Tuesday September 01, 2015
February 26th, 2015
OK, here goes. I've no doubt that this column will probably generate more hate mail than any other I've written, much of it from my own friends. Maybe even my wife. But I'll say it right up front: I would not vote for any candidate for president, Democrat or Republican, who did not have a college degree.
Because I believe in giving the devil his due I do want to recognize the latest outrageous Florida legislator. He has introduced legislation to assure that only the proper gender is allowed in a restroom. As the wags put it, better take your birthday certificate to the toilet with you. Yes, this legislation is targeted to the transgender.
Lupita Nyong'o picked up an Oscar last year for her searing portrayal of a scarred captive in "12 Years a Slave." But many in the Academy Awards audience -- just reminded of the misery depicted in a film clip -- must have felt a bit mixed up when the woman they associated with a tormented slave floated up the stage stairs in a sumptuous sky-blue Prada gown, holding up the pleated skirt lest she trip on the yards of luxury.
After he won re-election last November, soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made two sets of comments reflecting the dueling impulses of the Republican Mind. Freud fans might refer to the superego, aka the conscience, and the id.
It's probably best if there are no fancy gift bags for the political spouses this weekend.
But I bet they'll all be talking about the ones they got in 2012, when a group of gubernatorial spouses attended a lovely luncheon hosted by a relative newcomer to their exclusive club: Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell.
Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, is said to be a rising contender for the Republican presidential nomination. So, on Wednesday, he did what, these days, any ambitious Republican must and pledged allegiance to charlatans and cranks.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is giving chutzpah a bad name.
Like many Americans, I've been wary of labor unions.
Full-time union stagehands at Carnegie Hall earning more than $400,000 a year? A union hailing its defense of a New York teacher who smelled of alcohol and passed out in class, with even the principal unable to rouse her? A police union in New York City that has a tantrum and goes on virtual strike?
In his 1973 classic film, "Sleeper," Woody Allen plays a cryogenically preserved Greenwich Village health food entrepreneur who is brought back to life in the year 2173.
Upon awakening, he requests a breakfast of wheat germ, organic honey and tiger's milk - puzzling his futuristic medical handlers.
One thing that is certain about Monday's ruling by a federal judge in Texas blocking implementation of President Obama's executive actions on immigration reform -- it won't be the last word.