29 September 2009

The latest from Rush Limbaugh:

"Turning to the Washington Post today, Fareed Zakaria. He's also an editor at Newsweek, and I think he still has his own CNN show, but they have so small an audience that I don't know if anybody ever sees it."

No, nobody except millions of intelligent people who can handle a brown man explaining the world to them.

"And [Reagan] was despised for that by the left and the Democrat Party said, "Whoa! You can't talk like that. That's only going to be destabilize the situation." But he was right. No compromise with bullies. No compromise with liars. No compromise with thugs."

And the Republican Party said, "We gots the best grammar than you." Seriously, though, Reagan was happy to funnel money and arms to Saddam Hussein, and Pinochet, and Pakistan's generals (the list might go on).

25 September 2009

Kudos to Benoit Denizet-Lewis for a new article on gay teenagers.

“Teachers would never let students say, ‘That’s so black,’ ” says Eileen Ross from the Outlet Program in Mountain View, “but I’ve had teachers look at me like I’m crazy when I suggest that they should say something to a student who says ‘that’s so gay.’ They’ll say, ‘If I have to stop what I’m doing every time a student says that, I won’t have any time to teach!’ ”

Don't you think teaching respect for all people is a more important lesson than middle school science or social studies?

21 September 2009

I have just finished the wonderful, luxuriant book Red Earth and Pouring Rain by Vikram Chandra. Even its imperfections seem charming.

This, at least for now, is my favorite paragraph:

Today the television cameras came, and also the death threats. We have been warned by several organizations that the story-telling must stop. The groups on the very far right--of several religions--object to the 'careless use of religious symbology, and the ceaseless insults to the sensitivities of the devout.' The far-left partes object to the 'sensationalization and falsification of history, and the pernicious Western influences on our young.' Everyone objects to the sex, except the audience.