Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Comment of the Day: Stop the 'navel gazing,' C.W. Gusewelle

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Wanted: Substance from C-Dub.
  • Wanted: Substance from C-Dub.

Kansas City Star columnist C.W. Gusewelle's discovery of Google Maps column was another phoned piece, according to commenter FS Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald summarizes Gusewelle's career in a strong critique in the comments section of "Star columnist C.W. Guswelle has mind blown by Google Maps, mails in another column":

Gusewelle's problem is that although he often writes well, he almost never writes about anything substantive, so the reader ends up disappointed when the craftmanship is wasted on a inane topic. (Also for someone who allegedly loves Hemingway, he rarely uses simple and clear prose to state what his point is.)

The column he wrote after the election was an exception, and it attracted a lot of reaction, partly because it rattled the cage of tea party supporters, but also because it was so unexpected to have him weigh in on a significant current event. (Oh, look, he really does live in the real world!) This navel gazing and avoiding the controversies of the day have been his modus operandi for 25 years or more, and he has never fit his supposed role as a metro columnist.


C'mon, C-Dub. Embrace the controversy.

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Jason Whitlock in the battle of sports douche bags

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Jason Whitlock trails the pack in the SHOTY tourney.
  • Jason Whitlock trails the pack in the SHOTY tourney.

It's been a big year for former Kansas City Star sports columnist Jason Whitlock. And now he could cap 2010 with a meaningless award from Deadspin.

The sports blog -- which delights in ridiculing Whitlock -- announced last week that the scribe is one of eight notable sports personalities in a tournament for its tongue-in-cheek Sports Human of the Year honor, voted on by the site's readers. Winning won't be easy though. Whitlock finds himself in a cast of morons, sleazebags and weirdos who have made themselves notorious for a stupefying range of actions.

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Nelson Hopkins Jr. to be remembered with prayer vigil and walk Wednesday night

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Nelson Hopkins Sr. is working to make sure his son's killing wasn't for nothing.
  • Nelson Hopkins Sr. is working to make sure his son's killing wasn't for nothing.

Wednesday will mark a full year since Nelson Hopkins Jr. was gunned down while walking home from a bus stop near 54th and Lydia. Hopkins, a 17-year-old Alta Vista Charter High School student, had a college application in his pocket.

Hopkins' family will honor his memory with a prayer vigil and candlelit walk at the scene of the murder. The celebration of Hopkins' life starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Rockhurst Community Center (5401 Troost Avenue). The walk will commence at 8:30 p.m. If you can make it, go.

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Today is National Mousse Day

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Mix it up at home...or go to a restaurant.
  • Mix it up at home...or go to a restaurant.

You can thank the inventor of the electric mixer -- Herbert Johnson in 1908, although the first hand-held mixer, the Sunbeam MixMaster wasn't introduced for 44 more years -- for helping to make the mousse a popular dessert in America.

Sure, there were variations on the mousse -- French for foam -- in the United States long before the MixMaster. A recipe for a pudding-like concoction called chocolate mousse was published in the Boston Daily Globe in 1897.

The introduction of whipped egg whites and, later, the hand-held mixer gave even untrained home cooks the confidence to create a confection that only upscale restaurants -- the continental variety -- were serving.

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Thomas Drummond beats drunken driving rap with drunk-to-stay-warm defense

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Keep a bottle of this in your car ... just in case you go in the ditch.
  • Keep a bottle of this in your car ... just in case you go in the ditch.

Thomas Drummond is here to teach us all a lesson in winter weather preparedness. Drummond beat a drunken driving charge by claiming he got lit up to stay warm.

Drummond was acquitted after testifying that he started drinking after -- not before -- he drove into a culvert, according to the Southeast Missourian. We all know how cold culverts can be in February.

Lucky for Drummond, he had his trusty bottle of brandy to keep him company while he waited for more than two hours for emergency workers.

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Jacob Coterel found dead in pond; 2-year-old dead in 'tragic accident'

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 2:00 PM

Jacob Cortel's parents performed CPR after finding him in a pond.
  • Jacob Cortel's parents performed CPR after finding him in a pond.

Jacob Coterel's parents woke up Monday morning to a nightmare. The nearly 2-year-old boy was missing. The front door was ajar. Their search for the boy ended in a pond about 100 yards from the family's Sedalia, Missouri, home.

Coterel had drowned in the pond. The boy's parents tried to revive him, but the boy's body temperature was just too low.

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Your guide to the foods of Hanukkah

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Latkes, potato pancakes, might just be the best part of Chanukkah.
  • Latkes, potato pancakes, might just be the best part of Chanukkah.

The Jewish celebration of Hanukkah begins at sundown tomorrow night, but the traditional fried foods and desserts of the holiday should have people of any faith relishing the next eight nights. So whether or not you celebrate the Festival of Lights, you should consider adding some of the holiday recipes to your repertoire.

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Petro America names new CEO, who promptly tries to swindle more cash from shareholders

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 1:00 PM

CEO Greg Cornley is the new face of Petro America.
  • CEO Greg Cornley is the new face of Petro America.

It's out with Owen and in with the new for Petro America Corporation, the sham oil company that federal investigators say swindled thousands of investors. Last week, founder Owen Hawkins resigned as CEO as a result of his indictment. But he's already named his replacement.

New CEO Greg Cornley is a member of the Ministers Alliance, a group of local ministers who own and support Petro stock -- because what Kansas City needs from its religious leaders in the Great Recession is really shitty stock advice.

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Patrick Neal Porter admits making child porn, running off to California with teenage stepdaughter

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 12:30 PM

The feds say Patrick Neal Porter's wife helped him runaway to California.
  • The feds say Patrick Neal Porter's wife helped him runaway to California.

Back in June, the feds were looking for Patrick

Neal Porter. Authorities had searched Porter's home and found pictures of a young girl in sexually explicit poses on Porter's computer.

Authorities believed the 40-year-old -- with the help of his wife, Barbara Porter -- had removed his 16-year-old stepdaughter from protective services and had run away to California. If true, Barbara Porter was well on her way to becoming a terrible

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Is that Usher at the next table? Please don't gawk

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Usher at the Cheesecake Factory? Really?
  • Usher at the Cheesecake Factory? Really?

Was that Usher eating at the Cheesecake Factory late Saturday night after his concert at the Sprint Center? It's not unlikely -- the California-based dining chain is one of the few restaurants on the Country Club Plaza that serves late on weekends.

A bartender at the restaurant told a Pitch reporter that the staff was sure it was Usher. For one thing, he was in town. "He looked just like him," said the bartender, "but he was in a hoodie and sunglasses and it wasn't like we could say, 'Hey, are you Usher?' "

Why couldn't he? What is the proper etiquette when celebrities are in a restaurant? First rule: Don't gawk.

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