SYRACUSE, Ind. -- What's the funniest joke in the world? If you said the one that ends, "But the last thing he hears before he dies, is the German soldier mumbling 'tankity tankity'," I would compliment you on your superb sense of humor, marvelous taste, and the fact that I am the only other person in the world who likes that joke.
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Just when I thought the year couldn't get any worse, along came the Menorah Gardens cemetery scandal.
A BOWL OF SOUP FOR BOXING DAY
SEATTLE, Wash. -- One of the pleasures of the holiday season is that I get to meet all the staff of this column at our grand Christmas reunion here in the office atop the World Overhill Emeritus International Something Memorial Enterprise (WOEISME), an affiliate of the Mickey Mouse Foundation
SAN DIEGO -- Despite his age, I think Santa must have a good head of hair. We all know he has a magnificent white beard, tumbling like cumulus clouds all over his jovial face and down on to his chest. I'm sure he never shaves. That would be blasphemy.
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Decades rarely begin and end neatly with rounded numbers. The Thirties began with the stock market crash in Oct. 29, 1929 and didn't end until Pearl Harbor was bombed on Dec. 7, 1941. The Forties didn't end with Hiroshima, but lingered on through the "forgotten war" in Korea.
WASHINGTON -- The autumn started with a huge national jolt of shock, fear, griefand anger. Winter has begun with many worries here at home and grimsatisfaction about warfare abroad. A line from "King Lear," early in Act4, is hauntingly appropriate.
BOSTON, Dec. 22, 2001 -- American Airlines Paris-to-Miami Flight 63 narrowly avoided catastrophe today when a passenger attempted to light a the fuse of a bomb hidden in the heels of his basketball sneakers but was stopped by an alert stewardess and then tackled and sedated by passengers aboard the transAtlantic flight.
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- I have always loved Christmas, which may be asurprising admission for a Jewish woman to make.
BOCA RATON, Fla., Dec. 19, 2001 -- Against conventional wisdom, there might be one place where obesity might actually make you feel terrific: your stock portfolio. In a world of diversification, sectors, market-timing, index funds, and tv "experts," some have always felt that intentionally "over-weighting" certain sectors and stocks for the long-term could greatly enhance portfolio performance.
SEATTLE, Wash. -- The section of Seattle where I now live, Ballard, has a strong Norwegian flavor. The smell of lutefisk is a thing which, after some weeks of therapy, I have learned to tolerate, and as for krumkake, I find that a filling of Ben & Jerry's frozen yoghurt makes them seem less absurdly like parodies of pastry.
SAN DIEGO -- We were in the men's department when it happened - a full-blown panic attack while looking at the Tommy Bahama shirts. This Christmas shopping in Nordstrom's was the first she'd done in several years.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- The signs posted in dressing rooms of major department stores can not be ignored. The bold red letters proclaim SHOPLIFTERS WILL BE PROSECUTED and there is no doubt they mean it.
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- In the best of times, Americans are scaredy cats. The= y insist upon absolute safety and zero risk in everything they do. In the w= orst of times, as in post-Sept. 11, folks freak out even more.
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- Spurred by President Bush and America's corporations = which tell us it's patriotic to buy during this recession, and that we must=
WASHINGTON -- The P.U.-litzer Prizes were established a decade ago to gi= ve recognition to the stinkiest media performances of the year. As e= ach winter arrives, I confer with Jeff Cohen of the media watch group F.A.I= .R. to sift through the large volume of entries. This year, the competiti= on was especially fierce. We regret that only a few journalists can win a P= .U.-litzer.
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12. 2001 -- Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ernest Hi= roshige today moved to unseal tens of thousands of documents in a long-runn= ing case that has pitted the Walt Disney Co. against heirs to the U.S. righ= ts to Winnie the Pooh in a dispute over hundreds of millions of dollars in = alleged past-due and future royalties.
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- On the day after George Harrison died, I strolled ove= r to Strawberry Fields, the memorial in New York City's Central Park that Y= oko Ono built for her husband, John Lennon, after he was gunned down in fro= nt of their home across the street.
St. Simons Island, Ga. -- The holidays have evolved from a new beg= inning spiritually to a season of spirituality, the supernatural, the heath= en, the Gentiles, the Jews, the fantasy and the fantastic. And, of course, = the commercial.
