Posts tagged ‘NY Times’

Hotter today, a little rain, and…WHAT?

by , posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 at 9:37 pm

I’ve been following the drought, and the multiple heat waves, and since it’s Wednesday, that means I am of course awaiting tomorrow morning’s weekly update to the drought monitor. We’ve had a little rain here, so perhaps the situation has improved? I hope so, but do understand there are vast swaths of the country that have not had as much rain as us and even here the grass is still brown.

Anyway, I saw a link to a NY Times story about the drought and heat, specifically their impact on infrastructure, and thought I’d check that out. The piece starts out with a bit about a jet sinking into the tarmac at an airport, and I admit I wasn’t paying much attention to which city that happened in, skimming, skimming, and then I saw something a little closer to home, that made me say out loud, ok out loud very loudly, “WHAT?”


If You Read Nothing Else Today

by , posted on Sunday, August 7th, 2011 at 9:07 am

go read this piece by Drew Weston, author of The Political Brain. The piece appears in today’s NY Times opinion pages, and is entitled “What Happened to Obama?”

Just a little excerpt, from very near the end:

A final explanation is that he ran for president on two contradictory platforms: as a reformer who would clean up the system, and as a unity candidate who would transcend the lines of red and blue. He has pursued the one with which he is most comfortable given the constraints of his character, consistently choosing the message of bipartisanship over the message of confrontation.

But the arc of history does not bend toward justice through capitulation cast as compromise.

And just one comment from me about the piece; just one thing that stands out enough that I feel the urge to address it. Weston’s piece reads, to me, like a political obituary; from title to last sentence this opinion reads as if it would serve just as well if it was written on the day after the 2012 election in attempt to explain why Obama lost.