Why has the case resonated so strongly with the American public?
David L. Kirp | Rather than build a unified culture in a diverse society, the conservative Gang of Five that now dominates the Supreme Court is polarizing the country.
A recent study exploring white peoples’ understanding of the black experience in America reveals that whites still drastically underestimate the cost of being black because they don’t want to know or can’t face the consequences.
By Robert Jensen
Gunman bursts into party, tastes cheese and wine, gets hug, then leaves
A friend sent this saying: “Strange but true…how’s this for the power of love…and the universal desire to share life.”
Imagine the possibilities if the tactics used by the people at the party were used by leaders of governments!
June 18, 2007, 6:16 pm
by Richard Conniff
A few weeks back a puff piece in a New Zealand newspaper extolled a trucking company that “has fostered an egalitarian culture … and does not believe in hierarchy, bureaucracy or superiority.” The same article also noted that company headquarters features this saying in bold text on a lobby wall:
“The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.”
By MAUREEN DOWD
June 20, 2007
Would Carmela, she of the pans of baked ziti and casseroles of veal parm, ever deny the omnivorous Tony onion rings?
By Pepe Escobar
Forty years ago, the world seemed to be singing in tune. On June 1, 1967, in London, The Beatles released their eighth and arguably most influential album, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It marked the beginning of the Summer of Love – which, apart from Jimi Hendrix mesmerizing flower-power children in Monterey, California, also had room for the escalation of the Vietnam War and Israel’s lightning victory in the Six-Day War.
Our Lives as Atoms
May 29, 2007, 6:32 pm
By Mark Buchanan
The political party that claimed it would restore “honor and dignity to the White House” has done nothing of the sort. Having on false pretenses led us into the disaster of Iraq, the administration and its supporters are now beginning – cravenly and shamefully – to shift blame onto the Iraqi people. The administration continues to hold hundreds of people without charges in secret prisons around the world, while arguing that torture is O.K. and that President Bush can disregard the laws he doesn’t like. I haven’t even mentioned illegal spying or efforts to keep scientists quiet if they’re saying the wrong thing.
Where’s the honor and dignity? (more…)
By Tomás R. Jiménez, assistant professor of sociology and a visiting research fellow at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at UC San Diego.
May 24, 2007, 6:45 pm
The story of Madeleine McCann, the British three-year-old kidnapped from her resort apartment during a family vacation in Portugal, has obsessed the British public and media for the past three weeks. “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, Simon Cowell from “American Idol” and Virgin founder Richard Branson have offered rewards for her return; a findmadeleine.com Web site has received over 65 million hits; Madeleine’s aunt, Philomena McCann, has reported more than 2,000 responses to a chain e-mail appeal she sent out internationally in the hopes of increasing the odds of a chance sighting of her niece.
Jock Culture, Guns and Laws Set Stage for Violence
By Ted Rall
April 24, 2007
May 10, 2007
By PETER APPLEBOME
MOUNT KISCO, N.Y.
The story has the makings of a suburban film noir: a homeless Guatemalan immigrant found unconscious and near death on a lonely stretch of wooded road; his death a few hours later was ruled a homicide and police officers were under investigation.
May 3, 2007, 6:33 pm
Dick Cavett Speaks Again
“Hey, Dick, I’ll never forget the look on your face when that guy died on your show.”
I’d say I still get this about 20 times a year, a high number considering that the event referred to happened in 1971. (more…)
May 1, 2007
By ATUL GAWANDE
We Americans believe instinctively in the power of positive thinking. Whether one is fighting a cancer, an insurgency or just an unyielding problem at work, the prevailing wisdom is that thinking positive is the key — The Secret, even — to success. But the key, it seems to me, is actually negative thinking: looking for, and sometimes expecting, failure. (more…)
April 19, 2007
By BOB HERBERT
“God I can’t wait till I can kill you people.”
— A message on the Web site of the Columbine killer Eric Harris.
In the predawn hours of Monday, Aug. 1, 1966, Charles Whitman, a former marine and Eagle Scout in Austin, Tex., stabbed his wife to death in their bed. The night before he had driven to his mother’s apartment in another part of town and killed her.
Later that Monday morning, Whitman gathered together food, water, a supply of ammunition, two rifles, a couple of pistols, a carbine and a shotgun and climbed the landmark 30-story tower on the campus of the University of Texas.
Beneath a blazing sun, with temperatures headed toward the mid-90s, Whitman opened fire. His first target was a pregnant teenager. Over the next 80 or so minutes he killed 14 people and wounded more than 30 others before being shot to death by the police.
They are calling it the “Bloomberg Gun GiveAway”. Tomorrow two gun shops in Virginia will stage a competition: anyone spending more than $100 (£50) in either Bob Moates’ stores or Old Dominion Guns and Tackle will be entered into a draw, first prize a free handgun or rifle worth $900.
The jury selection process shows how regular Americans now regard the wealthiest few not as heroes but as thieves.
March 13, 2007
By CLYDE HABERMAN
Wystan Hugh Auden had two Yorks in his life. The one in England is where he was born in 1907. This York, our York, is where he spent half his 66 years. “I adore New York,” Auden once wrote to a friend, “as it is the only city in which I can live and work quietly.” Presumably, he was not being ironic.
March 3, 2007
By RORY STEWART
The international community’s policy in Afghanistan is based on the claim that Afghans are willing partners in the creation of a liberal democratic state. Senator John McCain finished a recent speech on Afghanistan by saying, “Billions of people around the world now embrace the ideals of political, economic and social liberty, conceived in the West, as their own.” (more…)
The ad shows a man holding a woman to the ground by her wrists while a group of men look on.
by Barbara Ehrenreich
The leaders of Delta Zeta – the sorority which just made national news by expelling all overweight and nonwhite members from its Depauw University chapter – must have read The Secret. In this runaway self-help bestseller, author Rhonda Byrne advises that you can keep your weight down by avoiding the sight of fat people.
February 22, 2007
By BOB HERBERT
Have they buried Anna Nicole Smith yet?
The award-winning author of the acclaimed HBO program, “The Wire,” painted a grim picture of this country. David Simon said: “We’re headed [towards] separate Americas.” Speaking at Loyola College, in Baltimore, MD, on Feb. 6, 2007, he said that “unencumbered Capitalism has become our God.” In our greedy society, Simon underscored: “Human are worth less, not more: less.” He said America is going to be a “more brutish, cynical and divided place.”
February 10, 2007
By MAUREEN DOWD
I was cruising through Borders, looking for a copy of “Nostromo.”
Suddenly I was swimming in pink. (more…)
“Culture is people,” said Richard Campanella, a Tulane geographer who has written extensively about the city’s neighborhoods. “If half the local people are dispersed and no longer living cohesively in those social networks, then half of local culture is gone.”
December 28, 2006
By BOB HERBERT
It would not be easy to find two men more different than Gerald Ford and James Brown. But I had a similar reaction to each of their deaths — a feeling of disappointment at some of the routes the nation has traveled since their days of greatest prominence.