The First Presidential Debate Of 2016 Was The Most Watched In History

September 27, 2016 by  
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Monday night’s presidential debate drew an estimated 84 million viewers, according to Nielsen preliminary data, making it the most watched debate in U.S. history.

The face-off between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was widely expected to shatter the previous record due to the public’s intense interest in this year’s unusual contest. The 1980 debate between Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, which drew over 80 million viewers, previously held the title for most viewed debate. (For perspective, the Super Bowl typically draws upwards of 100 million viewers each year.) 

Nielsen tracked the 13 channels that aired the 90-minute debate live.

The total number of viewers is likely much higher, since Nielsen doesn’t track online streaming ? as CNN notes, 2.5 million people watched via YouTube streams ? or group viewing at restaurants, bars or other venues. 

The firm also tracked 17.1 million Twitter interactions, from 2.7 million different users, involving the debate. 

Sixty-seven million people watched the first debate between President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney in 2012.

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Jerry Springer Knows Exactly Where Donald Trump Belongs

September 26, 2016 by  
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Jerry Springer summed up Monday night’s presidential debate in two glorious sentences:

Hillary Clinton belongs in the White House. Donald Trump belongs on my show.

— Jerry Springer (@jerryspringer) September 27, 2016

Springer, a former Democratic mayor of Cincinnati and the host of one of TV’s trashiest talk shows, has been an outspoken supporter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. He’s also tweeted about his disdain for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump:

C'mon Donald… you complaining about Hillary's temperament is like me complaining about the quality of television!

— Jerry Springer (@jerryspringer) June 2, 2016

Gotta love that self-awareness!

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly
political violence
and is a <a
style=”font-weight: 400;”>serial liar
, <a
style=”font-weight: 400;”>rampant xenophobe
racist, <span
style=”font-weight: 400;”>misogynist
and <a
>birther who has
repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from
entering the U.S.

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One Bizarre Campaign Photo Captures 2016 Perfectly

September 25, 2016 by  
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To some, it looked like a strange ritual from an alien culture: The possible next president walked into a room and everyone in the crowd turned their backs on her. 

This is what it’s like to campaign for the selfie generation: 

2016, ya'll.

— Victor Ng (@victomato) September 25, 2016

Victor Ng, a designer for the Clinton team, shared the image taken by campaign photographer Barbara Kinney last week when the candidate dropped by the overflow room at an event in Orlando. It’s not clear if she asked the crowd to take selfies or if it was a spontaneous moment, but naturally, social media responded to the image: 

Social anthropologists in the far distant future will be scratching their heads to figure out what's happening here.

photo via @JGreenDC

— Hend Amry (@LibyaLiberty) September 25, 2016

@victomato What the hell happened to us?

— Dave Spodek (@DSPOD37) September 26, 2016

Pictures of @HillaryClinton show America has changed a lot in just a decade. The selfie generation is real, y'all. @victomato

— Ashton (((Elijah))) (@ashtonpittman) September 25, 2016

@LibyaLiberty @JGreenDC Americans show support for their Presidential candidates by turning their backs on them?!

— Don Toxique (@DonToxique) September 26, 2016

@victomato @mollyesque "Hillary's step aerobic class interrupted by late arrival of new members" :o )

— Shark (@156Sharknose) September 25, 2016

@victomato imagine how confused she was the first time this happened.

— Jimmy Angelheart (@shinspints) September 25, 2016

@victomato I think it's sad that today in order to show someone our interest in them, we have to turn our back to them. :\ feels wrong

— Kim Rees (@krees) September 26, 2016

@victomato Secretary Clinton is waving to their backs. So weird, but so 2016.

— Sundeep Kothari (@lawfirm_atlanta) September 26, 2016

@victomato I like that they still do the traditional weigh-in before the fight.

— William Preston (@wmpreston) September 25, 2016

@victomato @JasonLouMiller They're simply trying to bring back the pre-Vatican II Mass.

— Ken Homan (@KenHomanSJ) September 25, 2016

Some people noted there was one brave soul in the crowd facing Clinton:

When you're at a rally for #Hillary and you forgot your mobile phone. @victomato

— Bullion Baron (@BullionBaron) September 25, 2016

@victomato give the man a medal!

— heda (@zuzanesca) September 25, 2016

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Gennifer Flowers Says She Will Attend First Presidential Debate As Trump’s Guest

September 25, 2016 by  
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Gennifer Flowers, a model and entertainer who had an affair with Bill Clinton while he was governor of Arkansas, said that she will attend Monday night’s presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, at Trump’s invitation.

