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Day August 17, 2010

Dr. Laura Calls It Quits

Shucks, darn, too bad:

Schlessinger ending her radio show because “my First Amendment rights have been usurped by angry, hateful groups”

Sorry Dr. Laura, your freedom of speech doesn’t take away my freedom to consider you to be a disgusting racist idiot for what you say.

As a side note, never trust a person who uses “Dr.” along with their first name. Dr. Laura, Dr. Phil, Dr. Drew. I’m always distrustful of someone who uses their Dr. title to elevate themselves over you but then uses their first name for maximum folksiness effect.

Hockey Player’s Trick Shot

Skip ahead to about 45s in.
(via Buzzfeed)

Suntory Whiskey Commercial with Sammy Davis Jr.

(via PCL Linkdump)

Noam Chomsky: The Real Reasons the U.S. Enables Israeli Crimes and Atrocities

From Alternet:

The history is reasonably clear. This was not the case up until 1967. In fact, before 1967, the relationships were not very different from relationships among other powers. There was sympathy and support for Israel, which has many, many sources, including the Christian Zionism, which is a very powerful force that precedes and is numerically far stronger than Jewish Zionism. But for somebody like, say, Harry Truman, raised in a deeply Christian tradition, it was just taken for granted that the Bible instructs us that God gave the land of Palestine to the Jews. So it is kind of like in his bones. And that’s true for a very large part of the American population, much more so than — far more than any other country. So that is one factor, and there are other factors.

But the major change in relationships took place in 1967. Just take a look at USA aid to Israel. You can tell that right off. And in many other respects, it’s true, too. Similarly, the attitude towards Israel on the part of the intellectual community — you know, media, commentary, journals, and so on — that changed very sharply in 1967, from either lack of interest or sometimes even disdain, to almost passionate support. So what happened in 1967?

Well, in 1967, Israel destroyed the source of secular Arab nationalism — Nasser’s Egypt — which was considered a major threat and enemy by the West. It is worth remembering that there was a serious conflict at that time between the forces of radical Islamic fundamentalism, centered in Saudi Arabia — where all the oil is — and secular Arab nationalism, centered in Nasser’s Egypt; in fact, the two countries were at war. They were fighting a kind of a proxy war in Yemen at that time. The United States and Britain were supporting the radical Islamic fundamentalism; in fact, they’ve rather consistently done that – supporting Saudi Arabia. And Nasserite secular nationalism was considered a serious threat, because it was recognized that it might seek to take control of the immense resources of the region and use them for regional interest, rather than allow them to be centrally controlled and exploited by the United States and its allies. So that was a major issue.

Joshua Bell – Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Chef Mario Batali — Accused of Playing Hide the Tip

From TMZ:

According to a lawsuit filed today in L.A. County Superior Court, a former bartender and a former server at Mario’s famous Pizzeria Mozza restaurant claim Batali and his business partner ran a tip-stealing scheme.

So how did the scheme work? According to the ex-employees, Batali and his partner created something called a “Wine Program” — into which they funneled a certain percentage of tips that were paid by credit card … and kept it for themselves.

The employees claim the practice was also going down at Batali’s higher-end restaurant next door, Osteria Mozza. The employees go on to claim that they weren’t provided with adequate breaks and that they weren’t paid promptly upon being let go. They’re looking for unspecified damages … which means, ‘a lot.’

If you think you’ve heard this story before — it’s because Batali was just hit with a lawsuit on the other coast for allegedly running a similar scheme at his famous NY eatery, Babbo.


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