Mixed Media

Donald Trump Just Accidentally Tweeted a Photo of a Convicted Murderer

| Tue Jul. 21, 2015 12:11 PM EDT

Less than a week after tweeting a campaign poster that confused men dressed in Nazi uniforms for American soldiers, Donald Trump is proving once again he is in fact not a "really smart person."

Last night, the real estate mogul fell for an internet prank by retweeting a photo of Jeffrey MacDonald, the former army doctor who in 1979 was convicted of killing his pregnant wife and two daughters. Trump evidently confused the original tweet for an endorsement amid the backlash sparked by his comments mocking Sen. John McCain's military record.

Nazi photos aside, this is far from the first time Trump has committed a social media gaffe. Last September, Trump fell for yet another stunt after retweeting a photo with the message, "My parents who passed away always said you were a big inspiration. Can you please RT for their memory?” The resulting retweet posted a photo of two infamous serial killers.

Though his latest remarks appeared to dip his polling numbers, Trump continues to lead polls of the Republican primary.

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Rachel Dolezal Is Now a Weave-Specializing Hairstylist

| Mon Jul. 20, 2015 4:13 PM EDT

On the off chance you were wondering what Rachel Dolezal has been up to since allegations surfaced she has been lying for years about being a black woman, the former president of Spokane's NAACP chapter recently sat down for an interview to let you know that she's still making a living off of black culture. Vanity Fair has the scoop:

At Eastern Washington University, she lectured on the politics and history of black hair, and she says she developed a passion for taking care of and styling black hair while in college in Mississippi. That passion is now what brings in income in the home she shares with Franklin [her 13-year-old son]. She says she has appointments for braids and weaves about three times a week.

In the new interview, which comes weeks after Dolezal was forced to resign as the NAACP's local leader and dropped as a professor in Africana studies, she also appeared impervious to her critics, even emboldened by the media firestorm that quickly grew after her birth parents claimed she had been lying about her race.

"I wouldn't say I'm African-American, but I would say 'I'm black, and there's a difference in those terms," she tells Vanity Fair.

"It's not a costume," she continued. "I don’t know spiritually and metaphysically how this goes, but I do know that from my earliest memories I have awareness and connection with the black experience, and that's never left me. It's not something that I can put on and take off anymore."

Has Dolezal's latest defense left you even more puzzled? Stay tuned, she plans on publishing a book to explain it all.

Fox News Has Some Very Stupid Thoughts About Sharks

| Mon Jul. 20, 2015 3:02 PM EDT

A surfer in South Africa was attacked by a shark during a competition on TV over the weekend. Fox and Friends discussed this event this morning. It was very, very dumb.

Here is the transcript, courtesy of Raw Story:

I think that the most shocking thing is that after you hear about the six attacks in North Carolina, okay, these are just swimmers,” Kilmeade noted on Monday’s edition of Fox & Friends. “But then when you see a champion surfer and you have a three camera shoot and an overhead shot, [you] say, ‘Oh my goodness, it could happen anywhere.'”

“You would think that they would have a way of clearing the waters before a competition of this level,” he opined. “But I guess they don’t.”

“Sure,” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck agreed. “If a three-time world champion surfer isn’t safe, who is?”

“The shark should be afraid of him,” she added. "That was a tough punch he gave there."

"Clearing the waters" is so hilarious. Why didn't they just do that in Jaws?

(via Wonkette)

John Oliver Wants Americans to Stop Throwing Out So Much Food

| Mon Jul. 20, 2015 9:46 AM EDT

Americans waste a ton of food. According to a study cited in Sunday's Last Week Tonight, the country throws out nearly $165 billion worth of food every year, amounting to 730 football stadiums full of trash.

"Watching all that food go from farm-to-not-a-table is awful for a bunch of reasons," Oliver said. "First and most obviously, there are many people in this country who need that food. In 2013, nearly 50 million Americans lived in food insecure households meaning that at some point in the year they struggled to put enough food on the table."

All that waste also decomposes in overwhelmingly crowded landfills that produce staggering levels of methane gas.

"If you're thinking, 'But hold on, John, what if I'm an asshole who couldn’t give a shit about America's hungry families or the long-term viability of life on earth?' Well, first let me say, 'Mr. Trump, thank you so much for taking the time to watch this show tonight. It's lovely to have you with us.'"

If being compared to the likes of the Donald isn't enough to move you, Oliver explains food waste is gutting your personal finances way more than you think as well.

Watch below:

 

The Bird and the Bee Finds the Aching Heart Beneath the Glossy Surfaces

| Mon Jul. 20, 2015 6:00 AM EDT

The Bird and the Bee
Recreational Love
Rostrum

The unlikely but artistically fruitful partnership of Inara George and Greg Kurstin, aka The Bird and the Bee, has flourished for a decade, despite little encouragement from the commercial mainstream. The daughter of the late Little Feat leader Lowell George, she's a subtly compelling singer who conveys deep feeling with languid poise; her best solo album is a collaboration with art-pop genius Van Dyke Parks. He's a master of slick pop who's produced big names like Katy Perry, Charli XCX, and Kelly Clarkson. But for all their polish, The Bird and the Bee has always been about finding the aching heart beneath the glossy surfaces, and this striking fourth album is no exception. While Recreational Love ups the danceablity quotient slightly from previous outings, shimmering songs like "Lovey Dovey" and "Please Take Me Home" are simultaneously exhilarating (for their suave craftsmanship) and heartrending (for their raw emotion), revealing intriguing new elements with each hearing.

