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Posts Tagged ‘Stephen Ceasar’

Jack Abramoff: Role Model

Not sure who in the world scheduled this appearance, but racist, arbiter of public corruption and convicted felon Jack Abramoff was at Beverly Hills High yesterday to plug his new memoir Capitol Punishment. The LA Times’ Stephen Ceasar was at the event and penned this nausea-inducing graph:

[Abrmoff] spoke of his time as a powerful lobbyist with ties to Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill, commanding rates of as much as $150,000 a month from a single client, which drew “oohs” from the teenagers.

How was this asshole allowed to come anywhere near children wearing anything other than prison blues? Well, Abramoff is a Beverly Hills High grad, you see. And…he’s turned his life around…or something, and become, according to the Times, “an unlikely foe of the role and influence of special interests in Washington.”

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The Move That Doomed Borders Bookstores

With a bankruptcy filing almost certainly in the Borders bookstore chain’s immediate future, LA Times writer Stephen Ceasar recently spent some time at the Glendale location (pictured), chatting with customers. One was there to unload a gift card before it became obsolete, while another told the reporter she appreciated the serene, less crowded atmosphere than that of the nearby Barnes & Noble.

The real trouble for Borders, as Ceasar points out, started exactly a decade ago, when the company’s executives made a decision that today seems unfathomable:

In 2001, just as Internet commerce was beginning to thrive, Borders made the mistake of turning its online sales over to Amazon, a competitor, which gained vital customer information such as purchasing habits. “It’s unheard-of,” book publishing expert Al Greco said. “It’s as if Coca-Cola asked Pepsi to distribute Coca-Cola.”

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