To be honest, I didn't follow the Casey Anthony case very closely at all. Aside from the occasional article and headline that I saw, I was virtually clueless.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody? Casey Anthony will be released from Orlando jail on Saturday amid fears of civil unrest in Orlando. Police are making arrangements for public safety. Three reality show producers are bidding for the right to film Casey's first night out drinking after three years without a drop. President Obama vowed Monday to continue White House budget negotiations until both parties agree to settle. He admitted he was willing ...
Patient safety advocates say even more reforms are needed - stat! As of July 1, the Accreditation Council For Graduate Medical Education has decreed that first-year hospital residents (a.k.a. interns) can work no more than 16 hours in a shift. Second- and third-year residents, however, are still allowed to work a grueling 28 hours without sleep. Common sense tells most of us the value of 40 winks, but there are actually forces vehemently opposing any ...
According to a shocking news report, California legislators have enacted legislation that gives the state the dubious distinction of being the first state in the nation to require public schools to include the contributions of gays and lesbians in their social studies curriculum.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody? Casey Anthony was acquitted of murder and manslaughter and child abuse by her Florida jury Tuesday in a verdict shown on live TV. Prosecutors didn't come away empty-handed. She was convicted of lying to police and ordered to surrender her Heisman Trophy to Fred Goldman. New York prosecutors were set to drop rape charges against IMF former chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn based on accusations by a hotel maid. ...
Once upon a time, people's hands were busy putting food on the table and they were too busy or too proud to consider extending those same hands out to the government for a handout.
When I was a child, hearing Miss Nancy conduct calisthenics on TV's Romper Room ("Bend and stretch…reach for the stars…") planted ideas about the wonders of the universe.
Ah, the words that come back to bite you. Remember the famous statement prior to passage of what is now called Obamacare: "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it"? Whoops! Give President Obama credit; he doubtlessly believed that promise when he said it. However, I didn't and said so. Why? Employers and health care providers told me that when the majority of the provisions of "Obamacare" would take effect, it would ...
Just before my early morning run this morning, a young boy, three-foot-nothing, wearing shorts and a helmet whizzed past me on his scooter, and then abruptly stopped and backed up - when he saw me stuff a 20-pound terrier into my backpack.
Speculation is running rampant about why House Majority Leader Eric Cantor walked out of debt ceiling talks with Democrats. Most of the speculation is credited by pundits to insider maneuvering between Speaker John Boehner and Cantor.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody? U.S. Congressman Barney Frank introduced a bill Thursday that removes marijuana from the federal list of controlled substances so that the states may regulate marijuana the way they do alcohol. This'll save lives. Even a Jackass isn't going to be killed driving nine miles an hour. The FDA ordered cigarette manufacturers to display photos of throat cancer sufferers on every pack of cigarettes. Bar owners applauded the ...
All of a sudden the "kept media" is all agog over one Jon (not John) Huntsman, recently retired from his Obama administration post as U.S. Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, provoking the president to joke that he was "sure that him having worked so well for me will be a great asset in any Republican primary."
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody? Hurricane Beatriz pounded Mexico's Pacific coast with high winds and driving rainstorms Tuesday. Winds were clocked blowing out of the south at 100 miles an hour. In San Diego people were holding paper bags up in the air and catching enough cocaine to make a house payment. President Obama made a prime time address Wednesday to announce a gradual U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. The good news ...
The whole idea of a democracy is accepting you'll never fully get your own way in government.
Reading Al Gore's comments on Mitt Romney we were reminded of all of the reason's we don't trust the man: "Good for Mitt Romney though we've long passed the point where weak lip-service is enough on the Climate Crisis. While other Republicans are running from the truth, he is sticking to his guns in the face of the anti-science wing of the Republican Party."
Remember the 1996 movie, "A Time to Kill"?
Students, faculty, family members and friends, it is my great honor to deliver your commencement speech today.
For three more weeks, the Senate Judiciary Committee will debate the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, S. 744. During the 45 years I've studied Washington politics, including 25 years of editorializing on the dreary subject, I can say without hesitation that no more anti-American legislation has ever been introduced.
You might say that May 10, 2013 was when the "second term curse" officially struck President Barack Obama -- and that May 13 was when it flattened him. Obama's administration has been hit with a triple whammy blast from a massive political stun gun.
Not even Barack Obama can defy the laws of physics.
You do realize that Washington, D.C. is not the real world, don't you? It's a state of mind. An altered state of mind. Where you're damned if you do and damned if you don't. Slammed when you stand and rammed when you run. Berated if you lie and lambasted for the truth. Where even the slightest of breeze can carry the pollen of disaster. And the pack on top knows the best way to avoid ...
What America needs is a good Productivity Boosting Nap Pod, a device that looks like a dentist chair with a roof. As luck would have it, this 310-pound unit, that "provides optimal ergonomics for napping," is available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $16,000. Dagwood Bumstead take note.
HOLLYWOOD-Happy Wednesday, everybody, and God bless America.
Alzheimer's Disease costs the U.S. economy over $200 billion per year, about $140 billion of which is a direct federal budgetary cost to Medicare and Medicaid. On our present course, this cost will quintuple to $1 trillion by 2050. It is the major driver up the steeply rising health care cost curve. Given this context, the most important question for health policy is not the green eyeshade question of who-pays-how-much that has come to dominate ...
HOLLYWOOD-Happy Tuesday, everybody, and God bless America.
History is one of our greatest teachers.
When executives of corporations are caught aiding and abetting criminal behavior of their employees, the executives are prosecuted and the businesses are destroyed.
Louis Brandeis, who served on the United States Supreme Court from 1916 to 1939, once warned, "Our government teaches the whole people by its example. If the government becomes the lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy."
Big news for those who think there aren't consequences in our media when professional talkers cross the line, or when famous reporters mess up and don't fix their mistakes without qualification, or do so begrudgingly. We now see proof of the law of consequences.
HOLLYWOOD--God bless America, and how's everybody?