a blog with cultural bulimia.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

NYT Op-Eds.

The first thing I read every morning are the NYT Editorials. But that will have to change, beggining monday, when the newspaper, in a non-sense attitude, will start charging for Internet access to it. The Times will begin charging $49.95 a year to people who don't get the paper delivered at home for access to their columnists. Non-sense, as A.S. puts it: "Newspapers tend to want to increase their influence, not actively restrain it. Maybe there's a financial rationale that I don't know about. But the NYT's ad revenues online are soaring. Why cut off the flow?"

Bellow, two excerpts from today's paper:
On Thursday night, Mr. Bush wanted to appear casually in charge as he waged his own Battle of New Orleans in Jackson Square. Instead, he looked as if he'd been dropped off by his folks in front of a eerie, blue-hued castle at Disney World. (Must be Sleeping Beauty's Castle, given the somnambulant pace of W.'s response to Katrina.) [Maureen Dowd]
As a Republican leader explained in justifying his vote switch: 'Gay marriage has begun, and life has not changed for the citizens of the commonwealth, with the exception of those who can now marry who could not before.' A Democrat attributed his change of heart to the beneficial effects he saw 'when I looked in the eyes of the children living with these couples.' Gay marriage, it turned out, is good for family values." [The Normality of Gay Marriages]