Happy Mommy Wars Day
May 13, 2007
by Linda Hirshman It's Mother's Day time again. A year ago, on Mother's Day 2006, Time magazine begged for a "truce" in the Mommy Wars. We got a surge instead. Stay at home moms and working moms, generously supported by legions of commentators in the blogs and in the papers, have been going at it nonstop. "Just a Pile of Pay Stubs!" one critic described working women's lives.
A Speech George Bush Might Be Thinking Of Giving
May 08, 2007
This came to me from a friend via another friend who also is not the writer of what's below. The writer is apparently from Maine, and that's all I know about her or him. Is this a satire? I don't know that either. My call is that this was written by a Bush supporter, not all of whose comments are so stupid. Normally, I start these things out by saying "My Fellow Americans", not doing it this time. If the polls are any indication, I don't know who more than half of you are anymore. I do know something terrible has happened, and that you're really not fellow Americans any longer.
Great Moments In New Media
May 08, 2007
Via New York magazine, it turns out one of Manhattan's most insidery and talked-about high society gossip websites, Park Avenue Peerage, is masterminded by... a college kid in the Midwest who is the son of Indian immigrants: I really am a freshman at the University of Illinois updating this website from my dorm room. I know that it's a bit surprising, but you must believe me. I live next to fields of corn and soybeans and my desktop is open with party pictures from Anchor and Marquee. I know. And I thought the story behind TVNewser was as reductio ad absurdum as it gets. --Michael Crowley
Mark Penn's Day Job
May 07, 2007
Huh, I wonder if any labor unions have a problem with the fact that Hillary Clinton's chief political strategist is the CEO of a firm that engages in union-busting. Here's a tidbit from Ari Berman's new Nation piece on Clinton's inner circle: [Burson-Marsteller, where Mark Penn is CEO] has a highly confrontational relationship with organized labor. "Companies cannot be caught unprepared by Organized Labor's coordinated campaigns," read the "Labor Relations" section of its website (until it was scrubbed after Mark Schmitt of The American Prospect quoted the language in March).
Multiculturalism's One-way Street
May 06, 2007
Friday, May 4th was Lincoln Kirstein's birthday, his 100th birthday, to be exact. And the Times celebrated it with Alastair Macaulay's review of The Worlds of Lincoln Kirstein. It was a favorable review but with a slightly niggling tone. The biography is the labors of Martin Duberman who used to write for TNR and whose work I admire greatly. (Why does he not write for us now? Did we have a falling-out? A political row?
May 04, 2007
So who won the Republican debate last night? We've scoured the Internet to give you a summary of what bloggers across the political spectrum are saying. --Alexander M. Belenky
Move Un Hq To Harare
May 03, 2007
When will the world realize that the world organization is a fraud? My God, Eleanor Roosevelt is already dead 45 years. There is no longer any reason for sentimentality about the United Nations. I've been writing this long enough. But here, just in case you missed my words, they're here, here, here, here and here. The Financial Times reported this morning that Zimbabwe (yes, Zimbabwe), of all countries, is about to become the chair of the UN's Commission on Sustainable Development.
Crushing On Mitt
May 03, 2007
Ryan, you're not the only one. Politico's Helena Andrews, 8:11 pm: "Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is too dreamy.
Hassan Nasrallah Wants Ariel Sharon Back
May 02, 2007
In a Tuesday speech in southern Beirut, Hassan Nasrallah, the cunning head of Hezbollah, announced that he "respected" Ariel Sharon. He also commanded ... demanded ... that Ehud Olmert resign. Maybe this is good news for Olmert and his chances to stay. As for Amir Peretz, the mishap of a defense minister, Nasrallah made a shrewd joke at the former trade union leader's expense. It is so true and so devastating that the comment might just push Peretz out the window within days, if not within hours. All of this is reported today on the Jerusalem Post web-site.
What's Your Excuse?
May 02, 2007
It's almost possible to forgive Alexander Cockburn's latest column in the Nation, denying the fact that humans are warming the planet. I mean, here's a writer who doesn't know much about science, frolicked around on a cruise ship with some old dude who once worked for the Navy, and was dazzled by his spiel about how "CO2 changes have always lagged behind global temperatures" (misleading) and how climate scientists don't account for water vapor in their models (um, false).