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Bono Apologizes for That U2 Album He Stuck Everyone With

By on 10.15.14 | 3:22PM

I'm a fan of U2, even though I came of age in an era of music where everyone on the radio was whining about their sex lives and refusing to shave their armpits. I even ended up kind of liking their new album when it came up accidentally on my iPhone's shuffle feature because an entire album was downloaded onto my phone without my permission. 

Like millions of Americans, I was simultaneously creeped out - that Apple could just add random people to my playlists - and befuddled as to when a music industry that has been, for years, prosecuting pre-teens for illegally downloading Justin Bieber albums decided to start pushing free music. But mostly, we were all confused as to why anyone would think that, of all the albums available, we'd want a U2 album.

Thankfully, Bono himself has now apologized for the oversight.

Facebook user Harriet Madeline Jobson asked:

“Can you please never release an album on iTunes that automatically download to peoples’ playlists ever again? It’s really rude.”

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Glen Campbell Releases His Final Single

By on 10.15.14 | 3:06PM

Glen Campbell has released the final single of his long and storied musical career. "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" documents his battle with Alzheimer's Disease and is a love letter to his wife and children written by a man who knows his memories will soon be gone:

You're the last person I will love / You're the last face I will recall / And best of all / I'm not gonna miss you

I've listened to the song. It is very, very powerful. Glen Campbell goes out on top.

It was recorded in January 2013. As of April, Campbell was admitted into a long term care facility in Nashville. The release of the single coincides with a documentary Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me which will be released in theaters later this month.

Shortly after Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, he recorded an album and went out on one last tour. I was in attendance at his show at Boston's Wilbur Theater. I am sure glad I got the chance to see him.



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In Praise of the 12 MPs Who Voted Against Britain’s Anti-Israel Resolution

By on 10.15.14 | 12:15PM

In follow up to my post about the British House of Commons vote against Israel, here is the list of the 12 MPs who voted against the resolution. Among the 12 were six Tories, five members of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in Northern Ireland and one Liberal Democrat MP. There's not a Labour member to be found. Not that the Tories have much to be proud of as their MPs voted overwhelmingly in favor of the resolution. Nevertheless, these 12 MPs deserve recognition for be willing to buck the anti-Israel and anti-Semitic sentiments now front and center in the UK.

Rt. Hon. Sir Alan Beith, Liberal Democrat

Bob Blackman, Conservative

Jonathan Djanogly, Conservative

Nigel Dodds, DUP

Mike Freer, Conservative

Dr. William McCrea, DUP

Nigel Mills, Conservative

Dr. Matthew Offord, Conservative

Ian Paisley, Jr., DUP

Jim Shannon, DUP

David Simpson, DUP

Robert Syms, Conservative

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Thoughts on the British House of Commons Disturbing Anti-Israel Vote

By on 10.15.14 | 11:37AM

The other day the British House of Commons voted to recognize a Palestinian state. Although the resolution, introduced by Labour MP Grahame Morris, called for the recognition of “the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel”; it was, for all intents and purposes, nothing more than an exercise in anti-Israel demagoguery.

David Hearst, editor of Middle East Eye, wrote the following in the U.K. edition of The Huffington Post:

For Israel, an umbilical cord carrying the lifeblood of the state extends between it and Washington. Just imagine the speeches in the British Parliament that voted to recognize Palestinian statehood on Monday being uttered on Capitol Hill. They would have been unrepeatable in the US Congress

Philip Weiss, founder of the anti-Israel website Mondoweiss, echoed similar sentiments:

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Is Moppery a Crime?

By on 10.15.14 | 10:44AM

I had heard that one could be arrested for mopery, but this is the first I'm hearing of criminal moppery

When John Thornton visited the Double Tree Hotel in Bristol, Connecticut, on Monday night, he apparently did not like the mop job being done by a female employee.

So he allegedly grabbed the mop from the woman and began, in the words of the police report, “mopping aggressively.”

