As I noted on Twitter yesterday, we can more or less call this a public relations FAIL.
— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) August 24, 2015
I remember the year that these guys first showed up at Pennsic. EVERYBODY who was running anything remotely bardic that year remembers these guys showing up, largely because they’d good-naturedly play absolutely anywhere and anytime you needed them to. This turned out to be a good long-term business decision for them: Pennsic is, as you might imagine, fertile territory for a band who can properly play medieval instruments.
Well, isn’t this a Maalox moment for the Democratic party leadership.
As pressure builds on Hillary Clinton to explain her official use of personal email while serving as secretary of state, she faced new complications Tuesday. It was disclosed her top aides are being drawn into a burgeoning federal inquiry and that two emails on her private account have been classified as “Top Secret.”
The inspector general for the Intelligence Community notified senior members of Congress that two of four classified emails discovered on the server Clinton maintained at her New York home contained material deemed to be in one of the highest security classifications – more sensitive than previously known.
The Wall Street Journal reports that, on Wednesday, as predicted, the panel convened by Governor Cuomo to study fast-food wages will formally recommend paying workers statewide $15 an hour — a substantial raise that’s nearly double the current rate of $8.75. The only step left is an okay from Acting Labor Commissioner Mario Musolino (which he’s expected to give), and then Cuomo can move forward (which there’s every indication he will) regardless of how the Legislature feels about it. So it looks likely that a big raise will come to New York’s fast-food workers.
Does the AP want Hillary Clinton to lose?
— Jimmy (@JimmyPrinceton) July 17, 2015
I mean, yes, she’s a horrible candidate and everything – but it’s not like the Democrats have anyone better to run. It’s Hillary or nobody: and I’m legitimately bemused that the AP would still run a picture that I’d hesitate to run. If for no other reason than it looks too good to be anything except a Photoshop job.
I just wonder if they realized that they were doing it. You see, Ida B. Wells rather famously called for every black home in America to have a Winchester rifle, and I frankly wish that more African-American families had listened to her. We might have had a smoother path to civil rights and proper enfranchisement if they had.
Anyway, here’s the relevant quote, which is from an essay attacking lynching*. Read the whole thing if you’re ready to get infuriated again about a part of the Democratic party’s history that it absolutely refuses to apologize for, or even acknowledge if it can possibly avoid it. Heck, read the whole thing anyway. (more…)
But beyond all the yapping and the buzzing about gun control, the Confederate flag, and whether Dylann Roof was a terrorist or not, a very powerful truth emerged from the horror in Charleston: that the African-American church remains one of America’s great national blessings. Yet again the African American church in the United States bore steadfast witness to the boundless, the infinite, the compassionate love of God. When the families of the murdered, martyred saints told Dylann Roof that they forgave him, when they prayed that he in his darkness might somehow find the light and the love of God, they reminded us what heroism truly is, and they showed us all what it means to follow Jesus Christ.
Short version: a couple of short-sighted idiots went and climbed that stupid flagpole in Columbia that has that freaking flag* and then stupidly caused a scene by cutting it down because they couldn’t wait their stupid selves until after the weekend. Because, let’s be honest: the legislature is going remove the flag next week, even after this stupid stunt. As to why it was all stupid? Because of Alinksy, of course: (more…)