“Rage Against the Machine” guitarist Tom Morello is no fan of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), despite the candidate naming him as one of his favorite musicians.
For the second time this campaign season, Morello took aim at the conservative congressman, telling Hollywood Reporter that he think’s Ryan’s a “jackass.”
“[Rage] is a band that casts the nets really wide, and that’s part of the strength of the band,” he’s quoted as saying. “People are drawn to it by the music, the aggression, the rockingness of it, and then they’re exposed to different ideas. Paul Ryan was a jackass before he listened to it, came out a jackass at the end, so he missed a lot of it.”
Morello added that in 2008, he “drank a little bit of the kool-aid” and supported President Barack Obama, but now he’s disappointed. “It looked different than any other president, sounded different than any other president, and then he acted the same as all the other presidents. If you have war crimes on your record, and you still continue to suck at the corporate teat like he does — my hopes were higher.”
He went on to credit the “Occupy Wall Street” that swept the globe last year with placing income inequality on the front page of The New York Times in the midst of a heated election season. “It’s just no okay, when some people are starving to death, and others have six yachts or whatever,” he said. “[That] shit’s not cool.”
Morello said in August that Ryan seemed to have missed the whole point of most “Rage Against the Machine” songs, after Ryan told The New York Times that Rage was among his favorites. “I wonder what Ryan’s favorite Rage song is?” the rebel rocker wrote in a Rolling Stone op-ed. “Is it the one where we condemn the genocide of Native Americans? The one lambasting American imperialism? Our cover of ‘Fuck the Police’? Or is it the one where we call on the people to seize the means of production? So many excellent choices to jam out to at Young Republican meetings!”
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Australia’s former Olympian Matt White on Saturday confessed to being a part of the deepening Lance Armstrong doping conspiracy and quit his roles with Australian pro cycling team Orica-GreenEDGE and Cycling Australia.
White, 38, admitted to being part of a general strategy of doping when he rode on the Armstrong-led US Postal Services team from 2001 to 2003.
He announced he was stepping down from his jobs as the sports director of the emerging Australian professional team Orica-GreenEDGE and coordinator of Cycling Australia’s men’s road racing programme.
“I am sad to say that I was part of a team where doping formed part of the team’s strategy and I too was involved in that strategy,” White said in a statement.
“My involvement is something I am not proud of and I sincerely apologise to my fans, media, family and friends who trusted me and also to other athletes in my era that consciously chose not to dope.”
White’s confession comes amid fallout from the widening scandal, with Armstrong having been stripped of his seven Tour de France victories and banned from all sport for life after a long investigation by the United States Sports Drugs Agency.
White was named in USADA’s findings from evidence submitted by former teammate Floyd Landis, who has been central to the inquiry, reports said Saturday.
In the USADA report Landis — who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title for doping — gave evidence that White took the blood booster EPO and testosterone, The Sydney Morning Herald said.
In a development late Saturday, White said he had decided to stand down from his positions.
“Given my admissions, I have been in contact with my employees and will be voluntarily standing down from my positions with the National Men’s High Performance Programme with Cycling Australia, and as a Sports Director with GreenEDGE Cycling while inquiries into my case are conducted and the Board of Cycling Australia and GreenEDGE make a determination regarding my future with each organisation,” he said in his statement.
“I will be refraining from making any further comments until this process has run its due course.”
The Orica-GreenEDGE team said it supported White’s decision to stand down from the team.
“The management of GreenEDGE supports Matt White’s decision to step down from his position with the team during the process of evaluating his involvement in the revelations put forward by the recently released USADA report,” the GreenEDGE team said in a statement.
“We hope for a quick and clear resolution of this issue and will await the decision of the relevant authorities.”
Armstrong, who denies taking banned substances, has been accused by USADA of being at the heart of “the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme” ever seen in sport.
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Lady Gaga was feeling under the weather before her show in Spain on Sunday. Her management team told TMZ she has been battling the flu for the past couple of days — and after the concert, it was pretty evident she probably should have stayed in bed.
The pop star was in the middle of performing her hit song "Edge of Glory" when she paused and bent over to vomit, with her back to the crowd. Literally seconds later, Gaga was back to dancing and singing. Many in the crowd probably didn't even notice that it happened.
Moments later in the video, Gaga can be seen bending over to throw up again. Then she pukes for a third time seconds later, each time getting right back to her routine with ease.
"Was praying nobody saw but actually its quite a good laugh if u need one!" Gaga tweeted after the show.
Sources "close to Gaga" tell TMZ that the star has recovered from her illness and is doing fine.
Here's the video of the Gaga blowing chunks at her concert in Spain. (Warning! Not for the squeamish):
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