Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - May 2, 2011
May 2, 2011
Those @$#%* Foreigners:
A politician in Indonesia resigned after he was allegedly caught watching dirty movies at work.
WeirdAsiaNews.com says the incident happened during a parliamentary debate. the man --known only as ARIFINTO --was caught on video streaming internet porn for several minutes during the official session of parliament.
Officials say Arifinto was "an ardent and outspoken supporter of the anti-porn law". If convicted, he would be prosecuted under the same anti-porn law he helped to write.
For the record, Arifinto claims he never intended to watch the video. He says the movie just started playing when he opened a spam email. (Still)
Men in Uniform:
Let's hear it for Pope JOHN PAUL the Second. The former Pope was beatified Sunday by the Catholic church, which is the first big step towards naming him officially as a "Saint."
Beatification is a big word, which, broken down, basically means the person is way holier than thou.
Normally, you'd have to wait at least five years after dying to start the beatification process, but POPE BENEDICT --reacting to chants of "Sainthood Immediately" at John Paul's funeral, decided to act right away and got the process rolling.
While we're on the subject, you need to have at least two miracles confirmed before you can become a saint. John Paul's first miracle apparently occurred In early 2006, when Sister MARIE SIMON-PIERRE, a French nun, who was bedridden with Parkinson's Disease, was completely cured after members of her community prayed for the intercession of John Paul II.
The second miracle may have occurred in 2009, when a nine-year-old Polish boy, suffering from kidney cancer and unable to walk, visited the Pope's tomb in St Peter's Basilica. When he left the tomb after praying, the boy said, "I want to walk," and reportedly began walking normally.
Editor's note: In order for these events to be called "miracles," they have to be "complete and lasting," according to the Catholic Church, so it may be several more years before the former Pope (or, as I like to call him, J-P the Deuce), can be officially confirmed as a saint.
Stars who never graduated high school from Star magazine:
Anyone see a pattern here? (Myers)
Add ED ASNER to the cast of USA Network's hit series, "Royal Pains" --if only for a couple of episodes.
Ed was doing the CMT sitcom, "Working Class," but the network pulled the plug on the series because of low ratings. Now Ed's touring the country with his one-man show about former President FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT, but will tape a couple of episodes of "Royal Pains" this season.
Regular followers of the show know HENRY WINKLER has played Hank and Evan's father, Eddie. Now Asner will play Hank and Evan's grandfather.
Would this be possible in real life? Sure: Asner is 81 now, 24 years older than Winkler, who's 65. And MARK FUERSTEIN and PAULO CONSTANZO, who play the stars Hank and Evan, are 39 and 32. That means Henry Winkler coulda had Mark when he was 26.
--Asner (grandfather): 81
--Winkler (father): 65
--Fuerstein: 39, Costanzo: 32 (sons)
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