"Pompeii," David. Sorry, Gatsby's a close second to All the King's Men. Broader scope, better narrator, who has a deeper love interest and a moral dilemma.
The movie stank. Luhrmann thinks he's Welles, making Citizen Gatsby, with a little Busby Berkeley thrown in the pool. I only wish they'd had rap music in the 20s just so it would be gone by now, flushed out of the system.
This is the stupidest opinion I've read in a while. An unsupervised house party with teens drinking and the police are supposed to ignore the law and call everybody a cab? That's the same attitude of lax permissiveness that gets young people (and old) killed on our highways incessantly. Not to mention law enforcement covering for each other and giving rides here and there. If you don't enforce the law on Signal, the message is that high-socioeconomic communities are not treated the same. Promulgate the law, for everyone. Period. If you don't like it, work to change it. Better still, work to fix our society's addictions to so many things that are evil and cause suffering, instead of crying, "personal choice - it's my rights - freedom, freedom." Blah blah blah. I never thought I'd miss Lee Anderson...
Must be another millionaire "country" or hillbilly singer we never heard of. Can these guys keep a straight face when they look in the mirror at themselves and their hats?
"Londonderry Air" is often heard as "London Derriere," especially by Frenchies...
What a spurious, fatuous analogy. (Can we please get Lee Anderson back?) A student in school is measured against a fixed scale of achievement: letter grades or a 4.0 or 100 point scale. Teachers are there to evaluate, but also to help students achieve, to prepare them for success, and to prevent them from failing, by encouraging them to do their best and improve. One student getting a 100 does not deprive another student in any way, shape, or form, and the editorial's premise is ludicrous and sentimental. No resemblance to a capitalist economic model.
Workers in a capitalist system are pitted against each other today in a zero-sum struggle, growing ever more bitter and lopsided in our present circumstances. If I have a dollar, it's a dollar you don't and can't have. The harshness we experience today wasn't present in our parents' and grandparents' time, when factory owners held 100 or 1,000 times the wealth of their employees; now that factor is many times higher and geometrically increasing. The extreme, Roman-emperor-style wealth accumulated by Wall Street brokers, investment bankers, rappers, pro athletes, and even the poster-child entrepreneurs--often for occupations that enrich the society at large in no meaningful way--directly detracts from the ability of the average middle-class worker to survive and thrive in America.
Billionaires who think they're so rich because they worked harder than everyone else or are smarter than everyone else are significantly deluded. No one who's made a billion dollars in the American economy can claim to have done it without huge benefits from the American economic and governmental systems. And yes, there are plenty of people out there who work just as hard and are just as smart as these billionaires, and often have an eye toward the benefit of others less fortunate. There's a huge element of luck in becoming insanely wealth, either through accident of birth or being in the right place at a certain time.
Progressive taxation is just common sense for all Americans and for the very ideal of American opportunity and fairness for each individual in each generation. The existence and prospering of our middle-class enables American democracy to survive; the promise and potential and reality of ultra-wealthy billionaires provide no motivation or stimulus. Please, no tired arguments about providing capital or "creating" jobs--most of these ultra-wealthy are sitting on their money like it's a velvet cushion, except for the sums they're secretly donating to their lapdog politicians. When the middle class disappears because of preferential treatment for the uber-privileged ultra-wealthy, America's hard-headed obsession with capitalist Darwinism will be seen for the suicidal dogma that it is.
Great family, really nice young man. Glad to hear he's doing well. We remember you, too, Luke.
Tiger Woods. Tiger Woods. Tiger Woods. Tiger Woods. Blah blah blah.
Was he the best man at your wedding or something? He's washed up, a has-been, and a sorry human being. Can we move on to real competitors now?
"Just A Game"!?
OMG, how can you say that, it's FUHBAL we're talking about here! It is life - it's winning is everything, and the only thing - it's hurt your opponent, never compromise, show me da money, never surrender, whatever... blah blah blah.
Have a nice life, Mr. Manning. You're one of the good guys, and you deserve better than to spend your whole life engaged in that racket.
It must be those Wikipedia people turning off the lights!