Wednesday October 07, 2015
I love baseball. I have since I was a kid. And I’m lucky to be married to a woman who loves the game as much as I do.
We recently attended the 86th annual Major League All Star Game in Cincinnati. As part of the opening ceremonies, the Cincinnati Reds honored what they called the Franchise Four, the four greatest players in the team’s history: Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Barry Larkin, and Pete Rose.
Right now, it's beginning to look as if President Obama will end up deserving the Nobel Peace Prize he was so prematurely awarded in 2009.
Perhaps you recall how, during the 2008 Democratic primary campaign, Obama's opponents treated his expressed willingness to speak with the leaders of unfriendly countries such as Cuba and Iran as a sign of immaturity.
I have so many questions about the case in which Sandra Bland was arrested in a small Texas town and died in police custody. These are questions that ought to be easy to answer, questions that I suspect many others may share. Here are just some of my areas of inquiry.
At the very start of Donald Trump's farcical presidential campaign, he did the rival Democratic Party a great favor by tarnishing the entire Republican brand with his irresponsible smear of Mexican border-crossers.
The Canadian rocker and master storyteller Neil Young says: “Music is a universal language.”
Yes, and when created by a people’s champion like him, music can bring down the high and mighty — just as Joshua’s trumpeters brought down the walls of Jericho.
Or, in Young’s case, the walls of Monsanto.
If the Republicans want to save themselves from the demolition derby of their presidential primary race, they would flock to the side of Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
Kasich stands out in the field. He broke records in his re-election in a purple swing state, carrying every group in 86 of 88 counties -- including Cleveland's Cuyahoga County, which Barack Obama won by a 2-to-1 margin in 2012.
What a relief. In exchange for Iran taking steps to guarantee that it can’t build nuclear weapons, the sanctions that have choked off its access to world markets will end without a single shot.
Instead of celebrating this diplomatic breakthrough, conservative lawmakers are plotting to scuttle the pact. And despite their opposition, some Republicans are milking this accord for a pet project: ending all limits on U.S. crude sales.
The media and even some experts continue to miss the boat on obesity. Consider this recent example.
“Being overweight or obese increases the risk of a variety of chronic health conditions, including type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” reported the Los Angeles Times. “Extra weight also can make people more vulnerable to certain types of cancer.”
Bob Kerrey served in the Senate with John McCain, is also a Vietnam veteran and has run for president, so he has been asked incessantly over recent days to appear on television and weigh in on Donald Trump’s vile besmirching of McCain’s military record.
Dog days. Dog days. Nothing to write about. Nothing at all.
Caitlyn Jenner's evening wear? The latest Cosby atrocity? The freshest offering of Trump idiocy? What to write about?
Hmm. How about something that has affected every family of every child in every public school for over a decade?