Wednesday December 18, 2013
Archive - May 2013
The horror of Boston should be a reminder that the choice of weaponry can be in itself an act of evil. "Boston Bombs Were Loaded to Maim" is the way The New York Times defined the hideousness of the weapons used, and President Obama made clear that "anytime bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror." But are we as a society prepared to be judged by that standard?
The bomber went to prom.
OK, alleged bomber. As to those who believe the definite article is missing from the sentence above – the prom -- my teenaged daughters inform me that phrasing is irredeemably antiquated.
The uncle of the accused Boston Marathon bombers got the boys right. They were unable to settle into American life, Ruslan Tsarni told reporters from his home in Maryland, "and thereby just hating everyone who did." He called the two brothers "losers." I prefer the term "weaklings."
Russian Foreign Secretary Sergei Lavrov accused "certain Western members" of the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday of politicizing the search for chemical weapons use in Syria and likened it to the hunt for nuclear weapons in Iraq more than a decade ago.
Established in Miranda v. Arizona 47 years ago, the you-have-the-right-to-remain-silent litany has "become part of our national culture," as the Supreme Court noted in a 2000 ruling that reaffirmed Miranda.
When James Gleick was my editor on the City Desk of The Times, he would often stare into space.
It’s easy to deride U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s double standard. In fact, he is only observing a tradition of great duration.