Hide yo kids, hide yo wife. The FCC is proposing changes to its guidelines that would allow more racy content on TV during hours when kids are awake and could tune in. The American Family Association and Parents Television Council are both going ape. Do parents need the government to keep their little snow flakes from seeing/hearing objectionable material or can they police that themselves?
The New Trier School Board wants kids to start using iPads instead of school books and paper. They argue that it’ll save them and parents money in the long run. Some parents are upset because they say they can’t afford. iPads are pretty pricey, $350-450. Is it fair to ask parents to buy something that expensive?
Once again the US Court of Appeals has ruled that the Osama bin Laden death pictures ought not be released. Judicial Watch had filed a FIOA request. It’s been a while, do you need to see them?
Gutsy: Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn wants any disaster aid for tornado victims to offset by spending cuts. That’s putting your (aid) money where your mouth is.
Story guaranteed to make Amy Jacobson cry: A Moore, Oklahoma woman who lost her house was reunited with her dog live on TV. She had been separated from the dog and call for it when she climbed out of the ruble, so she thought that it had been killed.
Awkward Media Moment: CNN’s Chris Cuomo scolded a Congressman for people in Washington politicizing thing like disaster aid in the wake of the Oklahoma tornado. His guest Mark McBride isn’t a Congressman… he’s a state representative.
Most awesome story of the day: Former Republican Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has inspired a new steamy romance novel. In it, an uptight politician is trying to “bone up” (Yeah, I said it) on foreign policy, and ends up stranded in the woods with an attractive stranger.
Aim low, kids! New York Mayor Bloomberg says that students should skip college and become plumbers. (First of all, that shows there really is not aspect of life that Bloomberg doesn’t want to stick his nose in) We’ve certainly learned that college isn’t quite as helpful as people once believed, and plumbers certainly make some pretty good money, but if you’re an elected official should you really be telling kids out there to skip college? I wouldn’t even expect someone like Mark Zuckerberg to suggest that.
Adding another wrinkle to the AP story, Fox News chief Washington correspondent James Rosen had his emails read by the Department of Justice. The case both Rosen and the DOJ were investigating involved a government adviser was accused of leaking information after a 2009 story was published online which said North Korea planned to respond to UN sanctions with another nuclear test (which they did). To get the subpoena, the FBI claimed that Rosen broke the law “at the very least, either as an aider, abettor and/or co-conspirator.” Fox News says that Rosen was just doing the same work that any member of the free press would do.
Scare in the Air: Boeing and other airplane manufacturers are researching whether or not jumbo jets could make do without a co-pilot. Basically, there would be a cadre of ground-based “co-pilots” who could take over remotely like flying a drone. America’s greatest hero, Chesley Sullenberger says that the idea is “ludicrous.” How comfortable would you be with the idea? Flying an airliner full of people is very different from flying a drone.
Awkward Media Moment: The news team at KSN in Witchita was forced to run for their tornado shelter live on the air. The storm lifted just as it reached the area of the TV station, so everyone made it through alright. What would it take for the Big John & Amy show to evacuate?
A college student in my former stomping grounds of Atlanta is accused of faking his own kidnapping to avoid telling his parents he was failing a class. Now he is charged with making a false report, false statements, tampering with evidence and terroristic threats. So yeah, the parents probably don’t care much about the failing grade anymore.
New York college student accidentally shot by police during robbery. He had pointed his gun at the police, so I think they would argue they had to act, but he had her in a headlock at the time. So if you’re a law enforcement officer, do you shoot the guy with an innocent person in such close proximity?
The state Senate approved the medical marijuana bill on Friday. It already passed the House last month, so now it goes to Governor Quinn. He says he’s “open minded.
One thing Quinn did sign over the weekend was the bill allowing tougher penalties for “flash mob” attacks coordinated on social media. Which I still think is idiotic. If you attack someone, that’s a crime. It’s not a “super” crime because you Tweeted about it. Confusing activity and accomplishment.
Rand Paul told Candy Crowley that there is a written memo instructing the IRS to target conservative groups. He says that he hasn’t seen the memo, yet, but he’s confident that it will eventually come out. No one would actually be stupid enough to write something like that down… would they?
Geeky Space Story of the Day: NASA reports a boulder sized meteoroid slammed into the surface of the moon back in March. The explosion was actually big enough that if you had been looking at the Moon at just the right time you could have seen it with the naked eye.
A US Air Force veteran wants Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. She says that she feels sorry for his family and wants to transfer her plot to him so that he can be buried. Arlington has already responded, saying that veterans can’t trade their cemetery plots.
Investigators in Cleveland found a suicide note that kidnapper Ariel Castro wrote several years ago. He said that the girls themselves are to blame for what happened to them because they got into his car.
Remember the Utah soccer referee who died after being punched by a player? The teen who punched him has been charged with homicide by assault. A homicide by assault charge is less serious than manslaughter. It carries up to five years in prison for adults, but penalties can be less for juveniles.
