by Jac Kern
Jac's favorite pop culture and Internet findings of the week
Blues Night at the White House
it wasn’t a somber night of the Obamas watching the GOP race progress. Blues
Night brought B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Mick Jagger to Washington for a night of
great performances! The trio, along with many other performers, played classics
like “Let the Good Times Roll,” “I Can’t Turn You Loose” and “Let Me Love You
Baby.” No word on whether “Moves Like Jagger” was on the bill (sorry for making
that get stuck in your head). The highlight of the night? Obama singing a few
lines of “Sweet Home Chicago.” The
concert aired on PBS Feb. 27.
My Strange Addiction
baaaack! This hot mess of a show seems like it would be an SNL spoof on ridiculous reality shows, but it really exists. And
who really knows if these people are truly “addicted” to their behavior, or
just do it for attention — either way, it’s some twisted entertainment. This
season of the TLC "hit" features a man who is in love with (as in sexually attracted to) his 1998
Chevy Monte Carlo; a woman who can’t stop snorting baby powder; a woman with
38KKK-sized breasts addicted to (you guessed it) breast augmentations and
plenty more sorry souls.
on the Internet
probably heard of What The Fuck Should I Make For Dinner, a comically crass blog that randomly generates unique recipes (and if you
“don’t fucking eat meat,” there are plenty of veg options, too). Thankfully,
now you can find out where to get a cocktail after dinner, with Where The Fuck
Should I Go For Drinks. Just enter your
location, and the site gives plenty of good options to wet your whistle.
also discovered an amazing blog this week (That’s So Michelle) and instead of gushing, I’ll just explain one thing: It has a category
devoted to Jell-o shots. And I’m not talking nasty lime gelatin-and-Popov crap,
this shit is gourmet! Michelle uses excellent ingredients and ingenious flavor
combinations to create shots of pink lemonade, caramel apple and strawberry
margarita, all served in hollowed-out fruits. Bask:
I’m disappointed in myself for just now discovering “Chloe.” This web show
stars Drew Droege as Queen Original Hipster, Chloe Sevigny. Each episode is set
up the same: Chloe introduces herself and discusses her appreciation of
something mildly timely (Valentine’s Day, Summer, Resolutions). She then goes
on to discuss how she celebrates the topic, name-dropping all along the way.
From the unusual accent to the discussion of obscure activities to the amazing
wardrobe, it’s hi-lar-i-ous. Again, I realize this has been around the ‘nets
for a while, but I have to share with anyone deprived of Chloe as I was. Enjoy!
Baby Kanye Meme
I’ve grown tired of this “everything’s a meme!!” trend happening, but sometimes
there are decent ones amidst the sea of “What my friends think I do…” And since
everything Kanye is generally entertaining, I present Baby Kanye: The Meme.
"Living In" Page
can do no wrong, so I love everything about it. But I’ve always particularly
liked when blogs and magazines show me how to incorporate style from a movie
into my real life. D*S’ “Living In” page covers all the best scenes you want to copy, from Cleopatra to Clueless. Most recently, the site featured Twin Peaks, Almost Famous and Chocolat.
in grade school when there would be “Star of the Week,” and that kid would
bring in brownies and talk about his pet turtle and make a posterboard about his cool life? Beginners' Christopher Plummer is my Star of the Week. He’s proof that it's
never too late to do something awesome. So if you’re 28 and crying because you
hate your office job and you don't know what to do with your life, suck it up! CP waited 82 damn years to get an Oscar! Check out his charming speech here.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Residents of The Lakes of West
Chester Village apartment complex will soon face $200 fines if Summit
Management Services proves they’re not picking up after their dogs that shit
everywhere. By using its “Poo Prints” DNA program, the owners hope to identify
the culprits and put a stop to the problem.
