It’s hard to imagine now, but when two students shot to death 12 of their peers and a teacher at Columbine High School in Colorado, it was a stop-everything, remember-where-you-were moment.
Perception, as they say, is reality.
There is not much more to say than what the president said himself.
The missile warning mistake is unforgivable.
Everyone gripes about air travel. The complaints are universal: bare-it-all security checks; shoving matches over cabin bin space; economy seats increasingly reminiscent of a miniature medieval torture cell maliciously called the “little ease.”
Every city has a story. Chicago’s is tough and tender. Gangster and Midwestern. Violent and benevolent.
In July, a Journal of the American Medical Association report that the brains of 110 of 111 deceased NFL players showed evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) — an incurable condition that leads to dementia, mental instability and depression — made national headlines. But what should have gotten more attention was the finding that the brains of 48 of 53 deceased college football players showed CTE. There are more than 750 colleges with football programs versus 30 NFL teams.
The first use of nuclear weapons occurred Aug. 6, 1945. The second occurred three days later. That there has not been a third is testimony to the skill and sobriety of 12 presidents and many other people, here and abroad. Today, however, North Korea’s nuclear bellicosity coincides with the incontinent tweeting, rhetorical taunts and other evidence of the frivolity and instability of the 13th president of the nuclear era. His almost daily descents from the previous day’s unprecedentedly bad behavior are prompting urgent thinking about the constitutional allocation of war responsibilities, and especially about authority to use U.S. nuclear weapons.
After 15 months of questions, we’re pleased to be able to finally fill in some blanks.
I believe many things these days, chief among them the fact that we’re in a moment of reckoning for men who for too long have held the levers of power and assumed that gave them the right to be awful.