BIDEN SAYS OBAMA COULD USE 'EXECUTIVE ACTION' ON GUNS: The commission headed by Vice President Joe Biden that's looking at ways of curbing gun violence in the
wake of the Newtown massacre is meeting today (January 10th) with gun owners' groups, including the National Rifle Association. Those meetings are being held one day after Biden met yesterday with representatives of victims groups and gun-safety organizations, telling reporters, "It's critically important we act." The vice president also said that President Obama could use executive action to make some changes, in addition to recommending legislation be passed by Congress. He said, "The president is going to act. There are executive orders, there's executive action that can be taken. We haven't decided what that is yet. But
we're compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and the rest of the cabinet members as well as legislative action that we believe is required."
AURORA KILLER TOOK PICS OF HIMSELF WITH WEAPONS BEFORE MASSACRE: It was revealed during the ongoing pre-trial hearing Wednesday (January 9th) for accused Aurora, Colorado, massacre killer James Holmes that he took pictures of himself with firearms and body armor just hours before the movie theater rampage last July. In one picture, Holmes grinned while holding the muzzle of a gun near his face, and he stuck out his tongue in
another. There was also a photo showing guns, ammunition magazines, body armor,
a gas mask and other gear spread out on his bed. The disclosure came as the prosecution wrapped up their case for putting Holmes on trial, with prosecutor Karen Pearson saying Holmes would have killed more people if his rifle hadn't jammed. The defense declined to present evidence or witnesses of their own, with public defender Daniel King saying, "This is a preliminary hearing and not the proper venue or time to put on a show or truncated defense."
report out yesterday (January 9th) from two of America's leading health research institutions shows that life expectancy in the U.S. is at the bottom among 17 wealthy nations surveyed, including Canada, Japan, Australia and much of Western Europe. American men's life expectancy of 75.6 years ranked lowest among those nations, while women's of 80.7 years was second lowest. This continues a trend of many years, with factors driving our lower life expectancy including far more violent deaths than any other wealthy nation, due in part to
the widespread possession of firearms and practice of storing them at home in a place that's often unlocked, as well as higher calorie consumption, more accidents that involve alcohol, and higher rates of drug-related deaths, AIDS deaths and infant mortality. Additionally, we have a large uninsured population compared to other wealthy nations, more limited access to primary care, and a higher level of poverty. The report from the National Research Council and the
the poor and uninsured. Even college-educated, and wealthier Americans tend to
be in worse health than their counterparts in other developed countries.
MORE CABINET NEWS FOR OBAMA'S SECOND TERM: There was more news yesterday (January 9th) about what President Obama's Cabinet will look like in his second term. White House chief of staff Jack Lew is expected to be nominated today to be treasury secretary, coming after Obama's recent nominations of Senator John Kerry of
diversity in those "big three" Cabinet jobs, which will all be filled by white men. It was also reported that Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, who was the nation's first Hispanic person in that
post, will be stepping down, and that Attorney General Eric Holder, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki will all
stay on in their positions.
NATIONAL CATHEDRAL TO BEGIN HAVING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE CEREMONIES: Washington National Cathedral, the nation's most prominent church that's been the site of presidential inaugural and funeral services as well as services for national celebrations and
tragedies, announced Wednesday (January 9th) that it will begin hosting same-sex weddings. The way was cleared for such ceremonies to be held at the 106-year-old church last summer, when the Episcopal Church approved a ceremony for same-sex unions at its General Convention, followed by the legalization of gay marriage in
weddings that combine civil marriage ceremonies under local law with a blessing from the church, using the new language approved for same-sex couples instead of the traditional marriage ceremony text.
