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November 30, 2013

obitoftheday says: I've found TMZ to be pretty accurate in this area of their coverage. Obviously a second confirming is necessary but I don't remember the last time they got it wrong on a death. (This is when you then link to 37 error-ridden TMZ death notices.)

» SFB says: I agree with you (they scooped everyone on Michael Jackson, for example), but FWIW, they did inaccurately claim that Lil’ Wayne was getting his “last rites” eight months ago. Better safe than sorry. — Ernie @ SFB

21:44 // 4 months ago
September 13, 2013

obitoftheday says: Nothing like Friday night tumblr party with everyone on their laptops answering asks.

» SFB says: Actually, according to Poynter and Bitly, we should be doing this on Saturday night. — Ernie @ SFB

21:56 // 7 months ago
July 3, 2013

obitoftheday says: I'd be much more likely to accept this USPS policy if it was set to folk music.

» SFB says: Me too. Me … too. — Ernie @ SFB

15:09 // 9 months ago
July 1, 2013

obitoftheday says: That video is 14 minutes long! Who sat through a 14 minute film on ZIP codes? 1963 was a scary time.

» SFB says: And how come folk music, supposedly the people’s music in that day and age, so convincingly led people to agree to allow the government to track them in an extremely non-specific way? So many questions. — Ernie @ SFB

22:48 // 9 months ago
January 15, 2013

obitoftheday says: I propose a petition lowering the signature threshold to 25,000.

» SFB says: I would sign that. — Ernie @ SFB

19:07 // 1 year ago
August 4, 2012

obitoftheday says: I don't know the circumstances of the foreclosure and I won't attempt to figure out Lochte's endorsement deal money and why he can't pay off a home. But why should an Olympic athlete's family get better foreclosure treatment than anyone else? This isn't how "we treat an Olympic champion." This is how banks treat folks who don't pay their mortgage (Id prefer restructuring, personally). I won't feel EXTRA sympathy for Lochte's family because he won medals.

» SFB says: Fair point. To emphasize (not for you, but for other people), that was intended as a cultural comment, not a literal one criticizing the U.S. government. Citi is the one foreclosing, not the U.S. But our culture has made foreclosure a fact of life for many, and it’s unfortunate. — Ernie @ SFB

11:59 // 1 year ago
April 12, 2012

obitoftheday says: About the Rosen-Romney debate: As a stay-at-home parent with four kids (fine, homemaker) I wasn't insulted with Rosen's comment. Yes, I'm a dad but ask any parent who stays home and takes on a job, they never say they are taking a second job. They say they are "getting a job" or "going BACK to work." Yes parenting and taking care of a home is work, sure but it is not the same as having (having, not wanting) to work 9-5 and then coming home and taking care of kids. It's just not.

» SFB says: A fair counterpoint to our point on Hillary Rosen. — Ernie @ SFB

10:48 // 2 years ago