Tuesday September 01, 2015
June 25th, 2015
Our cup runneth over with all the Republican candidates. Worst yet, not a one has anything to offer to progressives, not even those who once allowed a bit of true-self to creep in. Right now - pun intended - it is how far can one go to appease the Tea Partiers. Although that name might not be quite so much in the forefront as it once was, we can still be assured that an extremist by any other name is still an extremist. The right wing is controlling the party in one way or another.
I’ve gotten a lot of unwelcome mail from the feds these last few years, like a copy of my indictment for blowing the whistle on the CIA’s torture program. But this latest delivery was something altogether new.
Having had my say about Jeb Bush I had expected to drop the subject but that is not to be. The more I know about the man the worse it gets. I once had the feeling that at times he showed a slight inclination toward progressiveness. I was wrong, as in knowing what I know now.
Perhaps we African-Americans should feel flattered that Rachel Dolezal wanted so desperately to be one of us.
Or maybe we should feel insulted, as some of her critics say, by her demonstration of white privilege even as she boldly lived a life of opposition to it.
Substituting an exclamation point for his inconvenient last name, Jeb! has officially entered the presidential race. Why isn't everyone else quaking in fear?
There's been a significant rise in "heavy drinking" among Americans, according to a new study out of the University of Washington.
But what do these researchers mean by "heavy drinking"? wine lovers must ask. For a woman, heavy drinking is defined as more than one glass of wine a day. For men, it's more than two. Other definitions of heavy drinking use similar measures. But hmm.
In February, I offered odds on the Republican nomination contest. The field of candidates has evolved since then, and the number of genuinely possible winners has narrowed.
The Republican Party keeps announcing its new modernity, declaring its new inclusiveness, swearing that it has changed and then showing that it hasn't.
Witness Rand Paul, who is supposed to be one of its fresher, unconventional faces.
I don't recall a time when more people were running for president and fewer of them offered anything more than poll-tested generalities designed to rally their own bases. No one surprises you with any daring. If we could tax their clichés, we'd balance the budget.
The most shocking thing about flying with Capt. Katie Higgins isn't surviving three G's when she rockets her monster airplane into the sky at 375 miles per hour. Or going weightless four times when she dives it, amped on the squeals and screams coming from the passengers behind her. Or watching veteran troops who swaggered onto her C-130 cargo plane lose it in their barf bags, one after another.