Hi Donald. You know I'm in your corner and will definitely be at the debate!…

— Gennifer Flowers (@gennflowers) September 24, 2016

Flowers’ assistant confirmed her attendance to BuzzFeed. The Trump campaign did not respond to The Huffington Post’s request for confirmation.

Trump threatened to invite Flowers if Mark Cuban, a celebrity billionaire backing Clinton, attended the debate.

If dopey Mark Cuban of failed Benefactor fame wants to sit in the front row, perhaps I will put Gennifer Flowers right alongside of him!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2016

Juanita Broaddrick, a retired nurse who maintains that Clinton raped her in 1978, told HuffPost that Trump had not asked her to attend.

“It’s a little late to make travel arrangements but it would be delightful to attend such an epic event. Maybe I will get an invitation to the next one,” she said in a Twitter message. 

Monday night’s showdown, which will be the first time Hillary Clinton and Trump appear on the same stage as candidates, is expected to draw upwards of 100 million viewers.

If Trump indeed invited Flowers to the debate, it will be a virtually unprecedented stunt for a presidential candidate.

President Bill Clinton admitted in sworn testimony in 1998 that he had had an affair with Flowers while he was governor of Arkansas. During his 1992 presidential campaign, he denied having the affair, which Flowers claimed lasted 12 years.

Trump experimented with dredging up 1990s-era conspiracy theories and scandals associated with the Clintons, including the former president’s well-documented sexual peccadilloes. But he has mostly refrained from employing these attacks in recent months.

In inviting Flowers to the debate, Trump has decided it’s wise to humiliate the first female presidential nominee from a major party for her husband’s infidelities.  

“Hillary Clinton plans on using the debate to discuss the issues that make a difference in people’s lives,” Clinton campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri said. “It’s not surprising that Donald Trump has chosen a different path.”

This story has been updated with comment from the Clinton campaign.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly
political violence
and is a <a
style=”font-weight: 400;”>serial liar
, <a
style=”font-weight: 400;”>rampant xenophobe
racist, <span
style=”font-weight: 400;”>misogynist
and <a
>birther who has
repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from
entering the U.S.

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Stephen Colbert Looks At The Other Presidential Candidates, Including God

September 24, 2016 by  
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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump aren’t the only runners in this year’s presidential race.

With 1,928 people declaring their candidacy for the 2016 election, “The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert took a look at some of the more unconventional applicants for the top job on Friday night.

Contenders calling themselves “Cobra Commander,” “Yoda StarWars” and “God” have all registered themselves on the Federal Election Commission’s website, according to the comedian. 

That’s great news,” he said. “I was worried this election was proof there is no God.”

“God” then went on to make an appearance on the show, revealing to Colbert the reasons for the presidential run, running mate possibilities and who may be endorsed.

Check it out in the clip above.

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What Can Clinton Do About The Inevitable Debate Question About Her Emails?

September 23, 2016 by  
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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is going to be participating in three presidential debates over the next month, and the question is going to come up ? most likely in all three: “Something something private email server something something your judgment yada yada American people?” You can basically bank on it. Clinton should be prepared for it. And whether you’re tired of this question being asked or still unsatisfied by the answers Clinton has proffered so far, you probably don’t expect Clinton to say anything new about the matter.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. As I’ve written before, Clinton’s original decision to forego the use of any email account than the “” domain she was entitled to was her error from hell. Ever since its existence has become publicly known, it’s created a problem that she can’t solve ? there’s no magic number of emails that can be disclosed that can put the transparency issue to bed.

But this doesn’t preclude Clinton from doing more to settle the matter. Clinton has a chance to address this issue in a more satisfying way. And the path to doing so is for her to start thinking like a journalist, because ultimately, the issue of her private email server is a matter that hits them right where they live. This story has a unique salience to journalists ? it’s about hidden information and transparency. We have to expect journalists to want less of the former and more of the latter. Clinton has to address this matter in a way that acknowledges these values, and affirms their virtuousness ? even when they come as a personal cost to her.

Of her decision to use a private email server, Clinton has said, “That was a mistake.” Very well! Journalists also make mistakes. When journalists make factual errors in their pieces  ? and I’m sorry to say that I have firsthand knowledge of this ? there is a four-part response that’s considered to be the industry standard. First, you express regret. Second, you disclose to your readers the errors you made, so that it becomes apparent to everyone who failed to notice them. Third, you disclose to your readers how you came to make those mistakes.

