His testimony will relate to his experience participating in the Take Our Jobs initiative put on by the United Farm Workers union. The initiative invited people to come and try the jobs that illegal immigrants do now, like farm work, to see if they’re really taking jobs that Americans want. Since Colbert was one of only 4 people who took them up on the offer, he’ll be testifying about it.
Why he’s doing it in character isn’t entirely clear, but I suppose he’s got some fans in Congress who wouldn’t mind spicing up what would surely otherwise be a very boring subcommittee. [via]
The Telegraph has been friendly enough to reveal the Facebook faux-pas performed by the teen. She decided to hold a birthday party at her mom’s house and mom kindly said she could invite 15 of her closest companions.
Being almost 15, what other forum could she possibly have considered than Facebook? So she created a nice little event page and waited, no doubt expectantly, for everyone to say “yes.” Unfortunately, the everyone she envisaged seemed to comprise, well, everyone. At least 21,000 people reportedly said they were coming, before she realized that she had invited the whole world. Or at least the whole Facebook world, which is more or less the same thing.
Worse was the sudden appearance of Facebook groups inviting people to such events as her “clear-up party” and “after party,” as she became the subject of ill-conceived japing. Just to add to the entertainment, she had, unfortunately, put her phone number and address on the invitation.
“If the worlds of heavy metal and commercial aviation were two sets in an unlikely Venn diagram, then their intersection would contain Bruce Dickinson.”—The front man of Iron Maiden, who has regularly flown commercially for an aircraft-leasing company called Astraeus Airlines, has now been appointed the operation’s head of marketing. The Telegraph has the details. (via theeconomist)
“The AP has been closely monitoring CNN’s coverage and claims that the network routinely uses the wire service’s reporting, according to internal memos obtained by The Upshot. CNN, the memo states, ‘continues to rely heavily, and apparently systematically, on AP breaking news, exclusive enterprise and in-depth reporting.’” [Yahoo! News]
“Brian clearly misspoke … Nothing in Brian’s record or anything else he’s said or done remotely would suggest he would target vulnerable Vermonters.”—Kate Duffy, spokeswoman for Brian Dubie, a Republican candidate for governor of Vermont. When asked in an radio interview about how he would achieve the budget savings in order to support his intended tax cuts, Dubie had previously answered,”We are going to have to look at our programs and target the most vulnerable.” (via officialssay)
“Britney Spears apparently pronounces the letter /l/ in linguolabial fashion: that is, she puts her tongue to her top lip, rather than her teeth, when she sings that she’s a “slave…for love”. Apparently this articulation is otherwise attested only on a small island belonging to Vanuatu.”—Our language bloggers investigate Ms Spears’ linguistic peculiarities (with video). As one commenter suggests: “Maybe we should worry less about where the President was born and more about Britney. Is she a crypto-Vanatuan?” (via theeconomist)
“The teenager, from Silsoe in Bedfordshire, called the US leader a “prick” in an expletive-strewn message but told the Bedfordshire on Sunday newspaper that he “didn’t care” about the ban.”—AFP: US bans teenager over abusive Obama email