This week, natural disasters and national monuments came together to make news. First, Tuesday's earthquake caused cracks in the Washington Monument, something Pat Robertson interpreted as a sign that Jesus is coming. Then, worries about Hurricane Irene caused the postponement of today's official dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial. The arc of the moral universe is not only long, it's susceptible to high winds. Elsewhere: Steve Jobs stepped down, DSK walked free, and Libyan rebels ransacking Gaddafi's compound found an album filled with photos of Condoleezza Rice, with whom Gaddafi once shared a private dinner, showering the Secretary of State with an estimated $212,000 worth of gifts -- including a diamond ring, a lute, and a locket with Gaddafi's picture inside. File this under: "Creepy Yet Oddly Endearing Obsessions of Murderous Dictators." Finally, to my fellow New Yorkers: please stay safe.
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