Sunday, October 17, 2010


(a round up of news items, columns and blog posts that caught our eye this past week)

Shocker: Young men in their early 20s treating women in a less than chivalrous manner.

The misogynistic treatment of women in the movie "The Social Network".

More culture, more Hollywood:

Cooper, who had been hosting a week long CNN series about bullying against gays and a series of suicides by gay teens, appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” where he said that he was “shocked” to see the trailer in a movie theater. Although the joke probably falls into the category of mildly amusing and not so horribly offensive, Cooper said he was disturbed that “they thought that it was OK to put that in a preview for the movie to get people to go and see it.”

That's right. Gay news reader, who used the term "tea-bagger" on the air, shocked, shocked... that there would be a gay joke in a movie trailer.

Tommie Smith, who won the gold medal and set a world record in the 200 meters in the '68 Olympics while enjoying a completely functional and non-controversial medals ceremony, is putting said gold medal and red Pumas he wore during the race up for auction.

Yep. He's doing it for the money. Starting bid at $250,000. And since you're asking, the glove is not up for sale because Smith doesn't know where it is.

All the cool kids are getting it first. Well, getting the flu first, that is. If that is any real barometer, then we were outcasts of the highest order while growing up.

Somewhat annoying video of an assault at that dopey, lefty rally, America Working Together or whatever the heck it was called.

The take-away as far as we're concerned is that tea party/conservative activists have to be absolutely above any appearances of impropriety. We happen to think that's a good thing. When Congressional Black Caucus members made up charges of racial insults being hurled at them on Capitol Hill right before the vote on ObamaCare back in March, the charges stuck for a few news cycles then died down because of the thousands of cell phones, video cameras and other audio/visual recording devices that were out there, not a single person could verify what those mobsters in the CBC alleged.

We'd like to think the protesters knew the deck was stacked against them and behaved accordingly and above reproach.

Farming safer than Wall Street? What does it say about the volatility of the stock market when people are investing in farm land rather than stocks. Forgot where we heard it but: People will always need to eat.

Pittsburgh QB, Ben Roethlisberger, makes his return against the Cleveland Browns after serving a four game suspension for, among other things, an alleged assault upon a woman in a bar in Milledgeville, Georgia, this past off-season.

And finally, get ye over to Temple of Mut for some blogger predictions with respect to the mid-terms in November.

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