``I must give him his due. He has considerably cretinized me.'' Lautréamont

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Talking With Myanmar (NYT)

Sternly worded letter follows

In the past, the punishment-only approach to Myanmar hasn’t worked. Talks, if handled skillfully, might lead in time to positive change.

Where Did ‘We’ Go? (NYT)

collective "our" overlooked

by Thomas L Friedman
There is no more “we” in American politics at a time when “we” can only manage, let alone fix, our huge problems if there is a collective “we” at work.

On Safire (NYT)

vitriol noticed

by Maureen Dowd
William Safire was anything but a nattering nabob of negativity. He had none of the vile and vitriol of today’s howling pack of conservative pundits.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Here We Go Again (NYT)

only the ones on the political right

by Charles M Blow
Most Americans know that racism is an issue in this country. The question is if — and to what degree — that racism animates critics of the president.

The Scourge Persists (NYT)

actually Frank Rich is their worst columnist

by Bob Herbert
The fact that a black man is in the White House has so unsettled much of white America that the lid is coming off the racism that had been simmering all along.

Iran’s Captives (NYT)

world opinion and strongly worded letter

If Iran is serious about changing international opinion, it should release the five American citizens it has unjustly imprisoned.

Tired Protectionism (NYT)

whoa! the NYT gets an economics question right

is it random, albeit with small apparent probability?

Do they not see it's a labor union campaign payoff, which is always favored?

The new tarriff on tires from China may be legal, but it is bad economics and bad foreign policy.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Rights of Gay Employees (NYT)

also imcompetent

It is a disgrace that in 29 states workers can be fired for being gay. Congress should make passing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act a top priority.

Justice Delayed (NYT)

Constitution favored

The nation has always had the tools it needs to bring to trial those accused of organizing the terrorist attacks on 9/11 — legally and without jeopardizing secrets or shredding the Constitution.

Boy, Oh, Boy (NYT)

Economics disagrees with Obama.

Maureen Dowd
Joe Wilson’s outburst in Congress revealed one thing: Some people just can’t believe a black man is president and will never accept it.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

A Living Memorial (NYT)

help yourself to a free newspaper

Devoting a day to volunteer service is an appropriate way to show pride for the country and to honor those who lost their lives on Sept. 11.

President Obama Steps Forward (NYT)

you lie

The president’s rhetorically powerful speech must be only the start of a sustained campaign to get health care reform legislation passed.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

The Prince of Dispassion (NYT)

insufficient facts noted

by Charles M Blow
In debates, and particularly in the health care debate, facts are not sufficient. President Obama needs to move Americans with passion, conviction and faith.

For New York City Council (NYT)

affordable housing to continue

The editorial board endorses candidates in several of the most competitive districts where winning the Democratic primary usually means capturing the seat.

Respect Your Children (NYT)

speech of lies recommended

It is ridiculous that the American right on talk radio and the Web are trying to stop children from hearing the president’s education speech because, they say, that it is socialist propaganda.

Where the Jobs Aren’t (NYT)

Or you could ignore NYT advice and zero cap gains and business taxes.

With the job market severely wounded, and with consumer spending expected to be weak for a very long time, it could easily take until 2014 for employment to recover.


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