Friday, September 30, 2011
Maroon 5, Anderson Cooper among Endymion celebrities for 2012
Posted on September 29, 2011 at 11:02 PM
Updated yesterday at 11:13 PM
NEW ORLEANS – The krewe of Endymion, Carnival’s largest parade, will turn to the music world for its 2012 grand marshals and celebrity riders, officials announced Thursday night.
The Grammy-winning pop rock band Maroon 5, with lead singer Adam Levine, will ride as special celebrity guests. Since its debut in 2002, the band has sold over 15 million albums worldwide. The band won the Grammy award for best new artist in 2005. Its most recent album, “Hands All Over” was released last year.
Country music performers Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson will also ride in the parade and perform at the post-parade Extravaganza inside the Louisiana Superdome, which is already sold out for next year.
Next year’s parade will mark a “domecoming” for the krewe's 2,500 riding members. The group had to host its Extravaganza at the Morial Convention Center this past year because of renovations to the Superdome.
CNN anchor and CBS “60 Minutes” contributor Anderson Cooper will also make a return appearance in the 2012 parade. Its theme will be “Happily Ever After.”
Krewe founder and captain Ed Muniz announced the celebrity riders to krewe members at an event at the Superdome Thursday.
Providing entertainment for the Samedi Gras celebration on the neutral ground at Orleans Ave. on parade day will be local bands the Topcats, Category 6 and the Bucktown All-Stars.
Endymion parades on its Mid-City route on Saturday, Feb. 18.
My favorite story about Endymion:
According to a passage in Deipnosophistae, the philosopher and eloquent poet Licymnius of Chios tells a tale in which Hypnos, the god of sleep, in awe of Endymion's beauty, causes him to sleep with his eyes open, so he can fully admire his face.
Posted by Peter at 6:48 PM
Anna Faris: Was My Ex 'The One'?
Friday, September 30, 2011
Anderson speaks with actress Anna Faris about her upcoming film, “What’s Your Number?” -- a comedy about a woman who looks back at the past twenty men she's had relationships with… and wonders if one of them might be her one true love.
Anderson also speaks with real women who are looking at their past relationships to see if they missed “the one.”
Take Our Poll: Does It Ever Work to Rekindle a Romance with an Ex?
Poll: Does It Ever Work to Rekindle a Romance with an Ex?
Friday, September 30, 2011 -- 6:00 AM
In the comedy "What's Your Number?," Anna Faris' character looks back at the past twenty men she's had relationships with… and wonders if one of them might be her one true love. From your own experience, does revisiting and rekindling a past romance work?
Anna Farris: 'I Stalked a Guy'
Friday, September 30, 2011 -- 10:02 AM
If you’ve had trouble getting over an ex-boyfriend, actress Anna Faris can relate. “I stalked a guy for a while in college,” says actress Anna Faris. “He was my first boyfriend. He gave me a promise ring and then he dumped me.”
In this moment from the studio, Anderson asks Anna if she ever revisited an ex-boyfriend.
Anna Faris Shares Her 'Number'
Friday, September 30, 2011 -- 9:48 AM
Friday’s dating conversation about the movie “What’s Your Number?” continues in the studio with Anderson telling Anna Faris, “You have been very public about your number, which is surprising to me.”
“I know,” says Anna. “You know I’ve been doing all this press and people keep asking. I just broke down. My number’s five.”
Have You Admitted Your ‘Number’?
Friday, September 30, 2011 -- 5:59 AM
Today on the show, Anna Faris tells Anderson that she told her husband, actor Chris Pratt, her number, thinking this would elicit a response from him. Wrong.
Does it bother her?
“No, no it doesn’t. It shouldn’t,” says Anna. “I mean, I guess, maybe it kind of does.” Take a look at this moment from the show...
Anderson Gives Anna Faris a Dead Bug
Friday, September 30, 2011 -- 6:48 AM
It’s a first for Anderson... giving someone a dead bug.
