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8 Baffling Poop-Themed Toys Kids Are Lining Up To Buy

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Maybe it’s due to the popularity of the poop emoji, or maybe it’s a trend that is somehow too intellectual for me to grasp, but today’s kids are into toy turds in a big way. I’m not speaking figuratively here. Right now, shelves are packed with products like …

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Flushin’ Frenzy

Look at this shit:

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Mattel is pretty much the biggest name in the toy industry. It’s a Fortune 500 company with revenue north of $5 billion, creating stuff like Barbies and Polly Pocket. And now they can add “game wherein a literal log of shit hits you in the face” to their list of winners. That one’s sure to make every little coprophiliac in your life froth at the mouth.

Here’s how the game works: You jam the rictus-grinned sewer pickle into the tank of a small toilet. You roll the die and then, as directed by the number, wrap your mitts around the comically small plunger and proceed to frantically pump the thing in a game of Russian Ass Roulette. If you’re lucky, your plunges go off without a hitch. But if you’re not, you will release the terrible turd Kraken that slumbers in the tank and send that Dysentery Howitzer rocketing into the sky.

This game has been featured in articles across the journalistic spectrum, from CNBC to USAToday to U.S. News and World Report. And why not? Someone spent time and money developing it for your children to enjoy. This is where are as a society. This is all we should be talking about.

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Princess Poop

If you have electricity, you’ve seen the Poop Emoji. It’s so popular that Sir Patrick Stewart voiced it in a movie for reasons philosophers will debate later in human history. For now, it’s ubiquitous, the most famous of all emojis. And now it’s also fully feminist:

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That sentient girl poop is but one example. There is an abundance of princess and queen poops on the market — which means they’re pink, if that wasn’t immediately apparent to you. That one has over 300 reviews on Amazon. Over 300 people got a stuffed pink shit and were so moved by its quality, or so distraught by the lack thereof, that they had to tell the world.

There are purple queen poops, vanilla-scented sprinkle poops, rhinestone poops, rainbow poops, and good ol’-fashioned American brown shits that are bedecked in pink bows so you know she’s still a lady under all that ass spackle.

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Here’s a girl shit with her shit daughter, who was presumably born after the mom shit fucked a dad shit:

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Amazon will drop over 2,000 results on you for the targeted search of “poop emoji,” because corporations around the world are rushing to get in on this bubble before it pops. At which point these toys will surely be replaced with something much, much worse.

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Flush Force And Poopeez

Spin Master may not be as big as Hasbro or Mattel, but the Canadian company employs over 1,000 people worldwide and gave the world Bakugan, Air Hogs, Aquadoodle, and PAW Patrol. It has received 82 Toy of the Year nominations since 2002, more than any other toy maker in the world. When it comes to toys, they know what they’re doing, and what they’re doing now is taking Pikachu, drowning him in brown trout, and calling that “Flush Force.”

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Flush Force really is basically Pokemon, but in a sewer. There’s an app to go with it, because of course there is, and 150 different toilet-themed little fellas like “Stink Eye” and “Hot Clog.” Hot Clog? Just savor that one for a moment. Savor the simple brilliance of that. A clogged toilet is meh, who cares. But apply heat. Make that sucker exothermic. Just simmering away down there for fun. That’s glorious. Gotta catch ’em all.

In the same ballpark bathroom as Flush Force are Poopeez, a series of small, squishy busted grumpies from Basic Fun, a company that has over 80 major licensing agreements with companies like Lucasfilm, Nintendo, and Hasbro.

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The name game over at Camp Poopeez never hit the heights of “Hot Clog,” so you’re forced to deal with visionary creations like “Skid Mark,” “Franken-poop” and the I-can’t-quite-see-the-joke “Dutch Oveness.” It’s an elderly turd with a tiara and jewels. So you mean Duchess Oven, right? Like royalty, but a fart joke? What the hell is a Dutch Oveness? What an utter lack of creativity. Really makes you long for the days of “Hot Clog.”

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Sticky The Poo

Ask any kid, and they’ll tell you that their favorite quality of a really primo shit is how it sticks to things. The company Hog Wild knows this, and delivered on countless hopes and dreams with “Sticky the Poo,” a sticky shit that sticks and looks like shit. Listen, I don’t have a lot to describe here, so you’re going to be hearing this frequently.

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Sticky is embedded like so many bits of corn all over the internet, on sites like Amazon, Vat19, and my personal favorite, Scholar’s Choice — a site designed to market educational toys for kids so parents don’t have to worry about all that frivolous junk at most stores. Sticky the Poo is scholarly, right? Teaches kids about viscosity and density and such. The site praises it as a good choice for teaching your child gross motor skills. Hey, emphasis on the “gross,” am I right? Ahh, poop humor. May you forever be.

