Kevin Drumexplains today how he intends to vote on the many propositions on the California ballot tomorrow, including his "no" vote on Proposition 21, which would put an $18 surcharge on the annual vehicle registration fee to fund state parks:
Ever since Colorado Springs -- the anti-tax Mecca of the west -- refused to raise taxes to fill its $28 million budget shortfall and instead began cutting services, conservatives and liberals alike have been tuning in to see just how well a city with bare-bones government services could survive. Thus far, one-third of the street lights are off and buses no longer run nights and weekends; public pools, parks, bathrooms, and community centers are closed, and overextended cops log crimes over the phone.
Stephen Colbert mentioned something my review of The Social Network last week missed when he asked screenwriter Aaron Sorkin what happened to all the "ladies in the film." Truth is, there are some, but they're basically portrayed as partying groupies intoxicated with -- or as Jezebelpoints out, dropping their panties over -- power, a valid complaint that's also been aired here and here.
In March of this year, Facebook surpassed Google as the most visited website in the United States. Its rise has been so meteoric that few remember how it began or what life was like without it. Enter The Social Network, the film which will forever link the ever-expanding global phenomenon to its morally questionable beginnings.
The problem with making a movie about Facebook is that everyone knows how it ends. We all have Facebook profiles, and at 26, Mark Zuckerberg is a wunderkind turned billionaire CEO. But The Social Network doesn't treat this as a problem; it runs with it.
Shirley Sherrod indicated yesterday that she will sueAndrew Breitbart for editing and posting a video of her, which resulted in her losing her job (only to be offered another) at the USDA. There has been a lot of encouragement online, urging Sherrod to hold Breitbart -- and Fox News, which disseminated the story -- accountable. But legally, it’s not clear she would be successful, or that it would be worth it.