Saturday October 10, 2015
January 22nd, 2015
The Senate debate over the Keystone XL pipeline, as predictable as it is unedifying, exemplifies two of the most disturbing aspects of political discourse today.
The first is what might be called "talk-to-the-hand-ism" -- or, perhaps updated to the tactic of New York City police officers -- "turn-your-back-ism."
When Maria van der Hoeven summed up the 20-year outlook for global energy investment in London last year, she identified a couple of daunting challenges.
The amount of money required by 2035 is a staggering $48 trillion, the International Energy Agency chief and former Dutch economy minister said. And it’s not clear how many of those trillions of dollars will power climate-friendly options.
Republican lawmakers are setting the stage for a disastrous two years in Congress marked by manufactured crisis after crisis and ignoring the needs of working families. Fortunately, President Barack Obama is showing some much-needed backbone by refusing to cave to the GOP’s agenda.
The good voters of Virginia have spoken. They apparently wanted to cement their home, just outside Richmond, firmly in place as an American laughingstock.
Done! Thanks to them, the Virginia legislature began its 2015 session Wednesday with a jailbird on the House floor.
In the language of headline writers, he is "Muslim Man," hailed as a hero for hiding hostages during last week's terrorist attacks by Muslim fanatics in France.
When the kosher supermarket where he works in eastern Paris came under siege, Lassana Bathily put his own life at risk to hide a half-dozen terrified customers in a walk-in refrigerator.
Until recent years, marijuana prohibitionists have been able to intimidate most reform-minded politicians by simply threatening to brand them as “soft on drugs.”
But finally, thanks to determined activists and broad support from the general public, politicians are starting to use common sense when it comes to pot.
Let's talk about governors. Or college dropouts.
Wow, we've only been together for a few seconds and already I sense a strong preference for college dropouts. Lucky I didn't say, "Let's talk about governors. Or cats."
Murder, even political murder, is easy. Any idiot can pull a trigger. The temptation to attribute superhuman cunning to terrorists must be resisted. Often they're as politically incompetent as they are ruthless. To this point, there are strong indications that the appalling slaughter in Paris last week could end up having results opposite those the killers intended.
Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke is right.
Women are scary. Women are terrifying. They come into churches and bring cooties with them, and there is no ritual for casting out cooties. Demons, yes. Cooties, no. They come into boardrooms and take seats. They serve the altar - and they are good at it.
These are all alarming facts to consider.
One song President Obama probably isn't singing to himself right now is "The Last Time I Saw Paris."
In failing to put in an appearance at the mass street demonstration against the dark cloud of terrorism that has just visited the City of Light, he has brought on more allegations at home and abroad of aloofness and lack of empathy.