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Hillary Clinton Slams Student Debt at $225K Speech at UNLV

By on 10.14.14 | 4:43PM

Hillary Clinton headlined a lavish fundraiser for the University of Nevada Las Vegas last night, at the posh Bellagio Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas strip. She graced the crowd with her presence for a full 90 minutes and made a short speech, for which she earned a hefty $225,000 payout.

In her keynote speech, Hillary Clinton assailed higher education's high cost and slammed the concept of saddling college students with insurmountable student debt, telling the crowd that higher education shouldn't be a luxury reserved to the few and the privileged, all as guests chowed down on $200-per-plate meals. 

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Californians Won’t Have Water to Wash Their Mandatory Reusable Grocery Bags

By on 10.14.14 | 4:10PM

California recently passed a ban on those plastic bags they give you at the grocery store to hold all the food you buy. Obviously, those bags, which are recyclable, reusable and generate 80% less waste than paper, are damaging the environment, so California is now mandating that you bring your own reusable grocery bags to the store with you (or buy them there). 

Opponents of the bag ban have begun a referendum push, but they need over 500,000 signatures from residents to qualify for the statewide ballot, and so far, that's been an uphill challenge, though they maintain the majority of clear-thinking California voters are on their side (though there may not be that many clear-thinking California voters).

Opponents of California’s newly-signed ban on single-use plastic bags have been cleared to begin collecting signatures for a referendum, state elections officials said Friday.

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Alison Lundergan Grimes Loses DSCC, Still Won’t Say She Voted Obama

By on 10.14.14 | 3:31PM

Alison Lundergan Grimes is having a terrible week and it's only Tuesday. 

Starting with her appearance before the Louisville Courier-Journal, poor Alison has been asked repeatedly whether she voted for Barack Obama. Instead of answering yes, like everyone who has ever come into contact with Alisan Lundergan Grimes in the media or elsewhere expected, Alison - literally - twiddled her thumbs (so much it'll make anyone watching the footage nervous) and mentioned that one of our great freedoms in this country is the privelege of the secret ballot. And Alison repeated her performance last night in Kentucky's Senatorial debate.

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Chip Hale Hired as New D’Backs Manager

By on 10.14.14 | 3:20PM

Yesterday, the Arizona Diamondbacks named Chip Hale their new manager. Hale signed a two-year deal worth an undisclosed sum. He succeeds Kirk Gibson who was fired during the final weekend of the regular season. At 64-98, the D'Backs had the worst record in MLB. And yes, these are the same D'Backs I picked to win the World Series this year.

Hale is a familiar name to D'Backs fans. He managed in their minor league system from 2000 to 2006 before joining the big league club as a coach under Bob Melvin. He would later join the New York Mets coaching staff before reuniting with Melvin in Oakland in 2012.

How Hale does will in great part depend on what Tony La Russa and Dave Stewart give him. Of course, it will be interesting to see what La Russa and Stewart do during the rest of the off-season. Outside of Paul Goldschmidt, I'm not sure if anyone on that team is safe.

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New York Times Now Offers Affordable Tours of Iran

By on 10.14.14 | 12:36PM

The New York Times may no longer be able to sell you papers, but it's hoping that it can sell you on an ill-advised trip to a foreign nation that routinely expresses its hatred for any Westernized nation.

For a mere $6,995 (plus taxes, fees and extras like upgrades), you can now, thanks to the brilliant minds at America's finest newspaper, take a luxurious, 13-day tour of Iran, complete with "insights into the life and accomplishments" of the always-charming Ayatollah Khomeni (on your Day 4 tour of the "mountain villages"). One assumes his prowess at hostage-taking and undercover nuclear bomb manufacturing go unaddressed.

Journey 2,500 years back in time to discover the ancient secrets of Persia on this 13-day itinerary incorporating some of most well preserved archaeological sites in the world. Welcome to the once-forbidden land of Iran.

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