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November 5, 2013 | By Theodore Dalrymple
When the 1980 edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (commonly known as the DSM-3) was being prepared, psychiatrist Allen Frances lobbied for the inclusion of a new diagnosis: masochistic personality disorder. His push failed, and by the time the fourth edition came out in 1994 (edited by Frances), he was glad it had. He no longer believed such a condition existed. Masochistic personality disorder, as Frances had conceived it, "diagnosed" those whose typical behavior brought them unhappiness by "self-sacrifice in the service of maintaining relationships or self-esteem.
October 21, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - A flood of misconduct cases involving generals and admirals has created deep concern at the Pentagon about ethical and moral shortcomings among senior military officers and prompted new steps to tighten rules, increase inspections and weed out offenders, officials said. The most recent cases - a Navy admiral under investigation for using counterfeit gambling chips and an Air Force general in charge of nuclear-tipped missiles relieved for drunkenness off duty - follow a long list of officer wrongdoing over the last year.
October 11, 2013 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
It's tough to be a writer of crime fiction. Not because of the genre but because of the expectations: A book a year, preferably part of a series, the same character over and over again. This is why, say, Walter Mosley and Michael Connelly have branched out; Mosley set aside his hero, Easy Rawlins, for six years before bringing him back in 2013. The same is true of George Pelecanos, the Washington-based author of the "D.C. Quartet" and a dozen other novels who has written about a variety of detectives as well as for television ("The Wire," "Treme")
October 10, 2013 | Helene Elliott
Ed Orgeron said last week he wanted to tweak what the Trojans had been doing under Lane Kiffin rather than introduce sweeping changes in midstream, but Orgeron added a significant new formation to the team's playbook Thursday in his debut as USC's interim coach. As players, coaches and support staff walked away from the team buses and across the Coliseum field, they stopped near the Trojans logo to form an imperfect but impressively big circle and held hands. Orgeron stood in the middle to address the group, his gravelly voice unmistakable even if the exact words were lost at a distance.
October 7, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Jerry Jones went there. The Dallas Cowboys owner said the two words that make many people involved in sports cringe after a tough loss. Moral. Victory. Sure, the Cowboys hung tough against the still unbeaten Broncos, keeping up with near-perfect quarterback Peyton Manning until the very end. And, sure, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo had the first 500-yard day in franchise history to go along with his five touchdowns. Of course, all of that was negated by a costly Romo interception deep in Cowboys territory that set up a last-second field goal for the Broncos and sent Dallas to a 51-48 loss.
September 19, 2013 | By Maria Bustillos
"Who Asked You?" is Terry McMillan's eighth book, and it is a corker: a long, smooth, Indian-summer cocktail. For all the racy, scandalous pleasures in books such as "Waiting to Exhale" and "How Stella Got Her Groove Back," McMillan is a serious writer, the kind of novelist of whom the late John Gardner strongly approved ("true art is moral"). Her new book is rich in narrative tension, nuanced humor and moral heft absent from many a work of modern "literary fiction. " "The problem with a lot of us is that we don't have a moral compass," McMillan says.
August 29, 2013
Re "Syria attack called 'moral obscenity,'" Aug. 27 When Secretary of State John F. Kerry described the alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria as a "moral obscenity," did he think of George W. Bush's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Or maybe Vietnam? How can Kerry decide that weapons of mass destruction were used before the definitive evidence has been collected and analyzed? And then, if it is proved, the next step is for Kerry or President Obama to explain the difference between using high explosives and chemical weapons.
August 28, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey, Michael A. Memoli and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - The apparent poison gas attack that killed hundreds of Syrian civilians last week is testing President Obama's views on military intervention, international law and the United Nations as no previous crisis has done. The former constitutional law professor, who came to office determined to end what critics called the cowboy foreign policy of George W. Bush, now is wrestling with some of the same moral and legal realities that led Bush to invade Iraq without clear U.N. consent in 2003.
August 26, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Monday condemned Syria's reported chemical weapons attacks as a “moral obscenity” and declared that the Obama administration intends to move quickly to hold the Syrian government accountable. Citing “undeniable” evidence that the government of President Bashar Assad used nerve gas against its population last week, Kerry said that the world must respond to the use of weapons that have long been outlawed by international agreement.
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