Wednesday December 07, 2016
Archive - 2014
On Miami Beach, rising sea levels have interesting consequences. The ocean periodically starts bubbling up through local drainpipes. By the time it's over, the concept of "going down to the water" has extended to stepping off the front porch.
It's becoming a seasonal event, like swallows at Capistrano or the return of the buzzards to Hinckley, Ohio.
Back in the spring, an Asian tragedy fleetingly made headlines when an overloaded ferryboat sank on its way to South Korea’s Jeju Island. Nearly 300 people aboard the Sewol ferry perished, mostly children.
We’ve been hearing way less about the tragedy unfolding on the island that was supposed to be their destination.
National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell's first public attempt to address the domestic abuse scandal involving Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice could be judged a success - but only by comparison to former President Richard Nixon's I-am-not-a-crook debacle or former Rep. Anthony Weiner's defense of selfies of his man parts.
There is a tension at the heart of President Barack Obama's campaign to confront the Islamic State, and it explains a lot about why he has so much trouble articulating and implementing his strategy. Quite simply, it is the tension between two vital goals - promoting the "soul-searching" that the Islamic State's emergence has triggered in the Arab-Muslim world and "searching and destroying" the extremist group in its strongholds in Syria and Iraq.
Tell your Mama
Tell your Paw
I'm gonna send you back to Arkansas
-- Ray Charles
The remarkable thing is that an aloof, bookish fellow like Tom Cotton is running for the U.S. Senate anywhere, much less in darkest Arkansas.
Whatever happened to "Obamamania?" Recent polls suggest that race relations have gotten worse since President Barack Obama's 2008 election -- or, at least, that more of us Americans think they have.
It didn't help anybody's feeling of sunny delight that the two latest polls were conducted in the wake of racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer.
There’s a photo-word montage on the Internet in which a little boy, presumably from Africa, looks skeptically at a woman who is apparently from somewhere else. The boy asks, “You mean to tell me you have so much clean water, that you (poop) in it?”
Umm…yeah. Yeah, we do. But why?
A wit once observed that a bachelor is a man who never makes the same mistake once. That would be good advice for politicians who are prone to repeating ill-chosen words or behavior that tags them forever thereafter as dumb, careless or mean-spirited.
The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is a tragedy. But, more than that, the response to it has been a gross failure.
The spectacular failure of incumbent Alaska Sen. Mark Begich to use a "Willie Horton-style ad" (it's being called that) would almost be amusing for this veteran of the real Willie Horton ad were it not so pitiful on so many levels.