Is Taylor Swift a racist?
Some are indicating “yes” after watching her video of the latest release, “Shake It Off.” In fact, the claims of racism are getting so intense that the video’s director has gone to bat in defense of it.
Mark Romanek, who’s worked with stars like Michael and Janet Jackson and Nine Inch Nails had this to say in comments to Vulture:
We simply choose styles of dance that we thought would be popular and amusing…. And cast the best dancers that were presented to us without much regard to race or ethnicity…. If you look at it carefully, it’s a massively inclusive piece… It’s very, very innocently and positively intentioned. And — let’s remember — it’s a satirical piece. It’s playing with a whole range of music video tropes and cliches and stereotypes.”
That isn’t enough to quell rapper Earl Sweatshirt, who took to Twitter to make a Taylor Swift as racist rant.
“Haven’t watched the Taylor Swift video and I don’t need to watch it to tell you that it’s inherently offensive and ultimately harmful,” Sweatshirt wrote. “Perpetuating black stereotypes to the same demographic of white girls who hide their prejudice by proclaiming their love of the culture…. For instance, those of you who are afraid of black people but love that in 2014 it’s OK for you to be trill or twerk or say (N-bomb).”
The part that Sweatshirt and others have found offensive is where Swift is dressed in hip-hop gear with “cutoff shorts, cropped leopard print jacket, and gold hoop earrings, which she wears while crawling underneath a row of tweaking dancers,” Mercury News reports.
Playing to what some would call a stereotype of African-American people isn’t sitting well, and according to Romanek, it was all Taylor’s idea.
“This basic idea was all Taylor’s,” he told Vulture. “We met and she told me that she wanted to make a sort of paean to the awkward ones, the ‘uncool’ kids that are actually cooler than the ‘cool’ kids. She said she wanted to shoot all these styles of dance and then be the individualist dork in the midst of these established genres.”
(Okay, so apparently Romanek is going to bat for Taylor Swift and throwing her under the bus at the same time.)
What do you think, readers? Does the “Shake It Off” video go too far, and has Taylor Swift revealed herself to be a racist? You tell us after watching the video above.
Big Brother host Julie Chen is a staple of the long-running program, as the curator of the weekly eviction ceremonies and first interviews with ousted house guests. It is upon their initial entry into the house that contestants get their first glimpse of Julie and there are remote-video conversations throughout the season. But it’s not until they lose or win the game that they get to have that one-on-one, in person chat with Ms. Chen.
Frankie J. Grande, when he used his power of veto to backdoor his once-close ally Zach Rance last Wednesday, alluded to the hallmark event that usually ends a Big Brother contestant’s season. “Rapping” his veto speech, and as recounted by Hitfix, Grande said:
“So Zach, my friend, go and have a seat / It’s time for you and Julie Chen to finally meet.”
Chen sometimes offers her opinions on what’s happening in the game, while house guests are safely in isolation — either inside the Big Brother compound or the jury house. She gives regular tidbits to Entertainment Weekly about the previous week’s events, and yesterday she was dishing on the showmance between Frankie and Zach. Asked whether she was surprised the two men turned on each other, Chen was blunt:
“Zach was so erratic that no one ever knew what he was going to do. That being said, I WAS surprised he turned on Frankie. But Frankie also turned on him. This is what makes this season so interesting to watch. These are true gamers who care more about their game than temporary fast friendships.”
As for the broader significance of Frankie and Zach — a.k.a. “Zankie,” — Chen was more thoughtful:
“This was a friendship between two incredibly fascinating people. Like attracts like. Both men are so full of life and energy and define the opposite of boring. This is why they loved each other’s company so much. Together they were like two peas in a pod. Twins separated at birth. The best thing about this showmance is that it showed people at home how two men, one gay, one straight could love each other so much and so quickly.”
Chen also spoke up last week in her Entertainment Weekly chat about Frankie’s season-long anticipated announcement that he is Ariana Grande’s older brother. She was realistic about the effect Frankie’s “trump card” had on the game:
“I think it helped him for about 5 minutes and now that the dust has settled, people are over it.”
Big Brother airs Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays on CBS.
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The tapeworm diet is already one of the most horrific weight loss methods imaginable, but a crazy mother found a way to make it much worse: she tricked her daughter into ingesting squirmy parasites.
According to The Mirror, the terrifying tale of this terrible mother was featured on a recent episode of Untold Stories of the E.R., a docudrama that airs on TLC and Discovery Fit & Health. The tapeworm diet was popular during the 19th and early 20th centuries, and vintage ads touted pills packed with the parasites’ eggs as easy ways to lose weight. With all the different diet products available now, it’s no surprise that swallowing tapeworms has fallen out of fashion.
However, some people are still willing to put their health at risk by infesting themselves with the parasites, and one crazy pageant mom was so desperate for her teen daughter to lose weight that she gave the girl a tapeworm pill without telling the poor girl what was in it. Nurse Maricar Cabral-Osorio told the Untold Stories of the E.R. cameras that the teen girl was suffering from severe stomach pain when she was admitted to an E.R. in Florida. At first doctors thought that she might be pregnant, but the thing wriggling around inside her belly wasn’t a fetus.
