Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Peace Education Conference

Telling quote from the  Star-Ledger: "Goldie Hawn greeted fans, led out of the lobby by her handlers."  Do these peace experts know where they are? Maybe Goldie would enjoy a walking tour of Newark accompanied, of course, by her "handlers." Mayor Booker has the typical politician's delusion that the conference can change the image of the city. The problem is that everything he expects to change the city's image - a fabulous new restaurant, the NCAA basketball tournament, a Peace Conference etc., is instantly countermanded by news of another street murder. It's one thing to have a Peace Conference but quite another to make it look like a bunch of cultural oligarchs lecturing Newark from the safety of New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Gotta go. Call my limo. Where's my handlers? I'm outta here.

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