Posts by Dylan Stableford

  • Ben Carson: Being gay is a choice — just look at prison

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 1 day ago

    Editor's note: This story was updated at 9:40 p.m. ET to reflect new developments .

    Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate, said Wedneday he believes homosexuality is a choice -- and that prison is proof -- in a televised interview before later backtracking from the remarks on social media.

    "A lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight," Carson said in an interview with CNN Wednesday. "And when they come out, they're gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question."

    Carson's belief is at odds with others in the medical community who say "most people experience little or no sense of choice about their sexual orientation."

    The 63-year-old said he's open to granting legal rights to same-sex couples but not to changing the legal definition of marriage.

    Carson took to Facebook on Wednesday evening in an effort to clarify his position.

  • Netanyahu compares battle between Iran and IS to ‘Game of Thrones’

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 1 day ago

    During his controversial speech to Congress on Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made several unexpected references, including an apparent name-check of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

    “In this deadly ‘Game of Thrones,’ there’s no place for America or for Israel, no peace for Christians, Jews or Muslims who don’t share the Islamist medieval creed, no rights for women, no freedom for anyone,” Netanyahu said while comparing Iran to the Islamic State militant group. “So when it comes to Iran and ISIS, the enemy of your enemy is your enemy.”

    The prime minister’s pop culture nod did not go unnoticed.

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    .@Netanyahu drops Game of Thrones in Congress speech on Iran http://t.co/rWLNjUxfoN #BibiSpeech pic.twitter.com/fatGyhq3vK

    I'm sorry, did Netanyahu just name-check Game of Thrones?

  • Hillary Clinton spokesman defends her use of personal email account as secretary of state

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 2 days ago

    Hillary Clinton’s spokesman says the former secretary of state did not violate federal records laws by using a personal email account when she was at the State Department.

    “Like secretaries of state before her, she used her own email account when engaging with any department officials,” Nick Merrell, Clinton’s spokesman, said in a statement Monday. “For government business, she emailed them on their department accounts, with every expectation they would be retained. When the department asked former secretaries last year for help ensuring their emails were in fact retained, we immediately said yes.”

    The statement comes in response to a New York Times report that Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure as secretary.

    According to the Times, 55,000 pages of emails were turned over to the department.

    But the Clinton camp bristled at the notion that it broke any rules.

  • Bill Clinton’s official portrait includes shadow of Monica Lewinsky’s infamous blue dress, artist says

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 2 days ago

    The artist who painted the official portrait of President Bill Clinton says he quietly included a reference to the Monica Lewinsky scandal — and the infamous blue dress — in his painting.

    “If you look at the left-hand side of it, there’s a mantel in the Oval Office,” Nelson Shanks told the Philadelphia Daily News. “I put a shadow coming into the painting, and it does two things. It actually literally represents a shadow from a blue dress I had on a mannequin, that I had there while I was painting it, but not when he was there. It is also a bit of a metaphor in that it represents a shadow on the office he held, or on him.”

    The revelation of Clinton’s affair with Lewinsky, a White House intern, created a firestorm in American politics and led to the president’s impeachment in 1998.

    The 77-year-old Shanks, who has painted everyone from Princess Diana to Pope John Paul II, said Clinton was the hardest.

    Last year, Lewinsky wrote publicly about the affair for the first time.

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  • ‘Unbelievable’: City of Cleveland blames 12-year-old Tamir Rice for his own death

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 2 days ago

    Supporters of the family of Tamir Rice are outraged over the city of Cleveland’s claim that the 12-year-old boy was responsible for his own shooting death.

    “It’s unbelievable,” Walter Madison, one of the Rice family’s attorneys, told the Washington Post on Monday. “There are a number of things that we in society don’t allow 12-year-olds to do. We don’t allow them to vote, we don’t allow them to drink. In court we don’t try them as adults. They don’t have the capacity to understand the consequences of their actions.”

    Benjamin Crump, Rice family co-counsel, told CNN that the family was “just in disbelief.”

    The Tamir Rice case literally makes me sick to my stomach

     

  • ‘World’s coolest dad’ builds Olympic-style luge track for his kids

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 3 days ago

    In a serious bid to become World's Coolest Dad, a New Jersey father turned his snow-and-ice-covered lawn into an Olympic-style luge track for his kids.

    Joseph Colangelo, 29, from Cranford, N.J., said he spent the last several weeks creating the 55-foot track outside his home.

    "[My neighbors] thought I was crazy for shoveling my yard," Colangelo wrote on Reddit. "They may have been right but at least now there's a sweet ride on our property."

    Colangelo, a father of three young children, said he built the walls during successive snowstorms and watered the track every day for nearly a month.

    The results, captured with a GoPro camera, impressed even jaded commenters.

    "Looks like you guys got some pretty good speed there," one wrote.

    "Awesome!" wrote another. "I can just imagine every other child in the neighborhood wonder [ sic ] why their own dads aren't so creative."

    "Dad of the year," another declared.

    An "insurance guy," though, offered a word of caution:

  • 20 Internet words that didn't exist when Yahoo launched 20 years ago

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 3 days ago

    Yahoo is celebrating its 20th anniversary on Monday, and plenty has changed in the world — and on the World Wide Web — since its launch in 1995.

    To commemorate two decades on the Internet, Yahoo News editors came up with a list of Internet-era words and phrases that didn't exist when the company launched. Among them: "blogs," "selfies," and even "social media." Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was just 10 years old when Yahoo came online, tweets were strictly bird noises (without character limits) and Tumblrs weren't missing vowels.

    YAHOO AT 20: FULL LIST OF OUR 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOP 20 LISTS

    Below, to show how the digital landscape has changed over Yahoo's tenure in the tech world, 20 words and phrases that came into existence or were popularized after Yahoo went live in 1995.

    Blog

    Bitcoin

    Clickbait

    Crowdsourcing

    Friend [verb] and Like [noun]

    Flash mob

    GoPro

    Hashtag

    Internet meme

    Photobomb

    Podcast

    Selfie

    Social media

    Text [verb]

    Sext [verb]

    Smackdown

    Troll

    Tweet

    Viral

    Wi-Fi

  • Dakota Johnson’s ‘SNL’ ISIS spoof stirs outrage online

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 3 days ago

    A “Saturday Night Live” commercial spoof is stirring outrage online over its depiction of a female high school graduate who leaves her family to join the Islamic State militant group also known as ISIS.

    The ad, starring “SNL” host and “50 Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson is a spoof of the Toyota commercial that portrays an Army-bound daughter being dropped off at the airport by her father. In the “SNL” version, though, the daughter is being picked up by Islamic militants in a Toyota pickup truck.

    “You be careful, OK?” says the father, played by Taran Killam.

    “Dad, it’s just ISIS,” she replies.

    When a teary-eyed Killam instructs one of the militants, played by Kyle Mooney, to “take care of her,” he replies, “Death to America.”

    As the truck drives away, a voice-over assures Killam: “ISIS: We’ll take it from here, Dad.”

    While the studio audience seemed to laugh, plenty of viewers at home didn’t find it so funny.

    Very distasteful of #SNL making fun of the Isis crisis on tonight's episode