Sunday Talking Heads: Nutcracker Edition

Yes, American Torture is a big topic this week on the Sunday shows, the one guest invited on to speak about why it is so very wrong is Sen. John McCain. And then there are the Great Defenders: Dick Cheney; former Director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service Jose Rodriguez (he oversaw the “enhanced interrogation program”); John Yoo; John Brennan; and Michael Hayden, among others. We have no soul.

I offer this holiday alternative:

The Nutcracker

Sunday Talking Heads: Nutcracker Edition

Yes, American Torture is a big topic this week on the Sunday shows, the one guest invited on to speak about why it is so very wrong is Sen. John McCain. And then there are the Great Defenders: Dick Cheney; former Director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service Jose Rodriguez (he oversaw the “enhanced interrogation program”); John Yoo; John Brennan; and Michael Hayden, among others. We have no soul.

I offer this holiday alternative:

The Nutcracker

Sunday Talking Heads: December 7, 2014


Croissant – Taste of Paris with Bruno Albouze

Rise & Shine! Who made the coffee?

Another Sunday focused on race and policing. Again, it’s sad many of these guests are only invited when race is the topic, they are so much more than the color of their skin.

WASHINGTON JOURNAL: 7:45AM – University of Louisville law professor Laura McNeal discusses how police are trained to interact with youth, how young people perceive police officers in their communities, and what reforms are needed in light of recent deaths at the hands of police. 8:30AM – Cory Bennett, cybersecurity reporter with The Hill, discusses last month’s hacking at Sony Entertainment Pictures, and what can be done to prevent future cyber threats. 9:15AM – Dane Egli, a former National Security Council official in the George W. Bush administration, discusses President Obama’s review of the process the U.S. uses to try to recover Americans taken hostage overseas.

ABC’S THIS WEEK: On the death of Eric Garner with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) and former New York City police commissioner Ray Kelly. Then, Gov. John Kasich, (R-OH) on the Republican Party and Horse Race 2016. Roundtable: Matthew Dowd, Van Jones, Rich Lowry, Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA).

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: On the death of Eric Garner with New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton. Plus, NAACP President Cornell William Brooks. Also, Soledad O’Brien “Executive Producer and Director of ‘Black in America,’ a documentary about the death of Eric Garner.” Plus, Camden County Police Chief J. Scott Thomson on Camden’s crime reduction. Then, CIA torture report with CBS News Justice and Homeland Security Correspondent Bob Orr. Roundtable: Charles Blow, Gerald Seib, David Ignatius, Jeanne Cummings. Ending with Royal Fever with British Ambassador Peter Westmacott, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge William and Kate are coming to America.

CNN’S RELIABLE SOURCES: Dan Pfeiffer, Sara Ganim, Hanna Rosin, Marc Morial, Johnathan Gentry, Errol Louis, Dr. Gail Saltz, Carl Bernstein.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Former President George W. Bush on his book, his family dynasty, and his brother Jeb. Then, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and his twin brother, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), “in Texas, a 21st century political dynasty has formed.” Also, Chair of the House Intelligence Committee Mike Rogers (R-MI) on the tragic Yemen rescue effort.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Rush Limbaugh “who argues Republicans shouldn’t compromise after their clear and decisive midterm victory.” Then, Horse Race 2016 with Gov Bobby Jindal (R-LA). Roundtable: Brit Hume, Jane Harman, George Will, Juan Williams. Ending with Josh Holmes, “the man behind Mitch McConnell’s recent re-election victory.”

KORNACKI’S UP: Ret. Gen. Wesley Clark, Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), among others.

MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: The Syllabus.

MOYERS & COMPANY: The United States of Ferguson. “In an encore broadcast [May 2014], journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates talks about the nation’s legacy of slavery and white supremacy.”

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: On the death of Eric Garner with his widow, Esaw Garner and Al Sharpton. Also, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (D), Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, Jr, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, and Fraternal Order of Police President Chuck Caterbury. Possibly Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (D). (more…)

Food Sunday: Shrimp Tempura “Velocity Fried”

Now that it’s Sunday maybe you’re finally tired of all the turkey and leftovers – how many mashed potatoes or macs-and-cheese can one eat over a long weekend? So for dinner tonight, I’d like to suggest some shrimp tempura. Shrimp, a cornstarch dusting, tempura batter, and a quick fry.


“3 seconds cooking detonation velocity fried shrimp”

For those of you without the flash bang gadgetry, here’s the recipe.

