At the end of a truly dismal week in his presidency, President Barack Obama remains lucky in one crucial category: his opposition.
Long before steam engines and turbines carried us swiftly over the oceans, a disabled sailor who could no longer serve on a ship found something to do ashore: aggregate the data from shipping logs.
By GAIL COLLINS
You are a financial supporter of the Westboro Baptist Church. You know, that posse of full-blown whackdoodles from Kansas that descends on our nation’s most tragic moments, particularly military funerals, waving signs that say “Thank God for dead soldiers.”
Dogged by scandal, and with his press secretary presumably now curled up in the fetal position and breathing into a brown paper bag, it’s obvious President Barack Obama is in need.
As someone who has been in theaters where people have not turned off their cell phones, I have many long, elaborate fantasies about what I would like to do to those people.
I’m an immigration lawyer by profession. It makes its way into the conversation every month or so, either directly (as when I’m pleading with my conservative friends to realize that branding someone “illegal” is a political death wish) or indirectly (as when I use examples from my own life to point out how hypocritical the left is — and has always been — about human rights.) A column I wrote comparing the young Pakistani girl shot through the head by the Taliban with condom crusader Sandra Fluke garnered inclusion in the Atlantic’s “50 Worst Articles of 2012.” I couldn’t be prouder.
Tom Zawistowski lived the classic tea party origin story. He started a business. He raised a family. Then came 2009 and the Obama presidency, and he discovered politics from the couch of his Portage County, Ohio, home.
Well, that didn’t take long.
LOS ANGELES — My mother fought cancer for almost a decade and died at 59. She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children will never have the chance to know her and experience how loving and gracious she was.
As a taxpayer and a conservative who hopes to remain on good terms with the Internal Revenue Service for many April 15ths to come, I don’t want to speculate too freely about the motives of the “low level” IRS employees who decided to single out tea party groups for an inappropriate level of attention during the heat of the 2012 campaign.
I remember it like it was yesterday. The year was 1954. I was a fourth-grader at Barden Elementary School at Fort Belvoir, and for the first time in my short life I went into the classroom and there were black kids there. One photo in our family album shows Miss Palbicki’s class; 10 of the 25 children in the picture are African American. I remember telling my mom that day. I thought she, a wonderfully Southern, aristocratic white woman named Clyde, would have a heart attack.
One of the most infamous moments of the bloody uprising that followed Zimbabwe’s disputed 2008 election was the so-called “ship of shame” — a Chinese freighter discovered carrying small arms, rocket-propelled grenades, and mortars to Robert Mugabe’s landlocked regime.
Supporters of a measure that would have expanded background checks for firearm purchases decried the bill’s death in the Senate last month. But was the defeat really such a bad thing?
I gave an exam last week, and one student showed up 25 minutes late. When the hour ended and I collected the papers, he looked up from his seat, cast a pitiable glance and mumbled, “Please, I got here late – may I have another 20 minutes?”
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