Bores vs. Hacks

Telegraph Blogs – Toby Harnden: How Britain and the web are changing stuffy American journalism Often caught between the two, I’ve always been fascinated by the differences between journalism in Britain and the United States. One of the most striking things is the contrast between the self-image of journalists on either side of the Pond. […]

Categories: Business & Media

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

Of Flags and Fruit Baskets

I went into the office today finally to claim a desk. Peter went in for his first day of work and came home with a small goody bag. Apparently there’s a whole fruit stand on his desk but I’m not cool enough to see yet. He’s having a team lunch tomorrow, see. :( Then the […]

Categories: Wildcard

Chilean Miners: Fame and Wine; The Frivolous West Reacts

Today I went on a farewell trek downtown, said goodbye to my office (I don’t leave my job, just my building), had dinner with some of Peter’s former coworkers… Another busy day. So, for blog post, I give you, the current events à la Celebrity Watch (ie Caitlin Moran): 1 UP The Chilean miners On […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Hail Sweden

It helps that I’m undergoing a resurgence in love for Scandinavian interiors… NRO – Duncan Currie: Sweden’s Quiet Revolution Without much fanfare, the Scandinavian country has been moving away from socialism. In fact, contemporary Sweden is much less socialist than many Americans realize. Since the early 1990s, when it suffered a painful financial crisis, the […]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

But Can You Get It Done In the Next Three Weeks

John Yoo: How to Save California: Outlaw Public Employee Unions According to [Pete] Wilson [former governor of California who left office with a budget surplus], public employee unions trigger a destructive dynamic. Public employee unions take money from their members and use them for partisan political purposes. They pressure government officials to cut them sweetheart […]

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

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCXLVIII

A Dilbert cartoon: CDR Salamander – Sunday Funnies I won’t say why, but this has deep and powerful meaning to us these days. Oh man that makes me laugh.

Categories: Entertainment

The Most Powerful Political Forces in Cahleefohnia

WSJ – Ahnuld: Public Pensions and Our Fiscal Future Few Californians in the private sector have $1 million in savings, but that’s effectively the retirement account they guarantee to many government employees. At the same time that government-employee costs have been climbing, the private-sector workers whose taxes pay for them have been hurting. Since 2007, […]

Categories: Politics

What the Heck Happened To California

I suppose this is just a consequence of the huge population in that state, but good lord, it blows New York away: It’s like end times over there. From The Corner: Job Creation in the States

Categories: Politics

I Give You the Greatest Flight That Ever Landed

WSJ – Flight Attendant Pops Emergency Chute, Escapes Plane at JFK I think we’ve all been on those flights where we wish the flight attendant would just deck the jerk and go out with a flourish. But this flourish is pretty epic.

Categories: People and Current Events

The Latter Day IPO

Work part time as a council member in a (working-class, mostly Hispanic) town of 39,000 and make $100,000; get a job as the police chief and make $457,000; get elected mayor and make nearly $800,000. Truly California is the land of opportunity.

Categories: Politics

The Jones Act and Creative Problem Solving in the Gulf Oil Spill

Weekly Standard – Oil Messed Up Anger grows along the Gulf Coast at the Obama administration’s pathetic response to the largest oil spill in U.S. history. By Winston Groom (author of Forrest Gump, among others) It has been apparent from the outset that the Obama administration had no wish to be responsible for fixing this […]

Categories: Science and Nature

If Only There Were Illegals in American Samoa Doing the Jobs the American Samoans Won’t Do

My parents were up today and my dad was talking about this story which, naturally, I hadn’t heard of. Congress raised the minimum wage again and this time, in their wise benevolence, didn’t give American Samoa an exemption: When Democrats in Congress increased the minimum wage in 2007, the U.S. territory of 65,000 in the […]

Categories: People and Current Events

Young Independent Documentary Filmmaker Makes STARTLING Discovery

The Foundry – Is Hollywood Turning on Teachers Unions? But on the way to making the film she imagined, she “stumbled on this political mayhem—really like a turf war about the future of public education.” Or more accurately, she happened upon a raucous protest outside of a failing public school in which Harlem Success, already […]

Categories: People and Current Events