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IMDb user (and possible troll?) brian__007 posted a comment yesterday in the message boards for Peter Jackson's upcoming prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey that accused Lord of the Rings of ripping off Harry Potter. Brian's rant quickly racked up more than 100 comments and was deleted, but not before the Internets captured a screencap.

Here's the manifesto in full:

Overall, I like Lord of the Rings. However, I do feel that Tolkien kind of rips off Harry Potter in many ways. There are several parallels, such as elves, dwarfs, wizards, goblins, trolls, magic (especially invisibility), etc. Sauron is referred to as "Dark Lord" just like Voldemort is. There is also the elder white-haired bearded wizard who serves as a mentor, Gandalf, who is reminiscent of Dumbledore. Some of the character names are similar, such as Wormtongue as opposed to Wormtail, too. There is even a gigantic spider (Shelob) at the end of "The Two Towers" that reminds one of Aragog from Chamber of Secrets. I even noticed that the plots of both series begin with the protagonists' birthday. Now I see that Tolkien, this unoriginal bastard, is coming out with The Hobbit in December. This would be fine, but why didn't he just write this book first to begin with? I still like Lord of the Rings, though–don't get me wrong–but I wonder if Tolkien has ever said in interviews whether he borrowed elements from Harry Potter. I'll be watching the extended DVDs later this week and I think he's featured on the commentary track, so I look forward to that.

[uproxx]

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NBA commissioner David Stern was a guest on today's Jim Rome Show, where the exchange turned ugly when the host questioned whether the league's draft lottery was fixed.

Stern turned on Rome -- "Have you stopped beating your wife yet?" -- thereby cementing his jackass reputation for all eternity. Because the draft is fixed, along with everything else in the NBA.

[deadspin]

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It was only a matter of time before Sweden's democratic experiment of a Twitter account, @Sweden, imploded into a PR nightmare -- a different citizen takes over the handle every week, with very little oversight (or apparently, vetting) from the Swedish government.

This week's empowered Swede is Sonja, a single mom who took advantage of her kids' nap time today to ask @Sweden's followers:

"Whats the fuzz with jews. You can't even see if a person is a jew, unless you see their penises, and even if you do, you can't be sure!?"

Naturally, her ignorance of history, social graces, and the fact that she currently represents an entire country has garnered all kinds of criticism -- and unfortunately, prompted further follow-up tweets from the clueless 27-year-old, culminating with this gem: "The question seems to be sensitive and complicated. And a little bit…..… infected. So…. yes. See you later, I have stuff to do!"

VisitSweden, the company in charge of the account, says Sonja's tweets won't be deleted. According to the social media manager: "We are laying a puzzle showing a multifaceted and genuine image of Sweden. One piece at a time — curator by curator, tweet by tweet. We focus on the big picture and not on any single tweet."

[hypervocal]

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President Obama is backpedaling furiously after his poorly chosen words at a news conference this morning caused a massive backlash:

We've created 4.3 million jobs over the last 27 months; over 800,000 just this year alone. The private sector is doing fine.

Mitt Romney's camp quickly seized on the slipup, calling it the "gift that keeps on giving":

People know what the president said is terribly out of touch. But they also know that his actions have been terribly out of touch. So what he is saying is shocking but it's not anything that people haven't felt. Ours is a reality-based campaign, and this is reality.

Obama attempted to clarify his remarks this afternoon: "It is absolutely clear that the economy is not doing fine. That's why I had a press conference."

[mediaite]

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The latest anti-gay rant to hit the web is courtesy West Virginia teen talk show host Caiden Cowger, who blames President Obama for turning kids gay, and says that homosexuality is a choice, "no matter what Lady Gaga says."

I see younger people that is turning out to be homosexuals... we've got about 30 teenagers in this county that I'm at that are homosexuals and it is sickening... I knew these teenagers when they were in elementary school... they were not homosexuals. They just decided all of a sudden -- I think I'm going to be gay. Why they are becoming homosexuals is because they are being encouraged... President Obama. It's all right, it's okay you were born that way.

Despite his poor grasp of the English language, the 14-year-old has written a book, Being A Young Conservative, which is supported by Rudy Giuliani and Glenn Beck; and interviewed Herman Cain.

Sigh.

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Vanderbilt head football coach James Franklin said in an interview Wednesday that the appearance of coaches' wives factors into the interview process:

I've been saying it for a long time, I will not hire an assistant coach until I've seen his wife. If she looks the part, and she's a D-1 recruit, then you got a chance to get hired. That's part of the deal.

He continued:

There's a very strong correlation between having the confidence, going up and talking to a women, and being quick on your feet and having some personality and confidence and being fun and articulate, than it is walking into a high school and recruiting a kid and selling him.

Franklin took to Twitter today after his comments made the rounds: "My foot doesn't taste good, I hope I did not offend any1, I love & respect ALL,have a great day, enjoy the fam & don't forget 2 #AnchorDown"

[cbssports]

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In which Wolf Blitzer, of all people, schools Donald Trump on the air over his position on birtherism. An excerpt:

WB: Donald, you're beginning to sound a little ridiculous, I have to tell you. DT: You are, Wolf. Let me tell you something, I think you sound ridiculous, and if you'd ask me a question and let me answer it. WB: Here's the question, did the conspiracy start in 1961 where the Honolulu Star-Bulletin and the Advertiser contemporaneously published announcements that he was born in Hawaii? DT: Many people put those announcements in because they wanted to get the benefit because of getting so-called born in this country. Many people did it. It was something done by many people even though they weren't born in the country. You know and I know it.

Trump hosts a fundraiser for Mitt Romney tonight in Las Vegas.

[tpm]