The author-publisher of “The Tea Party Coloring Book for Kids” says he has received death threats over its publication.
Wayne Bell, publisher of Clayton, Mo.-based Really Big Coloring Books, said in an interview with CBS that his $3.59 coloring book is not political. But some critics think the book was designed for politically conservative adults, and not for children.
“We’re not really making a political statement,” Bell told CBS, adding that his company also publishes coloring books on the Rockettes, Cirque du Soleil and President Obama.
Bell told FoxNews.com on Thursday that his office began receiving “odd” phone calls and e-mails five days after the release of the coloring book on Sept. 5. Bell said he did not report those incidents to authorities.
“We don’t want to be overly dramatic about what’s happening,” Bell said. “We just kind of let it slide.”
Great. Coloring books are the new Koran. - Greg Pollowitz
Gene Simmons has never been one to shy away from voicing his political opinions and the KISS frontman tells Pop Tarts he is anticipating some serious power shifts to take place as a result of the midterm elections in November.
“There is going to be major change. The American public is very, very angry. I believed in this administration
, and I voted for President Obama, I also voted for President Clinton, and I also voted for President Bush,” Simmons said this week at the launch of Activision’s “Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock” in Los Angeles. “I will vote my conscience, and I’ll be damned if anybody is going to point a finger at me and say ‘vote along party lines.’ America is like me – sometimes they vote this way, sometimes they vote that way.”
A Briton suspected of plotting attacks on European cities modelled on the terrorist rampage in Mumbai was killed in a drone attack in Pakistan, according to reports.
A Pakistani intelligence official was quoted by the Associated Press news agency as saying that the man, who is believed to have been acting in concert with another Briton, was killed in a missile strike by a US unmanned aerial drone.
The official named the dead man as Abdul Jabbar who, he said, had come originally from Pakistan’s Jhelum district.
He said that the suspects, who also included eight German nationals, had been hiding in the tribal areas of the North Waziristan region.
Eric Ripert isn’t only chef who’s got a bone to pick. TV host Alton Brown has joined the fray.
His beef is with Adam Richman, host of Travel Channel’s “Man vs. Food” and his larger-than-life appetite for five-pound cheesesteaks.
Brown, host of the food science show “Good Eats”, has deemed Richman’s show, where he routinely chows down on impossibly large portions of everything from two-pound doughnuts to stacks of pancakes to gargantuan hero sandwiches “disgusting.”
“That show is about gluttony, and gluttony is wrong. It’s wasteful. Think about people that are starving to death and think about that show,” Brown, in an interview with Zap2It, via the Huffington Post. “I think it’s an embarrassment.”
Richman didn’t waste any time responding.
He replied on Twitter: “Alton Brown: MvF is about indulgence – NOT gluttony – & has brought loads of biz to Mom-n-Pop places. You were my hero, sir. No more.”
How dare Alton Brown criticize the single best show on Television? - Greg Pollowitz
Authorities in Nigeria say as many as 40,000 girls and women have been trafficked to nearby West African countries to serve as sex workers.
Simon Egede said Wednesday that investigators from his National Agency for Prohibition of Traffic in Persons found slave camps full of Nigerian women and girls in Mali, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Niger, Libya, Morocco and Cape Verde. He says he estimates that there are between 20,000 and 40,000 victims.
He says Malian officials are planning arrests soon, and that Nigerian authorities are working to shut down operations elsewhere and prosecute the Nigerian traffickers.
Forget sunscreen. At one Las Vegas pool, you might want to consider full-body armor to protect you from the sun’s powerful rays.
Guests at the new Vdara hotel have been complaining that because of an architectural flaw on the glass skyscraper, the sun’s rays are being magnified and reflected onto an area of the pool, causing severe burns. There have been reports that even plastic has melted from the heat.
Bill Pintas almost lost some hair from his experience with the hot spot.
After a recent swim in the pool just after noon, he went back to his lounge chair.
“I’m sitting there in the chair and all of the sudden my hair and the top of my head are burning,” Pintas told ABC News. “I’m rubbing my head and it felt like a chemical burn. I couldn’t imagine what it could be.”
No doubt Harry Reid will claim this as an enormous step forward in his state's attempt to harness the sun for energy purposes. - Greg Pollowitz
The state attorney general’s office has prosecuted thousands of parents for failing to pay child support, but none of those has been as “outrageous” as the claims — and children — piling up for Howard Veal.
