Saturday October 10, 2015
May 7th, 2015
The Japanese government did something weird last week, but weird in a good way that other governments should follow. It nominated (drumroll) a new member of its central bank (fanfare) who has actually (fireworks) worked in industry (huge applause, fade to sunset) -- namely Yukitoshi Funo, 68, who used to run Toyota Motor's North American business. Equally surprisingly, the guy he'll replace later this year is Yoshihisa Morimoto, himself a former executive of Tokyo Electric Power Co.
The Lone Ranger knew what he was doing when he inspired the famous inquiry as he rode off into the sunset: "Who was that masked man?"
The American tradition of mystery and modesty surrounding our heroes, especially those in the military, has well served the notion that anonymous bravery and other self-sacrifice for the nation best suit those who put on the uniform.
What started out as righteous protest over the death of a young black man in the hands of Baltimore cops (he had been accused of “making eye contact with a police officer”) quickly degenerated into a full-scale riot. By nightfall the city was on fire, its hopes for a better tomorrow in ruins.
What is a major league baseball game without any fans there to cheer? No one selling hot dogs, no one hawking programs, no need for any ushers. Welcome to Baltimore, where the first two games of a three-game series were postponed and the third is to be played with no people, lest what should be a sporting event degenerate into a race riot.
As a professional matter, I've been halfway dreading Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy. The 2016 Democratic nomination appears to be hers for the asking. Democrats enjoy a strong Electoral College advantage. And yet it's hard to imagine how she can overcome the unrelenting hostility of the Washington media clique.
Kraft made news the other day with this announcement: Beginning next year, its macaroni and cheese will no longer contain artificial preservatives or colors.
One of the favorite foods of American kids will more closely resemble something that actually comes from the earth, instead of something scientists concocted in a lab.
Back in my 20s, I had a modest dream: By my 40s, I hoped, I’d be able to pay off my student debt. I’d even give some of my hard-earned money to my mom and rent a nice apartment. Maybe I’d get a dog, too.
And I wanted to do it while making a difference for working-class families like my own.
My three takeaways from Tuesday's Supreme Court arguments on same-sex marriage involve the justices' reasonable anxiety about overstepping their constitutional roles; the ridiculous argument that same-sex marriage would harm the state's interest in protecting marriage as a vehicle for procreation; and the irrelevance of Roe v. Wade as historical precedent.
Coal’s death throes are drawing closer, especially in Appalachia.
Nearly three-quarters of the coal extracted from West Virginia, Virginia, and Kentucky these days is being mined at a loss. The number of coal companies declaring bankruptcy or edging toward it is mounting.
Our subject here is two self-evident and highly political truths: (1) School vouchers, by whatever name they’re called, are deceitful at their core. (2) Whatever proponents may call them, school vouchers aren’t really about education at all.
We’ll talk about the ramifications of this deceit regarding vital K-12 public institutions, but first: