Tonight, we learned two big things: First, Sean Canfield won’t ever have Drew Brees’s job. Second, Gambit has listed us in its 2011 Best of New Orleans issue. Go grab a copy and cut out our section and frame it. Because that’s what we’ll probably do.
According to Gambit, Saints11 is:
“The city’s sole outlet dedicated to regular long-form sports writing about the New Orleans Saints.”
They said it.
I preface everything by saying I am opposed to changing the NFL schedule from its current configuration to an eighteen-game regular season that would chop the preseason in half. I have many good reasons for this, none of which I will detail here.
That doesn’t change the fact that preseason sort of sucks, after it’s awesome. What at first is filled with pure excitement, as we get our first look of the year at our fully-uniformed Saints on the Superdome turf, quickly turns to a kind of are-we-there-yet? discontent where, yeah, we’re happy football is back, but can we please skip to the part where the who datting is real? Really, other than the pleasure of just seeing the Saints in action, however meaningless that action, the only thing entertaining about preseason is watching backup quarterbacks often look better than they actually are or discovering this year’s exciting Preseason Return Man Superstar.
That’s not to say we didn’t learn anything last night. Because we absolutely did.
President Barack Obama signs the Budget Control Act of 2011 in the Oval Office, Aug. 2, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Perhaps this will go down as the moment the Tea Party won. Which I’m sure will be one sentence before the time that will go down in history as the point in which the tea party destroyed all remains of a once strong American infrastructure.
If News of the World is to be liquidated, Stephens told Reuters, it “is a stroke of genius—perhaps evil genius.”
Yet more evidence that the British system is unsalvageable. That’s a gaping loophole in their legal system. I hate it when Murdoch’s gets away with anything…He’s such a creepy old man.
Last year, the tea party took Utah by storm, unseating conservative incumbent Sen. Robert Bennett. This year? Not so much.
This is definitely a good sign. The Tea Party was able to make a lot of noise during a mid-term election (which is hard to do, so kudos), but I had a feeling that enthusiasm wouldn’t last. Do you know why? Because American’s have ADD and there was no way you could hold onto that “movement” for 3 straight years. That and I think people are realizing that even though we all “hate” politicians, politics still requires politicians. Yeah it’s nice to say you aren’t going to be a Washington Insider, but do you know who gets shit done in Washington? You guessed! Washington Insiders!
—I’m looking at you Rep. Palazzo—
Make the Republicans raise it like they did SEVEN TIMES during King George’s Administration:
Aspen, Colorado (CNN): […] Regardless of the Republican field, however, Clinton believes Obama will be re-elected in 2012. Under Obama’s leadership, Wall Street has been salvaged, and the automotive industry has been saved, Clinton said. Also, manufacturing jobs have increased with the United States now building 20% of the solar batteries globally — up from 2%. That could go up as high as 40% by 2014, the former president added.
Obama has also delivered on national security with the killing of Osama bin Laden and increased drone activity in terrorist countries, Clinton said. Domestically, he has offered laudable education and health care reforms, as well as student loan reforms that allow borrowers longer time to pay back their debts, Clinton said.
Clinton also said Obama has been very good on gay rights — a serious sticking point for the Clinton presidency, which created the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
And, at a time when European multiculturalism is apparently failing, Obama’s been able to speak to the diverse sectors of the U.S. population, Clinton said.
From CrooksandLiars: 10 Inconvenient Truths About the Debt Ceiling:
1. Republican Leaders Agree U.S. Default Would Be a “Financial Disaster”
2. Ronald Reagan Tripled the National Debt
3. George W. Bush Doubled the National Debt
4. Republicans Voted Seven Times to Raise Debt Ceiling for President Bush
5. Federal Taxes Are Now at a 60 Year Low
6. Bush Tax Cuts Didn’t Pay for Themselves or Spur “Job Creators”
7. Ryan Budget Delivers Another Tax Cut Windfall for Wealthy
8. Ryan Budget Will Require Raising Debt Ceiling – Repeatedly
9. Tax Cuts Drive the Next Decade of Debt
10. $3 Trillion Tab for Unfunded Wars Remains Unpaid
Also? Let tax cuts for the rich expire. Our nation could really use the revenue (and a sense of fairness).
Great headline or greatest headline?
Kicking off her presidential campaign in Waterloo, Iowa, Michele Bachmann explained the geographic significance to Fox News: “Well what I want them to know is just like, John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That’s the kind of spirit that I have, too.
