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Is James Foley’s Death the End of Frontline Reporting?

Like many families of those who simply disappear and go missing, James Foley’s were no different. They believed that one day their son, who had gone missing before Thanksgiving 2012 in Syria, would walk through the door. Jim was smart. Jim was brave. Jim was a good guy. Because of these traits, his family and [...]

The ones left behind

WASHINGTON — The fire this time is about invisibility. Our society expects the police to keep unemployed, poorly educated African-American men out of sight and out of mind. When they suddenly take center stage, illuminated by the flash and flicker of Molotov cocktails, we feign surprise. The proximate cause of the rioting in Ferguson, Mo., [...]

The President and John Kerry on Foley’s Murder

The President made a statement on the killing of journalist James Foley by the terrorist group ISIL. “The entire world is appalled by the brutal murder of Jim Foley,” President Obama said. “Jim was a journalist, a son, a brother, and a friend. He reported from difficult and dangerous places, bearing witness to the lives [...]

Obama’s hard choices: Islamic State or just terrorists

President Barack Obama will have to act more forcefully and quickly in both Iraq and Syria if he does decide to take the fight to the Islamic State to preempt a barbaric fortress of anti-Western terrorists. James Foley’s gruesome beheading underscores the urgency of unambiguous actions. First, he will have to clarify whether he sees [...]

The Letdown: Why I Feel Bad at the End of Good Days

The Letdown There might be a very good reason you feel down after big days. And there is a good chance is has less to do with reality and more to do with how your mind is processing reality. Don’t get me wrong, it is a real feeling you confront, but it might not be [...]

The White House Confirms: Journalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIS

And now the dreaded confirmation from the White House. Yes, freelance journalist James Foley was indeed beheaded by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The video — on line and for a while on You Tube, then taken off — was authentic. The video showing the beheading of an American journalist by the militant [...]

Book Review – A History Of The Future

James Howard Kunstler was best known for his dystopian non fiction until he made the move to fiction in 2008.  I reviewed his first novel, A World Made By Hand, in 2010.  The US Economy and for all intents civilization has collapsed suddenly.  The reasons really don’t matter, there are hundreds of scenarios that might [...]

Cartoon: Hands up in Ferguson

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Tea Party Has Republicans Afraid To Discuss Scientific Consensus On Climate Change

Republicans must say idiotic things to get elected, often denying science, but that does not mean that all elected Republicans are idiots. Bloomberg has discussed the scientific consensus on climate change with many Republicans. While well ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree on how human action has caused global warming, rank and file Republican remains [...]

ISIS Releases Video of Execution, Alleges Victim is American Journalist James Foley

A video released Tuesday by militant Islamic extremist group ISIS depicts the violent execution of a man alleged to be missing American journalist James Foley, who was kidnapped in Syria last year. Foley, 39, was taken while working for Agence France Presse. AFP has no comment at this time, AFP’s Chief Editor for North America [...]

Islamic State: Victory, responsibility and deceit

For the US-led West, the best remedy to the Islamic State lies in military victory. But it remains unclear whether Iraqi groups mean the same thing by victory as President Barack Obama. The central fact is that Iraqi Sunnis, Shia and Kurds claim they are too weak to repel the invasion of their home territories [...]

Observing World Humanitarian Day

When one looks around places like, Syria, Northern Iraq, Ukraine, etc., there is not much to be seen that qualifies as humane or “humanitarian.” There are also way too many natural disasters which all too often become catastrophic humanitarian disasters. Nevertheless, there are organizations and individuals — “those unsung heroes” Secretary of State John Kerry [...]

Is Moderate Synonymous With Inert?

Polls over the last two decades show that the percentage of the electorate calling themselves independent, moderate, or centrist generally runs about 40%. However, in some states, such as Massachusetts and Alaska, 53% of their citizens are unaffiliated with any political party. It also appears that the number of independent voters may be growing, given [...]

Evil Strikes Back

Just as World War I didn’t prove to be “the war to end all wars,” the 20th century didn’t turn out to be when the nearly unimaginable brutality and indescribable evil represented by German dictator Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime was definitively laid to rest. The evil is back. Big-time. This time it’s in the form [...]

Experts Skeptical of Perry Indictment

Sahil Kapur reports on legal experts skeptical of the indictments of Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) on Talking Points Memo. Susan Klein, a professor at UT-Austin School of Law, torched the indictment. “I think the Perry indictment is tragic. It makes my beloved city of Austin a national laughingstock. I am embarrassed to be a liberal [...]

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Law enforcement actions against journalists in Ferguson

On Saturday, August 10 at 12:01 p.m., 28-year-old Darren Wilson confronted 18-year-old Michael Brown. According to press reports, Brown was walking down the middle of a street; Wilson was in his police car. Reports conflict as to what happened next, but three minutes later Brown was dead, his body riddled from at least six gun [...]

Emmitt, Trayvon, Rodney, Raymond, and now Michael (Guest Voice)

Emmitt, Trayvon, Rodney, Raymond, and now Michael by Rabbi Ben Kamin ENCINITAS, California — Ferguson, Missouri, and the inexplicable shooting of teenager Michael Brown, represents not only the latest episode of America’s urban war against black men—it will be far from the last. Still unresolved is another horrifying racial incident in Miami Beach, Florida. Police [...]

NFL: New Season, New Rules For 2014-15

NFL: New Season, New Rules For 2014-15 by David Parada If there is one cliché I’ve heard often during my short life on earth it’s this, “The only constant is change.” Change is the name of the game every year in the NFL and the upcoming season will be no exception. Several rule changes will [...]

The Police

Watching the scenes from Ferguson, MO has reminded of something a friend of mine, who was an officer in the Portland Police Department, told me some 30 years ago – probably a third of the officers on the force should not be for psychological reasons.   All police officers in Oregon  must attend The Oregon [...]

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