Rupert Murdoch vs NYC

Via a conservative friend on Twitter, I see ol' Rupert Murdoch essentially laid down his media empire's marching orders for the foreseeable future, at least as far as New York City's new leadership is concerned: Now that I think about it, perhaps Sean Hannity's whine earlier in February that he was leaving New York because of all the taxes was the first shot across the bow of the new initiative...

RIP, Pete Seeger

(update, 1/30: Greg Mitchell has a first-person account of Pete's last night from Peter Yarrow) Today, I have no words. If you need words, do yourself a favor and let them be his, not mine or anyone else's. Here are my three favorites (last one at the bottom): I am not going to answer any questions as to my association, my philosophical or religious beliefs or my political beliefs, or how I...

The Boss Does Not Approve

Uh- oh. For a guy who's built a large part of his image around Springsteen song/Jersey imagery, this one's gotta sting Chris Christie a little bit: Not least, perhaps, because Bruce actually does carry a fair amount of cultural weight in America, but particularly in New Jersey. Rule of thumb: when your scandal leaves the realm of op-ed pages and Sunday political shows, and hits the network late...

Happy Veterans Day

This isn't a holiday that gets as much play as some others, but it's unquestionably worth celebrating nevertheless. And that goes double when we're still embroiled in one war which recently achieved the dubious honor of becoming our chronologically longest-running war (Afghanistan), and we've just "finished" perhaps the least-necessary and most ill-considered war in our nation's history: Iraq....

Vietnamistan

In "honor" of the war in Afghanistan last week surpassing the Vietnam war as America's longest official war in history, I give y'all Alabama 3 (strangely, from Brixton, England - they're the guys who did the Sopranos theme song, Woke Up This Morning), with a track off their new album, Revolver Soul, sadly and presciently titled "Vietnamistan."