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In case you're not up on your Iowa political goings-on, long-time U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) is retiring, so his seat is up for grabs in the 2014 midterm election.
Rep. Bruce Braley is the only Democrat vying for Harkin's seat, but there is a wide field of Republicans who will face off in a primary election in June. One of these candidates is Joni Ernst, whose political ad released this week says her experience growing up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm means she's ready to go to Washington D.C., cut "pork" and make the big spenders "squeal."
Jimmy Fallon: "I don't know what she's running for but just give her the job."
Stephen Colbert: "Running on »
One Iowa Senate candidate will cut pork in Washington — one squealing pig at a time. On Thursday's “Colbert Report,” Stephen Colbert heartily endorsed Republican Joni Ernst, who boasts in a new ad that she grew up on an Iowa farm where she castrated hogs. Also read: ‘Daily Show’ Exposes $172 Million in Federal Penis Pump Spending (Video) “Joni, you had me at castration,” Colbert said. “Folks, it does not matter what else she stands for. I am pulling for her whole hog, or whatever is left of the hog when she's done with it.” He added: “Ernst already got Mitt Romney's endorsement, »
- Tim Molloy
The film explores the people and companies racing to deliver consumer 3D printing — a potentially disruptive and controversial technology that enables reproduction of everything from guns to human organs.
“Print the Legend” will premiere on Netflix in 2014 in all territories where Netflix is available. The docu won the 2014 SXSW Film Festival’s special jury recognition award for editing and storytelling in the documentary feature category.
Other documentaries the streamer has acquired include “The Square,” an Oscar-nominated film about political unrest in Egypt; “The Short Game,” about kid golfers; Mitt Romney docu “Mitt”; and “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life,” about pianist and Holocaust survivor Alice Herz-Sommer, which won the Oscar this year for documentary short.
See Also: SXSW Film Review: ‘Print the Legend »
- Todd Spangler
Mitt Romney took shots at President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine, in addition to other difficulties abroad in a stinging new op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal. The former Republican presidential nominee's piece was headlined,”The Price of Failed Leadership.” “America apparently has no good options,” Romney wrote. ”The President's failure to act when action was possible has diminished respect for the U.S. and made troubles worse.” Also read: Mitt Romney Helps Jimmy Fallon Slow Jam the News (Video) “Russia owns Crimea and all we can do »
- James Crugnale
Despite everything President Barack Obama has on his plate, he managed to squeeze in some face time with Zach Galifianakis for Funny Or Die’s web series, Between Two Ferns. The leader of the free world used his appearance on the show to plug the Affordable Care Act, but things quickly went awry. Let’s just say, if you think you’ve seen some tense interviews featuring the prez, you haven’t seen anything yet.
Ok, let’s be real, it looks like the sit-down was all in good fun, but Barack totally played the part of the pissed off president quite well. Zach generally held it down as the passive-aggressive host who can’t help but annoy his subjects. Between questions about trips to North Korea by “Ambassador Rodman” and a potential presidential library in Kenya, »
- Rahsheeda Ali
CBS News has named veteran Bill Whitaker a 60 Minutes correspondent, it was announced today by Jeff Fager, the executive producer of the newsmag and the chairman of CBS News. Whitaker, who has been based in Los Angeles, will move to the New York area and begin appearing in the fall on the CBS newsmagazine, which is America’s most-watched news program. The newsmag got nicked in its reputation when Lara Logan took a leave in the wake of the program’s since-discredited story on the Benghazi attacks. Whitaker has covered virtually all of the major news stories in the West since he was posted to Los Angeles in 1992, reporting regularly for the CBS Evening News and other CBS News broadcasts. He also has worked for CBS News’s Sunday Morning turning out feature stories and profiles, including ones on Barbra Streisand, Norman Lear, Gladys Knight, and Mike Tyson. He has »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
When the first signs that Russia was invading Ukraine started to appear late last week, conservatives began hailing Sarah Palin for predicting this development all the way back in 2008. The former governor even issued a "Told-Ya-So" on her Facebook page. Last night, Glenn Beck got in on the game, laughing at President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and anyone else who dared to discount Palin and Mitt Romney, who made similar warnings in 2012. »
- Matt Wilstein
