|10.20.14 at 9:18 am ET|
Here are the highlights from Monday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with guest host Jerry Thornton, John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
— Keene State College students ruined the New Hampshire town’s annual pumpkin festival this weekend. The unruly students held out-of-control parties at or near the event, threw things and destroyed property. Police in riot gear responded with tear gas.
In the end, 30 people were injured and at least 12 were arrested.
“What do you do at Pumpkin Fest?” asked Callahan. “Other than smash windows and break bottles over people’s heads, what do you do at Pumpkin Fest?”
Replied Thornton: “This is the kind of thing that gives riots a bad name, because there are good riots. I would say the Boston Massacre was for a good cause.”
“I would think that if you’re going to riot at a pumpkin fest, it would include smashing pumpkins on the ground, right?” said Dennis.
Asked Thornton: “What was the point of this? Was it anti-pumpkin? Were they being denied pumpkins? Are their pumpkin rights being infringed upon? … I could get behind that if they said there’s too much pumpkin spice.”
— A Hopkinton bus driver was arrested Saturday night for operating under the influence after he transported the high school cross country team home after a meet. It was 59-year-old Robert Murphy’s third drunk driving arrest.
“He was driving a school bus and he’s already had two [OUI arrests]?” asked Callahan.
“It was 10:30 p.m., it wasn’t like he was going to school in the morning, and had a couple of mimosas,” Thornton said. “How are you going to keep a school bus driver sober at 10:30?”
— An Ohio kidnapping victim of 11 years answered questions in front of a live audience for the first time since she was released from captivity a year ago. Michelle Knight went as far as to forgive her captor Ariel Castro, saying Castro only held her because he had a disease.
“I’m in the wrong profession,” Thornton said. “I want to be a therapist. And no matter what somebody comes at me with, I’m just going to say it’s a disease. His disease happens to be rape, torture, beating the girls that he impregnates so that they’ll miscarry.”
“[Knight] had five miscarriages when he was impregnating her and beating her for 11 years,” Callahan said incredulously. “But she forgives him.”
|10.17.14 at 9:04 am ET|
— A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is on trial for lying to FBI investigators about his presence in a University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth dorm when two other friends removed potential evidence from the room. Robel Phillipos claimed that he was too high on marijuana to understand what was going on in the dorm.
To help Phillipos’ case, former governor Michael Dukakis came to his defense as a witness. Dukakis said he is a family friend of the Phillipos.
Said Callahan: “A kid, who’s claiming that he was too stoned to know what was going on. … How could you testify for the character of a guy who’s claiming he was too stoned to know what was going on?”
“Even if I thought the kid was OK I wouldn’t testify for him,” replied Dennis. “I guess they subpoenaed [Dukakis], though, right? He had no choice.”
Dukakis said he took a young Phillipos to the Democratic National Convention in 2004.
“If you’re a young boy, and you have the chance to hang out with Michael Dukakis, and go to the Democratic National Convention, how do you turn that down?” asked Minihane.
“More than ever, I want this kid to get 20 years,” said Callahan. “Dukakis will visit him, right? Sit down and have long conversations with him. … [Phillipos] has to get convicted.”
— Hunter Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, was discharged from the Navy after he tested positive for cocaine in a drug test from last year, according to a report crediting a source close to the situation. Biden joined the Navy Reserves two years ago as a public affairs officer.
“It’s not his fault they named him Hunter,” said Dennis. “Doesn’t it go bad generally when you’re named Hunter?”
“I think he’s got a good defense here, he was too high on coke to know that he was doing coke,” Callahan said sarcastically. “It could work.”
— An Arizona radio show argued earlier this week about the Oakland Raiders‘ brand. Ron Wolfley, one of the hosts on the Doug & Wolf Show, argued that the Raiders still are a highly valued franchise. Doug Franz, one the other hand, said he felt Oakland is not relevant to the younger generation.
The argument was so heated that it nearly led to a full-out brawl between the two hosts.
The hosts ran a clip of the shouting match and were surprised by the argument.
Asked Dennis: “Is he suggesting that the Oakland Raiders are one of the great remains, one of the great brands in the world? … Oh my God, this guy’s out of his mind.”
— The movie “Fury” starring Brad Pitt in a World War II tank brigade opens in theaters Friday. It will be Pitt’s second war movie in the last decade, as he also had a major role in “Inglorious Bastards.”
