September 10, 2007 |
Two days before the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, President Bush's domestic security advisor dismissed Al Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden as "virtually impotent." Frances F. Townsend said a video statement from a curiously dark-bearded Bin Laden -- released Thursday -- was genuine and made recently, but she described it as little more than a propaganda device. In the video, Bin Laden compares the Iraq war to Vietnam and praises the actions of the 19 Sept.
January 16, 2006
Re " ... and so what if you are?" Opinion, Jan. 12 Jonah Goldberg pooh-poohs the "slippery slope" concerns of unfettered executive power. Here's the point that Goldberg and his ilk fail or refuse to see: When the president acts with Congress' authority, his powers are at a maximum. When he acts contrary to Congress' will, his powers are at their lowest ebb. This jeopardizes "the equilibrium [of] our constitutional system," as Justice Robert Jackson pointed out in the steel seizure case of 1952 (and affirmed by Supreme Court nominee Samuel A. Alito Jr. at his hearings)
August 19, 2004 |
Beatles material reportedly bought for $35 last month by a British tourist at an Australian flea market is not rare memorabilia, a Beatles expert said. London's Times newspaper had reported that a suitcase bought by Fraser Claughton, 41, was packed with Beatles photos, concert programs and unreleased recordings. But Pete Nash, a memorabilia expert who examined the contents, said he saw photocopied ticket stubs, laser-scanned pictures from the 1990s -- and no rare recordings.
April 2, 2004
Re "Disney the Winner in a Hunny of a Lawsuit," March 30: Winnie the Pooh lovingly refers to himself as a "bear of little brain." I might say the same about the brain size of everyone involved with this drawn-out lawsuit characterized by lying, greed, trash-digging and a honey of a pot of money wasted on lawyers. Pooh, however, unlike the parties on both sides of the case trying to capitalize on his name, has a big heart. His endearing nature is why, even if the Walt Disney Co. and the Slesinger family continue to battle over Pooh profits, one thing will stay the same.
January 7, 2004 |
Where are the time machines when we need them? An obnoxious affectation is catching on. Worldly Californians are wont to confess a preference for French wines, particularly the reds. California wines, they protest, why they're, they're, they're -- too big. So true. And our sky is too blue. Seriously, these snobs have a point. French wines are certainly preferable to California ones -- in France. But in California, only an ingrate would despise the local big reds.
January 10, 2002 |
"Count the days. Count the minutes. Count on being blown away," screamed Apple Computer Inc.'s Web site in the days leading up to the Macworld Expo in San Francisco this week. Given Apple's history of downplaying its announcements, people got pretty jazzed. Typically, Apple pooh-poohs all the rumors that circulate leading up the show. Then Steve Jobs rambles for an hour or so on opening day. Toward the end of the presentation, he says, "Oh, just one more thing," and whips out something extraordinary, like a computer that you run with a mouse instead of typing arcane commands on a keyboard.