Just to continue the theme of the evening. What’s on the agenda as we wrap up the weekend?
Archives for March 2013
Is everyone as excited as I am?
I’ve gotten more emails from the people trying to rescue Lucy. Basically, it’s not a money problem that’s endangering her, it’s a space issue. Per Patty:
I guess details you have.. how to contact me (use my email) shelter location,where she is, only a matter of days, Eldad’s support to cover foster care costs until FORTE can place Lucy into permanent home. The only thing getting in the way of her receiving medical care for necrotized wound is not money but a foster home who will help her through post-op recovery. FORTE needs to be notified when we have a prospective FOSTER. Unless Lucy receives this medical care, she is in ISOLATION in concrete cell, where she receives no people or dog contact. Without this socialization, she becomes less adoptable…
The dog we have come to know and love, Lucy, is at the WLA Animal Shelter Impound #1379706 (holding period of 7 days ended 3/28) needs to be rescued ASAP before she is euthanized, possibly as soon as 2-3 days from today. She is 45 lbs, spayed female and over 5 years old.
The shelter may be willing to give this dog only those few days due to a sore on her buttocks which needs to be treated. Eldad Hagar, of Hope for Paws org, has pledged to do any necessary surgery for the dog once she is pulled from the shelter. In addition, he will pay $1000 to that agency (as long as it is 501C-3).
The dog came to our notice on 3/20 that she was in the flood control channel, when we heard her howl at night, looking for her owners and a way out. She relentlessly ran back and forth in the channels for 3-4 days without a whimper. We were unable to leash her to safety, but during two attempts, although she seemed scared for her life, never growled or showed any aggression. The Mar Vista community pulled together. Two brothers in the area went down in the channel and finally blanketed and saved the dog. Once being placed gently in the trap the animal shelter had provided, the consoled dog ate from the rescuer’s hand and allowed him to touch her teeth. The rescuer had saved another dog in the past and recognizes the trick the channels’ acoustics play on animals – it is a very threatening place to be in and very understandable that the dog was fearing for her life. She is a survivor…
Now that she has been at the shelter for 7 days, she looks as if she has lost her spirit. She needs to be saved and be placed in a loving home.
This is urgent. She only has a few days.Can anyone help?
The West LA Shelter is at 11361 West Pico Blvd, phone #(888) 4LA-PET1 or (888) 452- 7381.
If you’ve got a lead for someone who can provide Lucy a safe place until she’s ready for a new permanent home, send me an email at AnneLaurie (at) verizon.net — click on my name in the right-hand column — and I’ll put you in touch with Patty.
From the NYTimes:
WASHINGTON — The nation’s top business and labor groups have reached an agreement on a guest worker program for low-skilled immigrants, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said on Saturday. The deal clears the path for broad immigration legislation to be introduced when Congress returns from its two-week recess in mid-April.
Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, convened a conference call on Friday night with Thomas J. Donohue, the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Richard L. Trumka, the president of the A.F.L.-C.I.O., the nation’s main federation of labor unions, in which they agreed in principle on a guest worker program for low-skilled, year-round temporary workers. Mr. Schumer is one of eight senators from both parties who have been negotiating an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws…
Labor groups wanted to ensure that guest workers would not be paid less than the median wage in their respective industries, and the two sides compromised by agreeing that guest workers would be paid the higher of the prevailing industry wage as determined by the Labor Department or the actual employer wage.
Under the deal, guest workers would be allowed to pursue a path to citizenship and to change jobs after they arrived in the United States…
According to officials with the A.F.L.-C.I.O., the program would start at 20,000 visas, rising to 35,000 visas in the second year, 55,000 in the third and 75,000 in the fourth. In the fifth year, the program would expand or shrink based on the unemployment rate, the ratio of job openings to unemployed workers and various other factors. The agreement calls for a maximum of 200,000 guest visas granted each year…
Business groups, which had long been pushing to allow in 400,000 such guest workers each year, will get what they regard as an adequate number to meet the needs of employers.
Mr. Schumer also spoke on Saturday with Denis McDonough, the White House chief of staff, to update him on the agreement. President Obama is eager for an overhaul of the immigration system and has threatened to step in with his own plan if Congress does not move quickly with legislation of its own…
Mistermix and I saw “Nashville” on the big screen (at the local Dryden Theater) on Friday. Amazing movie! When I was in college and grad school, my two favorite things in the world were (though not necessarily in this order) watching 70s movies and reading Pauline Kael reviews of 70s movies. So this weekend made me feel 20 years younger.
