The conventional wisdom about Karl Rove – back when he was Bush's Brain, and paid for it with the presidential nickname "Turdblossom" – was that he was a genius. (Of course, back in 1994 they said that about Gingrich, too.)Almost ten years ago, in
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And what song hit #1 on the US charts fifty years ago yesterday?Thank you for asking.The s
I predicted that
On this day in 1797, Mary Shelly (néeWollstonecraft Godwin) was born.
We're getting a very late st
On this day in 1970, after the band finished its last show at Max's Kansas City in Manhattan, Lou Reed officially left the Velvet Underground. There are rumors he started a solo career.
Rod Serling pitched the idea of "The Twilight Zone" (I'm not going to call it "the original") in part because of his suspicion that science-fiction and fantasy offered a way to explore social and moral themes that even Golden Age television couldn't or wouldn't handle right. History has judged him kindly on that decision.
Steve M. at No More Mister Nice Blog
But the Public Editor of the NYTimes admitted this morning that Ann
Hence the death last week of
Yesterday went seriously awry, so we're just now getting around to the weekend tune. Forty years ago yesterday, one lie fed seamlessly into another: Richard Nixon, who told he was not a crook (but he was) resigned from office to escape impeachment and was replaced by Gerald Ford, who told us our long national n
I've been following the release of The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, the third
Remember when cell phones were the size of bricks and were called "cell phones?"In the wake of the Newtown CT school shooting in late 2012 (yes, it has been that long; you could be forgiven for losing track because of all the changes that haven't happened), this blog adopted
You may have heard over the weekend that our partners in peace
It's nice to think I'm not t
Yesterday, Paul Krugman wrote this: Am I saying
Thirty-three years ago yesterday, MTV was launched, and this was the first song they played. Slightly over a decade later, MTV killed the music video until it was miraculously revived last month.Also, 4
Charlie Pierce plants one deep in the bleachers this morning, reviewing the care and circumspection with which the signers of the Declaration of Independence thought through their use of the word "tyrant"to describe the obviously-tyrannical Geor
For the next time someone tells you that all this "impeachment" talk is really a reverse-psych instigated by the Obama White House, cynically trying to wrong-foot the gullible but innocent Republicans in and out of Congress for political and fund-raising gain (but I repeat myself).You probably knew some or most
Here's Tbogg, explaining some of the ins and outs of signing up for "Reaganbook," a Facebook wannabe (modestly called "Facebook for Patriots") whose birth was recently announced by th
- died on this day in 1890.If only we could do this with all our heroes.
Update: Oliphant link
Born on this day in 1943. Do the math.
In the beginning, there was Ken Ham of the creationist shop Answers in Genesis, also h
The Byrds released "Mr. Tambourine Man" forty-nine years ago today.I have no idea what the birdhouses signified.
When George Will posted his column last week about how unfair it was that rape survivors sometimes try to hang on to a little of their dignity, most people simply tre
Apparently I care more about Mark Twain's legacy than the Kennedy Center does.
No elite voice in this country seems capable of coming to terms with the fact that the Iraq war was "lost" the moment it was launched. It was lost becau
Yes, yes, it's got nothing to do with the actual policy of the actual Pottery Barn sto