Monthly Archives: March 2017

John McCain attends Arizona Diamondbacks game [corrected]!/JakeWilk/status/468115437193289728

Editor’s note: The original title of this post was “‘McCain-enstein’ attends Arizona Diamondbacks game [GIFs].” Due to concerns that the material was mocking Senator McCain’s war injuries, which was certainly not the intent, we have amended the title, removed a GIF and changed the lead tweet.

Twitchy apologizes for the tone of the original post.

Professional Senator’s daughter, Meghan McCain, has a new “favorite thing ever”:!/MeghanMcCain/status/468114320065167360




Twitchy coverage of Meghan McCain

Twitchy coverage of John McCain 

‘Disgraceful!’ Hey, Obama, project much? His latest lie will make you furious!/cab1950/status/492114658308784128

That is true every day. But what sparked notice of it today? Oh, just this:!/markknoller/status/492114198772858880

President Stompy Foot’s pants are on fire. Again.!/CuffyMeh/status/20216575147

Hey, there’s one thing that can be kept, evidently: If you like your lies, you can keep your lies! So there’s that.!/jedmo1996/status/492114583382142976


Bingo. He doth project too much.!/NDTwinsfan/status/492114868858671104

Yep. And, you know, a lying liar who lies. Some reminders:!/WhiteHouse/status/489482451308535808!/BarackObama/status/487299119531036672


And an exit suggestion for the liar in chief:!/ItsJustJill/status/492312350561546240

Sherman Hemsley dies at 74!/JackeeHarry/status/227863297960062976

Actor Sherman Hemsley, best known as the star of TV series “The Jeffersons” and “Amen,” has died at age 74 at his home in El Paso, Texas.

Celebrities and fans alike were quick to offer their condolences.

G'bye, Sherman Hemsley. Your George Jefferson was so beloved, it earned you your own successful sitcom! Huge bucket of win! Move on up, sir.

— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) July 24, 2012

> 223,000 strollers recalled due to strangulation risk /via @WENYTV @heykim

— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 24, 2012

RIP Sherman Hemsley.

— Donald Faison (@donald_faison) July 24, 2012

RIP Mr. Hemsley, and thanks. RT @peoplemag: The Jeffersons star Sherman Hemsley is dead at 74

— Christopher Gorham (@ChrisGorham) July 24, 2012

RIP Sherman Hemsley aka George Jefferson. rest peacefully in the de-luxe apartment in the sky…

— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) July 24, 2012

Wow. Sending LOVE > RT @JackeeHarry: RIP To My Longtime Friend & Comedic LEGEND, Sherman Hemsley aka George Jefferson. #NeverToBeForgotten

— Anaconda (@NICKIMINAJ) July 24, 2012

God bless Sherman Hemsley BKA George Jefferson. He's gone to be with the Lord. He made me dream I could move on up. Truth

— DeionSanders (@DeionSanders) July 24, 2012

RIP Sherman Hemsley. #MovinOnUp to heaven now.

— Josh Duhamel (@joshduhamel) July 24, 2012

RIP Sherman Hemsley!! I grew up watching the Jeffersons as many of us did & he along w/that cast will be one to be remembered. #RIPGeorge

— Terrell Owens (@terrellowens) July 24, 2012

George Jefferson, RIP Sherman Hemsley a comedic genius…my thoughts are with his loved ones..

— Denise Richards (@DENISE_RICHARDS) July 24, 2012

Rocker Lenny Kravitz’s late mother Roxie Roker played Helen Willis on “The Jeffersons.”

Rest in peace Sherman Hemsley. You are legendary. Your contribution changed the fabric of American culture…

— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) July 24, 2012

…Growing up watching you on set with my mom was monumental. Love, Lenny Kravitz

— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) July 24, 2012

Ashley Judd: Obama supporters sure do get ostracized!/AshleyJudd/status/254771533292122112

Supporters of Barack Obama are “keying” cars displaying pro-Romney bumper stickers, urinating on Romney-Ryan signs, defacing boats, threatening to assassinate Mitt Romney, and calling on a pro-Romney actress to commit suicide. But just remember: It is Obama supporters like Ashley Judd’s high school friend who have it rough.

What It’s Like To Work On BuzzFeed’s Tech Team During Record Traffic

It’s all about the company culture, folks. Here’s how it all went down (or didn’t) last night.

1. 8:23 p.m.: Jay’s sysops pager goes off. His wife says, “Uh oh, is it the dress?” He replies, “What dress?”

Yes, those are automated bot messages in a dedicated Slack channel.

2. 8:30 p.m.: I put the kids into their pajamas, brush their teeth, and hand them to my husband who puts them to bed. He says, “BuzzFeed keeps tweeting about a dress and I don’t understand.”

At first the only people in dev-chat Slack room are the Los Angeles team. I check stats and see that this is going to be an amazing night. I do an @channel. Jay, of course, is already ON IT.

