Lisa W. Foderaro's page one story in
today's New York Times, "Private Moment
Made Public, Then a Fatal Jump," demonstrates how society's increasing
reliance on fuzzy, politically correct ways of analyzing current events make
national public discourse if not less intelligent, then certainly more idiotic.
Foderaro's absurd take on the Rutgers student,
whose tragic suicide came three days after the secret webcam recording and
broadcasting of his sexual encounter with a male, is evident in the fourth
graf of her story, where she refers to "the online posting of hurtful
I nearly jumped out of my chair this past Saturday morning when, reading the morning's New York Times over espresso and trying to steel myself for the upcoming Glenn Beck speech on the anniversary of the Martin Luther King "I have a dream" speech (which I witnessed in person and reported on for a New Jersey newspaper), I came across the following sentence on Page One in Eric Lichtblau's piece "Financier’s Largess Shows G.
Nearly a month ago, HARVEY SILVERGLATE explained why an ELENA KAGAN nomination should give civil-liberties defenders pause. Now that Obama has nominated the former Harvard law dean, Silverglate's article contains the most detailed analysis yet published of Kagan's judicial philosophy. He writes:
On matters of executive authority — where the
judicial branch has been a vital bulwark against post-9/11 “war on
terror” civil-liberties violations — Kagan’s record indicates an
ideological departure from Justice Stevens, who authored watershed
detainee-rights opinions and organized the five-justice majorities that
struck down other Bush administration power grabs.