Mixed Media

This Washington Post Headline Is the Funniest Thing You'll Read All Weekend

| Sat Jan. 24, 2015 3:31 PM EST

Got the winter blues? Well, turn that frown upside down! Here's a thing to make you smile.

In other pretend candidate news:

What a time to be alive.

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This Is Why Under-Inflated Footballs Could Have Given Tom Brady An Advantage

| Fri Jan. 23, 2015 7:20 PM EST

To those of us for whom the nuances of professional football tactics are a bit of a mystery, there was one question looming over New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's surreal Ballghazi press conference yesterday that went unanswered: What's so great, in theory, about a deflated football? Seems like, if anything, an under-inflated ball would be less aerodynamic?

Turns out, the potential benefit is all about grippiness. From Fox Sports:

John Eric Goff, professor of physics at Lynchburg College in Virginia and author of “Gold Medal Physics: The Science of Sports,” told FoxNews.com that the league-mandated PSI range is ideal for playing football. “If, however, there’s rain or snow or something else happening, that would make the ball a bit slicker, so having a bit less pressure in the ball makes it easier to squeeze and the grip improves,” he added.

Interesting!

Black Man Lawfully Carrying Gun Gets Pummeled by White Vigilante at Walmart

| Fri Jan. 23, 2015 5:40 PM EST

There is no shortage of debate about whether allowing citizens to carry concealed guns makes society safer. You may be shocked to learn that the answer could depend in part on the color of a citizen's skin.

Exhibit A this week, from Florida: A surveillance video from a Walmart located near Tampa shows 62-year-old Clarence Daniels trying to enter the store to purchase some coffee creamer for his wife this past Tuesday. He barely steps through the automatic doors before he is pummeled by shopper Michael Foster, a 43-year-old white man.

"He's got a gun!" Foster shouts, to which Daniels replies, "I have a permit!"

According to local news reports, Foster originally spotted Daniels in the store's parking lot placing his legally owned handgun underneath his coat. In keeping with Florida's well-known vigilante spirit, Foster decided to take matters into his own hands by following Daniels into the Walmart. Without warning, he tackled Daniels and placed him in a chokehold

Police soon arrived and confirmed Daniels indeed had a permit for the handgun. 

"Unfortunately, he tackled a guy that was a law-abiding citizen," said Larry McKinnon, a police spokesperson. "We understand it's alarming for people to see other people with guns, but Florida has a large population of concealed weapons permit holders."

Foster is now facing battery charges. 

Melinda Gates Shames Anti-Vaxxers "Who Have Forgotten What Measles Death Looks Like"

| Fri Jan. 23, 2015 5:20 PM EST

On the heels of an increasingly widening measles outbreak at Disneyland in California, where at least 28 of the people infected were reportedly unvaccinated, Melinda Gates is urging parents to take advantage of healthcare resources in the United States and get their children vaccinated.

"We take vaccines so for granted in the United States," Gates explained during an appearance on HuffPost Live Thursday. "Women in the developing world know the power of [vaccines]. They will walk 10 kilometers in the heat with their child and line up to get a vaccine because they have seen death."

In detailing the struggle parents in the developing world endure to have their children vaccinated, Gates said Americans have simply "forgotten what measles death looks like." 

Through her philanthropy work with husband Bill Gates, Melinda has long worked to help people in developing countries obtain basic healthcare treatment, including vaccine deliveries. 

"I'd say to the people of the United States: We're incredibly lucky to have that technology and we ought to take advantage of it," she added. 

In the United States, the highly contagious disease has reemerged in recent years thanks to the anti-vaccination movement and personal belief exemptions. Use of the controversial waivers is particularly prominent in California.

The recent outbreak at Disneyland has heightened the debate. According to the Associated Press, those infected range from just seven months to 70-years-old, including five park employees. 

Dr. James Cherry, a specialist in pediatric infectious diseases at the University of California-Los Angeles, told the New York Times the current outbreak is "100 percent connected" to the anti-immunization movement.

"It wouldn't have happened otherwise—it wouldn't have gone anywhere. There are some pretty dumb people out there."

 

 

Netflix Just Released the Trailer for Tina Fey's New Sitcom and It Looks Incredible

| Thu Jan. 22, 2015 7:18 PM EST

Welcome to your new favorite thing. Finally, a glimpse of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt—the latest from Tina Fey and the team behind 30 Rock—which comes to Netflix on March 6. Reminiscent of the recent rash of reality TV shows like Breaking the Faith and Breaking Amish, the comedy series starring Ellie Kemper (The Office, Bridesmaids) follows a peppy former doomsday cult victim as she tries to make a new life in New York City, having been rescued from an Indiana bunker. Hilarity ensues. Alongside Kemper, it's a joy to see former 30 Rock stars Jane Krakowski and Tituss Burgess.

The first sitcom for Fey since 30 Rock was originally developed to air on NBC (co-written by NBC show-runner Robert Carlock), but it was bought up by Netflix last November. At a recent press conference for TV critics, Fey joked that the lack of network restrictions on streaming platforms was creatively liberating: "I think season two's gonna mostly be shower sex," she said, according to NPR.

