Wednesday December 11, 2013
September 5th, 2013
There's a lot of chest-thumping certainty over President Obama and Syria, on both sides: He must attack. He shouldn't. It would dangerously undermine U.S. credibility for the administration to remain passive. It risks sucking the country into another costly, unwinnable conflict.
President Obama surely didn't want to offer his commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington and Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech on a day dominated by rumors of war. An armed conflict with the Syrian government, even of limited duration, was never part of Obama's dream.
To bomb, or not to bomb Syria? That is the question of the day. And there's no easy answer.
Has the world gone mad?
The question came to mind upon reading that one of the more staid - and conservative - Republicans, Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, deliverer of 4,000 babies, decrier of waste and joiner of multiple bipartisan gangs, had said at a town-hall meeting that his friend, President Barack Obama, was "perilously close" to impeachment.
The savvy, sophisticated thing to say in Washington is that the next debt limit fight is just Kabuki theater: Republicans folded last time. They'll fold this time, too.
And perhaps that's right.
Of all the commemorations of the March on Washington, the one that will best capture its spirit isn't really a commemoration at all. Thursday, one day after the 50th anniversary of the great march, fast-food and retail workers in as many as 35 cities will stage a one-day strike demanding higher wages.
Sadly, the connection between the epochal demonstration of 1963 and a fast-food strike in 2013 couldn't be more direct.
The Bible tells us that the Garden of Eden was heaven on Earth — until Adam ate that apple. Then all Hell broke loose.
Now, Arlington, Texas, has updated this tale.
At about 7:30 in the morning of August 2, a SWAT team of armed police agents, code enforcement officers, and narcotics detectives stormed Shellie Smith’s little organic farm — which she named “Garden of Eden.”
On Wall Street, they’re giving Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer the bum’s rush.
Ballmer has just announced he’ll soon retire. After his announcement, Microsoft’s shares shot up 7 percent. The wise guys on Wall Street obviously can’t wait to see Ballmer go.
And neither can business pundits. Ballmer’s 13 years at Microsoft’s summit, they seem to agree, have been a huge disappointment.
The year 2000 marked not merely the end of a century but the end of a millennium, a thousand years of history. The media’s desire to fill empty space with naming “the Person of the Millennium” became all the rage.
I worked for Google as a software engineer from 2003 to 2008. I never worked directly with Marissa Mayer (and I didn't know her socially either), but I saw enough to know that she was very driven and had a firm vision of what she wanted, worked out in the finest detail. She stuck to her guns. Her genius, like Steve Jobs', was in managing the interface between computers and those difficult-to-fathom humans, making the tech as user-friendly and seamless as possible.