Sunday, July 06, 2008
The Sunday Paper
Is there anything in this world, aside from the physical act of love, that can rival a cup of good coffee and the New York Times?
Today, I read about:
How America is re-learning that wasteful consumption of gasoline is a dangerous habit, associated with significant potential adverse economic consequences. We learned that lesson in the 1970s but seem to need a refresher every thirty years or so.
How China imprisoned and tortured a Tibetan monk. A film has been made about his experience - it will run during the Olympics, perhaps while President Bush is in Beijing kissing Chinese asses for all he is worth (I know, I know). I would say something unfavorable about the Chinese human rights record now, but they are financing our war in Iraq so I have to keep my mouth shut.
How businessmen who once formed the base of the Republican party (before the Jesus Camp crowd took over) are rejecting the hard-line illegal immigration stance of the party. Seems that some Republican legislators have passed laws that would actually punish employers who hire undocumented workers. Can't have that, now can we?
How the sky really is falling, or, at any rate, how it has done so in the recent past and may do so again.
Hmmmm...yes, this last one seems to fit.
Pictured above: Palden Gyatso, 77, who was a political prisoner in China and is the subject of the documentary “Fire Under the Snow.” (NY Times photo)
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That we who lived by honest dreams
Defend the bad against the worse."
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