Here are the stories that caught our eye:
1. Try your hand at the UFC’s Michael Bisping Insult Crossword Puzzle.
2. Roy “Big Country Nelson wants to fight Mark Hunt next. Better start reinforcing that cage.
3. Nick Catone came in at two pounds over the Welterweight limit at the UFC 159 weigh-ins today. That’s 10% of his paycheck that he lost per pound.
4. Matt Mitrione has taken issue with Jon Jones’ calling him a scumbag and wants to fight Jones at Heavyweight. I wonder if getting his ass-kicked by Jones is his way of making amends to the LGBT community.
5. Chael Sonnen nearly sued Jon Jones for Jones’ steroid accusations…that is until Chael’s lawyer reminded him that truth is an absolute defense to defamation.
6. If Phil Davis needed to get his mind off of his fight tomorrow, his baby mama’s claims that he employs UFC moves in the boudoir probably did the trick.
7. A NY bill would mandate a healthcare fund for MMA fighters. Unconfirmed reports are that if passed, Joe Lauzon will only fight in NY.
8. Michael Bisping called Alan Belcher a “retard from Mississippi.” Careful Michael, you might get a 16-day timeout like Mitrione did.
1. The parents of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers refuse to believe their children are guilty. In their defense, they also believe Dagestan is a better place to live than the US. Hard to believe those sh*theads had parents without a brain cell to share between the two of them.
2. This kids’ party planner is also allegedly a MS-13 gang member. Parents better be real clear on what they mean when they say they want Coke at their kids’ parties.
3. The White House has a tumblr, which I’m now following. Lets see some fail GIFs Mr. President!
4. The San Diego Chargers drafted Manti Te’o. In response to questions about how the Chargers felt about Te’o faking having a girlfriend, their GM reportedly replied, “Big deal, we’ve been faking being a competitive football team for years.”
I Guess We Need to Say It Again: George W. Bush Was the Worst
above: Look at this colossal fucking piece of shit. Photo via Rex USA
Americans get stereotyped as stupid, but I think it’s unfair to call us ignorant, exactly—the problem is that we, as a nation, have a short memory. Sometimes this constant state of collective amnesia serves us well, allowing the country to move on from tragedy and put out of our minds the failures and injustices of, but sometimes it results in 47 percent of Americans say that they approve of George W. Bush. That’s according to a poll conducted by the Washington Post and ABC in advance of the opening of his new presidential library, which opened today and seems devoted to telling visitors, “Sure, Dubya started wars, condoned torture, dug the country deeper into debt, and watched as terrorists launched the most successful attack on US soil ever, but it was really, really hard to be president, you guys. Would you have done any better? Thought not, asshole.” Even if that 47 percent number is too high, it’s clear that a majority of Republicans still think he did a pretty good job
That’s a fucking disgrace, y’all.
I guess we have to issue a disclaimer: any look back on an ex-president’s record is going to be tinged with ideology and personal beliefs—conservatives really hate Woodrow Wilson, for reasons Glenn Beck can explain to you; liberals despise Ronald Reagan, who’s practically a saint in Republican circles. And parts of Dubya’s legacy are open for debate. You can have wonkish arguments over the pros and cons of Medicare Part D, the prescription drug benefit he signed into law; you can scoff, as Ron Paul has, at Bush’s expansion of foreign aid or you can note how much good he did Africa. But the big-ticket stuff, the important things he did and didn’t do when he was the most powerful elected official in the world, were all pretty much uniformly awful.
Start with the Bush tax cuts, which were enacted thanks to the GOP’s pathological hatred for taxes and the surplus the government was running at the time. They jacked up the deficit while mostly giving money back to rich people, but the real trick was setting them up to expire in 2010—when, the people pushing the cuts must have known, allowing them to do so would have been the same as raising taxes, which is political poison in America. (Sure enough, after a hideous fight on the edge of the “fiscal cliff,” most of the cuts are permanent.)
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Here are the stories that caught our eye:
1. So much for the nasty Achilles injury. GSP is allegedly doing fine and back to training.
2. Nick “Sore Loser” Diaz just can’t let it go and is now claiming that GSP’s post-fight drug test was not properly supervised.
3. The WSOF has offered a pretty lame reason for why Andrei Arlovski had on UFC gloves in his bout against Anthony Johnson. Apparently, those were the only ones that fit. So, you don’t have your own gloves for the main fighter on your card? More like you didn’t feel like paying for custom gloves in a custom size.
4. The newest Martial Arts school scam appears to be Evolve University, offering online MMA instruction…at a price. Because there aren’t a million free instructional videos online?
5. A study reports a decrease in brain size after 5 years of fighting.
2. Jared Leto says a crazed fan sent him a severed ear. How does he know it was a fan? His music makes me want to cut my ears off.
Here are the stories that caught our eye:
1. Fresh off his controversial TKO of Antonio Carvalho, Darren Elkins has been called upon to replace Clay Guida in his bout against Chad Mendes. Fighting Chad Mendes is the MMA equivalent of making the Madden NFL cover, so stay healthy Mr. Elkins.
2. The Diaz camp comes just shy of claiming there was a mole inside reporting to GSP and giving GSP the edge on the ground. No mole needed guys. It doesn’t take a Black Belt to figure out that Diaz was going to go for the knee bar when GSP took his back. Plenty of sore losers in Diaz’s camp though. By the way, Nick Diaz shouldn’t be too surprised if someone in his camp did turn on him given how quickly he threw everyone under the bus during the UFC 158 post-fight press conference.
