Fail of the Olympics




CBS is throwing shade.

Ok, but this is still a million times better than I could dive, or really enter a pool in any fashion, so I’d still be impressed.

Ok so a) this is actually a literal “fail” as in a failed dive, 0 points, no moving on from the prelims for you, very embarrassing, if I did it in practice I’d be embarrassed by this dive, b) most likely hurt somewhere in the range of very painful stinging for hours to agonizing welts that last days, and c) I hope he had a chance to get back up there when the competition was done and complete it because that crap can haunt the hell out of you. He lost control of his pike (that’s why they are higher DD dives - and more often trotted out at the Olympics where you need all the edge you can get) and therefore his rotation - sucks, but it’s part of a slippery sport. There were a lot of boned  dives last night - did anyone see Qin Kai’s terrible 4 1/2, or the Venezuelan/British/Russian break downs, etc?

On a much brighter note, Zakharov’s final dive thrilled the pants off of me!
My pants literally fell off at that. Gorgeous!

"Is there anyone who thinks sexual harassment is a real thing? Is there anyone who doesn’t know it’s all a lawyers’ ramp, like "racial discrimination"? You pay a girl a compliment nowadays, she runs off and gets lawyered up. Is this any way to live?"

Yeah dude, I know exactly what you mean.

Like the last time I went into the office, I told an intern, “You totally look hot when you’re researching my stories.” She didn’t respond, so to show how much appreciated her hotness, I gave her a love-tap on her fanny when she walked past.

Now she’s all screaming “Sexual Harassment!” And dude in HR is all like, “This is a serious issue, Mr. Coates.” And and I’m all like, “Bros Before Hos!” And they’re all like, “Hostile Work Environment.” And I’m all like, “Awesome Work Environment!” And my editors are all like, “Fireable Offense.” And I’m all like, “Men get harassed, too!” She tells me “Nice suit” and it’s fine. I tell her “Nice rack” and everyone gets all law-suity.

Anyway dude, it looks like this is my last post here at The Atlantic.

Totally not cool, bro. That chick was harassing me. With her hotness.

 -Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic


Occupy Harvard? Students Hold Walk-Out, Protest Course Of Romney Advisor Gregory Mankiw | Radio Boston


It’s a long hike from the mud-caked tents of Dewey Square to the polished wood and stained glass of Harvard University’s Memorial Hall, but on Tuesday, Occupy Boston came to campus.

And they brought their Occupy-style call-and-response.

“Oh my god, this is a lot of people,” organizer Rachel Sandalow-Ash said.
“Oh my god, this is a lot of people,” the group repeated.
“This is very exciting.”
“This is very exciting.”

About 50 students and Occupy supporters walked out of the introductory economics class taught by professor Gregory Mankiw, a conservative economist who serves as an advisor to presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and was Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors under President George W. Bush.

“This course will influence Harvard graduates.”
“This course will influence Harvard graduates.”

“Harvard students have been complicit,”
“Harvard students have been complicit,”
“Have aided,”
“Have aided,”
“Many of the worst injustices in recent years.”
“Many of the worst injustices in recent years.”

“Harvard students will not do that anymore.”
“Harvard students will not do that anymore.”

 Go Crimson!


My letter to the President


The following was sent to the Whitehouse…

Dear Mr. President

 I wanted to take a moment to ask you a question. First a little about me:

 I am an Obama supporter. I have donated to your campaigns; not much though, I don’t have anything left. I support you to my peers, to my friends and to my family. I support your dream of hope. I know that you have a plate that is so full that it is hard to even notice if things fall off. Mr. President, I am an American.

 I am your age. In fact you are only a couple of months older than I am. I relate to you Mr. President in a way that many cannot. I also understand the pressures you have on you and I can say that I doubt I could do your job. I am, however, grateful that you have chosen to do it.

 Mr. President I can remember when my older brother went off to fight in Vietnam. I remember my father and I taking him to the airport after boot camp. I asked my father where (and why) he was going. My father only said he was going to defend us. I didn’t ask any more questions.

 I remember shortly thereafter when my father woke me up to see Neil Armstrong land and walk on the moon. My father told me that I was witnessing history and I would remember it for the rest of my life.

 A new history is unfolding now Mr. President. Young and old, hipsters and hippies, “gangsta’s” and suits, grandparents and grandchildren alike are taking to the streets of our country and occupying Wall  St., Boston and other places throughout our great land. These people are the 99% and so am I.

 Mr. President, a war has begun - a war that was started long before anyone took to the streets. You know about this war and are stuck in the middle. Sir, very soon this war may get more violent than some peaceful protesters getting arrested in violent ways. That could make this turn very ugly and neither you nor I want to see that.

 I know that you have a difficult job and that it is hard for you to take sides. However I think it’s time that you reach out to your constituents, the ones that will re-elect you (I hope). Please Mr. President, address the 99%. Talk to us, understand us, and, for God’s sake, support us.

 You speak of change. This is change and it’s time to truly support it. This is your opportunity Mr. President. This is your opportunity to be remembered as “the greatest since FDR” or to only be remembered as “the first Black president.”

 You are better than that, Sir. Please give FDR a run for his money, Sir. Address the issue at hand.

 A concerned American named,

Michael J. Albany

Occupy America.

Because we do.