This Week in the News

It seems as if my vacation has lasted a little longer than expected!  Well, what better day to get on track than Friday so I can update you guys on what’s been happening this week! 

I must first mention that today is the 1 year anniversary of the death of the King of Pop.  I prefer celebrating people on their birthdays rather than on the day of their death (see my post regarding Tupac), but as all radio stations are playing MJ all day, I must make mention of him as well.  Despite what you may think about him as a person, Michael Jackson was one of the greatest entertainers of our lifetime.   He had an uncanny ability to bring  joy and life to all of his fans and was able to make people fall in love with him like no other.   It’s so sad when I think of how his life has been cut short; he had so much more to give.   In any event, I hope you take a moment to recognize Michael today.  One of favorite songs by him, “Off the Wall”, is playing right now!   I urge you to not be sad today, but be glad-be glad about Michael’s life, the music he brought to us, and the memories that will live on!

Now the only way you could have missed this is if you are living under a rock-the ousting of General Stanley McChrytal.  Gen. McChrystal provided the President of the United States with his letter of resignation after an interview he had with Rolling Stone and made disparaging comments regarding civilian leaders regarding the current War on Terror, amongst other uncomplimentary comments.  So, President Obama, being the man that he is, requested the general’s presence in DC, and less than 48 hours later, the world heard of General McChrystal’s resignation, much to the delight of both Republicans, who didn’t think the President would do anything, and Democrats.   As General McChrystal is heading out the door, in comes General David Petraeus to take over our armed forces in the Middle East.  I don’t think General Petraeus will have a problem getting confirmed next week as both parties support him in this new position.

Welp, my girl has done it again.  Kim Kardashian has snagged another football player. (Yes, I realize YOU may not think this is news, but as a reality tv junkie and a fan of “Keeping up with the Kardashians” this is noteworthy to me.)  While they are not officially a couple, Kim has been on a few dates with Dallas Cowboys Miles Austin.  The pair met in LA a few months back and have been going strong ever since.  For Kim’s sake, I hope this works out for her. (Reggie, call me! 😉 )

The DMV International Film Festival begins today in DC.  As someone who LOVES a good movie, I’m pretty excited about this event.  I signed up to attend a few of the outings, so if you see me, say “Hi!”  There are film viewings, workshops, and parties going on this week, so make sure you check out a few.  This is sure to be an event that you don’t want to miss! 

I realize that there are TONS of things I missed!   Why don’t you share with everyone?!  And what are your thoughts on the topics I discussed-will you attend the film festival (if you’re in DC)-what are some of your favorite MJ songs/memories?   Until next time, I’m just a Southern Girl…in the city.

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