The unnamed girl had to use the toilet while she was at the hospital, and what she saw after emptying her bowels made her scream. Cabral-Osorio was also disturbed after peeking in the potty:
“It was a toilet bowl full of tapeworms. Blegh! It was so gross and she had pooped all these tapeworms. There were a couple that were very long and wiggling around trying to get out of the toilet bowl.”
The mother started profusely apologizing to the girl, saying that she just wanted to help her lose weight before an upcoming beauty pageant. It was revealed that she got the tapeworm diet pills from Mexico.
This isn’t the first time the tapeworm diet has made headlines. As The Inquisitr previously reported, an Iowa woman made headlines last August after trying to use tapeworms to lose weight. Her doctor contacted the public health department after learning that his patient had swallowed a parasite.
Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, the medical director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, released a statement about the dangers of the tapeworm diet:
“Ingesting tapeworms is extremely risky and can cause a wide range of undesirable side effects, including rare deaths. The worm would get into your gut – it’s got little hooks on the head – and it would grab onto your intestine and start growing.”
According to TODAY, the beef tapeworm (taenia saginata) is the species most commonly used by desperate dieters. The theory is that tapeworms will make you lose weight by eating all the food that you consume. However, journalist Michael Mosley reported that he actually gained weight after intentionally ingesting the parasites for a BBC documentary. According to The Telegraph, He hosted three tapeworms in his gut, and they were hungry little critters. Here’s what he said about his disgusting diet:
“Tapeworms have been traditionally associated with weight loss, but my weight went up and I think the worm was actually encouraging me to eat more, to keep itself alive. I think I ate a bit more and I definitely wanted chocolate and carbohydrates.”
Mosley didn’t seem to mind being on the tapeworm diet, but just imagine how terrified that clueless teen girl was after visiting the toilet. Do you think the pageant mom should have been prosecuted for putting her daughter’s health at risk?
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Roman Reigns is still the WWE’s choice to be the “future face” of the company, but his WrestleMania moment may be in doubt following a less than stellar performance at SummerSlam.
Reigns has always struggled with his promo work — not to an embarrassing degree, but then, you can’t really count on him to carry a company with his mic skills either. He has “the look,” but as a singles competitor, he’s yet to find his groove, and that’s concerning for some in Stamford.
After his match with Randy Orton at SummerSlam, the concerns have grown among fans — not to an alarming degree, but they’re there.
During their showdown, the biggest pops of the night came courtesy Orton, a veteran who has been buried somewhat in an angle where he’s played lackey to The Authority.
Orton lost the match, but you could feel audience interest waning for Roman Reigns throughout, and the Los Angeles crowd just didn’t seem like they were behind him as much as previous arenas were going in to the last few events.
Of course, there are eight months between now and March 29, 2015, and truthfully, Reigns is not so far off from being “ready” that he can’t make up ground in the interim.
In fact, according to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, he is still planned to take the belt from Brock Lesnar as things stand. Meltzer’s report, reproduced here via Rajah, had this to say:
Regarding rumors that Roman Reigns may challenge Brock Lesnar next for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship after the upcoming WWE Night Of Champions pay-per-view, that appears to not be the case.
WWE officials are reportedly still looking to hold off on Reigns winning the WWE title until next year’s WrestleMania.
Reigns is still viewed within WWE as “the chosen one,” but the idea behind his push right now is for him to slowly rise to the top and having him lose to Lesnar at this point would be counterproductive.
WWE is still looking to have Reigns win the title at WrestleMania 31, giving him his big WrestleMania moment and fully capitalizing on his push to the top.
Unfortunately for Roman Reigns, even if WWE sticks with this plan, his “moment” may not be a moment at all because for it to be truly special, the fans have to be behind you 100 percent (or close to it).
Presently, it seems the crowd would rather get behind Dean Ambrose.
But then, WWE usually doesn’t care what fans want as evidenced in the recent reveal that they planned to bury Daniel Bryan at SummerSlamjust a few months after acquiescing to the Yes Movement and veering away from their plans of pushing Batista to the top of the pecking order.
What do you think, readers? Will WWE hold to the worst kept secret in professional wrestling and put the belt on Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 31?
The Texas cheerleaders are fighting to keep their Bible banners within public schools and atheist groups are already arguing the state Supreme Court should disallow the practice on the basis of separation between church and state.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, a temporary Texas cheerleaders God ruling back in October of 2012 granted an injunction to the Kountze High School texas cheerleaders, acknowledging that banning them from writing Bible verses on banners not supplied by the school is a violation of their free speech rights.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation had originally complained the Texas cheerleader’s Christian banners were a violation of the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution’s First Amendment, which states that the government “shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion.” But State District Judge Steven Thomas wrote in his final ruling that the Christian banners “have not created, and will not create, an establishment of religion in the Kountze community.”
Texas cheerleaders argue that censoring what they are allowed to write on their banners is a violation of the First Amendment. Ashton Lawrence, one of these Texan cheerleaders, believes that freedom of speech should also apply to other religions, not just Christians:
“If it was a group that was wanting to post not scriptures, but maybe phrases from a different religion they should also be allowed to have their speech.”
But the atheist group Freedom From Religion Foundation continues to insist the Establishment Clause does not allow any religious message of any type to be allowed within public schools.
