Monthly Archives: May 2015

Kiss-bombed on air? Fox News’ Mike Tobin doesn’t have time for that

He didn’t mean to, but Fox News’ Mike Tobin just gave CNN’s Erin Burnett a lesson on how to deal with uninvited on-air hecklers. After seeing this, we have to image the Infowars “reporter” who broke into CNN’s broadcast would be having a bullhorn removed from his mouth if he’d tried this with Tobin.


A true professional like Tobin knows there’s a time and a place for heckling, and the middle of a story about a lethal terrorist attack is not that time.

The Very Best Art On The Berlin Wall, According To Tourists

Visitors to Berlin show us their favourite art on the capital’s fallen wall at the East Side Gallery and tell us why it’s special.

Dana Reynolds, 27, from Melbourne, Australia, and John Linari, 23, from Seattle, United States

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Click to listen to John:

“I really like this piece because in general the Berlin Wall has so much history and social attachment to all the different conflicts that have happened in Berlin and in Germany as a whole. In most places they don’t have a wall for graffiti and someone expressing themselves. I really like this one because personally there’s so much detail, it’s very abstract, but you can see what’s going on, you see the different areas, people holding prized possessions. It catches your eye, makes you want to stare at it and take it all in.” – John Linari Matthew Tucker / BuzzFeed

Listen to Dana:

“I think I particularly like this piece because of the scale and the juxtaposition with the surroundings. It’s a really nice balance of chaos and simplicity – the colours are really enjoyable.” – Dana Reynolds Matthew Tucker / BuzzFeed

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Katie, 23, from Australia

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Katie said this was her favourite because of the “colour and symmetry”.

Matthew Tucker / BuzzFeed

Gianmarco Trapani, 23, from Italy

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Listen to Gianmarco:

“I must say that this is the first time I’ve seen this – I’ve been here three or four times in this part of Berlin, and this is the first time I recognise this painting, and I like it because of the idea that someone else is pushing your thumb up. I guess it reminds me of the Soviet Union somehow. That’s why I like it.” – Gianmarco Trapani Matthew Tucker / BuzzFeed

Nicolò, 23, from Italy

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Listen to Nicolò:

“I like this because it looks like there is a woman trying to keep out all the armies and violence from the planet. You can see how outside this planet there is a spreading rainbow and some roots of trees, and some guys that are partying, they are happy.” – Nicolò Matthew Tucker / BuzzFeed

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Hanneleen, 16, Laila, 16, Mieke, 17, and Jondahl, 16, from the Netherlands

Matthew Tucker / BuzzFeed

Listen to Hanneleen and her friends:

“I really like this work of art by Peter Russell because the colours are very beautiful, there’s a lot to see, it’s really full, so it catches your eye. Everything on this wall has symbolism that really speaks to me, which makes it very interesting to look at and also the way it is painted is very beautiful. It’s nice that you need to have time to look at it – you have to look longer at it to understand what it means, and what the artist means with it.” – Hanneleen and friends Matthew Tucker / BuzzFeed

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Sillmann Helge, 44, from Germany

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“Albert Einstein is a very famous person in Germany and he’s a very intelligent guy who has always impressed me.” – Sillmann Helge

Andrew Allan, 17, from Sydney, Australia

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“This piece of art seems so incongruous with everything, because you’ve got the history of the Berlin Wall, where you’re entering either the American or Russian sector. I just love that they decide to go with the Japanese sector instead. It’s completely out of place, and for that purpose I absolutely love it. Me with my Russian hat, being in Germany, looking at the Japanese sector. I just love how it all comes together.” – Andrew Allan

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Andrew, 29, from London

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“I think this art stands out because it’s predominantly black, which the rest of them aren’t, the rest are trying to be very colourful. It’s remarkably different. The black is fitting, as the days of the Berlin Wall depict a very depressing atmosphere etc, [and] with Tokyo and New York it shows international influences in Berlin. All that combined, along with the depiction of the Berlin TV Tower and the big rotating Mercedes symbol, brings it all together quite nicely.” – Andrew

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Johnnie, 28, from Australia, and Elize, 25, from Singapore

Matthew Tucker / BuzzFeed

Listen to Johnnie:

“I like this piece because it signifies freedom, so humans are able to overcome any type of obstacle and get to the final goal, and it’s colourful.” Matthew Tucker / BuzzFeed

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The Fernandez family, from Madrid, Spain

Matthew Tucker / BuzzFeed

Listen to the Fernandez family:

“We like this one because it’s very colourful and it’s a gloomy day, and because it reminds us of the Spanish painter Picasso.” – the Fernandez family Matthew Tucker / BuzzFeed

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Alice, 28, and Alberto, 38, from Italy

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“We like this because the hands appear to press the wall.” – Alice.

