Special Report Grapevine: Alien Baptisms and Killer Robots?

Bye-Bye First Class: A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced legislation aimed at preventing members of Congress from flying first class using taxpayer funds.  The bill, titled, "If Our Military Has to Fly Coach Then so Should Congress Act," would end the purchase of first-class flight seats with taxpayer money. 

Alien Baptism: Pope Francis would absolutely baptize an alien from Mars, if one showed up at the Vatican and asked for it. Francis said that aliens should be baptized just like anyone else who asks for it, because it's not up to any human to decide who should receive the Holy Spirit.

Killer Robots: Diplomats are urging new international laws to govern the use of "killer robots" if the technology becomes reality someday. The debate is the first to be held at the United Nations about limits and responsibilities of so-called lethal autonomous weapons systems that could go beyond human-directed drones.

 

Tommy Vietor tells Bret "Dude, it (Benghazi) was like two years ago..."

Former Obama National Security Spokesman Tommy Vietor joined Bret live on set for Special Report  and when asked about whether he changed the word attacks to demonstrations in the Susan Rice talking points, Vietor said he did not remember because-- "Dude, this was like two years ago.."

Watch the exchange and share your thoughts with us here or via Twitter @BretBaier--

 

Special Report Grapevine: Florida prepares for the zombie apocalypse?

Tough to Stomach: Sometimes you just can't make this stuff up. More than 100 people came down with a nasty case of suspected food poisoning while at a conference on food safety. It happened earlier this month in Baltimore. The summit was attended by officials from the CDC and the Food and Drug administration as well as members of the food industry. Maryland health officials have inspected the food service provider at the conference and are still trying to figure out what caused the outbreak.

Rocky Relationship: A Florida congressman says he has a good reason to end his marriage. Democrat Alan Grayson claims for four years of their union his wife was also married to another man. Congressman Grayson filed for an annulment last week claiming that when they got married in 1990, he had no idea his bride was already hitched. He says she got divorced in secret four years later. Earlier this year Lolita Grayson accused the congressman of pushing her during an argument. But police found no probable cause to charge him. 

The Walking Dead?: And finally, Florida lawmakers are considering whether it's ok to carry a concealed gun during a zombie apocalypse. Yesterday State Senator Dwight Bullard proposed a rule allowing people without a permit to take a weapon during a mandatory evacuation.   The Democrat wants to make sure such evacuations are not limited to hurricanes or other natural disasters, adding a provision for quote  "An act relating to the zombie apocalypse." Presumably, this would protect you from facing the legal consequences of carrying an illegally concealed firearm after the zombie apocalypse is over.

New White House Reaction to Benghazi Documents

News Anchor Slapped By Guest...

A news anchor proved no match for a monkey when she attempted to tease him with a treat on a local morning show in Houston. Watch as Great Day Houston anchor Deborah Duncan gets a lesson from this small guest:

Congressman takes the selfie to a new level

Congressman Sean Duffy (R-WI) is reaching out to his constituents using a unique approach--the selfie. The two-term congressman has been seen posing for selfies with Barbara Walters, students, military generals, the Chair of the SEC,  Republicans, Democrats, and even his own children.

Duffy told Fox News he sees it as a great way for policy makers to reach out to millennials and communicate with them in a way they are familiar with. Jay Z and Justin Bieber aren't the only ones posting for selfies..there are people in Washington who have a direct impact on your life. 

Duffy seems like the perfect congressman to reach out to young people. He was once a cast member on MTV's 'The Real World' in Boston in 1997. His video is a parody of the music video #Selfie by the Chainsmokers.

What do you think?

 

 

Special Report Grapevine: Explosive Rental Car?

CAR WITH EXPLOSIVES RENTED: A training exercise in Anchorage had a major hiccup when a rental car with a small amount of explosives inside of it was accidentally rented. The police had placed the explosive in the car for K-9 training when the officer tasked with keeping an eye on it turned his back on the car.  

OSPREY VS TRAFFIC CAM: Three times now an osprey has built a nest right in front of a traffic camera on the US 50 approach to the Bay Bridge. The Maryland Transportation Authority says they need the camera to monitor traffic conditions on the bridge but the osprey doesn’t seem to be getting the message. At last check he is working on attempt #4.

