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Warner Bros Finally Going Ahead with Shocking Film About Yankees Sex Scandal

Via Deadline Hollywood:
The Trade, a film that tells the true tale of two New York Yankees pitchers who caused a national scandal by swapping wives in the sexually-free 1970s, has finally hit the big leagues.
Boston readers: you're welcome! - Greg Pollowitz

NJ Man Admits to Cops He Threw Baby Off of a Bridge

Via AP:
NEWARK, N.J. — A New Jersey man has pleaded not guilty after police say he told them he threw his 3-month-old daughter off a bridge. Twenty-one-year-old Shamsid-Din Abdur-Raheem appeared composed during his video arraignment Thursday in Newark. He is charged with kidnapping, attempted murder, aggravated assault and child endangerment. The child’s mother watched in court but had no visible reaction. Officials say she had sought a restraining order against Abdur-Raheem.
End of civilization. . . - Greg Pollowitz

Plant Producing Pickled Pork Lips and Pigs’ Feet Burns

Via AP:
State fire investigators spent today at a Louisiana plant that sold pickled pigs’ lips by the gallon through grocery and convenience stores around the Southeast. Arson unit supervisor Donald Carter said they don’t yet know what started the fire. It broke out Monday, when Farm Fresh Foods Suppliers in St. Helena Parish was closed.
Oh, the humanity... - Greg Pollowitz

Daily Kos Commenter Calls Austin Pilot ‘Terror Bagger’

Via Washington Examiner:
Over at DailyKos, a rosy-eyed liberal writes that today’s tragedy in Austin “should inject a bit of caution into the anti-government flame-throwers on the right.” Commenters refer to the alleged pilot, Joe Stack, as a “Terror Bagger.” From reading this, you wouldn’t even know that Stack’s apparent suicide screed contained a cross of left-wing, anti-corporate, anti-religious ideology and personal insanity. But let’s not rush to judgment: Despite these similarities, Joe Stack is by no means an indictment of the Daily Kos website or its membership.
Eventually it will be Glenn Beck's fault, too. - Greg Pollowitz

UN Nuke Agency Worried Iran may be Working on Nuclear Warhead

Via AP:
VIENNA — The U.N. nuclear agency on Thursday said it was worried Iran may presently be working on making a nuclear warhead, suggesting for the first time that Tehran had either resumed such work or never stopped at the time U.S. intelligence thought it did. The report by the International Atomic Energy Agency appeared to put the U.N. nuclear monitor on the side of Germany, France, Britain and Israel. These nations and other U.S. allies have disputed the conclusions of a U.S. intelligence assessment published three years ago that said Tehran appeared to have suspended such work in 2003.
Somebody (everybody) needs to apologize to John Bolton. - Greg Pollowitz

Indiana Senate: Hill, Ellsworth Trail Three Main GOP Hopefuls

Via Rasmussen Reports:
As expected with incumbent Senator Evan Bayh’s surprise announcement this week that he will not seek reelection, Indiana’s U.S. Senate race is wide open. The three leading Republican contenders all post leads for now over the two most prominently mentioned Democratic hopefuls, but it’s not even clear if those Democrats are in the race.
Heckuva job, Evan. - Greg Pollowitz

Chuck Schumer Joins Push For Vote On Public Option

Via Greg Sargent:
This is key: Senator Chuck Schumer has just signed the letter calling on Harry Reid to hold a reconciliation vote on the public option. Schumer just fired off an email to supporters in which he announced his intention to sign the letter, which was initially spearheaded by Senator Michael Bennet and three other Senators.
What's the point of Obama's TV pow-wow again? - Greg Pollowitz

Dick Cheney: ‘Barack Obama Is A One-Term President’

Via Mediaite:
Former Vice President Dick Cheney has been making a lot of news lately. Today he made more, and rallied his conservative followers when he made a suprise, unannounced appearance at CPAC – the Conservative Political Action Conference. “I think 2010 will be a phenomenal year for the conservative cause and I think Barack Obama is a one-term president,” Cheney said to a standing ovation.
Cheney 2012! - Greg Pollowitz

Austin Crash Pilot’s Pathetic Manifesto

Via Exurban League:
A plane was crashed into Austin, Texa’ Echelon Building which housed local IRS offices. Early reports identify the pilot as Joseph Andrew Stack, who earlier burned down his house with wife and child inside. An manifesto by one Joe Stack was found by blogger Oliver Willis online (PDF version here). In short, the man hates the Catholic church, other “monsters of organized religion,” big business, the health care system, accountants, the IRS, George W. Bush, capitalism, communism and just about everything else.
I feel left out that I don't have a manifesto yet. - Greg Pollowitz

Falklands War II? Royal Navy Warships on tandby Over Oil Dispute

Via Telegraph:
HMS York, a type 42-destroyer, was on a “tight leash” patrolling the seas around the islands in response to rising tensions over British firms oil explorations activities near the Falklands. Argentina has demanded a halt to “illegal” oil drilling around the Falkands and on Wednesday imposed a permit system on ships passed from its ports to the island. Gordon Brown, the prime minister, issued an explicit warning to the Argentinian government that the South Atlantic show of force – which also included a survey vessel backed up by a 1,000-strong military detachment on land – would respond to any disruption of the Falklands links to the outside world.
Gordon W. Bush? - Greg Pollowitz

