vendredi 28 février 2014
"I am a biology professor, not a lawyer, and I had never considered bringing a gun to work until now. But since many of my students are likely to be armed, I thought it would be a good idea to even the playing field.
I have had encounters with disgruntled students over the years, some of whom seemed quite upset, but I always assumed that when they reached into their backpacks they were going for a pencil. Since I carry a pen to lecture, I did not feel outgunned; and because there are no working sharpeners in the lecture hall, the most they could get off is a single point. But now that we’ll all be packing heat, I would like legal instruction in the rules of classroom engagement.
At present, the harshest penalty available here at Boise State is expulsion, used only for the most heinous crimes, like cheating on Scantron exams. But now that lethal force is an option, I need to know which infractions may be treated as de facto capital crimes.
I assume that if a student shoots first, I am allowed to empty my clip; but given the velocity of firearms, and my aging reflexes, I’d like to be proactive. For example, if I am working out a long equation on the board and several students try to correct me using their laser sights, am I allowed to fire a warning shot?
"Obama’s belief in American values isn’t entirely rhetorical; he will sometimes place ideals above interests, though rarely when the two collide. He seems unmoved by the triumphalism that animated George W. Bush’s foreign policy, in part because he sees the bloody, futile legacy it left in the sands of Iraq—but also because it’s just not his style. During his first presidential campaign, when he said he had “enormous sympathy” for the foreign policy of President George H.W. Bush and his national security adviser Brent Scowcroft—ultimate realists—many thought Obama was just taking a whack at his predecessor, H.W.’s son. Maybe he was, but he also meant it. Perhaps more than any president since Dwight Eisenhower, Obama defines the national interest narrowly and acts accordingly. And in following this course, he has been much more successful than his critics allow. In fact, his deepest failures have occurred when he has veered off his path."
jeudi 27 février 2014
"Kerry Kennedy testified in her own defense at her drugged driving trial Wednesday – wasting no time invoking her assassinated “daddy” Robert F. Kennedy.
“Daddy was the attorney general during the civil rights movement, and then a senator,” Kennedy told a six-person Westchester jury in the misdemeanor case, which is set to reach deliberations Thursday.
“I have 10 brothers and sisters. My mother raised us because my father died when I was 8,” the 54-year-old said, her voice shaky as she explained why she grew up in Virginia.
“He was assassinated while running for president,” she added.
Ethel Kennedy, 85, was in court as Kerry revived the memory of her late husband’s shooting in 1968, as were Kerry’s daughter Michaela and sisters Rory Kennedy and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the former lieutenant governor of Maryland.
"Joe Biden in winter is still basically a happy warrior, but the past couple years have been a struggle for both relevance and leverage—a fight largely hidden from public view, between the presidential dreams he can’t quite relinquish and the shrinking parameters of a job he described to me as derivative, borrowed and “totally reflective of the president’s power.”
Almost all White House partnerships deteriorate in the end, undone by diverging politics, festering policy disputes—or simply human fatigue amid the strains of trying to turn what is inevitably a shotgun marriage into a love match. Bill Clinton and Al Gore were barely on speaking terms by the time the disputed 2000 election came around, with Gore furious at Clinton’s sexual indiscretions and Clinton appalled at Gore’s lame political skills. Even the celebrated team of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney came unraveled by the final few years, as Bush abandoned the hawkish policies of his veep and turned to a more conciliatory set of advisers.
How does this one end?
When we talk, Biden tells me he’ll respond by embracing “my guy” Obama even harder, but it’s clear he could use his guy to reciprocate: Over the past year, Harry Reid, the ornery Senate majority leader, has elbowed Biden out of the budget process he dominated not so long ago, and the White House seems OK with that. There was even the report last fall, over-torqued but nonetheless embarrassing, that Obama’s team had mused about booting Biden off the 2012 ticket in favor of Hillary Clinton. As if that wasn’t bad enough, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates has taken it as his own personal mission to dismantle Biden’s elder statesman status, declaring in his recent memoir that Biden had been “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”
mercredi 26 février 2014
"Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced Wednesday that she has vetoed SB 1062, the controversial bill that has been criticized as discriminatory towards gays and lesbians, saying the measure, “has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve.”
