Mitt Romney attends Pacquiao-Marquez boxing matc For sheer happy weirdness, nothing quite rivals the surreal encounters that occur at a major boxing match. Saturday night, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, as Manny Pacquiao readied himself in a dressing room for his fourth mega-fight with legendary Mexican foe Juan Manuel Marquez, Mitt Romney appeared. A guest of the Nevada Athletic Commission, Romney had dropped by to wish the Filipino superstar good luck.
A seated Pacquiao was having his hands taped in preparation for putting on his boxing gloves. An aide casually introduced him to Romney, who expanded on the introduction: “Hi, Manny. I ran for president and lost.”
The dressing room “exploded in laughter,” longtime Pacquiao publicist Fred Sternburg said in an e-mail Sunday morning.
Pacquiao replied that it was nice to meet Romney, Sternburg added.
A federal judge in North Carolina ruled Friday that the state’s anti-abortion license plates are unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge James Fox ruled that North Carolina’s “Choose Life” plates represent “viewpoint discrimination in violation of the First Amendment” because the state doesn’t offer a similar type of license plate supporting abortion rights. Last year the state was blocked from issuing the “Choose Life” plates while a lawsuit was pending from the American Civil Liberties Union.
Chris Brook, the legal director for the North Carolina ACLU, stated that the issue was free speech, not abortion. “The problem here is the lack of balance,” Brook said. “It’s a First Amendment issue. If you’re going to have this government avenue for private speech, you need to allow speech on both sides of the political debate to occur.”
Penn State Students “Will Mow Lawn For Weed And Beer”
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State president Rodney Erickson admonished students who wore costumes and held offensive signs in photographs circulated on the Internet, but said in a campus-wide letter Thursday that the school won’t pursue disciplinary action.
The letter didn’t specifically reference the photos or name the Chi Omega sorority, which has apologized. But Erickson said it became clear in recent days that some students “celebrated Halloween in costumes that offended others” and acted contrary to university values.
Australian radio station says no wrongdoing in royal prank call
The Australian radio station behind a prank phone call to a London hospital that was treating Prince William’s pregnant wife Kate said on Saturday it had done nothing wrong and no one could have foreseen the tragic outcome.
There has been renewed soul-searching over media ethics after Jacintha Saldanha, 46, the nurse who was duped by the station’s call to the King Edward VII hospital, was found dead on Friday in a suspected suicide.
The hoax, in which the radio hosts – posing as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles despite Australian accents – successfully inquired after Kate’s medical condition, has made worldwide headlines.
On Saturday, Australians from Prime Minister Julia Gillard to people in the street expressed their sorrow and cringed at how the hoax had crossed the line of acceptability.
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Glenn Beck Sees No Harm in Gay Marriage Why doesn’t Glenn Beck cover gay marriage? Because he doesn’t believe it’s a threat to the nation.
In a conversation with Bill O’Reilly on why he avoids culture war issues, Beck admitted that he doesn’t think marriage should be a political issue.
“Honestly, I think we have bigger fish to fry,” Beck said. “You can argue about abortion or gay marriage or whatever all you want. The country is burning down…I don’t think marriage, that the government actually has anything to do with…that is a religious right.”
“Do you believe gay marriage is a threat to the country in any way?” O’Reilly asked.
“A threat to the country? No, I don’t,” Beck said, laughing, adding mockingly, “Will the gays come and get us?”
Beck quoted Thomas Jefferson: “If it neither breaks my leg nor picks my pocket, what difference is it to me?”
Segment #8 Closing Thoughts
‘State-Run Communism’ Actually ‘Works’ Says Head of Obama’s Jobs Council If you were ever in doubt what type of thinking this administration fosters, this clip should put any debate to rest.
Appearing Monday morning on CBS, Obama’s jobs council head and the CEO of GE Jeffrey Immelt said that one thing that “actually works” is “state-run Communism” in China.
After host Charlie Rose brought up the “growth rate” of China falling from double digits to about eight percent, Immelt chimed in.
“Look, I think it’s good for China,” he said. “To a certain extent, Charlie, 11 to 12 percent is unsustainable. You end up getting too much stimulus or a misallocation of resources. They are much better off working on a more consumer-based economy, less dependent on exports, driving technology and innovation harder. Really, the one thing that actually works, state run communism may not be your cup of tea, but their government works.”
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