I came across a link to a piece by him on the privacy issue. When I read his column—a long time ago, but regularly, in the Village Voice—he of course wrote about civil liberties often. The man was committed to his ideals, as I recall—strongly. His pro-life stance stood out, to be sure. But there was a time when getting the Voice (no later than Wednesday, if not Tuesday nights) was a vital part of life. Before it became free, and before NY Press grew into something way more interesting, while the Voice deteriorated (Roy Edroso is probably the only thing left that I ever look at, and I’m not even sure I’d have been aware if he wasn’t an old friend), in spite of the weekly club listings.
But this just sort of shocked me. Maybe it shouldn’t. I did a search here to see what there was on Hentoff…nothing much. Charles linked to something a few years ago where Hentoff raised concerns about Obama during the 2008 election, coming from, I think, a Nader-esque sort of position.
I never agreed with everything the guy wrote. Not sure, in retrospect, if I agreed with much at all, but it was still something I made sure to read, even if only out of habit. Now his column is carried by WND? Good effin’ grief.
I caught this when it was on the other night; hadn’t seen it posted here. I took a look for it on YouTube…and couldn’t figure out which channel to view it on. Derptastic options aplenty.
I suppose this could just be an oversight, but it strikes me as kind of a REALLY BIG OVERSIGHT…
A video has been made showing the progress of the build of One World Trade Center in New York, at the site of the 9/11 bombings. The set of photos has been taken since 2004 and shows the tower rising from the ground to completion in April 2012. The spire, added on Friday, makes the tower the tallest in western hemisphere
No comment section; this has been up since Saturday.
And something about a feud with Rush Limbaugh that the clip on this page seems to have missed the beginning of. Still, this is some pretty good argument porn. Extra marks for serial eye-rolling and constant interruption.
I avoid politics on Facebook, but a lot of folks choose not to. I’d say I have more liberal Facebook friends than conservative, and as a result I see plenty of left-wing stuff that’s either silly or annoying, but mostly what catches my eye, I’ve already seen here, or elsewhere.
It goes without saying that right-wing postings these days are grim, at best, to even contemplate. But, I do have a few friends who seem to be very interested in informing everyone about these things that don’t make any sense, are outright untrue, and, as you probably know if you’re reading this, batshit insane. So…
…this pops up in my news feed.
The graphic didn’t catch my eye (boring), but the opening sentence did, for some reason, though it typically wouldn’t…
On Monday March 11, 2013, Congress is reportedly beginning impeachment proceedings against Barack Obama.
I don’t waste much time arguing with the friends of mine who are posting these things, for various reasons, mostly because I see it as a waste of time. Occasionally I consider the idea, and look to see how easy it would be to debunk this or that (taking into consideration that Snopes is seen as something between leftist propaganda and the murderous dribblings of the scary Obama-ish enemy that’s come to shred the Constitution and destroy America, yadda yadda).
I figured it came from an email list or something, some screed that was created almost completely out of thin air by someone who may have thought they seized upon one shred of valid information that needed to be interpreted, um, very differently. The sort of thing, like the ‘you didn’t build that’ meme, that I’ve seen influencing electoral politics for way too long. So imagine my surprise when I see that it actually came from…here.
Where the headline positively SCREAMS
OBAMA IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS BEGIN!
I know there was something recently where an Onion headline got taken as fact somehow—in China, maybe? There was probably another, I lose track of this kind of thing. But, still—between the comments sections on Weekly World News and the Facebook page, there are people who believe this, people who want to believe this, people who aren’t interested in taking ten seconds to see if this obviously nonsensical garbage has any credibility.
For some reason, at this moment I’m not quite as disappointed or disgusted as I have been lately at finding these sorts of things. It is kinda funny that they plugged Saturday’s date on something they published nearly a year ago, I suppose. So, I guess I have to laugh. Ha, ha.
Bat boy! Ed Anger hates the Irish! Facebook will end in May 2013!
I can’t imagine I’m alone in wishing Hitch were still here to comment on Pope Benedict’s abdication – the video above certainly indicates he’d relish the time between the Pope’s resignation taking effect and the appearance of white smoke in Rome, when no one on earth could claim to be infallible. Though Hitch’s passing means we’ll miss his real-time observations, we still have his writings. Slate just republished this piece of his from 2010, in which he decried the Church’s handling of the child rape scandal – and found the Pope to be at the heart of the institution’s corruption…
BOISE – Coeur d’Alene Sen. John Goedde, chairman of the Idaho Senate’s Education Committee, introduced legislation Tuesday to require every Idaho high school student to read Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” and pass a test on it to graduate from high school.
When Sen. Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d’Alene, asked Goedde why he chose that particular book, Goedde said to laughter, “That book made my son a Republican.”
Goedde said he doesn’t plan to press forward with the bill, but it was formally introduced in his committee Tuesday on a voice vote. He said he was sending a message to the State Board of Education, because he’s unhappy with its recent move to repeal a rule requiring two online courses to graduate from high school, and with its decision to back off on another planned rule regarding principal evaluations.
Oh, yeah—it’s only ceremonial.
Ever wonder why there are so many housing projects in what are now considered prime waterfront locations (at least until Sandy)?
There is some great coverage of this in Ric Burns’ documentary on New York City, where Moses chose to deal with problems in the ghetto by tearing them down and replacing tenements with hi-rises. In time one form of blight was replaced with another, accomplishing very little beyond eliminating whatever sort of community that had previously existed. Of course, this is one of the major issues in Robert Caro’s The Power Broker, and this article quotes Caro.
I grew up near Far Rockaway, and I remember well the miles and miles of abandoned land just off the beaches. So far as I know, there have been some attempts at redevelopment, but overall, little has changed, and there are still definite borderlines between some sections of the Rockaway peninsula…and other sections.
Not much different from much of the rest of the city, where most forms of discrimination in housing has been outlawed…but not along economic lines. And I’m not sure you can ever force a property owner to accept a tenant who does not earn enough, in the view of the landlord, to afford the rent.
Ric Burns’ documentary series on New York is incredible. This is a guy I wouldn’t mind speaking to at length over a few beers…