Grifters never change (cont’d)

First came the kickbacks.

Now, the patronage.

Gov. Nathan Deal’s choice to be the state’s mental health ombudsmanĀ is dating the governor’s chief spokesman and was chosen without following procedures outlined in state law, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.

Deal named Corinna Magelund to the position earlier this month at a salary $25,000 above what her predecessor made, while also giving Magelund more responsibility. Magelund, who previously served as then-Gov. Sonny Perdue’s scheduler, does not have direct hands-on experience in mental health. Deal’s office said she was not hired because of her relationship with Brian Robinson, Deal’s deputy chief of staff for communications, but for her experience in state government.

You were warned.

Shirley Franklin hates the media (cont’d)

According to a colleague, Atlanta’s former mayor was on the radio this morning blaming the media for the resignation of the city’s scandal-plagued schools superintendent, Beverly Hall.

Franklin and Hall have a lot in common. Their tenures as mayor and superintendent, respectively, started strong but ended poorly.

It’s the media’s fault.

Kucinich the shameless stooge

There’s no rationalizing the Ohio congressman’s spirited defense of dictator Bashar al-Assad who, according to Kucinich, is “highly loved and appreciated by the Syrians.”

Nearly 1,000 Syrians killed by al-Assad’s thugs in a little more than two months of opposition protests beg to differ.

Sarah Palin: Celebrities want to kill my children

Surprise: The drama queen plays the victim card while strolling the red carpet at the Iowa premiere of the *Palin propaganda opus.

“What would make a celebrity, like you saw on screen, so hate someone that they’d seek their destruction, their death, the death of their children?”

So David Letterman wants to murder Bristol, eh Sarah?

*By the way, the title of the Palin pic, “The Undefeated,” is quite misleading. Besides her failed 2008 run for the Blair House, she finished third in her bid to be Miss Alaska and lost in her quest for the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor in 2002. She’s been defeated as many times as not.

Achingly stupid media rehabilitation du jour

From Grantland staff writer Chris Ryan:

Bay steals Hitchcock’s look

We’ve got plenty of auteurs working today. We’ve got Johnnie To’s and Tarantino’s and Cholodenko’s and Refn’s. But when you walk into a dark theater on a hot summer day with a soda big enough to power a used Prius and your hands are already sticky from popcorn “butter” and you sit down, you might have paid at the Regal or Landmark or AMC box office, but when that title card flashes, “A Michael Bay Film” you are in his house now. And whether or not you agree with his sociopolitical point of view, his treatment of robots or his treatment of Megan Fox, you must admit that, for a couple of hours, it’s a pretty awesome place to be.

Yeah, that’s the problem with today’s movies: Too many auteurs, not enough Michael Bays.