John Kerry Brings Along James Taylor To Repair Relations With France

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(PCM) The utter cheesiness of this move is enough to make me cringe. It has been revealed that Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to France to offer his condolences and repair relations with the nation and also happened to bring singer James Taylor along to acoustically perform “You’ve Got A Friend”.

I don’t know, but if I were France I would be pretty insulted by this move, as it is a pretty pathetic attempt to smooth over world relations with a cheesy song and a few strategic hugs.

It is hilarious that the U.S. would think that this move somehow makes up for our failure to show up and support last week’s anti-terrorism rally of world leaders that took place in France after the recent attacks that have taken place in the country.

In fact this is not the first time that the U.S. government has put Mr. James Taylor to use for smoothing over political relationships. Taylor was brought in to perform “You’ve Got A Friend” during German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to the White House back in 2011.

 

 

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Say Goodbye To The Words “Cra-Cra” And “Bae” … At Least We Hope!

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(PCM) Lake Superior State University has recently revealed their annual list of words that they would like banned for the year of 2015.

We are certainly that many “foodies” will be going plenty “cra-cra” when they release that they have made the list of banned words along with a list of quite a few others.

You can check out the full list of 2015 banned words below:

Hack: The word hack has replaced the word tip or short cut.
Enhanced interrogation: Formerly known as torture.
Polar vortex: Once simply known as winter or a cold snap.
Skill set: Replaced the word skills.
Swag: Another word for free gifts.
Friend-raising: Using a friend for monetary gain in some way.
Curate: A pretentious way of saying selected, but has nothing to do with a museum collection.
Cra-cra: A term which means crazy.
Takeaway: Has replaced the word opinion or impression in the world of news.
Nation: Used to describe sports fans. For example: Packer-Nation, Badger-Nation or Brewer-Nation.
Foodie: pretty self-explanatory, but a person who is totally obsessed with food.
Bae :  A loving term of endearment

Lake Superior State University accepted over 2,000 submissions from the general public and then their university committee voted to create the final list. The University has been creating their banned words list since back 1976 and continue to gain more and more submissions each and every year.

Do you agree with the words that Lake Superior State University chose? Is there anything you think should be added to the list?

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Rolling Stone Issues An Apology For Failing To Fact Check UVA Rape Story

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(PCM) Rolling Stone magazine recently ran a controversial story in regards to the alleged gang rape that took place at the University of Virginia. In the story which was published on November 19th “Jackie” and unidentified UVA student claimed that she was gang raped at a party held by the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house on campus back in 2012.

In the story, “Jackie” shared gruesome and shocking details about the attack and claims that attacks such as hers often go unreported at UVA. The piece was incredibly embarrassing to the University and an investigation was launched by school officials and the local police. All Greek life activities were suspended after the story was published as well.

It now seems that there have been several discrepancies found within “Jackie’s” story and critics began to seriously questions Rolling Stone journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s research and reporting methods.

Erdely spent several months speaking with “Jackie”, her friends and university officials, but never once questioned the man accused of rape “Drew” or any other men at the fraternity house.

In the story “Jackie” said that “Drew” worked as a lifeguard during the time of the attack back in 2012. However, research by the fraternity shows that at no time did any member of their fraternity work at the aquatic center in 2012. “Jackie” also said that the attack occurred at a party that was held four weeks into the school year, however the fraternity house also counters back that they did not have a social event or date function anywhere near that weekend in question.

They also go on to claim that their pledging and initiation process occurs during the spring rather than the fall semester and say “Moreover, no ritualized sexual assault is part of our pledging or initiation process. This notion is vile, and we vehemently refute this claim.” 

Rolling Stone magazine had the following apology posted on the website in regards to the story and anyone it may have affected saying “In the face of new information, there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie’s account, and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced. We were trying to be sensitive to the unfair shame and humiliation many women feel after a sexual assault and now regret the decision to not contact the alleged assaulters to get their account. We are taking this seriously and apologize to anyone who was affected by the story.”

 

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Newspaper Apologizes For Racist Obama Cartoon

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(PCM) Recently, The Boston Herald ran a cartoon that depicted President Obama in the White House bathroom brushing his teeth with a white man sitting the bathtub behind him asking “Have you tried the new watermelon flavored toothpaste?”.

The creator of the cartoon, Jerry Holbert claims that he created the cartoon to mock the recent secret service security breach that occurred at the White House and makes fun of the fact that media is reporting that the intruder got further onto the property than initially reported.

The Boston Herald has now issued a public apology for running the cartoon after they received a ton of backlash from the public deeming the cartoon to be incredibly racist. People specifically called out the use of “watermelon” as the toothpaste flavor chosen as it completely plays off the stereotype that African American people are particularly fans of that particular fruit flavor.

Holbert however stands by his claim that the cartoon was not meant to be racist and it was only meant to showcase light-hearted humor about the situation, not to offend. He says he chose watermelon as the flavor because that is the flavor of Colgate toothpaste that he happened to see in his kid’s bathroom the morning he created the sketch.

When the cartoon was set to be published in the syndicate newspapers, Holbert was asked to change “watermelon” to “raspberry” to which he complied even though his expressed disagreement. He does regret not alerting the Herald to the syndicates requested change.

For the record, Holbert also claims that he detests racist humor and would never purposefully contribute to it, however it does appear his cartoon suggested otherwise!

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TV Game Jeopardy In Hot Water Over Sexist Category

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(PCM) Long-running hit television game show “Jeopardy” fired up quite the social media storm after one of its’ categories called “What Women Want” was deemed incredibly sexist.

What really seemed to have people up in arms was not so much the name of the category itself, but rather the answers to some of the questions which included vacuum cleaners and Pilates for example.

Apparently, this is not the first time that Jeopardy has received some criticism for the way that it handles gender equality. Many feel that host Alex Trebek doesn’t praise the female contestants success on the show the same way that he does a man and also many of the shows categories and questions are geared towards males except for other sexist categories such as “Someone’s In The Kitchen” alluding to the fact that, that is where women would most likely be found.

“Jeopardy” has yet to comment on the situation and social media outcry, however they were more than happy to tweet about Trabek’s mustache making a come back. Probably not the brightest PR move!

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