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  • In response to American calls for a halt to settlement-building on the West Bank, Israel generously offers to halt construction for three to six months, except for those structures already in progress. And if they don’t get a peace settlement in that period of time then the whole thing’s off. Compromise! [New York Times]
  • Bernard Madoff faces sentencing this morning in New York. How many thousands of years will he serve in the digestive organs of a sand-beast, as preordained in the opening minutes of Return of the Jedi? [Guardian]
  • British embassy employees arrested in Iran on Wednesday have been released. [CNN]
  • The president of Honduras was escorted out of the country by military troops and nobody really knows what’s going on. A Google ad at the bottom of this report asks the vital question, “Want to Live in Honduras?” [BBC News]
  • Everybody you ever liked on television died this weekend: beloved OxiClean pitchman Billy Mays, 50s sitcom star Gale Storm, and impersonator Fred Travalena, “the man of a thousand faces voices.” [And Now a Break from Your Regularly Scheduled Blanket Coverage of Michael Jackson]
  • Also in celebrity news: Apple CEO Steve Jobs may have had an easier time securing a new liver due to his bottomless wealth. [Bloomberg]
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