Yesterday I posted the latest entry in my Fatcats Club series, this one taking off from the dismissal of Lieutenant Daniel Choi from the Army National Guard for violating the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military. Chris Rovzar has a piece about President Obama’s unsatisfactory performance on gay rights issues so far up at New York Magazine’s website. It’s called “Why Obama is Punting on Gay Issues,” and fella, you oughta read it. Rovzar sees Obama’s inaction on things like repealing the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and legalizing same-sex marriage more or less like I do, as the president playing political defense. Understandable from Barack’s point of view, I guess, but a shame for everyone else.
In the New York Times magazine today, there’s also this interesting write-up by Lynn Hirschberg about Conan O’Brien closing up shop on Late Night in New York and moving to Los Angeles to take over The Tonight Show. Hirschberg not only offers an interesting sort of peak behind the curtain, but also somehow manages to make one comedian taking over a late-night television show from another comedian seem absolutely epic, when in fact it could hardly be less consequential. My favorite part: Jay Leno quoted as saying he doesn’t plan to have a desk on his new primetime show, followed immediately by an anonymous Leno staffer declaring, “I guarantee he’s got the desk.”
Finally, there’s this funny little article by Jonathon Gatehouse from Macleans in Canada. It’s titled “Our National Blood Sport,” and it’s about hockey — I’m with him so far. It’s this subtitle that trips me up, though — “Hockey’s vaunted moral code is in a shambles.” Pardon? Hockey has a moral code? No shit. Gatehouse cites examples from the postseason of how fighting in the NHL is as worse at it’s ever been and a disgrace (what must MacGyver be thinking?), then treats us to a list of the top ten cheap shots from the 2009 playoffs. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, I guess. Fun fact: reading about hockey is a lot more fun than watching it.