Wednesday October 07, 2015
May 14th, 2015
Al Capone, the infamous mob boss and bootlegger in Chicagoland during the 1920s, always maintained that he was just a businessman.
The only difference between him and others, he insisted, was that the law criminalized his business while legalizing the criminality of so-called “legitimate” businessmen.
To better understand the roots of racial division in America, think about this:
The human brain seems to be wired so that it categorizes people by race in the first one-fifth of a second after seeing a face. Brain scans show that even when people are told to sort people by gender, the brain still groups people by race.
They did. And then, in a moment, it all changed.
The First Couple becomes the First Widow. I have to read the story twice to understand.
I recently checked out an upscale yoga studio here in Madison, Wisconsin and discovered a new and disturbing trend: boxed water.
OK, I’ve heard of boxed wine — and maybe even drunk a little. But water?
Kicking humanity’s addiction to oil, gas, and coal before those industries render the planet uninhabitable may take a miracle. So it’s a good thing that the climate movement found a patron saint.
I’m talking about Pope Francis, of course. Before an upcoming encyclical makes the Vatican’s stance official, he’s already spreading the gospel of a fossil-free future.
Question: How much did Congress save taxpayers last year when it cut food stamp benefits for 16 million poor children?
Answer: Less than the windfall Congress is trying to bestow on a few of the richest American families by ending the federal estate tax. The House has already approved a bill to do this, and the Senate is poised to follow suit.
Honk if you aren't running for the Republican presidential nomination.
With Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Mike Huckabee tripping over one another's announcements this week, we now have 15 declared candidates, 10 who are exploring a run and five who could jump in, including the Harold Stassen of vanity candidates, Donald Trump.
Riots can bring out the best in politicians -- and the worst.
The Watts riots in Los Angeles 50 years ago, among other civil disturbances of that period, led President Lyndon B. Johnson to pass the Fair Housing Act of 1968. They also led him secretly to look for possible communist conspiracies behind the uprisings.
Britain's sense of purpose in the world is trending downward. Indisputably, Thursday's election marks a new low in national ambition, and it's likely to be followed by a further, perhaps accelerating, decline. British voters seem to think the country's global standing no longer matters. The truth is, they're right.