|11.26.14 at 9:48 am ET|
Here are the highlights from Wednesday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with John Dennis and guest hosts Rob Bradford and Jon Meterparel. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
— Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still’s young daughter was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer, in June. According to the girl’s mother, Channing Smythe, Still has not paid his daughter’s child support for the last four months. Still and Smythe split four years ago after their daughter was born.
The hosts had a tough time believing that Stills was having that much trouble paying for his daughter, especially after he recently made public appearances with her.
Said Bradford: “Here’s a weird thing about that is that you have this guy who is constantly seen with his daughter. And bringing her to places, doing things, and we see it all of the time. How is that possible, the whole time, without giving any child support? That seems bizarre.”
“It seems antithetical,” replied Dennis. “If he’s willing to go from Cincinnati to Delaware every week and spend quality time with her, wouldn’t the easy part be writing a check every month?”
“What, he shows up and she says, ‘Hey, where’s my money?’ ” asked Bradford.
Said Meterparel: “That’s what I’m waiting for, where’s the next layer of this story, he’s broke. He’s making $507,000 a year, which isn’t much by NFL standards. So clearly there might be a disconnect there.”
— While there have been many protests following the decision to not indict the police officer in the controversial Ferguson case over the shooting of Michael Brown, one African-American man took his voice to YouTube. Charles Patrick Furguson spoke his mind about general race relations, the legal system and police relationships with other African-Americans.
Most of his thoughts go against the grain about how most people feel about the situation at hand, saying a lot of the issues do not lie with the police but with individual people who give the police a reason to arrest them.
The hosts ran a large chunk of the clip and all but applauded the man’s opinions.
“You know what’s amazing about that?” asked Bradford. “Everything. If you watch it, it’s clearly not being read off a script.”
Said Dennis: “There’s no notes, he doesn’t look down once. That is off the top of his head.”
|11.25.14 at 8:09 am ET|
— Foxwoods has cancelled a future Bill Cosby show in wake of the sexual assault allegations against him, but there are shows still scheduled to go on in Boston and Worcester in February.
“If I already had my tickets, and I don’t care if I paid $200 for them, I wouldn’t go see this pig,” Dennis said.
“Doesn’t he have a right to perform, though?” Callahan asked.
“Yeah, he does, and I have a right not to go watch him,” Dennis replied.
“Exactly. Shouldn’t the marketplace determine who goes to see him,” Callahan responded.
— On a Fox News live broadcast from Ferguson, Missouri, shots were fired while Steve Harrigan was reporting on Monday night, following the ruling of there being no indictment for Ferguson officer Darren Wilson. Harrigan kept yelling at his crew to move back.
“So the commissioner, or the chief said no shots were fired by his guys, not one. Who is shooting, and what are they shooting at?” Callahan asked.
“They are just shooting into the air. It’s a Palestinian thing. Haven’t you seen that in Palestine,” Dennis replied.
There were a number of buildings set on fire in the town following the ruling, some still burning into the morning.
“I guarantee you there would not have been 25 fires lighted during the daylight hours,” said Dennis. “They are much more effective at night, right? That’s like bon-fires at pep rallies.”
“You’d never light a fire at 9 a.m.,” Callahan replied.
— Jennifer Gable, 32, a transgender women of Twin Halls, Idaho, died unexpectedly last week. Friends of Gable were horrified to see her dressed as a man with short hair and a suit at the open-casket funeral. Jennifer was born a boy named Geoffrey.
The online obituary made no mention of Jennifer, and the photo that was used appears to be of Geoffrey when he was a teenager.
“Do you blame the parents?” Callahan asked. “It must be a tough time anyway.”
“It’s not their choice,” Dennis replied.
“Yes, I do,” countered Minihane. “It’s someone who chose to live her life that way.”
|11.21.14 at 8:45 am ET|
— President Obama worked around Congress and used an executive order to protect millions of illegal immigrants in the United States from deportation. During his address to the public Thursday night, Obama said the immigrants would be temporarily protected and could “come out of the shadows.”
Said Minihane: “It’s over. We are joined, thanks to the 44th President of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, for making this happen.”
“You mean the 44th-best President of the United States,” replied Dennis.
“He’s definitely one of the 44 best,” said Minihane.
Replied Callahan: “Yeah, he’s in the top 44.”
The hosts said Obama overstepped his bounds and did something the public didn’t want to happen.
“There’s nobody for it,” said Callahan. “There’s like no one for it. No one can defend it. He has not much support on this one.”
“[Joe] Biden thinks it’s stupid,” added Dennis.
The hosts then played a segment of Obama’s Thursday night address. He offered a safe life, at least temporarily, for people who meet qualifications he laid out, especially ones who have had children in this country.
“It’s a good deal, think they’re going to take it?” asked Minihane.
Said Callahan: “All you’ve got to do is cross the border, have a baby, you get to stay.”
— A report completed by the American Sociological Review found that most people are OK with gay couples as long they don’t show public displays of affection. Of 1,000 people surveyed, 70 percent were in favor of equal rights for gay couples, although only 55 percent only approved of a gay couple kissing in public.
Said Dennis: “I would say this, they should have every right to have public displays of affection. But don’t you feel awkward when you see some guy down his girlfriend’s throat? Get a room.”
