In Dantes Inferno, the gates of Hell are inscribed with the Latin phrase, Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate.
Rather than enjoy the tangible reality of our own, God-granted existence, we cling to social media in order to live vicariously through the ephemeral, digital experiences of others. In the process, we are losing our sense of decency, morality and humanity.
There is no overall Strategy in the departments of IT, reads one 2012 internal evaluation from within the Information Technology department at Sony Pictures.
In 1964, Ayn Rand wrote that American society was quickly heading toward what she called the stage of ultimate inversion, in which the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission. Rand, who came to America to escape the tyranny of the Soviet Union, saw in mid-20th Century America a country following a similar course as the one she escaped; in which government ruled by brute force and increased its power as it eroded individual rights.
I'm minding my business, officer, pleads the man on the video. Please just leave me alone. Minutes later the man, confronted by police for allegedly selling loose cigarettes, would be placed in a chokehold and wrestled to the ground, eventually dying from injuries sustained by the restraint.
Last week, residents of Ferguson, Missouri might have noticed a strange sight amidst the scenes of burning buildings, overturned cars, crazed rioters, and police in full military dress. Standing stoically on the rooftops of buildings in areas threatened by prolonged rioting were men dressed in masks and camouflage, armed with buckets of water, fire extinguishers, and occasionally AR-15 rifles.
Even in the United States, we see eerie similarities developing within and among the myriad federal agencies that are either directly or indirectly involved in gathering, processing, disseminating, and data-basing information on and about the citizenry. This is no longer a concern that should be directed only at those agencies historically tasked with such activities the FBI, the CIA, and the NSA primarily. Virtually every federal agency has now become part of the problem.
Proponents of the cleverly-named proposal known as "Net Neutrality" argue government regulation is needed in order to keep the Internet open and free, by preventing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from establishing Internet fast lanes at premium costs. Opponents, including Cruz and many Internet experts, argue that opening the door to government regulation of ISPs in this way will stifle innovation, increase costs, and ultimately hurt consumers.
You do not need to retain the services of a high-priced, K-Street consultant (I understand that high-priced and K-Street are redundant terms) to decipher the tea leaves of yesterdays mid-year election. The message for the Obama Agenda and those who advocate for it was loud and clear: Dont let the door hit you on the way out!
Such contractors have been instrumental in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; filling key positions with the State Department, the CIA, private companies, and others that the U.S. military either cannot, or will not, supplement.
If the 1931 classic film Frankenstein were filmed in the United States today, the villagers storming the gates of the castle would not be carrying torches and pitchforks, but instead wearing HAZMAT suits, spraying cans of Lysol in the air, and demanding that the mayor do "whatever is necessary" to protect them against the possibility the creature might harm one of them.
Those wild and crazy bureaucrats on the banks of the East River are at it again.
Let me be clear, Attorney General Eric Holder emphatically declared in a 2012 speech to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, we will not allow political pretexts to disenfranchise American citizens of their most precious rights.
The release of the iPhone 6 presented another, more serious problem for a much different demographic: government snoops.
Last weekend, an estimated 300,000 climate change evangelists flooded the streets of New York City, creating traffic jams and leaving the streets littered with trash and waste. Their publicly-stated goal? -- to raise awareness about "climate change," as if decades of yelling, bullying, and name-calling has not left the public well-aware of the movement's agenda.
Terror is theater, New York Times columnist Roger Cohen wrote on Monday. Burning skyscrapers, severed heads: The terrorist takes movie images of unbearable lightness and gives them weight enough to embed themselves in the psyche. Over the weekend, ISIS, the newest terror kid on the block, posted another one of its beheading videos to the Internet, marking the third hostage to die in the organizations effort to send chills down the spine of the Western World.
Edmund Burke once described the potency of fear saying, No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear. Burkes observations ring especially true in todays hypersensitive, hyper-connected world of 24-hour news channels and social media, in which the flames of fear can be fanned in ways only dreamed of in ages past.
Loyalty to King and Crown now has morphed into Loyalty to President and the federal Tax Code.
Police officials in the beautiful and historic South Carolina city of Charleston have identified a major new public safety menace requiring their immediate attention.
It has been nearly a quarter of a century since the bloody Rodney King riots ripped through Los Angeles.