by Benjamin J. Kirby
Some new and exciting changes coming to the blog soon -- I can't wait.
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You know how much I love the New Yorker, so I was really sad to see that one of their staff writers got caught up in a scandal.
Jonah Lehrer has resigned from the the New Yorker.
The now-former staff writer made the news public in a statement from his publisher on Monday afternoon, shortly after an article in the online magazine Tablet reported that he had admitted making up quotes he attributed to Bob Dylan in his latest nonfiction book, Imagine, published earlier this year.
The discovery of the fabricated quotes came only weeks after Lehrer apologized last month for recycling some of his previous work—sometimes nearly verbatim—in his other work, including articles and blog posts.
What a shame.
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Where's a tea party freak when you need one.
Hospital grifter Rick Scott's ongoing legal challenges to his troubled legislative agenda is costing Florida taxpayers pretty close to a million dollars -- and it's only growing.
Challenges to laws sought by Scott to revamp the state's pension plans, require drug testing of welfare recipients and drastically alter the way teachers are paid were brought by the teachers' union, theAmerican Civil Liberties Union or other opposing organizations in 2011. But because of the appeals process, none of the cases is resolved yet, and the legal meter for the state is still running.
Look, I'm not naive -- I get that this is all part of how it's done. But at some point, the leader of a state that has found itself in a considerable budget hole the last few years, needs to, well, lead. And part of leadership is swallowing your losses and moving on.
What frustrates me is the heavy use of government resources from a guy who disdains government at every opportunity. Complicit in this is the GOP-lead filibuster-proof legislature which passes these ridiculous, un-Constitutional laws to begin with.
And yet their anti-government rhetoric seems to work...
Wonder when guys like the hospital grifter -- and our crummy legislative "leaders" -- will finally get held accountable for their double-talk.
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Matt Taibbi is always good, and the other day he managed to find some recently churned stuff about old goofy racist Pat Buchanan:
We all know Pat Buchanan is a little crazy. We also know that he has a reputation for racially explosive rhetoric. He’s staked out this very territory before, in his last book, which hilariously had a chapter entitled, "The End of White America."
That amazing work contained lines like, "Whites may discover what it is like to ride in the back of the bus," and "Every New York cabby must know the odds, should he pick up a man of color at night." He even wrote wistfully of the segregation era, seeming to suggest it was a time that even nonwhite Americans should remember with fondness.
Back then, black and white lived apart, went to different schools and churches, played on different playgrounds, and went to different restaurants, bars, theaters, and soda fountains. But we shared a country and a culture. We were one nation. We were Americans.
Right, except for the fire hoses and the lynchings, there was unity then! A sense of collective purpose! Sure, we used black men as lab rats for syphilis experiments, but dammit, we were all in this thing together. As Americans!
Taibbi seems to think Buchanan is irrelevant to today's GOP, but I'm not so sure. The reason Buchanan caught Taibbi's eye was his recent piece in TownHall.com on the end of the GOP:
Say goodbye to the Golden Land.
Asian-Americans voted 3-to-2 for Obama, black Americans 24-to-1. The Asian population in California and the nation is growing rapidly. The black population, 13 percent of the nation, is growing steadily.
Whites, already a minority in our two most populous states, will be less than half the U.S. population by 2041 and a minority in 10 states by 2020.
Consider now the Electoral College picture.
Of the seven mega-states, California, New York and Illinois appear lost to the GOP. Pennsylvania has not gone Republican since 1988. Ohio and Florida, both crucial, are now swing states. Whites have become a minority in Texas. When Texas goes, America goes.
This year could be the last hurrah.
The GOP must work harder to win Hispanic votes, we are told. But consider the home economics and self-interest of Hispanics.
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Hey, here you go: your keynote speaker for the Democratic Convention:
It's Mayor Juliàn Castro of San Antonio, Texas.
As a crusty old racist once said: ...When Texas goes, America goes...
Looking forward to the Convention.
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Thought you could use a quick Finn and Emmy update.
The good news is, Finn fits into 12 month-old outfits now.
He turns 3 months-old on Thursday.
He's a big boy, which is totally fine. Very different than his big sister -- all tall and arms and legs. It takes a lot more to snuggle him. But he does love to snuggle, so there's that.
He is sleeping at night, is obviously growing, and he loves -- loves -- his sister.
Emmy loves him, too. She loves telling him jokes. Her favorite jokes is "Are you an octopus?"
There's no punch-line. It's one you kind of have to think about, I guess. Anyway, she talks and his eyes light up and he smiles and laughs. They're going to be close, I can tell already.
Emmy is good, too. Her new thing is to discussing the differences between trolls and princesses.
"Princesses say, 'No thank you, I would not like another.'" And she says it very nicely.
"Trolls say, "I'm not going to share!'" And she has a troll voice. Given my love of all things troll (the old-school Nordic kind, not the little guys with weird hair), this is a proud and happy moment for me.
-- More later --