Steve Jobs, RIP –UPDATED

What a piece of work is a man! How noble in Reason! how infinite in faculties! in form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an Angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! and yet to me, what is this quintessence of dust? -- Hamlet, Act II, Scene II Well, we are stardust, finally. And what a force has passed, like a comet, through our era! I confess, my geek husband and Elder Son appreciated his multi-layered genius much better … [Read more...]

Dear POTUS: If we can't believe you on civility…

Dear Mr. President; I understand you have a huge speech about job-creation coming up this week; the speech is so big, in fact, that it requires a venue that is somewhat out-of-the-ordinary for a simple policy speech. Some have suggested it is a do-or-die speech; that you'll really have to convince the country that you have a plan, and not just a plan, but a bold one. And not just a bold one, but one that is actually feasible. Well, I hope for the best, but I have one question. When you get up … [Read more...]

Labor Day: Steyn on 16 Tons — UPDATED

If Mark Steyn were not such a brilliant social analyst (here's my take on his latest book, After America) then I would wish him to be recognized as the pre-eminent scholar and appreciator of the American Songbook. As much as I value his political stuff, I love when Steyn writes about the arts, and most particularly when he writes about music, where he is knowledgeable, funny and infectiously enthusiastic. For Labor Day, Steyn gives us two songs about labor, "Ol' Man River" and "16 Tons," but … [Read more...]

Labor Day Look at Obama on Jobs – UPDATE

Inconguity, incongruity. Incongruity on its face! "OBAMA'S ENRON": the Solyndra failure has Rich Lowry wondering: Bush was flayed for Enron. Where does that put Obama and his green-energy pet? A gentle reminder: "Bush's Enron" was, in reality, much more "Clinton's Enron." Ken Lay golf-partnered with Bill Clinton and Lay, along with a number of Enron execs, traveled to India with Clinton and eventually profiting from the trip. And I mostly shrug about that. But I think it's worth remembering … [Read more...]

Let Obama Speak Before GOP Debate! UPDATED

The White House's disdain is palpable and so is the attempt to build a narrative: The speech will fall on the same night Texas Gov. Rick Perry makes his debut on the GOP 2012 debate stage. The Republican presidential field is set to take part in a debate, also scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, Calif. Asked whether the speech was purposefully scheduled the same night as the Republican debate, White House press secretary Jay Carney said "of course not." "It is … [Read more...]

"At some point you've made enough money…"

I don't want to be unfair. NPR is a big organization, and a big organization, especially if it is headed by someone with valuable know-how and an even more valuable Rolodex should pay its top person accordingly. But then there is this: PBS President Paula Kerger even recorded a personal television appeal that told viewers exactly how to contact members of Congress in order to "let your representative know how you feel about the elimination of funding for public broadcasting." But if PBS can … [Read more...]


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