THE HANGING SHAD’S ‘APROPOS OF NOTHING’

Last Friday saw the debut of the new feature “The Hanging Shad’s Apropos of Nothing.” Fashioned after Boston Globe sports writer Nick Cafardo’s Sunday Globe baseball segment, it’s a collection of random thoughts and observations designed to be fun to write and fun to read. Turns out, “you like it! You really like it!” Readers have been contributing items and reaction has been positive.

So here we go again:

1. Former Arkansas Gov. and Fox News host Mike Huckabee has lost his mind. First he claimed President Obama was born in Kenya and then “walked it back” by saying the president was influenced not by boys’ clubs and baseball but rather madrassahs (there is no evidence Obama has even set foot in a madrassah). Then he pulls a Dan Quayle-Murphy Brown by criticizing Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman for having a baby out of wedlock. She’s marrying the baby’s father. Yeah, that’ll get you elected, Mike.
2. US Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has lost her map (or her history lesson). Appearing in New Hampshire recently, the Tea Party darling told the crowd they should be proud because theirs’ was the state where “the shot heard ‘round the world” happened at Lexington and Concord. She then sort of dismissed her mistake. Note to Bachmann: It’s kind of a big deal for people who live in the great state of Massachusetts.

3. What does it say about our pop culture when Snookie from MTV’s “Jersey Shore” is on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine? The chubby little girl with the casual moral attitude is shown riding a rocket. Way to veil the innuendo, guys.
4. Whose idea was it to hire former Patriot football great John Hannah to be in a Connecticut Lottery TV commercial? No one under 40 who is not a Patriots fan even knows who he is. How much did we pay the guy (who by the way, could use something green and leafy in his diet)? And while we’re on the topic, that “Back in Black” radio ad for the CT lottery is God-awful. The screeching singer’s voice goes right through my brain.
5. Speaker of the House John Boehner is headlining this year’s Prescott Bush Dinner—the showcase fund raiser for Connecticut Republicans. Let’s hope the caviar is ok or else he might cry.
6. Waterbury Mayor Mike Jarjura—he of the nasty, losing, attack campaign against now-Comptroller Kevin Lembo—got a nice 90-minute visit from the FBI recently. It’s kind of a rite of passage for Waterbury mayors—or governors from Waterbury for that matter.
7. How is it that Dan Ackroyd is now doing radio commercials for a group of package stores in Massachusetts? Either the owners of the packies know Ackroyd and asked for a favor or the former Saturday Night Live star saved no money from “Blues Brothers,” “Trading Places,” et al.