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Drew talks about ratcheted-up rhetoric, the NCAA tournament and some of Fark's favorite Headlines of the Week for 3/14 - 3/20. Duke sucks
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With last night's health care reform bill passed by Congress and likely to be signed by the President in the next few days, you'll be hearing lots more reaction to it. Expect to hear about what deals were cut and with whom, and the inevitable question to be asked by the television media on their local broadcasts: "So...what will healthcare reform mean for you?"

One interesting question remaining is whether the rhetoric, which has been ratcheted up to 11 over the last year, can (or will) be dialed back. David Frum made an interesting point that the bombast from the likes of Limbaugh, Hannity and Beck may be great for their own ratings, but it makes it more difficult for Republican legislators to negotiate a more appealing bill for their constituents.

Everybody who follows March Madness is crying this morning over their busted brackets in the tournament. Northern Iowa and St. Mary's have become the slayers of giants in the tourney, taking down Kansas and Villanova. Even for those people without brackets to root for, it's exciting to see an underdog slay Goliath. We never get sick of it. But make no mistake: this is why we won't see a playoff anytime soon in college football. This is their nightmare scenario: a major program with huge money invested wetting the bed on national television -- to a school that the average person hadn't heard of before the tournament.

There is no major football program in the nation that feels comfortable with that risk.

Which is a shame, because while there's a much greater element of risk, it makes the entire tournament that much more compelling. This is why college basketball is more exciting; it's dynamic. Anything can happen here, which is why even non-basketball fans get excited about the tournament, while bowl games aren't particularly compelling outside of their existing fanbase. There's real drama, crushing anguish and jumping-out-of-your-seat victory. And that unpredictability is what makes it so incredible.

Oh, and before I forget: Duke sucks.

Headlines Of The Week for Sun 2010-03-14 to Sat 2010-03-20:

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  Public to get peek at airport body scanners, and vice versa    
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  Apple iPad orders drop sharply over the weekend, should pick up about 28 days from now    
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  Dentist is accused of using paper clips instead of stainless steel posts inside the teeth of root canal patients. He's expected to be charged with wire fraud    
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  Father of the year candidate gets so drunk and stoned that he leaves his baby in the oven overnight. Authorities report that the child is safe, moist, and tender    
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  Dad leaps from a second story window and shoots his daughter's boyfriend in the groin when he sees him beating her up, guaranteeing whoever dates her in the future will always get her home before curfew    
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  Police suspect flees biting dog    
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  Man ends his electrician career to become a conductor    
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  "Moms' self esteem hurt by helpful dads" says Institute For Mens' Lazy-Ass Excuses    
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  Man sentenced to death for sorcery, apparently having failed his saving throw    
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  Southern Iceland evacuated following eruption of random ASCII characters at Eyjafjallajökull    
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Sports:

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  Tiger Woods to return to golf at Mistress ... I mean Masters, Masters    
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  Cubs want OK for illuminated Toyota sign at Wrigley Field. If approved, there'll be no stopping the Cubs this year    
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  12-year old diabetic NASCAR fan needs the Power Of FARK to win Toyota's racecar design contest. Because Kyle Busch is driving, and diabetics are used to pricks    
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Geek:

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  Mind-reading technology may be just around the corner. In other news, RIAA to start suing people for songs stuck in their heads    
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  Not satisfied with ID cards, pictures, fingerprints, retinal scans, body imagers and RF chips, the government is considering shoving something up your nose to verify your identity. All right, now they're just f*cking with us    
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  Newly discovered planet CoRoT may or may not have water and has temperature swings from -23°C to 157°C. Back home we just call that Denver    
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Showbiz:

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  Peter Graves' life is over, over    
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  MTV bans Lady Gaga/Beyonce video, along with every other video for the past fifteen years    
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  Actual headline: "Leo helps Kate through split." Well, you see, when an actor and an actress love each other very, very much, he takes his passenger steamship and rams it into her iceberg    
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Politics:

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  Emergence of the "Tea Party" dismays evangelical leaders who say whipping gullible, none-too-bright fanatics into a frenzy over non-existent problems is THEIR job    
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  Larry Flynt to write history of presidents' sex lives. Suggested titles include "From Johnson to Bush" and "There's A Reason They Called Millard 'Fillmore'"    
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  Rep. Steve King (R-etarded) compares the current Tea Party movement with the Velvet Revolution. He should probably Czech his history    
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Music:

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  Ronnie James Dio winning cancer battle after meeting it face to face and slicing it clean in two with his broadsword    
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  Lady Gaga has her very own protege. So, this is like a Sith thing, then    
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  Emma Bunton, humanity at large, not ready for a Spice Girls reunion    
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Business:

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  Our "assembly-line" work mentality is harmful to our well-being. Our "assembly-line" work mentality is harmful to our well-being. Our "assembly-line" work mentality is harmful to our well-being    
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  Hearst to flood iTunes with news aggregator apps that charge people to see other publishers' articles. I guess there's a sucker born every--hey, wait    
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  Germany's call for austerity measures in Greece and Ireland is causing a furor in Europe, a furor that is sweeping across the continent like lightning    
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35 Comments     (+0 »)
 
 
2010-03-22 02:13:19 PM  
The David Frum article (the direct link timed out)
 
2010-03-22 02:13:27 PM  
The rhetoric over the health care reform bill was beyond the usual wharrgarbl. It was freakin' weapons-grade.

But really... who's even listening anymore?
 
jbc [TotalFark]
2010-03-22 02:14:26 PM  
I think you meant "Kansas sucks."

They always have. They always will.
 
2010-03-22 02:15:59 PM  
My favorite headline this week:

12-year old diabetic NASCAR fan needs the Power Of FARK to win Toyota's racecar design contest. Because Kyle Busch is driving, and diabetics are used to pricks

Runner up, because I had to read it two ways:

Police suspect flees biting dog

Well done, submitters.
 
2010-03-22 02:17:18 PM  

jbc: I think you meant "Kansas sucks."

They always have. They always will.


The one consolation is that although they blew up my bracket, they blew up everybody else's bracket, too.
 
2010-03-22 02:17:56 PM  
Unfortunately, Duke didn't suck enough yesterday. :(
 
2010-03-22 02:20:07 PM  
It'll be interesting to see what the right fixates on after the health care bill is signed.
 
2010-03-22 02:22:17 PM  

eddie van heinous: Unfortunately, Duke didn't suck enough yesterday. :(


Go Duke!
 
2010-03-22 02:26:23 PM  
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Yeah. We're awful. Have fun watching the tourney at home, Kansas.

Let's. Go. Duke.
 
2010-03-22 02:39:49 PM  
Future Republican Talking Points:
-Re-Open the insurance donut hole
-Charge Seniors more for perscription drugs
-Kick millions of Medicaid
-Less healthcare regulation, less consumer protection
-Rescinding insurance policies is good for business and good for you
-Don't get sick
 
2010-03-22 02:48:26 PM  
I don't know what you're taking about with the brackets. I've still got one with all the Elite 8 teams alive.

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2010-03-22 02:50:37 PM  
Which is a shame, because while there's a much greater element of risk, it makes the entire tournament that much more compelling. This is why college basketball is more exciting; it's dynamic. Anything can happen here, which is why even non-basketball fans get excited about the tournament, while bowl games aren't particularly compelling outside of their existing fanbase. There's real drama, crushing anguish and jumping-out-of-your-seat victory. And that unpredictability is what makes it so incredible.

Too true.
And THIS is why I love the Olympic short-track speed skating best of all!
 
2010-03-22 02:52:39 PM  
This is their nightmare scenario: a major program with huge money invested wetting the bed on national television

I think the cliche you were probably looking for was "shiat the bed."
 
2010-03-22 02:55:57 PM  

Unfreakable: Runner up, because I had to read it two ways:

Police suspect flees biting dog

Well done, submitters.


Thank You!
 
2010-03-22 02:56:46 PM  

12349876: I don't know what you're taking about with the brackets. I've still got one with all the Elite 8 teams alive.


Nice bracket, especially getting Cornell. How many do you have though? I have two. One on ESPN with went 26-6 + 11-5, but lost its left side of the Final Four yesterday by the margin of a made three-pointer at the buzzer and a missed three-pointer with three seconds left. My other, on CBS, was a "fark it let's pick upsets" bracket that had NM beating Richmond in the Final Four. It is, shall we say, dead.
 
2010-03-22 03:01:43 PM  

RminusQ: Nice bracket, especially getting Cornell. How many do you have though?


I used up all 10. I have another one where I got Northern Iowa, Cornell and Washington, but it also had Louisville and Pitt in the Elite 8. Still a decent looking bracket, especially the perfect East region.

I've got 4 brackets that are above 74% and 6 that are below 26%. Talk about hit and miss.
 
2010-03-22 03:03:47 PM  
Holy hell! One of mine made Drew's lineup, that is awesome! Guess I gotta get the shirt now...

Oh yeah, Kansas Sucks, Duke Sucks, Yay Kentucky...
 
2010-03-22 03:04:03 PM  
12349876 - I don't know what you're taking about with the brackets. I've still got one with all the Elite 8 teams alive.

Shew, that would be one heck of a final game. Either way the game would go, there would be some epic keggers in Cincinnati.

/Go Cats!
 
2010-03-22 03:08:01 PM  
This is why college basketball is more exciting; it's dynamic. Anything can happen here

Except a 16 beating a 1 or anything less than a 3 winning it all more than once every few decades.