In considering Clinton’s response to her email server woes, I’d say that she has made a public attempt to check these three boxes. There is obviously room to disagree as to how well she’s done so. I personally think her effort to check the third box ? I set up this email server because Colin Powell advised me to do so ? is a little wanting. Satisfying or not, however, I’ll acknowledge that an effort has been made.

But there is a fourth thing that should follow these disclosures ? you should publicly disclose the steps you are going to take to avoid the mistake in the future. For Clinton, that’s the box left unchecked. It’s also the only way she can possibly answer the same old question in a new ? and potentially satisfying ? way.

Obviously, one thing she could do to address this is to simply promise to never use a private email server while in the White House. That would, indeed, be a good start. But that doesn’t really address the issue. Clinton’s use of a private email server doesn’t rankle people because Clinton found an IT workaround to her email situation. The reason it inflames the passions is because it tells a story about transparency and accountability ? a story in which Clinton comes off very poorly.

So the essential thing that Clinton is obliged to do in this instance is to articulate how she will be more transparent and accountable as president. That’s how she completes her “I have made a mistake and learned from it” circle ? with new, specific commitments to make herself more publicly accountable and more open to the press. Absent that, her expressions of regret reads as, “I regret that everyone found out about this.” 

The good news is that there are a lot of substantial commitments she can make regarding transparency, and the upcoming debates are the perfect venue in which to make them.

1. Tear down Obama’s FOIA wall.

As the Associated Press reported in March, the Obama administration set new records for frustrating journalists seeking information through the Freedom Of Information Act:

In more than one in six cases, or 129,825 times, government searchers said they came up empty-handed last year. Such cases contributed to an alarming measurement: People who asked for records under the law received censored files or nothing in 77 percent of requests, also a record. In the first full year after President Barack Obama’s election, that figure was only 65 percent of cases.

Clinton should promise to do everything in her power to reverse this trend, up to and including fostering a cultural shift among her own close advisers. Sorry, Philippe Reines, it’s a sunshiny new attitude for you, or take it on the arches.

2. Back off whistle-blowers and the journalists with whom they work.

It’s understandable that any White House would want to keep a lid on some sensitive national security matters. But the Obama administration, after promising to provide whistle-blowers with certain protections for those who go through “proper channels,” has become best known for their feral crackdown on whistle-blowers who don’t blow that whistle just the way the White House likes. And what has it accomplished? A 2013 New York Times headline says it all: “Math Behind Leak Crackdown: 153 Cases, 4 Years, 0 Indictments.”

Meanwhile, as ProPublica reported, a by-product of this crackdown has been a toxic relationship with journalists:

The administration has also targeted journalists. In May, it was revealed that the Department of Justice had secretly seized AP reporters’ phone records while investigating a potential CIA leak, and targeted a Fox News reporter as part of a criminal leak case (outlined below). No journalist has been charged with a crime. But the news prompted an outcry that Obama’s hard line on leaks could have a “chilling effect” on investigative reporting that depends on inside sources. (In response, the Justice Department issued new guidelines limiting when journalists’ records can be sought.)

Clinton should pledge to provide a more open environment where whistle-blowers can serve taxpayer interests in partnership with a Clinton White House, and in which journalists don’t get the KGB treatment when they’re doing their job.

3. Close the loopholes in the “open meetings law.”

As the Washington Post’s Jason Ross Arnold noted in March 2015, the Obama administration has only offered “checkered support” for something called the Federal Advisory Committee Act, “widely known as the open meetings law.” Per Arnold:

The administration did not try to sidestep FACA as frequently as some of its predecessors, but officials have played word games, such as calling private-sector participants on the post-Newtown, Conn., gun control task force “consultants” instead of “members.” That helped the administration conceal meeting records and member names.

The administration also has deployed other evasive tactics, including simply ignoring FACA. Officials have liberally utilized FACA’s court-validated loopholes, FOIA exemptions and the classification stamp to close more than 60 percent of committee meetings to the public — about the same number as under the Bush administration.

This should be an easy fix and an obvious promise to make.

4. Get the Cabinet agencies in compliance with the Open Government Directive.

As the Sunlight Foundation’s Alex Howard reported last week, “2,473 days after President Barack Obama issued an Open Government Directive, half of the 15 Cabinet agencies of the United States have not complied with the most basic aspect of the executive order: publishing an open government plan on their open website.”

