Day: 2015.03.03

Painful

Er … um … ouch:

Tom Tomorrow: "Go read David Brooks' column in the NYT this morning and tell me that's not just one giant subtweet from a man going through a divorce." (via Twitter, 3 March 2015)

And, well, yeah, about that.

So much of life is about leave-taking: moving from home to college, from love to love, from city to city and from life stage to life stage.

David Brooks of The New York TimesIn earlier times, leaving was defined by distance, but now it is defined by silence. Everybody everywhere is just a text away, a phone call away. Relationships are often defined by the frequency and intensity of communication between two people.

The person moving on and changing a relationship no longer makes a one-time choice to physically go to another town. He makes a series of minute-by-minute decisions to not text, to not email or call, to turn intense communication into sporadic conversation or no communication. His name was once constant on his friend’s phone screen, but now it is rare and the void is a wound.

(Brooks)

And so on.

Anyway. Yeah. About that.

Life transitions are.

Still, though. Ouch.

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Tomorrow, Tom. “Go read David Brooks’ column in the NYT this morning and tell me that’s not just one giant subtweet from a man going through a divorce”. Twitter. 3 March 2015.

Brooks, David. “Leaving and Cleaving”. The New York Times. 3 March 2015.

The End of the DHS Funding Standoff

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) addresses the media at a news conference in February, 2015.  (Photo: Chip Somodevilla)

And then it was over:

The Republican plan for funding the Department of Homeland Security never really made any sense. As GOP lawmakers saw it, they’d refuse to fund the cabinet agency unless Democrats agreed to destroy President Obama’s immigration policy – but it was painfully obvious all along that Dems would never accept such terms.

The resolution was always going to be the same: Congress would have to pass a “clean” DHS bill, funding the department, and going after the White House’s immigration policy through the courts. It was only a matter of time before Republicans realized they had no other credible option.

(Benen)

Until the next time. The only aspect of Speaker Boehner’s political calculation that is clear would be the suggestion that this will happen again.

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Benen, Steve. “On Homeland Security funding, it’s Obama 1, Boehner 0”. msnbc. 3 March 2015.