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Daily Archive for June 4th, 2012

Why worry

Dire Straits: Bookmark It

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Wouldn’t it be nice

Beach Boys: Bookmark It

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Memory lane

Today I had to drive through the Hellmouth on my way to a job interview (I-95 was a parking lot, and I got off so I wouldn’t be late.) It looks really different; the ratty old train station where I used to commute to work is all shiny and yuppified and new. I even took […]

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The boys: Bookmark It

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The Cowsills: Bookmark It

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Neil Gainman was in town to give the commencement address at the University of the Arts, and it was one of the best I’ve ever heard. If you have even an ounce of creativity in you, you should watch this: Bookmark It

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Education ‘reform’

A parent and attorney cross-examines Penny Pritzker, billionaire member of the Chicago Board of Education. (She was Obama’s finance chair.) Via Diane Ravitch: Farmer is a trial lawyer. He describes how he bristled when he heard an interview on the radio in which Pritzker described what Chicago students need: enough skills in reading, mathematics, and […]

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Hard times

CJR asks people in a rural area of upstate PA how they’re going to vote. They’re not so happy with either option. Bookmark It

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Have you ever heard anything so typical of the Villagers? As for John Edwards, he should seek redemption, not re-election. He should find some way to be of service without getting publicity for it – running a legal assistance program or a charity; teaching in a public school in a low-income community; becoming a social […]

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Censorship

So bonafide conservatives Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein published a new book out that blames Republicans for Washington’s legislative gridlock, saying that despite conventional media wisdom to the contrary, it’s “asymmetrical polarization.” Surprisingly enough (yeah, I’m being sarcastic), Chris Hayes is the only cable news person to date who’s had them on to talk about […]

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