Trevor Brookins

*You can tell the country is moving beyond race when no one points out that Michael Vick is the black quarterback who failed in Philadelphia. And that quarterback of color Colin Kaepernick is getting a shot in San Francisco without any references to ethnicity. No one except me.

This is noteworthy because just last season Cam Newton was frequently compared to Vick although the only overlap in their skill sets is the fact that both can run.

The Christmas season is the time of the year when you buy things for people in hopes of getting a better gift from them but also with the knowledge in the back of your mind that you will get crap.

Lindsay Lohan is the latest example of someone with the world at their feet who wasted their talent on a bad habit. Except I’m not sure the talent was so exceptional in the first place. Supposedly her downfall was cocaine. But the real problem was and is her addiction to fame.

The irony of American politics is that the red states have Congressional representatives that oppose “entitlements” but have constituencies that benefit the most from them. The blue states on the other hand are much less reliant on social programs but have politicians that push the hardest for them.

The extension of this thought is that neither Democrats or Republicans practice what they preach.

I’m not sure when someone is or isn’t overweight. So I’m certainly not arguing that being overweight causes to internal health problems. But it doesn’t take a genius to conclude that there is a correlation between carrying excess weight and internal health problems (cardio-vascular issues) as well as joint problems. Rick Majerus is the most recent case in point.

Sometimes I forget myself and begin to admire the fiscal conservatives in Congress for sticking to their principles and not raising the debt ceiling. Then I remember that they were only too happy to raise the debt ceiling for President Bush. This fiscal crisis is a joke because it involves people blatantly ignoring their job descriptions and the wishes of their constituents.

When I was growing up the four major professional sports were baseball, basketball, football, and hockey. Then NASCAR overtook hockey for fourth place. And with two work stoppages in the last decade hockey seems more determined than ever to forfeit their marketshare. And soccer seems more determined than ever to take a piece of the pie.

I often highlight the way this country can improve. But the events in Egypt show just how special our country is to have undergone a revolution, then another revolution, then multiple regime changes every 4-8 years.

There is another incident in Florida with the “Stand Your Ground” law. I’m not sure what it will take for that statute to get changed, but apparently it takes more than two dead young men of color.

Palestine being accepted as a country in the United Nations is a great step in the right direction. It gives me hope that there might be a more equitable long term settlement. But it’s still only a step.

Trevor Brookins is a free lance writer in Rockland County, New York. He is currently working on a book about American culture during the Cold War.  His writing has appeared in The Journal News. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @historictrev.