First Slice 3-28-12: Newt, this is getting ridiculous

Plus, a couple steals from themselves and a JetBlue pilot loses his shit


1. He’s out of money, nobody likes him — ‘cept for you, Georgia and South Carolina! Congrats! — but Newt Gingrich continues to rage against the dying of his presidential light. According to the AP and Politico, Gingrich’s new, can’t-lose strategy involves laying off a third of his staff, focusing more on digital outreach, and spending “much less time in primary states and instead personally calling delegates to try to persuade them to back him at the Republican National Convention in August.” Appealing to the American voter is overrated.

2. A Gwinnett County couple is facing felony charges for taking appliances, countertops, and cabinets out of their own foreclosed home and putting them in their new home. Take it away, Petula ...

3. A JetBlue Pilot from South Georgia had to be subdued by passengers when he suffered an episode on a flight from New York to Las Vegas, and started ranting about al Qaida, bombs, and other things that terrify people who are on airplanes. No one was harmed, except for the family and future progeny of the former NYC corrections officer who subdued the pilot, ‘cause he’s gonna tell this story A LOT ...
“I was actually the one that took him down. I noticed he was very erratic,” Gonzalez said. “He was pinned against the door. I was afraid he was going to knock down the door. I was able to put a choke hold on him. I was able to get him weak from cutting his wind pipe.

“When he buckled, I realized I had him where I need him. So I put a little more pressure, and that’s when he almost passed out. So I threw him to the floor. That’s when the team came in and started helping me … I just didn’t want him opening up that door. I knew if he got in there, we wouldn’t be sitting here now.”

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