Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Jussie Smollett (Pays $10,000 to Have All) Charges Dropped


Everyone thought Jussie Smollett was needlessly overcharged when prosecutors slapped him with 16 felonies, but I kept saying: Don’t forget about celebrity justice. 

Kim Foxx, the Cook County state's attorney, said in a statement:
“After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollet’s volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his [$10,000] bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case."
I must say, the U.S. justice is system is roll this week, although this deal makes a lot more sense than Robert Mueller deferring to Bill Barr on something he was supposed to decide. (Foxx reportedly said even if convicted, Smollett would likely get a similar fine and be ordered to do community service, which she claims he already has.) TMZ is reporting that the Chicago Police Department is furious with Foxx, but my guess is taking the money and dropping the case was the easiest way to make this go away without putting their star witness on the stand who was previously arrested for attempted murder


I'm seeing a lot of people saying, "Well, he must be innocent of they wouldn't have dropped the charges," yet they're coming from the same people who think Brett Kavanaugh was guilty even though he wasn't charged and Trump's still guilty no matter what Mueller found. Come on, guys. Since when did the left become as intellectually inconsistent as the right? 

Tennis Tuesday


FYI: I bumped a "tennis player" with a mustache for this!

Song of the Day: 'Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)' by Weezer


I thought it was kinda kitschy when Weezer did a note-for-note cover of Toto's "Africa." But now that I'm realizing their entire retro covers album -- which also features songs by A-Ha, Tears for Fears and ELO -- is entirely like that, I kind of wish they'd mixed it up just a bit. I could almost swear they're sampling Dave and Annie on this one ...

Page 1 Roundup (03/26)


The Daily News: MTA says more than 20% of NYC bus riders evade fares

Reese’s will sell Peanut Butter Cups in Peanut Butter Lovers and Chocolate Lovers flavors for limited time


Yahoo Finance: Do even smart people not know the difference between social democracy and Socialism and Communism, because I'm all for the 2020 candidates' "socialist" tendencies


Tennis: As long as she's not being a drama queen


New York Post: Family behind Krispy Kreme, Panera Bread admits to Nazi ties


The New York Times: Parliament grabs control of Brexit from a wounded Theresa May

William P. Barr was a lawyer in private practice in June when he wrote an unsolicited memo to the Justice Department that was sharply skeptical of the special counsel’s inquiry into whether Donald Trump illegally obstructed justice. Nine months later, Mr. Trump is cleared of that offense, and he has Mr. Barr, his new attorney general, to thank.


Morning Wood


More of the fine young ginger HERE.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Good Hed


Now that's how to write an accurate headline!


Read HERE.

Remains of the Day (03/25)


Brooklyn Vegan: When Lloyd Cole mentioned Saturday night getting into an argument about Scott Walker I was delighted that he was that into American politics -- I didn't realize he was actually announcing (predicting?) a former pop star's death

Instagram: Aaron Schock got a gay haircut

Back2Stonewall: Harvey Fierstein to play Bella Abzug in new off-Broadway solo show (she'd be so honored)

Tennis Life: A little trash talking as Andreescu bests Kerber -- again (video) 

Washington Post: Republicans cheer, Democrats challenge (what we know so far from Barr about) Mueller's findings on Trump and Russia

Socialite Life: 30 times Zac Efron was shirtless on Instagram


New York Post: I was scammed by a ticket scalper -- don't make my mistake, writes John Crudele

Towleroad: Gay bar partrons take cover at Toucans Tiki Lounge in Palm Springs after gunman shoots two people

ICYMI: J.J. Watt's football-player brothers are nearly as hunky as he is

The Hill: Federal prosecutors charge Michael Avenatti in alleged extortion attempt

Dlisted: Birthday boy Lee Pace is pure sex on a sailboat

The Randy Report: Mayor Pete Buttigieg surges to third in latest Democratic poll, finally jumps to double-digit standing


OMG Blog: French rugby player Alexandre Flanquart caught naked in the locker room

Washington Blade: West Virginia assistant principal who forced trans student to use urinal in front of him is fired

TPM: Now the father of a Sandy Hook victim has taken his life, the third suicide related to mass shootings this week

NewNowNext: Andrew Rannells's new memoir has "too many dicks" for his mom

Greg in Hollywood: Starsky and Hutch were both hot -- but Paul Michael Glaser's chest was the real star of the show

HuffPost: Don't be a defeatist Dem, writes Matthew Rettenmund: "All we know about the Mueller Report so far is what Trump's handpicked lackey Barr has summarized (2 years in 4 pages) -- that Trump and his team didn't take Russia up on its overtures, but that in spite of evidence, Barr doesn't think there is a prosecutable case for obstruction of justice. He specifically said Trump is not exonerated. The full report is clearly damaging, and Trump is attempting to controlling narrative by running with the lack of collusion -- but Pelosi, Nadler and we won't let him. It's the beginning, not the end."


Hot Cat of the Day: Too bad Harvey's not into yoga ...

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