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May 5, 2021 --

On April 25, American Thinker publlshed criticism from this writer of the Op-Ed page at The New York Times. Two days later, the Tines informed readers that i would no longer use the term Op-Ed.  LPR sent a follow-up to AT,  As the follow-up was not printed at AT, LPR posts it here.

A Writer's Affirmation He Had No Advance Word The New York Times Was Retiring the Op-Ed Concept -- Which, Effectively, It had Retired Long Ago
 
Holy-moley.  Precisely two days after this writer's criticism of the Op-Ed page of The New York Times appeared at American Thinker,  this headline appeared over a statement in a box on the editorial page from Opinion editor Kathleen Kingsbury, April 27:

"Why We're Retiring the Term 'Op-Ed."

This writer hastens to assure the Times and AT that he was given no advance knowledge that the Gray Lady was about to end its charade of the Op-Ed page, given that it has strayed about 180 degrees from its assurance, the day the page first appeared, September 21, 1970, that it would serve diversity of opinion and be an intellectual forum.

Nor does this writer dare claim that the Op-Ed term was itself retired because  David Zukerman, writing in American Thinker, called attention to the fact, apparent to anyone of sentient capabilities, that The New York Times twisted the raison d'etre for the Op-Ed page out of all meaning to its original intent.

Alas, Opinion editorial Kingsbury, explaining (hah) the need for the change offers specious, not accurate, reason, it appears.  This writer did not expect her to have told readers that "given David Zukerman's American Thinker piece that we have reneged on our original commitment that the Op-Ed page would be an opportunity for diversity of opinion and an intellectual forum, we were forced to the conclusion that the cat is, indeed, out of the bag, and we could no longer, in good conscience, by retaining the Op-Ed term, pretend otherwise."  Perhaps, someone of conscience, at the Times,  realized, at some point during the Trump presidency, that the page no longer was hospitable to diverse political or cultural thought, and finally prevailed on...the family Sulzberger(?) to end the pretense that the Op-Ed page continued to practice traditional liberalism.

This writer suggests that the Sulzberger family made the decision to bury the term Op-Ed page because it was likely a product of the days when the Ochs branch of the ruling family still held some sway at the paper. Indeed, Ms. Kingsbury names a member of the Ochs branch in her fatuous explanation why the term Op-Ed is no longer relevant to the journalism as propaganda mindset at  The Times.

Five paragraphs into her comments, this appears: "[I]n the words of John B. Oakes, a longtime predecessor of mine who drove the creation of Op-Ed, 'Diversity of opinion is the lifeblood of democracy.... The minute we begin to insist that everyone think the same way we think, our democratic way of life is in danger.'"    Mr. Oakes served the paper, and the public, as editorial page editor for many years.
His surname, Oakes, is but a variation of the original Ochs, as in Adolf Ochs, progenitor of the Sulzberger branch that is now in charge.

The late John B. Oakes, this writer strongly believes, would be appalled at the depths to which his paper has sunk.   (This writer comments on the basis of one pleasant encounter with Mr, Oakes at a counter-big publishers convention in Washington, in 1973 or 1974, and on the fact that his letters to Mr. Oakes were, more often than not, answered.).  And it might just be that had the Ochs branch ruled The New York Times, it would not be the insult to free, open, and honest inquiry that it now represents,

Ms. Kingsbury declares of her deceptive quote from John B. Oakes, "That remains true...."  The test is simple enough.  When did the Times print its most recent defense of President Trump in a January 6 melee context, or, indeed, publish an Op-Ed piece explaining how the Bidenistas stole the 2020 election -- or even:  "Why 'Climate Change' is Anti-Science"?

In place of the Op-Ed page, Opinion editor Kingsbury points to "the new Guest Essay label," going on to suggest that this will help the paper be far more inclusive in explaining how and why we do our work." 

