Joe Biden Once Went Badass On Vladimir Putin In His Own Building

Having written not one, but two posts about Joe Biden in four days, I was going to leave the guy alone for a bit, but there’s a profile on the Vice President in the latest New Yorker with a nugget just too awesome to ignore.

On the heels of the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet over rebel-held eastern Ukraine where Russian sympathies run high, Biden explained to the New Yorker’s Evan Osnos how individual personalities can shape foreign policy. Biden recalled a 2011 meeting he had with then Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow:

“I had an interpreter, and when he was showing me his office I said, ‘It’s amazing what capitalism will do, won’t it? A magnificent office!’ And he laughed. As I turned, I was this close to him.” Biden held his hand a few inches from his nose. “I said, ‘Mr. Prime Minister, I’m looking into your eyes, and I don’t think you have a soul.’ ”
“You said that?” I asked. It sounded like a movie line.

“Absolutely, positively,” Biden said, and continued, “And he looked back at me, and he smiled, and he said, ‘We understand one another.’ ” Biden sat back, and said, “This is who this guy is!”

Recall that while once praising Putin, George W. Bush famously said, “I looked in his eyes and saw his soul.” However, those eyes may have been most accurately been described by comedian Bill Maher as “black pools of ex-KGB deadness.”

The thought of the lovable Uncle Joe Biden — America’s serial-gaffing second in command — staring down one of the most feared world leaders in his own house is simultaneously admirable and hilarious. It was like the time the 49ers’ Terrell Owens scored a touchdown in Dallas and slammed the ball on the Cowboys star at midfield. Although, that didn’t go very well for Owens.

Hopefully Biden’s comment didn’t stick with Putin long enough to factor into his decision to annex Crimea and give the U.S. along with the rest of the world the middle finger. Then again, we’re talking about a guy who waited eight years to exact revenge on an intelligence whistleblower by (probably) having him killed..

Nike Air Force 180 Mid Returns in ‘Grape’

One of summer’s all-time freshest looks makes its return on the Nike Air Force 180 Mid this month.

This version of the classic features a white leather upper with black Swoosh branding and purple and teal accents. The highlight of the design is a gradient black-to-teal midsole, adorned by purple speckles.

The ‘Grape’ Air Force 180 Mid is currently hitting Nike Sportswear retailers like Oneness.

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Fight Club 2 is coming in 2015 (comic series)

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Chuck Palahniuk is breaking the first two rules of Fight Club: He’s talking about Fight Club.

The author’s devotees probably won’t mind since what’s on his mind these days is more of the characters and world he created in his 1996 book, which was adapted three years later into director David Fincher’s cult film starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt.

The story of an unnamed insomniac narrator, his violent id come to life in the form of Tyler Durden, and an underground society built on bare-knuckle brawls and anarchic ideas continues in Fight Club 2, a 10-issue Dark Horse Comics maxiseries illustrated by Cameron Stewart, debuting in May 2015.

Palahniuk will be on a Fight Club panel with Fincher on Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, but it was at last year’s New York Comic Con where the author’s loose lips cemented the project.

“I messed up and said I was doing the sequel in front of 1,500 geeks with telephones,” Palahniuk says. “Suddenly, there was this big scramble to honor my word.”

Fight Club 2 takes place alternately in the future and the past. It picks up a decade after the ending of his original book, where the protagonist is married to equally problematic Marla Singer and has a 9-year-old son named Junior, though the narrator is failing his son in the same way his dad failed him.

At the same time, Palahniuk says readers will have an idea of Tyler’s true origins. “Tyler is something that maybe has been around for centuries and is not just this aberration that’s popped into his mind.”

Palahniuk brings back most of the characters in the first book as well as the organization Project Mayhem, which still has its hooks in the narrator as he has to save his boy when the youngster’s life is in peril.

For years, Palahniuk considered Fight Club finished in his mind. But he began to revisit it while getting sucked into the Portland, Ore., comic-book community and thinking about the writing.

