I want to know. You want to know. The whole world wants to know. What's the deal with the surprising retiring Republicans? Not age-related retiring, as in shawl on the lap watching the third DVD of the fifth season of "Matlock" with a glass of tepid tea on the side table. Retiring as in coy, reticent, withdrawn. Read more
They directed police, firemen, FBI agents and CIA operatives to crawl around our nation's capital to thwart anyone looking to pull any funny business
Ah, New Year's Eve. What a great night to revisit the past year.
Though I'd rather revisit 1999.
The unemployment rate was 4.2 percent in 1999.
Dot-com stocks were still creating lots of paper millionaires.
The U.S. deficit for that year was $1 billion -- that's right, "billion" with a "b," a far cry from the $1 trillion to $2 trillion it is nowadays. Read more
I took about five minutes out of my work day to Google the White Citizens Council; AKA The Citizens Council. Why? I wanted to give people a better perspective on Gov Barbour’s comments about the Civil Rights Movement during the 1960’s. Just to refresh your memory, Mississippi Gov Haley Barbour was asked what he remembered about growing up in his hometown of Yazoo City, Miss., during the 1960s civil rights era. Barbour told The Weekly Standard: "I just don't remember it being that bad."
When asked why Yazoo City managed to integrate public schools without any violence, as other Southern cities encountered, Barbour responded that his hometown did so because the town's business leaders "wouldn't stand for it."
"You heard of the Citizens Councils? Up north they think it was like the KKK. Where I come from it was an organization of town leaders," Barbour told writer Andrew Ferguson. "In Yazoo City, they passed a resolution that said anybody who started a chapter of the Klan would get their a-- run out of town."
Here’s my Google search results about the White Citizens Council: Read more
It's an odd Americanism to elect someone to be in government who freely admits they don't like government. As if reluctance translates into competence. "Oh he'll be a great husband, especially since he doesn't believe in marriage." For some reason, we buy the premise of politicians begging to be a part of the thing they are, in theory - against. Read more
On the day U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker issued his landmark ruling regarding same-sex marriage in California, I found myself at a McDonald's restaurant listening to a seven year-old boy engaged in spirited debate with the guy behind the counter about which toy he'd be getting with his happy meal. Read more
"My question to you is simple," I said, as I sat across from the government bureaucrat and his interpreter. "Why doesn't the government communicate in plain English?"
"Your query poses prospective considerations," said the bureaucrat, "that rise above and beyond the level of considerations that the voter-taxpayer may be prepared to rise above and beyond."
"Huh?" I said to his interpreter. Read more
Is our nation really right-of-center? It's a quick throwaway-line parroted by Republican talking heads. According to Republicans, they speak for us - they are the voice of the "people" - and all Americans agree with the Right.
Hardly. Read more
Arizona has suffered economically for years from a wave of people illegally crossing the border from Mexico and has asked repeatedly for help with no real response from the federal government.
There is a trend occurring across America of late that has people feeling more comfortable about stating their views openly toward groups of people they don't like. Sometimes it's been a group with a different ethnic background, sometimes it's been a religious practice and sometimes sexual orientation. Read more
Message that it is the advocatory bureau Trout Cacheris PLLC that will conduct the audit or — frankly speaking — the investigation of Yulia Timoshenko government economic activity has caused quite a weird stir among the democratic Ukrainian media, constantly complaining about the censure. Mustafa Nayem — famous journalist, "Ukrayinska Pravda1" and Savik Shuster employee — wondered why it were not the IMF specialists or someone from the "much more well-known" "Great four" audit companies — PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, Deloitte or KPMG — who would conduct the audit that started on the 10th of June?
They’ve already worked with Timoshenko — playing the part of her contractors Read more
Part III. Neo-fascists at the political scene of the new EU member-states Read more
Conservatives decry activist judges - primarily those who act contrary to conservativ e politics.
President Barack Obama has chosen Elena Kagan to fill the vacancy left by Justice John Paul Stevens' retirement. Sadly, Kagan cannot fill Justice Stevens' mighty shoes. Read more
History denier’s in and outside the United States is nothing new. But one thing I do know is we have always taken history deniers to task for denying or even misunderstanding history. Read more
Don't forget Obama won the Nobel Prince of Peace Prize after being in office only 12 days before nominations were closed.
It doesn't matter whether you're a Glenn Beck-quoting, gun-toting, Tea Party-voting Evangelical, or a solar-heating, tofu-eating, New York Times crossword puzzle-cheating Environmentalist, you still got to admire the way the president breathed life into the health care reform bill. It was a gosh-darn miracle. Coming right at the advent of the Holy Season. Coincidence? Well, yeah, okay, probably. Read more