Wise Words of the Day
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