Giuliani calls out Soledad O’Brien: ‘Am I debating Obama’s campaign?’

Oh, snap! Rudy Giuliani called out the hacktastic Soledad O’Brien today, during his appearance on CNN. During the appearance, he voiced what everyone with a functioning brain knows. It’s not called #Benghazigate for nothing. What did the White House know and when did they know it? Seems like “real reporters” would ask such questions, no? Hahaha! Just kidding! Of course they won’t. Instead, they are continuing to be lapdogs, frantically burying Obama’s bones, again.

“There’s plenty to criticize,” said Giuliani. “I mean, the cover-up of Benghazi is startling.”~@soledad_obrien

— CMORTOLANI (@CMORTOLANI) October 15, 2012

@verumserum Giuliani arguing this on CNN.They are dragging feet til after the election.Funny retort to Soledad”am I debating w the Campaign

— The Common Guy (@commonguymd) October 15, 2012

Giuliani: The WH is trying to “run out the clock” on Benghazi investigation « Hot Air… via @hotairblog

— Sue (@Limrintz) October 15, 2012


Giuliani then called out Soledad “Special Snowflake” O’Brien as the atrociously biased hack that she is.

Soledad and her crew are pulling Bidens on Guiliani. Interrupting and laughing at Benghazi facts.

— Jessica T♥ (@jessicatiahrt) October 15, 2012

@newsbusters. TOO FUNNY: Rudy Giuliani asks Soledad O’brien: Am I debating presidents campaign

— JP (@Pogo407) October 15, 2012

Rudy Giuliani Asks Soledad O’Brien ‘Am I Debating With the President’s Campaign?’ | via @sharethis

— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) October 15, 2012

More from Newsbusters:

“But, but he actually didn’t say that,” amazingly countered O’Brien. “The verbatim, the actual verbatim of what he said, he did not say that it was something other than that. But it was mentioned, but he did not specifically say this was due to a movie.”

Yes, an anchor for the supposedly most trusted name in news really did say this.

She then talked about pulling transcripts of what the President said leading Giuliani to state, “Man, the defensive. Am I debating with the President’s campaign? I mean, the defense of the President is overwhelming.”

Beautiful. Soledad is clearly a “journalist for Obama” and her pom-poms never stop waving. Twitter users praise Giuliani for calling her out. And, of course, give Soledad the business.

Love Giuliani. On Benghazi, he says to Soledad O’Brien: ‘Am I Debating President’s Campaign?’

— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) October 15, 2012

People died, Obama lied. RUDY GIULIANI ASKS SOLEDAD O’BRIEN OF CNN, ‘Am I Debating With the President’s Campaign?’I……

— Lynda Jo Hunt (@LyndaJoHunt) October 15, 2012

@memeorandum Way to go Giuliani – you better believe a cover up – that OBrien has really become a joke!

— BMoran (@BMoran4) October 15, 2012

Rudy Giuliani giving it to @soledad_obrien for being so pro-Obama.I am too, and a Dem, but her bias is extreme.#cnn

— Jeffrey Snyder (@jdsocmd) October 15, 2012

@luvgodncountry Rudy made Soledad look like what she is…an extension of the Obama campaign. Thank God for folks like Rudy Giuliani.

— Tommy Farmer (@Farm_123) October 15, 2012

@soledad_obrien Saw your interview with Rudy Giuliani. When did you start shaping the news rather than reporting it? Just ratings I guess.

— Joe Spellman (@golfmax13) October 15, 2012

@soledad_obrien watched your Giuliani interview. You’re so in the Dem tank w/your word parsing. Of course it was a #coverup. Blind! Wake-up!

