Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jan 11, 2016
January 11, 2016
Along the Primary trail:
A Muslim woman was escorted out of a DONALD TRUMP rally in South Carolina on Friday after she stood up in silent protest. Fifty-six-year-old ROSE HAMID --a fight attendant-- was sitting in the stands behind Trump, when he suggested Syrian refugees fleeing a civil war were affiliated with the ISIS.
Although she didn't say anything, members of the crowd pointed her out and she was removed. She later told CNN, "The ugliness really came out fast and that's really scary... I figured that most Trump supporters probably never met a Muslim, so I figured that I'd give them the opportunity to meet one... I really don't plan on saying anything. I don't want to be disrespectful but if he says something that I feel needs answering I might --we'll see what strikes me." (Pacelli)
CHRIS CHRISTIE didn't pull any punches on Saturday during an event in Columbia, SC, when he was asked about education reform. He said, "The single most destructive force for public education in this country is the teachers union... It is the single most destructive force."
He added, "In New Jersey alone, the teachers union has 200,000 members, and they collect mandatory dues of $730 per person per year... That's $140 million that the teachers union just in New Jersey collects a year, and they pay nothing toward teacher salary, teacher pension or teachers healthcare."
He continued, "It's a $140 million political slush fund to be able to reward their friends and punish their enemies... Now imagine that kind of force and it's replicated in state after state after state in this country." (Pacelli)
Idle gossip & unconfirmed rumors:
Were you hoping to become a billionaire during the Powerball lottery last Saturday night? You're not alone! Victoria's Secret catwalker SHANINA SHAIK posted a photo of her own ticket on Twitter saying: "I want to be a millionaire so freaking BAD" while rapper 50 CENT won a whopping seven-bucks in last weekend's drawing. (Lee)
Golden Globe Awards:
Did you watch the 73rd Golden Globes last night? Hollywood stars seem to like the Globes because they get to sit at tables and drink their butts off during the ceremonies along with kibitzing and hobnobbing with the industry giants (and giantesses) from TV and the movies. My wife's comment on the red carpet: "Those are some of the fug-liest dresses I've ever seen at an awards show." Which brings us to the point --don't forget, "Fashion Police" returns tonight with another look at it.
Grace notes from Vinny Marino:
Just when you thought he was behaving himself, Bieber The Brat is at it again. The New York Daily News says JUSTIN BIEBER and his latest gal pal, HAILEY BALDWIN were kicked out of the Mayan ruins in Tulum, Mexico, on Thursday. Official say Justin climbed on one of the ruins, took his pants off and took a selfie. The ruins are off limit and when security told Justin to get down, he yelled back at them. Before he and his posse even got inside the sacred area, Justin was drinking beer, which is not allowed on the premises, so he had to chug what he had before they let him in. Justin tried to climb on more of the ruins and the police were called, but he eventually left. (Marino)
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