Posts by Dylan Stableford
Potential jurors in the murder trial of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's accused killer, Eddie Ray Routh, were not disqualified for seeing "American Sniper," the Oscar-nominated movie based on Kyle’s book of the same name. And at least one of the 12 jurors who found Routh guilty in the murder of Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, admitted he saw it.
"It gave me a better outlook on Chris' role as a Marine," Barrett Hutchinson told ABC's "Good Morning America" Wednesday. "What the job entitled, a greater respect for it."
But Hutchinson, who did not specify when he saw the film, said it did not affect his judgment.
“You just put that to the side, and take in the facts and make your own judgment," Hutchinson continued. "I put the fact that Chris was a Marine out of my mind, and looked at Chris as a person, looked at Chad as a person, looked at Eddie as a person."
Emergency workers responded to a partial building collapse on the west side of Manhattan Wednesday.
A spokesman for the FDNY told Yahoo News that the three-story building, located on West 57th Street between 11th and 12th avenues, was under construction.
One construction worker was transported to the hospital with serious but nonlife-threatening injuries, the spokesman said, as first responders continued to look for any other victims and assess the site.
Aerial photos of the scene showed scaffolding collapsed onto a school bus parked outside the structure.
It's unclear what caused the collapse. The NYPD spokesman said the department is investigating.
Jon Stewart weighed in on the controversy swirling around Bill O'Reilly's Falklands War reporting on Tuesday, mocking the media for questioning the Fox News host's assertion that where he was covering the 1982 conflict — in Buenos Aires, Argentina — was a "war zone."
“Really? We’re going after O’Reilly for exaggerating being in a war zone?” the "Daily Show" host asked, pointing out the "No Spin Zone" tagline of O'Reilly's cable news show. “Misrepresenting the zone he is in is kind of his hook.”
Stewart presented a recent segment on O'Reilly's "Factor" which included a correspondent "who disproves global warming by wandering around Boston pointing at snow."
Even Fox News' slogan — "Fair and Balanced" — is "a textbook case of trolling," Stewart quipped. "No one's watching them for the actual truth."
A New Mexico woman's lifelong obsession with Slinkys is now in Guinness World Records for her massive collection of the 1940s-era coiled spring toys.
Susan Suazo, of Los Lunas, N.M., was recently certified by Guinness for her collection of 1,054 Slinkys.
Suazo began collecting them more than 40 years ago after she got one as a Christmas gift from her parents. A vending machine at a restaurant where she worked fueled her Slinky addiction.
“I worked in a café, and it had a vending machine,” Suazo told KOAT-TV. “Every time I had a couple of quarters, I would go buy myself a Slinky.”
These days, Suazo, who works as a telecommunications specialist, spends her free time scouring eBay for rare and vintage Slinkys. Suazo is hoping eventually to go to China, which she describes as a Slinky mecca.
“There are so many that are produced in China that I can’t find here,” she told the Valencia County News-Bulletin.
So why does Suazo love Slinkys so much?
"It's gotten out of control," she said.
On “The O’Reilly Factor” on Monday, the embattled host showed archival footage of the 1982 reports that he requested from CBS, in part, to prove that protests he was covering near the presidential palace in Buenos Aires, Argentina, were violent — a characterization some of his former colleagues dispute.
“I reported accurately the violence was horrific,” O’Reilly said.
His guest on the show, Don Browne, a former NBC bureau chief who covered the Falklands War, described the situation on the ground as “intense,” though stopped short of characterizing it as a “riot” or “war zone,” as O’Reilly has characterized it.
Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly both weighed in on former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s suggestionthat President Barack Obama doesn’t love America. And not surprisingly — given their history of on-air battleson each other’s shows — the cable hosts had markedly different takes on the controversy.
Stewart of “The Daily Show” took particular issue with Giuliani invoking Sept. 11 to defend his comments.
“You know, President Obama didn’t live through September 11th,” Giuliani said on “The Sean Hannity Show” last week. “I did. President Obama didn’t almost, you know, have a building fall on him. Myself and my police commissioner and my fire commissioner did.”
“Shut up,” Stewart said, referring to Giuliani’s remarks. “You know you’re not the mayor of 9/11, right? You don’t own 9/11. You don’t own anything but the unique willingness to crassly exploit it.”
The history of U.S. political spouses whose lavish spending habits have attracted public attention is about as old as the country itself.
First lady Mary Todd Lincoln was known as a compulsive shopper roundly criticized for her indiscriminate spending and shopping binges during the Civil War. Nancy Reagan’s expensive tastes and designer dresses earned her the derogatory nickname "Queen Nancy." Calista Gingrich owed as much as $500,000 to Tiffany’s, according to financial disclosures made during Newt Gingrich’s 2012 presidential run. First lady Michelle Obama’s taste for fashion — she once wore $540 sneakers to a food bank — is well-documented.
In 1997, she paid $31,000 for two pieces of jewelry ($15,000 for a Roman coin necklace and $16,600 for a diamond-studded Rolex) — both financed through the jeweler.
“My blunt language suggesting that the president doesn’t love America notwithstanding, I didn’t intend to question President Obama’s motives or the content of his heart,” Giuliani writes in an op-edpublished by the Wall Street Journal Sunday night. “My intended focus really was the effect his words and his actions have on the morale of the country, and how that effect may damage his performance.”
Obama, Giuliani writes, is seen “criticizing his country more than other presidents have done.”
Giuliani was clarifying remarks he made last week at a private GOP dinner in Manhattan, where he said, “I do not believe that the president loves America.”
Sean Penn sparked a controversy near the end of Sunday’s Oscars telecast with an off-color comment about “Birdman” director Alejandro González Iñárritu.
While presenting the Academy Award for Best Picture to the Mexican-born Iñárritu, Penn said, “Who gave this son of a bitch his green card?”
The remark was met with an immediate backlash on Twitter.
Absolutely horrible green card comment from Sean Penn. The struggles people endure for immigration justice are not punchlines.
*no one acknowledges Sean Penn being straight up racist*
And great job Sean Penn. Ruining a fantastic moment with a green card "joke." #Tacky
I've traveled to 45 states and head people say "illegal" and "Mexican" interchangeably. That's why green card joke was tone deaf #Oscars
And the award for most dramatic reading of the teleprompter goes to … Terrence Howard.
"He just breaks so. many. damn. codes." - Terrence Howard
An audible crackling could be heard in the background before Howard went on to talk passionately about the civil rights-era drama "Selma."
Did the mic just attack Terrence Howard? #OscarsWithAxford
Viewers were, understandably, more than a bit confused.
Is Terrence Howard this moved? Or is something else happening? #NPROscars
I think Terrence Howard liked these movies
Terrence Howard sounded like the waiter that makes you uncomfortable while he's passionately describing the specials.
Somebody give Terrence Howard a hug.
imagine Terrence Howard leaving you a voicemail.