“It’s a religious proselytizing message, and it’s a school-sponsored message. It violates the Establishment Clause. Nothing has changed,” the FFRF’s lawyer claimed. “These banners continue to be school-sponsored speech, and they continue to violate the Establishment Clause, so depending on the outcome of this litigation, we’d certainly be prepared to sue.”
Do you think the Texas cheerleaders should be allowed to create their Bible banners that support a Christian message within a public school?
David Guetta makes no bones about creating singles that shoot right to the top of the charts, both in the U.S. and abroad. But who is nipping at his heels this week? None other than Taylor Swift.
While Guetta’s newest single “Lovers on the Sun” has made a steady climb to dominate the number one spot on the singles chart, Taylor Swift’s new single “Shake It Off” is quickly vying for the top spot. According to Digital Spy, Taylor’s fun-loving anthem about dismissing haters is already standing strong in the number six spot just 24 short hours after it became available for purchase by the general public.
Swift’s single is from her fifth studio album, which is titled 1989 and is a determined pop cross-over hit that is well on it’s way to becoming the feel-good power anthem of the fall. Swift is also listed as part of the performers expected to put on a show at the MTV VMAs this weekend. Other artists billed for the show include Usher, 5 Seconds of Summer, Maroon 5, Beyonce, Sam Smith, (who recently worked with Guetta on his new single “Lovers on the Sun). Nicki Minaj is set to headline and will also perform with Jessie J and Ariana Grande.
Other new singles currently charting well include Union J are currently at six with ‘Tonight (We Live Forever)’, Ed Sheeran is at nine with ‘Don’t’, while Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora continue to climb with ‘Black Widow’ at 15.
Recently, David Guetta was listed as one of the top ten “Electronic Cash Kings” by Forbes magazine as he works feverishly to release his first new album since 2011. The French born DJ has been touring extensively and has appeared on several compilations, but no new albums have been released since 2011. His previous three albums all went platinum, so his next album is expected to do well, although, reportedly, Guetta has run into problems and complications with getting the new material released.
In related news, the DJ superstar has recently announced plans to tour in India this December. According to India West, Guetta plans to play two dates while in India, in Delhi Dec. 19 and Bangalore Dec. 21. The venues of his performances are yet to be decided. Guetta was previously well-received in India when he visited in 2012.
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Director Michael Bay has become synonymous with movies that feature large explosions and a focus on certain types of action. Someone decided it would be funny to ask what if Michael Bay directed Pixar’s Up movie and the answer was quite hilarious.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, some say that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was as surprise hit and Ninja Turtles 2 has already been announced despite unfavorable reviews from fans of the original series.
The influence that Michael Bay had on Ninja Turtles was quite noticeable. The biggest complaint every had at first was that the turtles’ face were modified so much that they appeared to be quite… odd, to say the least. Then when we first saw how Shredder would appear in the movie everyone was complaining that the Ninja Turtles villain had essentially been transformed into a Transformer robot.
The above video manages to encapsulate all of those complaints about how Michael Bay can take a franchise and then twist it in his own unique fashion. Instead of a story about a man living the dream he shared with his deceased wife we have a story focused on action and menacing villains. Oh, and explosions, don’t forget the explosions. The video pulls it off in such a manner that I could honestly see the entire movie being remixed to the unique beat of a Michael Bay film. Still, nothing beats that 50 Shades Of Frozen video that somehow perfectly manages to pull off merging the 50 Shades trailer with scenes from Frozen.
Joining the long list of celebrities who are rumored to have passed away is none other than Mr. Suit & Tie himself, Justin Timberlake.
Allegedly, a Facebook fan page surfaced titled ‘R.I.P. Justin Timberlake’ and it quickly caused controversy, according to International Business Times. The page racked up over a million “likes” on Facebook according to the initial report, although, at the time of writing this article, the fan page has been taken down to a mere six “likes.” The Facebook page provided the following description of JT’s supposed death:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Sunday (August 17, 2014), our beloved singer Justin Timberlake passed away. Justin Timberlake was born on January 31, 1981 in Memphis. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.”
Fans took to social media in droves to pour out their condolences, but those heartfelt sentiments soon turned to anger when fans learned that Justin Timberlake’s death was a hoax. A rep at the Justin Timberlake camp did his best to assure JT fans that the “Mirrors” singer is very much alive and well:
“He joins the long list of celebrities who have been victimized by this hoax.”
This is not the first time that JT has been victim to a death hoax. In July 2013, the singer supposedly died in a car accident. Some other celebrities to join the “death hoax” club include Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus and everyone’s favorite twerker, Miley Cyrus.
In unrelated news, the star recently was subject to a Twitter backlash when he tweeted birthday wishes to his former musical collaborator and “Material Girl” Madonna. His heartfelt message read:
“A happiest of Bdays to my mother chucking ninja, @Madonna!! Hope you have a great one, M!”
According to Mail Online, the word ninja is frequently used in place of the more derogatory and racist term which is sometimes used to refer to an African American person. Considering Justin Timberlake’s connections and close relationships in the industry, he most certainly didn’t mean any harm, but he has since removed the tweet after a social media backlash ensued.
Apparently all the criticism seemed to really hit him hard as Timberlake was photographed in Paris during a stint in his 20/20 Experience Tour looking morose and hurrying past fans to enter the venue where he was to perform. He would later take to his Instagram account to say simply, “Get ready Paris.”
