Wednesday December 11, 2013
July 25th, 2013
Justice failed Trayvon Martin the night he was killed. We should be appalled and outraged, but perhaps not surprised, that it failed him again Saturday night with a verdict setting his killer free.
Our society considers young black men to be dangerous, interchangeable, expendable, guilty until proven innocent. This is the conversation about race that we desperately need to have -- but probably, as in the past, will try our best to avoid.
We can’t know exactly what happened when Trayvon Martin died. We do know, however, the answer to that infernal chicken-egg riddle the NRA uses to mesmerize policymakers.
The answer: Guns kill people. Period. End of riddle.
George Zimmerman says he wouldn’t have done anything differently. That depends. Let’s say that he left his handgun on his dresser that night, then . . .
Russian President Vladimir Putin had little trouble subduing the liberal, middle-class Muscovites who led mass demonstrations against his government last year. He may have a harder time dealing with the country's nationalists.
Samantha Power's Senate confirmation hearing to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations begins Wednesday with a show of bipartisan support that contrasts sharply with the rancor that has marked the standoff over the use of the filibuster to block the appointment of several other presidential nominees.
Tell me it's a sick joke: Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, the guy who tops the list of those responsible for sabotaging the world's economy, is lobbying to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve. But no, it makes perfect sense, since Summers has long succeeded spectacularly by failing.
Perhaps it was inevitable that Edward Snowden's revelations about National Security Agency monitoring of Europe would prompt some people to liken the U.S. government to the Stasi, Communist East Germany's notorious secret police.
Markus Ferber, a German politician aligned with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative government, blasted "American-style Stasi methods." Der Spiegel warned of "Obama's soft totalitarianism."
If it isn't torrential downpours, then it's too dry. If there's one thing U.S. farmers can count on, it's bad weather, and perhaps as a result, many of them don't think humanity is to blame for the long-term shifts in weather patterns known as climate change. But even though agriculture is a major contributor to global warming, it may not matter whether farmers believe in the environmental problem.
The acquittal of armed community watchdog George Zimmerman, a white man charged with second-degree murder in his shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen-age boy, raises more questions than answers about our system of justice.
Their encounter was no High Noon or day at the O.K. Corral. They did not know each other and Zimmerman had been following the hoodie-clad Martin, disregarding the counsel of police with whom he was in phone contact to discontinue his surveillance.
We just got some bad news. Or maybe it’s some good news.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that Americans don’t live as long as citizens of most other rich countries. How is that good news? Because many of our top risk factors are things we can change.
As the father of a young man who is close to the same age, size and build as Trayvon Martin, I sympathize with his parents.
All they asked in the early days of what quickly became Zimmermania, was for George Zimmerman to be arrested so the killing of their son wouldn't be shoved aside without a proper investigation.