Thursday December 12, 2013
Archive - Aug 2013
So it turns out that Michael Bloomberg and Bill de Blasio, who's campaigning for mayor on a promise to de-Bloomberg Gotham, do have something in common.
Both men, who grew up in the Boston area, threw caution to the wind and admitted while running for mayor of New York that they were Red Sox fans.
Of all the troubling images from Cairo these days, none could be worse than the pictures of the many civilian casualties. But nearly as disturbing was footage from last week showing an Egyptian police vehicle toppling off the 6th of October Bridge, which spans the Nile in central Cairo. News accounts differed over whether the vehicle was pushed over by protesters or in a panic the driver burst through the bridge railing and plunged into the river. Either way, the bridge was badly damaged, the car was lost, the fate of its passengers unknown.
Throughout the centuries people have killed each other in vast numbers for the very best of reasons — religion.
Oh they’ve done it for other reasons too — money, politics, geography, skin color, revolution — but never with more enthusiasm than when the cause was holy.
Why are Republican Party leaders getting so worked up over a couple of television movies that haven't been produced yet? Oh, yeah. The proposed movies are about Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Grand Old Party's most galvanizing figure outside of President You-Know-Who.
Conservatives are in high dudgeon about what they see as President Obama's arrogant lawlessness. He has usurped congressional authority and violated his duty to faithfully execute the law, they contend, by ignoring statutes with which he disagrees and summarily rewriting the problematic parts of those he likes.
"Under President Obama, inconvenient or unpopular legal requirements have repeatedly been swept aside by executive fiat," Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn wrote in National Review.
In The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Us Stronger, the landmark 2009 book on the impact of deep economic divides on our daily lives, the surprise societal star — at least for most American readers — turns out to be the state of Utah.
"The greatest poverty is not to live
In a physical world, to feel that one's desire
Is too difficult to tell from despair."
-- Wallace Stevens, "Esthetique du Mal."
The three Oklahoma teenagers were, according to official reports, "bored." So they decided to do something: kill the guy who jogged past them. They got in the car, followed him and did just that.
This Wal-Mart low-prices, low-wages thing isn't working out so well - even for Wal-Mart.
The company released its quarterly numbers last week, and they weren't pretty. Same-store sales declined by 0.3 percent, and the company lowered its earnings-per-share forecast. Bad news wasn't limited to Wal-Mart. At the low end of the retail consumer market, Kohl's reported similarly bad news; Macy's, a little higher up the food chain, lowered its earnings forecast as well.
So, which would you rather do: Capture an asteroid or go back to the moon?
This is one of the many interesting issues facing Congress that we probably will not have time to debate once Congress actually comes back next month. Then it'll be nothing but Obamacare and government shutdowns and the occasional discussion about whether Sen. Ted Cruz has managed to dispose of his recently discovered dual Canadian citizenship.