Here’s why Kim Kardashian is famous

It’s actually an interesting explanation of fame in the Internet age:

I was watching the ESPN documentary on O.J. Simpson and surprisingly remembered that Kardashian was an important name during the murder trial. Robert Kardashian was O.J.’s friend and one of his defense attorneys.

That’s Kim’s father. And it’s not like this was a passing acquaintance:

So, in addition to O.J. getting away with murder, he brought us the Kardashians,

The National Championship skin game

I watched part of the Alabama-Clemson game Monday partly because ESPN had various formats for viewing. I chose the student section view, which consisted of a large stream at the top of the game with two smaller streams underneath of the student sections for Alabama and Clemson.

Not a big college football fan, so I tuned out after a quarter, which admittedly was action packed.

It wasn’t until today that I was aware of the huge controversy surrounding the game.

This:

gallery-1452569506-ciara-cleavage-controversy-1That’s Ciara, someone I never heard of (I’m old, what do you expect), who’s the girlfriend of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and the singer of the National Anthem at Monday’s game. Critics say she showed too much skin.

OK. Not to mention this:

Seriously? She showed too much skin? This is nudity?

But no complaints about this:

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f8c3c925f5745b60e056cd4b83eba0b8Am I missing something? Or have these people just lost their minds?

Attacks in Paris

The news out of Paris is horrific. Religious fanatics with guns and bombs have killed at least 120 people.┬áIt’s an attack by Islamic State psychopaths.

The best television news coverage has been on France 24.

President Francois Holland gave this speech soon after the attack on the Stade de France, where he was one of the fans at a football match between France and Germany:

And President Obama had this to say from the White House:

But the French are in solidarity. Football fans sang the national anthem as they left the Stade de France after the attacks:

And, of course, someone stupid has something disgusting to say about it all.

 

Enough with Deflategate

This New England Patriots scandal is irrelevant:

It’s that shiny object that shows up to distract us from things that matter. And in the whole cosmic scheme of things, everything matters more than this does.

OK, so the Patriots deflated their balls and it’s illegal.

So why does the NFL let teams supply their own balls? If it’s such a big deal, shouldn’t the league be in charge of the balls?

OK, so the Patriots have cheated in the past.

So why did the NFL punishment for those incidents have all the impact of a mosquito biting a sperm whale? The Pats still make the playoffs and still end up in the Super Bowl.

OK, so the cheating in a playoff game allowed them to get into the most recent Super Bowl.

So if that’s the case, strip the Patriots of their Super Bowl title. If the NFL isn’t going to do that, shut up already! As far as the league is concerned, it pays to be a cheat (and a wife beater, and a.

And Deflategate is a stupid name. The -gate suffix is now a cliche. Call it something daring, like “Ballbusting.”

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At least the New York tabloids know what to call it.