Poetic Epithets: To Honor Or To Slight?

Pundits keep pontificating about Obama’s failure to mention Martin Luther King by name in his speech. Instead, he said “a young preacher from Georgia” and apparently this has all kinds of subtle and vaguely unsavory implications. OF COURSE  it does.  Nothing is more delectable than the unsavory.  Oooo!! This is so juicy! Is Barack Obama…

How About Some Credit, Young Man?

Did anyone notice how Obama’s line “it has always been about you” is being commented on without anyone pointing out that it was lifted verbatim from Clinton’s stump speech from the primaries? He even called skeptics “naysayers” (like her husband used to do all the time in the ’90s)!

Buyers Beware!

John McCain has chosen an unlikely woman, Alaska governor Sarah Palin as his running mate, in an obvious attempt to seal the deal with disaffected Clinton supporters who feel slighted — perhaps understandably — that women were told yet again, to put their issues, their candidates, their hopes on the back burner. Both McCain and…

World View In Six Words

Chuck Schumer thinks we can learn something from Republicans (besides posing for a photo op at a shooting range).  He says Republicans can sum up what they stand for in 6 words: traditional values, strong defense, smaller government. He challenges Democrats to think about distilling their own essence in the same away. Keeping in mind…

Veepsqueak

After all this hype, Joe Biden is sort of unsatisfying, no? I kind of expected it would be someone like Biden or Chris Dodd, but an utterly conventional choice like this just feels disorienting at the end of a dizzying media hype. Biden is both boring and dangerous for Obama. He has said lots of…

viewers may love replays, but athletes keep sprinting forward

This morning I heard Michael Johnson tell BBC’s Julian Marshall (when asked for his reaction to the prospect of having Usain Bolt break all his records) that he is thrilled. “it’s all about breaking world records, not holding them.” This is the very best attitude, not just about competitive athletics, but about achievements generally. Or…

Hamming It Up Old Style

This morning I got a nice pumpernickel bagel with Virginia ham. It was yummy. It made me homesick for Virginia. It also reminded me of a concession speech at the end of a long-ago senate race by (now-former-governor) Democrat Mark Warner. He made a good showing for a relative unknown, but lost to veteran Virginia…

yes, quite!

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Shawna emailed me a joke that you’ve probably all seen by now. The little boy who thought a zoo directory advertised “a frickin’ elephant” (African elephant). Hee hee. But it ain’t so cute when they STILL spell like that after graduating from high school and college. I’m sure…