Mixed Media

Ohio State's Quarterback Has the Perfect Response to a Fan's Stupid "Shut Up and Play" Tweet

| Thu Jul. 23, 2015 2:00 PM EDT

Sometimes athletes choose to stand in the center of a movement and make a statement. Ohio State's Cardale Jones, quarterback of this year's national championship football team, took some time Thursday to ask a simple question on Twitter:

It wasn't exactly incendiary stuff from Jones, who has been dinged for expressing himself on social media before. Still, when one fan decided to chime in to tell Jones to shut up and stick to football, the 22-year-old junior from Cleveland wasn't having it:

Also, a reminder: College athletes aren't getting paid while the NCAA rakes in millions

(h/t @byjoelanderson)

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Ikea Recalling Dressers After Two Children Die from Falling Drawers

| Thu Jul. 23, 2015 9:12 AM EDT

In February 2014, a two-year-old boy from Pennsylvania was killed after an Ikea Malm dresser tipped over and pinned him to his bed. In another incident in June of that year, a 23-month-old child died after being trapped beneath falling drawers from the same line of Ikea's popular dressers.

The company is now offering a free repair kit to 27 million customers who purchased the company's Malm dressers to help remove the furniture's "tip-over hazard."

The recall is in conjunction with a safety alert issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission on Wednesday warning of the dressers' potential dangers. The commission recommended that parents no longer buy Malm dressers taller than 23.5 inches for children and 29.5 inches for adults, unless the products are properly secured to a wall.

The free repair kits provide such an anchoring mechanism.

Malm Dresser, Ikea

The company said in total it received 14 accident reports stemming from the line's drawers, four of which resulted in injuries.

In a statement, Ikea's U.S. commercial manager Patty Lobell said the company was "deeply saddened" by the deaths and hoped its efforts would "prevent further tragedies."

For information on how to receive the free repair kit, head over to the commission's alert here.

Obama Pledges to Use Executive Order to Keep Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show"

| Wed Jul. 22, 2015 7:58 AM EDT

As Jon Stewart prepares his imminent exit from The Daily Show, President Obama stopped by the set in New York on Tuesday to bid farewell to the longstanding host and promised to use his office's power to prevent him from leaving.

"I can't believe you're leaving before me," Obama said during his seventh and final visit with Stewart as host. "I'm going to issue an executive order: Jon Stewart cannot leave the show. It's being challenged in the courts."

"To me this is a states' rights issue," Stewart replied.

Following the opening banter, the two dived into more serious topics such as the Iran nuclear deal, the president's relationship with the media, and the Middle East.

When asked about Donald Trump's recent surge in the polls, Obama joked, "I'm sure the Republicans are enjoying Mr. Trump's current dominance of their primary."

Stewart's last day is August 6th.

Donald Trump Just Accidentally Tweeted a Photo of a Convicted Murderer

| Tue Jul. 21, 2015 11:11 AM 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.

Rachel Dolezal Is Now a Weave-Specializing Hairstylist

| Mon Jul. 20, 2015 3:13 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 2:02 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)

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John Oliver Wants Americans to Stop Throwing Out So Much Food

| Mon Jul. 20, 2015 8:46 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 5:00 AM EDT

The Bird and the Bee
Recreational Love

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 9:11 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.

John Oliver Explains How Wealthy Sports Teams Are Scamming Taxpayers

| Mon Jul. 13, 2015 9:26 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."