H/T Holy Kaw

Food Sunday: Shrimp Tempura “Velocity Fried”

Now that it’s Sunday maybe you’re finally tired of all the turkey and leftovers – how many mashed potatoes or macs-and-cheese can one eat over a long weekend? So for dinner tonight, I’d like to suggest some shrimp tempura. Shrimp, a cornstarch dusting, tempura batter, and a quick fry.


“3 seconds cooking detonation velocity fried shrimp”

For those of you without the flash bang gadgetry, here’s the recipe. (more…)

Sunday Talking Heads: November 30, 2014


Silenced: The War on Whistleblowers, Movie Night Monday

Good morning, amigo mios.

A lot of talk today about Ferguson MO, which is good. Too bad some of these guests aren’t invited on to talk about more than race-related issues. Also, who’s interested in Rudy Guiliani’s take anyway?

WASHINGTON JOURNAL: 7:45am – Washington Post Columnist Colbert King talks about President Obama’s remaining two years in office and key political debates between Democrats and Republicans. 8:30am – Daniel Halper of The Weekly Standard talks about the Republican agenda in the 114th Congress, including issues like immigration and the economy. 9:15am – Victoria Stilwell, a U.S. economics reporter for Bloomberg News, talks about a recent report showing an uptick in wages and earnings for American workers, as well as the overall health of the labor market.

ABC’S THIS WEEK: Ferguson MO with St. Louis Alderman Antonio French, former New York City Police Commissioner and ABC News contributor Ray Kelly, and New Yorker contributor and University of Connecticut associate professor Jelani Cobb. Roundtable: Donna Brazile, Bill Kristol, Cokie Roberts, Bret Stephens.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: Ferguson MO with Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump. Also, Ta-Nehisi Coates of the Atlantic and Dr. James Peterson, Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. Then, the 114th US Congress with Senator-Elect Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Senator-Elect Gary Peters (D-MI). Roundtable: John Heilemenn of Bloomberg Politics, Michael Crowley of Politico, and CBS News Congressional Correspondent Nancy Cordes. Finally, Archbishop Blase Cupich, Pope Francis’s first appointment in the United States.

CNN’S RELIABLE SOURCES: CNN’s Sara Sidner and a media lawyer explain what it’s like to cover Ferguson; big-name anchors are secretly meeting with Darren Wilson; Bill Cosby pressures an AP reporter. @FrankSesno @MarcLamontHill @FrankAbsher @ElonJames @Locs_n_Laughs @GOPBlackChick @SaraSidnerCNN @JasonCarrollCNN.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Thanksgiving travel with Michael Huerta, Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. Ferguson MO, “Black and Blue” with former NYPD Police commissioner Bernard Kerik; Malik Aziz, the Deputy Police Chief of Dallas and the Chair of the National Black Police Association; Chief Thomas Manger, Vice President of the Police Executive Research Forum; and Chief James Craig from Detroit. Then ranking President Obama with historians Richard Norton Smith and Douglas Brinkley.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Ferguson MO, “Fallout from Ferguson” with Marc Morial, the President and CEO of the National Urban League. Then, Rudy Giuliani. Roundtable: Kimberley Strassel, Julie Pace, Robert Costa, Bob Woodward. Also, Sandy Lerner, Ayrshire Farm.

KORNACKI’S UP:

MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: The Syllabus. Ferguson MO with Dorian Warren, professor of Political Science, Columbia; Jasmine Rand, civil rights attorney working with Parks & Crump; Mychal Denzel Smith, contributing writer, The Nation; Michael Skolnik, Editor-in-Chief Global Grind, political director for Russell Simmons; Philip Atiba Goff, Director, Center for Policing Equity, professor of Social Psychology, UCLA. And more.

MOYERS & COMPANY: The Long, Dark Shadows of Plutocracy. From luxury skyscrapers — taller, more expensive and exclusive than ever before — the dark shadows of plutocracy are spreading across the commons of democracy.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: A split in the Democratic Party? Gov. Deval Patrick (D-MA) Then, Sen.-elect Tom Cotton (R-AR), The changing faces of Senate Republicans. The state of race relations in the age of Obama: David Brooks, Charles Ogletree, Dr. Ben Carson, Sherrilyn Ifill. Roundtable: Rich Lowry, Eugene Robinson, Helene Cooper, Andrea Mitchell.
(more…)

Sunday Talking Heads: November 30, 2014


Silenced: The War on Whistleblowers, Movie Night Monday

Good morning, amigo mios.

A lot of talk today about Ferguson MO, which is good. Too bad some of these guests aren’t invited on to talk about more than race-related issues. Also, who’s interested in Rudy Guiliani’s take anyway?