SAN DIEGO -- According to research published recently in the Journa= l of American Medical Association, not only do physicians underprescribe fo= r pain, 50 percent of nurses under-administer the pain medication does get = ordered.
SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Poet Laureate of the United States, Billy Collins,=
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- There was a story in The Miami Herald the othe= r day about how the federal government will likely accumulate deficits unti= l at least fiscal year 2005.
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- Surrounded by maps and monitors, Marshbaum was direct= ing the search for Osama bin Laden.
SYRACUSE, Ind. -- People have griped about it since 1949, when Geor= ge Orwell published his doom-saying classic "1984."
WASHINGTON -- "If liberty means anything at all," George Orwell wrote, "= it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear."
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- The images came first on Sept. 11, one after theother= , each more shocking than the last: smoke coming out of the firstWorld Trad= e Center tower; the fireball just after the second plane went in;people tum= bling from the sky; a blizzard of paper; gray people running; theimpossible=
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- I remember Pearl Harbor. That was the day I w= ent from hopscotch to knitting needles. Yes, I once knit a scarf for the b= oys in Greenland ... oops, I'm not supposed to mention they're in Greenland= . We knew because we were wise to the ways of brother Bill's codes in = a V-mail letter, that conservative little photograph of notes from overseas=
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Ellen was a sparrow who lived alone with her mother in=
If bombings like those that took 26 innocent lives on Saturday and Sunda= y had occurred every day for the past 120 days in Israel, that nation would=
SAN DIEGO -- The doctor stood in the waiting room doorway and waved = impatiently at us: Follow him. Before he disappeared out of sight down the = hall, I noticed he had a cruel mouth.
Passings: George Harrison
ALL THINGS MU.S.T PASS
SAN DIEGO: My dear George: You are gone and so now I can write you the love letter that I knew would never reach you.
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- There are many subtexts to our current "war onterrori= sm." But many of them lead back to the one thing that I have longmaintained=
WASHINGTON -- There were unconfirmed reports yesterday that the United S= tates is not the center of the world.
SYRACUSE, Ind. -- As I write this, it's the last week of November, = and there are only 26 days to finish your Christmas shopping. And if you ha= ven't even started your shopping, then you've wasted the other 100 days the=
KATHMANDU, Nepal, Nov. 28 -- The government of Nepal has declared astate=
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Imagine that the earth itself is a living organism. T= he dirt and rock we walk on is only its thick protective skin, but its vuln= erable body lies deep inside. Imagine it's like a sea urchin, with a hard s= hell on the outside and a soft living coral center.
WASHINGTON -- On the magazine cover, the big headline next to Opra= h's shoulder is as warm and cuddly as the pair of cocker spaniels in her la= p. "WE ARE FAMILY," it says. "Now more than ever: the power and plea= sure of feeling connected."
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Thank you for calling Ink Soup. Your reading o= ur column is important to us, so please be patient while the author is thin= king of something to write.
With the end of the Afghanistan stage of the War Against Terrorism now in sight, it behooves every American to try to look beyond the immediate fighting and help our nation determine where we go from here.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- If I gave it any thought at all a few months a= go, I would have thought the "X" in Generation X stood for an unknown quant= ity -- I couldn't think of anything particularly noteworthy of the designat= ed group as a whole, leaving aside the spectacular few.
SAN DIEGO -- It is at the same time a profound and a silly thing, b= oth theater of the absurd and nursery of things beautiful and tender. It ca= n delight and elevate, irritate and exasperate all within the space of a fe= w hours.
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- While most Americans were busy hanging flags andfrett= ing about anthrax, your elected representatives in Washington decidedto rep= eal a large chunk of the U.S. Constitution.
GENEVA -- To protect America from terrorist attack, the United States must investigate illicit trade in biological weapons and trace the movement of terrorist money. A good starting point is a controversial Swiss bank that may have facilitated the sale of hazardous biological materials to Islamic militants.
SYRACUSE, Ind. -- Thanksgiving is over, and as is our usual Make=
DUMMERSTON, Vt. - This is a strange Thanksgiving, my friends. It is the Thanksgiving of the empty chair.
