Wednesday December 11, 2013
Archive - Jul 2013
Dick Cheney's daughter wants to be a senator! To give Wyoming a conservative voice! Well, it's about time somebody thought of that.
"Over the last several years, citizens across our great state have urged me to consider running for the Senate," Liz Cheney said, announcing her candidacy via YouTube. This is now the way to do everything in politics. Soon we will be breathlessly reporting that the new president just posted his inaugural address video.
Not much left worth fighting for;
The rich already won the war.
Many of us who have reached Social Security age had a pretty good run.
I wasn’t too surprised when do-it-yourself vigilante George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin. The trial took place in Florida, after all.
You have to be pretty stupid or reckless or both to be found guilty of murder in Florida.
No sooner had the jury's verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial been announced than a journalist friend posted on my Facebook page: "If it weren't such a tragic case, I'd forgive you for feeling smug."
When you begin to go blind from trachoma, the first thing you feel is an eyelash scraping your eye.
As for the horror of leprosy, it often begins with a puzzling rash. Among the first signs of polio are fatigue, vomiting and back pain.
Yet these diseases are on their way out. We in journalism mostly focus on problems, but one of the remarkable changes in the developing world has been the decline of these ancient scourges.
Let’s talk life expectancy.
The stats first. They tell a shocking story: Americans now live shorter lives than men and women in most of the rest of the developed world. And that gap is growing.
Crenshaw was one of the hot spots 21 years ago when Los Angeles exploded after the acquittal of the white police officers who had been captured on tape beating Rodney King. For years, the broad thoroughfare was lined with empty buildings. But things have been changing in one of the last African-American neighborhoods in the city. Back in 2006, an African-American investor led a major renovation of the "mall." It now includes a Wal-Mart where area residents both shop and work.
All economic data are best viewed as a peculiarly boring genre of science fiction, but Chinese data are even more fictional than most. Add a secretive government, a controlled press and the sheer size of the country, and it's harder to figure out what's really happening in China than it is in any other major economy.
There was a time when North Carolina was a symbol of Southern enlightenment. Compared to the policies of the old "Solid South" -- Democratic, conservative, fervidly anti-civil rights -- the state embraced relatively progressive policies in such areas as education and race relations.
No longer. In the new, suddenly solid Republican South, the Tar Heel state is racing to lead the pack in conservative anti-city and implicitly anti-black politics.
Clutching a sheaf of newspaper clippings in one hand and a medical bag in the other, Dr. Franklin Peterson Comstock III, knocking down pregnant ladies, students, the elderly, and even two burly construction workers who were waiting for a bus, rushed past me, leaving me in a close and personal encounter with the concrete. Since he had given up medicine to invest in a string of service stations and an oil distributorship, I assumed what was in his medical bag was the morning’s take from obscene profits.