I woke up with a headache, I have to read a really boring document before an upcoming conference call, and I woke myself up with an anxiety attack. It’s a perfect time, in other words, to react to a typical batch of morning New York Times headlines. Like…
“Mary Peltola, a Democrat, Defeats Sarah Palin in Alaska’s Special House Election”
Comment: Good! Palin has a lot of gall running for office anywhere, but especially Alaska, after she quit as governor for no good reason, unless one considers cashing-in a good reason. I am still looking for a clear explanation of how the ranked voting scheme worked in this election. It seems that the system provides an edge to the hateful, and also allows the gaming of democracy.
“Lea Michele Is Well Aware That the Pressure Is On”
Comment: She should be. The former “Glee” star exploited her agent’s betrayal of another client, Beanie Feldstein, to snatch away the lead role in Broadway’s bombing “Funny Girl” revival. It was show-biz treachery worthy of “All About Eve.” (I hope she falls on her metaphorical face.)
“An Apple Watch for Your 5-Year-Old? More Parents Say Yes.”
Comment: More parents have money to burn, apparently, and an appalling lack of common sense. But the watch has proven largely useless for adults, so maybe 5-year-old is the right market.
“‘Defund the Police’ Is Dead. Now What?”
Comment: Now what? Oh, I don’t know, maybe progressives are slowly returning to sanity? We know Charles M. Blow isn’t (that’s the headline of his latest column, one that doesn’t mention Donald Trump at all, amazingly.). He ends his lament, “I fear that the signal we are sending to all the people who truly believed that there would finally be real change in policing and the possibility of more equity in our criminal justice system is that racial equity is a tertiary issue, that it is lower than people want to admit on the social hierarchy of policy priorities. We will regret that.”
“The Man Behind Our Public Schools Would Be So Disappointed Today”
Comment: Yeah, I’d say that’s a safe bet.
“Children Need the Whole Truth About America”
Comment: Because the “whole truth’ about America is so clear and settled. Translation: “Children need to be indoctrinated before they have the critical thinking to analyze the complexities of their nation themselves.”
“The Pandemic Erased Two Decades of Progress in Math and Reading”
Comment: Not the pandemic. The disastrous, incompetent, ill-considered, destructive and quite possibly politically motivated lock-down in response to the pandemic. Lest we forget…