"As far as we're concerned, you Californians can freeze in the dark,'' someone at an Idaho inauguration party told me last week in D.C. Later, a lobbyist opined that the California Dream entails yuppies yakking on cell phones and e-mailing on laptops charged by cheap energy generated in less -- shall we say refined?
During the first half of the 1990s, the media conglomerate Time Warner was seen by many as one of the most damaging cultural forces in America. Among its most infamous products: Madonna's "Sex" book, Body Count's "Cop Killer," and coldblooded gangsta-rap recordings by the likes of Snoop Doggy Dogg and Tupac Shakur.
Stepping gingerly around the trash left behind by the Clintonistas (no joke -- both The Washington Post and the Drudge Report have reported vandalism of government property by Clinton's departing White House staff), Bush moved swiftly to introduce an education reform package.
In his inaugural address, President George W. Bush issued a call to reinvigorate citizenship: "We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests, and teach us what it means to be citizens.
During last week's Senate confirmation hearings, Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., laid into President Bush's attorney general nominee John Ashcroft about his strong support for the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment. Kennedy demanded that Ashcroft apologize to the American people.
A recent issue of JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association, 12/27/00) reports on a Centers for Disease Control study that supports the widespread policy of forcing all children to be vaccinated in order to enter day care or school.
Prepare for spin. Now that Bill Clinton is no longer president, we can expect his people to attempt to define what his presidency was all about. Call it pre-emptive history. And if you think this cannot succeed, consider that we've seen it work before.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., quizzing John Ashcroft, asked a question both interesting and profound. What I can't understand, she asked her former colleague in the Senate, is how you can feel as strongly as you do about all these issues and still undertake to enforce the law, as written and interpreted?
If his name is Lieberman and he is Jewish, his nomination evokes celebration. If his name is Ashcroft and he is Christian, his nomination evokes a hue and cry about ``divisiveness'' and mobilizes a wall-to-wall liberal coalition to defeat him.
WASHINGTON--There are some things humanity cannot get used to without jeopardizing its humanness--without becoming beastly. Creeping toward us, as on little cat feet--little monkey feet, actually--is perhaps the gravest imaginable crisis, one that could result in the end of history as a distinctively human, and humane, story.
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