Tuesday September 02, 2014
June 11th, 2014
What is the most shocking takeaway from the story of the two 12-year-olds who repeatedly stabbed their friend -- nearly to death -- on the imagined orders of a fantasy character?
Is it the preteens' apparent disconnect from the truth of what they were doing? One of the assailants childishly described her actions to police in their comfy Milwaukee suburb as "stabby, stab, stab."
One of the hardest things to understand about the whole Bowe Bergdahl exchange is how the White House could be so hopelessly tone deaf as to not understand what was going to happen next.
They knew that the circumstances surrounding Bergdahl's capture raised serious questions as to whether he had deserted his post.
They knew that other soldiers had risked, and reportedly lost, their lives searching for Bergdahl.
A few weeks ago, a top official at the Securities and Exchange Commission reported on what he called a "remarkable" amount of potentially illegal behavior in the private equity industry -- aka the industry that buys up, changes and sells off smaller companies.
During this past week, in Scranton, Pa., a 16-year old put two bullets into the head of a taxi driver and then stole about $500 earned by the cabbie that evening.
To those on the left who say Barack Obama hasn’t done anything about climate change: Time to eat those words.
To those who cup their ears and hum loudly when climate scientists say something has to be done: Time to keep cupping.
Obama has done more than any person on the planet to reduce the gases that endanger it by altering its climate.
This nation has long ballyhooed the virtues of education but what we do speaks so loudly we can't hear what is said. Every politician no matter what office s/he is running for always has a statement supporting education, to the point leaving one to wonder if s/he is not seeking the wrong office.
Now, was that so hard?
A lovely Ellen Kooijman-designed "Research Institute" of female scientist minifigurines doing cool science things will be a set of Legos soon, the Danish toymaker announced, after it gained enthusiastic support in the Lego Ideas online competition.
This was a long time coming.
In the 1970s, Vietnam veteran-turned-novelist Tim O'Brien created Pvt. Cacciato, an impulsive soldier who, one fine day, gathered up rations, water, maps and a compass and, as O'Brien mordantly put it, "left the war," telling his buddies that he intended to walk all the way to Paris.
For Democrats who want their party to meet the needs of working Americans - not just split the difference between Wall Street and everybody else - last weekend's party convention in New York provides a ray of hope.
Every month or so, in the parade of offenders coming before her in court, she'd spot a veteran.
Usually it was for a misdemeanor, a squabble, assault and battery, something petty.
Then Penney Azcarate, chief judge of the Fairfax County General District Court, would see the same guy in court again. For something more serious.