Morning News and Stuff

Sep 16, 2011 at 9:46 am

The game of Cornhole has apparently spread from its modest beginnings in some West Sider's backyard all the way to the Northeast, thanks largely to a Fox News anchor who in 2005 took a set from his hometown back to New York and started teaching other people how to throw the beanbags at a hole in a piece of wood. The New York Times checks in with this report on the unfortunately named game. Now a bunch of mopes in Brooklyn are playing it, and it will probably be featured in a Kings of Leon video soon.—-

3CDC: “Hey Fountain Square food vendors, get the [expletive] out!

The Postal Service is considering closing 10 mail centers in Ohio, including one in Cincinnati that employs 1,200 people, due to declining revenues and lack of mail to deliver. (Write somebody a letter, ya lazy bastards!) Same thing is happening in Michigan.

Dear Enquirer online headline writer: Why does your headline reference the final line of the story? Y'all ever heard of the inverted pyramid?!? (No? Only web hits? OK, my B.)

The Atlantic this month offered this look at “the litany of scandals in recent years have made the corruption of college sports constant front-page news.”

“Why,” asked Bryce Jordan, the president emeritus of Penn State, “should a university be an advertising medium for your industry?”

Vaccaro did not blink. “They shouldn’t, sir,” he replied. “You sold your souls, and you’re going to continue selling them. You can be very moral and righteous in asking me that question, sir,” Vaccaro added with irrepressible good cheer, “but there’s not one of you in this room that’s going to turn down any of our money. You’re going to take it. I can only offer it.”

Fox News anchor Andy Levy Twitter-burned R&B singer/alleged woman beater Chris Brown, responding to Brown's tweet of “No more planking for me unless it's on a sexy lady. Lol” with “You spelled “punching wrong” RT @chrisbrown No more planking for me unless it's on a sexy lady. Lol.” (That's how Twitter works.)

Dated, petty, chasing caustic, unsubstantiated gossip? Sounds like certain Republicans' background checks on President Obama. Nope, just a New York Times description of a new book about the Palin family by Joe McGinnis, a weird guy who moved next door to the Palins while writing it.

Also sounds like a good read.

"The power Palin has to incite hatred and her willingness and readiness to do it... She has pushed a button and unleashed the hounds of hell and now that they're out there slavering, and barking and growling," McGinniss told NBC's Matt Lauer. "And that's the same kind of tactic, and I'm not calling her a Nazi, but that's the same kind of tactic that the Nazi troopers used in Germany in the '30s and I don't think there's any place for it America."

Anyway, the Palins are none-too-pleased, and McGinniss is unapologetic.

When McGinniss was asked how he'd feel if his and Palin's roles were reversed in the situation, the author had this to say: "I would go over and shake hands and give them a plate of cookies and say 'Welcome to the neighborhood.'"

Brad Pitt: “I didn't mean marriage with Anniston was 'pathetic,' I meant … You know what I meant.”

Scientists have discovered a planet that orbits two suns like that one in Star Wars. Don't worry — NASA says the planet is “cold, gaseous and not thought to harbor life.”

Bye, bye arctic sea ice. It was nice knowing ya.