The United States Navy SEALs’ triumph with two significant feats for the world community may cause an end to international terrorism.
First, Osama bin Laden was killed in his compound at Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 2. Second and equally significant was the Navy Seals’ exposure of Pakistan’s duplicity in harboring bin Laden for nearly ten years inside Pakistan. In doing so, Pakistan was in breach of the trust and a mutual bargain which was struck between the United Sates and Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf in
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The United States Navy SEALs’ triumph with two significant feats for the world community may cause an end to international terrorism.
by guest blogger Maya Rodale
Scandalbroth, according to Obsolete Word of the Day, is an old name for tea. But it’s also a “reference to tea as the beverage of choice while the woman-folk sat around and gossiped” (that is, before cosmopolitans became popular). As an author of historical romance novels set in the Regency period (England, about 1810-1820), it was only a matter of time before I encountered this weird word.
I love it. In one word, it’s a beverage, an activity, and a stereotype about women (“sat around and gossiped and drank
Technically, the federal government has now reached the limit of its capacity to borrow money.
Raising the debt ceiling used to be a technical adjustment, made almost automatically. Now it’s a political football.
Democrats should never have agreed to linking it to an agreement on the long-term budget deficit.
But now that the debt ceiling is in play, there’s no end to what the radical right will demand. John Boehner is already using the classic “they’re making me” move, seemingly helpless in the face of Tea Party storm troopers who refuse to raise the ceiling unless they get their way. Their way is reactionary and regressive — eviscerating Medicare, cutting Medicaid and programs for the poor, slashing education and infrastructure, and using most of the savings to reduce taxes on the rich.
If the only issue were cutting the federal deficit by four or five trillion dollars over the next ten years, the President and Democrats wouldn’t have to cave in to this
Wow, this is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s most embarrassing pregnancy since Junior. On the other hand, this could be considered the Governator’s single most Kennedy-esque moment yet. But I suppose it’s like Arnold always said, it’s so good to find a staff that makes you hard. Mark this Cal-i-fornian down as Team Maria.
WOULD I LIE TO YOU? – The Eurythmics
WHO ARE YOU WHEN I’M NOT LOOKING – Blake Shelton
ALWAYS THE LAST TO KNOW – Del Amitri
I HATE YOU BIG DADDY – Dewey Cox
CHEATIN’ – Gin Blossoms
UNFAITHFUL – Rihanna
THIS LOVE WILL BE YOUR DOWNFALL – Ellie Goulding
BUST YOUR WINDOWS – Jazmine Sullivan
GIVE ME EVERYTHING – Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo
FORGET YOU – Cee Lo
LIVING LOVING MAID (SHE’S JUST A WOMAN) – Led Zeppelin
BORN THIS WAY – Lady Gaga
HOW LONG (BETCHA GOT A CHICK ON THE SIDE) – Pointer Sisters
DADDY’S COME HOME – Gary
It was a primitive form of surgery. Almost 10 years ago, the United States and its allies stuck a knife deep into Afghanistan in an attempt to remove two malignancies — al Qaeda and the Taliban. One of those, Osama bin Laden’s crew, is nearly gone. The Taliban, after going into remission for a brief period, has come back.
The knife remains in the patient.
With bin Laden gone, the debate has intensified: What to do with the knife? The generals want to keep it in
I was on hand Monday night in Berlin with Angela Merkel and a tent full of luminaries to hear Bill Clinton give former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl the night of his life, making a case for him as hands-down the most important European statesman of the second half of the 20th Century. Not to dismiss Kohl’s flaws or failures, but all in all I say Bill Clinton is right.
Kohl, 81, once so robust that his eating (and girth) were staples of TV comedians in Germany, looked waxy and weak, age and a litany of health problems giving him the look of a man whose obituaries we are going to be reading sooner rather than later. Kohl may not have much time left, but whatever time he does have will be suffused with pride based on the eloquent tribute Clinton paid to him on the occasion of Kohl being presented with the American Academy’s Henry
Happy Tuesday everyone, here’s my Top 5 for May 17, 2011 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
* Oh joy. An appeals court keeps the NFL lockout in place.
* Remember that terrible Red Sox start? They now have one more win than the Yankees.
* K.C. pitcher Vin Mazzaro gave up a Major League record 14 runs in 2 1/3 innings in a 19-1 loss to first place
Leave Michele Bachmann alone!!!
(Thank you, Internet Crying Guy… I’ll take it from here.)
Okay, so Bachmann got a few things wrong. So the Founders didn’t abolish slavery until half a century after they died. But don’t you think those ghosts of Jefferson and Franklin and Adams scared those Johnny Rebs, making swords float around and spooking the horses?
