Thursday December 12, 2013
Archive - Oct 2013
I got a call the other morning as I was racing to work from a woman who claimed to work for the "third-party administrator" of one of my health insurers. Yes, I'm one of the incredibly lucky people who actually have two health insurance plans, one for each of my full-time jobs. The woman wanted to know whether I would like the assistance of an RN on their staff in managing my health care. I knew what she really meant. I said no.
In some important ways, the last month or so has seen some impressive advances for President Obama. Under ordinary circumstances, his success so far at staring down Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad over chemical weapons and then his rebuff of the House Republicans' demand to defund his health-care insurance law would be recognized as political triumphs.
My book group did not get off to an auspicious start. It was born from the rubble of a failed presidential campaign. The author who had agreed to come to discuss his new book died before the first meeting.
A quarter-century and 250 or so books later, Sunday's Readers is still going strong.
Well, that was certainly worth 24 billion bucks, don’t you think? I mean the entertainment value of Sen. Ted Cruz’s faux filibuster alone was worth a couple billion or so.
And House Speaker John Boehner’s face when he would come out during the 16-day-long government shutdown and accuse President Barack Obama of being uncooperative? Priceless. The Ohio Republican is the greatest deadpan comedian we’ve had since Buster Keaton.
Twitter is on schedule to go public as a company next month, a sparkling symbol of innovation, technology - and stale, old thinking reflected in a board of seven white men.
Twitter users are reportedly more likely to be female, so it's bizarre to have no women on the board. But the main reason to add women - not just on Twitter's board, but in politics, business and the news media - isn't just equity. This shouldn't be seen as a favor to women but as a step that would be good for all of us.
The ever-provocative federal appeals court Judge Richard A. Posner has made news again, this time by voicing second thoughts about his 2007 decision to uphold Indiana's voter ID law.
"It's easier to fool people," Mark Twain apparently never said, "than to convince them that they have been fooled." You can find those words all over the Internet attributed to Twain, but I can locate no credible source.
Too bad, because it's absolutely correct.
Twain probably did say something similar, because it sounds like an opinion the acerbic author of "Huckleberry Finn" would have endorsed.
And now, Dr. Hightower offers this advice for improving your mental health: Don’t fume about the GOP’s lunatic effort to kill health care reform — just laugh at their farcical show.
Take Sen. Ted Cruz’s 21-hour blabathon, in which he said he would stop the Affordable Care Act in its tracks. Not only did the Texas Republican fail spectacularly, but senators voted 100 to zero against his crazy ploy. Yes, that means even he voted against it. What a hoot he is.
Remember that inspiring 50th birthday party for the March on Washington at the end of the summer?
Unfortunately, those moving speeches didn’t slow the emergence of a new Jim Crow system.