Don’t call it a comeback: Bob Dold has announced that he will run to reclaim that House seat in the 10th Congressional district in 2014. Interestingly, his announcement doesn’t mention the word “Republican” but he calls himself an “independent-thinking moderate.” (Efforting Dold)
America’s foreign policy secret weapon is back. Dennis Rodman took to Twitter on Wednesday saying “Do me a solid and cut Kenneth Bae loose.” Bae is the Korean-American tour guide who was arrested and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for unspecified “hostile acts” against the country.
Very sad news from Cubdom: 28-year old teacher chokes on a hot dog before a Cubs game at Wrigley Field.
Good news: The troughs will remain even after the $300 million renovation at Wrigley Field. I think this is the last thing the city was holding out for, so maybe they can get started now.
A 5th grader in New York says that a teacher told him to lick his desktop clean after he was caught drawing on it. The parents are none too pleased about that. Over the top or good ole fashioned ‘Murican discipline? How would you react if your child had to do something like that?
Wussification of America, Part I: A second grader in Virginia was suspended for pointing his pencil at another student and making gun noises. Doesn’t that actually violate both the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms AND his 1st Amendment right to freedom of speech?
Wussification of America, Part II: A father in Massachusetts is outraged after his childrens Lego blocks included one with a construction worker shouting “HEY BABE!” He says that Lego is “normalizing street harassment and cat-calling,” Lego has issued an apology and says that they will never produce the offending blocks again.
Just FYI: Amanda Berry’s mom appeared on ”The Montel Williams Show” in 2004 and a celebrity psychic told her that her daughter was dead. So she died thinking that her daughter was dead, at least in part because of that fraud.
Former Comcast SportsNet reporter Susannah Collins has issued her first public statement since her hiring. She apologized for the colorful nature of the Sports Nutz web series that caused such an uproar. She said, ”The intention of that show was to present a satirical, tongue-in-cheek approach to sports but, unfortunately, some of the material it contained was off-color and offensive.” She said it was always her dream to come to Chicago and report on her favorite teams.
A private charity is offering “Pet Food Stamps” to low income people. You’re prohibited from using “people” food stamps for pet food. This is completely funded through donations, not government money. I realize it’s a much smaller outfit, but if you’re a “small government, Republican/libertarian,” why isn’t this a model that you are presenting as an alternative to the government program?
The FBI raided a mobile home in Minnesota that contained Molotov cocktails, suspected pipe bombs and firearms. They believe the owner was planning some sort of localized terror attack.
Second Amendment Spotlight: A company has created and fired the first gun made almost completely on a 3D printer. It’s made out of plastic, so it certainly wouldn’t show up on medal detectors very well. The creator of the gun said that he recognizes that it could be used to harm people, but that’s not a reason not to put it out there.
Shocking Diplomatic Failure by former President Bill Clinton revealed: Bubba failed to broker a Led Zeppelin reunion. It actually would have been for the Hurricane Sandy benefit. Clearly this shows that our “special relationship” with the British is no more.
Things were looking so great for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. He’s seems to be a shoe-in for re-election with job approval numbers through the roof and already people are talking about him running for POTUS in 2016. Who would have thought that his meteoric rise would be brought down by murder allegations? PETA is accusing Governor Christie of murdering… a spider. Christie Tweeted video of an event he did with some school kids where he killed a spider that the kids pointed out walking across a desk. They say it was a “thoughtless act” on the part of the Governor.
A music festival in South Africa is going to feature “beer drones.” A patron orders a cold one, and then it is parachuted down to them by an unmanned aerial vehicle. This is just the drones trying to lull us into a false sense of security. One minute they are dropping beer from the sky, the next they are back to blowing up wedding parties. This is just how Terminator started.
A school in North Carolina has banned a 17 year old from holding her son in her yearbook photo. They say it could promote teen pregnancy. The school invited seniors to include a prop in their senior picture that represents an achievement or something that best represents them. There were no rules or requirements for said prop. She picked her son as her “prop.” She says that his birth led her to work harder, which led to her graduating early. She also works 30 hours a week to pay for college. Seems like a good example of how to handle adverse circumstances, doesn’t it?
Mark Kirk wants the Feds to come in and do something about gang violence in Chicago. Dick Durbin agrees but thinks that it might be tough to find the cash. Is it time for a 21st century Elliot Ness to come in and clean up the place?
The 9/11 museum at Ground Zero will charge people admission, about $20-25. 9/11 victims family members are outraged, saying that the museum is trying to make money off of the tragedy. They have to keep the doors open and the lights on, why wouldn’t they charge admission?
The Schaumburg Boomers have issued a press release offering the Cubs use of their ballpark as “co-tennants” if the Cubs decide to leave Wrigley Field. All they ask is that they get the first choice of dates. Makes sense, the Boomers will probably have a better year. Your move, Mr. Ricketts.
Ted Cruz challenged Vice President Biden to a debate about whether a shotgun or a semi-automatic rifle would be better for self defense. I’d be careful if I were Cruz. The last person to get into a gun fight with the Vice President was Alexander Hamilton and it didn’t work out too well for him.
Texas Governor Rick Perry recorded a video introduction for his speech at the NRA annual meeting featuring him shooting a semi-automatic rifle.