Wednesday October 07, 2015
August 6th, 2015
To appreciate the dumbing down of American politics, consider this: Conservative Republicans, indignant about abortion, are trying to destroy a government program that helps prevent 345,000 abortions a year.
Inevitably in politics there are good ideas and bad ideas. But occasionally there are also moronic ideas — such as the House Republican proposal to kill America’s main family planning program, Title X.
I feel like a kid the week before Christmas. There's just one present under the tree, but it's all a columnist could ever hope for: the first Republican debate!
The vultures are at it again, or should we say the vultures continue because they have never let up on Planned Parenthood? Giving the devil his due, I do have to give them credit for perseverance. Never in my long memory have those who would allow only for their way failed to continuously belabor the organization, often with false "information."
“Idiotic,” sputtered Heidi Heitkamp, the Democratic senator from North Dakota. “Mind-bogglingly idiotic.”
In Cincinnati, a private university police officer stopped a driver for a nonviolent traffic offense and shot him in the head, killing him. The same day in a Washington apartment, a 3-year-old girl was killed, allegedly by a 7-year-old boy as he played with an unregistered gun.
Public-opinion polls, once employed by political consultants to gauge the concerns of voters as a means to shape their candidates' campaigns more effectively, have become the tail that wags the dog.
For several years, the best show on MSNBC was "Countdown with Keith Olbermann." And the best part of "Countdown" was the nightly segment called "The Worst Person in the World," where Olbermann smacked down that day's most disgusting excuse for a human being.
If you wonder why Congress is so feeble these days that it can't even find a simple way to pass a transportation bill, look no further than Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., who proffered a little resolution on Tuesday night to oust John Boehner from the speakership.
What are your odds of being a millionaire, do you think? One in 10? One in 50? One in 100?
If you're over 62, your odds of having at least $1 million in net wealth (your total assets minus your total debt) are relatively achievable -- about 1 in 7. But if you are under 40, your odds are low: 1 in 55.
Our presidents are good at praising America's magnificent national park system, but they're lousy at maintaining it. Bill Clinton-the-candidate, for example, spoke of how lucky he was to have Hot Springs National Park as a childhood playground. Yet Clinton-the-president sat idle as that park's natural wonders and facilities deteriorated -- and as the National Park Service's maintenance backlog soared to $5 billion.