BLOOMSBURG, Pa., Nov. 21, 2001 -- Almost two months after the Sept. 11 n= ational tragedy, and sandwiched between two Congressional investigative hea= rings about how charities are distributing donations to victims and their f= amilies, New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani announced that the city-sponsore= d Twin Towers Fund will finally begin to release funds. The Twin Towers Fun= d had accumulated $85 million since Sept. 11, but had not provided assistan= ce. Donors to the Fund include a four-year-old girl who gave 60 cents, a= nd husband-wife celebrities Arnold Schwartzenegger and Maria Shriver who co= ntributed $1 million. Several corporations have made six- and seven-figure = donations, according to Tamra Lhota, president of the New York City Public/= Private Initiatives, which oversees the Fund.
SEATTLE, WASH. -- The other week I wrote in this space about Camus' nove= l "The Plague," a fiction with obvious relevance to our current fears of ma= ss infection.
WASHINGTON -- For most people in the United States, the picture of event= s since Sept. 11 has been largely framed by television. When pollsters with=
LOS ANGELES, California -- This is how Calvin Trillin, the wonderfulAme= rican food writer, described the first Thanksgiving: In England, a longtime=
LOS ANGELES -- Put down your spatula and pop in a video of "What's Cooki= ng?", an ode to Thanksgiving as prepared in the kitchens of Latina Mercedes=
UTRECHT, The Netherlands -- Those who know me know that one of my favori= te pastimes is playing Ultimate Frisbee. In college, I was known to drop ev= erything to play a couple of games, and could always be counted on to have = a disc or two in my bookbag.
NOVEMBER 15, 2001 -- "Our son, the doctor": I can say that now, albeit = with a bit of a hitch in my step, because Dr. Eduardo Luna is my stepson by=
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- To explain the philosophy that underlies a culture of=
NOVEMBER 14, 2001 -- The ancient and fabled city of Kandihar has fallen to the U.S.-backed rebel forces of the Northern Alliance, reports newly streaming from the region say, and retreating Taliban forces have freed eight religious workers, including two Americans, who were facing trials and a possible death penalty in Kabul for Christian evangelism.
LAKE WORTH, Fla., Nov. 14, 2001 -- My guess is I'm not alone in feel= ing that swirling sentiments of war, anger, and sadness have turned my ethi= cal and moral compass into a Cuisinart of mush. I look at the tangled, sog= gy, mess and identify and retrieve only the chunks I like.
SEATTLE, Wash. -- My mother spent the last few lonely years of her life = watching TV or lying in her fourposter bed laying out on the counterpane en= dless games of Solitaire.
NOVEMBER 13, 2001 -- Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul fell to the for= ces of the Northern Alliance, America's allies in the wear against terroris= m there, as Taliban troops pounded for days by American bombing runs abando= ned their posts Monday and fled south towards Kandahar.
NOVEMBER 13, 2001 -- An Airbus A-300 widebody passenger jet broke apart = in mid-air shortly after takeoff Monday en route to the Dominican Republic = and slammed into the small residential community of Far Rockaways in the bo= rough of Queens, an area of New York City already devastated by the loss of=
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- What can be said about Harry Potter? He's=
SAN DIEGO -- A large percentage of the elderly are afflicted with i= t, but what exactly is dementia?
An AR Essay
A CITY TOO GRAND TO DIE
NEW YORK --Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and New Yorkers have = more to be thankful for than most of us imagine. We have come togetherin we= lcome ways in the weeks since Sept. 11.
BOCA RATON, Fla., Nov. 11, 2001 -- God willing, or at least if He rememb= ers Normandy, my Dad will celebrate another Veterans' Day. Nowadays as th= e Parkinson's continues its capricious attack, words come in short, breathl= ess spurts. Sentences are as tough to get as pouring frozen honey from a th= imble.
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- God Bless America.
WASHINGTON -- After billionaire Michael Bloomberg won the race to be New=
SYRACUSE, Ind. -- Editor's Note: Erik is away from the office on = business this week, so we are reprinting a previous column.
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- In a warm and tender moment, my husband wraps his arm= s around me and holds me tight against his heart.
