San Diego SeaWorld may be forced to stop its popular killer whale performances if a new bill, the “Landmark Orca Welfare & Safety Act,” passes the California state legislature. The bill is written by 50th District Assemblymen Richard Bloom, who represents some of the most upscale areas in the Los Angeles area, about 125 miles north of San Diego.
Among the districts Bloom represents are Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Agoura Hills and West Los Angeles. The assemblyman was inspired by the documentary Blackfish, which took a scathing look at the treatment of killer whales by SeaWorld, directed by Los Angeles filmmaker Gabriela Cowperthwaite, who accompanied Bloom to an event announcing the proposed legislation in Santa Monica, on that city’s famous Pier Friday.
“These beautiful creatures are much too large and intelligent to be confined in small, concrete pens for their entire lives,” Bloom said. His bill would also force San Diego SeaWorld to release the 10 orcas, also called killer whales, back into the wild.
The bill would ban keeping orcas in captivity for the purposes of providing entertainment and taking part in trained performance.
San Diego SeaWorld is the only real target of the proposed legislation, since there are no other parks in California that stage orca performance shows. SeaWorld also has location is San Antonio, Texas, and Orlando, Florida, which obviously would be unaffected by the California law, if Bloom’s bill were to pass.
SeaWorld immediately shot back with a statement saying that Bloom’s bill is based on the “out-of-the-mainstream thinking” of “”extreme animal rights activists, many of whom regularly campaign against SeaWorld and other accredited marine mammal parks and institutions.”
People for the Ethical Treatment Of Animals also backs Bloom’s bill.
San Diego SeaWorld spokesman David Koontz blasted Bloom for associating with PETA, and other animal rights activists.
“Included in the group are some of the same activists that partnered with PETA in bringing the meritless claim that animals in human care should be considered slaves under the 13th amendment of the US Constitution — a clear publicity stunt,” Koontz said.
The parent company of SeaWorld San Diego has also lashed back at the Blackfish documentary, deriding it as “propaganda.”
Piers Morgan Live will say goodbye to CNN by the end of March.
After the network announced that it would kick Morgan’s chat show to the curb due to poor ratings, many wondered when the program would officially bid farewell to his viewers. According to the folks at Politico, the final installment will hit the airwaves in about three weeks.
Until Piers Morgan Live officially disappears from CNN, the network will fill the chair with a few alternating anchors. Bill Weir will handle hosting duties on the show for the week of March 17, while Piers will return after that. Jake Tapper is presently scheduled to fill in during the program’s final week on the air.
Mediaite reports that Weir’s name was previously kicked around as a possible replacement for Piers Morgan, though it’s unclear if he will permanently move into the 9 pm time slot. The website explains that network executives weren’t exactly thrilled with the two pilots Weir recently shot.
So what will Piers Morgan do with his free time now that his talk show on CNN is on its way out the door? Rumors suggest that he’s presently in talks with network president Jeff Zucker about possibly headlining a weekly interview program. However, Morgan is reportedly keeping his options open for the moment.
Of course, Piers Morgan previously told TMZ during an impromptu chat that he definitely wants to do bigger interviews going forward. However, he also stated that doing fewer shows was also very important.
“I come from a country where we don’t have guns. I feel strongly about it, but I understand that not every American shares my view, so I’m ready to move on,” he told the website late last month.
Piers Morgan continued, “I came to do the show to do big interviews. I wasn’t doing enough. I want to do less shows, more big interviews.”
He recently told the New York Times that he knew his time at the network was coming to an end. Since most Americans didn’t agree with his political views, they decided to spend their free time elsewhere.
“I am a British guy debating American cultural issues, including guns, which has been very polarizing, and there is no doubt that there are many in the audience who are tired of me banging on about it. That’s run its course and Jeff [Zucker] and I have been talking for some time about different ways of using me,” Piers explained.
CNN reportedly wants to keep Morgan around in one capacity or another, though it’s unclear if the network has enough confidence in the host to give him another full-blown program. The Inquisitr previously reported that a recent installment only drew in 345,000 viewers, which pales in comparison two million and change who tuned into The Kelly File.
Are you planning to catch the remaining episodes of Piers Morgan Live? Do you think the host will get another show on CNN?
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Ted Cruz appears to never shy away from saying what is on his mind and remained true to form during his CPAC speech. The Senator took to the podium an announced that the United States should abolish the IRS. The Tea Party Republican feels that American should be able to file their taxes on the back of a post card, a statement which drew a near deafening round of applause from the crowd.
As the IRS targeting scandal garnered national attention in 2013, Cruz first called for abolishing the IRS and installing a type of flat tax. Although what the Senator suggested would not be a true flat tax since it allowed for deductions for home mortgage and charitable deductions, many Tea Party members, Republicans, Libertarians, and independent voters appear to support the idea.
Senator Ted Cruz had this to say about the IRS during CPAC 2014:
“Now I do have to start with a bit of bad news this morning. Sorry to tell you that by virtue of your being here today, tomorrow morning each and every one of you is going to be audited by the IRS. So I appreciate the courage of your convictions. How many of you have your cell phones? Please, leave them on, I want to make sure that President Obama hears everything I have to say here this morning. We need to abolish the IRS. We need to adopt a simple flat tax that is fair that every American can fill out his taxes on a post card.
Fellow Tea Party favorite Rand Paul also feels that the IRS should get out of the income tax business:
“Could America exist without an income tax? The idea seems radical, yet in truth America did just fine without a federal income tax for the first 126 years of its history. Prior to 1913, the government operated with revenues raised through tariffs, excise taxes, and property taxes, without ever touching a worker’s paycheck. Is it impossible to end the income tax? I don’t believe so. In fact, I believe a serious groundswell movement of disaffected taxpayers is growing in this country. Millions of Americans are fed up with the current tax system, and they will bring pressure on Congress.”
