The conversation we’re having today about how to avert the next act of gun violence is nothing new. Yet, we seem always to fall into the same pro-con template when a fresh shooting occurs.
Idiots Against Guns rail against an assault rifle that wasn’t used in Navy Yard shooting.
For decades now, the Republican Party has been honing its reputation for hostility toward the downtrodden, the poor, the disadvantaged. While a few of its leaders have tried to either shed that image or to dress it up with a more appealing facade — think George W. Bush’s “compassionate conservatism” — lately the GOP has been enthusiastically embracing its inner Ebenezer Scrooge.
As I read Vlad’s op-ed in The New York Times, a Judy Collins tune kept replaying in my head: “Isn’t it rich? Isn’t it queer?”
Bill de Blasio, the insurgent and defiantly progressive New York City mayoral candidate, did not hold his Tuesday night victory party in one of those faux-ornate midtown Manhattan hotel ballrooms, the usual power venue for such festivities.
Did you see the hopeful breaking news about Syria? “Russia takes control of Syrian chemical weapons.” The Russians essentially are promising to do what they are already doing.
Does “GOP” now stand for the “Grand Old Peace” party? You’d think so if you listen to many Republican conservative talkers, pundits, and nervous politicians holding their fingers up to the wind, then holding up a certain finger to the White House.
It was only a matter of time before our polarized politics threatened to destroy a president’s authority and call into question our country’s ability to act in the world. Will Congress let that happen?
Waging a little bit of war is like being a little bit pregnant. History and human experience tell us that neither is possible, yet we seem bent on believing it. Or, should I say, deceiving ourselves.
On a Monday night in late August, Sen. Lindsey Graham was traveling with a congressional delegation in Africa when the three Republicans who are challenging him in the 2014 GOP primary joined a large and strongly conservative crowd at Rep. Jeff Duncan’s annual Faith and Freedom Barbecue. To listen to Graham’s opponents tell it, that situation — a lawmaker who is far away and out-of-touch — is emblematic of the senator’s relationship with his constituents.
Unless he’s serious, vote no
Could this Labor Day mark the comeback of movements for workers’ rights and a turn toward innovation and a new militancy on behalf of wage-earners?
President Obama surely didn’t want to offer his commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech on a day dominated by rumors of war. An armed conflict with the Syrian government, even of limited duration, was never part of Obama’s dream.
If opinions differ on Miley Cyrus’ raunchy performance during MTV’s recent Video Music Awards, on one thing we all can agree: Miley loves her tongue.
After half a century, the March on Washington has moved into the historical record as a courageous but hardly radical event. It is widely remembered for Martin Luther King’s brilliant extemporaneous riffs on “I Have a Dream.” But even a peaceful assembly by “Negroes,” as black Americans were then known, was a dangerous idea in a volatile era.
Letters to the Editor
- DAVID SHIVERS: Cynthia Tucker's column is no diatribe
- WARREN D. GRANT: Time will tell on deal with Iran
- DUANE DAVIS: America has taken the wrong direction
- WARREN D. GRANT: Columnist Cynthia Tucker continues divisive writings
- WALT SPECHT: Public housing should be for the poor who are deserving
- SAM HARRIS: Gourmet meals await at Albany Tech
- JOHN BRYANT: Americans are starting to question changes
- FORREST ADAMS: Monroe dancing was inappropriate
- WALT SPECHT: Special recognition of one combat death diminishes others
- MIKE SABOT: Obamacare supporters sold a bad bill of goods
- T. GAMBLE: Segway not the best idea of Christmas present
- MAC GORDON: At Christmas, its hard to beat America's Mayberrys
- TOM PURCELL: Get back to the basics with Christmas toys
- LORAN SMITH: Still dreaming of a white Christmas
- Have yourself a very classic Christmas
- JIM HENDRICKS: Now that's a negotiator
- CARLTON FLETCHER: On the road with Jesus of Hazlehurst
- JOHN WALLACE: What's in a word at Christmastime?
- THOMAS: Two Mandelas
- MANDY FLYNN: Listen up, honey ... oh, never mind
- Thumbs Up! - Dec. 9, 2013
- Life of Nelson Mandela is to be celebrated
- On a day of celebration, Pearl Harbor's lessons still important
- Dougherty's brightest middle-schoolers go 'bowling'
- Make that really special delivery
- Albany Ward II voters determine today who will be their city commissioner
- Thumbs Up! - Dec.2, 2013
- Don't overlook locally-owned businesses this weekend
- Keep Black Friday Fever under control
- America has good reasons to be thankful