Wednesday August 27, 2014
It is often said, believed and undoubtedly right that the Republicans' ace in midterm elections is apathetic Democrats not showing up at the polls. But that once predictable waltz into November is threatened by blabbermouths of the right's seeking self-aggrandizement by hurling darts at the sleeping Democratic bear.
"Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present," scientists proclaimed in the Obama administration's National Climate Assessment, released in May. It's touching every corner of the U.S., the report claims: We can't escape inland.
Here are five things you need to know about the unexpected costs of climate change:
We may now have a new "most unread best-seller of all time."
When Citigroup accepted what the media hailed as a whopping $7 billion penalty for defrauding its own investors and wrecking our economy, the bank just shrugged.
“We believe that this settlement is in the best interest of our shareholders and allows us to move forward and to focus on the future,” Citi CEO Michael Corbat said.
Note the lack of any regret, apology, or shame. And the total absence of any pledge that the bankers won’t do it again.
Narcissists don’t happen to be particularly nice people. They preen. They grab. And they never ever really feel our pain.
Extremely self-centered people, some fascinating new business school research shows, also don’t make for particularly effective corporate CEOs.
Let us now praise anonymous sources.
The new White House press secretary got into a familiar old spat with the White House press corps the other day over the use of anonymous sources.
Josh Earnest -- has there ever been a more perfectly named White House spokesman? -- was a bit off in his timing. He lit into The Washington Post -- and noted, more than once, that its reporters were absent from the briefing -- for its alleged overuse of unnamed sources.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry recognizes that a crisis is a terrible thing to waste. Tuesday, wearing his smart glasses, his hands chopping the air, he called out the National Guard to go to the border to deal with the influx of more than 50,000 children crossing into the U.S. illegally.
"I will not stand idly by while our citizens are under assault and little children from Central America are detained in squalor," Perry said.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a response to the crisis of unaccompanied children crossing our southern border. He's calling up the National Guard. To do what? Provide daycare?
After all, this latest wave of undocumented immigrants is making headlines because they are under 18, seeking asylum from violence-ravaged Central America and running toward border guards, not away from them.
Search the phrase "the most powerful man in the world" and what comes up are photos of grotesquely over-developed weightlifters; also Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin. Awfully ironic under present circumstances. It's a cant term TV news anchors use to describe U.S. presidents, enhancing their own self-importance as chroniclers of the great.