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Michael O'Neill

is a graduate of Murray State University and a Freelance Writer residing in Chicago. He is a lover of politics and history, hater of radio and misspelled words. He dreams of living in a cabin and writing famous novels. Cliché much?

Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in new Superman/Batman movie

Fans and critics react with quizzical stares and question marks

Jesse Eisenberg, famous for his portrayal of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has been cast as the chrome-domed villain Lex Luthor in the upcoming Superman movie.

Other than the initial outcry by fans and critics, even casual fans are taken aback by this decision. Eisenberg seems to represent everything Lex Luthor is not, and vice-versa. The matchup will definitely be a difficult one and it will be up to Eisenberg himself to win over viewers with his performance.

Fans were pushing for a more traditional version of Lex Luthor and hoping for Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston or even Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz. Both of which would have been much better fits on the surface. Cranston can easily play the crazed, bald villain to a tee. Waltz on the other hand would bring a sort of evil genius, conniving aspect to the role.

Eisenberg is characterized by his slightness, mild demeanor and awkwardness in a “Michael Cera type of way.” How he pulls of Superman’s notorious villain will be anyone’s guess.

Director Zack Snyder made the decision to cast Eisenberg, stating:

“Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940. What’s great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He’s a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions.”

It will surely be quite the departure from previous interpretations of Luthor.

The new Superman/Batman crossover movie will contain both storylines of the classic comic book characters; an interesting concept to say the least. Ben Affleck is already scheduled to portray Batman himself.

The film is currently untitled and is set to release in May 2016.

Suspicious white powder found near Super Bowl stadium; bomb squads on site

Hazmat teams fear envelopes may contain deadly chemicals

An unknown source has mailed several envelopes containing a suspicious white powder to hotels surrounding the site of this year’s Super Bowl.

More than five hotels have received the same envelope, including the Renaissance Meadowlands Hotel, Homestead Inn, Econo Lodge and others around MetLife Stadium.

Bomb squads and hazmat teams were called in to investigate the suspicious contents.

Another envelope was sent to former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani’s consulting firm in the Rockefeller Center. Roughly eight people were detained and held for decontamination after the envelope was opened and found to contain the same type of white substance.

Police have yet to decipher where the envelopes came from and if the powder is dangerous. Sources close to the scene suggest that one or two of the envelopes may have been filled with harmless baking soda or corn starch. The other powders have yet to be confirmed either way.

Police fear the substance could contain Ricin, Anthrax or another harmful chemical.

Federal officials state that they believe the same source is responsible for all of the letters. Workers of the scene are going through extensive tests to isolate and decontaminate potential threats.

This year’s Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will be held on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

iPhone 6: 3D pictures, wireless charging and “magic” home button

New designs will revolutionize the face of the iPhone brand

Rumors have rapidly circulated this past week about the upcoming iPhone 6. Though it seems like just yesterday the iPhone 5s and 5c were released.

The iPhone 6 is rumored to have a completely new overhaul of previous versions. The biggest changes will come to the overall design of the iPhone.

The new design will likely have a wraparound screen, which means there will not be a border around the screen. The larger screen will see an increase in width and length. Sources have said that the screen will be anywhere from 4.7-inch to 6-inch display. Designers may push to have a full 1080p HD resolution as well.

Another feature that will surely bring joy to iPhone users is the wireless charging feature. This means no more searching for outlets and plugging in your phone. Instead, your iPhone only has to be within a certain distance of a charging station to receive a charge. This will eliminate the short iPhone cables and the necessity to wait by an outlet while your phone charges.

The new processor will likely have a quad core A8, which would make it the best processor on the market. The new iPhone 6 will probably be coupled with the release of the iOS 8 software update.

Other important changes will be eye tracking technology and a 13-megapixel camera that will allow users to take 3D pictures.

The iPhone 6 will contain a premium liquid metal casing which will make it even more slender than the iPhone 5s. The entire bottom border of the phone can be used as the home button as well. This is called the “magic” home button as there isn’t really a button at all. Simply tapping the bottom of the screen brings you back to the home screen.

The official release date of the iPhone 6 has not been announced, but insiders suggest it could come as soon as June. Other sources claim we will have to wait until later in September of this year.

Huge changes coming to Facebook

Users will be allowed to use anonymous fake names

The Facebook we all know and love may seem quite different in the coming months. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday that he may allow users to register anonymously.

