Mayor Nutter, Keepin it Real

WaTi – Philadelphia mayor talks tough to black teenagers after ‘flash mobs’ “Take those God-darn hoodies down, especially in the summer,” Mr. Nutter, the city’s second black mayor, said in an angry lecture aimed at black teens. “Pull your pants up and buy a belt ‘cause no one wants to see your underwear or the […]

Categories: People and Current Events

London [Bridge] Is Falling Down

Oof: Telegraph – London riots: live Rolling coverage of the third night of violent disturbances in London, Bristol, Liverpool and Birmingham, with widespread arson and looting reported across the capital. So the story goes, as I understand it (largely from Twitter), some poor kid gets killed by police last week, and some (idiots) in his […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Jerusalem (The Non-Allegorical One)

A guy goes through Jerusalem filming musicians and mashes them together. I think it’s quite pretty.

Categories: Art and Literature

The Provincial Avant Garde

Checking in on Japan… The Economist – Japan’s recovery: Who needs leaders? The aftermath of the March 11th disasters shows that Japan’s strengths lie outside Tokyo, in its regions Read the whole thing, but two bits stand out. First the intro, comparing Tokyo at the center of the country with its provinces: THE earthquake, tsunami […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Steve’s Second Keynote: The Mothership

Come for the awesomeness of Steve Jobs dropping in on Cupertino city hall. Stay for the worst attempt at a corporate shakedown in HISTORY: For context, Google, 10 minutes up the freeway, provides Mountain View, next town over from Cupertino, with free public wifi, but I’ve never gotten it to work. I love that this […]

Categories: Business & Media

Ffffun Facts!

I almost went with another alliterative title but decided that would would appear quite enough in the below quoted Mark Steyn post, which I’ve found rather fascinating (and no, I didn’t know any of this either): Foreskin Man is America’s newest superhero, the creation of Matthew Hess and his group MGMBill, the enlightened Californian progressives […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Not Sure What This Has To Do With the Big Bopper Going Down in a Plane Crash

But I’d say the song carries it: The Grand Rapids LipDub – American Pie (And I do love a marching band. And fireworks. And, well, it is awfully cool.) Curtsy: John J Miller.

Categories: Entertainment

“A Reason to Travel”, Indeed

(Sorry about yesterday but, well, TGIF and all that) HalfEmpty sent this to me and I think it’s pretty darned cool (spending money on walking! and not biking! hurrah!): Reuters – Floating path on London’s Thames gets $100 mln nod London Mayor Boris Johnson said the kilometre-long pontoon design, known as “the London River Park”, […]

Categories: History

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLX

Last night’s Daily Show opener was sublime. Perfect in every way. I’d embed it but they split the opener into three parts to easier to just sit through the double ad and watch up to the first ad break. Beautiful.

Categories: War and Peace

Nearly Half of New York Won’t Exist Soon

I won’t bother re-quoting, just read this: Enough! 64 Percent of New Yorkers Say a 41 Percent Abortion Rate Is Too High

Categories: People and Current Events

Unfinished London

Unfinished London – A Documentary by Jay Foreman and Paul Kendler I love the way he uses Google Maps. I love the pacing. I love everything about this. I was once stuck watching local TV and there was some lady in a felt hat and those duck-shaped comfortable leather walking boots giving a tour of […]

Categories: History

On 1st Class Rail Travel & Corporate Shuttles

So those of you with an eye on Twitter will have noticed I took the train up to San Francisco for a movie yesterday. On the train, I was thinking about something I spend a lot of time thinking about but a new thought occurred to me. So, no one in the Bay Area takes […]

Categories: Wildcard

Great Story, Crap Ending

The story of Michelle Rhee, schools chancellor, and Adrian Fenty, mayor, and their overhaul of the DC school system. It’s a real pom-pom waver. And then Fenty loses his primary and Rhee’s last day is tomorrow. And let that be a …lesson* for other reformers. * That was no place for a bad pun but […]

Categories: Politics

Rizzo, the Rat

I thought I already blogged about the city of Bell, California, population 37,000, mostly hispanic, per capita income of $24,800, whose administrators are making between $1.54 million (with 143 paid vacation days) and $770,000 on the low end. But I must have Twittered it. There was a city council hearing when a mainstream newspaper actually […]

Categories: Politics

Let’s Play Name That Party!

Chris Young, running for mayor of Providence, recently appeared on the local FOX station for a disastrous interview. The worst part? Choose: a) Young bringing/reading notes, b) saying that he attends church for fun, or c) serenading the befuddled interviewer. Watch the video. Or try to. Whatever. It’s pretty excruciating.

Categories: Politics