During my discussion with the fellows behind The Classical, the forthcoming sports site named after the Mark E. Smith composition that reportedly cost the band a recording deal with Motown thanks to the slur about 35 seconds in, I asked why there aren't many punk or post-punk songs about spor ... More >>
Front and center in today's edition of the New York Times is an article entitled "In Dossier, Portrait of Push for Post-9/11 Attacks," a piece that uses this week's WikiLeaks document dump about detainees held by the United States at Guantanamo Bay to tell of terrorist plans never carried out ... More >>
You may have wondered about the odd "Shadowland" mood piece in Sunday's New York Times about a "a film noir night in New York" in the dead of which the author imagines himself a detective haunting "the Upper West Side, the land of coffee shops and bookstores," and announces that "the city does not o ... More >>
Thankfully, there's no term limit on the Constitution and its protection of students
Burnt schoolkids don't affect his travel plans, but today Mayor Bloomberg cancelled a west coast trip to be close to Financial Ground Zero, says the New York Sun. With Lehman Brothers going bankrupt, AIG in freefall, and Bank of America buying out Merrill Lynch, it looks to be a lively Monday on Wa ... More >>
During its coverage of this morning's 9/11 ceremonies, WABC mentioned the building and population growth in the surrounding neighborhood. "58,000 residents call Lower Manhattan home," it said, "and building booms as never before." Downtown Alliance President Liz Berger was interviewed, and said "Who ... More >>
The primary's tomorrow, so let's go ahead and give Line of The Primary Campaign to State Senator Kevin Parker, who tells the New York Sun that his opponents, City Council Members Simcha Felder and Kendall Stewart, "represent ambition without accomplishment." He also calls them "two guys who are abou ... More >>
Three years ago, New York magazine's John Heilemann interviewed Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and wrote in his notebook: "Klein wants to be Mayor." In 2007 Klein all but denied it. But today's New York Sun story, reporting that eight "political consultants, activists, and philanthropists" are pushin ... More >>
Gawker got ahold of the "Guidelines for Interns" of the New York Sun, and from the looks of it the idea is to drive as many of the pledges as possible straight into rightwing thinktanks. Interns are asked to dress like characters from Mad Men, except on Sundays, when they may dress in "business casu ... More >>
Now that Sheldon Silver has opponents for the Democratic Assembly nomination -- and one of them, Paul Newell, was endorsed by the Times last week -- local papers are looking at holes in the Speaker's support. Today the New York Sun reports that Chinatown, normally a reliable Silver redoubt, "is be ... More >>
From a non-groaner perspective, Roy Halliday was in great form and the Blue Jays had a good night. Yankees bloggers see it differently. The Yanks' loss to the Jays last night is, you guessed it, "now the front runner for worst loss of the season," says Pinstripe Alley. "The Yanks continue to lose t ... More >>
As we mentioned earlier, though two other candidates aggressively seek write-in votes in the September 9 primary, there are only two official candidates for the GOP Congressional nomination in New York's 13th District: frontrunner Bob Straniere, and Dr. Jamshad Wyne. As previously reported by the S ... More >>
The New York Times doesn't always endorse the most liberal Democratic primary contender. Today the paper backed Michael E. McMahon for the Party's nomination to the House of Representatives in New York's 13th Congressional District, which includes Staten Island and part of Brooklyn. "As the only D ... More >>
Stopping-and-frisking (and now tasering) his way to becoming New York's next mayor?
The House and a shot not yet heard 'round the world
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Ah, the magical irony that is Google. The indispensible Internet thingy’s second largest business operation is Adsense, an advertising revenue-sharing arrangement with thousands of bloggers and online news outlets, in which Google’s algorithms scan online content and match it with relevant ads ... More >>
A former light unto the world, We, the People, have been darkened by this administration
In the dark corridors of Brooklyn politics, a State Supreme Court judgeship sells for $50,000 stuffed in an envelope, and $6,000 in postage stamps
The Military Commissions Act of 2006 subverts who we are as Americans. Beware.
Iranians and Iraqis work together to advance an evil cause
A judge who came out of the civil rights movement teaches Bush the Constitution.
Dancing humanity in a fine new space
The glory of Fountain, Marcel Duchamp's ground-breaking "moneybags piss pot"
The story behind the story of the furor over the Muhammad cartoons
A half-forgotten mystery writer's cranium-busting novel tantalizes and antagonizes
Who will replace Giff Miller as speaker? David Weprin seems close . . . in this picture (City Council). Perception equals reality, at least in the behind-the-scenes race for City Council speaker. Since council members want to angle for all the goodies they can get for themselves and their districts ... More >>
Test scores rising, but what of the different black and white diplomas and other lost kids?
A follower of Martin Luther King and Gandhi in Fidel's custody for 22 more years
Students accused of 'McCarthyism' have enabled all students to begin to be heard
Columbia's early release of its big report comes back to bite the paper
How Columbia University became the latest mideast battleground
President Lee Bollinger continues to compromise his beleaguered administration
ACLU releases documents of U.S. torture of detainees by more than 'a few bad apples'
Bush's new attorney general helped write the Patriot Act and supported torture
The Synagogue That Thomas Friedman Built
Playing the Numbers Game for Kids' Futures
Study Finds Poor Oversight of a Billion Health Care Dollars
Ominous Sequel to USA Patriot Act