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Lego refuses bulk orders of legos to be used for political art

Disident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei says Lego refused to sell him toy bricks for his artwork, calling it an "an act of censorship and discrimination."

Ai -- known for critiquing censorship by the Chinese government -- said he intended to use Legos for a piece destined for an Australian exhibition in December.

In an Instagram post on Saturday, Ai wrote that Lego sent an email in September saying, "We are not in a position to support the exhibition ... by supplying the bulk order."

Lego spokesperson Roar Rude Trangbaek declined to comment on Ai's case, but said "we refrain -- on a global level -- from actively engaging in or endorsing the use of Lego bricks in projects or contexts of a political agenda."

Trangbaek added that the company denies "donations or support for projects -- such as the possibility of purchasing Lego bricks in very large quantities, which is not possible through normal sales channels -- where we are made aware that there is a political context."

Ai claimed that Lego acted with its own political motivations. He pointed to plans to build a Legoland in Shanghai announced last week.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun Oct 25, 2015, 08:31 PM (0 replies)

Trump said Rubio "sweats like a dog"


Bush wasn’t the only rival Trump targeted during a speech that lasted about an hour and 20 minutes. Florida’s junior senator, Marco Rubio, and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson also took hits.

“You’ve got Rubio doing poorly, and he sweats like a dog,” Trump said. “You’ve got Carson. I don’t know what the hell’s going on there. I don’t get it.”

It was the second straight day Trump campaigned in Florida, where he leads in recent polls — a point he took joy in letting the crowd know.

“Trump is No. 1. Rubio, waaaaay back,” Trump said. “You’re talking about a guy who’s sweating, now he’s really sweating.”

He also said Rubio is disloyal because he is challenging Bush for the nomination after saying for years that Bush was his political mentor.


Daily mail ran this pic with their article
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun Oct 25, 2015, 03:59 AM (12 replies)

Judge Jeanine to Hillary before the hearings: Pitbull Trey Gowdy is coming for you

After going through a laundry list of questions that haven’t been answered, she noted one big difference between her previous testimony and the one before the House Select Committee on Benghazi scheduled for October 22.

That difference will be the committee’s chairman, the House Republican pit bull Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, she notes at about there 4:45 mark.

“Had it not been for Trey Gowdy, we would never have known about the server, the lies, the emails and the danger zone you allowed to our national security,” Pirro said. “To all the critics out there: let Trey Gowdy do his job.”

Read more: http://www.bizpacreview.com/2015/10/18/judge-jeanine-puts-hillary-on-notice-pitbull-trey-gowdy-is-coming-for-you-265502#ixzz3pZDsfa9n
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun Oct 25, 2015, 03:39 AM (7 replies)

Many on the right grudgingly say the former secretary of state bested her interrogaters

What Conservative Media Say About the Benghazi Hearing
Many on the right grudgingly say the former secretary of state avoided missteps and bested her interrogators in Thursday’s House committee marathon.

How did Hillary Clinton do in Thursday’s hearings of the House Select Committee on Benghazi? Liberals and Clinton supporters are jubilant. Mainstream outlets also confidently declared Clinton the winner.

“As a matter of pure political theater, yesterday’s Benghazi committee hearing was a victory for Hillary Clinton and an overwhelming defeat for House Republicans,” write NBC’s Chuck Todd and Mark Murray. “The hearing was, in a word, boring. And that’s exactly what Clinton wanted,” Chris Cillizza declared.

But what about conservative media? In such a politicized setting, with many liberals having already absolved Clinton of any wrongdoing in the September 11, 2012, attacks that killed four Americans in Libya, and many conservatives having already deemed her guilty of something, does that divide translate into the media response? Put another way, are declarations of Clinton victory another evidence of press bias?

Maybe not.

