Monthly Archives: July 2009

House Safire

Bill Safire returned to the New York Times op-ed page today with a piece headlined “The Cold War’s Hot Kitchen.” EXACTLY one-half century ago, one of the great confrontational moments of the cold war seized the world’s attention: Nikita Khrushchev, … Continue reading

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Skipping Skip

The hardworking staff here at Campaign Outsider has argued hammer and tongue over what our position should be on L’Affaire Gates. For starters, we refer you to Media Nation, where Dan Kennedy, as always, has extremely thoughtful posts here and elsewhere. … Continue reading

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Controversial With a Capital Con

From our Fashion & Style Desk (slogan: “Got Mirror?”) The Cut, New York magazine’s fashion blog (hat tip to the Missus), informs us that “Levi’s Attempts Convict-Chic,” which is to say that the jeansmaker’s 2009 Vintage collection (Lookbook here) is … Continue reading

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Copyrights and Wrongs

A couple of cracking good (as the Brits say) copyright dustups are in the news lately. First, there’s this: “John McCain Apologizes To Jackson Browne, Settles Dispute Over ‘Running On Empty.’” Browne sued McCain, the Republican National Committee, and the … Continue reading

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Soda Jerks

The Financial Times reports that Coca Cola has been lobbying on Capitol Hill against a Senate finance committee proposal to tax non-diet sodas and juices. “[T]he consumer in this environment is not ready for a tax on a basic staple … Continue reading

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Fun Fact to Know and Tell

The King of Madison Avenue, Kenneth Roman’s recent biography of legendary adman David Ogilvy, provides this interesting origin of a time-honored bromide about staying healthy. In the 1920s, Mathers [the precursor of agency giant Ogilvy & Mather] pioneered generic (non-branded) … Continue reading

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Seersuckah

Funny – I was thinking about summer wardrobes tonight as the Missus and I got ready to go out for a nice (birthday – mine) dinner, when what did I encounter but David Ignatius’ post on the Daily Beast about, … Continue reading

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CPBgone

My recent post about the Bay State Banner’s  accepting a City of Boston bailout (a certified concept-with-a-capital-K), brought a question from one of Campaign Outsider’s excellent commenters about the federal government-sponsored Corporation for Public Broadcasting. “[I]f this loan troubles you,” … Continue reading

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Politico-dependency

So the fine folks at Time magazine’s Swampland blog spent some time mocking: this ridiculous Politico article about Obama’s drinking habits (Does the President drink too much? Some callers to a Louisiana sports radio show think so!) Before anyone gets … Continue reading

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Bay State Banter

News that the city of Boston has offered a financial bailout to the shuttered Bay State Banner produced reactions that ranged from sunny proclamations by the mayor to shell-shocked acquiescence by the Banner’s publisher to eggshell analysis from local chinstrokers. … Continue reading

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