Per Howard: 

While the guidance that the White House provided asked the right questions, the lack of answers from the agencies not only calls into question the Obama administration’s commitment to open government but the extent to which its legacy will be baked into the next administration. When the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has an empty/open page, with no plan, contact information, FOIA data or progress report of any kind, it leaves the public with an understandable impression that the executive order by the President of the United States has no teeth.

Clinton should make it clear to her own agency heads that executive orders governing their transparency practices will have teeth.

5. Make a real commitment to the White House Press Corps.

Obviously, it’s only natural for any presidential administration to have a semi-adversarial relationship with the dedicated watchdogs who ply their trade in the White House Press Room. Clinton’s future press secretary will appear behind the lectern, parrying questions, offering the best possible spin, and getting into arguments. The press will push and probe right back. It won’t always be friendly, and it’s not supposed to be.

Nevertheless, a future Clinton administration can provide more openness, and help these reporters do their jobs better. Clinton should pledge to meet with the top brass at the White House Correspondents’ Association in her first week in office and ask them for a letter-grade evaluation on the current state of their relationship with the White House. She should solicit their opinions on what could be done differently, and promise to implement enough changes to raise that evaluation by a full letter grade in her first year in office.

One thing she could offer right off the bat is to make sure the administration never impedes the important work of reporters who provide the White House pool report. Believe it or not, there have been instances in the recent past in which White House press aides “have demanded ? and received ? changes in press-pool reports before the reports have been disseminated to other journalists.” This should never happen. In fact, the White House should give the (unredacted) pool report a prominent place in the “Briefing Room” section of their own website. 

If you want to know other ways a Clinton administration could improve their relationship with the press, the Society of Professional Journalists has recently highlighted a number of ways that the Obama White House is impeding transparency, including:

• Officials blocking reporters’ requests to talk to specific staff people;
• Excessive delays in answering interview requests that stretch past reporters’ deadlines;
• Officials conveying information “on background,” refusing to give reporters what should be public information unless they agree not to say who is speaking;
• Federal agencies blackballing reporters who write critically of them;
• A continued lack of meaningful visual access to the President by an independent press pool

I daresay that ending, or even rolling back, some of these practices, will leave the White House Press Corps feeling better.

I am sympathetic to the argument that the president of the United States is entitled to certain amount of private space to conduct business. I’m not suggesting that Clinton preside from a panopticon. But these are some concrete commitments and keepable promises, ranging from “on day one” decisions to beneficial cultural changes. Any or all of these goals can be distilled into a debate answer.

And there’s no better time to undertake this mission. One of the reasons that many of Bernie Sanders’ supporters have not taken to Clinton is because the Vermont senator successfully presented himself as the better avatar of good governance. He offered his young, liberal base something they’d never known in life ? a seemingly incorruptible choice for president. Clinton took on water during the primary because he depicted her as a politician who could be compromised and who benefitted from a rigged system. By offering to hold herself to a higher standard, she’ll go a long way to reducing their skepticism.

And let’s face it, another reason it is an apt time to start making these pledges is because her current opponent, Donald Trump, can’t possibly match them ? and no one would believe him if he claimed to. 

Moreover, making these pledges helps to communicate to journalists: “I acknowledge your concern over the email matter. You have the right to inquire, and the right to expect me to provide you with real assurances.” This is a good way to change the entire conversation, and if multiple debate moderators want to keep asking multiple questions about her past email practices, she can keep on re-affirming these commitments.

Make no mistake, these promises paint a real target on Clinton’s back, and it assures that any future sins against transparency will be doubly remembered.

But that’s sort of the point. Clinton’s detractors point to her email scandal and suggest it bespeaks a greater potential for deception. Clinton’s defenders point to Politifact’s testimony to her quantifiable honesty. But all of this is just talking. In the end, only Hillary Clinton can choose to be one or the other, and demonstrate her character through her future actions. A good first step is to enter into a bold covenant right now, raise the stakes and the standards, and offer a little bit of genuine surprise.

Like it or not, Clinton’s fateful decision to have a private email server now shades the entire enterprise of her candidacy, infecting the public’s perceptions of her. But they say that sunlight is the best disinfectant. She can be the one to start spreading a little sunshine, from the debate stage. 


