The details about Mohammad Abdulazeez, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga grad accused of murdering four Marines and a sailor, dripped out in the familiar pattern.
It’s been a hard time for politicians not named “Trump” to get any attention, but Mike Huckabee managed it. He did it by comparing Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler.
The Republican Party has a bigger problem than Donald Trump: It hasn’t figured out what it wants to be.
Late one night, during high school, I was driving home when several police cars zoomed by.
As the revelations of Bill Cosby’s disgusting behavior over the last four decades have finally trickled out, the question I keep getting asked, as someone who’s been fighting in the trenches against sexual assault for as long as Cosby has allegedly been committing such acts with impunity, is how and why so many women kept silent for so long.
It must make the birthers’ heads explode to hear President Barack Obama ridicule the ridiculous charge that he is a secret Kenyan. That’s only one good reason for him to do it.
I had a lot of summer jobs. I was a foot messenger in New York for a couple of summers. I worked as a receptionist and mailroom flunky.
People who entered the United States illegally may be called “undocumented” in politically correct circles, but what is all too well documented is the utter irresponsibility of both political parties in dealing with immigration issues.
When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states must recognize same-sex marriages, dissenting Chief Justice John Roberts wondered whether polygamy will be next. Some legal scholars have responded that yes, the arguments for gay marriage could apply to relationships among more than two partners, as well.
There have been several notable cases of racial fakery. Years ago, then-law professor Elizabeth “Fauxcahontas” Warren falsely claimed that her great-grandfather was Cherokee Indian. A diversity-starved Harvard University jumped at the opportunity to hire her.
Here’s the thing about principle. Unless applied equally, it is not really principle at all. He who climbs on his moral high horse when a wrong is done to him or his, but leaves the horse stabled when an identical wrong is done to someone else, acts from self-interest and that is the opposite of principle.
There was a time when most of what I knew about psychiatrists came from Woody Allen. In his 1973 movie Sleeper, his character wakes up in the future and complains, “I haven’t seen my analyst in 200 years. He was a strict Freudian, and if I’d been going all this time I’d probably almost be cured by now.” But even his treatment sounded better than what Jack Nicholson’s character got in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for being rebellious: a lobotomy.
A particularly cruel fate awaits the so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children. They grow up knowing no other country than the United States, and may even think they are American citizens, but one day they learn they are not — and that they are vulnerable to deportation. They learn that opportunities and rights available to their schoolmates — ones they themselves had counted on enjoying — are off limits to them.
Israeli officials are orchestrating a campaign to have Congress scuttle the Iran nuclear deal by voting it down and overriding a promised presidential veto. Republican presidential hopefuls have jumped on the bandwagon, denouncing the deal as if it heralded the end of the world.
I wonder what John Rawls would think of the market for fetal livers.
Distinguished scientist Freeman Dyson has called the 1433 decision of the emperor of China to discontinue his country’s exploration of the outside world the “worst political blunder in the history of civilization.”
As President Obama talked to reporters after becoming the first American president to visit a federal prison, his thoughts appeared to flash back to “the Choom Gang.”
‘‘In the feudal system,” the Oxford English Dictionary says, a vassal is “one holding lands from a superior on conditions of homage and allegiance.”
If you don’t recognize the name Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, don’t worry: You will. He’s not a candidate for president, but before long he’ll have higher name recognition than Jeb Bush.
The Denton City Council is preparing for the 2015-16 annual budget. Members have met twice to review our goals and priorities and hear early estimates of anticipated revenue and expenses. Citizens can watch our meetings on local cable TV or streaming live on the city’s website at www.cityofdenton.com. It also features a budget timeline with PowerPoint presentations and links to past meetings on budget presentations.
You might have missed the irony. If so, it would be easy to understand. The recent bulletin about accused serial rapist Bill Cosby was sensational enough that one might be forgiven for failing to notice one of its more subtle facets.
Hillary Clinton lies. This is a widely acknowledged fact among people who pay attention and aren’t on her payroll. Nearly 20 years ago, New York Times columnist William Safire wrote: “Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our first lady — a woman of undoubted talents who was a role model for many in her generation — is a congenital liar.”
In the wake of the recent murders in a South Carolina church, the killer’s hope of igniting a race war produced the opposite effect.
One tragedy has already occurred: The murder of a woman as she shared a quiet moment on an iconic San Francisco pier with her father and a friend.
Let’s list major problems affecting black Americans.
Donald Trump has decided to double down on his insults of Mexicans living in the U.S. Talking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper recently, he said he had nothing to apologize for, a point he made over and over again, as he is wont to do with nearly everything he says that he hopes will resonate with his audience.
Suddenly Bill Cosby has become the Confederate battle flag of the entertainment world. Everybody seems to want to take him down.
Helicopter parents are famous for micromanaging their children’s affairs. There are two kinds. One kind indulges children to the point of near imbecility. No demands are ever placed, no chores required. The parents see their role as obedient servant, concierge and above all, banker. The children eventually become wards of the family estate.
After my recent 85th birthday, I looked back over my life and was surprised to discover in how many different ways I had been lucky, in addition to some other ways in which I was unlucky.
In the wake of the shooting of nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, symbols of racial intolerance are being examined for possible removal.
In 2006, then-Arizona state Sen. Russell Pearce advocated the return of a 1954 program for the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants. It was called “Operation Wetback.”
In case you missed it — and most Americans did — there was a third significant ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court at the end of June. It received the least media attention, but it may eventually affect more citizens directly than the decisions upholding Obamacare and greenlighting same-sex marriage.
Ben Wattenberg died recently at the age of 81.
At this stage, the 2016 presidential campaign is looking a lot like high school.
The nation’s demagogues and constitutionally ignorant are using the Charleston, South Carolina, AME church shooting to attack the Second Amendment’s “right of the people to keep and bear Arms.”
‘‘We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
If you’re one of those rare people who think one spouse is not enough, your prayers may be answered. After the Supreme Court decision in favor of gay marriage, conservative critics spotted sister wives on the horizon. “Polygamy, here we come!” tweeted Weekly Standard editor William Kristol.
Here’s what we know about climate change: 97 percent of climate scientists are convinced, based upon the evidence, that human-caused global warming is happening.
What a deal. The Supreme Court’s Obamacare decision reminds me of a demand that an aide to the late Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley is said to have given to reporters: Don’t say what the mayor says, say what he means.