The Week That Was
A jubilant Mitt Romney has finally racked up enough delegates to cross the halfway mark. It seems the GOP base is still not enamored by the flip-flopping liberal elitist from Massachusetts! DC Republicans (all three of them) held their noses in the voting booth and delivered for our Mittens. Maryland and Wisconsin also handed big wins to Romney. There are now rumors on the internets about staff disillusion in the Santorum campaign. Is anyone hiring?
Back to the Supreme Court health care fight -- it's getting feisty between the executive and judicial branches, and that's a concern. First, Barry made a snarky remark lamenting judicial activism. Boy, we haven't heard that one before! The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals demanded to know if the Obama Administration believes that a federal court has the authority to strike down federal law. AG Eric Holder delivered a prompt response just hours before the deadline. He's playing with you, folks! The Righties, though, are convinced the Usurper had forgotten about Marbury v. Madison. In their dreams!
While we're on the subject of cry-babies: Obama called the Paul Ryan budget proposal a Trojan horse filled with radical policies. (We happen to disagree, as there's nothing radical nor slimy about a GOP budget plan that hurts women and the poor). Ryan, for his part, joined Speaker Boehner and accused the President of pushing forward with a "failed agenda." Reporters later caught the duo hashing out an earmark deal with Tea Party members. Traitors.
Police arrested Francis Grady in connection with a bombing of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Wisconsin. While authorities haven't determined a motive for the attack, they know Grady has a history of run-ins with the law. The clinic reopened the day after the bombing. In related news, Mississippi's governor says he will sign into law HB 1390, which requires all physicians performing abortions to have admitting privileges with a local hospital. Only one doctor in the state's sole abortion clinic has such privileges. The clinic's owner, Diane Derzis, says this is the case because of threats and the fact that local hospitals rarely give admitting privileges to out-of-state physicians. So much for Southern hospitality.
What are we to make of the JOBS Act, the latest economic legislation to receive Obama's signature? Labor is mad as hell because they argue that loosening regulations will prove disastrous to working people while rewarding the speculators on Wall Street. Obama and the bill's supporters say the new crowd-sourcing provisions will boost small business growth, particularly among start-ups. The law will also remove "antiquated investing laws" that some claim are backbreaking to business. Now that it's a done deal, keep your fingers crossed that the law won't help the Goldman Sachs of the world.
Are You Not Entertained?
Sister Sarah took a break from her reality show career to join the cast of the Today Show. The former governor shared her insights on the 2012 campaign, pleading with the eventual nominee to "go rogue" when selecting a VP candidate. Palin handily defeated her lamestream arch-nemisis, Katie Couric. How have her adoring fans reacted to her appearance on communist television? Click here if you must know.
Geek-gasm alert! A few weeks ago, Nichelle "Uhura" Nichols paid a visit to Mr. Spock himself in the Oval Office. Live long and prosper, to both of you.
The Moonie Times has a scandalous exclusive! At an Associated Press luncheon, the news organization's board chairman serenaded President Obama with an "icky love song." That description, from an objective Washington Times reporter, should be taken at face value.
Bam! Keith Olbermann was shown the door at Current TV late last week. Al Gore and other executives had had it with the former MSNBC host and fired him a year into a five-year and $50 million contract. Now Keith is suing. Please let us know when the next teevee executive hires you, Keith. That will be the day.
Pinterest has made a name for itself among the social media giants. It’s become an amazing tool for business and consumers and continues to drive a serious amount of traffic. Now, there’s Pinerly, a new analytics tool that can tell you how well your Pinterest campaign is performing. More than 35,000 users have already signed up and it’s only been available to the general public for a week! So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Pinerly and create an account. You can also submit your ideas and comments to the company. They do listen to suggestions and feedback. Trust us!
Beliebers around the world had the chance to listen to the new single by engaging Justin on Twitter. Our Biebs is using social media effectively, once again. We’re giving him a (digital) high-five and letting him know about an upcoming Turner Central hit. (Stay tuned peeps -- we will soon be releasing our own single). Okay, back to Justin. What is his secret to his social media success? Besides regular updates related to his music and performances, Bieber often tweets photos and other tidbits about his life. This allows Bieber to present himself as an authentic, regular person, just like his fans. Biebs: Turner Central is cheering for you. (Okay, uh, not all of us are).
Our apologies for not posting this last week! Former Turner staffer Theresa Farrage recently appeared on The Morning Blend (Omaha) to discuss a fashion show that benefited urban community building and reconciliation programs. Way to go, Theresa!
Out on the Town
Some of you have already jetted out of town for the weekend. For those staying behind, here are a few suggestions:
- International Pillow Fight Day has returned to the Mall and Dupont Circle.
- Take in the fireworks show at the Southwest Waterfront.
- Or, enjoy the fireworks on a dinner cruise on the Potomac.
- French wine tasting tomorrow at Weygandt.
- JP McDermott and Western Bop performs at Hill Country.
- The Capital City Showcase features musicians, comedians, and other storytellers.
- The Saturday Social Mixer, a day party and concert, hosts Secret Society.
- Unwind this Saturday with a special Cherry Blossom yoga class.
- Former NAACP Chairman Julian Bond will deliver a special presentation on race, war and immigration.
- Survivors of the Rwandan Genocide will lead a remembrance event on the Mall on Sunday.
Is Rick Santorum's pow-wow with conservatives a sign that he'll drop out before the primary in his beloved Pennsylvania? Sadly for Rick, Mittens has already turned the page and crowned himself the nomination. Seamus is no doubt rolling in his grave.
See you next week!