Wednesday Link-Off: Newsbeat

We’ve actually got some news links to cover in today’s linkdump. Since I don’t actually have anyone in the news to kick off the post with, let’s just go with Jennifer Lawrence who’s in a new movie opening this weekend.

I didn’t think the old saying “love conquers all” included the NHL’s Battle of Ontario. But there was a wedding proposal in Saturday’s edition as a woman proposed to her girlfriend. And the fact that they were cheered and the NHL put a video on their website shows that hockey just might be one of the most progressive major sports in the world. (Puck Daddy)

Why has Tiger Woods’ golf game gone downhill since 2008? Well, it might have less to do with his action on the side as it does with his obsession with the Navy SEALs. (New York Times)

The Obama Administration calls it a war against al-Qaeda. The Republicans call it a war on terror and radical Islam. Guess whose name for the conflict hurt Osama bin Laden’s cause more. (Slate)

After the jump, the celebrity philanthropy lie, the real cost of your cable bill and will the real Mitt Romney please stand up?

Finally a Republican starts to make sense. John McCain thinks that it’s time that his party realize that women are capable of making their own choices. (Gawker)

Sometimes you should have a second set of eyes look at things. Like this campaign bus for Alberta’s Wild Rose Party. Nice… Wheels? (Toronto Star)

Here’s a shocker for you: Celebrities do philanthropy work in order to rehab their public image. (The New Yorker) If you want to read the full article, you do need a subscription.

The Washington Post issues a correction but I’m not convinced that they used the wrong picture. (Romenesko)

God has a message for Manny Pacquiao. The Pac Man’s career is ending due to divine intervention. I guess even God was tired of waiting for Floyd Mayweather to grow some balls and fight Pacquiao. (Off The Bench)

Even Alex Rodriguez can’t escape the dreaded return for store credit policy. He paid for his niece’s $17,000 shopping spree but can’t get his money back when it gets returned. (New York Post) He has an AmEx Black. He’s not allowed to complain. Also: One of my life goals is to get an AmEx Black.

What’s the biggest source of in-fighting on NFL cheerleading squad? According to the oldest cheerleader in the NFL and writer of a new memoir, it the girls with real breasts against the girls with implants. (Business Insider)

Here’s a story about Australia and Asian drivers. Maybe I should let Jackie cover this story… Nah. Anyway, Asian tourists in Australia tried getting to Stradbroke Island by following their GPS satellite navigation system straight into the water. (Top Gear) Remember kids, always look both ways before driving into the sea.

Video game developers aren’t the only ones affected by disastrous games. The cover athletes of sports games are also affected by the games they’re tied to. (Kotaku)

Suppose you didn’t want to pay for all those useless cable channels. How much would your cable bill cost you? (Warming Glow)

Best. Political parody song. Ever. Will the real Mitt Romney please stand up?

Keeping with the music theme, here’s the end credits song of Portal, Still Alive, performed by a metal-etching laser. GLaDOS doesn’t have to worry about losing her day job.

If you prefer the original GLaDOS song, might I suggest this instead? By the way, the cake is a lie.


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