Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Noise Machine (01/28/10)

Today with 27% more noise....


You'd probably expect that I'd start off with the State of the Union....

You're right. But, did the speech work? Too early to tell.

News Flash: Democrats loved it and Republicans generally didn't. In related news pneumonia is generally a bad thing.

Of course there's a Texan response.

Hey, the Republican response! (Zzzzzzzz.....)

And finally....The perspective from the British version of the Democrats. (I'm sure their talkers will come out with better over time.)



Onward and upward....


The veterans public housing proposal beats a retreat. Not that many gave it much serious consideration in the first place.


Binding homeowner arbitration comes under fire. There's a serious case to be made for getting rid of this or, at least, making it non-binding and keeping the threat of litigation on the table to force home-builders to negotiate in good faith. (Sadly, those that are out front on this issue are not known for making serious arguments.)


The Westpark Dynamo has a fine ring to it. With no public money on the line I think this is a superior solution. (Which, of course, means that it has absolutely zero chance of ever getting done.)


KBR bets on downtown. The original plan being to move out West, but the economy sacked their planned campus. That's good news for downtown office occupancy, ironically it's KBR that's renting the space. (A company that's repulsive to many of the Downtown area's biggest boosters.)


No education = no drivers license = no way to get to a job = dependent of the State. I don't think Rick Perry has thought this one through.


The ChronBlog Caucasian Think-Tank finds another tax increase to embrace. This time against those mean, evil bankers. (I wonder if they'll be as excited about taxes on the bonuses of Newspaper companies? My guess is no.)*


The Republican stimulus problem. Good for me but not for thee is a tough campaign slogan. (Then there's the problem of the flag-waving that was associated with the small checks cut for the Bush tax-cuts.)


Those backroom healthcare deals aren't going away. Broken transparency promises notwithstanding.


I present to you the least surprsing news story of the day. You're welcome.


Texas Tribune eye for the death-row killer guy? (I remember, back in the halcyon days of 2009, how Texas Tribune promised to 'redefine journalism' upon their rollout. Let's see: Advocacy journalism and anti-death penalty screeds. Nope, just more of the same minus getting your hands dirty.)


RIP Howard Zinn. There's an important message in this piece: You can learn something from everybody. That's why it's important to get your news from a variety of perspectives. (And why it's important for news outlets to try and offer a variety of viewpoints, which is something at which most fail miserably.)


You know things are bad if beer sales are down in Germany. So yeah, things are bad.


And finally....

Shopping for bananas in PJ bottoms is not allowed in one large British grocery store chain. A sensible idea that should be implemented here.

2 comments:

  1. ** (I remember, back in the halcyon days of 2009, how Texas Tribune promised to 'redefine journalism' upon their rollout. Let's see: Advocacy journalism and anti-death penalty screeds. Nope, just more of the same minus getting your hands dirty.) **

    The same journalistic sensibilities of Texas Monthly (I'm not being complimentary, btw) with a different format and frequency of publication....

    I like the ambition of Texas Tribune and their advancement of the notion that a new-media nonprofit can do serious news. But in terms of where they've taken their new toy, I'm much less impressed.

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  2. "But in terms of where they've taken their new toy, I'm much less impressed."

    To say that I'm really all that surprised is not 100% true, given the limitation of life-experience possessed by the man in the corner office....

    Still, there's better than average talent writing at the Tribune. Unfortunately they seem to have been given free reign to write without worrying about piddly little things like presenting information without bias etc.

    Which again brings us back to the editorial leadership and its limitations.

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