Friday morning talkers: No smoking for Charlie Sheen and China bans time travel

April 15, 2011|By Luke Broadwater

On weekday mornings, I'll post the most controversial, shocking and (of course) ridiculous stories for your reading pleasure. That way, when you walk into work, you'll be the master of witty conversation.


• Really, Canada? Smoking is the least of your Charlie Sheen worries: Canada warns Sheen not to smoke on stage. (CBC News) 

• Shocker. It's all about ratings? Trump might announce presidential intentions on "The Apprentice." (Yahoo News) 

• Our next president? The 10 feuds of Donald Trump. (Mediaite) 

• Please, not again: Romney's "birther" issue. (Boston Globe)

• Thank God you live in America: China bans time travel on TV. (CNN) 

• Anti-time travel? Yes. Pro-Internet spying? Also, yes: China owning us in cyber-spying. (CNN) 

• How the U.S. stirred up the revolutions around the world. (NY Times) 

• This makes me like the Japanese even more: Japanese risk radiation to rescue stranded dogs. (AP) 

• This is cute: Czech citizens send pen-stealing president thousands of pens. (Gawker)

• This is long, but very, very good: The truth about the rich and taxes. (Willamette Week)  

• I'm against the death penalty, but this makes me think twice: Pyscho kills woman in Illinois after researching and learning state did not have death penalty. (Chicago Sun-Times) 

• One more reason to like Ron Paul: Paul selling his house via Facebook for a reasonable $350,000. (USA Today) 

• Weirdo: A Georgia woman has reportedly admitted to sending a bloody pig's foot to U.S. Rep. Peter King. (Fox News) 

• The ripoff of higher ed: The most expensive college in the country: Sarah Lawrence. (Inside Higher Ed) 

Quote of the Day: 

“I think that over the last two and a half years there’s been an effort to go at me in a way that is politically expedient in the short-term for Republicans. But [it] creates, I think a problem for them when they want to actually run in a general election where most people feel pretty confident the President was born where he says he was, in Hawaii. He– he doesn’t have horns…we’re not really worrying about conspiracy theories or– or birth certificates,” President Obama on Trump and the birthers. 

Quote of the Day, II: 

“Stop with the damn birth certificate! Stop! If you’re going to lose your country– we’re going to lose it on a birth certificate? You have a real opportunity to talk about American exceptionalism … instead you’re going to waste time on the birth certificate? You’re out of your mind if you think that is a winning argument for the next election. You’re out of your mind." - Glenn Beck 

Quote of the Day, III: 

"I have a great relationship with the blacks." Who else? Donald Trump 


• Late night tomfoolery at the state house. (Gazette) 

• Cathy Pugh might run for mayor. (Baltimore Sun) 


• Actually, kind of a good point: Cavuto critiques Obama/Boehner/Ryan budget plans through fitness analogy? 

• Just awesome: Monkeys riding dogs herding goats

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