Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: The favorite TV show of Gitmo detainees

In 2009, it was reported that the most popular books in the library for prisoners at Guantanamo Bay were, oddly enough, the Harry Potter novels, Don Quixote, and Dreams From My Father, in that order. But apparently, reports Carol Rosenberg, the detainees have found a new favorite:

Harry Potter books are passé among the prisoners. The adventures of the boy wizard have been supplanted by early episodes of Will Smith’s 1990s TV comedy, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, as a popular way to pass time among the 168 captives now in their second decade of U.S. detention.

“I just ordered all six seasons,” says librarian Milton, a Defense Department contractor who gives only his first name to visiting journalists.

Milton could offer no explanation for why detainees had taken to the story of a young man from West Philadelphia whose life got flipped, turned upside-down. 


Romney: America won't decline like Japan

Not sure if it's quite fair to say Romney "took a shot" at Japan here, but he's not exactly complimentary toward the staunch U.S. ally. Buzzfeed's Jake Miller writes

NEW YORK — At a fundraiser this morning, Mitt Romney took a shot at Japan, saying that country's economic decline is not a path the United States will follow under his leadership.

"We are not Japan," he told donors at a $2,500-a-plate fundraiser. "We are not going to be a nation that suffers in decline and distress for a decade or a century. We’re on the cusp of a very different economic future than the one people have seen over the past three years."

One country Romney seems pretty determined not to offend is Poland. In this new ad seemingly aimed at Catholic voters, he praises John Paul II and touts his "endorsement" from former President Lech Walesa.

No one can accuse Romney of forgetting Poland.