Can I Reserve the name Hugh E. Rection?


Eric Schmidt suggested that young people should be entitled to change their identity to escape their misspent youth, which is now recorded in excruciating detail on social networking sites such as Facebook.

“I don’t believe society understands what happens when everything is available, knowable and recorded by everyone all the time,” Mr Schmidt told the Wall Street Journal.

In an interview Mr Schmidt said he believed that every young person will one day be allowed to change their name to distance themselves from embarrasssing photographs and material stored on their friends’ social media sites.

How about we start judging people on performance, rather than their off-hours antics or whether or not they are the demon sperm of Tim Russert? Then no one needs to change their name and we can still let our freak flag fly.

Although that may get in the way of our beltway “meritocracy” and our fucked up concepts of what is acceptable, wherein it is ok to be in favor of bombing the shit out of people if you go to church once a week, but you are an unemployable wretch if you smoke a joint or publicly have an unorthodox thought….

Give this story to Luke Russert

I wish this daughter of a prominent, mean-spirited, vindictive and painfully hypocritical Republican politician no ill will. I knew kids who shoplifted where it was a way of acting out/cry for help and if this is the case here, I hope this young woman gets the help she needs. Anyway, the reaction of the store employees is no surprise:

The daughter of New York’s toughest-talking, law-and-order mayor was arrested for petty larceny and hauled out of the store in handcuffs. She was taken to the 19th Precinct stationhouse, where she was expected to be issued a desk appearance ticket.

Once store employees learned who the suspect’s father is, they told cops they didn’t want to press charges, a source said.

Stuff that won’t happen

There’s been a boomlet of silly speculation that Jeb Bush will be the 2012 Republican nominee. There is a simple reason why this is wrong: George W. Bush was the most disliked president in modern history. End of story.

Did Democrats put up Billy Carter in 1984? No.

I do wish, though, that all columnists would signal they were about to engage in a round of Slate/TNR-style contrarianism by beginning:

Or at least that’s the conventional wisdom.

Update. Commenters note that Democrats did in fact put Jimmy Carter’s vice-president up in 1984. We know how that turned out.

Dispatches From the Front Lines of Our Meritocracy

Charlie Rangel is as crooked as the day is long, I’m afraid, but this dressing down of Luke Russert was look a cool drink of water on a very hot day:

So much win.


An Amazing Tale of Perserverance, Individual Talent Shining Through Despite the Odds, and Our Awesome Meritocracy

Via Digby, this:

Luke Russert, son of Tim Russert, the “Meet the Press” host who died in 2008, was an intern at City Hall during summer 2007. In an interview, Mr. Russert said that he juggled two internships that summer — one at the mayor’s office, the other at NBC, working for Conan O’Brien.

Mr. Russert, then a senior at Boston College, worked for Deputy Mayor Kevin Sheekey, who befriended his father after both worked for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Mr. Russert researched gun-control positions of Republican lawmakers who wanted to meet with Mr. Bloomberg. “It was really worthwhile,” he said. “It was not just opening letters and getting coffee.”

Asked what role his connections played in landing the job, he said: “I don’t really know about that. I went through the application process like anyone else.”

I need a drink.