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SOTU Post Party: Rep. Michael Grimm Steals the Show, Threatens Homicide

scotto-grimmToday is going to be fun for many schleps on Capitol Hill — some grimacing because of stuff President Obama said, others delighting for the same words. You can’t make any of those nine-percent-approval-rating hacks happy.

One thing we can guarantee: Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) will be one of the most miserable men in Washington today. (That’s him pictured bum rushing a NY1 reporter to the left.)

Grimm skipped the ‘State of the Union’ afterglow and gave himself a big PR black eye. In one of the bajillion post-SOTU interviews, NY1 reporter Mike Scotto managed to get Grimm’s attention for an interview in the Capitol Rotunda.

His follow-up question perturbed Grimm so much that he threatened to hurl Scotto clean off the balcony. And yes, he did it on live TV.

See the already-legendary video after the jump…

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Uber and the (Negligible) Cost of Bad Publicity

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Chances are that any recent news you’ve read regarding taxi service app company Uber was bad.

The company has recently suffered a string of very negative stories including:

  • Accusations from drivers (which Uber calls “freelancers”) that the company was stealing their tips
  • A case in which the company argued that the California government cannot regulate its business practices since it is not a transportation company (it simply happens to help cab drivers meet up with people who need a ride)
  • Angry complaints from both coasts about the “surge pricing” model that boosts rates by as much as 500% when users need the service most as opposed to, say, establishing a base rate like New York’s yellow cab service
  • An incident in which a driver hit and killed a 6-year-old girl; her family has filed a wrongful death suit against the company

The most recent story is the worst, though.

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Hospital ER Nurses Knew This Was Going to Happen Someday

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Um, Healthcare? Pick up the white courtesy phone.

Every had a terrible accident, or have a loved one call in the middle of the night with some horrifying news, and you had to rush over to the nearest hospital?

Almost every time this happens: people have to wait in the ER for hours.

Ofttimes, this wait makes what airplanes do on the tarmac while your smartphone battery depletes to nothing seem quick. The wait is awful. Sitting there with uncertainty about what lies ahead. No one seems to really care because you may as well be known as “number 84.” And from your perspective, there seems to no rush.

Surely, someone has said fuming with frustration, “This wait is killing me!” Whelp, it finally did… 

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THIS JUST IN: Grilling BBQ Is Gonna Kill You

THIS JUST IN 2This can’t be good PR for the beef and barbecue industry, everyone that sells barbecue and fried foods, and the aficionados of all things thereof.

I should know — I am one of those beloved people, equipped with the XXL grill in the backyard, devotee of BBQ sauce drizzling on my “Kiss the Cook” apron, and full of the proclivity to purchase a fried artifact every now and again. However, when I stumbled upon this story from Slate, I didn’t hurl my “I Heart BBQ” friends card out of my window (I am a Texan after all) but I did think twice about buying a Turkey Leg recently.

So that counts for something right? I mean, we could be talking cancer here. How? Find out after the jump…

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STUDY: Your Thighs and Beer Gut Heart the Polar Vortex

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Sure, it’s frigid outside but rub those thighs together and burn those calories! 

Whelp, it’s back. Polar Vortex 2: this time, it’s personal!

How? Mother Nature sure is taking a smackdown in the court of public opinion for all this below-freezing temperatures and stuff. You know, winter and all. Nonetheless, I think this vortex thingy is getting everyone so mad, even Sam Champion wants to pimp-slap Mama Nature.

So, just when she is need of some serious crisis communications, we get this study from a publication that I have never read, bought or discovered on a shelf—but there it is: Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism

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STUDY: Spanx Could Be Squeezing the Money out of Your Organs

spanx-funnyDear Spanx, Your product is killing women’s ability to reproduce. Love, ‘Merica Pissed-off Females. 

Doesn’t sound like a grand marketing campaign, but thanks to some folks with a Ph.D. and waaaay too much time on their hands, we have this interview from HuffPo who interviewed three gastroentrologists about that very unfortunate slogan.

Bad celebrity endorsement too.

SPOILER ALERT: This randy kind of shapewear prevent you from having a healthy bowel movement, digesting a steak or being able to other things with your body that is so disgusting, we dare not discuss it in this highly educated forum.

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Breaking Bad May Have Just Been Broke at SAG Awards for Hitler Humor

It’s been hailed as one of the best shows of our generation. And while Breaking Bad is done with production and cleaning up on awards, something wicked this way comes from this past weekend’s SAG Awards on TNT.

The show was up for ‘Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.’ And it didn’t matter what schleps the show was up against, Breaking Bad has been cleaning house this year—and rightly so.

And the winner is…doesn’t matter any more after what happened during the acceptance speech.  Check it:

Although there is no volume, that is the great Bryan Cranston accepting the award on behalf of his cast, who won another for ‘Outstanding Lead Actor.’

During his speech, he thanked the entire cast with this sentiment “You are the nicest bunch of white supremacist Nazis I have ever worked with…[and] I swear to you, I would kill you all over again. I really would.”

Fun and yuks, right? A guy is allowed to indulge in this euphoric state, right? If you are Patrick Sane, the fool on stage left heiling effin’ Hitler, the answer is “not so much.” I’m certain the guy doesn’t have autographed copies of Mein Kampf on his nightstand, but come on, dude. Hitler? Really? Hollywood. Where you get away with anything.

American Apparel Features Mannequins with Grooming Issues

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So, um? Yeah.

Welcome to the newest trend in fashion — ‘real’ mannequins in need of a Brazilian wax. STAT! American Apparel believes this should be a trend in fashion — real women.

While I agree that silicon and other sundry injections have ruined a healthy image of what a woman should be, this real woman is only fashionable in the Amazon (because trimming with a buck knife could nick a little), the Arctic (because a girl needs to stay warm) and possibly Amish communities (because advertising doesn’t get there much).

And this isn’t the first time American Apparel has gone crazy in advertising and marketing.

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THIS JUST IN: McDonald’s Is America’s Most Hated Company

THIS JUST IN 2Global corporations. National chains. Even the off-shoot regional company.

They each have opportunities to hire tools, treat employees like peons and run their organizations like a sweat shop. It’s tough competition out there, but thanks to a report from 24/7 Wall Street, there’s a new King of the Mountain.

[Timpani Drum Please]

Ladies and gentlemen of crisis communications specialties everywhere: May we present McDonald’s as America’s Most Hated Company! 

Surprised? Of course not, if you read this forum for any amount of time. The franchising, fast-food juggernaut has a super-sized order #PRFail in its 2013 archives…

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Google Maps Accidentally Directs Berliners to Adolf Hitler

So, you live in Berlin and you’re new in town. A friend invites you to this trendy new bistro in the town square. Because you are new to the German capital, you take a gander on your trusty Google Maps app and find this…

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That’s the trendy part of town. And there’s Adolf Hitler Place. Whoops.

It’s not Google has been on the @$$ end of some bad press lately with Google Glass sucking out loud and then their misanthrope approach to community relations in San Francisco, but this?! Google, I’m sure you picked up this phone call. What say you?

“We were made aware of a wrong and inappropriate Berlin street name on Google Maps and have corrected this as quickly as possible,” the Internet search giant said in an email to NBC News. “We apologize for this error.”

So, here’s the skinny: Instead of Theodor Heuss Platz, West Germany’s first post WWII president, the map named the street along one side of the eponymous square Adolf Hitler Platz after, well, that guy. A spin attempt would be someone typed ‘H’ and that damn auto correct took over.

See there, it’s Apple’s fault. Problem solved.

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