Thursday October 30, 2014
October 16th, 2014
They are a small society, bound by tragedy.
When a child goes missing, few people can fathom the awful wait, the filling in of blanks, the nightmares. There aren't many who can relate to the horror that Hannah Graham's family is living now.
The extinction of the American raise - dead as a dodo, by every empirical measure - has become a truth universally acknowledged. Even Republican House Speaker John Boehner, not a fellow often glimpsed on the barricades with protesting workers, pronounced that "wages are stagnant" in his comments on the most recent employment figures.
What if they balanced the budget and nobody knew or cared?
We beg you, Republicans, keep the gaffes coming. Exposure of simple lies doesn't seem to be enough to catch voters' attention. It takes the outrageous comments and actions to catch the attention of the media and therefore the public. Even though those unbelievable happenings fall on a few deaf ears, by and large they indicate just what we could be in for should the Republicans prevail in the coming elections.
It's hard to believe, in the wake of this week's Supreme Court refusal to review federal court rulings in favor of gay marriage, but some gay-marriage backers once took a dim view of federal constitutional lawsuits meant to advance the cause.
When you buy a new car, you dodge the sketchy salesman, read up on consumer ratings, get a feel for the ride. When you get married, you think about growing old with a person, love beyond lust, do a life gut check. And when you elect a federal lawmaker next month, you go against everything you believe in to reward the worst Congress ever.
As an old popular song asks: What do you get if you “work your fingers right down to the bone?” Boney fingers.
As housekeepers in the sprawling Marriott hotel chains know, that’s more than a cute lyric. It’s the truth.
Did you notice that all that fuss over those Central American kids who were crossing the U.S. border alone suddenly died down?
A few days ago, I was on a panel on Bill Maher's television show on HBO that became a religious war.