Ian O'Doherty: So, who's the racist now?
Here's a yarn you may have missed. A black Obama official, Shirley Sherrod, was caught on tape telling a crowd that she had once brought a white farmer to 'one of his own' -- a white lawyer -- rather deal with him herself.
It caused outrage in America, and the White House promptly fired her. There was just one problem -- when the tape was aired in its entirety, it turns out that Sherrod did help the man after all and he verified her side of the story.
But that didn't stop former presidential candidate and all round whack job Howard Dean from using it as an opportunity to attack Fox TV. He accused the network of overt racism in its coverage and he said they had got her fired from her job.
There's just one problem with that analysis -- the White House fired her before Fox ever even aired the offending tape.
So, by Dean's logic, should he not be accusing Obama of being racist?
Don't hold your breath.
Odd olly strikes again
Being a great film maker does not necessarily make you a great thinker, and the only thing that stops Oliver Stone being a common or garden conspiracy nut who believes every theory he reads on the internet is the fact that he has given us so many bloody great pictures.
Look, when you're the man responsible for Platoon, you get a free pass on most things.
But the man who is so Far Left that he makes Sean Penn look like a neo-con has irked plenty of people with his latest comments.
Having recently completed documentaries on two of his idols, those noted friends of democracy Hugo Chavez and Ahmedinejad, he now plans on doing a doc on Hitler who, he says, "has been taken out of context".
It's an interesting angle, and he has been forced into doing it because, he says: "We can't judge people as only 'bad' or 'good'. He is the product of a series of actions."
Well, I'm not one to sit on the fence so here's my two cents worth -- on balance, Hitler, in my opinion, falls into the 'bad' category. There, I've said it.
He then blames this apparent misunderstanding of Hitler on -- yup, you've guessed it -- the Jews, saying: "The Jews run the media and America does Israel's bidding."
And you know what? He's right. Indeed you only have to look at the media to see how there is never any criticism of Israel in the papers or on telly, not one word.
Damn their sneaky hides.
Well, it kinda makes sense
A new survey has just been released which says that it is actually better for couples to go on separate holidays.
This is because of the tension involved in modern air travel, with hideous airports, Stasi-like security officials and then, upon arriving at your scheduled destination, the two of you will just start squabbling and have no fun at all.
And how do I know about this study?
Well, I saw it pinned on the fridge door.
And on the coffee table.
And on my book case, the night stand beside the bed and have had it emailed anonymously 17 times already today ...
He hasn't gone away, you know
It's been a strange week for all matters Irish.
First up, we had a group of Irish-Americans saying that because us Southern Softies (who actually live in this country and do things like, you know, pay taxes here) aren't doing enough to further the cause of a United Ireland they're going to have to do it for us.
It was a classic case of Yankee imperialism -- a bunch of Americans with an Irish grandparent and whose political analysis comes from listening to Black 47 in the Bronx telling those of us who actually are Irish what we're doing wrong.
Listen, silly Americans, we don't want a United Ireland -- Northerners are mad. All of them.
And then, bizarrely, Michael McDowell suggests that here in the Republic we embrace Prod knees-up The 12th of July as a public holiday.
He says that will show our Northern brethren that there's no hard feelings over that whole spat on the Boyne all those years back, and that we actually have more to unite us than divide us, shows maturity blah blah blah.
So, all together now, after me ... a one, a two, a one-two-three-four: "We are the Billy boys. We're up to our necks in Fenian blood" etc.
Yup, I can certainly see that one catching on here in the South.
Maybe we should start commemorating Kristallnacht as well while we're at it?
One of the most genial figures ever to grace a TV screen, the legendary Bob Newhart ruled the small screens for several years with Newhart, the eponymous sitcom that saw Bob and his family run a motel in Vermont, surrounded by a cast of quirky characters.
Almost solely carried by Newhart's gentle charisma, it's a great representation of one of the finest comedians America has ever produced.
Sample quote: "I'm Larry. This is my brother Darryl. This is my other brother Darryl."
Of all the myriad books about the Clinton years, none compares to Peter Baker's forensically brilliant The Breach: The Impeachment Of Bill Clinton, an insider's guide to the chaos surrounding the impeachment of the disgraced president.
Gripping stuff, it reads more like a thriller than a political account.