Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jun 15, 2012
June 15, 2012
Top 10 Life Lessons From TV Dads:
(Source: Fox News columnist C. SPENCER BEGGS):
--Honesty: "You're honest and expect others to be. That's a good philosophy, but don't always depend on it." JIM ANDERSON, "Father Knows Best" (1954 to 1960)
--Priorities: "All of you who do not have a job, raise your hands. And while you have your hands up, I want you to look down. Because for guys who aren't working, I'm seeing expensive sneakers." CLIFF HUXTABLE, "The Cosby Show" (1984 to 1992)
--Humility: "You're never too old to do goofy stuff." WARD CLEAVER, "Leave It to Beaver" (1957 to 1961)
--Work Ethic: "I want to share something with you: the three sentences that will get you through life. #1: 'Cover for me.' #2: 'Oh, good idea, boss.' #3: 'It was like that when I got here'." HOMER J. SIMPSON, "The Simpsons" (1989 to present)
--Acceptance: "I ain't got no respect for no religion where the head guy claims he can't make no mistakes. Like he's --whaddya call it-- inflammable." ARCHIE BUNKER, "All in the Family" (1971 to 1979)
--Leadership: "Those who want respect, give respect." TONY SOPRANO, "The Sopranos" (1999 to 2007)
--Pragmatism: "If you can't fight 'em and they won't let you join 'em, best get out of the country." PAPPY MAVERICK, "Maverick" (1957 to 1962)
--Love: "What would be love? Well, Rich, let's just say that one little part of love would be that you think more of what's good for the one you love than for yourself." ROB PETRIE, "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (1961 to 1966)
--Respect: "When a man carries a gun all the time, the respect he thinks he's getting might actually be fear. So I don't carry a gun because I don't want the people of Mayberry to fear a gun. I'd rather they respect me." ANDY TAYLOR, "The Andy Griffin Show" (1960 to 1968)
--Dedication: "If you're going to do something, you've got to give it all you've got." MIKE BRADY, "The Brady Bunch" (1969 to 1974)
New rules of the "Jersey Shore" house from In Touch magazine:
--No cell phones, computers, books, magazines or Internet access allowed
--All cast members and their belongings are subject to search
--No more than four visitors are permitted in the house at one time
--Cast members may only leave the house if accompanied by a producer and a security guard (Myers)
Wise Guys, dep't:
A war between two New York Mafia families nearly broke out when a Brooklyn capo in the Columbo family learned that a Bonanno wise guy in Staten Island had stolen the family recipe for pizza sauce.
Ex-Colombo capo-turned-informer ANTHONY RUSSO testified that Colombo associate FRANCIS GUERRA went ballistic when he learned EUGENE LOMBARDO stole the secret sauce recipe from his in-laws' famed Brooklyn eatery, L&B Spumoni Gardens. Lombardo stole to use at an upstart pizzeria.
Lombardo, whose sons worked at L&B, had opened "The Square" in Staten Island and started serving slices that looked and tasted suspiciously like those at L&B.
All of a sudden, people started remembering how Lombardo was in the L&B basement "looking at the supplies, the flour," fuggeddaboudid!
Russo and a bunch of associates went over to the Staten Island joint to confront the rival pizzeria and Lombardo came out --there was yelling, cursing, lots of hand gesturing, "You robbed my family, I'll break your head...".
But cooler heads prevailed, they had a sitdown, and Lombardo agreed to pay four grand to settle the dispute.
For Italians, family recipes are a big deal and a closely guarded secret --old country stuff. L&B makes some of the best pizza in the city, but on foodie websites like Yelp, people are advising that The Square compares as a good alternative for those who don't wanna cross the Verrazano Bridge to go back to the old neighborhood.
Editor's note: Great. Territory dispute? Drug shipment? No, two slices with extra cheese and sausage. What the heck! (Maiman)
The Reel Deal:
Here's something for that special mobbed-up kid: a special Monopoly game with the "Godfather" theme. The company that makes special versions of the popular game for colleges and universities and the like have licensed the "Godfather" saga from Hasbro and Paramount Pictures and Deadline.com says the collector's edition game will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the film's release.
Wednesday night's "Dallas" reboot was a big hit --overnight Nielsen ratings for the TNT premiere showed more than 6.8 million people tuned in for the two-hour pilot, which makes it the number one scripted series premiere on all of cable so far this year.
SIR PAUL McCARTNEY will turn 70 years old on Monday. Let that sink in a minute! To celebrate, PAUL WELLER will release a new recording of THE BEATLES' "White Album" tune, "Birthday." Monday will be the only day you can download the digital-only single, and all proceeds will go to the War Child charity. (Marino)
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