My brother and his partner came over for dinner. The four of us drank two bottles of wine, watched an episode and a half of “A Shot of Love with Tila Tequila”, and fell asleep on the couch around 11:30.
“I PROPOSE AND CHALLENGE EACH AND EVERY COWBOYS FAN TO BOYCOTT ANY AND ALL GAMES IN THE 2009 SEASON AT THE NEW STADIUM UNTIL JERRY UNDERSTANDS THAT HE CANNOT CONTINUE DOWN THIS PATH OF EGO MANIA!! COWBOYS LET’S HIT JERRY WHERE IT HURTS THE MOST HIS POCKETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LETS ORGANIZED COWBOYS FANS! I’M WILLING TO DO WHATEVER TO SAVE THIS HISTORIC FRANCHISE FROM A CLOSED MINDED GREEDY OWNER!!! ARE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”—
“The closet behind me is filled from bottom to top with TSR era riches, classic settings and bizarre experiments on their part that chiseled my mind into whatever this is. It is still my goal to present a cool crust, but glowing seams are sometimes visible. There was never enough shared language to communicate fairly gigantic portions of my life experience, and occasionally I feel a powerful compulsion to reveal some portion of the old ways: scheming templars who serve larval gods, or the ravenous, sentient realms that dine on anguish. I try to be good about it, though. It is the marvel of that medium that his group can determine what the game means for themselves.”—Penny Arcade! - And So It Begins, Part One
“Me: What’s this about Greece?
Him: It’s about the killing of Alexis Grigoropoulos. He was killed by police in Greece.
Me: Why Wells Fargo?
Me: Why are you protesting in front of Wells Fargo?
Him: We don’t like banks.
Me: This bank, or just all banks?
Him: All banks. We’re going to be stopping at a few others.
Me: Ok, that’s cool. So who organized the protest?
Him: Nobody.”—Wells Fargo Bears Brunt of Mysterious Protest « Mission Mission
“Is it just me, or do all national anthems the world over, no matter how rich and exotic the culture, seem to sound like European marching-band music? Wouldn’t one expect China’s national anthem be more “plinky”? Shouldn’t Iraq’s national anthem sound a little more “Arab-y”?”—The Explainer questions we never answered in 2008. - Slate
“ESPN.com football writer Mark Schlabach told “Outside The Lines” today that two other SEC coaches told him, straight up, that Gill would never get the Auburn job, because he’s married to a white woman. Charming.”—Deadspin
“The following scenes were cut from the mainland China version : 1) Wong Chia Chi walking past dead refugees in street 2) Stabbing scene cut to only one knife stab 3) Of the five sex scenes (two with student, three with Mr. Yee), the second one with student and the third with Mr. Yee 4) Nude shot of Wong Chia Chi at window 5) Wong Chia Chi on bed after first sex scene with Mr. Yee 6) Dialogue modified in diamond ring scene so that Wong Chia Chi did not betray by warning Mr. Yee.”—
“After meeting with a lawyer for a teachers’ pension plan on another matter and obtaining that man’s business card, Mr. Dreier asked to use a phone and was ushered into a conference room by a secretary, according to the document. A short time later, he used the room to meet with the representative of a hedge fund whom he had previously invited to the offices, and impersonated the lawyer whose card he had just been handed.”—
“New York state is like an ocean liner that has collided with a massive iceberg. The collapse on Wall Street has opened a $1.5 billion gash in our budget for the current fiscal year, a $12.5 billion gaping hole for next year and an unbelievable $47 billion gap over the next four years. How significant are these numbers? Consider that the $12.5 billion gap for next year represents one-fifth of our state’s entire General Fund. In other words, we are taking on water, and we must do massive repairs before our state sinks.”—
Will Leitch, in his weekly football roundup, mentioned a Deadspin piece that Pat Jordan wrote about Jose Canseco back in March called "Chasing Jose", describing it as “a story that led to Canseco firing his lawyer.”
If you, like me two days ago, have never read the piece, here is the only advice I can offer: Go. Go and read it now. It’s one of the most vicious things I’ve read all year, and this in an election year where it was regularly implied that Barack Obama would steal your children, put them in nuclear missiles, and then give those missiles to terrorists. I am amazed that I missed it the first time around.
Canseco did, in fact, “part ways” with his lawyer Rob Saunooke less than a week later. Bizarrely, the New York Daily News coverage of the event made no mention of the Deadspin piece, despite it containing quotes from Saunooke like “You and I both know Jose’s a piece of shit.”
Saunooke sued Jose for $342,000 in unpaid legal fees in June. Canseco is fighting the case with the help of his new lawyer.
“But the real story of this puzzle is the Bizarro fill, esp. in the N by NW section of the puzzle. The hardest section for me, by far, was the NW, where I had to endure a phrase no one has used since 1975 (“NO JIVE” - 19A: “Honestly, man” - which I was Sure was “NO JOKE,” a much more current and in-the-language phrase) and a word no one has ever used (GNAR - 1D: Sound like an angry dog) . Then there’s the seemingly invented ATONIC (23A: Not accented) and the never- before- seen- by- me DECEM (6D: X). If I hadn’t known RAMIS (32A: “Stripes” actor, 1981) - and even that one took a second to come to me - I’d still be working on the NW. Never mind that everything else up there besides “Get A JOB” (3D: “Get _____” (doo-wop classic)) is clued in some weird, slightly off way. Not a pleasant experience.”—