What are your favorite movies about music?
And God Bless Google.
Kathleen Geier at the Washington Monthly rightly notes that this Scripps story about the Exalted Cyclops of the Memphis Klan, headlined “KKK plans rally in Memphis Saturday to celebrate white peoples’ rights”, reads like a piece in the Onion:
[Cyclops] Edward curses sparingly, drinks rarely, and keeps his hair clipped short — his tribute to his old-fashioned Christian values. With a voice to match his hulking frame, Edward issues commands, not requests, and rarely bookends his sentences with “please” or “thank you.” […]
To Barker [another Klansman] and Edward, the Klan’s agenda is pretty simple: Send the immigrants back where they came from, silence the homosexuals and the communists (known as liberals today), promote sobriety and abstinence, end abortion, and discourage the mingling of races in a way “God never intended.”
While Edward and Barker don’t dispute the Klan’s racist history, they deny they’re interested in harassing black people.
In fairness–because, after all, who deserves fair media treatment more than the beleaguered and misunderstood Klan–the story also includes some quotes from “the other side”, a professor who’s written a book about the modern Klan. And it does make note of some unpleasantness in South in the 60’s.
Geier faults the writer and editor of this piece, but I do not. This piece is exactly what happens when you take the last 40 years of journalistic teaching and practice and apply it to a subject like the Klan. There are always both sides to the story, objective journalists must report them, feature stories are not regular journalism and should try to carefully reflect the “truth” of the subject being featured using their own words, and the only permissible judgments that can be made in a story come out of the mouths of quoted sources. At Scripps, the View from Nowhere fought the Klan, and the Klan won.
Can you imagine the panic if a prosecutor, then the District Attorney and his wife in one state, and in the meantime the head of prisons in another state, were killed by Muslim supremacists? The simultaneous pants-shitting of every state legislator south of the Mason-Dixon line would be loud and prolonged, especially if one of the suspects killed a pizza delivery driver and then died in a shootout after which bomb-making materials were found in his car. Fox would be 24/7 with conspiracy theories and panic, dozens of “enhanced” Patriot Act cavity search laws would be proposed In Congress, and Bieber knows what would be happening to Muslims in states where their mere presence already instills panic in the locals.
Luckily, the suspects in these crimes are members of the Aryan Brotherhood, not the Muslim Brotherhood, so we can just let the police do their job and hunt them down without being forced to board airplanes wrapped only in a Snuggy.
O the dragons are gonna fly tonight
They’re circling low and inside tonight
It’s another round in the losing fight
Out along the great divide tonight
We are aging soldiers in an ancient war
Seeking out some half remembered shore
We drink our fill and still we thirst for more
Asking if there’s no heaven what is this hunger for?
Our path is worn our feet are poorly shod
We lift up our prayer against the odds
And fear the silence is the voice of God
And we cry Allelujah Allelujah
We cry Allelujah…
If the weather’s still springlike around here, we may pay the year’s first visit to the best local garden center, see if they’ve got pansies in stock already…
For those of you who don’t want to talk about the best show on television.
What did you think?
Spoiler warning probably required, until the west coast screening.
Ed at Gin & Tacos shares the heartwarming* story about a man who changed his life — or at least his tip-calculating behavior:
… Let’s call him Chad. Chad was the typical ex-fratboy in his late twenties, all spray tanner and tacky Ed Hardy shirts covering his now-ample gut. A few years out of some undoubtedly expensive MBA program, Chad carried himself like a Very Important Person. But he clearly wasn’t one. The conversation (he loved talking about himself, naturally) indicated that he had some sort of low-level, demeaning job that he considered beneath him. His manner of speaking to the bartender and waitress was a combination of how you’d picture Mitt Romney speaking to his lawn maintenance workers and how Maxim magazine would recommend sizing up one’s next rape victim. When the bartender suggested he knock it off, does anyone care to guess what Chad did next?
