Tuesday morning, comedy website Funny or Die released an episode of Zach Galifianakis' satirical interview show Between Two Ferns featuring Barack Obama. The 44th president came on to promote the Affordable Care Act. (At the end of the six-and-a-half-minute video, there is a link to Healthcare.gov.)
The whole thing is pretty funny. To be clear, it isn't going to set the world on fire or anything, but there are definitely some amusing bits. ("What is it like to be the last black president?" "Seriously?") Funny or Die has a very good relationship with the Obama administration, which includes creating a recent batch of pro-Obamacarevideos, and even pitching the president a sketch idea directly. Galifianakis is himself an Obama supporter.
On February 18, 1965, a young man named Jimmie Lee Jackson was shot and killed by a member of the Alabama State Police during a non-violent civil rights demonstration in Selma, Alabama.
Seventeen days later, 525 civil rights activists marched from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in protest of that killing. They were attacked by state and local police armed with billy clubs, whips, and tear gas. (You can read the New York Times' entire horrifying account here.) That day—March 7, 1965—would come to be known as "Bloody Sunday."
Here is President Obama's statement marking the 49th anniversary:
Forty-nine years ago, a determined group of Americans marched into history, facing down grave danger in the name of justice and equality—walking to protest the continued discrimination and violence against African Americans. On a day that became known as “Bloody Sunday”, these brave men and women met billy-clubs and tear gas with courage and resolution. Their actions helped set an example for a generation to stand up for the fundamental freedoms due to all people. We recognize those who marched that day—and the millions more who have done their part throughout our nation’s history to bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice.
West Virginia's tenure as the most obese state in America—a three-year run that no one ever called a dynasty—is over.
According to Gallup, which just released its 2013 survey on obesity in America, 35.4 percent of Mississippians have a BMI above 30, giving the home of 3 Doors Down the highest obesity rate in the Union. West Virginia came in second at 34.4 percent.
Meanwhile, Montana toppled three-time defending least-obese champion and budding marijuana tourist destination Colorado, with a svelte 19.6 percent.
On Saturday, six US servicemen put on what may have been, according to Stars & Stripes, the first drag show ever on a US military base.
The event was held at the Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan to raise money for OutServe-SLDN, a non-profit that supports the military's LGBT community. Organizers initially only expected to sell 75 tickets, but according to Navy Lt Marissa Greene, ended up selling 400.
The video of US troops lip syncing in drag to "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" as the crowd goes wild is amazing.
Once upon a time, gay and lesbian Americans who wanted to serve their country had to live in the closet thanks to a stupid policy called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." In the more than two years since DADT's repeal, the US military has somehow not fallen into chaos and disrepair.
Tech. Sgt. Kristen Baker put it best toStars & Stripes:"Everything is just accepted. It makes me really proud to watch it. We are all brothers and sisters no matter what."