Today’s cup: Dominique Strauss-Kahn, E. coli, Pottermore, and U.S. Open golf

Do you remember your reaction the first time you learned about diplomatic immunity?  It was a cross between envy and outrage, no?  And partial disbelief that certain foreign ambassadors to this country could park wherever they wanted and not get a ticket?  Or break the law in ways far more damaging and get away with it?  Turns out that former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, pulled that card out of his deck after he was arrested in New York City last month and charged with attempting to rape a hotel maid.  Yeah, nice try.  It didn’t work.

Women in Saudi Arabia are staging a mass protest on Friday against the presumed law that makes it illegal for them to drive.  The campaign, organized over social networks by the group Women2Drive, continues the efforts of Manal al-Sherif, who was arrested in May for taking the wheel.  My concern is their ability to see the road while wearing the full hajib head-covering.  That can’t be safe.

A man has been arrested near the Pentagon after being found with and planting possible explosive devices near the building.  Roads in and around Arlington, Virginia have been closed all morning.

It’s over.  Anthony Weiner resigned yesterday at a chaotic press conference amid loud hecklers.  More than a few voices have been heard questioning or illuminating the inconsistency of congressional transgressions and the ensuing fallout and punishment.  Oh, don’t even get me started.

Another E. coli outbreak has occurred in Europe, this time in France.  Hamburger meat is being blamed for the hospitalization of seven children.

The containment of the largest wildfire in Arizona state history will face some serious challenges today as stiff winds are predicted to return on Friday.  The blaze has already consumed over 760 square miles of pine forests in the eastern part of the state near the New Mexico border.

It appears J.K. Rowling was growing restless post-Harry Potter and yesterday launched a mysterious new website.  It’s actually not that mysterious.  Called Pottermore, it clearly has something to do with the final installment of the wizard series of movies as “The Deathly Hallows – Part 2” is set for release July 15th.

Tiger Woods isn’t playing in the U.S. Open this week due to injury, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth watching.  Phil Mickelson suffered through a first-hole double-bogey but promises to stay in the game.  Rory McIlroy shot a six-under in the opening round Thursday.

So you have a smart phone.  How’s it working out for you?  TheOatmeal.com shares why he loves and hates having one.

This Sunday is Father’s Day.  Gifts.com has some ideas on what to get the guy, though it may be too late for the personalized stuffed animal.

“The Green Lantern” and “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” open in theatres today, if you’re looking for some familentertainment, although women might seek out the Ryan Reynolds super-hero film for other reasons. He’s cuuute.

I can’t tell you why my post today is doing this weird right paragraph thing here.  It’s enough to make me practice my talent for billingsgate.

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