Till the End of the Day

So I just went down a pretty depressing Google-hole (Wiki-hole? whatever you’d call it when it mostly involves Google). First, I looked at Married…With Children to see what years that aired (germane to a conversation with a coworker). I noticed that the role of Al Bundy was originally offered to comic Sam Kinison. Oh, man, I thought, what a missed opportunity!  Sure, it probably didn’t seem like the greatest role ever to play, but Ed O’Neil’s now on the Emmy-award-stealing Modern Family these days—what the hell has Sam Kinison been doing these past few decades? Oh, shit. So, turns out he was killed by a 17-year-old drunk driver in 1992. The driver got a year of probation and 300 hours of community service. So that was a sad time.

Anyways, here’s some things to read:

Today in Fuck You: Bill O’Reilly doesn’t believe that white privilege exists.

Hospitals having financial problems in states that refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

38 maps that explain the global economy.

Seriously, though, the U.S. policy on sugar is fucked up.

There are going to be a bunch more Republican House members who don’t like Speaker Boehner.

Unlikely, but interesting: What if in independent candidate from Kansas tipped control of the Senate?

Lol Britain would be the second-poorest U.S. state.

Personally I disagree: Reclining in an airplane seat should be illegal.

Great profile of legend Phil Hartman.

Listen to a conservative judge ripping apart arguments against same-sex marriage.

Ohio lawmakers want to ban teaching the scientific process.

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Watch: The first trailer for Amazon’s “Transparent”

Back in February, Amazon put out another batch of pilots to be tested and voted on by subscribers. Among these was one of the most original, touching and funny episodes of any television show I’ve ever seen. “Transparent” stars Jeffrey Tambor as a father who late in life decides to come out as transsexual to his adult children. The show doesn’t just orbit on his gender identity, though, as much as it is one story out of many that are happening among the family. Thankfully, the folks at Amazon decided to bring it to series, and I’m super excited for it to debut on Amazon Video on September 26.

Don’t let the trailer fool you, though, it’s actually really hilarious too.

Morning Constitutional – Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Good morning, everybody. Full House may be coming back. Now, your morning constitutional:

An open-ended ceasefire between Israel and Gaza that went into effect Tuesday evening was holding at least into Wednesday.

Islamic State militants reportedly executed a number of Syrian army soldiers after taking a Syrian air base this weekend. A U.N. panel said Wednesday that the Syrian government has likely continued using chlorine gas and that the Islamic State has committed crimes against humanity.

The Obama administration has ruled out cooperating with Syrian President Bashir Assad on airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria.

Douglas McCain, an American, was killed in battle in Syria while fighting for the Islamic State.

Ukraine on Wednesday accused Russia of stepping up military operations in the annexed Crimea peninsula.

Both candidates in Afghanistan’s deadlocked presidential election withdrew their observers from the United Nations audit that was supposed to resolve the dispute.

Rebels in South Sudan deny allegations that they shot down a U.N. helicopter.

A nine-year-old with an Uzi in Arizona accidentally shot and killed her shooting instructor Tuesday.

Since the Senate is incapable of doing anything, the Obama administration is looking to form an international climate change agreement instead of a treaty, which would have to be ratified by the Senate.

President Obama Tuesday promised veterans that he would issue orders to improve mental health care and housing support.

The number of homeless veterans is really falling.

Nobody’s happy with FIFA possibly allowing some matches of next year’s Women’s World Cup to be played on artificial turf.

HHS bringing in Kevin Counihan, who previously ran Connecticut’s successful healthcare exchange, to take charge of HealthCare.gov.

Finally, Virginia town repeals ban on “magic arts.”

Morning Constitutional – Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Good morning, everybody. Didn’t actually watch the Emmys, but we assume we did a good job picking the winners. Anyways, here’s your morning constitutional:

The U.S. has begun flying surveillance planes over Syria, which could lead the way for U.S. air strikes in the country.

Ukraine released video that allegedly shows that they have captured 10 Russian soldiers ahead of high-level peace talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Minsk. Russia said the Russians were in Ukraine “by accident.” According to the AP, weapons have been coming through Krasnodon in rebel-held eastern Ukraine from the direction of Russia and heading west to where rebels are fighting Ukrainian forces.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday dissolved parliament and called for new elections on October 26.

Israel bombed two Gaza City high rises on Tuesday in a further escalation of the conflict.

Egypt and the United Arab Emirites launched secret air strikes against Islamist militias in Libya.

Out in the “laboratories of democracy,” Vermont does something right.

Republican Senate candidate highlights the killer of journalist James Foley in a campaign ad.

A deadlocked Federal Election Commission has created a huge amount of unofficial election law by not acting.

How Qatar helped free a U.S. journalist held hostage in Syria.

South Africa’s successful fight against AIDS is due largely to one U.S. program, and that program is moving elsewhere.

Burger King to buy Tim Horton’s for $11.4 billion in an effort to move to Canada to avoid U.S. corporate taxes.

President Obama’s federal court nominees still wait way, way longer to be confirmed than any previous president’s.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) weighing a presidential run

Republican staffers look to get in the lobbying business if the Republicans take the Senate in November.

Finally, python lives in family’s house for a week undetected.

Your Official 2014 V+V Guide to Who Should Win the Emmys

It’s that time of year again: The awards for people who make stuff on the TV. Here’s who we think should and definitely will win tonight live on NBC®:

Outstanding Drama Series
Meh.

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Meh.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series
Meh.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series
Meh.

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series
Meh.

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
Meh.

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series
Meh.

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series
Meh.

Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series
Meh.

Outstanding Comedy Series
Meh.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series
Meh.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series
Meh.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series
Meh.

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series
Andre Braugher or GTFO

Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
Meh.

Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series
Meh.

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Meh.

Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series
Meh.

Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Meh.

Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Meh.

Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Meh.

Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Meh.

Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
Meh.

Outstanding Directing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special
Meh.

Outstanding Reality Competition Program
Meh.

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program
Meh.

Outstanding Structured Reality Program
Meh.

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program
Meh.

Outstanding Variety Series
Meh.

Outstanding Directing For A Variety Series
Meh.

Outstanding Writing For A Variety Series
Meh.

Outstanding Variety Special
Meh.

Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special
Meh.

Outstanding Writing For A Variety Special
Meh.

Morning Constitutional – Monday, 25 August 2014

Good morning, folks. Nicki Minaj had a wardrobe malfunction. Now, your morning constitutional:

Islamic State militants have taken control of a military air base in northern Syria. The Syrian foreign minister said Monday that his country would welcome U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria so long as President Bashar Assad was warned ahead of time.

Ukraine claimed Monday that a group of armed Russian militants, under the guise of separatist rebels, have crossed into Ukraine with the intention of opening a new front in the conflict.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has resigned following a show of insubordination from the economy minister and President Hollande consequently calling for a new government.

After an attack on Libya’s main international airport, the patchwork of violence in Libya is threatening to become an outright civil war.

Burger King is in talks to buy Tim Horton’s in a tax deal that would move Burger King to Canada to avoid U.S. corporate taxes. Nine questions about corporate tax inversions.

Vendors are offering governments technology capable of tracking anybody who carries a mobile phone.

Advocates for the homeless pushing for violence against homeless to be eligible for hate-crime status.

No, the U.S. is not being swamped by a libertarian wave.

British Embassy trolls the U.S. in a tweet.

Finally, in Texas, a babysitter set “disrespectful kids” house on fire.