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Chiara, 25, and Gianluca, 26, from Italy

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“I like this art because of the year 1989, which was an important year for German people, but also for me, as it’s the year I was born.” – Chiara

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Melissa Bowen, 22, from London

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Listen to Melissa:

“I like the dove because it’s on the Berlin Wall, which represents sort of the peace when it was brought down, and then you’ve got the chain instead of the branches [the dove] normally holds, which represents the breaking of the peace. It’s a bit more symbolic than just the branches.” – Melissa Bowen Matthew Tucker / BuzzFeed

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Tom Colwill, 21, from London

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This piece of art was on an adjoining wall to the Berlin Wall that was adorned with equally impressive art. Tom enjoyed it with quiet appreciation.

Matthew Tucker / BuzzFeed

Laura, 25, from Colombia

Matthew Tucker / BuzzFeed

Listen to Laura (in Spanish):

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Listen to Laura’s friend translate her into English:

“She says that she likes the controversy of it because it reflects modern times, especially the shock, as the people are dressed like really important people from the parliament, government people, and that makes it even more of a shock.” – Laura’s friend Matthew Tucker / BuzzFeed

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36 Invaluable Pieces Of Relationship Advice

We learned the hard way so you don’t have to.

Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

Their responses ran the gamut from funny to sappy, from downright silly to totally practical, so it’s only fair that we share their nuggets of wisdom with you:

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1. “Admit when you’re wrong, shut up when you’re right.”

–submitted by Johnny Storm

2. “Date someone for a year before taking the next step, whether that be moving in together or getting engaged. People change with the seasons.”

–submitted by Tawny Elle Easterling

3. “There are two boxes in every relationship: hope and expectation.”

“Resentment builds when you put petty things into the expectation box (he needs to give me flowers, he needs to take me places, etc.). Put petty things in the hope box and be clear about what is in your expectation box.”

–submitted by Amber Malin

Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

—submitted by Mallory Johnston

5. “My dad told me: Don’t be interesting. Be interested. Actually listen to her. It’s by far the best thing you can do. You’d be surprised how many men don’t know this.”

–submitted by David Kasunick

6. “You are not in a movie, you are a real person — don’t expect other people to treat you like you’re always the star.”

–submitted by Alex Lisette

7. “Don’t fight about money because after you’ve fought and maybe said mean things to each other, the amount of money in the bank will be the same. “

–submitted by Shauna Durham

8. “Have separate checking accounts!”

“A couple should have a joint account for all household bills, but they should have their own accounts for personal expenses. As long as all the bills are paid and some money is going into a savings account, they should each have a little money to spend as they please.”

–submitted by John Thomas

Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

—submitted by gracejohnston92

10. “My father told me to look how my significant other interacts with other people, especially waiters and servers, while in the getting-to-know-each-other stages. He said it’s the best way to see a person’s true colors.”

–submitted by Roisin Kilroy

11. “Don’t marry someone you don’t want your children to be.”

–submitted by lucyc42c8b3828

Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

12. “Once someone told me: ‘Put your finger in your partner’s nose. If it disgusts you, it means you’re not in love.'”

–submitted by Dinora Agathe Kruja

13. “Keep the fights clean and the sex dirty.”

–submitted by Becky Hobbs Haler

14. “Love is like a fart. If you have to force it, it’s probably crap.”

–submitted by Courtney Danielle

15. “The best advice I’ve ever got was from my mum: ‘Everyone is at some point an asshole — it’s about finding an asshole you can put up with.'”

–submitted by sophies4da1cd301

16. “Choose your in-laws wisely!”

–submitted by esny528

17. “My mom once sat me down and very seriously told me: ‘The first few years of your relationship should be incredible.'”

“‘Not to say that you won’t fight, but you should not be fighting all the damn time. If your partner is upsetting you this much now, imagine what it is going to be like a marriage, two kids, and several years from now. Take your time: People’s tastes change, and it is much easier to throw out a couch than a husband.'”

–submitted by Meghan Elizabeth

Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

—submitted by Kimberly Sutton

19. “If your boyfriend is always making you cry, you have to ask yourself: Is he your boyfriend or is he an onion?”

–submitted by jodies4f46d2bf7

Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

20. “Remember, your spouse will still be there after your kids are gone.”

–submitted by Catie Hurley

21. “If you’re upset about something that won’t matter in five years, you should not be upset about it.”

–submitted by Kady Kidd

22. “Definitely go to bed mad. Everyone is an asshole when they’re tired and cranky. Find your perspective and your compassion tomorrow morning and then resume.”

–submitted by Melissa De Lory

23. “Always kiss after an argument.”

“Doesn’t have to be a big kiss, just a peck. It signifies the argument is over, you’re moving on, and you still love and appreciate your partner.”

–submitted by courtneyd10

24. “When you disagree, stick to the issue at hand. Don’t drag up old fights, old flames, or old issues.”

