| Jul 31, 2011
| 5:00 AM
There was a quake last week, but you likely didn't feel it.
See, this particular quake was not of the Earth, involved no shifting of the planetary crust. No, what shifted was a paradigm, and the implications are hopeful and profound.
On Tuesday, you...
| Aug 16, 2011
On Saturday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry got into the race for the GOP presidential nomination, and within 24 hours, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty got out.
Perry didn't exactly chase Pawlenty out of the race; the Iowa straw poll (in which T-Paw finished a...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 10:36 AM
In his prime, writer Gore Vidal didn't have much nice to say about people, and he enjoyed sharing his opinions. On live television in 1968, he referred to fellow commentator William F. Buckley as a "crypto-Nazi" (Buckley responded by calling Vidal...
| Jan 15, 2013
It's hard for a lot of people, particularly on the right, to recognize that the conservative movement's problems are mostly problems of success. The Republican Party's problems are much more recognizable as the problems of failure, including the failure...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 4:46 PM
The presidential campaign, hitherto a plod through a torrent of words tedious beyond words, began to dance in Denver. There a masterfully prepared Mitt Romney completed a trifecta of tasks and unveiled an issue that, because it illustrates contemporary...
| Jun 18, 2012
| 3:00 AM
My daughter learned a neat rhetorical trick to avoid eating things she doesn't like. "Daddy, I actually really like spinach, it's just that this spinach tastes different."
Democrats and the journalists who love them play a similar game with Republicans...
| Nov 27, 2012
| 9:52 PM
The Fugs finally return to Chicago on Saturday at the City Winery after a 44-year absence. The reception for the band is bound to be a bit warmer than it was when the counter-culture pioneers last performed here, on Dec. 28, 1968, at the Aragon Ballroom....
| Dec 3, 2012
| 4:00 AM
It's at times like this I'm ashamed to admit I live inside the Beltway.
Well, that's probably not specific enough since I'm usually ashamed to admit I live inside the Beltway.
Still, the second you try to explain the stupidity of this "fiscal cliff"...
| Apr 2, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburglikes the Indian Healthcare Improvement Act and other ingredients of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka "Obamacare." Why, she asked toward the end of three days of hearings, shouldn't the court...
| May 31, 2011
The long Memorial Day holiday weekend was a chance to catch up on all sorts of films Ive been meaning to get to — documentaries, mainly (Though I did plow through the Andy Serkis star turn as rocker Ian Drury “Sex, Drugs & Rock'n Roll.”...
| Jul 19, 2011
The Rupert Murdoch shaving cream pie attack joins the pantheon of pie throwing....