Wednesday November 26, 2014
Archive - Jan 2014
On Wednesday, the White House announced that it was launching a new federal task force to address sexual assault on college campuses. "I've got your back," the president said to the millions of American women (the White House report put the number at 1 in 5) who are forced to have sex without their consent (the definition of rape) during their lifetimes. The president said that an "inspiring wave of student-led activism" had led to his decision, and said the task force would come back with recommendations in 90 days.
The derailment of a 101-car CSX freight train on a bridge in a densely-populated part of Philadelphia this past week should be yet another warning to politicians who have become cheerleaders for oil and gas fracking.
President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday is about more than the final three years of his presidency. Its purpose should be to influence the next decade of American political life and begin shaping the post-Obama era.
As Barack Obama struggles to gain political traction as a lame-duck president in his remaining three years in office, the two-term limit on service in the Oval Office has encouraged a premature public focus on the identity of his successor in 2017.
Richard Sherman's no "thug." But, let's face it: He acted like one on TV.
So did the Internet trolls who denounced him with worse words than "thug."
In case you missed it, I am referring to how Sherman, a Seattle Seahawks cornerback, has given us Americans something to chatter about in the run-up to this year's Super Bowl besides football.
So you want to get high in a high-end way in the Mile High City.
You could call Dale Dyke and his wife, Chastity Osborn, a massage therapist, who run Get High Getaways. They gutted their brick house in Bel Mar and let it go to pot, refashioning it as a clothing optional, or as Dale calls it, "textile optional" bed-and-breakfast.
Last week, one of the landmark nonfiction books of the last 50 years was reissued by Vintage Books. "Is There No Place on Earth for Me?" by Susan Sheehan began life in 1981 as a four-part series in The New Yorker; in 1982, it came out as a book, winning the Pulitzer Prize.
If you think that protests about overzealous law enforcement are over the top, listen to what unfolded when the police suspected that David Eckert, 54, was hiding drugs in his rectum.
Eckert is a shy junk dealer struggling to get by in Hidalgo County, N.M. He lives a working-class life, drives a 16-year-old pickup and was convicted in 2008 of methamphetamine possession.
On Tuesday, Bill Gates released his annual letter commenting on his foundation's work. This year's edition takes aim at the "three myths" that block progress for the poor - the myth that aid doesn't work, the myth that aid is wasted and the myth that aid will just lead to overpopulation. We spoke about the three myths Tuesday morning. An edited transcript follows:
If you're confused about all the turmoil in the Arab world and asking how the United States should respond, I find it useful to consider three questions: