Tuesday September 02, 2014
May 14th, 2014
My friends from outside of Los Angeles are horrified. "Donald Sterling is a pig?" they say with surprise. "A racist, ignorant, loud-mouthed fool?" And Jewish, to boot. This is not, my mother would have said, good for the Jews.
No one I know who lives here is shocked at the news. I don't even think of him as Jewish. I think of him as Donald Sterling, the guy who used to crowd the front section of the newspaper with full-size ads praising himself for being honored by his own charities.
The new comedy show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver included a well-deserved riff on the food industry in its first episode. Oliver, who you might know from his work on Comedy Central’s fake news program, The Daily Show, went after two well-deserved targets: Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice and Coca-Cola.
He refers to a court case in which Pom Wonderful took on Coca-Cola for its Pomegranate Blueberry Minute Maid drink that is made of 99 percent apple and grape juice.
The language commonly used to describe the battle going on inside the Republican Party is wrong and misleading. The fights this spring are not between "the grass roots" and "the establishment," but between two establishment factions spending vast sums to gain the upper hand.
With political indicators and historical cycles in their favor, Republicans are pushing the envelope to further energize their base with a full assault on the head of the opposition.
Parties that don't control the White House invariably gain in midterm elections. But the anti-Clinton drive energized Democrats. That year, Republicans failed to gain congressional seats in a midterm for the first time since 1934 and for the first time in a president's second term since 1822.
After endlessly trying to repeal and replace "Obamacare," the GOP has come up empty-handed. The health-care law appears to be gaining more public acceptance. So congressional Republicans are doing what they can to revive another old hobby horse -- Benghazi.
If centuries of attempting to interpret the Constitution have taught us anything, it is that there is a great deal of disagreement about what the Founders actually meant at any given time. No one seems quite sure, except for Justice Antonin Scalia, on whose shoulder the ghost of Thomas Jefferson perches and into whose ear John Adams' restive spirit frequently whispers sweet nothings.
Regardless of what President Goodluck Jonathan's government would have us believe, Nigeria is losing the war against Boko Haram.
While Fox News is worried about wives who make more money than their husbands, the rest of the world has more serious concerns to think about. Just in case you missed it a Fox newsman moderating a panel discussion pursued the idea that a man making less money than his wife somehow has his masculinity imperiled. His reasoning (if it could be called reasoning) is that men are supposed to bring home the bacon. Never mind that in most parts of the world civilization has advanced beyond that era of the great hunter bringing home the kill of the day.
CBS’s unsung “Trophy Wife” is one of few sitcoms true to its “com.” In part, this is because it allows the children in its cast to be childish.
In one episode, gangly teen Warren, prodded to try out for a sport, announces he’s achieved “Jackie Robinson” status by joining the girls’ field hockey team.
Does Monica Lewinsky really think she was a victim of cyber bullying?
Apparently so, according to her "coming out" piece in Vanity Fair, which is getting a lot of attention, ostensibly because of its potential impact on Hillary 2016.