‘No other program has changed so many lives of our families, our friends, our neighbors’

The truest American film about aging shows no quarter. In 1938’s Make Way For Tomorrow, Barkley and Lucy Cooper endure the indignity of becoming impositions on their children. The only alternative is for Bark to work – a man at his age. In the final scene the couple say goodbye, each knowing it’s for the… More ‘No other program has changed so many lives of our families, our friends, our neighbors’

‘And paintings are one thing we never seem to run out of’

Yesterday was John Ashbery’s birthday, and I missed it. I wanted to post the title poem of “As We Know”; Ashbery was good at title poems. On a friend’s Facebook wall this morning I wrote that it’s hard to distinguish a great Ashbery poem from a good or average one; they’ve got the same ratio… More ‘And paintings are one thing we never seem to run out of’

Christie: ‘I will enforce the federal laws’

Chris Christie has a message for you tokers who take it where it’s legal for recreational or medicinal purposes: If you’re getting high in Colorado today, enjoy it,” Christie, a Republican campaigning for the 2016 presidential nomination, said Tuesday during a town-hall meeting at the Salt Hill Pub in Newport, New Hampshire. “As of January… More Christie: ‘I will enforce the federal laws’

Flag removal would ‘hurt and deeply offend’ some Floridians

Meanwhile in my state capital this debate persists: “It’s not a memorial. It was put up there in defiance of integration,” said Sheila Grimes, 61, of Santa Rosa Beach, an insurance broker. “It’s malicious. It just makes you tremble. It needs to come down.” Grimes vividly remembers what life was like, growing up black in… More Flag removal would ‘hurt and deeply offend’ some Floridians

Majority of GOP voters support sending illegal immigrants back to Mexico

I’m shocked, I tell you: By 56-42, Americans support developing a plan to legalize undocumented immigrants over stopping their flow and deporting those already here. Independents agree by 58-39, and moderates by 59-40. But Republicans favor stopping the flow of undocumenteds and deporting those already here by 63-34. So do conservatives, by 55-43. “Those already… More Majority of GOP voters support sending illegal immigrants back to Mexico

John Kasich: Galileo, Soviet gulags, John Adams and Navy SEALs in one breath

As usual, only the Beltway press has fallen for John Kasich. Early polls suggest New Hampshire residents like him too. I remember him from his bargain basement FOX News show and a collaboration with Bono, from the period when the U2 singer could charm Jesse Helms and George W. Bush into helping with AIDS spending… More John Kasich: Galileo, Soviet gulags, John Adams and Navy SEALs in one breath