FRI, SAT, SUN, June 29, 30, July 1, 2012

GAVEL GRINDERS -- Stunned court watchers stood dumbfounded when Chief Justice Roberts announced that the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision was upholding the constitutionality of Barack Obama’s centerpiece legislation, the Affordable Health Care Act.  Finding that the insurance coverage is a tax and not an intrusion on personal rights,  the Chief Justice was joined Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Steven Bryer, Sonia Sotomayer and Elena Kagan.  Dissenting were Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Antonin Scalia who went even further, ruling that Adam Sandler should never be allowed to make another movie. 

Ann (shown here on right) with Katie Couric and Matt Lauer.
PINK SLIP SHOWING -- NBC gave morning chat maven Ann Curry the old heave-ho after concluding that she and Matt Lauer had about as much chemistry as Letterman and  Leno.  But not to worry because Today alumna Barbara Walters immediately offered Ann a job paneling “The View” -- providing, that is, Ann is willing to undergo eight weeks of tongue-to-gum combat training at the Marine Corps’ Camp Lejeune.

SYSTEM FAILURE – A recent study by the American Medical Association found that 83% of Americans who can’t afford health insurance would qualify for psychiatric treatment if they had it.  Leading causes of their mental illnesses are job stress, marital difficulties and worry over not having health insurance.

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PRE-QUALIFIED -- New York’s Bedford-Stuyvesent High School which boasts grads such as James Cagney, Attorney General Eric Holder and Tim Robbins has been rocked by the biggest cheating scandal in its history.  A student was caught texting answers to friends taking their state Regents exams.  None of the guilty students will be allowed to graduate, but that’s just as well.  They’d have to take time off from their new jobs on Wall Street.    

SALAD DAZE -- According to an article in the Journal Nature, fossels uncovered in South Africa in 2008 included teeth of a 2 million-year-old “southern Ape” which indicated that the creature, believed to be a possible ancestor of man, subsisted solely on a diet of leaves and bark.  To put this discovery is contemporary terms, imagine attending Thanksgiving dinner at Martha Stewart’s house and eating her centerpiece. 

THOSE WERE THE DAYS -- Bob Hope with his writers backstage at NBC around 1983. (Clockwise left to right) Seaman Jacobs, Martha Bolton, Gene Perret, Your Humble Servant, Jeffrey Barron and what’s his name.  This was the A Team that remained with Hope until the early nineties.  


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