Today is a celebratory day for Apple’s iTunes, which, after decades of conflict, has finally acquired the rights to sell the Beatles’ songs. The feud between Apple and the Beatles started in the late 1970s over the name: Apple. Both companies have exchanged lawsuits over the name and logo, but after years of fighting, both companies have finally decided to honor the consumer.
Some bands still yet to reach an agreement with iTunes are The Smiths, Bob Seger, ACDC, and Kid Rock, but I don’t think there is too much argument about the latter.
Keith Olbermann, anchor for MSNBC, has been suspended indefinitely without pay from the network due to a few donations the anchor made to democratic candidates in the recent election. Olbermann, who made contributions of $2,400 to three different candidates from Arizona and Kentucky stated that he neither “privately [nor] publicly encourage anyone to donate to these campaigns,” but was still suspended because he did not report the donations to MSNBC.
Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg walked off of The View this week after arguing with their guest, Bill O’Reilly. Things got a little heated during a conversation about the controversial topic of the ground zero mosque and the World Trade Center attacks. O’Reilly started to irritate the women when he loudly told Behar, “Listen to me bacause you’ll learn something.” He later claimed that 70% of Americans disapprove of the mosque and that muslims “killed us” on 9/11. The women became furious at O’Reilly refuting everything he said and the audience was applauding all the while.
In a new television ad from Delaware senate nominee, Christine O’Donnell, Donnell starts off the thirty second clip with the phrase “I’m not a witch.” To me, O’Donnell’s ad is pretty funny because when a senate nominee bases their ad campaign on being ‘anti-witch,’ they are running in the wrong century. I guess O’Donnell thought she had to refute the recent news of her ‘[dabbling] in witchcraft’ witch she admitted to on Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect Show in the ’90s. O’Donnell’s campaign is reminiscent of Obama’s when he had to reassure Americans that he is a christian even though 1 in 5 believe he is a cactus.
Stephen Colbert testified for the United Farm Workers before the House’s Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law to discuss the controversy of undocumented farm workers. Colbert, who worked one day as a vegetable farmer in upstate New York, argued for the farmers with immigration troubles and made some jokes along the way. “I don’t want my tomato picked by a Mexican,” Colbert quipped, “I want my tomato picked by a American, sliced by a Guatemalan, served by a Venezuelan in a spa where a Chilean gives me a Brazilian.” Many people were critical of Colbert’s testimony, however it gave media attention to an otherwise ignored congressional meeting.
Californians will some controversial decisions at the polls this November. One of which will be the legalization of marijuana and many groups people are advocating against the proposition. Groups like the California Beer & Beverage Distributors, or CBBD, has become one of the first major opponents of the proposed legislation by donating $10,000 to Public Safety First, a interest group created to oppose the legalization of marijuana that is funded by law enforcement, and hopes that other industries such as liquor, wine, or pharmaceutical consider fighting the fight as well because legalization of the drug could pose a threat to alcohol consumption.
Some California beer companies disagree the CBBD’s donation, however. The Sierra Nevada Brewing and Stone Brewing Co. have asked the distributing company to remove their names from anything that ties the brewers to the initiative primarily because they want to stay neutral, unlike their business partner who claims legalization of the drug could put their deliverymen at a higher risk on the road, but just as it is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol police can arrest someone for driving while under the influence of marijuana.
In reality the beer industry could be scared that the marijuana industry might put a decrease on their sales because Californians will have more choices with what they chose to relax with. But the CBBD’s donation could be significant if the proposition fails, however if it succeeds the beer industry could take a hit because a night on the couch watching old reruns of Space Ghost is one not spent at a bar.
This year marks the 9th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. This tragic occasion will not only be honored by the loved ones of victims, but by all Americans who watched these atrocities occur. However some people mourn differently than others. Terry Jones, pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, decided to commemorate September 11th with an “International Burn a Koran Day” in which the pastor planned to burn Qurans to remember the victims of 9/11. After receiving an incredible amount of attention from the media and a phone call from Robert Gates, the Secretary of Defense, Jones decided to call off the event only because he was supposedly promised that the Ground Zero Mosque was going to be moved.
Many people have disagreed with Jones’ ideals on Quran burning, but Jones claims that everybody should have participated, even modern Muslims, which raises many questions about the event’s coordinator. Burning a Quran on September 11th should not give any kind of feeling of accomplishment because it does not accomplish anything. By burning a Quran Pastor Terry Jones would only ignite fear for Muslims in America and Americans fighting in the middle east because it only sparks more hate.
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