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Maureen Dowd Is Still a Smug Idiot (Reason #115)

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Unless we just want to torture some people at brunch by reading it aloud in a comical voice, we steer clear of Maureen Dowd's cat-lady musings in the Sunday paper. But the self-obsessed dingbat's latest column apparently targeted 69-year-old singer/songwriter Bob Dylan ... because, uh, he didn't perform enough of his early 1960s material when he played a show in China. Dowd wasn't there, obviously, and apparently has no idea that Dylan has written and recorded hundreds of songs and dozens of albums since she heard "Blowin' In the Wind" in that Time-Life '60s documentary she cries herself to sleep to every night, alone, but that didn't stop her from the usualNYT op-ed columnist practice of writing 500 trite words about it!


Sean Wilentz of the New Yorker responds:

Dowd isn’t angry that Dylan performed in China. She is angry that he apparently agreed to do so under certain conditions, that he didn’t sing “Blowin’ in the Wind” or “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” and that he didn’t take the opportunity to denounce Chinese human rights policies.

I don’t know exactly what Dylan did or did not agree to. (I don’t think Dowd does, either.) But whatever the facts are, Dylan knows very well—as I tried to tell Dowd when she interviewed me for her column—that his music long ago became uncensorable. Subversive thoughts aren’t limited to his blatant protest songs of long ago. Nor would his political songs from the early nineteen-sixties have made much sense in China in 2011. Dowd, like Mr. Jones in “Ballad of a Thin Man,” is as clueless about all of this as she is smug.

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Poor People Are Mad As Hell, And They're Not Going to Take It Anymore.

The Poor People's Campaign marched on Washington, and we were there!

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by Dominic Gwinn

Yesterday the new Poor People's Campaign, led by Rev. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, concluded 40 days of protest and civil disobedience with a rally on the National Mall. Building off of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr's original Poor People's Campaign 50 years ago, the new campaign is aimed at uniting labor leaders with activists to build a coalition of all marginalized people

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The police have clearly failed to stop the scourge of black kids selling water to thirsty people, so your average law-abiding, permit-respecting white lady has no choice but to take matters into her own (did we mention they were white?) hands. You might call her a busybody gone power mad or a simple tool of racist micoaggression, but we just call her "Permit Patty."

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