/it's not all THAT unpredictable
 
2010-03-22 03:08:28 PM  

Third In Line: Which is a shame, because while there's a much greater element of risk, it makes the entire tournament that much more compelling. This is why college basketball is more exciting; it's dynamic. Anything can happen here, which is why even non-basketball fans get excited about the tournament, while bowl games aren't particularly compelling outside of their existing fanbase. There's real drama, crushing anguish and jumping-out-of-your-seat victory. And that unpredictability is what makes it so incredible.

Too true.
And THIS is why I love the Olympic short-track speed skating best of all!


No. You just have a huge crush on Apollo
 
2010-03-22 03:13:43 PM  
Question: what with all this hyperbolic rhetoric (on healthcare, not the tournament), has anything happened? Have the teaba- ahem, "Tea Party Protestors" - done anything aside from talk? If you truly believed that this was the end of freedom in our republic, wouldn't you be out engaging in civil disobedience, storming the capital, shutting down the government etc etc?

I guess what I'm asking is: Do they actually believe what they say, or do they just want an excuse to be angry?
 
2010-03-22 03:20:13 PM  
The one about the electrician is HOTW material.
 
2010-03-22 03:21:05 PM  
...And within 60 minutes your predictions for the week get blown out of the water by Google pulling out of China.
 
2010-03-22 03:28:24 PM  

RminusQ: Nice bracket, especially getting Cornell.


"Far above Cayuga's waters
..." crap I forget the rest, something something blue? Fark it, Let's Go Red!!!!

/sorry Drew
 
2010-03-22 03:36:21 PM  

Nattering Nabob: Go Duke!


Yeah, I knew it was a long shot, especially without their star player, but my beloved Cal Bears made a small run for it at least. Next year.

/duke sucks!
 
2010-03-22 03:36:26 PM  
C'mon, even a blind man can see the slobbering BJ the media is giving Obama. All sorts of stories about a struggle against the evil united Republican front, and the landmark health bill, and "what it means to you".

I would expect similar language on a sales website, not the media.

As for Republicans tailoring legislature around Limbaugh et al, who's got the better platform, the Republicans at large, or Limbaugh?
 
2010-03-22 03:39:49 PM  
Unfortunately my team (Cal) sucks worse.

/hey eddie!
 
2010-03-22 05:04:53 PM  
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Duke Sucks.
 
2010-03-22 05:35:17 PM  
yay! My first headline of the week! (even though I think mine is the weakest of the lot...)
 
2010-03-22 06:03:43 PM  
Drew, you are in banner ads on ClusterStock:

For USA today: "While tech experts follow Drew Curtis, Drew Curtis follows [USA Today Graphic saying "Tech Experts"]

So, wow. I guess they're saying, "Read USA because Drew does."

So does that mean not only "It's not news, it's FARK," but also now "It's not news, it's USA TODAY?" Because I always thought that was true anyway.
 
2010-03-22 06:58:38 PM  

KingKauff: Third In Line: Which is a shame, because while there's a much greater element of risk, it makes the entire tournament that much more compelling. This is why college basketball is more exciting; it's dynamic. Anything can happen here, which is why even non-basketball fans get excited about the tournament, while bowl games aren't particularly compelling outside of their existing fanbase. There's real drama, crushing anguish and jumping-out-of-your-seat victory. And that unpredictability is what makes it so incredible.

Too true.
And THIS is why I love the Olympic short-track speed skating best of all!

No. You just have a huge crush on Apollo


Oh No!
 
2010-03-22 07:08:14 PM  

Pixiest: yay! My first headline of the week! (even though I think mine is the weakest of the lot...)


No, I think that's my Gaga/Sith one. There were some outstanding ones this week. Kudos all.
 
2010-03-22 09:20:09 PM  

OscarTamerz: This is their nightmare scenario: a major program with huge money invested wetting the bed on national television

I think the cliche you were probably looking for was "shiat the bed."


Seconded. It's a very useful phrase.
 
2010-03-23 09:56:25 AM  

phritz: Question: what with all this hyperbolic rhetoric (on healthcare, not the tournament), has anything happened? Have the teaba- ahem, "Tea Party Protestors" - done anything aside from talk? If you truly believed that this was the end of freedom in our republic, wouldn't you be out engaging in civil disobedience, storming the capital, shutting down the government etc etc?

I guess what I'm asking is: Do they actually believe what they say, or do they just want an excuse to be angry?


Well, someone took a pellet gun and blew out a congresswoman's office windows last night here in az.
 
2010-03-23 02:18:35 PM  

phritz: Question: what with all this hyperbolic rhetoric (on healthcare, not the tournament), has anything happened? Have the teaba- ahem, "Tea Party Protestors" - done anything aside from talk? If you truly believed that this was the end of freedom in our republic, wouldn't you be out engaging in civil disobedience, storming the capital, shutting down the government etc etc?

I guess what I'm asking is: Do they actually believe what they say, or do they just want an excuse to be angry?


Why would you expect people that work for a living to behave like 1960's hippy retreads?
 
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