“I hope it’s half as good as the trailers,” said Callahan.
“The reviews are pretty good, so it’s encouraging,” replied Minihane. “It’s looks like it’s actually pretty good.”
|10.16.14 at 9:46 am ET|
— The federal government is being questioned for its handling of the Ebola virus situation after a Dallas nurse who treated a fatal Ebola patient was given the OK to fly on a plane by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control despite showing early symptoms.
Dr. Thomas Frieden, head of the CDC, insists people should not worry about sitting next to an infected individual, although he said that anyone who thinks they might have the disease should stay away from the public. Such inconsistencies have led to some calling for him to resign.
“When you hear from the guy in charge of this whole thing — and I’m not talking about the president, because he’s busy playing golf — the guy from the CDC, you just can’t have any faith in the federal government,” Callahan said.
Dennis said the Ebola scare is an overreaction.
“This is so much ado about nothing, it makes me sick,” Dennis said. “This is well beyond the idiocy of Y2K. This is well beyond the idiocy of Legionnaire’s disease. This is well beyond the idiocy of global warming.
“One person has died of Ebola. Three people have it. The economy is tanking, not completely because of Ebola, but because airline stocks are plummeting because nobody wants to fly. Vacation, car rentals, hotels, all that part of the economy is tanking because nobody wants to leave their house because they’ve all scared the crap out of us. This is the ultimate Chicken Little story.”
Added Dennis: “Fifty-two thousand people in this country died from the damn flu last year. We have one from Ebola, and this place has sho’ gone crazy.”
Callahan questioned his co-host’s assertion, noting that there is no known cure for Ebola.
“[The flu] goes away. I don’t think Ebola is going away,” he said.
Callahan is upset that the people in charge won’t stop flights from Liberia to the United States allegedly because they want to support the African nation’s economy.
Said a sarcastic Callahan: “We should share the suffering. You think you’re above them? The poor folks in Liberia? You think they’re not as good as us? . . . That is literally the mentality: We’re no better than they are.”
— Novelist John Grisham said America is wrongly jailing too many people, including some who stumble onto child pornography on the Internet.
Grisham said he had a friend with a drinking problem who “would never touch a child” but who “pushed the wrong buttons, went too far and got into child porn,” and he ended up in prison for years.
Said Dennis: “Well, then, Mr. Grisham, if you had a 5-year-old daughter, would you be comfortable with this guy who ‘only presses a wrong button when he has too much to drink’ living next door to you? I guess not.”
Responded Callahan: “I do see his point. Even if you look at it, you’re not acting on it. You see guys who look at it — and I know they’re facilitating the whole process — looking at it will get you 20 years.”
|10.15.14 at 9:04 am ET|
— A 34-year-old homeless man was arrested Tuesday night after he stabbed two park rangers on the Boston Common. Bodio Hutchinson ran from the scene and told cops chasing him to shoot him. Instead, the cops tackled the suspect to the ground and took him to jail. The officers he stabbed were listed in stable condition.
Said Dennis: “All right, three options here: deranged, suicide by cop or he wanted to become a martyr and be the next famous guy who gets shot by a cop without a gun in his hand — demented.”
“Park rangers have guns?” asked a surprised Callahan.
“It’s just in case Yogi and Boo-Boo go nuts,” replied Dennis.
Said Callahan: “I don’t think they have guns. Why would you let a guy stab you multiple times?”
— An animal activist gave an impassioned speech at a San Francisco restaurant in late September, urging diners not to eat meat. Kelly Atlas described how she saved an abused “little girl,” which was in fact her pet chicken named Snow. Atlas doesn’t like how chickens are treated and eventually killed by the food industry.
“She’s more deranged than the guy at the Common,” Dennis exclaimed.
Said Minihane: “You know what’s the greatest thing in the world? Biting into a Chick-fil-A grilled chicken sandwich.”
Replied Dennis: “If I’m going to protest the corporal punishment of chickens, I’m not going to a brasserie. Aren’t you going to Chick-fil-A?”
— Five teenagers from Ohio will face criminal charges after they tricked an autistic boy into doing a fake ALS ice bucket challenge. Instead of dumping ice water on the 15-year-old, the teenagers poured a bucket filled with feces, cigarette butts and urine.
“I hope they do time,” Callahan said. “I don’t want them to just get a little fine, a little community service.”
|10.15.14 at 6:44 am ET|
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