As I argue in my column today, the [...]]]>
Most folks who weren’t yet adults when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on this date in 1941 have little or no knowledge of the rampant isolationism among the American populace in those days.
Most of these folks are familiar [...]]]>
As a public health strategy, making people miserable because they have unhealthy addictions is pretty dubious. I hate seeing people inequitably taxed and forced to huddle outside in the cold because they happen to be addicted to nicotine. But their addiction imposes public health costs and secondhand smoke on the rest of us, so such [...]]]>
Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican, suddenly finds himself the target of ire among the loonies who ordinarily comprise his political base.
Liberal blogger Heather Parton, who calls herself Digby, has the story
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is the second film based on Suzanne Collins’ “Hunger Games” trilogy, set in the dystopian future state of Panem.
“Catching Fire” was preceded by [...]]]>
Was introduced to a new game today at the Indian restaurant where I eat the noon buffet on a regular basis: Kabaddi. The host at the restaurant did his best to explain the sport, which was on television. I told him he should write up a brochure, as he had to explain to several patrons what was going on.
I didn't get it all, but it seems like a combination of football, wrestling and tag.
In 1983, a college history teacher told me that in his view, the next major conflagration would happen in South Africa, where the black majority was agitating to throw off the oppressive rule of the white South African minority.
Due to Nelson Mandela, the conflagration never happened.
"Blessed are the peacemakers." Mandela was a peacemaker. He presided over the transition in power in South Africa without exacting revenge for the [...]]]>
HERE‘s a handy timeline that should prompt embarrassment and shame in certain American political [...]]]>
The death of Nelson Mandela has touched off an avalanche of media retrospectives on his life and career, including lots of angles with which most non-South Africans have not been familiar. [...]]]>
It was inevitable, I suppose, that some right-wing wacko would find a way of using the death of Nobel laureate Nelson [...]]]>
The Red Army, which possessed three times as many soldiers as Finland, 30 times as many aircraft, and a hundred times as many tanks, poured across the border in 1939, three months after the beginning of World War II.
The ostensible goal was to take a strip of border territory the Soviets [...]]]>