This made my morning.
This made my morning.
Interviewer: Okay. Which designers do you prefer?
Hillary Clinton: What designers of clothes?
Hillary Clinton: Would you ever ask a man that question?
Interviewer: Probably not. Probably not.
|—||In which I learn that the Olympics have a “sport” that’s basically a really expensive dog show only without the joys of Christopher Guest.|
As someone who often gets yelled at for criticizing really shoddy work (that happens to also kill thousands of people when acted upon), I hold Gore Vidal in tremendous regard. If I ever have a tenth of his success, I’ll be a happy man.
I also hope to avoid his flaws. He called his opponents Nazis for simply having other politics, he got needlessly personal with novelists like Norman Mailer, and while he was engaged politically I think he was wrong about too many things to say I share his views.
That being said, Vidal’s eloquence, his pride for who he was as a gay man before that was considered cool, and his dogged determinism to honestly describe and criticize that which he saw as flawed and undeserving of praise is, to me, praiseworthy. RIP.
What do you do if your crappy scholarship changed how the U.S. conceived of warfare and you led the charge to bulldoze and subdivide Baghdad in 2007 so the ethnic cleansing would be easier for the Shiite militias (but claimed it was all COINy goodness spearheaded by Gen. Petraeus)?
It’s simple: you reinvent yourself as a for-profit USAID-funded philanthropist and talk about how exciting technology is while also complaining that “Beltway bandits” and “consulting” will “ruin your soul.”
Ladies and Gentlemen, the newly rehabilitated David Kilcullen.
I know about the “repeat violator” aspect where a school needs to have at least a second major violation while on probation for a first, but if Morehouse got it for their soccer team on a first violation because they let two professionals from Nigeria play, and if MacMurray got it for their tennis team on a first violation because they gave out illegal scholarships to international students, then Penn State should get it for spending decades covering up the rape and sexual assault of children.
Mark Emmert, NCAA president said that “One of the grave dangers coming from our love of sports is that the sports themselves can become too big to fail, too big to even challenge.” By imposing the death penalty on Div 2 and Div 3 secondary sports, by ignoring the crimes at schools like Baylor (basketball, 2003), by not imposing the death penalty on Penn State, he’s showing that some schools and some sports really are too big to fail.
But! Penn State has a great football program and they have lots of fans and stuff!