Bained

Back in June of 1988, Lee Atwater took me aside and showed me some stuff that Bush the Elder’s campaign had developed against Michael Dukakis, who was then enjoying a 17-point advantage in the polls. The “stuff” seemed laughable. Dukakis hadn’t signed an order requiring schoolchildren in Massachusetts to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. He had once said that he […]

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Happy Birthday Bill Cosby: Look Back in Laughter

[vsw id=”kGqlrVmVULc&feature=related” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”] In this early Cosby routine, which shows up on the 1963 album Bill Cosby Is A Very Funny Fellow Right!, Cosby tells the biblical story of Noah the way it really went down — complete with his impression of God. Cosby’s character Fat Albert is perhaps best known from the animated series Fat Albert […]

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Why Tablets Are Content Creation Devices: It’s All About Context

In the wake of my colleague Harry McCracken’s sensible commentary on Richard Gaywood’s TUAW piece about the iPad’s viability as a content creation tool, I wanted to write from the standpoint of someone with friends in both the pro-visual and audio side of the biz who increasingly use tablets as go-to devices for serious musical and visual content. Spoiler: Yes, […]

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U.S. Jobless Claims Plunge to Lowest in 4 Years

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits plunged last week. But a big reason was that some automakers skipped their traditional summer shutdowns to keep up with demand, leading to fewer temporary layoffs of autoworkers. Sales of new cars and trucks surged in June, extending the auto industry’s rebound. Automakers also began their Independence Day promotions early, lifting sales […]

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The NAACP Boos Romney: A Double Standard and a Breach of Civility

It’s politically fashionable to question the relevance of the 103-year-old National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. But the NAACP is still one of America’s most revered institutions, and deservedly so – which is why the country took notice last summer when the organization passed a resolution calling for the restoration of civil political discourse amid the boorish bile […]

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