Saturday October 25, 2014
February 26th, 2014
My son’s best friend bought an iPhone shortly after they were first released in 2007.
Not long after my son’s friend got his Apple iPhone, he got an app—the Atomic fart. It appealed to his—and millions’ of others’—junior high school sense of humor, although by the time they could digitally play a series of farts, they were long past puberty.
Johnny Weethee, a beautiful and beaming child who at the age of 3 still struggles to speak, encapsulates the shortcomings of our approach to poverty.
As an infant, Johnny was deaf but no one noticed or got him the timely medical care he needed to restore his hearing. He lives in a trailer here in the hills of rural Appalachia with a mom who loves him and tries to support him but is also juggling bills, frozen pipes and a broken car that she can't afford to fix.
Heirs care about how their parents are remembered, although they have very different ways of showing it.
The daughters of President Lyndon B. Johnson, for example, are trying busily to spruce up their father's record of a half-century ago. The sons of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., by contrast, sound eager to offer their father's legacy piece-by-piece to the highest bidders.
Is it possible that the 2016 presidential campaign is already a mess? You're probably not thinking much about it, which is healthy. No wonder you're looking so trim and your cheeks are pink. But the candidates in the thick of it can't ignore the noise, and that's not healthy.
Many American viewers of the Olympic Games in Sochi were no doubt disappointed that the Russian and U.S. hockey teams meet in a rematch of their historical 1980 clash for the gold medal. That huge upset sent roars of "USA! USA!" across what was then the Cold War world, as if it were the triumph of freedom itself.
Republicans are unhappy that President Obama is invoking his executive powers to govern in the face of a do-nothing-in-2014 House of Representatives. To hear them talk, you would think our chief executive is modeling himself on the late Hugo Chavez and wants to seize dictatorial control.
This, of course, is nonsense. In fact, Obama has in many ways been less aggressive in his use of executive authority than his predecessors.
"What is stopping us from moving to this kind of technology?" asked a perplexed Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. It was last Tuesday, and the Senate Judiciary Committee, on which Klobuchar sits, was holding a hearing about the recent breaches of Target and Neiman Marcus in which the data from tens of millions of credit and debit cards were stolen.
Recent events should help the public back away from some of its furor over last year's disclosures of National Security Agency activities and the Justice Department's use of subpoenas to get journalists' phone and email records.
Right now, though, it doesn't seem that's going to happen.
A news flash for every straight man out there: You've been naked in front of a gay man.
In fact you've been naked, over the course of your life, in front of many gay men, at least if you have more than a few years on you. And here you are - uninjured, uncorrupted, intact. The Earth still spins. The sun rises and sets.