Wednesday September 02, 2015
March 12th, 2015
It's one of the most popular comic strips of all time: "Peanuts" by Charles M. Schulz. But it wasn't all about Charlie Brown. There were Lucy, Snoopy, Violet, and, my favorite, Pig-Pen -- the little boy who couldn't stay clean. He was always surrounded by a cloud of dust and dirt. He couldn't walk through a snowstorm without getting dirty.
It's great that Hillary Clinton has asked the State Department to release her official emails. Still, belated disclosure isn't going to make the story go away; it doesn't deal with questions about why Clinton decided to proceed in this seemingly secretive direction despite government regulations that at the very least required she take steps to ensure the emails were duly transferred to official logs.
It was disconcerting to watch Congress cheer wildly as a foreign leader, the prime minister of one of America's closest allies, trashed an American president's foreign policy. It was equally strange that the speaker of our House of Representatives interjected the United States Congress into an Israeli political campaign.
If you want to know what a political party really stands for, follow the money. Pundits and the public are often deceived; remember when George W. Bush was a moderate, and Chris Christie a reasonable guy who could reach out to Democrats? Major donors, however, generally have a very good idea of what they are buying, so tracking their spending tells you a lot.
Let's begin with Benjamin Netanyahu's Iran logic. He portrays a rampaging Islamic Republic that "now dominates four Arab capitals, Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and Sanaa," a nation "gobbling" other countries on a "march of conquest, subjugation and terror." Then, in the same speech, he describes Iran as "a very vulnerable regime" on the brink of folding.
Well, which is it?
The idea of helping low-income people by subsidizing their fares on public transportation sounds noble. It truly does. But as a means of confronting the national problem of meager paychecks, it's rather misdirected.
We take our shoes off at the airport, strip for metal detectors at public buildings and back away from our decreasingly free and open society all in the name of fear.
But sledding? Sledding?! No. Security, terrorism and fear cannot kill sledding in the nation's capital.
And the small, snowy protest on Capitol Hill on Thursday put all that in a little bit of perspective.
After enduring 72 hours of negative press over her exclusive use of a private email account during her time as secretary of state, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton responded via Twitter late Wednesday night.
@HillaryClinton, March 4, 11:35 p.m.: "I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible."
In October, two young Americans set off on the most daring and foolhardy wilderness expedition since, oh, maybe Lewis and Clark.
They were trying to become the first people ever to backpack from Canada to Mexico on the Pacific Crest Trail in the dead of winter. Once before, in 1983, two people set out to traverse the trail in winter. They never made it. Their bodies were found a month after they fell off an icy cliff.
Mother Jones, a feisty investigative magazine with a left-progressive slant, has been on the warpath lately in pursuit of Fox News host Bill O'Reilly. The charge: serial exaggerations and outright whoppers of a sort that brought punishment for NBC's Brian Williams.