My new Think Again column, "What is Conservatism?" is here.
My Daily Beast piece, on Obama’s drilling desires, is here.
And if we must play this April Fools, game, my friends at Backstreets get my nomination for both breadth and humorth.
An aside that got cut out of my Daily Beast piece:
On his ABC News blog, Jake Tapper quotes "A White House official" explaining that "the president will also approve a lease sale in Alaska’s Cook Inlet, while canceling another lease sale in Alaska’s Bristol Bay because of environmental concerns. (Lease sales in Alaska’s Chukchi and Beaufort Seas are essentially being suspended pending further scientific review.) The official says that ‘To set America on a path to energy independence, the President believes we must leverage our diverse domestic resources by pursuing a comprehensive energy strategy.’" Excuse me but what the hell kind of journalism is that? Why does a reporter allow a source to go on background if all he is going to offer up is propaganda-style pabulum? If the "White House official" said, "Hey, there’s an election coming and we need the oil and gas money. Did you see that Supreme Court decision on unlimited corporate spending?" Then maybe allowing him (or her) to speak anonymously might make sense. But this kind of thing ought to be embarrassing.
This Week on Moyers:
In the months before his death, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had expanded his focus on racial justice to include reducing economic inequality. Now, on this week’s 42nd anniversary of King’s assassination, Bill Moyers sits down with experts Bryan Stevenson and Michelle Alexander to discuss how far we’ve really come as a country, how poor and working class Americans have been falling behind and what America must do to fulfill Dr. King’s vision. Stevenson is longtime advocate for social justice and human rights in the context of criminal justice and is on the faculty of NYU’s School of Law. Alexander holds a joint appointment with Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law and Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and is author of The New Jim Crow.
The T.A.M.I. Show
There was nothing like it then and there has been nothing like it since. The T.A.M.I. Show, 1964’s cavalcade of stars in concert and long sought after concert film, has finally been released in its entirety. I will go on record as saying, it is the greatest rock and roll film ever.
It’s not because it contains James Brown’s explosive and now legendary performance, or the show closing, but not necessarily show-stealing Rolling Stones. It’s because director Steve Binder managed to bring out the fire in every one of the artists involved. You will find yourself cheering on everyone from Billy J. Kramer to Lesley Gore. I was particularly floored by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. They have become so ingrained in my memory, like every Motown artist, as just a singles band, I forgot they ever played live at all. Seeing Smokey in action, singing at times a bit too flat or a bit too sharp, blew my mind. And The Miracles, with their somewhat haphazard choreography, had the energy of The Ramones on this stage. Though JB’s performance is the one everyone talks about, and for good reason, it was Smokey & the Miracles that made my jaw drop.