July 2, 2007 |
SEN. RICHARD LUGAR's comments on Iraq came like a clap of thunder in the sultry summer skies of Washington. The ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee declared in a widely covered speech last week that he doesn't think "the current 'surge' strategy will succeed" and that we should therefore "downsize the U.S. military's role in Iraq."
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September 16, 2006 |
She cornered ayatollahs and challenged dictators. She was glamorous, fearless and always provocative. Oriana Fallaci, Italian author and globe-trotting journalist whose interviews produced piercing portraits of world leaders for decades, but who in later years channeled her energies into bitter diatribes against Islam, died Friday, her publisher said. Fallaci was 77 and had been suffering from cancer.
May 15, 2006 |
The premise IN "Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America," which aired Tuesday night on ABC, a businessman returns to the U.S. from Hong Kong, where he has unwittingly picked up a newly mutated strain of the H5N1 bird flu from being coughed on by a factory worker. Back in Virginia, he becomes weak and feverish and collapses with a severe nosebleed. Public health officials are called in quickly. Dr.
June 14, 2013
Re "Growing pains," June 10 Transit-oriented development is one thing when you have a clean slate to work on; it is another when you are inserting a light-rail line into an existing (and thriving) community like West Los Angeles. You can't just plop a huge development like the proposed 638-unit Casden West L.A. next to the rail station, call it transit-oriented development and ignore the surrounding conditions. Casden uses its adjacency to a future Expo Line station as an excuse to overbuild.
November 22, 1994 |
Low-fat Haagen-Dazs? In several instances, it really was too good to be true, the Federal Trade Commission says. Haagen-Dazs Co., which built its reputation on rich, creamy frozen desserts, agreed Monday to settle FTC charges that it made false and misleading statements about its frozen yogurt products. The company, based in Teaneck, N.J., advertised its frozen yogurt products last year as "low fat" and "98 percent fat free."
March 15, 1992 |
When President Bush put forth a set of modest tax proposals in his State of the Union address, he surrounded them with rhetoric borrowed from his glory days a year earlier when he was threatening Saddam Hussein rather than congressional Democrats. Perhaps such hyperbole by politicians should not be a surprise. But it was disappointing to see the annual report of the Council of Economic Advisers join the chorus.
January 10, 1993 |
By Oriana Fallaci. A novel. About Beirut. Sounds like a daunting proposition. "Inshallah"--God willing--you'll get through it. Perhaps you remember Fallaci, the tiny, tightly wired Italian interviewer who coaxed the hidden cowboy out of Henry Kissinger. She who ripped off her chador while interviewing Khomeini, and sent him fleeing from the room. She who wrote an essay to an unborn child. Or a paean to her dead lover, "A Man."
September 17, 2006 |
YOU'VE PAID $10 to get into the movie and it just plain stinks. The plot is ridiculous, the acting is terrible, the violence is excessive. But you've already watched half of it. Do you sit through the movie to the end or do you leave? Just a month ago, you spent $2,000 getting your 10-year-old car's transmission rebuilt. Now you find out the car is leaking oil and needs a ring job. Do you spend the next thousand or buy a new car? You've been living with your romantic partner for 10 years.
December 9, 2012 |
We live in a culture of excess. From supersized fast food to billion-dollar presidential campaigns, bigger is always better. This is hardly a new observation; it's been part of us all along. In his 1960 satire "The Magic Christian," Terry Southern imagines "a gigantic convertible … scaled in the proportions of an ordinary automobile but … tremendous in size - … longer and wider than the largest Greyhound bus. " And then, of course, there is "The Great Gatsby," F. Scott Fitzgerald's 87-year-old masterpiece, a novel that takes excess as its essence, unfolding on vast estates, at lavish parties, while never losing sight of the fact that beneath the surface, such fripperies cannot mask an emptiness that is all-pervasive, that all the money, houses, Champagne in the world won't fill.