And yes, the shot heard ’round the world was not actually loud enough to be heard in Concord, New Hampshire, because it happened down in
“Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, welcome to the greatest show on Earth!” My guess is that most of your thoughts take you straight to the memories you have been given by the Ringling Brothers and P. T. Barnum. When the ringmaster with the deep booming voice speaks those words under the big top, you know you are in for a special
It occurred to me recently that there are people on this earth who don’t know how to roast a chicken.
I find that remarkable because of all the many different things that I’ve cooked over the years, nothing is more simple or more satisfying than a roast chicken dinner. There are so many good reasons to know how to roast a chicken, I’m compelled to list them with little bullet points:
If you took a whole chicken out of the plastic, removed the organs (if they’re in there), patted it dry with paper towels, sprinkled it generously with salt and pepper, stuck it in an oven-proof skillet (preferably cast iron) and popped it into a 425 degree oven, you would have a beautiful, bronzed bird ready for dinner in one hour. That’s all you have to do to roast a
A 2006 cartoon in The New Yorker shows parents ordering their adolescent son to go to his room until his cerebral cortex matures. This nicely illustrates how we have come to think about adolescents.
Specifically, the cartoon illustrates at least five assumptions about adolescents and their brains: (1) adolescents are categorically different from adults; (2) adolescents are less rational than adults; (3) adolescent cognition and behavior are explained by their teenage brains; (4) adolescent brain development is a maturational process directed by genes; and (5) the outcome of that process is a state of maturity achieved in adulthood.
All of these assumptions are false. Let me be clear: I am not just saying we do not have sufficient evidence to support some of these claims. I am saying we have plenty of evidence with regard to all of them, and the evidence shows them all to be
You’re an attractive person in a loving, committed, happy relationship. Still, there is temptation at every turn. At the grocery store, the cute person at the checkout line smiles at you with a raised eyebrow. You strike up a flirtatious conversation, and this person asks for your
It’s not every day that a brilliant Indian-American chef who works in a Mexican restaurant can produce a world-class Southern dish. But such is the case with Akthar Nawab, who is from Kentucky and knows his chicken fried steak. Akhtar’s work at La Esquina, by the way, is really something.
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I think fashion is silly. Not just silly – ridiculous. When it comes to Fashion Week and all the hoopla surrounding it, I’m of the Hans Christian Anderson school: It’s all The Emperor’s New Clothes.
So I found the clothing and design part of L’amour fou, an intriguing documentary about Yves Saint Laurent and his longtime partner Pierre Berge that’s now in limited release, to be less interesting than filmmaker Pierre Thoretton’s framing device: Berge’s oversight of the disposal of his and Saint Laurent’s massive collection of art and antiques and the story of Saint Laurent’s struggles over the years with depression, alcohol and drugs.
Well, OK – there were a handful of fashions that made me think: I see where this became something that women everywhere wore. More often, I thought what I always think when I see the runway circus at a fashion show: Who would ever actually wear that crap?
Yes, I know – it’s not fashion, it’s
Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has acknowledged he fathered a child with a member of his household staff more than 10 years ago.
"After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago," Mr Schwarzenegger said in a statement.
Earlier this month the former actor and his wife Maria Shriver said they were separating after 25 years of marriage.
Ms Shriver moved out of their Los Angeles mansion earlier in the year.
In his statement, Mr Schwarzenegger said: "I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family."
He and Ms Shriver have four children together between the ages of 14 and 21.
The 63-year-old former governor has maintained a high public profile and worked to revive his movie career since finishing a seven-year run as California governor in
T-Bone Walker called it “Stormy Monday” in his electric blues masterpiece. ER physicians and hospital personnel know it as “Black Monday,” the day of the week when more heart attack victims check in than any other day of the week. The prospect of another week of job pressures triggers a myocardial infarction and a trip to the emergency room. Monday is not the favorite day of the week for most of
After attending the Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco last week, I’m starting to feel as if the company is trying to become all things to all people.
With its Android phones and tablets, Google is competing with Apple. With its Chromebook laptops, it’s competing with Microsoft. Google Voice is competing against Sprint, AT&T, Verizon and now Microsoft, which just acquired Skype.
Google Maps has practically put traditional map makers out of business, and now that it’s on smartphones, it’s having an impact on the sale aftermarket and factory-installed navigation devices. Google TV is trying to compete with set-top box
With all the attention on marriages these days (the Royal Wedding, Newt Gingrich and wife No. 3, Mitch Daniels and his happy remarriage to his ex, and so on) shouldn’t we be paying more attention to one very troubled marriage: the one between the American public and our teachers?
No doubt it’s troubled, but can this marriage be saved?
