Straight up unchallenged, uninformative, for-profit public relations bullshit.
Repeal this dangerous Kansas gun law No, the GOP-dominated Legislature wanted to defy the gun-control crowd and pass an inane law. Yael’s continuing misuse of the word ‘inane’ is an irritant. If the law were inane, it probably wouldn’t be dangerous or any of the other things Yael says about it.
While the Star inexplicably thinks the NSA domestic spying scandal is all about Claire McCaskill, hopelessly misapprehends the 4th amendment at every turn, and can’t even conceive of the dangers posed by the current administration to 1st, 2nd, 6th, and 8th amendments, it also helpfully provides a 4th of July Event Guide. This guide is, of course, a f__*#*ng slideshow. Worse, it is just a list of fireworks. If you want to celebrate the 4th of July and have the slightest idea why we commemorate the…Click the Title to Read the Entire Post
There is a new overpriced, overwrought, overplayed, overly-produced blockbuster wannabe summer tentpole star vehicle crapping its way across Earth’s movie theaters this week. ’The Lone Ranger’ sucks–all 2 hours and 29 minutes of it. And, guess what, the Star wants you to go and see it. While the film currently sits at a woeful 17% on Rotten Tomatoes, Jon Niccum in a “Special to the Star” gives it a positive review and gives us an unfortunate ‘money quote’–”Tonto — and his sidekick, the Lone Ranger…Click the Title to Read the Entire Post
It is no secret that the Kansas City Star MUST print any picture of two women at a concert and MUST overplay any issue even tangentially related to race. So, Jeneé Osterheldt’s absurd race-based Cheerios column passed without comment from notyael. However, Cracked.com does such a laudable job pointing out how this is very bad journalism, it’s definitely worth a read. Since this whole fake outrage is based on youtube commenters, it’s a fun diversion to see which sources (linked in the Cracked article) allow…Click the Title to Read the Entire Post
It’s not just ‘After Earth,’ the Star’s chosen review for the new Vaughn/Wilson/Google joint ‘The Internship’ is a glowingly positive though the critics’ consensus is dismal. This time, the Star chooses the 3/4 review by Roger Moore for the movie with a current 33% positive rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Out of 33 reviews, none are higher than Mr. Moore’s. To be fair, this movie is going to be huge . . . in 2005. Who knows why the Star continues to pimp out crappy big release…Click the Title to Read the Entire Post
“After Earth,” the M. Night Shyamalan/Will Smith summer (would be) blockbuster sci-fi cgi adventure opens today in theaters across the country. And it has an absurdly dismal Rotten Tomatoes critics rating of 13%. If you strip away all of the snark and puns that movie critics can’t forgo, the consensus is that the movie is a dull, wooden, over-sized joke of a popcorn movie. Enter the Kansas City Star. In a “Special to the Star,” Jon Niccum gives the movie 3 out of 4 stars–the second-highest…Click the Title to Read the Entire Post
The public editor believes that the Star should identify the political ideology of groups or persons quoted in its articles. It just seems right to the Star that it would want to identify the ideology of a source. But the public editor conveniently fails to ask and answer the question of why. The answer is obvious, but telling. Obviously, the Star wants to make sure you know if a fact or opinion comes from a libertarian group because its ideology might cause you to…Click the Title to Read the Entire Post
There is renewed interest in the 84-year-old Burt Bacharach because of a new memoir. The Star, of course, just reprints an AP article. But the pitch actually interviews Mr. Bacharach for its story. Did you know that Mr. Bacharach lived on Warwick Boulevard in Kansas City, that he worked with an impressive list of Kansas City pianists, that he played with the Kansas City symphony, and that his father worked at Woolf Brothers. No? Then you must read the Star’s recyclables rather than the Pitch….Click the Title to Read the Entire Post
The point of Yael’s latest is that the Missouri legislature is a mess. It did very little good this year and we’re all better off when it is out of session. While one could quibble with his examples and his idea of the ideal, Yael is absolutely correct here. The Missouri legislature is a woeful mess and we all all better off when it is gone. What Yael probably doesn’t get is that this also goes for the feds and most states as well.
Read carefully these two sentences from the Star’s latest editorial relating to the AP subpoena story: Americans understand no true democracy exists in the absence of a free press. Without a vigilant watchdog over government, all of our freedoms are imperiled. The Star has it exactly backwards. The press, Star included, already enabled the imperiling of our rights over the past four years. The complicit, compliant, and uncritical press already failed. The press kept its eyes on the prize of the claimed “greater good,”…Click the Title to Read the Entire Post
Lewis is back with another impossibly useless wordstew. This is either a Yael parody or Lewis has to get fired to comply with a mysterious will from his great-uncle.
Lewis Diuguid has TWO more columns out today. He is a machine. The first asserts that college graduates are catching a break because the unemployment numbers are down. Thoughts: The drop in the overall unemployment rate to 7.5 is not close to the 6.5% rate from October 2008. It is still 15% higher. Why chose October 2008 as a benchmark as relating to when Obama was seeking the Oval Office? He was seeking the Oval Office long before October 2008. The unemployment rate was 5.8% when…Click the Title to Read the Entire Post
Lewis the Prolific has written two more columns on the same day! And they are both short and nutty. Notyael is frequently irritated with Race-baiter Lewis, but loves Prolific Lewis. Both articles are about guns. One takes the dumbest idea anyone ever had (the Jeff City Iron Man 3 theater fake gun stunt) and calls it dumb. The second argues for more gun control because of some shootings in New Orleans on Mother’s Day in which no one died and the guns may have been…Click the Title to Read the Entire Post