Thursday December 12, 2013
Archive - 2013
Like the United States and most other world powers, Iran foolishly wants to be in the nuclear power business. Atoms offer energy diversity and national prestige, plus a lot of bucks for somebody.
There are plenty of environmental and safety reasons to oppose the construction and operation of nuclear reactors. Key among them is the fact that there’s no proven safe system to dispose of or store the highly radioactive waste they generate.
With five simple words, Pope Francis stopped us in our self-regarding, self-important tracks.
"Who am I to judge?" Francis asked, when queried about gay priests. "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?"
Um, the pope? The infallible one?
One of the least attractive legacies of Barack Obama will be the way he empowered freshman senators to believe they were only one or two good speeches away from the presidency.
The cruelly misunderstood Anthony Weiner has "no idea" if he's about to be stabbed by another stiletto heel.
"These are people who I thought were friends, people I trusted when I communicated with them," he told Denis Hamill of The Daily News. "But who knows what they might do now?"
Everybody loves a good sex scandal, and these days nobody's disappointed. Politicians in particular appear constitutionally incapable of keeping their intimate arrangements from public scrutiny. In the case of New York mayoral candidate Anthony D. Weiner, it appears, the more public, the better.
If our government were a card game, the American people would surely have realized by now that they’re playing with a marked deck. The Republicans are cheating.
In the 2012 elections, Democratic candidates for House seats collectively won about five percent more votes than their Republican opponents did overall. Yet the Republicans hung onto their control over the House of Representatives. They now outnumber Democrats in that chamber, 234 to 200.
There's a problem with reporting on the Fed chair race: Janet Yellen's supporters will talk on the record. Larry Summers's supporters, by and large, won't.
As "women's empowerment" has become a buzz phrase in the last few years, some people are pushing back. They resent this as the latest fad in political correctness, a liberal mission to troll for support from woolly minded female voters.
But a few recent incidents have underscored why a push on gender equity isn't just a mindless fad and why it's not primarily about political correctness.
The most telling thing that happened as Congress scrambled to get out of town for its August recess was the vote that didn't happen.
On Wednesday, House Republican leaders abruptly yanked a $44 billion transportation spending bill from floor debate. The purported reason was scheduling -- a pile of proposed amendments that supposedly made it difficult to finish up in time.
The news from a Fort Meade courtroom was mixed, at best. Those expecting Pfc. Bradley Manning to be set free were disappointed. But so were those waiting for him to be marched straight to death row.