Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Nov 6, 2012
November 6, 2012
Election Day Poem:
There's really nothing more to say we haven't heard before except that here it is --Election Day, the day when the Great Ballot goes house to house turning undecided voters into little red people and little blue people.
On Election Eve, Americans wait patiently for the day to come and all of it to end while undecided voters get one last chance to figure it out. What better way to get in the mood than with that beloved election season classic, The Night Before Voting:
T'was the night before voting, all across the U-S
Dismayed and depressed, as we surveyed the mess
We watched all the ads, and skimmed through the news
Confused by lies from opposite views
Relentless as pit bulls the canvassers came
To seek undecideds and list them by name
Against the front door, piled high on the wall
The reams of campaign mailers sent by them all
Ahead or behind, campaigners abound
Promising everything to everyone found
Low taxes! No taxes! And good paying work!
Oppose my opponent, because he's a jerk
Come morning we'll vote, to decide who is boss
No matter who wins, it's America's loss
But lift up your glass, there's reason to cheer!
At least all the ads will all disappear.
Sucking the life out of the wire services:
SELENA GOMEZ is much more than a pop star and JUSTIN BIEBER's girlfriend --she's just been named Glamour magazine's Woman of the Year! Her buddy TAYLOR SWIFT thinks it's a great choice and says she's "giving back to people who need help, because of her own life experience," while the Disney princess is simply flattered. Selena sez she's "very honored," calls it a "very, very big deal" and "didn't even know I was a woman!" (Lee)
JUSTIN BIEBER is ready for the big screen. According to Star magazine, the singer loved his two episodes on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and thinks he should move on to feature films. Critics would disagree since they thought his performance as a psychopath was less than adequate.
Don’t use Hurricane Sandy as an excuse to unload your unwanted clothes on storm victims. The Red Cross website says it won't accept clothing or food because it “must be sorted cleaned, repackaged and transported” and all that extra work gets in the way of giving immediate help to people in need.
The Los Angeles Times said in an op-ed over the weekend that 60 percent of the donated supplies arriving at the disaster site are not beneficial to the survivors. Some of the donations received have included tuxedos, Spanish flags, wedding gowns and sex toys.
NY Magazine’s The Cut says that donations of winter coats, hats, gloves and blankets are still welcome in the areas where there’s now power or heat. But monetary donations will go farther because it allows the aid organizations to buy what’s most needed, as it’s needed.
In case you were wondering, that NatGeo film, "Seal Team Six: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden" picked up around 2.7 million viewers Sunday night. That's not a lot for one of the big broadcast networks, but for the National Geographic network, it was the top show of the past year.
The network will be re-airing the film Friday night at 8 pm (Eastern) and it's already on NetFlix as well.
An airport in England has started blasting TINA TURNER songs to scare birds away.
The Echo newspaper says Gloucestershire Airport has been playing Turner's songs full blast from a loudspeaker on a van, which is driven up and down the runway. Managers used to blast the sounds of birds in distress. But, a spokesman says, "When our bird distress noises weren't working properly, they turned the tape player on, and that day it was Tina Turner who scared the birds away." (Still)
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