Saturday February 28, 2015
February 26th, 2015
After he won re-election last November, soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made two sets of comments reflecting the dueling impulses of the Republican Mind. Freud fans might refer to the superego, aka the conscience, and the id.
It's probably best if there are no fancy gift bags for the political spouses this weekend.
But I bet they'll all be talking about the ones they got in 2012, when a group of gubernatorial spouses attended a lovely luncheon hosted by a relative newcomer to their exclusive club: Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell.
Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, is said to be a rising contender for the Republican presidential nomination. So, on Wednesday, he did what, these days, any ambitious Republican must and pledged allegiance to charlatans and cranks.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is giving chutzpah a bad name.
Like many Americans, I've been wary of labor unions.
Full-time union stagehands at Carnegie Hall earning more than $400,000 a year? A union hailing its defense of a New York teacher who smelled of alcohol and passed out in class, with even the principal unable to rouse her? A police union in New York City that has a tantrum and goes on virtual strike?
In his 1973 classic film, "Sleeper," Woody Allen plays a cryogenically preserved Greenwich Village health food entrepreneur who is brought back to life in the year 2173.
Upon awakening, he requests a breakfast of wheat germ, organic honey and tiger's milk - puzzling his futuristic medical handlers.
One thing that is certain about Monday's ruling by a federal judge in Texas blocking implementation of President Obama's executive actions on immigration reform -- it won't be the last word.
Someday soon, will all our jobs involve keeping extraordinarily rich people entertained?
These days, that prospect doesn’t seem all that far-fetched.
“The rich,” as journalist Chanelle Tourish notes, “seem to be willing to pay almost any price for outstanding service and experiences.”
Housebound in an ice storm, the columnist finds himself distracted by online trivia and tempted to yell at the TV:
-- Washington Post headline: "Williams undone by his gift for story-telling / Anchor's love of a good yarn played a role in his downfall."
What do the executives who run money-losing companies make? Millions of dollars if they’re coal overlords.
Take Gregory Boyce. He’s pocketed more than $60 million over the past nine years while steering Peabody Energy into a ditch.