Mourning In America
Tuesday, May 04, 2004
Defending the Brand The New York Times reports ...
Cracker Barrel restaurants agreed Monday to overhaul their training and management practices after the Justice Department accused the country-style chain of widespread discrimination against black diners in about 50 locations.
Well, duh. The place is called Cracker Barrel...
Monday, May 03, 2004
He Probably Backed Tapit I'm no longer interested in Paul Bremer's horse-racing picks. As Brad Delong points out, he's a wimp, and I'm pretty sure that a handicapper without the courage of his convictions is not particularly useful. From the Associated Press:
L. Paul Bremer, the U.S. administrator in Iraq, said Sunday he regrets a statement he made more than six months before the Sept. 11 attacks that the Bush administration was "paying no attention" to terrorism.
And yet, that's not at all what Bremer's original speech alleged -- he spoke only of the "new" administration's failings.
"I regret any suggestion to the contrary. In fact, I have since learned that President Bush had shared some of these frustrations, and had initiated a more direct and comprehensive approach to confronting terrorism consistent with the threats outlined in the National Commission report.
And we all know how effective that "more direct and comprehensive approach." turned out to be.
A couple of parting shots:
Cricket? The Pawtucket, RI, Red Sox, Boston's triple-A affiliate just sent out an e-mail promoting "Baseball Night at the Ballpark," May 8th. Makes you wonder what they play on other nights.
The PawSox website resolves the mystery -- it's Ball Night -- free baseballs for the first 5,000 fans 14 & under. By the way, grammar fans: I'd be curious to hear if anyone has a good answer for how to demonstrate possesion when writing the Red Sox. Should it be Red Sox'? Red Sox's?
Either way, this post seems kind of anticlimatic. Not as interesting as the Phillies' promotion for 14-year-old mothers...
Get In Line The NY Times reported last week that:
in recent days, influential black and Hispanic political leaders ... have been openly complaining that Mr. Kerry's organization ... is failing to appeal directly to minority voters.Look at the polls. Mr. Kerry's organization is failing to appeal directly to a lot of voters. Luckily, the election won't be held tomorrow...