She next asserts that "institutions -- even ones with a lot of esteemed traditions-- better serve their audiences with direct, clear language."  Yet, the language of her epitaph for the Op-Ed page is opaque, disingenuous with the aim of obscurantism, not clarity of thought.  (She also strained to contend that the "digital world" makes the Op-Ed term outmoded.  What errant nonsense.)

In her penultimate sentence, Ms. Kingsbury implies that this is "a time when the scales of opinion journalism can seem increasingly titled against the free and the fair, the sober and honest."    First, what can she possibly mean by the oxymoron "opinion journalism?"  She concludes, "We work every day to correct the imbalance."

This writer would simply respond to that bald-faced claim with this question:  "Kathleen Kingsbury, would you state your ending assertion under penalty of perjury?"

 
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Canine Corner

May 5, 2021 --

Max and Lulu


Max


Lulu guards bag


Face-off


Dog bystander


Dogs on run but one.


Lulu and spaghetti.


Maya and friend John.


Lulu asleep


Lulu busily digging


Lulu and Maya in stick tug-of-war

Lulu at window (daytime)


Lulu playing with Maya, April 27


Lulu and Maya, April 27 - part 2


Lulu with doll in paws


Lulu holding doll in paws - part 2


Lulu waiting to go out


Lulu enjoying rawhide treat


Lulu waiting outside Second Helping


Lulu outside Starbucks


Lulu with wood




 

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Double-dipping at The New York Times?

May 5, 2021 --

Elizabeth Williamson wrote a typically smarmy "news" article in The New York Times, April 25 insinuating that ethics reforms were needed because of "one Trump-inspired affront to democracy to another," but efforts at voting reforms were pushing aside action on ethics measures.   But there is nothing particularly worth noting in a Times attack on the former president months after he (peacefully) left office.

It would be surprising -- man bites dog-like -- if the Times failed to attack Mr. Trump even now.

April 24, the day before the Williamson propaganda piece was published, the Times ran an Op-Ed column by Richard L. Hasen, called, "The G.O.P. Isn't Done Messing With Elections."   Clearly the title is of the "Have you stopped beating your wife?" conclusion-taken-for-granted sort.  Mr. Hasen would have the reader believe that the "G.O.P." is the political party that would have its thumb on the ballot-counting scales (while, at places like the Times, it is verboten to even think that, election-wise, the Democrats were up to no good. )  

Mr. Hasen was identified, below his Op-Ed (a term withdrawn from service just two days later, April 27)  as professor of law and political science at the Irvine campus of the University of California, and as author of Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks and the Threat to American Democracy.

Ms. Williamson, in the text of her invidious piece on ethics and voting reform, April 25, also found occasion to identify Professor Hasen as a member of the law and political faculty at University of California, Irvine and  as "an expert on election and campaign finance law."  You see, the day after his anti-Republican diatribe appeared on the (now withdrawn) Times Op-Ed page, Professor Hasen was twice quoted by Ms. Williamson, first to suggest that scandal is useful to promoting "'ethics reform,'" and, again, in the concluding paragraph of the April 25 article, to wit:

"'Trump flooded the zone with so much norm-breaking and in some cases illegality -- the question is where to prioritize,' Mr. Hasen said. 'You've kind of got to decide where your battles are going to be.'"

Alas, Ms. Williamson did not include in her reliance on Professor Hasen, for comment, any elucidation of the norm-breaking and illegality of which he accused Mr. Trump.  In his April 24 Op-Ed, his intemperate language was directed at attorneys Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, both of whom he called "charlatans."  He did get to insinuate that Republicans "represent a huge threat to American democracy itself."   But this has long been the party line at the Times.  See, please, the November 11, 2020 editorial: "The G.O.P. is Attacking Democracy,"

What might be significant, here, is that two days in a row, Prof. Hasen was cited in The New York Times for purpose of assaulting Republicans and former President Trump.   Is this to become standard practice at the Times -- first an anti-Republican Op-Ed. - now called "Guest Essay."   (One Times letter-writer would have preferred "Guest Opinion."). Next, "actuality" quotes in a piece of anti-Trump fluff?   Is this to be called propaganda, double-dipping style?   

Does this practice augur well for the double-dipper, as on a fast track to be a regular Times Guest Essayist?   One thing is sure: double dippers like Prof. Hasen are hardly evidence that The New York Times will present diversity of opinion in its ideological section.  And what does this suggest is the future of the so-called "conservative" columnists at the Times:  David Brooks, Ross Douthat and Bret Stephens. Never Trumpers all (though Douthat is softer in his anti-Trump vitriol)?  With a Hasen in the wings, they shall have to be even more rabidly Trump-hating.   As The New York Times becomes increasingly less credible as a respectable newspaper.   Pity the Times, on its way to going the way of the Oscars: far less attractive to the discerning public.

 

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Spring Seasonal Images

May 5, 2021 --

LPR presents another seasonal array of images for Spring. 

Tree above Yo-Burger


Lilac


Pink blossoms, April 25


White blossoms, April 25


Pink blossoms, 2


Lilac, Apt. Building Yard


White and pink


Pink blossom, white building.


Lovely pink blossoms, April 25


Blooms and building


Pink blossoms up close


Tree dominates


White tulips


Blossoms now leaves


Residential garden

Red tulips


Yellow tulips


Pink with blue


Sunsetting pink


Pink branches


Colorful Bronx bushes


Lilac bush. Bronx


Lilac. Up close


Tulips below tree


Lone red tulip


Patriotic tulips


Orange tulips UWS on Broadway


Tree at top of the stairs


Summery Spring day on Johnson Ave. Bronx . 5/2.


Beautifully pink.

 

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Biden offers leftist propaganda

May 5, 2021 --

LPR chose not to listen to the Biden talk to a pandemic-affected Congress.   LPR did watch the last few moments on his computer and was glad he did not listen to Biden distort truth, reality and ordinary good sense.   Consider this assertion, which LPR spotted skimming the transcript of the text:

"We've stared into the abyss of insurrection and autocracy,"   What was Biden talking about: the unrest for many months in Portland, Oregon?  Antifa rioting in urban centers across the land?   Autocracy?   Is he referring to his stated support in his remarks to enact HR 1, which would establish one-party rule in America.   

The domestic program Biden proposes is nothing more than progressive pablum, designed to deceive the American people into thinking, still, that the Democrats form the party of the people.  The Democrats are, in fact, the party of the movement against democracy in America, against individual liberty, against due process and free speech.

Biden ended his speech by intoning "God Bless America."   The Almighty, LPR believes, can best bless our country by opening the eyes of the American people to the danger of liberty the Democrats now clearly present.  

The left aims to put an end to police departments across the land. Biden, in his speech, accused the criminal justice of "systemic racism."   Is he planning to abolish the courts of law for peoples' tribunals, where guilt is a matter of the identity of accuser and accused?

Bear in mind: the spirit of freedom is not self-executing.  It is only some 18 months till the next congressional elections.


 

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The Latest in Dining Sheds

May 5, 2021 --

Newly-constructed dining shed.


Johnson Avenue dining sheds.


Name on dining shed


Luxurious dining shed

Bare-bones dining shed


Cover w/o chairs or tables?


Starbucks open enclosure. Bronx


Good UWS coffee shop

 

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The Oscars

May 5, 2021 --

LPR did not watch the Academy Awards -- mainly because he has a problem with cable reception and has to check with Optimum.  But even had his tv been working, LPR would not have had a clue about the nominees for awards.  First, where did one go to watch a movie the year of Covid-19 (or Wuhan flu).  All the movie theaters LPR would have gone to see a movie were shut down the past year. (The last movie LPR saw was The Joker, which won Joaquin Phoenix an Oscar, although LPR could not understand the acclaim Phoenix got for his performance,   (The main reason LPR wanted to see the movie was for the scene filmed of Bronx steps as shortcut down a steep hill.)

