Trivia: ‘Stimulus Package’ pushes to 1st!

img003681A report from the trenches of the nerd wars.  The KBIA team, this week named “Stimulus Package”, managed to guess their way to an impressive tie for first place in Harpo’s weekly trivia tourney.

Guest genius, Jason Rosenbaum, resident Talking Politics commentor and formerly of the Columbia Tribune, assisted nobly.

This was yet another successful outing by the team that combines the skills of the news and music staff and students.

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Obama and State Secrets

The New York Times is reporting in tomorrow’s print edition that Douglas N. Letter, a Justice Department attorney, has indicated to a panel of judges that the Obama Administration shall continue the practice of invoking the “State Secrets” doctrine to force dismissals in civil cases brought by foreign nationals sucked up into “extraordinary rendition” flibatboy-scannedghts, and allegedly tortured once transport to less-legal jurisdictions was effected.

Some of the judges on the panel were surprised at the position.

Judge Schroeder asked, “The change in administration has no bearing?”

Once more, he said, “No, Your Honor.” The position he was taking in court on behalf of the government had been “thoroughly vetted with the appropriate officials within the new administration,” and “these are the authorized positions,” he said.

The most telling bit from the really excellently bite-sized but nutritious piece from The Times came here:

But Mr. Letter said that the lower court judge, James Ware, did receive classified information and came to the correct conclusion in dismissing the case last year. He urged the judges to pore over the same material, and predicted “you will understand precisely, as Judge Ware did, why this case can’t be litigated.”

I’m completely nonplussed by this argument and rhetoric.  It’s begging historians and journalists to FOIA up right now in preparation for the eventual declassification of whatever the heck it is that the judges get to see/read.  This, in my opinion, is not a tack taken by an attorney who’s operating under protest or for political cover; this sounds like a dude who’s got genuine pictures of JFK making out with an alien or something.

Photo Slide Show: Jay Nixon’s Inauguration Preparations

Here’s a link to a slide show of photographs I took on inauguration day, 2009, in Jefferson City, Mo for KBIA.orgkbia-log2.

Couric on Capt. Sully and press H8rs

katie-courticThe other day, before lecture began, some folks who tend to get there early were discussing Katie Couric as an anchor.  The fact that she’d been routinely called a “bitch” on the blogs shortly after taking over sort of segued into a discussion of the way that’s probably a sexist, if not most definitely a content-less evaluation of her performance as a journalist in general and an anchor in particular.

In any case, this post summarizing Ms Couric’s recent interviewing on the topic comes from the wonderful and suddenly personally salient TVNews blog TVNewser (a mediabistro blog) – it caught my eyeballs, and I thought to share.

News Quiz Q. Prediction of the Week: Sportos! – Why did Sarah Palin name her daughter Bristol?

Esquire interviewed Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and, in the course of it all, she explained the etymology of the name of her daughter, Bristol.

“But also, Bristol, Connecticut, is the home of ESPN. And when I was in high school, my desire was to be a sportscaster. ESPN was just kicking off, just getting off the ground, and I thought that’s what I was going to do in life, is be one of the first woman sportscasters. Until I learned that you’d have to move to Bristol, Connecticut. It was far away. So instead, I had a daughter and named her Bristol.”

More via Esquire’s web-site here.

Hat-Tip: Wonkette

Ack! – Stuck Tape Pic

stuck-tapeSlice of life for a J-Schooler right here folks.  So, I’m working on deadline, capturing video from myriad jaunts about Mid-Missouri to cobble together into news packages for class.

Tape 1 – pop it in, press play, capture into Avid.  No prob.

Tape 2 – pop it in, press play, strange gurgling sound from tape transfer deck, press eject, ACK!, it ate my tape!

Managed to extricate the offending tape, but it’s looking a little crinkled.

Not even going to worry about it right now.

Back to writing.

Photo: Bounce Flash Technique

ivy-cool-lighting1Here’s my friend Ivy impersonating the boss at the end of Double Dragon.  I accomplished the lighting effect by using an off camera flash bounced off of the floor.

Check out my friend Erin’s shots at here.