Archive - 2014

Date

July 9th

Hillary Clinton Flaunts Her Surveillance State Baggage

    Who is the true patriot, Hillary Clinton or Edward Snowden? The question comes up because Clinton has gone all out in attacking Snowden as a means of burnishing her hawkish credentials, eliciting Glenn Greenwald's comment that she is "like a neocon, practically."

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Hillary's money 'problem'

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's much-publicized book tour has kicked off with all the ballyhoo of a presidential candidacy now widely expected to occur. But it has already provided fodder for mild speculation that her Democratic nomination and election two years hence may not be a sure thing after all.

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NSA's misguided mission

    Even those who believe the National Security Agency's vacuum-cleaner surveillance of electronic communications does not trample privacy rights should be troubled by this practical implication: If you try to know everything, you end up knowing nothing.

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A Deluded Consensus on Discrimination

    A wide majority of U.S. voters say black Americans who can’t get ahead should blame themselves for their troubles instead of racial discrimination.

    That’s one of the more startling findings from a recent Pew Research Center effort to bunch voters into categories of likeminded people. The study came out a few days before the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, a landmark law that was supposed to bring about real equality.

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Bombs on Jerusalem

    Jerusalem used to be safe. It is nearly 40 miles from Gaza and 3,000 feet above sea level. In the last go-round, the Hamas rockets couldn't reach that far. Now they can. Rockets were fired aimed at both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv this week, as Israel launched its own offensive in Gaza. "Every Israeli is a target," a Hamas spokesman was quoted in the press.

    How do they live like this, a friend asks, after speaking with colleagues in Israel. The Israelis were calmer than me, my friend tells me.

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Extreme Nutrition

    To most people, “bonking” implies an R-rated activity. To marathon runners, cyclists, and other endurance athletes, it’s something else entirely.

    In sports jargon, someone who “bonks” suffers severe fatigue after running out of their stored energy. People who experience the condition, also known as “hitting the wall,” describe it as having “your legs turned to cement.” Some folks hallucinate too.

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Hillary Clinton's lawyerly past

    It should not be necessary to write this column.

    Lawyers represent clients. Criminal defense lawyers represent clients accused of crimes -- sometimes horrible, evil clients accused of heinous crimes. It is the ethical and professional responsibility of these lawyers to defend those clients as vigorously as possible.

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New border politics: Blame Obama first

    As thousands of unaccompanied Central American children stream across his state's southern border, Texas Gov. Rick Perry took a paranoid turn.

    In an interview Sunday on ABC's "This Week," Perry repeated sentiments that he expressed earlier on Fox News that, as the number of detained children has surged past 60,000 in recent months, President Barack Obama might be "in on this somehow."

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Religious Freedom in Peril

    A Sudanese court in May sentences a Christian woman married to an American to be hanged, after first being lashed 100 times, after she refuses to renounce her Christian faith.

    Muslim extremists in Iraq demand that Christians pay a tax or face crucifixion, according to the Iraqi government.

    In Malaysia, courts ban some non-Muslims from using the word "Allah."

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Silicon Valley Sharknado

    Mostly, this July, I'm worrying about the jumping sharks jumping the shark.

    But Syfy's "Sharknado 2" trailer, this one about a shark storm hitting Manhattan, just went up and features chain saws buzzing, the Statue of Liberty's severed head whizzing, Tara Reid kvetching and Robert Klein barking "This is the Big Apple! Something bites us; we bite back!"

    So things look pretty promising.

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