Politics

June 17, 2013

Simon & Garfunkel's Songs of America Video

This Simon & Garfunkel 1969 TV special is worth noting not only for it's classic content, and close-ups of the duo and their team in production, but for its inclusion of a section dedicated to three, assasinated American leaders -- Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, and Robert F. Kennedy --  but for the backstory. This performance was created for television but the intended sponsor backed out because all three of the victims shown were Democrats. CBS wisely decided to show the performance without the sponsor. Length 51+ minutes. Midway through we get some 60s anti-war and anti-poverty rhetoric. Seems sadly quaint. 

Tell me you didn't tear up watching little Caroline and Bobby running to greet JFK, or Martin Luther King with his little son, while Simon & Garfunkel harmonize "Like a bridge over troubled waters  ... So long, soooo long ... ". 

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August 28, 2012

Open Letter to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Warriors Owners Joe Lacob and Peter Gruber on Planned Arena

To San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, and NBA Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Gruber:

Your plans to build a modern arena on the San Francisco waterfront are exciting. Your facility will create jobs and add greatly to the entertainment and cultural opportunities in this wonderful city.

Since you've reportedly said that you need 120-200 events per year to make the facility economically viable, I strongly suggest you work early on to find a partner to bring ATP and WTA professional tennis to San Francisco. A Masters 1000 level event could attract over 400,000* ticket buyers and would find substantial sponsorship support from local companies that would value the demographics of this audience.

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June 08, 2012

CBO Study: Federal Employees Paid More than Private

For years, liberals have criticized studies that claimed Federal workers were overpaid because the studies were produced by right-wing think tanks that are obviously not objective.

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March 01, 2012

Yet Another Reason to Hate SUVs

Because SUV owners run over their children at alarming rates, all U.S. car owners will have to pay perhaps $200 to add a rear-view camera, or $2.7 billion a year for the industry, per a new law.

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February 28, 2012

Ry Cooder Sings "The Mutt Romney Blues"

Shamus singin'' the low-down travelin' bluuuueees. Via Nonesuch records

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November 28, 2011

Children Victimized by Bank Meltdown

Touching look at homeless children.

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October 12, 2011

Correlation Between Reagan-ism Taking Our Government, Rising Inequality, Income Stagnation

Great graphic from Jeremy Nixon on G+ (click for his post)

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Why The American Economy is Messed Up

Henry Blodget (yes, that Blodget) just published a remarkable set of graphics on Business Insider that clearly demonstrates what has gone wrong with the American economy. 

I've seen versions of many before, some are new, but I've never seen all this data in one place before. 

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September 19, 2011

Google's Chairman: "Current Strategy is Ludicrous .. Government Must Stimulate Demand"

From ABC's Christian Ammanpour via Klein WaPo:

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September 15, 2011

How Too Big Banks Got That Way | Mother Jones

Government policies encouraged big bank consolidation, and now taxpayers are subsidizing the result. 

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