Michael Giberson …must be about zero after he used the words “soccer ball” when clearly he meant “football.” See this video from South Africa ( highlighting the introduction of the new Adidas ball for World Cup 2010) at the 3:36 mark. Too much time in the States?
Michael Giberson Al Roth draws attention to a New York Times column, “The art of blackmail,” which includes the curious phrase, “sanitized by lawyering” (pointing out that blackmail is illegal, but negotiating a settlement in lieu of filing a lawsuit in which the unpleasant matter would be disclosed is legal). Apparently blackmail is one of … More “Sanitized by lawyering”
Michael Giberson Have you been keeping up with the news out of Albany, New York? On Monday, with the support of two Democratic state senators the minority Republicans voted themselves back into the leadership positions. Democrats tried to prevent the maneuver by, among other things, turning off the lights in the Senate chamber, and having … More And I thought Texas politics was entertaining…
Lynne Kiesling The winning caption: “You’re in trouble when we get to the bicycles!”
Lynne Kiesling I hope you’ve all seen P.J. O’Rourke’s Financial Times column from last week on what Adam Smith would have to say about our current economic and financial events. Adam Smith was one of the most astute observes of human nature ever, and applied those insights well to analyses of incentives and political institutions. … More P.J. O’Rourke’s Adam Smith column
Lynne Kiesling And while we’re on the combined where’s my bailout/stimulus skeptic/i can has cheezeburger memes, here’s my favorite custom Obamicon: I’m assuming you’ve all seen these, but in case you haven’t … Paste Magazine (a really good music magazine, BTW) started a site a while ago where you can make your own Fairey-style poster. … More I can haz bailout?
Michael Giberson The ever quotable Yzma, from Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove: Ah, how shall I do it? Oh, I know. I’ll turn him into a flea, a harmless, little flea, and then I’ll put that flea in a box, and then I’ll put that box inside of another box, and then I’ll mail that … More How to deal with toxic assets