[This article contains spoilers for Season 4, Episode 1 of "Sons of Anarchy." Read at your own risk.]
Remember Tevi Troy, the Republican "former senior White House aide" who criticized Barack Obama at the National Review Online for reading well-reviewed novels instead of Jonah Goldberg's "Liberal Fascism" and other conservative book club selections? He's back with another of his wonderful posts about the reading habits of prominent politicians. This time, he's talking Dick Cheney.
To those who say that our expenditures for Public Works and other means for recovery are a waste that we cannot afford, I answer that no country, however rich, can afford the waste of its human resources. Demoralization caused by vast unemployment is our greatest extravagance... I stand or fall by my refusal to accept as a necessary condition of our future a permanent army of unemployed... [W]e must make it a national principle that we will not tolerate a large army of unemployed and that we will arrange our national economy to end our present unemployment as soon as we can and then to take wise measures against its return.
Last fall, it was all about Bristol Palin, and whether she was being ballot stuffed by Tea Party fanatics. Last spring, it was Kirstie Alley, and her dramatic, week by week weight loss. Now, the big story is whether a person who was born a female should be hoofing it up as a dude. Once again, a televised ballroom dancing competition is the most radical, divisive, hot-button show in America.
It's (almost) official: Deadline Hollywood just reported that Eddie Murphy will host the 84th Annual Academy Awards next year. Granted, it's not news on par with the selection of a new pope, but it's heartening all the same. The Oscars need a creative jump-start after years of wavering between Billy Crystal/not Billy Crystal, and Murphy just might be the guy to deliver it. Here are five reasons why:
Last Friday, right before a three-day weekend, the Federal Housing Finance Agency filed 17 lawsuits accusing a motley crew of some of the biggest financial institutions in the United States of fraudulently misrepresenting the value of mortgage-backed securities. Pick any one of the lawsuits, for example, the complaint against Merrill Lynch, and you will read language sure to get the heart pumping of any American still seething at the role Wall Street played in precipitating the Great Recession:
Eddie Murphy is hosting the Oscars. Academy Awards producers Brett Ratner and Don Mischer say the actor and comedian will host the 84th annual Oscar ceremony.
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The latest sensation on Dutch TV is a quiz show featuring five young refugees who compete to prove their attachment to the Netherlands by answering questions about tulips and bikes, identifying corny local pop tunes and carving an outline of the country's map from a slice of Gouda cheese.
"Let's hope the fiscal crisis doesn't get better too soon. It'll slow down reform." -- Tom Watkins, a consultant, summarizes the corporate education reform movement's current strategy to the Sunday New York Times.
Recently, during a visit to a national park, I found that I could not use my cellphone to communicate with the friend who had accompanied me. A park ranger was kind enough to explain that calls in the park could not be made by those of us who pay my particular private wireless carrier, but phones using the services of other companies worked. I used the park’s land line to call my friend, thinking grimly: This doesn’t happen in countries with national phone monopolies.
The Koch brothers -- the super-wealthy longtime funders of Republican politicians and libertarian think tanks and big industry front groups and much of the rest of the regulation-gutting anti-labor economic arm of the conservative movement for the last couple of decades -- have a big retreat twice a year where they and their fellow wealthy donors to the cause coordinate their campaign strategy and congratulate themselves for loving Liberty so much. It is, obviously, all top-secret, and no one is supposed to know who attends or what they are doing. Except someone taped the conference this year and sent the tape to Mother Jones, so now we have a list of secret million-dollar donors to Koch-backed groups.
Before Barack Obama began his Labor Day address in Detroit yesterday, Teamster president Jimmy Hoffa Jr. spoke to the Michigan crowd about the Tea Party, and used a little bit of incendiary language in the process: "Let's take these sons of bitches out, and give America back to America."
How do you photograph a beautiful blonde? Put her in a pretty dress and high heels, of course. If you're Los Angeles lensman Tyler Shields, and the lady in question is "Glee" star Heather Morris, you might want to add "some magic, irons, and bruises." Then, just wait for the controversy to erupt.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Abdulaziz Al Rabah remembers it was a Tuesday. The call to evening prayer was echoing across his hometown of Hafr-al-Batin, and bearded religious police had shooed him and his friends off the neighborhood soccer pitch.
"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" shocked viewers last night by setting aside its ongoing story line and delving into the suicide of cast member Russell Armstrong headfirst. The second season premiere was a wide-ranging, commercial-free hour that spoke frankly of the tragedy's effect on the cast and crew, the behind-the-scenes reaction, and the ethical questions raised in its aftermath.
Happy official beginning of the 2012 campaign! Sure, it sort of started back in 2008, and it sort of semi-officially started with the first candidate debate in May, and we've all basically known who the proper serious candidates will be since Perry joined the race, and the Ames Straw Poll was already considered the official start to the campaign, but the Washington Post's Dan Balz says, "The month of September will be the moment when the 2012 campaign takes shape," which means now everything is for real. Isn't it exciting?
The New York Police Department collected intelligence on more than 250 mosques and Muslim student groups in and around New York, often using undercover officers and informants to canvas the Islamic population of America's largest city, according to officials and confidential, internal documents obtained by The Associated Press.
Former News International executives on Tuesday challenged testimony given by their bosses -- Rupert and James Murdoch -- with one saying the media mogul had gotten it wrong when he blamed outside lawyers for improperly investigating the company's tabloid phone hacking scandal.
We are approaching the 10th anniversary of the horrendous atrocities of September 11, 2001, which, it is commonly held, changed the world. On May 1st, the presumed mastermind of the crime, Osama bin Laden, was assassinated in Pakistan by a team of elite US commandos, Navy SEALs, after he was captured, unarmed and undefended, in Operation Geronimo.