Why is it that accounting has the best food? I don’t even bother bringing lunch some days, I just mosey down to accounting and steal food. It’s shameless but terribly economical. Haven’t looked at the news all weekend so let’s see:
* The President and State Dept. leaders are meeting to discuss new ideas on Iraq, while outgoing UN Secretary-General Kofi Anan, blasted the US in his departing address. Iraq is a giant debacle, but it’s a debacle that could have been prevented had 10 years of ignored UN sanctions been worth than the wasted paper on which they were printed. The new UN Secretary-General is Ban Ki Moon of South Korea, continuing the UN’s long tradition of SCs with goofy names.
* Richard Daley is running for his sixth term is Mayor of Chicago, which will make him that town’s czar for even longer than his father was.
* The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that spectators at a murder trial were free to wear buttons bearing a picture of the victim in front of the jury that convicted the defendant. Who makes those buttons? Who thought of that? Why is THAT what I thought about after reading the article?
* Illinois Sen. Barrack Obama was encouraged to run for President in 2008, after meeting with officials in New Hampshire. If elected, Obama would have the wackiest name of any President since Millard Fillmore. Yeah, I’m focusing a lot on wacky names today. It’s a Monday. I’m scattered.
* Former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet died at 91 and was denied a state funeral on the grounds that he was a giant, giant bastard. That wasn’t the official reason, but I’m just stating the obvious.
* Ohio St. Quarterback Troy Smith became the sixth player from OSU to take home the Heisman Trophy, college football’s highest honor.
* After trying a synthetic basketball that players were openly hostile toward, the NBA is moving back to a leather ball. Yes, this is news. It’s right here in the paper.
* San Diego Chargers running back, LaDanian Tomlinson, broke the NFL record for most rushing touchdowns in a season, netting his 29th in a victory over the Broncos.
* UCLA is still #1 in the Men’s NCAA basketball poll.
* Former Miami, Seattle Seahawks, and Oregon St. coach Dennis Erickson, was introduced as the new head football coach at Arizona St.
* Doha, Qatar is making a bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics. For those of you unfamiliar with Qatar (which newspeople pronounce “Gutter”), it’s in the Middle East. Stuff doesn’t blow up in Qatar AS much as in other countries in the region, but I think if you stick the Olympics there, a lot of people will try to change that.
* Yankees pitcher Andy Pettite resigned with the team, 1 year, $16 million.
* The Oakland A’s signed free agent catcher Mike Piazza to a 1 year, $8.5 million contract. Piazza will probably, given his age, DH for the team.
* Apocalypto opened at #1 at the box office with $14.8 million. Mel Gibson’s Mayan drama had been looked at as a litmus test for the star after his anti-Semitic drunken rant earlier this year.
* New York Film Critics hailed United 93 as 2006’s Best Picture (which it very well may be).
* Los Angeles Film Critics tapped Letters From Iwo Jima as the best film of the year, the second such honor it’s earned in two weeks.
* The American Film Institute can never make up its mind, so it released its 10 best movies of 2006: Borat, United 93, Dreamgirls, Babel, The Devil Wears Prada, Happy Feet, Inside Man, Half-Nelson, Letters from Iwo Jima, and Little Miss Sunshine (agree with 93, Borat, and Inside Man…..Happy Feet sucked, need to see the rest).
* The halftime performer at Super Bowl XLI is going to be Prince. My fiancee’s inexplicable fascination with said performer prevents me from making snide and/or inappropriate remarks, which is all I find myself with after hearing that news.