Thursday November 26, 2015
March 12th, 2015
If you want to know what a political party really stands for, follow the money. Pundits and the public are often deceived; remember when George W. Bush was a moderate, and Chris Christie a reasonable guy who could reach out to Democrats? Major donors, however, generally have a very good idea of what they are buying, so tracking their spending tells you a lot.
Let's begin with Benjamin Netanyahu's Iran logic. He portrays a rampaging Islamic Republic that "now dominates four Arab capitals, Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and Sanaa," a nation "gobbling" other countries on a "march of conquest, subjugation and terror." Then, in the same speech, he describes Iran as "a very vulnerable regime" on the brink of folding.
Well, which is it?
The idea of helping low-income people by subsidizing their fares on public transportation sounds noble. It truly does. But as a means of confronting the national problem of meager paychecks, it's rather misdirected.
We take our shoes off at the airport, strip for metal detectors at public buildings and back away from our decreasingly free and open society all in the name of fear.
But sledding? Sledding?! No. Security, terrorism and fear cannot kill sledding in the nation's capital.
And the small, snowy protest on Capitol Hill on Thursday put all that in a little bit of perspective.
After enduring 72 hours of negative press over her exclusive use of a private email account during her time as secretary of state, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton responded via Twitter late Wednesday night.
@HillaryClinton, March 4, 11:35 p.m.: "I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible."
In October, two young Americans set off on the most daring and foolhardy wilderness expedition since, oh, maybe Lewis and Clark.
They were trying to become the first people ever to backpack from Canada to Mexico on the Pacific Crest Trail in the dead of winter. Once before, in 1983, two people set out to traverse the trail in winter. They never made it. Their bodies were found a month after they fell off an icy cliff.
Mother Jones, a feisty investigative magazine with a left-progressive slant, has been on the warpath lately in pursuit of Fox News host Bill O'Reilly. The charge: serial exaggerations and outright whoppers of a sort that brought punishment for NBC's Brian Williams.
When Bibi Came to Town
When Benjamin Netanyahu looked out over the joint session of Congress that had assembled to hear him speak on March 3, the Israeli prime minister almost caught a glimpse of something unusual: empty seats.
"There was a society of men among us, bred up from their youth in the art of proving, by words multiplied for the purpose, that white is black, and black is white, according as they are paid. To this society all the rest of the people are slaves."
-- Jonathan Swift, "Gulliver's Travels," 1726
Once, I indirectly forced a neighbor to drive far out of her way for a head of broccoli. I think she’s forgiven me, but I’m not sure the love is still the same.
She was kindly caring for my child and running errands when she turned toward Wal-Mart for a quick stop. My kid was horrified.