A Must-Watch: The O’Donnell-O’Reilly Meltdown Mash-up You Didn’t Know You Needed

Mediaite published leaked video it received of MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell melting down in spectacular fashion while off-air on August 29. The video is exactly what you’d expect from O’Donnell’s ilk. Lots of swearing and over-the-top outrage that would make his Irish ancestors proud.

Of course, it brought recollections and comparisons to another Irish American television host’s epic meltdown. Bill O’Reilly’s famous “We’ll do it live!” video lives in infamy.

Naturally, a mash-up video was a must in the age of the internet and our friends at the Washington Free Beacon did not disappoint. It’s simply hilarity perfected.


Nice work, guys. (And by “guys” I mean people of all genders working there, obviously).

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The Trump Effect? Britain’s Theresa May Issues Stark Threat To U.N. (Video)

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A day after Pres. Donald Trump gave his “America First” speech at the United Nations, British Prime Minister Theresa May threatened to withhold 30 percent of the funds the country contributes to funding the international body if reforms aren’t made.

May said the gap between the U.N.’s nobility of purpose and its effectiveness needs to get smaller. The new U.N. secretary general, Antonio Guterres, promised to begin reforming the institution in order to do just that.

Pres. Trump also threatened to withdraw considerable funding from the United States to the U.N. if member countries didn’t honor their obligations in return.

With the two largest financial contributors to the U.N. threatening to withhold funds, one can only hope the world organization will follow through on the reforms Secretary General Guterres has promised.

Many, myself included, would like to see the U.N. dissolved.

The chronic issue of countries with abhorrent human rights records sitting on the Human Rights Council, the constant sanctioning of Israel while ignoring the true bad actors, as well as the seedy underbelly of immune diplomats engaging in sex slavery and drug trafficking make the effort hardly seem worth it.

The U.S. and Britain have no choice but to follow through on these threats. The U.N. and member countries need to get their act together or be disbanded once and for all.

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Unimaginable: Puerto Rico Is Completely Without Power (Video)

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In 2017, when much of the Western world has had electricity for almost a century, it is hard to imagine an entire population of 3.5 million suddenly out of power.

As Hurricane Maria, a category 4 storm with winds hitting 150 mph, ravages the Caribbean, the U.S. territory island of Puerto Rico is reportedly completely without power, according to officials.

Being thrown into an existence without electricity often exposes just how reliant our lives have become on utilities and devices Mother Nature can wipe out without care or recourse.

Puerto Rico had barely two weeks to start assessing the damage of Hurricane Irma, let alone begin to recover, before Maria struck.

Red Cross shelters across the island are taking in residents, many of whom have never sought shelter during a storm before.

Maria is the strongest hurricane to hit the island since 1932.

Our prayers and hearts go out to all those affected during this hurricane season.

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Teens Are Decreasingly Engaging in Risky Behavior, But They Aren’t Growing Up Either

Being a teen is one of the most precarious times of life. My mother used to always say, “7th grade’s bad, 8th grade’s worse and 9th grade can go either way.”

I’m sure she got that from someone — in fact, she’ll probably call me and tell me from whom as soon as she reads this — but as I’ve aged into my mid-30’s and having my own pre-teen, and friends with even older children, I realize how true this statement is.

And while I was a “good kid” with good friends who didn’t party, do drugs or drink alcohol during high school, we still engaged in some adult behaviors, like driving and getting part-time jobs during high school.

While those are productive signs of teens growing into adulthood, a new study gauging all kinds of adult behavior, including drinking, show teens and young adults in 2017 are engaging in initial adult behaviors at declining rates.

From Axios:


The takeaways:

  • 66% of 12th graders surveyed in 2014 had tried alcohol, compared to 81% in 1994
  • 73% of them had drivers’ licenses, down from 85% 20 years prior
  • 58% went on dates, compared to 83% of 12th graders in 1994
  • 56% worked for pay, down from 72% in 1994

While teens not engaging in risky behavior may seem like a good thing on its face, — teen crime, drinking, and pregnancy are lower than ever — the fact that they are also, at the same time, not engaging in productive adult behavior is something to take note of.

