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Little Big Town Respond to ‘;Gay Agenda’ Controversy Over ‘;Girl Crush’

Mar 26, 2015 -- 3:08pm



Little Big Town‘s latest single is “Girl Crush,” and it is a prime example of the schism that currently exists between country radio and the actual tastes and consumption habits of the country music audience.

The song describes jealousy from a very unique perspective: “I want to taste her lips / Yeah, ’cause they taste like you … I want her magic touch / Yeah, ’cause maybe then you’d want me just as much / I got a girl crush.”

The song brings a fresh new sound to country radio, with an unusual time signature and a soulful vibe that is different than anything else in release at the moment. But the group — whose last single, a party song called “Day Drinking,” reached No. 1 — are having a hard time at country radio with the song due to an unexpected backlash. Alana Lynn, a morning co-host on 104.3 FM in Boise, Idaho, tells the Washington Post that she has been inundated by angry calls and emails threatening to boycott the station for “promoting the gay agenda” by playing the song.

Lynn says the last time she received this much negative listener feedback was over “the Dixie Chicks‘ President Bush comments.” Even though it’s premised on a complete misunderstanding of the lyrics, the flap has forced her to stop playing the song in the morning after parents complained they didn’t want their kids exposed to it.

It’s a reaction that the Grammy-winning vocal group didn’t expect when singers Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman first heard the song at a “girls’ writers day” at the home of Liz Rose, who co-wrote the track with Lori McKenna and Hillary Lindsey. “It’s a genius lyric, such a beautifully written song about jealousy,” Fairchild tells the Post. “It was like, ‘Why would we not cut this?’”

The group’s label had some reservations about releasing it as a single, but ultimately agreed it was a focus track on the group’s record that needed to be heard. The result has been a well-reviewed song that has reached No. 4 on iTunes and is selling 25,000 units each week, but has struggled to just No. 33 in terms of radio airplay — in no small part because of a similar backlash in other markets, including a Texas programmer who received an email saying, “You are just promoting the gay agenda on your station and I am changing the channel and never listening to you ever again!!”

Bobby Bones hosts the most popular show on country radio, and he didn’t hesitate to face the controversy head-on when Little Big Town stopped by for a recent appearance in the studio. “Is it frustrating to you that here is your song — that is one of the Top 10 sellers for weeks and weeks and weeks — and people on the radio are still afraid to play it because they think it’s a ‘lesbian song?’” he asked them. “It would drive me insane!”

“Just the fact that we’re still discussing that, number one, there’s so many problems with that whole issue,” Fairchild replied. But it’s clear that “the gay agenda” is still a hot-button topic at country radio, whose audience tends to be more conservative than the wider culture. That’s evidenced by Kacey Musgraves‘ “Follow Your Arrow,” which went gold after selling 500,000 copies and took home Song of the Year honors at the 2014 CMA Awards, but peaked at just No. 43 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart.

In an effort to get around the controversy, LBT recently recorded a commercial spot in which Fairchild explains the lyrics of the song. They’re hoping that will help clear up the misperceptions about “Girl Crush,” but it won’t change the underlying bias of the faction of the audience that drove the controversy in the first place.
“That’s just shocking to me, the close-mindedness of that, when that’s just not what the song was about,” Fairchild says. “But what if it were? It’s just a greater issue of listening to a song for what it is.”


Most Interesting Man in the World’ fails as carpool-lane ruse

Mar 25, 2015 -- 3:23pm

(CNN) — Call it “The Most Interesting Traffic Ticket in the World.”

A Washington state trooper caught a driver using a cardboard cutout of Jonathan Goldsmith, the Dos Equis beer pitchman known as “The Most Interesting Man in the World.” The driver, who was by himself, was attempting to use the HOV lane.

“The trooper immediately recognized it was a prop and not a passenger,” Trooper Guy Gill told the New York Daily News. “As the trooper approached, the driver was actually laughing.”

Gill sent out a tweet with a photo of the cutout — who was clad in what looked like a knit shirt, a far cry from his usual attire — and the unnamed laughing passenger: “I don’t always violate the HOV lane law…but when I do, I get a $124 ticket! We’ll give him an A for creativity!”

The driver was caught on Interstate 5 near Fife, Washington, just outside Tacoma.

“He could have picked a less recognizable face to put on his prop,” Gill told the Daily News. “We see that a lot. Usually it’s a sleeping bag. This was very creative.”

Original Patent For Perforated Toilet Paper On A Roll Solves Over Vs. Under Debate Once And For All

Mar 23, 2015 -- 6:01pm


After pitting loved ones and enemies alike against each other for what feels like all of human existence, it seems we may finally have a definitive winner in the “over vs. under” toilet paper draping debate.

Though there are still likely to be those who remain loyal to the “under” side of the line, as writer Owen Williams points out on Twitter, Seth Wheeler’s original patent for his perforated toilet paper invention in 1891 shows the paper in an “over” position, indicating that that is how it’s meant to be used.

