Cruz to the Future with the Ted Cruz Colouring Book… And Other News

Ted Cruz Colouring Book

Finally a comic colouring book about a real superhero: Ted Cruz!

Just in time for Christmas, Really Big Coloring Books, best known for their Islamophobic 9/11 children’s tales, has released a new comic colouring book featuring U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. The colouring book is described as “a non-partisan, fact-driven view of how Texas Sen. Rafael Edward ‘Ted’ Cruz became a U.S. senator and details, through his quotes and public information his ideas for what he believes will help America grow.” It also states that Ted Cruz’s failed stand against the Affordable Care Act “was so important because millions of citizens believe Obama Care is worse than any war. At least American soldiers have weapons with which to defend themselves.” Wait, is this a colouring book for children or a colouring book for illiterate Tea Party members? Think Progress

Clooney UkraineGeorge Clooney has a new non-Darfur, non-cocktail waitress related pet project: the Ukraine. The movie star released a one-minute YouTube video on Monday in support of the anti-government protesters in Ukraine. “We here in the United States have great affinity for those seeking democracy,” Clooney says in the video. “We learned through trial and error that true democracy cannot exist without a free and fair and honest election.” Praising the “brave citizens of Ukraine who are struggling to look forward and not back,” Clooney called on President Viktor Yanukovych to listen to the people of Ukraine, and hold “free and fair elections.” Or just send in more riot police. Either one works. MSNBC

saturday-rebecca-black-friday-sequelYesterday was Friday, today is Saturday! Or at least it is in Rebecca Black’s latest hit Saturday, the follow-up to 2011’s much-beloved/mocked Friday. Following the release of Friday, which was unanimously agreed upon as the worst song ever, Black left her California high school to be home-schooled after she was bullied for her music video. But things are about to change because… it’s Saturday! The viral star released her new video for Saturday on YouTube and it’s already racked up millions of views. Slightly more edgy than Friday’s waiting for the school bus theme, Saturday features plenty of twerking – just in case you needed the reminder that it was made in 2013. While not as offensive to the ears as Friday, Rebecca Black still doesn’t have anything on Canada’s Rojo Caliente. CTV News

Yingluck out of luckThai protesters finally got the best of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. After refusing to resign, Yingluck has caved amid country-wide protests and dissolved the nation’s parliament, calling for new elections. The anti-government protesters have accused Yingluck of running a puppet government – the pupper being Yingluck and the puppet master being her brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was removed from power by the military and convicted of corruption… The opposition parties are no fan of Yingluck and her powerful connections either. Thailand’s main opposition party announced its members would resign from Parliament and join the antigovernment demonstrations. New York Times

Singapore RiotRiots in Ukraine, riots in Thailand, and now riots in… Singapore? The notoriously obedient country experienced a rare riot on Sunday, sparked by the death of an Indian national. A 33-year-old man was hit and killed by a private bus in Singapore’s little India district (also known as hell on earth), prompting 400 foreign workers to take to the streets. The rioters set police cars and an ambulance on fire and threw railings at the police. 27 people were arrested and 18 people (mainly police officers) were injured after the Sunday incident. Police say it was the first rioting in Singapore for more than 30 years – which is not surprising considering the punishment is up to seven years in prison plus caning. BBC News

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