“Libertarianism is a politics born to be subsidized.”—Thomas Frank My question: If you compare the funding aimed at all the left- (and crazy-right- ) wing groups out there to the “subsidies” received by the few libertarian groups, how massive would the disproportion be?
Recently I found myself in a hotel room that had a vast number of satellite TV channels and came across an awesome TV show. It’s called Infomania and it’s on Current TV. Current, you might remember, is Al Gore’s start-up cable channel aimed at young people. I’ve never seen Current outside hotel rooms with vast channel line-ups, so it’s a good thing this weekly show is available on their website.
Infomania is kinda like a cross between NPR’s “On the Media” and “The Daily Show” but written by people who know what Twitter is. Hosted by the improbably named Conor Knighton, the show critiques how the media has portrayed the week. The first few minutes you watch you might think it’s going to be a hipster “Kidz Newz,” but it’s not. It’s smart, funny, and yes, liberal, but in the good way.
One funny thing: Although they seem to “get” new media, the show isn’t available as a podcast. This is exactly the kind of content I’d love to watch on my Apple TV. Come on guys, you can get Apple boardmember Gore to get you primo placing on the iTunes store.
"But then, something happened - Bob stopped showing up for work on a regular basis. Several times a week Bob would take a vacation day, a personal day, a sick day. Sometimes he wouldn’t even bother explaining his absence, acting as if spontaneous five-day weekends were simply the norm. And that is how everyone came to wonder - where is Bob?" (via Merlin)
Earlier this year, Slate ran the very entertaining series, “Dispatches From the R. Kelly Trial,” by Josh Levine. They are now all available read by the author in this one hour plus MP3. It’s a great listen in a train wreck voyeur kind of way. It’s also interesting to hear this story, which was written over weeks, retold in one sitting. I’d like to see more articles that are written as events are unfolding later be released as a package—could be interesting.
Sen. John McCain’s campaign is urging supporters to spam blogs and forums with official talking points, according to the Washington Post. … “People who sign up for McCain’s program receive reward points each time they place a favorable comment on one of the listed Web sites (subject to verification by McCain’s webmasters). The points can be traded for prizes, such as books autographed by McCain, preferred seating at campaign events, even a ride with the candidate on his bus, known as the Straight Talk Express.”
“Congrats. If you hurry, you could be the first couple to exchange your vows via Twitter. (I’m sure someone else will do it quickly if you don’t!)”—Berin Szoka, whom I haven’t seen on Twitter in a while.
I’ve appreciated Barack Obama’s penchant to make seemingly courageous statements of patent truths, like opposing the Iraq war in 2002 and recently calling the idea of a gas-tax holiday what it is, a gimmick. So I’m disappointed to hear him now propose a tax on the “windfall profits” of oil companies to pay for $1,000 rebate checks to Americans. How is that not the exact same gimmick? I’m also troubled by another part of his energy speech this week in which he said:
If I am President, I will immediately direct the full resources of the federal government and the full energy of the private sector to a single, overarching goal — in ten years, we will eliminate the need for oil from the entire Middle East and Venezuela.
Direct the private sector? Reminds me of when Hillary Clinton said she aspired to be commander in chief of the economy. I had hoped he knew better than this. And “eliminate the need for oil from the entire Middle East” in ten years? He’s setting himself up for quite a fall.
So, with all that in mind, I’d like to recommend to you my friend David Freddoso’s new book, The Case Against Barrack Obama, which was just released. From what I’ve read so far, Freddoso doesn’t pull his punches and it’s clear he’s out for the Senator. But he sources everything and makes it a point to steer clear of what he calls intellectually lazy slanders.