Over the summer I've perused three or four books about bucket lists (those collections of tasks, large and small, that one dreams of completing before "kicking the bucket") and my reading dovetails nicely with the perceived state of the nation.
More than 50 years ago, Cesar Chavez co-founded the United Farm Workers with Dolores Huerta. Today, the UFW and Huerta remain active in their ongoing effort to win citizenship for illegal immigrants. At a recent Bakersfield rally, UFW president Arturo Rodriguez and Huerta joined others outside U.S. Representative Kevin McCarthy's office to demand immigration reform. But if Chavez, who died in 1994, were still alive he may not have been part of the demonstration.
Republicans have largely squandered an August that should have been spent preparing the American people for a showdown with Democrats over the president's health care law. Instead, efforts have largely been diverted to a damaging internecine fight between proponents and critics of the defund strategy.
The prospect of a comprehensive administrative amnesty for illegal aliens increased last week. On Friday, the White House issued a new policy telling immigration agents not to arrest and deport illegal immigrant parents of minor children. The move extends amnesty-in-place to yet another category of aliens.
I hate to say it, but ObamaCare has been good for me. Now, I know our economy is still struggling - Gallup says the unemployment rate just jumped to nearly 9 percent - and I know ObamaCare uncertainty is making many employers wary of hiring. But I also know that new opportunities exist for people like me who provide communications services for companies that now prefer to outsource much of their work - rather than ...
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody? Miley Cyrus performed a really raunchy routine at the MTV Awards show. How bad was it? The next morning her father Billy Ray Cyrus went to the courthouse in Nashville and changed his name to Billy Weiner Sandusky because he's got his own career to think about The AMA forecast a shortage of 100,000 physicians in 10 years due to all the retiring doctors. They're impossible to ...
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody? Little League uniforms bear an I Won't Cheat patch thanks to Dale Murphy's national campaign. It's a growing movement. I Won't Cheat was just endorsed by the MLB Players Association, NCAA football coaches and the Bill Clinton foundation so it's lost all credibility. San Diego mayor Bob Filner resigned after more ladies accused him of groping them Thursday. It's misplaced talent. Instead of being a politician Bob ...
And now, this week's freshly updated, highly speculative, oddly prescient, extremely long-range, totally indispensable, magically delicious, 2016 Presidential Campaign Alert. Pay no attention to that bilious sensation you are experiencing. It is simply sweet anticipation swelling into full-bloat boogie as the race for the White House floats tantalizingly around the corner. Admittedly, a wide corner. Multiple lanes. Many laps to come. Think Talladega, baby.
There you go again, Hollywood. You've taken a great story about a real person and real events and twisted it into a bunch of lies. You took the true story of Eugene Allen, the White House butler who served eight presidents from 1952 to 1986, and turned it into a clichéd "message movie." "Lee Daniels' The Butler'" stars Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, a fictional character supposedly based on Eugene Allen's real life. But let's ...
Now that he has renounced his Canadian citizenship, Sen. Ted Cruz must run for president, but not to save our country from falling deficits, 41 months straight of private-sector job growth, or forcing health insurance companies to spend your premiums on health care. No, our very junior senator absolutely must run for president so he can help me win an ongoing argument with my wife.
Old joke: two cannibals are eating a clown and one says, "Does this taste funny to you?" In a case of life imitating joke, political partisans squared off in the case of the Obama-mask wearing rodeo clown over whether his act was funny, or in dangerously bad taste. But partisans and most of the media are missing the point of what happened.
You've probably never heard of bigorexia; but according to CBS New York, it's a growing health hazard, affecting as many as 45 percent of men at some point in their lives.
HOLLYWOOD - God bless America, and how's everybody? Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder refused to change the team's nickname this week. It's about doing the right thing. The Atlanta Braves just removed the screaming Indian from the team uniform and replaced it with an Asian kid being accepted to Harvard. Chevrolet introduced its seventh-generation Corvette Tuesday which is designed for young drivers They said the average age of a Corvette driver is 60. However that ...
The launch of Al Jazeera America is arguably the best thing to happen in electronic journalism since the June evening 33 years ago when Ted Turner flipped a switch to inaugurate the nation's first all-news television service, CNN.
After celebrating his 87th birthday last week, semi-retired communist dictator Fidel Castro did something nobody expected him to do: He contacted Pope Francis to hear his confession.
Whew! I need to catch my breath. I can't keep up with the quickly shifting journalistic conventional wisdom.
Last week, when Bill Clinton said President Obama should allow people to keep their health-insurance coverage - an early attempt to distance Hillary and himself from ObamaCare - I began to worry that the Clintons may be serious about another run at the White House.
"The holiday turkey sure looks grand this year," Dick Cheney said. "Why don't we go around the table and say what we're thankful for?"
The heck is going on here, people? Did someone drop the flag signaling the start of the 2016 presidential election race in secret? Was there a furtive whispered "go now" left on the voice mail of all the major players in the 202 area code? Thirty-six months before the election? Is it possible to earn extra credit by skipping this one and moving right on to 2020?
Half a century ago, Sid Davis was the first journalist to learn John Kennedy had died. Instead of breaking the biggest news story in the world, he waited because he wanted to make sure he was right. It is hard to image a journalist making the same choice nowadays amid our modern cacophony of inaccurate reporting, but perhaps Davis has something to teach us.