What do you think about Justin Timberlake’s faux pas? Sound off in the comment section below.
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Hulk Hogan is enjoying his WWE return in its current limited fashion, but he’s still aching (hopefully not literally) for a WrestleMania 31 match. But would Vince McMahon even allow such a thing to take place?
In a related report by The Inquisitr, when Hulk celebrated his 61st birthday he was insulted by Brock Lesnar, and it’s even claimed Ric Flair snubbed the wrestling legend. Of course, who is the biggest legend of them all has Hulk and Steve Austin debating who is the biggest WWE star. No stranger to controversy, Hulk decided to opine that War Machine is “lucky” that Christy Mack is not Ronda Rousey.
Despite the age issue, the real reason that everyone is dismissing the possibility of any major match is due to Hulk Hogan’s back injuries. Several years ago he messed himself up by beach-combing for seashells, and he required major back surgery to fix the damage. Now he’s claiming the back is good enough to pass the WWE physicals, and he’s demanding that Stone Cold Steve Austin or John Cena face him in the ring (might as well add Brock Lesnar to that list since he’s wishing).
Recently, the Orlando Sentinel ran a story where they quoted Hogan during the WWE 2k15 character reveal. It turns out that even the Hulkster himself did not like Hulk Hogan’s TNA matches near the end of that era:
“The thing is, I watch the old tapes of myself, WCW, and it’s embarrassing because towards the end I was getting to where it was embarrassing to kind of like be in there and then I watch the TNA (Wrestling) stuff and that was a nightmare. I tried to get in there. I was in the middle of the back surgeries trying to keep up. The doctors would say ‘you’ll be fine’ but to watch it now is embarrassing. Not that Vince would want this, not that Triple H would want this but I keep telling everybody that my goal, because I’m not in pain anymore, that my goal would be to get back in there, not embarrass myself if that’s possible and have that one more match. And if that works, if that really were to work I would love to contribute and participate and do some stuff because I miss it so much.”
Hulk also admitted that the WWE is currently more interested in keeping the “mystique” of Hulkamania alive rather than actually have him wrestle in the ring. But he’s praying they have a plan that will have him doing more than “standing there with the microphone and saying the same crap every week”:
“I’m not trying to (get a match with Cena) but if I could have the best best case scenario with what’s going on with my body right now and the people that are helping me get back on track … My back’s fine, everything is cool, with my arthritis I’ve got some people helping me with that. (has it in his elbows and toes) hips and knees are metal so nothing wrong there If I can get more fluid and get rid of this arthritis, my goal would be in a perfect world to have Cena at WrestleMania 31. If that’s unrealistic I get it. But if I had a wish list and you’re asking me, that would I’d love to do. Have my body and be physically ready to have Vince and Triple H trust me enough to go ‘OK, you can handle this’ then get in there and just tear it down.”
Hogan has been saying for weeks now that John Cena is his “dream match” for WrestleMania 31 and he bet on Cena before the WWE face took on Brock Lesnar. But the hard part may be convincing Vince McMahon that any match at all is a good idea:
“Vince McMahon and I have always been good friends. On a personal level he would do anything for me, for you, for anyone he loves. He would give you the shirt off his back. On a business level? He’s a different animal. Cut and dry. Black and white.”
Assuming that Hulk Hogan’s back is better than when he was in the TNA, would you want to see him wrestle one last time at WrestleMania 31?
New Bachelor in Paradise spoilers are out for episode 4 airing on Monday, Aug. 25. It has been teased that there is an explosive confrontation between Clare Crawley and AshLee Frazier, and now ABC has shared a preview that gives fans a bit of scoop. Though everybody will have to tune in to see the fallout, there is no doubt that this one is going to be crazy.
The new ABC Bachelor in Paradise spoiler preview shows AshLee and Zack Kalter chatting in a hammock while Clare and Cody apparently are hanging out and walking on the beach. Frazier asks Zack if he’s sure he really wants to be tied down to Clare, and AshLee even pushes him about whether he’s sexually attracted to Crawley.
While Zack is saying that he does indeed like Clare, AshLee keeps pushing, and she’s obviously trying to get him to reconsider his relationship with Crawley. At one point, AshLee even mentions that she’s surprised there’s not a camera on them. Apparently she doesn’t realize there indeed is a camera catching every word, and fans have a hunch this mistake will come in to play later.
Though the Bachelor in Paradise spoiler preview doesn’t show how Clare comes to learn of AshLee’s harsh words, it all comes to light somehow, and there is said to be an epic confrontation between the two. AshLee and Clare have already had some challenging moments with one another in this short season, but it all explodes Monday night. Apparently both Zack and Graham will be left wondering about these blossoming romantic relationships.
From the looks of things, the drama between AshLee Frazier, Clare Crawley, and the guys will carry over into Tuesday’s episode. The previews have teased that Graham walks out just before AshLee gives him a rose, and it is edited to make it seem that AshLee goes running off into the woods. However, Reality Steve’s spoilers indicate that, of course, that isn’t exactly what goes down. Viewers should brace themselves to have everything left hanging at that point, though, it would seem.
