A word of advice: do not go to see the film “Inherent Vice” expecting to understand it. Audiences who recognise references to noir predecessors like “The Big Sleep” or, most notably, Robert Altman’s 1970s neo-noir “The Long Goodbye” may feel a smug sense of satisfaction. But for most people the plot will be hard to followhttp://econ.st/1A7lqyn
There is something dreadfully smug about central bankers, so brainy and influential, yet so rarely accountable. When they descend from their aeries in Washington, London and Frankfurt, they are gnomic and cleverer-than-thou. Inscrutability comes with their wizardry. How could the mere voting public ever expect to understand the magic of these unelected grand viziers? Leave the hard stuff to us, boys and girls, they seem to say. Better that way.
The Obama White House is too white.
It has Barack Obama, raised in the Hawaiian hood and Indonesia, and Valerie Jarrett, who spent her early years in Iran.
But unlike Bill Clinton, who never needed help fathoming Southern black culture, Obama lacks advisers who are descended from the central African-American experience, ones who understand “the slave thing,” as a top black Democrat dryly puts it.
The first black president should expand beyond his campaign security blanket, the smug cordon of overprotective white guys surrounding him — a long political tradition underscored by Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 when she complained about the “smart-ass white boys” from Walter Mondale’s campaign who tried to boss her around.
Otherwise, this administration will keep tripping over race rather than inspiring on race.
Definition of vizier
Origin:mid 16th century: via Turkish from Arabic wazīr 'caliph's chief counselor'
(also eyrie)Translate aerie | into Italian
Definition of aerie
Origin:late 15th century: from medieval Latin aeria, aerea, eyria, probably from Old French aire, from Latin area 'level piece of ground', in late Latin 'nest of a bird of prey'
adj., smug·ger, smug·gest.
Exhibiting or feeling great or offensive satisfaction with oneself or with one's situation; self-righteously complacent: "the smug look of a toad breakfasting on fat marsh flies" (William Pearson).
[Perhaps akin to Low German smuck, neat, from Middle Low German, from smucken, to adorn.]smugly smug'ly adv.
smugness smug'ness n.