Wow. A devastating blow to the rookie phenom and for baseball in general.
Oh man, this is a devastating blow to the DC area as well. After the dismal year the Skins had last year and the Caps early washout in the playoffs, are we never meant to have a decent national team? Grim news but here’s hoping the rookie recovers as quickly as possible.
Top Democrats are growing markedly more pessimistic about holding the House, privately conceding that the summertime economic and political recovery they were banking on will not likely materialize by Election Day.
In conversations with more than two dozen party insiders, most of whom requested anonymity to speak candidly about the state of play, Democrats in and out of Washington say they are increasingly alarmed about the economic and polling data they have seen in recent weeks.
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Big primary night tonight, folks. In Alaska and Arizona, incumbent Republican Sens. Lisa Murkowski and John McCain face vigorous challenges from the right. In Florida, the open Senate and gubernatorial contests have attracted self-funding outsider candidates whose free-spending candidacies are testing the resolve of each party’s political establishment.
“While I was there [in 1998] I stayed in a cheap hotel and had the window open. I was on the third floor. I called home and while I was on the phone there was a burst of 9MM automatic weapons fire in the street. My wife said it was pretty loud and was that the TV? I told her it wasn’t the TV. It was live in the street in Washington, DC, which is more dangerous than Baghdad.”—
This is the sole comment on the Maine Tea Party website’s helpful guide to DC for folks who’ll be attending Saturday’s “Restoring Honor” rally at the Lincoln Memorial.
This might be only relevant to folks in DC, but it’s clogging up our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Tips like “Do not use the Green line or the Yellow line” are not sitting well with the local internet savvy populace, who don’t take kindly to people trashing their fair city.
"No- faith in a particular religion is not necessary for political office; and additionally keeping the continued equation of "muslim" with negative qualities is a terribly bigoted idea. America is not a theocracy- and the President is free to practice whatever religion he likes. Even if he WERE of the Islamic faith, it shouldn’t matter one iota." - (via rzinz)
[note from the editors: answers via the submission tool are easier to reblog]
“Nearly a third of all Republicans believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim, according to an astonishing new poll released overnight by the highly respected Pew Research Center. That’s a dramatic spike in false views about the president’s religious faith – and it comes in a poll taken before Obama weighed on plans to build a mosque two blocks from ground zero.”— 31% of Republicans believe Barack Obama is Muslim
Really more of a backup rant seeing as the rant we’d originally lined up for this time slot was pre-empted at the last minute at pain of both Doree1 and Katiebakes2 auto-close-tabbing3 our asses—but hey, we got rants to spare around here!
So! Let’s begin.
See that you guys? The print media! They’re on Tumblr! I mean you heard, right? You didn’t miss the last two weeks of relentless self-congratulatory announcements, did you? About how We The Established Print Media Are Coming To Tumblr To Engage Our Audiences?
Except that maybe you did, seeing as so far “Coming To Tumblr To Engage Our Audiences” seems pretty indistinguishable from “Bringing Our Insidery Circle Jerk To Yet Another Social Media Echo Chamber.” Just look at this exchange: high-fives from Politico, an alley oop from The New Yorker, all rounded out with a celebratory ass-pat from The Atlantic. And what’s really sad is just how symbolic it is to see Mark Coatney right in the middle of all this—the guy whose job it is to help these Established Brands™ reach out to the Tumblr community—and here he is giving them the formal intro and all they can think to do with it is cheerlead amongst themselves.
You can lead a horse to water, I guess.
So then I got curious as to just how well these guys were engaging their newfound audiences and went looking around. Check out who Politico is following:
Or how about The American Prospect:
And while none of the other Big Media Tumblrs that I could find display a list of other Tumblrs they keep up with, still, you can paint a pretty good picture based on their reblogging habits: The Huffington Post Tumblr seems to exist for the express purpose of reblogging other Huffington Post subsidiary Tumblrs; The New Yorker reblogs the shit out of its own staff writers; and The Atlantic once courageously parted ways with the hallowed club of elite media to reblog… the founding editor of Gawker.
Meanwhile, outlets like The Paris Review and The Economist are making no attempt whatsoever to engage an audience, using their Tumblrs instead as just another channel for inbound links to their existing websites. Which is fine! Until, of course, that sort of good old fashioned link-whoring gets billed as the second coming of journalism…
Come down from your ivory towers, reblog and interact with us, your unwashed masses.
Here’s an idea: Hire some tumblr natives who are also very familiar with your publications.
I have nothing to say other than that Politico has good taste.
The view from our ivory tower? Freaking beautiful! And we didn’t realize that 3 years as a mostly online publication made us the Established Print Media, but, um that’s cool too.
“McChrystal will teach grad students a course in leadership at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs in New Haven, which is opening this fall. He’ll be in good company: McChrystal will join John Negroponte, the former U.S. ambassador and former deputy secretary of state, as well as former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo at the institute.”—Stanley McChrystal to Yale - Gordon Lubold - POLITICO.com
“PLAYBOOK FRIDAY CONTEST: What do these eight people have in common: Donna Brazile … Eric Cantor … Major Garrett … Howard Kurtz … Hilary Rosen … Andrew Ross Sorkin … Chuck Todd … Bob Woodward? There’s a simple answer, and it’s not a trick. The prize: a shrink-wrapped copy of one of our favorite books, “The New York Times: The Complete Front Pages, 1851-2009,” including three DVD-ROMs with all 54,693 front pages. To keep it fair, there’ll be TWO WINNERS, one for each of the two major waves of Playbook e-mails. Jamal Simmons and James Hohmann know the answer and are ineligible. Good luck!”—Mike Allen’s Playbook 24/7 - POLITICO.com
Every year in August, the earth passes through a cloud of rock and dust, creating one of the most active and well-known annual meteor showers the planet knows: the Perseids. Tonight and Thursday will be the best nights for catching a glimpse this awesome event.
Ohhh, Thanks for the reminder! Perhaps it’s a good idea to cast our eyes to the heavens this evening and, in the midst of an August recess, slow down a bit and enjoy the remaining summer nights.
Former Sen. Ted Stevens, an icon of Alaska politics who used the influence he gained during 40 years in the Senate to further the interests of his state and its citizens, died Monday night in a plane crash in a remote part of the state. Stevens was 86.
Breaking News: Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens may have been on a small airplane that crashed in a remote part of southwestern Alaska, according to media reports Tuesday morning. Former NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe may have also been aboard the airplane.
“Some leading tea party activists are concerned that their efforts to reshape American politics, starting with the 2010 elections, are being undermined by a shortage of cash that’s partly the result of a deep ambivalence within the movement’s grass roots over the very idea of fundraising and partly attributable to an inability to win over the wealthy donors who fund the conservative establishment.”— Ken Vogel in “The tea party’s growing money problem”