The original book was “such a tirade against fathers — everything I had thought my father had not done combined with everything my peers were griping about their fathers,” says Palahniuk, 52. “Now to find myself at the age that my father was when I was trashing him made me want to revisit it from the father’s perspective and see if things were any better and why it repeats like that.”

Every age has its own crisis, too, and when Palahniuk wrote Fight Club, it was that of a man moving from being the obedient child to a college graduate with heavy student-loan debt who couldn’t really make it as a writer.

Now though, there is a crisis of middle age, “where you’ve made it to a certain extent,” he says. “You’re still not really happy but for different reasons. Also the idea that if you suppress that wild, creative part of you — that Tyler part of you — do you lose the best part of you? Sure, your life is more stable and safe, but is it a better life?”

Stewart feels Fight Club 2, especially for those like him who were first exposed to the movie, “is as much a meta-fictional comment on the cultural response to Fight Club as it is a sequel.” And instead of embracing realism, his style for the series tends toward the “cartoony” because it was “more appropriate for the density of the story and for some of its more absurdly comical moments.”

Palahniuk, whose next novel — the “gonzo erotica” Beautiful You — is out in October, says there is one fight club in the book that the narrator attends to relive the good old days.

It is not a knockout of an idea.

“He tries to go back and reclaim that phase of his life, and is just a pathetic failure,” Palahniuk says. “He’s not that person anymore. But beyond that, it’s what the organization has grown into in his absence and what he’s pulled back into.”

Tony Dungy’s assessment of Rams rookie Michael Sam shows stunning lack of courage

The good news for Tony Dungy is that once upon a time enough people in power, be it in football … education … government … wherever, decided that they should empower African-Americans with the opportunities they deserved. They did this no matter whether things would go “totally smooth” or cause “things to happen” with the bigots who wanted to cling to the old days.

At some point they said someone such as Dungy deserved to go to school with white people, play football with white people, even coach football like white people once exclusively did, even at the highest levels of the NFL. They rejected the ancient concept that blacks either weren’t deserving/capable of such opportunities. Even more important, they ignored the idiotic idea that until every last racist was completely and wholly comfortable with a black man playing, learning or working alongside them (let alone be the boss) then such opportunity should continue to be withheld.

The smartest people pushed the dumbest aside and decided to just let the best person win.

And Tony Dungy won. From high school in Jackson, Mich., to college at the University of Minnesota, to the NFL as both a Super Bowl-winning player and coach. It continued as a best-selling author, coveted and highly compensated speaker and now high-profile analyst on NBC, front and center on the No. 1 television show in America.

Despite all of that, Dungy decided to throw gasoline on the training camp story of the year by telling the Tampa Tribune that unlike the St. Louis Rams, he never would have drafted Michael Sam, the NFL’s first openly homosexual player, because someone (who, he didn’t say) might not handle it so well.

“I wouldn’t have taken him,” Dungy told the Tribune. “Not because I don’t believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn’t want to deal with all of it … It’s not going to be totally smooth … things will happen.”

This thinking is devoid of courage – in every possible way. And that’s what makes this so pathetic.

Dungy has a well-earned reputation as a straight shooter and a stand-up guy. It’s almost impossible to play and work in the NFL without self-belief and heart. He is a powerful figure. He says a lot of smart things. He knows tough times and consistently finds time for people going through them.

He should be a lot better than this.

Dungy is an outspoken conservative Christian and if he were to say that he wouldn’t have drafted Michael Sam because the Bible that Dungy believes in condemns Sam’s lifestyle that would be … well, that would be ridiculous, hypocritical and wrong also, but at least it would seemingly jibe with Dungy’s sometimes expressed beliefs.

Sometimes being the operative word.

