Tuesday November 24, 2015
August 6th, 2015
I have to admit that my first reaction to the Planned Parenthood videos was to cringe and try to avoid the topic.
Congratulations to Ta-Nehisi Coates. His meditation on race in America has hit No. 1 in its first week on the New York Times' best-seller list. Race relations may still be a mess, as his book suggests, but at least people are interested in reading about it.
A pattern of cutting corners, a patina of entitlement and inevitability, has led to this.
Destroying digital messages and thwarting official investigations while acting all innocent about wiping out sensitive material.
Where did we go wrong?
Was it in 1962, when Marilyn Monroe sidled onto a stage in what could have been mistaken for lingerie and warbled “Happy Birthday” to John Kennedy, blurring any line between the presidential and the pulchritudinous, between show business and the nation’s business?
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.