The main reason Sen. Dianne Feinstein, President Obama, and other Democrats released the report on the CIA’s interrogation techniques was to deflect attention from Jonathan Gruber’s incredibly damaging testimony before Congress. Their willingness to put thousands of American lives at risk for their own political benefit is shameful.
I was thrilled to read about the positive reaction that recent actions by the United States have inspired at the global climate negotiations taking place in Lima, Peru.
I hope that President Obama, in his State of the Union address, will emphasize the great benefit to our planet’s future that such inspiration helps motivate.
And I hope that he calls out people who are perpetrating the anti-climate hoax—a shortsighted hoax so utterly irresponsible that it puts our civilization at risk for generations while ignoring virtually every expert in the field.
JEFFREY AINIS Alhambra, Calif., Dec. 12, 2014
Note from KBJ: This man has fallen for the Great Climate Hoax.
The weather in North Texas is gorgeous. When I set out on my thrice-weekly ride this morning, it was 65º with a southerly wind of 13 miles per hour. When I returned, two hours later, it was 70º with a southerly wind of 16 miles per hour. Despite the stiff wind, I felt strong as a bull. It didn't hurt that the sun was out the entire time, lifting my spirits. The 30.6 miles I pedaled today gives me 4,121.8 for the year. I'll be riding well over 400 miles this month. In 2015, I'm going all in for my second-best mileage year ever, in 35 years of riding. I'm glad I got a teaching job in Texas as opposed to some cold-weather state, such as my home state of Michigan. I'm blessed to be able to ride my bike all year 'round.
Yesterday evening, Katherine and I watched the Unrated version of Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008). A year ago this past March, we watched Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004). My review is the same: The word "fuck" (and its variants) is vastly overused. Does the scriptwriter not realize that this word is effective only when, and only because, it is used sparsely? Sheesh. Only a 12-year-old boy could think it funny to hear this word over and over and over and over again.
David Brooks and Ezekiel J. Emanuel, whose article in The Atlantic about not wanting to live past 75 he cites, philosophize about health and attitudes, but their approach through averages shows insensitivity to individuals who vary in so many ways.
Dr. Emanuel suggests that people over 75 will have little or no purpose so they should expend no effort to live longer. I am over 75 and still very much have purpose. Perhaps he is trying to hold down the national cost of health care.
Mr. Brooks suggests that elders have more empathy, knowledge and maybe wisdom. Yes, some, but many do not. Surely he has seen the stubbornness, the surviving hatred and the loss of perspective that too often accompanies old age, not to mention of those in need, physically, emotionally and financially.
I am pleased to be among those smiling, but I feel lucky, not typical. I wish these able observers had shown more sensitivity in their writing about older people.
DAVID SCHENKER Evanston, Ill., Dec. 5, 2014
Note from KBJ: I will be happy to shoot Ezekiel Emanuel in the head when he turns 75. Call me, Zeke.
Barack Obama is black first and president second. Although elected to bring people together, he has done everything in his power to drive them apart. By all indications, his white half feels guilty, while his black half, though unaffected by slavery, feels victimized. He is a roiling bundle of unhealthy attitudes, beliefs, and emotions, for which he needs therapy. We need to get past this man. He is destroying this country.