MICHELLE AND RESUME: A little girl is going above and beyond when it comes to helping her dad find a job. As part of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day the First Lady held a Q & A with kids whose parents work at the White House.  When the girl was called on by Michelle Obama she gave her dad’s resume to the First Lady, saying he had been out of work for three years.  

Grapevine: Tweeter's Remorse

Tweeter’s Remorse: You can't yell fire in a crowded movie theater or bomb on an airplane. Similar restrictions apply on social media  as one teenager found out over the weekend when she tweeted American Airlines: “@AmericanAir Hello my name's Ibrahim and I'm from Afghanistan. I'm part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I'm gonna do something really big bye.”

Naturally, that didn't go over well with American Airlines who sent back: "Sarah, we take these threats very seriously. Your IP address and details will be forwarded to security and the FBI."

Perhaps realizing the error of her ways Sarah repeatedly tweeted apologies saying she was kidding and scared and stupid. Netherlands based BNO News reports that the now suspended account belonged to a Dutch teenager who has been arrested.

Document Dump: Late last year Republican Congressman Lamar Smith subpoenaed the EPA to publicly release the two studies that form much of the justification for its regulations so that more studies can be done to verify the findings. Seven months later the EPA says it has handed over everything it has with one big disclaimer: "The data provided are not sufficient in themselves to replicate the analyses. Adding that this does "not call into question the E-P-A's reliance on these studies for regulator actions."

Smith is one of 43 co-sponsors of a bill that would ban regulations based on science that is "not transparent or reproducible."

Too Far?: Advertisements are meant to catch attention by any means necessary-- even if that means making light of serious current events. Sobieski Vodka ran an ad in USA Today that read: "Poland Borders Ukraine. Guess Putin will do anything to get closer to better vodka."

The ad has gotten mixed reviews with one Ukrainian blog calling it lovely and a little tongue and cheek. Mediaite said the ad is tasteless and war-profiteering.

So what do you think of the ad? Let me know @SRGrapevine or right here on the blog.

Special Report Grapevine: Strippers for Seniors?

Go It Alone: With tax day approaching, you might want to take a second look at who's crunching the numbers for your return.  A new government report finds that just 2 of 19 mainly unregulated tax preparers calculated the correct refund for their clients.  Unregulated preparers are those not subject to oversight by the government and they are not lawyers or CPA’s. A whopping 55% of all tax preparers fall into that category.  The Government Accountability Office found errors ranging from getting the taxpayer $52  less to $3,700 more than they were entitled to. But not all were mistakes-- some were outright fraud.

In some egregious cases, preparers calculated a taxpayer's refund in person and skipped the line that shows who did the work. then after the taxpayer leaves, the taxpayer falsifies the math to boost the refund, files the return and pockets the difference.  and worst of all, unless the taxpayer can prove what happened, they're on the hook for the money when the IRS finds out.

You might be better off wading through the paperwork by yourself. The report finds 60%  of professionally prepared returns had mistakes compared to 50% when completed by the taxpayer alone.

Watch Where You Point That Thing: A seventh grader says he was suspended-- because another student claimed he pretended his pencil was a gun. Ethan Chaplin tells News12 New Jersey he was just twisting his pencil around a pen cap during math class when a classmate who had been bullying him accused him of making gun motions.  Policy dictates the school must investigate if anyone claims to feel threatened.

Ethan's dad says the boy had to undergo a five hour physical and psychological evaluation. The principal tells the Huffington Post there's more to the story but he cannot comment because of privacy laws.  Ethan has since returned to school. 

Stripper For Seniors: And finally, an update to a story we brought you yesterday in our outside the beltway segment. Turns out the New York man suing his mother's nursing home for hiring a male stripper may have a hard time proving his case.

A picture surfaced showing 85 year old Bernice Youngblood putting a dollar in the dancer's underwear. Her son alleges the staff hired the man for quote perverse pleasure, but the nursing home's attorney says the activities panel-- made up of residents-- voted to hire the dancer and provided $250. The New York post reports the strip tease has attracted the attention of the state attorney general who is looking into the case. 

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