My representative in Congress, the Hon. John R. “Randy” Kuhl, R-N.Y., has sent me a four-color brochure labeled “Energy Report.” It is by far the most misleading document I’ve ever received from a member of Congress. It deceives his constituents by offering only illusions of and false hopes for much-cheaper gasoline. But he’s not alone. […]
Jesus’ General is rolling this morning. His shot at David Vitter is pretty funny, too.
Is taking justice into your own hands ever justified? (Part 1) If you’re not from New York, the name Bernard Goetz may not ring a bell. The expression “subway vigilante” might though. In 1984, four young men surrounded Goetz, a geekish electronics repairman, in a New York subway car. They wielded no weapons, but one […]
When it comes to religion and faith, everything is inherently subjective, not objective. Simply put, there is no way for the adherents of one faith to know objectively that they’re faith is right and that another faith is wrong. Additionally, there’s no method of determining an objective truth, and because most religions lack any ability […]
Wow – imagine my surprise at discovering that the German language has a word for music! Ahem. As you no doubt are aware, Euro2008 crescendos tomorrow afternoon as Spain and Germany meet in the final. In honor of the summer’s premier athletic competition (well, until the Olympics start, anyway), SVR today presents the music of […]
In an attempt to capture his grandfather’s memories from the besieged Russian city of Leningrad during World War Two, David Benioff stumbled upon something especially liberating: creative license. “I questioned [my grandfather] about various details—names, locations, weather conditions on certain days,” Benioff recalls, explaining his quest for accuracy. But his grandfather told him to stop. […]
After critics questioned the appropriateness of John McCain’s chief strategist, Charlie Black, saying a terrorist attack on American soil would benefit his candidate, yesterday Black took that notion one step farther.
Appearing on Today, Black told co-host Matt Lauer, “With Wednesday’s Quinnipiac University poll showing Senator Obama leading in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida, we’ve redoubled our efforts regarding terror attacks here at home, from mere wishful thinking to targeted planning.”
by Djerrid Democrats have had some success painting McCain as an older, grumpier version of W. But Republicans have had a harder time trying to stick a label on the unique phenomenon known as Obama. But that hasn’t stopped them from trying. As part of S&R’s spotlight on racism, we bring you the Ã¼ber anti-tax […]
I donâ€™t have pet peeves. I have major, psychotic hatreds. â€” George Carlin, who died early this week at age 71; June 23
In our most recent S&R poll, readers were asked the following: Two children of a family belonging to the Followers of Christ Church have now died after “faith-healing” was chosen over medical treatment. What do you believe authorities should do? The results looked like this: Pursue appropriate criminal sanctions. Religion is no defense for child […]
By Ann Ivins Generally, a combination of ladylike reticence and consideration for the insecurities of my fellow bloggers prevents me from mentioning the great state which I call home. Extraordinary circumstances, however, have at last overcome my scruples. In the light of todayâ€™s Supreme Court ruling forbidding states, cities and municipalities from forbidding handgun ownership, […]
Twenty years ago, on June 23, a scientist relatively unknown outside his field went before the Senate to give testimony about the greenhouse effect. Dr. James Hansen, of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Sciences (GISS) and Columbia University, went before Congress this week to tell the government and the country again what they didn’t want […]
Expect the average net worth of a member of Congress â€” now about $1.5 million â€” to take another leap upward. That’s because five members of the Supreme Court decided that wealth, as speech, cannot be regulated. In doing so, the Roberts court continued to dismantle the “fairness” logic of past congressional attempts at campaign […]
Most Democrats in the two houses of Congress balk at initiating impeachment proceedings against President Bush. We assume it’s because, like a woman living with a rageaholic husband, they prefer to let their Republican colleagues lie as if they were sleeping dogs. Is there something else that Democratic senators and members of the House of […]