NEW YORK -- The nation's intellectual elite is batting around a question= these days: Is the current war against Osama a war against Islam? Certain= ly that's what Osama bin Laden would like to make it But it'snot. The mil= itant Islamic fundamentalists want to topple Hosni Mubarak,Muammar Kadaffi,=
SEATTLE -- During my years as Cartoon Editor of the old Saturday Review = (under the editorship of Norman Cousins and then Carll Tucker) I often rece= ived in the mail a drawing that strongly reminded me of something I'd seen = before.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- When Barbara Streisand closed the Emmy Awards = Show with an inimitable rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone," she proved = once more that music certainly "...doth have charms to soothe the savage b= reast."
TU.S.CON, Ariz. -- Nearly everyone seems to agree that military action had=
SAN DIEGO -- I spent Hallowe'en in psychiatric intensive care. I was the= re to get oriented -- as an evening shift nurse, learning the medications a= nd paperwork. I wondered if I would last the night.
Can anyone imagine Muhammad Ali saying just after the Sept. 11 attacks o= n New York, "I don't have any quarrel" with Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaed= a network, as the champ famously said of the Viet Cong 30 years ago?
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- While Americans are still freaked out and distracted = in the two months since the Sept. 11 attacks, there is one group of people = who seems to regard the events of that day as a good thing -- conservatives= . Hyperbole? Read the following words from House Majority Whip Tom DeLa= y, R-Texas, regarding the attacks. He said them to Pat Robertson on his "70= 0 Club" tv program in early October. "It's really unfortunate that it's h= appened," DeLay said. "But, at the same time, the opportunity that this has=
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- It's really very simple: Hoosiers never=
WASHINGTON -- President Bush's upward spike of popularity owes a lot to = his presence on television -- a medium that has not always been so kind. At=
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- It was in Brattleboro, Vt. in the March of 1987,the s= now and ice had not quite melted, and a group of us -- students in the Scho= ol for International Training's Program in International Management --were = in class. That day a new student from India waltzed in, sat down on the fl= oor, arranged her ochre sari neatly, took off her sandals, and within 20 mi= nutes was haranguing us -- all people with considerable international exper= ience, plus the teacher -- on how clueless we were about India and the worl= d . The name of this passionate and fearless woman was Anjali Gopalan, an= d last week in Melbourne, Australia, I'm proud to say, she was honored at t= he International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific with the Commonwe= alth Award for her work with "vulnerable populations" -- male sex workers, = truckers, women and children -- in New Delhi.
NOGALES, Sonora, Mexico (Oct. 15, 2001) -- A clerk named Rodolfo in a cl= ean, starched, white lab coat placed the sealed bottles of "Ciprofloxcino 5= 00 mg" (the antibiotic known as "Cipro") along with a big supply of erythr= omycin tablets in the bag and shook his head.
PRINCETON, N.J. -- You thought it was just you. They were doing it to th= e others, not just to you, but it seemed that you were the only one who hat= ed them for it.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- There's not a day goes by that John and I don'= t greet each other evenings with my saying, "Hi, what's new?" And, predicta= bly, he'll answer, "New York, New Jersey... ." And if he doesn't detect my=
SAN DIEGO -- The Cinderella I introduced here a few weeks back finally g= ot her new leg and first therapy session just days before the call from her=
NEW DELHI, India -- The world changed on September 11 for everybody. Thi= s is how the world must have felt after Hiroshima, when we realized that we=
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 13, 2001 4:00 a.m. PDT -- A Hollywood studio and the <= i>Los Angeles Times joined the list Friday of high-profile communicatio= ns companies where workers have opened envelopes containing a white powdery=
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- The easy part of the shooting war has begun inAfghani= stan -- the customary dumping of bombs and missiles on the evildoerdu jo= ur.
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon's air drops of food parcels and President Bus= h's plea for American children to aid Afghan kids with dollar bills will go=
WASHNGTON, Oct. 11, 2001 -- The FBI has warned Americans in an urgent ad= visory to be on guard for new domestic attacks in the next several days by = terrorists linked to Osama bin Laden, the suspected author of the devastati= ng Sept. 11 assaults on the World Trade Center's twin towers and the Pentag= on that claimed more than 6,300 lives. In a brief statement released late=
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2001 -- President George W. Bush at a nationally te= levised White House press conference this afternoon unexpectedly reiterated=
WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2001 -- In his first live news conference from the = White House since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington= , President George W. Bush spoke to the nation on the first-month anniversa= ry of the attacks and vowed anew to bring suspected terrorist ringleader Os= ama bin Laden to justice and to root out his al-Qaida terorism network arou= nd the globe.
