President Obama Speaks On The Economy In The White House Briefing RoomHail to the Chief: President Obama stopped by yesterday. You likely knew that if you were traveling from anywhere to anywhere around 5 p.m. USA Today says he was a little late on account of some nuclear whatever with Iran.

I’m normally late because I get involved talking with people or distracted by something shiny. World peace seems like it’d engender more understanding from those in wait.

The Seattle Times says he mostly wanted to talk about tax cuts and job creation, while championing Kentucky’s Tech Hire program.

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Fantastic Four: And we are down to four. Your University of Louisville battling basketball Cardinals gave up the fight last weekend against the Spartans of Michigan State, losing by a mere six points, 76-70.

But, your University of Kentucky winning Wildcats are in the Final Four again! They’ll square off against the Badgers of Wisconsin tomorrow, April 4, at 8:49 p.m.; preview at ESPN and USA Today. Sports Illustrated gives you the keys to victory for both teams.

This is also about the time when people start betting against the favorite. Sports Illustrated (again) says what Wisconsin, Duke and Michigan need to do to beat the favored Wildcats.

There’s one Louisville man that’s banking on them going all the way — David Son is selling “40-0” shirts on his website, 40and0.com. He’s been sent a cease-and-desist, says ESPN, but his lawyer says he has the rights.

Bleacher Report offers up Kentucky’s top 5 highlights of the tournament so far, including the monster squash of West Virginia and Willie Cauley-Stein’s annihilation of Cincinnati’s Quadri Moore.

Speaking of Cauley-Stein, The Washington Post covers the press who covered him and how much they admire him.

“I’ll miss covering him tremendously, and this is the rare instance when I think I can speak for everybody on the beat,” said Brett Dawson of rivals.com. “I’ve never covered anyone quite like him anywhere, and I doubt anyone’s ever covered anyone like him at Kentucky,” after which Dawson referred to Cauley-Stein as “a true individual,” “genuinely funny,” “thoughtful” with “no place” for cliches, a player who “rarely, if ever, fails to consider a question carefully before he answers it.”

TIME puts your Kentucky team alongside the biggest record-setters in sports (subscription) and the New York Post chronicles Kentucky’s journey from a white’s-only program in the ’60s to an integrated diverse program that’s more successful than ever.

Education Integration: Alana Semuels of The Atlantic profiles desegregation in Jefferson County Public Schools, past and present. It’s remarkably balanced, as it champions the district for its strides in diversity and, as a result, how it’s positively affected everything from student performance to integrated housing. Louisville is directly contrasted with Detroit, who faced school integration back in the ’70s — the same time Louisville began busing — with a very different approach and far less success.
But Semuels also explores the difficulty and frustration inherent within the old busing system and the new cluster system, though seems to conclude the plusses outweigh the minuses.

From the article:

The integration plan in Jefferson County and Louisville might not be perfect, but the very fact that the region is still trying to work together and provide equal opportunity to all of its students makes it stand out, said Gary Orfield, of the Civil Rights Project. When most other regions have given up, or fought integration plans with every resource, Louisville has continued to strive for diversity. In 2012, for example, half of the 14 candidates running for Jefferson County School Board ran on a platform of replacing the school-assignment policy with one that would have let students attend their neighborhood schools. All seven candidates were defeated at the polls.

“School integration was never meant to be the only solution, but it is an essential and necessary element, they’ve at least kept that going, in spite of all kinds of problems over the years,” Orfield said. “They believe it works, not perfectly but a lot better than the alternatives.”

The comments section for the article went crazy, as hot button, political/racial things do and one of the people quoted in the article, Jessica Goldstein of Louisville, came under fire for “forcing diversity” on her son by sending him to Brandeis Elementary.

That commenter, sudo777, is probably not from around these parts, because if he were, he’d know that Brandeis is in the top 10 of all elementary schools in the state and the top elementary school in Jefferson County, according to a 2012-2013 accountability report. It’s also recognized as a School of Distinction by the state in 2013-2014.