Dungy, is, after all, a guy who has drafted, hired, signed, coached, championed and personally mentored scores of players and coaches who routinely engaged in Biblical definitions of sin, let alone behavior that goes against modern societal standards. He was (rightfully) a huge proponent, for instance, of Michael Vick deserving a second chance after incarceration for the operation of a dog-fighting ring.

Still, at least it would be some kind of principled (if misguided) stance. At least it would’ve been honest.

This is actually worse. This is a complete cop-out. This is Dungy bending to the beliefs that he knows are wrong simply because those who hold them may – may – find doing the right thing difficult.

This is Dungy not standing up for his own convictions. It’s Dungy using the same old buzzwords that caused society to move so slowly to grant equal rights and opportunities to minorities of all kinds, choosing what’s easy over what’s right (even if it likely will be easier for the generation of guys who actually play than an old man like Dungy realizes).

Integrated third grades weren’t “smooth.” A black man on the Dodgers caused “things to happen.” The first female executives in the business world weren’t welcome by all. Lots of people were aghast at the thought of minorities owning homes, especially in their neighborhood. Politicians that didn’t look like the Founding Fathers were upsetting to some. Many bristled against the idea of blacks, Hispanics, Asians, women, gays, whatever on factory lines, boardrooms, school boards and on military front lines.

This isn’t even worth arguing. Caving to the most ignorant and obstinate among us is an embarrassment and should never, ever, be the basis for anything. Ever.

For an NFL executive to not draft an openly gay player because someone in his locker room or fan base or anywhere might – might – not handle it so well is some kind of Jim Crow-era awful.

The good news for everyone other than Tony Dungy is that Tony Dungy doesn’t draft players or coach players anymore. Dungy merely talks for a living and this week he’ll deal with the reaction to his talking – there will be plenty of criticism, not to mention support via tortured straw man arguments, political opportunism and misguided admiration.

This isn’t about politics though. This isn’t about religion. This isn’t about what anyone thinks of Michael Sam. This is about Tony Dungy sadly acknowledging he’d care more about someone’s narrow mindedness than his own realization that everyone deserves a fair shot.

Mercifully Dungy is from the old NFL mindset rooted in a dying segment of society, like those who once wouldn’t draft, hire, educate or vote for an African-American. Fortunately there are more than enough coaches, executives, players, fans and people these days who think otherwise.

So Michael Sam will report to training camp this week. If he can play, he will play. If he can’t, he won’t.

Seems reasonable.

“Voodoo Muzik” MikeG


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Drake vs Blake Skit Featuring Chris Brown at the ESPYS

It became clear that Drake and Chris Brown ended their beef when a photo surfaced of the two in the studio. They took it even further last night as Drake hosted the 2014 ESPYS.

One of the skits was entitled Drake vs Blake featuring Drake at war with Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin.

The scene showed Drake on a surgical table waiting to get his appendix taken out. Griffin removes his doctor’s mask to reveal himself and Drake moans, ”Oh my god, you’re the surgeon?”

“Oh, I’m not the surgeon,” Griffin replied to his nemesis. “He is.”

The camera then panned over to Brown, who’s holding some scary medical tools.

“YOLO, motherf–ker,” Breezy said as the crowd roared.

Shortly after the skit, Brown appeared up on stage with Griffin and referred to himself as “America’s Sweetheart” and they declared themselves the new hosts of the show while Drake was shown tied up and gagged in the background.

Teens murder best friend because they ‘didn’t like her’

Best friends and high school sophomores Skylar Neese, Shelia Eddy and Rachel Shoaf were inseparable.

Living in Morgantown, West Virginia, the 16-year-olds were pretty and sociable, taking selfies and spending time together.

But everything changed on July 6, 2012, when Neese’s parents discovered she was missing. Six months later, Shoaf told authorites that she and Eddy had stabbed their best friend Neese to death.

