WBEZ | Peter Kremidas http://www.wbez.org/tags/peter-kremidas Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Robots DID take over Mitt Romney's Twitter http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/robots-did-take-over-mitt-romneys-twitter-101367 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/mitt%20romney.jpg" style="height: 184px; width: 620px; " title="" /></div><p>Last week, there was some drama surrounding the Romney campaign, but this time, it wasn&#39;t due to the Republican candidate&#39;s political leanings; it was over a sudden increase<a href="https://twitter.com/MittRomney"> in Twitter followers</a>. Crunching the numbers, <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/07/statistical-probability-that-mitt-romneys-new-twitter-followers-are-just-normal-users-0/260539/"><em>The Atlantic</em> reported Tuesday</a> that graphs indicate there has most likely been &quot;bot involvement,&quot; despite the campaign strenously denying that <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/romney-campaign-we-dont-buy-twitter-followers">they&#39;ve purchased followers</a>.</p><p>Comedian Peter Kremidas doesn&#39;t much think it matters what the campaign says, because robots are definitely involved and they&#39;ve got opinions of their own. Read an excerpt below or listen above.</p><p><em>Hello! My name is Michael. I&rsquo;m here to talk about The Romney. Get ready for some fun!</em></p><p><em>I will talk about this story. It is a Twitter story. This month, The Romney acquired an average of three to four thousand new Twitter followers every day. And then over the past weekend he suddenly gained around 150,000 new followers. There were those who were surprised but I was not one of the surprised people. Some speculated that these are not real Twitter accounts. Some even accused The Romney of actually purchasing new Twitter followers with his moneys. But that is not the true happenings! And I will prove it with my mouth words. Now.</em></p><p><em>Hello! I am the president and CEO of the Romney fan club, other members include Professional Wrestler The Ultimate Warrior, Anne Romney, and a Nintendo 64. And guess what? I have come on behalf of the club because, I want to clear the air on these heinous rumors. These new Twitter followers were not purchased by the Romney, and the new accounts are real it&rsquo;s just they are all owned by robots.</em></p><p><em>And to you people who don&rsquo;t trust robots, Well guess what I am a robot and I think we&rsquo;re great on the phone. So why don&rsquo;t you go eat at Chick-fil-A you </em>bigot<em>!</em></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a>&nbsp;<em>is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It&#39;s always at 3 p.m., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 11:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-08/robots-did-take-over-mitt-romneys-twitter-101367 Peter Kremidas says we should leave Chicago brothel madam Kimberly Miniea alone http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-08/peter-kremidas-says-we-should-leave-chicago-brothel-madam-kimberly- <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-08/Everleigh_Club_exterior.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-08/Everleigh_Club_exterior.jpg" style="margin-right: 10px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; float: left; width: 300px; height: 359px; " title="The original famous Chicago brothel, the Everleigh Club">Comedian Peter Kremidas might find the details behind the recent crackdown on Chicago brothel madam Kimberly Miniea a little hilarious -- but he also says that we don't have a good enough reason to break up her family, no matter how unusual it might seem. Read an excerpt or listen below.</p><p><em>Chicago brothel madam fights for custody: A local Chicago woman Kimberly (last name seems to be pronounced Min-Knee-a-ah) ran brothels starting in 1987 until a police raid around 2009. She is now fighting for custody of her two adopted teenage daughters, with the help of former Chicago judge and </em>alleged <em>former client James Bailey. James Bailey was arrested in the same 2009 raid at Miniea's establishment. He was quickly released and no charges were filed because he was just at the brothel, chilling, like you do.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Now a single woman trying to raise two teenage daughters while running a brothel may sound like the premise to a new show on AMC, but it is in fact, your local Chicago news for this week, I checked. Miniea says that her client list is a veritable who's-who of Chicago politics including -- according to her -- a priest, several senators, a police chief, a city commissioner, and three mayors. </em></p><p><em>As a Chicagoan, how fun is it to spectulate that Richard Daley was one of those mayors?</em></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332730492-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/peter kremidas.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a>&nbsp;<em>is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It's always at 3 p.m., it's always on Saturday, and it's always free. Get all your&nbsp;</em>The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://wbez.org/thepapermachete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 16:51:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-08/peter-kremidas-says-we-should-leave-chicago-brothel-madam-kimberly-