Well, the weekend is here, and I don’t even care. You know why? Because Monday is my birthday. That’s right, readers, I’m getting older again. On Monday I will be 27, which is distressing because 27 is 3 cubed. Yeah. That’s 3 threes, all multiplied. Three is a prime number and my least favorite of all numbers. It’s also how old musicians are when they die of super tragic circumstances. I’m not a musician, but I have like 3 iPods. Oh God…3 again! That means that this is probably going to be a bad year. So if I slowly self-destruct and wind up dead, it was nice knowing all of you.
Anyway, here’s your Friday Night in the Big Town.
You know what, readers? Crafting sucks. Scrapbooks make me want to vomit all over my face, and if you’re the type of person who makes homemade hair bows and tutus for your daughter, or the sort that likes to faux finish your kitchen floor, just know that we will never be friends. Yes, I have a Pinterest account. Yes, I have pinned a tutorial on how to make bacon Christmas tree ornaments. No, I’m never actually gonna do it.
If you’re the opposite of me and like festive seasonal wreaths, decorative chore charts for the kids, or anything that would make you more of a Stepford Wife than a drunken good time girl, I would like to encourage you to go to Affair of the Heart. I hear about this every year and I know people that go. And they come back with things that I would never think of as an option for a purchase to make. But some people spend their money on liquor, and others on holiday snow globes.
Here in a few weeks, the Oklahoma City Thunder will tip-off the 2012-2013 NBA season. For fans across the metro, this marks an (hopefully) eight month period of complaining about Bad Russell Westbrook, reading Daily Thunder and watching the same five energy company commercials over and over and over again during Fox Sports broadcasts.
One of those energy companies is SandRidge Energy. Last season, they put us to sleep with this somewhat trite commercial featuring sad piano chords, rowers and gigantic projections of Rumble on buildings. This season they are going a slightly different route.
Check out the commercial that the Oklahoma Gazette’s Phil Bacharach has called “The most moving commercial you’ll see all year.”
If that looks familiar, it should. As a Mole pointed out to us, it’s a pretty blatant rip-off of Terrence Malick’s critically acclaimed 2011 film “The Tree of Life.” Here’s the movie’s trailer:
Back in June of 2011, long-time Oklahoman Editor Ed Kelley left the “State’s Most Trusted News” to take over the editing duties for the ultra-conservative Washington Times. Well, that didn’t work out well.
Washington Times editor Ed Kelley is leaving the paper amid major leadership changes announced by new CEO Larry Beasley in a memo obtained by POLITICO.
Beasley announced the formation of “a new senior leadership team” in today’s memo, including Chief Operating Officer John Martin, Chief Financial Officer Keith Cooperrider, and Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer Tom Culligan.
But Kelley, who joined the paper as head editor just last year from The Oklahoman, will step down.
“As part of these changes, Ed Kelley is stepping down to pursue other opportunities, and we have already begun a search for a new executive editor,” Beasley wrote.
Yep, the good old “Stepping down to pursue other opportunities” excuse. Unless that opportunity was to donate his thick, luscious locks of hair to charity, that probably means Kelley was told to quit or be fired.
Back when Kelley took the Times job, we featured an expert panel that examined his tenure at the Oklahoman and the general direction of the paper. One of the questions we asked was:
Which is more likely in five years? Ed Kelley is the editor of the Washington Times or Ed Kelley is back with the Oklahoman in some capacity?
Well, let’s see how those experts did!
If you can’t beat them, join them. Unless you’re Channel 9. Then you buy them from Channel 4.
Yes, just one day after they signed Gary England to a new contract, we’re hearing rumbles through the Ogle Mole Network that KWTV News 9 has poached popular weatherman and stormchaser David Payne from the KFOR Channel 4 weather team.
News 9 is apparently making the move to combat stagnant ratings and help prepare for the day when Lord England retires to his Severe Weather Palace in Edmond. If this rumor is true, and we think it is, it will come just 14-months after KWTV signed longtime KFOR chopper pilot Jim Gardner to a lucrative contract.
According to one email we received, Payne informed his colleagues at Channel 4 of his decision to leave yesterday morning. Upon hearing the news, Mike Morgan’s severe weather tie burst into hot flames and he had to be doused with water. From the back of the room, Emily Sutton slowly stood and said “I’ll chase the storms now, Mr. Morgan. I’ll chase the storms.”
Payne will allegedly start at News 9 in January.
I first heard the news from a high-level Ogle Mole yesterday at around 4:00pm. Over the next couple of hours, emails began to trickle in from the Ogle Mole Network asking why I hadn’t written about the story. This is because everyone thinks I just sit around a computer all day waiting for severe weather gossip to report. That’s only half-true.
So far, neither News 9, KFOR, David Payne or Gary England have confirmed or denied the report. Gary England is the only one to address the rumor, stating on Twitter that “No retirement.. Just signed a new long-term contract with News 9. You all surprised? I’m really surprised!”
After the jump are a few of the emails I received, along with my thoughts on the situation:
Last week, we published a six-year-old audio clip of popular stand-up comedian Louis C.K. telling some jokes about Oklahoma City, and in particular, how someone should light a bomb in front of a federal building here and kill a bunch of people someday.
The post actually generated a little bit of controversy locally. Some people got really mad that a superstar comedian would try to make light of a senseless act of terrorism that killed 168 people and wrecked the lives of thousands. Others got mad at us for posting the clip because it was six years old, obscure and comedians have to universal right to say whatever they want, whenever they want, without any repercussions or consequences.
Anyway, somehow Louis C.K. was alerted to mini-controversy. He briefly discussed it on Monday in a weird YouTube interview with skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. Here’s the clip:
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