To understand why Texas' new anti-abortion law is an invasion of privacy, you have to know my friend.
For years now, I have been writing this column in an effort to change hearts and minds about the direction our country is headed. At the inception, the concept was to write a light-hearted weekly diatribe that subtly influenced opinion in the SCV.
Couldn't we have one?" That was Chuck Todd's question as he hosted his political geek show, "The Daily Rundown," on MSNBC one recent morning. Todd was moderating a panel discussing former New York congressman Anthony Weiner's insistence on running for office despite a history of tweeting his private parts, coupled with former governor Eliot Spitzer's eagerness for political comeback as New York City comptroller, despite the prostitution scandal that ended his tenure upstate. Politicians are ...
The next time you walk into your favorite coffee shop and get into line, take note of a curious yet common phenomenon.
Everyone loves a comeback story. As a City Council member and the current mayor of Santa Clarita, some of my proudest moments include the revitalization of our neighborhoods, parks, business centers and facilities for all residents to enjoy.
Two big recent occurrences in local city politics for those few but faithful who pay attention: The at-large race for three City Council seats in 2014 gets more and more crowded with two incumbents seeking to defend their seats and (now) six serious challengers - and perhaps one more to come - scrumming over the "open" seat left by Frank Ferry's decision not to seek a fourth term - or for all three seats, depending on one's level of optimism.
Reference two front-page headlines in The Signal of Tuesday, July 9: "DUIs remain high" and "Driver in fatal crash sentenced."
For years, illegal immigrants have been referred to as "in the shadows." The phrase is nonsense.
As a not-so-serious part of their ongoing effort to get rid of Obamacare, House Republicans in May started a Twitter fight they called #ObamacareInThreeWords. Rep. Darrell Issa got things started with a tweet that said simply, "Serious Sticker Shock." Rep. Michele Bachmann added "IRS In Charge." Sen. Richard Burr tossed in "Huge Train Wreck."
The land of the Pharaohs is in dismay - again. On July 3, the Egyptian Army ousted the democratically elected President, Mohamed Morsi, in a coup d'etat that was initially bloodless, but now is slowly turning violent as various political factions clash in the streets of Cairo and elsewhere. Egyptians must now recognize they stand on the precipice of disaster.
New York City's politics has now gotten more titillating. First came news that Anthony Weiner, the Democrat whose crotch-shot sexting to a woman he never met led to his resignation from Congress, was running for mayor. Now comes the news that former New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer, who resigned due to his involvement in a prostitution scandal, is running for city comptroller.
When the framers of the Declaration of Independence declared that among the "unalienable rights" imputed to each of us by our Creator is "the pursuit of happiness" they were really on to something. In their wisdom they declared that, while life and liberty were rights endowed to all, when it came to happiness only the right to pursue it fell to each of us. That is, happiness is not something we come into this world ...
The current US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has handed down some really excellent decisions, such as in the Heller, McDonald, and Citizen's United cases. They've also managed to hand down some real stinkers. The Obamacare case comes immediately to mind.
After they got their clocks cleaned in the 2012 election, the Republican Party held a well-documented post-mortem on their losses: they analyzed how they'd miscalculated so badly and turned off so many different segments of the electorate and tried to figure out how to move forward so they could recapture those lost votes.
I don't understand what they are thinking. I speak of the nearly 37 million Americans who owe roughly $1 trillion total in student-loan debt - most of it federal student-loan debt. And that's for loans taken out before the interest rate on new, federally subsidized student loans doubled a little over a week ago. The numbers are staggering. According to the informational nonprofit American Student Assistance, the average student-loan balance stands at around $24,300. A ...
SANTA CLARTA - I'm not good at talking to audiences. I don't like talking to audiences. When I am excited, I talk quickly and in a painfully high pitch. When I am emotional, not even my parents, who've had 20 years to learn, can understand my words.
The fact is, everything stands or falls on leadership. Leaders understand the importance of bringing people together to accomplish more than any could do alone. The best leaders are able to recognize future challenges and opportunities, assess and use their team's strengths while protecting their weaknesses, and mobilize efforts in the right way when crises arise. But more than anything else, good leaders have a laser-like focus on the mission they have been charged to accomplish.
Our federal government has been tough on those who would do intentional harm to our nation and its people. Gitmo is filled with "suspected terrorists" - from taxi drivers found in the wrong place at the wrong time to actual bad guys who would slash us with box cutters or far worse if given a chance.
I read and watch a lot of detective stories, and the type I really enjoy are place-centered. The ones where the crimesolver's hometown is as much a part of the story as the crime that starts the story rolling. New York, Chicago, L.A. and San Francisco have more than their fair share of detectives. So does London, and for some reason, rural England. The butler rarely does it, but mystery readers seem to really love ...
Nothing clarifies the mind of politicians like a fear of defeat at the ballot box. And nothing stokes such a fear more than watching an upset happen in a supposedly blue state. So with all the bitter arguments inside the conservative movement and Republican Party over health care and budget strategy, I offer a simple plea for unity of purpose around a common cause - elect Steve Lonegan to the United States Senate in New Jersey on Wednesday, October 16.
Congress has a number of deadlines, but then again, everyone has them. The trick is to deal with deadlines before they loom. It's a lesson many parents teach their children.
Like millions of Americans, I've become a "Duck Dynasty" fan.
"Heal wounds, warm hearts." That's what one sinner said the Catholic Church needs to do in the world today.
Editor's note: This column by Congressman McKeon was published in The Moscow Times on Sept. 17.
My Uncle Earl is probably similar to one of your relatives. You know the one I mean. That one person who is loud, annoying, opinionated, and boorish. But, occasionally, he says the things you really want to say.
Winston Churchill is credited with reminding the world "those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it." History, being in many ways the succinct compilation of humanity's success and failures, has long been recognized as an essential part of any real education. Yet today we are fast becoming a nation that is not only ignorant of its past, but pleased about it.
Liberals at MSNBC and dozens of web sites are shocked at President Obama's "problem with his tone" in politically attacking Republicans over spending while a mentally ill murderer was gunning down citizens at the Navy Yard.
If you're a follower of the Huffington Post, you've probably read about Panera Bread founder and CEO Ron Shaich and his week-long commitment to spend no more than $4.50 a day on food, thus spotlighting the plight of the 49 million Americans on food stamps.
For California's illegal immigrants, September is off to a rewarding start.
While a lot about Syria remains unsettled, one fact is clear: President Obama has failed to convince the public and the Congress, that attacking the Assad regime is a good idea.