- Jonah Goldberg on Affirmative Action and Arizona's Racial Profiling The National Review writer questions
liberals' objection to the Arizona immigration law. Race-based
admissions policies, often supported by liberals, could allow "an
American kid of Chinese ancestry" with top SAT scores and GPA to get
rejected from a university for not being "black or Hispanic." Why is
that okay, he wonders, and yet asking a Latino resident to produce
papers is so objectionable?
- Paul Krugman Evaluating the Danger of the Greek Crisis Greece, he says,
is not the next Lehman, and it didn't single-handedly cause the
1,000-point Dow drop Thursday. But "the bad news is that Greece’s
problems are deeper than Europe’s leaders are willing to acknowledge,
even now--and they're shared, to a lesser degree, by other European
countries." Though he sees "three ways Greece could stay on the euro,"
he's not sure any of them "seem politically plausible."
Are Great, Says Michael Gerson, But the iPad's Even Greater The
Washington Post columnist loves books and has had concerns about
digitalization, but he's got to admit:
"The iPad is one of the most elegant, useful, astoundingly cool objects
ever produced by the mind of man. Da Vinci would drool. Newton would
show an equal and opposite attraction. Edison would ignore the
objections of his wife and buy one, preferably the model with 64
gigabytes." Lest you think Gerson's sold out to modernity, know this:
he also manages to work in a reference to The Tempest. Here's his
response to critics:
There are, of course, skeptics who
regard the iPad merely as an iPhone with pituitary problems. They
remind me of a quote attributed to the British editor C.P. Scott:
"Television? The word is half Greek, half Latin. No good can come of
- Andrew Romano on 'Why the Media Ignored the Nashville Flood' He has two ideas: "First, the modern media may be more multifarious than ever, but they're also remarkably monomaniacal." They all feel cluster around the same set of stories, which are BP and Faisal Shahzad right now.
Secondly, the media has ADD, and the Nashville "narrative simply
wasn't as strong." But, he argues, businesses "were destroyed and
dozens of people died in Nashville. That matters."
- Emily Hill on Ridiculous Celebrity Diets At The Guardian, Hill condemns
"body fascism," and the "sheer, sapping unhappiness" of the diets
celebrities throw themselves into. She lets the facts speak for
Cheryl Cole eats according to her blood-type--it's
called the Eat Right 4 Your Type diet--which can only lead one to the
conclusion that the pop princess's gullibility cells are as active as
her thyroid. Actress Kirsten Dunst apparently follows a diet that
consists 70% alkaline foods and 30% acid. Jennifer Aniston allegedly
downed a glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice first thing every
morning but has now embarked on a new baby food diet. Liz Hurley
famously lived on a bowl of cabbage soup a day. Hollywood starlet Megan
Fox guzzles a cider vinegar cocktail, while popstar Fergie does it in
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