–submitted by laurenc21

25. “The best advice I ever got was from my grandmother. I asked her if she and my grandfather were still in love after all these years. ‘Yes,’ she said. ‘We can argue about the little things because we agree on all of the big things.'”

–submitted by Casey Cooke

26. “Always sleep in the same bed, no matter how angry.”

–submitted by Stephanie West

27. “How do you know when it’s over? When you feel more in love with your memories than with the person in front of you.”

–submitted by Chelsg

Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

28. “Thank them for everything, even for the little things they do.”

“Saying ‘Thank you for emptying the dishwasher’ isn’t just about the dishes — it says ‘I notice you, I recognize that you work to make our home better, I value your efforts enough to call them out, and I do not take those same efforts for granted.’ No one will ever get tired of being thanked, and at the same time it fosters an atmosphere of gratitude in the home — you may find yourself being thanked more often in return.”

–submitted by Jess Ballinger

29. “Remember that the way you want to be loved is not always the same way that your partner does.”

–submitted by Amanda Hogan

Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

—submitted by Elizabeth Krevy

31. “Talk to each other. Talk about silly things, about serious topics, about anything and everything under the sun.”

–submitted by Arlene B. Nuestro

32. “My twin brother and his husband are the best. Husbands. Ever.”

“I watch them. Twin Bro is in medical school, Hubby is getting a Ph.D., so they’re super busy all the time. They have study dates at the library. They have a cleaning service come in once a month because a clean house is more relaxing than a dirty one. They talk about their feelings all the time. They ask for what they need. They changed their furniture — went from a couch and recliner to a sectional — so they’d be more likely to snuggle with each other since they know that’s important.

–submitted by Jennifer Nelson

33. “My mom told me once that the secret of marriage is not to commit to someone for the rest of your life — it’s to commit to trying 100% every day.”

–submitted by katys4deff4ddd

34. “From my grandma: ‘Always remember the beginning.'”

–submitted by abigaillundt

35. “Fight like you’re both siblings, tend and tidy like parents, challenge ideas like strangers, laugh like best friends, and love and forgive like long-lost partners.”

–submitted by Dea Cothran

Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed

—submitted by Casey Passarella

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Effort to Akin-ize pro-life Republicans continues apace

Pollster Kellyanne Conway told a group of Republican lawmakers to stop talking about rape, according to an article by Politico.

The advice comes in the wake of remarks about rape last year by pro-life candidates Todd Akin of Missouri and Richard Mourdock of Indiana, both of whom lost U.S. Senate races in November.

Last week, Rep. Phil Gingrey, a Republican from Georgia, said that Akin was “partly right” that women who are raped are unlikely to get pregnant.

We are unaware of any reputable scientific studies that support this claim.

Last Friday, in an attempt to diffuse the controversy, Gingrey’s office threw both Akin and Mourdock under the bus:

I do not defend, nor do I stand by, the remarks made by Rep. Akin and Mr. [Richard] Mourdock. In my attempt to provide context as to what I presumed they meant, my position was misconstrued.

Not surprisingly, liberal tweeters (who love seeing the word “rape” and “Republican” in the same sentence) are reveling in the story:

Akin’s comments, of course,were ignorant, garbled nonsense, and many conservatives said so at the time.

By contrast, Mourdock simply said that life is a gift from God, and he believes this to be true even in cases where life results from “that horrible situation of rape”:

The only exception I have to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God. I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.

Mourdock repeated the point:

God creates life, and that was my point. God does not want rape, and by no means was I suggesting that He does. Rape is a horrible thing, and for anyone to twist my words otherwise is absurd and sick.

This is an honorable man who spoke clearly and with conviction. He was wrongly portrayed as a lunatic and is now being thrown under the bus even by Republicans.

Moreover, it’s not as if Mourdock just blurted out his comments apropos of nothing. He spoke about rape only after being asked about his position on abortion during a debate. How would Kellyanne Conway have him respond? Refuse to answer the question?

Perhaps what Kellyanne Conway really wants to say (but won’t because she doesn’t want to alienate pro-lifers) is that pro-life Republicans should moderate their position on abortion. Talking less about rape has nothing to do with it.

New lying liar: Gov. Martin O’Malley denies that Obama has added more debt than any president

Stephanie Cutter might have given her lying liar syndrome to fellow Obama surrogate and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. Sunday, he denied on “Fox News Sunday” that President Obama has added more debt than any other U.S. president.

martin o'malley is a lying liar. related: @stefcutter has her work cut out for her…

— Ryan (@alwaysonoffense) October 7, 2012

Fun watching Kelly Ayotte mop the floor with Martin O'Malley on the the Chris Wallace show. #stribpol

— mitchpberg (@mitchpberg) October 7, 2012

Gov Martin O'Malley @StateMaryland Is a LYING, LIAR who LIES!!!! You SIR are a DISGRACE to your office!!!

