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Archives: February 2010

Eric Cartman is Armed to the Teeth in Afghanistan


“South Park” fans may remember the episode shortly after 9/11, where Eric Cartman goes to Afghanistan and kills Osama Bin Laden Loony Tunes-style with a stick of Acme dynamite. Well, perhaps you missed it — but employees of the much reviled private security force Blackwater seem to have been pretty fond of it. Senate hearings are currently underway to deal with Blackwater contractors who illegally stole weapons intended for Afghan security forces, and signed for them under the name “Eric Cartman.”

From The Atlantic:

The Blackwater contractors–who were not licensed to carry arms in the country–apparently operated under the company name Paravant to escape scrutiny. They seem to have secured the weapons by checking them out under the name “Eric Cartman,” which will be familiar to viewers of the cartoon show South Park.

The heavily armed contractors did a great job of demonstrating why they were barred from carrying guns, shooting two civilians and, at one point, another Blackwater contractor.

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More with More Magazine Editor-In-Chief Lesley Jane Seymour

seymour_more_mag_2.26.10.jpgRight on the heels of revealing the magazine’s revamped logo and new tagline, More‘s editor-in-chief, Lesley Jane Seymour, spoke with FishbowlNY on what prompted the publication’s redesign and how it reflects More‘s changing readership.

The tagline, as we mentioned in our previous post on the magazine’s makeover, was picked from a feature within the magazine to better portray the interests of the magazine’s readers. As Seymour explains it, the old tagline — “Smart Talk for Smart Women” — didn’t quite reflect the magazine’s full scope:

“Smart Talk for Smart Women” was true, but women have redefined themselves. The style aspect surfaced and readers told us they wanted to see more focus on fashion and beauty in addition to reading about work, finance, health, travel, and many other topics.

After the jump, Seymour explains why More isn’t just for women over 40.

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Gordon Ramsay is Running the LA Marathon

Gordon Ramsay, the Simon Cowell of cooks, announced on Jimmy Kimmel last night that he’s running the LA Marathon next month. It’ll be hard to recognize him without him screaming.

Previously on FBLA:

  • LA and Its Rash of Triathlete Journos

  • Matt Stroud Follows Up with Former IRE Exec Editing the Scientologists Investigation of Their Investigators

    Matt Stroud at True/Slant posted his emails with friend and colleague Steve Weinberg, the former IRE executive who edited a report funded by the Scientologists about the St. Petersburg Times’ investigations into the Scientologists. Weinberg gets to respond and add “nuance” to Howard Kurtz‘s WaPo article about his involvement in the investigative project.

    The whole post is here. It’s interesting and journo cocktail party conversation worthy.

    Then Stroud ends with:

    If you’ve made it to this point, congrats: You’ve fallen about as far into the rabbit hole of journalism ethics as I’d recommend. But you’ve made it. So what do you think? Is it ok for veteran investigative reporters to write for the Scientologists? Or is working for an organization “so hostile to outside journalists” just not right?

    We’ll really get to the bottom of this when we find out if the CoS publishes the investigation or not.

    That’s what we’re interested in.

    Previously on FBLA:

  • Scientologists Hire Journos to Investigate Newspaper Investigating Scientology

  • The Cleveland Show Declares Print Dead

    Thanks a lot, Seth MacFarlane.

    FBLA’s Top 5 Stories This Week

    ‘The Catchphrase Academy’: Puns Be Damned

    Paterson’s Allies Falter, Papers Call for Resignation

    DavidPaterson-799051(1).jpgNew York Governor David Paterson said Thursday that he would continue to seek reelection, despite mounting criticism following a damaging New York Times story on his administration. But for the first time, Paterson also said he was open to the prospect of stepping down.

    This change of tack comes as Paterson’s allies are faltering in their support. New York Democrats are saying straight-up that the governor stands almost no chance of winning an election.

    The Times story, which you can read here, details Paterson advisor David Johnson‘s alleged assault of a girlfriend, inappropriate intervention in her case by Paterson’s personal security detail, and a suspicious phone call between the governor and the woman before she failed to appear in court to press her case against Johnson. Paterson’s head of public safety, Denise O’Donnell, resigned the day after the story broke.

    Following the story’s publication Wednesday night, New York Post and the New York Daily News published editorials that called for Paterson’s resignation. The Times was more measured, saying that Attorney General Andrew Cuomo should thoroughly investigate Paterson’s role in the scandal.

    Advice for Paterson and Cuomo from New York’s editorial pages after the jump.

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    Does Carly Simon Finally Tells Us David Geffen is ‘So Vain’?

    carly_simon_album.jpgPersonally, we thought the song was about us. But according to The Sun, Carly Simon‘s 38 year secret about who was the object of her classic ballad “You’re So Vain” is finally out. Some believe it’s her producer David Geffen.

    She tipped the world off by saying his name backwards on a re-recording of the song for her upcoming ablum. She say’s “David” backwards? Only the most popular name in North America. So…yeah, mystery solved.

    Trade Talk: 2/26/2010

  • Steve Pond speaks with director Steven Bognar about his Academy Award nominated documentary “The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant” — The Wrap

  • CBS chief Les Moonves wants a $12 million bonus — Variety

  • 2012 GOP presidential candidates Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney to go head-to-head next Tuesday on Leno and Letterman — Deadline Hollywood

  • Former “Growing Pains” star Andrew “Boner” Koenig found dead in Vancouver — The Hollywood Reporter

  • Levi Johnston ordered to pay $18,000 in back child support to Bristol PalinTMZ