A trip around conservative media shows many commentators interpreted the hearings the same way mainstream and liberal reporters did: As a victory for a poised and polished Clinton, and a defeat for Republicans on the panel. One place to start is Fox News, where Ed Henry spoke with Greta van Susteren even as the hearings crawled along to their finish, 11 hours after they began.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sun Oct 25, 2015, 03:24 AM (2 replies)

A philanthropist designs backpack for homeless. Distributes 400 in SF

Chicago philanthropist, Ron Kaplan, gives a demonstration of the free backpacks given away at the homeless Navigation Center in the Mission district on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 in San Francisco, Calif.on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015 in San Francisco, Calif.

Homelessness isn’t backpacking. It’s not military marching. But there are aspects of those things that can make a big difference to a penniless drifter, and a Chicago philanthropist has distilled those aspects into a boxy little creation that could be life-changing.

He has had a backpack designed specifically for the homeless. On Friday, he brought 400 of them to hand out for free in San Francisco.
Homeless people get a lot of free things, like food and clothes, but this sturdy, waterproof, multi-pocketed and security-conscious contraption is different. In its own way, it’s dignity, acknowledgment, freedom and engagement all rolled into one black bag.

The homeless men and women shaking creator Ron Kaplan’s hand when they picked up their useful freebie understood the Zen and the practicality of it all right away.

“Sa-weet!” exclaimed Audrey Rome, 26, as she admired her new pack at arm’s length. She poked through the many pockets inside and out, and pinched the outer fabric between her fingers.


Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat Oct 24, 2015, 12:18 PM (35 replies)

"She’s ready for them. More than ready. Obama-level ready."

that Clinton calmly held her own for the entirety of the rather sickening, epic assault, during which not a single new or damning fact was uncovered, isn’t the most impressive part. It’s the other thing, how Clinton essentially showed America and the world exactly how she’ll respond – with what level of class, calm and intelligence – when she’s faced with this exact level of GOP venom and ineptitude nearly every day of her stewardship, should she become president.

In short: She’s ready for them. More than ready. Obama-level ready. She can take the “worst” the GOP has to offer – their most calculating buffoons, their nastiest pile-on tactics, their months of savage preparation, their inbred misogyny – and leverage it to her/our advantage, all without even breaking a sweat.

But it’s not just the GOP. It’s safe to translate that skill, that temperament straight over to how she’ll deal with all those other supposedly tough-minded, troublesome, macho world leaders, from Putin to Netanyahu, the U.N. to King Salman. “Reassuring” doesn’t begin to cover it. “Totally in control and sort of badass?” That’s more like it.

But there’s an even larger upshot: No more lukewarm liberal support. No more tepid fence-sitting for the large chunk of Democrats who’ve long been wary of Clinton, who’ve complained that, despite her obvious smarts and tenacity, she’s far from an ideal progressive candidate, for all the reasons you already know: too hawkish, too front-loaded with political baggage, too friendly with Wall Street, and so on.

Well, enough of that. If you weren’t much impressed by her before, it’s downright impossible not to be, now. Yes, Bernie is engaging, too. But Hillary just took it all to the next level – the truly presidential one.
Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat Oct 24, 2015, 03:09 AM (23 replies)

mom gets child abuse accusations after sharing sleeping arrangements online


Here’s what happened when a family of 7 started sleeping in the same bed

For Elizabeth and Tom Boyce, the struggle to get some shut-eye each night night can be a battle.

Their challenge: a clan of five, rambunctious kids — ages 1 to 11 — dealing with nightmares, shifting beds, bathroom breaks, anxiety and nursing needs, not to mention Tom’s disability issues that require care.

By the time morning rolls around, Boyce writes on her blog, the couple’s bedroom ends up “covered in palettes full of sleeping children. It got old.”

Their solution: A giant slumber party of sorts, with the entire family co-sleeping in the same bed.

Not just any bed, but a nocturnal mattress fort that the family created using two child-size beds from IKEA in the master bedroom.