The Muskegon man has fathered 23 children with 14 women, and is more than $533,000 in arrears in his child-support payments, according to the attorney general’s office, which has been pushing a case against Veal — tied to two of those children — in Kent County Circuit Court.
On Thursday, Judge Dennis Leiber sentenced Veal, 44, to two to four years in prison for failure to pay child support, a felony. With this sentence, the judge far exceeded the state guidelines, which called for Veal to get no more than six months in the county jail.
Somebody call the "Guinness Book of World Records" people, or, at the very least, The Discovery Channel. - Greg Pollowitz
Two Polish neo-Nazis who were childhood sweethearts and later became skinheads have discovered what for them is a shocking family secret: They’re actually Jewish.
Pawel and Ola, identified only by their first names, are the subject of a CNN documentary about Poles rediscovering their Jewish roots generations after their ancestors hid their religious identities to escape persecution during World War II.
A few years ago, Ola found out from Warsaw’s Jewish Historical Institute that both she and her husband are technically Jews. “It was unbelievable — it turned out that we had Jewish roots. It was a shock,” she said.
The best part: they've converted and now embrace Judaism. - Greg Pollowitz
One of the things giving Democratic candidates across the country trouble this year that has perhaps not gotten as much attention as it should is that they are really under polling with black voters. It’s a given that black turnout is going to be way down from its 2008 levels this year but more troublesome for Democratic candidates is that they are running well behind Barack Obama’s approval numbers with African Americans in almost every key race we’ve polled over the last six weeks.
There’s a couple ways to look at that. One is that polling frequently underestimates Democratic performance with black voters further out from an election and that 90% of them will vote Democratic as they usually do. If that’s the case polls right now are underestimating the party’s candidates across the board and Democrats won’t do as poorly in November as the current conventional wisdom. The other way to look at it is that black voters, like other voters, are less enthused with the Democrats than they are in the average election cycle and will indeed support them at a lower rate than usual.
WASHINGTON — People interviewed by federal agents report the FBI and the Labor Department are investigating prominent labor leader Andy Stern as part of a corruption probe involving the Service Employees International Union.
Two organized labor officials met with federal agents this summer to answer questions about Stern’s role in approving money to pay the salary of an SEIU leader in California who performed no work and a book contract that Stern landed in 2006.
Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the investigation.
The FBI and the Labor Department’s
office of inspector general declined to comment for the record.
Stern abruptly resigned as president of the 2.2-million member SEIU in April.
Calls for an independent prosecutor in 3...2...1... - Greg Pollowitz
Republican John Raese has edged ahead of West Virginia’s popular Democratic Governor Joe Manchin for the first time in the state’s special U.S. Senate race.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely West Virginia Voters finds Raese earning 48% support to Manchin’s 46% when leaners are included. Two percent (5%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided.
These findings move the contest from Solid Democratic to a Toss-Up in the Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 Senate Balance of Power rankings.
This race has been closer than expected for weeks as Manchin, despite his popularity with voters in the state, faces an electorate that is even unhappier with the national Democratic agenda than voters in most other parts of the country.
North Korea’s powerful military has given its tacit backing to the dynastic succession plans of Kim Jong-il after electing his youngest son as a delegate to a historic ruling party meeting, it has been claimed.
North Korea sources said that the army had elected Kim Jong-un, the youngest son of the North’s ailing dictator, as a delegate to the meeting, that begins in the North Korean capital Pyongyang today (TUES), in a move that was being read as a signal of its approval.
“Kim Jong-un’s election as a delegate is widely known among executives of the North Korean People’s Army,” the source said.
Until Kim Jong-il dies, however. We'll see what really happens. - Greg Pollowitz
While certain crimes are down at Oktoberfest this year, there have been more attacks with an unlikely, yet readily available, weapon: the one-liter beer stein. Some of the victims have been whisked away in ambulances with concussions and fractured skulls caused by fights involving the heavy glasses.
Police at the Munich Oktoberfest say crimes such as rape and theft are down this year but attacks with glass beer steins are on the rise.
The heavy glasses that hold one liter of beer are a symbol of the annual folk festival. But they can also be deadly weapons. And at this year’s fest they have already sent some to the hospital with serious injuries, such as concussions, and bleeding in the brain.
“At Oktoberfest it’s happening unfortunately more and more,” physicist Erich Schuller, of the Institute for Forensic Medicine at Munich University told SPIEGEL this week. “A stein like that weighs 1.3 kg (2.9 lbs) and thanks to the handle, it’s easy to grip, and that makes it an effective striking tool.”
