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.
News Corp Phone Hacking Inquiry: A Study in Cake Pops
The Leveson Inquiry is an ongoing public investigation into the News Corp phone hacking scandal. Prime Minister David Cameron convened the inquiry because staffers at some UK newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp were caught hacking the cell phones of celebrities, politicians, and crime victims; bribing police officers; and deploying other unethical and illegal reporting tactics.
Miss Insomnia Tulip, a perceptive and public-spirited confectioner, has assembled a rogue's gallery of cake pops depicting the major figures in the inquiry including Rupert Murdoch, Rebekah Brooks-Wade, James Murdoch, and the LOL Blackberry. The pop on the top left is God.
Are cake pops eligible for major editorial cartooning awards? If not, they should be.
HT: Boing Boing.