Growing up in a world where irony and humor are banned by governmental fiat is a dangerous thing. It turns healthy human beings into all-purpose victims. I’ve written about this before, like when the kids at Yale and Mizzou got their pre-Paris attack 15 minutes of fame, which, by the way, they were annoyed at losing when the grown-ups took control of the news cycle.
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Whoa, fellow citizens. Before we start demanding that the United States send thousands of young women and men to die in the Middle East again, let’s think this through.
The horrific terrorist attacks of recent weeks have brought out the worst — and the best — in the American character.
It’s a fair bet that Anne Frank never expected her diary to be published, though she may have wished it to be preserved. It’s also unlikely that she ever considered her father, Otto, to be treated as her “co-author.”
We’ve spent such a large portion of the past year cringing at the prospect of potential disasters crouching behind every bush: ISIS, Putin, Trump, Belicheck, lion-killing dentists, that a national holiday right about now is a blessed respite. For one 24-hour period, the whole country can focus on something benign. Unless, you’re a Black Friday shopper. But those are self-inflicted injuries.
President Barack Obama is tired of all the critics who say his strategy to destroy Islamic State isn’t working.
A persistent pattern in modern American politics is that presidential elections rarely turn out the way they look a year in advance. Such year-ahead poll leaders as Walter Mondale, George H.W. Bush and Hillary Clinton can attest to that.
If you were doomsday prepping for the intellectual life, what would you bring?
I rarely write about immigration, partly because I spend enough time practicing immigration law, and partly because my words are taken with a grain of salt the size of that dinosaur-killing meteor. My conservative friends raise their eyebrows in that, “We love her, but gosh darn, she should get her head checked,” kind of way whenever I champion any form of legalization, while the liberals just flare their nostrils and say, “Yeah, the chick is only interested in getting rich off of the poor illegals.”
The whole world was watching, but not hearing, on Sunday when, for 35 minutes, the Group of 20 economic summit magically micro-sized itself down to a mere G-2.
For Republican presidential contenders challenged by the media, the go-to answer has become a claim of victimhood: You are biased against us. As Marco Rubio put it at the CNBC debate last month, “The Democrats have the ultimate super PAC. It’s called the mainstream media.”
We can still lose this thing.
The tragedy in Paris is roiling U.S. politics, bolstering the Republican right’s anti-immigration demands in the short run and perhaps ultimately enhancing Hillary Clinton and her credentials as the candidate with experience.
Climate scientists want the world to use more nuclear energy to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions, yet America’s nuclear sector is withering. Unless Congress acts to encourage next-generation nuclear technology, the United States will be relegated to second-tier status when it comes to the development and deployment of smaller, cheaper, safer reactors that could play a crucial role in low-carbon electricity production all over the world.