Flavor Flav Domestic Dispute: New Details Emerge

via MTV: 


Flavor Flav in Las Vegas police custody on Wednesday


Flavor Flav was arrested at his Las Vegas home on Wednesday after a domestic dispute, and now a police report has revealed further details of what took place before officials were called in.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police told ABC News Action 13 that the altercation took place around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, and they responded to a call from a woman who said that she had been in a fight with her fiancé, who also threatened her son.

Police said that when they arrived, they could still hear an argument going on inside Flav’s house on the 7800 block of Via Venture Court. His fiancée, Elizabeth Trujillo, explained that a fight between the couple started after an argument over his infidelity and things spiraled out of control. Trujillo says that she was thrown to the floor twice during the argument, and when her 17-year-old son tried to defend her, he was also threated.

The rapper, born William Drayton Jr., reportedly began to wrestle with Trujillo’s son and eventually grabbed two knives from the kitchen, chasing him upstairs where he locked himself in bedroom. At this point Trujillo says that the former Public Enemy rapper kicked in the door and continued to threaten her son.

Flavor Flav has denied chasing the teenager in the midst of the fight with his fiancée, but police say two knives were found on the kitchen floor, and he sustained a cut from one of them.

He was arrested and taken to the Clark County Detention Center, where he was later bailed out with $23,000 and then appeared in court early on Thursday (October 18). Flav is facing felony assault with a deadly weapon and misdemeanor domestic violence charges.

Newsweek to cease publishing print magazine

via Columbian 

LOS ANGELES — Newsweek will print its final edition at the end of this year. After nearly 80 years of publication, the news magazine will shift to a digital-only format, available online and on tablet computers, editor-in-chief Tina Brown said on the magazine’s website Thursday morning. Its last will be the Dec. 31 issue.

“We are transitioning Newsweek, not saying goodbye to it,” Brown said. “We remain committed to Newsweek and to the journalism that it represents. This decision is not about the quality of the brand or the journalism — that is as powerful as ever. It is about the challenging economics of print publishing and distribution.”

The digital-only publication, supported by paid subscriptions and dubbed Newsweek Global, will be aimed at a “highly mobile, opinion-leading audience who want to learn about world events in a sophisticated context,” Brown said.

Newsweek’s announcement marks a significant transition for the magazine, which was founded in 1933 and has been undergoing its own identity crisis and financial turmoil in recent years. Its problems are emblematic of the disruptions faced broadly by the print media industry, as readers shift online and away from the most valuable advertising.

In 2010, Newsweek and The Daily Beast announced they would merge, jointly owned by Sidney Harman, an audio equipment magnate who died last year, and IAC, the media and advertising company run by Barry Diller, chairman and senior executive.

Brown cited a Pew Research Center report that found 39 percent of Americans get their news from an online source.

“In our judgment, we have reached a tipping point at which we can most efficiently and effectively reach our readers in all-digital format,” she wrote. “This was not the case just two years ago. It will increasingly be the case in the years ahead.”

Brown said the shift would entail “staff reductions,” though she didn’t elaborate.

Romney’s empty ‘binders full of women’

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Editor’s note: Maria Cardona is a Democratic strategist, a principal at the Dewey Square Group, a former senior adviser to Hillary Clinton and former communications director for the Democratic National Committee.

(CNN) — Mitt Romney showed up Tuesday night talking about“binders full of women” being brought to him when he was governor. Sounds kind of kinky and certainly not something you want to be touting.

The phrase was part of Romney’s answer to a question from an audience member at the second presidential debate about how he would “rectify the inequalities in the workplace.” Referring to when he took over as Massachusetts governor, he said, “I had the chance to pull together a Cabinet, and all the applicants seemed to be men,” he said. “I went to a number of women’s groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks?’ and they brought us whole binders full of women.”

The “binders” moment went viral immediately on Twitter, spawning @RomneysBinders and @womaninabinder Twitter handles. As of Wednesday morning, almost 300,000 people had supported aFacebook page about what a politically dumb statement it was. Romney may soon say it was “inelegant” phrasing or he didn’t finish his statement or some other excuse, but the comment shows why voters, especially women, don’t trust him and don’t believe he has their back.

CNN Money: Bindersfullofwomen.com snapped up in 90 seconds

Maria Cardona

Maria Cardona

In fairness, “binders” was most likely a slip of the tongue. But Romney said it in an effort to obfuscate and pivot from the issue at hand: equality for women. He avoided the real question, and that, and his remark, spoke volumes.

