Monthly Archives: April 2009

Bye Bye, Souter

News Item: Justice David Souter to retire from Supreme Court
Souter is, I believe, the first Supreme Court nominee to retire who I remember being first nominated.
Who will succeed him? I’m guessing judge Sonia Sotomayor. Not only would she be the first Hispanic Justice, but she ended the baseball strike in 1995.

Sports Radio Moment of the Day

ESPN 950’s Mike Missanelli was working up a populist lather on his show today, in reaction to comments from ESPN radio national host Colin Cowherd.
I don’t have the words right in front of me or a transcript, but Cowherd was ranting against “local radio,” and how callers are idiots who don’t know anything. Specifically, he referred to Andy Reid- who spends 20 hours a week watching film and sleeping in his office- and how stupid radio callers who bash him every Monday morning know nothing compared to him.
Not really sure where to come down on this. On the one hand, Cowherd is a fool, as anyone who’s listened to him for five minutes can attest. Plus, it’s not generally wise for a radio host to bash “local radio,” especially since just about every ESPN station that carries Cowherd also airs local shows. The On the DL guys have been rightly bashing ESPN for making fun of silly local guys in their commercials, while at the same time airing Mike and Mike bikini waxing contests; now we have Cowherd employing similarly faulty reasoning.
But on the other hand… Cowherd is completely right that a great many talk show callers, in Philly and elsewhere, don’t know what they’re talking about, and that people like Andy Reid know much, much more about football than the average talk caller (or for that matter, host) ever will. One of the best things about the Eagles organization is that they don’t listen to the talk radio callers; if they did, they would have done things like draft Ricky Williams in 1999 and throw Donovan McNabb overboard in favor of Terrell Owens in ’05.
I know sowing outrage and exploiting anger is a big, big part of talk radio, whether it’s sports, politics, or shock jock stuff. But this is ridiculous, on both sides.

Political Radio Moment of the Day

News Item: Boston station suspends Jay Severin for anti-Mexican commentsThe Globe:

Jay Severin, the fiery, right-wing radio talk show host on Bostons WTKK-FM radio station, was suspended today after calling Mexican immigrants “criminaliens,” primitives, leeches, and women with mustaches and VD, among other incendiary comments.

This is not to excuse Severin, who’s a pretty reprehensible character. But it’s always weird, what gets people suspended in radio. Severin was on in Philly for awhile, and he said stuff like that every single day. I don’t think I ever heard his show without hearing the word “crimaliens” at least a few times. His show was pretty much all bash-the-Mexicans, all the time, even before he was trying to blame them for starting swine flu.
This would be like Howard Stern being suspended for talking about lesbians.

Ferris Bueller is Tyler Durden

A Metafilter poster (via Kottke) has a theory about the film I’ve seen more times than any other:

My favorite thought-piece about Ferris Bueller is the “Fight Club” theory, in which Ferris Bueller, the person, is just a figment of Cameron’s imagination, like Tyler Durden, and Sloane is the girl Cameron secretly loves.
One day while he’s lying sick in bed, Cameron lets “Ferris” steal his father’s car and take the day off, and as Cameron wanders around the city, all of his interactions with Ferris and Sloane, and all the impossible hijinks, are all just played out in his head. This is part of the reason why the “three” characters can see so much of Chicago in less than one day — Cameron is alone, just imagining it all.
It isn’t until he destroys the front of the car in a fugue state does he finally get a grip and decide to confront his father, after which he imagines a final, impossible escape for Ferris and a storybook happy ending for Sloane (“He’s gonna marry me!”), the girl that Cameron knows he can never have.

But then why did Ben Stein the Teacher call out both “Bueller” and “Frye” as separate people, when neither of them was either there to imagine it?
UPDATE: From the same site- a wiki of Ferris’ crimes.