Jason Linkins edits “Eat The Press” for The Huffington Post and co-hosts the HuffPost Politics podcast “So, That Happened.” Subscribe here, and listen to the latest episode below.

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Pope: Irresponsible Journalism Is A Form Of ‘Terrorism’

September 22, 2016 by  
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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Journalism based on gossip or rumors is a form of “terrorism” and media that stereotype entire populations or foment fear of migrants are acting destructively, Pope Francis said on Thursday.

Francis, who made his comments in an address to leaders of Italy’s national journalists’ guild, said reporters had to go the extra mile to seek the truth, particularly in an age of round-the-clock news coverage.

Spreading rumors is an example of “terrorism, of how you can kill a person with your tongue”, he said. “This is even more true for journalists because their voice can reach everyone and this is a very powerful weapon.”

In Italy, a number of newspapers are highly politicized and are regularly used to discredit those with differing political views, sometimes reporting unsubstantiated rumors about their private lives.

In 2009 several media outlets owned by the family of then-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi came under fire from the journalists’ guild over stories questioning the trustworthiness of a magistrate who had ruled against a company owned by the Berlusconi family.

The stories were filled with insinuations about the way he dressed, including the color of his socks, and the way he took walks in the park.

Francis, who has often strongly defended the rights of refugees and migrants, said journalism should not be used as a “weapon of destruction against persons and even entire peoples”.

“Neither should it foment fear before events like forced migration from war or from hunger,” he added.

Last year, the right-wing newspaper Libero headlined its story on the Paris attacks that killed about 130 people: “Islamic Bastards”.

Another right-wing newspaper, Il Giornale, headlined a story last year on the chaotic situation in Libya and the risk that militants might sneak into Italy with migrants: “ISIS is coming. Let’s arm ourselves”.

(Editing by Gareth Jones)

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#TrumpACandy Took Over Twitter And It Was Gloriously Sweet

September 21, 2016 by  
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One would think it’d be difficult to combine candy and racism, but Donald Trump Jr. found a way!

On Monday, he used the delicious candy Skittles and far less appetizing fear-mongering xenophobia to make a terribly inaccurate point about refugees.

So for this week’s Stupor Tuesday, HuffPost Comedy created #TrumpACandy.

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Comedians Tell Us Where They Stand On The Divisive Cargo Shorts Debate

September 20, 2016 by  
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Comedians make their living discussing their opinions onstage, but one topic has gone largely undiscussed. Nope, not that. Or that.

Let me help you: it’s cargo shorts.

HuffPost Comedy reached out to comedians and comedy writers across the industry to find out which pocket of the cargo short they fall into. (Sorry.)


Judd Apatow

“Sometimes, when I am walking through a mall, I will see a middle-aged man with a huge belly wearing white sweat socks and cargo shorts and I think, ‘Oh God, he looks awful and I look exactly like him.’

Then I think about other ways I could dress. Should I go Eurotrash? Preppy? Tennis wear? Tom Wolfe white suits and hat? Nothing makes sense. So I have committed to dressing like a 14-year-old boy forever. Cargo shorts are comfortable, adjustable and adorable. Concert T-shirts and T-shirts from my movies are always in style. White socks help me if I get active. Now that I think about it ? my look is classic. It rocks! Who cares if women, children, adults and older people hate it? I feel good and isn’t that all that matters?”


Dane Cook

“I’ve got a sweet pair of camo shorts that I plan on wearing to my wedding someday and also funeral … maybe same day.”


Jen Kirkman


hide hairy knees please

you don’t need all those pockets

just get a man purse


Steve Hofstetter

“A lot of people are down on cargo shorts, but what else could you wear when you need to carry four to six medium-sized objects while also giving your calves a taste of summer?”


Teresa Lee

“I can understand why men like to wear cargo shorts. Where else are you supposed to put your fat wallet with all the money you made being a man? Men make so much money they need extra Velcro pockets to fit it all in. Cargo shorts remind us that men used to fight in wars because they’re vaguely reminiscent of army pants and that’s cool AF.  I mean, how else am I supposed to know you are a cool guy? When I see a man in cargo shorts, I know he fucked in high school. Like that guy has condoms in his pockets and probably got a DUI when he was 16. But like, a cool DUI, not a regular DUI.”


Deirdre Devlin

“If guys keep wearing embarrassing stuff from the ‘90s, we’ll start too … wait …”


Vana Dabney

“Many upscale golf courses have banned cargo shorts in recent years. But don’t you worry, cargo short dudes, you will always have Dave & Busters.”