Even as a slip of the tongue, this odd phrase betrays Romney’s true lack of understanding, knowledge and comfort level on women’s equality. And besides the binders comment, there are several problems with the story Romney told Tuesday night.

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First of all, it is not true. The “binder” of women’s résumés was prepared before the election by the Massachusetts Government Appointments Project, a coalition of nonpartisan women’s groups. When Romney won, the women — not in binders — gave him the résumés.

Romney told that story in an effort to demonstrate how well his administration had done in hiring women. Except it didn’t. A study by the University of Massachusetts and the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy shows that the percentage of women in senior positions during his tenure actually declined. It went from 30% when Romney took office to 27% when he left and up to more than 33% after the new governor took over.

Did Romney undo gains with women?

Also, it boggles the mind that throughout his decades-long career in business, Romney had not come across any qualified women he could appoint to his Cabinet. The Romney campaign points to longtime aide Beth Myers, but she was not in the Cabinet.

The more reasonable explanation is that diversity of gender, or any kind of diversity, was never an important tenet of corporate leadership for Romney. Which is why he did not proactively seek out the “binders full of women”: Women’s groups, in fact, came looking for him.

All of this goes to the heart of why Romney has had such a hard time winning over the women’s vote. He answered the audience member’s question from the standpoint of a detached CEO who knew that he had to find qualified women to serve in his administration come hell or high water, given the vast disparity between men and women holding management positions. He must have known he would be blasted if he didn’t do it. In this day and age, this should be a no-brainer. You should not ask the American people to give you a medal for hiring qualified women.

The dissonance when it comes to the governor and women went even further at the debate. Romney not only couldn’t answer the question about women’ equality, he could not even answer a question about outlawing AK-47s without bringing up single mothers. Saying he did not believe in changing gun laws, he seemed to equate children raised by single parents with the “culture of violence.” I may be wrong, but I don’t think that is a good strategy to get struggling single moms to vote for you.

Tech: Social world thumbs through ‘binders full of women’

President Obama, in contrast, answered the equality question not just from a personal standpoint as a father but also as a commander in chief who signed a bill into law that guaranteed women could receive equal pay for equal work, the Lilly Ledbetter Act. Romney conspicuously never said whether he supported that act. The president’s approach was much more in synch with what women want to hear and with what all Americans know to be fair.

The binders comment was even more unfortunate for Romney in that he said it in the midst of Obama’s very strong showing. The president clearly showed that he had the fight, the passion and the commitment to continue to work for middle-class voters — on jobs, on health care, on taxes, on education, on immigration and, yes, on women’s issues.

This all underscores Romney’s inability to really connect with voters. Although he seemed to win a little more favor among women after the first debate, I predict binders of polling data as to why that movement stopped after Tuesday night.


GUTSY: Expedia’s Gay Marriage Ad Is Narrated By A Homophobic Father

via Business Insider: 


Expedia is publishing a series of videos under the rubric “find yours” which focus on why Americans make the journeys they do

Sounds dull, right? In fact most of the videos in the series have received fewer than 10,000 views on YouTube.

The latest video, however, got more than 2.2 million views since Oct. 2. It’s an unexpectedly moving tale told by retired business owner Artie Goldstein, who describes the less-than-enthusiastic reaction he had to his daughter Vickie’s announcement that she was going to marry another woman. “That startled me. I told her, this is not the dream I had for my daughter,” he says.

He books a plane ticket anyway, and the ad follows him on the trip. At one point he drives past a church, and the shot is delivered in silence.

(Of course, the ad has a happy ending when he sees his daughter in her wedding dress.)

The spot — made by agency 180LA for Expedia clients senior marketing director Vic Walia and vp/gm Joe Megibow — is unexpectedly subtle, for a major brand.

Gay-audience targeted campaigns are commonplace in advertising these days, and they already have their own set cliches (smiling whitebread couples in spotlessly tasteful homes, rough-housing with their adorable kids, etc.).

What makes this ad worthy of note is the fact that it’s told entirely from the point of view of a member of a generation that, frankly, isn’t entirely on board with the whole equal rights thing.

The ad thus addresses its supporters and critics at the same time — which is what makes it so clever. Take a look:


Celebrities Called Out Romney On Twitter During Tuesday’s Debate

via Business Insider: 


It was clear who won the presidential debate last night in Hollywood.


Celebs were not kind to Governor Mitt Romney during the second live presidential debate last night.

