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Horseless Carriage Champ Bully-Whips Female Photographer

SteveNislickNYCLASSNYDNAs with most every debate of an animal welfare-related issue, pro and con tempers are running high. But there’s still no excuse for this:

Steve Nislick, the 70-year-old founder of NYCLASS, told his handler he was on the verge of getting violent with the photographer [Thursday] as he unveiled the prototype of his electric car at the Javits Center. “Let’s get away from the Daily News before I hit her in the face,” muttered Nislick, the anti-carriage industry crony of Mayor de Blasio.

“Steady, steady,” the man with him said, taking Nislick’s elbow and guiding him out of hitting range.

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The Hollywood Reporter Failed Rap History 101

Tupac Shakur didn’t die for this.

The Hollywood Reporter posted a Coachella recap early Monday morning on the duo of Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre closing out the show and the return (via hologram) of Shakur.

All of the search engines in the world must have been down (and the one staffer who knows hip-hop was asleep) because this is what “THR Staff” wrote when describing Shakur’s performance:

Tupac arrived via hologram, seamlessly — and amazingly — joining Snoop on “Come With Me,” “Hail Mary” and “Gangsta Party.”

So, Shakur not only performed for the first time in 15 years, but he dropped a new track at Coachella entitled “Come With Me.”

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Bloomberg Exposes Pair of ‘Linsanity’ Scammers

New York-based reporters Scott Soshnick and Mason Levinson win this week’s prize for least obvious story angle about breakout New York Knicks star Jeremy Lin.

Their widely picked up Bloomberg News piece, filed yesterday, revealed that not one but two California opportunists have filed preposterous trademark applications for the term “Linsanity.” The first applicant lives in Alhambra, the second in Los Altos. Both filed last week ahead of Lin’s 38-point performance against the Lakers.

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Why Is a White Nationalist Writing for MarketWatch?

LA Observed’s Mark Lacter asks a good question: What exactly is Peter Brimelow, editor of the white nationalist site VDare, doing writing for the Dow Jones-owned financial site MarketWatch? The issue arose after Brimelow was invited to speak at the most recent CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) gathering in DC. The increased attention drove both Lacter and Business Insider to question Dow Jones about its relationship with Brimelow (who, incidentally, was born in England, has an accent, and seems to find no irony in his anti-immigrant leanings). Neither heard back.

Brimelow was the editor of Forbes for a number of years. So it’s not like he appeared at MarketWach out of the blue from a Minuteman rally. Still, think how many journalists lost their jobs for just expressing an overt opinion on Occupy Wall Street. No way someone with such open prejudices should be anywhere near an outfit run by an entity as mainstream as Dow Jones.

Republican Rep. John Fleming Falls for Ridiculous Onion Abortion Story

Yep, Louisiana Republican John Fleming really thinks Planned Parenthood is building an $8 billion “Abortionplex.” He posted a link to this fake Onion story over the weekend–only to take it down shortly thereafter. But not before Blogging Blue caught the post.

Good to see fake news keeping it real in ’12.

Impersonator Speaks Out on Fooling the AP

It’s not every day an impersonator pulls a fast one on The Associated Press.

Washington D.C. radio producer Marc Sterne did his best Christopher Walken on Friday’s “The Tony Kornheiser Show” on ESPN 980. An AP reporter heard Sterne on the radio and thought it was Walken discussing the Natalie Wood investigation.

“After it aired and AP ran with it, everybody was calling the radio station saying we need the audio,” Sterne told Billy Bush and Kit Hoover on Access Hollywood Monday. “Finally there was a producer that tracked me down and said, ‘Can you just send me the audio?’ and I said, ‘Oh sweetheart, you’re going to be really embarrassed in about three seconds.’ And she said, ‘Why?’ And I said, (puts on Christopher Walken voice) ‘Because it’s me Chris right here, talking to you… It’s me doing the Chris Walken voice.’”

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Frank Miller Not a Fan of #OWS

Graphic novel legend and Hollywood writer/director Frank Miller apparently isn’t a fan of Occupy Wall Street. He also, apparently, thinks he’s one of his tough guy characters from Sin City. Here’s a snippet from a recent anti-OWS screed on his website.

Maybe, between bouts of self-pity and all the other tasty tidbits of narcissism you’ve been served up in your sheltered, comfy little worlds, you’ve heard terms like al-Qaeda and Islamicism.

And this enemy of mine — not of yours, apparently – must be getting a dark chuckle, if not an outright horselaugh – out of your vain, childish, self-destructive spectacle.

In the name of decency, go home to your parents, you losers. Go back to your mommas’ basements and play with your Lords Of Warcraft.

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LA City Council Falls Victim to ‘Mike Hunt’ Prank

This clip from Tuesday’s Los Angeles City Council meeting shouldn’t be funny … but the inner child in me can’t stop laughing.

This joke never gets old. Ever.

No Joke: Myspace Exec Offers Advice to Yahoo

FishbowlLA thinks it takes some balls for the head of a company Rupert Murdoch had to unload for a net purchase price loss of $545 million to chime in with thoughts on how another suddenly embattled media firm might proceed. But that’s just what former Myspace president and current-outgoing CEO Mike Jones has done today at TheWrap under the headline “How to Fix Yahoo: The Innovator’s Dilemma.”

Towards the end of the matrix illustrated two-pager, Jones shares a most unfortunate Myspace tidbit. He writes that at the sputtering social network, he and his colleagues often debated whether to “upgrade the ship or move the passengers into new ships.” Insert Titanic joke(s) here.

It gets better. Jones actually has the gall to commiserate with Yahoo’s current predicament, suggesting that “we failed to capture the attention of the world–as did Yahoo’s $100M rebrand campaign.”

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Antonio Villaraigosa Gets the Fox News Treatment from Laura Ingraham

Antonio Villaraigosa was in our nation’s capital yesterday to check out President Obama’s big jobs speech. Within a few hours of arriving, Fox News’ Laura Ingraham had already backed up the welcome wagon. Into his legs.

Welcome to DC Mr. Mayor!

H/T Media Matters

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