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Islamic State: A binary problem

WASHINGTON, August 21, 2014 — American photojournalist James Foley may have felt what war correspondent Ernie Pyle called the “unnatural terror of dying on the battlefield” before he was beheaded by his Islamic State captors. However, it’s doubtful he saw himself as a warrior in the struggle between the timid West and the East’s bold jihadists, especially the

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Islamic State: A binary problem

WASHINGTON, August 21, 2014 — American photojournalist James Foley may have felt what war correspondent Ernie Pyle called the “unnatural terror of dying on the battlefield” before he was beheaded by his Islamic State captors. However, it’s doubtful he saw himself as a warrior in the struggle between the timid West and the East’s bold jihadists, especially the

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Michael Brown and “A Clockwork Orange” America

OCALA, Fla., August 21, 2014 — Over forty years ago, Stanley Kubrick made a film that was so controversial he chose to pull it from release in the United Kingdom. This is not only where the story was set, but the movie itself made. As most have probably deduced, this film is A Clockwork Orange.

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Liberty, Ukraine and world peace

WASHINGTON, August 21, 2014 — Speaking from what was recently a part of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed a special meeting of the Russian Duma in Yalta, in Crimea. He vowed that “we will do everything in our power so that this conflict is ended as soon as possible, so that the blood can stop

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Ferguson, Missouri: War comes to Main Street

WASHINGTON, August 14, 2014 – A white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday. The police chief claims that Brown assaulted the police officer and started to enter the police cruiser to reach for his weapon. Witnesses claim that Brown tussled with the officer, but did

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Where is the outrage from ‘good cops’ behind Ferguson’s blue wall

SANTA CRUZ, August 18, 2014 — Just over a week has passed since Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, was gunned down by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. There have been protests, mostly peaceful, but also chaos, looting, and a general sense of social decay. Brown’s autopsy revealed he was shot six times. No charges have

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Ferguson, Missouri: War comes to Main Street

WASHINGTON, August 14, 2014 – A white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday. The police chief claims that Brown assaulted the police officer and started to enter the police cruiser to reach for his weapon. Witnesses claim that Brown tussled with the officer, but did

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Islamic State: A binary problem

WASHINGTON, August 21, 2014 — American photojournalist James Foley may have felt what war correspondent Ernie Pyle called the “unnatural terror of dying on the battlefield” before he was beheaded by his Islamic State captors. However, it’s doubtful he saw himself as a warrior in the struggle between the timid West and the East’s bold jihadists, especially the

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Recorded in Washington: Review of ‘In Medio Ecclesiae’



COLLEGE PARK, May 16, 2014 – There is simply no substitute for authenticity. Where sacred vocal music is concerned, the truth of this maxim is amplified significantly. As polished as certain professional performances of the sacred masterworks may be, these recordings are often eclipsed by groups that may be short on professional accolades, but long

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RIP: Don Pardo, timeless SNL announcer, dead at 96

TUCSON, Ariz., August 19, 2014 – Don Pardo, the longtime NBC TV announcer who nearly found eternal life as “Saturday Night Live’s” once and future background voice, passed away quietly in Tucson, Arizona Monday, August 18. He was 96. His daughter, Paula, confirmed his passing to CBS radio news yesterday. Pardo turned his modest career

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Expendables 3 Alpha Male Friday

MINNEAPOLIS, August 15, 2014 — This column was originally written on September 14th, 2010, a great day in American history. On that day, “The Expendables” arrived. The column was updated on August 17, 2012 to reflect the arrival of the sequel. In a world where men have been feminized to the point of extinction, today

Scene from CATF production of Thomas Gibbons' "Uncanny Valley."

CATF’s uncanny hit, ‘Uncanny Valley,’ heading to New York

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va., August 19, 2014 – The stats are out for the recently concluded 2014 edition of the Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University (CATF). Having completed its 24th season on August 3, the company logged its best season attendance ever as it concluded 102 performances of five plays, with performances aided and abetted

Scene from CATF production of Thomas Gibbons' "Uncanny Valley."

CATF’s uncanny hit, ‘Uncanny Valley,’ heading to New York

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va., August 19, 2014 – The stats are out for the recently concluded 2014 edition of the Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University (CATF). Having completed its 24th season on August 3, the company logged its best season attendance ever as it concluded 102 performances of five plays, with performances aided and abetted

Business

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Apple [AAPL] stock on pre-iPhone tear, Yellen on deck

WASHINGTON, August 21, 2014 – Tricky but positive action rules trading this morning, with the Dow back above the somehow-magical 17,000 mark and the S&P 500 flirting with and occasionally exceeding another record. If this is a “bubble,” as the trading punditocracy has been calling it, somebody’s sure making the big bucks on the latest

Apple CEO Tim Cook and red-delicious flavored Apple logo.

Apple [AAPL] stock on pre-iPhone tear, Yellen on deck

WASHINGTON, August 21, 2014 – Tricky but positive action rules trading this morning, with the Dow back above the somehow-magical 17,000 mark and the S&P 500 flirting with and occasionally exceeding another record. If this is a “bubble,” as the trading punditocracy has been calling it, somebody’s sure making the big bucks on the latest

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NBC let David Gregory go, no explanation needed

WASHINGTON, August 20, 2014 — Firing personnel is the hardest action any supervisor must take. The act of firing personnel in private industry is very different than it is in government. In government, the merit system protects employees from being fired unless the justification for doing so is extremely persuasive. The documentation of how an employee

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Stocks rally as annual Jackson Hole confab on tap this week

WASHINGTON, August 18, 2014 – Irrational exuberance has returned in force to Wall Street, at least for today. The DJI is up around 170 points as of 1 p.m. EDT, while the S&P 500 is up a healthy 15 points and the tech-heavy NASDAQ is up a whopping 39. It would be nice to say

Apple CEO Tim Cook and red-delicious flavored Apple logo.

Apple [AAPL] stock on pre-iPhone tear, Yellen on deck

WASHINGTON, August 21, 2014 – Tricky but positive action rules trading this morning, with the Dow back above the somehow-magical 17,000 mark and the S&P 500 flirting with and occasionally exceeding another record. If this is a “bubble,” as the trading punditocracy has been calling it, somebody’s sure making the big bucks on the latest

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Islamic State: A binary problem

WASHINGTON, August 21, 2014 — American photojournalist James Foley may have felt what war correspondent Ernie Pyle called the “unnatural terror of dying on the battlefield” before he was beheaded by his Islamic State captors. However, it’s doubtful he saw himself as a warrior in the struggle between the timid West and the East’s bold jihadists, especially the

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Antarctica: Go with the floe to the last frontier

USHUAIA, ARGENTINA, August 16, 2014 – Avid travelers love to say they would go the ends of the earth to discover some place new. Today Antarctica is one of trendiest destinations to visit, and that is about as near to the end of the earth you can go. One tour operator specializing in tours to

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