Thursday February 11, 2016
October 23rd, 2015
All right, let's take Donald Trump seriously. Instead of ridiculing his hair, judge the man on his ideas, especially his business-oriented plans for rekindling the U.S. economy.
Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, feeling disrespected at CNN's Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, says he's dropping out to consider running as an independent. That's his right, but I wonder whether anyone will notice.
It was a withdrawal speech that sounded like an announcement speech, and it perfectly captured the aching ambivalence of Joe Biden.
Is Jeb Bush justified in claiming his brother "kept us safe" from terrorism? Obviously not.
Let me be clear: It is grotesquely wrong to suggest that George W. Bush is in any way to blame for the 9/11 attacks. That odious distinction belongs to Osama bin Laden, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the 19 evil young men, most of them Saudi nationals, who hijacked airplanes, turned them into missiles and killed 3,000 Americans.
When Matt Damon is rescued from Mars in this fall's sci-fi blockbuster, "The Martian," an assist from the Chinese space program is critical to getting the American home. The plot twist is heart-warming -- not to mention about as far-fetched as a large-scale manned Mars mission.
One of the things that the Bern and the Hill agree on is that the government should do more to help Americans access life's necessities. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton both support, for instance, putting tuition at public colleges and universities on the taxpayers', rather than students', dime.
When Dale Russakoff began writing about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's $100 million gift to help fix the failing schools in Newark, N.J., she assumed she would end up telling an uplifting story of transformational change.
They worship at the high altar of football. They're everywhere. I don't give a fig about football, but the cult surrounds me. In the offseason, the devotees were stomping the floor over Tom Brady and a football's air pressure. They demanded to know my opinion on the matter. That I had none amazed them.
Today I am going to indulge in a pet peeve of mine, one that I hope you will find helpful. It's about a bias called denominator blindness and it is the scourge of anyone who has even the most rudimentary understanding of mathematics in the real world.