I’ve long admired the independent, entrepreneurial nature of TheBlaze, and I’m excited to join CEO Chris Balfe, Joel Cheatwood and the team in expanding their place in the ever-changing media landscape. TheBlaze is at the forefront of understanding the new ways people consume news and entertainment, and being able to help shape where it’s going was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”

    Krakauer, who was the senior editor at Mediaite and the editor of TVNewser prior to his move to CNN, was named a “rising star” by the New York Times in 2010, and a “New Media Innovator” by New York Magazine in 2011.

    TheBlaze TV, a 24/7 news, opinion and entertainment network, is available on over 25 distributors across the country, including five of the top 25 in America – DISH, Optimum TV, RCN, Service Electric and Blue Ridge. TheBlaze.com generated over 13 million unique visitors in July 2013.  In addition, Glenn Beck’s Facebook page has over 2.4 million likes, his twitter handle has over 700,000 followers, and the company’s newsletters go out to over 2 million subscribers per day.

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  • Flashback: A more peaceful protest in Egypt
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 12:21 pm by Meredith Jessup

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    February 2011 Christian protestors form a human chain of protection around praying Muslims in Cairo, Egypt:

    Flashback: A more peaceful protest in Egypt

    Via the Daily Mail:

    Striking photos of unity have emerged from the chaos in Egypt as Christian protesters stood together to protect Muslims as they prayed.

    A group of Christians joined hands and faced out surrounding hundreds of Muslims protesters left vulnerable as they knelt in prayer.

    The photos were taken in Cairo by Nevin Zaki.

    She shared the images over Twitter, writing, ‘Bear in mind that this pic was taken a month after z Alexandria bombing where many Christians died in vain. Yet we all stood by each other.’

    The suicide bombing, shortly after the New Year’s Day, killed 23 Coptic Christians, who make up 10percent of Egypt’s 80 million person population.

     

  • ‘God, family & ducks’: Duck Dynasty stars stand for life
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 11:50 am by Meredith Jessup

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    God, family & ducks: Duck Dynasty stars stand for life

    (Image: AP)

    Via LifeNews:

    The Abstinence Clearinghouse website recently posted a video of Jase and Missy, a couple on the show. Jase is one of Phil’s (the Patriarch of the family) four sons. Jase has a life motto: God, family, ducks, in that order. During this interview Jase and his wife unashamedly admitted they chose to wait till marriage to have sex.

    Jase told reporters, “We were both virgins when we got married until our wedding night. We decided to do it God’s way and basically had a godly agreement that we would help each other get to heaven.”

    Abstinence is the only 100% effective way to prevent pregnancy and STD’s.  Jase said in his interview some people think it’s foolish to talk about abstinence or encourage people to wait. I’m glad Jase isn’t concerned about what other’s think when it comes to sharing his story.

    Along with abstinence the Robertsons address the issue of abortion. Phil Robertson made these remarks about the hippie generation at a benefit for the Prestonwood Pregnancy Center in Dallas, TX. He said, “You can only run sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll so far. The bottom line is what came out of that movement is what you’re now witnessing. They had little innocent names; they called us ‘hippies’ and ‘flower children.’ That movement lured 60 million babies out of their mothers’ wombs. What came out of that are universities that take our children and warp their minds – the ungodliness is literally rampant. All of the diseases that go with immorality, all of that stuff came out of my generation.”

  • British reporter perplexed by ‘voyeur-like’ press following Obama on vacation, Secret Service’s ‘ill-fitting beige pants’
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 11:30 am by Eddie Scarry

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    Times of London reporter Billy Kenber traveled for the first time with President Obama, who spent the last week on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. In a column for the Washington Post, Kenber describe “the cult of celebrity surrounding the Obamas”:

    [E]ven when he was away from the crowds, he was not left alone — thanks to what is, to these eyes, a peculiar U.S. tradition: the protective travel pool.

    The American media clearly feel that they have a duty to be on hand at all times, in case developing events — such as violence in Egypt, or other emergencies — intrude. The practical result of this pious goal, though, is that the assembled journalists are left covering events that are really no more than tabloid fodder.

