Wednesday December 11, 2013
Archive - Aug 2013
A new documentary, "The Act of Killing," explores the human capacity for mass murder. It addresses the Indonesian fratricide of the mid-1960s, in which a million people may have been killed.
As Americans, we've been raised on the notion that any child could dream of becoming president. But when you see how much "fun" Barack Obama and his immediate predecessors have had in that job - and when you look at where the most exciting innovations in governance are happening - how long will it be before our kids, when asked what they want to be when they grow up, answer: "I want to be a mayor." Except in Detroit, mayors today have more fun.
I neither spotted a psychotherapist nor heard mention of therapy in Woody Allen's newest movie, "Blue Jasmine," which pokes fun at faddish, pampered New Yorkers, as Allen tends to do. But a personal trainer flits across the screen and factors into the plot.
That pretty much says it all.
When you puzzle over why the elegant Huma Abedin is propping up the eel-like Anthony Weiner, you must remember one thing: Huma was raised in Saudi Arabia, where women are treated worse by men than anywhere else on the planet.
Many present-day Republicans seem bent on making "Backward, Christian Soldiers" their marching song in their relentless determination to "repeal and replace Obamacare," even to the point of repeating their lemming-like plunge over the cliff of another government shutdown.
New polls tell us that the public's attitudes about race relations have taken a bad hit since President Barack Obama's historic election. Can we all get along? Obama's election was a marvelous measure of how far we have come in race relations. His taking office revealed how far we still have to go.
Over the last two weeks, three federal judges have issued rulings on the legitimacy of the recent rough treatment being doled out to the detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Under normal circumstances, two of the rulings would add up to a resounding victory for the detainees. But at Guantánamo Bay, where prisoners the government itself acknowledges are not security threats can see no end to their decade-plus imprisonment, nothing is "normal."