In a look back at how a friendship ended in murder, here is a timeline of events leading up to and after Skylar Neese’s death:

At 16, Skyler Neese was thriving, according to her parents. Neese had a 4.0 grade point average, a part-time job at a fast food restaurant and an active social life.

She was Dave and Mary Neese’s only child.

“Skylar was a very bubbly person,” Dave Neese told ABC News’ “20/20.” “She was also very loyal to her friends, the people she thought was her friends.”

Skylar Neese met her best friend Shelia Eddy at age 8.

“She was like a part of our family. She really was,” Dave Neese said. “I mean, just like one of our kids.”

While entering her freshman year in high school in September 2010, Eddy met Rachel Shoaf. The next month Eddy transferred to the same high school as Skylar Neese, and Shoaf also soon became friends with Skylar Neese.

Before long the three teens began to argue among themselves.

On July 5, 2012, Skylar Neese went home after finishing a shift at work.

The next morning, her dad said he discovered that she didn’t sleep in her bed. He later found her window screen in her closet and a hidden bench that she could use to climb in and out of her window.

“Then I knew: she snuck out last night,” Dave Neese said. “And then, oh my god, she snuck out last night, and she’s not home.”

That same day, after Skylar Neese missed work for the first time ever, her parents called police to report her missing. Star City, West Virginia, police officer Bob McCauley responded to the 911 call and began investigating Skylar Neese’s disappearance.

Later that day, Sheila Eddy called Skylar Neese’s parents to tell them what had happened the night before.

“She proceeded to tell me that her, Skylar, and Rachel had snuck out the night before and that they had driven around Star City, were getting high, and that the two girls had dropped her back off at the house,” Mary Neese told “20/20.” “The story was they had dropped her off at the end of the road, because she didn’t want to wake us up sneaking back in.”

Eddy said she and Rachel Shoaf had picked up Skylar Neese at around 11 P.M. and dropped her back off at home before midnight.

On the Neese’s apartment’s surveillance camera, a car is seen pulling up to the apartment at 12:30 A.M.

At 12:35 A.M., the grainy video shows Skylar Neese sneaking out of her room and slipping into the car, which drives away.

“I was scared to death. I mean I didn’t know where my baby was. It was horrible,” said Dave Neese.

On July 7, 2012, Shelia Eddy and her mom helped Skylar Neese’s parents canvass the neighborhood looking for Skylar Neese, while Rachel Shoaf left for Catholic summer camp for two weeks.

Two days later, the public learned that Skylar Neese was missing through television, radio and internet coverage. As weeks passed, the investigation into Skylar Neese’s disappearance continued. Police believed the most likely scenario was that Skylar went to a house party and overdosed.

Corporal Ronnie Gaskins told “20/20” he heard rumors that Skylar Neese had supposedly overdosed on heroin. “She died. People there panicked, and they disposed of the body,” said Gaskins.

Jessica Colebank, who was working on the case, found Shelia Eddy’s demeanor suspicious when she went to speak to her for the first time.

“Just complete blank on emotions and there was absolutely nothing. It was like iced over,” Colebank told “20/20.”

Colebank also thought Rachel Shoaf was very nervous when she first spoke to her.

“Their stories were verbatim, the same. No one’s story is exactly the same, unless it’s rehearsed,” Colebank said. “Everything in my gut was, ‘Sheila is acting wrong. Rachel is scared to death.’”

After viewing surveillance video and cell phone records that prove Shelia Eddy and Rachel Shoaf were lying about what happened the night they last saw Skylar Neese, police tell Dave and Mary Neese that Eddy and Shoaf had a secret.

Dave and Mary Neese, classmates and even strangers put pressure on Eddy and Shoaf to tell the truth.

On Dec. 28, 2012, Rachel Shoaf had a nervous breakdown and was committed to a local psychiatric hospital, where she had no contact with Shelia Eddy.

After being discharged from the hospital on Jan. 3, 2013, Shoaf confessed to her attorney and police that she and Eddy stabbed Skylar Neese to death.

