Friday, May 13, 2011

Greetings from Your New Editors

Dear Lefties,

Greetings from your new editors, Tim Ryan, Eileen Lynch, and Gordon Stanton!

Just as Lefty’s said goodbye to Henry, Bill and Brendan a year ago, so now, we must also say goodbye to Chris. It’s been a great year under his watch as we picked up new writers and surpassed the 100,000 hit mark proving the staying power of Lefty’s.

This summer while the rate of posting may slow down a bit, we can promise you’ll still be hearing from us. Tim will be in the Michigan Upper Peninsula working at Notre Dame's Environmental Research Center. Eileen will be working right in Washington DC, the heart of all things political, as an intern for Congressman Larson. Gordon will be working for Organizing for America in Massachusetts as they kick the Obama reelection campaign into gear. We’ve got all the progressive bases covered.

And then next fall, you better prepare yourselves for a revamped Lefty’s. We want to get you, the readers, more involved, and we have some ideas about how. First off, we will have a weekly topic of debate for you to weigh in on. These will be timely, relevant topics, and we hope everyone will comment and tell us what you think. Debate is one of the greatest and most crucial tools of democracy. Secondly, we will be having bi-weekly polls, where you can tell us your opinion and then you can check the results to see what your fellow Lefties are thinking. Thirdly, we will be bringing back some elements from Lefty’s past. We plan to bring back the caption contest on a biweekly basis and the Lefty’s podcast on a monthly basis.

With so much fun stuff, we expect every one of you to be checking in regularly next year. Our writers can make Lefty’s great, but only the feedback and comments from you, our readers, can make it the best.

Thank you so much for reading, and get excited, because Lefty’s is going to “win the future”.


Tim, Eileen, and Gordon

Thursday, May 12, 2011

A Good Day to be Catholic and Jon Stewart's Rap Music

I know posting has slowed in the horror that is finals week, but here's two things to cheer you up.

First off, its a good week to be a Progressive Catholic. This week teachers at Catholic University, where Speaker John Boehner has been chosen to deliver a commencement speech, and at other Catholic Universities, including our own Notre Dame, wrote the Speaker a letter in which they called him out on a voting record that is "at variance from one of the Church’s most ancient moral teachings." They also said that, "your record in support of legislation to address the desperate needs of the poor is among the worst in Congress." You can view the full letter here. And you can also view a letter of a similar vein from United States Conference of Catholic Bishops here. Both of these letters have reaffirmed values that conservative Catholics have for too long tried to ignore, namely our firm commitment to helping the poor. It's on days like this that I can be proud to be Catholic.

In other news, Jon Stewart was at his finest last night, demonstrating Fox News hypocrisy so clearly, that as he himself put it, "This isn't even fun anymore." He followed this up with one of the funniest raps that I've ever heard. truly priceless. This is a must watch video:

I hope that put on a smile on your face during a stressful week.