Ted Kennedy: A Senator, A Patriarch
The passing of Senator Ted Kennedy surely represents a significant loss in American politics. The “lion of the Senate” for 47 years was at the forefront of American social policy. Through his long and distinguished career, he was if nothing else an extraordinarily gifted legislator and a master of the coalition-building and deal-making needed to craft what were some path-breaking legislation of the 20th century.
Look up the Civil Rights Act, immigration reform, health insurance as we know it, No Child Left Behind (despite his reticence once it passed), educational reform, etc —make no mistake, Ted Kennedy was behind every one of those pieces of law. You know the employer-based health insurance coverage, Cobra, that stays with you once you have to leave your current job? Yeah, that’s Ted Kennedy, too. It will be hard to imagine what the US Senate will be without him. His absence has been especially acute now during the acrimonious health care debate, packed as they are with the town-hall meetings. Now it’s up to the legacy of Kennedy, and all that represented in his career-long battle for health care reform, to help rescue it in some way. Read the rest of this entry »
We’re big fans of “Top Chef”. The other night the new season of “Top Chef Las Vegas” began just as this past summer’s “Top Chef Masters” was ending. The “Masters” series focused on 24 of the best and most accomplished chefs in America, pitting them in challenges each week. The winner, announced on Wednesday night, was awarded $100,000 that went to the chef’s charity. This year’s Master, went to famed Chicago restaurateur and owner of Frontera Grill and Topolobampo, Rick Bayless. Read the rest of this entry »
The image of Sonia Sotomayor, accompanied by her mother and her brother, taking the oath from Chief Justice John Roberts, to become our nation’s 111th Supreme Court Justice was surely a thrilling, moving moment for many of this country’s Latino population.
After winning Senate confirmation last week, Sotomayor was promptly sworn in at the Supreme Court (and not at the White House, in order to show independence) on Saturday morning, and it culminated several weeks of debate and sometimes angry discourse from opponents who did not care for some of Sotomayor’s previous remarks that she, as a “wise Latina” somehow had a better perspective than older white males. Read the rest of this entry »
Who is Eric Moore?
Honestly, I haven’t the foggiest idea who Eric is. But I did find his camera’s memory card at a Vista Point in Oregon about a week and a half ago. The mysteriously abandoned 2 GB Kingston SD card was chock full of memories (398 to be exact) and was laying conspicuously face-up, undamaged on a curbside along Hwy 5 at an unmarked Vista Point.
The card, was labeled “Eric Moore #3” by way of black Sharpie. Read the rest of this entry »
(More) Cash For Clunkers
By all accounts, the federal “Cash for Clunkers” program, launched this week, has been a success. Many Americans have flocked to car dealerships across the country in hopes of turning in their heaps for a rebate of up to $4500 towards the purchase of more efficient car. That’s the hope of the new program. We’re being told that this spending incentive will not only spur the economy out of its miserable recession, but also help reduce the carbon footprint in our car-obsessed society. Read the rest of this entry »