An insect is a gift some people may be grossed out by, but actress Anna Faris actually collects bugs. “An amazing collection of dead bugs” is one of the first things she had in common with her husband, actor Chris Pratt, who appears with Faris in the new movie “What’s Your Number?”
In this clip, Anderson gives Anna a Royal Goliath Beetle from Africa...
Posted by Peter at 6:18 PM
Dining with Anderson Cooper
Anderson Cooper of CNN is a journalist with the common touch. A man who understands how the rest of us live:
For many, a cup of coffee offers an essential kick-start to the day.
But it seems this is not the case for American newsman Anderson Cooper — who tried the caffeine-filled drink for the first time yesterday.
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Cooper then went on to try something else that has never passed his lips before — spinach.
In fact, picky eater Anderson revealed he is not a lover of vegetables in the slightest, saying he has not tried most of the green variety.
As for the spinach, it was ‘gross’ and ‘slithery’ in his esteemed opinion.
And it was only in 2009 that the then-41-year old anchorman professed to trying Reddi-wip for the first time. As Mary Katharine Ham quipped back then, “I must admit, this is not the household item I would have expected Anderson Cooper to be unfamiliar with, but alas:”
And as longtime readers of PJM know, don’t even get him started discussing tea.
Posted by Peter at 5:53 PM
Anderson Cooper Excoriates Reddit For ‘Creepy’ Jailbait Section
by James Crugnale | 11:30 am, September 30th, 2011
Reddit.com, which features photographs of under-age teenagers.
“Somebody somewhere is looking at sexually suggestive photos of your teenage child and you might be just as surprised to learn where these pervy grownups find the images. They’re posted on a site that’s part of one of the most respected publishing empires on Earth. We’re talking about a site called Reddit.” Cooper noted that the site has grown big enough to become its own division, side by side with Conde Nast, but still the same corporate parent.
Cooper called the posting of these photos creepy, and was curious why nothing was being done to protect the privacy of the subjects in the images.
“Reddit is uninterested in stopping them, even though it boasts on the corporate blog the good it is doing for the world,” he said.
Cooper asked CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin if the “jailbait” section of Reddit was legal. “I didn’t see anything illegal,” Toobin said. “Is it in good taste? Is it appropriate for this or any company to be involved? That’s a very different question…but it could result in a civil lawsuit, and obviously was not in good taste.”
Sunny Hostin, legal contributor on truTV, disagreed with Toobin’s legal assessment. “I think it’s borderline kiddie porn. It’s very close to the line and the bottom line is that the First Amendment doesn’t protect child porn. So, they are really straddling that line. Also, even if they aren’t, don’t we want them to be good corporate citizens? What happened to decency? What happened to corporations doing the right thing? Why would you have a website that sexualizes young girls? I looked at a lot of the pictures and i thought they were very, very close to the child porn line.”
“Something has to be done about it,” Hostin added.
The segment created an uproar among many users of the Reddit community.
Nightbane wrote, “Anderson Cooper has just tainted us all.”
“Anderson Cooper discovers the internet is not all roses…” NinjaDiscoJesus lamented.
Khiva thought Cooper had a point. “Jailbait has been a creepy embarrassment for some time, though it’s an open question as to what (if anything) should be done about it. At a certain point in a site’s growth it’s going to have to choose between chaotic, free-form openness (a la 4chan) and all of the detritus that attracts (a la 4chan) or shed its nastier excesses for mainstream acceptability.”
Watch the segment below, courtesy of CNN:
Posted by Peter at 5:25 PM
Anderson Cooper Meets His Furriest Fan: A Llama!
Thursday September 29, 2011 -- 01:30 PM EDT
It's a jungle out there – and Anderson Cooper knows this better than anyone. The reason? He was greeted by a llama on Wednesday outside David Letterman's New York City studio.
"Strange who u meet on NY streets," he Tweeted, adding a photo of himself standing next to the fluffy white creature.
The llama, who Cooper petted in the green room before his interview with Letterman, was a pal of animal expert Jack Hanna, a guest the previous evening.
