Thursday December 12, 2013
November 21st, 2013
Excuse me, free-market conservatives, but why the sudden concern over millions set to lose their health insurance?
Did such a problem concern you before President Obama and the Democrats set out to insure more Americans?
Did it? I may have to review my notes.
Chris Christie appeared on four of the five Sunday morning television talk shows to celebrate his re-election as governor of New Jersey and not, repeat, not, his candidacy for president. True enough, he'd just pulled off a near miracle, winning women, immigrants, seniors, millennials, baby boomers, independents and vegans in a very blue state.
The comic figure of the braggart soldier first appears in Plautus's play "Miles Gloriosus" in roughly 200 B.C., although the Roman dramatist acknowledged a now-lost Greek model. So it's surprising that somebody who's spent as much time in war zones as "60 Minutes'" Lara Logan failed to recognize the type: a swaggering, self-anointed hero describing military feats nobody witnessed but him.
What, I wonder, explains the gender gap in political corruption?
Women make up almost 20 percent of the current Congress, according to the Center for American Women and Politics, but they don't come anywhere near that proportion of Congress' scandals.
"My actions were coming from a place of love."
So said Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, all 320 cuddly pounds, about his racist, profane and threatening behavior toward teammate Jonathan Martin.
Loving would not be the first adjective that comes to mind about Incognito's voice mails and texts. Reports of the goings-on in the Dolphins locker room give new meaning to the phrase offensive line.
The problem of America's congested roads has long been simple: too many tires vying for a fixed amount of pavement. But with a growing bicycle culture joining the car culture, the difficulties have expanded greatly. The conveyances now travel at very different speeds, follow different rules of the road and expose their operators to vastly different levels of physical vulnerability.
It goes without saying that the only near-term deal with Iran worth partially lifting sanctions for would be a deal that freezes all the key components of Iran's nuclear weapons development program, and the only deal worth lifting all sanctions for is one that verifiably restricts Iran's ability to breakout and build a nuclear bomb.
Good old George can stop spinning in his grave. Yes, that George, our most heroic general and inspiring president, who warned us in his farewell address "to guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism." It's an alert that's been ignored in the nation's hysterical reaction to the attacks of 9/11 that culminated in the NSA's assault on our Constitution's guarantee of "the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures."
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has reiterated his determination to put a hold on President Barack Obama's nominees for Federal Reserve chairman and Homeland Security secretary until the administration allowed survivors of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, to testify before Congress. He first delivered this threat following the Oct. 27 broadcast of a "60 Minutes" feature on the Benghazi attack. CBS has now retracted that report, based on the unreliability of its primary source.