“I was planning to eat this sucker,”—President Barack Obama just joked, before issuing an “official” pardon for Courage the turkey. His girls convinced him to do otherwise, Obama said. - via npr (via brooklynmutt)
I don’t think anyone involved in this production thought they were creating anything but trash — nor do I, as a viewer, want anything more. I’m Italian and found ‘That’s Amore’ to be far more offensive.
That’s the message an Italian-American group has for MTV and the cable network’s plans to air a reality show that depicts Jersey shore beachgoers as the “hottest, tannest, craziest Guidos.”
UNICO National, the largest Italian-American service organization in the country, said Tuesday that “Jersey Shore” relies on crude stereotypes and highlights cursing, bad behavior and violence in depicting renters at a New Jersey beach house.
A MTV promo describes the participants thusly: “They keep their hair high, their muscles juiced and their fists pumping all summer long!”
UNICO President Andre DiMino calls the show “trash television.”
Just in time for the holidays — I’m honestly surprised it took this long to happen. At this point, who hasn’t been trapped on an airplane for some absurdly long amount of time.
For the first time, the Department of Transportation has fined airlines for leaving passengers stuck on a plane, a decision that could have a wider impact on the airline industry and the push for a passengers bill of rights.
Passengers on a Continental Express flight that was diverted because of bad weather were unable to get off the plane for nearly six hours in August in Rochester, Minn.
The DOT fined Continental Airlines and its regional carrier, Express Jet, $100,000 on Tuesday. A $75,000 fine was also issued against the company that operated the airport gate where the plane sat from about midnight until 6 a.m.
"Every airline is paying attention to this decision, and they’re going to act accordingly, and hopefully they’re not going to keep passengers on the plane quite as long," said Don Swaim, a Dallas aviation attorney who handles enforcement cases with the DOT.
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After it became clear that the event was turning into a hazard, Bieber tweeted: “They are not allowing me to come into the mall. if you dont leave I and my fans will be arrested as the police just told us.”
And a few moments later he posted: “the event at roosevelt mall is cancelled. please go home. the police have already arrested one person from my camp. I dont want anyone hurt.”
I find this particularly interesting, as I was studying abroad in Florence when this case went to court. If you haven’t read about it, you can find some background here:
PERUGIA, Italy - Prosecutors on Saturday requested life in prison for Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend, who are accused in the fatal stabbing of her British roommate during a drug-fueled sex game — charges the U.S. woman dismissed as “pure fantasy.”
In their closing arguments, the prosecutors said Amanda Knox and Italian Raffaele Sollecito should be convicted on charges of murder and sexual violence for the 2007 slaying of Meredith Kercher.
“When the woman was unexpectedly called out of town recently, she did not want to leave her rare coin collection in her house. So, she turned to God and made the unusual decision to leave her prized collection at the grotto on the campus of Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md., under fallen leaves near the statue of the Virgin Mary.”—NBC Washington
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