State of the Unions are pompous pageants, and few change history. Consider them presidential victory laps, voiced to justify federalism, that last bulwark of civilization against armed evil-doers or economic dyspepsia – even against long deferred civil rights protection. Thus, the shotgun of clichés, jingoism, and simplifications designed for applause, not depictions of an empire in decline.
But plumbed, we can squeeze this much significance, as the speech tips off Obama’s direction for the year. Already majoring in centrism, the president now relabels his “devout non-ideologue” button to read: “devout non-partylogue.” Here’s the brave new answer to the ever-constricting Party of No – our first, post-partisan President of No Single Party.
Fanel doesnt understand how the government can let its truck drivers pollute the road ways with rubble full of human remains. To him this is a huge disrespect for the public and the inhabitants of the area. If this keeps going, the valley will become a waste land.
In a dress rehearsal for this November’s mid-term election, Democrats and Republicans vied last week for who could denounce the banks and blame the other party the most for the giveaways to Wall Street that have swollen the public debt since September 2008, pushing the federal budget into deficit and the economy into a slump.
The British Tamil Diaspora overwhelmingly endorsed the principle of Tamil Eelam in two days of polling this weekend. With over 64,000 votes cast, over 99% voted in favour of an independent and separate state of Tamil Eelam.
British Tamils were asked if they endorsed the principles contained in the Vadukkoddai Resolution that was first put to a democratic mandate in 1977. In that historic election the Tamil polity in Sri Lanka voted overwhelmingly for an independent and sovereign state of Tamil Eelam in the traditional Tamil homelands.
In the sixth grade, the Boys’ Vice-Principal threatened to suspend me from school unless I stopped carrying around A Catcher in the Rye I think because it had the word “fuck” in it. Since the Boys’ Vice-Principal hadn’t read the book – and I don’t think he’d ever read any book – he couldn’t tell me why.
But Mrs. Gordon was cool. She let me keep the book at my desk and read it at recess as long as I kept a brown wrapper over the cover.
I think J.D. Salinger would have liked Mrs. Gordon. She wanted to save me from the world’s vice-principals, the guys who wanted to train you in obedience to idiots and introduce you the adult world of fear and punishment. Mrs. Gordon wanted to protect the need of a child to run free.
Reporters who witness the worst of human suffering and return to newsrooms angry see their compassion washed out or severely muted by the layers of editors who stand between the reporter and the reader. The creed of objectivity and balance, formulated at the beginning of the 19th century by newspaper owners to generate greater profits from advertisers, disarms and cripples the press.