Bummer. I just learned that I did not win the Nobel Peace Prize again this year. This is getting old. I was so confident this time that I had my tuxedo pressed and new laces put in my Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star high-top sneakers.
The political disappointments in today's government abound. The national debt is out of control, the ideological divides are gaping, and the government has been shut down for more than a week. The average person has not yet felt the effects of the shutdown, but the concern for our nation's future is clear. Just about everyone has an opinion, but it's hard to find the real factors that must be considered in the current economic environment.
My recent "do-it-yourself" oil change debacle brought me to a painful crossroads: Do I keep fiddling with this myself, or do I let a professional help me?
Not long ago, the conventional wisdom in official Washington held that the so-called sequester spending cuts would be a disaster for the Republican Party. People were expected to rise up in vehement protest once the "cuts" went into effect.
Tradeoffs apply to our economic lives as well as our political lives. That means that getting more of one thing requires giving up something else. Let's look at some examples.
When was the last time you felt really stupid? Stupid, as in, "I wish I were invisible." Stupid, as in, "What was I thinking?" Stupid, as in, "I must have been out of my mind." Or stupid, as in, "I didn't really say that, did I?"
The current budget impasse might have made you a bit blue. Ups and downs are normal in life, but when the potential of a debt default is the news, it's easy to forget the ups.
After a friend told me she had waited 3½ hours recently to get her Georgia driver's license renewed and then had to deal with a clerk that could have passed for a robot - and an unhelpful one, at that - I thought this to be a typical example of a bunch of government bureaucrats who don't care because they don't have to.
The World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., was barricaded following the government shutdown, yet veterans of the Greatest Generation have ignored the law by breaking down fortifications and forcing entry into the Memorial.
Every time there's a shooting tragedy, there are more calls for gun control.
The U.S. government has stopped working, and that really ticks me off.
Official Washington is always a decade or two behind the American people. That was true in 1963 when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream for a better America. It's also true today.
Editor's Note: This column by David McCoy was first published Sept. 17, 2010. Nice watches and I don't get along anymore, and that's just fine with me. No matter how much I'm tempted by their beauty, I'll never again buy an expensive watch. I can't stand to see another "precious timepiece" ruined because of a fried gizmo, jammed cog, or leaky seal. From now on, I'm going to adopt a friend's idea. He goes for ...
What would Dr. King think today? Aug. 28, 2013, was the annual commemoration of the historic march on Washington, D.C., and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s iconic speech. Signs, posters, radio/TV ads and the all-inclusive holiday sale reminded us that it's time for America, as a nation, to remember the injustices he fought. Preachers preached special sermons, teachers had special lesson plans, and politicians, coupled with the usual colliers of immiseration, posed for photo-ops. All ...
My favorite place in Washington is the Lincoln Memorial. Its grand size, pivotal location and sweeping view of our capital city are a backdrop for the inspirational addresses inscribed on its walls. Lincoln's second inaugural address and his Gettysburg Address are there for all visitors to read.
Much of what passes for ancient and infallible wisdom comes from oral history traditions, some credited to "old wives."
Early last spring, a young lady who was a high school senior was an intern in The Covington News newsroom. She came in a few afternoons a week, was willing to try anything and was always cheerful. She entertained us with her stories about high school.
The following are news headlines I observed: "Obama: 'Health Insurance … Is Your Right,'" "HHS Launches Video Contest to Attract Young Obamacare Subscribers," "State Dept. Panel Advises [Homosexual] Foreigners in Civil Unions to Get Married," and "Obamacare Website Misleads on Abortion-Inducing-Drug Mandate."
Please indulge me a moment of introspection and feel free to think along with me. Chances are what I am going to say may apply to you as well.
Sometimes I wonder when black people will reject the patronizing insults of white progressives and their black handmaidens. After CNN's Piers Morgan's interview with the key witness in the George Zimmerman trial, he said: "Rachel Jeantel is not uneducated. She's a smart cookie."
You might expect a story about wine, The Washington Post, Twitter and polling to be about the lifestyle of the nation's political elite. But this one is about the digital threat to America's political class.
Could you explain our present day to one of your ancestors? Say you were granted one hour with your great-great-great-great-great grandfather – a person I'm sure you've never met. How would you explain the world to someone so far removed from our time? "Hi, Super G! Is it OK if I call you that? We only have an hour, and I don't want to waste time with all that great-great-great-great-great nonsense, if that's OK? What? ...
Last week, our two children started back to school. The prep work included buying new backpacks, books and school supplies, along with a few new clothes. Binders were labeled and organized, new textbooks were bought and thumbed through, and, for our daughter Maggie, the first day's outfit was carefully thought through and laid out the night before. Schedules were printed and reviewed.
Champagne, anyone? The occasion seemed to deserve champagne, and so we indulged ourselves over candlelight and books earlier this week when our beloved book club marked its 15th anniversary. That's not long in the history of the world, but it was good enough reason to pause and pay respects to the friendships we've cemented and what we've learned, not only from each other, but also from the 150 or so books we've read in that ...
Psalm 71:1, 5- 6 (New Revised Standard Version) "In you, O Lord, I take refuge. … For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth. Upon you I have leaned from my birth; it was you who took me from my mother's womb. My praise is continually of you."
Stacy London and Clinton Kelly are beginning their 10th and final season of the television program "What Not to Wear" on TLC.