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Quote of the Day — Adam Levine Brags About Getting Laid

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“I felt like people only knew me as a singer who dated pretty girls. . . . A little bit of a bimbo. Maybe the reason I was promiscuous, and wanted to sleep with a lot of them, is that I love them so much. . . . I was the music dude that was naked all the time with the girls, and that’s fine. . . . But I wanted to create a little balance. When ‘The Voice’ came around, I thought, ‘People now know that I have a brain.'” The always douchey Adam Levine on the deep reason behind his man-whore syndrome.

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Dominic Monaghan on Lost Co-Star Matthew Fox: “He Beats Women”

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This story is so shocking I had to read it multiple times to verify it’s truth. When asked by a fan during a Q&A session to implore Matthew Fox to join twitter, his Lost co-star Dominic Monaghan simply said, “He beats women. No thanks. When a fan challenged his accusation, Monaghan continued, saying, “He beats women. Not isolated incidents. Often.” Monaghan clearly knows the rules of defamation, because when another fan explained the risk, he rightly asserted that you can’t be sued for defamation if you speak the truth. Ouch. If the story is true, then Dominic Monaghan is a bad-ass. And just for the sake of some good memories between these two actors, watch the clip below.

Wednesday

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Kathie Lee Asks Martin Short About His Wife — She Died 2 Years Ago

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I don’t know how something like this happens. I obsessively research everyone I interview for The Dishmaster, so it’s astounding to see someone with a much larger staff who doesn’t know that Martin Short’s wife died years before the interview. I have to hand it to Martin Short though — he clearly didn’t want to embarrass Kathie Lee by point out the mistake. But she sure did mess up. Watch below.

Wednesday

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Tyler Shields & Francesca Eastwood Chainsaw a Birkin Bag — Watch a Clip

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I can’t decide if Tyler Shields’ idea to chainsaw a $100,000 Birkin bag is brilliant or horrific. I understand the artistic impetus, but this isn’t the economic time to appreciate it. That being said, the most disturbing part in the clip below might really be that Tyler Shields is 30 and his girlfriend, Francesca Eastwood — is 18. I suppose her father, Clint Eastwood, can’t say much considering there’s a 35 year age difference between him and his wife.

Tuesday

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Quote of the Day — Jamie Lynn Spears Talks Teen Pregnancy

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“I was 16. I’d had one boyfriend. It doesn’t make it perfect or all right. But I was judged for something that probably most everyone does. I was young. I was in love. I was like every other teenager, except I had this last name.” Jamie Lynn Spears, on her very publicized teen pregnancy, and whether it was fair to judge her or claim she was “glamorizing teen pregnancy.”
 
 
 
 
 

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Friday

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The Dishmaster’s Vacation — Memorial Day Time!

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In an effort to celebrate Memorial Day and to restore what’s left of my sanity, I’m taking a much needed blogging break. Please miss me terribly, and come back on Tuesday. Thanks to all my loyal readers for the continued support and unwanted feedback. I love you guys!

Friday

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Howard Stern Dances on AGT with Savage Men — Hilarious

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How does Howard Stern continually top himself? The man is the world’s best improviser. After a group called Savage Men performed a wanna-be strip dance, Stern said, “I always think that women don’t like a physique like that. They like what I have.” After a challenge from the men, Stern got on stage to join them for a dance. Watch below.

Thursday

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What is Bain Capital? Should a Business Executive be President?

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Written By: Rik Sault, Contributing Editor


As the Obama campaign presses its attack on Mitt Romney’s career at Bain Capital, the one-term governor continues to defend, and even tout, his business credentials (you know, because he doesn’t really like to talk about his time as governor of Massachusetts). “Right now we have an economy in trouble, and someone who spent their career in the economy is more suited to help fix the economy than someone who spent his life in politics and as a community organizer,” Romney told Time magazine

So what is Bain Capital? Bain Capital is a Boston-based private equity firm that Mitt, a co-founder, helped grow into a $66 billion company. While he was at the helm, Bain invested in Staples, which grew from 1 store in 1986 to 1,100 stores in 1996 (in 2011, there were 2000 Staples stores). Other notable investments and acquisitions during Mitt’s time include Sports Authority, Domino’s Pizza, and Sealy (the mattress company). After he left Bain for good in 1999, Mitt got a sweet retirement package; he negotiated an agreement that allowed him to receive something called a “passive profit share” in certain Bain entities, and this deal brought him millions in annual income.

And what is a private equity firm? I don’t really know, but I think it works like this…. A private equity firm like Bain takes money from investors – ranging from pension funds to wealthy individuals – and pools all that money into a private equity fund (think Scrooge McDuck’s Vault). Then the firm invests that money and acquires companies. The goal of the firm is to turn a profit on the acquired companies by improving them, selling them, merging them, and so on. Those profits go back to the investors and the firm keeps a fee for managing the funds.

Romney has said that he created jobs while at Bain. It appears that he did make some jobs, by helping some companies grow, but he eliminated other jobs by dismantling or merging certain failing companies. Bain generally keeps a secret of how many jobs it creates as opposed to how many it eliminates. Its goal, of course, is to make money for its investors, not to create jobs.

Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric, recently appeared on Piers Morgan to support Romney and blast Obama’s economic record. Welch, who resembles a particularly scary leprechaun, was adamant that running a private equity company is great experience for a presidential candidate. He went on to explain that private equity saves broken companies which would otherwise go under, by investing in and reinvigorating them. Even Welch, however, admitted that Mitt may have went too far when he said that he created jobs. Welch explained that, generally, private equity does not create a lot of jobs, but instead it preserves good-paying, sustainable jobs by making failing companies profitable again.

So, because of his time at Bain Capital, Mitt claims to be a far more qualified steward of the economy than President Obama – who is seeing an economic recovery, but a very slow one.

Does Mitt’s business experience give him a better perspective on how to approach national economic policy? Or does Obama’s career in politics and government give him the right tools? I just don’t know. But I do know this, the Republicans’ unfailing icon – Ronald Reagan – had a pretty good run at boosting the economy – through tax cuts and Cold War spending, among other things. And he was no business executive. Actor, president of the Screen Actor’s Guild, ideal grandfather-face – this experience was all Ronnie needed.