Ides of March, Rod Blagojevich and Simon's Cat
The soothsayers warning 'Beware the ides of March' came true on this day in 44 B.C. Julius Caesar was stabbed to death by his friend Marcus Brutus and other members of the Roman Senate.
The ides of March has taken on a darker meaning, but really is just another day on the calendar. Nothing more sinister. The term ides actually comes from the earliest Roman calendar, which organized its months around three days. Those days served as a reference point for counting the other days. Ides falls on the 15th day in March, May, July and October. It falls on the 13th in all other months. The assassination of Julius Caesar gave the term "Ides of March" an entirely new meaning over time.
For former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich the ides of March is a dark day. He heads to the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood, located in a sprawling suburban Denver, Colorado neighborhood.
He made a final public statement outside his home in Chicago last night. Blago insisted his legal fight was not over and that preparing for prison is "the hardest thing he's ever done." Convicted on 18 criminal counts, including charges he tried to sell or trade President Obama's open Senate seat, Blagojevich insisted last night that he always did what he thought was right for Illinois. That does not sound like someone who has come to terms with being found guilty.
American Idol gave contestant Jermaine Jones the boot after learning about four outstanding arrest warrants for him. The 25-year-old vocal instructor from Pine Hill, NJ, was disqualified during last night's show. The producers say they plan better background checks on contestants in the future.
The luck ran out for an HBO series barely out of the starting gate. HBO canceled Luck, starring Dustin Hoffman, after a third horse died during production. The cancelation also comes just days after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent HBO a letter charging that “Luck's” producers ignored advice from animal safety experts and created conditions that posed “unacceptable” risks to the horses.
The spending spree continues in the NFL as the Detroit Lions dished out $132-million in a deal to keep Calvin Johnson for the next eight years.
Twitter is trending with happy National Condom Day tweets, but the actual National Condom Day (yes, there is such a thing) is marked in February. Why it's trending today (when many millions of men will be watching college basketball) is anyone's guess, although it's probably always good to remind people to practice safe sex.
Good news for those of you worried about "pink slime" meat ending up in your child's school lunches. The USDA is announcing today that schools will be able to choose if their hamburger meat is "pink slime" free. Click here for more from ABC News.
If you missed our post last night, Academy Award winning actor George Clooney has a viral video that is no Hollywood production. He went into Sudan's Nuba Mountains to document evidence of war crimes recently and witnessed graphic examples of the effects.
In Mexico, a gun battle sent a family diving for cover. In this video, uploaded on March 12, a group of people are seen lying on grass as volleys of shots ring out.
From China this morning, Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’ is performed on a Chinese traditional instrument called GuZheng (or Chinese Zither).
Simon's Cat is back with another viral video. It's an animated cartoon series by the British animator Simon Tofield. The cat uses heavy handed tactics to try to get the owner to feed it.
This video is making some people laugh, other cringe. Either way, this baby is quite an actor.
Nothing like your first experience with bubbles. Just ask little Lennon.
That's the trend!
Enjoy the Madness,