Senator Ted Cruz was not the only Republican presidential contender to take a poke at President Obama. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie pondered why the president had appeared to distance himself from major issues impacting the country instead of fixing the problems leading. “What the h**l are we paying your for Mr. President,” Christie asked.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal also garnered intense laughter and applause when he said, “I owe an apology to former President Jimmy Carter. I can no longer say he was the worst president during my lifetime.”
What do you think about abolishing the IRS and creating a flat tax?
Social Media giant Facebook’s decision to acquire instant Messaging client WhatsApp for $19 Billion seems to have hit its first major roadblock. In a formal complaint to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), two privacy groups have argued that the sale of WhatsApp to Facebook would not be in the best interests of WhatsApp users and has urged the FTC to take note. The two privacy groups in the fray to stall the acquisition of WhatsApp are The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and Center for Digital Democracy (CDD), both based out of Washington.
In the complaint, the two organizations allege that Facebook as part of its policy routinely collects user data for advertising purposes, which is its primary revenue source. Since Facebook used data from Instagram users after the service was acquired by Facebook in 2012, there is reason to believe that it will act similarly in the case of WhatsApp. Since many users of WhatsApp would be opposed to the privacy policies of Facebook, the groups want the FTC to ensure that there would be privacy protections in place that would ensure that Facebook doesn’t get free access to data from WhatsApp users.
According to Bloomberg, Facebook has on its part responded by saying that “nothing would change” and that WhatsApp would continue to operate as a separate company. The social media giant also assures that it would honor its commitments to privacy and security of WhatsApp users. In the post announcing the acquisition of WhatsApp, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had said that WhatsApp will continue to operate independently within Facebook and that the product roadmap for the popular messaging app will remain unchanged. A day later at an event, he reiterated this while also adding that WhatsApp would be made available as a separate program and that all of its current employees would be retained.
While complaints by EPIC and CDD to the FTC has in the past resulted in the latter taking notice, until the FTC actually does that in this case, this complaint doesn’t carry much legal weight. Until now, there has been no indication from the FTC as to how it intends to tackle this issue.
Do you think Facebook needs to come clean with its intentions behind the acquisition of WhatsApp?
There are a number of popular drinks and snacks the average American consumes on a regular basis. However, most people don’t consume just one. But, there’s an underlying issue that’s been evaluated in regards to some of the most popular sugar-filled drinks.
According to the Daily Mail, the World Health Organization issued new guidelines stating that a person’s daily intake of sugar should not exceed 6 teaspoons. A number of doctors and researchers have also associated such food consumption with corpulence, stating that the avoidance of sugar is actually a way to rule out substantial problems with the ever-growing epidemic of obesity.
The publication also reported that the staggering number of carbonated beverages and food-processed snacks contain “up to double the safe amount of sugar that experts believe adults should consume per day.”
Check out the list:
1. Starbucks Caramel Frappuccino One single Starbucks caramel Frappuccino actually contains 11 teaspoons of sugar, which nearly doubles recommended daily consumption amount of six teaspoons of sugar.
2. Coca Cola and Pepsi It comes as no surprise that two of the top carbonated beverages would exceed the number recommended daily consumption of sugar. Twelve-ounce cans of Coca Cola and Pepsi contain nine teaspoons of sugar each. However, most people usually consume double this amount on average, with 20oz bottled Coca Cola and Pepsi beverages. Therefore, most people consume an average of approximately 14 to 15 ounces of sugar per serving. Drinks purchased from fast food restaurants are often larger in size than bottled drinks. So, the sugar consumption may actually be quadrupled in comparison to the recommended daily intake.
3. RedBull It gives you wings! With the seven teaspoons of sugar it has, it definitely would make a person fly! However, that seven teaspoons is actually confined to the 8.4-ounce can. So, larger cans pack more punch which means more sugar. The massive 20-ounce can contains approximately 16 teaspoons of sugar. 4. MARS Candy Bar A MARS candy bar contains approximately 51mg of sugar, which actually equates to eight teaspoons! Just one candy bar can exceed the daily recommendation.
5. TWIX Candy Bar While TWIX candy bars actually meet the daily consumption recommendation, its only by a small margin. A TWIX candy bar actually contains six teaspoons per serving.
London cardiologist and health campaigner, Graham McGregor, also weighed in with his perspective of the sugar epidemic and its growing negative effects on people. “Added sugar is a completely unnecessary part of our diets, contributing to obesity, type II diabetes and tooth decay. We have known about the health risks of sugar for years and yet nothing substantial has been done.”
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What better way for Reese to unwind after Award’s season than a good, old fashioned road trip with friends. Reese Witherspoon, and her fellow celeb buddies met up in Napa to learn how to make pasta in a two day culinary course. Reese was joined by none other than Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz, and a cadre of other Hollywood insiders. This isn’t the first time that Witherspoon has traveled with Drew and Cameron – the trio also went to Mexico about the same time last year.
The three A list actresses decided to escape the pressure of Los Angeles and unwind in wine country. Witherspoon and friends checked into The Culinary Institute of America for a two day crash course in pasta making. Besides making pasta dishes, the pals posted tons of pictures on their Instagram accounts. Reese posted the pic below with the message: “Love learning with these ladies!”
Reese tagged another photo on her Instagram account as “#girlstrip2014. In describing her trip Witherspoon recalled the rolling green hills, rest and relaxation and even a furry new sidekick, Riley, an adorable Yorkie.
