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Ex-Husband Bromance

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 23:36

There’s no ill will between Jason Momoa and Lenny Kravitz. Jason’s married to Lisa Bonet; Kravitz is her ex-husband. Momoa shared a pic to Instagram with his arm around Kravitz, both men showing off skull rings Momoa bought for each of them. Kravitz was on hand in New York while Momoa hosted Saturday Night Live last weekend.

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Gary for Man of the Year

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 23:32

Actress Patricia Heaton has thrown her support behind Gary Sinse for TIME’s Man of the Year. She pointed to his work for veteran charities and their families in a Tweet — which also said he should be considered for a humanitarian award by the Motion Picture Academy. Since then the Tweet has gone viral — garnering 23,000 retweets and 45,000 likes.

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Dirty, Dirty Harry

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 23:28

Clint Eastwood’s mysterious eighth child has been confirmed to exist. Rumors have swirled for years that he gave up a child for adoption in 1953 before he got famous. In the meantime he’s had seven kids with six different women, two of whom were wives. But at the premiere for The Mole, all the Eastwood kids were there, including mystery sister Laurie Eastwood. She confirmed her name and identity to photographers and was tagged in 22-year-old daughter Morgan Eastwood’s Instagram post about the event.

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Ratings Krash

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 23:21

Will this be the last season of The Kardashians? Probably not — but they better hope ratings improve. The season finale ended with 851,000 viewers, down from 1.3 million at the beginning. Last week was also below a million as well. Either number is down from the show’s heyday, when Kim’s wedding to Kris Humphries brought in over 10 million watchers.

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Birthdays: December 12, 2018

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 23:12

Rey Mysterio – Lucha Libre wrestling star – 44

Madchen Amick – Actress, Twin Peaks – 48

Jennifer Connelly – Actress, A Beautiful Mind – 48

Tracy Austin – tennis champ – 56

Emerson Fittipaldi – Formula One racer – 72

Dionne Warwick – singer – 77

Bob Barker – former host, The Price is Right – 95

BORN ON THIS DATE

Frank Sinatra – 1915

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History: December 12, 2018

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 23:10

1787

Pennsylvania is the second state to ratify the new Constitution.

With so much religious and ethnic diversity in the state, this was no easy feat. Powerful anti-federalist voices frequently clashed with their federalist counterparts. One staunch proponent of the new constitution was James Wilson, who would later sit on the Supreme Court.

As one of the largest states, in both size and population, Pennsylvania could have stood to lose by joining a united conglomerate of states. But ultimately the federalist cause won out.

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1862

The USS Cairo is the first ship ever to be sunk by an electrically-detonated naval mine.

The ironclad vessel was actually searching for mines in the river. When it came close enough to a floating mine hidden just below the surface of the water, Confederate soldiers spying from the shore blew it up.

It took 12 minutes to sink. Miraculously, no one was injured.

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1901

Italian physicist Guglielmo Marconi sends the first radio signal across the Atlantic Ocean.

It was just one letter — morse code for S.

But the transmission was successful nonetheless. Marconi won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1909.

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1913

Da Vinci’s masterpiece The Mona Lisa is recovered 2 years after being stolen from the Louvre Museum.

It was found inside the hotel room of an Italian waiter living in Florence named Vincenzo Peruggia. He had spent some time working at the Louvre, and was complicit in the heist in August 1911.

Peruggia spent just 14 months in jail for the crime.

The Cairo was raised from the bottom of the Yazoo River in 1964.

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1980

A notebook that once belonged to Leonardo Da Vinci sells for $5.1 million at auction.

It was dated to 1508. The 72 loose pages contained notes and drawings relating to the physics of water.

The notebook even sold for more than an original Gutenberg Bible, which went for $2 million 2 years earlier.

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1989

Leona Helmsley is sentenced to 4 years in prison, 750 hours of community service, and a $7.1 million fine for years of evading taxes.

The wealthy woman and her real estate mogul husband were known for living in gaudy penthouses and mansions, and treating their staffs terribly.

Many of their business partners complained about the Helmsleys not paying bills on time, if at all.

It finally caught up with them when Leona was sent to jail — she served 2 of her 4 year sentence.

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2000

The US Supreme Court issues its ruling in landmark case Bush v. Gore.

The High Court ruled that the method Florida’s Supreme Court outlined for recounting ballots violate the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. They also ruled that there would not be enough time to develop a fair recounting process for the ballots.

Not that it mattered — after the fact, all recounts showed Bush as the winner anyway.

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French President Admits High-Minded Agenda Screwed Average People

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 20:11

Call it the Macron Mea Culpa. French President Emmanuel Macron hit the airwaves on Monday and gave in to the demands of protesters who have been setting the country on fire in recent weeks. They were demanding an end to Macron’s jihad against global warming, which included putting the screws to lower income people with new carbon and gasoline taxes. Macron—whose approval rating is in the toilet—admitted the government isn’t listening to the people and offered wage hikes and tax cuts in addition to pulling back on his quest for new taxes.

