Saturday October 10, 2015
September 28th, 2015
Two events last month made for a strange juxtaposition: a celebration of a Southern president, Jimmy Carter, after he disclosed his battle with cancer, and the enthusiastic crowds that turned out in the South for the Republican candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.
Business wonk that I am, my favorite moment in last week’s Republican debate came when Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump got into a spat over which of them had the lousier track record as business leaders.
When the history of the quest for the 2016 Republican nomination is written, the chapter on September 2015 will be among its ugliest. The front-runner allowed a racist lie about President Obama to go unchallenged. And the second-place challenger would defy the Constitution to red-line the White House to exclude Muslims. As a result, neither man is fit to sit in the Oval Office.
Is it possible to sexually exploit one's self?
That question is one of many conundrums in the recent case of a teenage North Carolina couple charged with making and distributing child pornography.
Their alleged crime: snapping and sending nude photos - of themselves.
“Ahmed” is every bit as American as “Joe.”
“Hussein” is every bit as American as “Shaughnessy” or "Flannery" or "McGill."
Need this be said? Now, of those bigots who consider Irish-Americans to be lesser forms of Americans: They are oafs and nincompoops.
Last week the Federal Reserve chose not to raise interest rates. It was the right decision. In fact, I’m among the economists wondering why we’re even thinking about raising rates right now.
The media has a new darling in the Republican presidential disaster pageant: Carly Fiorina.
She dominated, “dropped the mic,” “owned the stage” and of course she did it all while “standing in a pair of 3-1/2-inch heels for three hours.”
This amount of drooling should come with a year’s supply of bibs.
It was a coincidence, but a jarring one, that the second Republican presidential debate took place the day before Constitution Day. The GOP candidates' remarks betrayed the need for a remedial course -- or maybe any course at all -- in constitutional law, judicial independence and the rule of law.
In a sense, after all the tribulations of her rather erratic 2016 presidential campaign kickoff, Hillary Clinton went back to square the other day. After much verbal bobbing and weaving, she finally came right out and said she had made a mistake using a private Internet server as secretary of state that had raised suspicions about her secrecy and trustworthiness.
"Facts are stubborn things," goes an old saying that President Ronald Reagan liked to quote. Unfortunately, so are cherished myths.
Remember how during his 2008 presidential bid Sen. John McCain courageously corrected a woman at a town hall meeting who said that then-candidate Barack Obama was "an Arab"?