Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010

On best friends, and children

I had the exact same reaction when I read the New York Times piece, but (as usual) E. D. Kain puts it much better that I would have.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

New (and in-depth) economic news from the Fed

Lots of information in the Beige Book to digest. 538 notes:

The overall conclusion of both these report is clear: the economy is expanding, albeit at a slower pace. Personal consumption expenditures are in an uptrend, business investment is increasing and real estate -- while not a hot bed of activity -- is not the drag it once was. However, there is still a long way to go. The unemployment rate is still incredibly high and initial unemployment claims need to start dropping soon.

There appears to be little discussion given to the fact that a flat housing market hinders mobility for workers, contributing to flat jobs numbers. Otherwise, we're about where we should be: Conservative purchasing by consumers (including paying down debt) and some green shoots in the economy in areas where we hope to see them.

It does appear that the worries of a double dip recession are behind us, but IMO the longer we are in a slow rebuilding phase the better it is for the economy long-term.

Adolescent humor of the day

Bart Simpson apparently is calling TV stations now:

Rember Gitmo?

Government continues to argue for the indefinite holding of Gitmo detainees. Because it doesn't know what else to do, it seems.

Get outta my lane

A sticker response to cars in bike lanes

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Great Sex Advice


Funny stuff, though. Something tells me many of those writers have never had sex in a relationship before.

Monday, June 07, 2010

On Netanyahu and Obama

The relationship between Netanyahu and Obama is certainly prickly. But it doesn't really need to be presented as neo-con fiction.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Obama Administration on detentions: Same as it ever was

Besides doubling down on Afghanistan, Obama seems intent on holding onto Bush's legacy of deciding for himself the when, if, where, and how long of detaining people.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Bill Cosby's quest to save the American black man

I've been reading and mulling over this amazing TNC column about Bill Cosby for some time now. I was aware of Cosby's work at getting the black community to take more responsibility (and his NAACP speech) but this really fleshes out his work.

A great piece. I'm not so certain that Du Bois can be pigeonholed in the way he is in the article (and I think TNC misses an opportunity to connect Du Bois and the NAACP, which Du Bois headed for some time as well as edited The Crisis for many decades). Du Bois advocated a wide range of solutions to the pervasive problem of racism in America, including Cosby's basic point of self-responsibility (as well as a rise of African-American intellectuals, as it were, acting as African American mentors). The integration Du Bois advocated wasn't really the kind of "stooging" as is presented here--it was more of a recognition of the goals of reaching toward societal mores, which were largely realized (and controlled by) whites.

Later, of course, Du Bois became more of a pan-africanist, communist, and began looking for models outside the United States upon which blacks could draw for self-determination. But by this time (early 60's) he was an embarrassment to many black leaders, who branded him an "integrationist" (code word for a Tom) for not being militant enough, a false charge that still carries some weight.

Two areas upon which Cosby and Du Bois would agree, however, is that self-determination (whether for an individual or a race) comes from within rather than outside. And racial progress for blacks is doomed without mentors (principally, men) helping others.

Your daily tear up...

Leave Me from Daros Films on Vimeo.

Net worth of US Presidents

From Washington to Obama.

Just keeping it in perspective...

In case you are feeling small. Here's why.

Excuse me, is that a...Oh My God It Is

My question: Was it a real penis casting a shadow, or a cutout?

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Police using wiretapping laws against being taped themselves

A disturbing trend.

The article doesn't make clear that the problem isn't the taping in the first place, the the distribution of the taping. An important point, IMO, that is completely glossed over.

No No-No

I watched the last few innings of the Detroit/Cleveland game today (though it wasn't until the final inning that I realized that the Detroit pitcher, Armando Galarraga had a perfect game going instead of a no hitter.

Regardless, the first base umpire missed a call on Damon 's ground ball in the bottom of the 8th, keeping things alive for the Tigers to score two runs in the inning (making it 3-0 going into the 9th). The ump would return the favor with an awful call with 2 outs in the ninth, calling Jason Donald safe on a close play in which replays showed him to be out by a half-step (which, in baseball terms, might as well be a mile).

Donald couldn't believe it. Neither could anyone else. And while Galarraga did the professional thing and went back and got the last guy out, the way the Tigers went after the ump was terribly unprofessional.

Regardless, the umpire's Wikipedia page was repeatedly hacked after the game, including (at one point) started as:

"Ángel Hernández (born August 26, 1961 in Havana, Cuba) is a horrible umpire in Major League Baseball, and is the only MLB umpire to be legally blind."

Heh. Only in 2010...


Two born in the same hospital on the same day to wed.