Thursday, April 23, 2009

More quick hits . . .

Again, the news leaves me bewildered. I can't figure out why the federal government extended a lifeline to GM and Chrysler only to shepherd them to bankruptcy. And now it would seem that Chrysler's government-authored bankruptcy plan will protect the UAW employed by Chrysler. What use is a bankruptcy reorganization if one can't clearly tackle labor costs? Either it's conflicting government priorities or it's making sure the costs of this faltering company is felt by the creditors (capitalists) rather than labor.

I'm going to stop with this line of commentary. George Will could finish it so much better than I.

Since my wife and I can't seem to finish a conversation without interruption, we've decided to park the kids with grandparents and enjoy a dinner this weekend. Good.

I can't believe how quickly I got over being without a print newspaper. I like the e-edition I'm getting from the Inquirer but wonder if even that is something I truly need. I'm getting used to navigating Yahoo! news and Google News, yet I miss the analysis and op-ed where I expect it to be. I can see a gradual, painful, bankruptcy-judges-as-copilot slide into oblivion for print daily press over the next few years. What I wish, however, is for some newspaper to make the jump boldly. To be blunt, the money spent on paper, printing, and distribution would be more wisely used on quality reporting which we sorely need and which we can't completely source out to the wire services.

Is the NFL draft this weekend? I can remember a time when I would have known even who the Eagles were likely to predict. But life is so much richer now, and angst over the draft nothing more than energy displaced. Moreover, it's all so damned predictable. I'm seeing some journalism on the bursting sports bubble. I think my bubble has popped. Not that I don't care. I just know enough about the teams for whom I care that I can drop in and fly out with the rhythm of their success.

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