VIDEO: Bill Maher Gives Obama Impersonator a Do-Over

Remember the Obama impersonator who recently had Republicans gathered in New Orleans rolling in the aisles over racial jokes about President Obama, but then was pulled from the stage when he started in on GOP presidential candidates such as Rep. Michele Bachmann?

Well, he was given the chance to finish his comedy routine last Friday on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher, making it clear that he wasn’t just there to make a laughingstock of our president. What do you think: Did he redeem himself or was poking fun at the president’s racial background on Republicans’ dime inexcusable?

NBA set to release league-sanctioned champagne

The NBA is close to heading into a lockout that would stem much of the momentum from a recent banner season.

Even with all that uncertainty approaching, the league apparently is moving forward with its plans to release a league-sponsored champagne. It is believed to be the first time that a league logo has ever been featured on an alcoholic beverage.

Robin Leach of the Las Vegas Sun — yes, that Robin Leach — reports that the new NBA-sanctioned Les Jeux (The Game) French champagne was distributed at Shaquille O’Neal’s retirement party over the weekend in Las Vegas. O’Neal received a magnum of the new product.

These bottles will have the NBA insignia logo on its label. The owners of the wine company told Leach they plan to launch the win in Las Vegas with several NBA star player appearances.

Considering the backswell of public sentiment that I’m expecting once the lockout hits, I wouldn’t bet we’ll be seeing this product in our neighborhood Don and Ben’s anytime soon here in San Antonio.

But those of you heading to Las Vegas in the near future, you might want to sample a taste or two.

San Antonio region’s population expected to top 2.2 million

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The San Antonio-New Braunfels area ranked 24th out of nearly 1,000 metro and micro areas in terms of projected population growth, according to a report released by a sister publication of the San Antonio Business JournalbizWatch .

The San Antonio region will have an estimated population of 2.2 million as of July 1, 2011, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures tabulated by Business First in Buffalo, N.Y. The newspaper analyzed the populations of 942 U.S. metropolitan and micropolitan areas and projected out the growth of these markets via a computer program.

New York City will remain the most populous metropolitan area in America with an estimated population of 18.97 million as of July 1. It is followed by Los Angeles (12.89 million), Chicago (9.51 million), Dallas-Fort Worth (6.53 million) and Houston (6.12 million).

Click here for the latest population estimates for all 942 metropolitan and micropolitan areas across the United States.