5 Best Friday Columns

Racial profiling vs. affirmative action, books vs. iPad, vinegar diets vs. happiness

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  • Jonah Goldberg on Affirmative Action and Arizona's Racial Profiling  The National Review writer questions liberals' objection to the Arizona immigration law. Race-based admissions policies, often supported by liberals, could allow "an American kid of Chinese ancestry" with top SAT scores and GPA to get rejected from a university for not being "black or Hispanic." Why is that okay, he wonders, and yet asking a Latino resident to produce papers is so objectionable?
  • Paul Krugman Evaluating the Danger of the Greek Crisis  Greece, he says, is not the next Lehman, and it didn't single-handedly cause the 1,000-point Dow drop Thursday.  But "the bad news is that Greece’s problems are deeper than Europe’s leaders are willing to acknowledge, even now--and they're shared, to a lesser degree, by other European countries." Though he sees "three ways Greece could stay on the euro," he's not sure any of them "seem politically plausible."
  • Books Are Great, Says Michael Gerson, But the iPad's Even Greater  The Washington Post columnist loves books and has had concerns about digitalization, but he's got to admit: "The iPad is one of the most elegant, useful, astoundingly cool objects ever produced by the mind of man. Da Vinci would drool. Newton would show an equal and opposite attraction. Edison would ignore the objections of his wife and buy one, preferably the model with 64 gigabytes." Lest you think Gerson's sold out to modernity, know this: he also manages to work in a reference to The Tempest. Here's his response to critics:
There are, of course, skeptics who regard the iPad merely as an iPhone with pituitary problems. They remind me of a quote attributed to the British editor C.P. Scott: "Television? The word is half Greek, half Latin. No good can come of it."
  • Andrew Romano on 'Why the Media Ignored the Nashville Flood'  He has two ideas: "First, the modern media may be more multifarious than ever, but they're also remarkably monomaniacal." They all feel cluster around the same set of  stories, which are BP and Faisal Shahzad right now. Secondly, the media has ADD, and the Nashville "narrative simply wasn't as strong." But, he argues, businesses "were destroyed and dozens of people died in Nashville. That matters."
  • Emily Hill on Ridiculous Celebrity Diets  At The Guardian, Hill condemns "body fascism," and the "sheer, sapping unhappiness" of the diets celebrities throw themselves into. She lets the facts speak for themselves:
Cheryl Cole eats according to her blood-type--it's called the Eat Right 4 Your Type diet--which can only lead one to the conclusion that the pop princess's gullibility cells are as active as her thyroid. Actress Kirsten Dunst apparently follows a diet that consists 70% alkaline foods and 30% acid. Jennifer Aniston allegedly downed a glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice first thing every morning but has now embarked on a new baby food diet. Liz Hurley famously lived on a bowl of cabbage soup a day. Hollywood starlet Megan Fox guzzles a cider vinegar cocktail, while popstar Fergie does it in shots.
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