Gov. Jan Brewer returned to Arizona on Tuesday and faced a pressing decision about a bill on her desk that has prompted a national debate over religious and gay rights. The Republican governor has been in Washington the last five days for a governors conference, and she is returning to a political climate that is much different from just a week ago. Late Tuesday night, Brewer Tweeted: "I assure you, as always, I will do the right thing for the State of Arizona." The Arizona Legislature passed a bill last week allowing businesses whose owners cite sincerely held religious beliefs to deny service to gays. »
- Associated Press
It’s been a tumultuous couple of months for MSNBC, who have dealt with several high profile controversies involving on-air talent. Last November, the channel gave Alec Baldwin’s “Up Late” the boot following outrage over anti-gay comments he made to a paparazzo, host Martin Bashir resigned in December after he made inflammatory comments about Sarah Palin and Melissa Harris-Perry apologized to Mitt Romney in January after she joked about the former Massachusetts Governor’s black grandson. MSNBC hopes to turn the page with the launch of two new shows on Monday. While it’s uncertain what direction Ronan Farrow will take with his. »
- James Crugnale
Well the overall Nielsen ratings report for 2013 recently came out and not surprisingly Fox News was once again the number one cable news channel easily beating out CNN and MSNBC.And not surprisingly, the number of African American viewers of Fox News was somewhere between slim and none. Why watch something that makes it clear on a daily basis that we’re not wanted, let alone even liked?According to Nielsen, only some 1.1 percent of Fox News watchers were African American compared to 25% for MSNBC, 14% for CNN and about 12% for the three commercial broadcast networks (ABC, NBC and CBS) evening news programs.To put that into perspective, believe it or not, Mitt Romney actually got more black voters with some 2.2 percent.However, looking at them closer, Fox News’ actual numbers tell a different story. The channel averages about 1 million daily, though when you consider, according once again to Nielsen, that »
Well the overall Nielsen ratings report for 2013 recently came out and not surprisingly Fox News was once again the number one cable news channel easily beating out CNN and MSNBC.And not surprisingly, the number of African American viewers of Fox News was somewhere between slim and none. Why watch something that makes it clear on a daily basis that we’re not wanted, let alone even liked?According to Nielsen, only some 1.1 percent of Fox News watchers were African American compared to 25% for MSNBC, 14% for CNN and about 12% for the three commercial broadcast networks (ABC, NBC and CBS) evening news programs.To put that into perspective, believe it or not, Mitt Romney »
The answer is there is no better way. So here are some videos.
Warning: There is some Nsfw language in these.
"Obama Loses His S***"
"Obama -- The College Years"
"I Sunk Your Battleship, B****"
"On the Town Hall Debate"
"Obama Teaches Malia to Drive"
"The Last Four Years"
"S*** Mitt Romney Doesn't Say"
Happy birthday, Jordan Peele!
The creator of the addicting mobile game is receiving incredibly angry tweets from fans who are outraged that the app has been deleted. Several Twitter users are threatening to kill him and others are asking that he take his own life.
The virtual death of Flappy Bird has enraged fans so much that they are viciously attacking the man behind the bird, Dong Nguyen. The death tweets he is receiving are unimaginable and it’s all because of a virtual yellow bird.
Flappy Bird Creator Receiving Death Threats On Twitter
Dong told the world via Twitter on Feb. 8 that he was deleting the app in 22 hours because he “cannot take this anymore.”
I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore.
— Dong Nguyen (@dongatory) February 8, 2014
It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore. »
- Chloe Melas
Flappy Bird is the most addictive mobile game since Candy Crush, but if you haven’t downloaded it yet, you’ve missed your opportunity… forever!
Do you hear that? It’s the sound of silence — the sound of a flap-less world, now that app developer Dong Nguyen has decided to pull his ever-addictive Flappy Bird game from digital shelves forever. Dong shocked the world Feb. 8 by tweeting that users had 22 hours to download the app before it would be permanently deleted, and his reasoning was as simple as it was disturbing: “I cannot take this anymore.”
Flappy Bird Pulled Down: Read Dong Nguyen’s Dark Tweets
Here are all of Dong’s tweets from Feb. 8, explaining why he decided to stop making Flappy Bird accessible to iPhone and Android users:
I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down. I cannot take this anymore. »
- Andy Swift
It's no surprise that "The Lego Movie" made boatloads of money this weekend -- but did you know the film is trying to indoctrinate your children with anti-business messages? That's what Fox News believes.
