As the academic year winds down, there's cause for mourning in some neighborhoods in New York City, where some schools will be closing their doors for good. They're not just any schools -- and I'm not just saying that because the school where I spent my first eight years was nearly among them. They're Catholic schools that have achieved miracles.
Ah yes, inflation is back with a vengeance. Or that is what the pundits on Wall Street want to believe. The core Consumer Price Index is up to 2.4% in the last 12 months so the Federal Reserve must continue to head off the dreaded inflation "monster" by raising interest rates, albeit short term interest rates, and risking a recession. Good luck.
D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey had to laugh when telling The Beltway Beat that he's been around law enforcement long enough - three decades and counting - that "when I used to write the letters DNA all over my police reports, it stood for Does Not Apply."
I suspect that from the moment that Homo sapiens first stood erect, two questions have plagued mankind. The first of these, I'm willing to bet, was, "Does everybody's lower back hurt like heck, or is it just me?" and the second was, "What's that special something that makes us so much better than the other animals?"
In the wake of the death of al Qaeda's leader in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, will Sen. John F. Kerry, D-Mass., soften his irresponsible, hey-don't-blame-me criticism of the war in Iraq?
The trouble, of course, was that Times readers, digesting these sage observations over their morning coffee, could also learn (if the television was on) that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had just been killed by an American air raid on one of his supposedly "safe"-houses, and that Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki had that very day named the country's new interior and defense ministers.
Fifty-two years have passed since the Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education , but the constitutional issues presented by that historic case will not go away. Last week the Supreme Court agreed to return to them in cases involving the public schools of Washington state and Kentucky. Here we go again.
Current surveys show a tendency toward the Democrats but do not show a rout as of yet.
When a black stripper claimed three white Duke University lacrosse players gang-raped her at a party, I knew instinctively it was a lie. The tale reeked of Tawana Brawley-like fabrications. At 15, Brawley claimed that six white men abducted and raped her, smeared her with feces and wrote racial epithets on her body. The media loved it.
The author of the book, The Millionaire Next Door, suggests that if you give up smoking and save the money you have been spending on smoking you can save a very nice amount of cash in your life time. If you invest the money into tobacco stocks you probably will become a millionaire. Now that is what I call a good tip. So I have gone to my tip book to give you some good ideas.
Fifty-two years have passed since the Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, but the constitutional issues presented by that historic case will not go away. Last week the Supreme Court agreed to return to them in cases involving the public schools of Washington state and Kentucky. Here we go again.
A "political power grab" is said to be under way at historic Ford's Theatre, orchestrated by theater board member Linda Daschle, lobbyist-wife of former Democratic Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, and involving one of Washington's more mysterious, if not generous couples.
Perhaps it's this way with most writers, but in my life books have often played a larger role than have people. Filled with wisdom, joy, tears and laughter, they are everything parents, friends and siblings should be, but rarely are. And very early on, one book in particular taught me a lesson I have never forgotten.
Apparently, being the parent of a child murdered by a Muslim terrorist gives one moral credibility.
The offing of al-Zarqawi tells us - what? Among many, these things:
A good reason the Republicans need to be thankful for Bilbray's victory is this: Had Busby won, big money would begin to flow to the Democrats upon the assumption they would win in November. It happened a little bit when Democrats took two Republican seats early in this Congress. But a Busby victory would have opened up the spigot and Republicans would have had even more trouble keeping control of Congress this fall.
I get a large number of emails every day of the week at MortgageMinuteGuy.com including Saturday and Sunday, from interested real estate owners who would like various questions answered. A surprising number are from people who have incredibly low arms, 3% to 4% range, who are sure that both interest rates are going through the roof and property values are going to fall like the proverbial brick and want to lock into a higher fixed rate now! It absolutely doesn't make any sense at all.
This past week the United States Senate voted down the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment, which is designed to place in the Constitution that marriage is between a man and a woman.
Writing in Rolling Stone, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. assures us that the 2004 presidential election was stolen.
''Less than 10 years.'' That, Gore warns, is all the time that ''leading scientists'' say we may have ''before we cross a point of no return'' -- unless we make a ''really good start toward dramatic changes'' to combat global warming.
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