Morning News and Stuff

May 11, 2011 at 1:14 pm

President Barack Obama’s current 60-percent approval rating is its highest point in two years. An Associated Press-GfK poll says that more than half of Americans now say he deserves to be re-elected, but only if he kills another international terrorist. "I was happy about bin Laden," says Brenda Veckov, 42, of Hollidaysburg, Pa. "I put my fists in the air. To me, it was just a little bit of closure for the United States. The president made the right decisions on this one. And I will vote for him again."—-

Several adult sons of Osama bin Laden, led by 30-year-old Omar bin Laden, have condemned the United States’ assassination of the al Qaeda leader. The sons provided a written statement to The New York Times, saying that their father should have been captured and given a fair trial. The statement cited the trials of Saddam Hussein and Slobodan Milosevic as examples of genocidal killers being given a public trial. "The sons' statement called on the government of Pakistan to hand over to family members the three wives and a number of children now believed to be in Pakistani custody and asked for a United Nations investigation of the circumstances of their father's death," The Times reported.

Wisconsin election staff members at the Government Accountability Board have so far determined that there are sufficient signatures submitted to recall four Republican state senators, including Dan Kapanke, Randy Hopper, Luther Olsen and Sheila Harsdorf. The board staff is still reviewing signature numbers against two more Republicans and three Democrats. GAB spokesperson Reid Magney says the action itself does not trigger the recalls of the senators and that any challenges will be reviewed at official board meetings on May 23 and 31 with the board on a timeline to hold the recalls on July 12.

Andrew Shirvell, the former Michigan Assistant Attorney General who was booted for harassing the student body president of the University of Michigan, Chris Armstrong, filed a motion for a judge to dismiss the case against him. Armstrong filed a lawsuit in April for more than $25,000 in damages for “defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, [and a lot of other heinous shit].” Shirvell argues that Armstrong’s “course of conduct” and lawsuit are “politically motivated and intended to make an example out of [Shirvell] in order to deter others from criticizing [Armstrong]’s homosexual activist agenda” and the lawsuit has nothing to do with Shirvell being a bigot. 

Christian pop (oxymoron) singer Rebecca St. James discussed “SlutWalk” protests with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Monday. The SlutWalk movement first garnered attention when a Toronto Police representative said, “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order to not be victimized.” St. James agreed. “I think there has to be responsibility, though, for what a woman is wearing,” St. James told Hannity. “When a woman is dressing in an immodest way, in a proactive way, she’s got to think about what is she saying by her dress?” She continued: “They’re asking for sex. They’re asking for sex if they’re dressed immodestly.”

Donald Trump told Fox News on Monday that he “can see why Ross Perot dropped out” of the presidential election of 1992. "I can see now why Ross Perot dropped out. You know, he dropped out of the race, and then he went back in a week later. But he dropped out of the race. And I heard from people that were involved that he was just getting hammered, because he did a lot. He did a lot of deals, a lot of everything. And he didn't like it.” Guest host Martha MacCallum asked Trump how the “hammering” in the media would factor into his decision to run. “Well, I think it's very bad for the country. And it doesn't affect my decision, because I think I have a pretty thick skin.”

Last night the Chicago Bulls went up 3 games to 2 in their 7-game series with the Atlanta Hawks as Derrick Rose scored 33 points. The Reds beat the Astros 7-3 in Houston, scoring six runs in the first two innings.

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