—QUOTABLE: “We will respond to the economic and social urgency with strong measures, by cutting taxes more rapidly, by keeping our spending under control, but not with U-turns…I know that I hurt some of you with my previous comments…If I fought to shake up the political system, it’s because I believe in this country more than anything else.” -Macron

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Trump Admin to Roll Back Another Costly Obama Environmental Regulation

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 20:11

The Trump administration is considering rolling back yet another Obama-era environmental overreach. The Environmental Protection Agency moved on Tuesday to scale back the so-called Waters Of The United States regulation, which critics argue placed every body of water from potholes and puddles under the authority of the federal government. The administration is looking at defining what types of waterways the EPA can regulate, using whether the water is navigable as a standard. It seems pretty sensible to let landowners know when they need to get federal versus state permits, but liberals are still lambasting the change as “nothing short of senseless,” according to Delaware Democrat Sen. Tom Carper.

—QUOTABLE: “The 2015 rule was an expansion of federal power that used bureaucrat-speak to strip landowners of their rights and local governments of their ability to manage waters within their borders…This new approach is the product of doing it the right way — openly, with the input of the American people.” -Rep. Garret Graves, Louisiana Republican

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Trump Clashes With Stubborn Dems in Television White House Smackdown

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 20:10

President Trump clashed with Democrat leaders of Congress in a rare televised White House meeting on Tuesday. The topic was Trump’s demand for funding for a border wall, and Dems’ threat to shut down the government over it. Trump told likely House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer that he welcomes a shutdown—he’d be “proud” to shut the government down—if the Democrats obstruct funding for the wall. The truth is that if funding lapses the shutdown would be partial and mostly painless.

—QUOTABLE: “Yes, if we don’t get what we want, one way or the other,” [Trump would be] proud to shut down the government for border security.” -Trump

AFTERWARDS—Nancy Pelosi compared the meeting with Trump to getting peed on by a skunk. In a meeting with other Congressional leaders, she allegedly said “I was trying to be the mom. I can’t explain it to you. It was so wild. It goes to show you: ‘You get into a tickle contest with a skunk, you get tinkle all over you’.”

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Judge Orders Porn Star to Pay Trump Six Figures

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 20:10

A judge has ordered porn star Stormy Daniels to pay $300,000 to President Trump for her failed defamation lawsuit against him. Daniels—real name Stephanie Clifford—had sued the president because he described her claims of having an affair with her a decade ago “a total con job.” The lawsuit was meritless, said U.S. District Court Judge S. James Otero, who ordered Daniels (Clifford) to pay for Trump’s massive legal fees.

—QUOTABLE: “The court’s order, along with the court’s prior order dismissing Stormy Daniels’ defamation case against the President, together constitute a total victory for the President, and a total defeat for Stormy Daniels in this case.” -Trump attorney Charles Harder

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Use Common Sense in Officiating? Great. When?

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 11:04

The
Philadelphia Eagles were robbed of a game changing turnover on the opening
kickoff of their game in Dallas on Sunday.

Cowboys returner
Jourdan Lewis fumbled the ball. Three Eagles special team players jumped on the
ball. Lewis, however was ruled down before the ball was lost. The Eagles challenged,
and the replay showed that Lewis had lost the ball before hitting the Jerrah
World turf.

However,
what the replay did not show which one of the three Eagles had recovered the
ball.

Here’s where
it gets NFL level of dumb.

Even though
no other Cowboys players were even in the pile to recover the ball, possession
was given back to Dallas as the replay is not to be used to determine which
individual player may have recovered the ball therefore the original call on
the field must stand.

Roger
Goodell please pick up the white courtesy phone.

Former Head
of NFL Officiating, Dean Blandino said in the Fox broadcast that some common
sense must be followed when the pile consists of only players from one team and
should be treated as a clear recovery.

Common
sense. Something that has clearly lacked in the application of rules in the
2018 regular season. The game this season has become even more unwatchable than
in years past due to questionable and downright incorrect calls that have
affected many games this season.

The Eagles
were deprived of a golden opportunity to get at least a field goal from the
recovery.

Had common
sense, something most grown adults have, been applied and NFL officials lack,
there may have been a different outcome to Sunday’s game in Dallas.

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Vikings Not Getting What They Paid for In Cousins

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 11:01

Monday night’s
game in Seattle saw the home team Seahawks win their fourth straight game,
21-7, behind a stingy defense and an efficient Russell Wilson.

It also saw
the visiting Minnesota Vikings defense put up a valiant effort holding the
Seahawks to 3 points through 3 full quarters and the offense stumbling under
the leadership of mega buck free agent QB Kirk Cousins.

Has anyone
seen the receipt for Kirk’s deal? I swear I had it right here…(patting jacket
pockets)

In 2017 the
Vikings went 13-3 and appeared in the NFC Championship Game and were anchored
by good defense and Case Keenum who stood tough in the pocket and rarely turned
the ball over.

Flash to the
off season where Keenum was allowed to go to Denver while the Vikings entered
the Kirk Cousins courtship where they won his services to the tune of a $84
million dollar guaranteed contract.

