Justice Department Seeks Ebonics Experts [via The Smoking Gun]
Do you speak Ebonics, “a nonstandard variant of English spoken largely by African Americans”? The Department of Justice wants you! Documents obtained by The Smoking Gun indicate the Drug Enforcement Agency is seeking to hire nine Ebonics experts for its Atlanta operation, where they will presumably translate what is essentially a dialect of English for the DEA.
Welcome to D.C., Tea Partiers! [via DCist]
Fox News personalities Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin will host a rally August 28 at the Lincoln Memorial. But with thousands of Tea Party activists fearfully entering the Beltway, a Main Tea Party group posted a guide on how to survive in the dangerous city. First, watch out for the immigrants: “Most taxi drivers and many waiters/waitresses (especially in local coffee shops like the Bread and Chocolate chain) are immigrants, frequently from east Africa or Arab countries.” Apparently, being an immigrant is necessarily unsavory. Even more importantly, however, stay in away from the bad areas; the guide provides guidelines for how far to go on certain Metro lines, and even to avoid the Green and Yellow lines at all costs. DCist drew up a map showing the safe boundaries — essentially the Mall and Foggy Bottom.
Pay The Cab Fare … And Meet The Author, Too [via NPR]
Yesterday’s “Fresh Air” on NPR featured an interview with Chicago cab driver and hard-boiled crime novelist Jack Clark. He was a Chi-town journalist for years before moving on to taxi and literary pursuits. His discussion on writing is interesting enough, but his stories from his time as a taxi driver, shared with interviewer and former cabbie Dave Davies, are the greatest draw to this 15-minute interview.
Mega Mario: Eataly promises New Yorkers the most exciting, delicious, illuminating food-shopping experience since, well, ever [via New York Magazine]
Iron Chef Mario Batali discusses his new 50,000-square foot Italian-esque gourmet grocery store, Eataly (props on the name), in Manhattan with New York Magazine. It will also contain several restaurants, including a “beef bar,” Manzo, similar to a sushi bar. Most interesting is the “vegetable butcher.” “If you’re not familiar with how to trim an artichoke, we’ll trim you an artichoke. If you don’t think you have time to peel your baby carrots, you can leave them with us and go shop in the other parts of the store, and we’ll peel them. We’ll do anything but cook them.” But don’t think that gets you out of paying for that part. “On your way out, we’ll put the peels in a little separate bag—because they’re going to weigh them at the checkout counter—and then they go into a compost can up front.”