Rosie, O’Reilly & Hush Factor

first_imgHush Factor – Think Bill O’Reilly is upset enough with The View’s Rosie O’Donnell? He thinks ABC should limit what she is allowed to say. “Bill believes no one should get away with saying stupid things,” said an anonymous Factor producer. To show how serious he is, Bill will be boycotting his own show until Fox News starts to limit what he is allowed to say. Sh-h-h-h. He’s hunting wittle wittle wabbits – Claiming his lack of a hunting license doesn’t mean he isn’t a rabid hunter, presidential candidate Mitt Romney said he regularly hunts smaller varmints. “I don’t know how many caterpillars and mosquitoes I’ve nailed over the years,” said the safari-capped Romney as he shot his chewin’ tobaccy into a spittoon. Just leave a wee bit earlier – The second day of the Dodgers’ new parking lot system worked out far better than the first. “Many of the fans were able to get out of Tuesday night’s game far faster,” said team owner Frank McCourt. “Unfortunately, those fans were still left over from Monday.” We can now all move on – Final DNA tests have proved once and for all that the father of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby is Larry Birkhead, not Smith’s lawyer, Howard Stern. But Stern says the setback won’t stop him from moving ahead. “I plan to put in my claim on any number of other millionaire-to-be infants,” said the ever-slimy attorney. Paper or plastic – Los Angeles is now considering whether to ban plastic bags in markets. Here’s one vote for paper; they don’t collapse and spill the groceries all over the trunk, and the handles don’t cut off your fingers when carrying too many at once … and best of all … they make great toys for the kiddies that will rarely suffocate them. Proof … poof – Charges were dropped in the yearlong Duke lacrosse rape case due to a lack of evidence that a crime had been committed. Prosecutors were dismayed but vowed to keep on looking for something that won’t make them appear to be complete incompetents. “If we can’t come up with something ourselves, we’ve asked O.J. to stop his search for Nicole’s killer long enough to find something else to ruin the lives of these players with.” Sanjaya not kicked off “Idol’ update – In an attempt to show that nothing he would do would get him voted off the show, for his latest song Sanjaya Malakar chose to recite President Kennedy’s “Ich Bin Ein Berliner” speech while tossing fish heads at Simon Cowell. It wasn’t even close. Next week: Sanjaya burps Mozart. No wonder they’re fighting – In what might be a breakthrough in the Iraqi insurgency, representatives for the Sunnis and Shiites admitted that they don’t know which is which. “We first thought the Sunnis were the really religious ones,” said a Shiite leader, “then someone said it was the other way around. Now, we’re really not sure at all.” Question of the week – The 15 British sailors and marines who were released from Iran said the admissions of Britain’s guilt while under Iranian capture were coerced and untrue. And we need to weaken the Geneva Conventions torture guidelines because …? Thanks for the good words – Author Kurt Vonnegut, he of “Slaughterhouse-Five,” passes at 84. Steve Young is author of “Great Failures of the Extremely Successful” (www.greatfailure.com) 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! (Note: I would like to give a shout out to all those who decided to speak this past week. Without them, today’s column could not have been written.) Hush Express – John McCain was chastised for saying that walking through a Baghdad market was just as safe as walking through an Indiana marketplace. “Have you ever been to an Indiana market?” said the former Straight-Talk Expresser. “If you don’t bring at least a hundred soldiers and a couple Black Hawk helicopters with you when you shop in Terre Haute, you’re crazy.” McClain said last week’s bombing of the Iraqi parliament dinina hall that killed three lawmakers proved his point. “If they would’ve stuck to shopping at that market guarded by a hundred soldiers, instead of making laws, they’d be alive today.” Hush #1 – After being fired from MSNBC and CBS radio, to ensure against potential lapses in judgment, Don Imus has pledged that he would do any future radio shows without speaking. “We considered limiting him to only mime and sign language,” said a skittish Imus representative, “but he is so used to moving his mouth, we didn’t feel it would be enough. So Don has agreed to the rarely-performed `mouth removal,’ which will not only keep him from actually saying anything stupid, but will keep other shows from replaying Don’s remarks.” After the operation Imus refused comment. “See, it’s working,” added the representative. last_img

AAP victory gives Third Front renewed hope

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who had extended her support to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal days before the poll date, congratulated him for the unprecedented victory. Hailing the victory, Banerjee tweeted, “My congratulations to all the Delhi voters, AAP workers and leaders for big victory. Well done to you. All my best wishes. We are very happy.”While taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Banerjee tweeted, “This is a victory for the people and a big defeat for the arrogant and those who are doing political vendetta & spreading hate among people.” The West Bengal CM, in her tweet, also said, “Delhi elex is turning point of present political situation. Shows political vendetta has no place in a democracy. Country needed this change.”  Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJINotably, a few days ahead of Delhi polls, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) president had issued a statement asking her supporters and voters to support Kejriwal for the development of Delhi. Banerjee had tweeted, “My request to all of you in Delhi is to please vote for AAP… for the greater need of the country and development in Delhi.” The TMC chief’s call for support to AAP is in the line with her policy for a “federal front” comprising of regional parties, including JD(U), BJD, SP, JD(S), CPI, etc. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindFormer Bihar CM and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar, who had also extended his support to AAP, congratulated Kejriwal for registering a landslide victory in Delhi. On AAP victory, Kumar said, “People want development with justice. They never accept arrogance. This is reflected in AAP’s victory in Delhi.”Other leaders who had supported AAP in Delhi polls include national Conference leader Omar Abdullah, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat. JD(S) leader Gowda, a probable constituent of Mamata’s Federal Front, had asked their activists and supporters to back AAP wherever its candidates were not in the running.last_img read more

Industrial domestic power consumers increased in WB minister

first_imgKolkata: The number of electricity consumers in both industrial and domestic sectors has increased in West Bengal which is now a power surplus state, state minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said here today. The number of industrial consumers has gone up from 78,074 in 2011 to 99,505 now, proving that demand for power from industries has increased, Power and Non-Conventional Energy Sources Minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said. Following the ‘Power to Everyone’ slogan coined by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee after coming to power in 2011, the number of domestic consumers of power (domestic) has also increased to 1.2 crore from 86 lakh in 2011, he said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “We can now say that with regards to infrastructure – roads, technical institutions, power – Bengal is ready to extend all help to industry houses,” Chattopadhyay said at a programme of the Bengal National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BNCCI). On the sidelines of the programme, he said West Bengal is a power-surplus state where the demand does not cross the threshold limit of 8,500 mw daily. On Bhangar sub-station project in South 24 Parganas where work was stopped by agitation by local people for over a year, Chattopadhyay said “It is a Power Grid Corporation project. Work for sub-station has started and all the complications have now been resolved.” He said the government was taking steps to stop power thefts and aim to generate additional 2,000 mw in the next five years from the thermal, hydel and non-conventional energy resources. At the BNCCI event, its newly appointed president Satyam Roychowdhury said a delegation of the chamber would visit Russia by the end of this month to discuss business opportunities.last_img read more