Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Mar 13, 2012
March 13, 2012
I'm a Poll Man:
For the first time, more than half of Americans expect BARACK OBAMA to be re-elected, but rising gas prices --and GOP attacks centered around them-- are making a dent in the president's approval rating.
A new ABC News/Washington Post poll found that nearly two-thirds of Americans (65-26 percent) say they are unhappy with how the president has handled gas prices, which have risen 49 cents a gallon since Jan 01. (FYI: U-S oil imports down, domestic production up.) Meanwhile, 50 percent of participants disapprove of Obama's overall job performance, while 46 percent approve. That's a reversal from last month when 50 percent approved and 46 percent didn't.
And how about a little walk down memory lane, with a look at PRESIDENT OBAMA --during the 2008 campaign-- hammering GEORGE W. BUSH about gas prices. Karma, Mr. President, karma. (Pacelli)
Editor's note: Exactly! Same argument. The teams just switch sides. And the voters are the same old stupid. (Maiman)
Polling, Posturing, Posing and Press Releases:
To get an idea of who's voting in today's Republican primaries, a new survey by Public Policy Polling finds that a majority of Republicans in Alabama and Mississippi believe the president is a Muslim.
Forty-five percent of Republican voters in Alabama think Obama is a Muslim, while 41 percent are "unsure." Only 14 percent believe he is Christian.
In Mississippi, belief in the President's supposed Muslim faith is even stronger. Fifty-two percent of Republicans there think Obama is Muslim, while 36 percent are unsure and only 12 believe he is Christian.
When asked, "Do you believe in evolution, or not?"
In Alabama, 60 percent did not (26 percent did).
In Mississippi, 66 percent did not (22 percent did --Maiman)
Filling a need:
Looking for the perfect gift for someone nursing a broken heart? You can never go wrong with candy --especially if the sweet treats make fun of the unfaithful! An inside source at Cheaterville.com tells Radar Online the website is developing some new confections called Dummy Gummies --which would feature well-known cheaters like TIGER WOODS, JESSE JAMES, BILL CLINTON and KOBE BRYANT. Word is they're hoping to launch the product this summer and the company would send it's celebrity inspirations a free lifetime supply. (Lee)
Gossip Central: tabloids with Cory Myers:
KALEY CUOCO doesn't see herself as a wife. The "Big Bang Theory" actress told Star magazine that she was working on cooking and wife things a month after getting engaged to addiction specialist JOSH RESNIK but apparently it wasn't going very well. The actress has been spotted out without her engagement ring.
Hey, would you wear these? They're a pair of women's shoes made with horse hooves. They're part of a collection of shoes made from dead animal parts by a German designer named IRIS SCHIEFERSTEIN. The horse heels are made with a horse hooves, stilettos made of snakeskins and sandals sculpted from doves. (More pics here.)
One of her clients is LADY GAGA.
Cost of these puppies: $5-grand.
She collects the dead animals from her local butcher in Berlin, strips out the meat and bones and sends the skin to a tanner to be preserved.
She used to pick the animals up off the street.
"I love horses," she says, "and I love shoes so I thought this would be perfect. Horses have a beautiful walk and I wanted to recreate that with my footwear."
Editor's note: I dunno, they don't look too stable. Bwah, haw! (Maiman)
Stars and their movies:
The big movie story today is from the Hollywood Reporter, which claims tracking statistics for the upcoming movie, "Hunger Games," are so big --meaning the interest is so high-- that the opening weekend of the movie may bring in more than $100 million bucks.
There are three "Hunger Games" books out now, and Hollywood sources say the numbers are three times higher than the first "Twilight" movie. Two words: look out.
A guy in California just built the coolest doghouse ever (here).
The Daily Mail reports 68-year-old JIM BERGER wrote famed architect FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT a letter back in 1956. In the note, 12-year-old Berger asked the architect to design a house for his dog. And, Wright did! But, Berger --a cabinet maker by trade-- never actually got around to building it until last year.
Now, the designer dog house will be featured in a documentary about Wright called "Romanza." (Still)
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