Maybe this has happened to you. You drive past a stand of trees in a field or down a particular city street -- you've been going that way for years -- and then one afternoon after a late afternoon rainstorm the warm light and clean air transforms the familiar into something magical and almost unrecognizable. It's like being reintroduced to a person or place you haven't seen in a long time. Happened to me recently.
Random thoughts on the passing scene: What a non-judgmental society amounts to is that common decency is optional -- which means that decency is likely to become less common.
WASHINGTON -- Why is the lineup of prospective GOP presidential candidates beginning to look like, well, a lineup? Chris Christie went to campaign last week for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, putting the New Jersey governor in the company of a man who is in almost as much legal jeopardy as he is. Between them, the two would-be 2016 presidential nominees are the subjects of six investigations.
CLEVELAND, OHIO -- Ginn Academy resembles no urban public school I've ever visited: all male, dress shirt and tie, the Socratic method employed in classrooms. School spirit seems imported from the prep school; discipline from the playing field; aspiration from the church pew.
Fifth Street in Columbus was not only an interesting place; it was downright dangerous.
What if the rule "use it or lose it" extended to voting?
Last year, the White House was breached twice.
This week, a group called "Mississippi for Cannabis" filed a petition seeking a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in the state.
Julia Pierson is really putting "secret" into the Secret Service.
On radio, in books and personal appearances, Dave Ramsey has become America's best-known preacher of the joys of personal financial independence. He always invites the faithful to testify. Properly cued, individuals and couples who were saddled by debt before seeing the light are invited to shout "I'M DEBT FREE" as loudly as they can.
In the first days of the Iraq war 11 years ago, Army reservist Jay Briseno was shot in the back of the head at a Baghdad market. The bullet left him blind, brain-damaged, paralyzed from the neck down and unable to communicate, eat or breathe on his own.
Attendance was sparse and it still takes some effort to get to West Point. Yet the 2014 IPSI Handa Cup, a Ryder Cup-style competition that features 24 of the world's best senior women golfers competing in a U.S. vs. World format, was pronounced a rousing success, especially among those who matter most - the players.
It is a long, long way from the "JV team" to the "network of death." It is even longer from the arguments of President Obama's 2014 West Point commencement address -- which ridiculed "tough talk," criticized a "military solution" in Syria and ignited various straw men of military adventurism -- to the substance of Obama's 2014 United Nations address.
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