March 29th, 2010
07:55 AM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Rep. Steve Driehaus: The Ohio Democrat says that the protests outside his Cincinnati home have become "threatening" and "personal."

The Washington Post reports that half  the calls to the congressman's office last week thanked him for voting for health care legislation. The other half included death threats and personal attacks.

Driehaus told the newspaper, "The other side has waged a campaign of misinformation and fear, and that's what people are reacting to. I understand people are going to criticize my decisions - I'm an elected official - but my wife, my kids, my neighbors are out of bounds."

Washington Post: Political vitriol follows congressman home to Ohio

Debbie Landis: The president of a Reno, Nevada, grass-roots group called Anger is Brewing helped organize this past weekend's "Showdown in Searchlight," which some protesters dubbed "a conservative Woodstock."

Demonstrators marched to the hometown of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to show their displeasure toward big government and the recent passage of health care reform. The Las Vegas Sun reports that some 8,000 people took part.

Landis told the Sun, "We are peaceful, we are off our couch, and we are going to take this country back."

According to the Anger is Brewing Web site, the group has "anger" in its name because "Besides fear, anger is the only emotion that leads directly into action, and we are not afraid."

Various Tea Party Express groups are now on a "Just Vote Them Out!" 42-city bus tour and are scheduled to arrive in Washington, D.C., on April 15 - tax day.

Las Vegas Sun: Tea Party draws faithful, but important work awaits

CNN: Palin opens Tea Party protest in Reid's hometown

Anger is Brewing Web site

Craig Becker: One of President Obama's recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board quickly triggered intense opposition from business groups and Republicans, who called the appointee a radical who represents a White House gift to labor unions.

Obama announced Saturday that he will make recess appointments of 15 nominees to administration posts who are awaiting confirmation by the full Senate. None has generated nearly as much outcry as Becker, who is currently a general counsel for the Service Employees International Union and for the AFL-CIO. He has taught at the law schools of the University of Chicago and Georgetown University, among other places.

Last Thursday, all 41 Republican senators signed a letter urging Obama not to appoint Becker, saying it would "bypass the advice and consent traditions of the Senate."

CNN: Obama appointment to labor board sparks opposition

Eric Adams: The New York state senator has purchased six 22-foot billboards in Brooklyn, asking young people to keep their pants up.

Adams, a Democrat, told the New York Daily News, "Children will be children. But as adults, we need to be on record and tell them they're doing something wrong."

The image on each billboard, which goes up Monday, is of two young men whose pants hang low enough to reveal their underwear, accompanied by the messages "Stop the Sag!" and "We are better than this!"

Adams is a former New York Police Department captain and co-founder of the organization 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care.

New York Daily News: State senator urges youth to pull up saggy pants

J.D. Shapiro: The first screenwriter of the flop movie "Battlefield Earth" wrote in Sunday's New York Post, "Out of all the sucky movies, mine is the suckiest."

The newspaper reports that the blockbuster bomb, based on the novel by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, recently won the Razzie for "Worst Movie of the Decade." Shapiro, who also wrote the screenplay for "Robin Hood: Men in Tights," picked up the award in person.

In the New York Post essay, Shapiro apologizes to anyone who saw the movie, which starred John Travolta, and explains he was eventually fired as screenwriter when he refused to incorporate changes desired by the film's producers into the script.

He writes, "Out of all the books L. Ron wrote, this was the one the church founder wanted most to become a movie. He wrote extensive notes on how the movie should be made."

New York Post: Screenwriter: I penned the suckiest movie ever – sorry

J.D. Shapiro's official Web site

soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. Mark

    I love the fact that we blame the lack of belt usage on just the kids. I have seen a bunch of 18 – 25 year olds (who are not kids) with their underware hanging out. This is not a kid thing .... This is a lazy slob thing and what we should be doing is trying to change the mentality of our younger generation to realize that nobody is going to take you serious if you look like a homeless person.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Wendy

    Unfortunately pulling down someone's pants will get you severly injured or possibly arrested...not a good suggestion.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bob in Pa

    I can't tell you how many times I just wanted to reach out a give them a wedgie on the spot. But it's really a lot more than just having their pants hang low, it is about the lack of respect for other people in general. Their parents should be called out by society. Just using "kids will be kids" is a poor excuse for being bad parents.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. john

    I find it disgusting that when someone disagrees with the policies of Obama they are labeled “racist”. It is exactly that type of comment that stirs the pot and creates racism in the first place. You believe that you are only pointing out what you feel to be obvious, but the truth of it is that you are merely fanning the flames. People will never be happy as long as you antagonize them. Racism in this country will never die as long as you keep it alive.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. Paul

    Last time I visited my brother, my nephews were sporting the butt hangin' out look. I asked them how jail was, and got blank looks.

