Gabatron Morning Briefing – 4-8-16: The Hair Extensions Have Ears

A woman hid a recorder in her hair during surgery and caught the people in the OR commenting about her. The audio allegedly caught them making fun of her looks, including her belly button.

President Obama got a question asking why he picked another “old white guy” for the Supreme Court. He responded “At no point did I say, ‘You know what? I need a black lesbian from Skokie in that slot. Can you find me one?’” He added that Garland is an outstanding jurist and that’s what’s important.

Remember when Bush 41 marveled at a grocery scanner and that was pretty much the end for him because he was an out of touch old man? Hillary Clinton couldn’t quite figure out how to use the turnstiles on the New York subway on Thursday. In fairness, some times it takes me a couple of swipes as well.

A new apartment building in Chicago is getting an old “L” car to play around in. The car is gutted and will serve as a gazebo of sorts. Wouldn’t you want something that’s a little more unique and interesting than an L car?

Rudy Giuliani says he will be voting for Donald Trump in the New York primary. He did not endorse him though, and won’t be making any appearances for him.

Buffalo Bills’ linebacker AJ Tarpley is retiring from the NFL after one season because of concussion concerns. How many parents, long-term, are going to let their kids play football? How long until the NFL just becomes “touch” football so no one gets hurt?

Facepalm of the Day: A Catholic priest walking around Indiana University was mistaken for a KKK member by some students. He was wearing a white robe, but obviously no hood. Student eyewitnesses said he was a Klan member carrying a whip, when it reality it was a priest with a Rosary. One IU residential adviser even sent an email warning to his dormitory telling them to stay on the lookout for the menacing figure.

It’s been a good week for judges. Now video’s floating around of a no-nonsense judge reaction to explosion in the building. She’s obviously surprised, but still keeps calm and carry’s on. It turned there was a burst pipe in the building, but it sounded much more violent than that.

End of the World Update: NASA’s NEOWISE satellite has discovered 72 new near-Earth objects, 13 of which are classified as “potentially hazardous.” NASA says they have not yet detected any large enough to kill us all (or so they say) but even small objects can cause a lot of damage.

SpaceX is scheduled to launch a rocket to the International Space Station on Friday. It’s their first mission to the ISS since the one that blew up last year. Included in the cargo is the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module or BEAM, built by Bigelow Aerospace. It’s the first privately built space habitat, and a prototype for a commercial space station. It’ll be attached to the ISS for two years to make sure it works. If the company succeeds, they will probably be responsible for building spacecraft for long duration missions and eventually colonies on the Moon and Mars.

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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