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McDonnell Trial: The Soap Opera Defense

August 1, 2014

McDonnell Trial: The Soap Opera Defense

The former NFL cheerleader had feelings for the shady millionaire snake-oil salesman, who gave her gifts, favors, and cash in order to influence her husband, the state’s Governor. That’s the Exculpatory Soap Opera Theory introduced by the defense in the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen, and they’re sticking to it.

Political tragedy? Please. More like campy, middle-age melodrama.

More:

“Ex-First Couple’s Defense in Virginia: The State of Their Union,” Trip Gabriel, New York Times

“McDonnells pin acquittal hopes on bad marriage in Virginia trial,” Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times

“Testimony seems to back up ‘bimbo defense’ in McDonnell corruption trial,” Mark Holmberg, WTVR-TV News

“Trial of Virginia Ex-Governor and His Wife Is an Amazing Soap Opera,” Erin Gloria Ryan, Jezebel

“Star witness in Bob McDonnell corruption trial refutes ‘crush’ defense,” David Sherfinski, Washington Times

Related:

“10 gifts U.S. wants ex-Va. governor, wife to forfeit,” USA Today

“Virginia’s First Lady-elect Maureen McDonnell was a Former Redskins Cheerleader,” UltimateCheerleaders.com

“Of Course! Disgraced Gov. McDonnell Is Now Teaching At Liberty U,” karoli, Crooks & Liars

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Bachmann Eyes 2016 Presidential Run

July 25, 2014

Bachmann Eyes 2016 Presidential Run

Congress-creature Michele Bachmann, the “Crazy Eyes” Republican currently representing the 6th District of Minnesota, the Planet Mars, the Tea Party Caucus, and the voice of the Lord, is considering another run for the presidency of the United States. God Bless America.

 More:

 “Michele Bachmann: ‘There’s a chance I could run’ for President in 2016,” Terence Cullen, New York Daily News

“Michele Bachmann on running for president: ‘There’s a chance,'” Scott Conroy, RCP via CBS News

“What’s behind Michele Bachmann’s 2016 tease,” Abby Ohlheiser, Washington Post

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Mundus Calicem: Battle of the Popes!

July 13, 2014

Mundus Calicem: Battle of the Popes!

The big Sunday news: Today’s World Cup Final is a match between Argentina, home of His holiness Pope Francis, and Germany, home of retired Pope Benedict XVI. Good Lord!

More:

“World Cup final? No, it’s battle of the Popes,” Sophie Gadd and Martin Belam, Daily Mirror

“World Cup 2014: Battle of the Popes,” Terry Elkady, Global News

“World Cup: Germany, Argentina each have pope in corner,” Eric J. Lyman, USA Today

“World Cup final: It’s Pope versus Pope,” Daniel Burke, CNN Belief

“Who has God on their side? Popes to battle it out in World Cup final,” Carey Lodge, Christian Today

Note: The referee? Italian, naturalmente.

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Tommy Ramone, 1949 — 2014

July 12, 2014

Tommy Ramone, 1949 -- 2014

Musician, songwriter, and producer Tommy Ramone (Tamás Erdélyi) died last Friday. The drummer for The Ramones, he was the last surviving original member of that influential punk band.

More:

“Tommy Ramone, Last Original Member Of The Ramones, Dies At 65,” Scott Neuman, NPR

“Tommy Ramone Dies at 65; He Gave Punk Rock Its Pulse,” Ben Sisario, New York Times

Tom Erdelyi Discography, Discogs.com

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Round, Rested, and Running for Re-Election

July 1, 2014

Round, Rested, and Running for Re-Election
Just in time for Canada Day, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has returned to town after a two-month rehab stint at GreeneStone treatment center. He apologized for embarrassing the city with his erratic behavior and escapades,  declared himself “ashamed, embarrassed and humiliated” and said he “has no one to blame but myself,” but he’s still running for re-election in October.

More:

“Crack-smoking Toronto mayor Rob Ford says he’s sober as he returns to office after two months of rehab,” Sasha Goldstein, New York Daily News

“Toronto Mayor Rob Ford: Rehab saved my life,” BBC News

“Rob Ford: What powers does he still have as mayor?” CBC News

“Rob Ford begs for another chance after his stint in rehab,” Canadian Press via Maclean’s

“Rob Ford, with equal parts contrition and bombast, makes it clear he isn’t going away,” Richard Warnica, National Post

“Rob Ford returns: But can he still win the mayoral race?” Mark Gollom, CBC News

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Dr. Oz: Miracle Snake Oil Diet!

June 24, 2014

Dr. Oz: Miracle Snake Oil Diet!

Reality TV star Mehmet Öz, MD testified before a Senate committee last week about fraudulent weight loss scams. He knows all about it; he’s been promoting the likes of green coffee bean extractGarcinia Cambogia, forskolin, and gluten-free everything for years, when he’s not endorsing faith healing and homeopathy.

Has he no shame? Nope.

More:

“Senators to Dr. Oz: Stop Promising Weight-Loss Miracles,” James Hamblin, The Atlantic

“Dr. Oz, still shilling as fast as he can,” Michael Hilzik, Los Angeles Times

“Celebrity turns a good doctor into a snake oil pitchman,” Dr. Manny Alvarez, Fox News

“Dr. Oz Defends His ‘Miracles,'” National Journal

“Dr. Oz Defends His Pseudoscientific Claims As Harmless ‘Flowery Language,'” Francie Diep, Popular Science

“Dr. Oz: World’s Best Snake Oil Salesman,” Russell Saunders, Daily Beast

“It’s Time to Turn Off TV Doctors,” April Siese, Daily Beast

“The Operator,” Michael Spector, The New Yorker

“Why Dr. Oz can say anything and keep his medical license,” Julia Belluz, Vox

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The Popemobile

June 14, 2014

The Popemobile
Pope Francis told Barcelona’s La Vanguardia that he’s not happy greeting throngs of believers through the bulletproof glass of an armored car:

“I remember in Brazil, they had provided for me an enclosed Popemobile, but I cannot greet the people and tell them I love them inside a sardine can, even if it is made of glass. For me it is a wall.”

“It’s true that anything could happen, but, let’s face it, at my age I don’t have much to lose.”

More:

“Why do I need a bullet-proof car at my age, asks the Pope,” Nick Squires, Irish Independent

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Hangover

June 12, 2014

Hangover

Korean novelty pop star Psy (Park Jae-sang) hosts LA’s Snoop Dogg (Calvin Broadus, Jr.) on a binge-drinking tour of Seoul in a new music video. The hard part must have been convincing Snoop to forgo his customary herb for Korea’s potent soju (소주) distilled spirits, the best-selling booze in the world.

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Herb Jeffries, ‘Bronze Buckaroo’

June 2, 2014

Herb Jeffries, ‘Bronze Buckaroo’

Herb Jeffries, who sang with Duke Ellington and starred in early black westerns as the singing “Bronze Buckaroo,” died last week. He was believed to be 100 years old.

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Where In the World Is Rob Ford?

May 7, 2014

Where In the World Is Rob Ford?

 

“Where is Rob Ford? Brother, lawyer say he’s in rehab,” Kendra Mangione, CTV News

“Toronto crack-smoking mayor Rob Ford missing after flying to US,” RT.com

“Rob Ford declined to officially enter United States,” Robyn Doolittle and Greg McArthur, Globe and Mail

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