WBEZ | NRA ridiculed http://www.wbez.org/tags/nra-ridiculed Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 'Football's death spiral' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/footballs-death-spiral-105319 <p><p><a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/02/03/footballs_death_spiral/" target="_blank"><img alt="The Ravens' Bobbie Williams with the Vince Lombardi Trophy (AP / Marcio Sanchez)" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/SuperBowl.jpg" style="float: right; height: 342px; width: 300px;" title="The Ravens' Bobbie Williams with the Vince Lombardi Trophy (AP / Marcio Sanchez)" /></a><strong>&#39;FOOTBALL&#39;S DEATH SPIRAL.&#39; </strong>Writing in <em>Salon</em>, Andrew O&#39;Hehir says &quot;<a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/02/03/footballs_death_spiral/">the writing is on the wall</a> for this bloated, behemoth sport.&quot;<br />* Obama: &quot;We want to make sure that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/03/obama-scott-pelley-interview_n_2600368.html">after people play the game they&#39;re going to be okay</a>.&quot;</p><p><strong>WHAT TIME DID THE SUPER BOWL START?&nbsp;</strong>You can ridicule, as&nbsp;<em>The Atlantic</em>&nbsp;does expertly&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2013/02/all-places-answering-what-time-does-super-bowl-start/61740/">here</a>, all the websites that tried to win your clicks by answering that simple question. But, as NYU&nbsp;journalism prof Jay Rosen says, &quot;<a href="http://pressthink.org/2013/02/look-youre-right-okay-but-youre-also-wrong/">Anyone who doesn&rsquo;t want to know what the numbers say shouldn&rsquo;t be trusted with editorial decisions</a>.&quot;<br />* Second graders&nbsp;<a href="http://deadspin.com/5980905/second-graders-correct-tweets-from-nfl-players-and-its-magical">proofread NFL players&#39; tweets</a>.</p><p><strong>WELL, HE CAN NAME THREE OF <em>THESE</em>.&nbsp;</strong>Texas Gov. Rick Perry, an Eagle Scout and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/09/rick-perry-forgets-agencies_n_1085249.html">former presidential candidate</a>, offers reasons&nbsp;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/texas-gov-perry-says-boy-scouts-should-continue-to-exclude-gays-not-bow-to-popular-culture/2013/02/02/4ce8e218-6d7e-11e2-8f4f-2abd96162ba8_story.html">the Boy Scouts of America shouldn&#39;t admit gays</a>, including what he describes as the organization&#39;s everyday advocacy of &quot;tolerance and diversity,&quot; its&nbsp;&quot;historic position of keeping the Scouts strongly supportive of ... values,&quot; and the importance of not letting &quot;popular culture impact 100 years of their standards.&quot;<br />* Obama on &quot;<a href="http://baptistmessenger.com/call-to-prayer-boy-scouts-scouting-sunday/">Scouting Sunday</a>&quot;: <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-34222_162-57567357-10391739/obama-yes-boy-scouts-should-allow-gay-members/">Scouts should accept gays and lesbians</a>.<br />* Chicago-area minister: Scouting, &quot;which seeks the support of churches like ours&hellip; <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/arlington_heights/chi-church-steps-up-opposition-to-ban-against-gays-in-boy-scouts-20130203,0,7247142.story">stands against the very kind of welcome that we extend</a> to those folks.&quot;</p><p><strong>&#39;THAT&#39;S RIDICULOUS, AND YOU KNOW IT, SIR.&#39;</strong> Fox News host Chris Wallace didn&#39;t provide a friendly <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/02/03/chris_wallace_fox_news_skewers_nra_chief_ridiculous_and_you_know_it.html">forum for National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre</a>.<br />* Nobel winner Paul Krugman calls NRA &quot;<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/02/paul-krugman-nra-is-now-revealed-as-an-insane-organization/">an insane organization</a>.&quot;<br />* <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/us/chris-kyle-american-sniper-author-reported-killed.html">Acclaimed retired Navy SEAL sniper shot and killed</a> by fellow ex-soldier.</p><p><strong>&#39;A BIZARRE POLITICAL TWIST.&#39;</strong>&nbsp;Calling the Illinois race to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in the House a &quot;proxy battle in the war for sane gun policy,&quot;&nbsp;the national liberal website Daily Kos is <a href="http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/02/01/1183967/-Fighting-the-NRA-in-Chicago-Robin-Kelly-for-Congress">backing candidate Robin Kelly</a>.<br />* Candidate Kelly challenging <a href="http://www.examiner.com/article/robin-kelly-endorsed-by-daily-kos-to-help-deal-a-blow-to-the-nra-congress">others to release their NRA questionnnaires</a>.<br />* Photos show <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/national/ap-photos-a-look-at-us-presidents-holding-guns/article_f1068e47-e430-546f-ad68-204309ebf78e.html">Obama, other U.S. presidents firing guns</a>.<br />* <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Maisto-Fresh-Metal-Tailwinds-Endurance/dp/B004JFMOGK/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top">Amazon.com listing for toy drone airplane</a> draws <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Maisto-Fresh-Metal-Tailwinds-Endurance/product-reviews/B004JFMOGK/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&amp;showViewpoints=1">dozens of satiric reviews</a>, like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A155QJ0EHIXBIZ/ref=cm_pdp_rev_title_1?ie=UTF8&amp;sort_by=MostRecentReview#R1LSDSUHBH17OO">this one</a>: &quot;My son ... spent countless, blissful hours simulating massacres of weddings, funerals, and other family gatherings of brown skinned foreigners!&quot;</p><p><strong>ON TWITTER? CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD.&nbsp;</strong>That&#39;s one of the simplest precautions to take after&nbsp;<a href="http://digiphile.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/hacks-at-twitter-new-york-times-wsj-and-washington-post-highlight-need-for-better-security-hygiene/">revelation of a security break</a>.<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/02/03/android-malware-emerges-on-google-play-which-installs-a-trojan-on-your-pc-uses-your-microphone-to-record-you/">Android &quot;malware&quot; app</a>&nbsp;has &quot;most extensive feature set&quot; security firm&#39;s seen -- including power to infect a computer, take control of its microphone, record you without your permission, and send the recordings to the attacker.<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://thenextweb.com/shareables/2013/02/02/typing-these-eight-characters-will-crash-almost-any-application-on-your-mac/">Typing &quot;File:///&quot;</a>&nbsp;will crash apps under Apple&#39;s latest Macintosh operating system.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>NATION SHAKEN.&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-la-me-andre-cassagnes-20130203,0,6224784.story">The man who invented the Etch A Sketch</a>&nbsp;is dead.</p><hr /><p><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong><br />* Song that helped get this edition out the door: Pete Yorn, &quot;<a href="http://rd.io/x/QWPzKjdyAUs">Alive</a>.&quot;</em></p></p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/footballs-death-spiral-105319