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On Anniversary Commemorated

Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace.

The funny part is that Obama basically declared war on Syria in a dramatic White House speech on 9/10/13, subject only to Russia's intervention to remove the WMD justification for invasion. So the Brain Trust gives another speech on 9/10/14 to declare war on ISIS which will conveniently suffer from mission creep and lead to war with Assad. To Obama's credit, his heart is just not in this, so he may be able to keep the conflict from expanding. Be sure that Hillary or whichever Republican is the next President will expand Obama's war into a war against Assad.

It really speaks to the spellbinding nature of the Obama administration that no one is calling him out for exploiting the Eve of 9/11 not once, but TWICE, to start a war in Syria. Even Bush was never so bold.

Posted on September 11, 2014 at 11:03 am 1

On The Waning of the Hobo

Is that a photo of Mr. Sicha featured in the article? Has he rejected New York's high rents to live a life of freedom on the rails?

Will he be the next Hobo KIng?

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 12:19 pm 0

On Who Reads 'Mein Kampf'?

To be fair, AXELROD would be a pretty kick ass name for a Nazi.

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 12:13 pm 0

On Words Helpful for Once

Sure he "registers cautions and caveats" whatever the hell that means, but then proceeds to lay into the Putin conspiracies pretty thick. His support for the Iraq War (with registered cautions and caveats, of course!) was central to mitigating dissent among the Lefty Establishment. Same old same old from Remnick and crew.

Ironic, that he is so concerned about "wildly, messianic nationalists" and "neo-imperialists" with Putin, but clown boy had no such reservations back when he was pushing for the invasion of Iraq.

http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2003/02/03/030203ta_talk_remnick

Also, Remnick and The New Yorker have no concerns over "wildly, messianic nationalists" and "neo-imperialists" during Israel's latest invasion of Gaza. Why not?

Depressing how this blog covers the Ukrainian issue immediately, but only addresses the Gaza crisis indirectly through lame ass app reviews.

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 1:22 pm 0

On The Amazon Disaster Tour

Or consumers can simply click on the second Google search result. Crisis averted.

http://www.wbshop.com/product/code/1000445511.do?adid=wbpbuylegomovie

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 10:51 am 0

On Consequences Unintended

It's basically the same argument that facilitated the legalization of gay marriage. Government action must be, at minimum, rational, not arbitrary and capricious. The Nanny State is not banning carbonated sugar water out right, it is attempting to ban the size of the container that carbonated sugar water is sold in, but only in certain retail establishments. Under the regulation, some establishments would be barred from selling 20oz containers while Costco down the block can sell the exact same beverage in 3 liter bottles. Is this rational? Could a health board ban cheeseburgers or perhaps French Mustard next? Why the hell not if there is no limitation on state power?

There is nothing remotely "strangely dark" about this. Also, your last sentence is not a sentence.

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 9:51 am 0

On Reading Assigned

Good to see the Black Intelligentsia finally coming around to this issue. Realistically though, would Congress ever approve reparations? If Obama is bold enough, perhaps he could do it by executive order, but the Fox News racists would go crazy.

Maybe Atlantic will let Minister Farrakhan guest edit next month's issue.

Posted on May 22, 2014 at 11:09 am 0

On History Will Forgive Kim Kardashian

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJIjoE27F-Q

Posted on May 17, 2014 at 9:42 am 0

On Pinch Sulzberger, Fire Yourself Today

"The answer is not TED talks or branded content that looks deceptively like non-branded content."

Fair enough, but what is the answer? Investors do not invest in companies that are in perpetual decline. Something has to be done or there won't be the money to pay for those brilliant digital natives.

I think the only future of the Times may very well be Chairman Carlos Slim or Chairman Sergei Brin. Maybe Bloomberg in his last act of civic benevolence intervenes.

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 11:58 am 1

On Fun With New York Times Numbers

In December 2004, the Times stock was trading at $41.00 per share. Today it is at $14.77. The stock has cratered over the last decade. Revenues in 2004 were 3.3 Billion. In 2013, revenues were 1.58 Billion. That is a 50% decline in revenues over the past decade.

I am not one to defend Keller, but the NY Times in 2014 or 2011 is half the company that it was when he took over in 2003. Keller's contract was based on a highly valued company with a bright future. Abramson's contract was based on a company in an unrelenting collapse in a decimated industry.

Should we be surprised that executive compensation has declined in a company that has seen its entire industry collapse over the past decade? Shed all the tears you want over the injustices imposed on the 1%, but I think the cause of social justice lies elsewhere.

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 10:57 am 0