by Lee Camp
Progressive Pushes “Perform or Payback” Plan
Declaration by Oswald M. Griswold III, progressive/entrepreneur/activist
Since our political hubs begin to loom as business subsidiaries for the biggest banks, energy-industrial cartels, and unhinged billionaires, let’s fight back with a business-reward model for progressive campaigns. If corporations are people, why can’t the residual left reinvent itself, just like willful corporations that leverage deductible “investments” — or go elsewhere? Think: lemon law for progressives. Continue reading
Though with decreased frequency, drone attacks continue in Pakistan The latest, reports the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, were in Waziristan, on May 28:
CIA drones returned to the attack in North Waziristan for the fourth time in six days, with a strike on the village of Khassokhel. … Up to seven people were killed in the bombing of a house. … A second missile attack destroyed a vehicle in datta Khel. … Up to four alleged militants died in the second strike of the day.
We all know that drone attacks create enemies and drive civilians into the arms of militants. But, with even more dark irony, civilians killed in drone strikes are liable to become militants posthumously, when they weren’t in life, due to fuzzy accounting. Continue reading
Just two months ago we lost Bluegrass icon Earl Scruggs. Yesterday, Folk legend Doc Watson died at the age of 89. Both were from my native North Carolina and each played a huge role in the Tar Heel state’s rich musical tradition.
Today S&R bids a fond farewell to one of America’s true innovators. Happy travels, Doc.
Domestic terrorism is not what it used to be.
Terrorism used to be the province of the left. Crews like the Weather Underground, the Panthers and the Symbionese Liberation Army blew up buildings, kidnapped heiresses and brought cities to their knees with crippling protests. Now the best the left has to offer on the city-crippling front is the Occupy Movement who, if you listened carefully, weren’t demanding peace and justice as much as for jobs and better credit scores. They might well have brought cities to their collective knees, but if so it was only because the municipalities dozed off listening to all those lame speeches and slid off their benches. Continue reading
Today didn’t go the way Candidate Romney had hoped. Some very brief notes are in order.
First, congrats to photographer Justin Sullivan. This is a great shot.
Nothing like a good old-fashioned zombie apocalypse to liven up high school, wouldn’t you say? That’s what Sam Toller thought, anyway. His ten-minute film, We Are What We Eat, gives kids one more reason to dread school.
The 16-year-old North London student wrote and directed the film (which you can see here). I spent some time over the weekend talking with Sam about what it was like to make a movie, what he’s learned about being a storyteller, and what it was like to bring the apocalypse to life.
Some recent graduates of my alma mater, Wake Forest University, are up in arms over this year’s commencement speaker, former DISH Network chairman Charlie Ergen. They penned what struck me as a thoughtful, well-considered letter to university president Dr. Nathan Hatch, in which they chastised him for a pattern of pandering to business interests to the exclusion of those who have made their marks in other fields.
The May 23 letter, published in the May 29 issues of the Old Gold & Black, takes a passing shot at Ergen’s speech (“riddled with clichés and reductive statements, as well as addressed primarily to his graduating daughter, rather than the class of a thousand newly-minted alumni”), but quickly moves on to the substance of their objection. Noting that the last three commencement speakers have hailed from the business world, the alums write that: Continue reading
Producing the equivalent of a book every 24 hours, seven days a week, is difficult. That’s what daily newspapers do day after day. Sadly, in New Orleans, readers will receive only three books a week instead of seven.
The Times-Picayune will print its book only on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Those are the only days advertising revenue is sufficient to justify the cost of ink and paper. The Times-Picayune is not the first paper to reduce print editions. Detroit papers did that several years ago. And other papers in the NOLA Media Group will curtail print editions.
The Times-Picayune, which won the Pulitzer Prize for brilliant coverage of Hurricane Katrina, will become less than it was. Continue reading
Conservatives would paint President Obama as a metrosexual, especially in light of his endorsement of gay marriage. But to most, he’s a man’s man — in fact, with his drone wars, too much so for many of us. He’s proof, as much as anybody, that coming to terms with the LBGT world doesn’t threaten the well-adjusted straight man’s sexual identity.
In fact, the time has come for all us manly men to man up and admit our man crushes. Since it’s only natural to fear doing so will leave us subject to ridicule by less secure men, let’s try to zero in on what exactly a man crush is first. We’ll turn to Urban Dictionary. Continue reading
Memorial Day has become our most conflicted holiday. I’m bothered by it, and I know I am not the only one. Continue reading
Today nuclear weapons are the cornerstone of the national-security policy of major powers, as defensive weapons under the guise of deterrence. In the past, nuclear weapons were used for offensive weapons, though “only” twice (Hiroshima and Nagasaki). But among the other uses for which they were contemplated was one that was unusually novel. Continue reading
I have developed a habit over the years of dog-earring pages in the books I read as a way to remind myself of passages that resonated with me as I read. I don’t otherwise mark the pages because it encourages me to reread each one to find whatever passage it was that resonated with me in the first place. If nothing jumps out, I unfold the page corner. It doesn’t happen often, but that it does at all serves as a reminder that I’m a different reader than I was when I first folded that corner.
We’re here in Malmo for a couple of days of sightseeing in southern Sweden, the area called Skane, popularized by the Wallander detective series. It’s a lovely area, and we haven’t back for six years or so. And we had a lovely dinner in Sture, which specializes in local organic food. And the place is empty–two other tables with diners, and one of them is the usual loud American couple. The manager says it’s the quietest Saturday night she can remember, and then we all realize the kitchen staff is outside watching something on their phones–Eurovision! Ah, that explains it. An entire continent is now at home watching what has to be the cheesiest and yet most fun cultural event in the world–the Eurovision Song contest.
Won by Azerbaijan last year, by the way, which is why it’s being held there this year. Wait, Azerbaijan is in Europe? Since when? Continue reading
Well, it’s now apparent that Jimmer Fredette is who we thought he was. A hard-working and gifted shooter with inflated statistics created by playing in an offense created specifically for him against sub-standard competition, and a player who is way too small and slow to get off his shot in the NBA.
With only 8 points, 1 rebound and 2 assists per game, he did not make the All-Star team or the All-Rookie team or any of the various other honors the NBA dishes out, which has to be a shock given that he picked up virtually every honor out there in college. Jimmer couldn’t even crack the starting line-up of the lowly Sacramento Kings.
(I know, I know, Jimmeristas are saying: Wait until next year. Next year he will still be 6’2”.) Continue reading
by Chris Griesedieck
I don’t know who Peter Wallison is, but he does not seem to understand the consequences of re-implementing Glass-Steagall. Or he does, and is willfully ignoring them to irritate me and appease Jamie Dimon.
Anyway, Glass-Steagall was a Depression-era, federal regulation (fully repealed under the Clinton administration after years of chipping away by banking industry lobbyists) that erected a barrier between traditional banking, such as commercial and residential loans, depositor savings and checking accounts, etc., and the more complex and risky world of investment banking. Continue reading
- If you recall, the troubled video game company recently missed a payment to the state of Rhode Island, which had engineered a massive GOVERNMENT HANDOUT LOAN DEAL to lure them from Massachusetts.
- Bad news: employees now out of work. Good news: employees weren’t getting paid anyway because ownership had chosen not to pay them missed payroll. Continue reading
As I Facebooked last night:
After more than three years of writing, editing, revising, and of course enduring the emotional agony that engenders so many of my best ideas, I have finally arrived at what I’m choosing to call a 1.0 version of my new book, tentatively entitled The Butterfly Machine.
Now, like any business-savvy poet, I’m on to the business of auctioning off movie rights and booking venues for the impending world tour.
[aherm] [cough] [ahem] Continue reading
How comforting to discover, long before $2 billion evaporates in our quadrennial mayhem of misdirection, the finale! Survey says: Obama gets an encore, unless the wary one flubs big-time or a Black Swan sidelines his headlines. I got evidence: the latest poll, elitist expertise, stock charts and detailed voting patterns back to 1860. Match that, Mitt, you twit.
But, alas for the left, few glad tidings, just which brand of anti-progressive runs the White House. Okay, pedestrian mini-series deliver more suspense, but that’s what we got. No high drama every election. Instead, a six-month horror show full of faux suspense plays out – ”will the nice, stumbling right centrist beat back the mechanized, alien throwback?” — only for the nation to end up treading water.