    I asked them "if you wasn't in jail, why you jailin?"

    They had no idea that "look" came from jail inmates having their belts confiscated when they get locked up. I told them they looked like a couple of dumb@sses dressing like that out in the burbs. One of them wears his pants up now, the other one's still an idiot. I sent one $50 for christmas, and sent the stupid one a belt.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. What The

    "The violence going on in the health care debate is not acceptable, but the Democrats brought in on themselves. Their permissive attitude toward everything, including violence in video games, extreme sports and society in general, has conditioned some to think violence is acceptable." Are you as a Tea Bagger suggesting govt regulation of video games and sports?! Do you realize how little sense you make? Where were you Libertarians people when the Patriot Act was passed?!

    March 29, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. Michael

    Who cares how kids are wearing their pants, if you launch a campaign against it, you will only get more kids with their pants pulled down. Fads are always going to come and go and parents will always hate it and kids will always love it, if its not this it will be something else. You have the freedom to express yourself in this country and personally I could care less how children choose to do it. The religious reich that is running this country needs to be extinguised. The only reason any of us immigrants came here was for freedom of people telling them to pull their pants up, or go to their church, or ban gay kids from coming to prom, or a left-wing president who will not support gay marriage only because his religion views it is an abomination. I cant understand why we cant wake up and realize the more we fight people expressing themselves the more radical the expressions will get.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. Marilyn M Fair

    I too am sick and tired of seeing young men with their pants falling down, how do they walk, many of them have to actually hold on to the pants. It is a very stupid trend. The only way to stop this is through the schools and the teens idols. First schools should set a rule about the way males wear their pants and most important the stars such as singers actors bands etc. should get on board and start wearing their pants correctly and putting down wearing them so low. Teens will try to be like their idols.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. Bob in Pa

    Tea Party Protests

    I am sick and tired of certain media outlets and some politicians trying to paint a target on Tea Party protesters. Using the image of racist, all white, gun toting rednecks on needs to end. I've been to these events, they are attended by some of the kindest most moderate people I've ever met in my life. There is no violence or hatred involved here. Being in Pittsburgh during the G8 summit, we saw more violence and civil disobedience from a far lessor fraction of people. It is time to shine your lights and cameras in the mirror and take a closer look at yourselves.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    The anger will be quite apparent at the ballot box, in November. Whether you survive that contest or not, depends partly on whether you will be up for re-election, or not, and partly on whether the voters in your state are incensed enough to see you gone.

    In my view, the way this entire thing went down, was totally un-American, and I will be voting against any and all Dems, personally! You have convinced me, that the Dems do NOT represent the people!

    March 29, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  11. Nick

    Once these saggy pants kids start looking for jobs and they realize the best job they can get is bagging groceries, they will see the error in their ways. And if they don't? Well, that will be one less person I need to worry about competing with for a job.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bob in Pa

    This presidency will forever be know in the history books as the SEIU takeover of America.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. Dan

    if you're not interested in looking at someone's underwear, then don't look at it. and if other people leave you alone to allow you to live the way you want to live, then i can only assume you should maintain that same courtesy for others. live and let live.

    thank god palin is gonna run in 2013....

    March 29, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joe in Boston

    Last time I checked, this was the USA.

    In the USA, one is allowed to wear whatever they want to.
    That's what separates us from certain (Islamist) barbaric governments who publicly stone people for cross dressing.

    In the USA, the only punishment garnered from dressing like a moron is the social ostracism that inevitably follows.

    As long as indecent exposure laws are followed, wear whatever you want however you want wherever you want.

    Because this is the USA.
    Now, please, back to the issue at hand: Whether or not I'm going to go broke paying for everyone else's health insurance.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. Missy

    A friend said she told her soon-to-be teenage son if he ever dressed like that she would replace all his cool boxers with pink boxers with butterflies and unicorns. She said the look on his face was just priceless!!

    March 29, 2010 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
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