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This is painful

For about the first 30 minutes into Saturday’s Gold Cup Final between the United States and Mexico, it appeared that the US National team would be fine. Stuff two goals past the Mexicans, make some adjustments and just hold the lead. Well, they didn’t make the adjustments and they didn’t hold the lead, as El Tri stormed back to win the Gold Cup, 4-2, at the Rose Bowl.

Yes, the Mexicans deserved to win it. They didn’t give up, down 2-0 (tying the game at halftime), and their rockets Chicharito and Gio wil definitely keep Mexico relevant for years.

But really, coach Bob Bradley? Really? 2-0 lead. 60  minutes left. Home soil (hard to tell with all the Mexican supporters). And you lose.

Sorry, Coach, this was your last chance. It’s time to go. Time for the US to get a CREATIVE soccer mind to run the team.


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So who is going to win?

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This is the video released by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department regarding the shooting of Marine José Guerena at his Tucson home. This is the actual video of the incident.

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Now that we have survived the Rapture, let’s focus on the end of the world in 2012.


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In their latest edition, Dallas-based D MAGAZINE has listed “hiring a day laborer” as one of the things one must do in Dallas to become “a true local.” In a section called “What You Must Do In Dallas: The city’s essential experiences. You’re not a true local until you’ve done them all,” the magazine lists 52 “must do” things, including such favorites as riding a bull, eating chicken fried steak at Babe’s,  going to the drive-in at the Galaxy, and spotting Troy Aikman.

Tucked in the last row of the list, right before going to the State Fair of Texas and exploring the Trinity River Audubon Center, is the suggestion to go and hire a day laborer.

Here is the advice D MAGAZINE is giving its readers so that they earn the badge of a being a true resident of Dallas:

Hire a day laborer

Need someone to dig a trench, tile a patio, cut down a tree, or haul trash? Don’t ask your elderly father. He’s weak. Good, cheap labor is a short drive away on Carroll Avenue, between Ross and San Jacinto. Look for the vacant lot with mustachioed men sitting on stumps by the cyclone fence of wind-trapped Funyuns bags. Arrive early in the morning for the best workers. If they’re motivated to get up early, they’re motivated to work hard. They’ll swarm your car, which can feel a bit like a nascent siege, but it’s normal. Negotiate rates up front and be prepared to pay $10–$14 an hour. A few years ago, we offered $7 an hour and dudes scattered as if our vehicle read “INS.” Hopefully, you have a truck. Anything less makes for an uncomfortable ride to the jobsite. Especially if you’re hiring multiple guys. We once endured an awkward trip in a Miata with one laborer straddling our lap, facing us, and telling us he loved us. Give them clear instructions, buy them lunch, and keep them in water. If a guy is a loafer, pay him, take him back to the lot, and pick up another one. Sounds cruel, but in this job market it’s survival of the fittest.

We did contact D MAGAZINE via email tonight for comment, but have yet to get a response. Once we do, we will share. According to its own official information about its history (it launched in 1974), D MAGAZINE actually takes these types of lists rather seriously. It also touts its reputation as one of the city’s (and the country’s) most successful magazines today.

Not everyone was happy with the new magazine. It was frequently attacked, and even sued, by politicians and business interests who were upset by its candid editorial content and strong positions. But readers continued to support D even when advertisers didn’t, and by 1977 when it launched its annual “Best and Worst” awards, D Magazine was an unqualified financial and editorial success.

(Founding editor Jim Atkinson remembers how we blew the lid off this city with restaurant reviews. Read “The Wonder Years,” published in D Magazine’s 30th anniversary issue.) In 1990, D Magazine was sold to American Express. In 1995 Wick Allison once again assumed the helm of the magazine and in 1996 led a group of investors in buying the magazine. Today, D Magazine is again part of the lifeblood of Dallas. Circulation has soared some 500 percent since 1996, and D has become one of the best-selling magazines per capita in the United States on local newsstands. The reason for its success is its devotion to editorial quality. D Magazine has been named the “Best City Magazine” in the nation three times by the City and Regional Magazine Association. D Magazine has also won five of the Press Club of Dallas’ 2005 Katie Awards, including the awards for “Best Magazine” and the “Visual Communications Award for Magazine Design” for the March 2005 issue.

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Lord Michael Grade

The criticism coming out the UK towards the TOP GEAR Mexican fiasco continues.

The Digital Spy reported this morning that Lord Michael Grade, BBC chairman and executive chairman of ITV from 2007 to 2009 , spoke to the The Daily Telegraph about the BBC car show and its co-host, Richard Hammond, who on the January 30 TOP GEAR episode called Mexicans “lazy, feckless [and] flatulent,” leading to an international incident between the Mexican government and the BBC. The BBC eventually apologized, but the social media space is still very active and it appears that criticisms against the TOP GEAR hosts will not end. Lord Grade joins Manchester United star Chicharito, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and UK comedian/actor Steve Coogan in slamming the infamous Mexican segment, presented here.

The Digital Spy posted the following about Lord Grade:

Lord Grade, the former head of ITV, told The Daily Telegraph: “I don’t think that’s acceptable in this day and age.

“That was disgraceful, it was horrible. How dare he [Richard Hammond] sit there, [on] prime-time television, casting aspersions on a whole nation.

“What’s he going to do next, talk about the Jews making money? Or the slitty-eyed Chinese, like the Duke of Edinburgh? I’m not a PC fascist, but it seemed to me to take us back to the dark ages of television.”

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First it was Manchester United star Chicharito. Now it is former British Primer Minister Tony Blair.

TOP GEAR Hosts (l-r) Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson, and James May ©Julien Behal/PA

Blair is the latest UK notable to criticize the BBC’s TOP GEAR program and its three co-hosts, Richard Hammond, James May, and Jeremy Clakrson.

According to The London Evening Standard, Blair made the following remarks while visiting the Mexican city of Monterrey:

Top Gear has said much worse things about me. You have my full support in this. Mexico is destined to be one of the great countries of the world, so don’t worry when you come across prejudice.

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