Author Archives: Campaign Outsider

Wait – Barack Obama IS Like LBJ After All!

As America celebrates the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act, the hot parlor game is to compare ‘n’ contrast Lyndon Baines Johnson’s style of presidenting with Barack Obama’s, largely to the latter’s detriment. As Obama journeyed to … Continue reading

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Correction o’ the Day (At Play in the Fields of the Times Edition)

The prolific author Peter Matthiessen died last week and the obituaries came fast and, in some cases, loose. From Wednesday’s New York Times Corrections: FRONT PAGE An obituary in some editions on Sunday and in early editions on Monday about … Continue reading

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Stop the Presses! Two People Actually Object to Stealth Marketing!

Two people other than the hardtracking staff, that is. As our kissin’ cousins at Two-Daily Town noted last week, Boston Red Sox huckster – sorry, slugger – David Ortiz used the President of the United States as a prop for … Continue reading

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The Kick-Ash ’70s Concert We DID Catch in Cincinnati

The hardmewling staff has lately been lamenting the Allman Brothers concert we missed at Cincinnati’s Ludlow Garage in 1970. Which got us to thinking about a concert we did catch in either April, 1973 or November, 1973 at Cincinnati’s Music … Continue reading

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Baseball Players Are Not Heroes

The hardlywatching staff had the TV on in the background last night when we heard a local newscast refer to the Red Sox Home Opener “honoring the heroes on and off the field” – that is, commemorating 1) the 2013 … Continue reading

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Let the Whatever Billion Dollar Rumpus Begin! (McCutcheon v. FEC Edition)

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission decision letting big-bucks political donors go all in, here’s the bad news by the numbers. From the NBC News digest First Read: Political spending from outside groups — … Continue reading

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NYT – Finally! – Catches Up to Hardworking Staff (Disney World Edition)

Two weeks ago the hardworking staff did a turn on NPR’s Here & Now with the estimable Sacha Pfeiffer, talking about the Extreme Data Mining currently being inflicted on consumers. PFEIFFER: So, John, of course, collecting is becoming so widespread, data collection. … Continue reading

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Big Town v. Bean Town (Traffic Light Division)

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a new series that will examine the good, the bad, and the ugly in the everlasting Boston/New York Bakeoff. From Politico’s Capital Playbook: VIDEO OF DAY — driver’s dream come true: Taxi driver … Continue reading

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The Allman Brothers’ Knee-Buckling ‘Mountain Jam’ at Cincinnati’s Ludlow Garage

As the hardpining staff recently noted, we missed out – for reasons we’d rather not revisit – on the Allman Brothers’ 1970 performance at Cincinnati’s Ludlow Garage. Regardless, we’ve been obsessively listening to the tracks that - Thank Duane! - were recorded that … Continue reading

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Fallon Gone (Native Advertising Edition)

Since its NBC debut 60 years ago, The Tonight Show has featured more plugs than Joe Biden’s head. But the recent introduction of GE’s Fallonvention showcase represents a new low for the late night icon. From Digiday: GE takes a … Continue reading

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