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The Late Night Talk Show Wars Just Got Racy

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Yeah. He just got busy. 

Just when you thought we were all past this crap. Just when you thought 2014 meant something. Just when you thought we could all just get along. And now, we have Arsenio Hall calling out The New York Times and NBC’s grand poobah Brian Williams

And you know what else? Arsenio is right. 

ICYMI: What had happened was both sources were waxing nostalgic about Jay Leno’s empty seat that was just given to Jimmy Fallon. While I dig “The Roots” and Jimmy Fallon (more them than him), there’s a slew of other talk show hosts out there — Letterman, Conan, Kimmel, Ferguson, Jon Stewart, Colbert. Sure there’s more, but there’s also Arsenio.

And he wasn’t given nary a mention on either story…

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Lady Gaga Is the New Voice Against California’s Drought. Kinda.

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Yeah, we smell something fishy going on too. 

“Brave.” “A voice for the voiceless.” “Standing up for us all.”

These are terms from loons clamoring about Lady Gaga becoming the “new spokesperson about California’s drought.” This is also proof many people are idiots and need to stop putting so much stock in the benevolence of Hollywood. Maybe it’s the crisis communications flack in me, but I try to look to for both sides of any story and I only find one in this story — hers.

Here’s how…

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NRA Pushes Back Against the ‘Pop-Tart’ / Toy Gun Bill. Really.

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And then, little Johnny, tell the principal to “Stick-em Up.” 

It’s no secret that America is an overly litigious society consumed with ambulance chaser commercials and the threats of legal beagles over little-to-nothing. We’ve had more than our fair share amount of ridiculous lawsuits, proving that lawyers will shill for anything — specifically, a big check.

To wit, the Florida affiliate of the National Rifle Association (NRA) has Pop-Tarts and the second Amendment on its mind as it hollers at its pool of lobbyists and lawyers on the speed dial. In that order. How? You’re going to love this.

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THIS JUST IN: McGruff the Crime Dog Caught with ‘Tree’

THIS JUST IN 2Back in the roaring 80s, there was a PSA that took a life of its own with McGruff the Crime Dog.

This cartoon bloodhound was created by ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi via the ubiquitous Ad Council. McGruff was the mascot for the National Crime Prevention Council and U.S. police departments all knew about him, used him and patrolled with him.

McGruff was awesome because he had this James Cagney-esque of 1920 gangster talk to “Coppers” but he was one of the good guys, SCHE-EEEEE? Drugs. Bullying. Safety. All of it was in a concentrated effort to “Take a Bite Out of Crime.”

And now that big bite was taken out of McGruff’s behind as John R. Morales was sentenced this week to 16 years and three months in federal prison on drug and weapons charges after police found more than 1,000 marijuana plants and 27 weapons, including grenade launchers, at two indoor farms.

The 41-year-old former actor pleaded guilty and says he “entered the drug trade to help sick relatives.”

Don’t Stray from This: PETA Needs to Get Involved in the Olympics

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We discussed the kind of breed Vladimir Putin is yesterday. He is more than just the Major Domo of Russia. The guy is a veritable badass who walks outside more times with his shirt off than Miley Cyrus jonesin’ for the paparazzi.

One does not mess with the Prime Minister, but this latest news may force the zero-to-bat-ess-crazy-pimp-slap-action-hand of PETA:

A pest control company which has been killing stray dogs in Sochi for years told The Associated Press on Monday that it has a contract to exterminate more of the animals throughout the Olympics.

Yeah, I thought that would get some attention. More puppy-non-love after the jump…

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Well, It’s About Time to Hate the Girl Scouts…for Political Endorsements?

Typically, around this time of the year, people are avoiding storefronts and grocery stores because the Girl Scouts are out pimping its Samoas, Do-Si-Dos, Thin Mints and other sinful cookies. They bum rush people trying to get to the organic food section and end up walking away with about one trillion calories in their bag.

That’s not this type of hatred.

No, it seems the lovely girls of cookie shilling has dipped its pretty, pink toenail into the pool of political endorsements. Wait, what? Yup, and it’s all because of this tweet. We’ll explain more after the jump…

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Rio de Janeiro Has the Strangest Protest Ever: the Toilet Sit-in

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Because some pictures don’t need cutlines.

All due respect to the great Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto of 60s jazz fame, but when I think of “A Girl from Ipanema,” I’m afraid I will see beach bums dropping a deuce the next time I close my eyes and hum a snappy tune.

Why? This picture is the noted Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro. And that’s a bunch of people dropping trow and sitting on toilets. It’s not some new tanning fad. Rather, it’s a protest. Apparently, Rio has an untreated water sewage issue and the city works are allegedly dumping said waste into the sea.

The group Meu Rio (My Rio) considered with the World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics en route, it would be a great time to protest. I guess.

Well, Meu Rio, you’re number one…or number two. Go Rio!

THIS JUST IN: Snorting Smarties Causes ‘Nasal Maggots’

THIS JUST IN 2What? You think I make this up? That’s why PR Newser has this category of stories. Although it could be construed as good or bad PR for the brand in question, it’s definitely news. Well, kinda’.

Nonetheless, it is our journalistic responsibility to bring you this story from Rhode Island. Apparently kids are feeling the economy pinch but still need to get their junkie on, so instead of graded cocaine like high society sticks in its nose, the cool, broke kids are jonesin’ for Smarties.

And yes, this is a real thing. Oh, but before you think this is awesome and run out to your local grocer, it turns out snorting the multicolored cheapskate candy can cause ‘nasal maggots.’

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A Fan of Derrick Coleman Brings the Seattle Seahawks Some Good PR for a Change

rileyMeet Riley Kovalcik (pictured left). 

An entire football team (and Richard Sherman, specifically) has her to thank for any good reports it is getting right about now. Riley is a nine-year-old girl who saw a moving advertisement about Seattle Seahawks’ Derrick Coleman, and wrote him a letter.

Riley, who is hearing-impaired, wrote Coleman a heart-felt letter that will melt your heart. You see, Coleman is the NFL’s first-ever legally deaf player. His story alone is amazing, but add a precious little girl’s sentiment of “I have faif in you” to the mix?

You have the makings for a viral sensation, a ‘Lifetime’ movie and enough positive mojo to win the entire Super Bowl on its own.

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#PRFail: You Know It’s Bad When the GOP Can’t Keep This Guy Happy

GOProud Jimmy LaSalviaMeet Jimmy LaSalvia. 

With his parted hair, used-car salesman smile and plush tweed jacket, the guy is a walking billboard for the Grand Old Party, no? Up until a few days ago, he was one of its most vociferous cheerleaders, too.

Oh, and he’s gay.

LaSalvia is founder of Republican activist/truncated fundraising group GOProud.org. You would think this guy resembles everything 2016 wishes it could be for Republicans, yes? Not so much.

According to Time, LaSalvia left the GOP for reasons this raging Independent finds baffling. Crisis communications lobbyists need to run to the nearest white courtesy phone.

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