WHITE HOUSE DENIES PETITION TO DEPORT CNN'S PIERS MORGAN: The White House has responded to a petition seeking to deport CNN's Piers Morgan over his strong advocacy for gun control measures in the wake of the
explanation of the First Amendment. The response came after the petition on the White House website got over 100,000 signatures, well over the 25,000 required for an administration response. The petition, which was led by conservative radio host Alex Jones, read, "British Citizen and CNN television host Piers Morgan is engaged in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment. We demand that Mr. Morgan be deported
immediately for his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights and for exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens." In a statement from explaining the denial of the deportation request, White House spokesman Jay Carney wrote, "Americans may disagree on matters of public policy and express those disagreements vigorously, but no one should be punished by the government simply because he or she expressed a view on the Second Amendment -- or any other matter of public concern."
'GANGNAM STYLE' SINGER PSY TO APPEAR IN SUPER BOWL COMMERCIAL: Continuing to ride the wave from the blockbuster success of his song "Gangnam Style," South Korean singer and rapper Psy will be making his mark on the pinnacle of American popular culture next month with an appearance in a Super Bowl commercial. Psy will star in Wonderful Pistachios' first Super Bowl commercial on February 3rd, wearing his signature green suit
to match the pistachio color and showing a special way to crack open the nuts. This will be the first commercial shown in the
Sosa admission in their first year of eligibility because of the suspicions they used performance-enhancing drugs. Other former players who also failed to get enough votes yesterday (January 9th) were first-time eligible Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza and Curt Schilling, along with holdovers Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell and Lee Smith. Biggio, 20th on the career hits list with 3,060, got the highest total at 68.2 percent, but was still shy of the 75 percent needed. Clemens, the only seven-time Cy Young Award winner who's third on the career strikeouts list and ninth in wins, got 37.6 percent and Bonds, the only seven-time Most Valuable Player who holds the home run record with 762, got 36.2 percent, while Sosa, eighth on the career home runs list with 609, was back at 12. 5 percent.
ready for the 2013 season." It remains to be seen, however, just how much
of next season RG3 will be able to play.
POLL FINDS AMERICANS PREFER COCKROACHES TO CONGRESS: With approval ratings for Congress down to nine-percent, perhaps the results of a new poll are not surprising. Public
Policy Polling asked Americans a series of either-or questions, and found Congress lost out to cockroaches, root canals, the rock band Nickelback, colonoscopies, traffic jams, Donald Trump, and more. However, Congress was preferred to the Kardashians, the Ebola virus, Lindsay Lohan, meth labs, and gonorrhea. The survey was administered to 830 voters. (UPI)
‘THE HUNGER GAMES’
odds turned out to be in favor of The Hunger Games as the film and its stars won big at the People's Choice Awards on Wednesday (January 9th) by taking home six awards. Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco was on hand to host the show for the second year in a row. Although she may have flubbed one of her lines early in the program, Cuoco definitely seemed
comfortable taking on the role for another round. The two-hour ceremony was
full of celebrity presenters, speeches thanking the fans, and a few musical
performances scattered in between.
Katy Perry was the big winner on the music side again this year. The pop star happily took the stage to receive her statue for Favorite Pop Artist but also earned the most votes for
Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Music Video, and Favorite Music Fan Following.
While accepting the awards, she announced how much she looks forward to
entertaining her fans again which motivates her to head back into the studio.
The show included musical performances from Alicia Keys, Jason Aldean, and
Christina Aguilera. Keys performed her songs Girl on Fire and New
Day. Later in the show, Aldean brought the house to their feet with his hit
My Kind of Party. Christina rounded out the night's musical entertainment
with an emotional rendition of her song Blank Page off of her Lotus
The people also gave out special awards to Sandra Bullock -- recipient of the favorite humanitarian award and Christina Aguilera who was given the people's voice award.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SHOW:
Kaley Cuoco seemed to take a page from Billy Crystal's book of hosting --
kicking off the show by editing herself into some of the year's biggest movies
including The Avengers, The Hunger Games, and Twilight.
Olivia Munn announced Taylor Swift as the people's Favorite Country Artist and then proceeded to rip the trophy from
Robert Downey Jr. dedicated his award to an 83-year-old fan who passed away a few days earlier.