— K Yarmosh Sr. (@datakcy) October 15, 2012

Poor @soledad_obrien.Just can’t hide her bias.Such a hack.Rudy had to put her in her place yet again.#tcot…

— Michael Mullis (@StingerNLG) October 15, 2012

Giuliani schools CNN propagandists for the Obama administration on reality, this is… #tcot #p2 #dnc #rnc

— ShrinkGov (@ShrinkGov) October 15, 2012

#SoledadO‘Brien…still wearing an Obama sticker on her forehead…#CNN #Giuliani…

— HeinzjM (@Heinzjm) October 15, 2012

HUGE obvious bias for Obama: Giuliani Accuses Soledad O’Brien Of Defending Obama

— Jennifer Leigh (@jentherat) October 15, 2012

Yes, Mr. Mayor. You were. “Rudy Giuliani to CNN Anchor: Am I Debating The Obama Campaign?”… via @katiepavlich

— Sir Guy of Gisbourne (@SirGuyGisbourne) October 15, 2012

@soledad_obrien Just saw segment where U grilled Giuliani about the Obama Admin It’s time you re-watch yrself to see yr bias, Not Journalism

— Soap Boxers (@SoapBoxers) October 15, 2012

@soledad_obrien Congrats on your hearty defense of Obama with Giuliani. That”Impartial journalist” thing was such a burden anyway.

— Man Of No Filter (@ManOfNoFilter) October 15, 2012

O’Brien is one of the worse perpetrators of Bias. Giuliani Calls Out CNN : ‘Am I Debating The President’s Campaign?’…

— David Carter (@Carter137) October 15, 2012

That she is. But we all knew that; she uses the liberal blog Talking Points Memo for show notes.

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This Genius Figured Out How To Repurpose A Paper Bag Into Something Awesome.

As if you needed ANOTHER reason to love Starbucks, Taiwanese designer Mr. Zhou has come up with one of the most unique ways we’ve ever seen to always have your favorite brand on hand. Because if you really need your coffee fix, and can’t imaging your world with the coffee giants of coffee giants, you’ll always be happy… and properly caffeinated!

Starting with a standard Starbucks bag, you’ll surely be excited to get this project going.

All you need is a pen knife, double-sided adhesive tape and of course, a Starbucks paper bag. With some cutting and folding, a totally awesome product will be completed in about 30 steps.

Flatten the bag, then cut the it into five pieces according to the creases that shape it. Then fold the bottom portion over.

Take the borders that should be sticking out, and use double sided tape. Then carefully insert the border flaps into the sides.

See where we’re going?…

Yay! You made it to the end, sans coffee. Just a coffee WALLET.

(via Design Taxi)

To take a full swing at this product, check out this website description. If you do know, you KNOW people will stop and ask you were to buy. Hmm.. that sounds like a nice business idea!

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Surprise: Author Terry McMillan goes on another anti-Romney rant

Hey, remember when Terry McMillan promised that she was staying away from Twitter until the election? Yeah, those were good times. We wouldn’t mind going back to those times.

The “Waiting to Exhale” author just can’t seem to shake her Mitt Romney obsession. After she vowed to step away from the Twitters until November, it was Romney who coaxed her out of hiding. He must have looked at her funny or something. Whatever it was, Romney’s clearly gotten under her skin, and last night, she picked up her keyboard and embarked on yet another uninformed tirade.

And how about that Republican vote fraud, huh? I hope all of their lies and sneaky tactics fail them big time on 11/6. So far, so good.

— Terry McMillan (@MsTerryMcMillan) October 1, 2012

Yeah, Terry. How about it?

We cannot afford to let them buy the White House.

— Terry McMillan (@MsTerryMcMillan) October 1, 2012

We can think of 16 trillion reasons Terry’s wrong.

I want us to break Mitt's heart on November 6th. For all the lying, cheating, scheming things he & the rest of the GOP have done to win.

— Terry McMillan (@MsTerryMcMillan) October 1, 2012

There's a reason Mitt hasn't divulged his policies. Were he to do so, no one would vote for him. Except his d———s base, of course.

— Terry McMillan (@MsTerryMcMillan) October 1, 2012

His “d———s” base? What’s Terry not able to spell out? Delicious? Dolphins? Dumplings?

Mitt should start another business in the Cayman Islands, build a crib and paint it white, and be done with it.

