Some Guy in Seattle writes:
Ok, so explain this to me like I’m the village idiot. I can see fining Marshawn for being crude, but $11,050? What’s up with the $50? Was the NFL short about $50 this month?
…since you point out Detroit Lions defensive end Ziggy Ansah was fined $22,050, a similarly curious amount, for an infraction the same week, we’re thinking probably they just ran out of pretzels in the commissioner’s box.
First, a noisy spat with (maybe) North Korea turns watching a B-grade buddy movie into some kind of national obligation ("Call it a blow for capitalism over a communist dictatorship!” blurbs the New York Daily News). Now Egypt gets into the act, banning the movie, Exodus, for “historical inaccuracies” and Pakistan joins the fun, getting all furious over the TV show, Homeland, “ which they say portrays their country as an ugly, ignorant, terror-plagued ‘hellhole’,” according to the New York Post.
Looks like the birth of a whole new marketing plan to me. Maybe we can get the Art Institute to call for a boycott of Big Eyes.
"'Christianity is not a pacifist religion,' Fischer said. "
Well, yes. Actually it’s stupid to buy a tomato around here at any time of the year. I haven’t seen a decent store-bought tomato in a decade, at least. But it looked good and I couldn’t resist. So what I’m having for lunch is a bologna and cardboard sandwich, on whole wheat. And hooray for the guy who invented mustard.
"The company paid Bush $2.3 million from 2007-13, not including lucrative stock worth several million more, according to American Thinker."
"‘5 minutes into The Interview, I am considering calling to request a bombing of my TV,’ comedian Lamarr Wilson tweeted."
"And, as the owner of the patent stopped paying its fees sometime over the last two decades, its design has entered the public domain. You, too, can install a Santa Claus Detector in your home, and you won’t even be breaking the law."
"In those initial weeks, the hackers showed a remarkable understanding of how to manipulate the American media into covering the emails. It was always strange to imagine North Korean hackers being that savvy about American media."
…is the so-called media’s puppyish faith it’s difficult to manipulate. Seriously. It’s kind of touching.
…go out and do your errands now when it’s just raining a little because tomorrow it might be raining a lot. And even more Thursday. Our forecast here is not for a white Christmas, but warm and muddy. Which is fine with me (I make a lousy New Englander; I don’t like apples much either, and cranberries you can keep). We have, in fact, had a fairly mild December, which is also fine with me.
"Atlanta (CNN) -- A baggage handler for Delta Air Lines moved a lot more than just luggage, authorities say -- he also helped smuggle firearms.
"And his accomplice managed to board a flight with 18 guns and ammunition in his carry-on bag, an affidavit states."
"Drivers waited at railroad crossings and residents leaned out of their homes along the tracks Monday as an Amtrak passenger train rumbled through…"
Imagine the joy.
"But this was a different kind of loss for the Bears.
For one thing, it was a closer loss than most this season."
"'The update is seamless,' he said. 'It doesn’t even require a restart.'"
A notification popped up this morning and it took me a few minutes to figure out why. This. And, good.
"Since the 1980s, Rigsby, 59, has logged thousands of 911 calls and ambulance rides for apparent fainting spells that have sent her falling to the ground. Medical and mental health experts have disagreed about what causes the episodes."
“[Treasury Secretary Jack] Lew was given a $940,000 bonus from Citigroup in the same week the bank received a $300 billion bailout from the federal government."
"Many prominent names in the field, Graham and others, took to Twitter to express their concern. 'I'm completely underwhelmed by the FBI's 'proof' attributing Sony attack to North Korea,' Graham tweeted from his @ErrataRob account. "
"Co-owner Steve Dyke said the local gun range had to come up with something creative to attract customers."
"Washington ranked No. 1 because… ‘When it comes to eggnog consumption, there’s no state that’s more enthused for this alcoholic holiday beverage than the Evergreen State…"
"Obama promised to shut the internationally condemned prison when he took office nearly six years ago…"
That’s what I thought.
"Given temperatures running way above normal across much of the eastern United States (it could be the warmest Christmas Eve in a long time for New England), the predominant precipitation type from this storm system is likely to be rain. Even up north of the border."
"It’s not unusual to see people pushing a dog, or three, in a stroller. Like baby strollers, they come in a wide variety, from the basic $80 model to the SUV-equivalent with air-filled tires and the option of facing forward or to the rear. The Primo ‘pet buggy’ with bassinet function costs upwards of $400."
"Lt. James Macintosh says the Cedar Grove man was asleep behind the wheel of a van with its engine running, lights on and music blaring. He says Chellis was in a red shirt, red pants, and white ruffled collar."
But what if he’d passed out facing away from the charges?