Oh, man. Being a parent is tough, huh? Constantly worrying about drugs and drinking, and your kids getting caught up with the wrong crowd and all that. And then there's TV and film. You can't flip a channel without contracting an STD from some MTV trollop, am I right? And it's like, you don't want to be constantly monitoring what they're watching but sometimes you have to! And it's not like you're not going to make mistakes, of course you're going to make mistakes, everyone makes mistakes. Some are dumber than others, of course, and some are entirely avoidable and will make you look like a straight up idiot but whatever, honestly I'm a parent, I never said I was perfect, I'm just a human being like everyone else. That's all I am. A government lovin', prostie bangin' human.

ELIOT Spitzer might want to read movie reviews more carefully. The disgraced governor and former Client No. 9 took one of his daughters to see "State of Play" last Friday at 7 p.m. at the AMC Loews 72nd Street East -- maybe not realizing the film stars Russell Crowe as a reporter and Ben Affleck as a congressman caught having an affair with an attractive young woman. "[Affleck] actually holds a press conference standing there with his wife -- just like Spitzer," said one audience member.

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John Thain Is Ready For His Next Challenge

After he was unceremoniously fired from his post at the newly formed Bank of America Merrill Lynch, for reasons that included paying out big bonuses to ML executives and decorating his office with $1,500 garbage cans, John Thain understood that he would have to recede from the limelight for a bit. Take a job at a smaller firm and keep his head down for a while. Spend more time with his honeybees. Get back to his fighting weight. Drink a raw egg for breakfast every day. Run up and down the stairs of the Met. Work in a hideously decorated space, no matter how much it hurt.  Win some awards. Get his confidence back. Let people miss him. Well, Thain did all that. And now? He's ready for you to make him an offer. Thain, currently the CEO of a small lending outfit called CIT Group, has been quietly shopping the firm to a larger player with the goal of selling possibly to a big bank and emerging as a candidate to run the bigger company, according to investment bankers with direct knowledge of the matter. Bankers say Thain began putting out feelers to sell CIT after the firm failed in its bid to purchase ING Direct earlier in the year. “They've been shopping themselves off and on because they have virtually no deposit base and thus no low-cost source of funds to run their business,” said one banker at a major firm with knowledge of CIT’s activities. “Thain may also be putting out feelers, trying to get a drumbeat going. Who knows, but it's certain he's up to something.” Anyone want to give him a big boy bank (or something) to run? Read more: Looking For A Comeback, John Thain Shops CIT [FBN]