Eliot Spitzer is Attempting a Post-Sex Scandal Comeback… And Other News

Eliot Spitzer

Eliot Spitzer is following in the footsteps of Anthony Weiner and Mark Sanford, who both attempted a political comeback after a sex scandal.

Spitzer, best known for resigning as Governor of New York after admitting he regularly frequented prostitutes, is launching his campaign for a new life in politics. But Spitzer isn’t dreaming big like Weiner and his bid for New York City mayor – no, Spitzer is after the more modest post of city comptroller. Whether or not Spitzer will get enough signatures to be on the ballot is still up for debate but the former escort service regular is optimistic: “I have looked voters in the eye, walked on the street, and I think people are willing to give me a shot,” Spitzer added. “And I think it is based on the record I built when I was attorney general, when I was governor, when I was assistant district attorney, a prosecutor of organized crime.” Washington Post

California prisonWhile Mexicans are getting fatter by the second, 30,000 California inmates (many of whom are probably Mexican) are going on a hunger strike in protest of prison conditions. Their demands include a five-year limit on isolation (which can last decades if the inmate is suspected of having gang ties), education and rehabilitation programs, and the right to make monthly phone calls. Organized by a small group of inmates being held in solitary confinement at the Pelican Bay State Prison near the Oregon border, the hunger strike involves two thirds of the state’s 33 prisons and four out-of-state facilities. When will prison guards begin force-feeding them with tubes? Or does that only happen in Guantanamo? Los Angeles Times

us afghanistanShould we stay or should we go? Is the question the US is asking themselves. American and European officials announced that the US is considering withdrawing all troops from Afghanistan in 2014. Up until now, U.S. and Afghan officials had been discussing plans to keep a small force behind to fight off the Taliban and continue to give Afghan security personnel much needed training. Obama’s new “zero option” is in response to growing frustration with Afghan President Hamid Karzai who has been throwing temper tantrums lately because of America’s direct talks with the Taliban.  Obama will NOT stand for temper tantrums and a lack of cooperation (outside of Congress that is…). CNN

Ohio womenThe three women held captive in an Ohio house for over a decade have broken their silence. The women — Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight — posted a YouTube video on Monday night thanking those who have supported them since their escape earlier this year.  Michelle Knight, who was kidnapped in August 2002 at age 21 said “I may have been through hell and back, but I am strong enough to walk through hell with a smile on my face and with my head held high. I will not let the situation define who I am. I will define the situation.” Their captor, Ariel Castro, 52, has been charged with 329 counts of kidnapping, rape, beatings, and aggravated murder for forcibly causing one of the women to abort a fetus after he had impregnated her.  New York Times

Reece Elliott Death threats of Facebook are probably not a great idea. A British man who threatened to kill 200 people in the US via Facebook has been put in jail for 28 months. Reece Elliot, a self-confessed internet troll, made threats on an online memorial page for two girls killed in a car crash. Using a fake account, he wrote “My father has three guns. I’m planning on killing him first and putting him in a dumpster. Then I’m taking the motor and I’m going in fast. I’m gonna kill hopefully at least 200 before I kill myself. So you want to tell the deputy: I’m on my way. I’m killing 200 people minimum at school. I will be on CNN.” Sounds pretty crazy. Crazy enough for 3,000 students to skip school the next day. Elliot, who was described by a psychiatrist as emotionally immature and impulsive, could not explain his behaviour, but did admit it was “idiotic, childish and pathetic”. BBC News

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