Thursday February 11, 2016
July 3rd, 2015
In addressing the egregious hate murder at the hallowed Emanuel A.M.E. Church Charleston, S.C., President Obama struck a somber note of anger -- moderated, however, by a sense of futility over the prospect of stemming the gun mayhem that wrought it.
When Pope Francis unveiled his letter to the world about how we must stop trashing the planet, he nearly broke the Internet.
The pithy document included hundreds of zingers, including this line: “Whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenseless before the interests of a deified market.”
We live in a time of stunning transformations. In recent weeks we’ve seen Bruce Jenner transition from a male Olympic medalist to Caitlyn Jenner, a self-assured woman gracing the cover of Vanity Fair.
Free speech may allow us to do many things but just because we can doesn't mean we should. I refer to flying the Confederate flag. How ironic that it should be such a prominent issue as we prepare to celebrate this nation's birthday. That wonderful document created by our forefathers (our foremothers were not allowed in but that is a story for another time) offers us many freedoms and possibilities but it also carries responsibility.
Some defenders of the Confederate flag in South Carolina and around the country say the flag is not a symbol of racism and violence -- but of states' rights. They say the Civil War was waged by the South to limit the authority of President Lincoln and the federal government over the states.
On a recent Saturday morning, I drove a good friend from her health club to an emergency room at a nearby hospital. Her symptoms -- not remembering what she had just done and repeating herself -- spoke of a potentially serious condition. The emergency medical technicians called to the club said we had to have them checked out right away.
How could someone hate a person simply because of dark pigment? Based on our history of racial progress and regress, it’s simple.
Racism mostly is about entitlement, about power, about privilege. And this key point: In our country it’s about a victimhood that never really happened.
Racism is nine-tenths possession. The remaining one-tenth is simple alienation.
Forget all the focus on the one ugly word President Obama used. Pay attention, instead, to the rest of the words in his podcast interview. They offer a remarkable self-portrait of a president in the second half of his second term, both chastened and liberated.
Super-achievers (and your uber-ambitious parents) - take a deep breath, go to the pool, have an ice mpop.
Do not take summer research statistics. Do not hire a robotics tutor. Do not start yet another thread on a parenting forum asking for advice on how to get your child into the much-sought-after Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Northern Virginia.
Let’s see, America is prepositioning battle tanks with our East European NATO allies to counterbalance Russia; U.S. and Russian military planes recently flew within 10 feet of each other; Russia is building a new generation of long-range ballistic missiles; and the U.S. and China are jostling in the South China Sea. Did someone restart the Cold War while I was looking the other way?