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Achenblog: December 6, 2009 - December 12, 2009

Free Tiger Woods

Whatever transgressions Tiger Woods may be guilty of, they weren't as bad as Phil Mickelson pulling out his driver on the 72nd hole at Winged Foot when he only needed par to win. Folks, you gotta keep this stuff in...

By Joel Achenbach  |  December 11, 2009; 9:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (248)
 
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Obama on war, peace, the spark of the divine

The war president just got his Nobel Peace Prize. The acceptance speech was classic Obama: war and peace seen from every angle. War is never glorious but sometimes it is necessary. Peace is our goal, but sometimes we need to...

By Joel Achenbach  |  December 10, 2009; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (224)
 
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Going deeper into the heart of things

Recently I chatted by email with my colleague Brigid Schulte, who is part of a new narrative-journalism WaPo blog called Story Lab. Excellent idea! Please read this blog and chime in with comments -- particularly if you care, as...

By Joel Achenbach  |  December 9, 2009; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
 
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Sarah Palin: Too much ice anyway [updated]

When I want an astute analysis of climate change, or of any complex scientific topic, including the search for the Higgs boson, the mystery of human consciousness, and the Protein Folding Problem, I turn to America's most trusted scientific...

By Joel Achenbach  |  December 9, 2009; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (250)
 
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Debt as legislation lubrication [updated]

Deep in my story today on the debt is a passage about pain-averse political culture, something I've written about on the A-blog a few times: Fiscal calamities in the past have been solved or moderated. But often the politicians...

By Joel Achenbach  |  December 8, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (143)
 
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The federal debt: worrisome or terrifying?

I've got a story in the paper tomorrow about the federal debt. A little background reading if you're interested: Here's a site that shows you precisely how much the U.S. owes day to day. Some basics on debt vs....

By Joel Achenbach  |  December 7, 2009; 7:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
 
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Skins: Don't start believin'

Before we get to our regularly scheduled programming, a bit of sports anguish: My Gators will not repeat as national champions, due to the unfortunate fact that Saturday afternoon they were forced to play a much better team. That's...

By Joel Achenbach  |  December 7, 2009; 8:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (136)
 
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