It appears that a fun time was had by all, including Cameron, who posted on Instagram:
“What an amazingly delicious, educational, and ridiculously FUN time I had with these awesome ladies!!!”
While she was making her dish, Reese, 37, boasted she made tasty spinach ricotta raviolis and fresh pasta. Not only can Witherspoon act, but apparently she can cook as well.
One has to wonder where Reese and pals will go next year: Mexico last year, Napa this year, maybe skiing in the Rockies next March. It’s doubtful that Witherspoon will be checking this column for advice, but we are more than willing to dispense our wisdom.
Reese has been having tons of fun these days. After the Oscars, Witherspoon attended the Vanity Fair Oscars after-party. She wore a much more revealing dress than we are used to from “America’s Sweetheart.” Reese’s dress was a low-cut black gown, accompanied by bright pink lipstick. She mingled with Elizabeth Banks and her How Do You Know costar, Paul Rudd. Reese met up with her husband, agent Jim Toth, at the party. While he attended the Oscars, Reese skipped out. Jim attended the Academy Awards and sat behind his CAA clients Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto, who both took home Oscars for their work in Dallas Buyers Club.
So whether it is a star studded Oscars party, or a comparably tame weekend in Napa with friends, we can see that Reese knows how to have a good time, despite her squeaky clean image.
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Sarah Jessica Parker doesn’t want you to get your hopes up about another Sex and the City movie. According to the actress, nobody seems keen on making the flick anytime soon.
Although the motion pictures based on the popular HBO series made some serious cash during their respective jaunts through theaters, apparently Warner Bros. hasn’t made any plans to move forward with another installment. That’s what the actress says, at least.
The time next you decide to bug Sarah Jessica Parker about the sequel when you see her on the street, don’t expect her to give you any fancy answers. During her recent appearance on Ellen, Parker admitted that she’s run out of clever responses to give fans.
“I’ve tried to make up some interesting answers every time I’ve been asked this question lately. The truth of the matter is there has been no real conversation about a third movie at all,” Sarah told DeGeneres during their chat.
Rumors about Sex and the City 3 have made the rounds quite a bit in recent months. Although Sarah Jessica Parker doesn’t think the movie will happen anytime soon, writer Michael Patrick King seemed to think another flick is possible if they find the right story to tell.
“It’s all really about the stories, and if you actually think you have something left to say that would make it exciting and worthwhile for the fans’ time, that’s really the question. Not whether you can get away with it, not whether anybody will buy it, not whether you can make money on it,” King told Entertainment Weekly in February.
Sarah Jessica Parker told InStyle earlier this year that another Sex and the City is theoretically possible. However, she stopped short of revealing when or if the flick would ever happen. Even co-star Kristin Davis gave fans hope that another installment could happen down the road.
“I don’t think [a third film] is a pipe dream, there is discussion. People talk about it amongst the people who are the players, but I don’t know if it will come together. It would be very exciting if it did,” she explained to Haute Living.
Judging from the box office results for Sex and the City 2, there’s apparently still a market for the franchise. Although the $100 million comedy only made $95 million in the US, it raked in an impressive $193 million in foreign markets. Why Warner Bros. is dragging its heels on another entry in the series is anybody’s guess.
Are you a fan of Sarah Jessica Parker? Do you want to see another big-screen installment of Sex and the City?
The former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has come out making some not-so flattering comments about his old pupils, saying they were a bunch of vain guys.
In an interview with Esquire magazine, the Portuguese manager said that in many instances his compatriot, Cristiano Ronaldo, and the rest of them would be looking in the mirror as they waited to take the field.
“Lots of times at Real Madrid, the players would be queuing in front of the mirror before the game while the referee waited for them in the tunnel.”
Real Madrid’s former boss spent only three years at the helm in the Spanish capital and is now the head man in the Premier League with Chelsea, who currently leads the standings.
Anyone that follows soccer knows that Real Madrid players are not the only ones behaving in such a manner, and Mourinho believes this is the culture of our times and he needs to adapt as a manager:
“But that’s how society is now. Young people care a lot about this: they are twenty-something and I am 51 and if I want to work with kids I have to understand their world.”
“How can I stop my players on the bus doing, er, what do you call? Twitters and these things? How can I stop them if my daughter and my son do the same? So, I have to adapt to the moment.”
It is not the first time Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of being overly concerned by the way he looks.
Before he was awarded the Ballon d’Or, the international phenomenon got into a bit of a spat with FIFA boss Stepp Blatter, after he suggested that Ronaldo was more worried about his hair than playing soccer.
The Real Madrid top scorer took offense and even threatened to boycott the awards ceremony, which took place in January. Luckily, he seemed to rise to the occasion and opted for attending and was awarded the title of best soccer player in the world for the second time in his career.
As to Mourinho, he adds that there is a big difference in the way players earn a living now, compared to when he was young when soccer stars made most of their money after becoming famous.
“What I feel is that before, players were trying to make money during their career, be rich at the end of their career”
“But in this moment, the people who surround them try to make them rich before they start their career.”
“They try to make them rich when they sign their first contract, when they didn’t play one single match in the Premier League, when they don’t know what it is to play in the Champions League.”
In an interview with Yahoo the ex Real Madrid boss also suggested that its main star, Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t need to win the World Cup with Portugal to be considered one of the greatest players ever.
Russian ammo will no longer be shipped to the United States, if a report issued by Silver Doctors is accurate. The website is an economic watchdog focusing on fluctuations in the precious metals markets. American ammunition manufacturers have been working around the clock seven days a week to handle the demand created after the Sandy Hook tragedy. Concerns about both increases in ammunition prices and availability began occurring after federal and state gun control regulations were proposed.
