Published June 01, 2010
Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:
Chicago Democratic Mayor Richard Daley still will not say whether an 80-year-old Army veteran will face charges under the city's handgun ban after killing a home invader.
Police say the man was asleep with his wife and grandson when a parolee with a record of drug and gun arrests tried to break in. When confronted, he fired two shots. He missed, but the homeowner did not.
The Korean War veteran's friends and family tell reporters they think he's a hero. But when Daley was asked whether charges will be filed against him, the mayor said he didn't know and added,
"guns is (sic) not the answer to the problems that we see in a home, in the streets of America."
Slap in the Facebook
Social networking site Facebook, which has faced growing hostility over privacy concerns, is seeing some of that frustration boil up today.
The Globe and Mail reports two Canadians devised the first ever "quit Facebook day," saying it's not just a privacy matter but a breach of trust.
So far, about 23,000 people have promised to leave the website, really not a huge protest yet considering Facebook has built up a user base of 400 million since its 2004 founding.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh has followed Pakistan's lead, blocking Facebook over a page called "everybody draw Muhammad day." Pakistan lifted its ban Monday, after Facebook apologized and took down the contents.
Skirting the Problem
Authorities in a devoutly Islamic district of Indonesia are cracking down on women wearing pants and tight clothing. They are distributing 20,000 long skirts to Muslim women caught violating the dress code.
During raids, Islamic police caught 18 women riding motorbikes in pants. One housewife says of the ban, "I am not wearing sexy outfits, but they caught me like a terrorist only because of my jeans."
— Fox News Channel's Lanna Britt contributed to this report.