Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Grammar Nazi

Snippets of awful prose and criminal copy editing to make you feel just a little bit smarter.

From an article by Josh Funk of the AP business desk.
A deal combining TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. and E-Trade Financial Corp. appeared unlikely Wednesday, several analysts said, even though such a combination would likely make economic sense economically.
And, financially.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Shark, Jumped

The freewheeling attitude to torture on 24 has always made me a bit queasy. But, in the light of the show's latest addition, I've decided I'm sending Jack Bauer some new thumb screws for Christmas.

Unrelated 24 Trivia: Marisol Nichols, who portrays the ever-so-serious and competent CTU analyst Nadia Yassir, got her first big break playing the improbably attractive upgrade version of Audrey Griswold in National Lampoon's Vegas Vacation.

Remember that one? Didn't think so.

Cancer Can Wait...

...because there's more important stuff what needs researchin'. Now if they'd only devote some of that precious time to studying the physiology of hangnails. Then we'd really be set.

Unless we have cancer, that is.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Still the King



...until A-Rod catches up, that is.

Lost in Translation

The American political scene is rife with hilarious names like Dick Armey, Mike Crapo and Orrin "G." Hatch, but sometimes you just have to go overseas to find a truly unfortunate political name. May I present to you Turkish politician Ufuk Uras:



I notice that he's set up shop at ufukuras.net, probably because ufukuras.com was already taken. Of course Dick Cheney has dibs on ufukurself.gov.

But now to the real question at hand: did our unfortunately-named candidate win a seat in the Turkish parliament in last month's elections? Ubet uras he did.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Rummy the Dummy

Disgraced ex-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld went before a House committee today to deny any cover-up in the Pat Tillman case.

"Nothing nefarious here," said the architect of America's involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq. "It's just that we're a phenomenal pack of idiots over at the Pentagon. You wouldn't believe some of the crap I've seen. I swear, it's a miracle we haven't nuked ourselves by accident yet. Nope, no cover-up at all. Honest."
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