WASHINGTON JOURNAL: 7:45am – Washington Post Columnist Colbert King talks about President Obama’s remaining two years in office and key political debates between Democrats and Republicans. 8:30am – Daniel Halper of The Weekly Standard talks about the Republican agenda in the 114th Congress, including issues like immigration and the economy. 9:15am – Victoria Stilwell, a U.S. economics reporter for Bloomberg News, talks about a recent report showing an uptick in wages and earnings for American workers, as well as the overall health of the labor market.

ABC’S THIS WEEK: Ferguson MO with St. Louis Alderman Antonio French, former New York City Police Commissioner and ABC News contributor Ray Kelly, and New Yorker contributor and University of Connecticut associate professor Jelani Cobb. Roundtable: Donna Brazile, Bill Kristol, Cokie Roberts, Bret Stephens.

CBS’ FACE THE NATION: Ferguson MO with Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump. Also, Ta-Nehisi Coates of the Atlantic and Dr. James Peterson, Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. Then, the 114th US Congress with Senator-Elect Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Senator-Elect Gary Peters (D-MI). Roundtable: John Heilemenn of Bloomberg Politics, Michael Crowley of Politico, and CBS News Congressional Correspondent Nancy Cordes. Finally, Archbishop Blase Cupich, Pope Francis’s first appointment in the United States.

CNN’S RELIABLE SOURCES: CNN’s Sara Sidner and a media lawyer explain what it’s like to cover Ferguson; big-name anchors are secretly meeting with Darren Wilson; Bill Cosby pressures an AP reporter. @FrankSesno @MarcLamontHill @FrankAbsher @ElonJames @Locs_n_Laughs @GOPBlackChick @SaraSidnerCNN @JasonCarrollCNN.

CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION: Thanksgiving travel with Michael Huerta, Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. Ferguson MO, “Black and Blue” with former NYPD Police commissioner Bernard Kerik; Malik Aziz, the Deputy Police Chief of Dallas and the Chair of the National Black Police Association; Chief Thomas Manger, Vice President of the Police Executive Research Forum; and Chief James Craig from Detroit. Then ranking President Obama with historians Richard Norton Smith and Douglas Brinkley.

FOX NEWS SUNDAY: Ferguson MO, “Fallout from Ferguson” with Marc Morial, the President and CEO of the National Urban League. Then, Rudy Giuliani. Roundtable: Kimberley Strassel, Julie Pace, Robert Costa, Bob Woodward. Also, Sandy Lerner, Ayrshire Farm.

KORNACKI’S UP:

MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: The Syllabus. Ferguson MO with Dorian Warren, professor of Political Science, Columbia; Jasmine Rand, civil rights attorney working with Parks & Crump; Mychal Denzel Smith, contributing writer, The Nation; Michael Skolnik, Editor-in-Chief Global Grind, political director for Russell Simmons; Philip Atiba Goff, Director, Center for Policing Equity, professor of Social Psychology, UCLA. And more.

MOYERS & COMPANY: The Long, Dark Shadows of Plutocracy. From luxury skyscrapers — taller, more expensive and exclusive than ever before — the dark shadows of plutocracy are spreading across the commons of democracy.

NBC’S MEET THE PRESS: A split in the Democratic Party? Gov. Deval Patrick (D-MA) Then, Sen.-elect Tom Cotton (R-AR), The changing faces of Senate Republicans. The state of race relations in the age of Obama: David Brooks, Charles Ogletree, Dr. Ben Carson, Sherrilyn Ifill. Roundtable: Rich Lowry, Eugene Robinson, Helene Cooper, Andrea Mitchell.
(more…)

Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Economists Have Damaged America and the World – Book Salon Preview

Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Economists Have Damaged America and the World

Chat with Jeff Madrick about his new book, hosted by Jesse Myerson. 5pm ET, 2pm PT.

A bold indictment of some of our most accepted mainstream economic theories—why they’re wrong, and how they’ve been harming America and the world.

Budget deficits are bad. A strong dollar is good. Controlling inflation is paramount. Pay reflects greater worker skills. A deregulated free market is fair and effective. Theories like these have become mantras among American economists both liberal and conservative over recent decades. Validated originally by patron saints like Milton Friedman, they’ve assumed the status of self-evident truths across much of the mainstream. Jeff Madrick, former columnist for The New York Times and Harper’s, argues compellingly that a reconsideration is long overdue.