3. 9:02 p.m.: Active visitors on the site reach 450,000, a new record. Jake, data science, delivers a screenshot of the previous record from February 2014.

This was Feb. 13, 2014, the night of the states quiz mania.

4. PR is already pitching morning shows. This is also happening.

5. 9:09 p.m.: When we hit 500,000 concurrent active visitors, I invite Samir, social media, to dev-chat to join in on the fun.

Eugene asks him for his over-under on active visitors. Samir knows that we still have a good 90 minutes of peak internet usage and says 600,000, then revises to 650,000. He was SPOT ON — traffic peaked at 673,000.

6. Samir explains how it happened.

“People were discussing it in the office, so I figured I would tweet it, and saw a HUGE click-through rate. I posted it as a photo on Facebook because I wasn’t sure if it was something where you had to see the whole photo or not, but no one was clicking through at all. So I reposted as a link, watched it for a few minutes, not much engagement, deleted it. Twitter was doing so well, I decided to just post it again and saw it immediately rise in the live stats and get tons of comments on Facebook.”

7. There’s a lot of debate and joking about the actual color of the dress in the chat. Shaun, illustrator, uploads this gem.

Shaun Pendergast / BuzzFeed

A nod to our new Cute or Not app that was just featured in the App Store.

There are dozens of people in dev-chat at this point because it’s fun, not because they have to be.

8. 9:57 p.m.: Peak traffic. There are more than 670,000 active visitors on the site. The GIF below shows what off-peak and peak traffic looks like to a BuzzFeed server. WAIT FOR IT.

Dan Meruelo / BuzzFeed

Holy hell.

9. 10:30 p.m.: A couple of posts get stuck while publishing. Ben Smith, editor-in-chief, chats me and Amy, project management.

10. Jay, Dan, Raymond, and Eugene (sysops), and Mark, chief technology officer, are spinning up servers as fast as possible.

We have a bunch of things going for us at this point. We have heavily invested in infrastructure provisioning and scaling. We know exactly how to scale fast from running drills. We have seasoned sys admins who have gone through this before. Only two people get to bother them for updates. Jay’s pugs sat on his lap the whole time. And most importantly, we are calm and cool under pressure.

Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins / Orion Pictures

Predator / 20th Century Fox

The Supernatural / CW

13. 11:01 p.m.: The articles are published! By the end, we added over 40% more capacity, and readers never had any problems reading the posts or answering the poll.

Adventure Time / Cartoon Network

14. The good part about last night: BuzzFeed experienced a singular moment in global cultural relevance.

Dan Meth / BuzzFeed

All eight dress posts have a combined 41 million views. The original had 28 million views (22 million on mobile) and logged 2.7 million votes. It has been read from every country in the world in five languages. It shaped conversations at dinner, in bars, on couches, over text, all driven by mobile and the ability to show your phone to your friend. Same picture, same device, but different colors! In less than 24 hours, people from every corner of the world were looking at each other’s phones at a post, on a site, run by a company totally optimized for social and mobile.

15. The GREAT part about last night: working at an awesome company that appreciates tech.

@catesish I think you may be buying sysops drinks

— BuzzFeedBen (@Ben Smith)

@BuzzFeedBen @catesish i think we all are. bows down to @eventi @rayzorinc @jaydestro

— CDiRusso (@Christina DiRusso)


She Had An Affair With Her Student And She Paid Him Thousands To Cover It Up

It is totally unacceptable for any teacher to take advantage of a student.

Unfortunately, it seems like we still hear stories of teachers involved in affairs with their students that result in statutory rape. Thao Sandy Doan, a teacher at Raul Quintanilla, Sr. Middle School in Dallas, Texas, was 27 years old when she had sex with a 14-year-old student. But that’s not all.

Doan appears to have paid the boy more than $28,000 to keep quiet about their relationship. More details in the video below.

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Read More: Father Who Broke 25 Of His Baby’s Bones Is ‘Confident’ He’ll Get The Child Back

That’s insane! I hope the boy gets the help he needs after this experience. SHARE if you agree that no student should ever be victimized by a teacher.

Oops: New York Times mistakenly touts England as Wimbledon champion’s home!/jason_manc/status/353933130408792066

Andy Murray has become the first British person to win the Wimbledon men’s singles title since 1936. While he is a Brit, he is not English. He is a Scot. The New York Times confused that point.!/nytimes/status/353930195893366784

The error did not go unnoticed.!/C4Emily/status/353932167916691458!/ProfMcGhee/status/353931041540550657!/stuartmillar159/status/353931344277012480!/DawnHFoster/status/353931574158434305!/erikgeddes/status/353933290958360577!/James_Dart/status/353932982467297281!/DasGiftBerlin/status/353933657020436480!/JohnnyLaird/status/353932891455111168

We guess geography is just that hard for some.!/AdamRamsay/status/353934941974822912

Later, the ‘paper of record’ tweeted a more accurate title.!/nytimes/status/353944696055271424

‘I’m a successful biped’! Tweeters predict Wendy Davis’ next campaign ad!/jimmiebjr/status/520662719088058368

 As Twitchy reported, Wendy Davis has reached a sickening new low with a desperate, tasteless, and vicious ad attacking her opponent Greg Abbott. Could she possibly debase herself even more? You bet she could.

