State Rep. Mark Cohen writes he will miss retiring State Rep. Bill Rieger. Maybe Cohen can visit him in that house on Rising Sun Ave. that legions of Inky types have staked out over the years in vain hopes of finding the longest-serving Democrat in Pa. legislative history. In 40 years, he never gave a speech on the floor. Perhaps at either house.
As of 7:27 a.m. looks like I was the only Soprano's fan wondering about the Ashkenoozy.
Who Killed The Electric Car? Big Oil? The White House? General Motors, a Sony Pictures Classics movie contends.
Bald and beautiful and back: Get your ration of Sgt. Bilko on the 50th anniversary DVD of The Phil Silvers Show.
Do you know where to find Sudan? Take the Geography Literacy test. We were 7/7, but any wrong answer and they would have revoked my khaki vest.
As soccer fans from around the world head to Germany, the New York Times has advice for Brits: Don't mention the war! Or wear those fake little mustaches. Or do those cute salutes. No goosestepping either.
Above Average Jane (who often sends me helpful copy editing ideas, captioned "Red Pencil") asked on her site what a blogger's responsibility is in the electorial system: "other than voting, what is our part of the bargain? What should we be doing during campaign season? If our candidates are elected, then what? Do we just sit around until the next election?" Lots of good responses here. Such as that of Howard Hall, who wrote at The Smedley Log:
we, as a public, have become so easy to fool. We pay little attention to the matters that affect our lives beyond the immediate concerns, even though those same nebulous matters tend to become more immediate concerns when ignored.
Worse, we authorize proxies to think for us, whether they be news commentators, political parties or even bloggers. It brings to mind something a teacher of mine once said: "When someone offers you the Cliffs Notes for Shakespeare, do yourself a favor and read the play anyway." Politics should be approached the same way.