Wednesday, November 25, 2015

In Frightening Times, We Need Leadership, Not Snark

So here’s my question: Whatever happened to the land of the free and the home of the brave? A gang of French citizens resident in Belgium commits a terrorist atrocity in Paris, and it’s somehow President Obama’s fault.

Americans didn’t used to freak out this way. The Paris attacks appear to have thrown much of the nation into the kind of panic we haven’t seen since… well, since the great Ebola crisis of 2014, when many of the same people were bleating like goats and predicting a deadly epidemic that would kill us all in our beds.

That was Obama’s fault too, remember?…

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Syrian Refugees And The Luxury Of First World Problems

A red cup.

A few days ago, some people seemed to find that one of the most vexing moral problems of the day. Starbucks unveils a minimalist design for its holiday coffee cups — a red field, a green logo, no snowmen, snowflakes or fir trees — some guy makes a video lambasting the decision, and suddenly the so-called “War on Christmas” is all over the news again and Donald Trump is calling for a boycott.

Over a red cup.

This is what you’d call a First World problem. That is, the kind of thing that seems a problem when your stomach is full and the lights are on.…

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The Agriculture Attitude

Thanksgiving — let’s eat!

America’s most food-focused holiday traces its roots back to the abundant feast that Pilgrims and Indians enjoyed together in the fall of 1621. Not even half of the 100 or so Mayflower Pilgrims and crew who had arrived at Plymouth Rock the previous December survived their grim first year in the New World (“new,” of course, only to those undocumented immigrants — not to the local citizens).

Still, to celebrate and offer thanks for their survival, the English migrants planned a communal meal following the fall harvest. And in appreciation to the Wampanoag for teaching them to raise corn and gather the region’s seafood, they also invited Massasoit, the tribal leader, to join them.…

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