Manchester City wins the English Premier League title, May 11, 1968
They hadn’t won a championship in 44 years. Down 2-1 with time running out, it seemed Manchester City would once again concede the English Premier League title to its crosstown rivals, Manchester United. Then, the impossible happened: Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero scored back-to-back goals with seconds remaining in stoppage time—and the city of Manchester partied like it was 1968.
Last week, Arizona State Senator Lori Klein proposed a law that would make it a fireable offense for K-12 public school teachers to repeatedly swear in the classroom. “These are young, impressionable minds,” she explained. “We want to fill them with the highest ideals, values and education that we can.” Yes, we agree. (Who doesn’t?) The issue we respectfully take with Senator Klein, though, is that a distinction must be made between teachers swearing in front of students and teachers swearing at students.
If a second-grade teacher, say, channeled Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket by telling his students that they “had best unfuck themselves” or he would “fuck them up,” we’d assume he’d be dismissed.
Election Day for the NH primaries has come and gone. There was little sleep, non-partisan gambling (Ron Paul paid very well) and plenty of laughs at this.
But still, we felt like tangling with one last topic after the election results speeches: conservative style. So we sent a dispatch to our New England correspondent and political gadfly Daniel McCarthy to see if he could shed any light on the topic.
We’re confident that you were presented with ample opportunity over the weekend to memorialize 9-11 in cathedrals of your own. One of the more poignant moments we saw at yesterday’s service came from former president George W. Bush who quoted a 1864 letter by Abraham Lincoln to a Massachusetts mother of two sons killed in the Civil War:
I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.
We doubt many people are looking for mementos of 43 at this point, but this is pretty much the cream of the crop. It’s up on eBay right now and could be yours for just a few hundred Euros…about the price of a new pair of shoes.
At least somebody is getting a boost from the outgoing Bush administration, even if they happen to be in Istanbul.
After the hilarious shoe attack, Bloomberg is reporting that a Turkish firm called Baydan Shoes is facing overwhelming global demand for the Ducati 271, the model name of the fateful presidential projectile or, as it will henceforth be known, the “Bush Shoe.”
As presidential legacies go, he could do a lot worse. At least it's not a croc.
On the Block: Christies in London is selling off some amazing stuff, including one of Paul Newman’s auto racing suits, Daniel Day Lewis’ iconic green suit from There Will Be Blood and the tux trousers worn by James Dean in Giant. Here’s hoping there’s still change in the pockets… [Men.Style]
Change We Can Believe In: Can you tell the difference between Obama and Bush just by looking at their tie knots? Probably not. [CityFile]
Popping the Bubble: Champagne sales plummet. No word yet on vodka, Dr. Pepper and Cheetos, but early signs look good. [The Economist]
Ten Little Nixons: Counting down the best Nixons to make it to the screen. We love a little Hopkins, but our heart belongs to Dick. [Vulture]