Akin no-show on Piers Morgan; Schakowsky: Akin ‘real position’ of GOP

Minn. Rep. Todd Akin has been announced as a guest on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.”

Earlier in the day, CNN had tweeted that Claire McCaskill would share her reaction to Akin’s comments on the show. However, the link embedded in the tweet appears to be broken.

She says she was "stunned" by the comments of @RepToddAkin. Tonight at 9, @clairecmc elaborates for @piersmorgan: http://t.co/VXUvrqyX #CNN

— Piers Morgan Live (@PiersMorganLive) August 20, 2012

Update: Piers Morgan opened his show speaking to an empty chair and referring to Akin as a “gutless little twerp.” The McCaskill interview was also pulled.

Akin is a no-show on Piers Morgan. CNN broadcasts image of empty chair. #election2012 pic.twitter.com/bZkaMewR

— Tim Hanrahan (@TimJHanrahan) August 21, 2012


In Akin’s absence, Morgan turned to Obama campaign national co-chair and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, who followed Michael Moore’s lead in calling Akin’s comments — which he retracted and which were condemned by the Romney campaign — the “real” position of the Republican party.

"The real positions of the Republican party have now been unveiled." @janschakowsky on the Republican party after @ToddAkin's comments.

— Piers Morgan Live (@PiersMorganLive) August 21, 2012

Here we go…Jan Schakowsky on Piers Morgan saying Todd Akin and Paul Ryan "two peas in a pod"…please @toddakin drop out of the race!

— Sarahtonin (@Sarahtonin0) August 21, 2012


Schakowsky on Piers whining she hasn't "heard Republicans criticize their own positions…with regard to reproductive rights." #moron

— Brian Guy (@ItsThatBriGuy) August 21, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/08/20/todd-akin-to-appear-on-piers-morgan-tonight/

Twitter congratulates Kentucky win

The Kentucky Wildcats have won the 2012 NCAA basketball tournament:

My dad & neighbors are going crazy and ringing bells because UK won. #congratsKentucky

— Miranda ♥ (@iimaBelieber) April 3, 2012

#CongratsKentucky The SEC now holds the national championship in all three major sports.

— Josh (@MelonCash24) April 3, 2012

#congratsKentucky on the game! Knew my wildcats would win! Love all the players :) so humble!

— becca alicyn (@Bec_Bec_Becca) April 3, 2012

#congratsKentucky I'm so proud to be born of Kentucky and raised a Wildcat tonight!!!!

— Roo (@RooGirl78) April 3, 2012


Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/04/03/twitter-congratulates-kentucky-win/

Lapdog Chuck Todd is having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day

When you’re weary, feeling small, and tears are in your eyes … avoid your Twitter replies. That’s Chuck Todd’s advice to his fellow media lapdogs, anyway. He’s having a rough time dealing with criticism of the MSM’s nestling itself cozily in the Obama Administration’s pockets, and he suggested to The Washington Post’s Chris Cilizza that, in order to maintain high self-esteem, pretending you’re not a hack is the way to go.

Conservatives were all too happy to take Pouty McPouterson to the woodshed:

Like your reporting? RT @chucktodd: not a good time to look at replies on Twitter. The partisans are slinging arrows without much thought.

— Shaun McDonnell (@McShauno) September 20, 2012

You sad, bro? @chucktodd

— Cuffé (@CuffyMeh) September 20, 2012

In which @ChuckTodd tells his fellow Beltway media types to avoid his twitter mentions. https://t.co/b3aFUDei Something wrong, Chuck?

— RB (@RBPundit) September 20, 2012


@ctsa @RBPundit @chucktodd Well, you know how it is. It's considered partisan to form an opinion based on known facts.

— Nancy (@FairTaxNancy) September 20, 2012

@chucktodd NBC berating anyone for being partisan is somewhat outrageous.

— Michael Ritchie (@KeyWestAuthor) September 20, 2012


@moelane Man did the JournoList boys & gals take @ChuckTodd's advice to retreat or what? They went indoors to hide behind their bylines.

— SMorton (@smorton101368) September 20, 2012

But not former Dem staffers or @WashMonthly writers. MT @CuffyMeh: Note to self–when @ChuckTodd says "partisans" he means "Republicans."

— David Henry (@imau2fan) September 20, 2012

@RBPundit @ChuckTodd That is so sad. We should all back off, he's such a upfront and honest guy! Here's a tissue to wipe that tear Chuck.

