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Jamie Lynn Spears Sings a Song for Britney — “I Look Up to You”

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I’ve always had a thing for Jamie Lynn Spears. Whenever she appeared in interviews, I found her to be the hotter sister with a better personality. That’s not to knock Britney, it’s merely to point out that I never understood why she didn’t also become a massive sensation. My guess is that she didn’t want it. I realize she got pregnant as a teen, but she always pursued a career outside of super-stardom. Sure she had a show on nickelodeon, but she only shot it for a portion of the year and then returned home for the rest of it. It appears she’s finally begun to dabble in a music career by performing songs at local Nashville venues. Watch her sing, ‘I Look Up to You.”

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Oprah Interviews The Kardashians — Asks Kim the Sex-Tape Question

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Though many might feel different, I never get tired of the Kardashians. I love looking at pictures of Kim’s gigantic ass, mostly because I’m a moderate lesbian that enjoys curvy women (that’s a joke . . . sort of). But every time they do an interview, no one asks Kim the key question that everyone wants to know — until now. Watch the promo below, and see Oprah say, “Would you be where you are had there not been a sex tape?”

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Friday

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Friday

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Hulu’s The Morning After — Unfunny & Ridiculous?

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Perhaps The Dishmaster is a humorless curmudgeon, but I came across The Morning After on Hulu and was so put-off by the shameless, unfunny jokes that I had to post it. This is what happens when someone else is writing bad jokes for another person that can’t deliver them. Watch below, and try not to figure out why I’d take the time to post something that I think is terrible. I suppose it’s the same reason I lick my lips when they’re chapped.

Wednesday

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Bloomberg Might Ban Soda — Will it Help Obesity?

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Written by: Rik Sault, Contributing Editor

I’ll have a double whopper with fries and two itty-bitty root beers please.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on large sodas and sugary drinks was submitted to the board of health on Tuesday. If passed, the ban will take effect in 2013 and be the first of its kind in the country. (Under Bloomberg, NYC has also outlawed trans fats in restaurants and forced chain restaurants to include calorie counts on their menus.)

The proposed drink ban prohibits serving soda or other “sugary” drinks in containers larger than 16 oz – the size of an American pint glass — in NYC’s restaurants, food trucks, stadiums, and movies theaters. The ban would not apply to diet sodas, nor would it extend to drinks sold in grocery or convenience stores that don’t primarily sell carry-out food. Businesses violating the proposed ban would face fines of $200 per failed inspection.

Health advocates and city officials applaud the measure, saying that it will save both lives and money. A spokeswoman for the mayor declared that “sugary beverages are a key driver of the obesity crisis that is killing 5,800 New Yorkers and costing the city $4 billion annually.”

Soft drink companies and restaurants and are less enthused, however. Coca-Cola executives have said that Bloomberg’s ban unfairly singles out and demonizes its industry, and that it is overly simplistic. The complex issue of obesity, says Coke, requires a more sophisticated approach, one which addresses everything from diet and portion sizes to promoting exercise among children to increased parks and recreation spaces. Based on some NYC polls, a slim majority sides with Coke — 54% think that the “super-size drink ban” is a bad idea — while 42% favor it. Many folks on the street, frequently interviewed by local news stations, feel that the ban unduly infringes on their power to choose. “This is America,” they say, “and if you want a 20-oz Mountain Dew, or even a 32-oz Sprite, that’s your prerogative!

In spite of the opposition, however, at least one NYC political commentator says that the ban is a done deal. The measure will not be put to a public vote, or even a city council vote. The NYC board of health, made up of Bloomberg appointees, has the authority to pass the ban after a three-month public comment period.

I find Coke’s cries that Bloomberg is unfairly picking on “the industry” to be unavailing; companies like Coke and PepsiCo generally sell more than soda, and even a substantial portion of their sodas are diet. Under the proposed ban, restaurants and other effected vendors are free to sell all soda in 16oz containers, and there is no ban on giant diet sodas, so I would still be able to have a 32 oz. Pepsi Max with my New York pizza so long as the proprietor carries that particular product.

Maybe this ban on sugary pop will encourage Coke and other companies to produce better diet soda options, and distribute them more widely. That would be great! There needs to be greater efforts in providing me with a palatable diet ginger ale or, dare I say it, grape soda.

Sources say that Coke is actually set to start testing mid-calorie, or light, versions of Fanta and Sprite in select cities in coming weeks. I am intrigued by the advent of light sodas. Pepsi Next, for example, has some sugar (actually, high fructose corn syrup) mixed with some artificial sweetener (you know, diet) making it only 40 calories per serving (see also Dr. Pepper Ten). I find that this combination sharply reduces the “diet” flavor that many folks detest.

But I am left wondering if the Bloomberg ban will apply to these “light” sodas. They are part diet, after all.

Wednesday

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Real Housewives of Orange County Finale: Vicky v. Tamra — Epic Fight

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Have you ever been screamed at by an insane person for your poor behavior and actually wondered whether you were losing your mind during the fracas? Such is the case with the epic fight between Vicky Gunvalson & Tamra Barney on the upcoming season finale of The Real Housewives of Orange County, when Vicky loses her mind while admonishing Tamra Barney for disrespecting Vicky’s incredibly creepy boyfriend, Brooks Ayers. Watch a clip from the episode below. And Vicky, if you’re reading this, just know that if you feel the need to stomp the ground in defense of your boyfriend, then there’s probably some merit to the criticism.

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Richard Belzer Does Hitler Salute — Is Hitler Funny?

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Richard Belzer got in trouble for doing a Hitler salute during a TV festival in Monte Carlo. The Jewish comedian later dismissed the controversy by insisting it was merely a joke.

In case you’re not aware, The Dishmaster is Jewish, and to prove that poking fun at Hitler can actually be funny, I’ve posted a clip from John Cleese’s legendary British show, ‘Fawlty Towers.’ In it, you’ll see Cleese inappropriately impersonate Hitler while courting a group of German guests at his hotel. The episode is extremely famous for it’s catch-line, “Don’t mention the war.” Watch below.