“The last time I checked, the president was supposed to sit down and figure out what he wanted and then get Congress to go along with it.”—Diana Taylor is obviously self-evidently awful but this is just a weird thing to assert as an obvious truth. The last time you checked… what, exactly?
"Asked about the story Thursday, Bloomberg said, ‘You’re just factually wrong,’ but he did not elaborate. His spokesman, after being shown the documents, also declined to say what the mayor believed was inaccurate."
He has also bonded with his staff over their shared love of the Coen brothers, the filmmaking duo known for dark comedies and a cult following. Mr. Romney’s favorite movie is “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and he will frequently quote lines from it.
When the campaign is debating going in a certain direction or a new piece of strategy, Mr. Romney will sometimes joke, “We’re in a tight spot,” a line George Clooney’s character utters when the authorities are trying to smoke him and two fellow fugitives out of a house.
“Anthropologists gradually fanned out into the world and began directly observing how economies where money was not used (or anyway, not used for everyday transactions) actually worked. What they discovered was an at first bewildering variety of arrangements, ranging from competitive gift-giving to communal stockpiling to places where economic relations centered on neighbors trying to guess each other’s dreams.”—I like that last one, let’s all get together as a global economy and try it for a while.
Texas’ Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice, Don Clemmer, later testified that his office didn’t have the resources to investigate allegations of sexual abuse at a TYC facility in Ward County because at the time the local agent was busy investigating charges of voter fraud by a 68-year-old Hispanic woman.
“Although liberal New Yorkers tried to pretend Republicans had hijacked a local issue to score cheap points nationally, polls showed New Yorkers overwhelmingly opposed the Muslim community center, which, in fact, would be located several blocks from the site.”—Harry Siegel I think you are a good columnist but 52% of people opposed with a 2.9% margin of error does not “overwhelm” me. Just say “a majority.” (Also the poll was taken in August after months of conservative professional anti-Islam bigots lying repeatedly and at length about the project, which could arguably be described as Republicans successfully hijacking a local issue. Though the Post started it so it was perhaps done to score cheap points locally.)
I am watching "Friends" for the first time in my life
and I am actually shocked at how loathsome “Ross” is as a character. He is utterly without redeeming qualities. He is more self-absorbed and vile than Alan Partridge. It’s remarkable. Also Jennifer Aniston is pretty awful too and I’m not sure why people wanted to watch their antics, for ten years.
I mean seriously this is the dumbest genre of libertarian “thought” — a good thing happened, because of capitalism. There is a bad thing nearby, that is government’s fault. Hundreds of millions of dollars of direct subsidies allowed Lower Manhattan to “come back.” (And can anything flourishing in high-tax high-service New York City really be an object lesson in the superiority of market forces over government?) (And Larry fucking Silverstein is an agent of “the government,” now?)
The Jets announced details of their plans to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of September 11th. The plans have a Super Bowl-like feel to them. Check it out:
• Each fan will receive an American Flag upon entrance to MetLife Stadium.
* At halftime, a man dressed as Osama bin Laden will be concussed
* Penalty flags will be American flags.
* Placekickers on both teams replaced by Alan Jackson and Lee Greenwood.
* A safety will be worth 9/11ths of a point.
* If the Jets are losing at the end of regulation time, they will be allowed to extend the game indefinitely, switch opponents to an unrelated team, and add a “surge” of fresh players.
Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the NYPD has become one of the country’s most aggressive domestic intelligence agencies. A months-long investigation by The Associated Press has revealed that the NYPD operates far outside its borders and targets ethnic communities in ways that would run afoul of civil liberties rules if practiced by the federal government. And it does so with unprecedented help from the CIA in a partnership that has blurred the bright line between foreign and domestic spying.
Neither the city council, which finances the department, nor the federal government, which contributes hundreds of millions of dollars each year, is told exactly what’s going on.
“I have heard some Boston fans claim that their city was so racist that it could never have handled a black player before the end of the 1950s. In other words, that Yawkey was a rational actor. But what about the Boston Braves? They integrated in 1950.”—And then they moved to Milwaukee in… 1953? After years of dwindling attendance? (Or like a dwindle followed by a steep drop-off.) I mean I’m not suggesting a causal relationship between “integration of the team” and “Boston fans no longer liking the team” but “the Braves did it” isn’t a very good argument if the Braves did it and then got out of town at the first opportunity because no one went to their games anymore. I have nothing much to say about the rest of Mr. Gladwell’s piece, and obviously he’s right that Tom Yawkey was a horrible scumbag above and beyond the standards of baseball people at the time, who were all pretty awful, with a few exceptions.
in george w. bush's book, he has a passage about how bono is a man of true faith because he understands how scripture says to help poor people but apparently in the process of writing, his staff asked bush if he knew what bono was famous for, and he thought that "he was the rock star who used to be married to cher." poor bono must be annoyed with the bono family.
“There seems to be primarily two muslim camps when it comes to their judeo-christianphobia,murder and Mohammedan Manifest Destiny,loud screaming psychopathic supporters,and the silent consent. I have a large wooden horse I bought at a flea market in Troy I’d like to park in your driveway while your vacationing in Mecca,unless that threatens you. Sincerely, Seamus P. Borland Raconteur,Sheep Stealer and Islamaphobe at large”—I am getting the weirdest hate mail lately.
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“Over the past eight years, I have debated the issue of same-sex marriage and parenting on college campuses around the nation as part of my work at Focus on the Family. I cannot recount how many times people in the audience came to the microphone to question my own sexual orientation because in their mind, it is self-evident that anyone who makes such a careful study of why homosexuality might not be best for folks must obviously be wrestling with his own issues, right? One gentleman even threw in my obvious innate sense of fashion and style as another smoking gun. Seriously. But like Marcus, I also have a hot wife and five offspring we created and are raising together. Might they merely be a cover for something I am yet to realize? I wish the really smart people would let me know.”—This is the funniest thing I have read today.