"A lie can get halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes."
That nugget of wisdom dates from the 1800s, i.e., decades before anyone ever heard of the Internet — much less Fox "News."
In the early 1970s, historian Sterling Stuckey implored scholars of black history to produce scholarship that would "become a searchlight flashing over the train wreck of the American night, illuminating hidden horrible truths" (Williams and Harris, (ed.), Amistad 2).
When was the last time you thought about where your garbage goes?
Of today's issues — state budget impasse, presidential primaries, gas prices — overflowing landfills don't crack the top 10.
But it wasn't that way in the 1980s.
WASHINGTON — Michael Bloomberg's epiphany about the 2016 presidential proceedings is that what is missing is a second bossy, big-government billionaire from Manhattan's East Side — another candidate with malleable party loyalties.
With former Penn State football coach and convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky serving the equivalent of a life sentence in prison, the scandal that consumed the university's football program is essentially over.
I used to consider women pitifully weak and pathetically delicate. For this, I blame Marvel Comics.
As a boy in the 1960s, I was seldom without my nose in one of that company's fables. From them, I learned many valuable life lessons:
Always lock the portal to the Negative Zone.
Never ignore your spider-sense.
Mutants are people, too.
I have covered much of this ground earlier, yet the dysfunctional state of our state is so dire that I feel compelled to rant yet again, to add my ever-so-faint voice to the chorus calling for action on the stalled state budget.
WASHINGTON — During Watergate, Henry Kissinger's mordant wit leavened the unpleasantness: "The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer." President Obama often does both simultaneously, using executive authoritarianism to evade the Constitution's separation of powers and rewrite existing laws.
In the end, Illinois officials decided more water is not a problem.
In late December, the attorney general's office notified the Indiana Office of Environmental Adjudication that Illinois will not contest the water-quality permit issued to the Singleton Quarry near Lowell, Ind.
It seems as if tiny trees have grown tall since this year's presidential campaign began — whenever it began.
Candidates getting in. Candidates getting out. Debates. More debates. All scrutinized for who landed a real zinger or who seemed the most energized, as if we were electing a pugilist, not a president.