November 16, 2009 |
In their Nov. 12 Times Op-Ed article, "Our enemy is not Islam — it's extremists," Judith Miller and David Samuels wrote regarding the Ft. Hood shootings that "in taking aim at the evasive psycho-babble that dominated early news accounts, the right has engaged in an equally dangerous bias that conflates [Nidal Malik] Hasan's radicalism with the religious beliefs of mainstream Muslims. In their narrative, any Muslim might suddenly 'snap,' as Hasan apparently did, and reveal himself to be the enemy within."
November 5, 2012 |
RICHMOND, Va. - Joe Biden has embraced the role of attack dog throughout the 2012 campaign, starting with a tough speech on the auto industry rescue in Toledo, Ohio, in March. But in his final event before election day here in the heart of Virginia, and perhaps the last time he'll campaign for himself after four decades in federal office, the vice president harked back to his younger days. “I got elected when I was a 29-year-old kid. I was characterized as a young idealist,” Biden told about 1,000 supporters on a chilly Monday night.
May 21, 1989
A brief 110 years after my grandparents arrived in a totally empty place--the West Texas plains of the American frontier--I stand here in the culturally and intellectually crowded arena of an international literary congress; sure evidence that an accelerated, perhaps too accelerated, rate of change is one of the defining characteristics of our century. In our time, it may be that acceleration has itself become a force, and that it is this force which has begun to over-run or out-run ideology; social modalities that once took a generation to form now appear and evolve and oftentimes decay within four or five years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1985
In his column (Times, April 21) Jody Powell states that a benefit of the right's rise to power is "the evidence that the left has no monopoly on mush brain," as the hard-headed right has long contended. The silliness of the left, Powell suggests, is perhaps grounded in an "excess of zeal for the golden rule," but this seems to him less dangerous than the mush-head point of view of an Administration appointee on the right who argues that we are violating the "order of the universe" by trying to help the handicapped.
May 27, 1989 |
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher said Friday that the West is witnessing "the failure of the Communist ideology and the meltdown of authoritarian regimes." In a broad-ranging speech after receiving the honorary "freedom" of the City of London, Thatcher said there were "great upheavals" in the Soviet Union, Hungary, Poland and China. "We are witnessing what is perhaps the greatest change for many decades: the failure of the Communist ideology and the meltdown of authoritarian regimes," she said.
October 3, 2002
Re "A Judicial Nominee's Dizzying Spin," Commentary, Sept. 29: To complain, as Frank del Olmo does, that the process of the nomination of federal judges has become too politicized is to misunderstand our history and dream of a mythological confirmation process that never existed. Underlying Del Olmo's commentary seems to be the surprising and unsupportable assumption that all Latinos are interchangeable, that whether you have a Samuel Paz or a Miguel Estrada on the federal bench makes no difference, so long as the surname is Latino.