For someone who has made network TV her career, the shift to streaming is a big move for Fey. But she told critics that the basics of any television series still apply on Netflix: "People still have that communal feeling when the next season of Orange is the New Black goes up. And they do want to talk about it, they do want to email about it and they do want to talk about it at work. So you still have the communal feeling of, like, 'Oh we want to see this and talk about it right now.'"

The only catch? "Its just not literally at that specific hour of the night."

Listen to Tom Brady Talk About His Deflated Balls...and ISIS

| Thu Jan. 22, 2015 6:17 PM EST

Tom Brady would like you to know that he is innocent...also, "this isn't ISIS."

Here is a video, courtesy of our friends across the aisle at National Review.

Also, here is a Vine of just the ISIS part.

Sports!

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Dinesh D'Souza Says Obama Hasn't Lived the "African American Experience" Because He Grew Up in Hawaii

| Wed Jan. 21, 2015 11:23 AM EST

Barack Obama is an African American man. He is black and he was born in Hawaii. He is the president of the United States.

Despite all this, conservative author and convicted felon Dinesh D'Souza tried to convince Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Monday that the president has not lived the "African American experience" for reasons that first included the president not having "descended from slaves on either side of his family." 

When asked for clarification, considering Obama indeed has "black skin and grew up in America as a black man," as a rather shocked Kelly correctly noted, D'Souza answered, "Well he grew up in Hawaii."

"That's America!" Kelly reminded him. 

Unable to put the breaks on his thought process, D'Souza trailed on with mentions of the president's past trips to Indonesia and Kenya as further proof he has not lived the true African American experience.

"Oh come on Dinesh! That does not deprive him of the African American experience."

This all follows a series of bizarre tweets from D'Souza, in which he compared himself to Martin Luther King Jr. and Obama to J. Edgar Hoover. 

Monday's segment concluded with our momentary hero, Megyn Kelly, asking D'Souza how his time holed up in a community confinement center after being convicted of campaign finance fraud was going. 

 

If You Watch "The Good Wife," This Tweet Is Going To Blow Your Mind

| Tue Jan. 20, 2015 11:01 PM EST

The Good Wife is the best show in the world. It's on hiatus until March 1 and I was really upset about it but at least this happened tonight:

Thank you, S. Alexander Smith. I want to be your best friend.

(via James West)

Alabama School Superintendent Stops Students From Going to See "Selma"

| Tue Jan. 20, 2015 2:12 PM EST

Last week, a school superintendent in Alabama turned down a request from a group of high school students to go to a screening of Selma, the critically acclaimed film about Martin Luther King Jr.'s crusade for civil rights in Alabama, because it is filled with naughty curse words.

Superintendent Hugh Taylor told Al.com his objection stemmed from a recommendation made by "Kids in Mind," a website that appears to guide overbearing parents to which movies are acceptable for their kids to see. 

I understand the movie has a lot of historical value. The request was denied based on language. [The website] told me there were about two F-words in that movie, which I presume may mean more. The school that wanted to go [Collinsville High] is a multicultural school and [the website] said there were going to be 26 African-American connotations, which I thought would probably be inappropriate. I deemed this movie in particular inappropriate and that's my job as the head of the school system to make those decisions.

Taylor's decision, which he says was made in part out of concern for Dekalb County's taxpayer money being spent on "filthy language," comes as theaters across the country are hosting free-screenings to hundreds of thousands of students hoping to view the same film. Despite the national embrace and Selma's official PG-13 rating, however, Taylor said he simply could not permit students to experience a movie with the "F-word in it." 

"I'm just not going to do that," he said.

"I"m telling you I'm denying this because of the language," an insistent Taylor protested too much. "I'm trying to explain to you because I don't think it's going to be told correctly. That's why I have a hard time talking to the media, because I want the truth to be told. I'm denying it based on language. Just make sure you put that in, please." 

"I don't rule over these people with an iron fist or a big club," he added. 

Alabama is one of three states in the country that simultaneously observes Robert E. Lee Day alongside Martin Luther King Day.

(h/t Mediaite)

Ty Segall's new EP, "Mr. Face," Is a Tasty Treat

| Mon Jan. 19, 2015 7:00 AM EST

Ty Segall
Mr. Face
Famous Class

Ty Segall just can't stop making music—solo, in his band, or in collaboration with others; on singles, EPs and albums. He unleashes a flood of psychedelic garage rock with manic fervor, suggesting a condemned man desperate to be heard before his time runs out. If his prolific output sometimes cries out for an editor (especially when it comes to the songwriting) Segall's unfeigned, life-affirming enthusiasm is never less than irresistible. The physical version of the four-song Mr. Face EP is a pair of translucent red-and-blue seven-inch vinyl records billed as "the world's first playable pair of 3D glasses," but it's a tasty treat whether or not you dig novelty packaging. The jumpy title track is an acoustic rave-up that hints at a strong Violent Femmes influence. Elsewhere Segall is his usual exuberant self, plugged in and happy to blast. And coming next week: the Ty Segall Band's Live in San Francisco on the Castle Face label, a full-length set of feedback, heavy riffs, big beats and yowling vocals, guaranteed to cure the blahs with caffeinated pizzazz.