“Senate Bill 1062 does not address a specific or present concern related to religious liberty in Arizona,” Brewer told reporters during a press conference Wednesday evening. “The bill is broadly worded and could result in unintended and negative consequences.”
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Canadien combattant pour les États-Unis, mort en France et enterré avec les Allemands: un mystère de la Deuxième Guerre Mondiale
Une histoire absolument fascinante qui nous rappelle le sort de nombreux soldats pendant une guerre. Tous les hommes morts au combat ne reviennent pas à la maison et on perd parfois la trace de certains d'entre eux. Le corps de Lawrence S. Gordon n'a été retrouvé que 70 ans après sa mort...
"The seven-decade-long mystery of a Saskatchewan-born Second World War soldier who was mistakenly buried with Nazi soldiers appears to have been solved.
DNA testing of the remains indicate they are indeed those of Lawrence S. Gordon of Eastend, Sask., who was a private first class in the U.S. Army. He was missing and presumed dead after a battle in France in 1944.
After his armoured vehicle was destroyed by a German shell, his body was never found.
His family wrote repeatedly to the U.S. government seeking more information, but was frustrated every time.
Family members, aided by historians and well-wishers, never gave up. They eventually tracked his suspected remains to a cemetery in Normandy, France, that's administered by the German government.
Bish récupère la célèbre toile d'Emanuel Leutze (1851), Washington crossing the Delaware.
"In a blog post, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner released the new number of signups through the state and federal exchanges. But she provided few details and no demographic breakdown, such as the number of young adults who have signed up or the percentage who have paid their premiums. Tavenner said health officials continue to see “strong demand nationwide” and that more than 12 million calls have come into the federal call center since the fall.
“Our outreach efforts are in full force with community partners and local officials participating in hundreds of events each week and enrollment assistors are helping more and more people enroll in coverage,” she wrote.
Tavenner’s post says a more complete report will be released in mid-March. Open enrollment for 2014 coverage ends March 31.
The administration and its allies are stepping up outreach efforts with five weeks left to go in the signup season.
mardi 25 février 2014
"The proposal, released on Monday, takes into account the fiscal reality of government austerity and the political reality of a president who pledged to end two costly and exhausting land wars. A result, the officials argue, will be a military capable of defeating any adversary, but too small for protracted foreign occupations.
Officials who saw an early draft of the announcement acknowledge that budget cuts will impose greater risk on the armed forces if they are again ordered to carry out two large-scale military actions at the same time: Success would take longer, they say, and there would be a larger number of casualties. Officials also say that a smaller military could invite adventurism by adversaries.
“You have to always keep your institution prepared, but you can’t carry a large land-war Defense Department when there is no large land war,” a senior Pentagon official said.
"Edwin M. Lee, the mayor of San Francisco, began his career as a lawyer fighting for public housing tenants in the city’s Chinatown and likes to think of himself as a champion for those who are struggling.
But with his city flourishing and dotted with construction cranes and tech start-ups, he finds himself in an unexpected position: backed by the city’s new and powerful technology elite, and condemned by housing advocates who accuse him of aggravating a shortage of affordable units and making life difficult for middle-class residents increasingly anxious about rising prices.
Perhaps nowhere in America is the debate over income inequality being carried out as fiercely as in San Francisco, where the technology industry’s success has led to a roaring economy, social disruption and widespread protests.
“Probably 25 years ago I would have been in this cultural war on the advocacy side,” Mr. Lee, a Democrat, said in a recent interview, describing himself as “a little bit” surprised by the intensity of the anger.