Amazon has opted to make Sticky the Poo an “Amazon’s Choice” product, which means it’s recommended as a highly rated, well-priced product. You have to take Amazon’s word for this, because I defy anyone to explain what the appropriate price point is for “shit that sticks to things.”

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Toilet Trouble

Oh, yeah, it’s another “Try to avoid having human waste products flung at your face!” game. It’s a whole genre. Hasbro’s Toilet Trouble is like a plastic middle school bully that you can gift to your children. For this, you simply spin the toilet paper roll and flush the toilet. The unlucky will then have the toilet belch forth a stagnant spray of fun right into their faces, teaching them once and for all that the mirth of others is entirely dependent on them getting a snootful of tepid splashback.

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The popularity of Toilet Trouble is staggering. Over 80 reviews at Walmart, 200 at Toys R Us, a ball-chilling 400 at Amazon, and you better believe they’re all from people almost universally stoked by their experience of getting hosed down by the crapper. You know what passes for a negative review of this game? “Did not shoot toilet water in my face.” That’s the chief complaint. “I wanted a septic system face bath and this thing didn’t deliver, what the fuck?”

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Don’t Step In It

If you have dogs, or a super lazy dad, you’ve experienced a solid footblast of shit in your day. No one likes to step in shit. Now, what’s the basis of every good board game you can think of? Doing something you absolutely hate, if Monopoly is any indication. So it must have been a no-brainer for Hasbro to come up with this clever contraption, which asks you to try to avoid stepping in shit. That’s the whoooole game.

But don’t worry, they made it more reasonable by giving you a blindfold, so it’s fun now.

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Here’s part of the description from Amazon:

  • Mold the included compound to look like piles of poop
  • Step in the fewest poops to win
  • Play with friends or dodge the poop solo

Imagine being at a point in your life where you’re dodging poop solo for fun. That’s only a few licks of lead paint away from dancing with your cat by candlelight. And because it’s Hasbro, this game is everywhere — Amazon, Walmart, Target, Toys R Us, pretty much any place you can think of that sells games. Is it, in fact, harder to avoid than stepping in a pile of shit?

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POOP: The Game

POOP: The Game is a game in which you have to be the first to get rid of all your cards whilst avoiding clogging the toilet. It’s like a smellier version of UNO. Many of the cards feature cartoon pictures of turds bedazzled with corn nuggets. Because corn is hard to digest, you see, and will often stud your shit like diamonds in a tiara. This is educational, please take notes.

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Boardgamegeek.com has over 200 ratings for POOP, which was born from a Kickstarter campaign that nearly 700 people backed in 2014. Now you can buy it at Target and Amazon, where it has a solid four-star rating after over 400 reviews. At this point, it’s kind of weird that you’re not playing it right now.

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Poopyhead And Doody Head

When you’re trying to come up with a tagline for a poop-themed game, you want to pen something more inspired than “This game is shit,” because maybe someone will misunderstand. The Poopyhead game — not to be confused with the Doody Head game — offers up “The game where number 2 always wins.” Get it? Number two? That’s a shit euphemism inside a gaming pun! Shitception!

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Both Poopyhead and Doody Head ask you to hang a grogan right on your melon so others in the room can experience some solid jollity at your expense. In Poopyhead, you have to get rid of all the cards in your hand first, and if you fail, a crown of rubber ass biscuit for you, good sir. In Doody Head, someone just throws Velcro shits at you. Both games have hundreds of reviews, and neither one really does much to answer the question of why, exactly, a shit on your head is such rollicking good fun. But if we’ve learned nothing else from the proliferation of dung-themed toys, it’s that there is clearly a zeitgeist here. We live in shitful times.

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Or, you know, kids think poop is funny.

Come on, you know you want that ridiculous poop emoji plush displayed prominently in your room. Go for it.

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PETA BLASTS Tomi Lahren For Dog Kicking Video!

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Animal cruelty is no laughing matter…

On Wednesday morning,

The conservative pundit was heard saying:

“Why don’t you tell the world what you were doing during my entire Fox & Friends hit? Oh I know, chewing on her damn bone as loud as she possibly could. So I had to kick her about five times during the show.”

As seen here:

Later that day, TMZ photogs caught the Fox News contributor at LAX where they questioned her about the controversial clip. The 25-year-old insists it was all a “joke,” as she “[loves her] dog more than anything in the world.” She said:

“I think people are pretty logical and they understand it was a joke… Anyone who knows me knows I love my dog more than anything in the world… Slow news day for you guys, isn’t it?”

In response, PETA‘s senior director of cruelty casework Stephanie Bell said in a statement:

“Only a heartless person would kick a dog just for doing what dogs normally do — and a reasonable person would simply have moved out of the way or moved the animal.”

