"I've seen enough. I don't want to see any more" -- Bruce Springsteen, "Cover Me"
When terrorists beheaded Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002 and posted video of the killing online, I refused to look. I explained my reasoning in this space. To watch that video, I wrote, knowing it was staged specifically to fill me with revulsion and fear, would feel like cooperating with the monsters who killed him. It would make me an accomplice.
America is a nation of faith. So it is often said.
"All lives matter." Those words have risen as a kind of counter to "Black lives matter," the movement that coalesced in response to recent killings and woundings of unarmed African-Americans by assailants -- usually police officers -- who often go unpunished.
Here is a challenge for you.
He wanted to start a race war.
That, you will recall, was what authorities say white supremacist Dylann Roof had in mind when he shot up a storied African-American church in June. It might have surprised him to learn that we've already had a race war.
This will not be a column about Sandra Bland, although it could be.
He's No. 1?!
Yes, it's an early poll and, as such, pretty near useless.
Yes, Herman Cain was once number one, too, and we know what happened with that.
Yes, the fact that he is number one probably reflects name recognition as much as anything else.
In 2006, then-Arizona State Sen. Russell Pearce advocated the return of a 1954 program for the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants. It was called "Operation Wetback."
Thank heaven for little girls.
So sang French actor Maurice Chevalier in a famous song celebrating "their little eyes so helpless and appealing" and the fact that "they grow up in the most delightful way."
Well, we are here to thank heaven for little Girl Scouts -- and for former girl, Megan Ferland, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Western Washington. We are indebted to her for a recent inspiring example of moral courage.
"This whole week," said President Obama, "I've been reflecting on this idea of grace."
There is something I have never understood about the argument over global warming.
Of the 60 people who co-founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1909, only seven were, in fact, "colored."
According to legend, it happened because he didn't want to leave the gaming table. Maybe he was riding a hot streak.
I am not normal.
This, I learned from a news story 35 years ago. The details have faded with the passage of time, but the gist of it remains clear. Some expert had crunched a bunch of numbers in search of the "average" human being, the planetary norm, and found that she was an 8-year-old Japanese girl, living in Tokyo. I don't fit that profile; I'm willing to bet you don't, either. So as a matter of statistical fact, I'm not "normal" and neither are you.
This story is not new.
On March 6, Matthew Kenny, a police officer in Madison, Wis., shot and killed an unarmed 19-year-old black man named Anthony Robinson Jr., who, he said, had attacked him. The shooting triggered days of peaceful protests. An autopsy found a cocktail of illicit drugs in Robinson's system. Earlier this month, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, who is black, cleared Kenny of wrongdoing.
Before he tried marijuana, he thought of trying suicide.
Heavy drinking hadn't helped. Nor had various pills prescribed by Veterans Affairs doctors. He was still angry, still depressed, still could not sleep.
Maybe some people didn't understand the question.
Luis Lang would like you to send him some money.
He has taken to GoFundMe (gofundme.com/s78e9w), the crowd-funding website, trying to raise $30,000. Lang, who is 49 and lives in Fort Mills, S.C., is slowly losing his eyesight to diabetes. Without surgery, he'll go blind. Those grim facts notwithstanding, some may not find Lang the most sympathetic candidate for charity.
Some folks thought it was "inflammatory." Some said it was "irresponsible," others, "absurd," still others, "disappointing."
Tracy is tired. She was tired even before Baltimore burned this week.
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