I am standing at the front door, locked out of my own house. If this were a movie, it'd be raining. Thankfully, this isn't so it isn't. But the reality is embarrassing enough without any Hollywood embellishments.
Despite all the talk of a “war on science” being waged by political conservatives and Republican politicians -- to match their supposed wars on women, men, the young, and the old, no doubt -- North Carolina now features a shrill and relentless rhetorical war on social science by political liberals and Democratic politicians.
A couple decades ago, I was in a crowded, stuffy hotel room at a group editors’ meeting, looking over the shoulder of an editor from the San Jose Mercury News. He was demonstrating the paper’s new on-line news operation.
It was late in the game. The House was at bat to take its cut at the state budget. The State Senate team had thrown them a wicked curveball. Did the House have the skill and the moxie to respond in this modern-day “Casey-at-the-bat” scenario?
How about some good news for a change?
The morning after, at breakfast at the Republicans' Capitol Hill Club, Virginia Rep. Robert Goodlatte was, as befits one of Washington's grown-ups, measured in his reaction to what 36,120 Virginia voters did the day before. It would, he says, be wise "to take a step back and a deep breath until we find out how everyone" -- meaning, especially, House Republicans -- "reacts to this." By "this" he indicates, with a wave of a hand, the one-word headline on Roll Call, a newspaper that covers Congress: "Stunner."
When the dyspeptic poet Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), who loathed Belgium even more than most things, was asked to imagine an epitaph for that nation, he suggested: "At last!" Which is how many Europeans feel about the rapidly growing disgust with the European Union, which is headquartered in Brussels.
Romney for President.
Get used to the idea.
A few days ago, the NRA inadvertently said something reasonable.
This, in response to a series of protests in Texas. It seems advocates of the right to carry firearms openly have taken to showing up en masse at public places -- coffee shops, museums, restaurants, etc. -- toting shotguns and assault rifles.
My memory may be playing tricks, but I think I recall a story-planning conversation from my days as city editor of The Raleigh Times.
It was spring 1974, and we were thinking about D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy.
It is irreversible now.
And there's a word that should get everybody's attention. Last month, two groups of scientists, publishing separately in the journals Science and Geophysical Research Letters, issued reports that came to alarmingly similar conclusions: The melting of the West Antarctic ice sheet has reached a point of no return. If greenhouse gases stopped spewing forth tomorrow, we'd still face the grim prospect of steadily rising seas from this unstoppable melt.
Colleges and universities are being educated by Washington and are finding the experience excruciating. They are learning that when they say campus victimizations are ubiquitous ("micro-aggressions," often not discernible to the untutored eye, are everywhere), and that when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate.
Suddenly it’s June. Have you made a list of books to read on your summer vacation? Here are some North Carolina books for that list.
In a prison in Khartoum, a dusty city on the banks of the ancient Nile in the African nation of Sudan, Meriam Yehya Ibrahim waits.
There is a bit of mythology percolating through the news media these days that the Moral Mondays/Forward Together movement led by Rev. William Barber of the North Carolina NAACP is somehow a stalking horse for the state Democratic Party and Democratic politicians. A recent news story even ran in several North Carolina news outlets under the headline “NC's protests are Democratic tool in election year.”
The story was a mile off-base.