Versatile, aren't I?.. Who else can blog about a serious issue like union-busting one day and Justin Bieber the next?
... But Justin Bieber, the current 16-year-old heartthrob for teenage and pre-teen girls, just recently came into my awareness, and now he seems to be everywhere I turn -- movies, TV, the Grammys, concerts, fanatical fans, the news....
... He's from Canada, and I have to say I kind of liked his response in a recent Rolling Stone interview when he was asked if he'd like to become an American citizen: "You guys are evil," he replied laughing, "Canada's the best country in the world. We go to the doctor and we don't need to worry about paying him, but here, your whole life, you're broke because of medical bills. My bodyguard's baby was premature, and now he has to pay for it. In Canada, if your baby's premature, he stays in the hospital as long as he needs to, and then you go home."
Anyway, I found that kind of amusing and also more astute than I would expect. Over time, we'll see what the "Beliebers" and the media attention do to this squeaky-clean-image kid. Keep in mind, Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears once had squeaky-clean images too.
Tomorrow's blog: I rank the Oscar nominees.