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Cultural relativism devalues non-American lives

Cultural relativism devalues non-American lives

April 9, 2013
Filed under Editor's Picks, Exclude From Homepage List, OPINION

That familiar communal experience of tuning into the nightly news, never failing to revel in its documentation of the end of human lives, shows more from the reaction it garners than from the actual content. Just like in the movies, we (the audience) glorify murder when it’s done to “bad guys” and ... Read more »

Like most issues, Sandy Hook catalyzes a debate when it’s too late

Like most issues, Sandy Hook catalyzes a debate when it’s too late

January 17, 2013
Filed under OPINION

I was a wreck the day of the Sandy Hook massacre. I broke down. I imagine most of the country was going through much of the same. And as we collectively began to pick up the pieces, we vowed that something had to change. People had reached their tipping point. We hadn’t after Columbine or Virginia Tech... Read more »

FISA Amendment Act overlooked by public, grants government too much power

FISA Amendment Act overlooked by public, grants government too much power

December 29, 2012
Filed under OPINION

I watched CSPAN2 Thursday morning. I wasn’t sick. I wasn’t playing a drinking game. And I’m not turned on by monotonous politispeak masqueraded as sagacity. Rather, I was interested in how debate would proceed concerning the reauthorization of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments... Read more »

AJ Smith: the conductor

AJ Smith: the conductor

December 13, 2012
Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, FEATURES

Ten-year-old AJ Smith was sitting on the floor of his home armed with a poster board, markers and an idea. His new album cover was almost ready. It didn’t seem to matter that no album existed. He wrote down the titles of songs he had not yet written. “You have to start somewhere,” he said. That... Read more »

New Year’s resolutions are pointless

New Year’s resolutions are pointless

December 11, 2012
Filed under OPINION

Live BlogWhen the Huxleyan soma-holiday of 2012’s glorious recollection slips away into oblivion at the drop of a silver ball and a drunken chorus of “Auld Lang Syne,” 2013 New Year’s resolutions will officially be underway. And so long as the Mayanbuy viagras didn’t have very attuned powers of revelation... Read more »

NY Post report silences students' study of terrorism

NY Post report silences students' study of terrorism

November 6, 2012
Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, OPINION

Last week a report from The New York Post lambasted a graduate class in the School for Continuing and Professional Studies at NYU. The report was originally kept exclusive, probably because no self-respecting journalistic venue would ever dream of publishing it. The class, Transnational Terrorism, is... Read more »

Top five election tunes

October 26, 2012
Filed under ARTS, Exclude From Homepage List

“Born in the U.S.A.” — Bruce Springstein “Rockin’ in the Free World” — Neil Young “Chicken Fried” — Zac Brown Band “Pink Houses” — John Mellancamp “Party in the U.S.A.” — Miley Cyrus A version of this article appeared in the O... Read more »

Final debate lacks substance, expertise

Final debate lacks substance, expertise

October 23, 2012
Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, OPINION

Election 2012 is a horse race. And by turning on their televisions last night, millions of Americans entered the stable, where they were promptly greeted by the overwhelming stench of modern-day presidential debates. The foulness stemmed from the evident disconnect on display, not between Obama and Romney,... Read more »

Democrat or Republican: Are either the right choice?

Democrat or Republican: Are either the right choice?

September 25, 2012
Filed under Exclude From Homepage List, OPINION

I submitted my absentee ballot last week, but I did not vote for Barack Obama, the candidate I canvassed for in 2008, or Mitt Romney, his Republican counterpart. And every time I tell somebody that, I’m asked, “Why would you throw away your vote like that?” You would think I was writing in  Kris... Read more »

Complicated relationship between hip-hop and derogatory language

Complicated relationship between hip-hop and derogatory language

September 14, 2012
Filed under OPINION

Last week, Kanye West lit up Twitter with an introspective rant about the word “bitch” and the palatability of its use when the motive is endearing. He mused that perhaps hip-hop conditioned us to think about this word differently; defending his own frequent use. Over the summer, singer Frank... Read more »

Political polls detrimental to political process

Political polls detrimental to political process

September 6, 2012
Filed under OPINION

Electoral polls were created with somebody like me in mind. Yes, I’m that politics junkie with an unhealthy obsession with statistical gratification that will support my own views, who craves the latest information about how the world thinks, whom others support and what tides are rolling in on the... Read more »

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