Six Months to Life in Prison
So far this year there have been 32 injuries resulting from beer stein assaults, said Munich police spokeswoman Claudia Haas, up from 19 at the same time during last year’s festival. She said she expects the stiff sentences the perpetrators face will serve as a deterrent in future.
Aliens have landed, infiltrated British nuclear missile sites and deactivated the weapons, according to US military pilots.
The beings have repeated their efforts in the US and have been active since 1948, the men said, and accused the respective governments of trying to keep the information secret.
The unlikely claims were compiled by six former US airmen and another member of the military who interviewed or researched the evidence of 120 ex-military personnel.
The information they have collected suggests that aliens could have landed on Earth as recently as seven years ago.
The men’s aim is to press the two governments to recognise the long-standing extra-terrestrial visits as fact.
A British businessman, who bought the Segway company less than a year ago, died after riding one of the scooters off a cliff and into a river near his Yorkshire estate.
Jim Heselden acquired the Segway company from its U.S. inventor Dean Kamen in December 2009.
According to the British media, Heselden, 62, plunged into the River Wharfe while riding a rugged country version of the two-wheeled transporter on Sunday.
“Police were called at 11.40 a.m. yesterday to reports of a man in the River Wharfe, apparently having fallen from the cliffs above,” a spokesman told The Daily Mail.
Keep the comments appropriate, please. . . - Greg Pollowitz
With just three days’ notice, Meghan McCain canceled a book tour appearance Thursday at Pennsylvania’s Juniata College because of “several unforeseen professional responsibilities,” her rep told the college.
Busted. The Chronicle of Higher Education looked at McCain’s Twitter account and found this: “First real time off in months — was gonna rest up for phase two next week of my Dirty Sexy Politics book tour,” she tweeted Thursday night. “But headed to sin city with my favorite crew of sinners instead … Viva Las Vegas baby.”
No, but really. Take her seriously. - Greg Pollowitz
Top Obama adviser David Axelrod got an earful of the liberal blogosphere’s anger at the White House moments ago, when a blogger on a conference call directly called out Axelrod over White House criticism of the left, accusing the administration of “hippie punching.”
“We’re the girl you’ll take under the bleachers but you won’t be seen with in the light of day,” the blogger, Susan Madrak of Crooks and Liars, pointedly told Axelrod on the call, which was organzied for liberal bloggers and progressive media.
The call seemed to perfectly capture the tense dynamic that exists between the White House and the online and organized left: Though White House advisers in the past have dumped on the left, anonymously and even on the record, Axelrod repeatedly pleaded with the bloggers on the call for help in pumping up the flagging enthusiasm of rank and file Dems.
I really think "hippie punching" is a fantastic line, but this woman accusing Axelrod of taking the Left under the bleachers is equally priceless. - Greg Pollowitz
NEW YORK – President Barack Obama got heckled at a fundraiser Wednesday night by protesters pushing for more funding for AIDS programs and quicker action to allow gays to serve openly in the military.
Activists yelled slogans and held signs aloft reading “Obama broken promises KILL.” Supporters of the president tried to drown them out with shouts of “O-bam-a! O-bam-a!”
The hecklers were so raucous Obama went off-script several times to address them, insisting he’s increased AIDS funding and is working to overturn the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. He told them to go shout at Republicans, noting that a vote on repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” failed this week in the Senate, with Republicans united in opposition.
“Some of those signs should be going up at the other folks’ events, and folks should be hollering at the other folks’ event. Because the choice in November could not be clearer,” the president said.
Obama tried to blame the GOP, but come on now. How long can the president have the same exact positions of those he attacks and hope to get away with it? - Greg Pollowitz
You’d think that parents would have more to do than complain about something as benign as this, but I guess giving the impression you’re taking care of your kids more often than not trumps actually taking care of your kids.
On Monday, a clip from the November 3 episode of “Sesame Street” featuring Katy Perry singing a very vanilla version of her song “Hot N’ Cold” went viral and people went berserk.
It seems that Katy’s cans were way too prominent for some parents. And now, TMZ is reporting that because of the influx of complaints (such as “my kid wants milk now”) “Sesame Street” producers have decided not to air the segment.
Personally, I don’t get what the big deal is. Disney Princesses wear less (hello, Ariel just wore seashell pasties) and the demo “Sesame” targets could still conceivably be breast feeding.
I'm torn on which comment to post. Either, "The word of the day is 'cleavage' " or "Today, Elmo becomes a man." - Greg Pollowitz