Topic: media

Stay Awhile
( OR It’s Probably Time for Weiner to Stay. )

Despite what you may hear about our nation’s failing public schools, my classmates and I learned well at least one invaluable skill during our high school years: how to avoid work. There are innumerable strategies in which we all became proficient, but the easiest, and most effective, was to simply distract whoever was making you do the work with something shiny.

In practice, this usually meant asking teachers about their kids. If they took the bait, you could often bank 10 solid minutes of blissful, frivolous, undemanding chit-chat.

And this is why I’m not ready to show Representative Weiner the door just yet. Read More

It’s Probably Time For Weiner to Go

I don’t particularly care that Congressman Weiner was “sexting” with various women during the past few years. To me, it has far less to do with his ability to be a person I want representing me in office than does his pugilistic style that has lambasted the idiocy of the Right, time and time again over the past few years, years when we’ve really needed someone engaging in that fight. The fact that he would go home, after tearing into … Read More

Lunchbreak Link-A-Thon
and the Case of the Mysterious Mystery

“Curveball,” the star informant for American and German intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq war, cited by Colin Powell before the U.N. Security Council, admits to fabricating WMD in order to oust Saddam: Maybe I was right, maybe I was not right. They gave me this chance. I had the chance to fabricate something to topple the regime. I and my sons are proud of that and we are proud that we were the reason to give Iraq the … Read More

Lunchbreak Link-a-thon:
Democracy on the March

…if only to a different parent company: Staten Island’s freshman Representative Michael Grimm is disappointed by his new job’s lack of perks: It’s all the ladies. I get little notes, so-and-so wants to go out to dinner. That’s it. But The Albany Project’s BingChester assures us we needn’t gin up too much sympathy for the poor congressman’s difficult work environment.