Archive: September, 2011
Please. They need a job.
I watched all of last night's rather predictable and not particularly game changing GOP presidential last night. As the dust settles, I honestly couldn't tell you who the "winner" was. I can tell you who lost, though:
Basic human decency. Not to mention America's reputation as a nation built on virtues like justice and fairness.
This shocking new low came near the end of the debate when moderator Brian Williams of NBC News asked Texas Gov. Rick Perry to defend his record of executions -- 234, more than any other governor in modern history -- during his tenure in Austin.
Hint: It's not for you, Mr. and Ms. New Jersey resident.
Read this must-read article from Mother Jones. Then ask yourself why Christie enjoys telling a roomful of billionaires in Colorado how he's inflicting pain on New Jersey's middle class? And whether his friendship with the Koch brothers is the real reason he pulled an about-face on greenhouse gases? And whether he took that state helicopter to that secret New York confab with the billionaire puppet-meisters of the American right wing?
Power to the people outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center today, who've taken to the streets for the same reason that people took to the streets in Cairo and across the Middle East: Because government is not listening to the voice of its citizens, who want strict oversight of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, and for drillers to pay their fair share in taxes as they do in every other major gas-producing state in the nation, even in Rick Perry's Texas.
The protesters are out there stickin' it to The Man. Who knew that the man would bear a scary resemblance to former Pennsylvania Governor turned gas-industry shill Tom "Duct Tape" Ridge?
Tomorrow's news today. This is a slightly longer [although not necessarily better] version of the article that will be published on the front page of the Daily News:
OK, so you got this one conspiracy theorist in a tin-foil hat who came out the other day with a wild claim that the CIA engaged in a massive cover-up concerning what it knew about al-Qaeda hijackers in America before 9/11.
I don't agree with all of this withering critique of Ronald Reagan but some of it is right on the money:
Candidate Reagan in 1980 correctly opposed draft registration. Yet when he had the chance to abolish it, he reneged...
My colleague Jan Ransom published an article in the Daily News over the weekend that I thought that was both the best and maybe the most important article that's run in the paper this year. The subject was an ongoing pattern of outrageous and unconstitutional behavior by the Philadelphia cops -- confiscating and destroying videos that might (or might not) show police misconduct. During my occasional editing shifts here, I've read several articles in which the police have done this, and I wondered how they get away with iit. The bottom line: They shouldn't.
One other quick note: I can't fathom for the life of me why the Daily News -- the newspaper that won a Pulitzer just last year for its courage in exposing police misconduct -- all but buried this article by publishing it on possibly the lowest circulation day of the entire year, the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. I'm not casting aspersions towards anyone -- I've worked here long enough to know that usuallly when things happen here...it's usually just one of those things. That said, it was a big mistake not getting this article to a wider audience, which I hope to do my small part in rectifying.
Ever hear people say that the only thing that's keeping businesses from adding workers is lack of confidence in President Obama, related (in part) to fear that he's imposing new regulations or new taxes?