Monday swag

12 Jul

“It’s become a crapshoot,” says Brunson, who made a living by playing hold ’em almost exclusively for 45 years. Today, he says, only 10% of his play is hold ’em. He will nonetheless be back at the Main Event this year, but he doesn’t expect to get to the last round: “I don’t think you will see a name player at the final table again.”

Those goddamn kids with their math skillz are ruining professional poker, according to the grumpy old-timers getting worked over every tournament. [Time magazine]

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The tea-partyers are an unusual case. Brooks isn’t a fan, but he doesn’t condemn them either. He instead restricts himself to sociological analyses of their significance: They’re a natural outgrowth of Obama’s ambitious policies. They’re actually a lot like the New Left. They’re not racist, based on that time he saw some tea-partyers mingling with some black people.

The hilariously low-key David Brooks can barely muster up an opinion about anything (and those he does conjure up, he typically reconsiders soon after). Eh, I s’pose it’s better than being a rage case making his living screaming at pretend foes on the idiot box. Brooks has written some asinine things at times, but he’s still a’ight by me. [NY Mag]

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“Everything I’m doing now in terms of talking about climate, talking about immigration, talking about Gitmo is completely opposite of where the Tea Party movement’s at,” Graham said as Cato drove him to the city of Greenwood, where he was to give a commencement address at Lander University later that morning. On four occasions, Graham met with Tea Party groups. The first, in his Senate office, was “very, very contentious,” he recalled. During a later meeting, in Charleston, Graham said he challenged them: “ ‘What do you want to do? You take back your country — and do what with it?’ . . . Everybody went from being kind of hostile to just dead silent.”

I care not about politics, but Senator Lindsey Graham is most definitely one of the Good Guys. [New York Times]

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