Skip to Content
Skip to Navigation

Clear it with SidneyHow our blog got its name >

 
Notes on journalism for the common good
by Lindsay Beyerstein

How our blog got its name

Sidney Hillman was a powerful national figure during the Great Depression, a key supporter of the New Deal, and a close ally of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

When the rumor spread that President Roosevelt ordered his party leaders to “clear it with Sidney” before announcing Harry S. Truman as his 1944 running mate, conservative critics turned on the phrase, trumpeting it as proof that the president was under the thumb of “Big Labor.”

Over the years, the phrase lost its sting and became a testament to Hillman's influence.

It's hard to imagine a labor leader wielding that kind clout today, but we like the idea—and we hope Sidney would give thumbs up to our blog.

Close window

Arrests in $18 Million Maple Syrup Heist

Maple syrup might be the world's least liquid liquid asset, but somebody came up with an intricate plan to steal $18 million worth of the precious golden fluid beloved of Canadians. The bounty was taken from the industry's Fort Knox: A Quebec warehouse controlled by the Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve, the cartel that determines how much Canadian maple syrup flows onto the world market.

The heist sparked months of fevered speculation among Canadians, Canadian expats, and hypoglycemics everywhere. Who stole the syrup? Was it a band of hoser ninjas? The RCMP? Jealous Vermonters? After an extended investigation, police finally think they know the answer, but they're still not naming names. They say the suspects set themselves up as maple syrup dealers in the freewheeling province of New Brunswick and sold it to unsuspecting Americans at full price.

 

[Photo credit: Jemasmith, Creative Commons.]

Comments

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Type the characters you see in this picture. (verify using audio)
Type the characters you see in the picture above; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Not case sensitive.
 
 

Recent Tweets

#Sidney's Picks: @UAW establishing a foothold at VW in Chattanooga and that's fine by VW. http://t.co/AvsEI2F6Ay 3 days 10 hours ago
RT @Bob_Ortega: Via @SidneyHillman, stunning longread by Esther Kaplan on the bitter truth behind off-shore production: http://t.co/02LA5… 3 days 13 hours ago
Sidney's Picks: Great stuff from @joanwalsh & @courtneyemartin and more! http://t.co/tttzUNynn6 3 days 15 hours ago
Sidney's Picks: @AFSCME vs. the Koch Brothers; Daycare Dilemmas; Good Samaritans paying Detroiters water bills: http://t.co/tttzUNynn6 3 days 15 hours ago
We're just three followers away from 1500! Help us hit the milestone this week. 4 days 17 hours ago