Morning News - Sarah Palin Steps DownBrett Singer
Sarah Palin stepped down as Governor of Alaska on Sunday. She did this for Alaska. Or something. Anyway, you won’t have Sarah Palin to kick around anymore! Or something. But don’t worry. She’s still probably very mavericky.
Here’s some video of her saying goodbye at a picnic in Wasilla.
Ann Coulter thinks Sarah Palin is a “bigger story” than President Barack Obama. Also, “She’s too big to be stuck in a governor’s office up in Alaska.” Does she actually believe anything what she says, or does she just say stuff in the hopes that somebody will say “that’s ridiculous” and book her on yet another talk show?
A startup company called Bill.com wants to undercut banks by charging smaller transaction fees for electronic payments. Apparently this could really hurt banks, especially now when things are, in case you haven’t heard, not so good.
This was an interesting little item I forgot to mention last week. Amazon remotely removed illicit copies of George Orwell’s “1984” and other books from customer’s Kindles. What happened was that someone who didn’t have the rights to the books sold them through Amazon’s electronic store, but when Amazon found out they took the books back. But they did so without telling people first. Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO, took the time to apologize to people who were pissed off about this. “Our ‘solution’ to the problem was stupid, thoughtless, and painfully out of line with our principles. It is wholly self-inflicted, and we deserve the criticism we’ve received.” Jeff’s wording seems a tad strong in my opinion, but it probably helped to smooth the waters somewhat among the affected.
Ireland has outlawed blasphemy. Jeez Louise, that seems like a bad idea.
New York, New York, it’s a hell of a town. The Dow is up and the Nasdaq is down. At least it was before Monday. Might be different today.
Michael Jackson’s hair is being turned into gems. I’m sorry. What did you say? Apparently the hair that was burned off of MJ’s head in 1984 was saved by Ralph Cohen, an executive producer of the Pepsi ad he was filming at the time. A company called LifeGem is making that hair into “laboratory diamonds.” “LifeGem said Cohen picked up the charred lock of hair and put it in his pocket as Jackson was being taken to the hospital,” according to UPI. Ooookay. If I’d known that was possible, I would’ve saved my hair as it fell out of my head over the years. Here’s a video of the incident. It’s pretty freaky.
Finally, here is your weekend movie box office report. The Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer film “G-Force” took the top spot with $32.2M. That was enough to knock “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” to second place; the quidditch playing wizard movie took in $30M worth of Muggle money. “Ugly Truth” was third with $27M (if you want to read something funny that attacks both the movie and Sony Pictures chairperson Amy Pascal, check out Manohla Dargis’ review of the film in the New York Times). The sudsy romantic comedy “Orphan” took fourth place with $12.8M (note: that description is not true at all; read Sunny’s post for more about “Orphan”, but before you click – SPOILER ALERT), and “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” came in fifth with $8.2M, for a total of $171.3M. Since I got to interview John Leguizamo and he was really fun to talk to, I can honestly say that “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” is by far the best movie out of the top five. Really. Take your kids. Cuz, y’know. John was cool and you should see the movie. He’s in it.
Oh, one last thing. “G-Force” is not related in any way to “Battle of the Planets“, a Japanese cartoon that I really liked when I was a kid. Here’s a clip. It has no guinea pigs.