Spotify Tries To Ruin Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Spotify Turkey App

A watched turkey never roasts.  Or something. That’s why this new feature on Spotify seems so cool.

The steaming music service wants to provide the soundtrack for your Thanksgiving kitchen so they’ve come up with an app that will play music while your turkey roasts and adjust the length of the playlist based on the size of your turkey.

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Dr. Ben Carson: Race Relations in America Better Before Obama

Protesters vandalize a police vehicle near Ferguson City Hall / AP

Dr. Ben Carson thinks race relations were better in America before the election of President Barack Obama.

The retired African-American pediatric neurosurgeon who rose to national prominence after his harsh criticism of the Affordable Care Act at the National Prayer Breakfast in 2013 made the comments Tuesday on The Hugh Hewitt Show.

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Chuck Schumer: The Democratic Party Has a Fever, and the Only Prescription Is More Government

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Liberals tend to scoff whenever conservatives suggest that the reason why Republicans (e.g., Mitt Romney) lose elections is because they’re not conservative enough. And yet, some liberals have assessed their disastrous midterm showing and concluded that in order for Democrats to be successful in 2016, they need to rediscover their liberal roots. This Mother Jones piece, for instance, assures Democrats that if they run as an unabashed liberal, they can still win … in Minnesota.

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THE LAST STRAW: Chuck Hagel’s Disgraceful Exit Reveals Free Beacon’s Moral Decay

Good riddance.

FERGUSON, Mo. — A couple of weeks ago I was on a date with a lovely woman of the goth persuasion. I was doing pretty well—naturally—and she invited me to her apartment in Brooklyn, where she put on some music to set the mood.

And when I heard the first few chords of Green Day’s soft-core punk anthem “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life),” I began to weep uncontrollably.

Not because the song elicits memories of my days purging Eastern Europe of Soviet meatheads. Not because I wanted to invite the sympathy of my companion, to feel the bristles of her Elvira wig against my cheek, her black-painted nails pressed into my shoulder.

No. I wept for America.

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UVA Faculty Want Abolition of Greek System, Emails Reveal

Protestors in front of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Virginia / AP

University of Virginia faculty members are floating the abolition of Greek life on campus after an explosive Rolling Stone article on sexual assault, emails obtained by the Washington Free Beacon reveal.

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Chuck Hagel: A Legacy

Couldn't even defend his face. (AP)

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel resigned was fired on Monday, vindicating critics who had long argued that Hagel was unfit for the job.

“Chuck Hagel has been no ordinary secretary of defense,” the man who fired him (President Obama) said in a statement.

And this is certainly true. An ordinary secretary of defense, for example, probably could have defended his face from a kitchen cabinet. Hagel could not. Also, he couldn’t get anyone to return his phone calls.

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Who On Earth Would Want to Replace Hagel?

Let's go, Chuck.

On the one hand, it makes sense why the White House needed to leak so emphatically this morning that Hagel’s departure was “under pressure” and not an amicable split. First, Hagel and his people were saying that he had initiated the split over his frustrations with the White House, and the president’s aides no doubt felt that such a narrative needed a strong response.

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GIVE IT UP ALREADY: Liberals Need to Stop Freaking Out About Benghazi

do u even derp, bro?

Liberals have seized on a new AP report about the Benghazi terrorist attack:

While most normal Americans were enjoying their weekends,liberals were tweeting about Benghazi, a tragedy that happened more than two years ago.  

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Socialist Realism Is Out. Environmentalist Realism Is In

Interstellar

Socialist realism was the style of art championed by the Soviets during the reign of Josef Stalin. The tenets of socialist realism were both remarkably simple and remarkably complex. Simple because the primary—the only, really—goal of socialist realist art was to educate the masses as to the “correct” way of thinking. Complex because, as we all know, the “correct” way of thinking in the Soviet Union was ever-changing, bound only to the whims of Stalin.

“Socialist realist art aimed to do away with the distinction between ‘is’ and ‘ought,’” Peter Kenez wrote in Cinema and Soviet Society. “Through the medium of film, ‘reality’ became what it was meant to be according to Bolshevik, Stalinist ideology.” The films that hewed closely to socialist realism were those that encouraged purity of thought and deed, denigrated the kulaks and the capitalists, and attacked whichever foreign power Stalin had arrayed the USSR against at the given moment.

Little things like “artistic merit” meant almost nothing to the fans of socialist realism: camera work, set design, acting—all secondary concerns to the plot and dialogue and theme.* Didacticism was all that mattered.

The release of Interstellar, and its reception on politically oriented websites, shows that the socialist realist impulse hasn’t died out. But it has transformed for the times. We’re now living in an age in which films are criticized for failing to live up to environmentalist realism. The distinction between “is” and “ought” has once again become a fuzzy one.

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Ellison’s Must Read of the Day

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My must read of the day is “Everyone on the Hill Gets Ethics Training – Except House Members,” in National Journal.

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Ellison’s Must Read of the Day

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My must read of the day is “Mandatory House Ethics Training? Some Incoming Freshmen Don’t See the Point,” in Roll Call.

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The Democratic Party Is an Anti-Clinton Party (They Just Don’t Know It Yet)

2016 underdog? (AP)

Hillary Clinton remains the overwhelming favorite to win the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. However, some liberals are beginning to question her inevitability.

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A Liberal Explains Why Obama Is an Imperial President

Seat of power. (AP)

President Obama is under fire from conservatives over his proposed executive action on immigration reform, which is scheduled to be unveiled Thursday evening. By acting unilaterally on such a controversial issue, they argue, Obama would be continuing a disturbing trend with respect to the abuse of executive power.

It wasn’t long ago that liberals were the ones complaining about executive overreach. Yet, after denouncing President George W. Bush for abusing our democracy for the better part of a decade, liberals have spent the Obama administration defending the president from similar charges.

Looking back on some of the left-wing criticisms of the Bush administration, it is fairly easy to use the exact same arguments to make the case that the Obama administration has been “the least democratic in the history of the modern presidency.”

That last line, for example, was taken a 2004 cover story for the New Republic by Jonathan Chait (who, in fairness, has been somewhat critical of Obama’s executive action proposal). Chait’s points about the Bush administration’s abuse of power can be easily applied to the current administration. The following has been appropriated, more or less verbatim, from Chait’s piece, titled “Power from the People.”

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America Deserves Better Than CNN

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A cable news network defines itself by how well it covers a breaking news story. That’s why it’s instructive to evaluate CNN’s performance during Tuesday morning’s developing story of the bloody terror attacks in Jerusalem.

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#TBT: Jim Webb’s Video Team

omg when will it end

Jim Webb has, it seems, decided that the Democratic Party is aching for a middle aged white guy to be their standard bearer in 2016. Good for him! I wish him all the best.

But if he truly wants to enter the Oval Office, he’s got to hire a better video team. Just look at this … thing.

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