No animals were harmed in the writing of this post.

[Image via Tomi Lahren/Instagram.]

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Jay Leno Pays Tribute to the Great Comic Mind of Bob Smith

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In 1994, Bob Smith became the first openly gay comic to appear on The Tonight Show when it was presented by Jay Leno. Right at the end of a celebration of his life, held at Carolines comedy club in midtown Manhattan, we saw on a screen the routine he performed that night.

Smith looks extremely young, extremely handsome, and what is memorable is not just his warm humor, but the crisp way he delivered it. No mugging, no ingratiating, no side-eyes and winking, just excellent riffs about wondering why no one realized he was gay as a kid.

That chemistry set he was given? He used it to create a skincare line.

He was the only kid with a tree-house that had a breakfast nook.

In this and another slot he had on Craig Kilborns Late, Late Show, we saw him tell this excellent joke: I come from a very conservative family, and it wasnt easy telling my parents that Im gay. I made my carefully worded announcement at Thanksgiving. I said, Mom, would you please pass the gravy to a homosexual? She passed it to my father.

Smith died aged 59 on January 20, of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrigs disease), the progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

As I wrote in my Daily Beast profile of Smith, published in October 2016, it was in May 2006 when Eddie Sarfaty, one of Smiths closest friends and one of the organizers of the memorial service, noticed a muscle twitching in the back of Smiths arm, an early symptom of ALS.

After he performed at a Human Rights Campaign event that autumn, his agent called to ask if he had been drunk on stage: he had slurred his words. Smith didnt drink before performing. The slurring was because he had the bulbar variant of ALS that first preys upon the muscles of the tongue and throat.

Upon receiving the diagnosis in 2007 at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital, Smith, ever the comic, thought, Lou Gehrigs Disease? I dont even like baseball!

Smith eventually stopped performing in 2010, after a gig at an East Village comedy club. I hadnt performed for several months and immediately noticed how difficult it was to pronounce my jokes, lines Id done hundreds of times, he writes in his last-published book, Treehab: Tales From My Natural, Wild Life. Jokes that always killed were garnering looks of incomprehension. I apologized and repeated a few lines againAfter the show, I apologized to the host, who graciously said there was nothing to apologize for. I was in a state of shock.

The memorial gathering was three hours long, and in between peoples speeches, readings from his books and remembrances, our eyes flicked to the screens to see either Smith perform, or actors on MADtv perform his Antiques Roadshow skits, where a fruitily over-British expert was determined to find a way to lasciviously pronounce whore over whatever antique had been bought for his inspection.

Of course, people laughed at Smiths memorial service, and they also cried, and sometimes they did both. The service was presented by two good friends of Smith, Judy Gold and Sarfaty. Sarfaty said ALS may have beaten Smith ultimately, but Smith had given it a good ass-kicking.

Gold recalled meeting Smith in Provincetown, both of them bonding over the great lie of the muffins that were being baked, allegedly freshly, every morning by the owners of a small guest house. They were not.

Gold and Smith stayed friends throughout their lives, as did Sarfaty and Smith. Eddie was also one of Smiths beloved nature boys, that included his partner Michael Zam, Michael Hart, and John Arnoldall of whom took to the stage, and all of whom Smith said were gay, but more accurately described as bisexual, because weve each had a longer relationship with Mother Nature than any other guy.

Smith had grown up in Buffalo, obsessed by the Classics, Oscar Wilde, and dinosaurs. As the service progressed, we learned of the moments that shaped himhis sisters suicide, for example; even his time as a cater waiter. We heard of his love of Alaska (one of the main reasons to buy Treehab is to read of his descriptions of that place).

We heard from Elvira Kurt, who used Bobs sperm to father two children, who were there, collecting money for the charitiesALS and not ALS-relatedfrom people as they left.

Words caught in throats, and memories flooded back. It seemed improbable and unjust to all his loved ones that Smith had gone, even if over the last few years they had watched him lose his power of speech and then his mobility. (Full disclosure: I have known Smith and Zam since 2010, and watched the viciousness of ALS at close quarters. As Smiths motor and speech skills declined, his writing and basic processing brain stayed the same. His friends and loved ones watched him effectively trapped by ALS, this brilliant funny man unable to share and vocalize his great wit and warmth.)

But Smith carried on writing, using whatever technical innovation there was to aid him. When I visited him in hospital, Smith raised a foot and spelled out his answers, as Zam held a see-through plastic board with the letters of the alphabet in small, clustered groups, with yes and no as two boxed options of their own.

I asked how it was, living for almost 10 years with ALS, and Smiths foot spelt out Harrowing.

