Yesterday’s SmarterTimes (which we received late due to our Sun provider Tim’s unfortunate illness
) hit new lows of ridiculousness, chiding the Times for not disclosing that Chas Freeman, who wrote an anti-Iraq war op-ed piece for the paper, works for a firm with ties to Middle Eastern businesses. For the Sun to attack ANYONE for failure to disclose ANYTHING, while in the meantime concealing its ties
to the Manhattan Institute, and employing the husbands, wives and children of said financiers, is as nauseating
Today, Ira Stoll
“reports” on his haj to Ronald Reagan’s old ranch, now owned by something called the Young America’s Foundation
, “a non-profit group that trains young people
in conservative ideas
.” Ira proudly notes that, added up, Reagan spent nearly an entire year of his administration at the ranch; when people refer to George Bush
as being in Reagan’s mold, an aversion to work must be standard of measure. Ira writes swooningly of the aged feeb’s sense of humor; Ira paints Dutch as if he is the missing Horowitz brother
. Now that I think about it, Reagan actually did say some funny shit
. . .
Meanwhile, a big LFLS congrats
to Cousin Brucie! We knew you would make it
! (It’s a good thing too, as you are footing the bill for Ira’s little field trips.) And keep trying Tommy
! They can’t live forever!
Just to add to Brother Olivier’s entry below, the profiled anti-legal recourse
activist is Walter Olson, no relation to yours truly
, identified as “senior fellow
at the Manhattan Institute
.” Ms. Mechling
manages to mention the Manhattan Institute (“a leading neo-conservative think-tank
”) six times in her “story” without once mentioning its ties to her employer. I don’t know why this still surprises me; I guess I’m just an optimist and expect the Sun’s writers to reveal their links
to the Institute
at some point. Coincidentally, the Sun also carries a full-page ad calling for a reform of “the lawsuit culture in modern America.” Again, this is just a coincidence.
Sorry for our conspicuous inactivity of late. Brad Olson
are hibernating, if that's the correct word. Actually, a better word - well, series of words - would be "rendered unconscious by an unrelenting assault of predictably preposterous copy." What's on the Sun
's site today? New York Sun
scribe Lauren Mechling cut and pasting a human face on tort reform by profiling someone from the Manhattan Institute
- Oops, did I screw up the preceding links? I'm not sure myself - and Eric Wolff donning Jonah Goldberg's hand-me-downs (Christ, man, they were third-hand when given to Jonah) when getting all pissy because the French are making an unconvincing show of reluctance to support the coming shock and awe of the Iraqi people. Neither is as good as Seth and Ira, who today apply Woody Allen's quip that "80% of success is just showing up" to the members of the teachers union. Lipsky and his lint-headed liegeman apparently fail to note that Ms. Mechling and Mr. Wolff did little more than show up, and that their own enterprise, when judged by the obvious metrics of newsstand sales and penetration of the collective conscious, is more than 80% unsuccessful.
Wake us in the unlikely event that the Sun
, "published at New York City," prints anything worth reading "at page one" or anywhere in its formidable 16 pages.
In an odd decision, today’s Sun editorial
lionizes Ahmad Chalabi
, of all people
favorite line: “We know that Mr. Bush doesn’t like to let polls
dictate his policies. . .”