Despite the fact that their characters graduated from high school last season, fans
still gleek out over Chris Colfer and Lea Michele. The co-stars took home Favorite Comedic Male Actor and Comedic Female Actress.
Throughout the show, Kaley Cuoco read out gag ideas that Twitter users wanted to
see happen at the close of the show. The idea to have Heidi Klum have a segway race against a monkey won and the race occurred as confetti fell over the audience.
COMPLETE WINNER'S LIST
FAVORITE MOVIE The Hunger Games
FAVORITE MOVIE ACTOR Robert Downey, Jr.
FAVORITE MOVIE ACTRESS Jennifer Lawrence
FAVORITE MOVIE ICON Meryl Streep
FAVORITE ACTION MOVIE The Hunger Games
FAVORITE ACTION MOVIE
FAVORITE FACE OF HEROISM Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games
FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE Ted
FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE ACTOR Adam Sandler
FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE ACTRESS Jennifer Aniston
FAVORITE DRAMATIC MOVIE The Perks of Being a Wallflower
FAVORITE DRAMATIC MOVIE ACTOR Zac Efron
FAVORITE DRAMATIC MOVIE ACTRESS Emma Watson
FAVORITE MOVIE FRANCHISE The Hunger Games
FAVORITE MOVIE SUPERHERO Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man
FAVORITE ON-SCREEN CHEMISTRY Jennifer Lawrence / Josh Hutcherson / Liam Hemsworth, The Hunger Games
FAVORITE MOVIE FAN FOLLOWING Twihards, Twilight
FAVORITE NETWORK TV COMEDY The Big Bang Theory
FAVORITE NETWORK TV DRAMA Grey's Anatomy
FAVORITE CABLE TV COMEDY Awkward
FAVORITE CABLE TV DRAMA Leverage
FAVORITE PREMIUM CABLE TV SHOW True Blood
FAVORITE TV CRIME DRAMA Castle
FAVORITE SCI-FI/FANTASY TV SHOW Supernatural
FAVORITE COMEDIC TV ACTOR Chris Colfer
FAVORITE COMEDIC TV ACTRESS Lea Michele
FAVORITE DRAMATIC TV ACTOR Nathan Fillion
FAVORITE DRAMATIC TV ACTRESS Ellen Pompeo
FAVORITE DAYTIME TV
FAVORITE LATE NIGHT
FAVORITE COMPETITION TV SHOW The X Factor
FAVORITE CELEBRITY JUDGE Demi Lovato
FAVORITE TV FAN FOLLOWING SPNFamily, Supernatural
FAVORITE NEW TV COMEDY The New Normal
FAVORITE NEW TV DRAMA Beauty & The Beast
FAVORITE MALE ARTIST Jason Mraz
FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST Katy Perry
FAVORITE HIP HOP ARTIST Nicki Minaj
FAVORITE R&B ARTIST Rihanna
FAVORITE BAND Maroon 5
FAVORITE COUNTRY ARTIST Taylor Swift
FAVORITE BREAKOUT ARTIST The Wanted
FAVORITE SONG "What Makes You Beautiful," One Direction
FAVORITE ALBUM Up All Night, One Direction
FAVORITE MUSIC VIDEO Part of Me, Katy Perry
FAVORITE MUSIC FAN FOLLOWING KatyCats, Katy Perry
JIMMY KIMMEL TOPS LETTERMAN IN NEW TIME SLOT: Jimmy Kimmel Live made its debut in the timeslot on Tuesday (January 8th) and pulled in enough viewers to top David Letterman. Kimmel's ratings were solid but not enough to take down Jay
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT JOINS 'SIN
signed on for a starring role in
actor to reject the lead in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.
TINA FEY IN TALKS FOR NEW MUPPETS MOVIE: Tina Fey is being courted to join Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell in the sequel to The Muppets. Fey would reportedly play a Russian prison guard if the deal goes through.
