The Subtleties of Biased Emphasis – UPDATE

Just ran out for a Chai Tea Latte (and to get away from the noise of the non-stop leaf-blowers, around here) and heard this on the radio:"Mitt Romney is in New York (blah blah) to attend three fund-raisers where he'll get to meet some supporters (blah blah) paying $2,500 a plate (blah blah) and others on Park Avenue."On paper, it looks like the most innocent news report ever generated, doesn't it?Over the airways, with the newsreader's emphasis, what came through was"Mitt … [Read more...]

Chelsea Clinton’s Debut – UPDATED

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So, Chelsea Clinton made her debut last night on Brian William's (to me) awkwardly-named Rock Center, and you can watch her piece, here, and even vote for how you think she did.I voted "boring but I think she'll get better" even though I thought it an imprecise choice. She was not "boring" -- the piece itself, on the generous, inspiring and inspired Annette Dove, and her mission to enhance the lives of disadvantaged kids, was not boring. Ms. Clinton chose an interesting subject, and I do … [Read more...]

Muppets Mayhem is Misdirection

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Honestly, I haven't been paying much attention.I mean, I love the Muppets but once I stopped having to read bedtime stories in Elmo's voice to the kids, Muppet headlines stopped resonating (although the whole family does very much enjoy rewatching The Muppet Family Christmas Special each year -- a classic, sadly unavailable, anymore).But I'm hearing some suggestions that the new Muppet movie is a covert action by the socialists, hellbent on denigrating capitalism and especially … [Read more...]

When Carville is Your Role Model

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Come on, you Center-Right folk! If you can't manage to do better than James Carville, then what's the point?Remember when James Carville smeared Paula Jones, saying you'll never know what you'll find "when you drag a hundred dollar bill through a trailer park."Remember the criticism he rightly received from conservatives for saying such garbage? . . . Someone tell me how Mr. Barron today is any different from James Carville then...Read the whole thoughtful piece.The worst thing … [Read more...]

What Cain Should have Said at Presser – UPDATED

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Was chatting with some friends last night, and one was mildly annoyed with me for being underwhelmed with Herman Cain's presser, today. I thought it was too much talking in third-person, which suggested Cain's need to put distance between himself and what's he's experiencing; too much dancing and not enough punch-throwing. While I still rather like Cain (he's an original, at least), I can't help thinking that he failed to take advantage of a remarkable opportunity to express the frustrations of … [Read more...]

Who will sue over Same Sex OWS Tents?

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Sexual assaults and rapes are apparently so numerous at Zuccotti Park in the New York "occupation" that the occupiers are installing single-sex tents:It’s a safe house from the sex fiends.Zuccotti Park has become so overrun by sexual predators attacking women in the night that organizers felt compelled to set up a female-only sleeping tent yesterday to keep the sickos away.The large, metal-framed “safety tent” -- which will be guarded by an all-female patrol -- can accommodate as ma … [Read more...]

Bush Women “of the Year”

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Former First Lady Laura Bush, and former first daughters Jenna and Barbara have been included in Glamour magazine's Women of the Year issue.That's nice. Surprising. I can't help wondering, though, why the magazine known for its photos has chosen such a cramped, graceless and uncomfortable-looking one to illustrate their story.I mean, these are all-three beautiful, poised women. Glamour has them looking like they need to find a loo. Ah, well, what else would we expect, I guess? The other … [Read more...]

ACT III: American Fall – The Revolution

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Michelle Obama did tell us "Barack Obama will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual". Specifically, she said:Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.Oh, irony. The most … [Read more...]

The Waning Trust in the Press — UPDATED

A while back, I asked my very frustrated mother-in-law why she voted for Barack Obama, and she shrugged, "I could only go by what I heard."She meant the nightly network news shows, which she and Pop watch or listen to while they bustle around the kitchen.It didn't matter that a sister-in-law and I had both warned her that Obama was inexperienced or that she might not like his policies. We were not the press. We were not the people who write headlines and speak with solemn surety before … [Read more...]

Krugman, 9/11 and Absolutes: "What if I am wrong?" UPDATED

Yesterday, someone sent me a link to Paul Krugman's already-infamous 9/11 Vomit O' Venom, launched at all of his favorite boogeymen, and I duly posted it to facebook but didn't think much beyond what I wrote back to my friend: "the man seems a wreck. A small fellow feeling impotent; so much of what he is sure of, he is not sure of, at all. This says so much more about him than it does anyone else."And because I was busy, I put it out of my mind.This morning, though, Glenn Reynolds has a … [Read more...]


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