Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Mar 12, 2013
March 12, 2013
Swallowing the punch:
Saudi Arabia has a problem: Not enough swordsmen for executions.
That's bad news when you're the only country in the world that still beheads criminals, leading Saudi Arabian authorities to rule that using a firing squad is an acceptable alternative to publicly lopping the heads of those convicted of crimes including murder, drug trafficking, and abandoning your faith (apostasy).
According to a government report, the few swordsmen officially authorized to behead criminals were so busy traveling between executions they tended to arrive late, "which causes security confusion." The kingdom executed around 75 people last year and has executed 15 so far this year. (Maiman)
Broadcast, cable and video news:
More drama yesterday about the continuing changes on "The View," as BARBARA WALTERS took some quality time to deny all the reports that ELISABETH HASSELBECK was being hustled off the show in addition to JOY BEHAR.
In her statement, Barbara denied the story that Elisabeth was being bagged because of her conservative views: "The truth is, we love Elisabeth [and] we value and appreciate her point of view. She helps give this show perspective and balance... We have no plans for Elisabeth to leave this show."
However, no word on yesterday's story about BROOKE SHIELDS joining the show.
Somebody's made a gluestick that will attach your boobs to your bra, It's a company called Bosom Couture. The product -- the Boob Glue. Racked.com says the product "lifts up women to their fullest potential..." but only after you've smeared the glue all over your breasts and the inside of the bra cup, then held your breasts in places until the glue dried.
There's no mention of how long the glue works... how you get it off... if it causes skin irritation... or ruins your lingerie... or even what possible scenario you might encounter that would require gluing your bra to your breasts. (Decoupage date night? Do-It-Yourself Body Armor?) But hey --if you want to give it a go, the Boob Glue goes on sale next month. The company is keeping potential customer's posted through their Facebook page. (Bartha)
Like you really care:
PARIS JACKSON is just 14-years-old, but has a big future rocking the pom-poms. BARBARA ZAUN --a big wig at the Philadelphia Eagles cheer squad --tells TMZ.com she's seen her perform, thinks she has "poise, confidence and enthusiasm" and "the wow factor." Barbara would love to have her on the squad, but it will be a while --members need to be 18 with a high school diploma.
Editor's rant: Anyone else find this a little creepy? While high school cheer focuses on spirit and competition, the ladies on the sidelines of NFL games are a different story. The Philadelpha Eagles cheerleaders have lingerie calendars, spreads in Maxim magazine and even a swimsuit app! Is it irresponsible to encourage tweens to become sex symbols? (Lee)
I'm a Poll Man:
A new McClatchy-Marist poll puts PRESIDENT OBAMA's popularity right about where it was heading into last fall's election season. He's pulling a 45-percent job approval number, versus 48-percent who disapprove of his performance.
And numbers on the currrent D.C. gridlock are mixed, with 45-percent blaming Republicans in Congress, versus 37-percent who blame the president. However, when asked "Who has a better approach with the budget deficit?," 44-percent say Republicans do, while 42-percent prefer the president's plan. (Pacelli)
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