Wednesday September 17, 2014
April 17th, 2014
The Republican Party faces a long-term challenge in presidential elections because it is defining itself as a gloomy enclave, a collection of pessimists who fear what our country is becoming and where it is going.
The party's hope deficit helps explain why there's a boomlet for Jeb Bush, a man who dares to use the word "love" in a paragraph about illegal immigrants.
A big-selling book, "Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet," helps cat lovers understand what is going on in the hearts and brains of their kitties. Sadly, not nearly so much as they thought and hoped.
I'm pretty sure what my former cat was thinking: "What's the least I can possibly do and still get her to feed me liver patties and otherwise leave me alone?" I'm not far off, author John Bradshaw seems to confirm.
As of mid-March, the nation’s rate of uninsured had declined to 15.9 percent from 17.1 percent in December.
We can’t know exactly where the rate stands now, but it’s lower. And, well, the nation’s Republican leaders will not have that.
They will do everything they can — and credit them for having done everything they could — to get us back to the good old 17.1 percent days.
Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) has released his proposed budget for this nation which doesn't seem to share the same world I live in. Worse yet, it doesn't seem to practice the values found in the religion that his party so loudly proclaims.
When something awful happens, it is easier not to stare directly at it. Instead, we focus on the things around the edges. What did the neighbors hear? How was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?
And these days, those edges include What Happened On Social Media afterward. What did they tweet? What did they Instagram? Who was the first to say the Awful, Snarky Thing? What were the relevant status updates?
Those pieces are almost but not quite the story, but they are easier to talk about.
At the Korean War Veterans Memorial, an inscription reads: "Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met."
It eloquently reflects the fact that few ordinary Americans - and probably not many members of Congress - could have found Korea on a map as of June 25, 1950, when Kim Il Sung's forces crossed the 38th parallel, bent on conquest with the support of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.
In his speech Thursday commemorating the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, President Barack Obama talked about the enduring power of one of President Lyndon Johnson's signature accomplishments.
The news that Stephen Colbert will be taking over "The Late Show" desk from David Letterman led Rush Limbaugh, noted comedy expert, to describe this as a sign that "CBS has declared war on the heartland of America" and that "no longer is comedy going to be a covert assault on traditional American values, conservatives - now it's just going to be wide out in the open. What this hire means is a redefinition of what is funny and a redefinition of what is comedy."
It is, deservedly, Lyndon Johnson's moment. This week, three former presidents and the current one all journeyed to Johnson's presidential library in Austin, Texas to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his signing the 1964 Civil Rights Act into law.