In the first days of the Iraq war 11 years ago, Army reservist Jay Briseno was shot in the back of the head at a Baghdad market. The bullet left him blind, brain-damaged, paralyzed from the neck down and unable to communicate, eat or breathe on his own.
Attendance was sparse and it still takes some effort to get to West Point. Yet the 2014 IPSI Handa Cup, a Ryder Cup-style competition that features 24 of the world's best senior women golfers competing in a U.S. vs. World format, was pronounced a rousing success, especially among those who matter most - the players.
It is a long, long way from the "JV team" to the "network of death." It is even longer from the arguments of President Obama's 2014 West Point commencement address -- which ridiculed "tough talk," criticized a "military solution" in Syria and ignited various straw men of military adventurism -- to the substance of Obama's 2014 United Nations address.
Is it Saturday yet? When Mississippi State and Ole Miss play home games Saturday, it will mark something that has not happened in more than 60 years.
"Have you noticed the yellow butterflies?" he said.
As a group of about 60 men settled into their seats at Sim Scott Community Center on Monday evening, city councilman Kabir Karriem opened the meeting with a stark word portrait of the black community in Columbus -- high crime rates, high unemployment, high drop-out rates, and a high percentage of children born to single teen-aged mothers. They are all symptoms of a community in crisis, Karriem grimly observed.
There has been more than one postmortem written about Starkville Board of Aldermen meetings over the past few weeks. Without question employee-paid insurance has created a division between some residents in our community. It is a cautionary tale that deserves a few more words.
This is a tale of two countries. The first country was built on a radical new promise of human equality and a guarantee of the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That country made it possible for even those born in the humblest and most meager circumstances to climb to the pinnacle of prosperity and achievement. It helped save the world in a great global conflagration, fed and rebuilt the devastated nations of Europe, planted the first footprints on another world.
WASHINGTON -- The last lunch hour of the summer was like many others outside the White House gates. In Lafayette Square, office workers were eating, or just sitting, on the park benches. On the sidewalk nearest the White House, tourists were taking photos of the Executive Mansion through the ornamental fence. In the pedestrian section of Pennsylvania Avenue, the usual suspects presented their causes: anti-China, anti-nuclear, anti-gun, anti-same-sex-marriage. Jehovah's Witnesses offered pamphlets. A man held a picket sign asking, "What Is Terrorism?"
The chase is on. Columbus Police Department Chief Tony Carleton has established a new policy that applies to police pursuits of fleeing suspects. It is more accurate to say Carleton is actually implementing the department's existing policy rather than establishing a new one.
The anti-Obama left was out in force. All 22 of them.
It shouldn't be this way, but the well-to-do tend to dominate public conversations in this country. The result has been a national preoccupation with the comfort, safety and psychological health of children like theirs -- that is, children who go to college.