Actual New York Times: ‘Trillions Spent, but Crises Like Greece’s Persist’

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This NYT take on Greece’s financial trouble is jaw-dropping


Headline of the Day: ‘Obama’s Stance Unclear’

From Rich Lowry at The Corner

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 National Review Online


What Do Kobe Bryant and Zora Neale Huston Have in Common? (Besides Racial Identity)

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Re: the Trayvon Martin case:

“I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American” 

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To which Bryant replied:

“I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American,” he said. “That argument doesn’t make any sense to me. So we want to advance as a society and a culture, but, say, if something happens to an African-American we immediately come to his defense? Yet you want to talk about how far we’ve progressed as a society? Well, we’ve progressed as a society, then don’t jump to somebody’s defense just because they’re African-American. You sit and you listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right? So I won’t assert myself.”

For those that remember early 20th Century Harlem Renaissance artist Zora Neale Huston, whose contribution to Ethnography, Anthropology, and Literature made her a rock star in her time (Zora’s popularity reemerged in the 1980s when Alice Walker reintroduced her work) not many remember that Huston’s political views were contrary.

[check out Zora Neale Huston‘s classic book Their Eyes Were Watching God at Amazon]

Neale was a conservative. Unlike many of her literary peers, she rejected notions of group identity, grievance, and identity politics. Though we’re not suggesting Kobe Bryant is a conservative, Neale and Bryant both declined to speak for the “black community”, believing that we should be beyond that. Once asked to comment on a news-making achievement of a fellow African American (just because she, too, is black) her response was not unlike Bryant’s. It was identical. Huston said dismissively (though not an exact quote, this is the gist of her comment):

“When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, do you think white people jumped for joy (that one of their race made this achievement)?’ 

Which expresses the same common-sense rejection of racial grouping Kobe Bryant expresses here:

“Well, we’ve progressed as a society, then don’t jump to somebody’s defense just because they’re African-American. You sit and you listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right?”

From NRO: Hurston held a fiercely asserted black conservative politics akin to Clarence Thomas’s. Her most famous statement in this vein comes from How It Feels to Be Colored Me,” an essay of 1928:

“I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. . . . I do not belong to the sobbing school of Negrohood who hold that nature has somehow given them a lowdown dirty deal and whose feelings are all hurt about it.”

Commentary from Hot Air’s ALLAHPUNDIT, and a Video after the jump

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LeBron James, Wife Shot Fully Automatic Rifles to Ring in New Year

photo: Lock & Load Instagram

photo: Lock & Load Instagram

AWRHawkins  reports:  On New Year’s Eve, Miami Heat star LeBron James and his wife, Savannah, went to Lock & Load Miami, where they shot fully automatic rifles then posed for pictures with the targets they decimated.

According to TMZ, James shot an H&K MP5–a gun popular gun with law enforcement SWAT teams and federal agencies–and “a M-249 SAW.”

The M-249 is an extremely popular weapon with U.S. military personnel and can be shot either by using ammunition magazines or by using linked, belt-fed ammunition. The video of James shooting shows that he used belt-fed ammo while calmly squeezing off an untold number of rounds.

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