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Ellen crashes Twitter thanks to a gaggle of friends and some crafty product placement

The Star Wars Trilogy was playing last night on Spike TV, but apparently some awards ceremony called the Oscars was also playing at the same time. And as host of the Oscars, Ellen DeGeneres naturally commingled with the audience that was full of Oscar hopefuls.
 
Early in the show, Ellen took the opportunity to whip out a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone to take a selfie with a virtual Who’s Who in Hollywood including Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, and Kevin Spacey.


But, that’s no big deal, right? Celebrities pat themselves on the back all the time. However, once Ellen posted the image to Twitter to share with her nearly 27 million followers, the “selfie” took on a life of its own. The photo seen around the world was enough to crash Twitter for roughly 20 minutes (to which Twitter apologized).

 
As of this hour, the photo has been retweeted 2.5 million times, setting a new record. The previous record hold was a photo of Michelle and Barack Obama after the President won reelection in 2012. That photo garnered only 781,000 retweets.

Sources: Twitter, NPR



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RE: One of the best moment
By MrBlastman on 3/3/2014 3:39:50 PM , Rating: 1
I never said I was disgusted by Ellen's existence. Where did I say that? Quit putting words in my mouth, troll.

I'd be happier if the LGBT community would be quiet, not parade in our faces their lifestyle and see no need to "come out." I don't "come out" that I am straight.

Finally, Marriage should only be decided by churches and religious institutions. Civil Unions should be required to be granted by the State for ALL couples wishing to unify, be them straight, gay or whatever (thus receiving equal treatment under the law and tax code). If they want to take it to the next step and call it marriage, then they should go to a church.

If you're gay--great! Keep it to yourself. That's how I see it and have no problem with people that do just that.

What I was doing was defending Reclaimer's "bull dike" comment. He's free to make it as often as he pleases. Political correctness needs to be destroyed.


RE: One of the best moment
By Samus on 3/3/2014 7:32:08 PM , Rating: 2
Since you're straight, you better keep it to yourself. No holding hands with your wife in public, and God forbid you kiss her in front of your kids, then child services is going to take them away from you.

I'm not gay but I can imagine that's what it feels like. Try hanging out with a few gay friends outside of the gayborhood and you'll eventually see what they have to deal with.

It's a civil rights violation that two people can't get married, plain and simple. I don't see what gender has to do with it. It's no different than the Jim Crow laws that prevented blacks from marrying whites, even though they were opposite sex.

The hate in this country is just ridiculous. We are the greatest country in the world and have long been looked up to for setting the score for decency. Now we have states like Arizona and people who still flaunt the confederate flag (a symbol of slavery) like its ok, and that holds us back as a nation.

Legalize gay marriage, legalize drugs, and legalize (but properly enforce distribution of) guns. I don't see how this is more than 6 hours of legislation.

The day after all that crap is fixed, focus on military spending (which is out of control and completely mismanaged) and reallocate that spending to education like every other country in the world has since World War 2.

Then the day after that, lets under Clinton's de-regulation of banks, repeal "No Child Left Behind" and put pressure on schools to focus on vocational programs again, not just math, science, and reading.

This is what I was elected officials to focus on. Not healthcare and "stand your ground." That kind of stuff is a decade-long tie-up that will never get fixed because its too complicated, and in the power of the state, not the federal government.


RE: One of the best moment
By TheEquatorialSky on 3/3/2014 9:29:25 PM , Rating: 2
Most dissenters aren't against homosexuals engaging in committed relationships recognized by the state. Most dissenters are against changing the definition of a word so a subgroup can ramrod acceptance of their culture onto greater society.

Keeping the definition of marriage intact isn't violating anyones' "civil liberties." Homosexuals are treated equally under civil unions. They can file taxes jointly, adopt children and seek legal recourse during separation.

The government has no business saying who can get married any more than they can determine who can have a bar mitzvah. These are cultural institutions outside the scope of government jurisdiction.

As to your other points:
* The U.S. isn't the greatest country in the world by any objective standard
* The "Confederate Flag" (i.e. Battle Flag of No. VA) isn't a symbol of slavery
* Government spending is out of control and completely mismanaged
* The U.S. already spends the most per pupil. You want to double down?
* Boosting vocational programs will just dilute their earning power, as with college education.


RE: One of the best moment
By Samus on 3/4/2014 1:49:08 AM , Rating: 2
You are disconnecting yourself far too much from what religion is to believe the world Marriage isn't universal, because it is.

The result is a conflict within Christian denominations, particularly between conservative (ie Evangelical) and progressive (ie Episcopal) where the latter will marry gays under Christianity, violating the Evangelical's beliefs.

My argument was in direct concern to religious freedom. If a homosexual couple wants to be married under their faith, then no other church, even those based off the same beliefs, should intervene. The Catholic church is caught in the middle with many gay followers that can't 'officially' be married under Catholicism, although many priests are doing it.

I'm not going to list the hundreds of technical differences between a marriage and a civil union, so here they are:

http://www.glad.org/uploads/docs/publications/cu-v...

You, like most people, don't seem to realize there are a ton of differences at the federal level. What do you think this battle is over, the word marriage, or the lack of portability, family benefits, and termination (there is no divorce protection if you are not married.)

As far as your other points go:

*A Patriot is entitled to his opinion, but facts are facts, there is more general freedom and potential for success in the United States than anywhere else, which is why we continue to have the largest demand and longest waiting list for immigration in the world.

