Local Notable Promoted

September 7, 2014

Local Notable Promoted

Capitol Hill resident Chesty XIV (above), U.S. Marine Corps mascot, was recently promoted to Corporal. Be sure to congratulate the handsome canine Non-Com when you see him strolling along Barracks Row.

More:

“Marines’ Chesty XIV Promoted to Corporal, Despite Taste for Snacks,” Julian E. Barnes, Wall Street Journal

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Breaking: The Latest Word

September 6, 2014

Newscasters Huntley and Brinkley John Oliver and Cookie Monster, the latest word in TV journalism. A  Sesame Street/Mashable collaboration.

Words fail us ….

Related:

“Words Are Here, There, and Everywhere,” Sesame Street

WORD-TV News out-takes

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Virginia is for Losers

September 5, 2014

Virginia is for Losers

Governors of the Commonwealth of Virginia:

1. Patrick Henry
2. Thomas Jefferson
3. James Monroe
4. Bob McDonnell

Q: Which one was convicted of felony corruption?

Robert Francis McDonnell was the first Virginia Governor with degrees from Christian Broadcasting Network University. He’s also the first one convicted of multiple felonies committed while in office. We cannot confirm if his spouse, Maureen, is the first former NFL Cheerleader to be convicted of felony corruption.

Mr. McDonnell’s misstep was thinking too small, like disgraced former Maryland governor Spiro T. Agnew, who took kickback envelopes full of cash. In America you’re got to steal much bigger stuff, enough of it so you’re Too Big to Jail.

More:

“McDonnell guilty of corruption,” Washington Post

“Former Virginia Gov. McDonnell and Wife Found Guilty,” Valerie Bauerlein and Dawn Chase, Wall Street Journal

“Former Governor in Virginia Guilty in Bribery Case,” Trip Gabriel, New York Times

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A Day Without Burgers

September 4, 2014

A Day Without Burgers

Don’t forget to pack a lunch this morning. Fast-food workers across the country are striking for a living wage, so’ll you’ll want to stay out of McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King. Don’t like cold sandwiches? Read this.

More:

“Fast food workers plan biggest US strike to date over minimum wage,” Dominic Rushe, The Guardian

“Fast Food Workers Plan Another Strike in 150 Cities,” Victor Luckerson, TIME Magazine

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Best Burger in North Korea?

September 3, 2014

Best Burger in North Korea?

In Pyongyang, Kim Jong-eun did a stately pleasure dome decree … and built a goofy water park.  A hamburger at Munsu Water Park will cost you $76.00. You want fries with that?

Elsewhere, the UN Food Programme continues to provide nutritional assistance to North Korea’s starving women and children.

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The Unkindest Cut

September 2, 2014

The Unkindest Cut

Brice’s Barber Shop (532 8th Street SE), long a fixture near the Marine Barracks, is closing. The window reads “It Pays to Look Well,” but there’s no truth to the rumor that Brice’s was shut down by the Grammar Police.

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Labor Day To-Do List

September 1, 2014

Labor Day To-Do List

Happy Labor Day. Now that September is upon us, remember:

1. The 2014 NFL season starts Thursday, September 4th. Get snacks & beer.

2. Air out woolens.

3. Buy leaf bags.

4. Don’t wear white shoes after September 1st. 
Persons in the continental United States wearing white shoes past that date are assumed to be illegal aliens from the Southern Hemisphere, and will be treated accordingly. You have been warned.

More::

“Why Can’t You Wear White After Labor Day?” Kathy Benjamin, Mental Floss

“The Reason(s) Behind the No-White-After-Labor-Day Rule (Blame the One Percent!),” John Surico, Village Voice

Why We Can’t Wear White After Labor Day,” Laura Fitzpatrick, Time

Related:

“When Labor Day Meant Something,” Chad Broughton, The Atlantic

“US unions are shrinking. These 7 charts show what that means.” Danielle Kurtzleben, Vox

“Why white men hate unions,” Edward McClelland, Salon

“More Workers Are Claiming ‘Wage Theft,’” Steve Greenhouse, New York Times

Vaguely-related rant:

“Labor Day Is a Scam To Keep You Poor and Miserable Forever,” Ken Layne, Gawker

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Laptop of Doom

August 31, 2014

Laptop of Doom

A unit from a moderate Syrian rebel force raided an ISIS hideout earlier this year and found a Dell laptop. It appears to have belonged to a former Tunisian university student who dropped out to fight for the Islamic State in Syria. Documents hidden on the hard drive indicated the owner was trying to teach himself how to weaponize bubonic plague.

Is this an active threat? It sounds pretty grave, but this is a drop-out we’re talking about …

More:

“Found: The Islamic State’s Terror Laptop of Doom,” Harald Doornbos and Jenan Moussa, Foreign Policy

“Recovered ISIS Laptop Reveals Terror Group’s Bio-Warfare Plans,” Andrew Tarantola, Gizmodo

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National Book Festival 2014

August 30, 2014

National Book Festival 2014

The 2014 National Book Festival is running until 10:00 PM Saturday August 30th in Washington DC, produced by the Library of Congress. This year’s festival was kicked off the National Mall and is being held in the cavernous Walter E. Washington Convention Center, but they could have held it in a phone booth. 24 percent of Americans haven’t read a book in the last year, and those who did read around 5, probably comic books.

You can attend for free. Go to the Culinary Arts Pavilion to enjoy America’s new National Pastime, watching other people cook.

Related:

“The Decline of the American Book Lover,” Jordan Weissmann, The Atlantic

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Labor Day Weekend: REAL Men Grill Meat

August 30, 2014

Labor Day Weekend: REAL Men Grill Meat

This is Labor Day Weekend, ceremonial End of Summer in the USA. During this three-day holiday adult American men are obliged to offer up sacrifices to their gods, incinerating animal flesh outdoors behind their homes. Families and  neighbors consume the charred remains, washing them down with copious libations of fermented grain or carbonated sugar-water.

This custom is said to bridge cultural differences and promote family and community cohesion, but the ceremony has a grave, unstated purpose. If American men do not burn meat for them on Labor Day, the angry gods will not end summer, preventing the start of the new pro football season.

More:

“Football: America’s national religion,” Chad Gibbs, Washington Post  blog.

“The Foodspin Cookout Reader,” Albert Burneko, Foodspin

“NFL Labor Day Cookout: Which Food Is Your Favorite Player Bringing?” Bailey Brautigan, Bleacher Report.

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Note: Canadian men sacrifice meat on “Labour Day,” which has something to do with their Ice Hockey cult. Or with Curling, maybe. Whatever that is.

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