“When I represented tenants in Chinatown, it was a cultural war about low-income seniors and immigrant families trying to make the city respect them,” he said. “Fix the elevators in public housing, fix the lights. Some of the advocates remind me that we’ve got to keep paying attention to this, because there is poverty in the city. There are people struggling.”
"“I have gay friends and we have great relationships when it comes down to respecting each other,” he said. “It’s not something you choose to be. It’s not like, ‘I want to be a baseball player,’ or, ‘I want to be a basketball player.’ It’s something you’re born with and everybody needs to accept that. Hey, look, the way I see things, I love people the way they are. Especially if you are honest with yourself. You know what I’m saying?
“It’s the (expletive) 21st century man. Get over it.”
lundi 24 février 2014
"“That’s a decision I have to make along with my wife of 30 years, and she’s a tough one to convince,” Patrick said. Prodded further, the former Justice Department official responded: “Let’s just see what time tells.”
Only the second African-American elected governor of a U.S. state, Patrick gave a blockbuster speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention declaring it was “time for Democrats to stiffen our backbone and stand up for what we believe.”
As Mitt Romney’s successor in the Massachusetts governor’s office, Patrick was a top surrogate for President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign. He returned to the national spotlight last year under grimmer circumstances, as the chief executive of a terror-stricken state after the bombing of the Boston Marathon.
"The committee got its wish, Russia got its Games and now Sochi is at risk of becoming a gold-rush town that just ran out of gold. A recent report by Moody’s Investors Service said that the area would need to double its flow of visitors, to at least five million a year, to keep the hotels full. That is highly unlikely. Real estate companies estimate that occupancy rates could fall to between 35 percent and 40 percent after the Games, the report said.
It is unclear where additional tourists will come from. Like many hoteliers here, Brian Gleeson, the general manager of the Radisson Blue Beach Resort and Spa, is not looking to the United States market, and he has written off Europeans for at least a year. Americans and Europeans have vacation options closer to home, in countries that will not require them to obtain a visa to enter.
“What we need to do is focus on getting the home market up and running,” Gleeson said on a recent afternoon. “That’s 145 million people, and we need to get very creative about giving those people a reason to choose Sochi.”
dimanche 23 février 2014
To be fair, gay or straight, Collins might have been out of the league this season anyway. Collins -- as the aforementioned numbers indicate -- is in the winter of his career. He can still defend and sets screens like a brick wall, but those aren't good enough reasons to fork over $1.4 million -- the veterans minimum, a portion of which is picked up by the NBA -- for a player with no real future to sit on the end of the bench. Second-round picks can do that.
But Collins stayed sharp, stayed positive, stayed in shape and now he is back now, with the Nets -- an organization he played 6 ½ seasons for when the franchise was located in New Jersey -- playing with Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce (his teammates in Boston last season) and for Jason Kidd, his point guard in New Jersey. It's an ideal situation for Collins, who friends say declined training camp invitations because he wanted to go to a situation where he could contribute. The Nets didn't sign Collins for the publicity. They signed him because Glen Davis turned them down and they needed another big body for the stretch run. Collins impressed Nets officials during a workout in L.A. with assistant coach Eric Hughes, particularly with his conditioning. It was a basketball decision, the only kind Collins ever wanted made about him.
Collins is back, which transitions to that question that someday we will wonder why we ever had to ask: Is the NBA ready for him? "I think it's ready," Jazz forward Richard Jefferson, Collins' friend and former teammate in New Jersey, told SI.com. "I won't say it's not a big deal, because it takes courage to come out. But I don't care what anyone does in his off time. Jason is a great guy; there are a ton of bad guys in the NBA. I don't care what it is they do, either. The only time is if it affects me as an individual or affects us winning. Dennis Rodman was one of the most absurd players in the world, but he helped [the Bulls] win games, so Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen respected him. What he does is his business."
vendredi 21 février 2014
Caricature de JOHN DARKOW, COLUMBIA DAILY TRIBUNE, MISSOURI
La Liberté guidant le peuple, Eugène Delacroix, 1830