Monday, September 30
Friday, September 27
The most affluent fifth of the population received half of all household income last year, up from 45 percent in 1985. The poorest fifth received 3.5 percent of total household income, down from 4 percent in 1985. Average income for the top 5 percent of households rose by $1,000 last year, to $260,464, but the average declined or stayed about the same for most other income brackets.
Robert Greenstein, executive director of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal research institute, said, "The census data show that income inequality either set a record in 2001 or tied for the highest level on record." (NYT: user name: opensewer; password: iswatching.)
Thursday, September 26
Wednesday, September 25
--Franklin D. Roosevelt on his Reelection Campaign, trying to get the Big City Ethnic Vote.
50 years or so ago, the Italians experienced extreme prejudice. Today, Italians are loved and emulated with restaurants like The Olive Garden ("Benvenuto! When You're Here, You're Family!") and Buca di Beppo ("A Smithsonian of Italiana!"). So all you Middle Eastern people out there don't you worry: in 50 years you'll have your own stereotypical restaurant and the Americans will love you just as much!
Tuesday, September 24
Monday, September 23
Saturday, September 21
Friday, September 20
-H.L. Menchken (1880-1956) American Writer
Thursday, September 19
Wednesday, September 18
Tuesday, September 17
- Christopher Reeve, Blaming the Catholic Church and President Bush for Research Obstruction
I miss a lot more than the Huletts.
The cables singing over my head, pellets raining down on my hardhat.
Crunching taconite under squealing wheels.
The haulage cable rising up as the grip locks. Walking them down the line.
Drifting into the next spot.
Watching the carp chasing the minnows as the snubs tighten.
Having money in the bank.
Unfettered American manhood.
Albert Cincerelli seventy-two years old working with broken ribs.
Slamming one load and five empties into three loads to get 'em going with the larry car dumping on the fly.
Hot July nights.
Cold November mornings and Steve Massi - with shirt open half way.
Red waterfalls in the January snow - flushing rivets.
Screeching spring seagulls.
Andy "Rats" Roskovitch in the morning.
Lyons and Sulin. John Palo.
Franko Perry getting the cars moving when nobody else could - one arm ballet.
Uncle Joe Barbato's hands after gripping his whole career.
War stories from the veterans.
Good days pardner - make no mistake.
Never had better work - never made better money.
Monday, September 16
Nelson Mandela on the United States. Ouch, but so true.
Thursday, September 12
Ari Fleischer, Shrub's spokeperson. And don't forget his other warning soon after 9/11/1: Watch what you say.
The Village Voice's Alisa Solomon writes an incredible article, What We Lost In The Fire, about Shrub's assault on the Constitution. Read it all here.
Wednesday, September 11
Tuesday, September 10
Sunday, September 8
Saturday, September 7
Friday, September 6
Thursday, September 5
Yeah, right, Colin. That's such a load considering it is reported that he spent more time at the Earth Summit talking about Iraq than the environment.