How did he consider his mortality? He spelt out, Anxiety.

How was being in hospital for him? Smith spelt out, Hell.

Seeing peopleparticularly Sarfaty and his husband Court Stroud, the writer Christopher Bram, and Zammeant the most to him, he said.

What did Smith feel for Zam, I asked. His foot spelt out, Love.

Zam smiled gently at Smith at that moment: Bob and Michael sitting in a tree, he sung softly.

In the book, Smith wrote movingly about the joy of having Madeline and Xander, via sperm donation, with Kurt and Brushwood Rose.

He loves it, Zam told me of Smith being a dad. It means a lot to him. I always say to him, The greatest thing you ever did was jerking off in a cup.

Smith and Zam, co-creator of the multi award-nominated Feud: Bette and Joan and a lecturer, were as funny as each other. Zams tribute to his partner at the memorial was precisely spoken and moving.

They had just gotten together when Smith had received his ALS diagnosis, and although many of Zams friends think him pretty amazing for staying in that relationship, there was, Zam said, no choice. He loved Smith. Smith loved him. They were together. It was open relationship, Zam told the gathering. Neither one would want the other to be denied any kind of pleasure. Their love was the constant, and unbreakable.

They were good at being separate in the relationship; they both had their work to do, they both had good friends and Zam paid full tribute to all those who took care of Bob and kept his spirits as buoyed as possible as his illness progressed.

James Hannaham, John Bateman, Patrick Ryan, Chris Shirley, Michael Carroll, and Christopher Bram were all part of a writers group that met at Chelsea gay bar Barracuda and they all read from Smiths booksOpenly Bob, Way To Go Smith, Selfish and Perverse, Remembrance of Things I Forgot, and Treehab.

Stroud read from an essay Smith wrote about his love of dogs, or more precisely why dogs provide an example for us all. (The memorial included full tributes to Smith and Zams dogs, Bozzie, a lab rescue, and Toby, still alive and with the most pendulous ears in the world.)

There were songs, and more laughter, and more tears; a sense of disbelief that this beautiful and talented man was no longer here. But Smiths spirit felt very close, very alive, as the memories and anecdotes swirled around the room.

And then, after the clip of him performing in Lenos Tonight Show, the room went quiet, and the sound of a phone message filled the room. It was a message that Jay Leno had left Zam after Smiths death.

He was just a great comic mind. We were all the benefit of some of it, but most of the world never got to hear any of it and that's the saddest part of what might have been, you know. And it really is

Hey Michael, its Jay Leno. I just wanted to call and say I was so sorry I was to hear the news. You know, its really very, very sad.

Leno quoted his favorite line of poetry by John Greenleaf Whittier: For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, It might have been.

Leno said: I think of Bob when I read that. Its really true. He was just a great comic mind. We were all the benefit of some of it, but most of the world never got to hear any of it and that's the saddest part of what might have been, you know. And it really is.

Im sorry for you and Im sorry for the comedy community, and the rest of the world will miss out on Well, Im being selfish you know there are just some great jokes. He had a great mind. Its just sad his body couldn't keep up with it.

Alrighty my friend, Leno said to Zam's machine, I don't mean to drone on, I just want you to know. Its been a long time. It doesn't mean its out of sight out of mind.

It seemed clear at his memorial service that Bob Smith will never be far from many peoples minds.

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Dog retrieves assortment of random items to get human’s attention

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A newspaper? Do you even fetch, bro?
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Ever feel like you’re not getting enough attention, so you just pick up the first thing you can find?

Twitter user Travis Zander shared a photo thread of his dog Stella and the various objects she has retrieved.

Here are just a few highlights.

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That dog takes the name “golden retriever” to serious new heights.

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Please Stop Building Houses Exactly Where Wildfires Start

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Built well, a city should provide a bulwark against disaster. Fundamentally, all cities are fortresses.

Or at least they should be. If a city is a fortress, where’s the wall? The edges of North American cities today aren’t edge-like at all. Most of them, especially in the West, ooze outward in a gradient, urban to suburban to exurban to rural to wild. Some megacities cycle through suburban and exurban forms without ever manifesting anything that looks like a downtown, much less a high street.

Which would all be academic, or maybe merely aesthetic, if it didn’t make cities fail at their most important job. Cities like that, researchers are learning, make disasters worse. And they’re not the exception; they’re the norm.

For example, human construction at what’s called the Wildland-Urban Interface worsens the risk of wildfire. In last year’s insane fire season—not just California’s worst fire year on record, but one that left much of the continent’s boreal forest aflame—the blazes began where high winds connected with fuel (plants) and sparks (downed power lines, open fires, and other trappings of civilization).

Now guess where people build lots of new houses. Go on—guess.