'I've been told I'm abusing my kids!' Mom-of-five who revealed her entire family of seven sleeps in the SAME BED reveals the hate she has received since she revealed controversial bedroom arrangement
Elizabeth Boyce from Plano, Texas, breaks down in tears in a YouTube video as she reveals the 'hate' she's received about her family's bed

The portrait photographer, 35, says people have even accused her of abusing her children

She and her husband Tom, 44, combined two IKEA beds to create a single sleeping structure for themselves and their five kids

Elizabeth also reveals in the clip that she and Tom thought up the sleeping arrangement after a 'hard year' when he was sick

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3286573/Mom-five-revealed-entire-family-seven-sleeps-BED-speaks-defend-controversial-sleeping-arrangement.html#ixzz3pSmjf7aW
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Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Sat Oct 24, 2015, 01:19 AM (22 replies)

Jared Fogle pays out $1 million to 10 victims

disgraced former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle has paid out a total of $1 million to 10 of his victims.

Fogle pleaded guilty in August to federal charges of child pornography and having sex with minors. As part of that plea he agreed to pay $1.4 million in restitution to his victims.

Checks for $100,000 have now been delivered to three of those victims who are now adults, as well as to the parents of seven other victims who are still minors, according to Timothy Horty, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney in Indianapolis.

Four more victims will receive their payments pending some administrative details, Horty said, but Fogle has already put those funds into a trust account.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Fri Oct 23, 2015, 03:12 PM (8 replies)

Marty Ingels, husband of Shirley Jones, dies at 79

Marty Ingels, a raspy-voiced comedian, actor and talent agent who was married to singer and actress Shirley Jones for nearly 40 years, died Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 79.

Ingels died in the Tarzana neighborhood following complications from a stroke, according to a statement issued on behalf of Jones by her manager, Milt Suchin.

“He often drove me crazy, but there’s not a day I won’t miss him and love him to my core,” the actress said in the statement.

Ingels was born Martin Ingerman in Brooklyn and later moved to Los Angeles.

Beginning in the 1960s, Ingels appeared in some movies and a number of television show episodes, including “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” ‘’The Phyllis Diller Show” and “Bewitched.”

He co-starred with John Astin in the in the 1962-63 TV comedy “I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster.”

Ingels also did voice work for hundreds of cartoons, commercials and video games. He voiced Pac-Man in the 1982 animated series.

Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Fri Oct 23, 2015, 03:02 PM (3 replies)

Trey Gowdy Just Elected Hillary Clinton President

Thursday's asinine Benghazi hearing solved every major one of candidate Clinton’s strategic problems

With Thursday's interminable, pointless, haranguing, disorganized, utterly amateurish attempt at a smear job, the Republicans and their tenth-rate congressional attack schnauzer, South Carolina's Trey Gowdy, got people feeling sorry for Hillary Clinton. Over the course of 11 long hours, they made the most eloquent argument for a Hillary Clinton presidency yet offered by anyone, including Clinton herself.

Hillary's detractors, and I've been one of them, have long complained that she is a politician without firm principles. She, her husband and the other Third Way types who've dominated the modern Democratic Party specialize in a kind of transactional politics, in which issues are endlessly parsed to maintain a balance between fundraising interests and populist concerns. It's a strategy that wins elections, but doesn't get the heart racing much.

But there is one overriding principle that does animate and define the Clinton campaign, and that's keeping Republicans out of office. For years, this has been the Democratic Party's stock answer for every sordid legislative compromise, every shameless capitulation to expediency, every insulting line of two-faced stump rhetoric offered to get over: We have to do this to beat the Republicans.

I never bought that argument, for a lot of reasons, but Trey Gowdy made it look pretty good Thursday. Those idiots represent everything that is wrong not just with the Republican Party, but with modern politics in general. It's hard to imagine a political compromise that wouldn't be justified if its true aim would be to keep people like those jackasses out of power.

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/trey-gowdy-just-elected-hillary-clinton-president-20151023#ixzz3pQFmiZ8m
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Posted by Liberal_in_LA | Fri Oct 23, 2015, 02:51 PM (4 replies)
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