Monday, March 30, 2009

Novel daily editorials

Songwriter Jonathan Mann of Berkeley, Calif., has come up with a unique format to express his editorial opinion. Huffington Post or some other online newspaper would be smart to hire the Rock Cookie Bottom guy to post his song-a-day exclusively at that site to drive hits.

Irony aside, listen to Saving Newspapers, The Musical (DEMO).

Click here for Mann's entire playlist. Most-viewed: Hey Paul Krugman (A song, A plea), seen more than 151,000 times.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Website find of the day

News and Verse blog's motto is "light verse, ripped from headlines."

Clever stuff. Today's entry:

NEWSWIRE--Accused investment scam artist Bernie Madoff is expected to plead guilty today and could face life in prison.

A pink slip means your laid off,
A furlough means you're day'd off
A buyout means you're paid off,
All, better off than Madoff.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Simple and to the point

The new "COALergy: Smudge" ad that ran on CNN should win awards. It does what a great ad should do: entertain and make a simple point.

Bravo, Reality Coalition, and hat tip to TPM.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

"First, you have to get mad."

Peter Finch's achorman character in the classic movie, Network, seems more precient today than he was in 1976. We should be thinking about a better ending for today's real world, though.

Monday, January 5, 2009

A word on words

The Sunlight Foundation reports Sen. Robert Menendez is, by far, the most outspoken member of New Jersey's delegation in Washington. His statements on the floor and in the Congressional Record outpace fellow Democrat Sen. Frank Lautenberg almost 3-to-1.

The list at the foundation's website,, left me wondering why we see so little about what Menendez says in any media at the Jersey Shore.

Of the words New Jersey's delegation speaks most often on the record, the word "billion" comes up more quite a bit often than the word "women." Sad.

(Hat tip: Herb Jackson's blog, Capital Games)