Your Tuesday Random-Ass Roundup: Chocolate (City) is Bad For You.

The Tea Party has advice for folks coming to Glenn Beck’s Aug. 28 rally. It boils down to this: stay away from black people. Which is something we thought the Tea Party was pretty skilled at doing, anyway. (Monica)

I’d also like to add, if possible, Tea Partiers should definitely steer clear of 2nd Amendment enthusiasts like those in the picture below:

Obviously, it’s hard to feel safe around a group of big black dudes who ply their trade for a franchise formerly known as the Bullets. Feels a little too much like a street gang to me – I mean, have you seen DeShawn Stevenson?.

Anyway, randomness to come:

1. Apparently, mosques also aren’t wanted near the hallowed grounds of  Murfreesboro, Tenn. Adam Serwer explains that this is proof the terrorists have won. (Blackink)

2. BP to raise faulty blowout preventer to figure out what went wrong … yea they still don’t know. (Naima)

3. Following the worst natural disaster in Pakistan’s history, women are going through “cultural shock” as they attempt to survive in refugee camps. (Melissa A)

4. The perils of the resource curse, this time in India. (Nicole)

5. Whether he realizes it or not, President Obama is leading on gay marriage. He’s just leading in the wrong direction. (Blackink)

6. Newsflash: Credit card companies are still screwing you. (Monica)

7. For the record, Swedish prosecutors do not consider Wikileaks founder Julian Assange a rape suspect. (Blackink)

8. Viktor Bout, the Russian arms dealer nicknamed the”Merchant of Death,” will soon be extradited. Bout is wanted by the U.S. on terrorism charges (Naima)

9. The Kings Dominion rule. (Nicole)

10. Are Americans moving away from the McMansion? (Blackink)

11. Bloggers in Philly are getting taxed, whether their sites are profitable or not. (Shani-o)

12. Washington Monthly takes a look at our nation’s college dropout factories, about 200 schools with an average graduation rate of 26 percent. “No university, regardless of historical legacies or sunk cost, is worth the price being exacted from thousands of students who leave in despair. The sooner we acknowledge that, the better off those students—and the rest of us—will be.” (Blackink)

13. The Associated Press names a diversity editor. (Monica)

14. Take Foreign Policy’s whirlwind photo tour of  65 metropolises that made it into the 2010 Global Cities Index. (Blackink)

15. Locavore math. (Nicole)

16. Somewhere deep in the Brazilian Amazon resides “the most isolated man on the planet.” Government officials there have declared a 31-square-mile-area around him off limits to trespassing and development. (Blackink)

17. Check out the Miami Ink: Miami Beach tops the list of the 10-most tattooed cities in the U.S. (Blackink)

18. Glee apologists! (I refuse to call you people ‘fans’) See what you’ve done?? (Shani-o)

19. Former Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa grants a rare interview, telling Chicago magazine that the Cubs “threw me into the fire … they made [people] believe I’m a monster.” (Blackink)

20. How the “Madden NFL” video game franchise changed the game. The video game, that is. (Blackink)

Until next Monday or Tuesday, stay safe in those streets.


Joel Anderson —blackink —  writes about sports, politics, crime, courts, and other issues far beyond his competence at BuzzFeed. He has worked at media outlets in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Atlanta and contributed to a number of publications, including The Root and The American Prospect, among many others.
  • 19. ‘Eff the steriods, can someone ask Sammy why he bleached himself, conked the ‘fro, and is sporting the contacts? Rico suave, not…

  • That Kings’ Dominion link is insane.

    Someone has to do something about Big Rollercoaster’s undue influence on our government!

  • Blackink, you are now my favorite member of the PB fam for that photo. The fact that Gibby got in trouble with the league for bringing guns to the locker room and then whipped out the shooters… ballsy. Of course, he had planned for his next game to do a mock duel but alas he had a huge suspension thrown his way.

    PS do none of you guys read my buzz? I put up the Madden thing weeks ago…