Like any long-married couple, teachers and the public have been fighting off and on for years–in their case for more than 150 years! To me, that’s a good sign. After all, fights are evidence of passion, and there’s no way this particular marriage will ‘drown in still water.’ But just because the two still care for each other, and for their 50 million children, that’s not enough to keep them together.
Because it’s the 50 million children who are being hurt by the vicious fighting.
I don’t believe in ‘staying together for the sake of the children’ if the marriage is toxic, so let’s examine the facts.
Teachers are acutely sensitive to any perceived slight, which is, for me, strong evidence of just how delicate the situation is. Last week we reported on PBS NewsHour on “Last In, First Out,” focusing on Hartford, Connecticut:
It’s a nuanced piece of reporting by my colleague John Tulenko and producer Audrey Baker, but judging by the reaction of some teachers, you’d think we worked for Fox and were being paid by the Koch
If you haven’t already discovered him on your own, let me introduce you to my new friend Daniel Klein, the chef and star behind web series cult favorite, The Perennial Plate (ThePerennialPlate.com). This young lad does it all; he forages, he hunts, he fishes, he cooks. His skills take him from terrine’s to ceviches, from homemade ice cream frozen in the snow to braised squirrel — all in the pursuit of socially responsible, adventurous eating. And lucky for us, he is also a gifted filmmaker too.
A graduate of NYU, Klein made a sharp left turn into the kitchens of some of the worlds best restaurants including Bouchon, The Fat Duck, Craft and
David Valdes Greenwood Making Marriage Cool Again Divorce Rates and the Real Effect of SameSex Marriage
By David Valdes Greenwood
Seven years ago today, the first same-sex nuptials were legalized in Massachusetts, occasioning reactions that ran the gamut from teary-eyed joy to furious disbelief. Soon after, my husband and I adopted a baby girl, and have busied ourselves ever since with things like teaching her to walk and to write the alphabet. Outside our domestic bubble, the airwaves have been thick with dire warnings from preachers and politicos who argue that marriages like ours will soon cause the collapse of the entire institution, leaving behind an amoral world of incest and bestiality. But the passage of time has not only defied these predictions; it has proved the opposite to be true: marriage has gotten
When I speak to people these days, I am struck by how overwhelmed and busy we are all feeling. It seems as though our responsibilities keep mounting, as do the constant inputs that can now reach us 24 hours a day, through emails, the Internet, our cell phones, Facebook messages and more. The combination of a sense of too much to do combined with too much coming at us can leave us feeling stressed and drained. I should know, with a new book out, two kids, and all my work from my freelance writing career and running two web sites – my to-do list and email in-box seem
Wal-Mart has reported a rise in three-month profits despite an eighth consecutive quarterly fall in US sales.
The world's biggest retailer reported net profit of $3.4bn (£2.1bn) for the three months to the end of April, up 3% from the same period last year.
International sales rose 11.5% but same-store sales in the US fell 1.1% in the
Pressure is mounting on Dominique Strauss-Kahn to step down as head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Austrian finance minister Maria Fekter called on him to consider his position.
Meanwhile, her Spanish counterpart, Elana Salgado, gave her support for the victim of his alleged sexual assault.
Mr Strauss-Kahn has been remanded in custody at New York's notorious Rikers Island jail, following his arrest on Saturday for the attempted rape of a hotel maid.
He was arrested after boarding a plane, prompting the judge to say that Mr Strauss-Kahn, 62, was a flight risk.
He faces seven charges and could be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison.
Mr Strauss-Kahn, who had been seen as a favourite in France's 2012 presidential elections, denies the charges.
The defence offered to post $1m (£617,000) bail, with Mr Strauss-Kahn to stay at his daughter's address in New York until the next hearing on Friday. However, Judge Melissa Jackson rejected the application.
‘Very serious accusations’
"I don't comment on judicial matters," said Ms Fekter. "But in view of the situation, that bail has been refused, he himself must deliberate on whether he is hurting the institution."
Charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn
- Criminal sexual act in the first degree, two counts (maximum sentence 25 years)
- Attempted rape in the first degree, one count (up to 15 years)
- Sexual abuse in the first degree, one count (up to seven years)
- Unlawful imprisonment in the second degree, one count (up to one year)
- Forcible touching, one count (up to one year)
- Sexual abuse in the third degree, one count (up to three months)
Source: New York County District Attorney's Office
The Spanish finance minister added her voice, saying that the IMF head faced "very serious accusations" but that any resignation "is only a decision that Mr Strauss-Kahn can
Broadway's troubled Spider-Man musical has performed well since reopening in a reworked version after a three-week break, box office figures have shown.
According to data released on Monday, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has played at 95% capacity since reopening its doors on Thursday.
The latest version of the show will have its official opening on 14 June.
The show has been dogged by accidents and technical hitches since it first began previewing in