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.
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).
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
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
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
police chief, James Craig, who began his job in August, already is making some
welcome and long overdue changes. Ten supervisors and 40 officers are
being transferred from the department’s numerous specialized units and
put on street patrol.
Those of us who regularly witness these scenes were not surprised
that it took only two weeks for Ohio to arrest its first legally armed
bar patron for threatening to kill someone. Supporters of the new guns-in-bars law say it worked as intended and
that once the gun-wielding public hears one of its brothers is in jail
for five years the rest will learn to control themselves when someone
plays Dave Matthews Band on the jukebox five times in a row.
After months of speculation about when
Apple would announce the launch of the iPhone 5, the company today
finally scheduled the press conference that would change all of our
lives forever ... and announced that there would be no iPhone 5. Tech
geeks across the land responded with rage to the offer of an improved
iPhone 4S, promising to switch to the Samsung Galaxy 2 and then weeping
because they know it’s not true.
Vice President Joe Biden visited Cincinnati during the Labor Day Weekend, arguing that organized labor and the American middle class are under the most direct assault in generations, while local Republicans enjoyed the fireworks for their irony. Video here.
The Tea Party is super duper pissed after Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa (not that Jimmy Hoffa!) called on union supporters unhappy with congressional Republicans to “take these son-of-a-bitches out.” The Tea Party Express called the comments “inexcusable,” saying the comments amounted to “a call for violence on peaceful Tea Party members.”