Sen. Ben Sasse (R – Neb.) has an entire book devoted to the issue of The Vanishing American Adult, which is corroborated by this latest study. Young adults are increasingly experiencing a prolonged adolescence.

The transition into adulthood has slowed down so much that Arnett says people age 18 to 29 are living through a new life stage between adolescence and adulthood: “emerging adulthood.” The consequences of this are that teens are less prepared for college and the workplace, [iGen author, Jean] Twenge says.

It’s also essential to understand that as the population lives longer, those who would normally be in retirement or in physical condition too frail to work menial jobs. More young adults now more than ever before expect to attend college before entering the workforce.

Of course, Twenge also remarks on the role technology has in this new, extended adolescence.

Some of these behavioral changes can be attributed to technology, specifically the rise of the smartphone, Twenge recently wrote in the Atlantic. Teens are spending less time out getting into trouble and more time at home on their phones. But delaying adulthood also has to do with the fact that people live longer than they used to and more people expect to go to college instead of directly entering the workforce.

Twenge’s Atlantic piece also claimed that heavy smartphone use has an adverse effect on teen mental health. But to say smartphones are destroying a generation is alarmist, tech writer and researcher Alexandra Samuel wrote in JSTOR in response. Data shows that “high school students who use social media a lot aren’t any more depressed than those who use it a little,” she wrote.

But Twenge is right to say technology is quickly widening generational gaps, Samuel tells Axios. “The pace of change is so rapid now that we raise our children in a world completely different from the one we grew up in,” she says.

She said, “Soon 18-year-olds could look like the 13-year-olds” of past generations.


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Report: Lindsey Graham is Talking to Darth Vader

You did not read that headline incorrectly. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R – S.C.) is talking to Sith Lord, Darth Vader.

And you will not believe who 2017 Darth Vader is. Not James Earl Jones. Not whiny Hayden Christiansen, or pasty and decrepit Sebastian Shaw. Nope. 2017 health care policy Darth Vader, according to Lindsey Graham, is former White House adviser Steve Bannon.

“Me and Darth Vader are talking to each other now.”

Graham has been an outspoken detractor of Donald Trump’s in the Republican Party.

Graham’s name is attached to the latest and likely last-ditch attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act during the 115th Congress. Bannon and Graham hardly see eye-to-eye on much of anything, but the former has been assisting the latter in garnering support and votes for his repeal bill.

Graham reportedly said of Bannon on Tuesday,

“He said, ‘This is the best idea I’ve heard in years, maybe not coming from teh best guy I’ve known in years’…but he really has been very helpful in his world, of pointing out this is the best alternative to Obamacare that’s been put forward,” Graham said. “And so I’ve got Alan Greenspan, Jeb Bush and Steve Bannon. If you can do better than that, call me.”

Bannon has certainly been working all sides of the Congressional Republican conference since he was booted from the White House in August. Last week it was reported the conservative House Freedom Caucus was working with Bannon to oust Speaker Paul Ryan.

Bannon is getting around and working all angles. With his unofficial position at Breitbart dot com and sympathies lying with the alt-right, these new developments of his machinations behind the scenes are disturbing, to say the least.

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Dianne Feinstein and Steve Bannon: Two Bigoted Peas In A Pod

Rep. Dianne Feinstein and Steve Bannon have something in common. According to both of them, if you go to a certain type of school there’s no way you can be bigoted or racist.

Former Trump advisor Steve Bannon is no stranger to controversy. As editor of Breitbart dot com, Bannon stated he had intentionally led the site to become the haven of the alt-right and white identity politics.

After being booted from Trump’s White House last month, Bannon raised eyebrows in an interview with 60 Minutes last weekend when asked if he is a racist. His answer was essentially he can’t be racist because he went to a racially integrated school in Virginia.

“I was raised in a desegregated neighborhood. The northern side of Richmond is predominantly black. I went to an integrated Catholic school,” he told host Charlie Rose.

