Queenie's got some splainin' to do... She only watched SotomayOR with the sound off. But she's tracked every detail of health care legislative development while cleaning up dog vomit AND taking care of kids. (Oh, and creating UK media firestorms and easily framing policy storms in personal stories. Talk about work/life balance.) But we're feeling very oppressed this week and DEPRESSED by the crazy lack of respect our wise Latina received. Nonetheless, she's a shoo-in. Trust us.
The hearings are over and Sotomayor did not have a hysterical meltdown as Republicans had hoped (we mean, that's what women DO, right?). Despite the fact that three of the seven Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee have said they are likely to support the nomination and move the process to the full Senate (including Mel Martinez), some say they will block next week's proposed vote, just because they can! Remind us, what's the term for that again? Oh, being an asshole. Right. Anyway, watch out for August.
Is the economy back from "the abyss?" We're hearing whispers of improvement from all corners, but should we believe them? Krugman, as usual, sez, "LOL! Don't be silly."
Throw this in the WTF category, y'all. A defense spending bill on the slate for next week has a hate crimes amendment in it that, apparently, will lead to punishing Christians for their beliefs against homosexuality. Duhhhh! Of COURSE it would! Silly liberals.
The moment we have all been waiting for. Or have we? The trusty New York Daily News is reporting that we could know as early as next week what caused the death of MJ. If you hear any tidbits (from CREDIBLE SOURCES), drop us a line!
Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. isn't likely to face the hot seat questioning (yowza!) next week that Sotomayor faced this week. When he appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday to approve his nomination as Ambassador to China, he can expect to move through the process with ease. Maybe it's because he's a *gasp* Republican? Michael Haltzel, former Foreign Relations Committee staffer, had this gem: "I just would be very, very surprised if this were highly confrontational or even unpleasant for him. I don't want to use the word 'love-in,' but it could be." Sounds messy!
The Week That Was
YOU had the Sotomayor stuff on your office TV all week, didn't you? We watched. We Tweeted. We laughed. We cringed. The racism and sexism abounded, but we were proud of our girl for not cracking under the pressure. In fact, we were all just cracking up as Repubs embarrassed themselves. Maybe they should read our favorite headline this week: "It Would Behoove the Republican Party to Immediately Stop Pissing Off Latinos." And this might be the cutest story of the week: Girl Scouts from Baton Rouge sold cookies so they could attend the hearings in person. Cool!
The health care bill is trudging along, and we'll probably be mentioning it like this for the next year or so. If you haven't been keeping up, here's a nice summary of the latest. Seems like it got a boost this week: the AMA declared their support, and it passed the Ways and Means committee! Progress? Pfft. We'd say "think of the children!" but turns out they don't support healthcare. Who knew?
Hmmmm... Cornell study shows us that online media are only breaking 3.8 percent of news stories. As cross-media strategists, we beg to differ. Remember Dan Rather brought to his knees? That little Swift Boat incident? The Macaca snafu on that little YouTube contraption? Traditional outlets are rushing in where fools once dared to tread, but online media still provides a powerful way to shape the conversation. We recommend Twitter for starters... call with questions, chers amies!
NASA lost the moon landing footage! But, in a well-executed PR move, is now re-releasing it all new and improved. Raise your hand if you still think it's all a conspiracy! Add the FOX special tonight (yeah, yeah, we know) to your DVR to see Buzz Aldrin quietly grumbling about being the second man on the moon. Oh, and did you hear about the China espionage dramz?
This is a true eulogy, not a tongue-in-cheek parade of print media sorrows. It was very apt that Queenie learned from Facebook that a dear friend from long ago tragically passed away at the age of 44 on his Connecticut farm. Nick Givotovsky was an incredible intellect, someone who saw technology's early promise way back in the 1980's when he and Queenie were busily building the world's first gallery of communications technologies with a team of other forward-thinking 20-somethings. As he -- and the technology -- matured, Nick made quite a name for himself, warning of the Internet's threat to privacy. As Queenie (again, fittingly) pieced his subsequent career together through Google and blogs, she found a poem about fears of "bar coding our souls." So Nick. He was youth and brilliance personified. Narcissistically, part of Queenie's last shreds of remaining youth die with the knowledge that he has moved on. Incredible that the very best are taken from us so young -- those that the world really needs. Great sympathy to his widow and children, and thank you for providing Nick the grounding and support to realize his early promise.
Flagrant Self Promotion
In a handful of phone calls, we had the British isles a-storm with the latest tidbits from their own economic meltdown. Not to mention the press that a half hour of direct dialing generated for victims of food safety. And, btw, one of our clients' (once averse to Web 2.0) tweets appeared on the landing page of the New York Times. Not a bad week -- and that's NOT ALL, chickens, just what we choose to bore you with here...
"Get it out earlier," moan our readers! (What ARE you suggesting?!) Seems folks are taking off for the beach before they can procrastinate over the TR. Oh, lads and ladies, we'll do our best. But our poor Culture Minister really is tasked with running the WHOLE FIRM, and the TR is just a part of that. Cut her a tiny break, would you?
Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!