Ammo shortages for some popular calibers were reportedly alleviated slightly due to Russian imports. The 7.62 ammo is used in the AK-47 semi-automatic weapon. Either real or perceived shortages of Russian ammo are now causing bullets made in the Vladimir Putin’s country to vanish off store shelves.
An excerpt from the Silver Doctors report reads:
“The largest wholesale gun & ammo distributors in the US have informed us in private conversation today that a massive scramble is on for all 7.62 as Russia has reportedly halted all exports to the US of Russian made ammunition. Our distributor source informed us that yesterday they had several hundred thousand rounds of Russian made 7.62 TulAmmo, and after receiving word early today on the halt of Russian exports to the US, they have been completely wiped out of every last round in the past 10 hours.”
Russian ammo is expected to be as hard to find as 22L ammo has been during the past 12 months in the coming days. Prices of ammunition made in Russia are expected to soar and purchase limits put in place at some retailers, just as happened during the great ammo shortage of 2013. Regular American citizens are not the only gun owners who commonly use Russian ammunition. Last summer a solicitation on the Federal Business Opportunities website (a government run website) sought vendors who could provide 2,550,000 rounds of 7.62x39mm ball ammo, 575,000 blank round of the same ammo, and 425,000 rounds of 9x18mm Makarov ball ammo – all Russian made bullet calibers.
According to the advertisement on the government website, the Army intended to store the Russian ammo round at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Kentucky and at Camp Stanley in Texas. The solicitation also noted that the calibers were not standard issue to either the United States military or NATO forces.
The near viral circulation of the alleged Russian ammo halt began just a day after President Barack Obama proposed economic sanctions against the Cold War foe over the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine.
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It turns out that Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Reese Witherspoon are the kind of gal pals that take two-day pasta making courses at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley during the middle of the week. Who knew?
The three Hollywood starlets have been spreading their creations across various social media websites, which has included showing off their culinary masterpieces while standing in front of vineyards too.
Diaz captioned the above image, which she uploaded to Instagram, “What an amazing delicious, educational, and ridiculously FUN time I had with these awesome ladies!!!!”
Barrymore, who made the trip despite being pregnant with her second child, Witherspoon and Diaz took the trip with stylist Leslie Fremar, and makeup artists Lona Vigi and Gucci Westman.
You can check out their various updates below. Here’s Witherspoon’s view of the trip:
Meanwhile, Diaz added:
And Barrymore uploaded:
The trio are clearly close friends, because they also all holidayed together in Mexico last year too.
Barrymore isn’t stopping her current state from allowing her to have a good time. She previously revealed that she is eager to have have another child in order for her daughter, Oliver Barrymore Kopelman, who was born on September 26, 2012, to have a different childhood to hers.
According to the Daily Mail, she stated, “I was an only child, and it was lonely. Some people love it and thrive on the independence, but I want my kids to have other kids around. Maybe two kids so they can run around together, roll their eyes at their parents together like Rusty and Audrey Griswold from [National Lampoon's] Vacation. So however that’s going to come about, it’s gonna happen.”
Meanwhile, Diaz has also been discussing her upcoming role in the raunchy comedy, Sex Tape, which she will star alongside Jason Segel in.
Taking to People, the 41-year-old discussed what it was like filming copious amounts of sex scenes in front of a vast crew. However, she downplayed how awkward it was, stating, “The whole movie is lovemaking between the characters. The crew was awesome and so respectful. It’s not a vanity thing. It’s about telling a story.”
She continued, “There’s such trust [with Jason]. We both had each other’s backs. Our day was ‘My a** is going to be in your face and your package is going to be in my face!”
Diaz made sure to remind those involved in the production of their privileged position though, admitting, “Sometimes I would stop in the middle of a scene and go, ‘Everybody hold on! Do you realize we’re getting paid to do this?’ We had such a fun time laughing our asses off, having such gratitude that this is our job.”
It seems that every year the New England Patriots are a favorite to win the AFC Conference Title and go on to the Super Bowl. This is all thanks to people such as Tom Brady and Bill Belichick who have been to five Super Bowls together, winning three of them. You can never count out the Pats, because they won’t go down easily.
As we know the Denver Broncos managed to get past the Pats to take the AFC spot in the big game, while the Seattle Seahawks won the NFC and eventually the Super Bowl itself. The reason most feel that the Patriots could not win the Super Bowl or even get back to the game for a while is because of the defense. Bill Belichick has proven to be a genius with defenses. So even without the talent he needed, he got things done.
Interestingly enough, the Patriots had multiple issues last year and it was not as much on the defense as it was the offense. Obviously Aaron Hernandez, a good tight end for the team, was arrested and currently on trial for murder. Then the other tight end Rob Gronkowski had been hurt for a while. This meant that Brady had to rely on a lot of young wide-outs and rookies. It’s not as if this is new for New England.
For most of his career, Brady has not had a lot of pro-bowl talent at wide-receiver, when he did he managed to put up record numbers. Arguably due to how much he had to work, Brady could have been named MVP and few would have batted an eye at it despite Peyton Manning’s impressive record breaking statistics. While the offense stayed going due to Gronk coming back and Brady working magic, the defense did have some issues.
The defense has improved well, as younger talent and at times little talent clouded a one top tier defense full of pro-bowl talent. It seemed though, that when Cornerback Aqib Talib was signed something sparked the defense every time he was present. He more than played well, in fact, he might have been the heart and soul of the Patriot D.
There is an issue however, while Talib played well, he is set to sign a new deal as his contract expired. We already know that Brandon Spikes didn’t come to terms, so it doesn’t seem like the Patriots are playing games with contracts. This is why there is big speculation that New England will go after the man who is considered the best cornerback in the game, Darrelle Revis.
Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, home media for the Patriots, had a good take on the potential scenario of a Revis trade and cut of Talib.
One main issue when it comes to Revis is that if traded New England would be stuck with his enormous contract that makes him one of the highest paid defense players in the NFL. Volin figured out a scenario to make it work, saying:
Revis is set to make $16 million per year — $13 million in base salary, plus a $1.5 million roster bonus due each March and a $1.5 million workout bonus for showing up each offseason. At that structure, Revis’s $16 million salary cap number would be the largest on the Patriots – higher than Tom Brady’s $14.8 million. But that contract comes with a big asterisk, as discovered by the Tampa Tribune.
Per the contract, the team can convert Revis’s $13 million salary into a guaranteed bonus at any time. Revis actually would prefer this to happen — instead of waiting for the fall to receive his salary in 17 installments, he’d receive most of it up front in a big, fat check. Converting salary money to bonus money allows a team to spread that cap money over the life of the contract, as the Cardinals did with Larry Fitzgerald last month.
So, for example, in 2014 the Patriots could decide to turn $10 million of Revis’s $13 million into bonus money, which would be spread over the final five years of his deal at $2 million per season. That would put Revis’s 2014 salary cap number at $8 million — $3 million in base salary, $2 million bonus proration, $1.5 million roster bonus and $1.5 million workout bonus — which the Patriots easily could handle.
The Patriots currently sit with $12.7 million in cap space for 2014, and can create an extra $9.2 million by cutting Dan Connolly, Isaac Sopoaga, Tommy Kelly, Adrian Wilson, and Jake Bequette. They can create even more space by giving contract extensions to Vince Wilfork, Devin McCourty, and Stephen Gostkowski.
So basically, the contract for Revis would not be a problem AND money could be saved by getting him and not re-signing Talib. There is some doubt with Revis, as he was out for a while with an ACL injury after surgery in 2012. However, he played his first full season last year since the surgery and only allowed 400 passing yards on him.
This is highly impressive, especially for a guy who is coming from an ACL injury. The Patriots love to shake things up around draft time. They are known for throwing out draft picks, trading up and down, and even getting random players that end up being great for them. So I would not be surprised that they are contemplating something like this for Revis that would give the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a good incentive to trade.
What they are willing to trade is up in the air, but the New England Patriots are smart in what they do with trades. They try to get more out than they give, even if it doesn’t seem like they are. We will have to see if Revis is traded. If he is not there is a big chance Talib is re-signed and by that point, a trade may never occur between the Bucs and Pats for him. Many would hope to get Revis and keep Talib, but there cannot be a perfect world in the NFL financial rules.
Vanessa Lopez shared embarrassing details about Shaquille O’Neal in a court deposition a few years back, and now the intimate bedroom secrets from the former NBA player’s mistress are coming out.
In 2010, Lopez sued O’Neal claiming racketeering, invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress. She claimed that the two had a relationship that stretched five years, but once Lopez told Shaq she was pregnant he turned, calling on his “henchmen” and two sisters to harass and threaten her.
Vanessa Lopez then filed a lawsuit, also calling technology expert Shawn Darling who once claimed to have more than 30 emails from Shaq proving that he was hacking and spoofing the phones of former mistresses. Darling actually brought his own suit against O’Neal, saying the former NBA great was trying to set him up for possession of child pornography.
Vanessa’s lawsuit never went anywhere, and after Shaq filed a restraining order against Lopez in 2013 Vanessa’s own lawyer, Gloria Allred, filed paperwork to withdraw from the suit. According to paperwork obtained by RadarOnline, Allred felt that Lopez was involved in fraudulent or criminal behavior.
But though nothing came of the suit, the embarrassing bedroom details.
When asked about whether Shaq had any sexual hang-ups, [Vanessa] said: “He would often put his hands over his private area and say “I know it’s small.” Don’t laugh. And he was just a little embarrassed about that.”
The lawyer then inquired about any of Shaq’s freaky sexual habits to which Vanessa replied, “When he would call and want to get together, I was reluctant to see him when I had my period…. And [Shaq] would say “I don’t care.” And when we would see each other, he had, like a fetish that he’d just like to give me oral sex during my period.”
Of course, there was nothing to verify the claims that former mistress Vanessa Lopez made about Shaquille O’Neal, and given her own lawyer’s thoughts about the case there is good reason to doubt anything involved in the lawsuit, but the story has been popular nonetheless.
Victoria’s Secret models have made news left and right, and Miranda Kerr is no different! The Victoria’s Secret model is now making news after being announced as the face of Wonderbra.
According to Vogue UK, a year or so after ending her contract with Victoria’s Secret, Miranda Kerr has been named the new face of Wonderbra. Kerr ended her contract with the popular lingerie brand a year ago stating that she wanted to spend more time with her three-year-old son, Flynn.
“I have felt this coming since my son was born and, after I became a mother, I realized I needed to prioritize my time,” she told the Sydney Morning Herald in April 2013 according to the Vogue UK report. “I’m just not in a position to commit to a full contract at this time. It’s three months at bare minimum.”
Since taking time to be with her son, it seems that the Victoria’s Secret model is ready to start posing in lingerie once again. According to E! News, Kerr’s new position as the face of Wonderbra seems to be a little less time consuming compared to her previous contract. Reports state that Kerr will only be fronting the company in the United Kingdom as of now.
The Victoria’s Secret model apparently is keeping herself busy with a variety of different projects. E! News stated that Kerr has not only taken on this new work for Wonderbra, but as also has commercials out for both Reebok and ShopStyle. She also reportedly will be debuting her ads for H&M’s spring 2014 collection and even has her very own Kora Organics skin care line.
