First Lady Michelle Obama has chosen a Walmart in Springfield, Missouri to promote her "Let's Move" anti-obesity campaign. To what do we owe this honor? It may not hurt that Missouri is on track to have incredibly high rates of obesity in the coming years, at least according to some studies. And ... More >>
Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis City. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. ... More >>
It is that time of year again. That special time after Mardi Gras, in the middle of Black History Month, when we drop our Valentine's Day chocolates and honor the past and present Presidents of the United States of America (for the shortest month of the year, February seems to really be collecting h ... More >>
Washington has been focusing more and more on food and eating healthy lately, thanks to Mama Obama's presence in the white house. Michelle planted a garden on the White House grounds, which regularly provides produce to the prez and his family. She's working to make school lunches healthier, but she ... More >>
Every comic worth his weight in salt (why is that a saying?) has some good and bad stories they picked up on "the road." If you plan on having any sort of career in comedy it is something you have to go through. I have my stories. The night Steven Wright walked into the club I was in to do a set. Th ... More >>
Missouri has joined a growing list of states petitioning the federal government for secession in the wake of President Obama's reelection. Residents in at least 20 states have posted petitions on the White House's "We the People" website. "We the People" allows anyone to suggest a policy initiativ ... More >>
It's Presidents Day, and Gut Check is stuck behind the desk here at the International Headquarters, shaking our fists at all the lucky sons of bitches who have the day off. Just kidding. We're stuck behind the desk at International Headquarters, drinking ourselves blind. Which is how we got to thin ... More >>
Charlotte Mayor Anthony FoxxEarlier this week Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill fretted that St. Louis may not win the bid for the 2012 Democratic National Convention because she's heard nothing in recent weeks about the event from the White House. Apparently, though, McCaskill isn't the only one ... More >>
The Christmas season always brings news of impressive, even beautiful gingerbread houses. But for every gingerbread White House or Chartes Cathedral, there are dozens of creations where ambition outstrips skill and knowledge of architecture. Here are ten of our favorites.Image viaOr maybe this wa ... More >>
Kase WickmanBensalem, Pennsylvania workers and union supporters outside Express Scripts, Inc. headquarters August 30.Approximately 30 pissed-off Express Scripts, Inc. workers from Bensalem, Penn. are headed to our nation's capital to voice their complaints about their treatment at the hands of th ... More >>
After 67 years as a UPI White House correspondent and then columnist, Helen Thomas at last wore out her welcome.Fame and notoriety has its perils. Often, when it lasts too long, one grows lazy, sloppy -- at the least, complacent. Then, judgment wanes. Foolishness is exposed. ... More >>
For years Anheuser-Busch has used the slogan, "Making Friends is Our Business." But could a recent (and much publicized) feud prove too powerful for even the "King of Beers" to mend? That's the topic under intense debate in the nation's capital, where President Barack Obama this week plans to inv ... More >>
St. Louis-based Veterans for Peace is circulating a letter it plans to to send President Barack Obama demanding that the White House release photos of abusive treatment of detainees at the hands of U.S. troops. Obama had supported the release of the pictures to the public, but changed his mind in Ma ... More >>
Who knew it would be such a political week here at Gut Check International Headquarters? We called out some Post-Dispatch commenters for their ridiculous (and sometimes racist) takes on Pi traveling to the White House, and then we chatted with Pi's Chris Sommers about the trip and the fallout.Speaki ... More >>
User "Wadester16," Wikimedia CommonsChris Sommers, owner of the Delmar Loop pizza restaurant Pi (6144 Delmar Boulevard; Web site), will appear on Fox & Friends tomorrow morning to set the record straight on his visit to the White House to cook pizza for President Barack Obama. The interview shou ... More >>
photo by Kit KellisonLewis Greenberg and a small sampling of his art.At 1 p.m. yesterday, Lewis Greenberg, his lawyers, his lucky hat, a small group of supporters and a slightly larger contingent of belligerent neighbors gathered in a Clayton courtroom to determine once and for all whether Greenberg ... More >>
Ian FroebThen-Senator Barack Obama, shortly after falling in love with Pi.As George Mahe first reported on Feast last week, President Barack Obama has invited Delmar Loop pizza restaurant Pi (6144 Delmar Boulevard; Web site) to cook for him at the White House. Sommers dropped me a line today to repo ... More >>
This was the week that Gut Check jointed Twitter. What more do you need to know?OK, so that's not all. Maplewood Farmers' Market opened, Pi is headed to the White House -- ! -- and the fried-chicken special at OB Clark's ain't half bad.Java Enabled showed that local coffee houses are handling the re ... More >>
I found myself driving past convenience stores ... that weren't on the way home. I tried to stand up and fly straight, but it wasn't easy with that sumbitch Reagan in the White House. I dunno. They say he's a decent man, so maybe his advisors are confused.
smithelectricvehicles.comNationally the news ain't good for the beleaguered U.S. auto industry. Just yesterday, in fact, the White House forced the resignation of General Motors' chairman Rick Wagoner and told Chrysler to seek a partnership with Italian car maker Fiat if it wanted any more governmen ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsAs history has shown, Richard Milhous Nixon was an extremely paranoid man. The 37th president installed a secret taping system in the Oval Office that allowed him to record conversations and phone calls and then use those tapes to strong-arm anyone -- friend or foe -- who dared to g ... More >>
Wikimedia Commons In honor of Presidents' Day, Gut Check celebrates great moments in presidential food history.How will history remember George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the United States? If you say badly, then there's a good chance you're a broccoli fan. In one of the oddest controversies to e ... More >>
In today's news: the dispute over the White House chef, a new study on willpower and food and recreating restaurant dishes at home
In today's news: don't eat peanut butter snacks, look back at White House chefs and consider raccoon.
I can only hope that, next year, there is a picture of President Obama and the pardoned White House turkey that is this awesome. On the eve of Gut Check's favorite holiday, I wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving. Safe travels to those headed out of town. Gut Check will return Monday to kick ... More >>
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