What’s the fallout from AshLee and Clare’s big fight? Bachelor in Paradise spoilers from Reality Steve indicate that Clare will end up deciding to leave on her own prior to the rose ceremony on Tuesday’s show. Tune in to Bachelor in Paradise airing on Monday, Aug. 25 to see just how all of the drama between AshLee and Clare plays out in this coming week.
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Jim Parsons recently opened up about the contract negotiations that he and some of his Big Bang Theory co-stars went through, and he said that he’s happy that things worked out. According to Entertainment Weekly, the actor said that the stories about the cast leaving the show if they didn’t get the money that they wanted were a bit inflated. Apparently, Jim never had plans to leave Sheldon Cooper behind.
“I always thought everything would be worked out by the start date [July 30]. When it wasn’t, it certainly wasn’t a good feeling, but there was absolutely no getting around the fact that everything had to be dealt with and finished before we could get back. You see the word ‘strike’—’They’re walking out!’—but there was nothing to walk out from. That’s always hard, because part of you wants to explain to people what’s really going on. ‘Don’t worry, we’re not leaving, we want to do the show.’”
Of course, Jim Parsons remains somewhat humble in regard to his new — million dollar per episode — contract.
“I came from a family in Texas who simply never spoke about money. When suddenly everybody is guessing, or some even getting close, to the ballpark of what you’re earning—well, that’s interesting, that everyone knows what you make. It is what it is, and the job is so wonderful that those minor oddities are well worth the ride.”
Jim Parsons also talked about getting an Emmy nomination. Although this wasn’t his first, he says that he’s still excited, and quite honored. He says that he feels like people are going to get tired of him, so the nominations almost mean more to him each year. Of course, he’s right… not that people are going to get tired of him, but that nominations each year for the same role suggests that the actor is doing something really right.
“To be nominated again for Big Bang, is at least as touching to me, if not more so now, than it was the first time. Look, I’m only human and therefore there’s a part of me that’s waiting for people to say, ‘Enough of you!’”
In honor of The Big Bang Theory’s Emmy nomination (for best comedy series) The Hollywood Reporter counted down the cast’s seven best moments from Season 7. Of course, last season’s ratings were pretty impressive, which is likely why the lead cast members were able to ink such huge deals during the aforementioned negotiations.
Jim Parsons was also in the news earlier this week due to engagement rumors floating around the internet. According to The Inquisitr, Parsons debunked the rumors himself, with the following Instagram message.
“Me and Todd in 2003. Still very happy today… And NOT engaged! #justFYI #NationalEnquirerMakesS**tUp #duh.”
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First responders in West Virginia were treated to a full-blown security scare with the discovery of IEDs, an AK-47, and live chickens at the scene of a single-car accident.
Police say a southbound 1998 Ford Explorer carrying 35-40 live chickens, improvised explosives, weapons (including an AK-47), ammunition, and a quart jar full of marijuana flipped over in Roane County, West Virginia, near the Amma exit at 3:30 a.m. on Friday morning.
Roane County 911 received a call about the accident, and when firefighters reached the wreck, they found the Ford Explorer had rolled over and was in the median between the north- and southbound lanes.
Seth Grim of Emmaus, a small town in eastern Pennsylvania, suffered minor head and upper torso injuries in the accident and was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center.
A local news station, WOWK-TV, reports that Grim informed the local State Police that his dog tried to jump out of the SUV, causing him to lose control, and may have contributed to the accident. The dog was struck and killed by another vehicle.
When emergency crews arrived on the scene, the chickens were out of the vehicle and running loose.
The state police who investigated the crash found an AK-47 and a large amount of ammunition in the back of Grim’s vehicle. Other guns were removed from the wreckage, but the State Troopers have not commented on what caliber these weapons might be or how many were found.
Because of the improvised explosive devices found in the vehicle, the West Virginia State Police Bomb Squad was called in from Williamson to assist. A 500-yard perimeter was set, closing the interstate near Amma for more than four hours before the wreckage was determined to be safe for removal. The bomb squad was able to identify the explosives as altered fireworks.
The explosive devices were removed and rendered harmless. Seth Grim, 21, has been arrested on a charge of possessing a controlled substance with intent to distribute. The State Police have said that further charges are pending. He is currently being held in the South Central Regional Jail on a $25,000 bond.
Grim’s car wreck is the biggest chicken spill on a public road since 2012, when the Inquisitr reported that 37,000 pounds of processed poultry hit the asphalt on U.S. Route 422 in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania.
It has been reported that some of the chickens died at the scene. No official word has been released on the fact that the driver was in possession of an AK-47.
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Another member of the Michael Bloomberg-founded organization Mayors Against Illegal Guns has apparently run afoul of the law.
Monticello, N.Y., Mayor Gordon Jenkins, a Democrat, and another town official were arrested on various charges, including bribery.
On its website, Mayors Against Illegal Guns describes itself as “a bipartisan group of more than 1,000 current and former mayors from nearly every state to fight for common-sense gun laws… that reduce gun violence and save lives.”
Earlier this year, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. mayor John Tkazyik quit the group because he claimed that it was really going after legal firearms.
Reporting on the Jenkins arrest along with the building inspector, the Daily Freeman explained that “Both men were charged with bribe receiving, criminal mischief, and two counts of conspiracy, both felonies, as well as misdemeanors of three counts of official misconduct, criminal nuisance, and, under state Environmental Conservation Law, endangering public health or safety. Jenkins was also charged with intimidating a witness, a felony, in connection with an incident in Fallsburg.”
