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The New York Mets have traded first baseman Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named later.
The Bucs acquired Davis after designating Travis Ishikawa for assignment. Davis’ stats aren’t that much different from Ishikawa's (.208 BA, 1 HR, 5 RBI vs. .206 BA, 1 HR, 3 RBI) although Davis has a higher OBP (.367 vs. .263).
Allegations that a film director raped a teenage boy could impact fundraising for Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, whose close ties to Hollywood’s gay community are potentially implicated in the scandal.
Bryan Singer, the openly gay director best known for the X-Men series of action films, has been accused in a lawsuit filed by a 31-year-old man who says he was 17 when Singer forcibly sodomized him in 1999. The plaintiff in that lawsuit, former model and actor Michael F. Egan III, describes attending Hollywood parties that “were typically sordid and featured sexual contact between adult males and the many teenage boys who were present for the parties.” According to the lawsuit, Singer attended the gay sex parties at the estate of Marc Collins-Rector, an entertainment entrepreneur who subsequently pleaded guilty to multiple crimes involving underage boys, and is now a registered sex offender.
R&B and doo-wop performer "Little" Joe Cook passed away on Monday. He was 91.
Little Joe & The Thrillers had a hit in 1957 "Peanuts" which reached #22 on the Billboard Charts. From then on, he was known as The Peanut Man.
Originally from Philadelphia, Cook moved to Boston in the late 1960's and in 1980 became a fixture at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge until retiring in 2007. I spent many nights watching "Little" Joe's revue in the upstairs part of the Cantab. He became some a fixture that the city renamed that section of Central Square "Little" Joe Cook Square. Central Square will never be the same again.
Writing in the Guardian, Edward Snowden cannot fathom why anyone would criticize him for asking Russian President Vladimir Putin a question on a call-in TV show:
I was surprised that people who witnessed me risk my life to expose the surveillance practices of my own country could not believe that I might also criticise the surveillance policies of Russia, a country to which I have sworn no allegiance, without ulterior motive.
The problem with useful idiots is that they don't know they’re useful idiots. The only reason Snowden is permitted to ask Putin a question on Russian TV is that it gives Putin an opportunity to poke our country in the eye and claim he has a higher regard for civil liberties than the U.S.. Of course, had an ordinary Russian tried to ask such a question he would have found himself in a gulag.
Amanda Marcotte just couldn’t resist a dirty jab at the Duggars.
In her scathing article at the Daily Beast yesterday, the feminist blogger predicted the end of the Duggar Dynasty.
The popular TLC show “19 Kids and Counting” follows the semi-chaotic, but strangely normal and splendidly wholesome lives of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their nineteen children. Their oldest son is married and has three children of his own; one daughter is engaged and another has a serious boyfriend.
Sure, the Duggars are extreme even for many conservative Christians. They don’t watch TV, the girls all wear skirts and dresses, and for goodness sake, there are nineteen of them. However, they aren’t the women-hating, female-abusing psychos Marcotte presents them as.
Upon learning that a leaflet had been circulated in the Ukrainian city of Donestk ordering Jews to register their property, Secretary of State John Kerry swiftly condemned the leaflet.
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Democrats are fumbling with Obamacare like it’s a hot potato.
The White House’s inflated 7.5 million enrollee number looks good for liberals who suffered conservative taunts back in October. With the website’s abysmal failures behind them, this glimmer of hope has caused some Democrats to call for robust support of the bill:
“Democrats need to start making the case for Obamacare,” [Thomas] Mills [a consultant] said. “They all voted for it, they all own it, so they can't get away from it. So they'd better start defending it.”
This approach seems shortsighted at best. Mills speaks the truth when he says they voted for it, and conservatives will make them own it no matter what, but refusing to recognize the problems associated with the law won’t help them come election time.