"By Editorial Board
…we have decided that, except when it is essential for clarity or effect, we will no longer use the slur ourselves. "
Imagine our relief.
"The $16.65 billion settlement by Bank of America over financial-crisis-era mortgage securities ‘highlights a pattern of the government extorting the banks,’ Dick Kovacevich said on CNBC this week. …
…These huge bank settlements are election-year ATMs for the Obama administration. "
We shoulda just let them crash.
"It seems police had received several calls from people in Tjuvholmen, Oslo, reporting the rather strange behavior of a man, trying to drive a Segway. When they arrived on the scene, police decided that intoxication was probably the reason for the incident."
"The brand name for the product is evercan, with a lowercase ‘e’."
"A Republican ad attacking Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas says he ‘voted to give Social Security benefits to illegal immigrants.’ Actually, what Pryor voted for wouldn’t have paid a penny to any immigrant while here illegally.
The ad also claims he voted to ‘give members of Congress special benefits’ to buy health insurance. Actually, the benefits are no more ‘special’ than those of all other federal employees. And Pryor didn’t vote to ‘give’ them; he voted against a partisan proposal to take them away."
"First positive of note: The Bears' defense, particularly the front four, was able to pressure Wilson, forcing him to scramble four times Friday night. The end result, however, was 23 yards rushing for Wilson, including a 7-yard TD."
"'I don't think it's bad, but I don't think there's much of a point to it,' said Sandra Wilde, chair of the National Council of Teacher of English Elementary Section Steering Committee."
(Also, can you type and chew gum at the same time?)
"A whopping 68 percent of Americans think there should be a law that prohibits kids 9 and under from playing at the park unsupervised, despite the fact that most of them no doubt grew up doing just that"
"Say you’re in a massive bunker made out of some material that can withstand thousand-mile-per-hour winds."
"True, hostage rescue operations using Special Forces are ‘extraordinarily complicated’ under any circumstances, says Rick ‘Ozzie’ Nelson, a nonresident fellow in the Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies."
(Also, divulging this information was a genuinely stupid thing to do.)
"Done right, a little fluffy puppy is hard to ignore."
“…as the Ricketts family tries to put a winning team on the field, fans are disappearing from seats by the thousands. Babcock reports that ticket sales are down 6,500 a game since 2009, and that doesn’t account for the no-shows."
"At least two of the four law enforcement agencies that were deployed in Ferguson up until Thursday evening — the St. Louis County Police Department and the St. Louis Police Department — received training from Israeli security forces in recent years...."
People were tired of eloquence; and the whole evangelist business was limited, since even the most ardent were not likely to be saved more than three or four times. But they could be healed constantly, and of the same disease.
Lewis, Sinclair. Elmer Gantry (Kindle Locations 4396-4397).
…spelled out in 1927 by Sinclair Lewis.
"According to Hamas, an attempt by Israel to assassinate the group's military leader, Mohammed Deif, left the man's wife and infant son dead."
"The US plans to send the Lebanese Army additional supplies of Hellfire missiles and other munitions and equipment…"
"His concern, and that of others on the committee, is that the cash-strapped Postal Service is using pop-culture icons to make money."
They make most money when people buy stamps and then don’t use them. This is called collecting. Harry Potter fans look like good collectors to some.
"Syrian regime forces have hammered Raqqa with more than two dozen air strikes, a monitoring group said…"
(Hint: Maybe, maybe not.)
Here’s one: The Tummy Trilogy three essays about food by Calvin Trillin, called “the Walt Whitman of American eats” by long-time NYTimes restaurant critic Craig Claiborne…
And here’s another: Shakespeare’s Bawdy by Eric Partridge, a handy glossary of Elizabethan smut.
Feed your belly and your brain.
“…garment-rending mobs from the far-right to the far-left to all points in between appear to be blaming President Obama for almost literally everything…"
Will there be an almost figuratively too?
"‘He heard a roar in the sky and saw nine objects flying westernly,’ Gardner told attendees. ‘It looked like a swarm of bees flying…'"
"This is also isn't the first time a recent Secretary of State has been wiretapped by a close US ally: earlier this month it was revealed that Israel recorded phone calls by Kerry in 2013 as well."