Thursday October 02, 2014
August 28th, 2014
It's a tribute to the level of terrible news we've been inundated with this summer that the corruption trial of ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell may qualify as a feel-good story. Unless, of course, you are McDonnell.
One remarkable result of the rise of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq has been how it seems to be shifting broader conceptions in the Middle East. It sometimes looks like enemies are becoming potential allies - and even old friends are starting to look a little suspicious.
As if things at home were not in bad enough shape we are back in the Mid-East up to our necks. Of course, the beheading of the journalist is just an excuse and was probably bound to happen no matter what we did. However, we lit the fire when President George Bush and his eveready warrior Dick Cheney led us into Iraq those many years ago for that little welcome visit.
As the tumultuous situation in Ferguson, Mo., entered its second week, President Obama stood before the nation and offered a mild, balanced plea.
It’s 3 p.m., and you’re cruising down a rural road, doing about 50.
A quarter mile away is a sign, with flashing yellow lights, alerting you to slow down to 15. It’s a school zone.
But, you don’t see any children. Besides, you’re going to be late to your racquetball match. So, you just slide on past.
My mother was a woman hollowed out like a tree struck by lightning. I wanted to know why.
Ever since her first suicide attempt, in 1978, when I was 22, I had been trying to fill in gaps. She was gone much of the time in my early childhood, and when she returned nobody spoke about the absence.
Gov. Bob McDonnell has, apparently, mistaken Judge James R. Spencer for his marriage counselor.
The former governor of Virginia seems to have forgotten he is on trial for public corruption and is busy ticking off the slights, arguments, miscommunications, huffs and petty scorekeeping of his marriage before the Richmond jury and the ever-patient Judge Spencer as though they were all there to witness his couples counseling sessions.
According to a recent report in The Times, there is dissent at the Fed: "An increasingly vocal minority of Federal Reserve officials want the central bank to retreat more quickly" from its easy-money policies, which they warn run the risk of causing inflation. And this debate, we are told, is likely to dominate the big economic symposium currently underway in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
There's no consensus on just how many of Africa's elephants are left. The World Wildlife Fund, for example, estimates that the population could be as few as 470,000 and as many as 690,000. Whatever the exact figure, it's clear that China's demand for ivory has created significant financial incentives for poachers to hunt the herds that remain scattered across the continent.