According to a new analysis of housing in the WUI, the trend goes up and to the right. According to Census data, between 1990 and 2010 in the continental US, the WUI grew from 224,325 square miles to 297,299 square miles. The number of new houses grew there, too—by 12.6 million. The big quote from the paper: “Even though the WUI occupies less than one tenth of the land area of the conterminous United States, 43 percent of all new houses were built there.”

The Wildland-Urban Interface got smaller in the western US, but the number of houses and people in it went up.

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Friends. Friends. Don’t build there. “Houses are being built everywhere,” says Volker Radeloff, a professor of forestry at the University of Wisconsin and the lead author of the new paper. “But a lot of them are still built on the outskirts. That is sprawl.”

Sprawl causes all sorts of problems, not just wildfires—more invasive species and more domesticated critters like cats and dogs wreaking havoc on local ecosystems. It means air pollution, noise pollution, light pollution. And of course, sprawl makes climate change worse. Not only do denser cities in more temperate areas emit less carbon, but just last week researchers published evidence that suburbs emit more carbon than denser urban areas.

Even taking into account the 2008 housing crash, housing units in the WUI went up along with its size and population.

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And climate change makes wildfires more frequent, and worse. “It’s a feedback loop,” says Ethan Elkind, director of the climate program at the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment at UC Berkeley. “We’ve made it very hard across the country to build in existing urban neighborhoods, which have been shown repeatedly to have lower carbon emission per capita…and we’re subsidizing people living out in sprawling, more vulnerable areas outside cities.”

Fires aren’t the only problem here. Rainstorms over fire-denuded hillsides cause mudslides. Coastal cities expanding across their floodplains and onto barrier islands become more vulnerable to hurricanes and storm surges. Wide, low cities eventually cover land that was once agricultural. And when it comes to climate change, nothing is local; the carbon emitted by the sprawling urban agglomerations of the Eastern seaboard or the desert southwest exacerbates the climate-driven problems of the coasts.

The red in boxes 3 and 4 show new WUI in Santa Rosa, California and Gaitlinburg, Tennessee in 2010. Both places experienced wildfires in the last two years.

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The hills, the forests, the edge of the desert—these are beautiful places. “I understand why people like to live there. In some places they’re the most expensive places to live, like Southern California, but in other places the dense urban areas are not affordable for many folks,” Radeloff says. “There’s a lot of money to be made by building there. My gut feeling is that people know it’s a problem, but walking away from those economic opportunities is hard.”

In cities across the country, interest groups, activists, and residents are arguing about the construction of infill housing, working on ways to make cities denser, more walkable, more oriented toward transit instead of cars. If you’re the kind of person who likes cities, all those things make cities more likable. They also reduce carbon emissions, which in the end helps keep those cities safe (among other good outcomes). The late-20th century mode of city-building—unplanned, foaming metastasis around big-box stores—is no way to build a fortress. It’s a disaster waiting to happen.

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Chrissy Teigen mourns her dear departed dog with a lovely Instagram tribute

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It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of Chrissy Teigen‘s beloved dog, Puddy. 

The model, actress, social media goddess broke the news on Instagram Wednesday with sweet pictures of her and Puddy that included a long eulogy to a family member that meant a lot to her, John Legend, and their daughter Luna. 

Today our baby, Puddy, has gone on to the pup heavens. John and I got Puddy in our first year of dating, when I convinced him half-birthday presents were a real thing. 10 years ago, on May 30th, I found the dog that would be there for us through every up, down, new house, new city, new tour, new travel. He welcomed new pups and loved on new babies and new bellies. He was there for everything. Every time I needed a taste tester, someone to kiss or needed to sob into his stinky rolls, he was there. It’s true what they say. We are their entire lives and it is the greatest shame that they can only bless us with a short spark of time in ours. I always knew I would lose a piece of me when he left us. I feel the hole now. I will love you forever, my boy. My heart aches. Thank you so much for everything, everything.

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“John and I got Puddy in our first year of dating, when I convinced him half-birthday presents were a real thing,” she wrote in the Instagram caption. “10 years ago, on May 30th, I found the dog that would be there for us through every up, down, new house, new city, new tour, new travel. He welcomed new pups and loved on new babies and new bellies. He was there for everything.”

She continued by sharing movies and pictures of Puddy’s life. Like his marriage to Pippa.

And Puddy’s love of little Luna. 

I love you. I will miss you every day.

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Rest in peace, Puddy. 

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The Republicans Are Clinging Frantically to Power

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The Republican Party is building a wall. Not the one Donald Trump promised his supporters Mexico would pay for (and then American taxpayers would pay and now, apparently, the U.S. military). The GOP is desperately seeking to build a wall around its power, fearing its imminent erosion as a host of forces: demographic, cultural and political, come barreling its way.

