Saturday February 28, 2015
October 23rd, 2014
We Americans do panic really well.
We could use a few pointers on prudence.
Do me a favor. Turn away from the ceaseless media coverage of Ebola in Texas - the interviews with the Dallas nurse's neighbors, the hand-wringing over her pooch, the instructions on protective medical gear - and answer this: Have you had your flu shot? Are you planning on one?
It's not too soon to state the obvious: At this point, the war against the Islamic State can only be seen as failing.
There exists a government boondoggle that offends conservatives, liberals, environmentalists, oil refiners, cattle ranchers and taxpayers alike. It's not easy to get that kind of Kumbaya going, but the corn-based ethanol program has done it.
Would a Republican takeover of the Senate improve the prospects that an immigration bill will get to President Barack Obama's desk? That theory is making the rounds - and some of the people who oppose the dominant approach to immigration reform are starting to worry about it.
They warned us.
The picture in the paper showed two 60-something women, embracing and kissing, having just been pronounced spouse and spouse.
As I looked at the photo, I felt it: a rumbling, crumbling sound. Earth tremor? Landslide? The arrival of unwanted company?
Miles of farmland, rolling hills and clipped lawns across the state of Maryland, and there's one crop that seems a little sickly this year: the gubernatorial lawn sign.
"Ugh. I just don't know. I can't really decide on anyone I want to vote for," said the woman doing her early morning grocery shopping in Edgewater over the weekend, just three weeks from Election Day.
To grasp how Vladimir Putin is progressing in his campaign to overturn the post-Cold War order in Europe, it's worth looking beyond eastern Ukraine, where the Kremlin is busy consolidating a breakaway puppet state. After all, Ukraine, as President Obama likes to point out, is not a member of NATO - which has extended Western security and democratic governance to a dozen nations that had been dominated by Soviet dictatorship.
Crossroads GPS has assailed Democratic Sen. Mark Udall for shortchanging Colorado residents with his votes on health insurance; Patriot Majority USA has gone after the Republican Senate candidate in Arkansas, Tom Cotton, for being a supposed shill of the insurance industry and opposing a farm bill.
Is Amazon a monopoly?
That certainly is what Franklin Foer, the editor of The New Republic, thinks. In the magazine's current issue, he has written a lengthy polemic denouncing the company for all manner of sins. The headline reads: "Amazon Must Be Stopped."