Pop culture, entertainment & all things Fresno

Obama, Ted Cruz, weigh in on net neutrality

Those following the ongoing battle over net neutrality got a super dose of political back-and-fourth as Senator Ted Cruz took to Twitter Monday to decry President Obama’s call for the FCC to reclassify consumer broadband service as a utility — a move that would protect net neutrality by giving the FCC authority to keep those service providers in check.

The tweet quickly met with some harsh reaction from supporters of net neutrality, including the online comic blog The Oatmeal, which put together a this nice tutorial on the subject for Senator Cruz.

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Fres-Know: The ‘Scoopy for President’ edition

WATCH THIS: Latest episode of  “Nothing to Do.” [GottaLoveFresno]

NEWS: City Council votes down Mayor’s requested dough for downtown. [The Bee]

ENDORSED: Obama’s second term by The Bee’s editorial board. [The Bee]

CHECK THIS: Parker’s trip to the San Francisco Giants victory parade. [Storify]

THIS WEEKEND: Two Cities Marathon. Plan your church routes carefully, Northsiders. [The Bee]

VINTAGE: A look back at the 1939 Fresno State football jerseys. [Uni Watch]

WATCH THIS: New promo for next weekend’s Swede Fest. [YouTube]

PWNED: Fresno Teachers Association, by Bill McEwen [The Bee]

ANNOUNCED: Fresno’s Leading Young Professionals’ annual honorees, banquet. [FLYP]

FROM THE BLOGROLL: Livening up your Day of the Dead. [Fashionably Bombed]

The Beehive Asks: What will you be watching tonight?

Talk about a crowded TV lineup tonight. Let’s weigh the options: possible fate of the U.S. presidential election vs. fate of the Giants. And then throw in “Monday Night Football.” Or you can just escape into “The Real Housewives of New York City.”

Will there be a fight over the remote at your house? If your household audience is evenly divided between sports and politics, which gets taped for later?


KMJ, Rush Limbaugh, conspiracy theories and reaction to the reaction

In the past 10 days, I’ve talked far more than I ever expected to about KMJ losing shows from popular conservative talk radio show hosts Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. Just how much fuss this would cause didn’t hit me initially.

You see, the day the news broke — that Premiere Radio Network (which owns all the shows) would sever its ties with top-rated KMJ and take its shows elsewhere — was the same day Justin Bieber came to Fresno. I was up to my bangs in Bieber Fever. KMJ, Limbaugh, etc. were just an afterthought. Well, until the next morning, when I woke up to way more e-mail responses to the KMJ story than my Bieber story.

Even then I still wasn’t prepared for what awaited me in the office Monday morning. Not just a full voicemail box, but quite a few doozies. I called people back, one by one, trying to help them understand the circumstances — that it wasn’t KMJ’s decision, that it wasn’t a conspiracy to silence conservative viewpoints, that Obama wasn’t behind it all.

Calls kept coming all day and by the time they stopped, I learned that the Bielebers and Limbaugh diehards had a few things in common: Undying fandom, a dose of delusion, regurgitated viewpoints and a knack for losing control of their emotions.

More than a week — and countless conversations — later, a few things stand out to me about the public response to this fiasco:

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The Beehive’s Obama meme challenge

As you probably heard already, President Obama made his first stop in the Central Valley on Monday, dedicating a memorial to Cesar Chavez in Keene (near Bakersfield). The story in Tuesday’s Bee caught my eye, not only because it was big news, but because of the picture too. It looked like he was about to make out with United Farm Workers of America president Arturo Rodriguez. Right?!? Or am I tripping here?

