Posts by Dylan Stableford

  • Netanyahu compares battle between Iran and IS to ‘Game of Thrones’

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 5 hrs ago

    During his controversial speech to Congress on Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made several unexpected references, including an apparent name-check of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

    “In this deadly ‘Game of Thrones,’ there’s no place for America or for Israel, no peace for Christians, Jews or Muslims who don’t share the Islamist medieval creed, no rights for women, no freedom for anyone,” Netanyahu said while comparing Iran to the Islamic State militant group. “So when it comes to Iran and ISIS, the enemy of your enemy is your enemy.”

    The prime minister’s pop culture nod did not go unnoticed.

    .@Netanyahu drops Game of Thrones in Congress speech on Iran #BibiSpeech

    I'm sorry, did Netanyahu just name-check Game of Thrones?

  • Hillary Clinton spokesman defends her use of personal email account as secretary of state

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 10 hrs ago

    Hillary Clinton’s spokesman says the former secretary of state did not violate federal records laws by using a personal email account when she was at the State Department.

    “Like secretaries of state before her, she used her own email account when engaging with any department officials,” Nick Merrell, Clinton’s spokesman, said in a statement Monday. “For government business, she emailed them on their department accounts, with every expectation they would be retained. When the department asked former secretaries last year for help ensuring their emails were in fact retained, we immediately said yes.”

    The statement comes in response to a New York Times report that Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure as secretary.

    According to the Times, 55,000 pages of emails were turned over to the department.

    But the Clinton camp bristled at the notion that it broke any rules.

  • Bill Clinton’s official portrait includes shadow of Monica Lewinsky’s infamous blue dress, artist says

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 1 day ago

    The artist who painted the official portrait of President Bill Clinton says he quietly included a reference to the Monica Lewinsky scandal — and the infamous blue dress — in his painting.

    “If you look at the left-hand side of it, there’s a mantel in the Oval Office,” Nelson Shanks told the Philadelphia Daily News. “I put a shadow coming into the painting, and it does two things. It actually literally represents a shadow from a blue dress I had on a mannequin, that I had there while I was painting it, but not when he was there. It is also a bit of a metaphor in that it represents a shadow on the office he held, or on him.”

    The revelation of Clinton’s affair with Lewinsky, a White House intern, created a firestorm in American politics and led to the president’s impeachment in 1998.

    The 77-year-old Shanks, who has painted everyone from Princess Diana to Pope John Paul II, said Clinton was the hardest.

    Last year, Lewinsky wrote publicly about the affair for the first time.

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  • ‘Unbelievable’: City of Cleveland blames 12-year-old Tamir Rice for his own death

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 1 day ago

    Supporters of the family of Tamir Rice are outraged over the city of Cleveland’s claim that the 12-year-old boy was responsible for his own shooting death.

    “It’s unbelievable,” Walter Madison, one of the Rice family’s attorneys, told the Washington Post on Monday. “There are a number of things that we in society don’t allow 12-year-olds to do. We don’t allow them to vote, we don’t allow them to drink. In court we don’t try them as adults. They don’t have the capacity to understand the consequences of their actions.”

    Benjamin Crump, Rice family co-counsel, told CNN that the family was “just in disbelief.”

    The Tamir Rice case literally makes me sick to my stomach


  • ‘World’s coolest dad’ builds Olympic-style luge track for his kids

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 1 day ago

    In a serious bid to become World's Coolest Dad, a New Jersey father turned his snow-and-ice-covered lawn into an Olympic-style luge track for his kids.

    Joseph Colangelo, 29, from Cranford, N.J., said he spent the last several weeks creating the 55-foot track outside his home.

    "[My neighbors] thought I was crazy for shoveling my yard," Colangelo wrote on Reddit. "They may have been right but at least now there's a sweet ride on our property."

    Colangelo, a father of three young children, said he built the walls during successive snowstorms and watered the track every day for nearly a month.

    The results, captured with a GoPro camera, impressed even jaded commenters.

    "Looks like you guys got some pretty good speed there," one wrote.

    "Awesome!" wrote another. "I can just imagine every other child in the neighborhood wonder [ sic ] why their own dads aren't so creative."

    "Dad of the year," another declared.

