UPDATE: I’ve added two more reader photos to the post.
ORIGINAL POST:Like Kathy, I have a great affinity for Inauguration Day. I’ve loyally watched every one I could over the years, whether I voted for the president or not. I swell with pride at seeing a peaceful transition between administrations, or the reaffirmation of a reelected president. My hope is that for at least one day every four years, we can suspend the partisanship and celebrate a country that figured out how to do it right more than 200 years ago — and still does today.
I know of at least two Fresno State students who were at the inauguration: Jennifer Zenovich, a graduate student in the Communication Department, pictured above at right; and Jose Verduzco, an undergraduate business major, pictured below, second from left.
If you run across more pics of people from the Valley back in D.C. for today’s festivities, email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll post.
Mitt Romney might get the Tea Party vote, but the coffee party vote is in danger, if the 7-Eleven at Palm and Bullard — and its 7-Election coffee cup promotion — is any indication. Anybody know how many Electoral College votes 7-Eleven has?
Spotted by @Albert_Tello on Twitter. If you see something odd, funny, amusing, weird or just plain interesting in Fresno, snap a pic and send it to me for “Spotted in Fresno” consideration.
“State of the Union,” 6 p.m., (KSEE, 24.1; KMPH, 26.1; KFSN, 30.1; KGPE 47.1): President Barack Obama‘s address to the nation will include a jobs-heavy agenda designed to set up a plan to get the economy back on the right track.
Look for the President to touch on topics of education, health care and employment.
One date considered for the State of the Union speech to be given was Feb. 2. But, there was an outcry from “Lost” fans who were upset the start of the last season of the ABC series would not air as announced.
Because the speech airs so early on the West Coast, make sure to check the listings as prime-time programming will be jumbled tonight.
At least his wax likeness is. Wax figures of Obama, Jennifer Lopez, Lucille Ball and Bruce Willis (as John McClane) will be on display Wednesday from 12:30-1:30 p.m in the Bankers Ballroom (aka the old Security Bank Building) .
All four (valued at $300K each) are from the Madame Tussauds collection. The famed wax collectors are taking their celebs on tour around California to promote their Hollywood location, which is scheduled to open Aug. 1.
The event is free. The public can come in, look at the figures and take pictures. It’s happening in conjunction with Market on the Mall, which happens Wednesday and Fridays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
It’s come to this: Fresno Bee readers have been reduced to dueling cat allegories on the Letters to the Editor page. On one side: a “totally clueless” and lazy black cat named Obama. On the other: a cat named Dubya that “disregards the expert advice on what’s happening in the next block” and listens to his friends the “neocats.” (I am not making this up.)
I often rely on local blog Gustav’s Groupie to point out some of the more inane letters published in the pages of The Bee, and the highly readable Adam alerted me to the weirdness of the first letter, which I’ll print in its entirety after the break. Was the writer going for a strained racial metaphor here? When he muses that the only way to stop a cat is to shoot it, which isn’t permissible within city limits, is he slyly lamenting that killing our political leaders is illegal? Or are we just reading too much into tortured prose?
Then, in Thursday’s paper, Rodney Austin responded with his “Dubya” set-up, which I’ll also reprint after the break. His literary feline creation, whose color is not specified, is stubborn, thick-headed, mean and likes to torture mice.
Greetings! I’m back in Fresno and back at The Beehive after a week-long jaunt to Boston. As I’ve been catching up with what I missed here in The ‘No, I thought I’d share a few things I found interesting:
“Hockey returns to Fresno” is the headline I’ve seen in a few places, talking about the announcement of a new Fresno hockey team — The Fresno Monsters. That name sure is more intimidating than Falcons. And the logo makes me think of energy drinks. Here’s hoping Modesto starts a team called The Aliens and the two play each other.
We haven’t talked about Cabo Wabo in a while — but here’s an update: The lawsuit between Fresno developer Milt Barbis and rocker Sammy Hagar has been settled. Unfortch for us, it’s “confidential,” so no new sordid details to laugh at.
Pianist Gabriela Montero performs Friday night at Fresno State’s Concert Hall as part of the Philip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concert series. A little over a month ago, she was playing at Barack Obama’s Inauguration as one of four acclaimed musicans performing a new John Williams arrangement of “Simple Gifts.” I write about Montero’s Fresno appearance in the latest issue of 7. Here’s a clip from the Inauguration:
For five long years, Broadway’s “Avenue Q” — a take-off on “Sesame Street,” except with extremely randy and profane puppets — has closed the show with a song titled “For Now.” Nothing lasts forever, the characters sing. Sex: It’s only for now. Your hair? Only for now. George Bush? “Only for now!”
I have often idly wondered while listening to the cast album, in that state of mind that only an aficionado of Broadway lyrics can really appreciate, what would happen when George Bush wasn’t in office anymore. Nothing lasts forever, after all.
The first of the contest lyrics — “Recession is only for now” — will be performed in the Tony-winning show Jan. 20 at 8 PM after President-elect Barack Obama is inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States. The other contenders are: “Prop 8,” “This show” and “Your mother-in-law.”
All I know is that a whole ton of people on Broadway are probably surprised that “Avenue Q” lasted LONGER than President George Bush. Speaking of Bush and Broadway, have you heard about Will Ferrell’s limited-run one-man show? It’s titled “You’re Welcome America. A Final Night with George W Bush.” According to the New York Times:
It features Ferrell-as-Bush reminiscing about the last eight years and mounting an impassioned defense of his administration.The evening begins with Mr. Bush dropping onto the stage, apparently from the Marine One helicopter after it carries him away from the lawn of the new Obama White House.
The first preview performance is — you guessed it — tonight.
It’s been a big day for Barack Obama: getting to hear Aretha Franklin sing (the hat — why?), clumsily being sworn in as the 44th president, watching Dick Cheney’s old ass get wheeled out to the curb… the man could probably use a nap.
And where better to rest his head of state than on a Nigerian-made Mouka pillow? Thanks to this fabulously Photoshopped ad we can all imagine the happy look on the President’s face as he lays himself down for a quick disco nap prior to the balls and parties being thrown in his honor tonight. Can’t you practically hear him settling in and letting the day go with a contented and satisfied sigh?
Sleep well, Mr. President.
(*whisper*) Sleep well.
Hey look! It’s our president-elect, a man who isn’t afraid to discuss a love of peach cobbler and Johnny cakes on cable access.
Here is Barack Obama reviewing the Dixie Kitchen and Bait Shop on a Chicago television program called “Check Please!” circa 2001. I have a feeling we’re going to see more of these Obama gems unearthed in the coming months.
Don’t believe everything that tweets your way. The Huffington Post is reporting that a number of prominent high-profile Twitter accounts were hacked today, most prominently the Fox News account, which declared on Monday morning that Bill O’Reilly is gay.
The post has since been removed.
Among the other victims:
CNN’s Rick Sanchez, a prominent Twitter user, was also hacked. His malicious tweet read, “i am high on crack right now might not be coming to work today.”
Britney Spears’s Twitter also fell victim, with hackers announcing that her vagina is “4 feet wide with razor sharp teeth.”
And the Washington Times reports that Barack Obama’s Twitter account got hacked, too.
You think the Beehive’s Twitter account is safe? All I know is that you should be extremely wary if you get a tweet proclaiming that Heather hates “Mad Men” and Jon Hamm.