Having received your many nominations for Secretary of Wellness, I now have some sense of just how difficult the job of president must be. With so many well qualified candidates, the choice is next to impossible. Nonetheless, the overwhelming favorite is clear. Corner readers want Richard Simmons to be the first Secretary of Wellness. Oprah and Dr. Phil are runners up, as is Arnold, in the event that president Kerry wishes to make a bipartisan gesture. There are many honorable mentions. Among politicians, president Clinton, Howard Dean, Ted Kennedy and Dennis Kucinich received a couple of votes apiece (Kucinich mentioned because of his disappointed hopes in a Department of Peace). Mayor Bloomberg got a vote, but so did Mayor McCheese. Stuart Smalley, Shirley McLaine, and Deepak Chopra have fans. But my favorite suggestion came from Jed Babbin, who put forward the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, noting that in his case, whether he was dead or alive was irrelevant.
For many progressive opinion-makers, the only way to save the Supreme Court is to destroy it. They believe the best response to the Republican-held Senate confirming a Trump nominee to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the Supreme Court is to pack the Court if Democrats win in November. Holding out the ... Read More
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“The prospects of statehood for Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., have never been greater, but many significant obstacles loom,” The Hill declares. The Constitution declares, “new States may be admitted by the Congress into this Union; but no new State shall be formed or erected within the Jurisdiction ... Read More
What the hell is going on with Joe Biden? It feels rude bringing it up (again). It’s always difficult to talk about the afflictions attending to old age. And Donald Trump has started talking about Joe Biden in a rude way, suggesting that Biden is getting drugged “in the ass” before he has to do an ... Read More
After the summer protests and rioting in many large cities, activists demanded a defunding, or at least radical pullbacks, of the police. So-called crime experts often concurred. So some city governments ignored public warnings and diminished their police presence despite a sharp rise in crime in many cities. ... Read More