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Nate Silver Leaving New York Times For ESPN, Keith Olbermann's Show

New York Times media writer Brian Stelter has broken a big bit of news on this Friday night: Nate Silver, sabermetrician and electoral seer, is leaving the Times and heading to ESPN. He's taking FiveThirtyEight with him, too. And yet that's not the juiciest bit.

Stelter also reports that Silver will "most likely be a regular contributor" to Keith Olbermann's new ESPN2 show, due to debut before August is through, and that he will have "a role" with ABC News "in political years."

Silver's time as a full-time baseball analyst was largely over when he joined the Times in 2010, but he wrote for Baseball Prospectus from 2003 to 2009, developing the PECOTA player projection system while with the publication.

Silver ought to liven it up and bring people with him.
This will give KO's show a real boost.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Sat Jul 20, 2013, 02:31 AM (7 replies)

Bette Midler would like you to get to know The Boswell Sisters:

The Boswell Sisters: Close Harmony
by Joshua Tree Productions

Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Fri Jul 19, 2013, 02:44 PM (1 replies)

McDonnell rents Henrico house to VA health commissioner

Cash-strapped Gov. Bob McDonnell has found a way to defray part of his monthly real estate expenses on the millions in property he owns -- by renting his western Henrico home to his hand-picked state health commissioner.

Dr. Cynthia C. Romero, who took over as state health commissioner in January, has been renting the McDonnells' $835,000 home in the tony Wyndham residential community, a McDonnell spokesman confirmed.

The details of the rental agreement were unclear. Based on the current mortgage rate and loan for the property, a mortgage payment would be about $2,800 per month.

News that the governor entered into a financial relationship with a top state official under his supervision comes as federal and state investigators probe the gifts the first family and McDonnell have received during his time in office and his relationship with Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams Sr.

Well, turned over another rock.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Jul 17, 2013, 02:24 PM (0 replies)

Inmates escape!

LOL! Glad they both made it 'over' the wall.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Jul 17, 2013, 01:13 PM (0 replies)

If you think the Martin verdict was effed up, read these 15 cases that had a not guilty verdict:


Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Jul 17, 2013, 11:28 AM (9 replies)

Snowden escaping Russia:


Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Wed Jul 17, 2013, 04:27 AM (2 replies)

BREAKING: Liz Cheney will challenge Se.Mike Enzi in 2014

@maddow: Amazing. Amazing! AmazingAMAZING RT @AP BREAKING
Liz Cheney, daughter of Dick Cheney, says she'll challenge Sen Mike Enzi nxt yr.

I love the smell of sulphur in the morning.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Jul 16, 2013, 05:21 PM (9 replies)

Angela Corey is all mad at Twitter for stirring up the Marissa Alexander case:

Supporters say Alexander, who is African American, was a victim of ingrained racism in Florida’s courts. Some say that those same alleged prejudices allowed Zimmerman, who has a white father and a Peruvian mother, to walk free after killing Martin, who was black. But Angela Corey, the state attorney who prosecuted Alexander and oversaw the Zimmerman case, says there were “zero parallels.” The facts surrounding Alexander’s conviction, she adds, are more complex than the Twitter-fueled pardon campaign makes it appear.

“I think social media is going to be the destruction of this country,” Corey said. “How dare people just repeat something without checking it’s true.”

Alexander was convicted of three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for firing a gun into a wall close to where her husband, Rico Gray, and stepsons were standing, after she and Gray had a dispute. Kevin Cobbin, Alexander’s attorney, said his client was justified in firing her gun because Gray “had put his hands on her and there was a fight in the bathroom.”
She said Gray’s sons were pulling on their shoes to leave the house when Alexander raised her weapon to fire — in other words, they and their father were about to leave. While online accounts sympathetic to Alexander say she fired shots into the ceiling, the single bullet she fired actually hit the wall, not far from Gray and the boys, then ricocheted into the ceiling, Corey said.

Corey also points out a later incident when Alexander, while free on bail and awaiting trial, became involved in an altercation with Gray that left him with a swollen eye.

“She put a round in the chamber, and she fired that shot out of anger, not fear,” Corey said. “She didn’t need to use that gun. Those kids were scared to death. They ran for their lives.”

She is a disgrace.
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Jul 16, 2013, 01:51 PM (21 replies)

Now I have massive agita. I agree with Ted Cruz:

Senator Ted Cruz ‏@SenTedCruz 1h
Proud to stand w/ @SenGillibrand & others to protect our service men and women from any threat of sexual assault

Rand Paul has signed too.

I look at it this way. We ARE NOT on the same political path. He is on some weird road in and out of Mordor. At this one point in time, our roads head in the same direction. They will diverge in 4...3...2..
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Jul 16, 2013, 12:40 PM (2 replies)

Nadezhda Popova, WWII ‘Night Witch,’ Dies at 91

The Nazis called them “Night Witches” because the whooshing noise their plywood and canvas airplanes made reminded the Germans of the sound of a witch’s broomstick.

The Russian women who piloted those planes, onetime crop dusters, took it as a compliment. In 30,000 missions over four years, they dumped 23,000 tons of bombs on the German invaders, ultimately helping to chase them back to Berlin. Any German pilot who downed a “witch” was awarded an Iron Cross.

These young heroines, all volunteers and most in their teens and early 20s, became legends of World War II but are now largely forgotten. Flying only in the dark, they had no parachutes, guns, radios or radar, only maps and compasses. If hit by tracer bullets, their planes would burn like sheets of paper.

Their uniforms were hand-me-downs from male pilots. Their faces froze in the open cockpits. Each night, the 40 or so two-woman crews flew 8 or more missions — sometimes as many as 18.
More: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/15/world/europe/nadezhda-popova-ww-ii-night-witch-dies-at-91.html

Crazy brave!
There are many women who performed amazing feats during WWII. The French Resistance had many.
RIP Deputy Commander Popova!
Posted by Are_grits_groceries | Tue Jul 16, 2013, 04:34 AM (3 replies)
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