Introducing Tater And Tot! The Pair Of Turkeys Pardoned By President Obama For Thanksgiving

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(PCM) One of the more odd Thanksgiving traditions is the annual pardoning of the turkeys by the President of the United States. It is said that the tradition dates back to President Abraham Lincoln back in 1863 when according to a White House dispatch report he showed clemency to a turkey in the year of 1865. Others claim that the annual turkey pardon first occurred officially occurred with President Harry S. Truman, as he was one of the first President’s to receive the gift of a turkey from a local farmer, however the Truman Library and Museum disputes this claim as they say there is no record of Truman ever officially pardoning a bird. 

The first use of the word “pardon” to describe a President showing reprieve to a turkey was when President John F. Kennedy was presented with a turkey and used the phrase “Let’s keep him going”. The actual pardoning ceremony began in 1989 with President George H.W. Bush, when after dealing with animal rights activists when he was presented with the bird and made the decision to keep the turkey off his holiday dinner table. He felt the bird look nervous and he is quoted as saying “Let me assure you, and this fine tom turkey, that he will not end up on anyone’s dinner table, not this guy. He’s granted a presidential pardon as of right now.”

From then on the tradition of the annual pardoning of the turkeys continued. This year, Tater and Tot are the two turkeys that will be pardoned by President Obama for Thanksgiving. The two birds will now get to live out the rest of their days at “Gobbler’s Rest” which is a farm in Blacksburg, Virginia. The White House jokingly made profiles for both Tater and Tot which were posted on the official White House Twitter account. 

While both turkeys will be officially pardoned the White House is also conducting a fun poll to see which turkey will officially be named the “National Thanksgiving Turkey”.  So far team Tot is in the lead! According to WhiteHouse.gov, the tradition of pardoning two turkeys instead of one started when Sasha and Malia begged their dad to spare both birds during his first turkey pardon back in 2009. Since then, he has spared many pairs of turkeys who have been adorably named Apple and Cider, Mac and Cheese, and Carmel and Popcorn.

 

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Did The Cast Of Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’ Go Too Far In Calling Out Vice President Elect Mike Pence?

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(PCM) The cast of Broadway’s “Hamilton” recently stirred up quite a bit of controversy when they made the decision to call out Vice President elect Mike Pence, who was attending a performance, on some issues they had regarding his election platforms. When Pence first entered the theater there was a mixture of both cheers and jeers, but that is not that surprising, however many feel that Pence should not have been put on the spot in such a way.

During curtain call perform Brandon Victor Dixon (who plays Aaron Burr in the show) noticed that Pence was about to make his exit from the theater and stopped him with a message from the cast. Dixon explained to Pence that the cast of “Hamilton” represents a very diverse group of individuals that tell this particular American story. He reiterated that they were alarmed by the income administration, people of all colors, creeds, and orientations—and urged him to uphold their “inalienable rights.”

Many felt that this was neither the time nor the place for Pence to be called-out, so to say, on these types of issues, while others feel that the “Hamilton” cast took a brave step exercising their right to free speech. Dixon told Broadway.com,”It was a message from the producers the creative and the cast. If you have differences, say something! What better place than on this stage telling this story with these people? I hope he thinks of us every time he has to deal with an issue or talk about a bill or present anything.” On the other hand, it is hard to even begin to imagine what Pence much have felt like in that moment, as it could be viewed as a form of public harassment. 

President-Elect Trump was not pleased by the entire ordeal and took to his Twitter account to urge the “Hamilton” cast to issue an apology to Mike Pence. Some Trump supporters were even calling for a boycott of the “Hamilton” show.  Pence himself released a statement saying “I know this is a very disappointing time for people that did not see their candidate win in this national election. I know that this is a very anxious time for some people. My daughter and I and her cousins really enjoyed the show. Hamilton is just an incredible production and incredibly talented people. It was a real joy to be there.” He also went on to say that he “wasn’t offended” by the cast’s statement at the curtain call, or the audience’s booing as he entered the theater: “I nudged my kids and reminded them, that’s what freedom sounds like”. 

“Hamilton” actor Dixon appeared on CBS This Morning to further address some of the controversy saying there was nothing to apologize for and the statement was important to them and they wanted it. He further commented “Art is meant to bring people together, it’s meant to raise consciousness. And when you have a platform…I told [Hamilton producer] Jeffrey Seller after the show, I said, ‘I applaud you all for not throwing away your shot, for taking a moment to spread your message of love and unity.” They have also invited President-Elect Trump out to see a show, as they feel it is truly important for everyone to see a show like theirs, as it’s power in truly undeniable. Sounds great, if we could ever find tickets!!  