Last weeks historic March for Our Lives was a watershed moment. For more than four hours on a Saturday afternoon, the nations gaze was fixed on a group of teenaged heroes and heroines, led by the iconic girl from Parkland, Florida: 18-year-old, Cuban-American, bisexual, head-shaven and powerful Emma Gonzales, who literally stunned a nation with six minutes and twenty seconds of remembrance and tear-stained silence. The Parkland students are becoming household names. Cameron Kasky, David Hogg, Delaney Tarr, Ryan Deitsch, Jaclyn Corin, Sarah Chadwick, Aalayah Eastmond and their classmates have entered the public consciousness in incredibly personal ways. They have shown great skill in snatching wigs, careers and advertisers when attacked. And as they have fearlessly swept aside the tired American stasis on gun reform they have brought with them an army of fellow young activists from around the country: Zion Kelly, who spoke so movingly of losing his twin brother Zaire to gun violence right there in the nations capital; Naomi Wadler, the tiny girl with the fierce, curly mane who spoke for women of color whose tragedies rarely make the front pages, and Yolanda Renee King, the 9-year-old sole grandchild of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who spoke of her dream of a gun-free world and proved that there is still magic and charisma in that epic surname.

By taking the power of their suffering, and frankly of their young, affluent, articulate whiteness, and metastasizing it to youth of color from urban centers and to the oldest of the Sandy Hook kids, some now in high school and three of whom spoke at the rally, and to Black Lives Matter (who amazingly, are now their elders), the Parkland kids are doing what white college students in the 1960s did for SNCC when they answered Bob Moses call and forced the media and the world to refocus its attention on civil rights by getting on those buses to face firebombing and murder with black students and local activists; and what white ministers did when they answered Dr. King and John Lewis call to face the dogs and batons of white sheriffs alongside black marchers on the Edmund Pettus bridge. In so doing, these young activists are shaking the foundations of Americas gun culture, sending the right wing into a full-fledged panic, and bringing the NRA to its knees.

The day after millions of Americans, mostly young but also middle aged and old marched against gun violence, Remington, the company that manufactures the AR-15 death machine preferred by mass shooters, filed for bankruptcy, fleeing to the rescue of banks, many of whom are too shamefaced to publicly comment on their association with the gun-maker.

In its bankruptcy filing, which was delayed by the Parkland massacre, Remington cited not just the glut of gun inventory it built up in anticipation of another Democrat in the White House to drive sales, but also a lawsuit by Sandy Hook parents that threatens to shatter the protective shield against litigation that federal law provides to gun makers alone.

To try and stem the accelerating tide toward gun reform, the NRA and its media apparatchiks have deployed gutter tactics, smearing the Parkland teens, trying to bully them and lying about them, and when that doesnt work, whining that they are somehow not allowed to criticize them. Its an admission of weakness that the kids can see, and that is prompting them to drive the stake in deeper.

Republicans are also desperate to stem another tide that was visible in the patina of last Saturdays march. The multiracial future isnt coming, its here. Millennials and post-Millennials are the most diverse demographics in American history. Together, they number more than 95 million people (depending on how you count them, versus the 76 million Baby boomers who were born, not all of whom still live, and the 55 million births for my generation, Generation X. These younger cohorts, in large part because they are chock full of people of color, are far more liberal than their parents or grandparents generation; more accepting of LGBT rights, less interested in where trans people go to the bathroom, more attuned to the realities of white privilege, police brutality and economic inequality, frankly, more moral and less relativistic, and now, thanks to Parkland, more determined than ever to vote out the politicians who serve corporate masters rather than the popular will. Republicans ignore teenage voters and pre-voters at their peril. If they dont get you in 2018, wait til 2020.

In response, some Republicans are throwing out democracy itself in an all-out bid to cling to power. Pennsylvania Republicans are seeking to impeach the state supreme court justices who ruled their partisan gerrymandering illegal. In Wisconsin, Republican governor Scott Walker had refused to hold special elections that his party fears will go Democrats way and even backed legislation to overrule a court order to do so before finally backing down this week. In Alabama, after Doug Jones won a surprise U.S. Senate election, the Republican-controlled legislature decreed an end to special elections at all.

Other Republicans, led by the president of the United States, are seeking the South African solution to their coming super-minority status. Having already tried to use a phony electoral integrity commission to delete the votes of millions of non-white Americans, the Trump administration announced this week that it will seek to game the Census by adding a citizenship question, with the clear goal of producing an undercount in states with heavy immigrant populations, and disproportionate power for states that are mostly rural and white.

