Monthly Archives: July 2011

Freudian Slip of the Day

Jonathan Chait on his TNR blog:

Last Spring, Republicans threatened to shut down the federal government in order to force domestic spending cuts. House Speaker John Boehner managed to ass a bill. But a subsequent CBO analysis found the immediate savings were quite small. Conservatives went ballistic and vowed they won’t get fooled again.

I know, he meant “pass a bill.” But “ass” sounds better, and is actually a more accurate description of what happened.

ESPN: The Book: The Movie

News Item: ESPN history “Some Guys Have All the Fun” to become a movie
I suppose the success of “The Social Network” now means we’ll get a big-screen origin story of every corporation. I’m sure the ESPN movie would be good, but my questions are, how can it not possibly be ten hours long, and how will ESPN itself deal with the release of the movie? I can’t imagine they’ll want to promote it.

Quote of the Day

Jeffrey Goldberg, on the Norway shooter and his American inspirations:

“I would say this to anyone, liberal commentators, and also (and especially sometimes, given the rhetoric) to Fox commentators who portray the President, and others with whom they disagree, as enemies of America. But on Pamela Geller and the target of her demonization: I believe that the mass of Muslim Americans are loyal, law-abiding citizens, and that many of them came here, in fact, to escape extremism, fanaticism and violence. And therefore, I believe that Pamela Geller’s broad-brush condemnation of people and their religion (remember, she thinks that Islam is intrinsically evil) can create conditions in which people could get hurt. Yes, she has a right to free speech. But she has a moral duty to keep herself from using language that could physically endanger her fellow citizens. When you state, over and over again, that Muslims — all Muslims — are followers of an evil religion, you create conditions in which innocent Muslims could get hurt.”