The gimmick is that back in 1970 — four Kent State students were shot to death by National Guard soldiers while protesting the Vietnam War.
Really? Yes! I couldn’t make this ish up.
But wait! This isn’t the first time the brand caught a bit of bad press by way of their marketing strategies.
In 2003 Urban Outfitters sold a board game called “Ghettopoly,” which included a card rewarding players for the achievement of “you got yo whole neighborhood addicted to crack.” The joke..?? That poor people are drug addicts and drug dealers. [straight face]
In 2004 Urban Outfitters sold a “Jewish Girls” T-shirt covered in dollar signs. The joke was Jewish people are obsessed with money and in 2010 they sold a T-shirt that displayed the message “Eat Less.” The joke…?? Some people starve themselves because they believe obsessively that they are overweight.
Interestingly, shortly after featuring the design the company removed the blood-stained sweatshirt which donned the caption:
‘Washed soft and perfectly broken in, this vintage Kent State sweatshirt is cut in a loose, slouchy fit. Excellent vintage condition. We only have one, so get it or regret it!’
A spokesperson for the tasteless brand later commented:
“Urban Outfitters sincerely apologizes for any offense our Vintage Kent State Sweatshirt may have caused. It was never our intention to allude to the tragic events that took place at Kent State in 1970 and we are extremely saddened that this item was perceived as such.”
Oh really now..?? I so don’t feel the sincerity.
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The latest trailer for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ is jam-packed with action as Katniss Everdeen begins to understand that she is the titular symbol of the rebellion in Panem, whether she likes it or not!
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In every game, at every level he has played, Marcus Burley’s expectation has been the same.
The Seahawks’ Marcus Burley breaks up a pass intended for Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb. -- Image credit: John Lok / The Seattle Times
“You always have to go out there and every play think that the ball is coming to you,’’ said Burley, a Seahawks cornerback.
That could be truer than ever Sunday when the Seahawks play the San Diego Chargers in a 1:05 p.m. game at Qualcomm Stadium.
The Seahawks enter the game off a 36-16 win over the Green Bay Packers a week ago Thursday that reinforced their standing as a team that might have the best chance of repeating as Super Bowl champions since the 2004 New England Patriots.
About the only reason for worry as Seattle left CenturyLink Field that night was the status of the nickelback spot — the extra defensive back who comes in for obvious passing situations — with Jeremy Lane leaving in the third quarter with a groin injury.
That’s where Burley enters the story.
Burley, who had been with the team for just five days — acquired in a trade from Indianapolis for a sixth-round draft pick in 2015 — played the final 25 snaps of his first NFL game in relief of Lane.
A few days later, the team placed Lane on injured reserve with a designation to return. That means Lane can return in eight weeks.
It also means that, for now, Burley is the nickelback.
“We’re looking for Marcus to do a real nice job and take that spot over,’’ coach Pete Carroll said.
Burley was not drafted in 2013 after playing for FCS power Delaware.
The native of Richmond, Va., started 31 games at Delaware, where his biggest honor was being named All-Colonial Athletic Association as a junior.
He possessed one trait that enticed NFL scouts, though.
“He had that one thing you can’t really coach or teach, which is speed,’’ said Henry Baker, Burley’s position coach at Delaware his last two years. “The one thing I told him is, ‘As long as you can run, someone will find you.’ ’’
A 4.34 time in the 40 at his Pro Day got him on the NFL’s radar, and Burley last season had stints on practice squads with Jacksonville, Philadelphia and St. Louis.
Baker says Burley took what he could out of each experience last season.
“He wasn’t a guy to hang out or do those types of things,’’ Baker said. “He was a guy who was always studying, trying to perfect his craft.’’
So Baker wasn’t surprised that Burley had a breakthrough in camp with the Colts, which led to the trade to the Seahawks, who were looking for options at nickelback behind Lane after failing to find any during their own training camp.
Carroll said he has been most impressed that Burley hasn’t seemed fazed by playing alongside Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas.
“As we’ve learned more about him, we realized that he’s a real serious competitor, a real bright kid that wants to learn,’’ Carroll said.
Seattle was in the nickel for 57 of 62 snaps against the Packers. The Seahawks might not go to the defense as often against San Diego, but Burley should still be tested plenty by the Chargers. Led by veteran quarterback Philip Rivers, San Diego averaged 270 passing yards in 2013, fifth in the league.
The Chargers got off to a rough start Monday with an 18-17 loss at Arizona in which Rivers was just 21 of 36 for 238 yards.