    It gives rise to strange situations, such as the sight of almost a dozen fully grown adults waiting, voyeur-like, on the edge of a forest to catch a glimpse of [the Obama daughters], ages 12 and 15, out for a holiday bike ride with their parents.

    Despite trailing the president everywhere, the traveling press pool can go entire days without actually laying eyes on him. …

    Small wonder then, that Obama opted to spend so much time hitting the links during this trip — a total of 271/ 2 hours over six rounds.

    Time on the island’s lush greens and tree-lined fairways is pretty much the closest thing to freedom — or at least a regular vacation — that Obama gets, although he remained ringed by the not-so-discreet Secret Service agents wearing the seemingly obligatory uniform of ill-fitting beige pants.

    The irony of a British journalist shocked by the media’s fascination with the heads of a country isn’t lost on Kenber (Recall the #RoyalBaby). He admits the same attention is paid to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

    @eScarry

  • A picture is worth 1,000 words: Showing the world something important
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 10:52 am by Meredith Jessup

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    On the set of the BBC’s “Sherlock” series, lead actor Benedict Cumberbatch had a pointed message for prying paparazzi, via Buzzfeed:

    As he exited his trailer, Cumberbatch hid his face behind a hooded jacket and glasses and held up a sign reading, “Go photograph Egypt and show the world something important.”

    A picture is worth 1,000 words: Showing the world something important

  • Update: Greta confirms she did not see a UFO while in Alaska
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 10:30 am by Eddie Scarry

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    What Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren saw while in Alaska on Friday was simply the reflection of a light. And not a UFO, as we thought perhaps it might be.

    Update: Greta confirms she did not see a UFO while in Alaska“You are funny!” Van Susteren told TheBlaze by email Friday evening. We asked about a photo she tweeted of an Alaska landscape, which contained a suspicious, orb-like light in the sky. “That is the glare off the glass – took pic on cell phone thru a window,” she said.

    Van Susteren was in Alaska to go fishing with wounded soldiers.

    Case closed. Just a light.

    It was not, as suggested by a couple Blaze readers, an NSA spy drone nor a “lenticular cloud.”

    @eScarry

  • RNC chairman: ‘liberal media … losing’
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 9:08 am by Eddie Scarry

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    In an email to supporters on Monday, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus touted the RNC’s unanimous vote Friday to block NBC and CNN from participating in the 2016 GOP primary debates.

    “The liberal media executives are losing,” the letter begins. And later: “Not only did we unanimously pass the resolution, it took just days for 60,000 committed conservatives to stand with us by signing our petition online. Now, the company initially scheduled to make the Hillary mini-series has said they won’t produce it. We’re not done fighting.”

    The “company” referenced in the email is Fox TV Studios, which was said to produce a four-hour miniseries based on Hillary Clinton‘s life for NBC Entertainment. Fox TV Studios backed out of the project Friday.

    For its part, CNN announced last month that it will produce a documentary on Clinton complete with a theatrical release.

    The RNC boycott of CNN and NBC only takes effect if both outlets move forward with production.

    @eScarry

  • Video: Church’s gospel choir offers unlikely social media advice
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 8:57 am by Meredith Jessup

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    In case you missed church over the weekend, let me catch you up…

    God said unto Moses, thou shalt say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you… And thou shalt keep thine business off of Facebook.

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  • Monday morning must-reads
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 8:37 am by Meredith Jessup

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    Scott Brown weighing a presidential bid for some reason

    U.S. military has real interests in a stable Egypt

    Overpasses for Obama’s impeachment is now a thing

    Wheels in motion for Joe Biden in 2016

    Obama administration has missed 1/2 of Obamacare deadlines

    Even NSA’s defenders are getting fed up

    Rand Paul: Government shutdown isn’t a good idea

  • It’s Monday, y’all.
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 8:02 am by Meredith Jessup

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    Oof.

    Its Monday, yall.

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