"The organization I co-founded has become a monster."
In 1935, the first year of radio network broadcasts of Major Bowes’ Amateur Hour, more than thirty thousand acts auditioned for the talent contest program. One of the successful acts was the “Hoboken Four.” The vocal quartet auditioned as “Frank Sinatra and the 3 Flashes,” but was renamed, purportedly by Major Bowes himself. The act won the competition of the September 8, 1935, broadcast and joined one of Major Bowes’s traveling vaudeville units. Sinatra soon left the tour to strike out on his own.Library of Congress
…those golden days, when the Republicans (and Fox News) were badgering the Donald about staying in the party, wanting him to swear he’d never leave? Now it’s not the Donald that’s making waves, it’s that Ben
"The retired neurosurgeon lashed out at Republican leaders who discussed the possibility of a 'brokered convention' during a recent private dinner in Washington."
But good news! Some guy named Sean Spicer, the person in charge of answering Republican prayers, made everything better.
"Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer responded, 'His prayers have been answered,' adding that it's ultimately the voters who will decide on the Republican nominee."
Imagine our relief!
"When crew members of a passenger plane reported sparks coming from an engine while taxiing at an airport in southern China, eight fire trucks responded within minutes.…"
"But for now, the Cubs are MLB’s best team — on paper, at least."
"for anyone put off by his recent remarks, the only way to 'trump Trump,' might be to not to reward him with attention, but to block him entirely. Luckily, an iOS app named 'Trump Trump,' does just that."
"So far this fiscal year (which runs through next summer) Maryland is one of five Power Five athletic departments that have racked up severance obligations that could run as high as $25.6 million combined, records show, after changing coaches and administrators."
Brits who don’t recognize an umbrella when they see one.
"New research suggests that along with shedding pounds, slashing cancer risk, and boosting life expectancy, vegetarianism could come with lesser-known side effects: Panic attacks. OCD. Depression.…"
I’m just saying here…somehow, if your exercise plan consists of walking to the bakery and back…
and the bakery makes excellent scones…
"The presidential race has degenerated to the point where I am going to attempt to cheer you up by talking about abortion and guns."
"The neo-Nazi website, Daily Stormer, was out and proud earlier this week: 'Heil Donald Trump — the Ultimate Savior.’"
"“There was a tolerance for breaking the rules,” Mr. Pötsch said…"
Ve vill haf no breaking of der rules.
"The kicker: Young Americans aren't so eager for a ground campaign that they want to carry out the fight themselves."
"Twitter Inc said it was testing a feature to show advertisements to people who read tweets without logging in, as it tries to make good on its long-time ambition to monetize non-active users."
“[A} nanny spy, Limor Weinstein, a 40-year-old UES mom of three girls, charges $350 an hour to surveil unsuspecting nannies, including stalking a single nanny for as long as six weeks."
"Members of Congress have criticized President Obama’s response to the Islamic State — also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL, or ISIS…"
…before they make me crazy, also known as nuts, or freaking bonkers.
See? I’m starting to talk like Trump. And that’s not even the worst part. Never mind—were talking about incredibly, unbelievably, overwhelmingly, unambiguously totally weird. And tomorrow gonna be pretty dodgy too. Computers crashing in flames, cookie shortage, you name it.
Me, I’m putting on some nice, cozy sweats and sitting right here with a book and, well, this for the rest of the afternoon and if you don’t like it, tough.
"The plan would all but ensure what Pentagon officials call an 'enduring' American military presence in some of the world’s most volatile regions."
If you want to stay on top of this strategy you’d do well to study the history of America’s (mostly) 19th Century (I know we don’t say things like this anymore) Indian Wars.
"The Census Bureau in 1894 counted over 40 wars during the 57 years between 1789 and 1846, which killed 19,000 whites and about 30,000 Indians however it did note that the number of Indians killed was likely 50% higher than this, for a total of 45,000."
Hitler…knows that human beings don’t only want comfort, safety, short working-hours, hygiene, birth-control and, in general, common sense; they also, at least intermittently, want struggle and self-sacrifice, not to mention drums.
"'President Obama has actually been the best salesman for firearms,' said Brian W. Ruttenbur, an analyst with BB&T Capital Markets, a financial services firm."
"Let me reiterate: Gun rights activists are planning, a mere week after the San Bernardino shooting, to stage a fake mass shooting at a major public university campus to showcase their displeasure with the idea of gun-free zones. "
"'We love freedom and we’re trying to make more freedom,' Short told the Statesman."
"She acknowledged the shooting in the parking lot was a mistake.…
"'We need more people like Tatiana Duva-Rodriguez in our society,’ [her defense attorney] said."
…and triggered an alarm because the clerk forgot to remove one of those little tags?
"And in South Carolina, which has a long history of nasty primaries—the brutal struggle between John McCain and George W. Bush in 2000 being among the most notorious—many anticipate a colossal struggle."
Not the Donald, although he’s pretty depressing himself, but…
"One must scroll back decades for echoes, however imperfect, of what he is saying, from the populist and racially based appeals of then-Alabama Gov. George Wallace in 1968 and 1972…"
…learning that WaPo considers 1972 is no longer in the modern era.
“…sold them on the street or to other businesses."
Where else could you sell a box of chicken wings on the street (pssst, buddy)?
"'The current circumstances warrant us taking a very aggressive approach,' said Councilman Donald Rocha"
"Sister John Paul Bauer — who learned to shoot while serving in the Navy — has been hunting for a few years and says there’s something spiritual about the sport."
(A veritable festival of outrage.)
In a Facebook message that has since gone viral, the sheriff said said he was "sick and tired" of terrorists who just want 'their 15 minutes of fame.’"
Actually now it’s more like a week on CNN.
"It’s National Brownie Day, an important occasion we know you’ll want to celebrate."
"After multiple divorces he’s now on his third marriage…"
"The couple is asking for donations to improve the structure for next year and to cover any fines they might face."
"The Wolverines will…face Florida at 1 p.m. on Jan. 1 in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl.…"
"The self-styled Democratic socialist and 2016 presidential candidate came in first in the magazine’s online poll for the award, which closed Sunday night, getting 10.2% support.…
Sanders’ fellow 2016 candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton got only 1.8% and 1.4% support, respectively."
"This will be the third terror alert system put in place by DHS since the September 2001 terrorist attacks."
"It’s been widely lambasted as one of the most “bizarre” ads in recent history. Kim Kardashian, dressed as Audrey Hepburn…"
"[Liberty University] President Jerry Falwell Jr. urged students to get their permits to carry concealed weapons during the school's convocation.…
"'I’ve always thought that if more good people had concealed-carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walked in,' he says, the rest of his sentence drowned out by loud applause while he said, 'and killed them.'"
"“We used to have a long time from flash to bang because Al Qaeda would spend years planning,” he said."