New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could be forgiven if he had chips on both shoulders as big as those shoulders. This year, the first of his second term, has been overshadowed by often partisan investigations, more protracted than productive, of the involvement of several of his former aides — he fired them — in the closing of some access lanes to the George Washington Bridge.
With the first diagnosed case of the deadly Ebola virus in the United States located in Dallas — the patient died Wednesday — Texans are understandably alarmed. Gov. Rick Perry has established a task force to address the Ebola threat.
In the old days, life had many hardships. Among these: The need to wait until Election Day to determine who had won. But now Big Data has saved us from this struggle. Even close races can be predicted with mathematical precision.
Words have a way of seeping into our vocabulary and, through overuse or distortion, soon begin to lose their meaning. Who could have imagined that the word "beheading" would become commonplace, as though we were discussing a sport or a new product?
It's been noticed by just about everyone except what we call the "liberal establishment" that of the eight Senate seats now up for grabs, four are in the South — Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and North Carolina. H. Brandt (Brandy) Ayers, the publisher of The Anniston Star in Alabama, has certainly noticed the neglect. And boy, is he frustrated.
For weeks, Official Washington has been combining an essential national security inquiry on why the Islamic State's troops scored such quick successes in Iraq and Syria with its traditional midterm election Blame Game. Our task today is to put the security quest back on track — and derail the political game-playing. Just this once.