Archive: April, 2012
Hey, remember the Far Side cartoon about the boneless chicken ranch? That was really funny. You know what's not so funny? Eyeless crabs:
Gulf of Mexico fishermen, scientists and seafood processors have told Al Jazeera they are finding disturbing numbers of mutated shrimp, crab and fish that they believe are deformed by chemicals released during BP's 2010 oil disaster.
Can't decide if this is a real photo or if Vincent Van Gogh was sketching the Flyers' game yesterday -- very impressionistic. Plus, in the spirit of VVG, I'm also surprised that no one's ear was sliced off.
I'm off to New York City for the next day and a half to attend -- some of you may find this kind of funny -- a symposium on thje future of journalism, led by the Columbia Journalism School and reform gurus like Clay Shirky. I hope to convince them that the future lies in blog posts about penguins and in posting pictures of Tom Corbett in a cowboy hat.
Apparently every penguin is a cheap shot artist these days:
ST. LOUIS — At least one penguin at the St. Louis Zoo appears to be a feisty opponent of Newt Gingrich.
Last week, two well-known figures in the conservative media world -- Roger Ailes, who made the Fox News Channel what it is today, and bow-tied jack-of-all-right-wing-reporting trades Tucker Carlson -- both gave speeches to young journalists on the state of the profession. Although they took place one day and a couple of hundred miles apart, the common message to young people thinking about becoming journalists was strikingly similar. Don't learn too much, and it might be best if you stay away altogether. Especially if you want to make the world a better place.
Carlson, who now runs the occasionally outrageous (not always intentionally) website The Daily Caller after he was bounced from various cable shows, went first, addressing aspiring journalists at the Cato Institute think tank in Washington, D.C. The graduate of Trinity College in Hartford told the future scribes that going to college is an expensive sinkhole (news, no doubt, to some of the top scholars who work at Cato) and advised them not to waste time in "some 'government-subsidized college course' or 'underwater basket-weaving for feminists or whatever'they talk about in class."
WASHINGTON -- Poor women who stay at home to raise their children should be given federal assistance for child care so that they can enter the job market and "have the dignity of work," Mitt Romney said in January, undercutting the sense of extreme umbrage he showed when Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen quipped last week that Ann Romney had not "worked a day in her life."
I've been blogging regularly since 2004, and anyone who's ever blogged before knows it's hard to sustain the same level of enthusuasm day in and day out. The reason that compelled you to start doing it in the first place (in my case, the media's shameful failure to challenge Bush's immoral, lie-laden invasion of Iraq) fades, and new causes rise and fall. Sometimes I think about folks who a) blog full-time and b) have been doing for even longer -- like my friend here in Philadelphia, Duncan Black (Atrios), who's marking his 10th anniversary of blogging this month.
Leave it to him to remind us why we fight: