January 15, 2012 |
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has been campaigning furiously in South Carolina in an effort to revive his sputtering presidential campaign, said Sunday that the Obama administration had gone "over the top" in criticizing Marines videotaped urinating on Afghan corpses. "Obviously, 18-, 19-year-olds make stupid mistakes all too often, and that's what's occurred here," Perry said in an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union. " He likened the incident to Gen. George S. Patton urinating in the Rhine River and Winston Churchill supposedly doing the same on the Siegfried Line.
January 15, 2012 |
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has been campaigning furiously in South Carolina in an effort to revive his sputtering presidential campaign, said Sunday morning that the Obama administration has gone “over the top” in criticizing Marines who were videotaped urinating on Afghan corpses. “Obviously, 18, 19-year-olds make stupid mistakes all too often,” Perry said in an appearance on CNN's “State of the Union.” “... What's really disturbing to me is just, kind of, the over-the-top-rhetoric from this administration and their disdain for the military.” The Marines have not been charged with any crimes, but the Geneva Conventions forbid desecration of the dead.
June 12, 2011
UNDERRATED David Chang : Up to now the arc of a celebrity chef peaked at cookbooks and circling the kitchens of the world on basic cable, but the man behind the delicious Momofuku empire in New York is breaking the mold. This month "Lucky Peach" launches, a quarterly food writing journal in partnership with McSweeney's that features recipes, off-kilter essays and fetishistically sharp design consistent with the publisher's track record. Tasty. 'Let Me In' (2010) : Based on box office numbers, horror fans were skeptical about this reworking of the subtly haunting Swedish import "Let the Right One In. " Yet apart from a few moves that ramped up the gore, the American translation retained the original's unsettling core, thanks in part to Chloe Moretz's chilling child vampire and director Matt Reeves' understatedly assured hand.
May 30, 2011
Egged on by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the leaders of the Group of 8 nations announced Friday that the Internet was too important for governments to leave ungoverned. Cyberspace needs a legal framework that promotes human rights, the rule of law, privacy, security and the protection of intellectual property, they declared, and they pledged to work on one. Good luck with that. The declaration reflects the wrongheaded wish of many foreign leaders to tame the Net, particularly freewheeling Web-based businesses and online speech.
May 21, 2011 |
Ai Weiwei, the dissident artist whose arrest has prompted an international outcry, is being charged with evading "huge amounts" of taxes, Chinese state media reported late Friday. The brief dispatch on the New China News Agency was the first official disclosure of the charges being leveled against the 54-year-old artist, who was arrested without warning at Beijing's international airport April 3. The report also said that his company, Beijing Fake Cultural Development Ltd., had "intentionally destroyed accounting records" and committed other criminal acts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2010 |
The Betty Ford Center has fired an employee who accused actress Lindsay Lohan of assaulting her when she tried to administer an alcohol test, saying the worker violated patient confidentiality by speaking with the media about the incident. But an attorney for technician Dawn Holland said Wednesday that the termination was retaliation for refusing to back off pursuing criminal charges against Lohan. The Dec. 12 incident is being investigated by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.