April 17, 2009
According to House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Department of Homeland Security has defamed veterans of the U.S. armed forces by concluding in an internal memo that some returning service members might be susceptible to the propaganda of right-wing extremists. The Republicans' manufactured outrage says less about the deficiencies of the document -- which are real -- than about the desperation of the Obama administration's critics.
December 2, 2011 |
"Outrage," the latest offering from prolific Japanese filmmaker and actor Takeshi Kitano, marks his return to the pure, visceral gangster picture, so low-key and offhanded in its mastery that it becomes something like a pulp sleight-of-hand trick. Kitano plays a middle manager of sorts in the Japanese yakuza gangster underworld, destined never to rise to the heights of the true bosses even as promotions are constantly dangled before him. Against a complex web of deal-making, promises made and broken and alliances well above his paygrade, he finds himself simply fighting for survival.
June 26, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- A group of 31 senators signed a letter to Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. Tuesday requesting the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the investigation into the source of a series of national security leaks that were eventually published by the New York Times . In a letter circulated by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the senators called the leaks "stunning" and said: "If there were ever a case requiring an outside special counsel with bipartisan acceptance and widespread public trust, this is it. " The scandal was prompted by two New York Times reports, which exposed U.S. cyber attacks against Iran and the White House's secret "kill list.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2013 |
A 4-month-old kitten is struggling to survive after being intentionally doused with gasoline and set on fire in Sacramento, authorities said. A $5,000 reward has been established to help catch those involved. “This was not an accident,” said Gina Knepp, manager of the Front Street shelter in Sacramento. “The vet who treated him … they had to bathe him because the smell of fuel was so strong.” The kitten was found in a South Sacramento neighborhood. Resident Hector Munoz was leaving for work when he discovered the kitten in his driveway and immediately took him for help.
April 2, 2012 |
Concerned citizens have taken to blogs, Twitter and Facebook to post their concerns about the case of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager slain by a neighborhood watch captain in a Florida townhouse development. They have also, famously, posted them on their backs. The Trayvon Martin protest T-shirt has become a staple at rallies across the country, and it's difficult to think of another item of clothing more representative of the nation's twitchy zeitgeist in April 2012.
October 31, 2013 |
With international high finance the modern era's wild west, it's not surprising Costa-Gavras - a stalwart of the politically minded thriller ("Z," "Missing") - would try to mine banking malfeasance for cinematic suspense. But "Capital," about the machinations engineered by a newly anointed French bank president (Gad Elmaleh) to avoid a takeover from an aggressive American hedge fund mastermind (Gabriel Byrne), never quite gels as either a sharp critique of take-no-prisoners commerce or a voyeuristic wallow in corporate nastiness.