Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Obama Commutes Bulk of Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

I've never had a really strong opinion about the Chelsea Mannings and Edward Snowdens of the world. (I feel like Manning was duped in a way because what ever good WikiLeaks set out to do has been negated by its founder, who has been revealed to be a predatory partisan hack.) But I do know Manning has been living in hell the past seven years -- so I can only applaud President Obama for showing mercy on this clearly damaged person, who will be freed in five months rather than in 2045. 

 Manning made a direct plea for a pardon from Obama recently, begging for her freedom following two suicide attempts in the past year. “I am not asking for a pardon on my conviction,” she wrote in a November statement. “I understand that the various collateral consequences of the court-martial conviction will stay on my record forever. The sole relief I am asking for is to be released from military prison after serving six years of confinement as a person who did not intend to harm the interests of the United States or harm any service members.” Read HERE.

Happy 95th to Betty White!

If 2016 taught us nothing else, it is to fully appreciate our national treasures -- and there isn't one more valuable than Miss Betty White. I grew up loving Betty as Sue Ann Nivens, WJM's "Happy Homemaker," on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" (video below has some of her finest moments!) and via countless game-show appearances -- fans of a certain age will remember Alan Ludden of "Password" was her hubby from 1963 until his death in 1981) -- only to see her become an even bigger star on "The Golden Girls."

 Still, it wasn't until "Hot in Cleveland" that I fully appreciated just how talented this woman is -- I don't think I was alone as the whole Betty White Should Host "Saturday Night Live" campaign around the same time -- with just the slightest raise of a brow sending me into stitches. I don't think I'm overstating things to say our lives would be far less fun without her in it. Happy birthday, Betty -- and many, many more. xo

The Masseur Thing

Everyone thinks Novak Djokovic's marriage has been rocked by an affair with a Bollywood star -- but my eye's on this guy!

Can Michael Alig Party On?

Former Gawker writer Rich Juzwiak profiles the onetime king of the Club Kids for 429 Magazine, writing: 
Under Alig’s influence, and whether dressed like babies or in neon and polka dots, the Club Kids pursued fame for fame’s sake, bridging the gap between the Factory and Facebook. Though New York City was their playground, the Club Kids’ reach went nationwide, thanks to appearances on talk shows like Geraldo, The Phil Donahue Show, and The Richard Bey Show. At a time when gay people were represented through suffering (if they were represented at all in the media), the Club Kids radiated queerness. “Soon, every medium-size city in America boasted a club-kid scene based directly on these lifestyle propaganda spots that aired nationally on afternoon TV,” wrote Frank Owen in the 2003 book Clubland: The Fabulous Rise and Murderous Fall of Club Culture.
Read on HERE.

The Fast and the Reckless

First Paul Walker and his friend needlessly died driving like maniacs, now a 24-year-old Maserati salesman? I guess young(er) people really do think they're invincible.

The Daily News reports:
A Colorado Maserati salesman died early Saturday when he wrecked one of his dealership’s luxury sports cars shortly after he posted Facebook Live video of himself zipping down a highway at 111 mph. 
Brandon Gianopoulos, 24, lost control of the pricey vehicle overnight while driving around Douglas County, KUSA-TV reported. A passerby spotted the 2017 Maserati covered in frost Saturday morning in a retention pond.

Gianopoulos, who was the only person in the car when it crashed, worked at Mike Ward Maserati in Highlands Ranch, a job that gave him access to the fleet of luxury sports cars.

Investigators believe excessive speed was a factor in the crash. Hours before he was found dead behind the wheel, Gianopoulos posted Facebook Live video showing him speeding in a Maserati, accelerating from 2 to 111 mph. 

According to his Facebook profile, Brandon was originally from Boston and enjoyed working out. RIP.

Health Care for All? Sign Me Up!

Yes, I'm sure Paul "I won't be happy until your grandparents are eating cat food" Ryan will sign off on this. Trump hasn't even been sworn in yet, but what's clear is Americans -- and everyone, really -- now need to take everything the most powerful man in the world says with a grain of salt as it is either politically impossible or he will change his mind within the hour. Government norms exist for a reason, and breaking them left and right could have unintended consequences that most of us do not want to even think about.

Tennis Tuesday

Submission from Karl:
Feliciano, Inidan Wells 2012, when his abs were at their peak, imo

'Women' and Children First

I'd go the movies way more often if every film could be as thoughtful and smart as "20th Century Women." If it were up to me, Annette Bening would finally receiver an Oscar, and Lucas Jade Zumann and Elle Fanning would at least be nominated for their nuanced performances. 

Song of the Day: 'I Am Woman' by Kellyanne Conway

I have hated this lunatic since her days on Bill Maher's first show. I guess if I were this reprehensible I might end up hating all women too, as she clearly does.

Morning Wood

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