Facebook set itself apart from MySpace because users had to register with his/her real name. This created a personalized social aspect that other social media sites lacked. There were less random friend requests, less creepy stalkers with weird names and more of a genuine connection with other users.

Now it appears Facebook will jump on the anonymous bandwagon and follow the leads of other anonymous success stories like Twitter and Instagram.

Zuckerberg stated, “I don’t know if the balance has swung too far, but I definitely think we’re at a point where we don’t need to keep on only doing real identity things. If you’re always under the pressure of real identity, I think that is somewhat of a burden.”

This will be a significant change to the way Facebook is designed. Many apps allow, and even prefer, you to login with your Facebook account, but with anonymous users this may become more difficult.

It seems like Facebook is feeling the pressure from Snapchat, Twitter and even its own Instagram. These anonymous sites have ballooned in recent years and it appears Facebook doesn’t want to be left behind or seen as an old juggernaut slowly dying out.

Once relying on a real authentic identity to reach a mass audience, Facebook will be rolling the dice with this major decision.

We could see a snippet of this new change coming next week when Facebook unveils Facebook Creative Labs and a host of new apps. 

Death penalty for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

The United States will prosecute Tsarnaev to the fullest extent

Attorney General Eric Holder will seek the death penalty for the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

The decision was announced today with Holder stating, “After consideration of relevant facts, the applicable regulations and the submissions made by the defendant’s counsel, I have determined that the United States will seek the death penalty in this matter.”

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, along with his brother Tamerlan, was responsible for detonating a bomb near the end of the Boston Marathon last April. The explosion killed three people and wounded 260 more.

Tsarnaev was captured during a shootout after he fled the scene. His brother was shot and killed while hiding.

Prosecutors have levied 30 different charges against Tsarnaev, 17 of which can be charged with the death penalty.  

The Boston bomber pleaded not guilty to one of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil in nearly a decade.

U.S. attorney Carmen Ortiz says, “The case will now continue to proceed through the pretrial process and the next scheduled court event is a status conference set for February 12, 2014.”

Attorney General Holder went on to say that “The nature of the conduct at issue and the resultant harm compel this decision.”

It seems likely that Tsarnaev will in fact receive the death penalty in this case. 

Deport Justin Bieber petition to be addressed by the White House

“We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked.”

Justin Bieber may have overstayed his American welcome. A new petition that has been circulating entitled “Deport Justin Bieber,” has now reached over 100,000 official signatures.

The White House directly responds only to petitions that have reached its self proclaimed 111,000 signature threshold. The petition was created less than a week ago.

Under its own rules the White House will have to accept or refuse the petition based on its merit.

The Deport Justin Bieber petition reasons, “We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive, and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked. He is not only threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nation’s youth.”

The singer has racked up misdemeanors as of late, including vandalism, driving under the influence and resisting arrest.

It remains to be seen when the President will take action on the petition or how serious he may look over it. Bieber is not an American citizen and is only in the country through a government issued visa, which can be revoked at any time.

A counter petition from Bieber’s fans has also been released. Sadly for Bieber, this petition has less than 2,000 signatures.

Could it be true? Is this your chance to rid Bieber from our system? Would you sign the Deport Justin Bieber petition? So many questions.


Michael Grimm, Republican Congressman, threatens to throw reporter off balcony

“Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this f***ing balcony!”

Michael Grimm, speaking after President Obama’s State of the Union address, threatened a reporter saying, “I’ll break you in half. Like a boy.”

Grimm is the Republican Congressman from New York’s 11th district. He is currently under investigation for his campaign finance dealings during the last election. The reporter, Michael Scotto, asked the Congressman about the investigation when Grimm immediately became volatile.

Grimm is quoted as saying, “Let me be clear to you, you ever do that to me again I’ll throw you off this f***ing balcony!” Grimm apparently only wanted to talk about the State of the Union.

Grimm went on to physically and verbally intimidate the reporter before backing off. He later released this statement:

“I was extremely annoyed because I was doing NY1 a favor by rushing to do their interview first in lieu of several other requests. The reporter knew that I was in a hurry and was only there to comment on the State of the Union, but insisted on taking a disrespectful and cheap shot at the end of the interview, because I did not have time to speak off-topic. I verbally took the reporter to task and told him off, because I expect a certain level of professionalism and respect, especially when I go out of my way to do that reporter a favor. I doubt that I am the first Member of Congress to tell off a reporter, and I am sure I won’t be the last.”

