For sur-real. From the good 'ol days, when people laughed at their differences instead of calling each other Nazis. Me specs are admittedly rose-colored, but no one can deny the national dialogue has become much more toxic.
The more you read about Conrad Burns, the more you wonder how he ever got elected to the U.S. Senate. I'm quite disappointed in Montana (where, oddly, I concluded I was gay after an ill-fated sexual encounter with a former college gymnast, who was quite disappointed by my "lack of performance") --
He once called Arabs "rag heads," later apologizing for the comment. Another time, the Montana Republican commented on how challenging it is to live with so many blacks in Washington.
Now, two Northwest Airlines flight attendants say Burns offended them recently when he told one of the women she could stay at home and be a mother if she lost her job to outsourcing.
And in 1991, he shocked lobbyists when he invited them to a slave auction after voting for a civil rights bill. Burns said his comments had been misinterpreted because he was talking about a charity fundraising event known as a "slave auction."
A confession -- we had "Senior Slave Day" in high school, and no one seemed to mind. Quite embarrassing in retrospect.
It wasn't even subtle. One of the coaches would dress in auctioneer garb, complete with whip. To be fair, even the black students participated.
Most drew higher bids than yours truly, including Damon Evans, the current UGA athletic director, who went for about 10 times what I fetched.
Republican Sen. Conrad Burns, whose recent comments have stirred controversy, says the United States is up against a faceless enemy of terrorists who "drive taxi cabs in the daytime and kill at night."
Par for the course from Mr. Burns, who recently referred to his house painter as a "nice little Guatemalan man." He then when on to suggest he was an illegal immigrant. Strange, since the Montana senator is pushing for tighter controls on immigration.
From The New Yorker'sreview of Justin Timberlake's new album:
Justin Timberlake is under an equally strange impression on “SexyBack,” the first single from his modest but satisfying new album, “FutureSex / LoveSounds,” where he bafflingly claims to be “bringing sexy back.” Does anything need bringing back less than sexy? It’s like proposing to bring back petroleum, or the NFL.