“This is problematic, the Washington Times explains, because “beloved movie star” John Wayne is not from Bachmann’s hometown of Waterloo. John Wayne Gacy, the “killer clown” who raped and murdered 33 teenage boys in the ’70s, is from Waterloo. Beloved movie star John Wayne is from Winterset, Iowa.
I posted something similar to this earlier, but I think it deserves as much attention as possible. This isn’t just a small gaffe, but representative of why she (and Sarah Palin) can’t be president. When they are sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office, or across the table negotiating with other countries as the leader of the most powerful nation in the world, you can’t afford to mess up the details. I’m sorry, but she simply doesn’t have the mental capacity to be our president. Can’t we just acknowledge this and move on? Please?
Photographs of New Guinea’s incredible range of previously unknown species
I was all about this infographic until it tried to tell me that 78% of Americans watch local news, 73% watch national news and 50% read their local newspapers.
I’m not sure if this is an example of why self reporting your news habit is a terrible measure, or if they used some wonky sample, but there are no way any of those numbers are true. It’s been a fair few moons since newspaper readership has been at 50%.
This also represents the problem with infographics, the visualization of data can misrepresent the real issues. And you should always cite your sources, any second rate undergrad knows that.
“You know what, I didn’t mess up about Paul Revere. Here’s what Paul Revere did. He warned the Americans that ‘the British were coming, the British were coming’ and they were going to try to take our arms… . But remember, the British had already been there … part of his ride was to warn the British that were already there that, ‘hey, you’re not going to succeed. You’re not going to take American arms. You are not going to beat our own well-armed persons, individual, private militia that we have.’ He did warn the British. And in a shout-out, gotcha-type of question that was asked of me, I answered candidly. And I know my American history.”
— The consistently pathologically delusional Sarah Palin doubles down on Paul Revere.
I mean. What? How can she possible accuse a second-grade history quiz question of being a “gotcha?” And there’s a big-ass difference between “candid” and “absolutely bullshitted.” Stop. Putting. Microphones. In. This woman’s. Face. Stop paying attention to the delusional, self-aggrandizing posturing that constantly fails to mask her stupidity and vapidity—because most Americans are too dumb to see through the mask and too dumb to know that she’s taking advantage of their fears for her own vast and extremely personal gain. Her ignorance and excuses infuriate me to absolutely no end. She is the personification of emptiness. She has no place in the politics of this country. If she was a good governor in the past, that doesn’t matter anymore—she’s not that person. She’s barely A person. She’s what she thinks people poorer than her want her to be without knowing any better, and she’s become that at the expense of national attention that should be paid to infinitely more important issues, not to mention the expense of her own family.
The thing that has me most eye-rolly of all is how she’ll be all about personal responsibility one second and all about being victimized by “gotcha questions” the next. Earth to Former Governor from Alaska: When running for Vice President of the United States, being asked your opinion on the Bush Doctrine is not a “gotcha question”—it’s basic knowledge of contemporary politics. When running for public office, being asked to name a Supreme Court case with which you disagree is not a “gotcha question”—it’s basic civics. When repping something called the “tea party” and using Revolutionary War iconography in every other sentence, being asked about the history of Paul Revere and the beginning of the Revolutionary War is not a “gotcha question”—it’s something you should expect and which should be…you know…routine!
Former Governor from Alaska: stop blaming your apparent ignorance on the lamestream media and stop placing the burden of personal responsibility on people other than yourself. Because every time you blame something else when you look ignorant, that’s exactly what you, hypocrite, are doing.
Personal responsibility isn’t something those poor people who got laid off and aren’t boostrappy enough lack. It’s something you lack. You know how I know?
“…in a shout-out, gotcha-type of question that was asked of me…”
Take responsibility for yourself, Former Governor from Alaska.
A) I agree with all of the above, each have incredibly valid points. I’m not really in the mood to add onto what is an already large pile of criticism on her, but know that I would, and have, and will undoubtedly do again.
B) This may be my favorite single line describing pseudo-governor Palin:
She is the personification of emptiness.
7) Facial Recognition Is The Only Product Google Has Withheld
Google has facial recognition technology, but it’s uncomfortable with how it might be used, so it has withheld it. That’s apparently pretty unique for Google.
“As far as I know, it’s the only technology that Google built and stopped,” Schmidt said.
Hasn’t stopped Microsoft and the Connect… I find that technology disturbing as well and I’m glad (for the time being) Google isn’t releasing that tech.