*The Swastika was a symbol of good luck and peacefully used in Buddhism for thousands of years. What does it represent now? It doesn't matter where the flag originated, because in the end, it represented the South in the Civil War, which was more than anything about slavery.

*The defense budget is the largest single portion of our fiscal spending. The only other country in the world that spends more GDP on defense is Saudi Arabia. We spend more on defense than every other industrialized country in the world combined. Take a look at the F-35 program and tell me the military isn't grossly mismanaged. Fixing this is the first logical step to giving government spending and overall government mismanagement.

*So what's your solution to education? Spend less?

*That is the most ridiculous argument I've ever heard. Vocational programs from architecture/drafting to welding are dying in the public school sector. Studies show schools without vocational programs have lower math, science and reading scores regardless of their income bracket, attendance or neighborhood, simply because students aren't receiving a constructive approach to diverse education. Simply put, not everyone is interested in the curriculum so maybe the curriculum should include things people are interested in. If we don't fix this, we will fall even further behind than we already have in developing and innovating.


RE: One of the best moment
By JediJeb on 3/4/2014 10:50:32 AM , Rating: 2
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It doesn't matter where the flag originated, because in the end, it represented the South in the Civil War, which was more than anything about slavery.


Slavery was a secondary issue in the Civil War. The Civil War began over States Rights versus Federal Rights. Slavery was not just an American problem, it was and still is a Global problem. There are still millions of slaves in the world, they just aren't mostly coming from captured African peoples being put to work on plantations. Slavery existed even before the ancient Egyptian culture. Even if the South had won the Civil War I doubt you would see slavery there today since technology would have made it too expensive to own slaves versus using machines to do the work. By the late 1800s even McCormick's Reaper would have started to make slavery unprofitable.

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So what's your solution to education? Spend less?


Better to spend wisely than to spend more. Schools have become too focused on social engineering and need to return to education as their main focus. Just last week it was reported a school made it "illegal" for kids to share cupcakes with their classmates if they brought them in their lunch. The fact that the kids display a sharing attitude to me vastly outweighs the fact that what is being shared is a cupcake. Instead of instilling an attitude of cooperation and friendship between the children, rules like this tell them it is better to be selfish and keep their selfless attitudes to themselves. No wonder we have a generation of self absorbed, unfocused kids coming into the workplace now.

Teach kids to read and write, to do math and science, to learn about their history, and to learn the Constitution and how government works so that they know they can influence how this nation governs itself instead of believing that government is some kind of supernatural all knowing entity that knows what is best for them. They need to realize that government is just people, people just like them who actually learned enough about it to be involved in it for good or bad reasons.

quote:
You are disconnecting yourself far too much from what religion is to believe the world Marriage isn't universal, because it is.

The result is a conflict within Christian denominations, particularly between conservative (ie Evangelical) and progressive (ie Episcopal) where the latter will marry gays under Christianity, violating the Evangelical's beliefs.

My argument was in direct concern to religious freedom. If a homosexual couple wants to be married under their faith, then no other church, even those based off the same beliefs, should intervene. The Catholic church is caught in the middle with many gay followers that can't 'officially' be married under Catholicism, although many priests are doing it.


Since Christ himself stated that marriage was a union between one man and one woman and had been since the beginning, those that do not follow that are not holding to their title of "Christian" since that term means a follower of Christ's teaching. It is like saying that you believe in capitalism, big business, small government, self governance and personal freedom and calling yourself a Socialist or Fascist or Communist. The belief and title just do not go together.

Marriage has existed outside of Christianity, and follows different rules depending on the culture, but if you want to follow different rules, you must claim to be a follower of that culture that accepts the rules you want to follow.

Since marriage is tied to Religion, then according to the separation of church and state, government should have no dealings with marriage, therefore they should offer no benefits of any kind based on marital status. Allow the definition of marriage to fall under the churches/religious associations and respect each of their beliefs. No forcing one to accept the others rules. No forcing conservative Christians to accept homosexual marriages and no forcing religions that believe in polygamy into accepting monogamy. The government should not care if someone has five wives as long as there is no benefit from the government related to that fact. No filing taxes jointly, no deductions for number of children, no rules on divorce(let it be handled by their faith leaders).

Either we accept all definitions of marriage or we accept the original, once words begin to be redefined on a constant basis they lose their meaning entirely.

As for an earlier mention of legalizing drugs, no, just no, our country is full of enough deadbeats and brain dead people already we don't need to create more.


RE: One of the best moment
By Reclaimer77 on 3/4/2014 10:46:03 AM , Rating: 2
So marriage is a right? Funny but I thought the State had to issue a marriage licence before a marriage was legally recognized.

Wouldn't that make it a privilege?

Just food for thought. But trying to turn everything into a civil rights issue is a bit tiring. I can't believe someone as intelligent as you likened thus to segregation. Come on!

quote:

Legalize gay marriage, legalize drugs, and legalize (but properly enforce distribution of) guns. I don't see how this is more than 6 hours of legislation


You just brought up Democracy, then say this? What about those who don't agree, shall they have no voice?

Seems you feel you have a moral imperative to shape our culture and country how you would see fit. No offense, but history has shown this thinking is often the most dangerous, and destructive.


RE: One of the best moment
By thurston2 on 3/3/2014 9:06:06 PM , Rating: 2
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I'd be happier if the LGBT community would be quiet, not parade in our faces their lifestyle


I feel the same about religious folks.


By TheEquatorialSky on 3/3/2014 9:30:23 PM , Rating: 2
I feel the same about pretty much everyone.


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