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Politics & Ninja Turtles

November 20, 2009

Bad news for the media business in New York City: Comptroller Bill Thompson (who just lost a mayoral bid against Bloomberg) has issued a report saying that the city lost 30,000 “information services” jobs (including magazines, publishing, new media, and so on) from 2000 to now.  Back then, we had 192,300 of these jobs.  As of two months ago, we have 161,500.  I personally know a few of these unlucky 30,000.

I never thought I’d agree with former Arkansas governor (and— before Palin, at least—the breakout star of the campaign for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination) Mike Huckabee, but here you have it: At a speech earlier this month, he shot back at critics on the right (such as Rush Limbaugh) who claimed that President Obama’s appearance at Dover Air Force Base to pay respect to dead soldiers coming back from Afghanistan was nothing more than a cynical photo opportunity.  Huckabee said:

“When he [Barack Obama] was at Dover the other day, and went there to pay respect for soldiers, I heard a lot of people on the Right say ‘Aw, that’s just a cheap photo-op.’ No, I think it was the Commander-in-Chief of our military paying respect to a dead soldier, and I’m grateful that he did that, and I was proud of him for doing that. And I think we all—as Americans—should give him credit for doing that.”

Well said.  The Huffington Post has more.

Apologies if anyone thinks this is racist … which maybe it kind of is?  But The Awl has an item on black people and Twitter versus white people and Twitter.  Interesting factoid?  Twenty-six percent of African-Americans use Twitter, but only 19 percent of white people.

Politico has a story about how the “Tea Party” movement might soon begin to consume itself. Wait, you have to be kidding!  A movement that is characterized by vitriol, screaming at people, and a total lack of reasonableness and willingness to engage in mature and fact-based debate is in danger of falling apart?  You don’t say.  Here’s the lede:

“After emerging out of nowhere over the summer as a seemingly potent and growing political force, the tea party movement has become so rife with internal feuding over philosophy, strategy and money that some supporters fear it will disintegrate before realizing its full potential.”

Finally, this is pretty amazing: A mash-up (similar to The Shining re-mix that was big a few years back) of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Reservoir Dogs.  Got it from The Atlantic‘s Andrew Sullivan, on his blog The Daily Dish.

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