If insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, it's tempting to observe that congressional Republicans have gone stark, raving mad. My own GOP congressman, Rep. Tim Griffin, recently delivered himself of an opinion column boasting about having "voted more than 30 times to repeal all or parts of Obamacare." Only in politics does somebody expect praise for sheer futility. ...
Recently, I had foot surgery and found myself in a wheelchair. I am an active, 53-year-old woman and could not make myself stay at home, so I set out in my chair for a new adventure in my favorite city, Newhall.
The late-night comedians have not had this much material since Bill Clinton wagged his finger at the television cameras and declared, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky," and then sent Hillary out to declare that the whole thing was the work of a "vast right-wing conspiracy."
This is shaping up as a great season for media-watchers. Viewers still go on vacation, but news and entertainment media are busier this summer than ever before, giving us plenty to slice and dice.
Several events around the nation have lead pundits and observers alike to label certain actions "unconscionable."
In 1980 the Iowa State University basketball program desperately needed a new coach after running through three head coaches in four years and securing only two wins in the season just ended.
Maybe you were never told. Maybe you just forgot. But you probably don't think about your car "spying" on you.
The film industry continues to be one of Santa Clarita's largest and fastest-growing industries. For fiscal year 2012-13, location filming reached an all-time high, with the city's Film Office recording more film days and the highest economic impact to date.
Back in the early '90s, when I worked in London and wrote frequently about the hi-jinks of the monarchy, I tried in vain to understand why the British clung to such an archaic institution.
The chloride issue facing all SCV residents and businesses is huge. We're told the core problem is SVC's chloride-rich waste water flowing west damages Ventura-area avocado and strawberry crops. As a result the L.A. Regional Water Quality Control Board dictated we hold our discharge to 100 mg of chloride per liter. Mostly, we stand at 117 mg/L but the numbers can rise considerably during drought. Years ago our city leaders diligently tackled reducing chloride by ...
Every time I look at the world, I see a never-ending struggle over our country's engagement with the world. I have recently opined about events across Southwest Asia and Northern Africa - a part of the world that has beleaguered the United States for some time now.
Often, you only win the battle if you stick with it for the long haul. And when it comes to the proposedCemex sand and gravel mine in Soledad Canyon, it has been a long haul indeed, and the battle is not yet won.
Just days after the Trayvon Martin verdict, President Obama shared his personal thoughts, providing a glimpse into the man who inhabits a very strange, singular space in America between white and black and extreme privilege and prejudice:
ife for kids is harder today than ever before, and I offer up proof: According to a variety of news reports, many elementary schools are eliminating recess.
"This place has come to complete gridlock," said Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana. "Something has to change."
At the very core of Liberalism is the idea that good deeds can only be achieved by legislating them. Strong arguments can be made that these "do-gooder" policies achieve the opposite and actually serve to hurt those they intend to help.
Words have meaning.
Flu season is officially here. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the season may begin as early as October, hits its peak in January and February, and can continue as late as May.
The latest conservative push for several years has been against "big government." Nobody likes to see our taxes wasted, resources plundered, and ineffective policies implemented.
Timeshare. Worst investment you can make. At least, that is what all of the financial planners tell us. The only problem is, we like ours. Trish says that if we didn't have it, we'd never go anywhere. I think she is right.
In here. Pssst. Don't look. Okay. Sit down. Pretend you're reading the International Herald Tribune. Order a coffee. Make it a decaf. Two Sweet and Lows. Pass them to me. Take this Splenda. Pay no attention to the man with the hearing aid. Give the waiter a five and leave through the kitchen. Don't forget an extra twenty for me.
What a month! Was it good for you?
There's been a lot of press coverage and commentary lately about the absurdly disastrous Keystone Cops rollout of Obamacare.
I am often asked by my liberal friends how it is that I could care so little for my fellow man by being registered and voting as a Republican.
The holidays are right around the corner, and nothing welcomes the spirit of the season like bright holiday lights and a 23-foot-tall Christmas tree.
Don't hang around and let your problems surround you
Most of us expect about 90 percent of our charitable contributions to go toward funding any charitable cause to which we give.
Not every fundamentalist is a right-winger. Crackpot utopianism and black-and-white thinking infect all social, political and religious movements.
With the stroke of a pen, President Obama ended both the government shutdown and raised the debt ceiling, allowing national parks to re-open and the government to borrow more money to finance its spending.