— Melissa (@AnitaNewPres) September 20, 2012

@chucktodd Wait. You're calling yourself non-partisan? Lol

— #WarOnLeftists (@corrcomm) September 20, 2012

@chucktodd @thefix And by "partisans," I mean people who disapprove of my failure to do my job. And by "carry on," I mean Obama's water.

— Diworsity (@Diworsity) September 20, 2012

Hack-check. RT @jeffemanuel: RT @CuffyMeh: Note to self: When @chucktodd says "the partisans" he means "the Republicans."

— Chris Ryan (@thestreeter) September 20, 2012



Ouch. Maestro? That’s your cue.

Hmmm … wonder what kinds of tweets Todd could possibly be avoiding today?

Watching @MSNBC on election night when @BarackObama loses… #ConservativePorn (cc: @chucktodd)

— Brent Teichman (@BrentTeichman) September 20, 2012

@rdbrewer4 If .@chucktodd wants to see a *partisan* he can look in any mirror

— Thomas Henderson (@aTomHenderson) September 20, 2012

@chucktodd @TheFix Becoming a whiner. The price of being biased.

— babcockp (@babcockp) September 20, 2012

I wonder if Chris Mathews legs are a tingle after that Univision Interview. @Chucktodd and et al must be in mourning #tcot #tlot

— Glenn Amurgis (@gamurgis) September 20, 2012

@chucktodd @nbcnightlynews Funny how MSM lapped up admin lies for so long. Today's reporters are gross caricatures of journalists.

— Tony C (@The_GBIC) September 20, 2012


@chucktodd @nbcnightlynews , No kidding,Lol, if you didn't have your heads so far up @BarackObama A&$, you would have known that 9 days ago!

— Markus Ivory (@Ivorymarkus) September 20, 2012

@chucktodd Obama "change DC" comment, WH lied about Libya attack, horrible Univision appearance. Sooo another bad day for Romney, right?

— Huckleberry Friend (@portdauphin) September 20, 2012

@chucktodd How come you won't show the Obama's redistribution tape but you can show the Romney one evern though its missing minutes.

— Stephen (@KrayonPundit) September 20, 2012

@chucktodd @nbcnightlynews Hey Chuck, you needed the White House tell you that? Wasn't obvious to you? Guess the "news" comes str8 fm WH!

— John Q. Citizen (@Gyro321) September 20, 2012

@JoeNBC @chucktodd Could u focus more on 4 dead Americans and administration changing its story and lying or will Friday be more about 47%??

— terri carroll (@terrisuecarroll) September 20, 2012

@chucktodd "The partisans are slinging arrows without much thought." Sounds like MSNBC coverage from Tampa.

— Tim Graham (@TimJGraham) September 20, 2012

@chucktodd @nbcnightlynews I'm sure they feel terrible that the investigation hasn't fit your news cycle.

— Derek Young (@DerekMYoung) September 20, 2012

Several Twitterers took the opportunity to ask Todd if he’d give any airtime to Obama’s admission of failure:

@ChuckTodd: How will NBC spin Obama's admission that he's a failure? Or Rice/Carney lies about terror attack?

— Depoguy (@depoguy) September 20, 2012

Odd. @chucktodd hasn't tweeted about Obama's monumental gaffe. Weird, right?

— RB (@RBPundit) September 20, 2012

Never fails. When Obama makes a gaffe @chucktodd tweets sports and hits Romney at same time. https://t.co/6r42WBiE

— joe warner (@jwarner180) September 20, 2012

@chucktodd when are you going to report on the MAJOR Obama gaffe today?

— Ben (@ben_woods15) September 20, 2012

Man. With those kinds of demands for media accountability, it’s no wonder Todd wants to hide out in the doghouse!

So @chucktodd says after Obama gaffe (can't change Washington) , "don't tweet me, bro!"

— TrevorTrainer (@TrevorTrainer1) September 20, 2012


Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/09/20/lapdog-chuck-todd-is-having-a-terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad-day/

9 Scientific Hacks To Help You Get Over Jet Lag

Make the most of your trip by beating jet lag once and for all.

If you’ve ever travelled more than a few timezones in a few hours, you’ll know that jet lag is terrible.


Waking up in the middle of the night and feeling sleepy and hungry at the wrong times can be all sorts of annoying when all you want to do is explore a new city, or have to be on top form during a work trip.

It happens because your body’s internal clock gets all out of sync.


Every cell in your body has its own circadian clock, and they’re all regulated by a central one called the suprachiasmatic nucleus in the hypothalamus region of your brain. When you skip time zones, it sends these little clocks out of whack.

