, of the U.S.-Mexican relationship:
Partly because half of what used to be Mexico now lies north of the border, Mexicans underestimate the ability of the United States to bumble.
You can say that Martinez shows no desire to restore Mexico's historic claim, and you'd be right (though he seems slightly annoyed). You can say there's no significant popular movement in that direction, and you'd be right. What you can't say is that the relationship of Mexico and Mexican immigrants to the Unites States is the same as the relationship of, say, Italians and Italian immigrants to the United States, or Koreans and Korean immigrants ., etc.. When Italians came here they weren't coming into land that used to be "half of" Italy. ... 2:55 A.M.
"Mr. Rattner, It's Time to Go"
"New York's $122 Billion Quagmire"
Shockingly, the New York Times
editorial board fails to call for auto czarito Steven Rattner's resignation
in light of his involvement in the "widening" pension "pay for play" scandal
. After all, the problem is so much larger than one man!
Mr. Rattner showed some bad judgment in the "Chooch" deal, and the public has a right to expect more of him in his new, highly sensitive position.
But in the end, Mr. Rattner played a minute role in the Albany mess.
The Awl Debuts: First day verdict: Too much Gawk , not enough Balk ! But it's getting better already. ... P.S.: The site's co-founder Choire Sicha, who says "we just don't really want any stupid people reading it," once wrote a crap defense of the LAT 's attempt to stop its bloggers from commenting on the developing John Edwards scandal. It would be petty of me to remember something like that. ... 2:37 A.M.