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Death of diversity?

Forget presidential politics. The real debate might be taking place outside that arena. And a good thing, too. The dumbed-down, lightning-fast, popular vanity answers by presidential aspirants might be irrelevant.

In August, the Wall Street Journal’s deputy editorial page editor, Daniel Henninger, brought up an important concern about the times we live in. The header boldly read, “The Death of Diversity.”

Icing on the cake

Welcome to one of the world’s remote corners, an environmental treasure and a living test of whether man’s commitment to preserving this earth is written in concrete or in sand.

Something to really be excited about

Fashion Week is happening in New York City, and, darling, I know you are excited. Because this is such a sparkling event, I will not spoil it by throwing a cheese sandwich on the catwalk and starting a food riot.

That would be so cruel. Those poor, underfed models are miserable enough without some overfed writer playing the well-meaning fool.

Can Michael Vick redeem himself?

A couple of days ago, a dear friend sent me an email about Michael Vick. This sweet, kind, gentle grandmother said that Vick should be hung up by his…well, let’s just say “toes.”

Columnists and talk show hosts have attacked Vick with adjectives like “repugnant,” “reprehensible,” and “despicable.” And an internet search for “Michael Vick” plus nearly any imaginable epithet produces many thousands of hits, including 178,000 for a mild one like “jerk.”

Some unpopular truths about poverty

The poverty rate in America has declined, not a lot, but some, and for the first time in 10 years, which is very, very good news. The even better news — hard to glean from headlines — is that poverty in America is not what it used to be.

A glaring failure called New Orleans

There are those who say that New Orleans is a lost cause and that whole districts that lie below sea level should never be rehabilitated, that the chances of it happening all over again are just too great and that trying to hold back the waters is an expense not worth the risk.

Cracking down on cruising for sex

U.S. Sen. Larry Craig’s arrest at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is putting a new focus on efforts by authorities to curtail cruising for sex in public places.

On Wednesday, police said the Idaho Republican was one of 41 people arrested since May at the airport on allegations of illegal sexual activity in public restrooms.

While it’s not clear if the Internet played a role in Craig’s case, Web discussions have become a common forum for directing people to hot spots for anonymous gay sex.

Progress? What progress?

President George W. Bush’s ill-conceived Iraq war has become a failure on so many fronts that it is hard to keep track.

A new report by the General Accounting Office finds Iraq has failed to meet 15 of the 18 congressionally-mandated benchmarks and casts doubt on the accuracy of White House claims of more progress.

Media overreaction to bad economic news

One year after the end of the boom market in housing, the New York Times reports we’re getting the first ever, official indication of a decline in the median price of American homes.

Iraq on the installment plan

President Bush is about to ask Congress for another $50 billion to keep fighting the war in Iraq. He is betting — almost certainly correctly — that the Democrats will give him a rough time over the money, probably try to attach timetables for withdrawal to the bill and ultimately give in and pass it.