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Trump in Palm Beach: VIPs flock to New Year's Eve party at Mar-a-Lago

The stars were out in full force Sunday night as President Donald Trump threw a New Year’s Eve party at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach.

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Trump, who spent the afternoon golfing, tweeted out New Year’s wishes and predicted a “fantastic 2018.”

Hundreds of people attended the pricey bash, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, former baseball star Keith Hernandez and Donald Trump’s three oldest children. 

Tickets for the New Year’s Eve gala went for $600 for club members and $750 for guests, Politico reported.

First lady Melania Trump wore an Erdem’s Emery floral sequined midi dress. Originally priced at $5,500, the dress can be found online for $2,500.

The menu for the guests was typically lavish, with lobster ravioli, tenderloin, sea bass and the traditional New Year’s Eve baked Alaska.

Party on the Moon returned to provide the musical entertainment. The band has played at Mar-a-Lago’s New Year’s Eve galas since 2009. The band posted a photo of the Mar-a-Lago ballroom on its Instagram account. 

Tom Baker to make cameo appearance in lost 'Doctor Who' episode

Tom Baker, who starred in “Doctor Who” from 1974 to 1981, is returning to the BBC’s cult television series in a cameo role in a completed version of an episode that was never finished, the New Musical Express reported.

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Baker, 83, will appear in “Shada,” an episode that was left unfinished 38 years ago. Baker starred as the fourth Doctor in the long-running series.

Baker said the Doctor character “probably never left me.”

“That’s why I can’t say away from it, it was a lovely time of my life,” he told the BBC.

“Shada” is available to buy as a digital download and is set for release on DVD and Blu-ray on Dec. 4, the New Musical Express reported.

Nicki Minaj, Nas fuel dating rumors at rapper’s birthday party

Are Nicki Minaj and Nas an item? It certainly looked that way Thursday night when the two were photographed with their arms around each other during Nas’ 44th birthday party, People reported.

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Nas celebrated his birthday during a private dinner at The Pool Lounge in New York. Minaj, 34, posted a picture of her and Nas on her Instagram account. She has her arm around Nas while they stand next to Alicia Keys and her husband, Swizz Beatz, People reported.

In a video from the event, a man Minaj identified as “Nasir” was spotted creeping up behind Minaj and kissing her on the cheek. Many fans have speculated the man was indeed Nas, whose given name is Nasir Bin Olu Dara Jones.

The Shade Room also posted a video of Minaj and Nas together that night. In the video, Nas had his arm wrapped around Minaj’s shoulder as Minaj had her hand placed on his chest while the rapper was presented with his birthday cake.

Rumors of the pair dating began to circulate when Manaj posted a picture of them cuddling to her Instagram account.

Then in May, Minaj told television host Ellen DeGeneres that she had plenty of respect for the rapper.

“He is the king of Queens, and I like to think I’m the queen of Queens,” Minaj said. “He’s a rap legend. Let’s just say that I have a lot of respect for him, and you know, he’s kind of cute, too.”

But Minaj stressed that the relationship with Nas was not intimate, People reported.

“I’m just chillin’ right now. I’m celibate. I wanted to go a year without dating any men. I hate men,” Minaj told DeGeneres. “I might make an exception to the rule for him, because he’s so dope.”

Limbaugh: ‘Wimpism’ has taken over Washington establishment

Conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh criticized what he called “wimpism” on the part of the Washington, D.C. establishment for asking President Donald Trump to tone down his rhetoric on North Korea.

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Speaking on his radio show Thursday, Limbaugh said there is no reason to be afraid of North Korea, describing Kim Jong Un’s regime as a “zit on the butt of a pig,” Fox News reported.

Limbaugh slammed congressmen from both parties who have warned that Trump’s tough talk could inflame tensions with North Korea and perhaps trigger a war.

“What does this mean?” Limbaugh said. "It means that 'wimpism' has taken over the Washington establishment, that 'wussism' and 'wimpism' and 'pajama boyism' has taken over."

Limbaugh said North Korea may have nuclear weapons, but they "can’t hit the side of a barn" with them, Fox News reported.

"What are we supposed to do, just sit here and wait until the real one is airborne and hope that being gentle and compassionate and unprovocative will stop this lunatic from doing what he’s doing? Is that what we’re to believe here?" Limbaugh asked.

Friday morning, Trump tweeted that the United States military was “locked and loaded” if North Korea decided to take military action.

New study says country music mentions drugs more than any other genre

According to a recent study by Addictions.com, country music mentions drugs more than any other musical genre, with the most-referenced drug being marijuana.

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Those results may come as a shock to some listeners who assumed that rap or hip-hop music might reference drugs more, but 1.6 percent of all country music surveyed by Addictions.com’s Song Meanings Application Programming Interface (API) references drugs on average, compared to less than 1.3 percent on average in hip-hop music.

Jazz music came in second place, although the study does not disclose the average percentage.

But what constitutes a drug reference? And what counts as “country” music for Addictions.com? For starters, alcoholic beverages are not classified as drugs in the study (or else, country music would win this by a landslide). According to the methodology of the study, Addictions.com “scraped song lyrics from Song Meanings API and analyzed drug mentions, what drugs were involved, and how it changed over time, and grouped drug slang words together in their respected drug categories.”

After going over the data from songs from country, rock, jazz, rap/hip-hop, pop, folk and electronic genres from 1933 until now, the drug references were grouped into seven categories: 

Pills (which includes all Opiates except Heroin, Benzodiazepines, Sleep medication, and ADHD medication), Heroin, Marijuana, LSD, Cocaine (which includes both crack cocaine and cocaine), Ecstasy (This includes MDMA and molly), and Meth.

After all that, country music came out on top, with 1.6 percent of all songs studied since 1933 referencing some sort of drug. According to the study, the top three drugs referenced in country music were marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine. 

It should be noted that most country songs decry drug consumption (with the exception of alcohol, and, very recently, marijuana). No country artists were mentioned in the study, but artists like Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jamey Johnson, John Prine and many others have referenced marijuana, pills, cocaine or heroin in their songs as hazardous and not recreational.

However, once the study results are broken down into the musicians that reference drugs the most, country artists don’t even crack the Top 10. That honor goes to all hip-hop artists, most notably Kottonmouth Kings, Eminem, The Game, Lil’ Wayne and Jay-Z.

If you want to see just how many country music songs reference drugs, take a listen to the playlist below (though we would never condone the use of recreational drugs).

Glenn Jacobs, WWE star 'Kane,' officially announces his bid for mayor

When Glenn Jacobs' treasurer filed the necessary paperwork for a potential political campaign last month, it became national news that the World Wrestling Entertainment star known as “Kane” might run for mayor of Knox County, Tennessee.

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On Tuesday, Jacobs made it official. Speaking to a crowd at Sweet P’s Barbecue and Soul House, the pro wrestler announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for mayor.

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“As Knox County mayor I promise to keep taxes low and make Knox County a place everyone can be proud of,” Jacobs promised. “I see my role as that of a facilitator among the different communities in our area. And also I think that Mayor (Tim) Burchett has done a very good job with transparency in government and I would continue along those lines.”

The 2018 election for Knox County mayor will be for an open seat to replace Burchett.

Jacobs focused on the themes of jobs, education and smaller government, repeating a version of Ronald Reagan’s conservative mantra that “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

Glenn Jacobs announcing his bid for mayor

The WWE star told Rare on Tuesday that his belief in free markets and individual liberty were part of what interested him in becoming involved in politics, and he saw his Republican brand as being similar to that of libertarians like Sen. Rand Paul, Reps. Justin Amash and Thomas Massie, and also his own congressman, Rep. Jimmy Duncan.

Jacobs has lived in Knox County for over two decades, roughly the same amount of time his “Kane” character has endured as one of the top stars in the pro wrestling industry.

“For the past 22 years I’ve had the pleasure of living here in East Tennessee,” Jacobs said Tuesday. “Because my career with the WWE has taken me all around the world on a weekly basis, me family and I could live pretty much anywhere in the U.S.”

“We live here because we want to,” Jacobs said to applause. “We live here because we love it here.”

Jacobs and his wife Crystal own an insurance agency in the Knoxville area.

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At least two other challengers for mayor are expected to run, including County Commissioner Bob Thomas, who has already announced, and Knox County Sheriff Jimmy Jones.

Though Jacobs wrestled under other monikers prior for a number of years, his “Kane” character was introduced to WWE fans in 1997.

Disclosure: Glenn Jacobs is a Rare contributor.

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Mike Calta

Mike “Cowhead” Calta never thought a career in radio would take him so far.

Long before the Land O’ Lakes resident and host of The Cowhead Show, heard weekdays on 102.5 The Bone, was the No.1 Arbitron rated afternoon-drive host in Tampa, he had other ambitions far beyond the airwaves. 

Calta moved to the area with his family from New York in 1989 and enrolled at Pasco-Hernando Community College. He planned to start looking into working on television or movie sets. 

“I wanted to get my associates degree and go over to UCF in Orlando, because they were opening up Universal (Studios),” said Calta, 41. “Either movies or TV, I really didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I wanted to be in that field.” 

 

Mike “Cowhead” Calta has risen to No. 1 in the area on his program, The Cowhead Show, which can be heard from 3 to 7 p.m. on 102.5 The Bone. (Photo courtesy of Mike Calta) 

It wasn’t until a friend told him about internships at 93.3 FLZ in the early 1990s that Calta began to wonder about a career in the radio industry. 

