The mighty, life-altering power of experience is something you can’t read, watch, or tweet. It has to be tangible and real — and whether it’s a skydive, the birth of a child or time spent in a war zone, it will change who you are.
The Islamic State’s atrocities are too numerous to list. It includes rape and slavery, religious cleansing, mass murder, public crucifixions and beheadings. The group is only too happy to tweet about all of it.
There are many more friendships and marriages between white and minority Americans (about one in 12 marriages are interracial) — but at the same time racially charged suspicion and anger persists among millions.
This “motion picture review” of MGM’s “The Wizard of Oz” appeared Sunday, Aug. 20, 1939, in The Kansas City Star. The film played a one-week exclusive engagement starting Aug. 18 at Loew’s Midland theater, 1228 Main St.
The FDA would still allow manufacturers to sell electronic cigarettes with the very candy, cake, spice and fruit flavors that were banned in 2009 for tobacco because they were luring youths into smoking.
President Barack Obama is impatient. Congress won’t act on immigration, he says, and therefore he will. The White House is coy as to exactly what the president will do. But the leaks point to an executive order essentially legalizing an enormous new class of illegal immigrants, perhaps up to 5 million people.
Everything about World War I — from the seemingly ridiculous fighting techniques (who hasn’t watched a movie with trench warfare and thought, “Man, that’s a dumb way to die”?) to the clothes and music — seems anciently irrelevant. But the truth is that almost no modern event can hold a candle to it.
The “poor door” on a new luxury building on New York's Upper West Side is the pointed symbol of a truth we all know but pretend not to, so as to preserve the fiction of an egalitarian society. The rich enter the halls of justice, finance, education, health and politics through portals of advantage from which the rest of us are barred.
The Egyptian initiative was backed by the entire Arab League and praised by Saudi Arabia. With the exception of Qatar — more a bank than a country — the Arabs are unanimous in wanting to see Hamas weakened, if not overthrown.
Mucking about with the Constitution is heady stuff, and we shouldn’t consider doing so lightly. But the real reason these Democrats opposed “tampering” with the Constitution wasn’t reverence for the genius of the founders. What they really opposed was tampering with a status quo that benefited them.
After Syria — in which mass atrocities and war crimes are vast, systematic and continuing — the “responsibility to protect” seems utterly meaningless. President Obama embraced the narrowest possible definition of American interests in Syria — the elimination of chemical weapons — which has nothing to do with civilian atrocities by other means.