Thursday January 29, 2015
January 15th, 2015
It took the Air Force to change -- to radicalize, really -- Maribel Jarzabek. Specifically, it took the Air Force lawyer serving in the newly created role of "special victims' counsel" to become convinced that sexual assault cases cannot be fairly handled under the existing rules.
I've been called many unpleasant things in my life, and I've deserved no small number of them. But I chafe at this latest label:
A threat to your religious liberty.
Kissing the sun. Swilling merlot. Plotting revenge. Life is good for John Boehner.
Lying in a hammock at his new condo in Marco Island, Florida, the speaker of the House is even closing in on his goal of getting darker than the oxblood leather wingback chair in his Capitol office.
Welcome visitors to New York City! This has been the best time ever to urinate on a street, sneak onto the subway or run a red light, for the police force has been on a virtual strike.
Police officers may be making a point for contract negotiations. But many also are genuinely frustrated and, along with millions of other Americans, seem sympathetic to an argument that goes like this:
He was an inspiration to a generation of Chinese journalists, a writer whose belief in the power of truth symbolized an era of optimism and idealism in the profession, an editor who helped direct a surge of investigative reporting meant to defend the helpless and hold the imperious to account.
"We're doing God's work," said William Ackman, the hedge fund manager, on CNBC this week. He was referring to his $1 billion bet against Herbalife, the company that he accuses of being an illegal pyramid scheme.
As we move into a big football weekend, one exciting question uniting fans and nonfans alike is: What will Chris Christie do if the Dallas Cowboys win?
Je suis Charlie Hebdo. If "freedom of expression" is to be more than an empty slogan, Wednesday's terrorist attack in Paris cannot be allowed to have the chilling effect its murderous perpetrators intended.
A week into the new year and I am taken aback when someone wishes me a happy new year. I've already forgotten. Of course, realistically no one expects a dramatic change just because the calendar changes but we do go through a lot of hoopla of fireworks and all manner of promises for great things to come. Alas, in looking all around today was like yesterday, that was like the day before and on and on.