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Wise Words of the Day

Updated on December 5, 2009

Words of Wisdom

"We live in a world obsessed with 'reality' and overrun by fakers. The mock has run amok.

"This decade will be remembered for the collapse of the Twin Towers, the economy and any standard of accomplishment for for societal prestige. TV and the Internet wallow in the lowest common denominator.

"Warhol looks like Whistler.

"But if Congress investigates social climbing and party crashing in Washington, it won't have time for anything else...."

Maureen Dowd in the NY Times 12-2-09

This I Believe

"I can't agree with President Obama's dedision to escalate in Afghanistan. I'd prefer a minimalist approach, working with tribal leaders the way we did to overthrow the Taliban regime in the first place. Given our need for nation building at home right now, I am ready to live with a little less security and a little-less-perfect Afghanistan....

"Many bad things happen in the world without America, but not a lot of good things. If we become weak and enfeebled by economic decline and debt, as we slowly are, America may not be able to play its historic stabilizing role in the world. If you didn't like a world of too-strong-America, you will really not like a world of too-weak-America..."

Tom Friedman in the NYTimes 12-2-09.


Black in the Age of Obama

"Last year blacks dared to dream anew, envisioning a future in which Obama's election would be the catalyst for an era of prosperity and more racial harmony. Now that the election's afterglow has nearly faded, the hysteria of hope is being ground against the hard stone of reality. Things have not gotten better. In many ways they've gotten worse.

"The recession, for one has dealt a particularly punishing and uneven hand to blacks...

"....blacks were the most likely to get higher-priced subprime loans, leading to higher foreclosure rates....the unemployment rate for blacks (is) nearly twice that of whites...'food insecurity' for American households had risen to record levels, with black children being the most likely to experience that food insecurity...

"We are now inundated with examples of overt racism on a scale to which we are unaccustomed. Any protester with a racist poster can hijack a news cycle, while a racist image can live forever on the Internet...and it's not all words and images; it's actions as well. According to the FBI's 2008 hate crimes data released last week, anti-black hate crimes rose 4 percent from 2007 while the combined hate crimes against other racial categories declined 11 percent. If you look at the two-year trend which would include Obama's ascension as a candidate, anti-black hate crimes have risen 8 percent while those against other racial groups have fallen 19 percent.

Charles M. Blow Op-ed in the NYTimes 12-5-09


The Lost Weekend

"The Republicans are the fiscal conservatives in Congress, at least in the years when they aren’t actually in power. They were never going to rally around an expensive new government program that fails to provide a single new market for corn-based products."

Gail Collins op-ed in the NY Times 12-5-09



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    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks, nc. I'll check some of your hubs.

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      ncmonroe1981 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      Every time I think about what's going on over in Afghanistan (and other in other similar situations)...I get this strange feeling of deja vu. *looks around* Haven't we been here before?? Or am I going crazy? Don't we already know this is going nowhere good? *sigh*

      Great hub, though, Ralph, and I've enjoyed the things you've had to say in forums.

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Agreed. dashingclaire. I worked 3.5 years in the Clinton administration. Little gems from yearly background checks of employees of the agency where I worked were a topic of gossip and joking at lunch among the people who had access to the reports.

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      dashingclaire 

      8 years ago from United States

      Don't underestimate the government. You have no idea who reads what we write or comment. I've worked in DC, I'm just saying......

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Thanks for the kind comments.

      Interesting idea, MFBIII. Somebody should pass it on to the White House. So far I haven't noticed anyone from there reading my hubs.

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      kay hebbourn 

      8 years ago

      Brilliant once again Ralph. Happy 747 hub publish. Jumbo work!!!

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      MFB III 

      8 years ago from United States

      Unfinished wars plagued LBJ and Nixon, but we fail to learn form our mistakes, we just keep learning new ones. I cannot comprehend hating a man because he is darker then me, why are Albinos not a target of such hate, if we always seem to go to such extremes. Is it a guilt complex for our ancestors who enslaved the blacks gone awry. Even the American Indian is not immune, we persecuted and took almost to the brink of extinction many tribes of people bacause we resented their red skin and the savagery they

      brought against us when we took their homelands. Water is the real key to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. We need to shut down their water supplies, or pollute each and every source with pork juice. Barbaric yes, but it will drive all of the al-quida out of their hidey holes, when thirst overpowers the need for killing. Surely we can find ways to cut off their supply routes, or maybe we just need to employ knockout gas in huge clouds rendering whole areas into deep sleep, and then masked going in and removing both the innocent and the guilty. Yes there are gas treaties, but sometimes evil has to be responded to with a lesser form of evil to destroy it. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were far more horrendous examples of demonstrating surrender to a people who refused to stop fighting, knockout gas is so much more harmless then what was done in Japan. We need to insure that very few to none of our troops end up dying in that godforsaken place. We need to get a bit more barbaric,

      and solve the dilemma that could drag on for decades. Just my opinion. ~~~MFB III

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      drchris, I agree.

      ethel, I fear the same.

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      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I fear that after years of deaths the troops will pull out of Afghanistan and nothing will have changed. Having gone into that country when will be the right time to pull out? I for one have no idea as it is still unstable

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      Cristopher Chasse 

      8 years ago from Boston

      Time to start policing ourselves and not the world. This is a republican talking.

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      eovery 

      8 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Ralph,

      I check out his site, and his data does appear correct for 2007 and 2009. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/05/opinion/05blow.h...

      However, there is more to story, which is actually good. On the graph under his picture, it shows the gate crimes to have dropped from 4.5 down to about 3 between 1996 and 2002. This is 33% drop in that time. Then between 2002 to 2009 it rose back up to almost 3.5. This is still about a 20% drop.

      The graph itself can be seen by the following link http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2009/12/04/opini... or by just clicking on the graph below his portrait.

      But the fact that it is was at a low at 2002 and 2003, and then bounced back up some is a little trouble some. But yet in general the hate crimes have dropped, and may or may not be rising again.

      Yes it would be nice for hate crimes to totally go away, I am not arguing this. Just checking data.

      Keep on Hubbing!

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Eovery, "Also, How can you claim hate crimes up 8%. Is this an assumption that hate crimes went up 4% again in 2009 also? Or do you have other data not in this hub?"

      As noted by Charles Blow, the data came from the FBI. If you have any basis for doubting it, please let us know.

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      ralwus 

      8 years ago

      Most interesting Ralph. Hate shall always be, and we just need to be vigilant against it and put it down when ever it raises its ugly head, but I think the worst hate is against America by the extremists in the east and even amongst us now. I am not too happy with the Presidents decision, but I shall trust his knowledge of events and circumstances we are not aware of. He does have many intelligent advisers, but so did Kennedy and Johnson, that is what concerns me most right now.

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      eovery 

      8 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Interesting article.

      I have reserved thoughts on Afghanistan, too. The USSR tried it, and they went bankrupt over it, but I guess we are already bankrupted. Also, If we go in there, we need to go in full throttle and win. And last, who exactly is the enemy. Most of the terrorist, i.e. Al Queda has either left Afghanistan, or have already been killed.

      What we need to to get rid of the terrorist training camps, and then improve relations.

      Also, How can you claim hate crimes up 8%. Is this an assumption that hate crimes went up 4% again in 2009 also? Or do you have other data not in this hub?

      Keep on Hubbing!

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