In a separate incident, police arrested the mayor in November 2013 for driving while intoxicated.
Several MAIG mayors have also experienced run-ins with the law, including a Pennsylvania mayor charged in connection with alleged handgun incident. A Florida mayor who appeared in a gun control commercial with Bloomberg was arrested with DUI when he was found asleep behind the wheel at the scene of a car crash. Other elected officials in the group have allegedly been charged with corruption, assaulting a police officer, and child sex crimes.
As mayor of the Big Apple for 12 years, Michael Bloomberg was surrounded by armed NYPD bodyguards at all times. Given his immense wealth, he likely now has private security traveling with him.
Bloomberg’s anti-gun political action committee just spent $150,000 in attempt to defeat Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke in a primary. Last Tuesday, Clarke, a conservative Democrat and strong gun rights advocate, prevailed against his primary challenger by 53 percent to 47 percent. Outside groups spent a total of about $550,00o in the failed attempt to oust Clarke who is running virtually unopposed in the general election. Clarke received support from the NRA and other pro-gun groups and individuals.
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The possibility of the ISIS terrorist group attacking America has Senator Jim Inhofe claiming that ISIS’ WMD capabilities may include developing a bomb big enough to destroy a U.S. city.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, even Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda apparently think ISIS is too wicked and before the infamous al Qaeda leader was killed he was discussing disavowing any ties with the ISIS terrorist group. The Islamic terrorist group is now the richest in the world and apparently the best organized since it’s believed that ISIS sleeper cells are allegedly planning a large scale terror attack within the United States.
The full extent of ISIS’ WMD capabilities have been debated by the experts ever since it was revealed that the ISIS in Iraq had uncovered Saddam Hussein’s WMD stockpiles. The ISIS terrorist group even managed to recover nuclear materials in addition to chemical weapons secreted in different locations throughout Iraq. But many experts concluded that ISIS should not have the expertise necessary to create even a dirty bomb, never mind a full functioning WMD like a nuclear weapon. It was even believed that finding Iraq’s WMD stockpiles may actually pose more of a danger to the Islamic fighters themselves since it was assumed they could hurt themselves in the process of attempting to make a functioning WMD.
Regardless, the ISIS terrorist group has begun making threats targeted at America, even going so far as to claim they’ll plant their black flag on the White House and issuing bomb threats against President Obama. Oklahoma Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe is warning that the ISIS terrorist group may be attempting to develop a weapon capable of blowing up a major city in the United States:
“We’re in the most dangerous position we’ve ever been in as a nation. They’re crazy out there, and they’re rapidly developing a method of blowing up a major U.S. city, and people just can’t believe that’s happening. [President Obama is] going to have to come up with something that we’re going to do because they’re holding another hostage in place and the problem is, the president says all these things and he never does them.”
The Department of Homeland Security also recently issued a statement discussing the possibility of an ISIS terrorist attack in America:
“ISIL members and supporters will almost certainly continue to use social media platforms to disseminate their English-language violent extremist messages. Although we remind first responders that content not explicitly calling for violence may be constitutionally protected, we encourage awareness of media advocating violent extremist acts in particular locations or naming particular targets, to increase our ability to identify and disrupt potential Homeland threats. We urge state and local authorities to promptly report suspicious activities related to homeland plotting and individuals interested in traveling to overseas conflict zones, such as Syria or Iraq, to fight with foreign terrorist organizations.”
Texas Governor Rick Perry has also been warning the nation that members of the ISIS terrorist group could sneak across the Mexican border because the illegal immigrant crisis has kept so many border patrol agents busy. An Osama bin Laden impersonator recently made that point by making a video showing himself sneaking across the U.S. border undetected while dressed as a terrorist. Both the Pentagon and Mexican authorities dismissed the possibility that ISIS agents are operating inside of Mexico.
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Undefeated boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, normally the picture of confidence and even arrogance, may have finally met the one challenger he can’t beat. Literacy. Challenged by former friend, rapper 50 Cent, to read a a single page of a Harry Potter book aloud, Mayweather has remained uncharacteristically silent.
And perhaps with good reason.
Mayweather, 37, and the 39-year-old 50 Cent — whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III — at one time appeared inseparable. But about two years ago, for some reason that still remains a bit foggy, the once bosom buddies had an acrimonious split.
The two have been trading public insults ever since, but this week, 50 Cent may have upped the ante to a point where Floyd Mayweather would rather just fold. In an online video in which 50 Cent was supposed to take the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge,” he instead challenged Mayweather not to dump a container of ice water over his head — but to read, out loud and in public, a single page of a Harry Potter book.
The New York-based rapper then repeated the challenge in an Instagram posting, in which he offered to donate $750,000 to the charity of Mayweather’s choice if Mayweather would read that single Harry Potter page out loud “without starting and stopping or f****** up.”
Then on Friday, the rapper modified his challenge in an another online video, saying that he now had late night comedian and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel in his corner — and he had decided to make the challenge even easier.
“I got a phone call from my man Jimmy Kimmel. Jimmy said if Floyd accepts the challenge then he’ll put it on the actual show,” said 50 Cent. “We don’t want to put pressure on you. We know you can’t pronounce those words in that Harry Potter book, so we’re going to let you read Cat in the Hat.”