MILLENNIUM FILMS ORDERS MORE 'TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE': Now that the 3D installment of Texas Chainsaw Massacre earned enough money to overtake The Hobbit at the box office, Millennium films has ordered a another sequel into production. Filming will begin later this year in
WARNER BROS. CHANGES RELEASE DATE FOR 'BEAUTIFUL CREATURES': Warner Bros. has pushed the release date for Beautiful Creatures back one day so that it will open in theaters on Valentine's Day. The film is based on the best-selling fantasy series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
CBS SELLS OUT OF SUPERBOWL COMMERCIAL TIME: CBS is completely sold out of air time for Super Bowl 47. Network president Leslie Moonves confirmed the news to the New York Times on Tuesday (January 8th) and added that some exceptions will be made for companies willing to pay more than usual for their spots.
The Times also reports that this year has been record-breaking with some commercial spots selling for over $4 million. Ad agency executives estimate that CBS got an average of $3.7 to $3.8 million for every 30 seconds of airtime.
‘ANCHORMAN 2’ SET ROBBED: Burglars made away with $300,000 worth of
wiring and four computers after breaking into the Atlanta warehouse where the
sequel to Anchorman is currently being filmed. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the thieves entered the building through a rear garage door.
There is currently a sign posted on the building offering $5,000 to anyone with
information that leads to an arrest. Police believe the break-in is part of a
string of robberies that have occurred in the area.
abruptly left Three Days Grace just weeks before the band is scheduled to begin a major co-headlining tour with Shinedown and while its fourth album, Transit Of Venus, is still going strong on the rock radio charts. The band immediately named My Darkest Days frontman Matt Walst, brother of Three Days Grace bassist Brad Walst, as lead singer for the tour, citing in a press release that Gontier resigned due to a "health issue."
That immediately led to speculation online that Gontier had lapsed back into some
sort of addiction problem, having struggled to achieve sobriety in 2009. But
Gontier, in a statement of his own, affirmed that he was still sober and
explained his departure in somewhat vague terms, writing, "After 20 years
of being part of an ever evolving band, I have been inspired by life, to move
on and to continue to evolve on my own terms. I could not be more grateful for
all the souls who have traveled along with me. A journey I look back on with
integrity, and a future I look forward to with such hope."
In an update at the Three Days Grace website, the band spelled out more details about
the situation, saying, "We found out on December 21st that Adam wished to
resign from the band. In a letter to us Adam indicated that he was resigning
from the band due to a non life threatening health issue and wanted the band to
continue moving forward without him. We were as shocked as many of you were to
hear the news."
CHECK IT OUT: Listen to audio of Matt Walst rehearsing with
Three Days Grace for their upcoming tour:
13 ODDBALL APPS (The Frisky):
1) BellyButton. It does nothing but show pictures of belly buttons. That's it. The iTunes store review of it says, "Pointless, bizarre, and strangely amusing." That's really all I'm
looking for in an app. In life, really.
2) The Poop Analyzer.
It gives you diagnostics and medical advice based on your poop! After you go,
you answer some questions about the characteristics of your poop and it tells
you what's up with your feces. Fun!
3) Zit Picker. Using
two fingers you can pick and pop the zits on your friends' faces. So
satisfying. And no threat of infection.
4) Hiccup Begone. It's
a circus-themed app that tours you through a sideshow of ten scientifically
proven ways to get rid of those annoying hiccups.
5) Run Pee. It helps
you plan when to go pee during a movie so you don't miss anything. A timer will
go off at the best times to pee. Genius.
6) Annoy-A-Teen. It
emits irritatingly high frequency sounds that most adults have lost their
ability to hear, thereby targeting teenagers.
7) Dog Effects. We all
need Dog Effects. Why? Because drawing and painting with dogs is what life is
all about. Or at least, what it should be all about.
8) Cover-Up. If you're
phobic about using public restrooms because of the noises, this app will help
you get over that. Cover-up masks unpleasant bathroom sounds by simulating
sound effects like running water, hand-dryers and blow dryers. And it looks
like a makeup compact. Clever.