Last week, during a show called "Varney & Co.," host Charles Payne facilitated a panel discussion about "Lego" asserting that the kid-friendly flick was actually an anti-capitalism screed in disguise, with the villain Lord Business -- who Payne said resembles failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney -- standing in for CEOs everywhere. Payne said that such sentiment was typical of Hollywood, citing recent films like "The Muppets" and "The Lorax" with demonizing business owners.
"Hollywood has its own agenda, and we're kind of used to this, but it feels a bit more threatening when they start to push this out to our kids over and over," Payne said.
One commentator added that Hollywood thinks it can get »
- Katie Roberts
For an ostensible Everyman, Tom Hanks has a performer's hunger to please that has shone through some of his most stoic roles. That eagerness, however, is suspended to marvellous effect in Paul Greengrass's titanium-tough tension exercise Captain Phillips (Sony, 12), in which Hanks plays the real-life skipper of an American cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates with nothing to lose. Emotionally bare and physically distressed, Hanks looks palpably out of his depth, and the result is his best performance – unlucky not to receive one of the film's six Oscar nominations. (Riveting newcomer Barkhad Abdi, playing the invading captain, was more fortunate.) It's a formidable fist of a film, yet not even the best Somali pirate thriller of 2013 – happily, its remarkable Danish twin A Hijacking is available on Blinkbox, »
- Guy Lodge
'An already notorious scene sees Romney ironing a shirt while still wearing it'
Reading reports from film festivals can be a frustrating experience, and not only because they're invariably overrun with trite buzzwords like "crowd-pleasing" and "star-making". No, the real problem is that most of the Earth-shattering films described within them won't make it across to British shores for months or even years. It's precisely the opposite sensation of reading a home-entertainment column like this one, where most of the content is far too old to have any bearing on the zeitgeist. Thank heavens then, for Netflix, which is determined to solve both problems this week with the launch of its new documentary Mitt.
The film, which follows former governor of Massachusetts, devout Mormon and noted abortion equivocator Mitt Romney's six-year journey to the 2012 presidential election, had its world premiere just last month at the Sundance film festival. Now, »
- Charlie Lyne
The first thing you should know about The Lego Movie: Yes, it really is that good.
The second thing you should know about The Lego Movie: Like several recent-ish family films, including but not limited to The Lorax, The Muppets, and Wall-e, it’s got an anti-conformist, anti-corporate message that’s a little hard to swallow once you consider all its tie-in merchandise. (The Lego toys, however, aren’t quite as gross as those awful Lorax car commercials.)
And as a result, Fox Business is mad. Not because of the hypocrisy inherent in the movie’s premise, but »
- Hillary Busis
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Don’t let movie social media get toxic” — Matt Singer at The Dissolve advocates for an improv class approach to our critical conversations online. So that they’re, you know, actual conversations. “Why Guardians of the Galaxy Could Be Marvel’s First Flop” — Rob Bricken at io9 makes a clear case of what we all know in our hearts: that the public at large might not be ready for a wacky talking space raccoon. And yet they totally got behind a moose peeing on Adam Sandler. “Sympathy for the Loser: Mitt Romney’s Sobering Netflix Documentary” — Tim Grierson at Safe For Work Playboy discusses an excellent documentary in the context of a position we hate to find ourselves in (and one that humanizes all of us). “How 12 Years a Slave Broke Through India »
- Scott Beggs
Sandra Fluke has announced plans to run for California State Senate opting not to battle for the Congressional seat of Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-ca 33rd District) after he retires this year.
Thanks to everyone who encouraged me to #runsandrarun! I've announced my candidacy for #CA State Senate http://t.co/B71Lvj1Mkg
— Sandra Fluke (@SandraFluke) February 5, 2014
Fluke, a women’s rights activist and attorney, announced her decision Tuesday, Feb. 4 after having filed papers suggesting she would run for Rep. Waxman’s seat. She will instead run for California Legislature in the 26th District.
““I am extremely moved by the outpouring of local and national support I have received since I announced that I was considering running for office. My entire career has been devoted to the public interest, whether representing victims of human trafficking or advocating for working families. I am committed to continuing that fight in Sacramento, »
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