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News worth an honorable mention: The French president's martial travails, GodTube grows and grows, Ellen Degeneres takes a breather, and ticket trouble for fans of the New England Patriots.


This is THE BRYANT PARK PROJECT from NPR News. I'm Luke Burbank.


I'm Alison Stewart.

BURBANK: You know, yesterday, Ali, we had a conversation about Values Voters. They're having a big conference - self-titled Values Voters, it should be pointed out.


BURBANK: They're having a big conference in D.C. But I'll tell you, I'm a values host, and there's something I really value.

STEWART: And what would that be, pray tell?

BURBANK: That would be news you can't use but you know you want, which is called, on this show, The Ramble.

(Soundbite of music)

BURBANK: Oh, le divorce French style. French President Nicolas Sarkozy is losing his wedding ring. This is not a complete surprise because he and his wife have sort of been on-again off-again. Her name is Cecilia Sarkozy, by the way. During the campaign, she rarely made any appearances with him. She was, at one point, shacked up in New York with a PR executive.


BURBANK: He was carrying around a love note at one point which was actually printed in a French paper. So anyway, it's the second divorce for both of them. It was weird because it was - like on The Associated Press, they are expected to divorce at a certain point this week. It was like an appointment in his calendar or something. So good luck for them - to both of them.

In Wikipedia, the divorce has already been approved by the way.

STEWART: Ah, so that means it's happened.

BURBANK: Yeah, it lists Cecilia as his - as his former wife rather.

STEWART: The popularity of YouTube has spawned an imitator called GodTube. You know, YouTube, it says Broadcast Yourself; GodTube, they say, Broadcast Him -videos, songs, parodies, sermons. The whole idea is it's the Christian version of YouTube, and they take on certain popular songs. Who can forget Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back"?

BURBANK: I can't.

STEWART: Well, here's "Baby Got Book," as in the good book.

(Soundbite of song, "Baby Got Book")

JASER7 (Rapper): (Rapping) I like big Bibles and I can not lie. You Christian brothers can't deny that when a girl walks in with a KJV and a bookmark in Proverbs, you get stoked. Got her name engraved so you know this girl is saved. It looks like one of those large ones with plenty o' space in the margins. Oh baby, I wanna read witcha.

BURBANK: (Rapping) Deep in the jeans she's wearing, I'm hooked and I can't stop staring. Oh baby, I wanna get wit'cha.

JASER7: (Rapping) Cause your Bible's got pictures. My minister tried to console me. But that Book you got makes…

Unidentified Woman: Me so holy.

JASER7: (Rapping) Ooh, momma-mia. You say you want koinonia.

STEWART: Makes so holy?

JASER7: (Rapping) Well, bless me, bless me.

BURBANK: (Rapping) Well, use me, use me 'Cause you ain't that average groupy

STEWART: I think you might go to h-e-double-hockey-sticks for saying, me so holy.

(Soundbite of laughter)

STEWART: I'm not so sure about that.

BURBANK: Yeah, what's the official ruling on that? E-mail us, God.



Well, we've got breaking news in the Ellen DeGeneres saga. This would be the story of that little doggy that she gave away that then the animal agency placed the dog and then took the dog away, then she went on TV and started crying about it. And her fans - they did not like it. There were like death threats and calling these poor ladies that ran this animal agency. Well, finally, she came on the air yesterday and she asked her fans to please stop the insanity.

(Soundbite of TV show, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show")

Ms. ELLEN DEGENERES (Actress; Comedian; Host, The Ellen DeGeneres Show): It's gotten out of hand. The people that have Iggy or had Iggy - I don't know - are receiving death threats, I am told, and that is not okay. And I know that…

BURBANK: Really?

(Soundbite of TV show, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show")

Ms. DEGENERES: …people are passionate about this and people have strong feelings; I love animals; I have strong feelings. I want nothing, nothing more than that dog returned to that family. But you don't, you don't resort to violence.

BURBANK: Well, Ellen has announced that she's taking the next two days off to get herself together.

Iggy, by the way, is the dog's name. I didn't really say that.

STEWART: And, you know, it's a big scandal when it's been given a name by the L.A. Times, Iggy Gate, just so you know.

Hey, if you live in New England and you're a Patriots fan and you bought some tickets on, the ticket sort of sharing Web site or buying Web site that's run by eBay, you could be in a lot of trouble.

The New England Patriots have won the right to see the names of everyone who bought or sold or tried to sell Pats tickets on They're really going after scalpers in a big way. Now on StubHub, it's supposed to be for face value or the $2 above that you can do legally. Well, people…


STEWART: …aren't paying attention to that. And they're selling them for huge amounts of money. In fact, the Pats are going to go after and they're going to search to see if, in fact, you're a ticket-season holder - a season holder ticket holder.


STEWART: And if you've been selling them online, they're going to boot you.

BURBANK: I bought tickets to see the Yankees and the Mariners play on StubHub, I paid way more than face value and I didn't know I was breaking the law.

STEWART: Breaking the law, breaking the law. And that's The Ramble.

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