Wednesday October 07, 2015
May 14th, 2015
The British pound had its best day in five years as early results in the British election showed a surprise victory for incumbent Prime Minister David Cameron. The political landscape, though, remains littered with landmines that may dent enthusiasm for British assets in coming weeks -- including the prospect of Britain leaving the European Union and Scotland quitting the United Kingdom.
"Words," wrote John Maynard Keynes, "ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking." I've always loved that quote, and have tried to apply it to my own writing. But I have to admit that in the long slump that followed the 2008 financial crisis - a slump that we had both the tools and the knowledge to end quickly, but didn't - the unthinking were quite successful in fending off unwelcome thoughts.
She had made a plan and now there was nothing left to do but follow it: a map in the console, a caffeinated tea in the cupholder, a tank filled with enough gas that she wouldn't have to stop for hours. Now Emily sat in front of her house in Wyoming and made a final preparation, picking up her phone and typing in an address for an abortion clinic in Montana, 407 miles away, where she would drive and then no longer be pregnant.
It's Election Day in Britain, and thanks to an unusually fractured political landscape, the results are incredibly hard to predict. Who will win? Will anybody be able to form a government?
Polls have now been open for hours, so you might expect some indication of which party (or more likely, parties) would form the government. But no, there's nothing.
It was not out of a sense of decency that the National Football League recently let go of its tax-exempt status. You see, as a tax-exempt organization, the NFL had to disclose Commissioner Roger Goodell's compensation -- $44.2 million in 2012. That seemed an excessive sum for the head of a "nonprofit" freed from having to pay any federal income tax. Now the NFL can keep it secret.
Pastor Mike Huckabee knows his Scripture. So no doubt he's familiar with Jeremiah 13:23: "Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots? Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil." Huckabee should think of that as he tries to sell himself as a conservative after governing as a moderate, if not a liberal.
Supreme Court cases have a way of changing American society far beyond the intentions and expectations of the litigants who start them - or even the justices who decide them.
Marbury v. Madison began as a fight over federal appointments and ended establishing the court as the final arbiter of constitutional issues.
Rabbits, it turns out, are a gateway animal.
Because those lead to chickens. Then goats. Then a pregnant sow. And before the two Maryland lawyers knew it, they'd ditched their townhouse, bought two acres in Silver Spring and found themselves chasing piglets around the yard and giving each other sheep for Christmas and a kelly green tractor on Mother's Day.
If Republicans are baffled by Hillary Clinton's persistent lead in the polls despite months of bad publicity, they need only examine the tensions on display in their party over the last few days.
The real news isn't that many Texans seemingly subscribe to an apocalyptic, delusional worldview that has them convinced that a U.S Army training exercise called "Jade Helm 15" is the opening wedge of an Obama-led coup d'etat -- seizing guns, importing thousands of ISIS fighters to subdue local patriots and throwing dissenters into FEMA concentration camps.