— Terry McMillan (@MsTerryMcMillan) October 1, 2012

Mitt is dumb. I do not know how he managed to graduate from Harvard.

— Terry McMillan (@MsTerryMcMillan) October 1, 2012

Terry apparently never graduated from the fourth-grade playground. Meanwhile, know who else graduated from Harvard? This guy.

Were Mitt to win, know that everything public will be privatized. That's his little secret. Oil Co's, Banks, Corps will be happy as hell!!!

— Terry McMillan (@MsTerryMcMillan) October 1, 2012

Boy, she sure does hate privatization. Unless it’s privatization of her personal assets, of course. The government certainly doesn’t need to step in and handle those. Or the revenue generated by the sale of her upcoming novel:

Okay. Back to work. December deadline if I want my novel to be in bookstores in 2013. Have to put my heart deep into it. Please Vote!!!

— Terry McMillan (@MsTerryMcMillan) October 1, 2012

Consider it done, honey.



Terry McMillan hates generalizations

Writer Terry McMillan plays the blame game

Author Terry McMillan Godwins herself: ‘Republicans are behaving just like Hitler’

Terry McMillan tries to walk back ‘GOP is Hitler’ claim

Terry McMillan: Marco Rubio is an Uncle Tom

Inconceivable! Author Terry McMillan is trolling Republicans again

Author Terry McMillan: ‘I would trip’ Mitt Romney

Author Terry McMillan embarks on anti-GOP rant, outs self as racist

Terry McMillan: Obama will make jobs ‘grow like bamboo’

Terry McMillan coos over photo of President Obama

Terry McMillan can’t stand Marco Rubio’s patriotism

Terry McMillan reminds GOP, ‘money does not have a heartbeat’

Terry McMillan’s Obama/Biden bumper magnet just won’t stick

Terry McMillan analyzes the jobs report

Author Terry McMillan gives Barack Obama her vote of confidence

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Here Are The 24 Most Ridiculously Clever Advertisements… That Used Animals. They’re Fantastic.

Advertising is a tricky business. You need to identify people’s needs, wants and desires and capitalize on them. Even if they don’t know what they want, an advertiser should know. One thing that 99% of people love and want? Animals. Adorable, hilarious animals. These clever advertisements incorporated animals and, we have to say, they succeeded in making some awesome ads.

1.) Hopefully not a realistic representation.

2.) Bad food makes your dog troll you.

3.) A great reminder to wash your hands. For real.

4.) Eww, doggy breath.

5.) Woah, that’s some good zoom.


7.) If only this would happen.

8.) This cat is Simon Cowell’s twin.

9.) Stop germs in their tracks (only minus the bubble).

10.) Oh so THIS is how they make milkshakes?

11.) How is this NOT Bill Gates’s twin?

12.) If your dog does this, you know the food is good.

13.) Car rides just got intense.

14.) Man, how can I teach my dog to do THAT?

15.) Sometimes, beards don’t just look like an animal on someone’s face.

16.) LOL.

17.) This is the world’s most epic selfie.

18.) Let your cats get wild.

19.) Poor puppy.

20.) Awwwwww. If only this was real.

21.) If cats really did this, I’d have 30 cats.

22.) This is exactly what I want to do (and how I look) when I eat spicy food.

23.) Squirrels need to really look like this.

24.) This cat will NOT tolerate animal abuse.

(H/T Bored Panda) Henceforth, all advertisements should include animals. It’s hard to be mad at an ad or commercial when there are adorable puppies. :)

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Hey, self-parodying Woodhouse, here’s the general in the War on Women

Heh. Yes. As Twitchy reported, former DNC communications director Brad Woodhouse took to Twitter to beclown himself with yet another absurd claim of a GOP “war on women.”

Twitter users swiftly gave him the business.!/Matthops82/status/368584761431711745

Snort. Ace of Spades brilliantly used #headlocks full of women in reply to Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s arguably stupidest tweet ever. Hey, Woodhouse: What about Filthy Filner? Otherwise known as the general in the real war on women, waged by the Democrats.!/Matthops82/status/368586771799359488


Yep. Shudder.

