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Wait! The Peacock is Gay?

We talked yesterday about all the brands that are going with rainbow-branding in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling on marriage equality.

Here's something no one expected.

A guy in Little Rock took to Facebook to lambaste KARK-TV - an NBC affiliate - for changing the station's logo "with the colors of gays."

He called it a "disgrace" and vowed to watch the ABC affiliate from that point on.

The NBC peacock has been the network's symbol since they went to "living color" techology - which dates back to the late 50s.

Check out the video sequence underneath the Little Rock Rant.
 
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Wondering What's Going on in Greece?

The tiny island country of Greece - not insignificant, as it is the birthplace of Western Civilization - is in a real financial bind right now.

The banks are closed to prevent a run on their money, and people are limited to withdrawing the equivalent of $67 or so a day from their ATMs.

The banks will stay closed until next week, and the people of Greece will be voting over the weekend to see if they'll stay in the European Union or not.

A mess.

Want to know what's going on?

Here's a 60-second summation, courtesy of CBSN, the official site of CBS News...
 
 

With Greece on the brink of default, and possibly leaving the eurozone, what does it mean for the Greeks, Europe and the global economy? CBS News business analyst Jill Schlesinger breaks down the origins and effects of the Greek debt crisis.

Posted by CBSN on Monday, June 29, 2015
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Um, Donald, You're Fired!

Donald Trump is getting hit from all sides, but he really doesn't seem to care.

Yesterday, the National Broadcasting Company issued a statement:

"At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump."

The Donald's been at the center of a political firestorm after making tremendously derogatory statements about Mexico and Mexicans in his presidential campaign kick-off speech. And his official statement on the end of his relationship with NBC?
 
"As of today, Donald J. Trump is no longer affiliated with NBC. Mr. Trump stands by his statements on illegal immigration, which are accurate. NBC is weak, and like everybody else is trying to be politically correct--- that is why our country is in serious trouble."

So, no more wondering who's getting fired next on The Apprentice - since the guy who does the firing has been fired.
 

WATCH: NBC says it's cutting ties with Donald Trump, but Trump says he's also ending his relationship with NBC. He's not going to apologize for his "accurate" comments, accusing some Mexican immigrants of bringing drugs, crime and rapists to the U.S. http://cbsn.ws/1IoBIXZ

Posted by CBS News on Monday, June 29, 2015
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Why, Kanye, Why?

By now, you've probably heard that - despite 150,000 petition signers who begged for it not to happen - Kanye West headlined the Glastonbury Festival over the weekend.

He got stage-stormed by a local comic - that was pretty cool, him getting a dose of his own medicine.

But once the dust had settled from that, Kanye did something unforgiveable.

He "performed" a cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."

He hit every third note, which is about as many of the lyrics he got right.

I'm sorry, it was atrocious.

But don't take my word for it - check it out yourself.

Don't worry, it's a short video...

 
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Ain't No Strings on Me

This may be one of the weirdest movie mash-ups of all time.

Perhaps proof positive that some people have too much time on their hands?

Take a classic like The Wizard of Oz, and mix it up with Avengers: Age of Ultron, and what do you get?

Avengers of Oz: Age of Tin Man, of course.

It's pretty creepy and pretty funny all at the same time.

 
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Katy Perry versus The Nuns

No, it's not a lip sync battle of any kind.

It's an honest to servant-of-God fight between Katy Perry and two Los Angeles nuns.

Here's the deal. The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary convent is for sale.

It sits on top of a hill with a nice view of downtown LA and the San Gabriel mountains.

The nuns have offered to sell it to a restaurateur for $15.5 million. Only problem: the archbishop of LA is trying to sell it to Katy Perry for $14.5 million.

Now, there's a huge argument about who has the right to sell the convent - the nuns who have called it home, or the archdiocese in which it sits.

Katy tried to negotiate directly with the nuns.

One of them, Sister Rita Callanan, was quoted by The Los Angeles Times. "Well, I found Katy Perry and I found her videos and…if it's all right to say, I wasn't happy with any of it,"

The matter is now being handled legally.

But Katy Perry, beware. You may have to answer to a higher court...
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Maybe You Should Stick with Footballs, Aaron

Olivia Munn posted a pretty cool video to Instagram on Sunday.

It shows her working on her sword skills - which are pretty impressive - as she preps for a role in an upcoming X-Men movie.

Behind her, Aaron Rodgers - her boyfriend and quarterback of the Green Bay Packers - works on his considerably less impressive stick-waving skills, trying to mimic Olivia's moves.

It's pretty funny - and proof positive that Aaron's better off tossing a pigskin around than being trusted with a sword.
 
 

Learned some new tricks...

A video posted by Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) on

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National Camera Day

Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company.
 
Celebrate National Camera day by spending a bit of time in your garden or favorite landscape.
 
Many gardeners use their camera to record their successes, favorite plant combinations or problems in the garden. These are all useful when planning for changes in the landscape or the upcoming season.
 
But take a moment or two to look for some of the missed beauty in the garden. Capture the way light plays upon the color and texture in the garden. Try shooting images throughout the day and look for these sometimes subtle other times dramatic differences.
 
These observations may have you moving a few plants in the landscape. Perhaps the backlit seedheads of grasses or colorful Swiss chard help brighten the morning or late afternoon landscape.
 
Or maybe it’s time to capture your favorite garden visitors; a bird, bee, butterfly or young gardener enjoying the blossoms in the garden.
 
A bit more information: Don’t worry if you do not have a fancy camera. Grab your cell phone or I-pad. Whichever camera you choose, take your time to select an interesting shot. Or maybe it’s multiple shots of the same plant in different settings or various shade gardens.
 
For more gardening tips, how-to garden videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
 
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Nope, It's Not a Stunt

Jimmy Fallon missed doing The Tonight Show on Friday night.

He has a good excuse, and a note from his doctor.

After taping Thursday's show, Jimmy went out for a bite to eat at a local restaurant. After leaving the restaurant, he had an accident that required emergency surgery.

He's okay. In fact, he tweeted all about it. Check out the whole story.
 
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In Case You Were Wondering, Teresa Giudice is Happy with SCOTUS' Decision

Relax, everyone.

Teresa Giudice is in line with the United States Supreme Court.

On Saturday, she tweeted out her support of the justices' ruling on marriage equality.
  In case you're wondering just how tough the prison in which she's incarcerated is, allowing her to tweet at all, no worries.

US Weekly confirms the tweets are being made by Teresa's 14-year-old daughter.

 
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