Here’s me and my sister Marsha partying at the Mardi Gras Ball, held last Saturday in Cranston, RI.
An appropriate venue. Rhode Island has been called the “Louisiana of the North” for its exotically corrupt politics and the good food.
The zydeco prince C.J. Chenier provided more joy than even the booze.
BTW, my new column contrasts the week’s two big dress up events, Mardi Gras and the Oscars.
Here it is:
BBC media blogger, Anthony Zurcher, offers a sophisticated view of age remarks directed at Hillary Clinton.
His reading of my column was a bit more perceptive than Kurtz’s. I especially appreciate his noting that my mission was to discuss the intersection of ageism and sexism, not to promote Clinton’s candidacy.
Republican Dave Camp offers a serious plan on reforming our insanely complex tax code. It contains enough balance to irritate both the left and the right — the right doubly so since it would close loopholes dear to some deep-pocketed interests under Republican protection.
GOP strategists would prefer to spend the months leading to the midterms beating up on Obamacare, which even they know is here to stay. Fixing the tax code (like immigration) is hard, messy work, isn’t it?
You don’t have to like everything in the Camp proposal. I certainly don’t. But Camp has given us an honest plan and starting point.
Running for office may be more exciting than running the country, but every now and then the parties must (or at least should) subject themselves to the imposition of governing.
Column correction: The tax code is a 70,000-page abomination, not a 7,000 page abomination as I first wrote.
California has high taxes, heavy regulations and active bureaucracy, all things that, in conservative theory, spell economic failure. But it’s actually doing great, thanks in part to the above.
You can’t keep California down, as I explain in my latest,
The BBC’s Anthony Zurcher conversed with Kate Riley, editorial page editor of The Seattle Times, and me on the state of Internet opinions — mainly anonymous one.
Requiring writers to reveal their identities may not end the nastiness, but it does make them own what they say. It also gives readers some idea of where the thoughts are coming from.
Finally, it deters creeps from unleashing their ids in public — at least the ones who know they’re creeps.
Check out the interview.
How do they stay so thin, eating three squares a day plus teatime and not moving a muscle? That is the mystery surrounding the lady aristocrats at Downton Abbey, and one I cannot explain.
Some enterprising writer could make a bundle purporting to solve it.
Eat, don’t move — not even to pick up a hairbrush — and stay thin. Has all the makings of hit diet.
After the golden Clinton era melted into the leaden George W. years, it became obvious that Republicans are not better managers of the economy, as myth tells us. But even I didn’t appreciate the consistently superior economic performance of Democratic presidents until I read Bob Deitrick’s book, Bulls, Bears and the Ballot Box.
I report. You decide:
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A&E overreacted to Phil Robertson’s stupid and gross remarks on homosexuality, IMHO. At the same time, it has the right to overreact. Face it,
Some fixes might be in order, but decimating the NSA surveillance program would amount to unilateral disarmament.
Keeping everyone’s phone records does sound creepy – especially to those who don’t know the meaning of “metadata.” But preventing attacks and fighting in cyberspace is preferable to responding to assaults with bombs and “boots on the ground.”
The spy program is a lot less bloody. Those who hate violent war should make peace with it.
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