Wednesday December 11, 2013
Archive - Aug 2013
When I heard that Alec Baldwin might be hosting a weekly show on MSNBC, I was delighted: Maybe I wouldn't have to catch reruns of "30 Rock" to get my Baldwin fix. Let's hope he doesn't take any anger-management classes before he starts.
It’s all in the eyes.
Think back to the great teachers you had. What do you recall? Eyes that bathed a classroom in attentiveness, in wisdom, and when appropriate, in mirth.
Now, think of a puppet. The first thing you notice is the not-human eyes.
Guy limps off the tennis court with an obvious sprained ankle. The doctor tells him to go home, elevate the leg and put some ice where it hurts.
Guy says: "Hey, aren't I going to get an X-ray?"
Doctor: "No, you don't need one."
Guy: "I think I ought to have one. I read somewhere ..."
You only get one chance to make a second impression. It seems to me that Edward Snowden should use his and that Russian President Vladimir Putin has blown his.
How do you justify criminally charging a government contractor for revealing an alarming truth that the public has every right to know? That is the contradiction raised by President Obama now that he has, in effect, acknowledged that Edward Snowden was an indispensable whistle-blower who significantly raised public awareness about a government threat to our freedom.
Up against the wall, Mr. Mayor! Sometimes law enforcers need to be stopped, questioned and frisked, too.
I am referring, of course, to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The usually likable Mayor Mike unfortunately hasn't done enough in the eyes of federal Judge Shira Scheindlin to flush racial and ethnic profiling out of his city's stop-and-frisk police policies.
These days, almost every political conversation ends up with a little Hillary at the end.
Catnip. The gift we give ourselves.
It would make absolutely no sense for Hillary Clinton to decide today whether she will or will not run for president. So the only sensible stance to take is that it's not impossible or, if you prefer, it certainly is possible, which is to say they flirt and we fan it.
Warming doesn’t bother me,
Just turn up the old A/C.
Expensive news, everyone: The worldwide cost of the melting Arctic ice may total up to $60 trillion dollars, according to a University of Cambridge study.
A healthy criminal justice system -- one that is simultaneously effective and fair -- demands neither too much discretion nor too little. Monday's welcome news about stop-and-frisk searches and mandatory minimum drug sentences illuminates both aspects of that moral imperative.
Ruth Bourdain of Twitter fame has been revealed! If you’re like me, you had no idea there ever was someone named Ruth Bourdain on Twitter, or that she was a satirical character made up by an anonymous — but very funny — prankster.
Now that “her” identity was exposed in The New York Times (“she” is food blogger Josh Friedland), I’m paying attention.