Archives: September 2008
We popped by the Stress-Telegram to learn that it’s reporter Samantha Gonzaga‘s last day on the job at the Long Beach Press-Telegram and that American Local 9400, AFL-CIO has a new site, dedicated, apparently, to heaping piles of dung on Dean Singleton. (OK, they do more than that, but still, we’re totally getting the RSS feed!)
We’ve had a lot of stupid shoved in our ears lately, but this one leaves us speechless: To try to get more money for our state, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed selling ads on those CalTrans signs that occasionally flash “Amber Alerts” and traffic delays.
The reason these alerts work is because they’re usually not on.
As the ABC news story says, “Opponents question how effective the message boards will be if they’re used for something other than a true emergency.”
If those signs are shilling for toothpaste and bubblegum everyday, you’re more likely to tune it out when you need to be paying attention to it the most.
This is a video from Slate V about previous debates.
And when a candidate confuses his own political ambitions with the fortunes of his country, that’s when Great Men turn into self- parodies.
“I have craved distinction in my life,” McCain wrote in his 2002 political memoir, “Worth the Fighting For.” “I have wanted renown and influence for their own sake. That is, of course, the great temptation of public life. … I have never been able to conquer it permanently, but I have tried.”
Don’t say he didn’t warn us.
Great men turning into self-parodies? Brilliant. Speaking of which – it’s called for McCain tonight. He won, you know. Yikes.
We went to the Staples Center last night to see Walking With Dinosaurs. We are almost (almost) embarrassed to admit how much we loved this show. It was so cool. The puppetry was astonishing. The storyline was engaging. The T-Rex – EEP – OH MY GOSH – so cool!
Anyway, the show is in LA through the weekend. Go here to get tickets.
Is the credit crisis too close to home? The Columbia Journalism Review asks if Andrea Mitchell should be covering anything about the financial crisis. Hm? That would be like Maria Shriver covering the recall. Right? Or the budget crisis? Or her husband’s politics over the Cawleefornia and so on and so forth…
The best thing that John McCain ever did for Sarah Palin, besides setting the stage for her to be immortalized in corn, was to distract the nation from her interview with Katie Couric which aired this week, this is according to LAT‘s James Rainey. Yeah, we’re heartless jerks and we kind of felt sorry for her, what with Putin rearing his head. If she wasn’t running for something important we’d stop paying attention because it now seems cruel.
Keys to the Magic Kingdom: Dawn C. Chmielewski showcases the internships you wish you had in a story today. But our favorite part of this piece, just might be the headline. It looks like something out of the Hogwarts Daily Herald: ‘Sorcerers’ apprentices concoct new adventures.’
Katie and Sarah: James Rainey points out that while Sarah Palin‘s third nationally televised interview, with CBS anchor Katie Couric, “found Palin rambling, marginally responsive and even more adrift than during her network debut with ABC‘s Charles Gibson,” she lucked out in that no one was watching.
Joel and Rosa: Joel Stein smacks Rosa Brooks with a verbal (and we’re guessing — though it’s so hard to tell with Stein) “joking” glove across the face, saying: “Did you buy a house with less than 20% down, or with an adjustable-rate mortgage, assuming that skyrocketing equity would let you refinance or flip it? Of course you didn’t, because you’re a super-intelligent reader of my column. But don’t you think every single Rosa Brooks reader did?” He lucked out, though, in that no one — not even Rosa — was reading it.
As of 8:35 this morning, John McCain now claims since he ‘suspended‘ his campaign, to help the bailout talks that have now stalled, they’ve made enough ‘progress’ for Washington to be ok without him for the 90 minute debate. He will be joining the regularly scheduled program tonight in Mississippi.
Phew. Glad that all worked out and no one looks like a tool.