Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Quivers in Ukraine. A passenger jet was shot down mysteriously. Today there are reports of two military jets downed.
These are reasons for worry, of course. We always have those, but these are not enough, I think, to fear that World War III will break out next Tuesday.
Vladimir Putin, and whoever succeeds him in his job, will presumably worry more about keeping Russia dominant in what used to be the Soviet Union than about scuffing with the United States. Barack Obama seems a moderate with no haste for a World War III. Let's hope his successor shares that view.
History courses emphasize wars; they're dramatic, but we have had times of peace and enjoyed them. Let's work to have more.
Londoners vote in British elections; Parisians, in French ones. Washingtonians? Our betters, as they must see themselves, allow us to elect a mayor and to vote for president--we are too few to matter much there.
But in the legislative branch, nothing. The District is allowed no senators--states have two apiece--and no Congressmen--states have from one to dozens depending on their population. The District has one token delegate who is not allowed to vote. Fair, hunh?
Efforts to change this require Congressional approval and Congress has always refused, jealous of its power and unwilling to amend the Constitution so as to share its power with us.
I do not exepect this to change in my lifetime.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
It's been kind of a quiet, lazy summer so far, which if fine with this quiet, lazy reporter.
My childhood baseball team--grownups aren't allowed to support them, they're too awful--are in last place in their division by, I think, nineteen games. Only recently they had closed to within ten, but they've gone back to work. Need to ask which team?
And it has nothing to do with work, but strawberries are coming back! Formerly wonderful, they changed to beautiful but tasteless. In recent years they've
started tasting like the real thing again.
So life goes on and getting old is sometimes even kind of fun.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
I saw a political column about Hillary Clinton's unofficial presidential campaign. One struck me as about right. Many more and we'd all be saying, "Why is she running so hard?" The job she seeks, after all--president, we assume--isn't available to the voters until the year after next.
In the meantime she wants, I assume, to look like the right woman for the job. She would be the first woman president, of course. Barack Obama was the first black eight years ago. If he could break one barrier, you can presuably break the other.
Avoid overconfidence is my advice. Remember that the Democrats had a sure frontrunner once before, Edmund Muskie. He disappeared and never saw the White House. Neither did the man who beat him, George McGovern.
Buy hey, go for it. It's a fun ride mostly. Ask your husband. And if you win, Lord knows what lies ahead.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
We had elections Tuesday, primary elections, so you learned which Republican Republicans liked, which Democrat Democrats, but not which candidate would win a real election. Still, there were hints.
An incumbent Republican senator beat off a Tea Party challenger in Mississippi; good news for GOP incumbents elsewhere? A Democratic Lt. Gov. won his party's gubernatorial nomination in Maryland but must face a GOP cabinet member in the fall.
Democrat Charlie Rangel of New York, who's been in Congress about since they invented it--no, only forty years or so--is expected to win another term.
Straws in the wind. Easy to catch. Hard to read. November will tell all. Well, mostly all.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
There's something unsettling in the air when the world's two strongest countries threaten each other with war, especially when they have enough nuclear weapons, as the U.S. and Russia do, to destroy the planet. We got through several of those; if you're old enough, you remember Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev telling American president John Kennedy, "We will bury you."
Nobody buried anybody but the talk was certainly warlike. This time it seems a little more civilized. Maybe we're just lucky. I hope I'm right.