Other Twitter users point out a few more officers waging the war.

Double boom! When hashtags collide! As Twitchy reported, givers came up with #DemocratOlympicEvents on Sunday.

Keep it coming, Twitter.


Gold medal mockery! ‘You didn’t win that’ and other #DemocratOlympicEvents [pics]

Brad Woodhouse: GOP blocking NBC and CNN from hosting debates due to their Hillary projects part of the GOP’s ‘war on women’

#HeadLocksFullofWomen! Debbie Wasserman Schultz posts her stupidest tweet ever?

Wasserman Schultz, Democrats urged to condemn Bob Filner’s ‘headlocks full of women’

Full Twitchy coverage of Brad Woodhouse

Full Twitchy coverage of Filthy Filner

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Donald Trump demands Lord Sugar on his knees before him

Good Lord. A trans-Atlantic battle of the egos is producing some unpleasant mental images today, as Donald Trump lobs insults at his British equivalent, Alan Sugar, star of the U.K. version of “The Apprentice.”

What is it exactly that has Trump and Sugar tilting at each other? Windmills.

You’re all wrong—check the facts! UK is massively subsidizing Scotland’s wind turbines & the people don’t want them.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2012

@realdonaldtrump RT Scottish don’t want wind turbines……..I think you have that wrong . The Scottish don’t want you !

— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) December 6, 2012

.@lord_sugarIf you think ugly windmills are good for Scotland you are an even worse businessman than I thought…

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2012

… and, in my opinion, should not be doing The Apprentice.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2012

Trump is displeased with his Mini-Me. Bow down before Trump, Sugar!

Sugar: @lord_sugar—unlike you, I own The Apprentice. You were never successful enough…

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2012

…You have little persona, but The Apprentice concept is great and lucky for you!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2012

Sugar: @lord_sugar–Keep working hard so I make plenty of $ with your show…

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2012

Trump delivers the finishing blow.

… and many others. Drop to your knees, Sugar, and say thank you, Mr. Trump.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 6, 2012

Wow. What could make this Twitter spat more pathetic and uncomfortable? Enter Wormtongue.

Don’t wish to interfere obviously @realdonaldtrump – but it may be time to fire @lord_sugar from YOUR show for his impertinence?

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 6, 2012


Lord Sugar is still at it:

@realdonaldtrump RT:A general is good as his troops…..You must havebad troops. If Wikipedia is right you have failed so many times

— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) December 7, 2012

@realdonaldtrump Hey Donny general consensus in the UK is I kicked your ar..on twitter.Your business failures make good reading on Wikapedia

— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) December 7, 2012

(Hat tip: @einfal)

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Your roadmap to SCOTUS Obamacare arguments; 6 Twitter must-follows; Updated

Starting Monday, attorneys representing 26 states, the National Federation of Independent Business, and a few others, along with two attorneys appointed by the court itself, will argue before the Supreme Court of the United States that the the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (more commonly known as Obamacare) is unconstitutional. They will be opposed by U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verilli, Jr., and another lawyer from the government.

The court has decided to spread the arguments out over three days, with a total of six hours of oral argument. On Monday and Tuesday, each side will address one particular and pertinent part of the issue and Wednesday, the lawyers will cover two subjects. The Heritage Foundation has provided an excellent summary of what we can expect on each day, but we’d like to summarize each day’s events to make following the arguments that much easier. Do read over Heritage’s post for more details.

  • Monday (90 minutes): Can the law be challenged under the Anti-Injunction Act?
  • Tuesday (2 hours): Can Congress compel individuals to buy a particular product?
  • Wednesday (90 minutes): Can Obamacare survive without the individual mandate?
  • Wednesday (1 hour): Does the expansion of Medicare by Obamacare violate the principles of federalism?