According to Mirror, Miranda Kerr’s promo shots with Wonderbra prove that she defiantly hasn’t lost her touch. In the first of the shots, Kerr shows off her sexy side with seductive office girl’s look. Talk about va-va-voom! She’s got some serious cleavage in this shot. While the seductive office girl look is all good and well, Kerr didn’t keep her clothes on for long.
In two other shots with Wonderbra, Kerr strips down to some seriously sexy lingerie. The first shot we see the Victoria’s Secret model clad in a cheetah print bra and underwear set. Looks like Kerr hasn’t lost her wild side since leaving the fast paced world of Victoria’s Secret. Finally we see her in a simple, yet sexy red little number. Simple, yet gorgeous if you ask me!
What do you think of Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr’s new position as the face of Wonderbra?
FC Barcelona, who currently sit in the unfamiliar position of second place in the Spanish La Liga table, face an exodus of top players at the end of the season, but they appear to have replaced at least one already.
Spain goalkeeper Victor Valdés announced last year that the 2013-14 season would be his last with FC Barcelona where, except for a brief hiatus in his teen years, he has been part of the club since he was 10 years old. The 32-year-old keeper is arguably the greatest FC Barcelona has ever had — and in fact, some doubt that he will actually go through with his decision to depart the legendary La Liga club.
“It remains to be seen if Victor Valdes will leave Barcelona, he might not, said Florentino Perez, president of FC Barcelona arch-rival Real Madrid. “He hasn’t left yet. Yes, he said he would, but we’ll just have to wait and see.”
While it is true that Valdes has not left yet, it is also true, at least according to a report on the world football news site Goal.com, FC Barcelona has already found his replacement.
And it appears that the Blaugrana are opting for youth, reaching a €12 million deal — that’s a little more than $16.6 million in U.S. cash — for 21-year-old German Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who was born the same year, 1992, that Valdes first joined the FC Barcelona youth organization.
The first-choice goalkeeper for German Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach since the beginning of the 2011-12 season, ter Stegen already has some experience against the best FC Barcelona has to offer. After being called up to the German national squad, in inly his second international match, ter Stegen stopped a penalty shot in Germany’s 2012 1-3 friendly loss to Argentina.
The Argentine player who took that thwarted penalty? FC Barcelona mega-star Lionel Messi.
According to the reports, ter Stegen will sign a contract with FC Barcelona that will take him through the end of the 2018-19 season.
With the transfer agreement for ter Stegen, FC Barcelona have taken one step toward what is expected to be an extensive rebuilding process for the Spanish giant, breaking up a team that dominated European football for half-a-decade.
In the past five terms, FC Barcelona has won the La Liga trophy four times, the UEFA Champions League twice and the Spanish Copa Del Rey twice. But the nucleus of that squad is breaking apart, with Valdés leaving, a well as longtime captain Carlos Puyol.
Forward David Villa transferred to Atletico Madrid before the start of the curent campaign, Brazilian back Dani Alves is also thought to be looking for an exit and according to some rumors, even Messi himself may be seeking a route out if FC Barcelona.
When the rocket cat was first spotted among 16th century documents perhaps someone suspected it was a prank. After all, rockets are a modern invention, right? But it turns out the rocket cat isn’t a hoax, it was a real weapon advocated in Europe.
Written in 1584, Das Feuer Buch (aka The Fire Book) was a 235 page treatise on all things warfare written by Franz Helm of Cologne. The book was written at time when gunpowder was just starting to change the face of the battlefield.
Besides the rocket cat, the illustration also included a rocket bird that would be sent flying into a defended castle (no, the castle wasn’t manned by pigs, although I’m sure the birds were plenty angry at the abuse.) But the book also included many other devices, including hand grenades and barrel bombs used to “set fire to a castle or city which you can’t get at otherwise.”
But are the animals actually wearing rockets? Penn researcher Mitch Fraas really didn’t know what to make of the rocket cat photo at first. He noted that “clearly looks like there’s some sort of jet of fire coming out of a device strapped to these animals.” Remember, the Chinese invented fireworks so such an invention is not entirely out of the question.
But when Fraas translated the section about the rocket cat it turns the flaming kitty was intended to stay on the ground:
“Create a small sack like a fire-arrow. If you would like to get at a town or castle, seek to obtain a cat from that place. And bind the sack to the back of the cat, ignite it, let it glow well and thereafter let the cat go, so it runs to the nearest castle or town, and out of fear it thinks to hide itself where it ends up in barn hay or straw it will be ignited.”
Although Fraas couldn’t find any evidence of anyone ever using the rocket cat, he thinks such a plan would probably have backfired:
“Sort of a harebrained scheme. It seems like a really terrible idea, and very unlikely the animals would run back to where they came from. More likely they’d set your own camp on fire.”
What do you think about rocket cat? Maybe PETA should invent a time machine to go back and give Franz Helm a piece of their mind…
Justin Bieber has hit Miami, South Florida, ahead of a scheduled Thursday deposition which will be videotaped in connection with a civil lawsuit in which a paparazzo is suing the singer and one of his bodyguards for battery and negligence.
20th birthday celebrations over, Bieber jetted out of the Bahamas Wednesday. The singer rented a number of villas during his six-day stay at a 5-star Caribbean resort The Cove on the island of Eleuthera with family and friends, including his parents and step-siblings.
Photographer Jeffrey Binion, 56, filed the lawsuit against Bieber and a bodyguard last year.
Bieber has been ordered to attend the 10 am deposition in downtown Miami, according to court records as per Gossip Extra.
Bieber will be probed for what could be eight hours at the Universal Court Reporting’s offices across from the Miami-Dade Courthouse on West Flagler.
