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Speaking for the Prosperous: The Loopy Washington Post on Economics

08/28/2006 07:32 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

How is the economic philosophy of the Washington Post's Sebastian Mallaby here any different than that of the Wall Street Journal editorial page? And is it any wonder that the wealthy and obscenely wealthy have enjoyed virtually all the benefits of recent economic growth when no one will stand up for the for the interests of the working men and women of this country? The Republicans are ruining the country's future finances and this guy is attacking the Democrats for opposing a company that is destroying hometown stores, sponging of state Medicaid, and undermining local unions. Wal-Mart workers are supposed to live on poverty wages, and Mallaby tells them that the Democrats have no business telling them to do anything but take it and like it. Union representation in the private sector is down below 8 percent here and a so-called "liberal" newspaper speaks only for the prosperous. Sorry, but Antonio Gramsci had this country down.

War crimes are us. Thanks, liberal hawks, and Ralph...

American Grandstand:

Did you see Dick Clark get that award last night on the Emmys, all sickly and moving, and stuff? Well, I wasn't so moved. Alan Freed and Dick Clark were both corrupt back in the fifties, but Freed promoted black music before integrated audiences while Clark was much more cautious vis-à-vis race and made much of his early fortune with whitebread parent-friendly rip-offs versions of black hits. Here's the research I've come across:

"In 1959 the U.S. House Oversight Committee, at the urging of ASCAP, began to look into deejays who took gifts from record companies in return for playing their records on their shows. Though a number of deejays and program directors were caught in the scandal, the committee decided to focus on Freed.  Freed's broadcasts alliances quickly deserted him. In 1959, WABC in New York asked him to sign a statement confirming that he had never accepted payola. Freed refused "on principle" to sign and was fired.

On Feb 8, 1960 a New York Grand Jury began looking into commercial information in the recording industry and on May 19, 1960 eight men  were charged with receiving $116,580 in illegal gratuities. This probe would lead to Freed being charged with income tax evasion by the IRS. Freed was the only deejay subpoenaed by the Oversight Committee and refused to testify despite being given immunity. Trial began December, 1962 and ended with Freed pleading  guilty to 29 counts of commercial bribery. Though he only received a $300 fine and 6 months suspended sentence his career would be over. Freed was indicted by a federal grand jury for tax evasion. The IRS claimed that Freed owed $37,920 tax on unreported of $56,652 for the years 1957-59. Living in Palm Springs, California at the time, Freed was poor, unemployed and unemployable. Before he could answer the charges he entered a hospital suffering from uremia. Alan Freed died Jan 20, 1965 a penniless, broken man. He was 43.

Clark admitted only to accepting a fur stole and expensive jewelry from a record company president. In fact, the same committee investigators found that Clark had partial copyrights to one hundred and fifty songs, many of them were played on his show. Also, there were ties to 33 music related businesses, including publishers, recording companies, and pressing plants, most being located in Philadelphia When Clark appeared to testify he brought Bernard Goldsmith a statistician. Goldsmith told the committee that Clark had a 27 percent interest in records played in the past 28 months and those records had a 23 percent popularity rating.

Clark admitted a $125 investment in Jamie Records returned a profit of $11,900 and of the 163 songs he had rights to143 were given to him. He was admonished for only this single transgression, despite the fact that songs and artists that he held considerable financial interests were frequently feature on American Bandstand. At the end of the investigation the Senators could find nothing illegal. Committee chairman Oren Harris called Clark 'a fine young man.' "

There you have it.

"He's a team player, and he's on our team, if you know what I'm saying," Mr. Moskowitz said.  I know, you  know, but maybe some Yankee fans don't know and so I'll spell it out. The Mets have "arguably the best Jewish baseball player since Koufax," and you don't. And if he wants to grow a beard or long hair to look like another famous Jew of 2000 years ago, the teams fascistic owners won't make him shave them off.  Here.

A Short Play Starring Christopher Hitchens here.

Speaking of the Emmys, here's something worthwhile:  The Clothes Off Our Back Foundation was founded by Jane Kaczmarek and Bradley Whitford during the 2002 Primetime Emmy® Awards. The idea for the charity came to them during the previous year's Emmy® Award telecast which was postponed twice and then converted into a more somber affair, leaving many celebrities with elaborate dresses and tuxedos that were no longer appropriate. Knowing that once a celebrity wears a designer outfit on the red carpet, it is not worn again, Kaczmarek and Whitford decided to gather some clothes from their television-industry colleagues and auction them off for charity. Thus, Clothes Off Our Back was born.

Five years later, the organization has raised over a million dollars for children's charities, including the emergency relief efforts in Darfur, the Children's Defense Fund, and Cure Autism Yo u can log into www.clothesoffourback.org to bid on gowns, tuxedos, sunglasses, shoes, celebrity decorated items, costumes from your favorite television shows, and the like...