Cut to a week later and Sen. Feinstein appearing on CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper’s fill-in host, Dana Bash. Bash asked Feinstein about her questioning the deep Catholic faith of Trump’s federal appeals court nominee, Notre Dame law professor Amy Barrett.

Feinstein and others came under fire from fellow senators, including Mike Lee and Ben Sasse, as well as conservative groups for her blatant religious litmus test of Ms. Barrett.

Feinstein, in particular, said among other inflammatory things, “When you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you. And that’s of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for for years in this country.”

“I’m a product of Catholic education. I sat in doctrine classes for four years for five days a week. I think that Catholicism is a great religion, I have great respect for it.”

She continued to list her I-cannot-possibly-be-an-anti-Catholic-bigot cred saying, “I’ve known many of the archbishops who have been in my community. We’ve had dinner together, we’ve spoken together over many many decades and I’ve tried to be helpful to the church whenever I could.”

Is Steve Bannon a racist and Dianne Feinstein an anti-Catholic bigot? Only they know what is in their hearts, but both have decided their background of where they went to school means they cannot possibly be racist or bigoted despite their words or actions which cause such questions to be raised.

Essentially, both are resorting to a version of the “My best friend is ___________” tactic to excuse themselves.

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PSA: Paul Ryan Is Speaker of the House For A Reason and Isn’t Going Anywhere For a Few More

There has been a lot of talk about what an ineffective Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan (R – Wisc.) is and has been but in every case, the fact that he’s not going anywhere keeps coming up as some big FYI to many Americans.

And it’s true.

Paul Ryan is Speaker of the House for a few reasons.

First, no one else wants the job. Literally. No one wants the thankless and vilified job of being the Speaker of the House since John Boehner left. Okay, perhaps with the exception of Nancy Pelosi.

No one seems to remember how utterly reticent Paul Ryan was to take on the speakership. He didn’t want it. At all.

When Rep. John Boehner (R – Ohio) resigned out of sheer frustration — NB: he was never meant to be Speaker long in the first place — when he had a Democratic White House to contend with as well as a fractious caucus, it was shortly after his heir apparent, Rep. Eric Cantor (R – Va.), was primaried and beaten by economist Dave Brat.

Boehner’s ceremonious exit from both the speakership and his House seat left the salacious rumor-ridden and unpopular Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R – Calif.) as the next in line, but that option became clearly untenable as time went on. The only person acceptable to the majority of the Republican conference in the House was Paul Ryan.

Ryan was popular in the 2012 election as Mitt Romney’s running mate. However, the Wisconsin Republican never aspired to be anything beyond Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee in the U.S. House. As a fiscal policy wonk, Ryan’s dream role was to have the clout and political sway to affect budget reforms.

House conservatives gave a lame attempt at an alternative by offering up Rep. Louie Gohmert (R – Texas), but ultimately Ryan was badgered into throwing his name in for Speaker and won handily.

The Ryan speakership can be summed up in one tweet:

The second reason Ryan isn’t going anywhere as Speaker is because he’s the only one who can keep the Republican conference in anything that resembles a unified front.

People always point to how ineffective Ryan is at Speaker — and, honestly, I don’t think Ryan is great at it or think he’s particularly suited to it — but he led House Republicans through passing the first post-Obama health care bill earlier this year.

The American Health Care Act was not a good bill, but that’s not the point. Ryan cobbled together enough middle-of-the-road Republicans and House Freedom Caucus members, as well as some of the more progressive Republicans from the Tuesday Group, to get something passed.

As unpalatable as it may seem to conservatives, if Republicans are going to get any kind of tax reform or immigration bill passed, in spite of Trump’s muddying the proverbial waters, someone like Ryan is necessary.

The third and final reason Paul Ryan’s job is safe as Speaker is no one else could do any better.

The House Freedom Caucus under the leadership of Rep. Mark Meadows has apparently lost its mind recently and decided to meet with Steve Bannon of all people to try and unseat Ryan.

