Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...
No Atheists in Foxholes?
Defense officials are denying reports that the Pentagon is considering a ban on service members sharing their faith.
The president of a group in favor of court martials for service members caught proselytizing says he told Pentagon officials troops who do that are guilty of sedition and treason and should be punished.
Quote -- "It's a version of being spiritually raped...by fundamentalist Christian religious predators."
Following those comments, reports spread that the military would prosecute any Christian service member who shared his or her faith a claim the DOD says is just not true.
Quote -- "The U.S. Department of Defense has never and will never single out a particular religious group for persecution or prosecution. Service members can share their faith (evangelize), but must not force unwanted, intrusive attempts to convert others to any faith."
What's in a Name?
A man in New Hampshire who admits to taking things from a store without paying says he's not a criminal because of the name of the store.
Surveillance video shows a man and a small child taking a grill off the porch of a thrift shop at night after the store was closed.
He told police because the store is called "Finders Keepers" he thought everything was free.
He also admits to taking a DVD player once before. He has agreed to return the items.
And finally, a misunderstanding led to some very awkward moments for a women's group in England.
Their guest speaker was a sea captain who had experience dealing with pirates.
So the ladies dressed in full pirate regalia, eye patches, pirate hats, daggers, even toy parrots.
But Captain Colin Darch's speech was about his terrifying ordeal as a hostage of Somali Pirates for 47 days in 2008.
Darch said it was strange to be talking to women dressed like this with rubber daggers.
The pirates were appropriately embarrassed. But in the end the captain agreed to be the judge for the best pirate costume competition.