I did a show as part of an educational tour, and in it, one of the actors is supposed to be a bit of a malcontent. It’s strategic — it’s designed to allow students to experience the journey of that actor, learning the significance of American history at the same time she does.

So we’re doing this show at Brandeis. And we’re maybe two minutes in, and she stands up and says, “Why do I care about any of this? I’d rather …” and before she can finish, one of the kids says, “What is the matter with you? You should care. I am a child and I know better than you.” They were already way ahead of our actor. And these fourth graders recited the Declaration of Independence as though we were Taylor Swift asking them to sing along to “Shake It Off,” and they knew Thomas Payne and “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” and applauded the passage of Constitutional Amendments and on and on.

Don’t hate on Brandeis, sudo777. That school is amazing, as are the kids inside.

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So Let Me Get This Straight: I don’t know, maybe he just thought Indiana was getting too much attention lately, but Gov. Steve Beshear’s argument against marriage equality raised an eyebrow or two, says Los Angeles Times, ABC News and The Huffington Post.

In a brief filed with the Supreme Court last week, the governor argues Kentucky’s marriage ban is not discriminatory because … well, I’ll let him tell you:

“Men and women, whether heterosexual or homosexual, are free to marry persons of the opposite sex under Kentucky law, and men and women, whether heterosexual or homosexual, cannot marry persons of the same sex under Kentucky law …

“The fact that, under Kentucky law, only men can marry women and vice versa demonstrates that the Commonwealth’s marriage laws are sex neutral and not discriminatory.”

And there’s something or other in there about procreation and furthering mankind, because apparently, if gay people can get married, straight people will cease all sexual relations. I guess. I’m not sure how it all works.

Experts note that this is kind of the same argument as Virginia’s when it argued against interracial marriage back in 1967. It said its law was fair because white people couldn’t marry black people any more than black people could marry white people.

The Daily Caller calls out The Huffington Post for incorrectly labeling Beshear a Republican.

The Times piece explores what they see as an interesting paradox: Beshear is a champion for equal opportunity for health care through the ACA, but does not extend that philosophy to civil liberties.

From the article:

It would be a mistake to regard the disconnect between Beshear’s support for the ACA and his opposition to same-sex marriage necessarily as a moral failing, disappointing as it may be to some. It could be evidence alternatively of political opportunism, certainly not an uncommon trait among, well, politicians.

It does underscore that governing is a balancing act involving the demands of ideology and special interests and those of administrative expedience.

Yes, politics makes strange bedfellows. Sometimes they share the same bed within a single politician’s mind.

As long as they’re, you know, heterosexual.

Fool Me Once: Wednesday was April Fool’s Day, amateur hour for pranksters the same way New Year’s is for partygoers. Which is why the professionals at Funny or Die stepped up with a cavalcade of celebrity support, says Vanity Fair, Today, Entertainment Tonight and The Huffington Post.

The site introduced Dips, 1.5-second looping video recordings, touted as the next stage in social media and the Internet. In a slightly longer video, Adam McKay, Richard Linklater and Mark Cuban introduce the $80 million venture. And then they got just about everyone they could find to do one — Jon Hamm, Puff Daddy, Conan O’Brien, Tom Hardy, Ellie Kemper, your girl Jennifer Lawrence and on and on — all doing whatever ridiculous thing one can squeeze into 1.5 seconds. Kat Dennings gets smacked in the face by her cat, Molly Sims says she’s pregnant, and Mike Tyson says he’s a banker.

Jennifer Lawrence talked into a banana:

Lawrence Banana

But then had second thoughts, because her publicist says she’s asked for it to be removed. Curious what the story behind that might be.

The Deadpool movie is on the way. For a certain esoteric segment of the population, that is very exciting news. If that name doesn’t sound familiar to you, it’s another superhero movie, only this particular character sways very meta-deconstructionist, so it could make everyone rethink the genre for a minute. Or it will make a lot of money and we’ll get a dozen superhero movies attempting to plant their tongue firmly in the same cheek.

Either way, here’s a video of him laying out Mario Lopez we can all enjoy:

See you next week.