Since the financial turmoil of the 1970s made stagnating wages and relatively high unemployment the norm, Madrick argues, many leading economists have retrenched to the classical (and outdated) bulwarks of theory, drawing their ideas more from purist principles than from the real-world behavior of governments and markets—while, ironically, deeply affecting those governments and markets by their counsel. Madrick atomizes seven of the greatest false idols of modern economic theory, illustrating how these ideas have been damaging markets, infrastructure, and individual livelihoods for years, causing hundreds of billions of dollars of wasted investment, financial crisis after financial crisis, poor and unequal public education, primitive public transportation, gross inequality of income and wealth and stagnating wages, and uncontrolled military spending.

Using the Great Recession as his foremost case study, Madrick shows how the decisions America should have made before, during, and after the financial crisis were suppressed by wrongheaded but popular theory, and how the consequences are still disadvantaging working America and undermining the foundations of global commerce. Madrick spares no sinners as he reveals how the “Friedman doctrine” has undermined the meaning of citizenship and community, how the “Great Moderation” became a great jobs emergency, and how economists were so concerned with getting the incentives right for Wall Street that they got financial regulation all wrong. He in turn examines the too-often-marginalized good ideas of modern economics and convincingly argues just how beneficial they could be—if they can gain traction among policy makers.

Trenchant, sweeping, and empirical, Seven Bad Ideas resoundingly disrupts the status quo of modern economic theory.

Jeff Madrick, a former economics columnist for Harper’s and The New York Times, is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and the editor of Challenge magazine. He is visiting professor of humanities at The Cooper Union and director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative at the Century Foundation. His books include Age of Greed, The End of Affluence, and Taking America. He has also written for The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Institutional Investor, The Nation, The American Prospect, The Boston Globe, and Newsday. He lives in New York City. (Random House)

Bob Herbert’s Op-Ed.TV: Jeff Madrick on the status of our economy:

Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Economists Have Damaged America and the World – Book Salon Preview

Seven Bad Ideas: How Mainstream Economists Have Damaged America and the World

Chat with Jeff Madrick about his new book, hosted by Jesse Myerson. 5pm ET, 2pm PT.

A bold indictment of some of our most accepted mainstream economic theories—why they’re wrong, and how they’ve been harming America and the world.

Budget deficits are bad. A strong dollar is good. Controlling inflation is paramount. Pay reflects greater worker skills. A deregulated free market is fair and effective. Theories like these have become mantras among American economists both liberal and conservative over recent decades. Validated originally by patron saints like Milton Friedman, they’ve assumed the status of self-evident truths across much of the mainstream. Jeff Madrick, former columnist for The New York Times and Harper’s, argues compellingly that a reconsideration is long overdue.

Since the financial turmoil of the 1970s made stagnating wages and relatively high unemployment the norm, Madrick argues, many leading economists have retrenched to the classical (and outdated) bulwarks of theory, drawing their ideas more from purist principles than from the real-world behavior of governments and markets—while, ironically, deeply affecting those governments and markets by their counsel. Madrick atomizes seven of the greatest false idols of modern economic theory, illustrating how these ideas have been damaging markets, infrastructure, and individual livelihoods for years, causing hundreds of billions of dollars of wasted investment, financial crisis after financial crisis, poor and unequal public education, primitive public transportation, gross inequality of income and wealth and stagnating wages, and uncontrolled military spending.

Using the Great Recession as his foremost case study, Madrick shows how the decisions America should have made before, during, and after the financial crisis were suppressed by wrongheaded but popular theory, and how the consequences are still disadvantaging working America and undermining the foundations of global commerce. Madrick spares no sinners as he reveals how the “Friedman doctrine” has undermined the meaning of citizenship and community, how the “Great Moderation” became a great jobs emergency, and how economists were so concerned with getting the incentives right for Wall Street that they got financial regulation all wrong. He in turn examines the too-often-marginalized good ideas of modern economics and convincingly argues just how beneficial they could be—if they can gain traction among policy makers.

Trenchant, sweeping, and empirical, Seven Bad Ideas resoundingly disrupts the status quo of modern economic theory.

Jeff Madrick, a former economics columnist for Harper’s and The New York Times, is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and the editor of Challenge magazine. He is visiting professor of humanities at The Cooper Union and director of the Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative at the Century Foundation. His books include Age of Greed, The End of Affluence, and Taking America. He has also written for The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Institutional Investor, The Nation, The American Prospect, The Boston Globe, and Newsday. He lives in New York City. (Random House)

Bob Herbert’s Op-Ed.TV: Jeff Madrick on the status of our economy: