Charlie Tuna, RIP

I just heard the news that Charlie Tuna passed away at the age of 71. According to longtime L.A. radio watcher Don Barrett, Charlie passed on February 21.

What a devastating loss. I had the pleasure of working with him at KBIG in the early 2000’s. He simply was one of the nicest guys I’ve ever known in the business. As big and as iconic a voice as he was, there was never an ego coming at you.

This is a punch to the gut. When I heard, it felt like a bone breaking in my chest.

Charlie was like a radioactive element that radiated nothing but goodness. He was always kind, always giving, always generous. In a business filled with giant egos, some deserved, some not, he was always about bringing you along with him and making you the star. That may have been the secret to his radio success – he made the listeners feel that way too. He certainly made his colleagues feel that way.

I felt an affinity with him because we both got started in our radio careers at the age of 16. Of course, Charlie was there long before me and is one of the generation that added some rules to the book of how to do good radio, back when it was still radio.

Somewhere in my archives, I’ve got a few pictures and some audio of our interactions on the air. I’ll add them to this post later. But it’ll hurt as it always does when one of the good ones go away.

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WATCH: John Oliver takes on Donald Trump

Previously, John Oliver had said that his show, Last Week Tonight, wouldn’t spend as much time on the presidential primaries as it would other topics he thought were more important.

Last night he threw that out the window as he aimed almost the entire episode straight at the frontrunner and presumed winner, Donald Trump, in the race for the Republican nomination.

Here’s the whole segment.

Clinton wins Nevada, Trump wins South Carolina, and Bush is out

A busy day for politics as Nevada held its Democratic caucuses, and South Carolina its Republican primary.

Hillary Clinton held off a strong challenge from Bernie Sanders to win Nevada. Sanders doesn’t really have a path to the nomination, but if he stays in the race and puts in close finishes, he’s guaranteed a very important seat at the convention.

Sanders undoubtedly got into the race to make income inequality part of the discussion, and he’s more than accomplished that, forcing Clinton to adopt some of his issues in her platform.

Over to the east, Donald Trump won South Carolina’s Republican primary by a resounding margin. And as I write this, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are fighting it out for second place.

If the GOP elites want to knock out Trump (and Cruz, whom they also hate) in time, they have to scramble to get everyone else out of the Republican race quickly so the establishment can solidify behind its candidate — most likely Rubio. But things need to happen in the next few weeks or Trump’s momentum will be unstoppable. There is no denying that Trump is now the overwhelming favorite to win the GOP nomination.

Ted Cruz’s path to beating Trump, even if he comes in second in South Carolina, is closed. That’s because he lost the evangelical vote – his strongest constituency – to Trump. It’s looking the same in upcoming contests as well.

Jeb Bush hasn’t come in top 3 in any contest so far, and he campaigned hard in South Carolina. His campaign is effectively over, and he has suspended as of this evening. The Republican establishment will no doubt hope this throws more support to Marco Rubio, their only hope to providing an alternative to Trump.

WATCH: This perspective-shifting painting does terrible things to your brain

Patrick Hughes specializes in these “Reverspective” paintings. As you move around the painting, the room in the painting appears to move with you.

I wonder if the effect works as well when you see it in real-life 3D.

Scalia conspiracy theories won’t rest

Conspiracy theories fell like rain soon after the news of the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia broke Saturday.

Conspiracy theorists went into high gear when the owner of the Texas ranch where he was found said that Scalia’s pillow was “over his head.” People, including Donald Trump, took that to mean that the pillow was found over his face, where Barack Obama, or Hillary Clinton, or Ted Cruz, or whoever is the most villainous subject of someone’s particular paranoid fantasies, had smothered the outspoken conservative justice in his sleep.

But the ranch owner, John Poindexter, clarified his comments, telling “CBS This Morning” that Scalia “had a pillow over his head, not over his face as some have been saying. The pillow was against the headboard.”

Of course, this will do nothing to tamp down conspiracy theories from people who find the death of a 79-year-old man with multiple health problems suspicious.

The most delicious theory I’ve heard so far is that Scalia’s death was faked by President Obama, who aims to keep him alive in some plot to engineer a third presidential term. As to how that would actually work, precious little sense is made.