What makes 50 Cent so confident — $750,000 worth of confident — that Floyd Mayweather can’t even read a Dr. Seuss book without mistakes? Perhaps from his time spent in Mayweather’s presence he knows something about the world’s top-rated pound-for-pound fighter that the public doesn’t realize.
But the morning disc jockeys on New York’s Power 105 radio station do.
On Friday morning, they went out of their way to humiliate Floyd Mayweather by playing an unedited clip of the boxer struggling to read a simple, 10-second “drop,” that is, a promo for the radio station — a short blurb that takes Floyd a full two minutes to complete.
Of course, the possibility remains that Mayweather’s apparent reading difficulties stem from dyslexia, but Mayweather has never said that he suffers from the condition, or from any learning disability. Mayweather attended high school until his senior year, when he dropped out to pursue his boxing career.
Here’s a recording of the Power 105 segment, including Mayweather apparently battling his less-than-proficient reading ability. Do you think this is why Floyd Mayweather has not yet responded to the 50 Cent reading challenge?
ISIS spokesman Abu Mosa once promised to “humiliate” the United States on the battlefield and “raise the flag of Allah in the White House,” but he will never get the chance to see his vision put into action.
The spokesman for Islamic State, once known as both ISIS and ISIL, has been killed by the Syrian Army.
Abu Mosa gained fame when he was featured in a Vice News documentary, in which he delivered a big threat to the United States.
“I say to America the Islamic Caliphate has been established and we will not stop.”
Mosa added, “Don’t be cowards and attack us with drones. Instead send your soldiers, the ones we humiliated in Iraq. We will humiliate them everywhere, God willing, and we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House.”
Later that week, an ISIS supporter tweeted a photo of the black ISIS flag on his phone while standing in front of the White House, Opposing Views noted.
ISIS has been ramping up its conflict with the United States, which has been executing missile strikes against ISIS positions in Iraq. This week militants beheaded American journalist James Foley, while also warning the United States not to get into the conflict.
“This is James Wright Foley, an American citizen of your country,” Foley’s executioner said in the video, speaking in a British accent. “As a government, you have been at the forefront of the aggression towards the Islamic State. You have plotted against us and have gone far out of your way to find reasons to interfere in our affairs. Today, your military air force is attacking us daily in Iraq, your strikes have caused casualties among Muslims…. any attempt by you Obama to deny the Muslims their rights of living in safety under the Islamic caliphate will result in the bloodshed of your people.”
Though reports of Abu Mosa’s death were still not confirmed, a pro-ISIS Twitter account mentioned his death, saying: “This brother Abu Moussa was martyred during missile clashes” by the Syrian Arab Army in Raqqa.
Lea Michele has a lot going on career-wise these days. How does the Glee star tackle so many projects at once? She doesn’t set limits.
Not only is Michele the star of an extremely popular TV show, she’s also trying to leave her mark as a pop singer. If that wasn’t enough to keep Lea busy into the foreseeable future, she’s also working on follow-up to her book Brunette Ambition. Here’s the kicker: The multi-talented 27-year-old has the same amount of hours in the day as the rest of us.
Although Lea Michele didn’t say what she expected after signing the contracts for the first season of Glee, it’s clear the actress is nothing short of thrilled about the show’s overwhelming success. It’s obvious that Michele’s presence in the entertainment industry will remain long after the program is a footnote in TV history.
“I never thought I would be on such an amazing show and living in LA, so this has so far exceeded anything I could have dreamt of. I think it teaches you not to set limits for yourself and to go 100 per cent into whatever you believe in…. I want to introduce that idea to this generation — that you take what makes you unique, what makes you you, and you will achieve all your dreams. It really is what has got me to where I am today.”
While a lot of celebrities surround themselves with the finest things in life, Lea Michele isn’t too preoccupied with reaping the superficial benefits of fame and fortune. In fact, she’d rather spend time with family and friends more than anything else in the world.
“A good dinner with my mom and dad and my big Italian family. No matter what is going on in my life or in this business, that is my home and that is my heart.”
With Glee barreling into its final season, Michele is keeping one eye locked firmly on the future. The Inquisitr previously reported that Lea is working on the follow-up to her book Brunette Ambition. Unfortunately, we don’t have a release date to share with the masses as of this writing. We’re sure you’ll hear more about it before long.
If you haven’t read Michele’s book, then this synopsis should shed some light on what the actress’ literary endeavor has to offer.
“[Lea] reveals the lessons and advice that have worked for her–from beauty and fashion secrets to fitness tips, and career insights. Supplemented with never-before-seen photos and revealing anecdotes, it’s the book Lea wishes she’d had in her teens and early twenties: A practical and inspirational guide to harnessing tenacity and passion and living the fullest life, no matter what obstacles life puts in your way.”
Do you follow Lea Michele’s advice about setting limits?
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Miley Cyrus has been banned from performing her concert in the Dominican Republic. Her tour stop which was planned for September 13 is no longer happening after the Dominican Republic’s National Commission for Public Entertainment decided that Miley Cyrus wasn’t someone they wanted to deliver entertainment.
Instead the DRNC decided to send a letter to companies that are promoting the concert. According to Buenos Aires Herald Cyrus’ antics are not up to code with what the Dominican Republic wants to represent themselves with.
