On His Majesty's secret service
John Lithgow stars in The Columnist
Eric Cantor met his wife in a liberal hotbed. The Republican House majority leader apparently went on a blind date with his wife, Diana, at The New Deal, a now-defunct SoHo restaurant with an FDR motif. As detailed by the Observer, the fiscal conservative told the Association for a Better New York ... More >>
Bookshelf cower power
In a humbling morning for our country today, President Obama spoke to the press about the dismal June unemployment numbers -- we're now at 9.2% unemployment, with a mere 18,000 jobs added last month -- while Americans stood by to watch the bittersweet launch of the Atlantis, marking the last ... More >>
Will the Chinese star's detention force the art world to better confront human rights?
At McSorley's in the East Village, there's a chandelier (more of a mobile, really) made of poultry wishbones. Since the watering hole has been around since the 1850s, the decoration skews older -- "that portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, or that wanted poster for John Wilkes Booth," for i ... More >>
The effort by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and the Republican-led state legislature to deprive the state's teachers of collective bargaining rights was catnip to rightbloggers last week. This is because it involves two of their traditional objects of hatred: Unions and public education. You kno ... More >>
An assassin for Christmas, or maybe some witchcraft and depraved subordia?
A documentary about the lucrative rebirth of Disney's animation arm between the years 1984 and 1994
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. November 17, 1966, Vol. XII, No. 5 Koch Upsets Incumbent, But No Other Surprises All the incumbents who ran in the Greenwich Village area won election on November 8, except Republican Councilman Woodward Kingman, who was defeated by D ... More >>
Being Veterans Day eve, it was fitting that past and present employees of the Manhattan District Attorney's office gathered last night to honor their outgoing boss, Robert Morgenthau, who has headed the office since 1975. Morgenthau is a veteran of the Second World War where he served as a L ... More >>
Each Thursday, your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from area basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power.The Counterfeit CandidateAuthor: Kent H. SteffgenPublisher: National Issues, Las VegasDat ... More >>
Manhattan D.A. Robert Morgenthau will not run for reelection this year, says the Times. That's too bad. Morgenthau has served in the office since 1975. His skills were forged in an altogether livelier era of New York criminality, and seem not to have declined with age, as was shown in Tom Robbins' r ... More >>
Job losses are accelerating. Big companies on both sides of the Atlantic -- including carmakers who are not part of the Big Three, and insurers -- are posting big losses. Banks are closing. Etc. All this you know. To stop the bleeding, President Obama last week pushed hard for a giant stimulus pac ... More >>
In his first prime-time press conference President Obama pushed the stimulus again, using his recent time in Elkhart, Indiana, where he unemployment is 15.3 percent and "local TV stations have started running public service announcements to tell people where to find food banks," to stress the presen ... More >>
Brother, can you spare $12?
Your Crap Archivist brings you the finest in forgotten and bewildering crap culled from basements, thrift stores, estate sales and flea markets. I do this for one reason: Knowledge is power. Weep No More, My Lady Author: W.E. Debnam Publisher: The Graphic Press, Raleigh, North Carolina Date: 1950 ... More >>
There's a lot going on nowadays -- bailout begging, terrorism, transitions, etc. Rightbloggers, their political champions largely sidelined, have no posse with which to ride to the barricades, but still rock their customary hobby-horses furiously, though with less than usual pleasure. When, for exa ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. May 25, 1961, Vol. VI, No. 31 JFK Will Lead Tory Revival By Mary Perot Nichols "I believe the next generation in this country will be conservative and I believe the leader of that conservative force will be John F. Kennedy." Thus spoke one ... More >>
The news that we're indeed in a recession, and related grim tidings like November's seven-year record for layoffs, might have you feeling nervous. But here's Bloomberg News' Amity Shlaes to cheer you up with an article called "'Recession' Might as Well Be a Reason to Rejoice." How's that? "American ... More >>
It was a hard week for John McCain: after his lackluster debate performance, an unflattering report on Sarah Palin's trooper business, and continuing turmoil in the stock market, he's down in the polls. His supporters are feeling the desperation: McCain rallies have grown so furious that some of his ... More >>
Over the past week Wall Street slid further into socialism with a federal takeover of AIG, an SEC ban against short-selling, a speedy court-approved sell-off of newly-bankrupt Lehman Brothers assets, and other extraordinary events. We must give some credit for consistency to those rightbloggers wh ... More >>
Will Hillary Clinton beat Barack Obama in the clothes horse race?
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Countries abusing their prisoners say they are following America's practices
Introducing our Overpriced Cocktail Hall of Shame
In a quaint phrase, the Social Security Agency has long described the current retirement system in America as a three-legged stool. One pictures Grandma sitting on that stool, perhaps next to the coal stove, working on some mending. The first leg, Social Security itself, is facing a shortfall that w ... More >>
The presidency cannot be builtand should not be wonon slander and vitriol.
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Days of mourning, days of campaigning
A civil servant speaks up? There's nothing the right-wingers hate more.
Curatorial Challenge: Separating Artistry From Misogyny
Sixty Years After It Jailed Japanese Americans, Would the U.S. Consider Another Ethnic Internment?
Only One Jewish Group Versus Ashcroft
How Rudy Stacks Up Against His Hero
Dont Brood and Despair. Organize!
34,000 Kids Trying to Catch a Break
In Politics, Image Trumps Medical Reality
Ray Harding Throws His Weight Behind the Improbable Betsy