Wednesday, June 15, 2005

David Wharton says the Wall Street Journal's Cynthia Crossen doesn't know her asses from her elbow.

You can read the WSJ story here for the next week.

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Saturday Saturday Saturday, that's all we ever talk about when we get on one of our little Converge is happening in October jags.

But what about Friday? Isn't there supposed to be some sort of journalism conference at A&T on Friday?

Why yes there is. And I can tell you that it is shaping up as an interesting day, too. More on this before too long.

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Map clearinghouse for City of Greensboro. This one's good. More to come.

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Press release:

The City of Greensboro will hold two public meetings to get input from residents regarding development in the South Elm Street area on Wednesday, June 22 at Two Art Chicks, 609 South Elm Street...11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and again from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m....The meetings mark the beginning of a six-month planning process for South Elm Street. Anyone interested in the future land use and development of the area should plan to attend. For more information, please call 373-2751. (color added)

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Maybe now you can rest in peace, Terri Schiavo.

UPDATE: Sigh. Apparently not. Before the we push the truth down the memory hole, let's be perfectly clear about what Frist and Co were doing: "They lied."

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Tim Noah: "Eliminate the editorial page."

Or maybe just reserve it for the right occasions. Stultifying as it usually is, the Big Voice Editorial can still be useful. Last week, for example, as good as Allen Johnson was on Jesse Helms by blog and column, it meant something to hear the Newspaper Itself weigh in on an issue of substance. If you only used it sparingly, it would be more powerful.

I bet a lot of people who aren't news junkies get a lot of their news from those editorials.

Here's a situation where I found the editor's blog post on an important topic more effective than the formal editorial. My take then was that it might be time for the paper to replace "staid, measured editorials with the good stuff from its own ed-page blogs."

Maybe the mix is the thing. The N&R edit page is more transparent than most, because both Allen and Doug Clark write columns and weblogs.

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Things I have learned in the last week:

-- how to poach an egg (known previously in theory, but not practice).

-- putting spaces between words and using upper- and lower-case letters dates from the Carolingian Renaissance.

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Friedman: "Ever since Iraq's remarkable election, the country has been descending deeper and deeper into violence...Iraq is drifting sideways and the whole burden is being carried by our military.

"...Maybe it is too late, but before we give up on Iraq, why not actually try to do it right? Double the American boots on the ground...

"...We've already paid a huge price for the Rumsfeld Doctrine - 'Just enough troops to lose.' Calling for more troops now, I know, is the last thing anyone wants to hear. But we are fooling ourselves to think that a decent, normal, forward-looking Iraqi politics or army is going to emerge from a totally insecure environment."

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Councilwoman Carmany has a detailed summary of the budget cuts before the City Council.

Councilman Phillips: "We could have a tax cut. (If we had the will.)"

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Fifteen Senators, all Republicans, did not put their names on a resolution apologizing for the Senate's historical failure to pass anti-lynching laws [text changed from earlier version; see comments]. It's embarassing, and the other team is scoring points on it.

It happened this week.

So what does Guilford County Republican Party chairman Marcus Kindley want to talk about? A Democratic Senator who opposed an anti-lynching 1935.

Look, the history of racial politics in this country is ugly with a capital F, and the Dems bear their share of the burden. Of course, a lot of people left the Democratic party in 1948 because Truman was pushing ahead with integration, and some of those former Dems became Republicans, even Republican Senators, and the GOP has been less than wonderful on race since the Nixon era onward...

...Which brings us back to the present day, and the Senate vote on lynching. Does the chairman of the Guilford County Republican Party have any thoughts on those 15 GOP Senators who would not put their name on the resolution against lynching in 2005, or is he stuck in 1935?

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