In the letter it stated that Miley’s performances, “go against the country’s moral and customs.”
Additionally the commission stated that Cyrus “performs with unsuitable costumes,” while using “language and images which encourage sex and violence.”
We’re not sure if this has anything to do with the five foot make shift bong Cyrus crafted recently, because for the last year she’s been following a raunchy theme to all of her performances. Then again it could be argued that these dates and locations were locked and ready to go before Cyrus turned into a provocative singer.
Miley has always been open about the sexual nature of her persona. Back in February Miley told W:
“I just don’t get what half the girls are wearing. Everyone to me seems like Vanna White. I’m trying to tell girls, like, ‘F–k that. You don’t have to wear makeup. You don’t have to have long blonde hair and big t–ties. That’s not what it’s about. It’s, like, personal style.’ I like that I’m associated with sexuality and the kind of punk-rock shit where we just don’t care.”
Usually Miley displays her feelings and emotions on Twitter, like most people her age, but there hasn’t been anything said in regards to the Dominican Republic’s ban on the concert.
That said, another reason cited for the ban is Cyrus’ “apology for crime, violence and denigrating acts before civilized culture, incitement for sex, lesbian sex, and use of inappropriate objects in public.”
Miley’s fans have sounded off on the ban and as one can imagine they have a lot to say in regards to the issue.
LMAO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC DONT WANT MILEY CYRUS TO PERFURM B OF HOW SEXUAL SHE IS O STAGE IOMFG
— maki | PLS LOUIS (@91inks) August 21, 2014
It is very unfair. They want to cancel your show in Dominican Republic. Do justice. For your fans are very upset, sad.. @MileyCyrus
— Family Miley Cyrus (@MCWORLD14) August 21, 2014
The Bangerz singer’s stop in the Dominican Republic was announced back in June.
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The AFP is reporting that the armed wing of Hamas has executed three Palestinian individuals for the crime of ‘collaborating with Israel’. While this has not officially come from Hamas themselves, a website affiliated to Hamas know as Al Majd has reported about this. The website quotes a senior Hamas security official who said that seven people have been taken in for questioning for allegedly collaborating with Israel. Three others accused of similar offenses have been shot dead. It is still unclear as to when the executions actually took place. The website additionally also warns others from collaborating with Israel and has threatened them with dire consequences if they do so.
This is the second time this month that Palestinians have been executed by Hamas for collaborating with Israel. On August 6, an unspecified number of people were executed by the armed wing of Hamas for the same crime. The Inquisitr had also reported about this and the number of dead were estimated to be around 30 people. Little over a month ago, on July 13, a man was killed in the middle of the street in the southern Palestinian city of Rafah by gunmen. This is also believed to be a Hamas authorized execution for the same crime – collaborating with Israel. Palestinian law bars any of is citizens to “collaborate” with Israel. This offense is put in the same category as murder and drug trafficking – all of which are punishable by death. The president of Palestine, Mahmud Abbas reportedly approves each of the executions.
The number of executions and arrests of Palestinians allegedly collaborating with Israel have been on the rise since the start of the latest conflict between the two Middle Eastern belligerents on July 8. So far, an estimated 2,075 Palestinians and 67 Israeli’s have died in the conflict. While Hamas blames Israel for bombing and killing innocent women and children, Israel accuses the Hamas of using women and children as human shields.
In related news, the Hamas has recently admitted that it did in fact kidnap and kill the three Israeli teenagers earlier this year. The aforementioned kidnappings by the Hamas was one of the main triggers for the escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in 2014.
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Jon Bon Jovi may soon be giving up his dream to own the Buffalo Bills.
Sources close to the sale of the team say that Bon Jovi and his group of Toronto-based investors are falling far behind other bidders in the process, including Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula. The sources say members of the group are no longer optimistic that they will be able to buy the team.
“They’re hanging on by the skin of their teeth,” one source said. “The bid’s on life support.”
Last week, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke dropped out of the group, but sources said his role in the group was small. Instead Bon Jovi has insisted on serving as the lead bidder, which has impacted the group’s ability to compete with Pegula and other cash-heavy investors.
A source said the group canceled a planned trip to Ralph Wilson Stadium on Wednesday, and that they have no plans to re-schedule. Many close to the process now say that Jon Bon Jovi could be dropping his bid to buy the Buffalo Bills.
Many believe the Bon Jovi group was only kept in the process to raise the final selling price for Pegula, who is seen as a frontrunner.
From the Canoe.ca:
Remember, their group already was dead once — for almost a week, after submitting an uncompetitively low first bid on July 29. Even after being allowed to resubmit a higher opening, non-binding bid, and being asked to more clearly express a non-relocation intention, it wasn’t until the Aug. 9-10 weekend that Morgan Stanley allowed the group to enter the sale’s final phase.
A week ago Tuesday, the group had its first face-to-face meeting in Manhattan with sale principals: members of the trust, senior executives of the Bills, Morgan Stanley and the trust’s legal adviser Proskauer Rose. It was a desultory meeting that further lowered the Toronto trio’s hopes.
As of now the Jon Bon Jovi group is still officially in the running to buy the Buffalo Bills, but sources believer they could be dropping out very soon.