    An "insurance guy," though, offered a word of caution:

  • 20 Internet words that didn't exist when Yahoo launched 20 years ago

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 1 day ago

    Yahoo is celebrating its 20th anniversary on Monday, and plenty has changed in the world — and on the World Wide Web — since its launch in 1995.

    To commemorate two decades on the Internet, Yahoo News editors came up with a list of Internet-era words and phrases that didn't exist when the company launched. Among them: "blogs," "selfies," and even "social media." Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was just 10 years old when Yahoo came online, tweets were strictly bird noises (without character limits) and Tumblrs weren't missing vowels.


    Below, to show how the digital landscape has changed over Yahoo's tenure in the tech world, 20 words and phrases that came into existence or were popularized after Yahoo went live in 1995.





    Friend [verb] and Like [noun]

    Flash mob



    Internet meme




    Social media

    Text [verb]

    Sext [verb]






  • Dakota Johnson’s ‘SNL’ ISIS spoof stirs outrage online

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 2 days ago

    A “Saturday Night Live” commercial spoof is stirring outrage online over its depiction of a female high school graduate who leaves her family to join the Islamic State militant group also known as ISIS.

    The ad, starring “SNL” host and “50 Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson is a spoof of the Toyota commercial that portrays an Army-bound daughter being dropped off at the airport by her father. In the “SNL” version, though, the daughter is being picked up by Islamic militants in a Toyota pickup truck.

    “You be careful, OK?” says the father, played by Taran Killam.

    “Dad, it’s just ISIS,” she replies.

    When a teary-eyed Killam instructs one of the militants, played by Kyle Mooney, to “take care of her,” he replies, “Death to America.”

    As the truck drives away, a voice-over assures Killam: “ISIS: We’ll take it from here, Dad.”

    While the studio audience seemed to laugh, plenty of viewers at home didn’t find it so funny.

    Very distasteful of #SNL making fun of the Isis crisis on tonight's episode

  • 'American Sniper' juror watched movie but says it didn't affect judgment

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 6 days ago

    Potential jurors in the murder trial of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's accused killer, Eddie Ray Routh, were not disqualified for seeing "American Sniper," the Oscar-nominated movie based on Kyle’s book of the same name. And at least one of the 12 jurors who found Routh guilty in the murder of Kyle and his friend, Chad Littlefield, admitted he saw it.

    "It gave me a better outlook on Chris' role as a Marine," Barrett Hutchinson told ABC's "Good Morning America" Wednesday. "What the job entitled, a greater respect for it."

    But Hutchinson, who did not specify when he saw the film, said it did not affect his judgment.

    “You just put that to the side, and take in the facts and make your own judgment," Hutchinson continued. "I put the fact that Chris was a Marine out of my mind, and looked at Chris as a person, looked at Chad as a person, looked at Eddie as a person."

  • Worker seriously hurt in NYC partial building collapse, fire officials say

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 6 days ago

    Emergency workers responded to a partial building collapse on the west side of Manhattan Wednesday.

    A spokesman for the FDNY told Yahoo News that the three-story building, located on West 57th Street between 11th and 12th avenues, was under construction.

    One construction worker was transported to the hospital with serious but nonlife-threatening injuries, the spokesman said, as first responders continued to look for any other victims and assess the site.

    Aerial photos of the scene showed scaffolding collapsed onto a school bus parked outside the structure.

    It's unclear what caused the collapse. The NYPD spokesman said the department is investigating.


  • Jon Stewart mocks media questioning Bill O'Reilly's Falklands 'war zone' stories

    Dylan Stableford at Yahoo News 6 days ago

    Jon Stewart weighed in on the controversy swirling around Bill O'Reilly's Falklands War reporting on Tuesday, mocking the media for questioning the Fox News host's assertion that where he was covering the 1982 conflict — in Buenos Aires, Argentina — was a "war zone."

    “Really? We’re going after O’Reilly for exaggerating being in a war zone?” the "Daily Show" host asked, pointing out the "No Spin Zone" tagline of O'Reilly's cable news show. “Misrepresenting the zone he is in is kind of his hook.”

    Stewart presented a recent segment on O'Reilly's "Factor" which included a correspondent "who disproves global warming by wandering around Boston pointing at snow."

    Even Fox News' slogan — "Fair and Balanced" — is "a textbook case of trolling," Stewart quipped. "No one's watching them for the actual truth."