And the scales fell from his eyes. Never thought I'd be linking to the Village Voice but here is an essay by famed playwright David Mamet who explains why he is no longer a "brain dead liberal." Not surprisingly even in the midst of a pretty personal and conversational essay, there's some sharp writing. I won't tell you what changed his mind, but it's more about living than politics.
The truth shall set you free. Here's an interesting one from Pat Sajak, who's experienced cable news burnout. I feel your pain, Pat. At one time in my brief, inglorious career I was addicted to Hardball, before Matthew's went off the reservation, that is. Sajak points out that with the range of printed matter, he gets a better understanding of the world.
Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. In the midst of the Spitzer Sex Scandal, Ben Shapiro asks what happened to the concept of shame? A good question, it seems to me. Alas, I fear that its a notion like that of honor which is lost in the mists of time. Read it here.
How the mighty have fallen. One of the casualties in this time of economic uncertainty is Bear Stearns. The venerable old financial house was rescued by the Fed, which had to use a law enacted during the Great Depression to do it. The Wall Street Journal article points out the role of JP Morgan Chase in the bailout, evoking the role of founder, J. Pierpont Morgan, in earlier market rescues. Wasn't he the guy with the funny nose? Read it here.
Judge not, lest ye be judged. In a reversal of fortune, a Northern Ireland appeals court judge overturned a 25,000 pound jury award for libel. Goodfellas pizzeria in West Belfast had taken a restaurant critic to court-and won- over a negative review. This judge said fuggedaboudid. You can read about it here.