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. Duane W

    I love the message Eric Adams is trying to put out on pulling the pants up, but the more you try to tell them to do it the more they will rebel.

    We as adults should dress like the kids, let's say for a month and guaranteed that they will want to change. What kid wants his parents dressing like them ?

    March 29, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. Nancy

    PULL 'EM UP: This campaign has been going on in Texas for over a year and as I walk in malls, down streets, and other public places, I see no difference. If the parents are not onboard with the "Pull "Em Up" nothingis going to happen. Quite frankly, I am tired of seeing young men with their underwear hanging out.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. james

    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. When Democrats ignored the will of the people by passing this joke of a health care reform bill, they triggered an angry side to many Americans. Some are turning that anger into violence. It's no one's fault but Democrats. When you ignore the people, the people get mad.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. Astrid Quan

    Six 22 foot billboards it is a start! A lot more needs to be done regarding that awful incarcerated look of the pants down on children and male adults. It is about time someone does something about it. What a look!!! This is the look of deranged, sick and depressed people. Psychologically to me it means a depressed, uneducated, poor, and unkept person. Let us do something about it. When I see this look I immediately think of a bum, short of being homeless and hopeless.

    March 29, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. Eugene Frank MD

    If we are to allow the illiterate, inarticulate, ill-educated, poorly controlled mob-mentality dissenters, to parade and act out their misguided and misdirected anger towards anyone, elected officials or not, encouraged by what is called the Republican Party, who have taken NO action against such intolerable behavior, pubic officials in any position should be prosecuted, as their followers.

    Such behavior, permitted and encouraged in our Democracy, by a group that must be named terrorists, there is no to hold these United States together.
    The Right Wing Republican party and its encouraged followers, who act out such threats, violence, killing doctors, intimidating elected officials, are American Nazis and must be dealt with forcefully.

    This is how Hitler came to power by this quality of followers: they MUST be stopped, prosecuted and punished to the extent of the law: a courageous, intelligent, independent minded black man in the White House has forced the hand of these bigoted criminals. The government MUST put a stop to this NOW>

    March 29, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. Paul M

    When ever I hear, ".... we are going to take this country back." It brings visions of racist, anti immigration, Radica,l Right Wing, Rabid Fanatic Religious wingnuts.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jacquelynn

    Pants on the gound! Pants on the ground! Lookin' like a FOOL with your pants on the ground! .... That song alone, making fun of all those kids, should do the job once and for all.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mac in Denver

    Saggy pants have a hidden benefit. It is really hard to flee the scene of a crime when your pants fall down if you do anything but that stupid, legs-wide-apart strut these punks all adopt. Makes them easy to catch. And for those few that are smart enought to figure this out, it may actually act as a deterrent.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  9. Philip Wilbanks

    Walk up behind them and pull those pants the rest of the way down. You know....finish the job they started !!

    March 29, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. Stewart in OR

    What the kids don't know, is the drop pants look comes from the male prisons. It originated as a signal that inmates were "available".

    March 29, 2010 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  11. katy Heys

    This is silly. My son's boxer shorts are expensive! All I see is the top of his shorts and then his jeans. It's a layered look! What is the big deal?

    We have lots more to worry about than this. Like folks threatening members of congress because they disagree with them. That is cause for alarm. In my opinion, it is the Republican party causing this. They think we are stupid. They are presumably in congress to do what is best for the USA . What they are doing is disagreeing with everything and anything the Democrats do. Are we all that dim that we haven't figured this out? They are not interested in what is best for the USA, they just want to be back in power. Look what 8 years of Republicans brought us. Let's all get a grip.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mr Mjohnson

    In the business world, I hear complaints constantly from youth through mid-twenty year olds about not being able to succeed, move up, ob tian managerial positions, etc. If they would look into that "magic mirror" they have at home and instead of seeing someone that is "in-style", looks like a gangster, resembles the lastest hip-hop fashion trend, etc and would take a closer look at themselves sand where they would like to go. Dressing appropriately for situations is always a must. Staff are not moved into supervisory roles dressed like hoods, have tattoos on their faces, necks, hands, arms, etc, wear flip-flops, tight jeans, excessinvely long fingernails, the most fashionable BIG BIG hair-don't, etc. Staff must respect their supervisors and managers – if the managmeent staff look and act like they jsut stepped out of a hip-hop video, or just rolled out of bed for a Saturday of personal activities, then they will remain in those lower paying roles. Grow up people and accept some responsibility for how you look and act.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. Robert

    I wish people would stop saying that the anger is because Congress ignored the will of the people. Half of the country didn't want the bill passed, but the other half did. Whoever lost out would be able to say, "you ignored my will." On that, it was a no-win scenario, so they had to just do what they thought was best. Honestly though, if they had not passed the bill, the kinds of people who supported it wouldn't have been angry frothing at the mouth opposition screaming at the top of their lungs that they were ignored by Congress. They would have been disappointed and kept trying. There is a big difference between the kinds of people involved on the two sides of this issue.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. dh

    why don't we charge people who have their underwear hanging out with minor sex offenses. That would stop it in a heartbeat.

    March 29, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. CliffNE

    I do not support the violence that has been reported against the people who voted for the health bill. However, I am not sure how you can stop vigilantes from taking the law into their own hands, when the people they elected ignore their responsibilities.

    Additionally, I keep hearing that these so-called law-makers are getting a 50-50 split on the support of this law, but yet no one has been able to substantiate it through the polls. It kind of shows how well they are hearing the real issues – they can't hear when the majority of their constituents speak. This law is so great that even the president had a hard time convincing his own party to vote for it!

    Is this really a good thing?

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