Tuesday September 02, 2014
April 17th, 2014
As I walked into the pharmacy, the technician who has kept track of all of my prescriptions for years was on an endless call trying to figure out who is going to deliver her baby and where.
The good news: Her new plan, which fully complies with the Affordable Care Act, provides much more comprehensive coverage and lower co-pays than the one she used to have.
The sweet-swinging Detroit Tigers infielder Miguel Cabrera may or may not turn out to be, by the time he retires, the best hitter in baseball history. But Cabrera already holds a historic distinction Just before the opening day of the 2014 baseball season, the 31-year-old slugger became America’s highest-paid professional ballplayer ever.
Cabrera’s newly signed contract runs 10 years. Over that span he’ll receive paychecks totaling $292 million, a near $30 million annual average.
The Pulitzer Prizes to two news outlets that cooperated with whistleblower Edward Snowden in the disclosure of widespread National Security Agency surveillance of electronic communications at home and abroad has U.S. officialdom in a dither.
My guess is that Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican Party’s highly touted budget guru, doesn’t have a very tight grip on the concept of irony.
The line between determination and delusion can be obscure. Sometimes, the distinction emerges only in retrospect, like a Polaroid image slowly appearing. In other instances, the difference between productive grit and self-defeating obsession is an artifact of chance, like the lucky bounce of a tennis ball at match point.
Let's talk about something cheerful. I nominate the apocalypse.
You may not have noticed, but we survived an end-of-the-world moment again this week when a lunar eclipse made the moon look sort of reddish. This is known as a Blood Moon, and, in certain circles, it was seen as the Start of Something Big.
The Republican Party faces a long-term challenge in presidential elections because it is defining itself as a gloomy enclave, a collection of pessimists who fear what our country is becoming and where it is going.
The party's hope deficit helps explain why there's a boomlet for Jeb Bush, a man who dares to use the word "love" in a paragraph about illegal immigrants.
A big-selling book, "Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet," helps cat lovers understand what is going on in the hearts and brains of their kitties. Sadly, not nearly so much as they thought and hoped.
I'm pretty sure what my former cat was thinking: "What's the least I can possibly do and still get her to feed me liver patties and otherwise leave me alone?" I'm not far off, author John Bradshaw seems to confirm.
As of mid-March, the nation’s rate of uninsured had declined to 15.9 percent from 17.1 percent in December.
We can’t know exactly where the rate stands now, but it’s lower. And, well, the nation’s Republican leaders will not have that.
They will do everything they can — and credit them for having done everything they could — to get us back to the good old 17.1 percent days.
Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has released his proposed budget for this nation which doesn't seem to share the same world I live in. Worse yet, it doesn't seem to practice the values found in the religion that his party so loudly proclaims.