Rivers said he won’t copy the lead of Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and try to avoid Sherman. But with an offense predicated on spreading the ball around, Rivers figures to look more often toward Byron Maxwell, and to Burley when he’s on the field.
As Carroll put it this week, Seattle is “challenged” in depth at the cornerback spot. Also out is Tharold Simon, sidelined at least another few weeks after having minor knee surgery.
To help out, Seattle this week also signed cornerback Josh Thomas, who played for Carolina the past three years. Thomas, though, was signed to play as an outside corner primarily, and also isn’t yet acclimated to Seattle’s defense. Backup safety DeShawn Shead can also play corner but also is more experienced outside.
So for now, the nickelback job is Burley’s. And if it’s speed that got him to this point, he’s hoping to take this job and run with it.
“I feel like it’s a great opportunity,’’ he said. “I’ve just got to keep my head in the playbook and take full advantage of it.’’
ISIS militants have reportedly been talking about invading the United States through the border with Mexico, a United States official warned this week.
Speaking before a Senate committee, the under secretary for intelligence and analysis at the Department of Homeland Security said militants have been caught on social media discussing ways to infiltrate the United States.
“There have been Twitter and social-media exchanges among ISIL adherents across the globe speaking about that as a possibility,” said Francis Taylor in response to a question from Senator John McCain, an Arizona Republican.
Taylor added that the ISIS invasion talk wasn’t too much of a threat, and that he was “satisfied that we have the intelligence and the capability at our border that would prevent that activity.”
There could be major problems if ISIS planned to invade the United States through Mexico. U.S. officials say that the Mexican drug cartels controlling the region are defensive of their turf, especially regarding threats that could bring the United States government and its firepower to their lucrative drug-smuggling territory.
At any rate, ISIS would not have the capacity to invade anyway, said Nicholas Rasmussen, deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center.
“We do not assess right now they have the capability to mount an effective large-scale attack on the United States,” Rasmussen said.
This comes after an alert from Sheriff Gary Painter, who works near El Paso, that an ISIS terrorist cell formed just a few miles from the Texas border. Painter claimed that the Islamic State militants have converged in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. That region has been one of the most violent, as clashes between drug cartels and with Mexican military officials have claimed thousands of lives.
Painter added that Texas law enforcement officers have been advised to be on the lookout for “suspicious, potential terrorist activity.” There have not yet been any concrete reports of ISIS activity near the United States border with Mexico, however.
By announcing a plan to arm so-called “moderate” Syrian rebels who have directly provided weapons to ISIS terrorists, in addition to air strikes inside Syrian territory, Obama is pouring gasoline on a raging inferno.
President Barack Obama authorized the start of U.S. airstrikes in Syria and expanded a month long bombing campaign in Iraq to “degrade and ultimately destroy” Islamic militants who recently beheaded two Americans.
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My fellow Americans, tonight I want to speak to you about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.
As Commander-in-Chief, my highest priority is the security of the American people. Over the last several years, we have consistently taken the fight to terrorists who threaten our country. We took out Osama bin Laden and much of al Qaeda’s leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We’ve targeted al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen, and recently eliminated the top commander of its affiliate in Somalia. We’ve done so while bringing more than 140,000 American troops home from Iraq, and drawing down our forces in Afghanistan, where our combat mission will end later this year. Thanks to our military and counterterrorism professionals, America is safer.
Still, we continue to face a terrorist threat. We can’t erase every trace of evil from the world, and small groups of killers have the capacity to do great harm. That was the case before 9/11, and that remains true today. And that’s why we must remain vigilant as threats emerge. At this moment, the greatest threats come from the Middle East and North Africa, where radical groups exploit grievances for their own gain. And one of those groups is ISIL — which calls itself the “Islamic State.”
Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not “Islamic.” No religion condones the killing of innocents. And the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state. It was formerly al Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq, and has taken advantage of sectarian strife and Syria’s civil war to gain territory on both sides of the Iraq-Syrian border. It is recognized by no government, nor by the people it subjugates. ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. And it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.
In a region that has known so much bloodshed, these terrorists are unique in their brutality. They execute captured prisoners. They kill children. They enslave, rape, and force women into marriage. They threatened a religious minority with genocide. And in acts of barbarism, they took the lives of two American journalists — Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff.
So ISIL poses a threat to the people of Iraq and Syria, and the broader Middle East — including American citizens, personnel and facilities. If left unchecked, these terrorists could pose a growing threat beyond that region, including to the United States. While we have not yet detected specific plotting against our homeland, ISIL leaders have threatened America and our allies. Our Intelligence Community believes that thousands of foreigners — including Europeans and some Americans — have joined them in Syria and Iraq. Trained and battle-hardened, these fighters could try to return to their home countries and carry out deadly attacks.
