Thursday September 03, 2015
May 28th, 2015
If Iraqis won't fight for their nation's survival, why on earth should we?
Whenever America's reputation as the world's prime military power takes a hit, a partisan argument inevitably breaks out over who's to blame. From "Who lost China?" to "Who lost Korea?" and "Who lost Vietnam?" the two major parties have regularly jockeyed to assign fault to the other one. So it is beginning again with "Who is losing Iraq?" with the fall of Ramadi along with already fallen Mosul, in that besieged battleground.
As the Supreme Court grows ever closer to releasing their opinion on same sex marriage, we all think we know the answer. How could it be any other way than to allow such? However, we had best keep in mind they, this court and its predecessors, have fooled us before.
Count me among those mystified over the biker gang melee in Waco, Texas -- a shootout that left nine dead. Why are these guys committing grown-up violence over the seemingly adolescent concern of who belongs to their group and who doesn't? Who are they?
For answers, I consulted James F. Quinn, a University of North Texas sociologist who has studied the Bandidos and other outlaw biker "clubs."
One of the Obama administration's underrated virtues is its intellectual honesty. Yes, Republicans see deception and sinister ulterior motives everywhere, but they're just projecting. The truth is that, in the policy areas I follow, this White House has been remarkably clear and straightforward about what it's doing and why.
Every area, that is, except one: international trade and investment.
They moved into their low-slung Florida home on Memorial Day, 37 years ago.
And the first thing Joe did was dig a hole for a flagpole, right near the carport. He was a Navy veteran, survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the rock Mary Morgan Kleiss needed to bring order to the chaos in her life, which included work as a cocktail waitress, two young children and a one-armed former husband.
If you want to see the face of the new Cuba, talk to Niuris Higuiera, co-owner and chef of Havana's Paladar Atelier (paladar's the name Cubans use for privately-owned restaurants).
You probably think there is a big struggle over the Democratic Party's soul and the meaning of progressivism. After all, that's what the media talk about incessantly, often with a lot of help from the parties involved in the rumble.
Let's discuss putting a picture of a woman on the $20 bill. But, first: How many of you remember Ivy Baker Priest?
OK, nobody. Good thing I'm hard to discourage. But stick with me for a minute, and then we'll talk about Harriet Tubman versus Andrew Jackson.
The bombast and grandiosity of NFL football have always put me off. Fans too often treat ballgames as if they were wars between rival tribes or nation states; symbolic struggles between good and evil. As somebody who watches probably 150 major league baseball games a year, I find the hype alternately exhausting and ridiculous.