Pajama Journal


Faded-Flannel, Fluffy-Sock Journalism

Redemption

On: April 7th, 2008 at 6:32 pm | In: Uncategorized

I post this to make up for my earlier weakness.

Stumble or Digg this post. These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg

No, You Can’t (I Feel Dirty)

On: April 7th, 2008 at 4:47 pm | In: Election 08

Let me start by saying that I feel dirty for posting these. I am weak. They made me laugh even though they are blatantly unfair. I think McCain actually got it right on the mortgage ‘crisis’. So, like Pontius Pilate I wash my hands in the font of a disclaimer. The views expressed below don’t really reflect my own, fairer and wiser views.

And some folks who like him even less made this one;

Stumble or Digg this post. These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg

A Celebration of Racial Diversity - Email Gem of the Week

On: March 20th, 2008 at 7:26 pm | In: Email Gems

For the love of all that is holy, let’s get over ourselves! Aren’t we sick of the media discussion over who made what racial comment and what it means to whom? It is not news that there is racism in America or anyplace else in the world for that matter. We all bring our own baggage to the table. Our own perceptions and our own experiences shape stereotypes that do exist to varying degrees of accuracy in virtually everyone. » Read The Rest

Stumble or Digg this post. These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg

Yes, We Can.

On: February 2nd, 2008 at 8:53 pm | In: Obama, Election 08, Media

Scarlett Johansson, Tatyana Ali, John Legend, Herbie Hancock, Kate Walsh, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Adam Rodriquez, Kelly Hu, Adam Rodriquez, Amber Valetta and Nick Cannon appear in the music video based on Barack Obama’s post-South Carolina primary victory speech, produced by the Black Eyed Peas’ Will.I.Am.

Stumble or Digg this post. These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg

What’s Important Is To Be Right On Day One - Barak Obama

On: January 31st, 2008 at 9:53 pm | In: Obama, Election 08, Debates, Clinton

I can not begin to express how happy I was to hear those words.

Damn, What will I say now?If I heard Hillary use the phrase “from day one” once more, something might have snapped in my id. I mean some bad mojo. I just could not stand to hear it again. Now, Obama, with one snappy come back has robbed her of the use of that slogan!

Will she dare say it again and risk invoking the memory of Wolf Blitzer asking her, “If I understand you right Mrs. Clinton, you just said that you were naive in trusting George W. Bush?”

By all that is holy, let us hope not.

For a more analytical response check out Driving Too Fast.

Stumble or Digg this post. These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg

Recklessly Stupid

On: January 18th, 2008 at 2:48 pm | In: Obama, Election 08, Debates, Clinton

When, during the Democratic debate in Vegas Tuesday night Hillary proposed her intention to freeze interest rates for five years, my comment was, “That is recklessly stupid.”

I didn’t put enough thought into it to analyze what made it so stupid. It was just gut knowledge, some basic but probably forgotten understanding of what makes financial markets work, and what breaks them. This morning I am pleased to discover that Fortune Magazine agrees.

Hillary’s modest proposal (to wreck the housing market)

The current mortgage mess requires a more intelligent approach than the buzzsaw plan floated by Hillary Clinton.

By Jon Birger, senior writer

(Fortune) — Hillary Clinton is no dummy. Even her detractors know that. And yet in last night’s Democratic presidential debate in Nevada, Clinton floated what is perhaps the dumbest solution to the current mortgage mess I’ve heard from a top presidential contender.

Back in the early Eighties I was selling Real Estate in NY. Mortgage interest rates were an insane 16 - 18% even up to 21% for commerical property, the good ones were adjustable in 5 years, the not so good - in as little as one year. The worst of them came with “balloons”, a clause that means after a preset period of time the bank would call the loan. These we could catagorize into bad and worse, bad being a 5 year balloon, worse being a 1 year balloon.

There was no government freeze, yet as anyone who was fortunate enough to own a home in the mid-eighties knows, rates came down - way, way down - and market values soared. People who were able to survive the hard times were rewarded with huge appreciation. » Read The Rest

Stumble or Digg this post. These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg

Email Gems Make A Comeback

On: September 24th, 2007 at 8:37 pm | In: Email Gems

After A Long-Long Nap - If only for a cameo appearance. A past Pajama Journal regular feature is back. Maybe just for today. Maybe, if worthy material arrives and there is nothing so annoying going on in the world that I feel compelled to write about it, just maybe, there will be more Email Gem Days.

Without further fanfare, because I think we could all use a break from the divisive discourse that are the daily fare of the modern press, I present to you this lesson.

How To Take A Nap
Presented and illustrated by some of the best nappers the world has ever seen.

» Read The Rest

Stumble or Digg this post. These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg

Looks Legit: Letter From Petraeus To Troops

On: September 8th, 2007 at 10:25 pm | In: Iraq

I got this in my email from a source that’s been reliable in the past, but have not yet confirmed it to be genuine. Accept authenticity at your own risk. » Read The Rest

Stumble or Digg this post. These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg

The Incredible, Invisible Tommy Thompson

On: August 7th, 2007 at 9:18 pm | In: Tommy Thompson, Election 08, Debates, Politics, Media

What is it about Tommy Thompson that makes the press treat him as if he didn’t exist? I have been waiting to hear more from him since the first debate, when he impressed me with some astute answers delivered with a refreshing forthright manner that seemed in sharp contrast to the rest of the candidates dancing and evading around issues they didn’t really seem to grasp.

Last night I was finally able to watch the Iowa debate and true to the reviews I had seen, it was not worth the wait. The only candidate that seemed to have anything worthwhile to say was Thompson. Stephanopoulos seemed determined to make sure he got no more than 15 second stretches (about 3 of them in total) to speak. Unless I fell asleep during one of Romney’s monologues and missed it, Tommy wasn’t even invited to answer a couple of the questions that Stephanopoulos announced would be put to everyone.

Matt, at Driving Too Fast Down The Middle Of The Road, did a complete review of each candidates performance and I think his analysis, as usual, is dead on.

As for Tommy, The Incredible Invisible Thompson, The Candidate not The Actor - well.. » Read The Rest

Stumble or Digg this post. These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg

Bloody JackAss

On: July 19th, 2007 at 3:48 pm | In: Vietnam, Forbes, Kerry, Politics, Hypocrisy, Media, Reference

John Kerry appeared on C-Span and made an ass out of himself this morning. While taking calls a woman says she voted for him and is thrilled to have the opportunity to talk to him then tells him she remembers the horrible killing in Vietnam after we pulled out and she remembers the boat people. He almost interrupts her but she continues to say that she is concerned about Iraq. That she’d like to see us out of there but she doesn’t want to leave our allies. She asks if there is any way to force a new election that Sunnis could participate in and says she doesn’t think Maliki is on our side. I suspect this lady has been reading Matt’s blog.

Kerry tells her that is an astute observation about Maliki and then switches gears. He says that there was no bloodbath after we left Vietnam, and goes on to say that he’s met many, many people who survived reeducation camps and are “thriving”. » Read The Rest

Stumble or Digg this post. These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg