On Wednesday night, Democratic strategist and DNC adviser Hilary Rosen appeared on CNN’s AC360, where she weighed in on Mitt Romney‘s trouble with female voters and his campaign’s relationship to his wife, Ann Romney. The mother of five, said Rosen, has “never worked a day in her life.” The comment immediately made waves, prompting Ann Romney to create her own account on Twitter, where she wrote the following: I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.The Obama administration also reacted to Rosen’s comment. Barack Obama’s campaign manger Jim Messina, for instance, Tweeted this: I could not disagree with Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong and family should be off limits. She should apologize.Politico reached out to Rosen, who stood by her initial remark. “I admire Ann for getting in the mix,” Rosen wrote in an email. “But she didn’t answer my follow up tweet to … [Read more...] about Mika Brzezinski Slams Hilary Rosen’s Comment On Ann Romney: ‘That Woman Works. It Was An Incorrect Statement.’
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In light of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) pursuing an assault weapons ban, Soledad O’Brien spoke to Richard Feldman, president of the Independent Firearm Owners Association, on Friday. Why, O’Brien asked, would he be against a policy that actually works?Feldman denounced what he deemed Feinstein’s “animal house approach” to policy. Outlawing these weapons didn’t work 20 years ago, so there’s no reason to believe this time would be any different. “But isn’t there some evidence that in fact that ban did have an effect?” O’Brien asked, pointing to a study that showed gun crimes declined during the period of the ban. “It did have an effect on automatic weapons.”We’re not talking about automatic weapons though, Feldman replied — and less than one percent of crimes are committed with rifles. “So this is pretty small potatoes,” he said. “Criminals use handguns not rifles.”Where we … [Read more...] about Soledad O’Brien Takes On Gun Advocate Over Assault Weapons Ban: Why Are You Against Policy That ‘Does Work’?
O’Reilly Factor guest-host Monica Crowley fought with former South Carolina Democratic Chairman Dick Harpootlian Friday night over whether the mess of scandals around the Obama administration is destroying the president’s credibility or merely distracting the right from policy.“I’m in Columbia, South Carolina,” Harpootlian said. “If you walk up and down main street out here, nobody is talking about an NSA. Nobody is talking about Benghazi. Nobody is talking about the IRS. Do you know what they’re talking about? The inability of Congress to pass a budget, to do something about the deficit, to create jobs, to improve lives. I know in Washington, this is great sport. But folks on Main Street and Columbia, South Carolina don’t worry about it.Crowley maintained that the “drip drip drip” of scandals, without strong rebuttal from Obama, would erode his public trust.“He is not running for reelection,” Harpootlian said, … [Read more...] about Monica Crowley Slams Dem. Activist: Obama Can’t Face Press Because That ‘Only Works If You’re Not Guilty’
Wendy Sherman, dismissed Mike Huckabee‘s Holocaust comment on MSNBC tonight. Huckabee really set off a whirlwind of controversy when he said, of the deal, that President Obama “will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”Sherman sat down tonight with Chris Matthews, who just sighed at the “Hitlerite” accusation. Sherman called it “very depressing” and “sad” that Huckabee resorted to comments like that, insisting that the United States is taking Iran as seriously as Huckabee has been saying.Matthews asked Sherman about not just that, but all of the over-the-top rhetoric about the Iran deal. She said, “What I wish people would do is stop the high-sounding rhetoric, the good five-second soundbite that might work well on TV, and talk about the facts.”She insisted that the U.S. got a deal that will ensure Iran won’t be able to obtain a nuclear weapon, and told Matthews she hasn’t heard an … [Read more...] about Top U.S. Iran Negotiator Dismisses Huckabee’s ‘Soundbite That Might Work Well on TV’
Nick Cave took part in an ‘In Conversation’ session covering his life and career earlier today (March 12) as part of the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.Speaking at the Austin Convention Center with New York based author Larry Ratso Sloman, the Bad Seeds frontman admitted that he first joined a band in order to get “girls and booze”, telling the packed out audience that “it actually works!” He explained that before he started singing he was an “anti-magnet” to the opposite sex. “In school I was an anti-magnet for women. They saw me and they were repulsed,” he said, adding that when he started up The Boys Next Door – later The Birthday Party – “things immediately changed in terms of my attractiveness”. Though he’s been making music for five decades, Cave went on to say that he often feels like “an imposter”. He said: “I still feel very much an imposter in the whole music scene … [Read more...] about Nick Cave tells SXSW that forming a band to get girls ‘actually works!’
