Al Saracevic: Some people call them "revenue games." Others call them "paycheck" or "cupcake" games. Some refer to their opponents as "patsies." Every year, dozens of absurd mismatches appear on the college football schedule, pitting lesser programs against powerhouses. The big-name schools pay their patsies for the privilege, giving the smaller prorgrams a much-needed stream of revenue.
The Washington conventional wisdom presupposes a kind of symmetry between our polarized political parties. Liberals and conservatives, it is said, live in separate bubbles, where they watch different television networks, frequent different Web sites, and absorb different realities. The implication of this view is that both sides resemble each other in their twisted views of reality. Rachel Maddow and Sean Hannity, in other words, represent two sides of the same coin. read more
Your (unintentional) comedy for the day.
Georgia police are defending an officer's decision to use a taser on a 87-year-old elderly woman using a knife to cut dandelions. Law enforcement officials say the woman, Martha Al-Bishara, should have followed orders. But Al-Bishara does not speak English and did not understand the officer's request, her family says. ... Al-Bishara was cutting dandelions outside a local Boys and Girls Club nearby her home in Chatsworth to use in a salad, her family said. An employee called the police on her for walking around with a knife. "She's old so she can't get around too well, but," the employee said on the 911 recording. "Looks like she's walking around looking for something, like, vegetation to cut down or something. read more