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Intermission: Whitney Houston's National Anthem

I took to YouTube to see if Whitney's Star Spangled Banner was as good as I remembered. It was.

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During the Super Bowl last week, I was pretty impressed by Kelly Clarkson's rendition of the national anthem. And even though Christina Aguilera flubbed the lyrics last year, I remember liking hers, too.

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We Spent Half a Million Dollars to Fly Planes to Fly Over the Super Bowl

The Navy spent almost $500,000 in taxpayer money to fly jets over this year's Super Bowl. It only took them three seconds.


That's according to an article today from Sally Jenkins, a sports columnist for the Washington Post. Many Americans won't make $450,000 for a decade of full-time work. But that's how much taxpayer money the Navy was willing to spend in order to fly four F-18 jets over the Super Bowl on Sunday for less than five seconds:

For absurdity, how about those four Navy F-18s flying over the stadium – with its retractable roof closed? Everybody inside could only see the planes on the stadium's video screens. It was strictly a two-second beauty shot. Know what it cost taxpayers? I'll tell you: $450,000. (The Navy justifies the expense by saying it's good for recruiting.)

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Groupon Responds to Super Bowl Ad Backlash

Andrew Mason, the CEO of Groupon, took to the company's official blog to respond to the avalanche of criticism surrounding its Super Bowl ads.


Andrew Mason, the 30-year-old founder and CEO of Groupon, took to the company's official blog to respond to the avalanche of criticism surrounding its Super Bowl ads.

Here's his statement, in part:

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Help Try and Destroy Stupid, Sexist, Racist Super Bowl Ads with This New Site

New site "Add or Delete" crowdsources the commercials people hate and then lets them sound off on why they're bad.

Have you ever seen a bad commercial? Of course you have. You’ve probably seen tens of thousands of bad commercials. In New York City in 2007, it was estimated that citizens saw around 5,000 ads a day, and a survey found that half the respondents agreed advertising had “gotten out of control.”

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