Friday, November 20, 2009

Play Kniceley!

Times West Virginian publisher Andrew Kniceley (left)

. . . oh all right, there is more.

From Poynter:
used his newspaper to apologize for yelling at a football coach because his son played only three plays in a game. "I regret any embarrassment or discomfort that I have caused FSU [Fairmont State University], my newspaper and my family--especially my son Josh," writes the publisher, who is also chairman of the FSU board.

"I said to him I am not going to talk to you about this as long as you are coming at me like this," Lanham wrote. "He then said to me, 'I will talk to you when I want and where I want to talk to you.' . . . He kept coming at my chest to chest bump me and saying repeatedly, 'You will talk to me now.'"

Thankgiving Dinner

"Off to a good start--with hot spiced tomato soup. And then--for digestion's sake--smoke a Camel right after the soup."

(Click to engrossen).

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

"What Happened to Yesterday?"

"Sadly, the great Dock Ellis died last December at 63. A year before, radio producers Donnell Alexander and Neille Ilel, had recorded an interview with Ellis in which the former Pirate right hander gave a moment by moment account of June 12, 1970, the day he no-hit the San Diego Padres. Alexander and Ilels original four minute piece appeared March 29, 2008 on NPRs Weekend America. When we stumbled across that piece this past June, Blagden and Isenberg were inspired to create a short animated film around the original audio."

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Pronounced "Marie-sick"

The Stanford Cardinal's Owen Marecic plays both fullback and middle linebacker.

Stanford Coach Jim Harbaugh, a former NFL quarterback who played with such legendary tough guys as Mike Singletary and Ray Lewis, goes a step further.

"When I was a young football player, that was what I always dreamed of, being a player like him," Harbaugh says. "In 30 years of being around football and football teams, I've never seen a guy like this."

Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Hot Gun

And on a lighter note: Meet People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) pilot Zhou Shuai. (From China Daily)
"In many ways, Zhou is just like many ordinary young people. She is a fan of classical composers and modern pop singers, such as Stefanie Sun, Jay Chou and Fish Leong, and enjoys crime fiction novels and watching Detective Conan, a popular Japanese cartoon.
She also spends the majority of her salary--5,000 yuan ($732) a month--on skincare products, fashion magazines and clothes, which she said she hardly wears as she is usually in uniform on the base."

Photo: courtesy of PLA Air Force

An Army of Lies

Back to the Laser Pants but it's to level some grief at the US Army.

Once again, the Army's proven it's absolutely pathetic at gathering and providing correct information. Things started poorly at the Ft. Hood shootings when they reported that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was dead on the scene; he's not. Now, it seems that the story of how his killing spree was stopped may not be true either: the New York Times is reporting that a witness is saying that it was Senior Sgt. Mark Todd, a civilian police officer, who shot him, not Sgt. Kimberly D. Munley, who was shot by Maj. Hasan when she arrived on the scene.

This might be just the latest in what seems to be an ongoing pattern of completely fucking up reality for the Army. First was the 2003 tale of super soldier Pfc. Jessica Lynch, about whom the Army got pretty much every fact aside from her name wrong. From today's NY Times:
The confusion over what happened and the quickness of the military to label someone a hero seemed reminiscent of the case of Pfc. Jessica Lynch in 2003, when the Army initially reported Private Lynch had been captured in Iraq after a Rambo-like performance in which she emptied her weapon and was wounded in battle. It was later learned she had been badly hurt in a vehicle accident during an ambush and was being well cared for by the Iraqis.
Even her rescue drew later criticism for being overly dramatic and overblown as a daring commando raid--on a hospital at which there were no Iraqi troops.

Then's there's the really putrid way the Army lied and covered up the 2004 death by friendly fire of Cpl. Pat Tillman. A really disgraceful and disgraceful long-term campaign of lies, cover-ups, and indignities followed which did little to honor a pretty fascinating guy. Jon Krakauer has a new book about Tillman, "Where Men Win Glory."

So what's the deal with the Army? Why can't it get a story straight? Why is getting things wrong still so acceptable? And is the whole Army like this, or just the public relations branch?