3. Uncle Dana agrees that Yves Lavigne should have taken points from Nick Diaz for his after the bell striking attempts.
4. Miesha Tate is not yet onboard for fighting Fallon Fox or any other transgender fighter. I got news Miesha, you should be more worried about “health concerns” against Ronda Rousey than any transgender fighter.
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Bradley Manning takes the stand: Being detained in Kuwait
November 30, 2012
The media had been anxiously awaiting the moment that the defense would call Pfc. Bradley Manning to the witness stand to testify on his confinement conditions while in pretrial confinement. This afternoon, the defense called Manning to the stand and, for the first time, Manning spoke about the treatment he experienced while at Quantico—treatment which stirred outrage and developed into a scandal for the military.
Manning’s defense lawyer, David Coombs, said, “I know this is a little nerve wracking,” as Manning sat down. Coombs began with the day he was detained —May 27, 2010. He was brought into a room at FOB Hammer. He did not waive his rights. He then sat for an hour and a half waiting for his belongings to be brought to him in “brown paper bags.”
He remained there for two to three days being escorted everywhere but staying in living quarters. He had a pretrial confinement hearing at Camp Liberty in Iraq in the final days of May and then was placed by magistrate in pretrial confinement.
Manning was transferred to Camp Arifjan in Kuwait and brought into a military tent that had two cage-like cells inside. It was 8 x 8 x 8 and had a rack and toilet. He was held there for 72 hours. He was here throughout the “indoctrination period”—the first part of his detention.
He said he was able to read a manual for guidance of inmates, “which is basically their booklet on rules in the facility.” It was pretty much all he could. He had sheets, a pillow, some blankets, toiletry items and he stayed in the cell except when going to the shower. He was not allowed to talk to anyone but interacted with guards when they brought meals. He could not make phone calls.
Manning described how on the second day he collapsed in his cell. The lights were not on and the air conditioning was not working. The tent was hot and dark. Two figures came in the tent and started to talk to him. He couldn’t understand what they were saying and fainted. When he woke up, a Navy officer was standing above him. He fainted because he was “dehydrated.”
After “indoctrination,” he was brought to a tent with other pretrial detainees, where he stayed in the daytime and slept. It was a twenty-man tent. He was able to be in an open bay area. Wake-up call was at 2200 Military time. A typical day ended at 1300 or 1400.
He would have a brief recreation call every day and walk around outside. There was a track area in between the fences of the facility where he would go to chow. There was a dining facility tent. He would stay there with other detainees and in a recreation tent at other times.
In the recreation tent, there was an old TV set, VHS player and some library books. There were also a lot of “old VHS tapes.” He would spend between 4 and 10 hours in the tent and other times he would be in the recreation tent with the TV.
He had limited phone privileges but was able to call family. ”I didn’t have a lot of phone numbers,” he explained. “I had my aunt’s phone number. That’s one I memorized.” When he did call his aunt, it had been nine days since he had contacted family. It was “good to know” he “wasn’t completely cut off from the world,” he said. Manning could also schedule phone calls with his attorney. There was a special area for phone calls.
Manning was moved from his open bay tent to back to a segregated tent about two weeks into his confinement in Kuwait. It was the tent with cages and cells, possibly between June 14 and June 18. He was not told why he was moved and it was the same cell he was in during “indoctrination.”
No detainees was in cell adjacent to him. He had sheets, a pillow, a pillow case, a uniform, a couple changes of clothes and books that I checked out of library.
After being moved back to segregation, there still were no formal charges. He didn’t know what was going on. He was limited, he said, and it was “very draining.”
He was not sleeping much. “Nights were my days. Days were my nights. It all blended.” Generally, he said, he was a “social and extroverted person.” Being in a cell by himself was difficult.
His phone privileges were removed after three calls and they would not explain why. At the camp, they did not allow news. They did not allow radio. There was no way for him to get news of current events in the world.
Manning said he started to “deteriorate in terms of awareness of my surroundings and what’s going on.” Everything was “more insular and I sort of lived inside my head.”
This photo is heartwarming. After everything Manning has been through, there’s still a smile. Pfc. Manning is an American hero - Exposing war crimes is not a crime.
People are so dumbed down and conditioned (including me) not to care about news like this. All they (and by they I of course mean we) want is celebrity gossip, news on murdered babies in Florida and various forms of mumbo jumbo. As the saying goes “If it bleeds it leads.”
But if newspapers used graphs and charts like this a lot more, more people would get what’s really going on. Is there anything more pertinent, relevant and appropriate than this graphic image to be on the cover of The New York Times, L.A. Times or Washington Post?
Graphs and charts are to people starved for real news & information like what a ball of string is to a cat.
Samsung found today that you don’t go head to head with most valuable company in the world. At the end of its long-running, Homerian patent battle with Apple, a jury in California found Samsung guilty of willful copyright infringement and shoved a $1 billion fine straight up Samsung’s ass. Apple CEO Tim Cook, after his personal ball washers finished bathing his scrotum in the finest champagne, probably was all like “Don’t mess with the bull, you’re gonna get the horns.”
On April 12, 2011, a 59-year-old woman with a sensor implanted in her brain picked up her cinnamon latte with a robotic arm, brought it to her lips and took a sip through a straw, using only her thoughts.
It was the first movement Cathy Hutchinson had made in 15 years, after a severe brain stem stroke caused complete paralysis from her neck down.