It’s the weekend, that two-day stretch when you turn away from the news and towards the sun. So here’s a quick rundown of the news and nonsense you oughta know while applying sunscreen…
[RIP Betty Ford] Every so often a real agent of change comes along. In a world full of phonies and frauds, we salute a woman who actually made a difference in the lives of so many. Betty Ford, former first lady and founder of the eponymous addiction clinic, passed away at 93.
[So Long, Tubes] You’ve seen the absurd headlines — Rep. Michele Bachmann Pledges to Take Away Your Porn — but what’s really in this Family Leader pledge? Oh, and Rick “Santorum” Santorum is on board with this hilariously scary 14-point pledge, too. Bully for us.
[Footloose] So, hold on, is TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie a true supporter of Focus on the Family? Hmm. What to do here, what to do? It’s good that when you buy a pair of those so-ugly-they’re-cute shoes a pair of shoes goes to a needy child; it’s bad that profit money may just go to a group of Bible Thumpers that actively condemns homosexuality. What say you?
[NASA Rules] When Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida on Friday, NASA marked the end of an era. Thirty years and 135 space shuttle missions after the debut of U.S. manned flights, the shuttle program will be retired when Atlantis touches back down on July 20th. Here’s what it looked like from up above the launch pad:
Photo Credit: (NASA/Dick Clark)
[Good Samaritans] Dash cam vid: Hit-and-Run driver chased down in the UK
[Welcome to the World] Did you know that we have another country on Earth? It’s not a happy, feel-good story, but we welcome South Sudan with open arms: “South Sudan became the 193rd country recognised by the UN and the 54th UN member state in Africa.”
[Headline of the Day] Court: Firing worker who took hot dogs unjustified
[Don't Shoot This...or JR] So Dallas is coming back to television. Your mom’s favorite show will return with original cast members Larry Hagman, Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy, who will be joined by Jordana Brewster, a couple folks from Desperate Housewives and others. This brilliant idea(r) doesn’t premiere until *next* summer, so there’s always the morbid chance that Larry Hagman will not be living when it airs. There will be a special pilot teaser on Monday during the season premieres of The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles. As if Rizzoli and Isles could get any better!
[No Malaise Here] 1,600 protesters arrested in Malaysia: “Police fired tear gas and detained hundreds of activists as more than 20,000 demonstrators massed Saturday across Malaysia’s main city demanding electoral reforms in the country’s biggest political rally in years.”
[Are You Ready for No Football?] Football in the fall? “The Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis on Friday threw out a judge’s order lifting the NFL lockout, handing the league a victory as players and owners spent another day negotiating. The ruling was issued shortly after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association chief DeMaurice Smith opened a second straight day of labor talks at a law firm in Manhattan. The discussions lasted about nine hours before breaking up.”
[D'oh] Homer Simpson invites the Royal Couple to Springfield.
[APBanana] Be on the lookout for some jerk kid in a banana suit. Attacking gorillas in front of cell phone stores is no way to go through life, son.