Daily Digest: Hmong song, Tea Party & big biz, Khamis Qaddafi’s ironic internship

by Katherine Lymn

Twin Cities pop music station KDWB is apologizing after playing a parody of “Tears in Heaven” that disrespects Hmongs. The song makes fun of big families crowded into houses, young girls getting pregnant and so on. “Hmongs get pregnant early/First baby at 16/seven kids by 23/over at the hill by 30” sidekick “Steve-O” LaTart on Dave Ryan’s morning show sang last week. The station offered a reluctant apology … on its Facebook: “While we’ve received positive feedback from many Hmong listeners who let us know that they found the song in question very humorous, we apologize to anyone we may have inadvertently offended, as this was never our intent.” PiPress has the audio.

The New York Times has an look at the Institute for Liberty Tea Party group’s relationship with big business — strange bedfellows since generally Tea Party supporters are as wary of big biz as they are as big government. “In a quietly arranged marriage of seemingly disparate interests, the institute and kindred groups are increasingly the bearers of corporate messages wrapped in populist Tea Party themes,” the NYT writes. Since the Institute for Liberty is a nonprofit, it doesn’t have to reveal who pays its bills. President and founder Andrew Langer’s latest crusade is allowing an Indonesian paper company to sell to America without paying tariffs. “Tariff-free Asian paper may seem an unlikely cause for a nonprofit Tea Party group. But it is in keeping with a succession of pro-business campaigns — promoting commercial space flight, palm oil imports and genetically modified alfalfa — that have occupied the Institute for Liberty’s recent agenda.”

Moammar Qaddafi’s son, 27-year-old Khamis, had an internship in the U.S. as recently as January, CNN reports. It was a month-long leadership program, and famous wellness guru Dr. Deepak Chopra was one of his teachers for a three-day summit at Northwestern University. Asked his hobbies, the “polite and unassuming” student replied: “adventure and horses.” Part of the course was an analysis of the uprising in Egypt. Khamis was “taking notes extensively,” Chokra said.”I believe he is killing people. I mean, it’s bizarre. The whole thing is bizarre. After attending a course on consciousness, he goes and leads troops.”