March 9, 2008

Court rules Italian women can legally lie about affairs

According to the BBC, Italy’s highest appeal court ruled that Italian women who commit adultery are allowed to lie about it to protect their honor.

The decision came from a case with a women convicted of giving false testimony about a lover. The appeals courts said she did not break the law by lying about the affair.

The Court of Cassation, which is composed mainly of elderly male appeal judges, found that having a lover damages the honor of the person, so they are permitted to lie about it—even in an investigation.

March 1, 2008

The questions shifts: Is Fred Armisen, not Obama, “black enough??

According to the Washington Post, whereas observers wondered at the beginning of Sen. Barack Obama’s campaign if he was “black enough,? the question has switched. Now observers wonder if Fred Armisen is “black enough??

Armisen played Obama in a mock debate last week on “Saturday Night Life,? which playfully accused the press of being enamored with Obama. Armisen is not black, and some say that casting choice was a mistake. They say Obama should have been played by a black actor.

The Washington Post notes that Armisen has also played Prince in past seasons of “SNL,? and no one cared about his racial background then. Of course, the musician was not running for president.

Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune is among those who feel Armisen should not have played Obama in the spoof.

“Obama’s candidacy gives us solid proof of the progress that African Americans have made in this country. I guess ‘SNL’ still has further to go on that front,? she said.

The skit has renewed the criticism that “SNL? does not employ enough black performers. This season, the only black cast member is Kenan Thompson, who hardly resembles the tall and thin Obama, the Washington Post said.

“SNL? defended its choice to cast Armisen as Obama. According to the Washington Post, they auditioned “four or five? actors. Armisen captured Obama’s mannerisms and personality the best.

“SNL? impresario Lorne Michaels said in the Washington Post the show does not concern itself with making a particular political point. Instead, they ask themselves “Is it fresh? Is it funny??

Michaels said the spoof went so well that “SNL? intends to air another Obama and Clinton debate this Saturday, March 1.

February 24, 2008

Man Clings to Car Roof, Punches Girlfriend Driver

In Haverstraw, New York, a man fighting with his girlfriend clung to the roof of her car and punched her through the window as she drove over a mile on a busy road Sunday, hitting several cars, CNN reported.

Both people were hurt and arrested, CNN said.

The man, 42-year-old William Kremer, was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge. The woman, 37-year-old Stacey Sperrazza, was arrested on a felony charge of reckless endangerment.

She was treated for eye and head wounds, and Kremer was treated for a foot injury, CNN said.