What does it mean to be called a 'Nazi,' halftime propaganda, TSA the Playmobil way, cheap turkey humor, and that war thing.
The Vikings have fired Brad Childress, who apparently had nothing to do with last year's one-play-away-from-the-Super-Bowl and everything to do with this year's 3-and-7 record, judging by the sports talk shows.
What now? Leslie Frazier and owner Zygi Wilf will meet the media at 3 p.m., so presumably Frazier will take over as coach. But will it be coach or interim coach?
Frazier has his own drama going on. He's African American and the NFL has a rule that requires teams to interview African Americans whenever there's a coaching vacancy. So, with few exceptions, Frazier has gotten several interviews, shortly before NFL teams have hired a white head coach. Should this be his big chance or do you want someone with a bigger name?
And what about Mr. Favre? Do you let him start any more games, or suggest Mississippi is a nice place to spend December?
The comments section is open for your review.
Meanwhile, I'm choosing to remember the good times.(14 Comments)
This is the viral video of the day (so far). A young boy getting strip searched by the TSA:
Luke Tait, the person filming the scene, says TSA agents didn't care for the video. "He started to question me: 'Why was I recording the procedures of TSA?' 'What are your plans with this video?' " Tait told the Salt Lake Tribune. "I said it looked like something was going on; I never [before] saw a shirtless young boy getting patted down."
On its blog today, the Transportation Security Administration says the father removed the shirt after the boy set off a metal detector.
It should be mentioned that you will not be asked to and you should not remove clothing (other than shoes, coats and jackets) at a TSA checkpoint. If you're asked to remove your clothing, you should ask for a supervisor or manager.
"Right. We won't be asked to remove clothing - just our prosthetic breasts, our ostomy wafers, urine collection bags," a commenter said
Urine collection bag? CBS reports today that earlier this month a bladder cancer survivor from Michigan who wears a urostomy bag that collects his urine "says a rough pat-down by a security agent at Detroit Metropolitan Airport caused the bag to spill its contents on his shirt and pants."
Is there a better way to do this? Israel, which some people think should be the model for airport screening, profiles passengers.(5 Comments)
Duke University PhD candidate David Sparks has developed a fascinating county-level look at the changing politics of America.
It's a great reminder that what you think is permanent in politics, seldom is.
On his Web site, Sparks writes:
This animated interpretation accentuates certain phenomena: the breadth and duration of support for Roosevelt, the shift from a Democratic to a Republican South, the move from an ostensibly east-west division to the contemporary coasts-versus-heartland division, and the stability of the latter.
More broadly, this video is a reminder that what constitutes "politics as usual" is always in flux, shifting sometimes abruptly. The landscape of American politics is constantly evolving, as members of the two great parties battle for electoral supremacy.
But maybe it's not what Sparks thinks it is. A commenter writes:
First, I like the subject and the attempt. Second, big trouble always lurks when spatial data tied to a geographic coordinate system ( λ , φ ) are treated as if they are plotted on a Cartesian grid ( x, y ). Above and beyond the conspicuous distortions in your state shapes and sizes (the Mercator class of map projections creates larger distortions with increasing distance from the equator), your linear interpolation algorithm will, in effect, give more weight to northern and southern neighbors (and less weight to eastern and western neighbors) when it estimates the value for each output grid cell. This bias is much greater at cells in Michigan than it is at cells in Mississippi. Consequently, the spatial pattern you think you "see" in your display might reflect the unwanted distortion pattern as much as it reflects the election geography. Project your data properly - it'll be worth the effort.
(h/t: TPM)(1 Comments)
A tornado -- you read it right -- has hit Illinois this afternoon. Temperatures in the Chicago area hit near 70 just as hail hit the Wisconsin/Illinois border. A tornado watch is still up for sections of southern Wisconsin.
I'm sure I'm jumping the gun on colleague Paul Huttner, who writes the Updraft blog for MPR, but I couldn't wait to find out whether Minnesota has ever gotten a tornado in November.
According to the Minnesota Climatology Working Group, a tornado has never struck Minnesota this late in the year:
In Minnesota, tornadoes have occurred in every month from March through November. The earliest verified tornado in Minnesota occurred on March 18, 1968, north of Truman, and the latest in any year on November 16, 1931, east of Maple Plain. Historically and statistically, June is the month of greatest frequency with July not far behind. May has the third greatest frequency, followed closely by August. Nearly 3/4 of all tornadoes in Minnesota have occurred during the three months of May (15%), June (37%), and July (25%).
In 1996, fourteen tornadoes touched down in the state on October 26, according to the National Weather Service.
But of the 1,653 tornadoes that have hit Minnesota since 1950, only one came in November.