“And what is going on in 2012? Our Sexiest Man is white. Straight. Ginormous. Frequently goateed. Wearing a white tank top in his cover photo. Yes, he can dance. But as a nation, we must ask: What is left of Channing Tatum’s sex appeal after the final strains of Ginuwine’s “Pony” recede? Buzzfeed has described Tatum as “a thumb” and “a gyrating human potato.” His sexy is bland. Traditional. Republican in a Democratic year.”—Slate, People Incorrectly Names Channing Tatum “Sexiest Man Alive”, by Amanda Hess.
“Because of his irrational fear that his family would throw him a golf-themed funeral despite his hatred for the sport, his family will hold a private, family only service free of any type of 'theme.'”—This is legitimately the best obit ever, featuring such lines as “He particularly hated Day Light Saving Time, which he referred to as The Devil’s Time,” and “One of his regrets was not seeing his girl, Hillary Clinton, elected President.”
Slate: The Other Sept. 11
The president was warned of an impending threat of terrorism. He failed to act. The attack came, Americans died, and now the administration is covering up the truth.
That’s what Republicans are arguing in 2012. Which is pretty funny, if you don’t count the dead Americans, because it’s the opposite of what the GOP said 10 years ago. Back then, the conspiracy theories and the 20/20 hindsight were about the original 9/11 attacks. And the Republican Party line was that anyone who accused the president of neglect or deceit was unpatriotic…
Maybe, if Obama and his underlings had heeded the danger signs, those four Americans would be alive today. But it’s pretty rich to hear this complaint about “the events of September 11, 2012” from the people who presided over the original events of Sept. 11. You know, the ones in which nearly 3,000 Americans died.
William Saletan, using logic to keep it real.
Slate Book Review
I illustrated the Slate Book Review this month!
Gary Greenberg’s “The Book of Woe”
Jaron Lanier’s “Who Owns the Future?”
Mary Roach’s “Gulp”
Michael Pollan’s “Cooked”
More on Slate’s website. Many thanks to Dan Kois, who also reviewed My Dirty Dumb Eyes here!
Sjon’s “The Blue Fox “