Wherein those from The Weather Channel channel the weather -- "Jennifer actually played a tornado in her elementary school's production of The Wizard of Oz and she's still traumatized by that." By Catherine Seipp, PJM Media Editor
By Catherine Seipp I was happy to learn that Blue Cross, California's largest private health insurer, has to pay a $200,000 fine for improperly voiding sick subscribers' policies - in many cases years after the subscribers had applied for coverage. But my pleasure in this was mitigated by the knowledge that to Blue Cross and its parent company WellPoint, $200,000 is basically just chump change. Since I was diagnosed with advanced lung cancer four-and-a-half years ago, for instance, I'd guess I've already received around $200,000 in benefits. And I'm sure by now they've gone through my old underwriting files more than once with a fine-toothed comb - hoping to keep their $2.5 billion in annual profits from sinking to, oh, say $2.49999 billion per year.¬†¬†¬†
By Catherine Seipp The Michael Richards n-word incident continues to take its toll, especially in media circles. I just noticed, for instance, that former Los Angeles Timesman Bob Baker's attempt at "satirizing" Richards' recent comedy club implosion used the n-word 23 times and therefore got him in trouble with a "reporter/friend," (presumably nonwhite, otherwise I suspect Baker would have tried to come up with some sort of argument.) But the sometime L.A. Times writing coach quickly backed off from his Lenny Bruce-inspired parody regretfully and fully.