One could argue that a 10-year sentence for the horrific act of attempting to blow up a bridge is too light a sentence. But in the case that has come to be known as the Cleveland 4, one would be dead wrong.
Jason Hammond is charged with participating in the assault against white supremacists who were attending the 5th annual White Nationalist Economic Summit and Illinois White Nationalist Meet-and-Greet in Tinley Park, Ill.
The pattern of using grand juries as secret forums to ask activists what organizations they belong to, who they associate with and to scrutinize their political beliefs on the basis of "Americanism" closely parallels the hearings held by the House Subcommittee on Unamerican Activities.
The lack of reference to American historical precedent over the last two centuries, which is replete with similar instances of mass violence and bombings resulting from unabated reverence for political and/or religious teachings, incorrectly builds the significance of the Boston bombings.
The president has to hold firm, even if that means shutting down government for a spell. Perhaps then the mainstream Republican Party will expel the radicals and proclaim they are not against government, in general.
Today, on the second anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution, the "Black Bloc" tactic of protest is on the streets of Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt - on the front lines of clashes with security forces, stirring up debate among activists amid clouds of tear gas and a frenzy of tweets.
The stagnation thesis is interesting; at the very least it forces us to revisit and question how we attempt to further exploit nature and how this process, innovation, really occurs. But to base it all on a feeling of disappointment, based on childhood fantasies, is a bit rich.
You didn't stop war, end capitalism, or even get close to the NATO summit. All you did was attract more riot police to an otherwise peaceful event, leading to kettlings, beatings and arrests. Way to go.
"Jack and the Beanstalk" is a story about how Jack and a terrible ogre finally compromise, learning to live together because they fear one another too much to risk doing otherwise. A similar hope of compromise is what lies at the heart of Greek voters.
I have become keenly aware that deliberately overheated rhetoric and pernicious public speech by our national leaders tacitly grants permission for the weak minded and mentally ill to commit atrocities.
WikiLeaks' self-acclaimed leader, Julian Assange is the new rebel with a cause, and a computer. In fact, he might be a geek gone wild, a techno-hero hacker, or just the smartest, damn businessman we've ever encountered.