The Taliban is still alive and well. Pakistan is worried.

New report finds Miami Dolphins locker room was a den of intolerance. None of this should come as a surprise to anyone who understands the NFL and the psyche of the young, twenty-something male. “Harassment, racism, bullying, homophobia” should not be a surprise to anyone. As a matter fact, I would be surprised if they found an atmosphere of tolerance. It is clear that the NFL has to do better. This is not the 1950s.

Sid Caesar has died. He was 91. I knew of Sid Caesar, just barely. I know my daughter probably has no idea who he was. I know my grandson has got no clue. 🙂 In the early days of television, Sid Caesar was huge. He had a 90-minute live variety show called Your Show of Shows. It ran from 1950 to 1954. Writers like Mel Brooks, Neil Simon and Carl Reiner got their start with Sid Caesar. One of Neil Simon’s plays, My Favorite Year, was based on his experiences with Sid Caesar. The Dick Van Dyke Show, which was the brainchild of Carl Reiner, was basically based on Sid Caesar shows. The producer behind one of the greatest television shows of all time, M*A*S*H, got his start with Sid Caesar (his name is Larry Gelbart). Unfortunately, Sid Caesar had a problem with pills and alcohol. As television took off in the ’60s, it basically left Sid Caesar behind.

Here’s a nice Sid Caesar sketch –

Lou Dobbs gives Representative Louie Gohmert the once over. Now, don’t confuse this with any thoughtful forays in common sense on either side. I have no idea what Lou Dobbs is doing but I do know what Representative Gohmert is doing. He voted against raising the debt ceiling. He launched into the old tried-and-true Democrats spending too much money nonsense.

Here’s a sneak peek at the new Samsung S5 Smart phone.

The US is launching a new initiative to stamp out some infectious diseases at their sources.

Verizon has introduced a new cell phone plan. For the last year or so Verizon has simply been cruising on its network. Its network was clearly the best in the country, but AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have slowly been catching up.

Chris Hayes takes on the litany of billionaire whiners. Over the last month or so we have seen a parade of billionaires step up to the plate and tell us how much harder they work and how much more they deserve than the rest of us. It’s been relatively nauseating. Chris Hayes does a good job at pointing out how superficial and irrelevant most of their arguments are. Personally, I understand that billionaires aren’t any smarter than the rest of us. I also understand that they were in the right place at the right time in order to make a lot of money. For the most part, I applaud them. Yet, when they try to use their money and influence in order to get more money and more influence, that’s when I have a problem.

This is a disturbing story by Nicholas Kristof.