The Best of the Beast, Aug 3-4
Is FedEx America’s No. 1 Drug Dealer?
By Abby Haglage
The shipping company heads to court Tuesday to face $1.6 billion in charges of conspiring to traffic illegal meds. A former courier, allegedly told to ‘protect drug dealers,’ isn’t surprised.
Your ‘Craft’ Rye Whiskey Is Probably From a Factory Distillery in Indiana
By Eric Felton
The artisan whiskey industry has a big secret—many of the ‘small-batch’ distillers are actually buying their product from a large factory in Indiana.
Even Left-Wing Politicians Can’t Quit Israel
By Tim Mack
Despite grassroots outrage at Operation Protective Edge, left-wing members of the House and Senate won’t criticize Israel’s ongoing incursion into Gaza.
ESPN: The Worldwide Leader in Pricks
by Marlow Stern
In the wake of NFL star Ray Rice’s measly two-game suspension for assaulting his fiancée, embarrassing ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith went nuts, warning about the dangers of women ‘provoking’ men. But this behavior is nothing new for the network’s commentators.
Inside the Gaza Schoolyard Massacre
By Jesse Rosenfeld
There are reasons the U.N. agency charged with caring for Palestinian refugees is the focus of Israeli suspicion, but in Gaza it may also be in Israel’s sights.
I Tried Cosmo’s Lesbian Sex Tips and They Were Terrible
By Samantha Allen
Cosmopolitan is bringing its hilariously bad sex tips to lesbians now. They’re just as laughable as the straight version, and prove the mag knows little to nothing about real life lesbian sex.
Iraq’s Long-Lost Mythical Temple Has Been Found…and Is In Danger of Disappearing Again
By Nina Strochlic
For centuries, scientists have been searching for an ancient temple dedicated to a winged warrior. Now, one archaeologist thinks he may have found it. Only problem: It’s in the middle of a war zone.
James Lee Burke Talks About His Fiction, History, and the American Dream
By David Masciotra
Abandoning the badasses in his usual Louisiana haunts, the Edgar-winning author crafts his first historical novel about oil, movies, and the American Dream.