In his complaint [seen here], Binion claims he was assaulted by Bieber’s bodyguards on the singer’s orders outside Miami’s Hit Factory Recording Studio after he was spotted snapping photos of the star on June 5, 2013.
As a result of Bieber’s alleged order, Binion claims he was thrown against a wall and held in a choke-hold by one guard – Hugo Hesny – while other bodyguards allegedly forcibly took the paparazzo’s camera and memory card to remove photos.
Binion has accused Bieber of battery and negligence in the management of his bodyguards during the alleged attack and is reportedly suing for millions.
Bieber was originally ordered to a deposition on January 23 at a Santa Monica, California, attorney’s office, for a grilling by lawyer Mark DiCowden – believed to be acting on behalf of attorney Russell S. Adler. The order was made by a Miami-Dade County Circuit judge.
However, the “Boyfriend” singer’s predawn arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence in a Lamborghini with friend and co-arrestee Khalil Sharieff during what Miami Beach police described as a drag race that morning meant Bieber missed his date with DiCowden.
At the time, Gossip Extra reported DiCowden flew to Los Angeles and spent a total of three days waiting for Bieber and later told the site he planned to file for travel expenses and 30 work hours.
The outlet reports Thursday’s (March 6) videotaped deposition had been scheduled to take place at DiCowden’s office, but both parties agreed his conference room was too small and moved the proceedings to a larger office.
It’s reported Bieber’s Miami legal team — led by the high-profile attorney Roy Black — want the deposition moved to Black’s law offices on Biscayne Boulevard in Miami.
Citing a source, Gossip Extra said Black’s team – who are also defending the Canadian in his DUI case – believe they can better ensure Bieber’s safety.
Back in February, Bieber’s lawyers lost key appeals in the Binion case against two orders by Miami-Dade Judge Sarah Zabel.
One was against the deposition being videotaped. The second was to prevent the allowance of alleged past incidents involving Bieber, his guards and photographers into the deposition.
Court papers filed February 11 in the Third District Court of Appeal for Miami stated both appeals were denied.
TMZ later reported five allegedly confrontations between Bieber’s bodyguards and paparazzi will now be covered in the deposition, with Bieber grilled on each. The five alleged incidents are listed here.
At the time a source close to the case told People magazine,
“Miami Judge Sarah Zabel initially denied Bieber’s requests to stop Binion’s lawyers from deposing him and asking questions about other incidents involving him and his varied bodyguards’ aggressive behavior,”
“Although Bieber’s lawyers appealed the judge’s rulings, the appeal was denied. Bieber can no longer hide. Binion’s lawyers are waiting for a deposition date to be set in Miami.”
Before Justin and his legal team show up to the deposition today, the young singer took time out for an impromptu meet and greet with fans who spotted him out and about in Miami.
For photo selection of some of those encounters and a video sourced from a fan’s Instagram account hit the jump.
(Photo: Bieber meeting fan “Nicolette Mahone” in Miami, South Florida, March 5).
(Photo: Bieber meets another delighted fan in Miami on March 5).
(Photo: Bieber makes a young girl’s night in Miami, March 5.)
(Photo: The singer gets friendly with another fan In Miami).
(Photo: The 20-year-old charms another female admirer in Miami.)
(Photo: Bieber hangs out with male fan in Miami, March 5).
[Fan photos via Twitter, Instagram].
As we all know, taking a date to the prom is kind of a big deal for high school seniors, who often go to great lengths to ensure they get the right date for the big event.
Crosby High senior Michael Ramirez, a 5-foot-11, 255-pound offensive linesman, knew who he wanted to take to the prom, and decided to use Twitter as his medium to get her.
Having set his sights on the stunning 20-year-old Texans cheerleader, Caitlyn Beth, he contacted her and asked if 10,000 re-tweets of their chat would make sure he got to take her to the prom.
It seems that Ramirez’s cunning plan worked, as the Texans cheerleader said “yes”. Just 24 hours after he Tweeted his message exchange with Beth, along with the caption: “10,000 retweets and I’ll be taking a Texans cheerleader to prom,” he got the 10,000 retweets he so badly needed.
According to reports, the whole thing started on Thursday morning when Ramirez tweeted: “Got the asking prom idea, now I just need the right girl.” After that Texans cheerleader Lesha Wincher began following him on Twitter. Soon after that Caitlyn Beth began following him and the chat between them ensued.
The Lake Houston Observer reported on a chat Ramirez had with a friend about his idea: “I was talking to my friend Colton about prom and I just said, ‘Man, what if I asked a Texans cheerleader to prom,’ so I did. So I sent her a message and she replied like instantly and said she’d do it.”
Michael Ramirez gets full props from the Inquisitr team for originality and courage. The way in which he managed to secure a date to the prom with the Texans cheerleader is an inspiration to us all, and just goes to highlight, once again, the power of social media.
Here is the chat between Ramirez and Beth which he Tweeted:
— Big Mike (@Big_Mike_71) February 27, 2014
This is a short news report about the Texans cheerleader prom date:
A man from California is suing the Downtown Grand casino in Las Vegas after he lost a staggering $500,000, apparently while drunk.
Mark Johnson arrived in Las Vegas last Thursday with his girlfriend; the drinking commenced in the limousine from Las Vegas airport, and continued all the way to the casino. Apparently, Johnson then continued drinking during dinner and – according to him – the rest of the night is a blur. (That’s what they all say!)
Johnson has been a regular at Las Vegas casinos for the best part of 30 years, but in this case was only made aware of his huge losses when he awoke sober the following morning. According to Johnson it was clear that he was heavily drunk, but the casino continued to serve him drinks and loan him money.
