July 26, 2005
Re " 'Is This How You Treat One of Your Own?' " July 24 The arrest of Cyrus Kar, an American citizen in Iraq, while traveling in a cab that had bomb timers in its trunk seems altogether reasonable. However, mistreating and detaining him for 55 days was unnecessary, callous and downright stupid of our government. I say this as a person who supported going to war in Iraq and still thinks that it was the right decision. I am angry and disappointed that our government, in spite of the tough job it faces, is so bureaucratic and careless of its public image that it would allow this to happen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1992 |
The head of the California National Guard, which was criticized for not responding quickly enough during the Los Angeles riots, retired Friday. Army Maj. Gen. Robert C. Thrasher, 56, said that neither his retirement nor the departure last summer of two top deputies was prompted by the controversy over the Guard's response to last spring's riots. After the riots, Gov. Pete Wilson criticized the Guard's response and said "someone's head may very well roll." In early June, he appointed Army Lt.
December 6, 1992
The evident and serious shortcomings in the California National Guard's initial response to last spring's riots in Los Angeles have now been documented in a comprehensive report to Gov. Pete Wilson. The study, by retired Army Gen. William H.
December 3, 1992 |
Ill-prepared and ill-equipped to respond to the riots that erupted after the not guilty verdicts in the Rodney G. King beating trial, the California National Guard bungled its initial deployment of 2,000 troops to Los Angeles because of a series of errors that could have been avoided, a retired general concluded in a report ordered by Gov. Pete Wilson.
January 14, 2009 |
Barack Obama will be sworn into office on Tuesday -- just weeks before the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth. Obama's inaugural theme, "A New Birth of Freedom," has, fittingly, been drawn from his fellow Illinoisan's Gettysburg Address, and he's supposed to be sworn in using Lincoln's own Bible. The inaugural menu is based on what supposedly were some of Lincoln's favorite foods, and even the inaugural china is a replica of that used in the Lincoln White House.
October 11, 2000 |
If history were written in the sheet music of presidential campaign songs, every schoolchild would know that Abraham Lincoln was a lying baboon, Martin Van Buren worshiped Satan and Herbert Hoover's name was synonymous with prosperity. The presidential campaign song has a grand, bizarre tradition, but the role of the themes has changed dramatically in the years since Van Buren was bedeviled in verse. Once laced with personality and venom, the songs have become vague, rosy anthems.