People ask me what I do in the winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I look out the window and wait for spring.
— Rogers Hornsby
Sounds like the Democratic National Committee needs to adopt that old lottery slogan: “You can’t win if you don’t play!” I mean, no wonder Republicans feel empowered to spout the most ridiculous lies and bullshit, if no one’s going to step up and call them on it.
From The New Yorker, an interesting look at the origins of the current political dysfunction on the right: it all goes back to 1948:
The [Confederate] flag, defended by its stalwarts as an apolitical symbol of Southern pride, actually came to prominence not in the aftermath of the Civil War but eighty years later, in defiance of civil rights. The massive resistance campaigns that inspired the Southern Manifesto and shut down school districts rather than comply with Brown v. Board of Education were orchestrated under the banner of the Stars and Bars. The election that galvanized the brand of racialized acrimony and indignation we’re now seeing in the country was not the one that brought Barack Obama to office in 2008; it was the one in 1948, which brought us the Dixiecrats.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security was a panicked reaction to the Sept. 11 attacks. It owes its continued existence to a vastly exaggerated assessment of the threat of terrorism. The department is also responsible for some of the least cost-effective spending in the U.S. government. It’s time to admit that creating it was a mistake.
You know, if Businessweek is advocating that the Department of Homeland Security is a bloated mess that should be abolished, it’s maybe not such a crazy radical left pinko commie idea anymore.
At the Cleveland Public Library, an outdoor Book Nest might be the perfect reading spot, except for an odd lack of comfy seating.