Here are some more campaign ads we can look forward to from the Wicked Witch of Texas:

Vote Wendy, because Abbott will *paralyze* Texas' progress #NextWendyDavisAd #StayClassy

— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) October 10, 2014

Vote Wendy, for parking space fairness. #NextWendyDavisAd #TXGov

— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) October 10, 2014

Vote Wendy: Because Abbott's not how TEXAS ROLLS #NextWendyDavisAd #StayClassy #TXGov

— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) October 10, 2014

FORWARD, MARCH! #NextWendyDavisAd

— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) October 10, 2014

"Under Greg Abbot's watch, unemployment in Texas has gone papapaleg–I mean parabolic."

— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) October 10, 2014

Vote Wendy: She can talk the talk AND walk the walk. #NextWendyDavisAd #StayClassy #TXGov

— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) October 10, 2014

@guypbenson "Wendy Davis will stand up for Texas… Unlike some other candidates." #NextWendyDavisAd

— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) October 10, 2014

Wendy Davis: she'll stand up for Texas.. Unlike Greg Abbott #NextWendyDavisAd

— S.M (@redsteeze) October 10, 2014

Gregg Abbott thinks women are going to be fooled by his shameless pandering of also peeing sitting down #NextWendyDavisAd

— S.M (@redsteeze) October 10, 2014

RT @WendyDavisTexas: Greg Abbott's policies don't stand up to the test. #NextWendyDavisAd

— ن Miké Ramoné ن (@ThePantau) October 10, 2014

Vote for Wendy. Her ideas have legs

— Leon Wolf (@LeonHWolf) October 10, 2014

How can Greg Abbott #StandwithTXwomen when he can't even stand? BECAUSE HE'S IN A WHEELCHAIR. #NextWendyDavisAd

— Matthew DesOrmeaux (@cynicusprime) October 10, 2014

@jimgeraghty @guypbenson "Wendy Davis stands for all kinds of free stuff, while that other guy stands for NOTHING!" #NextWendyDavisAd

— Jason Hart (@jasonahart) October 10, 2014

Vote Wendy: Do you get tired of working on your feet all day? Greg Abbot doesn't. #NextWendyDavisAd #StayClassy #TXgov

— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) October 10, 2014

"Greg Abbott says he cares about pedestrians, but he hasn't walked in years. I'll walk with you, Greg Abbott can't." #NextWendyDavisAd

— Tommy (@FirstTeamTommy) October 10, 2014

#NextWendyDavisAd "I'm a successful biped."

— Cuffé (@CuffyMeh) October 10, 2014

“I’m uniquely qualified to lead Texas because of hardships I’ve endured. Greg Abbott couldn’t walk a mile in my shoes. No really, he can’t."

— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) October 10, 2014

#WendyDavisAds Greg Abbot will handicap our economy.

— rdbrewer (@rdbrewer4) October 10, 2014

Who will answer the call at 3AM? NOT Greg Abbott! He can't answer the phone, because he's… like, all crippled, and stuff #NextWendyDavisAd

— Sam Valley (@SamValley) October 10, 2014

@DLoesch #WendyDavisAds "I'm running to represent the voters here in Texas, while my opponent rolls slowly along for special interests!"

— Smirking Tony Romo (@drawandstrike) October 10, 2014

Wendy for Senate: because Greg Abbott wants to DISABLE the economy. #NextWendyDavisAd #StayClassy #TXgov

— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) October 10, 2014

"Gregg Abbot is walking on Easy Street. Well, not "walking" so much as rolling. Amirite? LOL" #PaidForByWendyDavisForTexas

— DrewMTips (@DrewMTips) October 10, 2014

"Greg Abbot is rolling in the dough! SWIDT? LULZs! #PaidForByWendyDavisForTexas

— DrewMTips (@DrewMTips) October 10, 2014

We won't let Abbott stand in the way of progress! #NextWendyDavisAd

— CounterMoonbat (@CounterMoonbat) October 10, 2014

‘Clarence Thomas’ trends as liberals update their wish lists

It’s certainly no surprise that the No. 1 trending topic in the United States tonight is #Scalia, but why is Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas trending just a couple of steps behind?

Not all liberals were tweeting death wishes against Clarence Thomas, although they did express concern about how Thomas would be able to operate without Scalia pulling his strings.