Equality of Opportunity or of Outcome?

Let's look some more at this piece by Jillian Bandes, on Obama's new "Chief Diversity Officer," Mark Lloyd.I was a bit snarky yesterday when I wrote of this newly-created office:Does it seem to you that the Obama administration makes up titles and offices the way Bluto made up new names for Animal House Pledges?“You’ll be…the Chief Diversity Officer!”“Why?”“Why the hell not?”It certainly does seem that the Obama administration is interested in creating a million little bureaucracies … [Read more...]

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Same Old America; "Freedom & Opportunity"

I am on monastic retreat until the weekend, and have scheduled two reposts each day of pieces that some may not have read before. Comments will be off until I return. You might like peeking into last year's Online Retreat* * *Originally posted in December of 2007, and rather poignant, given the tenor of the times.So, I had a doctor's appointment this morning - or I thought I did. I made it to the 11AM appointment to discover that it was really a 1PM appointment, and it was for … [Read more...]

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Jackson was an IDOL, not an ICON – UPDATE

I have to tell you, I was already sick of hearing Michael Jackson referred to, endlessly, by the pop-culture-infatuated press as "an Icon!"Now, the White House is doing it, too.At today's White House briefing, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said he and President Obama talked this morning about Michael Jackson's death."He said to me that obviously Michael Jackson was a spectacular performer and a music icon and I think everybody remembers hearing his songs and watching him … [Read more...]

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More on "thee" & "thuh"

Or, "th'" as Joseph Marshall correctly deems it (I think) in the comments section of this surprisingly rambunctious post from yesterday, wherein we wondered how one properly should pronounce the word T-H-E when it precedes a word beginning with a vowel.Not my most popular recent post (that would be my admonishment to Christian girls that they put their breasts back into their shirts) or my most accessed-through-google post (which I am sure disappoints everyone who finds it), but certainly … [Read more...]

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