Campaign of the dog, Dick Clark and a few good laughs
It would appear that the presidential race of 2012 has gone to the dogs. First, we had Mitt Romney criticized for a story published a few years ago by the Boston Globe in which the Republican hopeful allegedly put the family's dog in a crate in on top of their car during a 12-hour drive to Canada for vacation. Now, we have President Obama eating dog meat as a child in Indonesia. He actually wrote about it in his autobiography:
With Lolo, I learned how to eat small green chill peppers raw with dinner (plenty of rice), and, away from the dinner table, I was introduced to dog meat (tough), snake meat (tougher), and roasted grasshopper (crunchy). Like many Indonesians, Lolo followed a brand of Islam that could make room for the remnants of more ancient animist and Hindu faiths. He explained that a man took on the powers of whatever he ate: One day soon, he promised, he would bring home a piece of tiger meat for us to share.
Of course, all this is fuel for conservatives to strike back against liberals who have gone so far as to launch Facebook pages based on the story that's hounded Romney for years. Blogger Jim Treacher writes, "Say what you want about Romney, but at least he only put a dog on the roof of his car, not the roof of his mouth."
Where do the campaigns go from here?
Tributes continue to pour in for Dick Clark, especially on Twitter. The iconic host of American Bandstand and New Year's Rockin' Eve and countless other television programs died of a massive heart attack on Wednesday. Here is a sampling of the celebrity remembrances on Twitter:
@MariahCarey R.I.P. Dick Clark. Your memory will live on eternally as an incredible legend.
@levarburton As a professional, Dick Clark was all about excellence. I learned so much from him. He was authentic, talented and generous!
@JoeMantegna Dick Clark gave me my first job in LA 35 years ago. Thanks Mr. Clark, I hope I did you proud.
@MCHammer Dick Clark When a man invites you to his home you learn the substance of whom he is, thank you for your love & wisdom You're The Best.
@IAMANITABAKER He opened the door wide enough to let ALL the MUSIC come thru. Thank You. Dick Clark ...r.i.p.
One of my favorites tweets came from Alice Cooper, who wrote "Nobody loves rock n' roll more than Dick Clark" and included a personal letter to him after the American Music Awards in 1982.
Dick Clark was 82. RIP.
Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. In Israel, life came to halt for two minutes this morning as people paused in memory of the six million Jews killed during the Holocaust. The theme of this year's commemoration is "My Brother's Keeper - Jewish Solidarity during the Holocaust."
Earth Day is Sunday, but it continues to rise in searches and in Twitter trends. Many of the tweets contain information about Earth Day events and "green" deals to help you save money on Earth-friendly products.
Cannes is trending after this year's line-up for the annual film festival was announced this morning. The 54 films include a strong American slant, including an adaptation of Jack Kerouac's Beat classic On The Road. The festival runs May 16-27. You can find the complete line-up on the Cannes website.
Among the trending videos on YouTube is a mix of Stars Wars and the Tupac hologram performance. (Note: Foul language in this clip.)
Then we have Yahoo! Studios producing a parody of Fun.'s "We Are Young" called "We're NOT Young."
Next, a woman demonstrates how she transforms herself into Mona Lisa.
How would you like to travel from New York to Los Angeles in 45 minutes?
If you like attention while driving, check out this scooter.
From the BBC, we have what is described as the "best videobomb behind a reporter ever." You be the judge.
Finally, I don't know anyone with a pet lamb, but they sure do look like fun. At least on wood floors.
That's the trend!
Have a great day,