The Wall Street Journal editorial board rightly told Meadows to put up or shut up. There’s no reason Meadows couldn’t run for Speaker himself against Ryan if he and the HFC are that distraught over how Ryan is running things.

The truth is, neither Meadows nor anyone else the HFC might select — their last offering was Louie Gohmert, remember — could effectively whip the Republican conference and those who caucus with them better than Paul Ryan. They are simply too polarizing for the rest of the Republican members of the House to be more effective than Ryan.

Paul Ryan isn’t going anywhere. He’s Speaker until he decides he’s had enough or Democrats regain the majority. Acting like there is a suitable or acceptable alternative who could do better at this time and in this climate is nonsense.

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Listen: ‘WTH Happened This Week at RedState’ with Guest Kira Davis

RedState senior contributors, Kimberly Ross and Andrea Ruth, bring to you a summary of news from the week and how RedState covered each issue. This week, contributor Kira Davis joined the show.

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Watch: CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Melts Down When Clay Travis Talks About Boobs

Sports journalist Clay Travis doesn’t mince words. Indeed, he announced his position as a free speech absolutist before going on to shock CNN’s Brooke Baldwin when he explained the mere two things he says he believes in: The First Amendment and boobs.

When asked to confirm what he said, Travis doubled down and explained those two things are the only things that have never let him down.


I’m a woman. I laughed. You can laugh, too. It’s fine. Promise.

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Trump Spouts Gibberish About The Wall After Latest Deal With Democrats

President Trump spoke — as in he said some words — with reporters on Thursday about the latest news regarding his deals with Democrats over the replacement for DACA and Republicans balking. However, in true Trumpian fashion, it’s up in the air as to what he meant.

I’m pretty good at English. I speak it, read it and unfortunately for all of you, write it. That being said, reading Trump’s comments about the DACA replacement is one big mess of a word salad.

Here’s what he said, from Axios:

  • “Very important is the wall. We have to be sure the wall isn’t obstructed because without the wall I wouldn’t do anything… It doesn’t have to be here but they can’t obstruct the wall if its in a budget or anything else.”
  • “We’re not looking at citizenship. We’re not looking at amnesty. We’re looking at allowing people to stay here… I just spoke with Paul Ryan, everybody’s on board.”
  • “We’re talking about taking care of people, people who were brought here, people who’ve done a good job… We’ll only do it if we get extreme security, not only surveillance but everything that goes with surveillance. If there’s not a wall, we’re doing nothing.”

As with logic and math, sometimes breaking things down to their components helps with understanding. So, here’s what Trump said broken down by sentence.

“Very important is the wall.” Okay, got it.

“We have to be sure the wall isn’t obstructed because without the wall I wouldn’t do anything.” Trump’s not going to do anything if there’s no wall.

It doesn’t have to be here but they can’t obstruct the wall if it’s in a budget or anything else.” So, there’s no wall with the DACA replacement but the Democrats can’t obstruct it if the wall is part of some other bill in the future.

“We’re not looking at citizenship.” Okay. If there’s no path to citizenship, why bother?

“We’re not looking at amnesty.” We’re not? He needs to look up that word.

“We’re looking at allowing people to stay here.” Ah ha! So he does know what amnesty means. But, wait…what?

“I just spoke with Paul Ryan, everybody’s on board.” Does Paul Ryan know he called, because…Pretty sure Paul Ryan said he wasn’t on board.

“We’re talking about taking care of people…” Aw, that’s nice of us.

“…people who were brought here…” Cough…Illegally…cough.

“..people who’ve done a good job…”

“We’ll only do it if we get extreme security…” I assume this is like Extreme Bowling.

“…not only surveillance but everything that goes with surveillance.” So, like binoculars and stuff, I guess.

“…If there’s not a wall, we’re doing nothing.” Oh…okay. So, about that taking care of people thing. That’s just out the window then?

Well, I don’t know about you but that exercise made me feel better. It wasn’t me who couldn’t make sense of Trump’s words. Trump’s sentences were just a word salad of stuff that sounds good but actually make no sense and in reality contradict each other.

Never change, Mr. President.

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