Jake Tapper squared off with White House Communications Director Jen Psaki and started off by asking her why President Obama would be doing into normally blue states like Pennsylvania and Michigan.Psaki said the president is just reminding people in important states what’s at stake in this election.But given the kind of popularity Trump has amassed with many people, Tapper asked if part of it is due to a failure on the president’s part: “It’s quite obvious that white working class voters seem to feel abandoned, in large numbers, by Washington D.C. In any way do you see the fact that so many of them––this constituency that used to be a Democratic constituency so many years ago––the fact that they have turned away and they are looking towards Donald Trump, is that in any way a failure of President Obama and the Democratic party?”Psaki pointed to how well Obama did with white working class voters in his two elections while lamenting … [Read more...] about Tapper Confronts Jen Psaki: Is It a Failure of Obama’s That White Working Class Turned to Trump?
Created by designer Matthew Nicholson, the camera is a papercraft recreation of a Leica M3, a classic camera — produced by German camera company Leica Camera — dating back to 1954 that sold over 220,000 units from 1954 to 1966 when it stopped being produced. Nicholson opted to go the cheaper and more papery route, creating a papercraft version of the Leica M3 that actually snaps pictures.As one can see from the above picture, the papercraft camera isn’t just paper covering an actual camera like wrapping paper, and one must load the film into the papercraft Leica, then probably treat it very delicately. Nicholson is also working on a tutorial, so the rest of us can build our very own paper Leica M3. Check out Nicholson’s other works over at his page, but don’t mind the banana thing if you see it. Trust me.(Matthew Nicholson via Gizmodo via Technabob) … [Read more...] about Papercraft Camera Actually Works
Buried in a lot of Friday fluff on Morning Joe, today, co-host Mika Brzezinski offered a brief, but brutal, assessment of pollster turned Presidential counselor, Kellyanne Conway.“It’s unbelievable that she works in the White House,” she said, “It’s unbelievable.”In the moments before that assessment, The Morning Joe team played back-to-back clips of Conway’s claim that the federal government was spying on citizens with microwaves, and CIA director Mike Pompeo, disparaging that notion during his press conference yesterday.“[CIA] officers like me have sworn an oath to uphold the constitution,” said Pompeo. “They’ve signed secrecy agreements, they quietly go about their work and try not to get too worked up over the headlines including the fanciful notion that they spy on their fellow citizens via microwave ovens.”… OuchBrzezinski called Conway’s claim “ridiculously … [Read more...] about Mika Brzezinski Slams Kellyanne Conway: ‘It’s Unbelievable That She Works in the White House’
So maybe it’s not exactly like the Marty McFly hoverboard of our dreams, but it’s a step in the right direction.The Hendo is inventor Greg Henderson’s $10,000 hoverboard prototype, and right now it’s more of a concept than anything. The board is magnetized, and only works in rooms lined with a small set of metals, but it totally does work, and if that’s cool enough to get investors excited about the idea of a fully-functioning hoverboard, then I’m in.Henderson (who co-founded Hendo’s parent company, Arx Pax, with his wife Jill) thinks the tech behind the protoboard could also be used in wider applications, like lifting buildings to keep them from being destroyed in case of hurricane or earthquake (!), or could operate high-speed trains like you’re a tribute traveling to the Capitol for the Hunger Games.Of course the Hendo (like everything else in the world lately, it seems) is available for you to back on Kickstarter, where it’s … [Read more...] about So Actual Working Hoverboards Are Real? As Long As Magnets?
Hawai’i-born director Christopher Makoto Yogi is at the Sundance Directors Lab with his feature, I Was a Simple Man. “Like marionettes on a toy stage, the ghosts of Seiichi’s past haunt the countryside in this tale of a Hawai’i family facing the imminent death of their eldest,” is how its described by the Sundance Institute. Below, Yoti describes his scene work with advisors at the Lab.Today ends week number three at the Directors Lab. These past three weeks have been a motion blur, too fast to process, but now in this brief Sunday respite I’m sitting outside looking up at some Utah trees wondering how the hell I was fortunate enough to end up here.(For those of you immune to pure sentimentality, prepare yourselves. Remember, I’m sitting here in an actual mountain forest.)A confession: a few days before arriving here at Sundance I got major cold feet. I’d written an extremely sincere screenplay based on my experience of death in the … [Read more...] about “I Had No Idea if It Actually Worked as a Film”: Christopher Makoto Yogi on the Sundance Directors Lab