Indeed, another drawing from the Google patents database shows the paper on the outside of the roll as well:

Want A Million Bucks? Just Contact This Honest Liar ... Telepathically

Mar 17, 2015 -- 5:05pm


Stop lying!

That's what James Randi has been telling psychics, faith healers and other paranormal money grubbers for more than half a century.

There is no point in calling some of them out as fakes. They're all fakes as far as Randi is concerned. It's been his lifelong quest to save the gullible public from wasting money on flimflam artists who prey on the stupidity of the masses.

The 86-year-old's amazing journey from stage magician to paranormal investigator is celebrated in "An Honest Liar," a documentary opening this month in theaters across the country, after an initial run in Los Angeles and New York. He sat down with the HuffPost Weird News team and the great Todd Robbins to talk about his amazing career.

"Magicians are the perfect people to do this sort of work because we know how to trick an audience," says Randi. "We're honest liars. We tell people we're going to fool you and we do.

"The difference between us and them is we don't claim to be supernatural."

The most offensive people to Randi are people like psychic Sylvia Brown, who held herself out to the loved ones of crime victims, to help them make contact one last time with a person they lost.

In 2004, Brown told the family of Amanda Berry that she was dead. "She's not alive, honey," the TV psychic told the girl's mother, on "The Montel Williams Show."

A year earlier, the 16-year-old Ohio girl had disappeared. Perhaps it was a logical guess after all that time that Berry was dead. But in 2013 -- after 10 years in captivity in a Cleveland man's basement -- she was found alive, trying to escape.

Brown publicly apologized to Berry and her family, and then kept on doing what she had always done -- claiming that she really has a psychic gift.

Brown once accepted a challenge from Randi on national TV to prove her abilities. However, she died two years ago without following through. 

Dog Walks A Mile On Hind Legs Dressed As School Girl

Mar 17, 2015 -- 3:39pm



You've heard of putting on the dog, but this is no put-on.

A man in China's Sichuan province has trained his poodle to walk upright on its hind legs -- for a whole mile.

Even more amazing -- or weirder -- the male pooch does his mile-long walk of shame dressed as a school girl.

The dog's owner, who was only identified by UPI.com as Zhu, says he spent about two months training the year-old canine to walk the distance on hind legs.

Zhu said his poodle, whose name was not reported, actually looks forward to dressing up like a female human and go on the walks, according to ShanghaiList.com.

Now Zhu is training other dogs to do similar humiliating feats

Kraft American Cheese Singles Have Been Labeled A Health Food By Professional Nutritionists (Not As A Joke)

Mar 17, 2015 -- 3:21pm

I'm still waiting for them to make Oreo's a health food! -- Julie


Kraft Singles, a type of processed cheese that comes individually wrapped in a thin, plastic film, is the first food to receive the new "Kids Eat Right" label -- a stamp of approval designed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to help families make healthier decisions in the grocery store.

The "Kids Eat Right" campaign is meant to "raise awareness that the diets of America's kids are lacking in three important components– dairy, calcium and vitamin D," according to a statement from AND. But the news has been met with skepticism, if not outright derision.

At Mother Jones, food and agriculture correspondent Tom Philpott cites a 2013 report from food industry lawyer and researcher Michele Simon, "which documented the strong and ever-growing financial ties between the Academy and big food companies, including Kraft."

Marion Nestle, Ph.d, M.P.H., a professor in the department of nutrition, food studies and public health at NYU, shared the news on her site Food Politics, with a parenthetical -- "you can't make this stuff up."

"Kraft is well known as a sponsor of AND," Nestle wrote. "Such seals are usually money-raising gimmicks. I’m wondering if 'proud supporter of' means that Kraft pays AND for use of this seal. If so, I’d like to know what the seal costs."

Commenting on the Dietitians for Professional Integrity's Facebook page, Allison Duffek Bradfield, a registered dietitian at the Duke Raleigh Hospital writes, "I'm absolutely disgusted with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. They have put the health of our children in jeopardy for money. I am embarrassed to be a part of this organization which clearly has lost its priorities."

By the FDA's standards, Kraft isn't permitted to refer to Singles as "cheese" because this word indicates that a product is made with at least 51 percent real cheese. This is why the label reads "pasteurized prepared cheese product."

Typically, the fewer ingredients a food contains, the healthier that food tends to be. Think of some favorite health foods: avocados, for example, or kale or almonds. These foods aren't just popular -- they boast the kind of short ingredient lists that can only come from a whole food: avocado is made of avocado. That's it.

Comparatively, the ingredient list for a slice of Kraft American Cheese reads like a novel:

Cheddar cheese (milk, cheese culture, salt, enzymes)
Protein concentrate
Sodium citrate
Calcium phosphate
Sodium phosphate
Lactic acid as a preservative
Annatto and paprika extract (color
Vitamin A palmitate
Cheese culture
Vitamin D3
For now, the AND continues to defend its election and claim that no cheesy fishy deals were executed. The organization insists that "it does not constitute any endorsement or nutritional seal of approval by the Academy, its Foundation or Kids Eat Right. The Academy Foundation does not endorse any products, brands or services."

H/T: The New York Times

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