The good news is external signals help regulate your internal clock, and you can use that to your advantage.

Your hypothalamus judges what time it is by the signals your body sends it, which is mostly based on light, but also when you eat.

Here are some things you can do to help your body adjust and get over jet lag as quickly as possible.

1. Start to shift your body clock before you go anywhere.

Professor Richard Wiseman, author of Night School (Macmillan, 2014), recommends making use of the days before you travel.

There’s some evidence that starting to get up earlier in the few days before traveling east can alleviate some of the horrible fuzziness jet lag brings. A study of 28 people in the Journal of Biological Rhythms found that bringing sleep forward an hour a day for three days and exposing participants to bright light in the morning meant they could advance their sleep pattern without losing out on alertness.

If you’re going west instead of east, you need to delay your sleep pattern, to try sleeping in an hour later per day for the three days before you travel.

2. Adjust your watch as soon as you get on the plane.

Getty Images/iStockphoto BrianAJackson

And try to do whatever you would at that time. “If it is time to sleep, get your head down. If it is dinner time, eat something,” writes Wiseman.

3. If you need to sleep on the plane, avoid sitting on the sunny side.

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Sun Flight


It’s going to be hard to convince yourself to sleep if you have bright daylight streaming in through the window next to you. You can use the website Sun Flight to check where the sun will be during your flight to book the best seat.

4. Know whether to seek out or avoid light when you get to your destination.


As a general rule, if you’ve travelled east you’ll need to avoid morning light but make the most of it in the afternoon, says Wiseman. If you’ve travelled west, try to expose yourself to light throughout the day.

If you want to get really detailed, the University of Michigan has created an app called Entrain that can take your normal sleep schedule and travel schedule and tell you exactly when you seek out bright light and when to avoid it.

5. Use sunglasses to control your light exposure.

In a New York Times article, Steven Lockley from NASA’s fatigue management team, recommends wearing sunglasses during a flight if you need to sleep, and at the airport once you arrive if you need to.

For example, on an overnight flight from New York to London, Lockley says you should wear sunglasses for the entire flight and until 11am local time, to help yourself adjust. Don’t seek out bright light right away, because your body thinks it’s the middle of the night and you’ll just exhaust yourself.

6. If you really need to nap when you get there, make sure you time it right.


Between 1 to 2pm in your new timezone is the best time for this, Wiseman told BuzzFeed.

7. Melatonin supplements could help you control your sleeping patterns.

Getty Images Jack Hollingsworth

Melatonin is a hormone that regulates your body’s sleep and wake cycles. “Research suggests that daily doses of melatonin can help alleviate jet lag, and that short-term usage seems to have few negative side effects,” writes Wiseman. A Cochrane review of the evidence found that melatonin is “remarkably effective” at preventing or reducing jet lag.

Obviously, though, you should consult your doctor before taking any medication.

8. If your trip is short, it might not be worth trying to adjust at all.

“Adjusting to a new local time takes about half a day per time zone if you are flying east to west, and two-thirds of a day per time zone if you are flying west to east,” writes Wiseman.

If your trip is only a few days anyway, you’ll just be getting on local time as you leave to go back home – and have to do it all over again.

Read more: http://www.buzzfeed.com/kellyoakes/why-jet-lag-is-so-terrible-and-what-you-can-do-about-it

Hypocrisy: Piers puts pic with violence-glorifying Snoop on Twitter profile

When Snoop Dogg isn’t tweeting lists of reasons he wouldn’t vote for Romney (including ‘bitch got a dancing horse) or ideas about teaching his child’s peewee football team how to smoke weed, he is hanging with his new buddy Piers Morgan. As Twitchy reported, the BFFs chatted it up on “Piers Morgan Tonight” on Thursday. Best buds! The rapper is turning reggae artist and has a new track titled “No Guns Allowed.

My buddy @snoopdogg > RT @jhalliday11 @piersmorgan best gangsta rapper of all time?

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 23, 2013

Now, Piers has made a photo of him and the rapper a centerpiece on his Twitter profile.


Twitter users can’t help but note the rapper’s past and the blatant hypocrisy being exhibited by Piers “Musket” Morgan, the gun-grabbing ghoul.

And don’t get me wrong. I love Snoop. Anyone who has seen me at karaoke knows this. But I’m not carving a niche around banning guns, am I?

— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) March 23, 2013

cc: @benshapiro RT @benhowe: You know he spent a LOT of time rapping about shooting ppl, right? MT @piersmorgan: My buddy @snoopdogg

— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) March 23, 2013

I wonder if @piersmorgan asked Snoop if he was going to give up his guns, because we all know that ain’t gonna happen!

— Lauren Coker (@MamaLC3) March 23, 2013

.@piersmorgan you rage against guns, but yet you have Snoop Dog in your profile. #gangsta #tcot #Hypocrite

— The Morning Spew (@TheMorningSpew) March 20, 2013

Love @piersmorgan and his Twitter profile picture with Snoop Dogg. Snoop neverrapped about guns or violence so Piers is okay with it…

— The Sports Dude™(@ImTheSportsDude) March 23, 2013

Your “buddy” Snoop Dogg has made millions from music that glorifies shooting people. Have you no shame? @piersmorgan

— Jerome Hudson(@JeromeEHudson) March 24, 2013

Hey @piersmorgan, this is your buddy Snoop Dogg: “shoot the curb and together we’ll shoot ‘em up. Together we’ll shoot ‘em up (Bang bang).

— Jerome Hudson(@JeromeEHudson) March 23, 2013

Also, from your “buddy” Snoop Dogg, “Geah, an’ motherfuckers wanna know who shot Cyrus?Nigga I shot Cyrus!” Poor Cyrus. @piersmorgan

— Jerome Hudson(@JeromeEHudson) March 24, 2013

Michael Moore is going to be devastated when he hears about your new friendship with snoop “I shot Cyrus” Dogg. @piersmorgan

— Jerome Hudson(@JeromeEHudson) March 24, 2013

Are you a hypocrite who pals around with gangsta rappers, desperate for ratings, or both? @piersmorgan

— Jerome Hudson(@JeromeEHudson) March 24, 2013

Just tell us which side of your mouth we’re supposed to be listening to, okay? Thanks. @piersmorgan

— Jerome Hudson(@JeromeEHudson) March 24, 2013

I’m not sure if the Sandy Hook families will approve of your “buddy” relationship with a rapper who glorifies shooting people. @piersmorgan

— Jerome Hudson(@JeromeEHudson) March 24, 2013

That’s alright. He clearly doesn’t  care about them. He only cares about using them and dancing on the backs of the dead to further an agenda.

And his own floundering career.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/03/23/hey-why-does-piers-morgan-have-photo-with-gun-loving-violence-glorifying-snoop-dogg-as-twitter-profile/

Twitter rumor mill: Has Assad “abandoned” Syria?; Updated



Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone is the Vatican’s number two official.

Not many newspeople are up tonight, but an Italian Twitter user has already tipped the Wall Street Journal:

@WSJ President Assad left Syria tonight,according to Vatican source.Is it true?

— Roberto Savarese (@rsavarese2006) March 11, 2012

A French independent journalist is also awake and asking questions:

Le Vatican, via le cardinal Bertone @CardBertone annonce que #Assad aurait quitté la #Syrie. Quelqu'un d'autre peut confirmer ?

— Liliane Langellier (@LaLangelliere) March 11, 2012

For what it’s worth, this piece says “Assad is firmly in charge of Syria,” according to “U.S. intelligence:”

One year after the unrest in Syria started President Bashar Assad is still firmly in control of his country, US intelligence services say, despite their leaders claiming his regime is doomed.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, three US senior intelligence officials have said Assad holds a strong position in Syria and his inner circle is also very determined to back the cause and remain “steadfast,” AP reports.

The U.N.’s Kofi Annan had been scheduled to hold a second meeting with Assad after being rebuffed earlier Saturday:

A U.N. official in Syria says envoy Kofi Annan will hold a second meeting with the country’s President Bashar Assad to discuss proposals for stopping violence and starting a political dialogue.

In his talks with Assad on Saturday, Annan made several proposals but was rebuffed by the president who rejected any immediate negotiations with the opposition.

The official said Annan is scheduled to meet again with Assad Sunday before heading to the Gulf state of Qatar. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.

Activists said fresh violence erupted again in Syria’s northern Idlib province.

UPDATE: The Bertone Twitter account is apparently fake:

Le Twitter account du Cardinal Bertone @CardBertone est un FAKE. Je l'ai signalé aux autorités compétentes et aux medias catholiques.

— Liliane Langellier (@LaLangelliere) March 11, 2012

Someone’s got a lot of time of his/her hands to be faking the Vatican Secretary of State’s Twitter identity…

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/03/11/president-assad-has-left-syria/