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Harvard Professors Shocked At Obamacare Rate Hike

By on 1.6.15 | 12:47PM

While we wait for the results in the Great House Republican Insurgency of 2015 (John Boehner looks to have dialed up the orange in his spray tan just for this occasion), how about a little unabashed schadenfreude? 

The faculty of Harvard University, who contributed greatly to the ideas theoretically embodied in the Affordable Care Act, have a Harvard-sponsored healthcare plan, so they were spared the effects of having to choose from the Obamacare marketplace. But that Harvard-sponosred healthcare plan could only be shielded from the nationwide trend of rising healthcare costs for so long. And now, the end is near. And they face the final curtain. And despite an ineffective faculty vote aimed at resisting the dastardly corporate influences now clearly infiltrating their beloved institution, Harvard professors will have to pay more for their plans

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NYC Mayor: Police Who Turned Their Backs Were Disrespectful to Families of Slain Officers

By on 1.6.15 | 11:07AM

Yesterday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took yet another cheap shot at NYPD officers who turned their backs on him during the funerals of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu:

Those individuals who took certain actions this last week — the last two weeks, really — they were disrespectful to the families involved. That's the bottom line. They were disrespectful to the families that had lost a loved one. I think it just defies a lot of what we feel is the right and decent thing to do when you're dealing with a family in pain. I also think they were disrespectful to the people of this city, who in fact honor the work of the NYPD.

Rubbish.

When the NYPD turned their backs they were not being disrespectful to the families of Officer Ramos and Liu. The only person the NYPD was being disrespectul towards was de Blasio and with good cause. The fact that de Blasio would bring the families of Officers Ramos and Liu into it once again demonstrates his lack of character.

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White House, Wasserman-Schultz Smear Scalise

By on 1.6.15 | 9:41AM

It looks like the Obama White House and DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz have put an Alinsky target on the back of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said, There's no arguing that who Republicans decide to elevate into a leadership position says a lot about what the conference's priorities and values are." Earnest went on to say, "Ultimately, Mr. Scalise reportedly described himself as 'David Duke without the baggage."

Well, how about the repeated visits to the White House by racist and anti-Semite Al Sharpton?

There's no arguing that who President Obama decides to invite to the White House says a lot about what the Obama Administration's priorities and values are.

It also hasn't been verified that Scalise actually made the David Duke comment. But since when does the Obama Administration let the facts get in the way of an argument?

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Stuart Scott, R.I.P.

By on 1.5.15 | 9:57PM

As you know by now sportscaster Stuart Scott passed away yesterday after a long battle of cancer at the age of 49. 

Scott was a fixture at ESPN for more than two decades. His voice had a unique cadence and rhythm. It was quite poetic as he demonstrates in this spoken word jam to Michael Jordan.

With that all I can say is "Booyah!!!"

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Stu Miller, R.I.P. - UPDATED

By on 1.5.15 | 9:30PM

Former big league pitcher Stu Miller passed away at the age of 87 following a brief illness

Miller pitched in the majors for 16 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, New York/San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles and Atlanta Braves. He was arguably the best relief pitcher of his era. Miller began to enjoy success when the Giants moved to San Francisco in 1958. That year Miller led the NL with a 2.47 ERA. 

In 1961, Miller would lead the NL in saves with 17. That year, while pitching in the All-Star Game in Candlestick Park, a gust of wind made Miller lose his balance and balk. In the years that have followed, the legend has gone that the wind blew the 165 pound reliever off the mound. Despite this, Miller would be the winning pitcher of that All-Star Game.

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Greg Abbott Ordered 4 Tons of Brisket For His Inauguration

By on 1.5.15 | 5:39PM

Greg Abbott will be sworn in as Texas's new governor next week, and by all accounts, he's ready.

That's a lot of meat. 

The brisket will, apparently, be available for public consumption next Tuesday after the inauguration ceremony. You can purchase a plate with all the fixin's (no "g" because this is Texas) for a mere $10. If you'd like to shell out a bit more than that, you can attend the Inaugural Ball for a mere $75. Entertainment includes a performance by Lady Antebellum.

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Bess Myerson, R.I.P.

By on 1.5.15 | 5:16PM

Bess Myerson, the only Jewish winner of the Miss America pageant turned New York City public official, died on December 14th in Santa Monica, California at the age of 90. However, her death was not announced until today.

Myerson's triumph at the 1945 Miss America pageant was a source of pride for American Jews in the wake of the horrors of The Holocaust. Unfortunately for Myerson, there was plenty of anti-Semitism at home as several of the pageant's sponsors withdrew upon her victory.

But Myerson made the best of things appearing in TV commercials and eventually found a niche appearing on game show panels most notably I've Got a Secret. Check out the video above which shows an exchange between Myerson and future President Ronald Reagan when he appeared on the show in 1961.

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Is It Such a Bad Thing if Kanye West Fans Don’t Know Who Paul McCartney Is?

By on 1.5.15 | 3:20PM

Earlier today, I listened to "Only One", the new single by Kanye West featuring Paul McCartney released on New Year's. It is quite good.

Now the big story coming out of all this are the tweets from Kanye West fans who claim they've never heard of the former Beatle. One such tweet described the 72-year old McCartney as a "newcomer."

However, Joe Lynch at Billboard points out that a lot of those folks on Twitter have a good handle on The Beatles and they were only joking.

I'm inclined to agree with Lynch and I would further add that it is fair to say that most people under the age of 18 know who The Beatles are in no small part to the record collections of their parents or grandparents.

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Watch Chris Christie Lose the Michigan GOP Primary

By on 1.5.15 | 1:25PM

Never mind the other consequences of this video. Just enjoy the unqualifed awkwardness of the moment Chris Christie group-hugs away his chances at winning Michigan's 2016 GOP Primary with the Dallas Cowboys leadership team.

I'm not going to philosophize over the NFL officiating that lead to the Cowboys victory, though I have to say, they do seem to know who throws the best bus parties. As a lifelong Lions fan, I expect to be disappointed in the post-season, if not the regular season, and the pre-season, and that part of the year where the entire team is golfing in Florida instead of working out. And had the Lions showed up for their game last night, officiating might not have even mattered. My only concern is that now I have to root for Green Bay next week, and that Jeb Bush is the only front-runner with state management experience.

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PETA Trades Barbs With Palin, Confuses Her With Tina Fey Again

By on 1.5.15 | 12:51PM

Over the New Year's holiday, PETA, which is not typically known for having all of its marbles together in a single place to begin with, lost whatever remains of its collection over a photo of Sarah Palin's son Trig balancing on a rather large dog in order to reach something at counter level in her kitchen. Depsite the fact that the dog was clearly used to it, that the child couldn't not weigh even half of what the dog weighs and that Ellen DeGeneres, PETA's celebrity of the year, posted an almost-identical photo months earlier, PETA insisted that Palin was committing animal abuse. 

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