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Watch: Truthiness And The NRA Are A Bad Mix

Watch: Truthiness And The NRA Are A Bad Mix
Stephen Colbert brought back the "truthiness" trope he introduced on his first-ever episode of "The Colbert Report" on Wednesday, this time applying it to the NRA, U.S. senators who voted against a background check bill and right-wing talk radio pundits who vehemently reject any and all forms of gun control.

He went after National Review columnist Kevin D. Williamson, Sen. Rand Paul and radio host Bob Davis, who said to Newtown families in a recent broadcast, "I'm sorry that you suffered a tragedy. But deal with it. Don't force me to lose my liberty, which is a greater tragedy than your loss."

Colbert offered faux sympathy to Davis, lamenting that losing a child pales in comparison to his inconvenience of having to fill out a few background check forms to get a gun.

He then pointed out that a listener offered to buy Davis a plane ticket to express
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Radio Host Makes Heinous Statement About Sandy Hook Families

A Minnesota radio host said he would like to tell the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims to "go to hell" for infringing on his gun rights.

Bob Davis was discussing those affected by the Newtown, Conn., tragedy during a Friday segment of his show, "Davis & Emmer," on Twin Cities News Talk Am 1130, according to Minneapolis' City Pages. The topic focused on how family members of the 26 victims, 20 of whom were between the ages of 6 and 7 years old, have become advocates for gun control. In Davis' opinion, these Newtown families are infringing on his constitutional rights.

He went on a tirade against the Sandy Hook families, saying:

I have something I want to say to the victims of Newtown, or any other shooting. I don't care if it's here in Minneapolis or anyplace else. Just because a bad thing happened to you doesn't mean that you get
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Yoshimitsu Morita, 1950 - 2011

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"Yoshimitsu Morita, whose films depicted the absurdity and vulnerability of everyday life in conformist Japan, has died," reports Yuri Kagayama for the AP. "He was 61." His breakthrough came with The Family Game (1983), winner of five Kinema Junpo Awards — Best Film, Director, Screenplay, Actor (Yusaku Matsuda) and Supporting Actor (Jûzô Itami) — in which Matsuda plays "an offbeat tutor who forms a heartwarming relationship with a young man in a stereotypical middle-class family."

"Though even its most perceptive commentators reduce Kazoku geimu (Family Game) to a critique of 'affluent, middle-class nuclear family life in the city and nose-to-the-grindstone education systems' [Keiko McDonald in 1989], Morita's most widely known film is before all else hilarious," wrote Bob Davis in Senses of Cinema in 2006. "Its laughs derive from inappropriate and idiosyncratic behavior, unseemly frankness, slapstick antics, gross-out tactics, repetitions, exaggerations, explosive contrasts, and unnatural pacing." In Davis's "brazen 'ranking' of Morita's films, Family Game, Deaths in Tokimeki, Sorekara [And Then], Keiho,
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Pop Quiz: How Did a $12 Billion Search Engine Sell for $36 Million?

Ten years ago, search-engine portal Lycos sold to Terra Networks for $12.5 billion. Six years ago, Korean Internet firm Daum acquired the company for $95.4 million. And today, Lycos switched hands again, this time to India's Ybrant Digital--for only $36 million. That's a 99.712% drop in value in just one decade.

The company went from receiving roughly 50 million unique visitors daily to boasting that it reaches about that number in an entire year. By 2007, Lycos' share of the global search engine market dropped to 0.01%. To put that in perspective, Google Kenya around that time had two-times that market share. Lycos' only other asset: AngelFire, possibly the world's worst free web-hosting service.

Who in their right mind would want to purchase this company? Here's a look back at how each of its acquisitions were described by the purchasing company at the time. See if you can guess when each statement was made.

1. "Overnight in one fell swoop,
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Takeshi Kitano: All the Rage in France

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Commandeurs des Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. France has no higher honor to confer to an artist. On Tuesday, Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand formally proclaimed Takeshi Kitano a Commander of Arts and Letters.

As Coco Masters reports for Time, the Japanese filmmaker is the talk of Paris: "A selection of Kitano's paintings, which he began producing after a serious motorbike crash in 1994, are on display at Paris' Fondation Cartier, along with videos, objects and installations, in the exhibition Gosse de Peintre (The Painter's Kid). The Centre Pompidou is also hosting a Kitano film and TV retrospective, and his memoir, Kitano par Kitano, written with French journalist Michel Temman, has just started gracing Parisian bookstores."

In honor of and in conjunction with Takeshi Kitano, l'iconoclaste, opening today at the Centre Pompidou and running through June 26, we're presenting Takeshi Kitano, Iconoclast, an online retrospective for viewers in France in Cinema 2 from now through June.
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Takeshi Kitano: All the Rage in France

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Commandeurs des Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. France has no higher honor to confer to an artist. On Tuesday, Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand formally proclaimed Takeshi Kitano a Commander of Arts and Letters.

As Coco Masters reports for Time, the Japanese filmmaker is the talk of Paris: "A selection of Kitano's paintings, which he began producing after a serious motorbike crash in 1994, are on display at Paris' Fondation Cartier, along with videos, objects and installations, in the exhibition Gosse de Peintre (The Painter's Kid). The Centre Pompidou is also hosting a Kitano film and TV retrospective, and his memoir, Kitano par Kitano, written with French journalist Michel Temman, has just started gracing Parisian bookstores."

In honor of and in conjunction with Takeshi Kitano, l'iconoclaste, opening today at the Centre Pompidou and running through June 26, we're presenting Takeshi Kitano, Iconoclast, an online retrospective for viewers in France in Cinema 2 from now through June.
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