I know many Americans are concerned about these threats. Tonight, I want you to know that the United States of America is meeting them with strength and resolve. Last month, I ordered our military to take targeted action against ISIL to stop its advances. Since then, we’ve conducted more than 150 successful airstrikes in Iraq. These strikes have protected American personnel and facilities, killed ISIL fighters, destroyed weapons, and given space for Iraqi and Kurdish forces to reclaim key territory. These strikes have also helped save the lives of thousands of innocent men, women and children.
But this is not our fight alone. American power can make a decisive difference, but we cannot do for Iraqis what they must do for themselves, nor can we take the place of Arab partners in securing their region. And that’s why I’ve insisted that additional U.S. action depended upon Iraqis forming an inclusive government, which they have now done in recent days. So tonight, with a new Iraqi government in place, and following consultations with allies abroad and Congress at home, I can announce that America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat.
Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy.
First, we will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. Working with the Iraqi government, we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we’re hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense. Moreover, I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.
Second, we will increase our support to forces fighting these terrorists on the ground. In June, I deployed several hundred American servicemembers to Iraq to assess how we can best support Iraqi security forces. Now that those teams have completed their work — and Iraq has formed a government — we will send an additional 475 servicemembers to Iraq. As I have said before, these American forces will not have a combat mission — we will not get dragged into another ground war in Iraq. But they are needed to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces with training, intelligence and equipment. We’ll also support Iraq’s efforts to stand up National Guard Units to help Sunni communities secure their own freedom from ISIL’s control.
Across the border, in Syria, we have ramped up our military assistance to the Syrian opposition. Tonight, I call on Congress again to give us additional authorities and resources to train and equip these fighters. In the fight against ISIL, we cannot rely on an Assad regime that terrorizes its own people — a regime that will never regain the legitimacy it has lost. Instead, we must strengthen the opposition as the best counterweight to extremists like ISIL, while pursuing the political solution necessary to solve Syria’s crisis once and for all.
Third, we will continue to draw on our substantial counterterrorism capabilities to prevent ISIL attacks. Working with our partners, we will redouble our efforts to cut off its funding; improve our intelligence; strengthen our defenses; counter its warped ideology; and stem the flow of foreign fighters into and out of the Middle East. And in two weeks, I will chair a meeting of the U.N. Security Council to further mobilize the international community around this effort.
Fourth, we will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to innocent civilians who have been displaced by this terrorist organization. This includes Sunni and Shia Muslims who are at grave risk, as well as tens of thousands of Christians and other religious minorities. We cannot allow these communities to be driven from their ancient homelands.
So this is our strategy. And in each of these four parts of our strategy, America will be joined by a broad coalition of partners. Already, allies are flying planes with us over Iraq; sending arms and assistance to Iraqi security forces and the Syrian opposition; sharing intelligence; and providing billions of dollars in humanitarian aid. Secretary Kerry was in Iraq today meeting with the new government and supporting their efforts to promote unity. And in the coming days he will travel across the Middle East and Europe to enlist more partners in this fight, especially Arab nations who can help mobilize Sunni communities in Iraq and Syria, to drive these terrorists from their lands. This is American leadership at its best: We stand with people who fight for their own freedom, and we rally other nations on behalf of our common security and common humanity.
My administration has also secured bipartisan support for this approach here at home. I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL, but I believe we are strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together. So I welcome congressional support for this effort in order to show the world that Americans are united in confronting this danger.
Now, it will take time to eradicate a cancer like ISIL. And any time we take military action, there are risks involved — especially to the servicemen and women who carry out these missions. But I want the American people to understand how this effort will be different from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It will not involve American combat troops fighting on foreign soil. This counterterrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist, using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground. This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years. And it is consistent with the approach I outlined earlier this year: to use force against anyone who threatens America’s core interests, but to mobilize partners wherever possible to address broader challenges to international order.
My fellow Americans, we live in a time of great change. Tomorrow marks 13 years since our country was attacked. Next week marks six years since our economy suffered its worst setback since the Great Depression. Yet despite these shocks, through the pain we have felt and the grueling work required to bounce back, America is better positioned today to seize the future than any other nation on Earth.
Our technology companies and universities are unmatched. Our manufacturing and auto industries are thriving. Energy independence is closer than it’s been in decades. For all the work that remains, our businesses are in the longest uninterrupted stretch of job creation in our history. Despite all the divisions and discord within our democracy, I see the grit and determination and common goodness of the American people every single day — and that makes me more confident than ever about our country’s future.