During their chat, Cooper and Letterman argued over whether or not the late-night host had been invited to appear on the CNN anchor's new daytime talk show.
"I think I would know if I'd been invited," Letterman quipped.
"I said, You know what? Dave's too busy but I'll come and see Dave on his show and sit in a room with a llama," Anderson joked.
Posted by Peter at 2:35 PM
New Orleans News
Endymion Taps Maroon 5, Anderson Cooper For 2012
Superkrewe Returns To Dome After One-Year Hiatus
POSTED: 6:57 pm CDT September 29, 2011
NEW ORLEANS -- Grammy winners Maroon 5 and talk show icon Anderson Cooper will help lead the Krewe of Endymion home to the Superdome in 2012.
Officials announced their headliners for the upcoming Carnival season on Thursday -- a list that also includes country stars Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy, and Gretchen Wilson.
Endymion's annual bash will return to the Louisiana Superdome after a one-year detour to the Morial Convention Center -- a shift made necessary by renovations at the stadium. The parade and ensuing bash are set to take place on Feb. 18.
Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine gained added fame this year as one of four celebrity judges on the hit NBC talent competition "The Voice." The show will begin its second season early next year, and Levine is expected to return to the judge's chair.
Cooper launched a new nationally syndicated television show in September and continues his role as a primetime host on CNN. His daytime broadcast airs weekdays at 2 p.m. on WDSU.
Cooper is a frequent visitor to New Orleans and has reported on major events including Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Who is Endymion?
According to Wikipedia there are two sides to his story. I think the second story is the real one, especially when WE know that Endymion looked a lot like Anderson:
Apollonius of Rhodes is one of the many poets who tell how Selene, the Titan goddess of the moon, loved the mortal. She believed him to be so beautiful that she asked Endymion's father, Zeus, to grant him eternal youth so that he would never leave her. Alternatively, Selene so loved how Endymion looked when he was asleep in the cave on Mount Latmus, near Miletus in Caria, that she entreated Zeus that he might remain that way. In either case, Zeus granted her wish and put him into an eternal sleep. Every night, Selene visited him where he slept. [Watta waste!]
According to a passage in Deipnosophistae, the philosopher and eloquent poet Licymnius of Chios tells a different tale, in which Hypnos, the god of sleep, in awe of Endymion's beauty, causes him to sleep with his eyes open, so he can fully admire his face. [This story makes more sense.]
Louvre, Departement des Peintures, Paris, France
Posted by Peter at 1:46 PM
Officials: U.S.-born al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki killed
By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 11:15 AM EST, Fri September 30, 2011
Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) -- American-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki -- whose fluency in English and technology made him one of the top terrorist recruiters in the world -- was killed Friday in an airstrike in Yemen, officials said.
Al-Awlaki's death, confirmed by U.S. and Yemeni officials, dealt yet another blow to the al Qaeda network, reeling from the killing and capture this year of several top leaders, most notably Osama bin Laden.
A "successful joint intelligence-sharing operation" between Yemen and the United States led to the attack that killed al-Awlaki, a Yemeni government official said Friday. The official asked not to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the news media.
The United States regarded al-Awlaki, the public face of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), as a terrorist who posed a major threat to American homeland security. Western intelligence officials believe al-Awlaki was a senior leader of AQAP, one of the most active al Qaeda affiliates in the world. It has been linked to the attempt to blow up an airliner over Detroit in December 2009 and a cargo plane plot last year.
"Anwar al-Awlaki didn't need subtitles to indoctrinate," said Sajjan Gohel of the Asia Pacific Foundation, who called al-Awlaki's death significant. "He spoke English, he understood how to impact the Muslim diaspora in the West."
Profile: Al-Awlaki understood the West
Al-Awlaki was killed about 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the Yemeni town of Khashef, east of the capital, Sanaa, said Mohammed Basha, a spokesman for the Yemeni Embassy in Washington. He said the operation was launched at 9:55 a.m.
