Worth Repeating

There was what President Obama likes to call a teachable moment last week, when the International Olympic Committee rejected Chicago’s bid to be host of the 2016 Summer Games.

“Cheers erupted” at the headquarters of the conservative Weekly Standard, according to a blog post by a member of the magazine’s staff, with the headline “Obama loses! Obama loses!” Rush Limbaugh declared himself “gleeful.” “World Rejects Obama,” gloated the Drudge Report. And so on.

So what did we learn from this moment? For one thing, we learned that the modern conservative movement, which dominates the modern Republican Party, has the emotional maturity of a bratty 13-year-old.

—Paul Krugman, NY Times columnist, 10/5/09


Worth Repeating

The hearings were pure “Alice in Wonderland.” Reality was turned upside down. Southern senators who relate every question to race, ethnicity and gender just assumed that their unreconstructed obsessions are America’s and that the country would find them riveting. Instead the country yawned. The Sotomayor questioners also assumed a Hispanic woman, simply for being a Hispanic woman, could be portrayed as The Other and patronized like a greenhorn unfamiliar with How We Do Things Around Here. The senators seemed to have no idea they were describing themselves when they tried to caricature Sotomayor as an overemotional, biased ideologue.

Frank Rich, NY Times, Sunday 7/19/09

Latin Alternative Music Conference in NYC


The Big Apple is the Latin Alternative Music capital of the world for a week
The Big Apple was the Latin Alternative Music Capital of the World for a week.

The 10th Anniversary Edition of the Latin Alternative Music Conference just closed and the reviews are just coming in. Jon Pareles writing in the New York Times said:

Since the conference started in 2000 it has become a showcase, strategy session, networking tool and pep rally. It brings together musicians and businesspeople who are devoted to music that straddles boundaries of style and nationality.


Latin alternative music — a purposely open-ended term — has demographics in its favor, as the Hispanic minority in the United States grows and spreads beyond established urban centers. There’s the promise of a growing bilingual audience for music that reflects its own American experience. Mr. Norek said he saw increasing geographic diversity at this year’s conference, including aspiring Latin musicians from places like Denver, Nashville, Minneapolis and Orlando, Fla., well outside the music’s old strongholds.

Time to start making plans for LAMC/2010

BTW, a good source for Latin Alternative — I learned from the article — is this blog. Check them out.

You mean I don’t need to wear a hat in the winter?

I am not a medical doctor nor do I play one on TV, but this article by Tara Parker-Pope in the New York Times had me scratching my head.

A few of the myths debunked in the new book Don’t Swallow Your Gum! Myths, Half-Truths and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health, by Dr. Aaron E. Carroll and Dr. Rachel C. Vreeman, were not a big surprise. Others, like #5, “Cracking your knuckles will cause arthritis,” left me feeling a little embarrassed for all the times that I had told others not to crack their knuckles because it will cause arthritis.

And after reading #11, “Food quickly picked up from the floor is safe to eat,” ruined one of my favorite sayings: “What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.”

Knowledge always makes you stronger. Please read all eleven. You may also stop worrying about the cold weather making you sick.