October 6, 2010
October 4, 2010
April 7, 2008
The fourth and fifth stops on a planned 85,000 mile relay bearing the Olympic flame from the Acropolis in Athens, Greece to the site of this year’s Summer Games in Bejing, China turned ugly over the weekend, as thousands of protesters in London and Paris disrupted the procession, drawing attention to China’s reputation for human rights abuses and its heavy-handed suppression of internal dissent in Tibet.
March 11, 2008
America loves nothing more than a sex scandal.
February 19, 2008
Today the U.S. Supreme Court declined an opportunity for a peek at the man behind the curtain, refusing to certify for appeal a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of numerous Muslim lawyers, journalists and other American citizens, who argued the existence of the National Security Agency’s warrantless eavesdropping program rendered them unable to perform their jobs.
February 14, 2008
The true origins of celebrating the notion of romantic love on February 14 are not well documented, though the exchange of elaborate, handmade gifts between paramours was well established by the middle of the eighteenth century in England, and began to really take off in the United States once Esther Howland (herself now considered something of a saint by the American Greeting Card Association) began selling mass-produced Valentine’s cards in the 1840s.
February 12, 2008
…what is genuine, familiar, and identifiable is the way Americans beat the game: the land-taking before the airport is built, the quick bucks, the plagiarism, the abuse of trust, the near theft, which, if it succeeds, can be glossed over — these are the guilts with which Ethan will have to live in his coming prosperity…
— Edward Weeks, in a review of the John Steinbeck novel
The Winter of Our Discontent, The Atlantic Monthly, July 1961
January 8, 2008
The very rich are different from you and me.
— F. Scott Fitzgerald
December 6, 2007
‘Tis the season for reflection, retrospection, and reminiscing, I suppose, and worth therefore, considering: “how did we get here?”
October 11, 2007
Both Digby and Glenn Greenwald beat me to the punch, but Dana Milbank was out Wednesday in The Washington Post with a little piece on Nancy Pelosi’s performance at a recent lunch with reporters in D.C. that shows clearly why, as David Byrne put it so well, “this is not my beautiful wife!”