"How sweet it is! Finally, after all these years! Caught?... You want to threaten me?... You want to threaten to pick me off from the cemetery across the street from my house now? Who's laughing now, Whitey?"
— WRKO-Boston radio talk-show host and Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr
Nobody was happier to hear of the arrest of Boston Irish mobster James "Whitey" Bulger on June 22 than Boston radio talk show host and Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr, who had reportedly been on a Bulger assassination list when Bulger was on his spree. (Only the fact that Carr came out of his house with his little daughter prevented triggerman Kevin Weeks from putting the outspoken columnist and top-rated talk-show host in the grave.)
As part of its July 4, 2011 cover story on the relevance of the Constitution, Time magazine included the results of a poll of Americans on several issues germane to that topic.
Those paying attention to recent events in the Texas Legislature know that a battle royal has been raging for weeks over the Travelers' Dignity Act, the anti-TSA groping bill sponsored by state Representative David Simpson. The bill would make Transportation Security Administration agents liable for sexual assault when groping passengers without probable cause in their invasive airport searches.
Over the past several years, the People's Republic of China (PRC) has stepped up its courtship of America's state and local officials. A growing stream of Governors, Mayors, County Commissioners, school superintendents, college presidents and university officials have been making the pilgrimage to Beijing and other Chinese "sister cities," in efforts aimed at wooing Chinese investors to their communities and in search of export opportunities to China's growing consumer market.
On Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that peace negotiations in Afghanistan must include the Taliban if they are to be successful in achieving long term stability of the nation.
President Barack Obama could not ask for a more helpful “opposition” party in charge of the House of Representatives. For the second time this month House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has maneuvered to prevent Congress from demanding that Obama abide by the Constitution’s requirement that wars be initiated by the legislative branch, not the executive. Furthermore, in seeking a middle ground between the patently irreconcilable options of enforcing the Constitution and adhering to the bipartisan consensus in favor of untrammeled presidential intervention abroad, Boehner has ensured that Obama’s illegal war in Libya continues indefinitely.
Michele Bachmann�s (pictured, left) political style causes liberals to snarl, as in foaming-at-the-mouth, jaw-snapping, vicious, snarling.
Back to that one, shortly.
Although much of the nation�s attention has lately been focused on the struggle between President Obama and Republicans on the federal budget, many of the battles against big government and its assorted allies are being waged at the state level by the new Republican muscle.
The federal war on drugs is coming under attack from multiple angles, most recently with the introduction of a bill in Congress by conservative Rep. Ron Paul and liberal Rep. Barney Frank that would end the national prohibition on marijuana and allow states to set their own policies.
The cover of the July 4, 2011 issue of Time magazine depicts a shredded Constitution superimposed with the question: “Does it still matter?” The tone of the cover article makes Time’s answer to that question obvious.
In a letter to John Adams, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “I have given up newspapers in exchange for Tacitus and Thucydides, for Newton and Euclid; and I find myself much the happier.” Constitutionalists surely sympathize with the Sage of Monticello when they read the chronicling of the evisceration of our Constitution that is printed daily in newspapers around the country.