April 6, 2010 |
I've seen "How to Train Your Dragon" twice. My daughter loves it (the lead dragon reminds us of her cat). And I think it's pretty great too. (Note: Some pretty obvious spoilers heading your way.) Perhaps I'm mellowing in my middle years, but I don't much mind what Entertainment Weekly calls the movie's "layer of age-of-terror allegory about the ignorance bred by jingoism." This refers to the fact that the Vikings in the film have been raised for seven generations to kill dragons: "It's what we do."
September 16, 2009
The videos, aired mostly by Fox News and other cable news outlets, are truly shocking: A pair of conservative activists posing as a pimp and a prostitute go to the offices of the Assn. of Community Organizations for Reform Now, pretending to be seeking assistance getting a loan to run a brothel. Their hidden camera captures ACORN workers dispensing such advice as how to create a fictitious business name, how to classify the business on tax forms ("performance arts") and how to handle the tax consequences of smuggling more than a dozen underage prostitutes from El Salvador to work at the facility (an ACORN worker helpfully advises them to write off the girls as "dependents")
September 20, 2005 |
Local officials and residents of this New Orleans suburb voiced outrage Monday over what they said was the deliberate neglect of inhabitants of a housing complex that was predominantly home to Latinos. The Redwood Park Apartments, a privately owned project subsidized by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, is home to one of the largest concentrations of Latinos in Kenner, a largely white community of 70,000 about 12 miles west of New Orleans in Jefferson Parish.
July 19, 2004
Re "In Modern Imperialism, U.S. Needs to Walk Softly," Commentary, July 15: It was not long ago that Max Boot was using England's colonial efforts in India as a shining example of what the U.S. should emulate in Iraq and the Middle East (Commentary, May 27). Boot conveniently forgets that the British, through creating an empire, inserting puppet rulers and not preparing indigenous peoples for self-rule, produced unstable countries and regions ripe for civil war. The historically accurate examples are many: India, Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan, etc. And now Boot praises American imperialism and our puppet government in Afghanistan -- a glowing example of the way our staunch allies, the British, created empire and set up puppet governments that answered to the mother imperial power, thereby not learning self-rule and the most hallowed of terms, democracy and self-rule.
May 27, 2004 |
Al Gore delivered a blistering denunciation Wednesday of the Bush administration's "twisted values and atrocious policies" in Iraq and demanded the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, national security advisor Condoleezza Rice and CIA Director George J. Tenet. Raising his voice to a yell in a speech at New York University, Gore said: "How dare they subject us to such dishonor and disgrace!
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December 23, 2002 |
An immigration attorney Sunday accused the Immigration and Naturalization Service of subjecting her clients to "atrocious and inhumane" treatment after they were arrested last week as part of the USA Patriot Act registration program for men from five Muslim countries. The San Diego case also brings up an issue that the federal government has yet to fully address -- reports of widely differing treatment accorded detainees, depending on where they live.