Cousins has
failed to lift the Vikings. They were a playoff team last year and fifth in
offensive efficiency and they have now fallen to 17th. A team that
has offensive stars like Stephon Diggs, Dalvin Cook, Kyle Rudolph and Adam
Theilen is now sitting at 6-6-1 and will most likely miss the playoffs.

Cousins
never lifted the Redskins, who franchise tagged him twice, and he has an
aversion for taking shots downfield. In a league that is by its rules designed
to inspire big offensive plays Cousins ranks 22nd in yards per
attempt at 7.11 yards.

Now with the
Seattle loss, Cousins record against above .500 teams stands at 4-24.

How did he
get that massive contract again?

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Dennis Rodman, Trying to Stay Sober

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 09:03

Dennis Rodman has fallen off the wagon. The former NBA star has admitted to drinking again, but says he is now focused on cutting alcohol out for good.

The 57-year-old was arrested for a DUI back in January and checked himself into rehab shortly after. He has slipped up in the past 2 weeks and was seen drinking at bars in Newport Beach, California. According to TMZ, Dennis is back in AA and trying his hardest to stay sober.

He added that “It’s a long process and it’s gonna take time to get over the hump,” but that is what he wants to do.

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Dolly Parton’s Brother Has Died

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:55

Dolly Parton’s brother has died.

Floyd Estel Parton passed away on Thursday December 6 at the age of 61. No cause of death was revealed.

He is remembered as an “avid outdoorsman” and “an incredible cook.” Floyd shared in his family’s love of music and even wrote the song “Rockin’ Years” which was recorded by his sister, Dolly.

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Lil Xan’s Day Out

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:54

Lil Xan checked himself out of rehab on a day pass to lock down his post-rehab living quarters.

The rapper left his treatment facility on Saturday to sign papers for the new house he bought in Redlands, California.

Xan will move into the home once he has completed his in-patient treatment and will have round-the-clock care to keep him on the straight and narrow.

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Nicki’s New Man Is an Ex-Con

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:53

Nicki Minaj fans are concerned about the new man in her life.

Over the weekend, the rapper announced that she is dating 40-year-old Kenneth Petty, who happens to have quite a rap sheet.

According to court records, Kenneth was convicted of attempted rape in 1995, when he was in his teens. The female victim was also in her teens at the time. He was sentenced to 18-54 months in a state prison and served 48 of those months. Kenneth also served time for a shooting someone. He pled guilty to first-degree manslaughter in 2006 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He served seven of those years.

None of the crimes are news to Nicki as it has come out that the couple dated as teens. The 36-year-old has given him another chance because she believes he is a changed man and will be faithful. Her friends say they have never seen her so happy.  

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Courtney Love’s Protection Order

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:51

Courtney Love took out a restraining order against her former manager Sam Lutfi.

The singer-actress claims that Sam has been harassing her and her family, demanding money and incessantly trying to contact her via email, texts and phone calls.

Frances Bean, Courtney’s daughter with the late Kurt Cobain, and Courtney’s sister are also included in the restraining order.

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Single Nikki

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:49

Nikki Bella is enjoying the single life.

The “Total Divas” star ended her six-year relationship with WWE star John Cena this past spring and has yet to rejoin the dating scene.

E! News caught up with Nikki and twin sister Brie Bella at the Jingle Ball in NYC over the weekend and asked about the reality star’s dating life. Nikki said, “I’m enjoying being single, but I’m not really living up to the perks of a single life.”

There was, however, at least one attempt at dating for the 35-year-old. In a promo video for the upcoming season of the E! show “Total Divas,” Nikki got set up on a date with “The Bachelorette” contestant Peter Kraus. When asked about it, Nikki played coy saying “You know, you have to watch the show to see if there were sparks or not.”

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Thomas Ignores Meghan’s Plea

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:47

It appears that Thomas Markle has chosen to ignore the ultimatum that his daughther, Meghan Markle has given him.

According to Vanity Fair, a source close to the Duchess said that Meghan has had one–and only one–conversation with her father since her royal wedding, and it was to give him a final offer of having any sort of relationship with her. Meghan said that the two could work on rebuilding their relationship, but he needed to stop speaking to the media. She also said that he needed to cut off contact with his other daughter Samantha Markle, who is to blame for much of the drama that has been stirred up in the family.

By continuing to speak to the press and most recently, releasing letters that Meghan has written him over the years, Thomas has clearly made his choice.

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Kim Investigates Secret Marriage

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 08:44

Kim Kardashian-West appeared on Busy Philipps’ E! show “Busy Tonight” and was grilled about whether her sister Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott are married. Kim answered, “I honestly don’t know. They’re the cutest and I think they’re so in love and they have the cutest little family. I would say like no, they’re just being cute and posting that, but they posted it a few times, so I am going to ask in our group chat today when we leave here.”

Kylie and Travis have shared multiple posts referring to one another as “hubby” and “wifey,” giving fans the impression they secretly tied the knot.

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