DAILY BRIEFING  8:40 am November 5, 2009

At Least Everyone Can Agree It Will Be Nice To Have Football On At Bars Again!

by Juli Weiner

  • Last night the Yankees baseball team won the competition that determines the best baseball team of all the other baseball teams! [New York Times]
  • 600 UN staffers in Afghanistan will leave the country for a few weeks while the UN works to find them housing that will be harder to blow up. [Washington Post]
  • Hurricane Ida is currently in the midst of hitting Nicaragua. It’s expected to bring with it 25 inches of rain, mudslides, all the tradition hurricane accoutrement, etc. [CNN]
  • Exxon Mobil and Shell have won the World Series of receiving the rights to oil fields in southern Iraq! The Phillies did not win this either. [WSJ]
  • Cash bonuses on Wall Street will be up 40% this year. [Reuters]
  • Later this week, Toyota will be sending out a drivers’ mat recall, as the acceleration pedal can get caught in drivers’ mats in certain models. [Los Angeles Times]
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angelove November 5, 2009 at 8:48 am

That’s great. I like football and make friends who have the same interest with me on diamondsingle.com. It’s very cool.

ManchuCandidate November 5, 2009 at 8:52 am

Only 1 diamond whores? Pass. I prefer at least two diamonds.

So long spammer.

BeWoot November 5, 2009 at 8:53 am

Will Intern Riley be available today to cover the “thousands” of “people” who will be pouring into Washington to day to tell the “Congress critters” to send health care reform “to the death panels (that’s section 1233 in the original bill)”? Apparently Michele Bachman, joined now by Mark Levin and the mighty Red State have summoned true believers to bring their pitchforks, torches and sweet reason to show Congress exactly what real Americans look like on a weekday. Pictures and a head count would be greatly appreciated …

ManchuCandidate November 5, 2009 at 8:56 am

Doesn’t Riley suffer enough having to read Malkin et al everyday so we don’t have to?

I’ve seen enough photos of the “tru” believers to know the poor kid is going to have to deal with waves of fat, sweat and stupid.

disgustedcitizen November 5, 2009 at 9:00 am

I’ll be willing to bet that there are a couple of Cuba pick up teams that could wax the NY Yankees.

the problem child November 5, 2009 at 9:04 am

Sounds dangerous, Toyota. Also you, Ida.
But probably neither is as dangerous as being an international worker in Afghanistan.

More guns are clearly needed, for self-defense.

greywindz November 5, 2009 at 9:05 am
the problem child November 5, 2009 at 9:05 am

[re=450845]disgustedcitizen[/re]: No kidding. Dominican too.

Formerly Preferred November 5, 2009 at 9:07 am

Clearly, the answer is sending hurricane relief to the oil fields in Southern Iraq. Also, we should mine the harbor in Kabul to make sure no hurricanes sneak in there.

The floor mat thing finally adds at least the possibility of driving excitement to the Toyota line.

BeWoot November 5, 2009 at 9:07 am

[re=450842]ManchuCandidate[/re]: That is heroic duty, you’re right. Maybe Sarah would enjoy a day out of the house. But I’m so curious about how many, if any, fat-sweat-stupid carriers will respond to Michele’s and Erick ibn Erick’s clarion call.

p.s. Fuck the Yankees.

PoliticalGraffiti November 5, 2009 at 9:09 am

[re=450850]BeWoot[/re]: i second “fuck the yankees”

WarAndG November 5, 2009 at 9:12 am

Good baseball is over. Now ESPN can cover Michelle Bachmann’s Teabagging Super Bowel of Freedom For Corporate Healthcare and Jebus Cavalcade of Wing-Nut Bat Shit Loonballery (TM).

Toomush Infermashun November 5, 2009 at 9:21 am

Don’t misunderestimate the Idiocracy…maybe those Teabaggers will run into some of the Indian Nations Obama’s bringing in to redirect the economy more toward a full-fledged government casino today…scalps, anyone…?

bluemoose November 5, 2009 at 9:23 am

Is there any channel that will be covering this humorous Hill event besides Fox?

4tehlulz November 5, 2009 at 9:24 am

Anyone know the over-under on guns brought by teabaggers to this event? My employer blocks gambling sites.

Aflac Shrugged November 5, 2009 at 9:25 am

[re=450846]the problem child[/re]: “They shall greet us with detonators.”

user-of-owls November 5, 2009 at 9:26 am


1. Evacuate the aid workers and coastal Nicas.

2. Give half the Yankees a one-way ticket to Kabul, the other half get a one-way to Managua.

3. Pareto Optimality!!

TGY November 5, 2009 at 9:41 am

As a follow-up, Bush and Clinton have called off their has-been debate:

“But the New York Post reported on Wednesday afternoon that Bush and Clinton have cancelled the event because the promoter had “overhyped” the joint appearance.”

