Three from Tuesday’s New York Times:
Item: Haley Barbour’s Close Shave?
A Weekly Standard profile of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R-Reconstruction) has the former GOP lobbyist and forever good ol’ boy scrambling to salvage his presidential prospects.
Discussing Civil Rights Era, a Governor Is Criticized
WASHINGTON — In an interview that set off a new round of debate on Monday about racial attitudes and politics, Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi, a potential Republican presidential candidate, recalled the 1960s civil rights struggle in his hometown, Yazoo City, saying, “I just don’t remember it as being that bad.”
In a profile published Monday in The Weekly Standard, Mr. Barbour also talked about the White Citizens’ Councils of the late 1960s, which opposed racial integration. Mr. Barbour, a teenager and young adult during the 1960s, said that in his town, they were a positive force, praising them as “an organization of town leaders” who refused to tolerate the racist attitudes of the Ku Klux Klan.
Maybe in HaleyWorld, but nowhere else.
I don’t care what anyone says – Barbour, a presidential dark horse at best, is now officially horsemeat.
Item: The Dao of Afghanistan
One more reason the New York Times is the best newspaper on the planet – James Dao’s dispatch from the front lines of Afghanistan:
Life and Death Decisions Weigh on Junior Officers
QURGHAN TAPA, Afghanistan — The hill wasn’t much to behold, just a treeless mound of dirt barely 80 feet high. But for Talibanfighters, it was a favorite spot for launching rockets into Imam Sahib city. Ideal, American commanders figured, for the insurgents to disrupt the coming parliamentary elections.
So under a warm September sun, a dozen American infantrymen snaked their way toward the hill’s summit, intent on holding it until voting booths closed the next evening. At the top, soldiers settled into trenches near the rusted carcass of a Soviet troop carrier and prepared for a long day of watching tree lines.
Then, an explosion. “Man down!” someone shouted. From across the hill, they could hear the faint sound of moaning: one of the company’s two minesweepers lay crumpled on the ground. The soldiers of Third Platoon froze in place.
Read the rest. Seriously.
Item: Promotion 1, Literature 0
In the City’s Subway, Literary Placards Will Soon Be Mere Echoes in the Memory
According to a Times piece, “The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it no longer has space for signs showcasing literary quotations and poetry on the city’s subway trains.”
Train of Thought, the program that placed literary quotations from the likes of Kafka and Schopenhauer in the unlikely locale of a packed New York City subway car, is being removed, two years after it assumed the mantle of subterranean high culture from Poetry in Motion. In its stead is a new promotional campaign by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that is intended to highlight recent improvements to the transit system. A spokesman for the authority said there was not enough space for both.
Just look up?
Just scale down is more like it.