Oliver Stone’s W. Teaser Trailer

From FirstShowing.net:

Are you ready for this? George W. Bush that drinks and gambles? The first teaser trailer for Oliver Stone’s W. biopic has just hit and it’s not that bad! I’m not sure it will be any good either, but I’m going to leave that judgment up to you. I’m amazed to see that they’re showing him in such a revealing light throughout all of this trailer. He looks like a troublemaker and the trailer poses an interesting question – how did he get into the White House?!

Police: Accused shooter hated liberals, wanted to be killed

From Knoxnews:

The shotgun-wielding suspect in Sunday’s mass shooting at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church was motivated by a hatred of “the liberal movement,” and he planned to shoot until police shot him, Knoxville Police Chief Sterling P. Owen IV said this morning.

Jim D. Adkisson, 58, of Powell wrote a four-page letter in which he stated his “hatred of the liberal movement,” Owen said. “Liberals in general, as well as gays.”

Adkisson said he also was frustrated about not being able to obtain a job, Owen said.

The letter, recovered from Adkisson’s black 2004 Ford Escape, which was parked in the church’s parking lot at 2931 Kingston Pike, indicates he had been planning the shooting for about a week.

“He fully expected to be killed by the responding police,” the police chief said.

Owen said Adkisson specifically targeted the church for its beliefs, rather than a particular member of the congregation.

“It appears that church had received some publicity regarding its liberal stance,” the chief said. The church has a “gays welcome” sign and regularly runs announcements in the News Sentinel about meetings of the Parents, Friends and Family of Lesbians and Gays meetings at the church.

The Waiter on Tipping Tendencies of British Tourists

The Waiter from Waiter Rant wrote a guest post on The Guardian’s blog on British Tourists and the way they tip. This didn’t go over too well in the comment section.

When I return with the drinks the couple asks me about some local tourist attractions and a nice conversation develops. I discover my customers are a recently retired couple from Leeds visiting the United States for the first time. They’re wonderful people. Polite and well mannered, they remember to say please and thank you – something American customers often fail to do.

But I can almost guarantee these nice people are going to leave me a horrible tip.

Waiters, unlike servers in Europe, are not paid a salary. In the state of New York servers are paid $4.60 an hour. That’s below the state’s minimum wage of $7.15 an hour. The expectation is that our tips, coupled with a small hourly wage, will raise our compensation to the minimum wage level or above.

Whether you think it’s fair or not, American waiters depend on tips for the bulk of their income. Many British customers aren’t aware that the customary tip is 15 – 20% of the bill and unwittingly leave a substandard tip. They think $5 on a $100 check is perfectly acceptable. It isn’t. (There are also Europeans who know about American tipping customs but feign ignorance to save a few bucks.)

After one too many bad tips, American servers develop an antipathy toward customers from the UK. I know one server who cringes whenever he hears someone speaking with an English accent. And if you think I’m being mean xenophobic, I’m not. British nationals working as waiters in the US don’t want to wait on their country folk either.

Will Draw Anything For $2

From Yirmumah.com:

A few years ago, predating anyone who was doing this sort of thing an acquintance of mine named Dan Larson (visit his work!) who was part of the PV Comics hub we were all in did a “Dan Larson Will Draw Anything For A Dollar” and we all thought it was hilarious. He wisely ditched the idea and for years I’ve wanted to try it and never had time, until recently when I was shafted by corporate america. I upped the price to 2 dollars due to inflation and the price of gas and… well, 2 dollars sounds funnier.

(via Lone Gunman)