Category Archives: Pants on Fire

Lance Armstrong Confesses To Doping In Oprah Interview

Lance Armstrong. Sigh.

 

For over a decade, Lance Armstrong vehemently denied to using performance enhancing drugs during his cycling career. Now he has finally come forward to the truth in an interview with Oprah Winfrey set to air on her OWN network. There had been much speculation about what their interview would entail,  ABC News and USA Today are confirming, citing some unnamed sources, that Armstrong let the cat out of the bag on Monday for the taped interview.

An anonymous person familiar with the situation didn’t discuss specifics of  what Armstrong said, but reported to CNN that he was emotional at times throughout the conversation. Armstrong sent a text to the Associated Press early Saturday morning saying: I told her (Winfrey) to go wherever she wants and I’ll answer the questions directly, honestly, candidly. That’s all I can say.”  And we’re sure she did.

 

The taping session began around 2 p.m. in Austin, Texas, after they finished Oprah tweeted,Just wrapped with @lancearmstrong More than 2 1/2 hours . He came READY!” She is scheduled to appear on ‘CBS This Morning’ on Tuesday to discuss the interview, which as she has said will be edited down to 90 minutes.

The disgraced cyclist gathered with about 100 Livestrong Foundation staffers at their Austin headquarters for a meeting where he issued a sincere and heartfelt apology.” “It generated lots of tears,” spokeswoman Katherine McLane said, adding that he “took responsibility” for the trouble he has caused the foundation. He was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from the sport for life by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in October 2012. A government source tells ABC News that Armstrong is now talking with authorities about paying back some of the US Postal Service money from sponsoring his team. He is also talking to authorities about confessing and naming names, giving up others involved in illegal doping. Well, I guess now is as good a time as ever to start snitching.

Boo-effing-HOOO.

 

The “no-holds-barred” interview will air Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on OWN. This is going to cut into ‘Scandal’ . so I”ll catch the first hour of it.

Will you be watching Lance squirm and cry?

 

Rage Against The Machine and Silversun Pickups Not Happy About The Romney Campaign Using Their Music

Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello and that one a-hole.

Photo: Coffee Party News

Mittens Romney and his new running mate Paul Ryan have been in the headlines all week, and somehow I think they might welcome these. Anything to distract us from those tax returns, right fellas! In a story published by The New York Times, it was revealed that Ryan is a big fan of the band Rage Against The Machine (collective eyeroll commences NOW). He also likes the band Filter, which I imagine he head-bangs to while doing his P90X workout.

RATM’s guitarist Tom Morello was none too pleased to hear about this and wrote a scathing op-ed for Rolling Stone saying that Ryan was “the embodiment of the machine out music rages against.” He went on to say,

I wonder what Ryan’s favorite Rage song is? Is it the one where we condemn the genocide of Native Americans? The one lambasting American imperialism? Our cover of “F*** 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!…..

Don’t mistake me, I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta “rage” in him: A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment. Basically the only thing he’s not raging against is the privileged elite he’s groveling in front of for campaign contributions.”

The Silversun Pickups raged against the Romney/Ryan ticket too, sending a cease-and-desist letter to the campaign asking them to stop using their song “Panic Switch” at events. “We don’t like people going behind our backs, using our music without asking, and we don’t like the Romney campaign,” frontman Brian Aubert wrote. “We’re nice, approachable people. We won’t bite. Unless you’re Mitt Romney! The lyrics to the song ironically describe Romney’s whole campaIGN, Aubert pointed out.

“When you see yourself in a crowded room/Do your fingers itch, are you pistol-whipped?/Will you step in line or release the glitch?/Can you fall asleep with a panic switch?

Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul sent the Huffington Post the following statement:

The song was inadvertently played during event set-up before Gov. Romney arrived at the location. As anyone who attends Gov. Romney’s events knows, this is not a song we would have played intentionally. That said, it was covered under the campaign’s regular blanket license, but we will not play it again.”

Inadvertently played? Do they just hook up an iPod to a radio and hit shuffle? Ugh, these people. This isn’t the first time that musicians have asked or demanded that candidates stop using their music. Tom Petty asked Michele Bachmann to stop using his hit “American Girl” when she was still bothering us earlier this year, and the Foo Fighters wanted John McCain to stop using “My Hero” during his 2008 run.

It’s not always Republicans that get targeted, Sam Moore of Sam & Dave asked then candidate Obama to not use their song “Hold OnI’m Comin” during campaign rallies in 2008. I can’t fault Paul Ryan for having surprisingly good taste in music, but he might be keeping his playlist to himself from now on.

‘American Idol’ contestant Jermaine Jones to Get the Boot

Los pantalones en el fuego.

Photo: FOX

In a surprising turn of events, American Idol contestant Jermaine Jones will be dumped from the competition because he concealed “multiple crimes.” Reportedly, Jones was charged with two crimes in 2011, one involving violence. In both arrests, Jones gave a fake name to police.

Because he didn’t reveal his criminal past and outstanding warrants to Idol producers, Jermaine will be disqualified from the show on Wednesday night’s broadcast. Jermaine was bought back by the judges when the final Top 13 were being formed. He was in the Bottom 3 last week, but Jeremy Rosado was sent home by the judges. No word yet on whether Jeremy or any other singer will be bought back to the show.

TMZ is reporting

“…Jones made up a story about his father to gain sympathy and votes from the public. Sources say that he went to producers after last week’s show and told them that after abandoning him and his mother 10 years ago, his father Kevin Jones, had re-appeared in his life. He explained to producers that he was extremely upset because his father had popped up out of the blue now that he was famous and referred to him as “lousy.”

Apparently everything he stated was one big lie. Jones’ father caught up with TMZ and told them that his son’s sob story was false and that he’s had an ongoing relationship with him for quite some time. Kevin stated that he was even in the audience last week to support Jermaine.”

Pants. On. Fire.