(A sprinkling of what we think you ought to know…)
New conservative publication brands itself with Bush slogan— Rare, an online news site for “today’s conservatives,” makes its official debut April 15. The publication, headed by former TWT Editor Brett Decker, is hosting two events at the Newseum to mark the occasion, one an interview by Decker of a to-be-named “high-profile” guest, the other a video showing “a modern, fresh, technologically savvy approach to conservative media.” Noteworthy: The video calls for “a new way forward” in branding conservative ideas, according to a press release from Rare. “New way forward” was the slogan adopted by the Bush (43) administration in the Iraq War troop surge of 2007.
Glenn Greenwald on Margaret Thatcher and “death etiquette”— Unless the person was truly vile, it’s customary to withhold any strong dumping on someone immediately after his or her death. Writing in The Guardian, Glenn Greenwald says it’s time for that to stop when it comes to political figures like former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. “When a political leader dies, it is irresponsible in the extreme to demand that only praise be permitted but not criticisms,” Greenwald writes. “There is absolutely nothing wrong with loathing Margaret Thatcher or any other person with political influence and power based upon perceived bad acts, and that doesn’t change simply because they die.”
In any case, Thatcher helped invent soft-serve ice cream…
Thatcher helps create Mr. Whippy — For all of Thatcher’s accomplishments as the first and only female prime minister of Great Britain, one that will last forever in the hearts, minds and fat cells of everyone is her contribution in creating soft-serve ice cream. The Atlantic reports that Thatcher, a chemist, once worked at a food manufacturer where she was instructed to find a way to make ice cream lighter, which would lower production costs and allow it to pour from a machine. Thatcher and her accompanying team set to work and made it happen. It was originally served in Britain under the name “Mr. Whippy.”
Thatcher trashed, Ebert sainted— The White House released official statements by President Obama on the deaths of Thatcher and film critic Roger Ebert, a testament to the magnitude of both. But unlike Ebert, media commentary on Thatcher’s death has been prickly. MSNBC’s Martin Bashir said Monday there was “a kind of selfishness she [Thatcher] seemed to embody.” An article in USA Today called her “divisive.” CNN’s Donna Brazile, former head of the Democratic National Committee, asked on Twitter, “What did the Iron Lady do to advance Great Britain and the world? Did she leave lasting footprints for women in politics? #justsayin.” CBS News’s Mark Phillips said Thatcher was “both reviled and revered” in Britain. Mother Jones‘ David Corn said “Thatcher was a historic figure. But that does not mean she was a great leader.” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former White House chief of staff, attended Ebert’s funeral Monday. A White House spokesperson said they have no announcement on whether anyone from the Obama administration will attend Thatcher’s service.