There's a new false equivalence -- "Sure, GOP gone overboard in anti-Muslim rhetoric, but Obama's tone is too defensive." Reagan and Cooke actually reach consensus how to combine "both sides" and what this scare will mean for 2016. Answer: No October surprise, but October inevitability when GOP yells that: "The X are coming!" (fill in blank).
Donald Trump's toxic comments about immigrants and women are completely counter to the spirit of my late husband Gene Kelly. Not only would Gene be appalled by Trump's deplorable words and actions, he would be stricken that such depravity could be tolerated in a race for President of the United States.
Although the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has repeatedly pledged to comply with various Human Rights conventions, it nonetheless repeatedly has trampled the basic human rights of Waleed and others who are now languishing in Saudi prisons with crippling sentences of 15, 20 and 30 years.
Long before I ever set foot in an actual, working newsroom, I was a sucker for movies and TV shows about journalism and reporter. If you haven't already heard, to the list of superb movies about the trade, you can now add Spotlight.
So my extremely occasional blog, "Altercation" has migrated here. I use it largely to follow up on things that I couldn't include in my Nation columns and write about music, books, theater, etc, but mostly music.
"People are realizing that the Middle East is not a big mysterious region where everyone is the same. Countries and people are different from one place to another. Persia is a very different place than the 'Arab world,' and the Arab world doesn't mean anything either, because life is very different between let's say Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. People need to talk about themselves and their lives. The comic expression is dynamic and the best medium for this."
I am not writing this piece to attack The Daily Beast for irresponsible journalism. I'm not writing this to defend NIAC either, though The Daily Beast's lies throughout the article about NIAC are deeply upsetting. I am writing to set the record straight about my dear friend, Siamak Namazi.
Carson, Cruz, Trump, Christie and Huckabee (and to a lesser extent Rubio) all seem to be competing for the role of "the acceptable face" of outright racism and xenophobia when it comes to African blacks and Muslim refugees.
No one twists facts to suit theories quite like Donald Trump, who spoke with MSNBC on Monday morning about the possibility of shutting down U.S. mosques in light of the Paris attacks.
Hands up -- who changed a Facebook pic to show solidarity with Paris? Raged about the barbarity of the gunmen? Or even, for those "tragedy hipsters" among us, bemoaned the relative indifference of Westerners to other brutal attacks in Lebanon, Kenya and now Nigeria? What about the World Food Programme's confirmation -- for the umpteenth time -- that 1 in 3 North Korean children is stunted due to malnutrition? Anyone?
Here's an idea. This Thursday, let's have a national day of feasting specifically designed to celebrate the most famous batch of undocumented immigrants ever to plant themselves in the land that we call America. That would be the Pilgrims.