HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody? President Obama taped an interview with this week in which he revealed he has Stevie Wonder, the Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan on his iPod. Unfortunately the interview question asked him what he planned to do about North Korea. Senate Republicans proposed a bill Tuesday to scale back the health care reform law. Doctors are experiencing a huge increase in demand for medical services. Tiger Woods is ...
Four years ago I had hip replacement surgery - which involves having an implant containing metal - and that means that every time I fly, which is often, a Transportation Safety Administration employee passes a wand over my body to be sure I'm not concealing some explosive device on my person.
"I was in no mood to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. We were hurting financially and the wife was driving me nuts trying to cut down on costs."
Most Americans know the story of Squanto and how he helped the Pilgrims of Plymouth, Massachusetts survive the winter of 1621 by showing them how to adapt to their new home. School children everywhere still celebrate the great tidings with cornucopias and pilgrim hats and turkeys drawn by tracing a hand and coloring in the fingers like feathers. The thumb is always the turkey's head.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody? The TSA was overwhelmed by complaints Friday from passengers who were fondled by airport screeners. Misunderstanding is rampant. Every time Al Gore asks the TSA for a happy ending while they are patting him down, they assure him his flight will land safely. Charlie Rangel stood in the well of the House Thursday and apologized to Congress. He thanked them for allowing him to address the greatest ...
If Sen. Mitch McConnell's pledge to get behind the movement to ban the cynical practice of earmark spending is any indication that Republicans heard the message voters sent them in the recent Congressional elections, the GOP is off to a good start.
There are so many blunders in life that are really only visible in the rear view mirror. Mostly that's because we refuse to listen until we can actually see wreckage.
President Barack Obama surprised everyone when he appointed two of the country's finest money-management experts to rein in runaway government spending: my mother and father.
Several years ago I heard a story about this family who was invited by a neighbor to attend church for the very first time.
With Barack Obama tip-toeing around the meaning of jihad Sunday, on Monday, the Muslim cleric behind the attempts to blow up U. S. bound planes and the underwear bomber, set the record straight on the meaning of jihad when he once again issued a call for jihad to kill Americans.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody? President Obama returned from his 10-day trip to Asia on Sunday. It didn't go so well. Obama traveled to India, Indonesia, North Korea and Japan and he wasn't able to reach a currency agreement, obtain a free trade deal, or find his birth certificate. Obama stood in silence before the great Buddha statue in Tokyo Sunday. He celebrated Hinduism in India, Islam in Indonesia, and Buddhism in ...
The late psychic Edgar Cayce was famed for predicting that in the not-too-distant future the entire state of California would collapse into the Pacific Ocean and disappear beneath the sea.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody? Kanye West flipped out on the Today Show Wednesday when Matt Lauer asked him if he was sorry he called George W. Bush a racist during Katrina. Later that day Bush told Matt Lauer he has no hard feelings toward Conway West. Rap stars might hesitate to attack Episcopalians if we accidentally give them country-western names when we forgive them. Sarah Palin's Alaska debuted on TLC Sunday ...
One of my faithful readers, Paul Fleming, who lives near Marion, Ill., sent me something the other day that has tremendous potential to help us to better carry our burdens, or whatever it is that is weighing us down.
BEVERLY HILLS - God bless America, and how's everybody? President Obama gave a speech to the Muslim world Wednesday and vowed that the United States will never be at war with Islam. He added helpfully that Islam has done much to shape America. For instance, New York used to be a little taller than it is right now. Obama marked Veterans Day on Thursday while he was at the Group of Twenty summit in Seoul. ...
Here we go again. Pointing to a conservative study, Gov. Rick Perry proclaimed, "The discussion's over. The debate's over. The proof is in. Texas wins." And who did we beat? California, of course. It's enough to make you wonder if little Ricky got enough love growing up on the dirt farm. Someone get this kid a 4-H ribbon so the grownups can talk, because we've got some work to do.
I've heard a lot of interesting stories of people trying, and failing, to sign up for ObamaCare, but this one takes the cake.
Ahh. Thanksgiving. Best Holiday Ever! Love it all. The fact that a national holiday falls not on a Monday but a Thursday. How wacky is that? A regular Thursday in dead-solid center fall. Where the weather could be 80 and sunny, or 20 and snowing. Or, in certain parts of the Midwest, both.
Since June when the Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization bill, tens of thousands of stories and broadcasts have been devoted to comprehensive immigration reform. Yet only a handful have outlined the bill's most crucial feature, namely that it will in most cases give immediate legal status and therefore work authorization to between 11-20 million illegal immigrants. On top of that, 20 million more overseas workers will be issued non-immigrant work ...
If this column needs a subtitle, let it be "Where The Rubber Meets The Vinyl."
It's been an up and down, rough and tumble, crazy, sad, frustrating year for America the Beautiful so far.
Sure, the country isn't doing so well at the moment, but there are still plenty of reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving.
As I have done at Thanksgiving for many years, I want to proclaim some of the things for which I am thankful on this uniquely American holiday.
It's not every day that Democrats and Republicans get to shake their fist in the same direction. That honor goes to Education Secretary Arne Duncan whose insult against "white, suburban moms" whose "child isn't as brilliant as they thought they were" has sparked outrage from the tea party to teachers unions-not to mention the PTA moms who are heavily invested in their children's schooling. Sec. Duncan is still walking back his remarks, but if a ...
The saying, "A picture is worth 1000 words" is so true. In the case of my four month old grandson, we have a book started. Still nothing compares to actually holding, squeezing his chubby legs, or getting Bob to laugh out loud. As we enter the holiday season, families across the country hardly need a reminder that November 24th through the 30th is designated as National Family Week.
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"I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you," declared Nietzsche.
In 2006 I came up against a holiday deadline crunch, so I turned my column over to Turpy, the beloved eight-year-old Golden Retriever/Chow mix who had turned up at our doorstep as a puppy.
Come on, Oprah.
We humans like to divide time into neat little boxes based on dates, but the case can be made that the styles, policies, manners and mores of one ten-year period usually spill over into the next.