Daily Archive: August 4, 2010

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Opinion

Obama gives ‘The View’s’ best interview ever

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—Barack Obama spent an hour with the ladies of “The View” last week, much to the chagrin of many stuffy old media types who felt that the office would be “diminished” by the president spending time with a bunch of female talking heads. The results of the interview itself were not shocking, President Obama was his typical affable if not a little stiff self, and he answered questions with grace, sincerity and when he could humor. The truly shocking part of the of interview was that the depth and variety of questions offered the president were so much better than much of what we’ve heard from the mainstream press throughout much of the year.

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Opinion

Shirley Sherrod: Anatomy of a smear campaign

(NNPA)—It began with an Internet posting at 11:18 a.m. on Monday, July 19. Right-wing blogger Andrew Breitbart uploaded a heavily-edited video of a speech Shirley Sherrod gave to an NAACP dinner in Douglas, Ga. It was posted under the headline “Video Proof: The NAACP Awards Racism” on BigGovernment.com, one of Breitbart’s sites. The slanted editing made it appear as though Sherrod was boasting about discriminating against a White farmer when, in fact, her point was that people of all races should move beyond their personal biases.

Opinion

We can’t extend the Bush tax cuts

(NNPA)—It took three months and a stern presidential scolding for the United States Senate to pass legislation that would extend unemployment insurance for more than 2.5 million Americans who have been out of work for a long time. Why did the Senate drag its feet? We couldn’t afford the $33 billion legislation, they said. We could afford a bank bailout, but not money for the unemployed? Many feel the legislation that finally passed will not do enough for the unemployed. It provides dollars for some, but what is really needed is a public works program, some real job creation.

Entertainment

L. King appreciaties being part of local hip-hop culture

Hip-hop is in his blood and listening to Eric B and Rakim and other hip-hop made him feel like this is right where he was supposed to be. The hip-hop culture is good and he appreciates being a part of it. The music is starting to wake up because hip-hop music was in a depressed time, said Lindsey King, 28, who learned a great deal growing up in a tough neighborhood in the Hill District on Whiteside Road. LINDSEY KING The son of a mother who is a poet and a hard working father, music is in his blood. He is also the great nephew of acclaimed jazz great, Stanley Turrentine, who was a great influence on his career.

Entertainment

Fox couldn’t talk DeGeneres into staying on ‘Idol’

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP)—Ellen DeGeneres couldn’t be talked into staying with “American Idol,” a Fox executive said, creating a second opening for change in the show’s 10th season. Who will fill her judge’s chair and the one vacated by Simon Cowell were questions left unanswered by Peter Rice, chairman of entertainment for the Fox Networks Group. RANDY JACKSON is the only original judge left, and he may be replaced. “There are no deals signed on either side of the camera” with newcomers, Rice told a meeting of the Television Critics Association.

Entertainment

Arts & Culture Calendar

Thursday 5 Cabaret series The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents its Late Night Cabaret Series with the Pittsburgh Improv Comedy Jam at 10 p.m. at the Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave., Cultural District. Every Thursday until Sept. 23, the city’s best improv performances will take the stage. It’s fast, funny and sophisticated. Tickets are $5 and the event is for individuals 21 years and older. For more information, call Randy Kirk at 412-325-6766 or e-mail kirk@pgharts.org.

Entertainment

Cover To Cover…‘Gone Too Far’

Who said relationships were easy? Whoever he was, he was wrong. Your beloved has good traits and bad, which mesh with yours only sometimes. There’s give in a relationship and there’s take, and it’s balanced if you’re lucky. Some days, love fills you up and other days, you wonder what you were thinking when you chose that man. Oh, it’s so complicated. Now throw scads of money and power into the mix, stir with a little revenge, and watch what happens in the new novel “Gone Too Far” by Angela Winters.

Business

Living with a two-faced economy

We are currently living with a two-faced economy. The front face proclaims that the U.S. has had three-quarters of positive economic growth, a 40 percent increase in reported corporate profits and improved manufacturing output. The back face laments the fact that unemployment remains stubbornly high at 9.5 percent, the housing market is in the doldrums and we headed toward a record federal deficit of $1.3 trillion. Is the economy working its way out of the worst recession since the Great Depression or are we headed for the second half of a dreaded double dip recession?

Business

Celebration time: Back to school season has begun

It’s time for my favorite annual holiday which technically isn’t an “official” day, but actually several weeks leading up to one big day. Your day may not be the same as mine. But trust me, it’s the one holiday most seasoned parents look forward to more than all the others combined. It’s the back to school season, and yes, I am so glad it’s finally here! I’ve got my Mardi Gras beads on, I’ve hung celebratory colored lights on the bushes and trees outside my front door; and have prepared a monumental feast with all the trimmings that we’ll still be talking about come Thanksgiving. All in celebration of the fact that my son goes back to school (also commonly referred to as the “I survived a summer with a teenager in the house” holiday).

Business

Business Calendar

Professional networking AUG. 5—Jessica Lee and Pittsburgh Gateway Corp. will host “Entrepreneurial Thursdays” from 5:30-8 p.m. at Little E’s, 949 Liberty Ave., Downtown. The theme is “Family Business Entrepreneurs.” This is a professional networking event with live jazz/R&B music. There is a $5 fee. Business casual is the attire. No jeans or tennis shoes. For more information, call Sandy Marshall at 412-802-6780 or visit http://www.jessicaleesong.com.