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 12, 2001 -- The American Reporter was recognizedfor jour= nalistic excellence by the San Diego Press Club on Thursdayevening. In th= e Online category, AR Correspondent (and American ReporterMusic Review edit= or) Jim Trageser took a third place in the Open Printcategory for his comme= ntary, "Media's bruised egos behind campaign finance'reform'," published No= v. 18, 2000 in the American Reporter.
SYRACUSE, Ind. -- Despite the news coverage we've seen over the past mon= th, there are other things happening around the world.
Dummerston, Vt. -- It's been exactly a month since the Sept. 11attacks, = and I still return to the World Trade Center every night in my dreams.
BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- The news release spoke boldly. "In view of the Septem= ber 11 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon," the release stat= ed, "this is the time for Corporate America and all government agencies to = enhance the safety and security of the nation's high profile buildings." =
BOCA RATON, FLA. (Oct. 10, 2001) -- The bizarre, overly simplistic stra= tegy of the martial-wrestling art of judo sticks in my mind over the Sept. = 11th massacre and the road to global economic recovery. My concerns have = been compounded by the possibility this week that agronomists in Iowa, work= ing to share global anti-anthrax knowledge, could have had their bacteria t= urned against their own country. But, the jury is still out on that one. = Rabbi Arthur Schneier of New York was on my television from Yankee Stadium = a few weeks ago. His prayers were for national unity. It seems as if it wer= e centuries ago, not decades, when he tutored me for my bar mitzvah lessons=
SEATTLE, Wash. -- There is a lot of talk in the papers about the ginger= ly way in which comedians are trying to return to the business of making pe= ople laugh. The late-night talk show hosts, who feast on current events, m= ust be having a horrible time of it. I am never up when they are on, so I=
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2001 --When the bombing of Afghanistan resumed Monda= y night, Oct. 8, retired generals showed no fatigue at their posts under ho= t lights at network studios.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- As I recall, not long after 12 o'clock no= on, Central time, the word BULLETIN interrupted Bozo the Clown and W= alter Cronkite announced that President Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas. =
WASHINGTON -- During the first two days of this month, CNN's Website dis= played an odd little announcement. "There have been false reports that CNN = has not used the word 'terrorist' to refer to those who attacked the World = Trade Center and Pentagon," the notice said. "In fact, CNN has consistently=
BOCA RATON, Fla. Oct. 5, 2001 -- Stock recommendations from brokerage fi= rms are a little like a blind date with the ugly daughter of your Mom's bo= ss. "Don't worry, she's attractive," Mom would say.
SYRACUSE, Ind. -- Ever since I was a small boy, and watched them on tv o= r in the theater, I've always had strong feelings when it comes to horror a= nd scary movies. I hate them.
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- There are two ways to train a dog -- affection and fe= ar. Maybe the United States has the same kind of choice when it comes to de= aling with its enemies. I am not alone in believing that we should try to e= nd terrorism with a combination of kindness and capitalism.
JAKARTA, Oct. 2, 2001 -- It was a warm evening in Jakarta last Monday an= d I cooled myself down in a cozy garden restaurant, a place where Indonesia= n journalists, artists, and sometimes its fiery student leaders, spend many=
SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Elliott Bay Book Co. is located in the oldest part=
SAN DIEGO -- The first time I was alone with him he scared me half = to death. He was a big man, a schizophrenic, and his voices were acting up.=
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- It's not about towels, you know, those times when a daughter stops her mother mid-fold over the laundry basket. It isn't necessarily an angry grab or snatch that ends the "just wanting to help" chore; the daughter might smile and say softly "I'll do those, Mom, you just sit down."
This is not an editorial about the economy, but the economy is a good place to begin. This is an editorial about where things must end.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- (Editor's Note: Regrettably, we were unable to publish on Sept. 11 and Sept. 12, and this article was temporarily lost. We publish it now with our apologies to the authors.) Yesterday, the majestic southern skyline of New York crumbled at her feet with the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center collapsing inwardly at the insult, not keeling over in defeat.
SEATTLE -- Now here are my plans, both of them. 1) The obvious = plan. We have been hit. This is war. We will find out who was behind the=
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- President Bush's address to Congress on Sept. 20 was a declaration of war that is unprecedented in our nation's history. W= hat Bush declared was a war that has no geographic limits, no clearly defin= ed enemies, no clearly defined goals and no clear beginning or end. In shor= t, a permanent war.
SYRACUSE, Ind. -- As a humor writer, I am an aficionado of jokes, a mave= n of mirth, a lover of laughter (I also like to think of synonyms for the w= ord "aficionado"). I love nearly all types of humor,and can think of a joke=
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- The week after the terrorist attacks on New York Cit= y and Washington, the Rev. Jerry Falwell apologized for saying on Pat Rober= tson's "The 700 Club" television show that they reflected God's judgment on=
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Back in 1988, the father of our current president wa= s bedeviled by what media outlets called "the wimp factor." After eight yea= rs as vice president, George Bush was making a run for the Oval Office.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- As the world sorts through the rubble, internal=
SAN DIEGO -- George loved trains, music, and women -- mostly women. A= ge and disability notwithstanding he was very sexual, always wanting to mak= e love.
NEW YORK -- Terrorist networks all over the world depend on the interna= tional bank and corporate secrecy system to hide and move their money. This=
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 21, 2001 (1 a.m. PST) -- Defying American dem= ands to hand over the prime suspect in the terrorist attacks on New York an= d Washington, a three-day meeting of Afghanistan's ruling clerical council = expressed regret early Friday morning for the attacks and called on terrori= sm suspect Osama Bin Laden to "leave Afghanistan of his own free will" but = then declared that Islamic nations must join an international Islamic ji= had, or holy war, against the United States if it is attacked.
WASHINGTON -- In Time magazine's special issue about the events of=
SYRACUSE, Ind. -- Regis Philbin: Welcome back to "Who Wants = To Be a Celebrity Millionaire?" the show where I engage in witty banter wit= h rich celebrities while they try to win money for their favorite charities= .
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Many people don't know this, but during the Persian G= ulf War, only a handful of newspapers in the United States had the courage = to editorialize against it. One was my hometown newspaper, the Brattlebo= ro (Vt.) Reformer. At the time, it was also my employer.
LAKE WORTH, Fla. -- Regrettably and ironically, Osama bin Laden and I n= ow have something in common: Neither one of us will ever get to meet U.S. A= rmy Maj. Stephen V. Long.
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- A couple of days after the horror in New York and Was= hington, I got an e-mail from Carl Jensen, founder of the pressanalysis pro= ject called Project Censored.
HOLLYWOOD -- Since last week's terrorist attack on America, the media ha= s demonstrated the extraordinary skill, talent, dedication and perseverance=
SEATTLE, Wash. -- In my French Baedeker's guide to the Low Countries (Be= lgique et Hollande, 1910) the tiny town of Vilvorde gets seven lines. But=
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles-based company that purchased a 99-year le= ase on the World Trade Center just two months ago may have risked little of=
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Most of us have some experience with theterrib= le twos, either our own or a neighbor's two year old. And rebellious teenag= ers can be found slamming the door on the way out of our own house or mouth= ing off from some street corner or car window. But now parents of America a= re facing a new terrible "T" -- tyrannical terrorists who are just as up fr= ont and personal in our lives as the two and the teen.
SAN DIEGO -- She looked up at me from the bed she rarely left anymo= re and flashing an indignant look through tired, red rimmed eyes said, "Who= ever called these the golden years certainly has never been here."
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- The war drums are beating. The primal urge forrevenge=
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- As I write this early on Wednesday morning, all I can=
LOS ANGELES -- No one can feel sanguine about the reprisals that are in = the works against terrorists who destroyed the World Trade Center towers an= d scarred the Pentagon.
WASHINGTON -- We stare at television screens and try to comprehend the s= uffering in the aftermath of terrorism. Much of what we see is ghastly and = all too real: terrible anguish and sorrow.