9) Sim Stapler. I'm
just going to quote the app store: "The first true office equipment
simulator, SimStapler brings all of the thrill and excitement of a 'real'
stapler right to the palm of your hand."
10) iHobo. There's
nothing fun about iHobo, but if you're looking to improve your compassion
response (who isn't?), it's fantastic. For three days you'll have a young,
homeless person living in your smartphone. Alerts will tell you when he needs
stuff. It's your job to take care of him before he gets into trouble. Proceeds
go to a homeless charity. Heavy.
11) iVooDoo. Just stick
the pins in your virtual voo doo doll and manifest away. Use it for good
(landing that new job) or evil (getting revenge on your stupid ex).
12) iFart. you can
choose from 30 different fart sounds, record your own farts and even share them
with your social network.
13) Zips. Totally
useless, but totally fun, Zips is an app that lets you play with zippers. That
is all. It was named the #1 Dumbest App by CNN Money. Perfect. Need it.
studies show that daydreaming while at work could boost your brain's
creativity. Researchers at the
their creativity, and performed better than those who did not perform the boring task beforehand. Senior psychology lecturer, Dr. Sandi Mann says, "Our work shows that daydreaming could be potentially beneficial in the workplace, as it allows lateral thinking that could assist with problem solving." (Daily Mail)
PEOPLE ORDER MORE FOOD WHEN THEY ORDER ONLINE: A new study says that while ordering take-out online might be convenient, it might also be hurting your waistline. Assistant Professor from the Simon School of Business at the
over-order online because they have fewer inhibitions in more private settings.
The study found that online customers increased their double and triple bacon
orders more than ten-times as much as their double and triple orders for
vegetable toppings, and that pizza ordered online contained six-percent more
calories compared to orders places over the phone or in person. McDevitt says
one way to curb over-ordering online would be to do it in the presence of a
person's whose opinion you care about, or even just look at a picture of that
SODA LINKED TO DEPRESSION RISK: What you drink could affect your emotions--that's according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the
that drinking four cups or cans of soda daily was linked with a 30-percent increase in risk for depression, while drinking four cups or cans of diet soda or fruit punch increased depression risk by 38-percent. Drinking four cups of coffee daily was linked with a ten-percent decrease in risk for depression. Study researcher Dr. Honglei Chen says, "Our research suggests that
cutting out or down on sweetened diet drinks or replacing them with unsweetened
coffee may naturally help lower your depression risk." (Huffington Post)
WHY DO WET FINGERS BECOME WRINKLED? Scientists have a new explanation for why our fingers become wrinkly after exposure to water. Scientists from
wrinkled fingers were quicker at picking up wet objects, but offered no advantage for moving dry ones. Researcher Tom Smulders says, "Toes wrinkling in the bath could have evolved from a need to walk or run on slippery ground." Wrinkles form when the blood vessels constrict, shrinking the fingertips and pulling in the skin. (Daily
One of Monopoly's Classic Game Tokens
One of Monopoly's iconic game tokens is going to be replaced, and gamemaker Hasbro
wants you to decide which one it will be. Votes can be made through February
5th on Monopoly's Facebook page, with all of the tokens up for possible
banishment -- the car, thimble, boot, Scottie dog, battleship, hat, iron and
wheelbarrow. Ballots are cast for which piece the voter wants to save. As of
last night (January 9th), the wheelbarrow was in the most trouble, with only
three percent of the "save" votes, followed by the iron and the boot,
which were tied at six percent. The Scottie dog was in the lead with 33 percent
of the "save" vote, followed by the car with 15 percent. Also up to
voters is which new piece will replace the one that's dumped, from the choices
of a helicopter, diamond ring, robot, cat and guitar. The new Monopoly with the
updated game pieces will hit stores later this year. This isn't the first time Hasbro
has changed the classic Monopoly tokens. Three of the game's original ones, a
purse, lantern and rocking horse, were replaced in the 1950s by the Scottie
dog, wheelbarrow and a man on horseback.
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