Yes, he loudly demanded to see “the manager.”…
I’ve never worked in the service industry. I got a job doing janitorial work at the park district when I was 15 and skipped the McDonald’s/Chili’s/Fast Food rite of passage. Accordingly, I have no first hand experience with how awful people can be in that environment. Watching Chad was an important revelation for me. I saw him and understood immediately all of the stories I’ve heard from service industry employees over the years. I realized how many Chads there are in this country – self-styled Important people who aren’t important at all. He’s spent his whole life envisioning himself as one of the big shots, one of the people who hires and fires and takes orders from no one. But now that he has entered the real world he’s not hiring or firing anyone, and he takes orders from everyone. He’s nobody and nothing…
It’s a lovely, sunny spring afternoon in this corner of New England, which means I can see just how much cleanup work needs to be done in the yard. Maybe I’ll just take a nap, instead.
When I thin out (points at skeleton), I want to be well thought of. I know that it’s hopeless, in terms of what people think of me personally, but I’d like to think, as regards to what I do for a living, that future historians don’t point to this era as the time when universities degenerated into flashy TED talks about Big Data and buzzword-heavy, apocrypha-driven social pseudo-science. That’s why David Brooks bothers so much.
Yesterday’s column is based on a student paper in the class he’s teaching at Yale. Its thesis is that, whereas the last generation of young people were easily brainwashed order-takers, today’s kidz got disillusioned by all the neocon and free-market propaganda they were exposed to in those heady days before Iraq turned into a disaster and the economy went down the shitter (imagine that), so now they’d like to hear a few practical, empirical arguments before they support invading countries or putting an Ayn Rand fanboi in charge of monetary policy.
I hope she’s right. But it’s a bit astounding that Bobo — here and elsewhere — expresses no guilt for his own role in pimping Operation Irai Freedom and the Bush tax cuts. We all remember how much Bobo loved the war in Iraq but commenter Upper West also digs up this gem from Bobo at Driftglass, arguing in support of the the Bush tax cuts:
In other words, if you wade through the economic literature, it’s hard not to agree with the Cleveland Fed’s Jerry Jordan: We are living at a once-in-a-generation moment of economic opportunity. As productivity grows, the economy will grow. As the economy grows, revenues will grow, maybe beyond what the CBO projects. The real question about the Bush tax cuts, then, is not, Can we afford them? The real question is, Why are they so small?
(I don’t why conservatives love the contrarian construct “the real question isn’t should we whatever less, it’s why aren’t we whatever more”. You can plug in cherished right-wing activity you want — bombing, polluting, repeating baseless rumors.)
It’s not surprising, Brooks is an innumerate idiot who knows nothing about economics and probably couldn’t estimate the CPI or GDP without using google. That would be fine if he restricted himself to Jeff Foxworthy-style “you might be a bourgeois bohemian if…” humor. But he doesn’t. He’s in my base, killing my dudes, where by “my dudes”, I mean my older totebagger friends and colleagues (and possibly parents).
I know, I know. It’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee that says “Fool them once, shame on…shame on Bobo. Fool them… You can’t get fooled again!” But I hate him the way someone might hate a radio huckster who scammed his father out of money.
Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin sell gold and guns. David Brooks sells tote-bags and books. Mutatis mutandis, they’re exactly the same.
Snooze Hour watchers don’t like to hear this but they’re just as easy marks as Limbaugh fans. The truth is everyone’s an easy mark if they let themselves be. I’ll close with a bit from Sasha Issenberg’s brilliant Bobo take-down:
By holding himself to a rings-true standard, Brooks acknowledges that all he does is present his readers with the familiar and ask them to recognize it. Why, then, has his particular brand of stereotype-peddling met with such success? In recent years, American journalism has reacted to the excesses of New Journalism — narcissism, impressionism, preening subjectivity — by adopting the trappings of scholarship. Trend pieces, once a bastion of three-examples-and-out superficiality, now strive for the authority of dissertations.[….]
This culture shift has rewarded Brooks, who translates echt nerd appearance (glasses, toothy grin, blue blazer) and intellectual bearing into journalistic credibility, which allows him to take amusing dinner-party chatter — Was that map an electoral-college breakdown or a marketing plan for Mighty Aphrodite? — and sell it to editors as well-argued wisdom on American society. Brooks satisfies the features desk’s appetite for scholarly authority in much the same way that Jayson Blair fed the newsroom’s compulsion for scoops.
This may be my favorite conspiracy theory ever
Also too, open thread.