Johnson said: “I feel like they picked my pockets. I feel like they took a drunk guy… like a drunk guy walking down the street, and you reach in his pockets and grab all his money.”
He noted that he was in a state of blackout during the time he was playing blackjack and pai gow and said that the lawsuit will be based on CCTV footage and eyewitness accounts. In Nevada it’s illegal to allow visibly intoxicated punters to gamble and to receive free drinks.
According to Sean Lyttle, Johnson’s attorney, the casino has initiated a counter claim suing him for trying to shirk his gambling debts. Lyttle said about the lawsuit:
“It’s certainly an extraordinary case. This is not a story that I’ve ever heard before, where someone was blackout intoxicated where they couldn’t read their cards, and yet a casino continued to serve them drinks and issue them more markers.
It’s a very heavy-handed and unusual approach that we haven’t seen in this town in a long time.”
What will be the outcome of Mark Johnson’s lawsuit against the Downtown Grand Casino? Legal teams on both sides are now preparing for the upcoming case.
Gambler Sues Casino After Losing $500K While Drunk is a post from: The Inquisitr News
Richard Dawkins – evolutionary biologist, outspoken atheist, and all-around serious guy – surprised Twitter Wednesday morning when he tweeted to his 900,000 followers a rather risque poem inspired by genetics and pure libido.
Darling let us wean a type Of mixture of us 2. Offer up your genotype & shuffle our codes anew Let me extend my phenotype Deep inside of you
— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) March 5, 2014
Dawkin’s tweet received different reactions from Twitter geeks who follow the famous scientist. User @drkeithalbow just couldn’t believe what she was seeing:
@RichardDawkins is this real. are you serious
— Madison Allen (@drkeithablow) March 5, 2014
@yolo_goat was able to reaffirm his theistic beliefs thanks to Richard Dawkins’ poetic prowess:
@RichardDawkins tbh if theres no god how did u write this poem?? checkmate
— CRIMES_doer (@yolo_goat) March 5, 2014
Richard Dawkins might be one of the world’s most popular science communicators but according to the Telegraph, he is also quite fond of the humanities – including arts and poetry. The biologist particularly likes Anglican aesthetics and wouldn’t mind entering an Anglican church to appreciate its beauty.
An appreciator of literature, Richard Dawkins confessed in an article for The Guardian that he considers the King James Bible a great literary work. He even particularly called the book of Ecclesiastes “one of the glories of English literature”.
That is why his “sexy” poem tweet didn’t come as a shock to some people who follow his life and teachings closely.
Dawkins has authored 13 books, 12 of which concern evolutionary biology. The other one, “The God Delusion“, primarily provides fiery criticism of the religious faiths and is the most famous (or infamous) book he has written so far.
Dawkin’s reception, even within the scientific community, has always been mixed. While scientists like Neuroscientist Sam Harris and physicist Lawrence Krauss have said positive statements about Richard Dawkins over the years, other scientists aren’t too fond of the biologist. Nobel Prize winning physicist Peter Higgs once called Dawkins a “fundamentalist” atheist.
Richard Dawkins routinely shakes the political world as well with his no-holding-back statements about world leaders. In a recent Inquisitr article, Dawkins told Bill Maher that he was certain President Obama is an atheist.
Despite people’s perception of the biologist, his almost 1 million-strong twitter followers serve as evidence of the extreme popularity of Richard Dawkins among atheists and agnostics. And although the God vs. atheism debate can be so terribly serious at times, Richard Dawkins himself find ways to break the ice and amuse people, believers or not, with his literary pursuits.
[Image from mrccos via Flickr]
The Denver Broncos have made plans to release 12-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey, according to a report from ESPN.
Even though he will no longer be playing for Denver, Bailey said he has no plans to retire. The 35-year-old cornerback, who was drafted by the Redskins in 1999, went to the Broncos in 2004. Since his career began, he has caught 52 interceptions – including a record 10 in 2006. This is the first time in his career that he will be a free agent, USA Today reports.
“I’m good. It’s bittersweet. Now I get to go see what is out there,” he said. “I’m looking at the positive side of it.”
Bailey had 34 interceptions with the Denver Broncos, and went to the Pro Bowl eight times while on their roster.
He was the longest tenured player for the Denver Broncos, and would have received $9 million for the 2014 season. He was not approached about a pay cut, but he would have received a $1 million bonus if he was resigned.
Bailey’s cut means the Denver Broncos will save $10 million toward the salary cap.
“It sucks, but at the same time, I have to move on. I can’t dwell on it. I know they’re not dwelling on it,” he said.
Bailey struggled this past season, playing only five regular-season games with the Denver Broncos, due to a Lisfranc foot injury. But he recovered and was able to make his first Super Bowl appearance. Unfortunately, the Broncos couldn’t perform well, and the team lost 43-8 against the Seattle Seahawks.
With Bailey out for most of the season, the Denver Broncos had Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as their number one cornerback.
Bailey considers himself a “corner at heart,” but he is open to more positions on the roster.
“If a situation made sense to play safety, then I would consider it,” he said.
Some of the Denver Broncos players took to Twitter to wish Bailey the best in the future.
— Danny Trevathan (@Grindin_59) March 6, 2014
I didnt realize today would be the last day i see Champ at the facility.. My heart hurts.. Class act individual
— Gerell Robinson (@G_Rob10) March 6, 2014
A related report from The Inquisitr states that Peyton Manning will stay as quarterback for the Denver Broncos, after passing his annual neck physical. Despite the tragic loss against the Seahawks, Manning had a record-breaking season for the Broncos, completing 55 touchdown passes and throwing for more than 5,400 yards.
Photo credit: Marc Piscotty