Saturday October 03, 2015
March 12th, 2015
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.
When Bibi Came to Town
When Benjamin Netanyahu looked out over the joint session of Congress that had assembled to hear him speak on March 3, the Israeli prime minister almost caught a glimpse of something unusual: empty seats.
"There was a society of men among us, bred up from their youth in the art of proving, by words multiplied for the purpose, that white is black, and black is white, according as they are paid. To this society all the rest of the people are slaves."
-- Jonathan Swift, "Gulliver's Travels," 1726
Once, I indirectly forced a neighbor to drive far out of her way for a head of broccoli. I think she’s forgiven me, but I’m not sure the love is still the same.
She was kindly caring for my child and running errands when she turned toward Wal-Mart for a quick stop. My kid was horrified.
The Danville Education Association (Pa.) has been operating without a contract for three years.
Two years ago, the teachers approved recommendations of an independent fact-finder; the board rejected it. This eventually led to a protest strike of five days in April 2014. Recently, the teachers and the board agreed to submit their proposals to an independent arbitrator.
Welcome to a whole new world.
In Congress, that is. Not in the actual world. Control your expectations, for heaven's sake.
You may have noticed that in an orgy of bipartisan cooperation, Congress passed a bill this week funding the Department of Homeland Security until the fall. Then, on Wednesday, the House passed a bipartisan bill funding the Amtrak system.