August 31, 2015

Biggest scoreboard, smallest bags

Everything's bigger in Texas.

Except the bags you can carry. 

Here are the rules for AT&T Stadium in Dallas: "Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to, the following: all purses, bags or containers larger than a small clutch bag; coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, luggage of any kind, computer bags, camera bags, binocular cases, diaper bags and seat cushions."

But hey — other than that, bring whatever bag you want!

August 30, 2015

We're No. 3!

When it comes to football tailgating, Wisconsin is No. 3 in the nation, according to Tailgater Magazine. Only LSU and Oregon are ranked higher.

That's incredible. There's such thing as Tailgater Magazine!

August 26, 2015

Is Oshkosh newspaper ignoring huge Oshkosh news?

Big news today from Wisconsin: a local company won a $6.75 billion contract to build the light trucks that will replace Humvees for the U.S. Army and Marine Corps.

This feels like a huge win for a city of 66,000 people in Winnebago County, located about an hour and a half away from both Milwaukee and Madison. Here's how two big news outlets covered the story:

  • Wall Street Journal: "Oshkosh Wins $6.75 Billion Military Contract to Replace Humvee"
  • Washington Post: "Oshkosh Defense wins major Pentagon contract to build Humvee replacement"

Cool, let's see how this news is playing back home. Here's how the local newspaper, the Oshkosh Northwestern, covered this game-changing story:

7:15 a.m. CDT and no mention of the Humvee news.


Edit: After some Googling, I found this Oshkosh Northwestern article. Okay, so they did cover the story. It's still super weird that they didn't put it on their front page, though. 

August 24, 2015

Pass the ice cream salad

The Washington Post has an article today titled "Why Salad Is So Overrated."

Lettuce, it seems, "occupies precious crop acreage, requires fossil fuels to be shipped, refrigerated, around the world, and adds nothing but crunch to the plate."

But that's lettuce. What about salads, which is what the headline calls out? There's pasta salads and grain-based salads and watermelon/feta salads. Clearly we've decided that "salad" just means "stuff mixed with stuff." And how can that be overrated?

August 06, 2015

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them

In today's New York Times, journalist Jeff Greenfield says this about Jon Stewart: “There are a lot of journalists who watch Stewart and envy the freedom he has. You can’t go on television when you’re a journalist and say, ‘Senator X is a bald-faced liar.’

Wait a minute. Why not? If Senator X is lying, then why can't a journalist point that out?

March 19, 2013

Finally, a Washington Post paywall

The Washington Post announced this week that it will charge money for online access to its content. The newspaper reported that until now it has shied away from an online paywall "for fear of driving away readers."

As a consumer, I'm disappointed that this mentality — the fear that charging money will scare away customers — isn't pervasive everywhere.

Imagine if car dealers were afraid to charge money for their product for fear that fewer people would come into their dealerships.

January 09, 2013

George Bush's final snub

Oh, did you hear?

We're done snubbing George W. Bush.

Today's issue of Politico has reported that the final snub has taken place. 

That's it everyone. No more snubs.

December 18, 2012

Let's hope they don't get the NYT in Pakistan

While making the case for John Kerry's diplomacy chops, the New York Times printed this anecdote from an anonymous member of Obama's national security team:

Pakistani officials tried to get Mr. Kerry to write what they called a “blood oath” that the United States would never take action to seize Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal. Mr. Kerry found a diplomatic way out, saying the United States had no “designs” on Pakistan’s weapons. “It meant nothing,” a member of Mr. Obama’s national security team said later. “And it solved the crisis. Quite artfully.”
It meant nothing. Don't worry, world, our nation's top diplomates don't mean what they say.