Extraordinary Bravery on the Streets of Fallujah
May 25, 2014
"He lay face down, blood pooling around his waist, moving just a little."
Did Roberts Change His Vote?
July 02, 2012
Did Chief Justice John Roberts change his vote in the Obamacare case? Court observers were speculating about that possibility almost as soon as the five-to-four decision upholding the law came down on Thursday. And now it looks like Roberts really did switch.
Life In Ohio, A Continuing Series
June 13, 2011
The numerous Ohio parents who named their children after Buckeye football coach Jim Tressel do not seem to express any regret now that Tressel has resigned in disgrace over a mushrooming scandal: Hearing a discussion play out on sports radio, 4-year-old Tressel Huffines wondered aloud to his father: "Why are they talking bad about me, Daddy?" The chatter, of course, centered on the man for whom the boy is named: Jim Tressel, who resigned as Ohio State football coach on Memorial Day. The younger Huffines, a database of state birth records shows, is one of 20 Ohio newborns given the moniker Tres
Does Racism Hurt The GOP?
June 06, 2011
David Frum points out the obvious racial incitement on the Drudge report: I've heard Republicans in private deplore the racial incitement that too often substitutes for conservative talk.
Where's the Air Conditioning?
May 31, 2011
With a heat wave rolling across the country, it comes as little surprise that "portable air conditioners" is currently trending on Google. After a relatively cool spring in many parts of the country, Memorial Day weekend saw temperatures into the 90s in many parts of the southern and eastern United States. No heat-related deaths have been reported yet, but cities are already reviewing their plans to deal with the heat. One of the more controversial aspects of heat waves, sadly, is that certain parts of cities see higher mortality rates than others.
Looking at ‘Pockets’ of Transit Accessibility
May 27, 2011
with Louis Liss After nearly two years of compiling and analyzing transit data from across the country, our recent paper, Missed Opportunity: Transit and Jobs in Metropolitan America, analyzes how many jobs are accessible by public transportation--be it bus, train, boat, funicular, anything--in ninety minutes.
A Healthy Memorial Day Barbecue
May 26, 2011
In the United States, Memorial Day is this Monday, May 30. First observed a few years after the Civil War, in honor of Civil War veterans, the day only became a remembrance of all those who have died in American wars after World War I. In 1971, after a century as an unofficial holiday, Congress designated Memorial Day a national holiday. Besides memorializing fallen soldiers, Memorial Day also functions as an unofficial start to summer in the United States, with many families and organizations holding Memorial Day barbecues.
... and the dog ceased his barking. I actually began to weep softly only when the siren stopped. It was 11 a.m., Monday, and for two minutes all Israel—but not, I admit, its Arabs—ceased what they were doing and stood, quietly, introspectively, in camaraderie and in remembrance. This was Yom Hazikaron, the memorial day for the Jewish state and the Jewish nation. Ceremonies were held throughout the country—a tiny country, I do not hesitate to remind you—for whose survival 22,867 soldiers had fallen in battle since 1948.
Hold It Right There
July 10, 2010
The most amazing thing happened in Washington this week: A confirmation process moved forward. It happened when Elena Kagan, President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court, appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee. There were opening statements, first by the senators and then by Kagan. Next, there were questions. Republicans frequently indicated their displeasure with Kagan; many hinted at their intention to vote against her.
My Heart vs. My Bones
June 06, 2010
The last time I deliberately didn’t watch a big soccer match was just over a quarter of a century ago—May 18, 1985. That day, in the living room of our house in England, Dad sat on the edge of his seat as Kevin Moran became the first player in the history of FA Cup finals to be sent off. Manchester United, his (and my) beloved team, were doomed, surely…. Then, in extra time, Norman Whiteside, a Wayne Rooney of his day who had just turned 20, scored a magnificent solo goal in extra time to give United the trophy. Me? I was in my bedroom, listening to “Hearts and Bones,” by Paul Simon.