Of course, satirists like Colbert, Dennis Miller, and Chris Rock have been plying their politically charged trade on cable networks like Comedy Central since the Clinton presidency, and the cynical irony for irony's sake that Letterman has trafficked in for decades has been on life support since George, Elaine, and Jerry Seinfeld waved farewell in 1998. Still, Letterman's clumsiness, not to mention Colbert's meteoric rise and accompanying self-assuredness, signals that political satire without a net is the new cool. (via Utne)
Borat gives President Bush a reason to communicate with foreign leaders.
U.S. President George Bush is expected to meet the leader of Kazakhstan Friday to discuss a range of topics -- possibly including a public relations nightmare, caused by a fictional Kazakh reporter named Borat Sagdiyev. (via CTV)
You see, no matter what happens in Iraq, it's mostly about us -- spelled U.S.; the United States. We're encouraged to perceive that Iraq is most important, at least implicitly, because of what it means for the USA: its image in other countries, the deaths and wounds of its soldiers, the political strength of the president and, this fall, the likely effects on the midterm congressional elections. (Via Counterpunch)
In the, ain't-that-obvious department, leading economists are calling for an increase in the, stuck-in-the-mud, minimum wage. You see, when the minimum wage isn’t increased, and prices for goods keep rising, people become poor, through no fault of their own.
The minimum wage has been an important part of our nation’s economy for 68 years. It is based on the principle of valuing work by establishing an hourly wage floor beneath which employers cannot pay their workers. In so doing, the minimum wage helps to equalize the imbalance in bargaining power that low-wage workers face in the labor market. The minimum wage is also an important tool in fighting poverty. (via Dollars and Sense)