Things got pretty weird on “Morning Joe” Tuesday morning between co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, and to be honest, no one really quite knew what was going on.
It all started with Scarborough accusing Brzezinski of “liking Dick Cheney” more than just a friend.
“I think you kind of have a crush on him,” he said. “I think you kind of like him.” And he just kept going on about it.
“Should I punch him?” Brzezinski asked the rest of the roundtable guests. Luckily, Willie Geist was on board.
We wish we could tell you what exactly happened next– it involved Scarborough talking about a Rolls Royce and Grey Poupon — but we really couldn’t follow and apparently, neither could Brzezinski.
“Oh my god, that just went off the rails,” she said, turning again to Geist. “What just happened, Willie?”
Geist, like the rest of us, felt more lost than ever.
“I’m not sure where we just went there.”
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Please ignore the egregious error being perpetrated by that nasty little website, Facebook. The folks at Facebook decided to send around a message to all my friends this week claiming that I have turned 49.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eleanor Parker, who was nominated for Academy Awards three times for her portrayals of strong-willed women and played a scheming baroness in “The Sound of Music,” has died at 91.
Family friend Richard Gale said Parker died Monday morning due to complications from pneumonia. “She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children at a medical facility near her home in Palm Springs,” Gale added.
Time Inc. staffers were informed today that layoffs lie ahead in the New Year, Capital has learned.
The publishing giant has implemented cuts in recent years while reining in costs. Just under a year ago, 500 jobs were slashed from the company, which owns magazines including Time, Sports Illustrated and People.
Chuck Todd accused the White House of a certain kind of “propaganda” in its attempt to deny photographers access to photograph the President.
“It is a version of propaganda,” Todd said on Monday. “People hate that word and I’m not trying to say — but that is what this can come across if taken too far.”
Todd debated the option currently faced by news organizations to “stop using White House photographs” altogether, which he noted was an “internal debate” that MSNBC has reportedly had. There have been several protests in recent weeks by both photojournalists and news outlets like USA Today acting against the limited press access.
“What the press photographers that cover the White House regularly have noticed is that we have significantly less access to this president than previous presidents,” Time magazine reporter and White House photographer Brooks Kraft told Todd. “And at the same time, there’s been a very large increase in the number of photographs that they are releasing.”
While independent photographers are increasingly barred from covering presidential events, only White House photographers who are “hired by the administration to make the President look good” have been allowed to take photographs, Associated Press photographer Charles Dharapak said.
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No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Auburn will play in the final BCS championship game on Jan. 6 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
The match made Saturday night when the Seminoles and Tigers won their conference championship games, and Ohio State lost, was made official when the pairings for all the marquee bowl games were announced.
The mass had been said.
And now it was time for Tommy Brewer and me, attired in the vestments of altar boys, to lead the funeral procession out of the front door of the Holy Rosary Indian Mission church on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and up the hill to the cemetery.
As we started up the hill in front of the procession we listened to the elderly Lakota women mourners walking directly behind us. When a Lakota man, woman or child dies, the entire community turns out for the wake and the funeral. The women weep in unison and their cries of mourning can cut to your heart like a knife.
The first time I witnessed death and heard the Lakota women mourn was before I started school. I lived at the reservation community of Pejuta Haka (Medicine Root), or Kyle, as it is listed on the reservation map.
One of our neighbors at Three-Mile-Creek, where my family had its allotted land, was the Hernandez family. One of the children, a girl about my age, was my playmate. One beautiful summer day we were sitting on the top of a flat-bed trailer used to haul hay. Mary Hernandez l was looking at the fluffy white clouds floating against the deep blue sky when she saw a sleigh with Santa Claus on board holding the reins and guiding his reindeer. She pointed it out and I looked to the skies and saw it just as she described it.
A month or two later she died. I could never get the Santa in the skies out of my mind and always related that sight to her dying. I know that wasn’t the case now, but back then I was even afraid for a little while to look up at the cloud formations for fear of seeing Santa and his reindeer.
My mom took me to the Hernandez home for the wake of my friend. The room was filled with people and my little friend was lying on a table dressed all in white. I kept waiting for her to sit up, call my name, so we could go outside and play. The image of her in that white dress lying on that table stayed with me my entire life. The small room where her body lay smelled of the food that had been prepared for the wake and in the confined space the weeping and mourning of the Lakota women was nearly overwhelming and as my mother joined the cacophony of weeping, the tears immediately came to my eyes.
