Autor: Scott

~ 29/01/08

From the Biz Journal Onlne:

…The restaurant, which has been in business at 405 N. Euclid Ave. since 1972, served its last diners Sunday evening, Jan. 27 (more here)

Wow.

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Autor: Dave

Let’s talk about the news media coverage of the primary process. I think overall it’s been very good to outstanding. The three major cable news outlets really hit their stride when they can talk non-stop politics. CNN and Fox News have been impressive with their ability to go beyond the round table of pundits arguing who’s up and who’s down for hours. Fox in particular with their “Focus Group Guy” segment where pollster Frank Luntz samples real time audience reaction to a debate or candidate interaction has been a real highlight this season. CNN has done a good job of not only showing, but explaining exit polls and how they make a direct correlation to the end game. They show short and long term trends and you can follow up with that data via their .com site. Impressive stuff really. Having said all of that, MSNBC wins the top award for best overall coverage. Not because they are doing the innovative stuff like the other two networks listed, but because their lineup of commentators, pundits, experts etc, absolutely blows everyone else out of the water. They are all very seasoned and understand the people and process enough that they provide education just by giving an opinion. Chris Matthews, Tim Russert and Howard Fineman should all win Emmy’s this year. I’ll talk about some of the better political Blogs out there in the next few weeks.

Moving on to Florida:
Continue reading “Who Would Have Predicted?- Week 6” »

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Autor: Dave

~ 26/01/08

Just a quick note this week. Looks like the Super Tuesday party on February 5th may be at Black Thorn Pizza on Wyoming. They have a nice upstairs location with full bar and seating. I’ll confirm this week. Hope you can join us.

On the political side, Bill Clinton is becoming annoying. I could care less that he is part of a ‘political machine’. He is a former President. Start acting like one. If the Hillary campaign needs someone to act a fool..send someone else out there to do it. I nominate Howard Dean. He never seems to have a problem with being an idiot.

Staying in South Carolina:
Continue reading “Who Would Have Predicted?- Week 5” »

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Autor: Scott

~ 24/01/08

It is Thursday again which means it is time for Tenacious Trivia at rBar! Grab your friends (the smart ones) and come down to the Grove and show off your mad useless knowledge skills. Oh, and guys! Chances are your GF is going to the ALIVE Bridal show at Lumen tonight so this is the perfect chance to get away. Did I mention drink specials?

The Details:

Tenacious Trivia
Every Thursday, 8:00pm – 10:00pm
rBar – 4401 Manchester
Free to play, great drink specials and prizes
More info at www.rbarstl.com

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Autor: Scott

~ 23/01/08

From yesterday’s Business Journal:

Construction begins on $23.5M hotel in The Loop

“The 124-room, 88,512-square-foot boutique hotel is being developed by Joe Edwards, owner of Blueberry Hill restaurant and The Pageant concert venue in The Loop. Plans include an upscale restaurant and bar, two meeting rooms and a rooftop patio, according to a release.”

Sounds pretty snazzy! Wonder if the hotel will have dart boards and a kick-ass jukebox…

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Autor: Scott

~ 22/01/08

Heath Ledger

Fred Thompson’s White House bid

Governor Matt Blunt’s political career

Interesting day…

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Autor: Dave

Breaking news: Missouri Governor Matt Blunt announces he will not seek re-election.

Dave Radar is going nuts when you think about how close Blunt is to the Romney campaign. Can he see a future as a running mate or administration role?  It’s a long shot, but not completely out of the question. More on this later…

We Barely Knew Ya!

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Autor: Scott

I am outraged, annoyed and just plain pissed off this morning. Yesterday was a day to reflect on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is a great day as well as a somber reminder of how far we have left to go to end racial polarization. It is, however, not a day to disrupt a solemn ceremony meant to honor the memory of a great man. It is not a day to push political agendas and drive a deeper wedge between races.

I have stayed away from bringing attention to the recall effort of Mayor Slay or the handling of Fire Chief Sherman George’s concerns over testing and promotion in the department. Personally, I thought both sides handled this situation poorly, with an end result being a greater division between an already racially divided city.  No one in this dispute has taken the high road in an effort to bring the races together. Instead the climate has deteriorated to passive aggressive displays of racism within the fire department (hanging of a monkey and hanging of a box of crackers), vile and angry comments on local blogs, and now disruption and disrespect to the legacy of a man who taught racial harmony.

In contrast, last week, several organizations convened at the January RCP happy hour to celebrate a program aimed at fostering frank discussions between the races in an effort to end racial polarization. We saw over two hundred people gather at Sub Zero, black and white, to mix, mingle, and bridge the gap. This is what St. Louis needs. We need people to come together. We do not need individuals using the climate of racial polarization to advance agendas.

I encourage everyone to reflect on the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to check out Bridges Across Racial Polarization and sign up for a discussion group. Frank, open discussion between the races is the only way we are going to move forward as a city. 

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Autor: Dave

~ 19/01/08

Before I get going this week, I wanted to let everyone know that Scott and I are planning to put together an informal Super Tuesday get together on Tuesday February 5th to celebrate the biggest day of them all in primary politics. 22 states are going to the polls with over 2,500 delegates on the line. Should be fun to watch from both sides of the isles. We are looking for an establishment that will show the coverage and play the audio, which can be difficult given the amount of sports that is usually broadcast at bars. We will get you details on when/where.

On to Nevada and South Carolina:
Continue reading “Who Would Have Predicted- Week 4” »

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Autor: Dave

~ 15/01/08

Last week was fun. I wish I could say that I feel badly for blowing the Democrat final results, but considering every pollster, pundit and every single campaign all blew it as well, I can only use the words of Brian Williams of NBC News, as he said it best:

“It should be noted that virtually everyone got it wrong. The only point of agreement among all the competing campaigns in New Hampshire was that Barack Obama was headed for a double-digit victory, as they told anyone who would listen. I have an e-mail from a Clinton fundraiser who denounced Hillary as a lost cause and threw his support to Obama while the polls were still open on Tuesday. A veteran Clinton loyalist spoke of the campaign in New Hampshire in the past tense on the morning of the election, saying the senator from New York had run smack into “an ideal… a movement,” called Barack Obama. There was no defeating an ideal, said this completely defeated politico. Not this year, not in New Hampshire.”

On to Michigan:
Continue reading “Who Would Have Predicted?- Week 3” »

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