Thursday December 12, 2013
October 14th, 2013
Barack Obama’s shutting down of the government is the most self-destructive thing to happen since Poland attacked Nazi Germany in 1939.
Oh wait! It was Germany that attacked Poland, wasn’t it?
Yes, but Adolf Hitler, the chancellor of Germany, said that Poland was the one that did the attacking and millions of Germans believed him. World War II followed.
For readers who skip the sports page, an update: There are no New York teams in the MLB playoffs this season. The Mets were dreadful right out of spring training, while the Yankees high-salaried lineup succumbed to age and injury.
Prominent was tabloid bad boy A-Rod, Alex Rodriguez, the handsome third baseman whose well-publicized woes keep him in a dead heat with Miley Cyrus for the title of America's Most Tedious Celebrity.
Shaun McCutcheon, an electrical engineer and self-described "conservative with a pretty good libertarian streak," remembers the first time he was shown a "massively confusing chart" about federal limits on political contributions.
No more than $48,600 to candidates for federal office per two-year election cycle. No more than $74,600 to political parties and political action committees. Maximum $123,200 total.
Good news: The people who track killer asteroids for NASA are still on the case, despite the government shutdown.
In the 1970s, in its days of hard-line communist isolation, China was ruled by the extremist "Gang of Four." Drivers then were sometimes encouraged to proceed at red lights because red was the revolutionary color signifying advance - resulting in a chaos that was emblematic of the times.
The appeal of fast food chains isn’t their food: mostly fat, salty, sugary, empty-calorie mush. It’s their speed.
Order, pay, and — bam — your warmed-over burgerpizzachickentaco delight is instantly handed to you.
Every October, world leaders and corporate executives gather in Iowa to present the World Food Prize. Intended to celebrate those who make the largest contributions to increasing the world’s food supply, the recipients are announced each year by the U.S. Secretary of State.
On the same day that award is bestowed each year, so is another one. It’s less well-known but, in my view, far more important.
In summer 2011, as the debt ceiling loomed, Barack Obama saw his predicament in Solomonic terms. He was the president, charged with safeguarding the national economy. Republicans threatening default therefore had the leverage. They might have been prepared to split the baby. Obama was not willing to -- like the true mother, he couldn't -- let that happen.
If Congress were a little less wacko these days, both parties would be arguing less about whether to repeal Obamacare and more about how to repair it.
You don't have to be an opponent of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, to think parts of it need fixing.
Over the next couple of weeks, the fate of, well, some pretty big things - the Republican Party, the American system of government, the global economy - rests with about 20 people: Republican members of the House who have said they favor a straight-up continuing resolution that funds the government. No re-litigating Obamacare, no scaling back Social Security - just a "clean" resolution that would leave those other conservative causes to be fought about on their merits some other day.