What does a true gangsta’s paradise look like? A compound in South Africa with seven servants — all women. Sitting in front of the T.V. with the remote right there and me ringing the bell and telling … Tywanita … to come and [expletive] turn the T.V. And she has to drive a golf cart from a half a mile away on the other side of the compound to turn the television and hand me my [expletive] glass of lemonade.
In 2008 Barack Obama and the Democrats were elected to fix the economy; and yet the only real measures at their disposal—increasing government spending and bailing out or nationalizing key industries—is precisely what is sparking voter discontent. Had Democrats not passed an $800 billion stimulus package, if Obama hadn’t bailed out the auto industry or continued the TARP program, the country would likely be in far worse shape than it is today. Yet the president is getting no credit for doing the exact things he was asked to do last November.
On health care, polls indicate that Americans want Congress to extend access, cut costs, and tame the insurance industry. But they don’t want their own benefits affected, or government’s role in the health-care system to increase, or be mandated to buy insurance. In short, they want change, but they reject the most commonsense means of bringing that change about and generally refuse to sacrifice for the greater good of society as a whole.
Making the situation worse is that political news coverage, rather than explaining the gulf between voter expectations and political reality, often panders to the electorate’s misguided notions. Partisans are allowed to spew talking points decrying government spending and rising deficits without being forced to explain how they would rein it in. Politicians call for bipartisan compromise without acknowledging their own role in exacerbating partisan tensions. Voters complain that Washington must do more to help the economy but in the same breath decry government’s expanding role or misstate basic facts about their government and are given a virtual free pass by reporters who take “customer is always right” attitude toward the electorate.
On Wednesday, President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address in this climate; laying out his policy agenda for the year to come—an agenda that is largely unachievable because of the impediments in the political system.
Chase Turner, a 26-year-old media analyst in Minneapolis, said he had been bombarded with messages about Haiti “across all the social networking sites I am on.” He donated via text message after hearing about the Red Cross campaign on Twitter.
Being able to post a message about contributing helps reinforce the trend, Mr. Turner said. “It’s really nice to be able to say and show that you’ve done something,” he said. Philanthropy experts say the text-messaging approach could have a lasting impact on the charity world.
“This may be a new way for people to give and give robustly,” Mr. Taylor said. “If it continues after the disaster, then maybe we’ve discovered a new habit for giving to charities.”
Just last night I was telling my boyfriend how much I miss the Wire and how I almost want to start watching it all over again. Just in time, David Simon comes out with a new show. Alright!
If you haven’t seen The Corner yet, I’d highly recommend it. It was David Simon’s mini series before The Wire. A lot of the same actors, but in different roles, the show focuses on one family in Baltimore and the struggles they faced. Based on real people. We just finished it and loved it. Very powerful.
“Last Thursday, NBC executives told me they intended to move the Tonight Show to 12:05 to accommodate the Jay Leno Show at 11:35. For 60 years the Tonight Show has aired immediately following the late local news. I sincerely believe that delaying the Tonight Show into the next day to accommodate another comedy program will seriously damage what I consider to be the greatest franchise in the history of broadcasting. The Tonight Show at 12:05 simply isn’t the Tonight Show. Also, if I accept this move I will be knocking the Late Night show, which I inherited from David Letterman and passed on to Jimmy Fallon, out of its long-held time slot. That would hurt the other NBC franchise that I love, and it would be unfair to Jimmy.”—Conan O’Brien Says He Won’t Do ‘Tonight Show’ Following Leno - Media Decoder Blog - NYTimes.com
What is your dream job and why aren’t you doing it?
I’ve never been able to pinpoint Just One thing I want to do.
Ultimately, it’s not really the dream job that I’m after, it’s the dream environment I crave. I don’t mind, and sometimes even enjoy office administration/analyst type work, and I’m really good at it because I’ve just sort of landed in this type of work over and over again, but what I REALLY want is a warm, creative environment with a small to medium sized group of smart, fun people. The grey cube gossip mill is killing me slowly.
Now, if money were no object I could see myself opening a cozy coffee shop, the kind with lounge chairs, sofas and a fireplace. It might even be half book store. That just sounds so lovely.
As to the why not part, it’s always one or more of three: Money, Education, or Availability. I got the job I’m in right now through someone I used to know, and had no time to search and be picky because I was living in Salt Lake City and my move was happening fast.
Money: over the last 4, going on 5, years I’ve gained a mortgage, a car payment and a life all based on this income, and no longer have the option of accepting a lower wage in exchange for the environment I described, which has usually been the required compromise.
Availability: The job market blows.
Education: I never finished college. The lack of a degree makes my resume undesirable to most places I’d be interested in working. I’ve always done well getting in on the ground and proving myself on my way up. Starting up there in a brand new place is something I’m afraid I won’t get to experience.
Lately I’ve been trying to catch up with 2009 releases that I haven’t really gotten into one single band. But the album I’ve been listening to the most is Conditions by The Temper Trap. Followed by Bat for Lashes, Lacrosse, and Brother Ali.
We could have found last week but chose not to know. I couldn’t even imagine finding out before, but I know a lot of people do. My wife Tricia feels like it’s a boy because of how much it’s moving around. I’m guessing girl because of family history of having girls first.
We have a few good fake names* picked out as well.
James (Patricia, Brian and James - PB&J) Kevin Charles (KC Moen - KCMO, where Tricia is from)
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