Lady Gaga demands better gay relations from Target
Apparently Lady Gaga read Target a mini-riot act before agreeing to hook up with them for her new CD. Billboard magazine writes: “ Gaga spoke to the issue for the first time in this interview, telling Billboard that she wasn’t comfortable with the Target partnership when it first came up as a possibility, and that she met with ‘the entire executive staff’ at Target, along with her manager Troy Carter. ‘That discussion was one of the most intense conversations I’ve ever had in a business meeting,’ Gaga says. ‘Part of my deal with Target is that they have to start affiliating themselves with LGBT charity groups and begin to reform and make amends for the mistakes they’ve made in the past … our relationship is hinged upon their reform in the company to support the gay community and to redeem the mistakes they’ve made supporting those groups.’ The reality may be a bit more complicated than that, however. Target VP of communications Dustee Jenkins spoke with Billboard at length — the full interview transcript is available at Billboard.biz — expressing Target’s excitement to be working with Lady Gaga and portraying the controversial donations as more of a lack of procedural oversight than anything else.” Of course. Of course.
There have been no significant changes in the stand-off in Wisconsin, leaving the Senate to handle tough calls like commending the Packers for winning the Super Bowl. The AP’s Scott Bauer, doing very solid work on the story, writes: “Democratic senators taking part in the scheduling meeting urged Republicans to accept the offer made by the unions under which they would accept paying more for benefits as Walker wants but still retain their collective bargaining rights. Another compromise offered by Republican Sen. Dale Schultz would remove collective bargaining rights just for two years. ‘It’s time for all of us to move forward,’ said Democratic Sen. Dave Hansen of Green Bay over the phone to the Republicans. Walker has rejected both offers, saying local governments and school districts can’t be hamstrung by the often lengthy collective bargaining process and need to have more flexibility to deal with up to $1 billion in cuts he will propose in his budget next week and into the future.”
Dr. Scot Silverstein, M.D., is not amused by Wisconsin doctors supporting pro-union protesters who handed out fake “sick notes” to cover them back at the office. Writing on the blog, Health Care Renewal, he says: “I cannot condone such behavior, that is, lying about clinical matters to suit one’s own agenda, whatever that agenda might be. I saw too much of that when I worked for the regional transit authority’s medical department in a large city. Community physicians lied about injuries to support continued, fraudulent “therapy” (from which the physician — and the involved attorney — profited), and to support continued receipt of worker’s compensation by the employees. … Ultimately, physician dishonesty-on-an-agenda leads to a medical slippery slope that, as history proves, is not a path the profession wants to emulate.” The last link there, by the way, offers the notorious Tuskegee syphilis experiments as a parable for what’s going in Madison. One wonders what other lies physicians with attitudes like this proffer.”
Two state troopers have been injured dealing with the ongoing “snow event.” The Strib’s Paul Walsh reports: “A semitrailer truck hit the trooper after he stopped to investigate an earlier crash, said Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske. … Sunday night on westbound I-394 at Penn Avenue in Minneapolis, state trooper Brian Bammert of Golden Valley got clipped while outside his squad trying to assist at a crash scene. As vehicles were colliding around him, he looked up and saw a BMW sliding his way. He jumped to avoid the car but it caught his right leg and left hand, cutting the hand, the patrol said.
Are you waiting for your boss to put the “franchise” tag on you? The Vikings’ Chad Greenway can stop. The team has locked him up to prevent him from drifting off in free agency. The PiPress’ Jeremy Fowler writes: “Prospective free agents Greenway and wide receiver Sidney Rice were considered the team’s two prime candidates for the tag, which allows a team to retain a key player by signing him to a one-year deal at a salary that amounts to an average of the league’s top-five paid at that position. As a gauge for Greenway’s pay in 2011, the top-five linebacker salary last season averaged $9.68 million.”
Fowler’s colleague, John Shipley, watching the Twins’ Justin Morneau arrive for spring training applies a layer of caution: “Morneau said today he’s ready for a full spring training workout Tuesday and optimistic he’ll be on the field when the Minnesota Twins start the regular season April 1 at Toronto. ‘I wouldn’t say it’s 100 percent yet, but I think it’s as close as I can get. It’s just trying to get over that final hump,’ he said. Morneau hasn’t played baseball since taking a knee to the head while breaking up a double play against the Blue Jays last July 7 … ‘I’ve been swinging, taking ground balls, practicing my turns throwing to second base — everything baseball activity,’ he said. ‘But it’s been in a controlled environment, so that’s why we’re going to see what happens. We figured we’ll come out here and see how it goes once we get on the field with teammates.’ ” I’m thinking there’s some fantasy league changes going on.
Conservative pundit/radio host Armstrong Williams (of the $240,000 pay-out to hype No Child Left Behind episode) takes a whack at Gov. Dayton’s budget reduction strategy in a piece titled “The Peculiar Politics of Minnesota” on The Hill. He says: “Dayton believes in the old saw, “Give till it hurts.” To hear his office respond, the governor is simply trying to balance the budget. So does he succeed with such a confiscatory scheme? Uh, no. You heard right, folks. Even with the punitive taxes, and the near-certain reality that many of these folks will simply slip across the borders should such a plan go through, Gov. Dayton’s plan would only trim his state’s deficit by half. Half. Jacking taxes to the levels only seen in France and Germany, and this so-called budget can’t even eliminate his own state’s deficit? C’mon.” I love it when these guys play the France-Germany hellhole card. Ever been, Armstrong?
DFL Sen. Dan Sparks supports Dayton in a commentary for the Austin Post-Bulletin. “After the governor’s budget was released, many lawmakers spoke out against the proposed income tax increases in the bill, but I want to be clear: This budget process is not a debate about whether to raise taxes or not to raise taxes. It’s a conversation about which taxes will be raised. The Republican budget plan from last week — which I voted against and the governor vetoed — would have raised property taxes on every Minnesotan. Gov. Dayton’s budget plan protects every property taxpayer owning a home under $1 million in value, and also protects 95 percent of taxpayers from higher income taxes.”
Here’s something that doesn’t happen in Florida. A cross country skier was hit and killed by a car … on the frozen lake. The AP story says, “The Bayfield County sheriff’s office says the victim was a young man whose body was found Sunday morning near an ice trail between Washburn and Ashland on Chequamegon Bay. The trail was being used for the ‘Book Across the Bay’ ski race Saturday evening, although the victim wasn’t in the race.”