“Forget gay couples, when straight couples make out it’s uncomfortable,” agreed Minihane.
“What makes it worse is if they’re doing a public display of affection to get a reaction, whether it’s heterosexual or homosexual,” said Dennis.
Said Callahan: “It is awkward, that’s what people are saying. Awkward to see public displays of affection between two guys. Two girls it’s OK, two guys it’s weird. … It’s not uncomfortable, it’s confusing [for young kids.]”
— Glenn Beck ranted Thursday after he alleged The Associated Press “raped” Bill Cosby with its treatment of him. During an interview with the AP, Cosby asked a sympathetic reporter if he could disregard and edit out the part on sexual assault allegations. The section of the interview eventually was made public, and this incited an angry Beck.
“A fool that Beck is,” said Minihane.
“You can’t blame the media in this case because there are victims going on the record telling their stories,” said Callahan. “People are turning on recorders and cameras and saying, ‘Tell me your story.'”
Said Minihane: “To the AP reporter’s point, there were no guidelines set before the interview, Cosby talked about it, the cameras were rolling and they played it.”
|11.20.14 at 8:25 am ET|
— Another person has come forward accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault, as Tamara Green, 66, is the fifth person to now come forward accusing Cosby of sexual assault.
“I didn’t know how far he was going to take it, he had drugged me, I thought he could do anything, I thought he could kill me,” Green told Mail Online.
“Is there a question that the two of you have that you could share to me about this whole situation, when is the legal system going to drop the hammer on this pervert? Is it the statutes of limitations?” Dennis asked.
“They are reluctant to press charges,” Callahan replied. “They were reluctant 10 or 15 years ago. … You think the people 10 or 15 years ago are going to step forward and say, ‘arrest that man?'”
— The hosts continued yesterday’s discussion of CNN host Don Lemon’s interview with another one of the Bill Cosby sexual assault accusers, Joan Tarshis, who said she was forced to perform oral sex on Cosby. Lemon said there could’ve been a way for her to not perform the act, using her teeth as a ‘weapon.’
— On Nov. 6, Cosby gave a video interview with the Associated Press and was asked about the accusations. Cosby never really responded and then following the interview asked the reporter to “scuttle” the segment about the rape allegations, as he believed the interview had ended. The AP has released the video.
“What a manipulative piece of garbage,” Dennis said.
“He’s just a monster,” Callahan replied.
— Michael Phelps‘ girlfriend Taylor Lianne Chandler revealed she was born a boy and was named David Roy Fitch. She was born with both sets of reproductive organs and she identified as a boy until her teenage years.
Phelps is currently in currently in rehab, as well as serving a six-month suspension from USA Swimming after his second DUI in late September. She said she told Phelps via email and he’s yet to respond.
“Well, I’d rather be Phelps than Cosby today, I’ll say that,” Dennis said.
|11.19.14 at 8:56 am ET|
Here are the highlights from Wednesday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, Gerry Callahan and guest host Mike Mutnansky. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
— CNN host Don Lemon had an interview with another one of the Bill Cosby sexual assault accusers, Joan Tarshis, who said she was forced to perform oral sex on Cosby. She claimed, like many others, that Cosby drugged her. Lemon said there could’ve been a way for her to not perform the act, using her teeth as a “weapon.”
Said Callahan of Lemon: “This guy’s out of his mind.”
“How does he have his job?” asked a stunned Minihane.
Said Mutnansky: “You’re a TV star, isn’t there a producer most of the time in your ear. Like some producer saying, ‘Maybe don’t go down this road about biting this guy’s crank off.’ … Give me a break.”
“Don Lemon, I think he’s almost embracing this madness, though,” said Minihane. “I don’t know how well it’s going to end.”
Replied Callahan: “That’s the last hope of someone who actually watches CNN. Anderson Cooper isn’t getting it done.”
— People magazine named its annual Sexiest Man Alive this week. The hosts had differing opinions on who should take the title, but the winner turned out to be actor Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor in “The Avengers.” He beat out finalists Chris Pratt and Matthew McConaughey for the award.
Callahan said he liked how McConaughey was a final candidate.
“That’s a good choice, but he’s a little too trendy right now,” Callahan said
“Too skinny now, too. I like a man with a little beef,” replied Minihane. “I like a little beef, something to love. Isn’t McConaughey too skinny?”
Said Callahan: “He was, I don’t know that he still is. He was skinny for a part, for a role.”
When Callahan found out the winner was Hemsworth, he could not think of more than one character the actor played: “What else is he besides Thor?”
Said Minihane: “He was in that Ron Howard movie, the race car movie Ron Howard did. Remember that?”
“No,” replied Callahan.
— Charles Manson’s fiancee’s mother said she will not attend the couple’s upcoming jailhouse wedding and won’t buy the two a gift for their marriage. Afton Elaine Burton, 26, plans to marry the criminal, and her mother, Melissa Burton, does not exactly approve.
After hearing a clip of Afton Elaine talking, Minihane was a bit skeptical of her as person.
“Could you, like, hang out with her?” asked Minihane.
“No. I don’t think Manson is spending a lot of time with her either,” replied Callahan.
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