Friday, April 20, 2012

4-20-12: You're on the Wrong Side of History, Grand Old Party

Were you lucky enough to witness Discovery's final voyage, (or, according to some Twitter historians, Challenger)?  It looks like a few of us need to retake high school US history.  Anyways, depending on your view of NASA or the shuttle program and its demise, Discovery was either making a final salute to our nation's capital, or receiving the middle finger from Washington 'reformers.' Guess we'll be stuck on this planet for a little while longer, folks.

We're boldly the stone age (in Mississippi).

The Week That Was

April 17th was National Equal Pay Day, the day which represents when women must work through to equal the pay of men from all of last year.  A new report by the National Women's Law Center finds that while men were hit particularly hard at the beginning of the Great Recession, women were largely left behind in the first TR warwomentwo and a half years of the recovery.  Advocates say cutting public services will only make the situation worse.  But what is this that the Politico is reporting? "Republicans to slash food stamps." Well that's one way to show compassion, we guess?

Get ready for President Mitt Romney!  Rick Santorum has surrendered to mediocrity, and besides the Cookie Monster, there's nothing between Romney and Tampa.  Then of course, there's that Barack Obama, who will not relinquish the castle for anything less than $800 million  -- easy pickings for someone selling inauguration access nine months out!  Come down to Earth now, Mitt.  When the Romneys arrive in Washington on a cold January morning, Seamus will no doubt be enjoying the high life strapped atop an armored SUV.  Meanwhile, conservatives are grasping at straws again -- this time because young Barry Soetoro was "introduced to dog meat" in a foreign land.  Happy Birthday, Ann!
The last couple of weeks have been rough for the federal workforce.  Congress and those Americans who dare pay attention to the news are mad as hell, thanks to the fine, hard-working ethics of a cadre of General Services Administration employees.  We've now learned that the Las Vegas "scouting" trips weren't the only high-level, stress-inducing cross-country junkets.  Take notice, peeps: pleading the Fifth is THE thing to do nowadays.  We feel sorry for the GSA staffers involved in this total misunderstanding!  Lucky for them, the Romney campaign is staffing up for the general election, and we hear that there will be plenty of opportunities for luxury hotel squattingSpirit Airlines is also taking applications.

Obama was in Colombia this past weekend for the Summit of Americas.  The news media did a phenomenal job covering the President's work to secure new trade agreements.  Oh, wait.  No, they didn't.  A number of Secret Service officers and military personnel were involved in 'procuring services' from prostitutes prior to the arrival of Obama and his delegation.  Thanks for undermining the boss.

India tested a nuclear-capable missile with a range of more than 3,000 miles.  Shocking, yes?  But we don't blame you if you didn't hear about this.  Long-range weapons or a prostitute scandal?  Be honest, if you were the mainstream media, which story would you choose?  India, Pakistan and China, all nuclear capable.  That's a story worthy of coverage.  That is if there's someone still around for the scoop.

Are You Not Entertained?

America's Oldest Teenager, Dick Clark, passed away at the age of 82.  His "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" specials were a particular fixture on ABC.  2012 without a New Year's Eve?  Coincidence?

The Boston Bruins' Tim Thomas, who infamously spurned an invitation to meet his communist leader, could not escape some harmless trolling by Capitals' fans.  Try that again, Tim, and you may wind up seeing Barry in person. 

Rich Ross is out as chairman of Walt Disney's film studios.  His resignation comes in the aftermath of John Carter.  The film cost a fortune to produce but bombed upon release.  Disney estimates a loss of between $80 to $120 million on the film.  Not even a pair of magic mouse mittens could save him this time.

Ted Nugent, who is probably the most ignorant teabagger in the music world, had a sit-down with a couple of Secret Service agents after threatening violence against Democrats, including Obama.  Sorry liberals, he just got a slap on the wrist.

Hey, Glendale, Ca., Kim Kardashian fans!  Now is your chance to endorse the reality star in her dream of becoming mayor of your quaint town.  Apparently the news was so relevant that Bill O had to chime in.

Interweb Tomfoolery

Brand managers will be delighted to here about Facebook's new Action Measurements dashboard, which is scheduled to be released later this month or in early May.  Users will be able to closely track their ROI for their advertising efforts.  Facebook is not alone in rolling out products that measure online advertising activity.  Google is in the process of pushing out Brand Activate.  Among the many tools available, Brand Activate allows you to measure "viewed impressions" (similar to viewing ads on the television screen but online) and allows users to make real-time adjustments to their campaigns. 

Are you still crazy for Pinterest but can't pull yourself away from Facebook?  Enter Pinview, a new app launched this week that allows you to modify your Facebook news feed into a grid format.  So go forth and pin away! Or is it 'like'?

Out on the Town

Hey, it's 4/20.  What's so special about today?  Oh, ha ha!  Don't worry -- we won't tell anyone if you don't.
  • 39 countries represented in 75 films -- all part of Filmfest DC 
  • Watch the sailboats at the Cherry Blossom Regatta. 
  • Unlimited oysters for all during Oyster Fest in Dupont and Old Town. 
  • Journalist and author Ben Anderson discusses Afghanistan at Politics & Prose.  

Republicans sure enjoy painting themselves in the corner, don't they?  The Violence Against Women Act is set to expire later this year, an election year, no less.  So why not show some compassion and progress?  We think Chuck's explanation sums up the Grand Old Party's position: "[VAWA] is a solution in search of a problem." 

November seems so far away.



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