Grimm went on to apologize to the reporter, which Scotto promptly accecpted.

Pete Seeger, folk legend, dies at 94

The man who touched millions of lives with his music and social activism

Pete Seeger, America’s last folk troubadour passed away on Tuesday surrounded by his family. He was 94 years old.

Seeger is best known as the folk icon that helped define the genre dating back to the 1930’s. Together with Woody Guthrie, the two shaped American roots music. Seeger wrote and sang mostly folk ballads about social change, the working class and spirituals.

He was known for popularizing the five-string banjo, as well as the 12-string acoustic guitar. He traveled the country throughout the depression playing songs to anyone who would listen. He sang simple songs that caught on quickly with the working poor.

After a stint as a touring musician in the Army during World War II, Seeger was blacklisted during the 1950’s for his communist views. He was banned from television and radio. He instead turned to college campuses where his brand of social activism meshed with the up and coming generation of young baby boomers.

His biggest hits included “Goodnight, Irene”, “If I Had a Hammer” and “Turn, Turn, Turn.” He is also famous for his interpretation of the old spiritual “We Shall Overcome,” which became the anthem for the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s.

He was a hero to artists who would go on to be much more successful than himself, including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and the Byrds.

Still playing until the day he died, Seeger was a champion of conservation. He made it his goal to clean up the Hudson River in his home state of New York. In 2008 he played at President Obama’s inauguration alongside Springsteen.

Even after his brand of traditional folk music fell out of favor, his reach spanned beyond just the music. Dave Matthews stated that “he made me want to be a better person.” He helped legitimize the music festival scene across America and was able to infuse music with a purpose.

Pete Seeger died in the hospital with his family by his bed singing songs.


Justin Bieber resists arrest, bail set at $2,500

“What the f*** did I do?”

Justin Bieber ran up against the law again early Thursday morning when he was arrested in Miami for drunken driving and resisting arrest. Bieber was pulled over at 4 a.m. and was said to be street racing and under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

America’s favorite pop star failed a sobriety test and reportedly admitted to the police that he was also under the influence of marijuana and prescription drugs. According to police reports, Bieber allegedly yelled “What the f*** did I do? Why did you stop me?” at the officers on scene.

Bieber’s car was registered at nearly 30 mph over the speed limit and was unable to provide authentic proof of license. Through bloodshot eyes Bieber was uncooperative with officers’ requests to search the car for any paraphernalia. The singer is quoted as belligerently saying, “I ain’t got no f***ing weapons. Why do you have to search me? What the f*** is this about?”

Just like the rest of us, Bieber was handcuffed and jailed. Sitting in a court room in an orange prison uniform his bond was set at $2,500. Some of the night’s escapades were documented on Bieber’s Instagram page.

This story comes on the heels of the pop star’s $20,000 felony vandalism charge last week when he “egged” his neighbor’s home. Police issued a felony search warrant and seized Bieber’s phone and cameras for evidence.  

It seems America’s Bieber Fever has caught a cold. 

Jen Selter: Instagram's most famous butt

Internet sensation takes the world by storm one photo at a time

Jen Selter, the new Instagram sensation, has taken her career (and her derrière) to new levels after inking a sports management deal with The Legacy Agency.

Selter achieved international fandom with her more than two million Instagram followers, 200,000 Twitter followers and nearly half a million Facebook followers. The story charts back to a single photo posted on her Instagram that showed off her curves and physical attributes.

Selter is represented by the same agency that is home to Reggie Bush, Troy Aikman, Johan Santana and other high profile sports figures. Even though she has no training or certification in physical fitness training she has been paraded about as a fitness guru by her agent Andrew Witlieb, even going so far as to dub her “the next Jillian Michaels.”

The Legacy Agency is pursuing entertainment endorsements for videos, DVD’s, books and even a spot at the Super Bowl.

Jen Selter is still just a 20-year-old New Yorker with not much to back up her newfound stardom. Relying solely on her back end, Selter has found a way to sew together a mass following using social media and a series of seductive photographs.

While everyone continues to drool over Instagram’s finest, Selter has raked in the money and the exposure. Her path forward is likely to include modeling and TV appearance deals, while every personal trainer in the country scratches their head, wondering where they went wrong. 

For pics and news about Jen Selter here’s a link to her official website. Or whatever you fancy. http://jenselter.com/