Republicans attempted to produce a cover story, first by lying, with the White House spokeswoman claiming the Census has included a citizenship question in all but one year, when in fact it hasnt included such a question on the main survey since 1950. And then, even more outrageously, they sought to cloak themselves in the mantle of protecting the Voting Rights Act, which their Supreme Court majority and their governors and secretaries of state have been busy gutting since the Obama era, and which Jeff Sessions, the apparent architect of the Census gambit who Coretta King warned off the federal bench for his hatred of voting rights, is leading his Justice Department to fight against in court. Already at least a dozen states, led by New York and California, have announced their attention to sue.

Republicans from the president on down are attacking sanctuary cities, with some California sheriffs making inmate release information public to try and help ICE snatch undocumented people in contravention to the states sanctuary law. Already, ICE has become Trumps mass deportation force, scouring the country for errant, brown math teachers, baseball dads, soldiers and grandmothers to drive out of the country. Prime targets include immigration activists, and any undocumented person who dares show their face at a public protest.

All over America, you can almost feel the sense of panic. The Republican Party, which now almost exclusively represents a handful of uber wealthy, ideologically extreme donors like the Mercers, the Kochs, the Adelsons and the Bradley Foundation plus conservative white Christian men and about half of white women, is fighting to maintain control of a country that will soon be majority non-white, that is already majority urban, and that is increasingly secular. Rather than seek an accommodation with the future, they are laying the groundwork for minority rule. Their aim has become so blatant, their mouthpieces like Fox News host Tucker Carlson are outright admitting that they cannot abide any changes to the racial and cultural uniformity of their neighborhoods, which sounds a lot like a genteel version of the anti-block-busting picketers of the 1950s and 60s.

Theyre hoarding wealth. The Republican tax cut rammed through by Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell blatantly seized a trillion dollars from the treasury and handed it over to the wealthiest Americans and to corporations. The resulting deficits are being used as the excuse to push for a balanced budget amendment that would decimate spending on the working class and on the poor, who many in the GOP base perceive as almost solely black, brown and immigrant. Meanwhile the Trump administration, having handed China global leadership on trade (and diplomacy with North Korea) while potentially devastating its own core states with chest-puffing tariffs that only hurt American workers, is quietly seeking to get back into the TPP. As if China or anyone else would bother letting us back in.

With Trump in office, Republican religious leaders are living openly as power and wealth-grabbing Pharisees, pretending not to notice the porn stars and Playboy bunnies littering their heaven-sent presidents mentions. Do their sermons explain how exactly married-for-the-third-time Trump getting spanked with a magazine cover of him and his children makes him the modern day Paul?

And the rights greatest villains, from defeated apparent serial pedophile Roy Moore to criminal ex-sheriff Joe Arpaio to coal magnate Don Blankenship, who went to prison for overseeing the deaths of his own miners due to a wonton refusal to safeguard their lives over his profits, are boldly seeking direct rule over their credulous victims through election to the United States Senate.

If the Obama economy wasnt so sound, there might be a full-on popular vote.

Against the increasingly authoritarian and morally shallow backdrop of Trumpism, the Republican Party is scrambling to find ways to stifle the democratic process before November, spewing at its cultural opponents and rushing to erect an American feudalism that locks in the plutocratic status quo. They are building a wall around the roughly four in ten voters who endorse this funhouse mirror version of America. Its a wall that could wind up closing them in.

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FIU bridge collapses; 4 killed, officials say

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Four people were confirmed dead after a newly installed pedestrian bridge at Florida International University collapsed Thursday, leaving eight vehicles trapped under the sprawling wreckage.

Miami-Dade Fire Chief Dave Downey told reporters at a news conference that four people were killed after the structure, touted as an “Instant Bridge,” collapsed around 1:30 p.m. at the Miami-area university.

Dr. Mark McKenney, of the Kendall Regional Medical Center in Tamiami, said during a news conference that the hospital had taken in 10 patients — two of them in “extremely critical” condition. One person arrived at the hospital in cardiac arrest but survived, and a second has a serious brain injury.

The other eight are in stable condition with “bruises and abrasions to broken bones.”

A search and rescue operation is underway; authorities are using dogs to search for anyone who may be trapped beneath the rubble.

Miami police were told Miami-Dade Fire Rescue had recovered six people with injuries, Fox News confirmed.  (WSVN)

The Sweetwater Police Department told Fox News, “We’re just trying to save lives.” Sweetwater Mayor Orlando Lopez called the collapse a “national tragedy.”

“Continuing to monitor the heartbreaking bridge collapse at FIU – so tragic,” President Trump tweeted. “Many brave First Responders rushed in to save lives. Thank you for your courage. Praying this evening for all who are affected.”

Vice President Pence said he was “saddened by the news,” adding that he and Trump will “continue to monitor developments closely.”

