P.S.: I don't agree with Sager that Hillary may have "put that term ["liberal"] entirely in the past." ... 8:40 P.M. link
Historic Historic CNN YouTube Debate--Hello, Florida! Am I crazy or did Barack Obama just get suckered into saying that as President within a year he'd personally meet with Fidel Castro? .... Update: He did. And, bizarrely, his camp is not saying he misspoke. More: There's some backtracking here. ... 5:23 P.M.
The doors of Tao Las Vegas are open to rich and poor alike: Here's Noah Tepperberg, owner of the nightclub at Tao Las Vegas, the "highest grossing independent restaurant" in the U.S.:
"We sell stratification, but we have an entry point for everyone — from retirees to 21-year-olds who have saved up to blow it out on their first trip to Vegas." [E.A.]
Are giant stratification-selling night clubs like Tao a threat to social equality? My tentative answer: not much. 1) It's only stratification for a night; 2) People don't take it that seriously; 3) Tepperberg does get some social equality points for having everyone under the same roof and for having a roof big enough to include them. ... The velvet rope outside any ordinary New York club seems more obnoxious. ... 1:53 A.M.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
I always thought of L.A.'s Earl Ofari Hutchinson as an establishment-friendly, coalition-preserving PC type. I guess I was wrong-- here he is on Mirthala Salinas, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's girlfriend, who may or may not lose her job next week:
Salinas is as much a victim of Tony's rapacious political and media egoism as she is a victim of her heart. Politics is a dirty business and the dirt and the business doesn't stop at the bedroom door. If a politician can lie, cheat and manipulate to scurry up the political career ladder, that same politician can lie, cheat and manipulate love. [E.A.]
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