“A friend of mine got an internship at FLZ, which was The Power Pig at the time, and I thought that would be a great way to learn something about the entertainment business when I was trying to get in,” Calta said. “I had never listened to FLZ for one second in my life, but I was a big fan of the talk radio station (970 WFLA). He got me an internship that was really easy to get; you just had to be willing to work for free.” 

That’s when Calta’s career took off. 

Not long after his internship started, Calta began producing the nightly Todd “Bubba the Love Sponge” Clem Show. The only problem for Calta was he didn’t know Clem. 

A simple T-shirt changed that. 

“They had these shirts called Air Bubba, and there was this caricature of Bubba looking like Michael Jordan dunking a doughnut instead of a basketball,” Calta said. “On the back of the shirt, he had long hair that he wore in a ponytail and a giant hoop earring and sunglasses. I had never met him before. … Two seconds later, that same person, looking exactly like he did on the T-shirt came walking up and introduced himself.” 

Calta went on to work as Clem’s producer when the host moved to mornings on 98 Rock from 1996 until 2000, helping the program grow into the highest rated morning show in Tampa Bay history. 

He then moved on to produce at 1010 The Team. 

“1010 was a (bad) AM station, but they had the Bucs and I was a producer, and I really didn’t care,” Calta said. “I was looking for producer jobs. … I said I can produce these shows, the whole station; I just need something.” 

He was soon hired and got his first major on-air position as host of a midday sports show in 2001 with Brent Pearson. Calta said he didn’t know much about sports. 

“(Nanci Donnellan) did middays and she was nationwide, but was based out of that building, and the week before the Super Bowl came to town they fired her,” Calta said. “They said, ‘We need you to do middays,’ and I said I didn’t know anything about sports, and they told me I’d be fine. So here I am doing a sports talk show with all of the media in town for the Super Bowl, and I don’t know anything about sports. … But it went well.” 

With Calta and Pearson pulling in ratings, CBS Radio decided to move the program to the FM dial where they worked at Q105 for almost a year. When that station flipped from country to oldies, they moved to 92.5, which had rebranded itself as Outlaw Country. 

Calta said it was one of the best experiences of his career. 

“(Management) wanted to flip the station to something tailored to (Brent and I), and they decided to change it to Outlaw,” Calta said. “It was the most fun. … It still gave me a chance to kind of mature a little bit.” 

While the show was going well, a new general manager took over the market and soon flipped the station to Spanish, leaving Calta out of a job. 

But when his former boss, Clem, was fired in 2004 after being fined $755,000 by the FCC for indecency, the door opened for Calta to return to 98 Rock two years later. 

“Bubba had been fired, they had a series of failure morning shows, and we had a little bit of success. Right away they said ‘Let’s do it’,” Calta said. “I was sitting at home for six months getting paid to do nothing, which you may think is the best thing in the world. But it was the most miserable six months of my life.” 

For the first three months back on the station, listeners increased. But after one filed a complaint to the FCC, they were fired in March 2006. 

Once again Calta was unemployed, but his next offer carried him further than he had ever gone before. 

“Cox (Media) called me and said they may have something over at The Bone,” Calta said. “At first, they actually said I was too young to work at The Bone when it was a classic rock station. … It didn’t make much sense to me, and I had a couple job offers out of state, but my agent called and had a deal and we worked it out.” 

At first the new gig wasn’t so smooth. 

“It was horrendous,” Calta recalled. “I was at a station that wasn’t sure if it wanted me, my wife was five months pregnant when I got fired, and they didn’t have a big budget, so I couldn’t hire a staff. … That was rough.” 

Calta moved his show to afternoons when Clem announced he was returning to terrestrial radio on The Bone in 2007. Clem had been working for nationally known shock jock Howard Stern on Sirius Satellite Radio. 

The switch paid off for Calta, who quickly jumped to No. 1 in the market. 

“Single best thing that’s ever happened to me,” Calta said. “You’ll never know what it’s like to do mornings until you’ve done it for over a year, and it’s terrible. I did it for 10 years, and every morning my feet would touch the ground and I would go, ‘This (stinks),’ every morning.” 

Though his career has been a roller coaster ride at times, Calta cherishes everything that has happened along the way. 

In addition to hosting The Cowhead Show, Calta also plays the bass guitar in the program’s band, Pitbull Toddler, which consists of Calta, his co-host Greg Galvin and producer John Brennan, among others. 

He and his wife, Amanda, are expecting their second child sometime this month. 

“I’m living the greatest life,” Calta said. “I always tell Galvin that we’re living in (the movie), Vanilla Sky. This can’t be real that this (stuff) has happened to us.”

By Jeff Odom

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