Random notes: November 14, 2012.

I kind of like Guy Fieri. But I’d note this review whether it was of a Guy Fieri restaurant, or some other random place in NYC. Not since Ninja can I recall a review this vicious in the NYT.

Did panic grip your soul as you stared into the whirling hypno wheel of the menu, where adjectives and nouns spin in a crazy vortex? When you saw the burger described as “Guy’s Pat LaFrieda custom blend, all-natural Creekstone Farm Black Angus beef patty, LTOP (lettuce, tomato, onion + pickle), SMC (super-melty-cheese) and a slathering of Donkey Sauce on garlic-buttered brioche,” did your mind touch the void for a minute?

(Also, Jacques Pépin wants you to steam your turkey. I thought that was an Albany expression.)

Jessica Tata: guilty of felony murder.

Why is it so hard to get Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army?

Why the well-armed and -equipped foreign troops have been unable to snuff out what little is left of a militia that once numbered in the tens of thousands is explained by the complexities of geography, politics and poverty, historians and human rights advocates say.

In other words, something that’s not easily solved by posting videos on the Internet.

Karolina Obrycka, the bartender who got the crap beat out of her by a Chicago police officer in 2007, has been awarded $850,000 in damages against both Anthony Abate, the cop who beat her, and the city itself.

The eight-woman, three-man jury found that Abbate was part of the conspiracy to cover up the beating and that the Police Department had a widespread code of silence that emboldened Abbate to beat up Obrycka.

Can we have Federal supervision of the Chicago PD now? (Also: LAT coverage.)

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