The New York Times’s Paul Krugman has been away.
A very unfortunate lapse into racial insensitivity from Herman Cain, capitalist of color, as pointed out by the moral colossus Colbert I. King:
Was it really necessary for Cain to tell a Tea Party audience in Florida this spring that “they,” meaning the mainstream media, are scared that a “real black man” may run against Barack Obama? As others, such as the Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates [sic], have noted, that was an unsavory resort to identity politics.
Nor was it helpful for Cain to suggest in a Fox News interview this week that he “left the Democratic plantation a long time ago.” Or for him to tell a CNN interviewer that most blacks would probably not vote for him because they have been brainwashed into not even considering a conservative view.
(October 15, 2011)
The Cape Codder
Another exciting adventure in the life of our absent-minded secretary of the treasury, the one who forgot to pay his federal income taxes and God knows what else, artfully told by a local reporter for the semi-literate TCC:
Cody Day, 19, was working at Bill’s Sunoco or Route 6A on Aug. 12 when he thought he recognized a fellow pumping gas. He mentioned it to Karl Eiler, who co-owns the station.
Day said he looked like U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, Eiler remembers. Eiler, who is relatively apolitical, just shrugged and said he wouldn’t recognize the vice president if he was fueling up.
Turns out Day was right. A few minutes later a regular customer came in and turned in a Maryland license, an American Express card and a few other bank cards.
“He left everything at pump number 8,” Eiler said. Sunoco called the police department who [sic] came down and picked up the plastic and brought it to the station. Scott MacDonald, deputy chief of police, said they [sic] called the home of Geithner’s parents, who live in town, and he [who?] came to the station to retrieve the items.
Geithner also returned to the station to pump a little more gas and say thank you, said Eiler.
(September 2–8, 2011)
New York Times Magazine
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.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?