Florida Gov. Rick Scott tweeted he was en route to the university “to be briefed by local law enforcement and university officials,” and said he would be “in constant communication with law enforcement throughout the day.”

And Florida Sen. Bill Nelson tweeted that his “heart goes out to the victims and the families affected by this tragic bridge collapse @FIU.”

The bridge, projected to be finished in early 2019, was set to link the university’s Modesto A. Maidique Campus to the town of Sweetwater, where an estimated 4,000 students live, The Miami Herald reported. A $14.2 million project, the structure was installed on Saturday, with many celebrating the new construction. 

The university called it a “one-of-its-kind pedestrian bridge” that “swings” into place.

“FIU is about building bridges and student safety. This project accomplishes our mission beautifully,” President Mark B. Rosenberg said, according to a tweet by FIU.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, in a press release requesting the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) address the “bridge’s design, construction, and ultimate failure,” stated the bridge was installed on Saturday in just six hours.

DOT said in a statement that Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has been in contact with congressional officials and has “offered the full assistance and support of the department for both the immediate and long-term needs the community will have.”

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is sending a team to investigate the collapse.

Munilla Construction, the company that built the bridge, tweeted earlier Thursday that “the local community gathered” on Saturday to watch the crossing move into place. In a followup tweet, the company called the bridge collapse a “terrible tragedy” and said the family business was “devastated and doing everything we can to assist.”

The construction company added it would be cooperating with investigators “in every way.”

FIGG Engineering, the company that designed the bridge, said that in their “40-year history, nothing like this has ever happened before.” FIGG added the company would “fully cooperate with every appropriate authority in reviewing what happened and why.”

Construction workers at the scene told WPLG that the bridge was undergoing a “stress test” when it collapsed, but officials have not confirmed that detail.

Fox News’ Shira Bush, Chad Pergram and Matt Richardson, along with The Associated Press, contributed to this report.

Nicole Darrah covers breaking and trending news for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @nicoledarrah.

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US Olympic Skier Gus Kenworthy Rescued 90 Dogs From Korean Dog Meat Farm

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Gus Kenworthy, 26, is an American freestyle skier from Colorado who recently made headlines after rescuing 90 dogs from a dog meat farm in South Korea while participating in 2018 Winter Olympics.

In 2014, during the Sochi Winter Olympics, Gus found two stray puppies near the Olympic Village and had to go through a long process to get them to America with him and now he took upon himself to save even more dogs.

“This morning Matt and I had a heart-wrenching visit to one of the 17,000 dog farms here in South Korea,” he wrote on Instagram. “Across the country, there are 2.5 million dogs being raised for food in some of the most disturbing conditions imaginable. Yes, there is an argument to be made that eating dogs is a part of Korean culture. And, while don’t personally agree with it, I do agree that it’s not my place to impose western ideals on the people here. The way these animals are being treated, however, is completely inhumane and culture should never be a scapegoat for cruelty. Despite the beliefs of some, these dogs are no different from the ones we call pets back home.”

Together with his boyfriend Matt, Gus decided to take one of the dogs home. “I adopted the sweet baby in the first pic (we named her Beemo) and she’ll be coming to the US to live with me as soon as she’s through with her vaccinations in a short couple of weeks. I cannot wait to give her the best life possible!” 90 other dogs from the farm are taken from the facility to the United States and Canada for adoption with the help of Humane Society International.

Even though there are many more pups in bad conditions, every little attempt to help counts and it’s so great that there are some amazing people, like Gus, who use their platform to spread awareness and help.

Gus Kenworthy, 26, is an American freestyle skier from Colorado

He recently made headlines after rescuing 90 dogs from a dog meat farm in South Korea while participating in 2018 Winter Olympics

“This morning Matt and I had a heart-wrenching visit to one of the 17,000 dog farms here in South Korea,” he wrote on Instagram

“Across the country, there are 2.5 million dogs being raised for food in some of the most disturbing conditions imaginable”

“Yes, there is an argument to be made that eating dogs is a part of Korean culture”

“And, while don’t personally agree with it, I do agree that it’s not my place to impose western ideals on the people here”

“The way these animals are being treated, however, is completely inhumane and culture should never be a scapegoat for cruelty”

“Despite the beliefs of some, these dogs are no different from the ones we call pets back home”

Together with his boyfriend Matt, Gus decided to take one of the dogs home and named her Beemo

“She’ll be coming to the US to live with me as soon as she’s through with her vaccinations in a short couple of weeks”

“I cannot wait to give her the best life possible!”

90 other dogs from the farm are taken from the facility to the United States and Canada for adoption with the help of Humane Society International

It’s so great that there are some amazing people, like Gus, who use their platform to spread awareness and help

We need more people like Gus in this world!

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