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Pawlenty: Voters picked Obama for ‘leadership,’ not ‘gifts’

Speaking to C-SPAN on Friday, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) contradicted failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s assessment of why he lost to President Barack Obama, saying that voters picked Obama for “leadership considerations,” not for the “gifts” he’d supposedly given them. “I think President Obama, first of all,…

Oliver Stone explains ‘the untold history of America’

In a wide ranging interview with “Democracy Now” this week,’ Academy Award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone answered questions about his new Showtime series, “Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States.” The first episode aired on Monday night. These videos are from “Democracy Now,” aired Friday, November 17, 2012. Part two:…

Paperboy chased up tree by bug-eyed goat named ‘Voldemort’

A Utah paperboy hid atop a tree so long this week that his parents reported him missing. Amusingly, a bug-eyed goat named Voldemort was to blame. The goat is apparently a neighborhood pet, according to The Deseret News. He’s named after the villain in “Harry Potter” for his off-putting, seemingly…

Twinkies: A rest in peace tribute video

With snack-maker Hostess announcing this week that it would liquidate all its assets instead of making a deal with its labor union, it seems only fitting that someone put together a rest in peace tribute video for one of America’s longest-running snacks: the Twinkie. Thankfully, culture blog Nuclear Salad nailed…

New Yorkers march to memorialize slain gay rights activist

Dozens of New Yorkers took to the streets of Queens on Saturday night to mark the one month anniversary of the murder of Lou Rispoli, a gay rights activist well known in the community. He was reportedly attacked on October 20 by three men, who struck him on the head…

Harris-Perry: Jindal doesn’t ‘give a damn’ about Louisianans

Melissa Harris-Perry said on her Nov. 17 show that she wanted to send a letter to her governor, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Earlier this week, the state’s secretary of health sent a letter to the Obama administration declining to set up health insurance exchanges. Then New Orleans’ mayor wrote to…

Thousands of Irish protestors call for new abortion laws

Thousands in Dublin marched on Nov. 17 to protest the death of a woman refused an abortion in Ireland while she was miscarrying, reported Al Jazeera English. “Never again!” the protestors chanted while carrying banners bearing the image of Savita Halappanavar, the 31-year-old Indian dentist who died of blood poisoning.…

Australia’s railway produces ‘dumb ways to die’ animated PSA

Australia’s railway operator Metro released an attention-grabbing, three-minute animated video featuring mostly bean-shaped organisms discovering “dumb ways to die,” reported WTVR.com. In an apparent bid to spice up the traditionally somber public service announcement, the cheerful music accompanies upbeat sing-a-long lyrics detailing a number of self-annihilating tactics, which include: “sell…

Maher to Obama: Be an ‘angry black man with a liberal agenda’ like Fox says

Friday night on his weekly “New Rules” segment of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” host Bill Maher offered a bit of advice to President Barack Obama regarding his second term. “Now that he’s been re-elected, President Obama must get back at all those right wing hacks who tried to paint…

Maher to GOP: Prove you’re sane by dropping Benghazi conspiracies

Comedian Bill Maher said Friday night that conservatives could prove their sanity by convincing the Republican Party to stop treating the attacks on a U.S. consulate in Libya as a conspiracy. “The one way I really think [moderate Republicans could have a voice] is to get off this Benghazi thing,”…

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