Genevieve Morton + Ronald Reagan = AWESOME

Genevieve Morton Instagram

Genevieve Morton Instagram

The distance between the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and the Empire Polo Club is some 175 miles. And as most celebrities descended upon Indio, Ca., for Coachella last weekend so they could act like all kinds of fools, one was different. Instead of watching Pharrell perform the definitive popular music medley, SI swimsmoke/goddess Genevieve Morton spent her Saturday three hours away at a certain RWR’s library.

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UC Irvine Should Immediately Rescind Its Invitation to 2014 Commencement Speaker (and War Criminal) Barack Obama

Tell UC Irvine to Waitlist This War Criminal!

Tell UC Irvine to Waitlist This War Criminal!

On March 20th, the University of California, Irvine, announced that Barack Obama will give the commence address to its class of 2014.

This is deeply disturbing, and anyone—or any university—who values ethics should be concerned.

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Decline and Fall, ctd.

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Two items caught my attention yesterday. They are seemingly unrelated. But they both signify a serious sickness in the heart of our society.

The first item was published at Business Insider. One of its writers, you see, had been assaulted and had his property destroyed. His crime? Wearing Google Glass in “the wrong part of San Francisco.” While he was first upset at the action—these are, after all, expensive pieces of technology—he soon came to understand that he had it coming. He was wearing the wrong item of clothing in the wrong part of town, so he deserved to get raped assaulted. Here’s Kyle Russell, explaining in his own words why victim-blaming is totally cool on this issue:

While I may not be a resident of San Francisco — I live across the Bay in Berkeley, where rent is affordable — or a wealthy young software engineer, I’ve worked in the city for three years. I’d like to live and work in or near San Francisco for the foreseeable future.

Unfortunately, anything associated with Google has come to represent gentrification in the city, from the buses that take young software engineers to their corporate campuses in Silicon Valley to Google Glass. This is especially true in areas where gentrification and income inequality have become points of conflict in the community.

People are being evicted or priced out of their homes. What’s the difference between losing your home and having property destroyed?

Well, there’s a pretty huge difference, involving natural rights related to one’s ownership of property and the legal system’s treatment of renters vs. owners and the fact that no one has the right to physically assault you on the streets of a major American city because he may or may not believe in some vague ideology that permits such action.

But hey! “Gentrification” and “income inequality” and other buzzwords! Those totally trump our society’s interest in upholding little things like “property rights” or “ensuring that citizens aren’t subjected to random violence by street rats.”

The second item was a write up of the latest episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones. (Spoilers ahead for the entirety of the series up to the second episode of the fourth season.)

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Ellison’s Must Read of the Day

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My must read of the day is “More Good News on Obamacare, Just When Democrats Need It,” in the Bloomberg Businessweek.

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Kate Upton Shocks the World

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Because 'Merica/rsvlts.com

A quote from Kate Upton over the weekend sounded a CODE RED across the blogosphere:

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Way Too Many Democrats Think Their Taxes Are Too Low

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AP

Gallup has a poll out today ahead of the April 15 tax-filing deadline showing that, when it comes to paying taxes, independent voters are far more likely to agree with Republicans than they are with Democrats:

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‘Under the Skin’ Review

Scarlett Johansson at red carpet screening of Under the Skin (AP)

Scarlett Johansson at red carpet screening of Under the Skin (AP)

Warning: spoilers from throughout the film are discussed after the jump.

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Carla Bruni Is Crazy About Israel

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One the 1990’s most treasured of relics were Adam Sandler’s periodical Hanukah songs, the ode to Jewish children felt left out at Christmas where Sandler would comfort them with the definitive “who’s who” of the tribe that celebrated “eight crazy nights” that included both the captains of the Enterprise and the Millennium Falcon. If Sandler ever feels motivated to ever become creative again, he’d do himself a favor and add the former French first family. Namely Carla Bruni.

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Alison Lundergan Grimes to Fundraise with ‘War on Coal’ Denier

Alison Lundergan Grimes (AP)

Alison Lundergan Grimes (AP)

Democratic Senate hopeful Alison Lundergan Grimes has sought to distance herself from the Obama administration’s War on Coal in her race to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) in coal-friendly Kentucky.

“I disagree with the president and his philosophies in terms of coal,” Grimes has said. “I stand by the 15,000 men and women who are employed here in the state of Kentucky.”

It’s a prudent political move, but does Grimes really mean it? Or is she just saying that to get elected? In any event, Grimes is likely to discuss the issue in more candid fashion at an April 30 fundraiser at the Washington, D.C., home of anti-coal Representative Patrick Murphy (D., Fla.).

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