RALEIGH — During the years that North Carolina was riding high, particularly the 1980s and 1990s, state policymakers wrung their hands about the problems associated with a fast-growing economy.
It is really not so odd that we would find Dennis Rodman partying heartily with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. After all, they have so much in common. Think of Kim as Rodman with less height, fewer piercings, more nuclear menace — and more blood on his hands.
John Stuart Mill’s classic essay “On Liberty” gives reasons why some people should not be taking over other people’s decisions about their own lives. But Professor Cass Sunstein of Harvard has given reasons to the contrary. He cites research showing “that people make a lot of mistakes, and that those mistakes can prove extremely damaging.”
Often a cliché or someone’s quote says it best.
While speaking to young people in Germany recently, Secretary of State John Kerry was asked, “Do you see a difference [between] Muslim teenagers in Germany and Muslim teenagers in America?” Kerry’s answer wasn’t entirely bad.
Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, now referred to as Factious Disorder by Proxy or FDbP, is where a parent or caretaker enjoys the attention of having a sick child so they exaggerate and sometimes induce their victim’s symptoms. Children are made to be sick; parents are given sympathy for their seeming stoicism. It’s adulation-seeking via child abuse.
This weekend marks a biannual event that affects the entire country (with the exception of Arizona and Hawaii). At 2 a.m. this Sunday, we will all “spring ahead,” or move our clocks forward one hour. Unfortunately, that often translates into losing an hour of sleep.
Sometimes Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia remind me of Statler and Waldorf, the grumpy old cranks in the balcony of “The Muppet Show” — except that in the courtroom Thomas usually lets his fellow conservative do all the talking.
Back in my teaching days, many years ago, one of the things I liked to ask the class to consider was this: Imagine a government agency with only two tasks: (1) building statues of Benedict Arnold and (2) providing life-saving medications to children. If this agency’s budget were cut, what would it do?
RALEIGH — Do you take vitamins? You probably should. It ensures that even if you don’t always maintain a varied and healthful diet, your body gets the baseline level of nutrients.
Now that they’re facing Washington’s first serious push for new gun violence prevention laws since the Columbine massacre, gun lobbyists are grasping at straws — as in “straw” purchases.
America has almost 12 million illegal immigrants. Many of them came here on visas and never left. But about 60 percent of them walked in from just one country — Mexico.
A nation’s choice between spending on military defense and spending on civilian goods has often been posed as “guns versus butter.” But understanding the choices of many nations’ political leaders might be helped by examining the contrast between their runaway spending on pensions while skimping on military defense.
In one of our daily doses of political chatter last week, my son Kenneth and I managed to turn a serious topic into an unexpected, momentary laughing jag. The seriousness of these discussions are always a given, usually about some news item or past column, with both of us lamenting the status quo, and vowing to help spread the word for “change.”
I am always reluctant to write about religion but found what Preacher Tony Watts wrote about Obama on Feb. 16 impossible to ignore (Guest column “Obama consigns traditional values to the ‘dark side’ ”).