Friday, August 14, 2009

Week in Review: Obama, Hitler, Ted Turner and Drunk Horse

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 5:00 PM


Big news out of Belgrade today, of course.

Jamee Greer makes Obama's visit sound like a circus via Twitter. Highlight:

2nd amendment rights activists next to signs of Obama dressed as Hitler. Crowd essentially shouting at eachother. Thunderstorm approaches

In other Obama news, Ted Turner’s restaurant readied itself for the arrival of POTUS with the creation of a special cheeseburger. No Five Guys, but what can you do.

Speaking of burgers, count us among those pulling for Eureka’s The Cutting Board as it tries to win the title of America's Best Hometown Grill.

Back to health care: interesting piece in the Times this week on how the Obama administration is working with Baucus on health care. But, like former Indy editor Zach Dundas, we couldn’t help but get caught up in this detail:

“Peter R. Orszag, the White House budget director, has spent so much time in the senator’s office that he helps himself to the Coke Zeros tucked away in Mr. Baucus’s personal refrigerator.”

Coke Zero? Really?

Other interesting health care analysis this week: Slate wonders how abortion could play into reform and the WSJ profiles the leader of the Blue Dog Dems, who seems to be just as popular as Baucus right about now.

The Missoulian launched it’s new website this week, opting for more white space and a—serene? soothing?—baby blue color scheme. Dark Acres, meanwhile, picked up on the fact that this design isn’t stolen.

The Griz started practice this week, and most NFL teams kick off their preseason schedule over the weekend. Former Griz Tuff Harris was the subject of a thoughtful profile on the Titans' website, while Colt Anderson, a reported fan favorite in Vikings camp, made news with a crushing hit on the team’s first-round draft pick during a non-contact drill. Not a great way to make the team.

Lastly, we’re getting excited for next week’s Total Fest, especially after organizers announced that Oakland’s Drunk Horse has joined the lineup. Josh Vanek describes the band’s sound as “like Duane Allman partying with Tony McPhee and Billy Gibbons." Couldn't have sold it better ourselves.

And, for those keeping track, the news from Salt Lake is still positive. Chad's recovering and hoping to return home as soon as possible.

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