Saturday November 22, 2014
November 20th, 2014
The line between consensual sex and sexual assault is not always comfortably clear. Especially when alcohol is involved. Especially in the context of the college hook-up culture.
Here we go again. Big election defeats inevitably are followed by major rounds of teeth-gnashing, shirt-rending, soul-searching, finger pointing, self-flagellating and circular firing squad shooting. Now it's the Democrats' turn. Again.
This too shall pass. In the bipolar gong show of Washington politics, it's the Republicans' turn. Count on them to opt for televised spectacle over governing. It's what they do.
You think a guy like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will be dutifully attending committee meetings and painstakingly crafting legislation? Not as long as President Obama's still in the White House and there are TV cameras on the premises.
After a hugely consequential election, the Senate returns this week to complete the work of the 113th Congress. With more than 90 vacancies in the federal judiciary, confirmations of federal judicial nominees should be a top priority. And it's important to note that of the 34 nominees pending before the Senate, nine are African-American.
Dick Tuck, the legendary political prankster and wit, once ran for local office in San Francisco and lost. His concession speech, in its entirety: “The people have spoken — the bastards.”
Now, you know me — I wouldn’t say anything like that about the recent elections. It’s vulgar and I’m couth.
However, if the shoe fits…
Over a decade ago, I got a call from Bill Gates.
Not the Bill Gates you’re probably thinking of. It was Bill Gates Sr., the Microsoft founder’s dad. He was eager to speak out in support of the federal estate tax, our nation’s only levy on inherited wealth.
Here's a story of utter irresponsibility: About one-third of American girls become pregnant as teenagers.
But it's not just a story of heedless girls and boys who don't take precautions. This is also a tale of national irresponsibility and political irresponsibility - of us as a country failing our kids by refusing to invest in comprehensive sex education and birth control because we, too, don't plan ahead.
The demigods of Silicon Valley like to present themselves as miracle workers, able to create electronic wonders (and wondrous profits) from nothing but their vaunted imaginations and entrepreneurial prowess.
Well, yes. But there’s another part to that program: their routine exploitation of workers.
How am I going to get you interested in the lame-duck Congress? Did you even know they came back? Perhaps it's like reports that Randy Jackson is leaving "American Idol" - the amazing news is that "American Idol" is still on the air.
See? You're already a little more engaged because I mentioned an old hit television show. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
The thrashing that voters administered to the Democrats in the midterm congressional elections confirmed the old admonition Harry Truman kept on his White House desk: "The buck stops here."