More notes in the political news plus a reporter freaks out
Published on August 19, 2014
Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott's campaign for reelection hit another snag when a Spanish language advertisement he ran featured endorsement by a man convicted of human trafficking. Maikel-Duarte Torres praised Scott's job creation record in the 30-second spot, but it was later discovered Torres had been convicted in 2010 for attempting to smuggle Cuban illegal immigrants into Florida. The ad was pulled. This comes on the heels of an earlier gaff in which Scott ran an endorsement from a Florida city manager who was forced to resign over charges of grand theft, corruption and misuse of public office.
Scott reportedly told a crowd at a grocery store owned by Torres at the time the ad was filmed, "I grew up in a grocery store. I love selling things to people."
Apparently, it's mostly selling bull.
Officials of the reclusive communist country of North Korea denied that the firing of three short-ranged missiles into the Sea of Japan this week had anything to do with the current visit of Catholic Pope Francis the First to Seoul, South Korea. This seems to be born out by the fact that missiles were fired by North Korea into the sea in 1993, 2006, 2009, 2013 and March of 2014, when no one of any importance in the Catholic Church visited.
There can only be one explanation. North Koreans are mad at ocean fish. They don't like those fish.
Customers of Lands End, a retailer known for its sturdy clothing and family image, were outraged when the company sent them in the mail a free copy of GQ Magazine. A men's magazine, the GQ cover featured a nearly topless female model wearing only a Hawaiian lei. Lands End was flooded with angry complaints, some from parents who said their children had seen the magazine in the mailbox and the company had exposed them to "pornography."
Edger Huber, Lands End chief executive officer, apologized, admitting the promotional gift was a big mistake.
The message is clear Edger. If you sell clothing, don't send customers pictures of women who aren't wearing any.
A transgender man who made headlines by giving birth to three children can divorce his wife of more than 10 years, overturning an earlier ban, an Arizona Appeals Court has decided. Thomas Beatie, 40, was born a woman, but has lived as a man for 20 years after treatments to change his gender. Beatie stopped testosterone treatments to have a baby in 2008 when his wife failed to conceive because of a hysterectomy and had two more children.
This precedent-setting case proves that he and she can have babies with her, and she can get a divorce from her and him.
Texas Governor Rick Perry said sending National Guard troops to the Mexican Border will defend not only Texas but the entire nation from "Narco Terrorists." Perry, readying for a presidential run in 2016, journeyed to a National Guard camp outside of Austin for a look at the troops' training before deployment.
Perry praised the troopers, many of whom are Hispanic, the children of undocumented immigrants, and who joined the National Guard because they needed at least a part-time minimum wage job.
Rumors remain unconfirmed Perry will next appear before troops wearing a helmet, his old Air Force uniform and carrying a riding crop.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan faced a firestorm of media criticism after saying in a television interview that being called an Armenian was the same as being called "ugly."
"They called me a Georgian," Erdogan said in the interview. "But they said even uglier things, they called me an Armenian."
This is proof positive that Erdogan, an ugly, wrinkled little balding man with a mustache that looks like a gray mouse, has no knowledge of Kim Kardashian.
Two Good Samaritans are suing CNN for $1 million, claiming that one of the network's reporters injured them in a drunken brawl at the American Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. Charles Simons and Tracy Lamar said CNN correspondent Arwa Damon became drunk and unruly, biting Lamar on the forearm and causing multiple injuries to the pair as they tried to provide medical assistance.
In addition to threatening them, Damon, who reportedly has a history of violent behavior when intoxicated and even some times when sober, angrily asked the couple, "Do you know who I am?"
Damon has been charged with assault, impersonating a pit bull, as well as aggravated gross exaggeration of journalistic achievement.