Saturday, February 28, 2015

Sen. Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll

(via Washington Times)

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), probable 2016 GOP presidential candidate, won the 2015 CPAC straw poll edging out recently surging Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

This marks the third year in a row that Sen. Paul has won the straw poll.

Mitt Romney won in 2012, the year he became the GOP nominee for president.

We all know how that turned out...

Religion And The Constitution

The Constitution contains 4,543 words. None of them are Jesus, Christiantiy, or the Bible.

Tweet Of The Day: Treat Williams

NYC: Check Out This 90 Square Foot Apartment


Everyone knows that living in NYC can be waaaaaay expensive. So, often, Manhattanites learn to live in smaller and smaller dwellings in the most efficient way they can.

Check out this apartment in the West Village which measure a mere 90 square feet.

"I really like getting rid of things," says Mary Helen Rowell, as she stands in the middle of her minimally furnished West Village apartment. "It's my favorite thing." Considering that Rowell's apartment measures all of 90 square feet, purging is more of a necessity than a hobby, but enjoying the process makes it easier to keep the tiny space neat. "If there are three things on the floor, it's a disaster."

Rowell found the place two years ago through a friend, who saw the listing on NYU's student listserv. "Everyone was laughing at the tiny box that was for rent," says Rowell. Even when she visited, the landlord seemed embarrassed to show it. But the rent was just $750 a month (now a whopping $775), and she took it on the spot.

The room is about 78 inches wide, which is smaller than a standard bed frame.

"You have to keep it in check," says Rowell. "It always has to be neat." There's a delicate balance with what can fit in the apartment. "My boyfriend tried to give me a book last week, and I said, 'No, there is no place for this.'"


(via Curbed.com)

Which Countries In The World Are Most Endowed?


Mandatory.com has done the research and added up the numbers for the countries with the biggest (and smallest) penises around the world.  Because that's the kind of info people love to find on the internet, right?

Before we get to the map (click to enlarge the images above) and list of the average erect penis sizes for 80 countries worldwide, here are some notable findings:

-The proper way to measure is from tip of the penis to the very bottom of the pubic bone.
-The global average is 5.5 inches.
-The most well hung country in our study is the Democratic Republic of the Congo (aka Congo), with an average of 7.1 inches.
-On average, South America is the most well hung continent (6.36 inches).
-North Korea has the smallest dick size on average (3.8 inches).
-Only 3 percent of men worldwide are over 8 inches. Only 6 percent of men actually need extra large condoms.
-Of the 80 countries included, the U.S. ranks #61 in average erect penis size.

(via Mandatory.com)

Donna McKechnie Joins Broadway Cast of THE VISIT


Tony Award-winner Donna McKechnie has been announced as standby for another legend, Chita Rivera, in the upcoming Broadway musical, The Visit.

"Who else could go on for a Broadway legend like Ms. Rivera but another Broadway legend?" said producer Tom Kirdahy in a statement. "The tradition of an actor standing by, should the star not be able to perform, though unlikely in Ms. Rivera's case, has been turned on its ear by this news. We are ecstatic that Donna is joining our company."

She will stand by for the 82-year-old Rivera, who plays Claire Zachanassian, a wealthy courtesan who returns to the small village where she grew up, in order to destroy the man who robbed her of her virtue when she was a girl.

Based on the 1958 drama of the same title by Swiss author Friedrich D├╝rrenmatt, The Visit musical has a score by John Kander and the late Fred Ebb, and a book by Terrence McNally. Choreography for the two legendary dancers will be supplied by Graciela Daniele.

How thrilled I am that these two Broadway icons become part of this new musical for Broadway. I had the opportunity to work with both for long periods of time. My first national touring company of A Chorus Line starred Donna; and early in my CHICAGO the Musical journey I worked with Chita when she was playing "Roxie Hart" in the Las Vegas leg of the national tour.

Love them both. As does everyone.

It's not well known, but back in the 1990s the producers of the musical The Goodbye Girl (starring Martin Short and Bernadette Peters) were in talks with Donna to standby for Bernadette. Unfortunately the show closed before the deal was done, but the same logic was in play there: who better to go on for a Broadway legend than another Broadway legend?

With Chita Rivera backstage at CHICAGO the Musical

Backstage at an all-star benefit where I helped choreograph a number for Donna McKechnie

Video: "Nowness"


Very cool experimental movement short film about physical interaction between male friends.

“It’s based on them being friends, exploring the intimacy of physical interaction between guys; of their 'bromance,'” says director Bertil Nilsson of dancers Beren D'Amico, Charlie Wheeller and Louis Gift from the experimental acrobatic company, Barely Methodical Troupe, which won the Total Theatre Award at Edinburgh 2014 for its live performance of Bromance.

“The concept of the film was to set something unusual in the real world, almost a documentary in the most abstract of senses.”


Friday, February 27, 2015

Madonna Hits #1 On Billboard Dance Chart For Record 44th Time


Madonna's latest single - "Living For Love" - becomes her 44th number one single on the Billboard Dance chart.

