09.09.09 – A Wednesday


Word

obdurate [ob-doo-rit, -dyoo-] adj. 1. unmoved by persuasion, pity, or tender feelings; stubborn; unyielding 2. stubbornly resistant to moral influence; persistently impenitent: an obdurate sinner

Birthday

Aurelian (214), Leo Tolstoy (1828), Harland Sanders (1890), Jimmy “The Greek” Snyder (1919), Otis Redding (1941), Pamela Des Barres (1948), Garry Maddox (1949), Joe Theismann (1949), Tom Wopat (1951), Hugh Grant (1960), Mario Batali (1960), Adam Sandler (1966), Rachel Hunter (1969), Henry Thomas (1971), Michael Bublé (1975), Soulja Slim (1977), Michelle Williams (1980) 

Standpoint

Normally, even I don’t like the person or people I’m looking at, I like the cover of Rolling Stone. A recent issue, though, kind or irked me.

The image is of President Obama and the caption at the bottom of the cover reads, “Obama So Far.” Around his head a banner, or maybe a halo, that reads “Will He Take Bold Action or Compromise Too Easily?” Inside the issue is a very fair and informative presentation of the thoughts of Obama‘s presidency by David Gergen (expert political consultant), Paul Krugman (Nobel Prize winning writer), and Michael Moore (douchebag documentarian).

The question on the front, though – “Will He Take Bold Action or Compromise Too Easily?” – is emblematic of lots of things I hate about the media in this country. I’ll admit fully understand that, especially in this age of the dying print media, Rolling Stone needs to sell magazines more than ever. But, in trying to grade the job done by Obama, and the future of his administration, why must the only two choices he has are to (a) “Take Bold Action” or (b) “Compromise Too Easily?”

It doesn’t have to be one-way-or-the-other. It could be that Obama will find the middle ground. Sometimes, he might take some bold action. Other times, he may compromise too easily. But more likely, he’ll find a way to act in ways that aren’t always bold and compromise in a way that’s not-so-easy.

My problem with pretty much boils down to this: We’ve all forgotten that not everything is black-and-white. And not just when it comes to our government. This one-way-or-the-other mentality is going to slowly mess everything up before we know it.

Quotation

Men feel that women somehow drag them down, and women feel that way about men.  It’s possible that both are right.Mignon McLaughlin

Tune

I just started to get into an English indie-pop group named Fanfarlo. So far, I like what I hear. Try out “Luna.”

Gallimaufry

→ Obviously, today is September 9th, 2009. Or 09/09/09. Triple nines. Find out why this date is so special to so many people. I like that the new Tim Burton movie, 9, is coming out today. Actually want to see it. Looks strange, spooky, kind of kickass cool.

→ You ever wonder how people can be so smart and dumb at the same time? Well, I do. Check out the Valley Monkey – a guy who wears a monkey mask in an attempt to avoid tickets. A nice idea if he wasn’t doing it in his own car.

→ My boy A.J. Jacobs has released a new book, The Guinea Pig Diaries. If it’s even half as good as his other stuff, you should go read it right now.

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