And Jonathan Karel is, apparently, one of the worst. I say apparently because there are so many whose lies, obfucscations, omissions challenge my self-control to the point where I only watch them at other people’s apartments or computers, because that way I won’t let myself throw something at the screen.
Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting describes the way that, however fradulent so many of them are, Karl may be a new low.
That’s Washington’s plan—I say “Washington” because there now seems to be a consensual Democratic-Republican game plan.
Glenn Greenwald in the Guardian lays out all the chilling details.
On the third floor of the Library for the Performing Arts, home to the research collections, there’s a great little exhibit on Andre Charlot’s Revue of 1924, and the way the show and its Broadway-debuting stars—Gertrude Lawrence, Beatrice Lillie, and Jack Buchanan—came, saw and conquered these shores. And did they ever deserve to do so, as did Jessie Mathews and Constance Carpenter, also making their Broadway debuts
I didn’t know, but the exhibit photographically reminds us, that the Revue featured a parody of Les Sylphides!
The Library’s Barbara Stratyner put it together.
Reuters reports on the Congressional Budget Office’s confirmation of what we already knew.
If Obama possessed genuine political and policy comprehension, he’d ramp down the whole hot-air front IMMEDIATELY.
But with Gene Sperling stumping at Pete Peterson’s carnival. . . .
A surprising number of the former-theatrical hotels in the West Forties have survived splendidly.
When I started haunting the theater district’s byways during the 1970s, these old hotels, apart from the Algonquin, were in a state of slumber and neglect. They’ve now been spruced up and repurposed as havens for tourists or visiting business people.
One that did not endure, however, is the Seymour on West 45th Street, right next to the brownstones that then housed the venerable Coffee House Club. Both landmarks are gone now, but the Seymour is given detailed commemoration by Tom Miller on his Daytonian in Manhattan blog.
Want to know how that “dark money” group of Zuckerberg’s somehow pivoted from promoting immigration reform to promoting ecosystem destruction?
Let Common Dreams’s Jacob Chamblerlain tell you all about it. And cheer the progressive groups that are pulling their ads off Facebook!
One of the planks of his Senate campaign is a rebuke of Obama’s cuts to Social Security. Sahil Kapur at Talkingpointsmemo has the details.
Lauren McCauley at Commondreams reacts to the study put out jointly by the Institute for Policy Studies and the Campaign for American’s Future. It demonstrates the way that taxpayer subsidies boost the compensation of those who seek most viciously to cut the already-inadequate benefits Social Security currently pays.
Maureen Dowd’s done great columns in The New York Times recently about Obama and GW Bush, but I don’t agree with her latest, published yesterday.
I, for one, do not want Obama having drinks with Mitch McConnell.
And I do not for one moment blame the current legislative impasse on a reluctance by Obama to break bread with the Republicans. He has done more than break bread. He has prostrated himself and he has sold out core, essential Democratic platforms in his zeal to do business with the opposition.
And it must be the fact that ostensible Senate Majority leader Harry Reid needs a fourth for bridge or mahjong or whatever he plays with old Mitch that has sandbagged filibuster reform, thus allowing the Republicans to bring the Senate to a standstill.
I want less bi-partisan comity between the Dems and the Repubs, since that type of schmoozing always seems to result in more Democrat fails and caves.
House progressives firmly request a meeting with Obama to reiterate their opposition to his proposed cuts to Social Security. Greg Sargent in the Washington Post reports.
While at Talkingpointsmemo.com, Brian Beutler interviews Senator Sherrod Brown, who says, “It’s clear there’s too much Wall Street in this administration.”
While Senator Sanders and Harkin introduce a Senator resolution opposing the President’s Chained-CPI maneuver. Ramsey Cox in The Hill has the story.