Daily Briefs: Creating a hostile work environment for the news since January 2008


“Hot tamales”? Really? As a lily-white privileged trust-fund debutante who nibbles on Pepperidge Farm sweet biscuits while enjoying reruns of Mad About You, it’s obvious that I’m not in a position to know anything much about black America. %{[ data-embed-type=”image” data-embed-id=”57150c4289121ca96b960582″ data-embed-element=”aside” ]}%If you ever talk to me on the phone or somehow manage to get me to make eye contact and talk to me in person, you’ll immediately realize that my voice sounds exactly like the nasally white voice that black comedians use to make fun of white people, and that Jaleel White used to portray Urkel. But, uh, one thing I know for sure is that when you want to make fun of somebody — which is kind of a hobby of mine, like model railroading — it’s usually best to steer clear of race-based commentary.

The point: Ruth Bates has filed her lawsuit against brobdingnagian Mayor Mark Funkhouser and his comparatively lilliputian spouse, Gloria Squitiro, alleging an “objectively hostile” work environment and a variety of unfunny racially insensitive and sexually tinged comments. The Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri, has released a red-band PDF of the lawsuit that’s too hot for theaters. Gloria Squitiro, you are the best (not the best) at the funny jokes of hilarious comedy.

After the jump, some stuff about Kansas City’s unleaded air quality, and a gambling blog that might just surprise you. Click on the kid-size link here, or the Swanson’s Hungry Man link here.

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