Wednesday December 04, 2013
Archive - Jun 13, 2013
Climate change may one day cause us to run low on food. Scientists don’t like to talk about it, but there’s a chance that the disruption we’ve caused by burning fossil fuels may even render life on Earth no longer viable for the human race.
Sure, that sounds grim. To cheer up think about this: No matter how hot it gets, this planet will never run low on clean energy.
I never paid much attention to the food stamp debate in Congress before. But I’m on food stamps myself these days, so I’m tuning in this time around.
Officially called SNAP — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — food stamps are one of those things that deficit-conscious lawmakers always want to cut and hunger advocates always want to increase.
It was a kneejerk reaction to a kneejerk reaction. That's my assessment of Rep. Bobby Rush's incendiary assault on Sen. Mark Kirk's gang-fighting proposal.
Rush, a Chicago Democrat, slammed suburban Republican Kirk's proposal to round up all of the estimated 18,000 members of the Gangster Disciples, Chicago's largest street gang.
In this graduation season, I thought I'd share the best advice I ever received: You can't make a mistake before you're 30.
Granted, there are a few things wrong with this advice.
First, it's ambiguous. The intended meaning is not zero tolerance for youthful error -- quite the opposite. The point is that youth and early adulthood is the time for some -- since I have teenage daughters, emphasis on the some -- risk-taking and experimentation.
It looks as though we jackals of the “lamestream media” won’t have Michele Bachmann to kick around anymore.
With just a hint of Nixonian rancor in her voice, she announced — via a lengthy YouTube rant in the middle of the night a short while ago — she would not seek reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives. More’s the pity.
"Spread the word about President Obama's plan to provide high-quality preschool for every kid in America," twittered the White House on Wednesday. We all know that nothing on the planet compares to the awesome power of social media. But it may require more than a hashtag to bring this one home.
In the unlikely event that Mark Pryor wins re-election as Arkansas' senior U.S. senator in 2014, he should send New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg a thank-you gift. Something like a sugary 44-ounce Big Gulp or a case of Dr. Pepper. Offering His Honor a 30.06 deer rifle would be churlish.
Who would have thought after all these years that the Republicans would turn to Richard Nixon for political advantage?
That's what GOP congressmen appear to be doing in their current effort to equate the Obama administration's IRS scandal with the vindictive behavior of our most disgraced president four decades ago.
Rape without consequence starts early in the military, if you believe the woman in a case now wending its way through the U.S. Naval Academy.