Saturday November 28, 2015
June 25th, 2015
Having had my say about Jeb Bush I had expected to drop the subject but that is not to be. The more I know about the man the worse it gets. I once had the feeling that at times he showed a slight inclination toward progressiveness. I was wrong, as in knowing what I know now.
Perhaps we African-Americans should feel flattered that Rachel Dolezal wanted so desperately to be one of us.
Or maybe we should feel insulted, as some of her critics say, by her demonstration of white privilege even as she boldly lived a life of opposition to it.
Substituting an exclamation point for his inconvenient last name, Jeb! has officially entered the presidential race. Why isn't everyone else quaking in fear?
There's been a significant rise in "heavy drinking" among Americans, according to a new study out of the University of Washington.
But what do these researchers mean by "heavy drinking"? wine lovers must ask. For a woman, heavy drinking is defined as more than one glass of wine a day. For men, it's more than two. Other definitions of heavy drinking use similar measures. But hmm.
In February, I offered odds on the Republican nomination contest. The field of candidates has evolved since then, and the number of genuinely possible winners has narrowed.
The Republican Party keeps announcing its new modernity, declaring its new inclusiveness, swearing that it has changed and then showing that it hasn't.
Witness Rand Paul, who is supposed to be one of its fresher, unconventional faces.
I don't recall a time when more people were running for president and fewer of them offered anything more than poll-tested generalities designed to rally their own bases. No one surprises you with any daring. If we could tax their clichés, we'd balance the budget.
The most shocking thing about flying with Capt. Katie Higgins isn't surviving three G's when she rockets her monster airplane into the sky at 375 miles per hour. Or going weightless four times when she dives it, amped on the squeals and screams coming from the passengers behind her. Or watching veteran troops who swaggered onto her C-130 cargo plane lose it in their barf bags, one after another.
Maybe it was white rage that provoked a young man to kill nine innocent worshipers as they prayed. Maybe it was mental illness or some other twisted motivation. The one thing about which there can be no debate is that he had a gun.
This is the second column I've written about Deborah Loewenberg Ball, the dean of the University of Michigan's School of Education. Ball believes the training that teachers get while they are in school needs to be drastically improved. Last year, I wrote about her effort to develop a professional training curriculum that would allow beginning teachers to be far better grounded in their craft than they are now.