Tuesday December 10, 2013
September 26th, 2013
In Colorado, headline writers have run out of ways to say “unprecedented.”
In the span of two weeks, the state went from unheard-of “heat day” school closures — yes, in September — to the worst floods since the mountains were under the sea.
My cousin Mona called me the other day about her husband Harry, who had came home from work and said:
“We’re spending too much money, Mona. It’s got to stop. We’re going broke.”
“Really? I thought we were doing OK, sort of.”
“OK? Look at the stack of bills on my desk. You call that OK?”
In the exceedingly tentative deal struck to avert an American attack on Syria, as much attention is being devoted to winners and losers as to the possible outcome -- removing the threat of Syria's chemical weapons without the further killing that such an attack would produce.
Tea party and other Republican fear-mongers are again working themselves into a lather in their latest assault on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a key part of which will be implemented Oct. 1.
Intentionally relabeled Obamacare by foes as a slander against both the law and president who signed it, the health care reform is about to take its place next to Social Security and Medicare as the nation's most enlightened social welfare programs.
The heart of Canada's largest city throbs with activity.
Along Lake Ontario and inland, more than 170 construction cranes, North America's biggest assemblage, are busily expanding an already vast collection of skyscrapers. Many of the buildings glisten with the most tasteful multihued glass exteriors I've seen around the world.
Amid the gaudy colors of Broadway show signs in Time Square, one stark and stately nine-story billboard stands out in bold black, white and red: "WARNING: Obamacare may be hazardous to your health."
Unfortunately, disinformation about Obamacare can be hazardous to our health, too.
It's about time. The leader of the Roman Catholic Church has surveyed the haughty scolds in its ranks, noted their fixation on matters of sexual morality above all others and said enough is enough. I'm not being cheeky with this one-word response. Hallelujah.
But it wasn't the particulars of Pope Francis' groundbreaking message in an interview published last week that stopped me in my tracks, gave fresh hope to many embittered Catholics and caused hardened commentators to perk up.
As in the fairy tale, in Syria it was the children who pointed out that the emperor had no clothes.
Syria's civil war began in March 2011 with demands for freedom from schoolchildren in the provincial town of Dara'a - kids like Muhammad, a skinny seventh-grader. He still hasn't recovered from the torture he endured, and he and his parents asked that his last name not be published.
If you fell asleep 30 years ago, woke up last week and quickly scanned the headlines in Iran and Egypt, you could be excused for saying, "I didn't miss a thing." The military and the Muslim Brotherhood are still slugging it out along the Nile, and Iranian pragmatists and ideologues are still locked in a duel for control of their Islamic Revolution.