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Faux News Bimbo vs the Hasbro Hamster

The controversy! See the similarity?

Other than one has a head filled with plastic nuts, and the other with fecal material…I don’t really see any.

Fox News’ Harris Faulkner sues Hasbro for $5 million over alleged theft of persona and likeness

Deadline Hollywood’s Dominic Patten reports that Fox News contributor and “Outnumbered” co-host Harris Faulkner is suing Hasbro for $5 million for stealing her name and likeness and using them in a “demeaning and insulting” fashion on an adorable hamster in its Littlest Pet Shop line of toys.

Faulkner’s lawyers alerted the toy manufacturer to the problem in January, but the toy remained available on shelves and online well into the summer. (It appears to have been pulled from online retailers as of this writing.) In her 15-page filing, Faulkner’s lawyers contended that “Hasbro’s manufacture, sale, and distribution of the Harris Faulkner Hamster Doll is extremely concerning and distressing to Faulkner.”

“In addition to its prominent and unauthorized use of Faulkner’s name, elements of the Harris Faulkner Hamster Doll also bear a physical resemblance to Faulkner’s traditional professional appearance, in particular tone of its complexion, the shape of its eyes, and the design of its eye makeup,” the filing continued. As to the legitimacy of that claim, it’s worth noting that both Harris Faulkners do in fact have complexions, eyes, and are apparently wearing makeup.

Moreover, Faulkner’s lawyers argued that “Hasbro’s capitalization on Faulkner’s name, likeness, identity, and persona is underscored with the display of the ‘TM’ symbol after her name and a statement on the back of the packaging that this symbol ‘denote[s] U.S. Trademark’ that — falsely — claims that Hasbro owns a United States trademark in ‘Harris Faulkner.’”

Most importantly, Faulkner’s filing revealed that the Fox News personality doesn’t want her brand associated with choking hazards — ironic, given the response many eating lunch while watching “Outnumbered” have had. In short, “[t]his means that Hasbro misappropriated Faulkner’s name, likeness, identity, [and] persona without consent, for its own profit, for the purpose of capitalizing off of her good name and persona, all at Faulkner’s expense.”

Because when you’re shopping for the perfect toy for that hard-to-please child, “Does it bear a resemblance to a daytime Fox News co-host?” is the first question that pops into your head.

There might be one thing…Hasbro probably should have called the toy a rat instead of a Hamster…

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I guess the Muppets better look out, cause Kermit’s new girlfriend does sorta look like that Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer…At least until Miss Piggy finds out about the affair!

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2015 in Faux News

 

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Marc Lamont Hill vs Sheriff David Clarke

Hill seem that he doesn’t recognize that with bloviators like Clarke – there is no need to be polite.Clarke is not for real, he is a hired Lawn Jockey –  and as such shouldn’t be accorded the respect of an intelligent or genuine person of differing opinion. Got this tube from a conservative racist type on Youtube – so you will have to excuse the tube title.

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2015 in Black Conservatives, Domestic terrorism

 

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Buy a confederate Flag…From a Black Guy!

Too funny!

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2015 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Cop-on-Cop Violence

Seems the trigger happy Police in Arizona have just capped one of their own…

Trigger-Happy Cop Shot One of His Own and Kept Blasting Away

The number of signs that Albuquerque Police Lt. Greg Brachle ignored or didn’t see before putting nine .45-caliber bullets into his fellow officer’s body are simply staggering.

There was the fact that Brachle knew Det. Jacob Grant was involved in a drug buy last January, a sting the superior officer walked up on while Grant sat in an undercover police car. There were Grant’s clothes, an outfit specially worn according to a safety protocol to prevent friendly fire incidents. Even Grant’s position in the car—behind another undercover narcotics agent in the driver’s seat—was to signal to other officers that the two men were cops.

But most damning—and the most confusing part of it all—is that Brachle and Grant were well-known to each other. For nearly two years, they worked in the narcotics division of the department.

The lieutenant and the detective had “substantial, frequent, and almost daily interactions with each other,” said the civil lawsuit filed last week against the city of Albuquerque and the police department.

According to Bernalillo County court documents filed by Grant’s lawyer, Grant was taking part in a drug buy with another undercover officer while the sting was being monitored by Brachle and others. A briefing was held prior to the bust and officers in attendance learned not only of Grant and his fellow undercover cop’s presence in the car, but also of descriptions of their clothing and seating positions. Brachle didn’t attend the briefing, Grant’s lawyer says, but nonetheless took an “active and aggressive role in the operation.”

Brachle went against protocol by approaching the driver’s side of the car Grant was sitting in. The lieutenant again broke the rules when he ripped open the door and started firing into Grant, alleging without offering a single “hands up,” or “freeze,” according to the complaint.

Brachle’s actions were called “overzealous and aggressive,” in Grant’s lawsuit. Another way of saying it might be that Brachle went John Wayne, swooping into a situation he apparently knew little about, guns blazing. Even if Grant wasn’t a cop, Brachle’s alleged zealousness to fire on a suspect presenting no apparent threat would be disturbing.

Brachle first putting two bullets into Grant’s torso at point-blank range. The detective’s body slumped over in the back seat, Brachle fired seven more times as Grant tried to crawl away.

“Please stop shooting,” the detective pleaded as the lieutenant kept firing.

The damage was substantial: Almost all of Grant’s vital organs were struck and he lost 80 percent of his blood that day, nearly dying. After several surgeries, Grant can expect a lifetime of more medical work and costs to recover.

The lawsuit filed by Grant’s lawyer says not only did Brachle ignore training, protocol, and all manner of common sense while firing on his fellow officer, but he also violated Grant’s constitutional rights by using an excessive amount of lethal force.