The real action in SCOTUS is likely to come Tuesday. Monday’s argument is largely technical and much of the discussion will revolve around whether the fees involved with Obamacare constitute a tax or not. The administration has, over the past two years, taken both sides of the issue. This week, though, the government has decided the fees are not a tax and so the court-appointed attorney will argue that side, so the court can fairly decide on the matter. Wednesday’s early argument will cover the second most contentious issue — whether the individual mandate is severable from the rest of the law and, if so, how much of Obamacare can survive without it.

We at Twitchy will cover any news from SCOTUS as it shows up on Twitter first and fastest, so stay here for the news as it arrives!


Click on the link for audio — available at approx. 1p.m. Eastern Monday:

Audio of SCOTUS health care case will be up at around 1 p.m. tomorrow here:

— Stefan Becket (@stefanjbecket) March 25, 2012


One hashtag for this week’s hearings seems to be #ACAhearings. Follow obvious hashtags #obamacare and #scotus for wider Twitter commentary/coverage — or just check out our related tweets sidebar.


Top six SCOTUS/Obamacare Twitter streams to follow:

@SCOTUSblog (More background from the premiere SCOTUS group blog here)

@philipaklein (the Examiner’s health care reporter will be in the courtroom for the hearing)

@VolokhC  (account of the libertarian constitutional lawyer’s group blog)

@MicheleBachmann (she’ll be in the courtroom for the hearing)

@GregAbbott_TX (the Texas attorney general will be live-tweeting hearing)

@ddmcpherson (this guy is standing in line to get into the hearing)

There are about 46 people in line outside the supreme court for health care. Most are professional line-standers #ACAhearings

— Doug McPherson (@DDMcpherson) March 25, 2012

Newest addition to the line at the supreme court is a prof from the wharton school. Glad to see strong @penn representation. #ACAhearings

— Doug McPherson (@DDMcpherson) March 25, 2012

Thanks to @librarycongress for supplying those of us outside the supreme court with free WIFI. #ACAhearings

— Doug McPherson (@DDMcpherson) March 26, 2012

The New York Times spotlights the line-standers:

Monica Haymond, a 23-year-old legal assistant who passed the time by watching episodes of “Dr. Who” on her laptop, lined up after work Friday — 63 hours before arguments were to begin. “We were hoping to be the first people here, but apparently it was more competitive than we had ever imagined,” she said.

The first two in line declined to be interviewed, and others identified them as paid placeholders.

In Washington, anyone who wants to attend a judicial or Congressional hearing and can afford to spend $36 to $50 an hour can hire professional “line standers” through companies like Washington Express to do the waiting for them., which had people waiting outside the court over the weekend, lets customers choose how early they want their surrogate to arrive, including an option labeled “please put us at the front of the line.”

More recommended Twitter follows:


@ChrisCrawford (in line at SCOTUS and blogging at “Camp Supreme”)


Pols weighing in over the weekend:

Oral arguments on Obamacare start next Monday, March 26, before the Supreme Court. Voting out Obama starts on Nov. 6.

— Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) March 23, 2012

My hope is that the law’s cornerstone – the individual mandate – will be ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court #hcr

— John Boehner (@johnboehner) March 23, 2012

Update: Got your lab coats on?

MT @MaryKayHenry: On steps of #SCOTUS, @SEIU #RNs & MDs sharing how #Obamacare keeps patients healthier #protectthelaw

— SEIU (@SEIU) March 26, 2012

We agree:

The fact that the SCOTUS doesn't allow live television feeds of oral arguments in the year 2012 is pretty ridiculous.

— Dave Schumaker (@davely) March 26, 2012



Audio & transcripts of Obamacare oral argument now up here:

— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) March 26, 2012

Today's U.S.S.A. Vs Freedom (Obamacare) oral arguments are up: #tcot #SCOTUS #ocra

— Radio Free America (@ritmoon) March 26, 2012

Listen to the Supreme Court argument and interact with what you’re hearing here: (via @Clipsync) #cspanscotus #scotus

— CSPAN (@cspan) March 26, 2012

#Obamacare at the Supreme Court, Day One: Rapid Reactions from @DavidHogberg and Randy Barnett: @Forbes

— Avik Roy (@Avik) March 26, 2012

I spoke to David Hogberg of Investors’ Business Daily, and Randy Barnett, constitutional law professor at Georgetown, and originator of the legal arguments against the mandate.  Here are my notes on my quick phone conversations with the two of them.

