Tuesday December 10, 2013
July 25th, 2013
Second presidential terms are supposed to give the occupant of the Oval Office a voter-endorsed ticket to pursue a more favorable narrative place in the history books. Barack Obama's second time around, however, is developing more as a rerun of his first term's effort to clean up the inherited mistakes of his predecessor, and a defense of his own major first-term legislation.
I am proud to live in a country that has made as much racial progress as this one has in the past half-century. We still can do more.
I was pleased when I became a father to be able to prune down the list of certain taboo places -- swimming pools, amusement parks, department stores and, in the South, water fountains, restrooms, etc. -- to which we could not go because we were "colored."
You can actually pinpoint the moment when the oil company BP began to get hosed in Louisiana: March 2012.
By then, BP had paid out around $6.3 billion to some 220,000 people and businesses in the Gulf Coast region for damages suffered as a result of the 2010 oil spill. The money was distributed by Kenneth Feinberg, who had parceled out the 9/11 fund, and subsequently managed other victim compensation schemes.
There are two swift routes to political downfall. One is sex. The other is money. The first is humiliating but recoverable. The second tends to be terminal, even criminal.
What's happening in Egypt is not a second revolution or a "correction" to the first. It is a coup d'etat that puts the military as firmly in command as it was during the autocratic reign of Hosni Mubarak. So much for the Arab Spring in the region's most populous country.
Something profoundly awful has seeped into the top strata of American society: Our nation’s corporate and political elites have developed immunity to shame.
It has become morally acceptable for those in lofty circles to enrich themselves while turning their backs on the rest of us
Back in the old days, it was "coffee, tea or me." Flight attendants were stewardesses. They wore sometimes stylish and sometimes just plain bizarre suits or dresses. They were all young and thin and single and definitely not pregnant. That's what male travelers (and most of the travelers were male) preferred.
We’re at it again.
After months of commendable restraint, President Barack Obama has decided to send weapons to the besieged Syrian rebels. This is either a bid to overthrow a friend of Iran or a ploy to capture Syria’s oil. Or both.
Sound familiar? It should.
In every civil war there is a moment before all hell breaks loose when there is still a chance to prevent a total descent into the abyss. Egypt is at that moment.