Thursday, August 25, 2011 Hot Topics - 8.25.11

Here's the daily rundown, with headlines taken from links you sent in/suggested.

Irene Is Coming - Hide ya' kids. Hide ya' wife. Hide ya' summer beach home, assuming Bank Of America didn't already take it back. While I'm definitely happy we were able to delay our trip to the Bahamas, I find it equally sad that the East Coast will probably be pummelled this weekend. Let's pray this doesn't turn out as badly as it could.

Steve Jobs Steps Down - I think AppleManiacs™ had to see the writing on the wall when Jobs kept showing up at product rollouts looking thinner and thinner. Sadly, it seems like The Big C has caught up with one of America's most innovative minds, so yesterday's announcement shouldn't have been a shock. We obviously wish him the best. In the meantime, it's fair to wonder what this means for the company's future. Is Jobs really the mastermind behind Apple's dominance or merely the public face. We'll see.

Tea Party Official Wishes The Obamas Would Just Die Already- In an more sane political climate, news that The chairwoman of the Sumter (SC) Tea Party posted an anti-Obama joke on her Facebook profile would be shocking. But in 2011 America, it's just lame, and sorta expected.
Shery Lanford Smith posted the joke on her public profile Thursday afternoon, according to a screen-capture taken by the Sumter Item's Nick McCormac. Smith removed the post after being asked about it. In the joke, the Obamas' helicopter pilot says to his co-pilot, "I could throw both of them out of the window and make 256 million people very happy!" Smith also posted, "If you're one of [the] 256 million, pass it on," implying she herself would be happy to see the Obamas killed.
Stay classy, Mrs. Smith. And BTW, the joke doesn't even make sense? 256 million? Why such an arbitrary number when the US population is about 312 million? Then again, what do TeaBaggers know about actual facts? Or maybee she was just subtracting all the Negroes. Yeah, prolly so.

MLK Memorial - Assuming Irene doesn't literally rain on the parade, the MLK Memorial will open this weekend with huge celebration and as many as 400,000 visitors to its prime Tidal Basin location. Props to everyone frequenting this site who didn't ignore my numerous posts and gave money to get this thing built. We went to see it last night (it's sorta open now) and I was awestruck. While I don't agree with all the critiques being leveled at it, one thing that's slightly disappointing however, is the overall size. At just 29 feet tall, and no real "shrouding" (think the cubist architecture of the Lincoln Memorial), MLK's statue seems a bit small for such a larger than life figure. Still, it was a proud moment to see him take his rightful place among those responsible for making this country all it can be. Well done.

Eddie Long Victims Speak Out - Just when you thought this story was dead. It ain't.

Redskins/Ravens - Only people in the DC/B'More corridor will care, but tonight's game (assuming it happens) will be interesting. The Skins are 2-0 so far in the preseason, and are looking much more potent on both sides of the ball than anyone suspected. Is this a mirage, or are we actually looking at an improved team? Tonight will be a good test.

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