Tuesday December 10, 2013
Archive - 2013
One of the many problems with the Senate filibuster rule is that it requires us to think about the Senate filibuster rule.
The American public has other things to do! The American public is extremely busy! The holidays are coming up, and the American public's workload is somewhat larger than, say, that of the House of Representatives, which is planning to show up for four full days in the month of December.
So give the American public a break.
Among the greatest ironies of President John F. Kennedy's fateful visit to Texas in late November 1963 was that it was a political mission to resolve a rift among Texas Democrats looking toward his own re-election bid in 1964.
The chief political beneficiary of Kennedy's assassination was the state's most prominent and powerful Democrat, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson.
It’s odd that the most iconic feature of Thanksgiving — the turkey — is likely the most unnatural. It’s got competition, of course, from the jellied cranberry sauce that retains the shape of its can and various food products sold in boxes marked “Just Add Water.”
(Really, is it so hard to mash potatoes yourself, especially given their divine taste and creamy texture after you’ve added in all the cream and butter required?)
This is a big week for us Americans to argue about why we argue so much about Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. The argument, I will argue, is really all about us.
It is ironic and appropriate that the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's assassination arrives on the same week as the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. Long after their deaths, their legacies never seem to get old. That's partly because we keep giving them new interpretations to suit our changing times.
Bad news for CLNN, the Chicken Little News Network, that is, just about all of them lately: In states which have set up their own Affordable Care Act marketplaces, enrollment is proceeding apace. Indeed, media melodrama about "Obama's Katrina" and similar formulations appears paradoxically to have reminded people that dependable health insurance is at last available to them and their families.
"Whatever you hear reported? It happens a lot more than anything you're hearing," a soldier waiting in line for her salad told me. "It's all hush-hush. Still."
We were talking about more than the wilted romaine and heavy-handed dressing at this Arlington, Va., salad place. This was about sexual assault.
Something astounding is happening in Switzerland. For the first time ever, citizens in a modern nation are voting on whether to create what essentially amounts to a “maximum wage.”
On November 24, the Swiss will vote on a ballot initiative that bans any Swiss corporate executive compensation that runs over 12 times worker pay.
Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go? Not the Cheneys. Not this Thanksgiving. Not when U.S. Senate candidate Liz Cheney is using her gay sister Mary to right her sinking campaign in Wyoming.
The Middle East once again proves that if you eat right, exercise regularly and don't smoke, you'll live long enough to see everything, including a day when the Jews controlling Jerusalem and the Sunni Saudi Custodians of the Great Mosques of Mecca and Medina would form a tacit alliance against the Shiite Persians of Iran and the Protestants of America - with the Hindus of India and the Confucians of China also supporting America, sort of, while the secularist French play all sides.
In the matter of the Cheney Family Feud: Something in me balks at leaping on the let's-all-bash-Liz bandwagon.
Sure, it would be fun. For one thing, she's wrong about same-sex marriage. As her sister Mary now famously posted on Facebook after her big sis re-proclaimed her opposition on "Fox News Sunday": "Liz -- this isn't just an issue on which we disagree, you're just wrong -- and on the wrong side of history."