Caitlyn Jenner Just Delivered this Kickass Speech About Acceptance

| Thu Jul. 16, 2015 10:11 AM EDT

Caitlyn Jenner received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at last night's ESPY's in Los Angeles, and used the opportunity to deliver a powerful speech urging fellow athletes and celebrities to understand the immense challenges trans people, especially teenagers, face everyday.

"It's not just about one person," Jenner said. "It's about thousands of people. It's not just about me, it's about all of us accepting one another. We're all different. That's not a bad thing. That's a good thing. And while it may not easy to get past the things you don't always understand, I want to prove that it is absolutely possible if we only do it together."

The award, presented by ESPN, recognizes individuals who "transcend sports," and is named after the late African-American tennis champion Arthur Ashe, who was known for fighting discrimination in the sport and raising public awareness about AIDS.

Looking ahead, the former Olympian said she would use her fame to push for transgender rights. Jenner mentioned 17-year-old Mercedes Williamson and 15-year-old Sam Taub, both trans teenagers who killed themselves earlier this year, to illustrate the urgency of the challenges facing teens.

"They're getting bullied," Jenner said. "They're getting beaten up. They're getting murdered. And they're committing suicide."

She concluded her speech with a message for her critics and those questioning the motives behind her public transition.

"If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions, go ahead because the reality is I can take it," she said. "But for the thousands of kids out there coming to terms with being true to who they are, they shouldn’t have to take it. So for the people out there wondering what this is all about, whether its about courage or controversy or publicity, it's about what happens from here."

Jenner's transition made national headlines after she sat down with Diane Sawyer for an exclusive interview in April, in which she detailed her journey. She made her public debut with a June cover shoot for Vanity Fair.

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John Oliver Explains How Wealthy Sports Teams Are Scamming Taxpayers

| Mon Jul. 13, 2015 10:26 AM EDT

Every year, American cities across the country spend billions of dollar in public money in order to build shiny new sports stadiums we probably don't need. As John Oliver explained on the latest Last Week Tonight, these stadiums are increasingly designed to look like "coked-up Willy Wonka" coliseums with expensive features like swimming pools and party cabanas.

"We don't just help teams build stadiums, we let them keep virtually all the revenue those stadiums produce," Oliver said on Sunday.

The segment goes onto show, stadium financing often hurts the local economy and surrounding businesses, even blocking cities from paying for crucial things like hospitals—all this as wealthy stadium owners only get richer with empty promises of economic growth.

"I'm not saying we shouldn't have giant aquariums in ballparks full of terrified fish. Of course we should, this is America! If we don't have them, no one else will! But we should not be using public money to pay for them."

David Letterman Comes Out of Retirement to Call Out Donald Trump

| Mon Jul. 13, 2015 8:45 AM EDT

David Letterman may have only retired just two months ago, but that isn't going to stop the former "Late Show" host from taking on the joke of a presidential run that is Donald Trump's current campaign for the White House

On Friday, Letterman reemerged on stage in San Antonio, Texas for a very special "Top 10" list to explain.

"I retired," Letterman told the crowd, with Martin Short and Steve Martin by his side. "I have no regrets. None. I was happy, I'll make actual friends, I was complacent, I was satisfied, I was content. And then a couple of days ago Donald Trump said he was running for president."

"I have made the biggest mistake of my life."

Among the zingers reserved for Trump, "During sex, Donald Trump calls out his own name" and "He wants to build a wall? How about building a wall around the thing on his head?" drive it home.

Watch below for the full list:

 

The Punk Band Negative Scanner Gets Apocalyptic

| Mon Jul. 13, 2015 6:00 AM EDT

Negative Scanner
Negative Scanner
Trouble in Mind

Folks who cheered Sleater-Kinney's recent reunion and crave another righteous blast of purifying punk noise should check out the debut album of this exciting Chicago foursome. Echoing the equally terrific White Lung, Negative Scanner makes a bracing racket from pungent raw materials—careening drums, clattering guitars, urgent vocals—with agitated frontwoman Rebecca Valeriano-Flores hinting at apocalyptic consequences every time she sings. Highlighted by blistering tunes like "Planet of Slums" and "Would You Rather," this searing 27-minute eruption is close to perfect, but not for delicate ears.

Tom Selleck Accused of Stealing Thousands of Gallons of Water in California

| Wed Jul. 8, 2015 1:18 PM EDT

How much water does it take to groom Tom Selleck's mustache? Truckloads, apparently.

In the midst of an unprecedented four-year drought, the actor is at the center of a lawsuit accusing him of re-routing thousands of gallons of water from a public hydrant to be sent to his 60-acre ranch in Southern California.

According to the lawsuit filed by the Calleguas Municipal Water District on Monday, on numerous occasions a private investigator spotted a truck filling up with water from the hydrant and delivering it to Selleck's home.

Selleck allegedly continued to do so even after several cease-and-desist notices were sent to him, the newly filed court documents claim.

Now the water district is hoping to permanently block Selleck from continuing the water-delivery scheme and repay it for the investigators' $21,685.55 fees.

Since new restrictions on water use were instituted in the state, celebrities and the wealthy residing in California who have watered their lawns excessively and ignored the caps have been targeted with so-called "drought-shaming" techniques on social media as a way to expose residents who appear to waste water.