Phew, what a weekend!

As I write this, protests have gone on and are being planned all over the country (including one scheduled by CAIR at  Bradley International Airport here in Connecticut) over an executive order signed by the Republican president on Friday night. (This is an old hat trick used by despots everywhere — do  your dirty work […]

The sad case of Esteban Santiago-Ruiz

The gunman at Fort Lauderdale’s airport had psychiatric problems, and the symptoms seem to have started after he was deployed to Iraq. Some researchers point to a link between combat stress and violence at home. But other research says there isn’t such a direct link between the two. Santiago-Ruiz killed five people in Florida, and now faces the […]

This is too beautiful not to share

Karim Wasfi, who conducts the Iraqi National Symphony, sat down amid the rubble after a car bomb to play an impromptu concert. About his timing and location, Wasfi said this: “It’s about reaching out to people exactly where someone had experienced something so grotesque and ugly earlier,” Wasfi said in an interview. “The spot where […]

What IS it about the Iraq war that makes people lie?

“Conflating” one’s war record has a fine tradition in American culture, but it certainly does cheapen the experiences of people who actually do go into harm’s way. An internal investigation has been started at NBC, and Williams will step down from his job temporarily. Funny thing is, NBC’s Brian Williams is not the first to […]