Tattle: Megadeth singer accuses Obama

Bobby Brown : Back to rehab for him.
Bobby Brown : Back to rehab for him.
Posted: August 17, 2012

BECAUSE THIS IS a great country, everyone is entitled to a political opinion.

And in this ultra-partisan age, fueled by anonymous Internet rantings, a multitude of pundits seeking fame and fortune and unlimited anger, that means everyone has the right to be a moron.

Including Tattle. Readers occasionally point that out to us.

There are plenty of legitimate, semi-legitimate and illegitimate reasons to vote for one of our presidential candidates, but Megadeth's Dave Mustaine isn't interested in them.

Mustaine, a birther, believes that President Obama was responsible for the recent mass shootings at "The Dark Knight Rises" in Colorado and at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

Not responsible in the convoluted way that the president's policies led to disillusionment and/or racial angst, prompting a pair of loons to use guns to kill innocent people, but directly responsible.

Addressing his baffled audience at a concert last week in Singapore, Mustaine said: "Back in my country, my president is trying to pass a gun ban so he's staging all of these murders, like the Fast and Furious thing down at the border and Aurora, Colo., all the people that were killed there. And now the beautiful people at the Sikh temple.

"I don't know where I'm gonna live if America keeps going the way it's going," Mustaine added, "because it looks like it's turning into Nazi America."

Huh?

Sheesh, when Dixie ChickNatalie Maines said of President George W. Bush, "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas," at a concert in London, the group was basically banned from country radio. Mustaine (on foreign soil) said Obama was involved in conspiracies to commit murder.

He clearly needs some help with his facts: Obama has been completely disinterested in gun control. He knows he can't get it passed through Congress so he rarely mentions it. All he has brought up is reinstating the federal assault-weapons ban, which expired eight years ago. Whoa, the president thinks there should be a ban, not on guns, but on assault weapons. What a radical.

And the "Nazi America" claim? Seriously? Reasonable people can debate how to bring down unemployment, tax rates, government spending, pollution controls and more, but how do you have a reasonable discussion about "Nazi America"? What does that even mean?

TATTBITS

Disney and its Marvel Studios unit announced Thursday that the follow-up to "The Avengers," this year's biggest hit, will arrive in theaters on May 1, 2015.

The studio announced last week that Joss Whedon will be back to write and direct the as-yet-untitled sequel.

There will be plenty of Marvel action building up to "The Avengers" follow-up. "Iron Man 3" is due out next May, followed by a "Thor" sequel in November 2013 and a "Captain America" sequel in April 2014.

* In related news, production on "Iron Man 3" is on hold after star Robert Downey Jr. hurt his foot during filming.

Marvel Studios said Thursday that Downey, 47, was injured while performing a stunt, and "there will be a short delay in production while he recuperates."

* Olympic champion Ryan

Lochte put his toe in the acting pool for a cameo appearance on the CW drama series "90210."

The swimmer says it was his first acting gig and he was "really nervous" because he "didn't want to mess it up."

More importantly, Lochte is going to appear with Joan Rivers on Friday night's episode of "Fashion Police" (E! 10 p.m.).

Paying tribute to Lochte's Olympics admission, they're both going to pee in a pool - well, a water fountain.

* To commemorate the opening

of "Sparkle," late ex-wife Whitney Houston's final movie, Bobby Brown has checked into rehab.

Brown's rep said in an email Thursday that he checked into a "confidential rehabilitation center" last week as part of his agreement following his March arrest for allegedly driving drunk in Los Angeles.

* L.A. prosecutors are charging Joe Simpson, the father of Jessica and Ashley Simpson, with two counts of drunken driving after his arrest earlier this month.

City attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan said Wednesday that 54-year-old Simpson faces a maximum sentence of six months in jail, 36 months of probation and a $1,000 fine.

* As if he were back in the U.S.S.R., Sir Paul McCartney has climbed aboard the Pussy

Riot bandwagon.

He has sent support to the Russian punk band whose members face prison for a stunt against President Vladimir Putin.

In a letter released Thursday, Sir Paul urged three members of the all-female band to "stay strong" and called on authorities to allow them freedom of speech.

McCartney said, "I and many others like me who believe in free speech will do everything in our power to support you and the idea of artistic freedom."

* An Ohio TV newswoman has won a lawsuit against Hustler over publication of a photograph showing her dancing naked in a wet T-shirt contest.

At the classy People Paper, we only showed Sheena Parveen in her newsroom.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports a federal jury Thursday sided with Catherine Bosley and her husband over an image taken at a Florida bar in 2003. The jury awarded them $135,000 plus attorney fees.

Bosley and her husband gained rights to her contest photos after a photographer posted them online. She resigned from WKBN-TV in Youngstown and now works at WOIO-TV in Cleveland.

Larry Flynt's Hustler magazine printed one of the photos in 2006. The 2008 lawsuit claimed the publication failed to get Bosley's permission to print the photo. Hustler's attorneys argued they didn't need permission.

Guess they did.

- Daily News wire services

contributed to this report.


Email gensleh@phillynews.com.

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