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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bush's Ghost

My wish comes true when The Onion goes there--where mainstream would not--claiming George W. Bush should be painting dead Iraqi children, or some such.  Here, he does:

George W. Bush Debuts New Paintings Of Dogs, Friends, Ghost Of Iraqi Child That Follows Him Everywhere

That Rape Inquiry, or Lack Of

Important NYT major piece by highly-respected Walt Bogdanich into that very flawed inquiry into rape charges against star footballer Jameis Winston.  With videos and timelines. 
In his announcement, the prosecutor, William N. Meggs, acknowledged a number of shortcomings in the police investigation. In fact, an examination by The New York Times has found that there was virtually no investigation at all, either by the police or the university.
The police did not follow the obvious leads that would have quickly identified the suspect as well as witnesses, one of whom videotaped part of the sexual encounter. After the accuser identified Mr. Winston as her assailant, the police did not even attempt to interview him for nearly two weeks and never obtained his DNA.
The detective handling the case waited two months to write his first report and then prematurely suspended his inquiry without informing the accuser. By the time the prosecutor got the case, important evidence had disappeared, including the video of the sexual act.
“They just missed all the basic fundamental stuff that you are supposed to do,” Mr. Meggs said in a recent interview. Even so, he cautioned, a better investigation might have yielded the same result.
The case has unfolded as colleges and universities across the country are facing rising criticism over how they deal with sexual assault, as well as questions about whether athletes sometimes receive preferential treatment. The Times’s examination — based on police and university records, as well as interviews with people close to the case, including lawyers and sexual assault experts — found that, in the Winston case, Florida State did little to determine what had happened.

One Year After Boston: Our Own Terror Attacks Go On

One year ago this morning Glenn Greenwald, Juan Cole, Gary Younge and others expressed outraged and sympathy over the Boston Marathon bombings--along with criticism that few Americans voice any concern over the numerous innocents killed in our terror drone attacks abroad.   From Greenwald, still at The Guardian
The widespread compassion for yesterday's victims and the intense anger over the attacks was obviously authentic and thus good to witness. But it was really hard not to find oneself wishing that just a fraction of that compassion and anger be devoted to attacks that the US perpetrates rather than suffers. These are exactly the kinds of horrific, civilian-slaughtering attacks that the US has been bringing to countries in the Muslim world over and over and over again for the last decade, with very little attention paid....
Juan Cole this morning makes a similar point about violence elsewhere. Indeed, just yesterday in Iraq, at least 42 people were killed and more than 250 injured by a series of car bombs, the enduring result of the US invasion and destruction of that country. Somehow the deep compassion and anger felt in the US when it is attacked never translates to understanding the effects of our own aggression against others.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Jonah and the Wail

Jonah from "Veep" featured in Funny or Die "equal time" Cosmos for creationists.

Rust Never Bleeps?

New site mashes up "True Detective" and "The Family Circus," with Rust Cohle quotes.  Naturally, it's titled, "Times is a Flat Circus."

Correction of the Day

WSJ piece on the great Alan "Eli Gold" Cumming returning to Cabaret is pretty colorful, but they got one detail wrong (and to suggest he needs one).  See bottom:

An earlier version of this article incorrectly said that Mr. Cumming was wearing a cod piece as part of his costume.

A 'Titanic' Song

Re-worked and updated version of the Carter Family classic, to mark today's anniversary, and also the basis for the recent 14-minute Dylan epic.

Going, Going..."Gone"?

I didn't care for the novel, but so many did, so here's first trailer for David Fincher's "Gone Girl," with terrible Elvis Costello cover.  They could have at least used Gram Parsons' quite different "She."

Schumer & Sorkin

Josh Charles, an Aaron Sorkin vet, sends him up on Amy Schumer's show last night, in "The Food Room."

Black LIke Me

Lewis Black at the National Press Club yesterday on why he's a socialist--"enforced Christianity"--which he called the least powerful position in America.  Laughs that anyone would call Obama a socialist.  My book on when the world's most famous Socialist, Upton Sinclair, nearly became governor of California.

100 Years After Ludlow

Marking the 100th anniversary this month of the infamous anti-labor "Ludlow Massacre," where 20 died, including 11 or more chileren.  Woody Guthrie, of course, sang about it.


Another for April 15:  The Kinks revealed "the taxman's taken all my dough" when they recorded "Sunny Afternoon" over 45 years ago.

Taxman of the Year

Rust "Taxmam" Cohle.  How he got his name.

Big Day for 'The Taxman'

But the rich still making out like bandits.   George Harrison with Eric Clapton:

"Heil" to His Chief

Update: NYT with top-of-site profile of this nut, opening with his Hitler salute.  “On the one hand, I’m a little surprised,” Ms. Beirich said. “He has emphysema, spent most of his time posting nasty things on a website and hadn’t done anything in years. On the other hand, how can you be surprised when a guy who’s spent his life saying the Jews should be killed decides to go kill Jews?”

Earlier:  You've heard the story Sunday, now watch the video, as the man, in custody in back of police car, yells 'Heil Hitler!"

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Monday, April 14, 2014

'NYT' Gets Top 2 Pulitzer Photo Prizes

And their excellent Lens blog naturally features with full portfolios, both related to terrors attacks (Nairobi and Boston).  Tyler Hicks classic, left.

Pink Moon, in the Nick of Time

Yes, pink moons are real, and tonight we are getting a "blood orange" one.   But Nick Drake said it best:

Pulitzer Day

Update 3 p.m.  Indeed, The Guardian and Wash Post do win it for NSA/Snowden.  Full list of all winners (and below).     Here's oft-overlooked finalists. Edward Snowden comments. "Today's decision is a vindication for everyone who believes that the public has a role in government. We owe it to the efforts of the brave reporters and their colleagues who kept working in the face of extraordinary intimidation, including the forced destruction of journalistic materials, the inappropriate use of terrorism laws, and so many other means of pressure to get them to stop what the world now recognises was work of vital public importance."


PUBLIC SERVICE - Two Prizes: The Guardian US and The Washington Post
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING - Chris Hamby of The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C.
EXPLANATORY REPORTING - Eli Saslow of The Washington Post
LOCAL REPORTING - Will Hobson and Michael LaForgia of the Tampa Bay Times
NATIONAL REPORTING - David Philipps of The Gazette, Colorado Springs, CO
INTERNATIONAL REPORTING - Jason Szep and Andrew R.C. Marshall of Reuters
COMMENTARY - Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press
CRITICISM - Inga Saffron of The Philadelphia Inquirer
EDITORIAL WRITING - The Editorial Staff of The Oregonian, Portland
EDITORIAL CARTOONING - Kevin Siers of The Charlotte Observer
BREAKING NEWS PHOTOGRAPHY - Tyler Hicks of The New York Times
FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY - Josh Haner of The New York Times

Books, Drama and Music

FICTION - "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown)
DRAMA - "The Flick" by Annie Baker
HISTORY - "The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832" by Alan Taylor (W.W. Norton)
BIOGRAPHY - "Margaret Fuller: A New American Life" by Megan Marshall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
POETRY - "3 Sections" by Vijay Seshadri (Graywolf Press)
GENERAL NONFICTION - "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation" by Dan Fagin (Bantam Books)
MUSIC - "Become Ocean" by John Luther Adams (Taiga Press/Theodore Front Musical Literature)

Earlier: My new piece at The Nation: Will Greenwald and Poitras take home a Pulitzer today?

From Mick & Keith to...Stan & Ollie?

Laurel & Hardy hoof it to one of my favorite (relatively) obscure Stones' songs,  orchestrated version of "Out of Time."

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