Thursday October 30, 2014
Archive - 2014
For two decades, right up until the day they fled Virginia nine years ago, the women hid their love from a wider world they'd always found so hostile and homophobic.
Conservative religious groups and a handful of Republican lawmakers decried the Supreme Court's decision Monday to allow same-sex marriage rulings stand in five states, saying it will help motivate voters to the polls in protest.
Even if Republicans take the Senate this year, gaining control of both houses of Congress, they won't gain much in conventional terms: They're already able to block legislation, and they still won't be able to pass anything over the president's veto. One thing they will be able to do, however, is impose their will on the Congressional Budget Office, heretofore a nonpartisan referee on policy proposals.
As Ken Burns' superb documentary on the Roosevelts reminded us, "Happy Days Are Here Again" is one of the most evocative anthems in the history of the Democratic Party. You have to ask: Why aren't the Democrats, and the country, singing it loudly now?
Let's hope Secret Service snafus don't spark even more attackers -- or maybe I'm being paranoid.
There's a lot of paranoia going around these days, as the Secret Service slips from its former position of glory to its new status of being unfavorably compared to the Keystone Kops.
A half-dozen senators fighting for their political lives - and their party's hold on the majority - in tough races while trying to avoid being dragged down by an unpopular president and the stark reality that second-term midterm elections almost never work out for the side controlling the White House.
In comfortable suburbs such as this one on the outskirts of Denver, school board meetings are normally sleepy events.
Secret Service agents nursing their wounds from the recent disclosures of incompetence in protecting the president should read Carl Sandburg's account of how one of their forebears failed in his assigned task on the fateful night in April 1865 when Abraham Lincoln went to Ford's Theater.
A new recruit, Brad, arrives at the Secret Service headquarters. He is fit and motivated and has taken the liberty of getting himself an earpiece and some of those dark glasses he has seen agents wearing in movies.
A Secret Service manager strolls over.
Manager: You the new guy?
Brad: That's right.