- MUSIC BOX: Freedom of sound
- KEEPIN IT CLASSICAL: Sounds of rapture
- GUEST OPINION: Let the animals roam
- THE FOODIE FILES: Kitchen scrap mojo
- CREATIVE PEAKS: Inanimate actors
- Craft beer cowboys
- COSMIC CAFE: Outlook = prosperity
- THE BUZZ: Dem there were three
- START Bus director hired
- Death at Van Vleck believed to be suicide
THEM ON US for May 28, 2014
Gleaning from Google
Ryan Nickum writing for Estately Blog picked through Google Trends to mine some interesting data. What can we learn about each of the 50 states from the most commonly searched questions on Google?
Wyomingites typed “Ann Coulter” into their search engines more than any other topic. Maybe not surprising considering the state’s proclivity for conservatism but Coulter’s star is hardly shining brightly of late. In addition, the conservative commentator has few ties with the state of Wyoming. A speech at UW in 2011 was heckled by liberal-leaning college kids.
Upon learning of the Estately Blog piece Coulter Tweeted: “What a fine state Wyoming is!”
After Coulter, Wyoming Googlers searched most for “The Constitution,” “Crank,” “Rush Limbaugh,” “Sheep,” and “Socialism.” We had to wonder whether crank and Rush Limbaugh weren’t included in the same search.
Nickum’s analysis on the Cowboy State read, “Not a fun state to be a liberal alpaca farmer.”
Meanwhile, our neighbors to the west seem to be living in Bizarro World. “Bigfoot” and “unicorns” topped Idaho’s list.
Grand teen dream
What did you do last weekend? Teenage hotshot Sasha Johnstone just carved the Grand.
The 15-year-old made tracks down the 13,770-foot pinnacle, becoming the youngest ever to pull off the feat first accomplished by Bill Briggs in 1971. Dad Hans, mom Nancy, Grand legend Greg Collins and Davis Gonzales were in tow for the historic occasion.
Burger for the Birds
May is National Hamburger Month. Business Insider celebrated by running a story that tracked down the best burger joint in every state. Congrats to The Bird, who took top honors in Wyoming.
“The Bird is a laid back bar and restaurant in Jackson that grinds all its meat in-house,” wrote BI. “Its burgers come on English muffins, and guests are strongly encouraged to order medium rare to get the full flavor. You can have fun ordering the ‘dirty @*&%’ which comes with bacon, a fried egg, American cheese, and pickled beets.”
The Bird’s burgerliciousness comes as no surprise to Planet readers. The Bird mined Gold in our Best Of reader’s poll for 2013 and 2014.
Maybe it’s the buns. Kara Hanson’s Dishing called the gluten-free “Jack Burger” the best burger bun she’s ever had in a November 2012 review of the restaurant south of town.
Is chemtrail alarmist Max Mogren making a bid to become the News&Guide’s new editor? The blogger, who rails on the conspiracy theory that some commercial airliners are deliberately “spraying” chemicals in their jet wash, posted the following recently on tukadika.com: “The Jackson Hole News and Guide [sic] is currently seeking a new Editor. Perhaps our current Editor has grown tired of being forced to intentionally mislead our community on the most important issue of our time: human-caused climate change.”
Mogren followed that up with, “The mainstream media globally (and here locally in Jackson Hole, Wyoming) are willfully ignorant accomplices to the greatest crime against humanity and nature in the history of modern civilization. For this they deserve at least a mild nudging out of their self-induced stupor once in a while. Won’t you join me in jostling them? Do you want real journalism? My recent work speaks for itself.”
Mogren contends a concerted effort is being made to manipulate the climate via chemtrails, cloud seeding and other methods.
While bashing the NaG, Mogren pointed out Planet features “Snow Business” and “Climate Cowboys” as examples of local media just not getting it. Mogren said, “JH Weekly is generally perceived as the more conservative, mainstream newspaper here in Jackson Hole despite the fact that it’s all entertainment and arts and nonsense for the most part.”
Mogren added that he was pleased to see our paper back on the “normal grind” of covering non-news with last week’s cover story on women playing lacrosse.
The May 21 post ran under the headline: “JH News and Guide lies about climate change.”
Boise basketball comes to local radio
As part of its continuation to provide local programming, Rich Broadcasting is poised to offer Boise State basketball on its Classic Rock station, KZ95.
According to Learfield Sports’ website, Bronco b-ball play-by-play will be aired on both KZ95 (95.3 FM) and the low wattage repeater 96.3 FM, which carries ESPN programming. No word on whether the station will also carry football from a team that is based in Idaho, closer to California than Jackson is to Laramie.