Interviews With Bad Men
On Wednesday May 2, J.T. Ready ended a violent argument in his Arizona home with a rampage. Ready killed his girlfriend, three other adults and a toddler before committing suicide. His actions marked an explosive and tragic end to a colorful career as a cause-hopping rebel who bounced between various extreme social movements using xenophobic and racist rhetoric to grab the spotlight along the way. The Christian Science Monitor goes more in-depth:
Mitt Romney’s only openly gay spokesman, Richard Grenell, left his job with the campaign this week after backlash from social conservatives.
“My ability to speak clearly and forcefully on the issues has been greatly diminished by the hyper-partisan discussion of personal issues that sometimes comes from a presidential campaign,” Mr. Grenell said in Read More
There is little question that political discourse in the United States in the early 21st century will never be confused with the Lincoln-Douglas debate. Political combatants take an unseemly delight in characterizing opponents as enemies of the state, and reasonably decent public servants can expect to be labeled as pinheads and traitors, puppets of capital Read More
MSNBC host Keith Olbermann donated a total of $7,200 to three different Democrats prior to Tuesday’s election. NBC, like many other news organizations, has a policy against its employees making political contributions.
Olbermann gave $2,400 apiece, the maximum allowable by law, to Arizona Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords, and to Kentucky Senate Read More
The week sure started strong.
The Journal‘s cheekily named new section — “Greater New York,” that’s some kind of pun, no? — arrived on Monday, followed on Tuesday by a hotly-anticipated Senate appearance for Lloyd Blankfein, Fabulous Fab, and the rest of the Goldman gang. Both were, to be honest, a bit of Read More
Brendan Scott captures the moment when the Chairman of the Assembly’s Ethics Committee decided to vote for the controversial ethics reform bill.
Eliot Spitzer’s appointments so far have not been confirmed by the Republican-controlled state Senate.
The Jewish Press thinks Spitzer is too hard on Sheldon Silver.
The Read More
Just what the Upper East Side needs: a 16,000 square foot spa garden–not to mention an 8,000sf “indoor gym”–will open with the new condo at 550 East 72nd. Thanks to an Arizona company named Miraval, this baby will be the largest of its kind in the city. Read More
Atlantic Yards photo of the day (VV)
All of us have access to a set of cocktail-party facts that it seems like we were just born knowing. Mine tend to be seasonal. Winter: Snizzle is a kind of slow-falling hail. Autumn: Historically, more serial killers have struck in the fall than any other season. Summer: Ice cream makes you hotter.
Actually, I Read More
John McCain was back in town yesterday for a Irish-American event at the New York Yacht Club. Niall Stanage has the details:
Senator John McCain stored up some ethnic backing for a possible 2008 presidential bid last night, stressing his support for immigration reform – and recounting a story about a pair of drunken Irish Read More
Stagecoach is to American movies what The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is to American literature. It’s a work deep in the national character, and, like Huck Finn, its meaning is often taken to be its exact opposite. John Ford’s 1939 western, the story of a thrown-together band of travelers braving an Arizona stage ride through Read More