David Hogberg: “They all pretty much came down on the penalty side.  There was some aggressive questioning as to why this is not a tax, but you never really got the sense that any of them wanted to use the AIA to avoid the case for the time being.

“Even some of the more liberal justices, Robert Long, who was the outside attorney who argued the tax portion, they hit him pretty hard.  You could tell by the questions that they were asking, they just didn’t buy that this was necessarily a tax.

“The best that Long could come up with is, that it’s collected like revenue [by the IRS], but they weren’t buying it.”

Randy Barnett: “They looked as unanimous as they could possibly look on the case.” I asked Randy: if it’s so obvious that the mandate is a penalty, and not a tax, why did they bother to spend 90 minutes examining it? “It was absolutely essential that they hear the arguments, once the Fourth Circuit ruled that it was a tax.  Law professors would have jumped all over them.”

More analysis from SCOTUSblog:

Lyle's recap of this morning's ACA argument on the Anti-Injunction Act is in progress: More to come.

— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) March 26, 2012

When Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., commented at the end of Monday’s first day of hearings on the health care law, “We’ll continue argument on this case tomorrow,” it seemed to have a secondary meaning even if he did not intend it.   The comments and questions of the Justices during the 89-minute exchange left the distinct impression that they are prepared to rule on the constitutionality of the mandate that individuals must buy health insurance, and not push the issue off into the future.  The exact route they would take was a bit uncertain, but their skepticism about taking a pass now was clear.

That did not mean, of course, that the Court would ultimately uphold the mandate.  That is tomorow’s question, although the Justices asked many questions about the mandate, showing they are curious about its scope and meaning.  But an argument that at times seemed almost to bog down in the dense complexity of the tax code pointed toward a refusal to bar the lawsuits that had challenged the mandate and had put its survival before the Court this week.  One of the telltale signs of that sentiment was that not one Justice, and no lawyer at the lectern, said that it would be premature and a contradiction of the Court’s tradition against deciding constitutional issues prematurely for the Court to rule promptly on the mandate’s validity.

And from the leading legal scholar challenging the individual mandate:

I'm optimistic that we are going to prevail and the government is going to lose.

— David Rivkin (@DavidRivkin) March 26, 2012

Individual mandate is at the heart of the statute. It has to come down if the individual mandate comes down.

— David Rivkin (@DavidRivkin) March 26, 2012

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Jeans diplomacy! WH releases baffling pic of Obama phone call!/indiaknight/status/439909019030126592

The Guardian’s Paul Lewis and India Knight of The Sunday Times were both baffled by the White House’s release of a photo of President Obama’s phone call with Vladimir Putin. Why release it? Because, he’s super serious you guys! See, he’s totally on the case, even if only his empty chair attended the national security meeting on Saturday.

But what did the White House neglect to mention?


Still, he’s super scary and strong, right?

Boom. Next up: Sternly worded letter.


Wall Street Journal columnist and AEI fellow Sadanand Dhume  attempted to explain why the photo was released.

Snort. So there’s that. What an accomplishment.

Others noticed something awfully disturbing about the photo.

Jeans diplomacy.

Aside from the jeans and the phone, what else does the president have?


Where is it?

And Asian News International editor Smita Prakash ties it all into “House of Cards” for the exit win:


‘Useless appendage’: First look at upcoming ‘official’ WH pics of Obama at national security meeting?

‘Extraordinary standoff’: Ukraine troops won’t surrender in Crimea [photos]

‘The text does not limit it to Crimea’: Putin reportedly asks parliament to use military in all of Ukraine; Update: Parliament approves

CBS political director/Slate correspondent covers for absentee president

President Empty Chair skips Saturday’s national security meeting?