Duke Lacrosse Accuser Charged with Attempted Murder

Via Raleigh News & Observer:
DURHAM — Durham police have charged Crystal Gail Mangum, 31, with attempting to kill her boyfriend early this morning. Mangum is the woman who wrongly accused three Duke lacrosse players of rape in 2006. A judge this morning ordered that she remain in jail on a $1 million bond. Wearing a white jail jumpsuit, Mangum kept her head down during her court appearance today and said nothing as the charges from this morning’s incident were read.
Reader J.H. asks: I wonder if this story will receive the same rabid media coverage as the now infamous “Duke Lacrosse Case” (and all its subsequent scandals) - Greg Pollowitz

Palin vs. Rove on Tea Party’s Future

Via Kansas City Star:
So who’s right — Sarah Palin or Karl Rove — when it comes to the future of the disgruntled and unorganized Tea Party crowd? My nod goes to Palin, as I’ll explain later. First, their views on what Tea Party followers should do now. Palin recently said they should “I guess, kind of start picking a party.” Her reasoning: “Because the Tea Party movement is not a party, and we have a two-party system, they’re going to have to pick a party and run one or the other: ‘R’ or ‘D’.”
I'm with Palin on this. - Greg Pollowitz

The Future Of Journalism -- Elton John: Jesus Was Gay

Via Huffington Post:
“I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems. On the cross, he forgave the people who crucified him. Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving. I don’t know what makes people so cruel. Try being a gay woman in the Middle East — you’re as good as dead.”
The latest from Arianna... - Greg Pollowitz

Here Comes Rubio: Rising Star, Crist Challenger Rallies the Right

Via The Hill:
The star of CPAC continued his rise in the Republican Party on Thursday with a story about his American Dream. Marco Rubio, who has surged to near-even with Gov. Charlie Crist in the Florida GOP Senate primary, used his speech in front of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to bash President Barack Obama, Republican defector Sen. Arlen Specter and, by connection, the centrist Crist.
Good line comparing Crist to Arlen Specter. - Greg Pollowitz

Spitzer Advising Paterson on ‘Scoring with Voters.’

Via New York Post:
As he struggles to save his flailing campaign, Gov. Paterson has told people he’s taking counsel from the man responsible for him being in charge in the first place — Eliot Spitzer. Sources said Paterson has conveyed to associates that the disgraced ex-governor — who stepped down from his office in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal — has been advising him on how to rescue his flailing administration as he faces a looming Democratic primary challenge from Andrew Cuomo. Sources said the advice has largely gone through an intermediary, instead of direct strategy sessions.
Gotta love the "Post's" headline writers. - Greg Pollowitz

Small Plane Crashes Into Austin, Texas, Office Building

Via Fox News:
A small single-engine plane crashed into a seven-story office building in Austin, Texas, around 10 a.m. local time Thursday. An NTSB official told Fox News that they are investigating this as an intentional act, and said it appears the pilot set his own house on fire and then got in his plane and flew it into the building. An NTSB spokesman, however, told that “we can’t confirm any of that.” An Internal Revenue Service office is located inside the building.
Targeting the IRS? - Greg Pollowitz

Kerik Is Sentenced to 4 Years in Prison in Corruption Case

Via New York Times:
WHITE PLAINS — Bernard B. Kerik, a former New York police commissioner who rose to national prominence, was sentenced to four years inprison on Thursday after pleading guilty to eight felony charges, including tax fraud and lying to White House officials. The sentencing was the end of a legal saga in which federal prosecutors denounced Mr. Kerik, a former detective who rose to the upper echelons of power, as a corrupt official who sought to trade his authority for lavish perks.
With this out of the way, Rudy 2012 is back? - Greg Pollowitz

Noah Pollak: A Dubai Victory

Via Commentary:
It’s fascinating to watch the world try to turn the Dubai assassination into a debacle for Israel — all because the team members were captured on CCTV and the British and Irish authorities are making a momentary stink about the use of forged British and Irish passports. You, the reader of this post, will be captured on CCTV a dozen times today simply going about your business. The people calling the operation “sloppy” and a “debacle” seem to actually believe that the Mossad is unaware that there are video cameras in airports and hotels today, or that the passport photos of the agents would not be revealed to the public. Really. More important, the fact of the matter is that the team got into Dubai, rubbed out a bad guy, and got out. No drama, nobody was captured, and nobody knows the real identities of the team or where they are now. Given the extraordinary risk and complexity of the operation, that’s a win in my book. And now the Iranians, Syrians, and their terrorist clients have been given another reminder that their people aren’t safe anywhere — even in the heart of the Arab world.
If only France and England expressed the same level of outrage at Hamas terrorists as they do Israel. - Greg Pollowitz

Help Wanted: Chicago Accepting Applications for Alderman

Via Chicago Sun-Times:
Who ever heard of an open casting call for a $110,556-a-year government job in Chicago — a city whose Democratic ward bosses famously said, “We don’t want nobody nobody sent”? But that’s precisely what Mayor Daley is doing before choosing new aldermen in the 1st and 29th Wards. After making 33 aldermanic appointments, most by following the predecessor’s recommendation, he’s posting the equivalent of a “Help Wanted” ad on the Internet.
$110K per year, plus whatever you can steal! - Greg Pollowitz

‘Who the Hell is Marco Rubio?’

Via Fox News:
. . . “Who the hell is Marco Rubio?” former President George W. Bush said jokingly when asked about the race at a recent speaking event this week in Naples, Fla. Bush had joined his brother, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, at the rare public appearance this week, moderated by Fox News’ Jim Angle. The two were asked a variety of questions, including about that proverbial elephant in the room, the Florida Senate race.
Yes, it was a joke. Not a good one, however. - Greg Pollowitz


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