For the most part, Romney received criticism for his stammering, his five-point plan, and, of course, his mention of women in binders, among other things.

(Sidenote: If you haven’t stumbled upon the bindersfullofwomen tumblr, check it out.)

Unlike the first debate, Obama was praised for his comeback after a lackluster first debate.

Moderator Candy Crowley was also better received than VP debate moderator Martha Raddatz.

The only person who really gave Obama a tough time last night was Donald Trump, calling him “no Bill Clinton.”

Here’s how the celebs tore Romney apart on Twitter:

Calling him a bully:


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On birds:


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@ElizabethBanks / Twitter



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@billmaher / Twitter


On gun violence:


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@ElizabethBanks / Twitter



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@katewalsh / Twitter


Everything else:


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@billmaher / Twitter



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@elizadushku / Twitter

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@JoyVBehar / Twitter

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@JoyVBehar / Twitter

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@pattonoswalt / Twitter

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@katewalsh / Twitter

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@aishatyler / Twitter

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@EvaLongoria / Twitter


And, then there were the binder comments:


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@BrooklynDecker / Twitter

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They were much more in favor of moderator Candy Crowley …


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@jessetyler / Twitter

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@joyvbehar / Twitter

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@chrissyteigen / Twitter

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@RyanSeacrest / Twitter

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@SarahKSilverman / Twitter

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@billmaher / Twitter


… and, Obama …


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@MiaFarrow / Twitter

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@MMFlint / Twitter

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@billmaher / Twitter

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@elizadushku / Twitter

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@SherriEShepherd / Twitter

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@JoyVBehar / Twitter

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… unless you were Donald Trump:


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However, this was the zinger:

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@realDonaldTrump / Twitter



Economists Reinhart And Rogoff Took A Huge Shot At Mitt Romney’s Economists Today

via Business Insider: 


Last night, Carmen Reinhart and Ken Rogoff published a white paper showing the recovery could have been a whole lot worse.

carmen reinhart

They argue that the U.S. did not experience a normal crisis, but rather a “systemic financial” one.

That’s only happened four other times in our history: 1873, 1892, 1907, and 1929.

So compared with those crises, our recovery looks pretty rosy:

reinhart rogoff chart

Today in Bloomberg, the pair double down on their argument by taking issue with economists who’ve signed on to Mitt Romney’s campaign and have argued our recovery is different, and worse:

…a few op-ed writers have argued that, in fact, the U.S. is “different” and that international comparisons aren’t relevant because of profound institutional differences from one country to another. Some of these authors, including Kevin Hassett, Glenn Hubbard and John Taylor — who are advisers to the Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney — as well as Michael Bordo, who supports the candidate, have stressed that the U.S. is also “different” in that its recoveries from recessions associated with financial crises have been rapid and strong.

we have to take issue with gross misinterpretations of the facts

Since they’re looking at the wrong kinds of benchmark crises, Team Romney ends up using the wrong metrics, they say. Instead of focusing on years to return to normal growth, they’ve fixed on rate of recovery.

But for post- World War II systemic crises around the world, it’s taken about four and a half years to fully recover. In 14 Great Depression episodes around the world (including the U.S.) it took 10 years on average.

Team Romney misses this point:

Taylor, for example, appears to show the recovery from the Great Depression as the strongest in U.S. history, even though it took about a decade to reach the same level of per capita income as at its starting point in 1929.

No doubt, this will likely come off to many as a partisan response to another partisan assertion.

But it seems like it’s impossible to avoid that kind of thing these days.

(Via FT Alphaville)

Michael Bloomberg Has Set Up His Own Super PAC, And Is Dumping $15 Million Into The 2012 Election

via Business Insider: 


New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has one aspect of his post-mayoral life finally worked out.

Michael Bloomberg

Raymond Hernandez of the New York Times reports that Bloomberg, one of the country’s most prominent independent politicians, just filed for a brand-new, as-yet-unnamed Super PAC, which he plans to use to dump portions of his fortune into races across the country.

Irrespective of party, Bloomberg is reportedly planning to support candidates who support three of his biggest policy initiatives: same-sex marriage; tougher gun laws; and overhauling schools.

To that end, Hernandez reports that Bloomberg expects to spend between $10 to $15 million on competitive state, local and congressional races this month, including Angus King, the former governor of Maine who is mounting a leading bid for the Senate as an independent, is one identified recipient of the mayor’s largesse.

Hernandez reports that the Super PAC will target Democratic Congressman Joe Baca of California, whom Bloomberg considers to be weak on gun control.