Flanders November 5, 2009 at 9:47 am

[re=450835]angelove[/re]: You’re in the wrong place for that, honey. Keep moving.

Flanders November 5, 2009 at 9:51 am

[re=450858]user-of-owls[/re]: Awww, an econ reference! You’re after my heart. *wink*

freakishlystrong November 5, 2009 at 9:52 am

[re=450861]TGY[/re]: You mean it wasn’t going to be a to-the-death cage match? What good was it then?

AfghanVet November 5, 2009 at 9:52 am

Ahhh…and Big Oil finance departments celebrate as there spreadsheets showing the potential profitability of supporting Dick’s war pays off! Too bad they will get in and start pumping just as we are leaving and it will all be blown up. Shock Doctrine indeed.

magic titty November 5, 2009 at 9:55 am

[re=450850]BeWoot[/re]: [re=450851]PoliticalGraffiti[/re]: Aww. And fuck you guys too.

Come here a minute November 5, 2009 at 10:01 am

I’m pretty sure it is just going to be hockey in bars; I haven’t heard anything about football. Maybe they canceled the season this year? Go Caps!

Servo November 5, 2009 at 10:04 am

I say we adopt the Japanese pay standard – the ratio between the highest and lowest paid employees within a company is fixed.

pub_option November 5, 2009 at 10:04 am

Yankees win (BOO). Matsui as MVP, does this make him Mr. November – or as one on-line translator delivered – Juuichigatsu San.

Mild Midwesterner November 5, 2009 at 10:05 am

Wait a sec… So they finally figured out a way to make a Toyota accelerate quickly and now they’re recalling it?

forgracie November 5, 2009 at 10:08 am
DemmeFatale November 5, 2009 at 10:19 am

Oh, thank God baseball is over!
Now we can focus on things like the dreary economy, and how everyone is disappointed in Obama.

Mr Blifil November 5, 2009 at 10:36 am

[re=450879]pub_option[/re]: I don’t think Matsui is even American. I’d settle for “born in Hawaii” but wtf?

JMP November 5, 2009 at 10:41 am

[re=450851]PoliticalGraffiti[/re]: Yes, fuck them very, very much.

[re=450879]pub_option[/re]: That was a mistake – Brad Lidge should have been the Yanks’ MVP. Ugh. How could he be so good last year, and suck so bad this year?

proudgrampa November 5, 2009 at 10:42 am

Who are the Yankees and why do people want to fuck them?

RoscoePColtraine November 5, 2009 at 10:43 am

But if you stick your floor mat behind the brake pedal, it should balance out the problem with the acceleration pedal. Problem solved.

Jim89048 November 5, 2009 at 10:49 am

So once again we have a “World” Series and forgot to invite the world. OK, I get it. Coalition of the willing, or something. However, my last box of Dominican cigars contained both a pitcher and a designated hitter, so there is that.

DemmeFatale November 5, 2009 at 10:58 am

[re=450909]proudgrampa[/re]: I guess people want to fuck them because they’re smokin’ hot, and because they’re winners.

(Yeah, I went there.)

gossipgirl November 5, 2009 at 11:14 am

[re=450884]forgracie[/re]: Oh, it’s supposedly very true. Apparently, she’s alone, and doing something “too graphic for TMZ”. Wowzer.

[re=450927]DemmeFatale[/re]: Boo yah. Agreed, and screw all the haters!

Jim89048 November 5, 2009 at 11:15 am

[re=450884]forgracie[/re]: Does god kill a kitten whenever Prejean rubs one out, or is it just me?

gossipgirl November 5, 2009 at 11:16 am

[re=450940]Jim89048[/re]: Given that it was too graphic for TMZ – I’m guessing she had some, er, props…

WadISay November 5, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Now at least we know the answer to the question, can anyone beat a plucky little team with a whole lot of heart and a half billion freaking dollars?

momus November 5, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Hurricanes never cause mud slides in Florida! Those in Nicaragua must be the wrath of Hey Zeus (sp), he’s upset with the commies, there.

CaiteeCruelle November 5, 2009 at 2:26 pm

[re=450870]magic titty[/re]: You can fuck me, too.


CaiteeCruelle November 5, 2009 at 2:35 pm

[re=451092]momus[/re]: “Lift thine eyes, o lift thine eyes, (to) to the mountains whence cometh, whence cometh, whence cometh hel–” *glurgle*

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