Ken Tucker says “There’s something weirdly mean about all the negative press Lana Del Rey has received before Born To Die was even released. It’s like high-school level meanness, directed at someone who wants to be a star and is really going for it. It’s like being punished for ambition.”
In the age of tight budgets and rallying cries for fiscal conservatism, public media has not fared well. During the spring and summer budget debates, one program facing the chopping block was the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the entity which supports National Public Radio and PBS. While federal funds for public media remain safe for the time being, the truth is that public media have already seen large cuts in government spending. In the past four years, 24 states have either significantly decreased or zeroed-out contributions to local media. Read more.
Is there no one — is there no Republican that can be gracious and statesmanlike in this situation? We removed a dictator in six months, losing no American soldiers; spending, like, a billion dollars rather than a trillion dollars; and engendering what appears to goodwill to people who now have a prideful story of their own independence to tell — not to mention they have oil! They have oil! Anybody wanna give credit? (Rolls tape of GOP Senators Marco Rubio, Charles Grassley and John McCain giving credit to ‘France and Britain for their leadership.’)
What the fuck is wrong with you people? Are you that small? ‘We’ve really gotta give credit to the Chinese. Without the invention of gunpowder…’”
JON STEWART, on the GOP’s refusal to give credit to Barack Obama for his foreign policy — which, in part, helped to hasten the downfall of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi — on The Daily Show.
Dickheads will be dickheads.
“A female demonstrator offers a flower to military police on guard at the Pentagon during an anti-Vietnam demonstration.” 10/21/1967
A quintessential image of the Vietnam war era, this photograph was taken on October 21, 1967 by Staff Sergeant Albert Simpson.
I had this poster, but then I gave it to my nephew so he could learn from a young age that when you see zombies, you need to run. It now hangs in his bedroom.
Incidentally, I can’t wait to read this book.
On today’s Fresh Air, author Colson Whitehead, on the zombie apocalypse: “In the apocalypse, I think those average, mediocre folks are the ones who are going to live. I think the A-pluses will probably snuff themselves. The C-minus personalities will probably be killed off very quickly. But it’s the mediocre folks that will become the heroes. … Anyone who survives will be a hero.”