Saturday February 28, 2015
February 26th, 2015
They threw mom under the bus. Then they threw momma from the train. And finally, a federal judge threw her into jail.
Maureen McDonnell, the disgraced former first lady of Virginia, was sentenced to a year and a day in prison, though she'll remain free while her lawyers pursue an appeal. But she told U.S. District Judge James Spencer, "I have no one to blame but myself."
Jeb Bush's highly anticipated speech on foreign policy reminded me of the joke in which two senior citizens are complaining about a restaurant. "Terrible food at that place," says one. "Yes," says the other, "and such small portions!"
Jeb Bush is asking us to do the impossible -- forget that he's the son of one president and the brother of another.
"I'm my own man," he protested at a much-heralded meet-the- Bush-you-don't-know speech on foreign affairs in Chicago on Wednesday.
The determination of conservative Republicans to thwart Barack Obama at every turn was clear from the first days after his election in 2008, as their Senate leader Mitch McConnell publicly vowed to make him "a one-term president."
Like most big cities in America, San Diego has its share of problems. It has issues with gangs, poverty and income inequality. It needs to do about $2 billion worth of infrastructure repairs. It has suffered through an epic drought.
Let me see if I have this straight.
The Islamic State, or ISIS, or ISIL, is a militant Sunni Muslim group waging war against the Shiite-dominated government in Iraq.
Okay so far?
Today's issue is whether the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the Boston Marathon bombing, delayed already, should be moved out of Boston.
OK, here goes. I've no doubt that this column will probably generate more hate mail than any other I've written, much of it from my own friends. Maybe even my wife. But I'll say it right up front: I would not vote for any candidate for president, Democrat or Republican, who did not have a college degree.
Because I believe in giving the devil his due I do want to recognize the latest outrageous Florida legislator. He has introduced legislation to assure that only the proper gender is allowed in a restroom. As the wags put it, better take your birthday certificate to the toilet with you. Yes, this legislation is targeted to the transgender.
Lupita Nyong'o picked up an Oscar last year for her searing portrayal of a scarred captive in "12 Years a Slave." But many in the Academy Awards audience -- just reminded of the misery depicted in a film clip -- must have felt a bit mixed up when the woman they associated with a tormented slave floated up the stage stairs in a sumptuous sky-blue Prada gown, holding up the pleated skirt lest she trip on the yards of luxury.