Thursday October 02, 2014
Archive - 2014
In my column a week ago, "When Whites Just Don't Get It," I took aim at what I called "smug white delusion" about race relations in America, and readers promptly fired back at what they perceived as a smugly deluded columnist.
In August 1968, many of us in the U.S. Embassy in Bonn, West Germany, read reports with disgust and sadness as Soviet troops with tanks and artillery rolled into Czechoslovakia, closing exit routes and brutally destroying the budding season of freedom that reformers in that country called the Prague Spring.
There are two schools of thought when it comes to the massive theft of celebrity nudes that has been lighting up certain darker corners of the Internet. One of them is wrong.
Comedian Ricky Gervais tweeted: "Celebrities, make it harder for hackers to get nude pics of you from your computer by not putting nude pics of yourself on your computer."
I'm beginning to think that college exists mainly so we can debate and deconstruct it.
What's its rightful mission? How has it changed? Is it sufficiently accessible? Invariably worthwhile?
When their far-fetched marriage-gone-bad defense failed to save former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, from guilty verdicts in their corruption trial, I could not help but wonder: Why didn't they take a plea deal when they had the chance?
Federal authorities had offered to avoid charging the state's first lady if the then-governor pleaded guilty to one felony fraud charge, according to news reports.
"Are Football Coaches Overpaid?" asks a new paper by two Vanderbilt University professors, Randall S. Thomas of the law school, and R. Lawrence Van Horn of the school of management. It's amazing the things academics can find worthy of study, isn't it?
Republican candidates are falling madly in love with contraception.
"I believe the pill ought to be available over the counter, round the clock, without a prescription - cheaper and easier, for you," declares Colorado Senate candidate Cory Gardner in a new ad. He's running against the Democratic incumbent, Mark Udall, in a close race.
Destroying, degrading or containing the Islamic State -- whichever goal President Obama chooses -- will be the easy part. Finding ways for fundamentalist Islam to express itself peacefully is a bigger, tougher and more important project.
Sen. Kay Hagan, a North Carolina Democrat whose seat is a top target of Republicans to regain control of the Senate, walked into the debate hall in Raleigh Wednesday night looking sharp in a gray suit.