Summing It After The Summit

Well, the much-ballyhooed Gates-Obama-Crowley "Beer Summit" has come and gone with much fanfare but little incident. I don't know what it says about us as a country, that in the midst of the worst financial crisis in eighty years, the most tense negotiations on comprehensive health care reform since at least the enactment of Medicare, and two separate wars, we can be so easily diverted onto...

Open Letter to Ben Nelson (R-NE)

(alternate working title: Why Politics Sucks Ass) Aaaargh. Via the ever-vigilant Huffington Post, I just read something that truly fried even my jaded shorts. It's a press release from Senator Ben Nelson's office in Nebraska, written by a staffer named Jake Thompson, concerning the Senator's vote on upcoming health care reform legislation. Rather than explaining it here, I'd urge you to (if you...

Dip Hop, Part II

OK, to be fair, I actually can't be 100% sure that the above video is, in fact, only Part Deux (as Charlie Sheen would say) in the illustrative "career" of the "YoungCons." For all I know, it may in fact be Part XVII. Or it might be Part CXXIV. Or MMMDXII 1/2. Why don't I know? Because I can't bear to track down these rhythmically-challenged, oxblood pennyloafer-wearing hosers and subscribe to...

Hi, We're America. We Kill People.

That may sound like the whiniest, most squishy-liberal, anti-American blog headline every, but I have to tell you: I'm not sure what other reaction is appropriate after seeing the chart that accompanies this article: That's simply astonishing. I think everyone sort of already knows that America's manufacturing base has been slowly declining since the pushback against the gains of organized labor...