Obama is most definitely NOT a Muslim; there's not one shred of evidence that he hates cowgirls or cowboys (unless they're from Dallas - he's a Bears fan), fishing or farming (the first lady is actually a huge proponent of neighborhood farming). Although Obama now supports gay marriage, there's no evidence he "loves" gays any less or more than he loves anyone else, and while it's certainly clear that Ol' Bocephus hates Obama, his "we," according to the Dallas Morning News, didn't even extend to the entire crowd at the Stockyards Music Festival.
* Hank Jr. is really going to have his lasso in a knot when he learns that DC Comics' Geoff Johns, a Lebanese-American and writer of the relaunched "Green Lantern" series, will have DC's most prominent Arab-American superhero, Simon Baz, wear a Green Lantern ring. Both Baz and Johns share Lebanese ancestry and hail from the Detroit area, which boasts one of the largest and oldest Arab communities in the United States.
"I thought a lot about it. I thought back to what was familiar to me," Johns told the Associated Press by phone last week from Los Angeles, where he now lives. "This is such a personal story."
The Green Lantern mantle in DC Comics is no stranger to diversity with its ranks made up of men, women, aliens - animal, vegetable and mineral - from across the universe.
Earlier this year an alternate-universe Green Lantern was reintroduced as openly gay.
And although Johns is a Lebanese Christian, he made Baz a Muslim superhero.
Are you ready for some football?
Baz joins Marvel's Dust, a young Afghan woman whose mutant ability to manipulate sand and dust has been part of the popular X-Men books and DC's Nightrunner, a young Muslim hero of Algerian descent raised in Paris. He is part of the global network of crime fighters set up by Batman alter-ego Bruce Wayne. DC also teamed the Justice League of America with "The 99," in a six-issue crossover in 2010.
"The 99" was created by Naif Al-Mutawa and is named after the number of qualities the Quran attributes to God: strength, courage, wisdom and mercy among them.
* George Michael is paying tribute to the Austrian doctors and nurses who helped him fight life-threatening pneumonia as he prepares to resume a concert tour cut short by his illness last year.
The former Wham front man tweeted Tuesday, "Hey everyone, it's that time again! And I get to open the tour singing to the men and women who saved my life."
Austrian media say 300 medical personnel from the hospital where Michael was treated were scheduled to attend Tuesday's concert.
* Dick Clark Productions, which
produces TV programs including "New Year's Rockin' Eve" and the Golden Globe Awards, is being sold by private-equity firm RedZone Capital Management to a group including investment firm Guggenheim Partners.
RedZone is owned by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder.
Along with Guggenheim, other buyers include Mandalay Entertainment, whose CEO, Peter Guber, is a film producer and also co-owner of the Golden State Warriors, and Mosaic Media Investment Partners. Mosaic was part of a consortium that took Dick Clark Productions private in 2002.
Mandalay and Guggenheim Partners were part of the investor group that paid $2 billion for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
* France's Elysee Palace has said
former Beatle Paul McCartney has been nominated for the Legion of Honor for services to music.
On Tuesday, a presidential spokesman said that McCartney will be decorated at the rank of officer by French President Francois Hollande in a ceremony Saturday in Paris.
* "The Biggest Loser" will return
in January with the weight-loss show's first young-teen participants.
And Jillian Michaels.
The show's 14th season will take on a new "mission" against the national increase in childhood obesity, NBC said Tuesday. Youths from 13 to 17 will join teams trying to shed pounds and get fit.
Unlike adults vying for the big cash prize, the teens won't be subject to elimination from the show and will not be weighed for the broadcast, NBC said.
Good. Too many teens already feel like big losers.
The goal is to focus on the kids' health rather than their weight, Jillian said, adding, "It's about getting them on the softball team, not into a size 4."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past three decades, with about 17 percent of children and adolescents ages 2 to 19 considered obese based on height and weight measurements.
* MTV has moved up the start of
Thursday's annual Video Music Awards - by far the network's biggest show of the year - so it doesn't interfere with President Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention.
And millions of teenagers raised on "Jersey Shore" and "16 and Pregnant" asked: "Who's the black guy in the suit?"
- Daily News wire services
contributed to this report.