Our Top 7 Weekend Talking Points

So what happened in our world this week? Olympic champions celebrated but NBC shouldn’t get any credit for covering those celebrations. Kofi Annan quit. Mitt Romney worked hard to destroy America’s relationships with other countries, and the culture wars raged at fried-chicken joints nationwide.

PHOTO: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Gay-marriage backers battle Chick-fil-A

The culture wars are back — at an unlikely location. After Chick-fil-A boss Dan Cathy declared his support for traditional (read: “non-gay”) marriage, mayors in Chicago, Boston, and elsewhere warned the fast-food joint to stay out of their cities. Liberals held hands and urged progressive thinking Americans to boycott the restaurant chain.  That prompted Mike Huckabee and thousands of other opponents of gay marriage to flock to Chick-fil-A for an appreciation day.  Across the nation conservative Christian preachers demanded the execution of Jim Henson’s puppets for withdrawing their support for Chick-fil-A.

PHOTO: REUTERS/Jason Reed

The media obsesses over Romney’s gaffes

Judging from the recent barrage of negative headlines surrounding Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential standardbearer is a wimpy, fancy-horse-owning gaffe machine who, on his recent foreign tour, offended his British hosts and destroyed any chance for Mideast peace. But is the media unfairly focusing on candidate errors and gaffes? Is it possible Romney’s trip was actually a success or did it make Londoners anxious to vote in America’s presidential election?

GOP Congressman Supports Dog Fighting

Iowa’s very own Steve King, a congressman since 2003, made it clear that dog fighting is not something that should be illegal. Steve King has been a longtime advocate of dog fighting and cock fighting, even go so far as to fight legislation that would make it illegal to bring a child to an animal fight. And, interestingly enough, Steve King, lover of states’ rights, put that love aside in order to forbid localities from enacting anti-animal torture legislation.


Romney gets key endorsements

The erstwhile presidential contender from Massachusetts, Willard Mittens Romney received two very important endorsements last week, one from Porn Queen Jenna Jameson and the other from cranky, long time conservative Clint Eastwood who closed his statement by uttering his timeless phrase “make my day.”


On golden pond: Michael Phelps won the 100 metres butterfly at the Aquatics Centre on Friday night – his 17th gold medal, and 21st overall Photo: EPA

Michael Phelps wins more gold medals than most countries

The most decorated Olympian ever added another medal to his collection in his last race in London, the 100-meter butterfly. The win brings Phelps to a grand total of 17 gold medals, and 21 career medals overall, and Phelps is the only man to win a gold medal in an individual swimming event at three straight Olympics. The race is likely also the last of Phelps’ Olympics career.

PHOTO: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Kofi Annan quits Syria

With Syria’s civil war raging, and both President Bashar al-Assad and rebel forces ignoring the U.N.-backed peace plan, Kofi Annan, the United Nation’s special envoy to Syria, resigned his post. Annan blamed the international community for his failure, saying they’d balked at uniting behind peace. (China and Russia have both blocked U.N. pushes for sanctions.) Is diplomacy as dead as a doornail?

NBC Botches Olympic Coverage

#NBC Fail is probably not the reputation the peacock network was hoping to secure with its Olympic coverage. But thanks to controversial editing, aggravating tape delays, forehead-slapping spoilers, and an embarrassing episode of Twitter censorship, and a politically incorrect preview of a new series, NBC has incurred the wrath of the internet for its old-fashioned, jingoistic coverage of the London Games.

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3 Responses to Our Top 7 Weekend Talking Points

  1. Bill Formby

    August 5, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Great Wrap up Mike.

  2. Anonymous

    August 5, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Yeah it’s a good wrap up but why do the Olympics have to make up half the stories? Isn’t there more going on in the world? Just curious.