SACRAMENTO—Nearly a half-century on the national stage surely entitles a leader to some valedictory words, and if Jerry Brown were a conventional politician one could easily imagine what those words might be: Though the sun is setting on my time of public service, it will always be rising for this great state et cetera, et cetera, and though we face daunting challenges let me assure you that I have never been more optimistic about the endless promise of blah, blah, blah.Story Continued Below But if Jerry Brown were a conventional politician he would never have been on the national stage for a half-century. He would have been shooed off it several decades ago, to a chorus of mockery about his supposedly eccentric style and mournful commentary about faded promise and what might have been. Instead, at age 80, Brown is leaving the governorship of the nation’s largest state in a few hours, at noon on Monday. If this departure seems a bit reluctant—he pauses slightly, … [Read more...] about Jerry Brown’s Midnight in America
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.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........We can summarize 2018 in two words:It boofed.We’re not 100 percent sure what “boofing” is, despite the fact that this very issue was discussed in a hearing of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. All we know for certain about boofing is that it is distasteful and stupid.ADVERTISEMENTSkipAs was 2018.In spades. Syndicated columnist and comedian Dave Barry, of Miami, performs as apart of the South Beach Comedy Festival at the Colony Theater in Miami Beach, Fla., Thursday Jan. 22, 2009. (AP Photo/Mitchell Zachs/HO)What made this year so awful? We could list many factors, including natural disasters, manmade atrocities, the utter depravity of our national political discourse and the loss of Aretha Franklin. Instead we’ll cite one event that, while minor, epitomizes … [Read more...] about Dave Barry: Can you believe it?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Dave Barry December 30, 2018 We can summarize 2018 in two words: It boofed. We’re not 100 percent sure what “boofing” is, despite the fact that this very issue was discussed in a hearing of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee. All we know for certain about boofing is that it is distasteful and stupid. As was 2018. In spades. What made this year so awful? We could list many factors, including natural disasters, man-made atrocities, the utter depravity of our national political discourse, and the loss of Aretha Franklin. Instead, we’ll cite one event that, while minor, epitomizes 2018: the debut of Dr. Pimple Popper. This is a cable-TV reality show featuring high-definition slo-mo close-up videos of a California dermatologist performing seriously disgusting procedures on individuals with zits the size of mature cantaloupes. You might ask, … [Read more...] about Dave Barry’s year in review: Good riddance to 2018!
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal was a strongly worded, combative and highly partisan defense of the Trump administration’s relations with Saudi Arabia. Echoing the president’s description of the oil-rich kingdom as a “spectacular ally,” Pompeo argued that downgrading the U.S.-Saudi alliance in response to the Saudi government’s murder of Jamal Khashoggi and its inhumane military campaign in Yemen would seriously jeopardize U.S. national security and vital American interests in the Middle East. Having spent a combined 50-plus years working on Middle East policy at the Department of State, we understand the importance to America of Saudi stability and the need to maintain a relationship with Riyadh. But we don’t accept Pompeo’s over-the-top, Alice in Wonderland-like perceptions of the value of Saudi Arabia. Indeed, much of the op-ed describes the behavior of a country we can barely recognize.Story … [Read more...] about The Trump Team’s Fawning Over Saudi Arabia Is Getting Ridiculous
Last week marked 100 years since the guns of World War I fell silent. In the United States, which played a much smaller military role in the war than we think we did, there was little commemoration or even memory. Ignorance of history seems deeply ingrained in U.S. culture and that is a pity. Yet The Great War, as it was called then, shaped our country immeasurably, thrusting us onto the world’s economic and political stage to a degree that would have been unthinkable at the outbreak of hostilities. This change was a reality to which leaders of our nation would remain blind for a decade after the war ended. And, combined with errors in other major countries, led to the even greater tragedy of World War II. We got more things right after World War II, including a remarkable consensus among the major industrial nations on an international financial, political and security order based on multilateral institutions that have given us unprecedented decades of relative peace. But now … [Read more...] about Real World Economics: History has deep lessons that we fail to remember