Thursday September 03, 2015
January 8th, 2015
With all the brouhaha about police shootings and other egregious treatment it is a mistake to think that only those who look like us should be on the force. Of course every force should be some reflection of the community but the goal is for all to have respect and appreciation for the entire community. We all must have empathy for others.
Was Angelina Jolie unqualified to direct the big-budget World War II saga "Unbroken"? The movie tells the true story of Louis Zamperini, a champion runner and champion survivor -- of his bomber's crash, 47 days on an ocean raft and torture in a Japanese prison camp.
The hacked are itching to hack back.
So say a dozen security specialists and former law- enforcement officials, who described an intensifying and largely unspoken sense of unease inside many companies after the recent breach of Sony's networks.
What did President Barack Obama mean when he declared that Washington will normalize relations with Cuba?
Will they become the same as U.S. relations with any other country? Will all Americans be free to travel there? To do business with Cuba?
Uh-oh. Now that the economy is doing well, what are Republicans -- especially those running for president -- going to complain about? And what are Democrats willing to celebrate?
Congress, which had been so tied up in a partisan knot by right-wing extremists that it became unable to move, suddenly sprang loose at the end of the year. Before heading home for the holidays, it put on a phenomenal show of acrobatic lawmaking.
With the New Year comes a new slate of officeholders whose careers warrant close attention and whose fates could have broader political implications. Put Gina Raimondo near the top of that list.
She's the first woman to be elected governor of Rhode Island, and when she's inaugurated next week, she'll become, at 43, one of just two Democratic women, alongside Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, at the helms of their states.
Every year, Google releases a variety of lists that reveal the world's favorite search terms. The American tech corporation also distinguishes between countries and categories, which allows an examination of global differences in search behavior.
More power started to be vested in the White House staff in 1969, during Richard Nixon's administration. Today, there are about twice as many full-time White House staff members as there were then.
Yet if more administrations handled domestic issues in the way the Nixon White House did in 1969, there would be many fewer complaints about powerful White House staffs.
The Cuba embargo sounded like a good thing in 1960. So did the hula hoop, and Bobby Darin.
You can still find a hula hoop, but it has long since stopped being state-of-the-art childhood fare anymore -- except maybe in Cuba, where the 1959 Chevy remains king of the road.