This super heavy extra shot of WTF edition of xoNews is sprinkled with just a little bit of something that won’t make you hate the world. So, for the bad news -- according to Time, it’s a bad time for feminism, things are also probably about to get worse in Ferguson and Russia has a whole bunch of terrifying plans. Plus, an update on Honey Boo Boo’s mother, June, that might make you realize your parents were not nearly as bad as you thought they were -- is that sort of good news?
Okay, the actual good news is that there might be something even better than the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks and gas prices are going down.
What do you think of Time’s poll to get rid of the word feminism? Have we had enough? Is everyone using it wrong? Can anyone come up with a word, term or hashtag to replace the word feminism? Chat that up in the comments or any other news story. And you can always follow me on Twitter @AmandaLauren.
Sorry Not Sorry: Time Readers Literally Hate The Word "Feminist"
For four years now, Time has asked readers which words they think should be banned. Previous winners include twerk, OMG, and YOLO. Here is a list of the currently nominated words and expressions:
I can’t even
Om nom nom nom
Said no one ever
Sorry not sorry
WTF? Right. And if you have no idea why they have issues with words that were popular way before the Internet, like disrupt, they’ll explain:
If you need help deciding (or a little background on the words), see our blurbs below the poll, in which we’ve channeled the type of person who would like to see each nominee launched into the deepest, darkest, most hopeless eternity from whence there is no salvation nor return.
So, why the hate for the word feminist?
You have nothing against feminism itself, but when did it become a thing that every celebrity had to state their position on whether this word applies to them, like some politician declaring a party? Let’s stick to the issues and quit throwing this label around like ticker tape at a Susan B. Anthony parade.
As of Thursday morning, feminist leads the poll with a 51% vote.
Ferguson, Missouri Prepares for Darren Wilson Verdict
Ferguson is preparing for chaos when Darren Wilson’s verdict is read, which could be any time this month. Wilson is the cop who shot and killed Michael Brown. Quick refresher: in late August, Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man, and his friend Dorian Johnson were walking in the middle of a residential street when a white police officer, Darren Wilson, pulled up and told them to walk on the sidewalk. What exactly happened next depends on who you ask. According to Johnson, Wilson grabbed Brown by the neck and shot him. He said,
At no point in time did they struggle over the weapon because the weapon was already drawn on us.
“Josie,” a friend of Wilson’s, told CNN (who confirmed her statement matched the police report) a different story:
Michael just bum rushes him, and just shoves him back into his car, punches him in the face and then of course Darren grabs for his gun and Michael grabs the gun. At one point he's got the gun totally turned against his hip, and then he shoves it away and the gun goes off.
Both sides agree on one thing -- Brown ran away and came back, but disagree on whether he came back to surrender or attack the officer. Protests have consumed Ferguson and the surrounding areas ever since.
A grand jury is currently determining Wilson’s fate, which could be first-degree murder, second-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter or voluntary manslaughter. The jury can also add a charge of armed criminal action. There are 12 members of the jury and nine of them must agree to indict Wilson on a criminal charge.
Jay Nixon, the governor of Missouri, is very concerned and has been working “around the clock” planning on how he will keep people safe after the verdict is read. He told reporters,
In the days immediately following Michael Brown's death, peaceful protests were marred by senseless acts of violence and destruction. Vandals smashed the windows of small businesses. Criminals looted and set fire to stores. Gunshots and Molotov cocktails endangered citizens exercising their First Amendment rights and law enforcement attempting to maintain peace. That ugliness was not representative of Missouri, and it cannot be repeated. These measures are not being taken because we are convinced that violence will occur, but because we have a responsibility to prepare for any contingency. This is America. People have a right to express their views and grievances, but they do not have the right to put their fellow citizens or their property at risk.
While Nixon did not reveal the exact details of the plan, he said there will be a “unified command” of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, St. Louis County Police, St. Louis Metropolitan Police and possibly the National Guard.
Honey Boo Boo’s Mom: It Gets Worse
Several weeks ago, it was reported that June Shannon, star of now-shelved TLC reality show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" was caught dating convicted child molester Mark McDaniel. McDaniel was convicted of molesting Shannon’s own daughter, Anna Cardwell, who is now 20.
If you thought it couldn’t be any worse, Shannon has now revealed that the father of two of her daughters, Jessica and Lauryn, is Michael Anthony Ford, a convicted child molester best known for his 2005 appearance on another reality show -- "To Catch A Predator."
Shannon told "Entertainment Tonight" when asked why her children didn’t know who their real father was:
Why the hell would I open up that can of worms until today? I lied to my family and told them it was somebody else.
But don’t worry, if things don’t work out with her current beau, McDaniel, Shannon can't exactly resume her relationship with Ford anytime soon, because he won’t get out of prison until 2026.
In the interview, when asked if she believed McDaniel molested her daughter, Shannon said that she believed “something happened,” but told her daughter not to bring up the past. Shannon also admitted that she has not read the court documents relating to Anna’s case, which reveal exactly how her daughter was molested.
Lots of Bad News Coming From Russia
On Tuesday, NATO released information that Russia sent troops, tanks, and military equipment over the border to Ukraine to aid the separatists. Russia is denying this action.
But wait, there’s more. Russia is not happy with the US’s involvement with Ukraine. So, they are planning to send long-range bomber flights over the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, which are very close to territorial waters of the United States.
In a statement to the press, Russian defense minister Sergey Shoigu said,
In many respects, this is connected with the situation in Ukraine, with fomentation of anti-Russian moods on the part of NATO and reinforcement of foreign military presence next to our border. Under these conditions, the formation of full-fledged and self-sufficient forces on the Crimean peninsula is a priority task. In the current situation we have to maintain military presence in the western Atlantic and eastern Pacific, as well as the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.
· Chestnut Praline is the new Pumpkin Spice. After two years of development (I swear I can’t make this up), on Wednesday, Starbucks released their newest seasonal beverage. This will accompany other favorites including toffee nut, gingerbread and eggnog.
· Good news for drivers! Gas is officially under $3 per in some states. The government predicts the average price for a gallon of gas will be $2.94 in 2015. This is because the average price of a barrel of crude oil is expected to shrink down to $77.75 from $95. Honk your horns if you’re excited to be able to afford your gas and Chestnut Spice Latte!
· Mike Beebe, the governor of Arkansas, announced 25 executive pardons he plans to grant -- including one for his own son, Kyle, 34, clearing him of felony marijuana charges from 2003.