One of the good things that came out of the tragic events of 9/11 is that heroism has reacquired some of its original luster. I'm not certain when it lost it, not at all certain when bravery above and beyond the call of duty gave way to meaning nothing more or less than being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
That distant thunder you hear is the sound of thousands of harrumphing pundits and politicians clearing their throats.
"I can tell you the main reason behind all our woes -- it is America." The New York Times reporter is quoting the complaint of a clothing merchant in a Sunni stronghold in Iraq. "Everything that is going on between Sunnis and Shiites, the troublemaker in the middle is America."
The brouhaha surrounding the Bush administration since it gave the green light to a United Arab Emirates company slated to manage six major U.S. ports has nothing to do with homeland security. Allow me to give this episode its proper name: Islamophobia.
When parents think about the pitfalls of popular culture for their kids, they usually focus on their younger children, the innocent ones for whom it gets harder every day to shield from an onslaught of sexual themes in everything on television and the radio, including the commercials.
The current flap -- over whether Dubai Ports World should be allowed to run commercial container facilities at the ports of Baltimore, Miami, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York and Philadelphia -- is a case study in how to botch what might otherwise have been a "sure thing."
Democrats loudly denounce any thought of racial profiling. But when that same Arab, attired in business suit and MBA, and with a good record running ports in 15 countries, buys P&O, Democrats howl at the very idea of allowing Arabs to run our ports.
Ever feel like you just don't know about everything that's happening on all the many fronts of the conservative movement? I hear and read about all kinds of interesting things on a daily basis and want to start sharing these with you. Now, you can be the one “in the know” at your dinner table or cocktail parties.
Anyone who's ever filed a tax return or visited the Department of Motor Vehicles understands that government does two things well: spend our money and waste our time. Unfortunately, both traits were on display during the response to Hurricane Katrina.
Last May, a Korean report in Science magazine prompted headlines around the world by declaring it had made tremendous advances in the heretofore disappointing field of embryonic stem cell (ES cell) research. It has now prompted much soul-searching in media land. “How could we have been fooled?” reporters are asking themselves in print.
Would you care to guess who said this: "To the courageous men and women of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, who have changed the city of Tall Afar (Iraq) from a ghost town, in which terrorists spread death and destruction, to a secure city flourishing with life"?
U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel tried to find a commonsense way of addressing defense lawyers' arguments that convicted rapist-murderer Michael Morales might feel pain during his execution -- scheduled for Feb. 21, but now postponed. He tried to do the right thing, and for that Fogel got snookered.
What defines a "good conservative" these days? A "good Republican"? The lines have been further blurred by the current spat over the Bush administration's decision to allow the shipping operations at some major American seaports to be managed by a United Arab Emirates-based company.
My sources, working from several listening posts on the campus disguised as homeless people, report that Summers offered to resign upon receiving credible threats from sectarian elements within the influential Faculty of Arts and Sciences to blow up the university's football stadium, where its semi-pro football team plays in the fall and the university's renowned transsexual field hockey team competes in springtime.
Academics often say biblical belief has no place in the social sciences because it keeps people from open-minded analysis of data. Actually, the opposite is true: A biblical worldview often reveals the limitations of conventional approaches and pushes us to ask the right questions, so that the data we obtain will not leave us still ignorant.
The cream of Washington's lobbyists gather next Monday evening on Capitol Hill, paying at least $1,000 apiece, to listen to Sen. Ted Stevens, the doughty and defiant president pro tempore of the Senate. In the climate of lobbyist and earmark reform, they will hear plenty.
To bemused conservatives, it looks like yet another example of analytic overkill by the intelligentsia -- a jobs program for the (mostly liberal) academic boys (and girls) in the social sciences, whose quantitative tools have been brought to bear to prove the obvious.
Earlier this month, New York Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye called for sweeping divorce reform. Did she seek innovative new ways to strengthen marriage? Was her major goal to protect women and children from the economic consequences of divorce?
Nice civilization you got here. It’d be a shame if something happened to it. That was the sinister subtext of a letter addressed to Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, asking him to “take all those responsible to task under law” for the infamous Mohammed cartoons. The letter is remarkable for when it was sent—and for who sent it.
For the past several years, I've been condemned as an "extremist" for advocating nationality profiling -- unapologetically applying stricter scrutiny to terror-sponsoring and terror-sympathizing countries in our entrance, immigration and security policies.
House International Relations Chairman Henry Hyde, the 81-year-old Illinois Republican, embodies the institutional memory of modern American foreign policy, which is why it mattered a great deal last week when he politely made plain he is not marching in President Bush's global crusade for democracy.
What about some good news for a change? What about Mardi Gras' making in New Orleans not its comeback but more, I'd say, its predestined appearance? Life goes on. That's what this Mardi Gras thing is about in 2006.
A gentleman riding a bicycle, briefcase in its basket, huffed and puffed while pedaling up the right-hand lane of 18th Street Northwest near the White House, the gradual incline making his commute home rather difficult, while causing cars directly behind him to creep along in the evening rush.
On Jan. 21 in Paris, a gang of Muslims intent on kidnapping Jews kidnapped 23-year-old Ilan Halimi. Reciting verses from the Koran in phone conversations demanding money from the family, they ultimately rejected the money and tortured Halimi to death. They kept him naked for weeks while they cut him up and finally poured flammable liquid over his skin and burned him alive.
Maybe there's some rarified irony about the fact that in a society increasingly dependent on imagery, not words, to convey information, it is imagery that the media have denied us in conveying the story of a Danish newspaper's Muhammad cartoons.
By the end of the month, Bureau of Prisons employee Joe Mansour faces what could well be a death sentence. His crime? After being ignored by BOP higher-ups, he warned Congress and the public about the spread of radical Islam in the federal prisons—and his employers’ inability to cope with the growing crisis.
I can’t prove it, but I have a theory that Freedomland, an over-the-top allegory on racism clumsily wrapped in thriller garb, was supposed to be one of Sony’s Academy Award contenders this year. But when the final product didn’t look like much of a competitor, the studio decided to hold its release until Hollywood’s year-end dash for honors was officially over.
There have been some dumb decisions since the United States was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, including the "welcoming" of radical Muslim groups, mosques and schools that seek by their preaching and teaching to influence U.S. foreign policy and undermine the nation. But the decision to sell port operations in New York, Newark-Port Elizabeth, Baltimore, Miami, Philadelphia and New Orleans to a company owned by the UAE may be the dumbest of all.
It may be too early to tell but it could be we have seen a leveling off of the gold price and maybe even a downward break away from its recent high. If so, we are at a turning point for monetary policy at just the moment a new chairman, Ben Bernanke, takes over at the Federal Reserve Board.
One of the most outrageous examples of out-of-control judges is the case called Flores v. Arizona, now pending in federal court in Tucson. Originally filed in 1992, plaintiff lawyers claim to represent an estimated 160,000 children of illegal immigrants attending Arizona public schools.
Leaders who are trusted tend to be those who trust the rest of us to be fair. Which is why the best way to manage the news may be not to try so hard to manage it - just tell it the way it happened. And don't wait till you've got all your quail in a row for Fox News.
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