Saturday January 31, 2015
June 18th, 2014
Have you stopped using your hands? Do your fingers struggle to sign your name? Is chopping an onion with a knife hard work? Must you call someone to fix a cabinet door off the hinges? Is it agony to sew on a button?
For many, computers and laziness have sapped our manual skills. This is not progress.
The Iraq disaster remains George W. Bush's enduring folly, and the Republican attempt to shift the blame to the Obama presidency is obscene nonsense. This was, and will always be, viewed properly as Bush's quagmire, a murderous killing field based on blatant lies.
Whoa, that was close. The National Rifle Association nearly shot itself in the foot recently with a common-sense editorial it posted online.
Is this 2014 or 2003?
I'm flinching at a painful sense of déjà vu as we hear calls for military intervention in Iraq, as President Barack Obama himself - taunted by critics who contend he's weak - is said to be considering drone strikes there.
Mitt Romney is back.
Don't leap to any conclusions. After all, there are a lot of different ways to be back. You can be back as in "back running for president." Or just back as in "back in the public eye." Or back driving to Canada with a dog strapped to the car roof.
As Oliver Hardy used to tell Stan Laurel is those old black-and-white movie comedies, "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!"
That continues to be Barack Obama's refrain to his predecessor, George W. Bush, as he struggles in his sixth year in the Oval Office to bring about the change in Washington he promised in 2008.
A cartoon drawn by Marty Bucella going around Facebook these days depicts an overweight man on a scale with his doctor. “No, it’s not water,” the doctor says. “You seem to be retaining food.”
That was me.
Yes, it’s true, I write about food. And I generally do eat a healthy diet made up of whole foods. In fact, most of my food is organic and locally grown.
Here's an amazing fact that most of the Chicken Little rhetoric about the crisis in Iraq fails to take into account: The city of Mosul, population 1.5 million, fell to ISIL insurgents because two divisions of Iraq's army (30,000 soldiers) shed their uniforms, abandoned their weapons, and fled from 800 Sunni religious extremists in pickup trucks.
Imagine we had a brazen and powerful gang stealing trillions of dollars from the American people. Then imagine that our law enforcement folks knew the identities of every one of that gang’s ringleaders.
Wouldn’t it be great if the government of the United States had the technological wherewithal to track those ringleaders day in and day out? The ability to see who they were phoning. Or emailing. Or where they were going on the Internet.