Thursday, April 24, 2014

To The Surprise of Exactly Zero People

Call Captain Renault

Nobody could have predicted, etc. 

Because we are shocked...SHOCKED!! that there is racism going on in this guy's residence. "I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro," the rancher began as he described a "government h…

http://rising-hegemon.blogspot.com/2014/04/call-captain-renault.html

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Michael Gordon: The Case Against Meritocracy

Michael Gordon Strikes Again

Actually, yet another case against the existence of meritocracy in elite journalism.  In a meritocracy, Michael Gordon would be writing filler for Steppin' Out. 
It's amazing that he's managed to keep his exulted position on foreign affairs and foreign wars at the NYT through several changes of editors, going back to his role as co-conspirator on some of Judy …

http://gregmitchellwriter.blogspot.com/2014/04/michael-gordon-strikes-again.html

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Defining Hipster Downward

Other People Are Horrible

I burst out laughing a while back when some knucklehead in comments referred to me as a hipster.  The word has lost all meaning. 
"The term "hipster" used to refer to poor 20somethings who drank PBRs, wore skinny jeans, had beards (the men) and tattoos, worked as bartenders or baristas, and probably were in a band. Then it referred to "rich white people moving into Brooklyn with their two young children." Now it seems to mean "anyone who embraces anything vaguely trendy that I don't like.""

http://www.eschatonblog.com/2014/04/other-people-are-horrible.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FbRuz+%28Eschaton%29

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Brooklyn Library Announces Free Searchable Archive of Brooklyn Daily Eagle

This is pretty awesome news, no pun intended:
The Eagle has landed! In collaboration with Newspapers.com, and building on an earlier digitization initiative funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, BPL now offers the full run of the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper, from 1841 to 1955, as a free online resource. Learn more about using this databasehere, and visit the Brooklyn Collection to explore materials on Brooklyn's rich history, including books, photographs, prints, directories and maps and atlases.

American Not Just Dead, It Was Murdered

The American Dream is dead. Long live the American Dream

The Koch Brothers, Pete Peterson, Alan Greenspan, Ronald are again and George W. Bush, all unindicted conspirators in the murder of the American Middle Class.  And Rupert Murdoch as an accessory. 
"I've said it before and I'll say it again: contrary to what the Ayn Rand followers or the Rush Limbaugh acolytes will tell you, the American Dream is not to be richer than Croesus, although that's certainly one of the appeals of the American system. Most Americans are practical sorts and to them it is the dream of middle class security --- a house of your own, a good job, the chance to educate your children well and retire with dignity. Those things are becoming out of reach for more and more of us. Young people are in debt, middle aged people are squeezed by the need to care for their parents and their children, and the elderly are living longer with less. Workers aren't as physically mobile as their parents were, burdened with homes they cannot sell and their freedom curtailed by a job market that forces them to cling to work they hate for fear of not finding anything better. The idea of an average person starting a business feels like a suicidal leap without a net. Of course there have always been those who were closed off from the American Dream due to systemic bigotry and suffocating poverty but for a time the dream was even opening up to those who had been denied --- racial and ethnic minorities were able to become middle class workers and enjoy many of the economic and social benefits that came with it. But with the shrinking or the public sector and the unions, that toe hold into the middle class is becoming tenuous again. "

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/the-american-dream-is-dead-long-live.html

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Fire At 81 1st Place

I'm told there was a fire at 81 1st Place just this afternoon.
Numerous FDNY trucks on the scene and hydrant work.

FDNY has allowed the neighbors back in to their (our!) homes.
Thankfully it appears there are no injuries.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Bill Kristol Has Never Been Right About Anything, Ever.

Bill Kristol Floats Hillary Clinton–David Petraeus Ticket in 2016, Is Wrong

America's foremost nepotism hire has another brilliant prediction. 
Because what Hillary Clinton really needs is a running mate who resigned in disgrace over an affair with a much younger woman, a.k.a. a constant reminder of the darkest time in her public and private …

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/04/clinton-petraeus-2016-predicts-bill-kristol.html

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