The Yemeni government official said Yemeni intelligence recently located al-Awlaki's hideout in a house in Khashef, in Jawf province, which borders Saudi Arabia.
A senior U.S. administration official confirmed al-Awlaki's death. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to CNN because he is not authorized to release the information. The official did not provide any other information.
Three others, including Samir Khan, an American of Pakistani origin, were killed with al-Awlaki, reported Yemen's state-run Saba news agency, citing an official security source. Saba said Khan specialized in computer programming for al Qaeda.
Al-Awlaki was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and lived in the United States until the age of 7, when his family returned to Yemen. He returned to the United States in 1991 for college and remained until 2002.
It was during that time that as an imam in California and Virginia, al-Awlaki preached to and interacted with three of the September 11, 2001, hijackers, according to the 9/11 Commission Report. He publicly condemned the attack afterward.
Former CIA spy: Al-Awlaki "very narcissistic"
Al-Awlaki spent 18 months in a Yemeni prison from 2006 to 2007 on kidnapping charges, but was released without going to trial. Al-Awlaki claimed that he was imprisoned and held at the request of the United States.
U.S. officials say al-Awlaki helped recruit Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, the Nigerian man known as the underwear bomber, who was charged with trying to blow up a transatlantic flight as it landed in Detroit on December 25, 2009.
The militant cleric is also said to have exchanged e-mails with accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan, who is accused of killing a dozen fellow soldiers and a civilian in a rampage at the Texas Army post.
"If you put it into perspective, (Osama) bin Laden's death had global ramifications for the transnational terror movement. Anwar Al-Awlaqi's death will have equal implications for lone-wolf terrorism," Gohel said.
That's because al-Awlaki was articulate and he understood the Western mindset, Gohel said. He knew his way around the internet and was skilled in indoctrinating impressionable youth.
Al-Awlaki: the bin Laden of the Internet
Early this year, a Yemeni court sentenced al-Awlaki in absentia to 10 years in prison on charges of inciting to kill foreigners.
Prosecutors charged al-Awlaki and two others with "forming an armed gang" to target foreign officers and law enforcement in November.
At a U.S. congressional hearing this year, Michael Leiter, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said, "I actually consider al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula, with al-Awlaki as a leader within that organization, as probably the most significant threat to the U.S."
According to IntelCenter, which monitors jihadist propaganda, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, who is responsible for expanding AQAP's focus on U.S. attacks, remains in charge of the group and further attempts to conduct attacks are expected.
In support of that goal, al-Awlaki was due to release an article in the next issue of AQAP's Inspire magazine on the justifications for attacking civilians in the West. The group announced the upcoming article -- "Targeting Populations of Countries at War with Muslims" -- this week but did not publish it in its latest edition.
Al-Awlaki narrowly survived a U.S. drone assault in May after he switched vehicles with a fellow jihadi, a senior security official told CNN.
Attorneys for al-Awlaki's father, Dr. Nasser al-Awlaki, tried to persuade U.S. District Court Judge John Bates in Washington to issue an injunction last year preventing the U.S. government from trying to kill al-Awlaki in Yemen.
Bates dismissed the case in December, ruling that Nasser al-Awlaki did not have standing to sue.
In a November hearing, lawyers for the U.S. government declined to confirm that the cleric was on a secret "kill list" or that such a list even exists.
Last year, YouTube removed a number of video clips featuring al-Awlaki that it found to be inciting violence.
Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, called al-Awlaki's death a "great success" in the fight against al Qaeda.
"For the past several years, al-Awlaki has been more dangerous even than Osama bin Laden had been," the New York Republican said. "The killing of al-Awlaki is a tremendous tribute to President Obama and the men and women of our intelligence community.
"Despite this vital development today, we must remain as vigilant as ever, knowing that there are more Islamic terrorists who will gladly step forward to backfill this dangerous killer."
Al-Awlaki's death is the latest in a string of losses for al Qaeda.
