Legendary maniac Larry King will emcee the third presidential debate. Think about this. Our grand 2012 debate season began with a confused shark-eyed zombie, moved up to a cool and serious lady for the Biden-Ryan thing, and then got all ethical and fact-checky with Candy Crowley. The only possible "big finish" is to bring in a hundred-year-old Vaudeville/CNN star from the Golden Age of Radio for the final debate. Will David Lynch direct? It will be the most historical moment in Larry King's career since he found something weird in his slipper this morning and also thought he heard the great Walter Matthau speaking through a poinsettia in [...]
Well, the most terrible story in the world has reached its conclusion by verdict. "The jury convicted both officers of official misconduct for entering the woman’s apartment, but found them not guilty of all other charges, including burglary and falsifying business records." So…. that's that. (Although the civil case will proceed.)
I'm sure Dominique Strauss-Kahn is breathing easier this morning.
There'll be lots of swearing in Chicago today (or, you know, more so than usual, even given the Bears loss): "Rahm Emanuel was thrown off the ballot for mayor of Chicago today by an appellate court panel, a stunning blow to the fund-raising leader in the race. An appellate panel ruled 2-1 that Emanuel did not meet the residency standard to run for mayor." Emmanuel is expected to appeal to Illinois' Supreme Court.
The U.S. embassy in Port-au-Prince and U.N. representatives are trying to extract an American citizen, Paul Waggoner, from prison in Haiti. Waggoner was arrested on December 13; he and Paul Sebring are the co-founders of the Materials Management Relief Corps, an NGO organized in the aftermath of the January 12 earthquake.
According to MMRC's press contact, Nanci Murdock, the charge is abduction, and stems from an incident in the aftermath of the earthquake. Waggoner accepted an injured baby from a family and admitted it to a hospital in Port-au-Prince. The baby died; in the chaos, the family never received the body or a death certificate. In addition [...]
Clarence Thomas' former lover comes at last out of the woodwork, after two decades of silence, and throws him under the bus real hard, confirming the already-confirmed stories about him asking women in the office about their breast sizes and his obsession with porn. And there's more! A whole memoir of more.
What does it look like to have a country where people are angry about their government and actually do something about it? Why, it looks like France! With six days of full-on national protests, with half-a-million people marching and students leaving schools en masse and factories of all sorts shut down, this is what you get when a significant percentage of workers have a way to come to agreement about rights that they would prefer for working people. You know: things that they think are in their best interests. Because they don't spend their days in Stockholm Syndrome with the rich, begrudging welfare payments. The Parliament will vote [...]
This is too amazing to mar with any kind of comment, so I will just get out of the way: "KEITH RICHARDS has reignited a row with MICK JAGGER – by claiming the singer has a tiny WILLY. The ROLLING STONES pair fell out in 2005 when the guitarist first said Sir Mick had a 'small c**k'. Keith, 66, was forced to publicly apologise. Now he says Sir Mick's ex MARIANNE FAITHFULL 'had no fun with Mick's tiny todger'."