A Lakota Wicasa Wakan (Holy Man) stood by the table with the body of my friend. He held an Eagle feather in his hand and prayed aloud in the Lakota language. He did so even though back in those days the Lakota religion or spirituality had been outlawed by the U. S. Government. Yes my friends that did happen in America, the supposed land of religious freedom. What man does not understand man fears.
I have been to many funerals since that day many years ago. It seems that I lose a friend or acquaintance nearly every week. Oftentimes the image of a long ago friend or school mate pops into my head and I have to pause and wonder if they are still alive because they would have to be in their 70s or 80s if they were still alive. When we left school at the Holy Rosary Mission we scattered to the four directions. After all, we are Oglala, and Oglala means to “scatter their own.”
The funeral I described at the beginning is still with me because on this mournful occasion Tommy Brewer and I nearly experienced a calamity. As our procession proceeded up the hill to the cemetery I glanced over at Tommy to make sure we were walking evenly and in step. At that very moment Tommy looked at me and tried to stifle a snicker. His actions hit me immediately and I had to bite down on my lip so hard to keep from laughing that I drew blood. Now wouldn’t that have been a disaster if two altar boys broke out laughing in a funeral procession?
The last time I saw Tommy was at the funeral of his brother “Budger” Brewer and we stood outside of the church and had a good laugh over the time we nearly cracked up at a funeral. Tommy died a couple of years ago and when I attended his funeral my thoughts went back to the day we nearly broke up at a funeral. Diabetes, the scourge of the Indian Nations, claimed his life.
But even at his funeral, the reminder of Tommy choking back a chuckle as we led the funeral procession at Holy Rosary Mission brought a smile to my face.
Tim Giago is the Publisher of Native Sun News and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org; he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard with the Class of 1991.
BERLIN (AP) — German President Joachim Gauck is boycotting the Winter Olympics and will not travel to Sochi, Russia next year.
Der Spiegel reports that Gauck took the decision in protest against human rights violations and the harassment of Russian opposition political figures. The magazine says the Russian government was informed of his decision last week.
Bart Baker has made several of the most popular music video parodies on YouTube, but if you want to check out his take on Lorde’s smash hit “Royals,” you’re out of luck. That’s because YouTube has taken the video down after receiving a complaint from SONGS Music Publishing, the company behind “Royals.” Here’s Bart’s recent vlog with an update on the latest, and his reaction to having his video pulled (and a strike added to his YouTube account.)
It’s certainly not the first time YouTube has pulled a video after receiving a copyright complaint. It happens all day, every day. But typically, these are cases of overt song theft – either simply reposting someone else’s music to a YouTube channel, or using a previously-recorded song as background music without permission. By virtue of being a parody, using similar music but changing the words in an attempt to humorously mock the original song and video, Bart’s video (which we included in our round-up of YouTube’s Best Royals Parodies) would usually be considered “fair use.” In other words: It’s not legal to take someone else’s song and just re-use it, but it is legal to use elements of someone’s work in order to comment on that work.
Obviously, there are First Amendment issues at play here, and as Bart mentions in the video, the outcome of this situation could have a huge impact on the freedom of speech of content creators. If nothing else, the “chilling effect” of making YouTubers worried about having videos pulled will, over time, mean less of these videos get made and released. In his vlog, Bart suggests some action fans can take to support his “Royals” video and the right of YouTubers to make these kinds of pop culture parodies. He’s asking everyone to send a tweet to @bartbaker and @lordemusic with the hashtag #SaveBartsLordeParody.
The hope is that, if the Bart-heads make enough noise, Lorde and Songs will have no choice but to reinstate the video. (He also invites Lorde to come out to LA and star in one of his future parodies. You stay classy, Bart Baker!)
Lon Harris wrote and contributed to this post.
Being a bridesmaid is a lot of work. And with the stress (and expense!) of buying shoes to match an awkwardly colored dress, planning showers and booking travel, it’s easy to get bogged down in all the bad and forget about the good. But it’s important to remember that being in a wedding party is not just a privilege — it’s downright fun! Here are eight reasons why:
1. It’s a huge honor. When a close friend decides to make you a major player in the most important day of her life, it’s very flattering. Despite any “burdens” that come with bridesmaid duty (money, travel, time, hair requirements), it’s a privilege to know that your friend values your presence on such a momentous occasion. Return the favor by saying, “Thank you. I’d love to. What do you need?”
2. The dress is actually code for VIP. We all love to complain about bridesmaids dresses — they’re ugly, they don’t fit right and no one ever wears them again, despite what the bride tells you. But it doesn’t matter, because the dress has magical powers. It’s a VIP uniform that says “I’m best friends with the bride” and usually inspires guests to approach you and want to become your best friend too.