THURSDAY, February 7, 2013

AMERICANS IDLED -- Nine former contestants filed suit against the producers of "American Idol" because of disqualification after background checks turned up rap sheets.  Where's the freedom in the good ol' U.S. of A.?  First you need to pass a background check to buy a gun and now it looks like you also need one to buy a judge.

LIGHT FANTASTIC -- Experts checking electrical circuits and power boards are at a loss to explain why banks of  stadium lights suddenly failed during the Super Bowl.  If the blackout is anything like the big one in New York, come November New Orleans hospitals will be flooded with live births.

PRIZE WINNER -- Maybe a record for the world's oldest profession, possibly it's oldest practitioner, a 71-year old Connecticut woman was recently charged with soliciting prostitution.  She was caught in the net when vice officers conducted their first Bingo game sting operation.

FLYING LEMON -- According to an article in the New Yorker, less than 40% of the defect-prone Boeing 787 were designed and built by Boeing, the remainder by hundreds of independent contractors, all the lowest bidders.  Sobering thought for air-travelers --  the 787 is what you'd end up with if Congress were in the aviation business.

RAMPING DOWN -- After celebrating his team's Super Bowl victory against the San Francisco Forty-Niners, the beleaguered Ray Lewis announced that he's retiring.  The reason?   You know, the usual.  He told reporters he wants to spend more time with his crime family.

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