Saturday December 07, 2013
Archive - 2013
I have many questions for and about the "gay lobby" in the Vatican, but I'll start with this: How can you be so spectacularly ineffective?
With just two Mondays of decision left this month, somewhere deep in the Supreme Court, the nine justices are sitting at a table, staring at a whiteboard. The board is blank except for the bullet points "DOMA," "VRA," "Affirmative Action (this is BIG!)" and the word "Constitution???" in large, uneven letters from when Antonin Scalia was taking notes earlier. Around them are empty Chinese food containers, coffee mugs and the refuse of several days in a room without sleep.
Just as they say that the poor are always with is, so it is with Richard Nixon, arguably the most tormented American president, who comes back to us in the new book "Ike and Dick" (appropriately subtitled "Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage").
Can a state do fracking right?
Can it use the new shale-gas drilling technology to deliver thousands of jobs, revive depressed industrial zones, spark new high-tech industries, feed state coffers -- and still not mess up its countryside, imperil water supplies and possibly release dangerous amounts of methane gases?
This month the Supreme Court will issue raptly awaited decisions about affirmative action and gay marriage. But what's been foremost in my thoughts isn't race, sexual orientation or our country's deeply flawed handling of both.
Attorney General Eric Holder's meeting with journalists and media rights advocates, including me, began in the way many Washington conversations do, with negotiations as to what was to be "off the record."
The revelation that the federal government has spied on millions of supposedly private phone and Internet communications makes President Obama's headache over the IRS targeting of conservative groups seeking tax exemptions seem a passing migraine.
Hardly a driver
Is now alive
Who passed on hills
Here's an old riddle: A boy and his father are in a car crash and the father is killed instantly. The boy is airlifted to the best hospital in the region and prepped for emergency surgery by one of the top surgeons in the country. The surgeon rushes in, sees the boy, and says "I can't operate on this patient. He's my son." Who is the surgeon?
When I heard this riddle as a teenager back in 1962, I was totally stumped. Had the boy been adopted, and the surgeon was the birth father?
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.