— RadicalRebelWhoMeToo (@who_me_too) October 7, 2012

Oh, and he also resorted to this stale tactic:

Now on Fox News Sunday, Martin O'Malley doubling down on blaming Bush

— Steve Klein (@SteveKlein62) October 7, 2012

Apparently, we are well beyond the distortion stage. Desperation is forcing Obama campaigners to just say whatever feels right.

True story RT: @rorycooper: Martin O'Malley, who has fought for yrs for massive gas tax in MD, should not be talking about pain at the pump

— Jon Thompson (@JonThompsonDC) October 7, 2012

Gov. Martin O'Malley is Bagdad Bob in thin disguise.

— samhain whitaker (@samhain2012) October 7, 2012

Martin O'Malley. People for voted for this man? What is wrong with Maryland?

— Age (@a9e) October 7, 2012

TSA does extra screening on wounded American vet

Laura Ingraham describes a wounded Afghanistan War veteran’s absurd experience with the TSA Saturday morning. What a way for the TSA to treat the individuals who fight for their freedom.

TSA folks weren't rude–but come on…our vets–esp recently wounded vets!– deserve better!

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) May 12, 2012

Even my daughter askd what was happening to the soldier (he had an 'Afghanistan Vet' bball hat) &also may have had a Traum. Brain Injury.

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) May 12, 2012

It's prob SOP 4 TSA when an indiv cannot get out of wheelchair and thus cannot go thru reg xray, but surely smthing can b done2 make better.

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) May 12, 2012

The Afghan vet, despite the indignity of the TSA search, kept a sweet, innocent smile on his face. Made me want to cry 4 him & our country.

— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) May 12, 2012

Media spin ‘what difference does it make?’ into Hillary’s ‘takedown’

As Twitchy reported this morning, Secretary of State Clinton shamefully diminished the lost lives of four dead Americans by answering Sen. Johnson’s probing and excellent questions with “at this point, what difference does it make?”

Now, New York Times’ Jim Roberts, along with fellow travelers like actor Sebastian Roché (citing lapdogs at The Huffington Post), double down on the shameful. They disgracefully spin it as Hillary’s “takedown” of Sen. Johnson.


— Sebastian Roché (@sebroche) January 23, 2013

And thus concludes the Hillary Clinton Takedown of the GOP Show. Let this be a lesson, teabags. Do NOT mess with Hillary.

— Mona Hussein Obama (@MonaB2010) January 23, 2013

I’m gonna need a clip of Hillary’s takedown of Sen. Johnson ASAP.

— Charles Crain (@charlescrain) January 23, 2013

Hillary Clinton tells Sen Ron Johnson how it is… #Benghazi #MustSee

— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) January 23, 2013


The sane rightly give them the business.

@nytjim @youtube Takedown? Are you in media or part of Benghazi media cover-up team in Hillary’s back pocket? Follow @sharylattkisson

— Local Voter Elxn2014 (@Elxn2014) January 23, 2013

.@nytjim Leave it to the NYT to declare Hillary’s hysterical refusal to acknowledge State’s tragic negligence a “takedown.”

— Just Karl (@justkarl) January 23, 2013

.@nytjim Claiming that a @youtube was responsible, rather than gross negligence on Benghazi security? What difference does it make?

— Just Karl (@justkarl) January 23, 2013

Precisely. What difference does it make? That’s not a “takedown.” It’s reprehensible and an utter disgrace.

Much like most of the media.

Breaking: Sen. Lautenberg will not be running for re-election; Cory Booker smiles?

Senator Lautenberg’s office has announced that he will not be seeking re-election.

First the Pope, now Lautenberg. It’s as if there’s something about being in your late 80s that makes a man want to retire.

— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) February 14, 2013

Cory Booker smiles?

.@corybooker‘s best Valentine’s Day ever — @franklautenberg not running for re-election. (per @danabashcnn reporting)

— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 14, 2013

Frank #Lautenberg to retire. Cory Booker likely the nexr Senator, though there may well be two vacancies given Menendez’s issues

— Daniel Berman (@DanielBerman2) February 14, 2013

@jaketapper It’s just he and Geraldo. That wasn’t easy to type straight faced.

— Tommy (@OConnell75thRR) February 14, 2013

Oh, dear. That’s right. Geraldo Rivera has expressed interest in running in New Jersey.

BOOM RT @jaycaruso: Lautenberg not running again. AVG IQ of the entire Senate to increase.

— Marc T Grove (@mtgrove) February 14, 2013


Lautenberg figures he’ll take some time off until Menendez has some more trouble. #NJSEN

— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) February 14, 2013

Twitchy will continue to monitor this news and update with further information.