Monthly Archives: August 2011

Trumka to Obama: We are not the Tea Party


Richard Trumka is a hulking fellow who often wears a big smile, maybe in order to not look threatening. He wasn’t smiling much today when he blasted Barack Obama for failing to do anything in the way of jobs creation … Continue reading

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Pesky lawyer still on banksters’ case


When it comes to describing the complacency of the Wall Street banksters, their unabashed disregard for the millions of people they defrauded, and the ease with which they continue to push the right buttons in Washington in order to avoid … Continue reading

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‘Drug corners’ story makes a sobering point


I know a talk radio host who has a passion for esoteric list-making — best NFL defensive linemen who are also convicted felons, best rockabilly guitarists who married their first cousins — that sort of thing. He invites listeners to … Continue reading

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Dems, too, are helping to kill labor unions


Thanks to Atrios and Avedon for calling attention to an on-target overview of the contemporary conservative agenda: … Private-sector employers’ fierce attacks on unions since the 1970s contributed significantly to the sharp decline in the number of unionized workers, and … Continue reading

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Philly schools chief gets $905K to drop out


Here’s how not to begin an editorial about the departure of an arrogant and divisive “public servant” who hung on until the school district and anonymous donors gave her $905,000 to go away: It’s a shame that it had to … Continue reading

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Did the Earth move for you, too, baby?


At Front and Lombard, a woman with a British accent approached me and said “Did you feel the earth shake?” or “Did you feel an earthquake?” There was passion in her voice. I wondered if she’d mistaken me for someone … Continue reading

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Gold’s up again. Is Blankfein going down?


The bald little man in the oversize suit who lives in a $26 million apartment next to Central Park may yet have the smirk wiped off his face. He hasn’t been charges in any civil or criminal case — up … Continue reading

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NY Fed’s bottom line: Banksters above the law


Most people who buck the system are easily pressured to change course, but a few are more likely to get their back up and hold steady, at least until the pressure becomes unbearable. Gretchen Morgenson wrote today of one such … Continue reading

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Support our couch-potato patriots


What’s with The New York Times? Week after week this summer, its editors have been running thoughtful essays on the Sunday Review section’s front page. Maybe they’ve decided to move away from predictable analysis pieces by staffers to guest writers … Continue reading

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Obama bans war criminals. Very funny.


It’s good to see something by Nat Hentoff, who wrote for Village Voice when it was worth reading and is still fighting the good fight against people in powerful positions who break the law. The subject matter of Hentoff’s recent … Continue reading

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