According to Michael Vickers, the U.S. undersecretary of defense for intelligence, eight of the terror network's 20 key leaders have been killed this year. He cited the killing of Osama bin Laden in May, the death of al Qaeda second-in-command Atiya Abdul Rahman in August, and the capture of Younis Mauritani, a senior planner of operations, in Pakistan this month.
Only al Qaeda's current leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, remains active among those who were the top nine terrorists at the time of the 9/11 attacks against the United States in 2001.
But al Qaeda is far from dead, Vickers noted, and still poses a dangerous threat to the United States.
"It maintains a worldwide strength numbering in the low thousands. It has broadened its reach through affiliate organizations" in general, but in particular he mentioned al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which he said has been able to increase its operating space in Yemen.
CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom and Diane Ruggiero and journalist Hakim Almasmari contributed to this report.
Posted by Peter at 12:03 PM
Adumbration = to darken or conceal partially; overshadow. I thought it was aBUMBation (capitalization for emphasis only), but such a term doesn't exist -- until now; I just made it up and it means Gay republican, black republican, angelical fiend, religious atheist, 5-day-tanned Anderson.
September 29th, 2011
Editor's Note: Ari Fleischer and Cornell Belcher respond to Herman Cain's comments that blacks are "brainwashed" to reject conservatism.
Posted by Peter at 10:36 AM
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Tonite, September 29, The Joy Behar Show will celebrate its one-year anniversary on HLN.
Tonite Joy Behar will find herself in the guest seat when Anderson Cooper makes a surprise appearance and turns the tables on Behar to ask her about her anniversary and very unusual career path. Plus, expect other surprises and video retrospectives.
Posted by Peter at 7:56 PM
Thursday, September 29th, 2011
Anderson Cooper Tries Coffee For The First Time, Poses With Llama
Anderson Cooper has reported from deep inside of war torn Iraq, but now it looks like he’s reporting from deep inside a Starbucks! The silver haired sex symbol of journalism recently began his day time talk show Anderson on CNN, which tends to veer from the hard-hitting style of his night time news self. A recent episode has Anderson sample coffee for the very first time. But don’t expect him to shell out for an expresso maker anytime soon, because it turns out he’s not a fan. “Really? That’s what people drink everyday? I don’t see the point in that,” he admitted after taking a sip. “It just seems so watery!” Clearly Anderson’s researchers didn’t tell him that it’s an acquired taste.
Then to further broaden his palate, the self proclaimed picky eater sampled spinach for the first time as well! This went down even worse than the coffee, as Anderson made a disgusted face and said it was “slithery” and “gross.” After taping wrapped, the news reporter than wheeled across town to appear on The Late Show With David Letterman, where he got to pose for photos with a llama. So at least the day wasn’t a total waste of time for him. It’s not skinny dipping at George Clooney’s like some veteran reporters get to do…But it’s still pretty cool.
Posted by Peter at 7:41 PM
Anderson Cooper's Weird Eating Habits
By Laine Doss | Thu., Sep. 29 2011 at 8:00 AM
A few days ago, Cooper revealed his dislike for "fancy" food combos like honey and peanut butter (really) to show guest Jerry Seinfeld. He then told Seinfeld that he didn't get waffles (pancakes are fine with Cooper, while Seinfeld presented Cooper with the texture defense for waffles -- while pancakes are flat, waffles have all those geometric angles that make eating more interesting).
Apparently, Cooper is one of those people who eats only to live (what fun is that?). He shared his typical meals, and we've gotta say, they're as palatable as wallpaper paste -- Boston Market dry turkey and corn, turkey burger plain with cheese, and egg whites.
Today, in an effort to be bold and daring, Cooper tried some foods he's never had before. Some of you might guess those little see-through eels, scorpion on a stick, or possibly a rare fruit -- like Jackfruit or Dorian. Close... for the first time, 43-year-old Anderson Cooper tried... coffee and spinach!
We know, it boggles the mind. At least he's open to new ideas. And who knows? It might lead to something truly adventurous -- like a taco!
Posted by Peter at 6:40 PM