This ties her with George Strait for the most #1s on a single chart (his were on the Hot Country Songs chart).

Interestingly, "Living For Love" has failed to make the Billboard Hot 100 chart for singles...

Just Because...


Because... a shirtless NE Patriots Rob Gronkowski being silly in a "cat-hat" with a kitten is hot.

Happy Friday!

BREAKING: House Fails To Pass Homeland Security Funding

By a vote of 203-224, the House failed to pass a bill that would continue to fund the Department of Homeland Security.

The bill today would have funded Homeland Security for three more weeks. A version was passed in the Senate that would have funded the department for the rest of the fiscal year.

Mere hours left for the Republicans to make sure the country stays safe...


Post by msnbc.

Michael Sam Invited To 1st NFL Veteran Combine



Michael Sam, formerly of the Dallas Cowboys and the St. Louis Rams, will participate in the first NFL Veteran Combine scheduled to take place on March 22nd in Tempe, AZ.

The veteran combine is a chance for veteran players who may have slipped through the cracks during their earlier time in the NFL.

Via Sporting News:

In 2013, Sam was named the SEC co-Defensive Player of the Year. Although he was projected to be a third- or fourth-round pick, Sam was selected final round and became the first openly gay player to be drafted. He was released by Rams in August after failing to survive the final preseason cuts. Sam joined the Cowboys' practice squad in September but was waived just one month.

Sam was announced earlier this week as a cast member of the 10th season of Dancing With The Stars. Sam had indicated earlier that football is his first priority and the ABC TV show had already assured him their schedule would not interfere with his taking part in the Combine.

Should Sam leave the combine without a deal, he could still accept a one-year offer from the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes.

Rep. Aaron Schock Reimburses Government $35,000 For Office Decor

Rep. Aaron Schock (L) talks with ABC News

USA Today is reporting that Congressman Aaron Schock has repaid the government $35,000 for office renovations after allegations of improper use of government funds.

"As he said he would, Congressman Schock has fulfilled his commitment to pay for all the renovation costs of the 18th Congressional District office in Washington," said a statement released by Schock's office Friday. "Even though office expenses are often covered by the Member Representational Allowance, the Congressman believed it appropriate to pay these costs himself as part of the office review process."

USA TODAY has reported that Schock had spent more $100,000 than of his taxpayer-funded account on office renovations in prior years. The expenses included thousands for leather furniture, hardwood floors and marble countertops for his offices in his central Illinois congressional district.

According to the report, the government had apparently been paid $35,000 through Schock's office. As the story now goes, his decorator refunded that $35,000 to the government and Schock then paid via his own personal funds.

Schock has drawn much attention lately for questionable real estate sales and expenses through his office.

He retained high powered ethics lawyers this week, and he's announced full reviews of office spending to help ensure compliance with Congressional rules.

Video: Meryl Streep's Deleted Song From "Into The Woods"

Meryl Streep in INTO THE WOODS

As often happens in filmmaking, things get cut.

Even when it's a new song written by theater legend Stephen Sondheim for Meryl Streep.

But thanks to the DVD release, the song/sequence is included as a bonus feature.

In the video below, director Rob Marshall intros the song - "She'll Be Back" - which was apparently written to follow the witch's confrontation with Rapunzel.

Watch below, and order here.


Jeb Bush At CPAC: "I Believe In Traditional Marriage"


Attempting to prove his "conservative bona fides," former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush answered directly when asked if he was evolving on same-sex marriage at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday:

“No. I believe in traditional marriage.”

Some rumors had been circling that Jeb might try to appear not an severe as his possible fellow candidates for the Republican presidential nomination.

He's now answered that question.

Unions Demand Apology From Gov. Scott Walker For Comparison To Terrorists


Yesterday at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker compared a president standing up against ISIS to his standing up to protesting union workers in his state:

"I want a commander in chief who will do everything in their power to ensure that the threat from radical Islamic terrorists does not wash up on American soil," Walker said, adding, "If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world."

Once that sh*t hit the fan, he sought to "clarify" his statement saying "if I could handle that kind of a pressure and kind of intensity, I think I'm up for the challenge for whatever might come, if I choose to run for president."

Today, however, AFSCME (the country's largest public service employees union) issued a press release demanding an apology for comparing American union workers to terrorists:

We’re not going to stand by and let Scott Walker smear hard-working Americans, simply because the exercise their first amendment freedom to disagree with him. You don’t attack good men and women who give their time every day to make this country a better place.

[snip]

To compare the 100,000 men and women who stood up in Madison and called Governor Walker out for his attack on workers’ freedom to terrorists is disgusting. That’s the desperate act of a craven, career politician, not a leader whose values are aligned with what this country stands for. In Madison, we marched alongside military veterans, firefighters, police officers, nurses, librarians and teachers. There were senior citizens and children. College students and clergy.

This cannot stand, Governor Walker, and the nation deserves an apology.
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