Thursday September 29, 2016
Archive - 2014
You’re sitting in your favorite restaurant one balmy September morning.
Your waitress brings a pot of coffee and a standard 5-ounce cup.
“Would you like cream and sugar with it?” she asks.
You drink your coffee black. And hot. You decline her offer.
Scottish voters have spoken: They are staying.
The union that has weathered 307 years of storms - if you didn't quit right after the Victorian era, you'd think you wouldn't quit at all - has survived a vote on the question of Scottish independence.
When Willie Nelson invites you to get high with him on his bus, you go.
The man is the patron saint of pot, after all, and I'm the poster girl for bad pot trips.
It seemed like a match made in hash heaven.
In case you missed it, our nation's officeholders, current and former, have been working overtime to make us proud.
Ted Cruz threw a histrionic hissy fit in front of Arab Christians. Sarah Palin went to a birthday party where her family reportedly got into a brawl. Mark Sanford emitted a self-pitying aria of romantic angst. Debbie Wasserman Schultz compared some Republicans to wife beaters.
Alicia Keys is a superstar singer who has mostly kept her clothes on and gossip off. So what is she doing in a photo dressed only in a peace sign?
Her answer has to do with the purpose of life. Last month, as she was sickened by grim news - from the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, to the toll in Gaza and Syria - a friend of hers lobbed a provocative question about the meaning of our existence: Why are you here?
The House Republicans actually voted with the Democrats to authorize the training and arming of Syrian rebels combating the militant Islamic State. Even though I think it was necessary, such cooperation from the Republicans tends to make me nervous.
Remember Richard Clarke, the presidential counterterrorism adviser whose hair was on fire about al-Qaida long before the Sept. 11 attacks and whose warnings of a threat from hijacked planes were ignored by the administration of President George W. Bush?
In Barack Obama's determination to preserve his legacy as the president who got America off a permanent war footing after the 2001 terrorist attacks and the 2003 invasion of Iraq, he is relying on transparent semantics.
President Obama is adamant that the war against the Islamic State will not escalate to the use of U.S. ground troops. But the more I see and hear of his strategy, the more I fear that "mission creep" -- even if the president resists it -- is baked in from the start.