Wednesday December 11, 2013
Archive - 2013
Even the loathsome Stephen Flemmi was loath to see a picture of the skull of Debbie Hussey.
"I don't want to see that," the man who murdered for a living said, turning his head away from the macabre remains of a beauty he raised from the time she was a toddler as his own daughter, then molested when she was a teenager, and then helped kill when she was 26.
Jurors stared at the skull of Debbie, who grew up calling Flemmi "Daddy."
The Obamas get a lot of advice, much of it free and most of it worth the price. Yet I doubt that anyone, not even an MSNBC host, has suggested that what the White House needs is this: the American equivalent of a royal birth.
The first parents are perfectly content with the two daughters they have, but really, isn't it time that the perfect family thinks about someone else for a change?
Much has been written about adulterous politicians and the public's apparent willingness to look past their infidelity. This lumps very different kinds of cheating into one neat sin, equally applicable to all sneaks. But just as "theft" covers everything from armed bank robbery to lifting a bag of chips, cheating on one's spouse may entail a wide range of misdeeds and gray areas.
Kaltouma Ahmed cried softly as she told why she fled Darfur this spring: Armed men in uniforms attacked her village, shooting her 13-year-old son dead, burning her home and then stripping and raping her.
As the men raped her, she said, they shouted insults against her ethnic group, the Salamat Arabs. "We'll exterminate the Salamat men, and Salamat women will become slaves," she quoted one of the attackers as saying.
She had the ghastly, frozen look of a prisoner in a hostage video.
Huma Abedin, who has the misfortune to be married to Anthony Weiner, has taken the uncomfortable stand-by-your-man news conference to an excruciating new level.
In 1909, as one of the scores of short pictures he turned out that year, D.W. Griffith directed "A Corner in Wheat," a 14-minute film adaptation of a story by the populist antitrust novelist Frank Norris. In it, a Wall Street speculator buys up so much of America's wheat and keeps it off the market that prices soar and millions - including the farm family Griffith shows laboring in the fields - go hungry.
The other shoe finally dropped in Detroit.
The once-proud city — variously known as “Motown,” “the Arsenal of Democracy,” and “the City of Champions” — filed for bankruptcy. There’s a local effort to head off the filing, but most people don’t think it will get anywhere.
If insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, it's tempting to observe that congressional Republicans have gone stark, raving mad. My own GOP congressman Rep. Tim Griffin recently delivered himself of an opinion column boasting about having "voted more than 30 times to repeal all or parts of Obamacare."
Only in politics does somebody expect praise for sheer futility.
Yes, the beautiful and brilliant former aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who, in a role she certainly never sought, has been playing "The Good Wife" on cable news.
At last, a fast food giant that gives a damn about the economic hardships low-wage workers face.
Not only does McDonald’s care, but, by golly, the good executives who sit atop the Golden Arches are goosing-up the meager $8.25 an hour that their workers have been getting paid. As you can imagine, hair-netted hamburger-flippers everywhere would be very grateful to see their hourly wage boosted to $10.