After last month’s mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, passions burned high in the South. Now, the flames have turned literal, with six predominantly black churches in Southern states catching fire in the weeks since the tragedy. The incidents are under investigation, at least two of them likely accidents. The other four have not been identified as hate crimes. Still, the painful history of attacks on black churches is cause enough for concern.
It’s depressing thinking about Greece these days, so let’s talk about something else, OK? Let’s talk, for starters, about Finland, which couldn’t be more different from that corrupt, irresponsible country to the south. Finland is a model European citizen; it has honest government, sound finances and a solid credit rating, which lets it borrow money at incredibly low interest rates.
When former advisers to President Barack Obama contribute to an open, bipartisan letter outlining their collective concerns that the nuclear deal the administration is negotiating with Iran would fall very short of its own standard of a “good” agreement, something is wrong. And they aren’t the only ones who are nervous. Now that the deadline for the negotiations has passed, Obama should ignore the rhetoric that his legacy depends on an agreement and be prepared to reject a bad deal.
Boat parades, land parades and fireworks are all on tap for Fourth of July celebrations in the area. Rock Hill kicks off the celebrations Friday night with a concert and fireworks. Other celebrations are planned for Saturday.
Every time Greece is in the news, I hear mutters about how Americans need to look hard at what happens, because if we don’t get our act together, we’re headed for the same fate. And every single time, I think “No, that’s really not quite right.” I could dismiss the muttering, but this time it’s louder, including from Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal: “Greece will happen here if we do not change course. Anyone who disagrees with this is a ‘math denier.’”
Republican presidential hopefuls risk antagonizing crucial independents and underscoring their party’s reputation for negativism by making Obamacare repeal a centerpiece of their 2016 effort to regain the White House and, if successful, their next administration.
I visited friends last week in Brittany, the French province whose wild Atlantic coast resembles Northern California or Maine. And what do you think a dinner table full of smart French people wanted to talk about? The American presidential campaign.
There was always a Confederate flag flying at football games and most other places. This was the South, where everyone stood for the singing of Dixie and waved the Confederate flag. What could have changed to cause my great-aunt to make a decision to no longer fly the flag?
When Tom Brady arrived at the NFL offices on Park Avenue on Tuesday to appeal his four-game suspension for his alleged role in Deflategate, he was better protected in Manhattan than he is on a typical Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
With time for one more question, I called on an African-American gentleman whose hand I saw in the corner of the large conference ballroom. He wanted to know how I thought Obama had been treated while in office.
Mass shootings draw attention to the nation’s relationship with guns. They should spur us to action because they demonstrate the easy, efficient horror that guns are capable of inflicting, and they make us wonder about permissive gun policies.
Within a year, Netflix will have more viewers than any of the three broadcast networks, a couple of analysts at FBR Capital Markets predicted last week. There are some caveats having to do with the differing ways that streaming and broadcast audiences are measured, but still, an eight-year-old streaming service now claims an audience of comparable size to major television networks that have been around since the dawn of TV.
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