Molly Austin

“When cargo shorts were cool, women could put all of their things in them and not need purses. Purses give you back problems. Coincidence or strategic play from the patriarchy?”


Sarah Sweeney

“I had a friend whose cargo shorts were an extension of his eccentric personality. He wore them every day and used the pockets like a file cabinet: this is the snack pocket; this is the garbage pocket; this is the notes section, with varying bits of paper shoved inside; here’s where I keep my phone, iPad mini, and Nintendo DS. We weighed him once, with and without the shorts. Those shorts, the mini-storage of fashion, tacked on another seven pounds. He walked around with the pockets filled to the brim like a bizarre techie hobo.”


Elford Alley

“Six years ago my wife and I were involved in a terrible fight. Things were said. Now, whenever I am in public with her, I wear a pair of cargo shorts. I have three pairs, in varying shades of course. Because revenge is brutal. Revenge is cold. Revenge comes with extra pockets.”


Amber Tozer

“I love them. I love staring at those big thigh pockets and wondering what’s in there. And, when I shift my gaze to the lower leg and get a peek at an exposed calf ? I can not help but think ? I am so horny right now. This might sound sarcastic, but I really mean it. I love a man in cargo shorts. I hope the man I marry wears cargo shorts all of the time so I can be like, ‘Honey, will you please put my phone, keys, wallet, lip gloss, notepad, cold medicine, toothbrush kit, hand sanitizer, tampons, half a sandwich, random garbage that I haven’t thrown away yet and my kindle in your pockets?’ A kind, practical man wearing cargo shorts = a girlfriend or wife who doesn’t have to carry a hand bag.”


Ross Everett

“Cargo shorts are also amazing if you enjoy treasure hunts. You can find so many lost items you forgot you had deep in those pockets. Cargo Short Fact: no one has ever found all of the pockets on a pair of cargo shorts. There’s always more. If you buy yourself a really good pair, there’s pockets in other pockets. Double pockets, they call ‘em. Xzibit designed them during a hiatus from his show ‘Pimp My Ride.’”


Melanie Owens

“Ah, Cargo shorts, the grandfather to Crocs. I used to think to myself, how and why would a person ever put themselves through the embarrassment that is wearing these shorts? What could you potentially need to carry? Then I realized, people who wear cargo shorts truly DGAF, usually accompanied by a Big Dogs shirt that says something like ‘I’m the Reason The Beer Is Gone.’ Then it dawned on me, are people wearing cargo shorts doing it right? Clearly they aren’t looking to be Instagrammed because who would document that, perhaps they are living in a world that is not validated by social media likes, completely envious of societal, and for that I am envious of the cargo short wearer. But on the other hand I’m terrified of cargo short wearers because I’m worried they carry a copy of the second amendment in their pockets for reference.”


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St. Cloud Police Chief William Blair Anderson Shuts Down Fox News Hosts On Live TV

September 19, 2016 by  
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The police chief of St. Cloud, Minnesota, refused to play along when Fox News hosts tried to get him to extend the blame for Saturday’s knife attack to the local Somali immigrant community.

Chief William Blair Anderson was on “Fox & Friends” on Monday to talk about the attack, which left eight people injured, when cohost Steve Doocy tried to tie the incident to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call for “extreme vetting” of immigrants.

“Do you share his concern about who is coming into the country?” Doocy asked.

In remarks posted online by Media Matters, the chief replied: 

“My job is public safety. It’s not immigration policy. I can tell you that the vast majority of all of our citizens, no matter their ethnicity, are fine, hard-working people, and now is not the time for us to be divisive. We already have a very cohesive community, and I expect that this will draw us even closer together. But at the end of the day, our job is public safety, period.”

Cohost Ainsley Earhardt tried to press the issue, claiming “Minnesota leads the nation” in people leaving the country to join terrorists and asking if Anderson receives cooperation from local imams.

“How do you fight this?” Earhardt asked. “Because it’s a mentality that they’re learning, many of them, behind closed doors.”

Anderson responded: 

We actually work very well not just with our East African community, but all of our community. We meet regularly with any number of people, whether they are advocates for a specific ethnicity or different cause. It’s one of things that makes St. Cloud a wonderful place to live, and I know that might sound corny, but it’s the truth. We have established and maintained a very good rapport with our East African community and our community at large.

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