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Friedman Gets Local

Wednesday, August 03, 2005


Andrew Rasiej

Can a single-issue candidate get elected public advocate? Tom Friedman seems to think so. The guru of flat-worldism gets seriously local in today's Times, planting a big wet cyberkiss on public advocate candidate Andrew Rasiej and ...

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Feedback: Boring Teachers

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Subject: ANGRY at you -- Boring teachers?? (august 1st show) Teachers are forced to be boring . . . 2 examples

[check out this segment]

I love your show, but never have I been as angry as you as when you made the off-hand remark in a general question, ...

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Feedback: the Fatwa

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Subject: Ibrahim Hooper and the Fatwa against terrorism.

[check out this segment]

I am an American Muslim, and I disagree with the Fatwas issued by Muslim leaders in Europe and North America for a few reasons.

First the issuance of a Fatwa presupposes that there is a unified Islamic ...

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What Do Stay-at-Home Mommies Do All Day?

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

A listener has written in to share this joke, relevant to today's segment on stay-at-home parents:

Brian,
I didn't have a chance to get this to you in time, but here is a joke regarding your show this morning: (I hope no one told it, as I just ...

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Inside the Actor's Studio...with Mayor Bloomberg?!

Monday, August 01, 2005

BL Producers are nerds for news shows (local and national), and generally we try to keep our obsessions to ourselves (Did you know that Chris Matthews worked in the Carter White House? That Chris Wallace is Mike Wallace's son).

But Marcia Kramer's interview with Mike Bloomberg ...

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More People Pushing Newspapers On You In The Subway?

Friday, July 29, 2005

Brit Gazillionaire Richard Branson ("the Rebel Billionaire") considers starting a free daily in New York.

Let's see...he runs a media business, loves flying planes, hangs out on an exclusive island. Can a run for mayor be far behind?

The unofficial blog of Richard Branson

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Feedback: Price Gouging

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Subject: icee price gouging!!

An illustration of the current discussion:

I live and work in Washington Heights, and last week, on one of the hottest days so far this summer, I thought I'd treat myself to an icee on my way back to the office from lunch. A woman I ...

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Ways of Bowing Out

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

The news that New York Governor George Pataki would make a special announcement this afternoon got BL Blog all excited...Memories of a sweltering day, about one year ago, another governor, just across the river, also had something to get off his chest. What could it be?

And then, as ...

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Feedback: Change to Win?

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Subject: union
Bravo to the last caller John. He was right on the money. Unions are necessary for all of our protections. The teacher asks why or how can he be recognized for his good work as if he would if we did not have a union. The truth is that he should be recognized for his good work but that should not be the determiner of how he or other teachers get paid. That sets up a very political situation where one is favored over another just because of undefined reason that can be manipulated. If teachers are paid in an objective manner based on years of service and degrees you have earned that is fair and objective.
-AP

Subject: Last word on unions, Stacey the business owner
Duh!?
Stacey the business owner complained about a union guy threatening to
unionize her workers, raise the wages, so she'd have to close her shop--all
because she undercut a union shop.

Does she not realize that EVERY competitior of her shop is trying to put her
out of business all the time--that's what capitalism is all about. Only they
don't tell her to her face.
-LM

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Don't Laugh!

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

"Random searches, for example, depending on the size of your backpack or the size of your package is a reasonable thing."
-Freddy Ferrer, The Brian Lehrer Show, 7/26/05, around 10:23 am

Click here to listen.

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other forms of terrorism preparedness

Monday, July 25, 2005

The recent discovery of a cockroach in an iced coffee in room 2715A led to the discovery of Rhema Publishing's fascinating webpage on the uses of insects as food in a crisis situation, brought on by terrorism.

How to Use Insects as Food

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Balancing Act

Friday, July 22, 2005

Two segments of today's show dealt with the tension between security and civil liberties. Both the new policy announced yesterday of random searches of bags and packages in (or entering) NYC's subways and some of the provisions of the extension of the USA PATRIOT Act passed last night by ...

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Cruise Correct?

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Decades ago, psychiatrist Thomas Szasz (that's "SAHZ", it's Hungarian) proposed the crazy idea that the concept of mental illness is bunk. Unlike, say, cancer, it's difficult to definitively diagnose or prove a mental problem. What's more, the idea of mental illness has been used in the past to stigmatize ...

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Mcclellan still embattled

Thursday, July 21, 2005

The name John Roberts has not cured the White House Press corps of its recent fixation on someone else whose name begins with an R.

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, there is an investigation that continues, and I think the President has made it clear that we're not going to prejudge the outcome of that investigation.

Q: You already have the truth.

MR. McCLELLAN: We're not going to prejudge the outcome of that investigation through --

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Labor Pains

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Embattled AFL-CIO chief John Sweeney is tomorrow's headline guest. For a briefing on what's at stake when unions convene in Chicago next week, check out Harold Meyerson in the Washington Post today.

The challengers: Unite To Win

To plant a question for John Sweeney in Brian's ...

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PS: Kristol

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Bill K. obviously did not call this latest one right. Anyone know of anyone who correctly guessed John Roberts?

A guide to other John Robertses.

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Invaginate

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

from answers.com:

1. To enclose or become enclosed in or as if in a sheath.
2. To turn or become turned inward.
3. To infold or become infolded so as to form a hollow space within a previously solid structure, as in the formation of a gastrula ...

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Bill Kristol Calls it Again?

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Your blogger does not enjoy spreading rumors, especially about potential nominees for the Supreme Court (these have bitten us in the behind before). But, in the sad and admittedly unlikely case that this blog is the only one you visit today: EDITH CLEMENT IS BEING TOUTED AS THE PRESIDENT'S NOMINEE FOR SUPREME COURT! W will make the announcement tonight at nine.

Last month, Bill Kristol correctly guessed that O'Connor might resign before Rehnquist. Did he nail this one too on Fox News Sunday last Sunday?:

"I think he wants to pick a woman -- a conservative woman. There are plenty of conservative women on the federal appeals court."

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Photo File: Gale Scott and Lewis Fidler

Tuesday, July 19, 2005


Gale Scott of Crain's


Councilman Lewis Fidler

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