Did it have something to do with the actor's weight loss to play the role?  True,  the scenes in The Joker of urban unrest might have served as precursor for the summer of violence in cities like Portland and Minneapolis.    Anyway, the names of the nominated films, for this year's Oscars were new to LPR up to the Oscars telecast.   Nomadland?  What was that about -- desert nomads? That's what LPR thought at first.

Even before the program, LPR thought: why Oscars this year?  TV ratings -- which reportedly dropped to record lows -- suggest that millions of Americans thought the same thing.  Really.  Just who was it that went to see a movie this year?

 

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LPR Photo Gallery

May 5, 2021 --

Bronx April


Wrong Way


Seton ballfield


Clouds over W.235th Street Bronx


Steps to parkway overpass.


New building on block.


Congrats Fieldston 2021


Buildings jumbled in Bronx.

Back of Whitehall.


Bronx buildings


Castle-like residence Bronx


Monument surrounded by new leaves


UWS menagerie


The famous Zabars UWS


Dark clouds - April 30




 
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-- David Zukerman
 

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Curious Manifestations of D.C. Power

May 5, 2021 --

During the Trump years, the feds raided his ally Paul Manafort.

Now during the Biden term, the feds raided Rudy Giuliani's apartment.

The moral of these raids:  whether it's a Republican or Democrat president, 
it's the Republican whom the feds invade,

The lesson: until Democrats get raided by the feds under Republican presidents,
the Swamp will never get drained.

 

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May 5, 2021 --

Gustavo conducts Gustav

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Maestro Gustavo Dudamel here conducts the (young) Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain in the last movement of Mahler's Second Symphony (The Resurrection - with subtitles). before an audience of 6,000 at London's Royal Albert Hall, ten years ago.  Soloists are Miah Persson, soprano; Anna Larsson, mezzo-soprano.

Maestro Dudamel has recently been named music director of the Paris Operat.  He is also music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. There has been some quibbling whether Maestro Dudamel is suffficiently experienced in opera to head the Paris institution.  This magnificent performance of the last movement of the Mahler Second Symphony makes it clear that the maestro is a conductor of the first rank, whether the musical genre is orchestral or operatic.

LPR expects that visitors who click the link to Gustavo conducting Gustav will return to click this link many times; it is that special.  And just listen to the ovation from the audience of 6,000, described by Katie Derham.  Bravo Gustavo.

More of Gustavo conducting Gustav

This link is to the final movement of Mahler's First Symphony amazingly conducted by a then 27-year old Gustavo Dudamel who throws himself into this work - and without a score.   Alas, the video ends before the completion of the movement, but it is worth seeing for the sheer exurberant intensity of Dudamel.  (Compare to the more restrained way the older  Dudamel throws himself into the final movement - again conducting without a score -- of Mahler's Second.)  Gustavo Dudamel, clearly a major conductor for the third decade of the 21st century. (BTW -- be sure to google "Dudemel, Mahler's Second Symphony, first movement, SBSOV" for the rest of his rendition of The Resurrection Symphony.)

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May 5, 2021 --

LPR has concluded …

LPR has concluded that, as president, Joe Biden is "un homme de paille." (A figurehead, manipulated by Barack Obama and Susan Rice.)  Another term, of course, is "puppet."

Biden on Iran...

In his address to Congress -- considering his fondness for executive orders, why the need to address Congress at all? -- President Biden threatened Iran with "severe deterrence" if it tries to build a nuclear arsenal.

LPR believes he meant to threaten Iran with "severe deference."

The transgender as women's sports controversy…

LPR seems to recall a time when Soviet athletes were questioned as women's sports competitors because of an abundance of the male hormone.  Has that approach gone by the boards in what might be called transgender liberation?

BTW…

Whatever happened to Special Counsel  John Durham and his probe of Russia-gate, the deep state's effort, not unsuccessful, to undermine the legitimately-elected President Trump, who subsequently got illegitimately un-re-elected, last November.

 

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