Gabatron Morning Briefing – 3-15-16: Beware The Ides Of March

Someone illegally transmitter over the police radio frequency, dropping racial slurs and colorful metaphors. It’s a little tough to tell if it was done intentionally or if someone just happened to be broadcasting on the same frequency. Better or worse than that time someone pirated WTTW in the 80’s?

Score one of tatts. An arbitrator has ruled the Chicago Police department cannot require officers to cover up their tattoos. The police department says the number of officers actually disciplined under the rule was “very low” anyway.

An Illinois man thinks the state flag is ugly, so he’s taken it upon himself to design a new one. His idea already has the backing of state Rep. Robert Martwick, who plans to introduce a bill early next year. His new flag is a 3-by-2 rectangle with a dark blue vertical stripe filled with three five-pointed stars; the coat of arms of the city of Lincoln in England (representing the origin of President Abraham Lincoln’s family name); a white field cut into four parts by a red cross; and a gold fleur-de-lis in the center. Is it time to retire Ole Corrupty and make a new one?

Sarah Palin had to cancel her campaign events with Donald Trump on Monday after the former First Dude Todd Palin was in a snowmobile accident. It was reportedly  “a very serious” crash, he is currently hospitalized in intensive care. He’s expected to recover.

Palin also weighed in on the events here in Chicago with her usual subtlety. She called the anti-Trump protests “petty punk-ass thuggery stuff.” If you close your eyes, it’s just like listening to Lincoln speak.

A guy in Florida was walking around with a Trump arm band. Carl Cameron reported on it for Fox as an example of just how crazy the election cycle has gotten. It turns out it was the same person who claimed Marco Rubio was driving his girlfriend away. He’s been trolling every political campaign the whole season. Last month he showed up at a rally for Hillary Clinton, proudly wearing a “Settle For Hillary” t-shirt.

In a new ad from the anti-Donald Trump Our Principles PAC, women read off Trump’s many, many sexist quotes from over the years. The ad includes some of Trump’s well-known attacks on women, such as calling Megyn Kelly a bimbo and saying that Carly Fiorina couldn’t be president because “look at that face.” It’s very effective, but is it too little too late to stop the Trumpmentum?

Brian Urlacher reportedly married onetime “America’s Next Top Model” contestant Jennipher Frost over the weekend. The hair has already paid off.

Two Hellfire missiles were found on a passenger plane in Serbia. The documentation with the missiles said they were on their way to Portland, Oregon. Investigators are working to determine whether the missiles were active weapons or inert devices used for training purposes.

Keith Conrad got his first job in radio in Huntsville, Alabama the day after the 2000 Presidential election when he was a freshman in college. He’s produced radio shows in Huntsville, Milwaukee, WI, Atlanta, GA and finally back in his hometown of Chicago. Currently he lives in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood steps away from the Red Line. The train goes by so often you don’t even notice it. Keith has been dabbling in the Internet arts for a while now, in various roles both professional and just for fun.

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