The economy continues to be a hot topic. Herman Cain claims his 9-9-9 Tax Plan will spur the economy and create jobs, and if by some miracle he is correct and you find yourself hunting one of those new jobs, you’ll want to be sure to avoid biting the interviewer.
We tackled several big societal questions this week. Author and culture critic Toure asked what it means to be black in “post-black” America, and I argued that he and Walt Whitman might answer that question very similarly. Conservatives asked what it means to be Mormon like Romney, and I argued that Mormonism is no more or less a cult than almost any other religion. And with 28 people killed in a series of bomb attacks in Baghdad, I wondered what the future holds for Iraq, and postulated that most Americans simply won’t care, but we should.
Death was in the news much closer to home this week as well, and I published several posts exploring the very different ways death impacts us. There was victory in death for Steve Jobs as his family successfully evaded a Westboro Baptist funeral picket. There was sadness in death as we revisited the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard on the thirteenth anniversary of his death, but also hopefulness, as we remembered the important lessons our nation learned from that horrific event. And there was anger and angst in death, as we saw in a letter from a grieving daughter to her idiotically insensitive co-worker that reminded us to be a little more careful with how we console others in death, and with how we treat those we love in life.
From the shallow end of the pool, we had several instances of IFOs this week (Identified Flying Objects). There was the antelope who flew threw the air and hit a cyclist, the hot dog launched at Tiger Woods, a large sum of money thrown at a copy of Ken Kesey’s Cuckoo’s Nest, and an adorable picture of a toddler who comes with his own baby-tossing instructions.
As always, thanks for reading.