Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Nightowl Newswrap

Ummm...sociopaths are never fazed by anything so no one should be too terribly surprised that the Blagojevich is 'unfazed' by his impeachment this morning in the Illinois House of Representatives on a vote of 114 for and 1 against. He insists that he is the wronged party. "The causes of the impeachment are because I've done things to fight for families," he insists. The Illinois House of Representatives, you see, is sporting wood for him because he undertook efforts to improve health care and cut property taxes. At least that is his story, and he is sticking to it.

This country needs a First Nana and we are getting one. Michelle Obama's mother, Marion Robinson, will be taking up residence in the White House when her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughters move in on January 20. Good for her, and good for them! During the presidential campaign, she was the rock in that family. She has always been involved in the raising of her granddaughters, and became their primary caregiver while their parents were on the campaign trail.

I hope this works out so one of the last vestiges of my childhood lasts a bit longer The lease on the Rainbow Room, the legendary restaurant atop Rockefeller Center, has been canceled after the Ciprianis, the family of restaurateurs that operates the Rainbow Room fell behind in the rent. Tishman Speyer Properties, the landlord at Rockefeller Center, told the Cipriani company today that the lease was being terminated because the company had failed to pay millions of dollars in rent since September. Under the terms of the lease, the Ciprianis have three days to get out. As this saga involves the Ciprianis, you know that it isn't going to end there...they have already won a rent-gouging dispute in arbitration, and they are pledging a public tussle that will definitely be worth the price of admission. The style section of the Times just got a lot more interesting.

This looks interesting. Might as well go ahead and bookmark it. The New York Times has a new commentary blog, Room for Debate, that will feature commentary by experts who will discuss news and issues. They kicked it off with a forum on unemployment and workplace anxiety, and it looks promising.

Hearst puts the Post-Intelligencer on the auction block Seattle's oldest newspaper was put up for sale today, saying that if a buyer isn't found within the next 60 days, the paper will either close down completely or become an internet-only entity. Hearst's statement was blunt: "In no case will Hearst continue to publish the P-I in printed form following the conclusion of this process." Hearst has owned the P-I since 1921, and the paper has had operating losses every quarter since 2000. It lost a staggering $14 million last year alone.

I suspect a whooping cough outbreak would change attitudes here So many parents in Ashland Oregon refuse to vaccinate their children that researchers are willing to pay them $50 to spew their hippie-dippy bullshit for a couple of hours. I could save the researchers a lot of time and money...these people are fucking crazy. But I have an idea for salvaging something from the exercise in futility...sell the list of participants to a psychological researcher who is studying conspiracy theories and group psychosis.