Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Nov 11, 2013
November 11, 2013
Caring for the troops now:
Want to send a care package to any soldier in Harm's Way, but have no idea of what to send, who to send it to, or how? Head over to www.anysoldier.com. Many of the care packages go to soldiers who haven't family back home to send them anything.
Sergeant BRIAN HORN, a soldier with the 173rd Airborne Brigade from LaPlata, MD, was in the Kirkuk area of Iraq when he started the idea of Any Soldier to help care for his unit. He agreed to distribute packages that came to him with "Attn: Any Soldier" in his address to soldiers who didn't get mail.
Phoner: Do we spend enough time thinking soberly about how we arrive at our decisions to send people off to battle, or the sobering consequences thereafter, particularly in the modern age?
Veteran's Day Freebies:
On Veterans Day all Veterans and active duty military can eat free at many restaurants. A partial list:
--All locations: Golden Corral, Chili's, Olive Garden, On The Border, Charlie Brown's Steakhouse, Krispy Kreme (Breakfast), Outback Steakhouse (Free Bloomin' Onion and Beverage), Red Robin (Tavern Double burger and Bottomless Steak Fries), T.G.I. Friday's (free lunch), Denny's (all you can eat pancakes from 6 am-2 pm), Shoney's (All-American Burger), Friendly's (breakfast), Carrabba's (free appetizer), Red Lobster (free appetizer), California Pizza Kitchen (free pizza and non-alcoholic beverage), Champps (free burger and waffle fries), Lone Star Steakhouse (free entree).
--Participating locations: Applebee's, Sizzlers, US locations of Tim Hortons (free donuts).
Channukah actually begins the day before Thanksgiving this year (or rather, the night before Turkey Day, since --as ADAM SANDLER would say-- it's "eight craaaazy nights"). And up until now, there was nothing to compare to Christmas's Elf on the Shelf for Channukah.
Up until now: check out the (wait for it...) "Mensch on the Bench" you can put on a shelf, over the mantel, or wherever. Creator NEAL HOFFMAN is a former employee at Hasbro Toys, and says he got the idea to add some "Funukka to Hanukkah," then did a Kickstarter campaign to fund it. And the Mensch does have a name --it's Moshe (pronounced MOY-sha). You know you want one.
There's a new app that uses your selfies to measure your bra size. The app is called ThirdLove. NY Magazine says the app guides you through the process of taking two boob shots – with your bra on! Their database then does all sorts of analytical algorithm crunching and sends back a code with your new bra size.
There are a few downsides with this app: The code isn't a standard cup-and-strap size. Instead of telling you you're a 36-B, the code will only be applicable to their specialized bra shop. A number of tech blogs have also pointed out that it's only a matter of time before all the pictures of boobs in bras gets hacked. Basically, it's a booby trap. (Bartha)
Stars and their movies:
COREY FELDMAN demands respect! The "Stand By Me" star whined to "Access Hollywood" that he loves the movie industry and believes it's an "honor to be able to entertain people," but wants big wigs to give him a shot at A-list films. After decades in the biz he's still doing independent flicks and doesn't think this should be the case.
The former child star is promoting his new book, "Coreyography," about his friendship with the late COREY HAIM who tragically died of a drug overdose in 2010. (Lee)
Grace notes from Vinny Marino:
So, how does MILEY CYRUS follow up her performance at the MTV Video Music Awards? By getting even more sleazy at the MTV Europe Music Awards. Miley opened last night's show from Amsterdam with "We Can't Stop." She was dressed in a silver spandex suit and twerked in the face of a female dwarf dancer in black leather who slapped Miley's butt. Miley also returned the favor. Oh, and Miley did the tongue thing, too.
But, at the end of the show, after accepting the award for Best Video for "Wrecking Ball," Miley lit up a huge spliff and took a long toke. (video) Marijuana is not legal in the Netherlands, but you can't be arrested for using a small amount, and it's sold at "coffee shops" all over the nation.
Editor's note: Mark it down, everybody. On Sun, Nov 10, 2013, drugs officially became Uncool.
--It's like a super, super wholesome Amy Winehouse. (Maiman)
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