“We never encountered anything that led us to believe that these two girls conspired with one another to commit premeditated murder,” Corporal Ronnie Gaskin said.

The car that Skylar Neese was seen getting into was determined to be Shelia Eddy’s.

After her confession, Shoaf agreed to lead police to the site of the murder to try to find Skylar Neese’s body.

Shoaf talked with Eddy while wearing a microphone, but Eddy failed to incriminate herself.

With the discovery of Skylar Neese’s body and that the blood found on Eddy’s car was Skylar Neese’s, police had enough evidence to arrest Eddy and Shoaf.

“We asked Rachel, ‘Why did you guys kill Skylar?’ And her only answer to that was, ‘We just didn’t like her,’” State Police Corp. Ronnie Gaskin said.

Rachel Shoaf turned herself into authorities at the Monongalia County Circuit Court on May 1, 2013.

Shoaf transferred to criminal court in closed hearing and was charged as an adult. She pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is incarcerated at the Northern Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Wheeling, West Virginia.

She faces 30 years in prison and will soon be transferred to adult prison.

In memory of their daughter, Dave and Mary Neese helped pass Skylar’s Law in West Virginia. It requires Amber Alerts for all missing children, not only those believed to have been kidnapped.

To honor their daughter, Dave and Mary transformed the site of her murder into a memorial. Dave often makes the 20-mile drive.

“Something horrible happened here,” Dave Neese said.

“But I wanted to take the horrible thing that happened here and try to turn it into something good — a place that people can come and remember Skylar and remember the good little girl that she was, and not the little beast that they treated her like.”

Dame Dash’s Lawyers Quit, Blames Outstanding Legal Fees

Recently Dame Dash has become a spokesman against culture vultures and corporate influence. His continued advocacy of being independently rich might hit a big snag as his lawyer quit this week, citing that he has not been paid for his services in the last three months.

I have consistently communicated with Defendant Dash, and his representatives, asking for them to assist with their defense and asking them to cure large outstanding balances owed to the Firm, and indicated repeatedly that the Firm would be making this motion to withdraw as counsel if the patter of non-responsiveness and non-compliance with their payment obligations continued and if the outstanding bill for services rendered to date was not paid.
In a four page court document submitted to the United States District Court, John P. Fazzio, ESQ. requested to be relieved as his counsel in the ongoing lawsuit between Dash and former recording artist Curren$y.

The basis for this motion is two-fold: (a) I have consistently tried to communicate with my client through electronic mail, telephone, text and regular mail, consistently over the last six months regarding the terms of representation and the prosecution of his case and have reached an impasse in the attorney-client relationship due to my client’s refusal to cooperate in his own defense and (b) the Firm has not been paid in full for the services it has rendered to Defendants pursuant to the terms of the representation.

Fazzio also states that since he has not had any communication with his defendent, he is unable to properly represent Dash.

I can no longer hope that Defendants will come around and participate in this litigation and their defense. Without the Defendants’ cooperation and input it is impossible for me to adequately represent them in this matter and comply with the Orders of this Court.

It should be noted that this is the very lawsuit that sparked the former R0c-A-Fella CEO’s slander campaign against current President of Urban Music at Interscope Records Joei Manda. In his last interview with The Combat Jack Show in June, the alleged cake-a-holic said the aforementioned legal battle was on hold. “Curren$y lawsuit is on hold because after the deposition, they wanted to settle with me because I slapped them all with lawsuits, but again, why in the newspaper it didn’t say I sued Warner, that I fought for what I believed in?”

This is not the first time news has broken about Dame’s financial struggles. In October he faced eviction from a mansion he was using in Carmel, New York after piling up over 160,000 dollars in rental fees. Prior to that Dame was hit with a 2.8 million dollar tax lien.

Hopefully that new Cam’ron & A-Trak album will help him advance his current monetary situation. You can view the legal documents in the following pages.

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