Gun rights activist claims he was in on the joke of that ‘Who Is America?’ skit


Who among us hasn’t tried to save face during an embarrassing situation with the classic “I actually meant to leave my fly down” excuse?

That’s essentially the defense strategy of one of the unsuspecting participants in Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest mockumentary satire, Who is America?.

Viewers of the recently premiered Showtime series will recognize Virginia Citizens Defense League president Philip Van Cleave as the “gun rights hero” in the show’s “Kinderguardians” training video. 

In the disturbing segment, Cleave can be seen alongside an in-character Cohen, teaching toddlers how to use “Puppy Pistols” and “Gunny Rabbits” to make “bad guys go to sleep.” Read more…

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Donald Trump is the biggest political spender on Facebook


Guess who’s sending fat checks to Mark Zuckerberg and company? 

Yep, Donald J. Trump. The president’s political action committee (PAC) has spent $274,000 on Facebook ads since May, reports the New York Times

That makes him the biggest political spender on Facebook. Planned Parenthood, which came in second, spent $188,000.

SEE ALSO: Anderson Cooper slams Trump’s press conference with Putin as ‘disgraceful’

The numbers were crunched by New York University researchers who scraped data from Facebook, which created a publicly searchable archive of political Facebook ads in May. 

So, what does $274,000 get you? Ads seen by 37 million people, according to the researchers. As an example, the Times highlighted an ad promoting Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court.  Read more…

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Watch all your faves screw up in this ‘Saturday Night Live’ blooper reel


Even more delightful than a great SNL segment is a great SNL segment executed terribly, with cast members flubbing their lines and laughing at their own jokes.

That’s our takeaway from this behind-the-scenes video, featuring stars like Ryan Gosling, Kenan Thompson, and Donald Glover riffing, goofing, corpsing, and just plain acting silly.

Honestly, the really impressive thing about this video is that these screwups don’t happen more often. We can barely keep from laughing out loud while watching these at home – we’d be disasters at keeping it in if we had to perform them ourselves. Read more…

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In front of Congress, Facebook defends its decision on InfoWars


For the second time in less than a week, Facebook is facing uncomfortable questions about why it continues to allow InfoWars and other conspiracy theory-slinging groups to have a presence on its platform.

During a House Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday, Facebook’s policy chief Monika Bickert fielded questions from Democrats who demanded to know why InfoWars has not been banned by Facebook. 

Her explanation did not go over well.

SEE ALSO: Real headlines from InfoWars, a site that’s not banned from Facebook

Though Bickert acknowledged that Facebook does remove some individual posts, she said the site’s violations — including numerous claims that victims of school shootings are paid actors — have not yet been egregious enough to warrant an outright ban, even though it regularly promotes conspiracy theories and other false information. Read more…

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Elon Musk is donating a lot more money to the GOP than he is to the Dems


Someone send a submarine to rescue Elon Musk’s reputation.

It turns out the Tesla and SpaceX CEO has donated seven times as much to money to Republicans than Democrats since the beginning of 2017, according to Federal Election Commission data reviewed by HuffPost. 

SEE ALSO: Ugh, Elon Musk attacks British diver who called his submarine ‘just a PR stunt’

Overall, Musk gave $88,900 to Republicans and $13,300 to Democrats, including more than $50,000 to a fundraising committee run by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican who doesn’t exactly hold the most enlightened views on climate change.  Read more…

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Please drop everything and look at this pug who got arrested


A serial trespasser was released on bail on Sunday.

A criminal pug was caught running through private property in New Jersey on Sunday, according to the Cape May Police Department. 

SEE ALSO: Police violence and activism lead the first official trailer for ‘The Hate U Give’

“This is what happened when you run away from home,” the police posted on Facebook. The furry delinquent was detained and held in custody until her owner could pick her up. Her mugshot was dubbed #pugmug.

“He didn’t choose the pug life,” Mary Ellen Van Buskirk commented. “The pug life chose him.”

Another local, Matt Wintner, was concerned about the dog’s well being: “Any word on if the police ruffed him up after he was taken into custody?” Read more…

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Bitcoin just passed $7 thousand—and the GOOD TIMES ARE BACK, BABY!


Oh hell yeah. Bitcoin’s back, baby.

After languishing in the depressing realm of the six thousands for what seemed like forever, the price of bitcoin has skyrocketed straight to the moon! 

Well, skyrocketed past $7,000, anyway.

SEE ALSO: The only good thing to come out of Bitcoin is this stock art cat

Yes, friends, it’s time to join the hordes of true believers on Twitter and Reddit in celebration. And while you’re at it, you definitely want to ignore the fact that last December, bitcoin briefly hit $19,000, which means that the current price is less than half of that. But you’re not going to let a little thing like context get in the way of your fun, right?  Read more…

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Print and share your social media pictures with this HP Pocket Printer that’s $40 off for Prime Day


Sure, it’s nice having all of your special moments documented via social media. But what about when you want a physical copy to keep in your room or share with friends? Home desktop printers are bulky and inconvenient (not to mention entirely non-portable), and getting pictures printed elsewhere is a hassle. Luckily, Amazon has this HP portable pocket-sized printer that will print pictures straight from your phone and social media, and it’s $40 off for Prime Day.

SEE ALSO: Amazon has tons of Apple MacBooks on sale for Prime Day, but you better hurry

The HP Blue Sprocket Portable Photo Printer is about the size of a smartphone and can easily fit in a pocket, backpack, or purse, making it the ultimate portable printer.  Read more…

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Amazon Prime Day kitchen deals: Save on the Instant Pot, Nespresso, Vitamix, and more


Rule no. 1 of Prime Day: People will fight you for kitchen appliances. If you see a good kitchen deal, do not wait to pull the trigger.

Because if you don’t hop on it when you see it, it’s likely that when you go back, the deal is either over or the item is sold out.

SEE ALSO: Target’s one-day sale is rivaling Prime Day prices with up to 30% off vacuums, Instant Pots, and more

That’s happened with a ton of good kitchen deals since yesterday, and while it’s a bummer, there’s no time to stew over missing an old deal — because new ones keep coming out of nowhere. Even if you’re a total newbie and your skill set ends at toast, these kitchen gadgets can help you at least feel like you know what you’re doing, even if you didn’t do anything but press a button.Instant Pots, Nespresso coffee machines, air fryers, fancy cookware sets, and more are still on sale, but that probably won’t be for long — so get on these now before they have a line through them as well.  Read more…

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Amazon has the SodaStream on sale for less than $50 on Prime Day


With the popularity of LaCroix over the last few years, it has become really, really expensive to keep buying cases of sparkling water week after week. Why not just make your own with SodaStream? It’s cheaper in the long run and Amazon has a great deal on SodaStream’s Genesis Sparkling Water Maker for just $49.99 on Prime Day.

SEE ALSO: Pick up the Instant Pot DUO on sale for only $58.99 thanks to Amazon Prime Day

Usually retailing for $79.99, the Genesis Sparkling Water Maker kit from SodaStream comes with the lightweight and sleek soda maker itself, a mini-canister of CO2 carbonator that makes up to nine liters, and two one-liter reusable carbonating bottles that are BPA-free. It uses twist-lock technology to turn ordinary tap water into exciting and extraordinary sparkling water and it doesn’t require batteries or electricity to power it. Just add any fruit flavoring or fresh fruit to your sparkling water to make a very refreshing treat for yourself. Read more…

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