Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jul 8, 2011
July 8, 2011
Political Racket /Dirty Tricks:
House Republicans are getting ready to vote on a bill that would stop a federal phase-out of run-of-the-mill incandescent light bulbs, in favor of more eco-friendly alternatives. Republicans will bring up the measure on Monday under suspension of the rules, which requires a two-thirds vote and prohibits amendments.
Conservatives view the phase-out of regular bulbs a prime example of big government. But some on both sides of the aisle are also worried about the move toward compact flourescent bulbs, whicn contain small levels of mercury that could contaminate a home if a bulb breaks. (Pacelli)
It's Cow Appreciation Day again!
What this means for you is that if you dress up like a cow and go to Chick-Fil-A, you will be rewarded with a free meal for a full costume or a free entree for a partial costume. This is the seventh year the restaurant has been doing their promotion, and this year they're holding a best-dressed contest as well, with photos being accepted from today through the 31st.
Check out the website HERE. (AB)
Trolling for publicity:
TYRESE (real name: TYRESE GIBSON) believes in looking at the bright side of life. The singer is one of the most popular guys on Twitter.com with one-point-seven-million followers. The humble sex symbol chalks up his popularity to positive energy --he throws it out in the universe and the fans absolutely love it.
Meanwhile, the "Transformers" cutie may have a wonderful reason to be in a good mood --he's got a new girlfriend. Sources tell the National Enquirer he's been spending lots of quality time with WHITNEY HOUSTON since the diva left rehab. (Lee)
KIM KARDASHIAN is ready to set the bridal world on fire. According to Star magazine, the reality show star wants her wedding to KRIS HUMPHRIES to out do the royal wedding of PRINCE WILLIAM and KATE MIDDLETON. Her family says she's turning into a bridezilla. (Myers)
Designer KARL LAGERFELD has a weird side-project going on: making a line of high-end pens that use nail polish for ink.
Women’s Wear Daily says the polish is mixed with ink to create a “burgundy lacquer.” Apparently, drawing with nail polish is a thing with Lagerfeld. He’s famous for always using a Japanese brand of nail polish to when he sketches his designs.
He’s working with a French luxury-goods company to make the writing instruments. There’s no word yet on how much the Lagerfeld nail polish pens will cost, but the company that’s making them has other pens that cost around two thousand dollars. (Bartha)
Cops & robbers:
Police in Houston, Texas are on the lookout for a bandit dressed in unusual clothing.
CNews reports the thief and his accomplice are accused of demanding cash from a dollar store while armed with a high-powered assault rifle. Witnesses didn't get a good look at their faces. But, one guy was described as wearing a McDonald's shirt and SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS pajama bottoms. The crooks are still on the loose. No word on how much cash they made off with. (Still)
Grace notes from Vinny Marino:
As if INSANE CLOWN POSSE couldn't get any more out there, the hip-hop outcasts have added CHARLIE SHEEN to its 12th annual Gathering of the Juggalos festival. 20 artists are on the bill for the event which runs from August 11th through the 14th in the small town of Cave-In-Rock, Illinois. That includes BUSTA RHYMES, LIL JON, FLAVA FLAV, and KOTTONMOUTH KINGS. (Marino)
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