Archive: September, 2009
Well, the good news is that all the Chicken Littles, and you all you know who I'm talking about (wait...I'm talking about myself) were wrong as the Eagles looked like the class of the NFC (how's that for an oxymoron?) in trounching the Carolina Panthers today, 38-10, with big contributions from the much-maligned linebacking corps and even from Winston "No Peace, No" Justice. The bad news came when Donovan McNabb cracked a rib, making it doubtful he'll start next week and creating a scenario in which we could see Kevin Kolb behind the center in Week 2, Michael Vick in Week 3, Brian Westbrook by Week 4 and that guy who blasted the Eagles on his Facebook page by Week 7. By then, Joe Banner will have succeeded in his mission of keeping the Phillies out of the paper even as they win their second straight World Series.
The man behind tomorrow's day of national service makes an impassioned plea for Americans to take one day off from politics:
Lest we all forget, almost eight years ago, 2,974 people were murdered. Forty percent of the families of these victims never recovered any remains. Nothing. They buried empty caskets. Since then, nearly 800 first responders who raced to the scene have died -- 27 percent from cancer. Thirty-one of the 800 committed suicide.
One of the biggest pet peeves on the right is the way that America's universities worship such "socialist" principles as "diversity" and "tolerance" -- so I wonder how they feel when a university president is citing "diversity and tolerance" as a good reason to accept millions of dollars in blood money from Dick Cheney for a new campus center.
It's hard to even know where to begin with the irony here: The man who sent more than 4,000 Americans abroad to die in his unjustified crusade, responsble for the Kafka-esque detainment and torture of prisoners, some of whom were innocent, at Guantanamo and secret sites around the globe, and who did more than anyone in U.S. history to create an international climate of distrust, is being honored with a center at the University of Wyoming to foster world understanding...to send Americans overseas and support foreigners studying in the United States.
Time magazine's cover story this week is on the biggest crisis that America now faces. And it's not healthcare -- badly screwed up though our healthcare system may be. The article makes a bit of a strained analogy to 9/11 (suggesting that U.S. unemployment should hover in the 9% to 11% range for some time, hence it's Obama's (9%/11%, get it?) but it's mainly a plea for a common sense approach to attacking a new kind of jobs crisis in America.
I wonder which will be resolved first, healthcare reform or the Philadelphia newspaper situation? Maybe we need a town hall-style meeting.
If some verson of healthcare passes Congress, President Obama can says thanks to Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolinia, the dimmest bulb in all of Washington.
Stay tuned for more...
UPDATE: In a completely unshocking move, Wilson apologizes:
He's a stark raving centrist compromiser -- as these advance excerpts from tonight's not-pushing-the-public-option speech clearly show. Same as it ever was.
Call me crazy, but shouldn't the goal of hiring op-ed columnists simply to be find great writers (preferably local for papers that aren't national like the Post or the New York Times) who make you think. I'm pretty sure that casting that wide net would pull in conservatives as well as liberals. The New York Times, in fact, with a false start or two, has done a fairly good job in getting David Brooks (whose conservative credentials are under review after his flirtation with Obama) and now Ross Douthat, who writes some weird stuff on sex but has been fairly readable on other topics; certainly you'll learn at least more from a typical Brooks column than from Maureen Dowd channeling the Beltway zeitgeist with her strained analogies, and have you noticed that some of the most pointed criticism of Obama has come from having a true liberal around in Paul Krugman? Here in Philly, Michael Smerconish -- who I profoundly disagree with on torture and a few other issues -- is at least a lifelong local guy who surprises and can be provocative -- but hey, it's a lot easier and less hassle (and cheaper, frankly) to get Linda Chavez to recycle whatever the oil-industry funded think tanks are gushing out this week.
But like I said, it's just a lot easier for editors and publishers to mindlessly try to big yellow line in the middle of the old worn-down highway than to search for a new route -- even when there's a 16-ton Mack truck barreling down the other direction.