By Alexander Abad-Santos, The Atlantic Wire, Feb. 17, 2012
After reading David Brooks' "The Jeremy Lin Problem" this morning, it seemed as though our Twitter feed instantly sparkled with little nuggets of dissent —so many in fact that we put together this guide to David Brooks haters. As a New York Times Op-Ed columnist, Brooks did his job: find a newsworthy topic, wax poetic, and connect it to a larger general picture. The problem, as the Twitterverse will point out, is that Brooks wrote about Lin being an anomaly for being a religious athlete (which if you've ever seen athletes dunk, score and rain down three-pointers you'll know that Jesus is totally a sports fan) and then wrote ... you know what, we'll let his haters explain [....]
Nine-year old Jamyla Bolden was murdered by a gunshot as she was doing homework on a couch in her mother's home on August 18th. The community responded by offering emotional support and sponsoring a fundraiser at a local restaurant. They also held marches protesting the death. During the marches pleas for any witnesses to the crime to come forward were made. A witness did come forth. A second witness stated that the accused admitted to the crime. An arrest was made.
Contrary to popular belief, the black community does care about crime in their neighborhoods. Support is offered to grieving families. Suspects are arrested if there is enough evidence. If convictions occur, people go to prison. Justice is served.
Three teams of forensic scientists have found that the Planned a Parenthood videos were manipulated. Even the so-called full length video was altered.
After Shirley Sherrod and ACORN, we should expect MSM to be more cautious in spreading the lies of those on the Religious Right. We should also expect more of ourselves. When the Right pushes this nonsense, we should note that they have lied before and that we need more proof.
Facts do not matter to the Right, so we can expect continued efforts to defund Planned Parenthood in state legislatures and Congress. Cruz may still want a government shutdown.
Restaurateurs tick off a long list of reasons for being drawn to the idea. In some cities like New York, where tipping is subject to a confusing welter of federal, state and local regulations and tax laws, eliminating it would simplify bookkeeping. Managers say it would also allow them to better calibrate wages to reward employees based on the length of their service and the complexity of their jobs.
Several also cited research showing that diners tend to tip black servers less and that the system can encourage sexual harassment of women.