New York Review of Books (NYRblog)
A fictional excursus from Prof. Timothy Snyder:
Taxation without representation is not exactly a problem for
wealthy Americans. They are represented by their local, state, and
federal elected officials. They are also represented by campaign
contributions, lobbies, and personal political access. Their
problem, and the country’s, is that they are over-represented, and
use their over-representation to ensure that the wealthy pay lower
taxes than they should. If we must resort to analogies from the
eighteenth century, then those who benefit from the Tea Party are
not to be compared to the American rebels. They are rather the
lords of the British parliament, using superior political power to
ensure that those in weaker positions bear the necessary burden of
(August 17, 2011)
The Nation (Online)
Now working in an antique shop somewhere in California, New Leftist Tom Hayden files a bull to the Nation (online), and everyone has a good laugh:
I believe the existence of deep racist currents in America
explain much of Obama’s caution—and his success. This is the source
of his political centrism and what [Drew] Westen describes as his
“risk-aversion.” We are at a demographic tipping-point in our
inevitable evolution into a multiracial, multi-cultural,
multi-lingual society. If Obama survives eight years in office, he
will preside over much of this troubled transition. Ironically, he
will be the magnet of hatred for his opposition while being derided
as too moderate by his support base. The parallels may be with
(August 9, 2011)
An epistle from Rick Perry country:
Early this morning, I found a small bat on the grounds of Zilker Park while walking my dog. Not touching the live critter, I gently transported it to the Austin Nature Center, where a capable staff member examined, then attended to this creature. On my way home, I reflected on how really wonderful our city and community are to hold our bats in high esteem and to have the staff and resources in place to assist this tiny wild friend of the city. It’s times like this I am so pleased to call Austin home.
(July 15, 2011)
In the event you missed this important communiqué from HuffPo’s Ms. Marlo Thomas, a.k.a. Mrs. Phil Donahue, we reprint it as a public service: Gay Weddings: Is There a New Etiquette?
You know that moment we all look forward to at a wedding—when the bride comes down the aisle and, for the first time, we get to see that beautiful white dress? How magical that moment always is. Well, it’s even more magical when there are two white dresses. I experienced this for the first time when my niece, Tracy, married the love of her life, a woman also named Tracey (only hers has an “e”). At that moment, as I looked at their radiant faces, I remembered seeing Tracy, age 8, singing along to the record of Free to Be…You and Me. And I couldn’t help but think, at last, Tracy is truly free. For all of us who have long supported same-sex marriage, the depth of the justice of it all has never hit home for me as it did when I saw the these two dear, young women exchange their vows.
And everything was the same: the little kids giggling and running underfoot; the proud moms and dads wiping away a tear; the distant uncle sitting by himself, happily having one drink too many; and, as always, someone sneaking an early piece of the cake. Now in New York, this historic ritual is being celebrated with a new and liberating joy. And while the ceremony at the heart of these weddings is no different from any other we’ve ever witnessed, many people have asked if there’s any special etiquette that guests attending a gay wedding need to know—such as “Will I insult the couple if I ask what they’re going to call themselves—like husband and husband or wife and wife?”
According to Steven Petrow of Gay- Manners.com and author of
Steven Petrow’s Complete Gay and Lesbian Manners, “Not at
all! Intention is a big part of manners, so you don’t have to worry
so much about making a faux pas. If you don’t know how to refer to
a couple, just ask. “But there are some differences you
may notice as a guest at a gay wedding,” Steven told me. “For example, the seating may not be divided into the traditional bride and groom side, but instead will be mixed, to reflect one community supporting the couple. And you may find that members of the wedding party are different from what you usually see—the best man may be a woman, and the matron of honor may be a man. Also, you’ll likely find that the couple is paying for the wedding themselves.”
(July 28, 2011)
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?