0 Comments · Tuesday, February 28, 2012
The Obama administration last week gave a total of $90
million to the Cincinnati Center City Development Corp. (3CDC) and
Uptown Consortium to fund urban growth projects. CINCINNATI +1
by Danny Cross
Durham and López want healthcare for all
President Obama hopes to rely on all the socialists who in 2008
elected him with hopes of seeing all of America’s wealth get spread
around, he better come up with something even more radical this year.
called the Freedom Socialist Party announced in December that it is
running two candidates in a national write-in campaign — New
Yorker Stephen Durham for president and Christina López, of Seattle,
for vice president. And today the duo sent out a press release
demonstrating that America’s real socialists are none too pleased
with Obama’s first three years in office.
a memo titled, “Recognize
healthcare as a human right — make it universal and free,” Durham
and López refer to Obama’s healthcare reform as one of the biggest
disappointments of his presidency.
of stepping up to the plate and acknowledging that public healthcare
is a need as great as public education,” the release states, “Obama
made one concession after another to the pharmaceutical and insurance
mega-corporations. As he restated in his February State of the Union
address, his Affordable Care Act does not give the government the
role of guaranteeing universal care; instead, it relies on a
reformed private market.”
goes even further, calling the healthcare program just another one of
Obama’s “sellouts of the human rights of women and immigrants
under corporate and right-wing pressure.”
according to the FSP website, says Obama and the other jokers in
Washington have furthered the struggle of America’s working class
and poor during their bipartisan attempts at correcting the
Democratic and Republican parties have done nothing but cooperate in
forcing workers and the poor to pay the costs of the Great Recession
caused by the banks and Wall Street,” the site says. “President
Obama may play to the crowd by criticizing ‘bad apple’
corporations, as he did in his State of the Union address. But the
facts show that the program of corporate coddling, which creates
austerity for the masses, is completely bipartisan.”
also offended by Obama’s recent compromise with religious
institutions over providing birth control coverage.
says the only way to provide quality health care is to get private
insurers out of the picture altogether. For-profit insurance
companies, according to a Baltimore-area neurologist Dr. Steven
Strauss, are a fundamental problem.
one should be making a profit from providing — or, more to the
point, denying — the medical care that should be treated as a basic
human right,” Strauss says, according to the release. “But
insurance and drug companies are among the biggest money-makers in
the nation, amassing billions each year from people's suffering.”
Freedom Socialist Party believes that a single-payer option such as
Medicare, if it were to be offered to everyone, would be a reasonable
first step but that all for-profit entities must be removed from the
medical supply and hospitals industries.
also suggests taxing corporations and the very wealthy — something
that’s not going to take away any of Obama’s votes because he’s
trying to do that, too. And the duo’s ideas for redirecting
military spending to the nation’s human needs probably won’t cost
the president too many reelection votes, either. For more information go to www.socialism.com or email the stuff you hate about unrelenting capitalism to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Obama could not be reached for comment before the publishing of this
3 Comments · Wednesday, February 15, 2012
At first glance, the $25 billion deal reached last week between state attorneys general and five major banks to provide mortgage relief to homeowners sounds like a good thing. In reality, though, it’s a case of bait and switch in which the banks get off too easily.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Recording artist Whitney Houston might
have abruptly died last week during preparations for the Grammy Awards,
but the real tragedy was the news overshadowing both the show and the
most important industry news of the week — Beyonce and Jay-Z giving the
media pictures of their baby for the first time.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 15, 2012
President Obama’s “2012 Election Playlist” was posted
recently on Spotify (credited to Obama and his young campaign staffers). There are
songs by James Taylor and Springsteen, plus his new karaoke jam “Let’s
Stay Together,” but there is a suspiciously large number of Country
songs (Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Sugarland, Zac Brown Band).
0 Comments · Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Atlanta publisher Andrew B. Adler’s “kill
Obama” column challenges my “fight-words-with-words” standard response
to vicious publications and speech. It never should have been
published. No, he’s not a racist, anti-Semitic crank
or advocate of sex among boys, clerics and coaches. Sick as they are, I
wouldn’t muzzle them so long as they are willing to accept the
6 Comments · Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Don’t believe the tall tales spouted by Newt Gingrich, Steve Chabot or Dusty Rhodes. Despite what some overly excitable white,
middle-aged men will tell you, recent federal rule changes that mean
women will be able to get free birth control don’t infringe on religious
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 1, 2012
People usually ask for autographs from
people they are huge fans of, or people whose signatures they can sell
for some quick cash. That’s why Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Miami Twp.) asking
President Barack Obama for an autograph seems kind of weird. After all,
Schmidt supports the assertion that Obama was born inside some foreign