The rivalry between two of Berkeley's top graffiti artists, Broke and Gatz, might, at first, not sound like a topic worthy for consideration. People would be very disparaging regarding an attempt by the World's Laziest Journalist to chronicle that aspect of obscure pop culture. What if they learned that he was working on assignment for the New Yorker magazine? According to an urban legend, there are more subscribers to New Yorker magazine who live in Berkeley than there are on Staten Island. It could happen, just like a bill to help the Veterans could have been passed before the summer recess.
Suppose that a prestigious New York art gallery were to feature a show
with work done by Broke; how long would it be before one of their rivals was
holding an opening night gala reception for Gatz?
An exhibition titled "Nite Owl the Pursuit of Slappiness," will open in Oakland on August 1st.
Eventually some New
York based publication will be open to the
possibility of using a story that outlines what slap art is, who is doing it,
and running photos that show examples of the work being created. Editors are voracious in their search for new
and interesting topics but they don't want to be too innovative either.
If the Republicans are successful in the fall mid-term elections and get a better chance to impeach and convict President Obama does that mean that Joe Biden would then have the incumbent's advantage for getting the Democratic Party's nomination in 2016 and that metaphorically speaking Hilary would be "left at the alter" lamenting her bad luck?
In an era when news is a pastiche of headlines and little else, repercussions of a new Impeachment story are mostly ignored.
Since the dog days are upon us and since we try to pick up the table scraps stories that don't fit into the austerity budget methods being used by the national media, we'll mention a few of the missing long term effects impeachment would have on the United States.
If the Republicans win a majority in the Senate they could
start impeachement proceedings with blitzkrieg speed. If the Republicans rush through the process
(think lynch mob speed); then what? The
President would be removed from office and the Vice President would be sworn in
to be President until the 2016 Presidential Election.
If Joseph Biden becomes President via such a partisan political scenario, then his prospects to get the nomination would change dramatically. A sitting President can deal out some favors and in return get some strong support at the next nominating convention. Hilary could lose her frontrunner advantage.
A sitting President operating from the Oval Office would have some built-in advantages as far a publicity is concerned and editors would be courted for giving favorable play to stories that stress the President's selling points for winning re-election.
Could the Republicans be so anxious to deal out a sever punishment to America's first President of African-American heritage that they might not be bothered to be concerned with the long term effects such a move would have on the future biographies of Joseph Biden that are yet to be written.
It seems quite likely that Hilary and her political advisors are aware of just how much of an impact on her decision about running (or not) for President an impeachment would have. It would be to her advantage to surreptitiously do what she can to sabotage any attempts to impeach President Obama.
Now, suddenly, innocuous trend-spotting feature stories become more than fodder for the dog days of August. Would Hilary & Co. be inclined to stress the amusement value of a Broke vs. Gatz story for a magazine editor in Manhattan rather than something which might jeopardize her frontrunner advantage?
On Friday, July 29, 2014, we had our fist encounter with the Rachael Maddow TV show on MSNBC. We were delighted (but not surprised) to learn that due to the Republican sit down strike in Congress, a quarter of all U. S. Embassies around the world are operating without an Ambassador. When we did a Google News search on Monday afternoon, we learned that the Korea Times ran a story with that same bit of news.