Posted by David M. Johnson on November 26th, 2012
On November 6th 2012 President Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term.
He won despite a stalled economy. He won despite unemployment hovering just below 8%. He won despite an obstructionist Congress. He won despite a deeply divided country. He won despite a Romney surrogate playing of the race card. He won despite the re-emergence of birthers, the Tea Party and even Donald Trump. He won.
His win in 2007 was nothing less than historic, but his win in 2011 is much more important. Why? Obama’s re-election is a win for every minority and woman in the country, regardless of their political or religious views. This election unseals the myth that minorities and women are incapable of running the country. We couldn’t afford what I call an “experimental president.” Had Obama lost, detractors could say, “Look, we tried it and it didn’t work. Let’s go back to the way it was.”
Obama had three plus years to run on his record, his successes and failures. We’ve had the opportunity to watch him govern, to dissect his policies, to see his strengthen and weakness, his gaffes and his singing. He won. He won purely on his record, whether you agreed with his policies or not.
Obama summed it up well in his victory speech. “It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, abled, disabled, gay or straight. You can make it here in America if you’re willing to try.”
Posted by David M. Johnson on April 9th, 2012
Protesters in Greece interrupted a live broadcast by throwing eggs and yogurt at a news anchor and his guest.
Panagiotis Bourchas was conducting an interview when protesters rushed into the studio and pelted him with eggs and yogurt, leaving him a dripping mess.
The bombardment became so bad Bourchas could do nothing more than turn his back and try to protect his laptop. Finally, he unclipped his earpiece and walked off the set.
Anti-fascist demonstrators were enraged after Bourchas hosted a show featuring a spokesman from the neo-Nazi political organization Golden Dawn.
Posted by David M. Johnson on February 23rd, 2012
A photo of Whitney Houston lying in her open casket was sold to and splashed on the cover of the National Enquirer with the caption, “Whitney: The Last Photo!” The image shows the singer wearing a purple dress with a brooch pinned to her chest.
It’s reported that the photo was taken inside the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, New Jersey.
Several news outlets have reprinted the unedited photo; however, others have chosen to blur the image.
It’s unclear how the publication obtained the photo, but I’m fairly certain the photo didn’t come cheap. FoxNews reports that magazine photo editors estimate a similar celebrity coffin photo could fetch in the mid six-figure range or higher.
The Enquirer has never been known for its taste level, but this is a new low even for them.
Posted by David M. Johnson on February 14th, 2012
Have you ever wondered how the colonel makes his world-famous chicken? KFC is now going to let you in on the big secret.
Through the end of February, the restaurant chain will issue 20 random posts on their Facebook and Twitter pages. Each post will contain a link to a secret page on their website, KFC.com.
The first 50 people to visit their website from each of the 20 unique links will win a $5 gift check to KFC.
Posted by David M. Johnson on February 13th, 2012
It Was Reported…the management and security team of the Beverly Hilton Hotel asked the Los Angeles Coroner not to remove Whitney Houston’s body until after the Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party was over.
Radar Online confirms the report.
The Los Angeles County Coroner agreed since the cops hadn’t actually finished their on-scene investigation until the party had begun winding down.
Houston passed away on Saturday, after she was found unconscious and unresponsive in her bathtub at the Beverly Hilton. She was declared dead by paramedics at 3:55 p.m. PST. She was 48.
Her body is being flown to New Jersey. The funeral is set for Friday at the Prudential Center in Newark.