Is this how we’ll know when President Empty Chair means business with Russia? [pic]

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Snacking In America Hits “Tipping Point,” Cats And Dogs Included

The food industry has long known that three daily meals are out, and a procession of snacks from midday to midnight is in. And now the pet food industry is getting onboard.

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show winner Miss P was fed a plate of steak during a lunch photo op at Sardi’s in New York Wednesday. Timothy A. Clary / AFP / Getty Images

Snacking has become a mega-trend in the food industry in recent years, forcing food companies from General Mills to McDonald’s to cater to a world that no longer revolves around three daily meals. And dogs and cats are getting in on the action.

Trends in pet food are following those in human food, and so pet snacking is on the rise, companies say. “Snacking and treating are growing, especially as a way to bond with cats and dogs,” said Dave West, the head of J.M. Smucker’s Big Heart Pet Brands, at a Feb. 17 investor conference. About 68% of U.S. households own at least one pet, and that’s increasing among so-called millennials and empty nesters, he added.

J.M. Smucker said earlier this month that it’s buying Big Heart, the maker of Kibbles ‘n Bits and Meow Mix, for $3.2 billion. Pet snacks are an “extremely important part of this business,” a separate Smucker executive said at the conference.

Snacks for dogs and cats make up almost one-third of the company’s $2.3 billion in annual sales, and that’s expected to grow, West said, especially as people buy fancier ones for their furry friends. Snacks under the Milo’s Kitchen brand promise “the best” to “pet parents.” Pup-Peroni now comes in flavors such as turducken — a turkey-duck-chicken hybrid — and braised beef with sweet potato.

Pup-Peroni’s turducken promise: “Each stick has all of the flavor and aroma of a three-course holiday poultry feast, slowly baked together to seal in the irresistible flavors and mouthwatering aromas of real turkey, duck, and chicken!” Big Heart

It seems this animal instinct runs across species. Snacking for humans is a $1.2 trillion business that has historically grown about 6% a year, a Mondelez executive said at the same conference. That’s a boon for food companies, given packaged snacks tend to be more profitable than basic food staples.

“The trend in snacking has reached a tipping point,” said Jeffrey Harmening, chief operating officer of General Mills’ U.S. retail division, at the conference. “In fact, snacks make up half of all U.S. eating occasions.”

He continued: “U.S. consumers don’t feel guilty about snacks anymore. They depend on them to get through their busy days.”

Big Heart Pet Brands / Via

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Hillary event crashed by immigration protesters; Ignores questions

For a Democrat considering a run for president, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton certainly knows how to duck the issues. At a book tour stop in August, Clinton slipped out while ignoring two reporters’ questions about the Michael Brown demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo. “If girlfriend thinks she has my vote after remaining silent,” wrote one tweeter, “then she’s in for a big surprise.”

Members of pro-amnesty group United We Dream, who recently staged a sit-in at Sen. Harry Reid’s office, on Sunday confronted Clinton at the Tom Harkin Steak Fry.

Dreamers confront @HillaryClinton about Obama's delay; Clinton dodges questions. #NoMoreDelays

— (@UNITEDWEDREAM) September 15, 2014

Six members of the group also crashed a speech Tuesday at a fundraiser for 9/11 Health Watch.

Hillary event was crashed by people who chanted "Undocumented! Unafraid!"

— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) September 16, 2014

Activists at Hillary event were affiliated with United We Dream. They were removed from room by security.

— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) September 16, 2014

And once again, Clinton ignored a reporter’s question about the disruption.

Hillary didn't answer my question about protesters at her event, but 1,000% sure she heard me Was about two feet away

— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) September 16, 2014

“After the activists were removed, Clinton greeted admirers and took photos with people who attended the event,” wrote Business Insider’s Hunter Walker. “She did not respond to multiple questions from Business Insider about her reaction to the activists.”

@hunterw you got the Zephyr treatment

— brianvan (@brianvan) September 16, 2014

@hunterw Maybe next time ask for s*lfie, then ask Q while you're cheek to cheek. She can't avoid you.

— bs dtectr (@bsdtectr) September 17, 2014

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