Do you think that the cast and crew of “Hamilton” went too far by putting Vice President-Elect Mike Pence on the spot, especially in front of his children and loved ones?  Or do you feel that the cast of “Hamilton” used their platform wisely to get a point across?  

 

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Everyone Agrees That This Political Ad Is The Best Of Election Season

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(PCM) For once both Republicans and Democrats can agree that this re-election ad for Republican Gerald Daugherty for the position of Travis County commissioner in Texas is the best they’ve ever seen. It is absolutely hilarious and Daugherty’s wife Charlyn completely steals the show!

Gerald Daugherty is the current commissioner of Travis County and he would very much like to stay in his current position. When viewing the video we also learn that his wife Charlyn also, REALLY, REALLY wants him to keep his position as well! She hilariously shows just what life would consist of by having him stuck around the house all day long.

It is about time that we see someone making light of election season and whoever put together this ad is nothing short of pure genius. We think rather than candidates slinging mud at one another in political ad’s we need to see more candidates taking the higher road approach and adding a bit of humor and raw honesty. Those types of ad’s are certainly way more memorable, so major props to the Gerald Daugherty campaign for a smash hit!

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The Campaign For Giant Meteor Brings New Inspiration To The Upcoming Election

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(PCM) Still on the fence about which candidate will get your vote in the upcoming election this November? This new campaign for Giant Meteor could possibly provide some much needed inspiration. Candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have created such a spectacle this election season that it has almost become satire and they are quite possibly the two most unpopular presidential nominees in history. Could Giant Meteor come and save us all?

American’s are in search of a more qualified third-party candidate and it is pretty sad that a huge chunk of flying space debris that could literally knock out the human race is looking more and more like a viable option! The Giant Meteor campaign has been generating a ton of buzz online when t-shits and bumper stickers became available, but now there is even a campaign advertisement encouraging voters to give Giant Meteor a chance.

Check it out below:

Remember to get out there and vote on November 8 and don’t forget Giant Meteor is always an option if you are feeling frustrated at the polls!

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Federal Reserve Launches A Facebook Page And Quickly Regrets The Decision

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(PCM) The U.S. Federal Reserve recently made the decision to start up an official Facebook page to keep people abreast of news and educational content. That idea backfired rather quickly when the page became overrun with critical and sarcastic commentary and general internet trolling.

The page has racked up over 14,000 Likes, however that has not stopped individuals from throwing in their two cents about how they feel the Federal Reserve is a useless institution and criticizing many of it’s practices and policies.  One woman commented “Tell me more about the private meeting on Jekyll island and the plans for public prosperity that some of the worlds richest and most powerful bankers made in secret, please!”

Another person commented “Can you guys please help me get some of that QE? I’m trying to buy 16 cars, 4 houses, 2 jets and a yacht,” one commenter wrote. “I swear it will stimulate the economy. I’ll spend it all and cycle it back. I know velocity needs to pick up so I’ll make sure to pay lots of models to live in my houses and travel with me. Thanks Fed! You are such a moral and upstanding institution!”

The administrators of the Federal Reserve Facebook page claim they are reading all comments and they plan to address the concerns with additional postings. The reason the Federal Reserve started a Facebook page in the first place was part of a plan to emphasize “enhancing communications via the board’s website and other external channels,” including existing Twitter, Flickr and LinkedIn pages.

We will see how long it lasts because from what we see there is a whole lot of negativity going on, on that page!

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Nude Trump Statues With Questionable Anatomy Are Removed From Five U.S. Cities

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(PCM) The underground art movement INDECLINE recently erected statues depicting a overly exaggerated and severely poor endowed naked Donald Trump in five U.S. cities, as part of their “Emperor Has No Balls” art campaign.

The statues were designed by an artist named Joshua “Ginger” Monroe for INDECLINE, which is an anonymous art collective.  The statues were discovered in the early morning hours in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Before they were removed, as they were placed without proper authorization, people were already flocking to see/take selfies with the naked Trump likeness.

The statues, which were created in an exaggerated likeness of the Republican presidential nominee, also featured a certain part of the male anatomy to be minuscule with a lack of testicles. In a statement released to the BBC, INDECLINE says, “It is through these sculptures that we leave behind the physical and metaphorical embodiment of the ghastly soul of one of America’s most infamous and reviled politicians. ”

INDECLINE went on to tell the Washington Post “Like it or not, Trump is a larger-than-life figure in world culture at the moment. Looking back in history, that’s how those figures were memorialized and idolized in their time — with statues.”

All of the statues have now been removed, however New York got a slight dig in on Trump with a press release about the incident saying “NYC Parks stands firmly against any unpermitted erection in city parks, no matter how small”.   Ouch!

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