Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jun 21, 2012
June 21, 2012
Polling, Posturing, Posing and Press Releases:
MITT ROMNEY is trailing PRESIDENT OBAMA in a new poll, and he's probably happy about it. Roll Call reports that the president leads Romney 34-to-12-percent in a survey from SeekingArrangement.com, which calls itself, "The world's largest sugar daddy dating website."
However, 43-percent said they wouldn't want either to be their "sugar daddy." Obama was called by some, "easier-on-the-eyes and trustworthy," while Romney was "stodgy" and "vanilla." (Pacelli)
Lifestyles of the One Percent:
Oracle CEO LARRY ELLISON has picked up a sweet vacation spot: He just bought 98 percent of the Hawaiian island of Lanai.
It's not clear what he paid for the 141-square-mile isle, but it was offered for sale for up to $600 million by Castle & Cooke, a company owned by billionaire DAVID MURDOCK.
Some 2-thousand residents live on Lanai, Hawaii's sixth-largest island. One state senator said, "It's a major trophy for billionaires to say 'I own one of the eight major Hawaiian Islands'."
Hawaii's governor, NEIL ABECROMBIE, said, "We look forward to welcoming Mr Ellison in the near future. His passion for nature, particularly the ocean, is well known, specifically in the realm of America's Cup sailing."
When Murdock bought Lanai in 2000, he shut down most of the island's pineapple operations to prepare for resort development. Today, some 26-thousand tourists visit the island, which has two resort hotels, two championship golf courses, residential developments and a solar farm, all of which Ellison will own. Other individuals own the two percent of the land Ellison isn't buying.
It's not yet known what Ellison plans to do with his acquisition. Mudock, who built a home on the island, will continue to be a sometime resident, and is retaining rights to develop a local wind farm. (Maiman)
Shapewear maker Spanx thinks you should flash your Spanx with pride. And, yes, as with most crimes against fashion, you can legitimately blame KIM KARDASHIAN for this one.
It all started when celebrity blogger PEREZ HILTON called out Kim for wearing a black Stella McCartney dress that featured sheer side panels. In the pictures, it looks like you can clearly see Kim's shapewear through the sheer part of the dress. But Kim issued a statement (yes, she issued a statement over this) in which she says: "I've seen some publications saying I'm flashing my Spanx or control underwear underneath the dress... but that's exactly how I bought it with those nude panels inside. So no Spanx here!"
The shapewear maker fired back at Kim with a statement of their own. They told Racked.com that exposed Spanx is no fashion crime. "Whether it's a Slimmer & Shine slip, or a Stella McCartney dress with a Spanx-inspired liner, we say let your Spanx and your shape show!"
Editor's note: To be clear, Kim Kardashian has confirmed in a written statement that she was not wearing any underwear.
Phone Starter: Where do you fall on the great underwear-as-outerwear debate? Would you wear your Spanx in public? Or dress to show it off? (Bartha)
Today's police blotter:
A lady in Portland, Oregon, is accused of sneaking into an apartment building, hidden in a suitcase.
The NY Post says it went down like this: a resident of the apartment building allegedly hid his girlfriend in a large suitcase. Then, he dragged the bag into his apartment. The problem is, the 50-year-old girlfriend is banned from his building. Cops say that's because she got into a fight there last year and smashed a fire extinguisher. The 96-pound woman was arrested. (Still)
There's a "Barbarella" remake in the works.
Deadline.com says MARTHA DE LAURENTIIS is behind a new TV series which would be based on the same character made famous in the 1968 movie starring JANE FONDA (whose poster was on every college student's dorm room wall back in the day).
And if Martha's name looks familiar, you win the prize --she's the wife of the late DINO DE LAURENTIIS, who produced the original movie. She and Dino picked up the rights for a movie remake in 2007, but with his death in 2010, it never got produced.
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