It's Religious Freaky Friday….. another freaky religion story

Mel Gibson to film the Pope’s story
Mel Gibson is reportedly set to turn Pope John Paul II’s story into a Hollywood movie. The New York Post reports Gibson has already filmed the ending to the movie. He also reportedly despatched a production crew to Rome to film the pope’s funeral. Gibson, a devote Roman Catholic, last year enjoyed one of Hollywood’s biggest box-office hits with The Passion of Christ. (from Ananova)

The Eleventh Commandment: Though Shall not Filibuster


As the Senate heads toward a showdown over the rules governing judicial confirmations, Senator Bill Frist, the majority leader, has agreed to join a handful of prominent Christian conservatives in a telecast portraying Democrats as “against people of faith” for blocking President Bush’s nominees.
Fliers for the telecast, organized by the Family Research Council and scheduled to originate at a Kentucky megachurch the evening of April 24, call the day “Justice Sunday” and depict a young man holding a Bible in one hand and a gavel in the other. The flier does not name participants, but under the heading “the filibuster against people of faith,” it reads: “The filibuster was once abused to protect racial bias, and it is now being used against people of faith.”

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"Secret" Beck Show April 15 (Tonight)

BECK has announced a special NEW YORK gig.
The star will be appearing at the Hiro Ballroom in the city’s Maritime Hotel for the exclusive show.
Tickets can ONLY be bought here.
The password to purchase tickets is: girls. Tickets are limited to two per person and priced at $25.(From NME)

The Ten Bluest and Ten Reddest Corporations


Based only on amounts given by their C-level executives in 2003-2004,
Ten Bluest Corporations
Time Warner, $1,713,621, 77% Blue
Viacom, $892,513, 78% Blue
News Corp, $689,549, 61% *
Walt Disney, $606,504, 70% Blue
IBM, $397,936, 68% Blue
Cablevision, $326,842, 68% Blue
Torchmark Insurance Cos., $314,441, 88% Blue
Sony Corp. of America, $287,535, 69% Blue
Working Assets, $234,255, 100% Blue
Costco, $224,803, 99% Blue
Ten Reddest Corporations
United Parcel Service, $2,361,922, 71%
SBC Communications, $2,028,031, 67% Red
Merrill Lynch, $1,900,326, 72%, Red
Pfizer, $1,465,317, 67% Red
MBNA Corp., $1,453,497, 73% Red
Union Pacific, $1,428,663, 79% Red
Southern Co., $1,041,025, 80% Red
Wachovia Corp, $998,997, 75% Red
Clear Channel Communications, $764,318, 67% Red
General Electric, $747,386, 67% Red

Lawmakers With Relatives on Payroll

It’s not just Tom Delay….

From AP
Lawmakers with relatives on their congressional or campaign staffs include:
House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas: Wife and daughter were paid more than $500,000 since 2001 for working for DeLay’s campaign and political action committees.
Connecticut Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman: Son Matthew received about $34,000 and daughter Rebecca about $36,000 for working on the senator’s 2004 presidential campaign.
Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash.: Nephew Todd Reichert was paid $3,000 last year, plus several hundred dollars for mileage, for serving as driver.
California Democratic Rep. Fortney “Pete” Stark: Wife Deborah earns $2,400 a month for serving as campaign consultant.

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ABC website hits an all-time low

[Via Wonkette]
This is truly in bad taste. ABC even makes you watch an ad first. Callous capitalist dipshits.

But we like our smut….

It’s like Giuliani all over again….
From Daily News:

City cleared to XXX out smut
The Big Apple is about to get a cold shower.
An appeals court gave the city a green light yesterday to shut down strip clubs and other X-rated businesses operating outside adults-only zones.
The ruling could force 100 flesh meccas out of residential and tourist neighborhoods, and into industrial areas such as the far West Side of Manhattan.
“The only place in Manhattan that you will have adult establishments is surrounding Jets stadium,” said Mark Alonso, a lawyer for Ten’s Cabaret on E. 21st St.
The sex shops plan to appeal, but if they don’t prevail, some of the topless bars, video stops and theaters are likely to close – or at least cover up.
Scores, for instance, would have to shutter its E. 60th St. emporium but could keep operating its club on W. 28th St., a spokesman said.
“The city is going to lose millions in taxes a year,” Alonso predicted. “Businessmen don’t go out of their way to see dressed women dance.”

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The National at Supreme Trading

This promises to be a great release party. The National’s new record, Alligator, is a perfect mesh of alternative country and brit-pop-inspired indie. Just what you’d expect from an Ohio-transplanted New York band. A very accomplished record that becomes more rewarding with multiple spins.
Tuesday April 12:
Record release party for “Alligator” presented by Beggars Banquet and Fader Magazine. Doors at 8pm – The National play a short set beginning at 9pm sharp. Free Red Stripe, Guiness, and Harp from 8pm to 9pm.
Supreme Trading
213 N. 8th St.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York