Archive for January, 2009|Monthly archive page

“Listen, I just want to say one thing”

Tom Brokaw was thinking back to the 60’s on inauguration day, and he chose to emphasize that well-worn playbook page on divisiveness.  Curious choice – shouldn’t “hope” and “change” be an optimistic focus on the future rather than a pining for the worst of the bad ol’ days? From

Listen, I just want to say one thing. Having been in the South in the ’60s and Los Angeles, in Watts and northern urban areas, when we were evolving as a country, I’m thinking of all the bigots and rednecks and people I met along the way. I’m saying to them, “Take this.” You know?

Tom Brokaw, on “Morning Joe”, MSNBC, 1/20/2009

why the outrage over $140 million?

Obama’s $140 million inauguration has been watercooler and talk radio fodder over the last week.  Is that because people can wrap their head around the concept of $140 million, but not $X trillion?  In terms of flushing money down the toilet, we’re talking orders of magnitude difference here, folks.

bread baking versus bread slicing

Why am I not surprised to discover that Jack Kemp is not quite the … er (I’m ashamed to admit it) … also-ran that I somehow allowed myself to believe he might be?  I could excuse myself with relative youth and because I was ill-informed back then, but those words ring hollow.  Better to listen to those who actually know the man.  Jeffery Lord, for instance.  Please keep your thoughts and prayers with the Kemp family.

Jack Kemp

Jack Kemp

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