Thursday October 08, 2015
April 2nd, 2015
Thomas Jefferson's university was founded in 1819 as an auspicious institution, an "academical village" surrounding a building modeled after the Roman Pantheon with a strict honor code and a deep commitment to traditions and public service.
The 2016 election is still 19 mind-numbing, soul-killing months away. There is, however, another important election in just six weeks, as Britain goes to the polls. And many of the same issues are on the table.
What happened to Bobby Jindal?
He was the next wave of Republican. He was young and smart - a Rhodes scholar. He was the son of immigrants and the first Indian-American governor in this country's history.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is an acquired taste. It may surprise people outside of his Democratic caucus that many of his colleagues will miss him. But they will.
In Saudi Arabia, the Mutaween are 3,500 public officials and thousands of volunteers who work for the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice. They are responsible for enforcing strict religious laws. Among the many laws are those that require all women to wear head scarves and black gowns when in public.
The “Morality Police” also exist in Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and several fundamentalist Arab countries.
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is urging baristas to engage customers in discussions about race and inequality -- as if his employees already were not busy enough trying to tell my coffee-and-espresso-shot from the next guy's vanilla latte.
Does Schultz really want to go there? I know he's a marketing genius. Who else could turn overpriced cups of coffee into a daily lifestyle choice for millions of drinkers world-wide?
Last week the Ghost of Gridlock Present crossed paths in Washington with the Ghost of Gridlock Future. It makes for a spine-chilling tale.
Gridlock Present was haunting the Senate, where legislators dissolved into partisan warfare over a bill to fight human trafficking that most of them support.
As if more proof were needed about congressional dysfunction, witness the spectacle of the last two weeks, in which the Senate managed to grind itself to a halt over a human trafficking bill that both sides want to pass.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's election victory -- won on the strength of his temporary promise never to approve a two-state solution for Palestine and Israel -- was akin to pulling a rabbit out of a hat.
Pity the poor cat.
Somehow that creature of infinite detachment emerged as the symbol of incessant attachment here at South by Southwest.