Abroad, American leadership is the one constant in an uncertain world. It is America that has the capacity and the will to mobilize the world against terrorists. It is America that has rallied the world against Russian aggression, and in support of the Ukrainian peoples’ right to determine their own destiny. It is America — our scientists, our doctors, our know-how — that can help contain and cure the outbreak of Ebola. It is America that helped remove and destroy Syria’s declared chemical weapons so that they can’t pose a threat to the Syrian people or the world again. And it is America that is helping Muslim communities around the world not just in the fight against terrorism, but in the fight for opportunity, and tolerance, and a more hopeful future.
America, our endless blessings bestow an enduring burden. But as Americans, we welcome our responsibility to lead. From Europe to Asia, from the far reaches of Africa to war-torn capitals of the Middle East, we stand for freedom, for justice, for dignity. These are values that have guided our nation since its founding.
Tonight, I ask for your support in carrying that leadership forward. I do so as a Commander-in-Chief who could not be prouder of our men and women in uniform — pilots who bravely fly in the face of danger above the Middle East, and servicemembers who support our partners on the ground.
When we helped prevent the massacre of civilians trapped on a distant mountain, here’s what one of them said: “We owe our American friends our lives. Our children will always remember that there was someone who felt our struggle and made a long journey to protect innocent people.”
That is the difference we make in the world. And our own safety, our own security, depends upon our willingness to do what it takes to defend this nation and uphold the values that we stand for — timeless ideals that will endure long after those who offer only hate and destruction have been vanquished from the Earth.
May God bless our troops, and may God bless the United States of America.
He retired from professional wrestling in 2006. O’Haire was also a hair stylist.
He played a heel who would encourage you to do the wrong thing. It was dark, twisted, and, most of all, fresh. He was also incredibly good at it. Unfortunately, it was dropped, he hooked up with Roddy Piper, and when “Rowdy” left the company O’Haire floundered.
Commissioner Roger Goodell went on national television to address what the N.F.L. knew about a graphic video that showed Rice punching and knocking out his then-fiancée in an elevator. The video was released Monday by TMZ, a celebrity gossip website, prompting the Baltimore Ravens to terminate Rice’s contract and the N.F.L. to suspend him indefinitely.
Goodell said he had not seen the video of Rice knocking out his fiancée.
“We assumed there was a video, we asked for a video, but we were never granted that opportunity,” Goodell told CBS News on Tuesday. “No one in the N.F.L. to my knowledge” had seen the video.
In a statement earlier Tuesday, the league said it had asked law enforcement officials for “any and all information about the incident, including any video that may exist” and “that video was not made available to us, and no one in our office saw it until yesterday.” But the league also declined to say if any of its investigators had seen the video, and why it had not requested the video from the hotel where the assault was recorded by security cameras.
On Tuesday, TMZ said an employee of the hotel, which recently closed, claimed that the N.F.L. saw the video from inside the elevator before it suspended Rice for two games in July, a decision that led to a backlash from women’s groups, advocates for victims of domestic abuse and some players.
Rice was in the midst of serving that suspension and would have been eligible to play in the Ravens’ third game of the season, on Sept. 21.
On Monday, the N.F.L. said that during its investigation, it had not seen the more graphic video. The league had said it initially suspended Rice for two games in part because prosecutors had dropped the felony assault charge against him in favor of court-supervised counseling.
Goodell has been accused of not understanding the severity of the domestic violence and not doing more to unearth evidence in the Rice case. Some commentators have called on Goodell to step down.
Legal experts said the N.F.L. probably had access to the Atlantic City police report that said that surveillance footage showed that “both parties were involved in a physical altercation.”
The police also noted that the fiancée, Janay Palmer, now Janay Rice, was struck by Rice with his hand, “rendering her unconscious” while she was in the elevator.
Goodell said the N.F.L. had seen the less graphic video published by TMZ soon after the assault in February, video that was taken from a camera in a hallway and showed Rice dragging his fiancée from the elevator.
According to advocates for victims of domestic violence, that video should have been enough to prompt Goodell to suspend Rice for more than two games.
“It didn’t leave a lot to the imagination,” said Kim Gandy, the president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence.
Gandy, who spoke with Goodell at length before he strengthened the league’s domestic violence policy last month, said she applauded the commissioner’s tougher stance and blamed prosecutors in New Jersey for reducing the charges against Rice.
“It’s a sad commentary on the criminal justice system that there wasn’t stronger action taken,” she said. “I guess celebrity has its privileges.”
The league said its investigators spoke to the New Jersey State Police and “reached out multiple times” to the Atlantic City Police Department and the Atlantic County prosecutor’s office. The league added that it did not interfere in the investigation, which led a grand jury to indict Rice on felony assault charges. Goodell said the league was “particularly reliant on law enforcement” in these cases because it was the most dependable source of information.
Rice’s original two-game suspension caused such a furor that in August, Goodell took the unusual step of publicly apologizing and strengthening the league’s rules. Players or league officials found to have committed domestic violence will now receive a six-game suspension.
Goodell did not, however, revisit Rice’s original suspension until this week.
Goodell has been seeking to explain his decisions and refocus the public’s attention on the current football season, which began last week.
Earlier Tuesday, Robert K. Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, came to Goodell’s defense. That interview was also broadcast on CBS, which paid the N.F.L. an estimated $250 million to carry eight Thursday night football games this season.
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This was a business decision, plain and simple. The fantasy football blogs were talking about how Rice was attempting to win his starting…
“The way he has handled this situation himself, coming out with the mea culpa in his statement a couple of weeks ago, or 10 days ago, and setting a very clear policy of how we conduct ourselves in the N.F.L., I thought was excellent,” Kraft said on “CBS This Morning.” “Anyone who is second-guessing that doesn’t know him.”
Kraft added that he thought Rice would never play in the N.F.L. again. “I would be shocked if some team would pick him up,” he said.
The Ravens had not taken any public action against Rice until Monday. Coach John Harbaugh stood by Rice this summer, and on Monday, he told reporters that he would be willing to help Rice and his wife if needed.
But the team has continued to cut ties with him. The Ravens announced that they would offer an exchange for his jerseys at stadium stores. The Patriots did the same last year after tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder.
In a letter to fans that hold personal seat licenses for home games, Stephen J. Bisciotti, the Ravens’ owner, said that “we did not do all we should have done and no amount of explanation can remedy that.”
He said that after the assault in February, Rice told the team that he and his fiancée “had consumed a great deal of alcohol, they had had an argument and that they struck each other.”
Bisciotti said the team began its own investigation and spoke with representatives of the casino, the police who arrested the couple, the prosecutor and a lawyer who represented both Rice and his wife. The team asked the casino to view video of the assault from inside the elevator, but the casino declined to share it. The local police and the prosecutor’s office also refused.
When the prosecutor, who had seen the video, reduced the charge against Rice, the team effectively ended its investigation.
Separately, Nike said Tuesday it had severed ties with Rice, and EA Sports said it had removed him from the Madden 15 video game.
Amid the fallout, Janay Rice said her life has turned into a nightmare after her husband was suspended and the Ravens severed their contract with him.
“I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend,” she wrote in a post on Instagram Tuesday, according to The Baltimore Sun. “But to have to accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare in itself.”
It’s official, Kate Middleton is prego, again! Yes, Prince William said today that it had been a ‘tricky few days’ after news of their new pregnancy was released before the 12-week mark. Unfortunately Kate had been suffering from acute morning sickness, once again.
Michele Obama, President Obama, Kate Middleton & Prince Charles -- Image credit: GETTY
“We’re mostly thrilled, it’s great news, early days but I’m hoping that things settle down, she feels a bit better,” Prince William told reporters on a visit to Oxford University.
“She’s feeling ok, it’s been a tricky few days, week or so. I’m going to go back and look after her now.”
The young royal couple were forced to announce the pregnancy early because a slew of engagements will now have to be cancelled, as Kate is once again suffering the acute form of morning sickness, Hyperemesis Gravidarum, which blighted her first pregnancy. However, she is being treated at home rather than in hospital this time round.
A statement issued by William and Kate’s official spokesperson at 10:20 a.m. this morning in the UK said, “As with her first pregnancy, The Duchess is suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Her Royal Highness will no longer accompany The Duke of Cambridge on their planned engagement in Oxford today. The Duchess is being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace.”
The statement added that, “The Queen and members of both families are delighted with the news.”
The fact that no due date has been announced is also significant, and another sign that the pregnancy is still in its very early stages.
David Cameron, the British Prime Minister, tweeted, “Many congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I’m delighted by the happy news that they’re expecting another baby.”
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child
Rumors are already circulating that Kate might be as little as nine or ten weeks pregnant, but has had to announce the pregnancy early to avoid a repeat of the debacle last time round which saw the announcement rushed out as William and Kate were on the way to hospital. They had to phone the Queen from the car to tell her the news so she did not hear it from the media, according to PEOPLE magazine.
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