Contrary to popular belief, I’m also a huge proponent of public transportation. People get on trains and buses to avoid dealing with me. Now transit ridership has completely collapsed, and that’s not all because of disease fears. I’m no longer there to scare drivers. My buddies at BART have lost most of their ridership, and Caltrain, which connects San Francisco and San Jose by rail, may go under. Local and state governments will have to bail out transit systems until I can return to do my essential artery-clogging work. … [Read more...] about California traffic misses you
In all of this, it has been sensitive to South L.A.’s demographic changes, with Black people leaving and Latinos arriving. The organization carefully balances Black and Latino representation among its leaders, and at meetings. sociologist Manuel Pastor of the University of Southern California has credited the group with helping to make South L.A. a model of “ethnic sedimentation,” where ethnic groups build on each other’s histories, rather than “ethnic succession,” where conflict arises as a new group replaces an old one. … [Read more...] about Can South Los Angeles teach America how to lead?
"Recently we have heard from many customers reaffirming that these name variations are largely viewed in exactly the way they were intended — as an attempt to have fun with our product marketing," the statement said. "We continue our ongoing evaluation, and those products that resonate with our customers and sell well will remain on our shelves." … [Read more...] about Trader Joe’s, responding to demands to change its packaging, says the product labels aren’t racist
Joe the Plumber, a.k.a. Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, the Ohio voter who became a celebrity in the last, heady weeks of the election, has signed a book deal with small, Texas-based publisher PearlGate Publishing. Joe the Plumber: Fighting for the American Dream, as it will be called, will “address Mr. Wurzelbacher’s ideas about American values,” according to the Times, and be co-written with Thomas N. Tabback, the author of a ridiculous-sounding Christian novel also published by PearlGate. The Times cites an interview with Fox News in which JTP said he could have gone with a larger publisher, “But they don’t need the help. They are already rich. So that’s spreading the wealth to me.” The book will be published December 1, an amazingly quick turnaround time, which indicates that probably Joe the Plumber doesn’t have a problem spreading the wealth to China, either. [NYT] … [Read more...] about Joe the Plumber Gets Book Deal
Indeed, Trump's need to convince those who aren't already with the other camp is reflected in another way. His disapproval rating in the average poll is 54%. No other president at this point in the polling era had a disapproval rating this high before their chance to win a second term. Truman's was 47%, as his approval rating languished at 39%. There was, however, a majority of Americans who at least didn't disapprove of him. … [Read more...] about Joe Biden hits a milestone Hillary Clinton never did: 50%