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- During the week that marked the 10th anniversary of t= he failed coup in the Soviet Union -- the event that led to its eventualcol= lapse -- President Bush took two steps that showed that in some cornersof W= ashington, the Cold War never ended. Bush announced that the U.S. was goi= ng to withdraw from the 1972Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty "on our own timet= able" and appointed AirForce Gen. Richard Myers, a proponent of space-based=
SAM DIEGO -- She was 80 and I liked being with her better than wit= h most folks my own age. We just clicked, her an' me. She was from Montana = where there's wide-open spaces, big mountains an' lots of lonely. The kinda=
SYRACUSE, Ind. -- I'm glad I live in a country where everyone isent= itled to free speech, where any goober can become President, and where ever= y moron is entitled to rummage their grubby little paws through Corporate A= merica's deep pockets to pay for their own idiocy. It happened last month i= n New Jersey over some breakfast food.
HOLLYWOOD, August 23, 2001 -- A still-secret decision on sanctions again= st the Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. for "willful destruction" of evidence = in a long-running royalties battle is "devastating" to its claim that it ow= es no royalties on Winnie The Pooh videos, computer software and other comm= ercializations of the world's most popular cartoon character, a plaintiffs'=
LOS ANGELES, August 17, 2001 -- The Walt Disney Co., apparently stung by=
LOS ANGELES, August 15, 2001 -- Final arguments are due today in Los Ang= eles County Superior Court after a two-day hearing on accounting methods us= ed by the Walt Disney Co. to calculate Winnie The Pooh royalties paid to th= e heirs of "Red Ryder" producer Stephen A. Slesinger.
LOS ANGELES, August 14, 2001 -- Two of the most famous lawyers in Americ= a quietly collided Monday in a California courtroom over royalty payments o= n one of the most famous and lucrative literary characters ever created, wi= th Hollywood superlawyer Bert Fields saying the owners of U.S. and Canadian=
We have watched events unfold at a quickening pace in the Middle East with a mixture of dread, anticipation and sorrow. Dread because we know that the ultimate resolution of this spiraling conflict could involve a regional war, an energy embargo or even the use of nuclear weapons; anticipation because we constantly await intervention on the side of peace -- divine, American, or multinational, or, God forbid, Iraqi, Iran= ian, Syrian, Libyan on the side of war, even as we also await the next bomb= ing, bulldozing, rocket attack or assassination in the region; and sorrow b= ecause we know it is so unnecessary. God must hate these people, I sometim= es think, because they do so many terrible things to one another in His nam= e.
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- The press heaped hosannas on Katherine Grahamupon her=
SEATTLE, Wash. -- [Brown is away on assignment. Today's column is by=
SAN DIEGO -- I used to think getting fired was the end of the world= , the scarlet F; it was the equivalent of going to the brig, or getting run=
HOLLYWOOD -- If you live in Los Angeles, take a good look at the octane = rating for premium gas when you stop by to fill up your tank today.
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Perhaps President Bush was only joking when he recent= ly said that his dealings with Congress would go a whole lot more smoothly = if he were dictator. But the way Bush and his team has been behaving in the=
WASHINGTON -- Two years from now, the national committee of the Green Pa= rty will make a big decision: Should the party run a candidate for presiden= t in 2004?
SYRACUSE, Ind. -- Someone thinks pretty highly ofthemselves.=
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- There's a yin and a yang to everything,=
SEATTLE, Wash. -- I am in recovery from my first effort to teach cartoon= ing to three little boys. If only I'd thought of it in time, I would have = done homage to George Herriman, creator of Krazy Kat and the greatest of Am= erican comic strip artists, by calling it the Kartoon Kamp.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- The sound of footsteps coming into the da= rkened room was no reason to stir from an early morning dream -- the best k= ind. It would be John stepping back in to say as usual, "S'long sunshine,= see ya later," before driving off to work in the hour before dawn.This morn= ing was different. Today he spoke words that stood my hair onend, sent chil= ls down my spine and my teeth on edge.
In the last five days I've gotten about 40 email messages containing the=
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A week after reporting that foot and mouth disease has=
DUMMERSTON, Vt., July 28, 2001 -- It was inevitable, given the fear of t= he established order when faced with organized dissent, that someone would = die in Genoa during the G-8 summit. Since the demonstrations at the World=
WASHINGTON -- After a police officer shot Carlo Giuliani in the head, Ti= me magazine published a requiem of sorts -- explaining that the 23-year-old=
DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- When I arrived at the demonstration I burst into tear= s. A few moments later, I was surprised to find myself taking shelter in a=