It seemed like Photoshop gold, so it didn’t take too much convincing to get Bee photog Craig Kohlruss to make this:

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Fres-Know: Because you can’t get all your Fresno news from Conan O’Brien

WATCH THIS: Local musician Bobby Joe Neely’s “Obama Song.” [YouTube]

NEWS: Central High b-ball coach faces DUI, manslaughter charges. [The Bee]

NEWS: Memphis gets schooled on fighting gangs from Fresno PD. [WREG]

HA! Conan Night at Grizzlies — Conans, O’Briens and redheads free. [Grizzlies]

IT CAME FROM FRESNO: Draft Night fantasy football app. [iTunes]

SPORTS: Derek Carr named preseason player of the year. [Sports Buzz]

SURVEY SAYS: Fresno makes Forbes list for buying vs. renting. [Forbes]

WIN: Tickets to see The Black Keys at Save Mart Center. [Fresno Famous]

GOOD READ: Story behind breakfast food truck Benaddiction. [Famous]


ANGRY YELPER OF THE WEEK: Get work, Don Pepe ladies! [Yelp]

GOOD READ: Anthony Taylor on the “Inspirado” of Pecha Kucha. [Windsong]

DID THEY JUST SAY FRESNO: The literary edition. [Opinion Talk]

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Beer Olympics in Fresno on Aug. 4. [Facebook]

COOL: Local band Strange Vine gets spin from Adam Carolla. [Twitter]

Fresno picked as one of six cities for White House’s ‘Strong Cities’ initiative

You know how they always say Fresno is a good test market? Apparently, the White House agrees. Fresno was one of six pilot cities announced this morning for the Obama administration’s “Strong Cities, Strong Communities” initiative, a federal-local collaboration that aims to boost the economy at the local level by creating jobs, strengthen neighborhoods and develop communities.

Other cities selected include Detroit, New Orleans and Cleveland.

Here’s a little about “Strong Cities, Strong Communities” from the White House blog:

Strong Cities, Strong Communities is a new interagency pilot initiative that aims to strengthen neighborhoods, towns, cities and regions around the country by strengthening the capacity of local governments to develop and execute their economic vision and strategies. Strong Cities, Strong Communities bolsters local governments by providing necessary technical assistance and access to federal agency expertise, and creating new public and private sector partnerships. By leveraging existing assets, providing new resources, and fostering new connections at the local and national level, Strong Cities, Strong Communities will support towns and cities as they develop comprehensive plans for their communities and invest in economic growth and job creation.

What does this mean for Fresno specifically? Again, from the WH blog:

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Speaking of possibly offensive murals …


With all the mural hubbub happening lately, I’m reminded of a Fresno mural I saw recently.

I spied this mural while heading down Kings Canyon one day. It’s on the front of JJ’s Signs & Art, which is across the street from Tacos Tijuana.

As divisive as the Tower District mural has been, I’m thinking President Obama is much more divisive these days — especially here in Fresno. Yet I haven’t heard any debate or controversy.

Heck, I haven’t even heard about conversation about it.

Of course, there isn’t a lot of residential housing nearby, so that issue is a kinda moot here.

But I’m sure were this mural to be in a little more north on the Fresno map, there would probably be a little more debate about it too.

The Beehive Asks: What do you think is in the “Book of Secrets?”


Today, President Obama said he’s seen the book of secrets referred to in the movie“National Treasure: Book of Secrets” during a White House interview with talk radio show host Michael Smerconish.

The book is supposed to contain documents collected by presidents, covering controversial topics such as the JFK assassination, Watergate, and Area 51.

Obama joked, “I would tell you but I’d have to kill you,” when asked about the secrets in the book.

So, let’s play a game: What conspiracies secrets do you think are in THE BOOK?

I’m thinking “Cigarette Smoking Man” has to be in there.

Bud Light, Blue Moon, Sam Adams Light and … Buckler?


Given the title of this post, you’re probably expecting me to expound on “the most pressing question of the day” (scroll down to 6:38 p.m.).

To be honest, I couldn’t care less about what they drank at the White House Beer Fest — except for a momentary revulsion to Biden’s choice of “beer.”

I’m far more interested in the letter we ran in today’s Bee from Fresno State professor Malik Simba. (Read it after the jump.)

photo credit: Associated Press

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