Ed Reed story

I like watching the way Ed Reed plays and this article lays it out. Of particular interest, this Troy Polamalu quote:

“Whenever you see him have a one-interception game, it’s disappointing. ‘What happened to Ed? He only took it to the 1? He must be injured.’ I don’t think it’s athleticism that makes great plays. He’s got a football I.Q., a really instinctual way of playing the game.”

Thinking about the other game rather than another crushing Eagles loss.

The question

Right, so during President Bush’s last press conference, he makes the following declaration:

“It (America’s moral standing) may be damaged amongst some of the elite,” Bush replied, “but people still understand America stands for freedom, that America is a country that provides such great hope.”

“You go to Africa, you ask Africans about America’s generosity and compassion; go to India and ask about . . . their view of America. Go to China and ask,” Bush went on. “Now, no question parts of Europe have said that we shouldn’t have gone to war in Iraq without a mandate, but those are a few countries. Most countries in Europe listened to what 1441 said, which is disclose, disarm or face serious consequences…”

Still true? That’s the question? Or is it true, but for a dwindling number of individuals?

Thought on “The Way of the World”

Finished this devastating book tonight.

I like this line, which is part of an overall theme he develops throughout the book about the nature of democracy:

Mary Lisa, a French teacher in a mill town who always had to go her own way, who now lives in just about the most forgotten corner of America, then managed to summon the transforming question of her culture, a land built on the revolutionary idea that the people are the sovereign, the bosses, captains of their own fate.

She said, simply, “But what do you think?”

I’m not as hopeful as he is, I guess, about the power of daylight, of honest accounting, to change our current course. Too many of the dreadful patterns created over the past eight years will be difficult to undo and politically impossible.

One last thing — I’ve read most of these books, Jane Meyer, Seymour Hirsch, etc. — and I read the Times pretty closely every day. But nearly every book offers another horrifying story I didn’t know about…dark side, indeed.

search engine blues

Whoever figures out how to set up a search engine that removes all of the cheesy businesses who’ve figured out how to monopolize the search results will be the next millionaire.

If I’m searching for information on how to set up an old train, I want some train enthusiasts who spend their lives thinking about it. I do not want the first forty suggestions to be businesses trying to sell me things.

quote from 1968

It is absolutely crucial to understand that society cannot continue to write reports accurately describing the failure of the educational institutions vis-a-vis black people without taking into account the impact those truths will have on black Americans. There comes a point when it is no longer possible to recognize institutional failure and then merely propose stepped up measures to overcome those failures — especially when the proposals come from the same kinds of people who administered for so long the prsent unacceptable and dysfunctional policies and system.

Charles Hamilton, “Race and Education: A Search for Legitimacy,” HER, 38,4. (Fall 1968), p.671.

Encountered in W. Rich, Black Mayors and School Politics, 215-216.

cleaning up

Cleaning up — relatives coming — and found my notebook from my year of student teaching. Taped on it were three items:

1. Doonesbury: Passages of Parenthood
the day he’s born
the first day of school
the day he finally leaves home
the day he moves back.

2. An Overboard cartoon that begins “think they had any trouble finding replacements ?” and ends with a picture of two gorillas staring off into the midst.

3. A brilliant bill watterson cartoon featuring the following monologue:

I used to hate writing assignments, but now I enjoy them. I realized that the purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure poor reasoning and inhibit clarity. With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog! Want to see my book report?

“the dynamics of interbeing and monological imperatives in Dick and Jane: A study in psychic transrelational gender modes.”

Academia here I come!

4. A Philadelphia Ranger Corps sticker, a “Die yuppie scum sticker”, a Walt Mink sticker, and a political sticker reading “A heartbeat away…Quayle or gore? Elect Clinton President.”