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Do people actually like Rick Ross?

It’s a few days before Rick Ross announces he’s coming to Fresno’s Save Mart Center. I’m talking to my buddy Sam. Some synth-heavy indie rock song is booming overhead, but for some reason I’m thinking about Rick Ross. Raaaawssssss! (Sorry, can’t resist).

I ask, totally serious, “Does anybody actually like Rick Ross?” What I mean specifically is this: Are there diehard Rick Ross fans? People who wear Rick Ross T-shirts or put things like “Rick Ross is my favorite rapper” in their Twitter profile. Do these people exist? Because I don’t know them.

I know people who say they like Rick Ross because he’s on the radio a lot. Because he’s on the top rappers in the game — whatever that means in 2012. Or because he does songs with Drake. Or because he raps about money and fancy cars and yachts.

Fast forward to right now. Tonight, Ross and his goon squad clique bring their Maybach Music Group Tour to town. This includes star-in-the-making Meek Mill, perpetual bridesmaid Wale and Machine Gun Kelly, a white dude that Puffy signed who notably went nuts in a Microsoft store. There was a Groupon for tickets last week, so it’s not exactly Bieber Fever up in here. Tickets cost $46.75-$66.75. Does Fresno like Rick Ross that much? Does anybody? Yeah, we’re back to that again.

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Fres-Know: We’re the people’s champ

VOTE: In this year’s People Choice Awards, which are now open. [People’s Choice 2013

YAY FRESNO: Fresno gets IBM “Smarter Cities” grant, $400,000 worth of consulting. [The Bee]

WELCOME TO THE INTERNET: A blog with a lofty goal — Million Cool Things Fresno. [MCTF]

SPEAK YOUR MIND: A call for ideas to improve Fresno. [Fresno Future]

MAKIN’ THE VALLEY PROUD: Olympian boxer Jose Ramirez turns pro.¬†[The Bee]

COMING SOON: Season 2 of foodie web series “What’s Good, Fresno.” [YouTube]

YELP REVIEW OF THE WEEK: ¬†Dude one-stars Piemonte’s, says it’s in decline. [Yelp]

FOLLOW UP: Fresno sweders featured on G4 TV’s “Attack of the Show.” [G4]

WATCH THIS: Fashawn’s new video, “Diamonds & Girls.” [YouTube]

CAN’T BEAT THE PRICE: This weekend’s Central California Auto Show is free. [The Bee]

YOUTUBE RANT OF THE WEEK: Six-minutes of complaining about a Fresno driver. [YouTube]

Taco Bell is a disgrace to tacos

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UPDATE: I’m bringing this back up to the top because it’s been getting a bunch of comments recently as Taco Bell has rolled out these Cantina Tacos nationally. We even got a link on SFGate.com today.

ORIGINAL POST, 11/19/09: As we all know by now, I’m something of a taco fiend. When I say that, I mean I’m into hole-in-the-wall taco spots and not-so-well-lit taco trucks. But that didn’t mean I had anything against Taco Bell. Until now.

Have you heard about Taco Bell’s new “cantina tacos?” I’ve started to see and hear the commercials the last couple days.

Basically, it’s Taco Bell’s effort to make a “real” taco. They’re selling carnitas now — as well as steak (at least they didn’t call it “carne asada”) and chicken.

While I’m a taco snob, I’ll admit that I eat at Taco Bell sometimes. And when I heard about these new tacos, I figured it was something me and my taco taste buds needed to investigate.

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