Tuesday morning on MSNBC, Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist were treating Charlie Sheen's latest out-of-control escapades as a joke, but his co-host Mika Brzezinski kept insisting that Sheen is in serious trouble and needs psychiatric help.
Sheen claims he's now drug-free. If he's not on drugs -- and the Two and a Half Men star's penchant for cocaine is legendary -- then his outrageous behavior and statements in a series of interviews must be viewed as symptomatic of mental illness. In recent days:
A campaign video for Republican John Dennis, challenging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in California's 8th District, has been removed from YouTube.com.
The ad, which depicted Pelosi as the Wicked Witch of the West, went "viral" after being linked by the Drudge Report, and had gotten more than 600,000 page views. The video was removed after complaints of copyright infringement from EMI Publishing, which holds rights to the musical "The Wizard of Oz."
One legal source familiar with the case said the copyright-infringement claim was "sub-frivolous," as the video was protected under the "fair use" doctrine.
While I was in Los Angeles yesterday, I got a call from my friend Joe Fein, who told me he wouldn't be able to make it to an event featuring Pamela Geller, author of The Post-American Presidency, that he had hoped to attend.
"They've shut down Olympic Boulevard!" Joe said in outraged tones, explaining that the major east-west thoroughfare had been closed to allow President Obama's motorcade to proceed from Los Angeles International Airport to a fundraising dinner with Nancy Pelosi at the home of one of the president's liberal Hollywood friends.