Not really surprising though – this is the Police Force who shoots unarmed homeless people

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2015 in Domestic terrorism

 

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Texas Redneck Demonstrates American Racism

This is a Faux News devotee. He truly believes the “Black Panthers” exist anymore…

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2015 in Domestic terrorism, The New Jim Crow

 

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Diner in Blanc

Heard about this. Unfortunately was too busy to deal with the drill. A couple of my staff who are foodies did. Sounds like it was a blast!

 

D.C.’s Snobbery-Free ‘Diner en Blanc’ Showed Washington at Its Partying Best

White people are crazy.

Let me rephrase: People who dress entirely in white—from head to toe—and schlep white tablecloths, white chairs, and white plates and napkins to the middle of a city to eat cold food with thousands of strangers, also dressed entirely in white, and who pay for this form of social masochism, are crazy.

I reached this conclusion weeks before I donned a pair of white linen drawstring pants, a white Guayabera shirt, and a pair of white espadrilles (which look good on no man) to join 2,000 strangers for Diner en Blanc, the foodie flash-mob franchise that rolled into Washington on Saturday night.

I was a guest, but my fellow diners (“dinerers”?) had paid upwards of $100 per couple to join this culinary club.

The Washington event sold out weeks earlier. Weeks!

The attendees were told to meet in groups at pre-assigned locations around the city.

Many of them had taken the Metro from the hinterlands of the D.C. suburbs. They flocked like little white lemmings, hiking their hemlines up from the dirty street corners, and waited patiently until 6 p.m.

Only then were they informed of the soirée’s secret locale, and they set out en masse.

I’d been tipped off to the venue early.

I stood outside the Carnegie Library in downtown Washington, just across from the city’s convention center, and watched streams of crisply dressed revelers, looking very hungry, hauling folded tables and chairs, linens, and baskets towards the library’s handsome lawn.

Some carried their gear in Rubbermaid bins strapped to luggage carts. Plenty towed roll-aboard suitcases filled with cutlery and cold salads. One woman pushed her supplies in a wheelchair.

Again, I reminded myself, people had paid for this privilege. Why? Washington is lousy with public parks and open green spaces. Did these revelers require instruction to enjoy themselves? When did they become allergic to spontaneity?

The city has been transformed over the past two decades into an urban consumer playground that can accommodate both the very wealthy who can afford to live there and the multitudes that come to shop, to eat, and—apparently, as “Diner” proved—to commune with total strangers.

The evening’s attendees had religiously adhered to the Diner en Blanc International-enforced dress code, helpfully emailed to patrons a few days prior. “Wear White. Please no ivory, cream, off white, a dress with a black belt, light khaki pants, or any other color.”

I realized my espadrilles were ecru and became anxious at the thought of a “Diner” enforcer confronting me with an ultimatum: Either the espadrilles went or I did. I wasn’t sure which outcome I’d prefer.

“Dress Elegantly or Very Elegantly,” the email said. Dangerous advice. More than a few women wore wedding dresses. Mens’ white jackets flirted with Zoot suitterritory. I did spot one man in a cream dinner jacket. I guessed he’d made it past the color guards.

“Very Elegant” also meant guests could wear a “mask, gloves, wig, or fascinator.”

For inspiration, guests were encouraged to consider Marie Antoinette, and to feel free to imitate her, provided that their wigs were “original” and of “high-quality” and, perhaps it went without saying, but it was said, “white.”

Washington is rather late to this white social craze. Diner en Blanc began nearly 30 years ago in Paris when, the story goes, a group of friends met up for a picnic in the Bois de Boulogne, a large public park on the western edge of Paris, and wore white so they could find each other.

I put aside for the moment why friends would fail to identify each other without dressing like Mr. Roarke from Fantasy Island. Perhaps they weren’t very good friends.

In any event, the founders clearly tapped into some thwarted social longing.

Thousands of people had been waiting to join this white army. The concept became contagion, and ‘Diner’ has now spread to Paris, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Abidjan, Cape Town, Canberra, Auckland, Vilnius, Moscow, Shanghai, Singapore, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Philadelphia, and now Washington. ...Read the rest here…

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2015 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Erroll Garner Unreleased Album

My fellow jazz aficionados will be excited about this one. An entire album of never released music from Jazz Legend Pianist Erroll Garner. Can’t make the embed code work on this blog, so you will have to go to the article to listen to the first released Track called “Bernie’s Tune”.

For those of you who have never heard of the real Piano Man – here is Side B of what is probably his best known album –

Exclusive: Hear ‘Bernie’s Tune,’ an Unreleased Erroll Garner Track

At just 5-foot-2, jazz legend Erroll Garner used to stack phone books on his piano bench to properly reach the keys. But that didn’t stop him from making a name for himself as one of the genre’s greats, crafting tunes that would become standards—and even allegedly holding the title as Johnny Carson’s favorite musician.

Though Garner died too young—at age 55—in 1977, his memory lives on with both a devout fan club and, of course, in his music. Coming Sept. 18, a new collection featuring 11 unreleased tracks will be available. Errol Garners The Complete Concert by the Sea celebrates the 60th anniversary of his best-selling live album of the same name, which was recorded as part of the concert series that laid the groundwork for the Monterey Jazz Festival. Along with extra tracks, the collection includes audio from both the show’s announcer and interviews with band members.

“I don’t think I need to tell you how significant a figure Erroll Garner is in the history of American music,” Grammy-winning jazz writer Dan Morgenstern notes. “His artistry transcended categories over four decades. Without ever saying a word or indulging in showbiz trimmings, he could just play the piano and hold thousands enraptured.”

Below, hear the previously unreleased “Bernie’s Tune” for the first time, and click here to preorder the album. Hit the link to the article above.

Just for fun…One more…

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2015 in Music, From Way Back When to Now

 

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