Fighting Words
  • Chris Christie

    Christie Re-Election Gets Monetary Boost, And Why You Should Fear Him

    In a delightful spot of news, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s re-election campaign has reportedly netted some big bucks. The “Chris Christie For Governor” campaign said in a Monday statement that nearly $6.2 million in funds from an “unprecedented” 14,260 contributors have come in since Christie announced his candidacy in November. “Governor Christie’s style of strong leadership continues to resonate and draw an unprecedented show of support for the Governor’s re-election from inside and outside of the state, and from across the donor spectrum,” William J. Palatucci, Christie for Governor Chairman, said.
  • Cultural Tensions and the Radicalization of Tamerlan Tsarnaev: An Immigrant's Take

    In the aftermath of any terrorist attack, the prevailing concern is to prevent future attacks. The next step is finding the root cause in order to understand why it happened in the first place. This is precisely the case in the most recent terrorist attack in the United States -- at the Boston Marathon on April 15. A crucial part of this particular process is figuring out who radicalized Tamerlan Tsarnaev, how and when he was radicalized, and how to prevent future radicalization of other would-be terrorists. Obviously, we’ll never be able to prevent all radicalization, but understanding what happened to Tamerlan will help us understand and, hopefully, ward off other attacks.
  • Bright red lipstick

    Turkish Airlines Bans Red Lipstick, Fears Of Islamization Abound

    In what appears to be the creeping Islamization of Turkey, at least that's the fear among secular Turks, Turkey's national airline has banned flight attendants from wearing red lipstick and nail polish because it "impairs visual integrity." .... Because it "impairs visual integrity." This new amendment to airline policy comes hot on the heels of a February proposal in dress code that would require flight attendants to wear ankle-length dresses and Ottoman-style caps; the uniforms have yet to be adopted.
  • Bloomberg Is Not Kanye West, Guys

    Mayor Bloomberg may have gone too far in his attack on stop and frisk critics and the news media, but likening him to Kanye West isn't getting us anywhere.
  • Mike Tyson Says He Was Better Off Under Bush, Reagan

    Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, who owes millions in back taxes, told Fox & Friends' Brian Kilmeade that he was a little more financially successful under the recent Republican administrations. "My wife, my family, I got one of the biggest liberal families in the world, but I had more money when Bush and Reagan was president," Tyson said with a laugh Friday, quickly adding: "I shouldn't have said that, my wife is going to kill me for that." To which Fox host Kilmeade responded: "Bush and Reagan had this idea that you should keep your money." "Yeah, I like that to work for me. I like that one. I'm going to work on that, too, with this Obama administration, hoping this Obamacare helps us keep some money."
  • Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

    Turkey Chums It Up With Gang Of Dictator States

    Turkey, annoyed with its 54-year-long wait for acceptance into the European Union, has signed up to partner with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, or SCO. Otherwise known as a gang of dictator states. Despite the abounding questions regarding this "perspective," and while Turkey may not be a "slave," one thing is certain: It has found itself with some interesting bedfellows -- the authoritarian regimes that comprise the SCO -- Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
  • The Sunil Tripathi Saga Is A Lesson About Social Media, Not Scanners

    How the Sunil Tripathi story got disseminated is more a lesson about the use of social media than it is about the use of police scanners.
  • New York Times Building

    Politico Accidentally Points Out Sexism At The New York Times

    The New York Times' reporters don't like working for Jill Abramson, according to a new article by Politico. But is their stance due to sexism?
  • The Absurdity of Maureen Dowd

    On Saturday, Maureen Dowd took to her New York Times column to instruct President Barack Obama on governing, since he has clearly failed so far, taking specific umbrage with the president's gun control strategy. "How is it that the president won the argument on gun safety with the public and lost with the Senate? It's because he doesn't know how to work the system. And it's clear now that he doesn't want to learn, or to even hire some clever people who can tell him how to do it or do it for him.
  • Clichés Have Permanently Damaged Our Culture

    Clichés are rife in our speech patterns.
  • Security Cameras: An Argument Bound To Annoy The Left

    Like David Sirota last week, the New York Times' Thomas Friedman actually (seriously) argues this. "Until we fully understand what turned two brothers who allegedly perpetrated the Boston Marathon bombings into murderers, it is hard to make any policy recommendation other than this: We need to redouble our efforts to make America stronger and healthier so it remains a vibrant counterexamples to whatever bigoted ideology may have gripped these young men. ... Rebuilding our strength has to start with healing our economy."
  • And Obama's Emotional Bullying

    We have Salon's David Sirota providing us with yet another missive on how to honor victims of national tragedies. And it's -- "contextually" -- about taxes. "The images from Boston are not merely of mayhem and heroism. With the attack occurring on the day our taxes are due, they should remind a tax-hostile country of the value of public investment -- in this case, in first responders who miraculously limited the casualties. They should also generate a sense of sympathy for those in places like Iraq and Syria who face terrorism-related carnage every day."
  • He won't leave home without it

    Backpacks: Enough Already!

    When I was a kid, there were basically two types of people who wore backpacks: young folks traveling across Europe, or hardy souls embarking on a camping or mountaineering expedition. In both of these cases, backpacks served as a cheap and practical way to transport necessary items for arduous trips.
  • Mayor Bloomberg Throws A Tantrum

    On Wednesday, 45 senators killed a bill that would expand background checks for gun buyers. So the New York Times editorial board wrote this: "For 45 senators, the carnage at Sandy Hook Elementary School is a forgotten tragedy." And this:
  • Woman at Boston Marathon scene

    Boston Marathon Bombing And The Failure Of TV News Broadcasting

    While watching coverage of the carnage in Boston, it again struck me why I almost never bother watching TV broadcast news reports. Whether it's NBC or ABC or CNN or Fox, they all give a very simplified version of events that seems to trivialize the underlying story.
  • Web Roundup: Thatcherism, Cuban Dissidents, And The Boston Marathon 'Suspect'

    Four twentysomethings tell the London Evening Standard how their conservatism is a nod to the late Margaret Thatcher's legacy. "People my age who hate her with a passion -- it's not really hatred. You ask them what they really think and they struggle. It shows a lack of critical thinking," Raheem Kassam said. "This claim that she was divisive is strictly an inherited one. I find it as galling as people who inherited her politics."
  • Erdogan Brushes Off Fazil Say Sentencing

    Showing his true colors, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded to Monday’s sentencing of Fazil Say -- the world renowned pianist who “insulted” Islam with his tweets -- by saying: “Do not occupy our time with such matters.”
  • "It Ain't Necessarily So": Reflections on Gun Control

    Some folks seem to have an almost religious commitment to demonizing dissent from the dogma du jour on guns -- and one of the quickest ways to draw it out is to suggest that empirical evidence might be relevant to the discussion.
  • Web Roundup: Terrorism, The Boston Marathon, And George W. Bush

    A Tuesday morning Twitter roundup.
  • Turkey Continues To Convict Free Speech

    It’s almost becoming a tired truth that freedom of speech is virtually non-existent in Turkey, and Monday’s sentencing of the internationally acclaimed Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say is further evidence. The 42-year-old Say, who has played in orchestras around the world, was given a 10-month prison sentence for insulting Islam and offending Muslims for his posts on Twitter. The sentence was suspended for five years, meaning that he won’t see the inside of a jail cell unless he repeats the “guilty action.”